Grant Program

The City of Ridgefield is offering a temporary emergency program to assist small, locally owned Ridgefield-based businesses to survive the COVID-19 crisis, to minimize disruption to workers and maintain availability of local goods and services in Ridgefield.

  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Grant Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
  • Business must be a private for-profit business.
  • Business must have a physical storefront within Ridgefield’s city limits.
  • Eligible expenses must be incurred between March 1 and October 31, 2020.
  • Businesses must have 25 or fewer employees.

Additional eligibility requirements online at RidgefieldWa.us/Small-Business-Grant

Friends of Refuge Reach Goal

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge reached their goal of $5,000 yesterday in the GiveMore24! event.

Thank you!

They not only reached their goal in record time, but beat last year’s achievement by $182.00. This is all thanks to members and volunteers, the generous match offered by the Hugh & Mair Lewis Charitable Fund, and every single one of you!

You don’t have to stop spreading the message and supporting the cause, because #GiveMore24! isn’t over yet. In case you want to get in on the action, it’s not too late: donate now.

24 Hours of Giving

Today is the annual Give More 24! event where donations to non-profits are raised. If you want your money to go directly to help furnish the Ridgefield Library, see the information below.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

Have you peeked in the windows of the new library? Things are progressing nicely.

Thought for the Week

Today’s Thought is a couple of definitions that tickled my funny bone:

KNOWLEDGE is knowing that a tomato is a fruit

WISDOM is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Have a great week. Wasn’t it great to see the sun again?

Thank You Fred Meyer and Boar’s Head

Boar’s Head Meats are now providing sandwiches in brown paper bags with a cellophane insert rather than the plastic clamshells we are used to. Think of the amount of plastic that could be saved each year if every vendor did this.

Thank you Boar’s Head and Fred Meyer for helping to mend our planet.

Zoom Session on County Home Rule Charter

Join the Ridgefield Community Group for a Zoom conference on Sept 26th at 5pm with Chuck Green to discuss Ridgefield centric data from the August primary and to learn about the County Home Rule Charter. Chuck is a Clark County Charter Review candidate from Ridgefield and is a wealth of knowledge about most things in Clark County politics. He serves on the Clark County Commission on Aging and the 3 Creeks Rotary. He has been the project manager for many transportation projects in our area and was the construction manager for the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Center. To join the discussion, use this zoom link:
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Meeting ID: 892 7223 0087
Passcode: 177156
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Thought for the Week

“Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thought become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your destiny.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

Report to the Community: Ridgefield Library Building Project.

Walls are down to the studs!

A little over ten percent of the renovation project is complete. You may not have seen much happening on the outside, but the demolition company, the Wrecking Crew, has been very busy on the inside of the building. The interior has been reduced to the studs. The north hip roof will come off soon to extend the west roof line up to the sidewalk. The east roof will be removed in its entirety to raise the inside space approximately two feet.

Getting ready for plumbing

In addition to the demolition work, the same company is preparing the site for the plumbers. They have cut the floor to allow for new plumbing in the areas that need underground drain lines. You may have noticed that Main Street was closed for a day or two just a while ago. A new two-inch water line was brought into the property. Plumbers were on site the day after Labor Day starting to put the new pipes in the ground.

With every building project—especially a remodel of an existing building— unexpected or confounding issues will arise. One concern from the beginning was the contaminated ground water from Park Dry Cleaners. This contaminated water exists but is down eight feet. Since there are no excavations over four feet, there is no worry of coming into contact with this area.

To date, all other issues arising from the remodel have been small and easily resolved. Delivering this project within the 270-day timeframe is something everyone is taking seriously. Activity was happening in the building during the Labor Day weekend and Labor Day. Library staff, Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, and everyone who has helped this dream become a reality should be quite pleased with this remarkable progress!

Thanks to Tevis Laspa for this update.

Money is still needed to complete the library. It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.

Thought for the Week

New Police Department Building

Lots of building going on in the downtown area. In addition to the bridge over the railroad tracks, FDM has started construction on the police department building which will contain office suites.

Leasing is available now.

