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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction to raise money for the library building fund, and this month the item is two table lamps. They are in excellent shape, and would provide a lovely accent for your home.

Visit the library to see the lamps and make and offer on them.

Barbara Bush RIP

Main Street

The Main Street Program meets at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave. Please join us this Thursday at 8:30-9:30 am to hear Sen. Ann Rivers speak, updating us on what’s happening in Olympia.
Complimentary coffee, and as always, breakfast service is available.
Looking forward to seeing you!”


Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.


Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.

R Biz Networking

Make it 2 M

Reminder – the welcome reception for Jessica, our new librarian is this afternoon from 4 to 5 at the library. Come and give her a warm Ridgefield welcome!

AND there is a public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 11 am at the Community Center, seeking input from Ridgefield residents about options and opportunities for a new Ridgefield Community Library location.

A Request

This Letter to the Editor appeared in Sunday’s Columbian, and I thought some of you former school teachers (or others) might want to respond.

“Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our state fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Washington as I work on my report.

While we will research most of the information ourselves, we also like to get firsthand knowledge from people who live in the state. This is why I’m writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some small items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, general information, newspaper articles, or any other items that you think might be useful.

You can mail items to me at this address: Mr. McConaughy’s class, Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 by April 30, for our state fair on May 18.

I really appreciate your help and will do my very best to send a thank-you note to each and every person who takes the time and makes the effort to help me with this project. Thank you in advance!

Megan Morrison”


Ridgefield Toastmasters Meeting6:30-7:30PM each Tuesday in the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at 1410 S. Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield. Have fun becoming the speaker and leader you want to be. We provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The first three weekly meetings are free, with a small membership fee if you wish to continue and become a member of Toastmasters International. You may call Gene at 802 989-0624 for more information.

Thought for the Week

First Saturday

Don’t let the weather spoil your enthusiasm for First Saturday – come on downtown and revel in all the events going on – solve a mystery, buy something at the Farmers’ Market, peek in at the library. It’s small town living at its best!

Welcome our new Librarian!

On Friday, April 13, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting a Welcome Reception for Jessica, the newest addition to our team of spectacular librarians! The reception will be held from 4 to 5 pm at the library and is open to the public.

In keeping with the Friends’ tradition, there will be yummy light refreshments, lots of great friends and probably more laughs than you’ll find in your typical library. Let’s give Jessica a good old Ridgefield Welcome by having lots of you come down to meet her and make her feel at home!

Meet Your Local Merchant

With so many new people in town, I thought it would be cool to highlight some of our local businesses. This is the first in a series of articles about stores and people in Ridgefield. We hope you’ll check them out yourself.

The Old Liberty Theater and Seasons Coffee Shop

Don and Earleen Griswold moved to Ridgefield 20 years ago because it seemed like a good place to raise their children.  Their passion for good coffee led them to purchase the building that now houses their two businesses: The Old Liberty Theater and Seasons Coffee Shop at 115 North Main Avenue.

World recognized performing artists love to play at the theater because they receive such a warm welcome and the intimate space allows interaction with the audience. Many community events are also held in the Old Liberty, most recently the Meaningful Movies series on the last Wednesday of the month, and the performances during Youth Arts Month.

Saesons Coffee Shop is open seven days a week serving gourmet organic wood-roasted coffee, sodas, pastries, bagels, waffles, ice cream, etc. It’s the true living room of our town – where people go to relax and enjoy talking with others in the community.

If you mention you saw this article on FYI, Don and Earleen are offering a free ice cream to kids with the purchase of a coffee drink. Give it a try! Offer good through April.

Meet my new Advertiser!

I’m pleased to announce that Michelle and Joe Potter of Ridgefield Landscape Products are new advertisers on In talking to them, Michelle said Joe has always wanted to have a landscaping yard.

The business is now open at 30505 NW 31st Avenue. Hours are 8-4 Monday through Friday and 8-1 Saturday. They have 20 different landscape and gardening products: bark dust, chips, gravel, drain rock, river rock, sand, 3-way mix – if they don’t have it they can get it. They offer pick up or delivery. Buy ten yards of any material and get free delivery.

They also offer field mowing and large brush removal and they accept yard debris. Bulk quantities of products are available – buying 25-35 yards qualifies you for bulk pricing.

They plan to add planters, sheds and boxes.

Check out their Facebook page here, to see more information. Phone number is 360-887-8945.


Thought for the Week

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, died a billionaire.

Here are some of his last thoughts and words:

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world.  In others’ eyes, my life is the epitome of success.  However, aside from work, I have little joy.  In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I have become accustomed to.  At this moment, I am on my sick bed, and recalling my life.  I realize that all of the recognition and wealth in which I took so much pride, have become meaningless in the face of my impending death.

You can employ someone to drive a car for you, and to make money for you, but you cannot employ anyone to bear illness for you.  Material things, when lost, can be found, but the one thing, that can never be found when it is lost, is your health and eventually your life itself.

When a person goes into the operating room, he realizes that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading, “The Book of Healthy Life”.

Whatever stage in life we are at currently, in time we all face that day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse and love for your friends.  Treat yourself well, and cherish others.
As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $3,000.00 or a $30.00 watch is not important.  The time is the same.  Whether we carry a $300.00 or $30.00 wallet/handbag, the contents are the same.  Whether we drink a bottle of $100 or $10 wine, the hangover is the same.  Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 sq. ft., the loneliness is the same.  Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down, you go down with it.

You will come to realize that true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Therefore, treasure your buddies, old friends, brothers and sisters. Chat often, laugh, sing, enjoy them.  That is true happiness.”