Grand Opening of New Fish and Wildlife Building next Wednesday

A grand opening celebration and tours of the new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife building, located at 5525 S. 11th St. are slated for Wednesday, July 26. A flag-raising by Boy Scouts of America Troop #310 will be at 1 p.m. followed by remarks from various officials. Tours of the new building will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.

This event is open to the public. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will have seating available. To RSVP or if you need special assistance, please email


I’m Back!

Did you miss me? I have been gone for almost two weeks: first to a watercolor workshop in Maine, then to Cleveland for a family reunion and my sister’s 80th birthday party.

Don’t believe the things you’ve heard about Cleveland, sometimes called the Mistake on the Lake. We found it to be a jumping place, with gracious yards and substantial buildings. Because they get rain in the summer the gardens flourish and their grass stays green during the summer. In fact there was a gusher while we were there.

As we drove home from the airport I noticed all the weeds along the way, such as the overpass along Pioneer. We could take some lessons from Cleveland!

Now it’s on to my move and getting settled in downtown. My new address is PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Phone numbers stay the same.

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents “Inhabit: a Permaculture Perspective” in partnership with the Old Liberty Theater, the Ridgefield Community Group and the Ridgefield Community Library on Wednesday July 26th, 7:30 pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

This is an opportunity to learn how to effectively grow food and heal the soil whether you are in the country, suburbs or city.  Free and open to the public, donations appreciated to cover the cost of using the theater.

Special guest speaker will be Warren Neth, Executive Director of Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

For more info:

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Do you love soccer? Do you love libraries? Now you can love both at the same time.

Our Vancouver Regional Library Foundation has put together a fundraiser for our “branches to be” in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.

Join us on July 15th at Providence Park as the Portland Thorns face the North Carolina Courage and a portion of your ticket will go to our three library building projects.

Purchase tickets online:

For online sales, go to Use FVRL as the promo code. Click Go.

Order your tickets (reserved upper seating) for $15 (normally $20).

Every purchase is entered into a drawing for prizes!

The best part is that ~$10 from every ticket will go to our building projects! Yay!

We’d love to have a little competition to see which building project you’d most like to support. Send Judy Musa ( an email to let her know when you’ve purchased tickets and which building project you would like your money to go to or leave it up to her to decide. All donations will be anonymous, so no hard feelings about who you love best. You can also purchase tickets directly from Judy by cash or check.

Charming Apartment for Lease

Fresh, clean, apartment in downtown Ridgefield for rent for one person and no pets. Clean, fresh, 600 square feet, high cabled ceiling and loft. Air conditioned and heated. Furnished or unfurnished. Like new, available now. $1000 per month, including TV, internet, all utilities. Need a security deposit of $500 plus last month’s rent. One year lease. Call Carol Pinnell, 503-313-9975.

Celebrate the 4th!

Here’s the schedule for the day:

7 – 10 am: Pancake Breakfast – Community Center

8 am: Fun Runs – Pioneer & Main

10:15: Pet and Kids Pre-Parade – Pioneer & Main

11 am: Fourth of July Parade

10 am – 6 pm:  Downtown Festival – Overlook Park

2:15 pm: Pie-Eating Contest – Overlook Park

5:30 – 9:30 pm Dancing in the Park – Overlook Park

10:15 pm: Firework Display – View from Railroad Avenue


Thank you!

I happened to be at the Post Office today when John Burroughs was picking up his mail. If you remember, David Taylor suggested sending birthday greetings to John for his 102nd birthday, which is tomorrow, and I mentioned it on this blog.

John had a stack of envelopes over two inches thick and was laughing that he could hardly get them out of the PO box.

Thanks to all who participated in this typical Ridgefield activity. Isn’t it great to live in a town with such caring and involved citizens?

Thought for the Week

With all the fun things going on tomorrow for Independence Day, please take a moment to think about the history of our country and the wonderful place we live.

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Notes from the 4th of July Committee –

A reminder that chairs along the parade route cannot be put out before 6:00 pm on July 3rd.

The Fireworks will be shot off on the north end of the Port property. Little seating is available on Railroad Avenue due to construction, so the viewing will be directly on the Port property and the marina looking north. NO OUTSIDE FIREWORKS will be allowed anywhere in the Marina or on Port Property.
The entire 4th of July Celebration is put on by an all-volunteer committee with the help from their sponsors, the City and the Port. If you are interested in helping with future 4th of July planning, please visit their website at for contact info.
Enjoy the holiday and your freedoms, and be safe!

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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library auction off an item to raise money to support the many programs of the library, and help raise money for the new building.

July’s item is a Farberware hard-anodized, non-stick cookware set. It’s oven safe up to 500 degrees and contains 8 and 10″ skillets, 1, 2,and 3 quart saucepans with lids, a 5 quart Dutch oven with lid and a set of 4 plastic tools for the pans. The set has a value of $100.

The bid sheet and cook ware set will be at the library tomorrow. Maybe you have a child who’s just graduated and is starting out on their own, or a young married family who need cookware. The set is unopened and makes a perfect gift.