Ridgefield Forward 2020 Victory Garden Contest Winners

Least Water Usage: 1st place – Christopher Dudley, honorable mentions – Bill Baumann, Cassandra Stone and Tara Nathan

Most Visually Stunning: 1st place – Maureen O’Reilly, 2nd place – Phyllis & Frank Vidin, honorable mentions – Jan Haig, Chris Bidleman, Marie Edwards, Melissa Terrell

Best Garden in Which to be a Kid: 1st place -Tiffany Ketterman, 2nd place -Amanda Ronstadt, 3rd place – Cassandra Stone

Most Biodiversity: 1st Place – Marie Edwards, 2nd place – Melissa Merrell, 3rd place -Curt Pemberton, honorable mentions – Maureen O’Reilly, Cassandra Stone

Most Improved: 1st place – Angie Prue, 2nd place – Jan Haig, 3rd place – Maureen O’Reilly

Best Use of a Small Space: 1st place – Angie Prue, 2nd place – Tara Nathan, 3rd place – Curt Pemberton, honorable mentions – Marie Edwards, Jan Haig, Amanda Ronstadt

Food Theme: 1st place – Cassandra Stone, 2nd place – Melissa Merrell, honorable mentions – Bill Baumann, Tara Nathan, Marie Edwards, Amanda Ronstadt

Greatest Food Production: 1st place – Bill Baumann, 2nd place –  Cassandra Stone, 3rd place – Jan Haig, honorable mention – Amanda Ronstadt

Best Youth Garden: 1st place – Cassandra Stone, 2nd place – Curt Pemberton, 3rd place – Amanda Ronstadt, honorable mention – Tiffany Ketterman and Chris Dudley

People’s Choice: 1st place – Angie Prue, 2nd place – Amanda Ronstadt, 3rd place – Maureen O’Reilly

Thanks so much to all who participated and big thanks to our awesome judges- City Councilor Sandra Day, Ridgefield Resource Center Director Christine Poppert, Ridgefield Forward Volunteer Tracy Ceravolo and Lava Java owner Phuong Tran.

Ridgefield NOW – Neighbors On Watch Volunteer Program

Neighbors on Watch (NOW) is a community program police departments can implement to empower and train local citizens to help extend the efforts of law enforcement by being the eyes and ears for safety in their communities. The volunteers patrol neighborhoods and other areas primarily on foot to serve as a visible deterrent to crime. They are tasked with noting any safety concerns and calling in any suspicious activity in real time. Volunteers also provide extra hands to help with community and parade events. The program helps build positive relationships between local law enforcement, communities, and residents.

Our goal is to have active members in every neighborhood in Ridgefield. Together we can help decrease crimes of opportunity and help our community continue to be a safe place to live.

What We Do:

  • Make a positive difference in our community by being a part of the solution.
  • Help Ridgefield Police by being a visible presence to help deter and report crimes of opportunity. We keep an eye out for the safety of our neighborhoods during our regular walks, bike rides, drives through our neighborhoods, and attending sporting events. We report suspicious activity to Ridgefield Police.
  • Help by volunteering to assist Ridgefield Police with additional manpower during community activities, lost child or criminal evidence situations.

We complete an initial training program including topics such as police policies and procedures, how to report suspicious activity and crimes, security and awareness training, search techniques, and more!

Join us for a virtual informational meeting with Chief Brooks via Zoom on September 8th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. RSVP and obtain the link for the informational meeting by sending an email to janettepipkin@gmail.com. The next training academy will be virtual via Zoom and starts on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020.

Thought for the Week

Affirmations for Life

Do it now.

Problems are opportunities

You are what you think you are.

Set no limitations for yourself.

You can be walked on only if you lie down.

You have a right to be wrong as well as right.

Settle for nothing less than what you want.

Your body is a vehicle for your souls: treat it like a Mercedes Benz.

You are responsible for your happiness.

 

Support Rally for RPD

Derek Sommers and others are planning a Ridgefield Police Department Support Rally on August 8th, 10:30 am at Overlook Park.

We will start at the park with a few words and then do a short march around downtown and end at the RPD. We will have flags and signs as well as some notes to leave for the officers.

Derek will have opened up a few tabs up at Liberty Theater and Vinnie’s Pizza for the officers to use so anyone who wants to can put money down on the tabs. Please do it the day of the rally so there’s no confusion.

We will keep things simple but the impact will be huge for the RPD! Please spread the word on social media and word of mouth. Thank you for all of your support!

Library Sampler

Are you missing browsing in the stacks to find a good book to read? Tired of trying to come up with titles of books to put on hold?

Let the librarians find you some good books by using the Library Sampler! Answer a few questions about the type of literature you like to read, and leave the rest up to them. You will be notified when the books are in, and you can use curbside pick up to check them out.

Money is still needed to complete the library. It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Send checks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield 98642. Donations of $1000 or more will get recognition in the new library. Credit cards are also accepted. Call Cathy at 360-931-0343 to donate by credit card. Naming opportunities are available. What a nice gift this would be to a friend or family member who you want to recognize.