Make it 2m

Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, spoke to city council Thursday night and discussed a proposal to have the library expand into the Community Center Space. Council seems to support this idea.

The Ridgefield Community Center board is very excited that their long time partner (FVRL) is interested in considering an expansion of the library at this location. They want to donate the building to FVRL! The value of this donation would be based on the building’s assessed value, likely over $650,000. Amelia reported that it looks like the Southwest Washington Community Foundation may match this donation through a donor advised fund.

FVRL is still in the analysis and feasibility phase of considering this opportunity. They have contracted withBergerABAM for a survey of the property, a phase one environmental analysis, construction analysis of the deficiencies discovered in the first phase analysis as well as having an architectural analysis of the space for program needs and possible exterior facade changes. This work will cost FVRL just under $35,000.

FVRL will share the results of this study and seek feedback from the community to assist them in making this decision. They will be hosting a public meeting at the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday April 14th at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. FVRL will also take written comments through the Ridgefield Community Library prior to that time for those who can’t attend.

Misleading Articles

Both the Columbian and Reflector printed misleading articles about the owners of Teriyaki Thai restaurant that have hurt their business.

Seems the FORMER OWNER was charged and pled guilty to forced labor, visa fraud and tax evasion and both papers printed that he was “the owner of Teriyaki Thai restaurant in Ridgefield.”

But the current owners Sombat and Rujir Wongthawinkul bought it from this convicted owner two years ago!

Sombat reported their business has tanked in the last several days because local people think they are the guilty ones – instead of honest, hard working people who value and treat their employees very well.

Spring Camps

Spring break is just around the corner, and Quick Start Sports has a few two day camps this year! They will offer basketball and baseball, and all camps will be run by Coach Jason who is a high school coach at multiple schools throughout the area. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend a couple of days having fun, being active and learn from one of the best! Register today, as space is limited. Register here:

R-Biz Canceled

Tonight’s R-Biz Networking event at Three Brothers has been cancelled due to weather.  See you in March!

r-Biz canceled

Main Street Benefits from B & O Tax Program

Judy Hinz accepts a check from Sharif Burdzik (l) and Kim Capeloto of Riverview Bank

The Washington State Main Street Tax Incentive Program allows businesses to make a deduction to Ridgefield Main Street, and in return earn a 75% state B & O tax credit for that amount.

Scott and Cathy Hughes of Ridgefield Hardware were the first business to take advantage of this plan, and Riverview Bank presented a check for $1000 at the Main Street meeting on Thursday.

This program is open to all businesses that pay B & O tax, but the deadline to apply is March 15. The money may be paid all at once or in monthly payments until November 15, and our Ridgefield Main Street Program could benefit up to $95,000. With this amount of money the Ridgefield Main Street Program could continue its’ goal to make our downtown a more vibrant, active community.

Interested? Call MaryKay Lamoureaux, http://ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com , 360-524-2754, for more information

R Biz

The Ridgefield Business Association will host its’ monthly R Biz networking meeting at Three Brothers Winery, 2411 NE 244th Street, tomorrow evening, Tuesday, February 20, from 5 to 7 pm. This is a chance for you to chat with other business owners in our community. Food, prizes, raffle and fun are all included. Come and nosh!

More on Hairy Bittercress

Those of you who have been reading the blog for awhile may remember that I warned you about hairy bittercress, the pretty little weed that tends to take over our gardens in the spring. Now I find out the leaves are edible and add a mild and peppery flavor to spring salads.

The plants have actually been lurking near the surface all winter, having germinated in the fall and waited out the cold temperatures before sending up flowers and seeds.

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) leafs out in a basal rosette, and like other members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), its tender greens are edible. Though the flowers can be tough to chew, the tender leaves are suitable for a chic microgreens salad and have tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.

A warning – try to pull up all the plants before they flower and go to seed, or you’ll be sorry.

This information is from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.(not the last paragraph – that’s original Kathy Winters!)

Thought for the Week

What if we were to treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion—a mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence.

Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than women and health care, right?  I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people within seconds, right?

~ Author unknown

Library Programs February 20 -24

Tuesday Feb 20

6:00 p.m.-   READ TO THE DOG – Practice your reading skills and make a new, four-legged friend. Program is intended for ages 5-9. Space is limited. Call the library to sign-up at (360) 906-4770.

Wednesday Feb 21

10:00 a.m.-STITCHERY

10:30 a.m.-PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

4:00 p.m.-GAMING GROUP – Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teen.

Thursday Feb 22

1:00 p.m..-MAHJONG

3:30 p.m..-SPANISH CONVERSTION CIRCLE

4:00 p.m..-TWEEN TECH MONTH-Tweens will do some experiments with sound followed by a build project. Registration required. Contact the Ridgefield Library at (360) 906-4770 or go to www.fvrl.org and look for this program on the Events Calendar for Ridgefield.

Friday Feb 23

10:30 a.m..-TODDLER STORY TIME

Saturday Feb 24

2:00 p.m..-TWEEN/TEEN GAMING-Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teens.

Library Appreciation Day

Friends of the Ridgefield Library hosted their first Library Appreciation Day on Tuesday. Sean, Anne Laure and Lois do a great job for us, making the library a hub of activity in the downtown area.

Friends President Jeanne Androvich welcomed visitors and thanked the library staff, and the Friend’s members gave us a little background on each staff member. They were presented with a gift basket from the Friends.

 

Newest Free Library

The newest neighborhood free library in Ridgefield is on Riverview Drive. Built almost entirely from recycled materials, it echoes the style of the house and outbuildings where it resides. A kitchen cabinet from The Rebuilding Center forms the core of the library and all the exterior materials were reclaimed from old barns in Hockinson. The treated lumber post and plexiglass window are the only new purchased parts. The focus for this library will be childrens’ books on the lower shelf and adult books on the top shelf.

There are other free libraries scattered around Ridgefield. Have you found them? The idea is to take a book and eventually replace it with another one.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hug your sweetie.

Give your kids a hug and tell them how great they are and how much you love them – even if you don’t always! It means more to them than you’ll ever know!

Change in Speaker

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting Update: We’ve had a change in our speaker for this week’s meeting. Senator Ann Rivers had to cancel because of demands of the current Legislative Session.
Our guest speaker will now be Steve Stuart, Ridgefield City Manager. He will be speaking about what is currently happening at the City level, and focusing on the planned developments in the works for the 45th/Pioneer area, and the effects and impacts on downtown. As fate would have it, we couldn’t have had a better time to have Mr. Stuart as our speaker, as this is important to every one of us – resident or business owner. Be sure to join us at Sportsman’s on Thursday, February 15th at 8:30 am for this very important information.
Senator Rivers has rescheduled for Thursday, April 19th, so mark your calendars now. Also, for the March meeting, the Port of Ridgefield will be providing an update on what’s happening, including the overpass.

Reminder – Lions Club Casino Night

Ridgefield Lions are hosting another fun Casino Night, Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is open to anyone over 21. Last year, the Ilani dealt all our games and had teaching tables for those that wanted to learn Craps, Black Jack and Roulette, and they will be back again this year.

Cost is $25 per person, all inclusive for light food, drinks and money for play. There will be prizes and a whole lot of fun. Last year we had a hundred people attend and everyone still had a place at a table. Come meet our members and join in some fun with us.

The Lion’s are individuals that volunteer to support community events and Ridgefield students.

Main Street Program

Main Street Program monthly community meeting is Thursday, February 15.  Senator Ann Rivers, coming straight from the legislative session, will update us on what is happening at the state level that affects our community.

We are implementing a new meeting format that will have our guest speakers first on the agenda, with announcements from RMS and other organizations in our city coming after. Hopefully this gives those of you who have to get to your businesses more opportunity to hear the presentations of the guest speakers.

Meeting is at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main, Ridgefield – from 8:30-9:30 am. Complimentary coffee is served, and breakfast service is available.