More info on why Butterflies Puddle

Photo taken at the edge of Gee Creek last week

When butterflies mate the male gives a lot of sodium to the female.  The extra sodium helps with the development of the eggs. Nectar from flowers contains sugar but little sodium. To get the lost sodium back the males will look for wet areas that have concentrations of salt. Although these butterflies are puddling together, they are actually competing. The one that can mate with the most females will pass on more of his genes. The more quickly a male can restore the missing salt, the more quickly he can seek another female. Guys getting together for drinks but looking for females is not unheard of.   – Paul Snoey

Methodist Church Looking for Administrative Assistant

Objective: To improve our church abilities to a higher level by  providing a stable go-to person to assist our congregational service outreach and general informational needs, and to free up pastor Meredith to better fulfill the pastoral needs of the congregation.

Position Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:

  • Calendar- schedule events, manage & communicate main calendar
  • Building Usage- coordinate & communicate to all parties (preschool, church, community)
  • Church communications & publications- bulletins, newsletter, assist social media
  • Newcomer outreach coordination
  • Membership outreach coordination
  • Office organization- phones, emails, paperwork, other administrative duties
  • Other duties as assigned

Proposed Hours & Pay & Start Date:

  • 12 hours per week- Tu, We, Th 9:00 – 1:00
  • $15.00 per hour
  • Starting August 1, 2017


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Office organizational skills
  • Computer proficiency in word, publisher and google apps
  • Telephone and greeting skills
  • Calendaring proficiency
  • Decision-making abilities
  • Confidentiality & discretion
  • Team player
  • Friendly and positive attitude

Applicants should send cover letter, resume and two references to and/or

Ridgefield United Methodist Church

PO Box 446

Ridgefield, WA 98642

Fundraiser for the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

You’re invited!  Please join the Friends on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at Windy Hills Winery, 1346 S. 38th Court, Ridgefield, WA.

Amazing wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be available and there will be both silent and live auctions.

Cost is $25.00 per guest. Invitations are on the way.  If you did not receive an invitation but would like to attend, please contact Victoria Haugen, Board Secretary, at 503-927-2254

Please send check payable to the Friends of the RNWR to:

Friends of the RNWR

P.O. Box 1022

Ridgefield, WA  98642

Or pay online using Paypal:

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to help the Friends, please use this link:


John Burrow Turns 102

Long-time Ridgefield resident John Burrow will be 102 on July 5.  John has been Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade and was inducted into the Lion’s Club last year. He is still driving.  He’s also sharp as a tack.

Councilman Dave Taylor is leading a campaign to flood John’s PO Box with birthday cards. Since his birthday is on Wednesday next week, it would be nice if people were to put a card in the mail on Friday or Saturday since Tuesday is a PO holiday.  It should reach his box on Wednesday am. Won’t John be surprised?

Address your card to

John Burrow

PO Box 195

Ridgefield, WA  98642

Fish & Wildlife’s New Building to Open

About 100 Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife will move into their new Region 5 headquarters building in Ridgefield on July 3, just 11 months from the construction start date. The Port of Ridgefield was awarded a 10-year lease contract on the building last June, clearing the way to build the 31,000 square foot building on one of the port-owned properties at South 11th Street at its Wisdom Ridge development site.

The building will support WDFW’S Region 5 operations which service six Southwest Washington counties.  As of July this year, Region 5 operations will relocate to Ridgefield permanently, and the WDFW’s Vancouver office on Grand Boulevard will be permanently closed.

In addition to the office facility, there are two public meeting rooms, a fish lab, 10,000 square feet of warehouse space for WDFW storage, and 8,000 square feet of covered storage for outdoor vehicles and other equipment.

With a short time frame in which to secure engineering, permits, bidding and complete construction, the addition of record rainfall throughout the winter and spring made work on the $8 million concrete-tilt building extremely challenging. The port was, however, able to meet its June completion requirement while also coming in under budget on the project.

Laurie Olin, the port’s Vice President of Operations, credits the work of the project’s many committed contractors to meeting the deadlines established in the contract.

“While we had to overcome the weather and some bumps in the road common in construction, from the general contractor – 2 KG – to its subs, everyone worked together to get this done,” Olin said.

Port CEO Brent Grening noted that WDFW has had a long-term vision to relocate to new space.

“We congratulate WDFW on achieving this milestone, and thank past and present management for choosing Ridgefield.  We also thank the Southwest Washington legislative delegation for their support of this important project.”

The architect for the project was Mackenzie; financing for the port was provided by Banner Bank.

A grand opening celebration and tours of the building, located at 5525 S. 11th St. are slated for Wednesday, July 26. A flag-raising by Boy Scouts of America Troop #310 will be at 1 p.m. followed by remarks from various officials. Tours of the new building will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3p.m.

This event is open to the public. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will have seating available. To RSVP or if you need special assistance, please email

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Things were jumping last night at 3Peaks at the benefit for the library. Lots of people came because they had seen the event advertised, and others learned about it that night. We won’t have a count of the amount raised for a few days, but the donation jar held almost $100. Thanks to all who attended and to the staff and owners of the taproom for inviting us. It’s a pretty easy way to raise money for such a good cause.