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Climate change is the fight of our lifetime and is disproportionately affecting the poor, the elderly, children and communities of color. The current state of the U.S. Territory Puerto Rico is a prime example. After Hurricane Maria touched down 11 months ago, it has taken until last week for power to be fully restored. 254 schools have been closed because of decreased enrollment (families who were able to leave have left) and because several schools are still ravaged from the hurricane. The death toll is greater than 4,600.

I believe it is going to take the efforts of all of us together to fight it.

If you are feeling anxious about the changing climate and want to channel that feeling into action, come down to the Old Liberty this Wednesday, August 22, to watch “Before the Flood” with us and to hear what one of Clark County leaders, Don Steinke, has to say. He and his wife Alona, have been on the front lines in direct actions, legislative efforts, education and coalition building. He will talk about initiative 1631.

Thought for the Week

$75

Thanks to all those who have donated $75 (or more) to our library building fund. A few weeks ago I noted that if everyone in the 98642 area code gave $75 we would have met our goal of raising $1.2 million dollars more for the library, and several people have brought in donations in that amount. We appreciate it.

Reminder – only a couple of week left to get in the golf tournament at the early bird pricing. Cost is $85 until September 1, then it goes up to $100. The tournament, at Tri Mountain Golf Course right here in Ridgefield, is Sunday, September 30, a 1:00 scramble. Call 360-887-2160 or 360-887-3879 to book your foursome.

Ridgefield Farmers Market

The Ridgefield Farmers Market this Saturday will be at Davis Park (corner of Main St & Mill) because of the Farm to Table Dinner. We will have music by Richie Bean. We are also hosting a school supply drive with all donations going to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center for their annual Back to School Bash. Bring a donation and receive a $1 coupon towards your market purchase. ✏️🖍️📓✂️🖇️🖊️ A preview of what will be available: Blueberries from George Hoffman Pears and Blackberries from Pat Produce from April Joy Farm, Heath Farms, McPhee Family Farms Bakery goods from bakerchic’s Lularoe Mollymae Smoked Salmon and MORE! https://www.facebook.com/115529101824089/posts/1959772884066359/

Saturday Night Party with Onsite Babysitting! – ‘like its 1999!

Downtown Saturday Night Party, August 25th, 7:30-11pm at the Ridgefield Art Space, upstairs above the hardware store.

www.The-RAS.com for tickets

Come see what The RAS is all about. Being a nonprofit arts center for Ridgefield, we have classes starting soon of all types – Ballet, Hip Hop, Partner Dancing, Zumba, Baby and Me, Comedic Acting/Stand Up, Date Nights, Paint ‘n Sips, Painting Instruction, a soon to be opened Teen Lounge for weekend nights and so much more coming! Come party and meet us…And don’t worry about the kids, we’ve got you covered!

Best date night ever in less than two weeks!! Live Band … Huge Dance Hall… Mingling… Disco ball and great acoustics …Beverages 😉 You can “catered bar” your face off!

Meet our instructors …Safe transportation home… Onsite Babysitting by Red Cross Certified Sitters in adjoining suite for $5/child. Not per hour- Just five bucks per child for the whole night!

Taxis out front- we have 23 stairs up to our second floor palace above the hardware store. If you have trouble getting down them you and yours GET IN A CAB. They’ll be waiting out front. Come out for a night of fun. Make new friends and high five your old ones. See our schedule and the soon to be opened Weekend Teen Lounge.

Tickets are $15 and support your neighbors’ access to awesome events, visual and performing arts classes, and a place where everyone in Ridgefield is welcome to make memories. One of every four people taking our classes are not asked to pay based on their private financial situations. Your fun pays for theirs too! Get your tix now at www.The-RAS.com The RAS- Nonprofit Arts For All.. Somewhere there’s a party… SOMEWHERE is up there!

FORE! The Library Golf Tournament

Have fun golfing while raising money for the Ridgefield Library building fund!

This year’s tournament is Sunday, September 30 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. It’s a 1:00 scramble, and as usual we’ll have lots of prizes, raffle items, a putting contest, a great dinner and just a whole lot of fun.

We’re taking reservations now. Cost is $85 if you pay before September 1, and $100 after that, so it behooves you to call in your reservation now. Tevis at 360-887-3879 and Kathy at 3600-887-2160 will be happy to take your information.

Don’t miss out on this fun day. You don’t have to be a good golfer – we even have prizes for the BA last team.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Please join us this Thursday, August 16th, 8:30-9:30 am for the August Ridgefield Main Street Community Meeting. We have TWO guest speakers this month: Brad Richardson, Executive Director of the Clark County Historical Museum, will talk about an upcoming HAUNTING event in Ridgefield; Jeff Niten, Community Development Director, will update us on current and future projects in Ridgefield.

The Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon at 121 N Main Ave., continues to host our monthly meetings, providing complimentary coffee and tea for attendees. Breakfast is available.

Through these monthly meetings we strive to provide the community with relevant and timely information in a comfortable format.

Thought for the Week

$75

 

This is the basket of foods and other items that are up for auction at the library this month. The basket is full of fun and delicious items from around the Hispanic World including:

Gorgeous multicolored blanket from Mexico

Rain stick from Peru

Celebracion cookbook with recipes celebrating Latino family life

New World Kitchen by Norman Van Aken

Nuevos Sabores para ensaladas published by William Sonoma

Organic extra virgin olive oil from Portugal

Tempranillo Reserve red wine from Spain

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

Tia Lupita hot sauce from Mexico

Cholula chipotle hot sauce from Mexico

Belinda’s Jalapeno sauce from Costa Rica

Crema Catalana (crème brulee) mix from Spain

Sangria rose from Spain

Sangria rojo from Spain

Chipolte chili chocolate bar from World Market

Value: $150

There’s a bid sheet in the library, and the auction will close at the end of the month. September is Multicultural Month in Ridgefield, so this fits right in.

 

Farm to Table Dinner

A few tickets are still available for the Farm to Table dinner on August 18.

The festivities start at 6:00 with beverages and appetizers, with dinner at 7 and dancing under the stars to the music of Justin Sheehy.

It’s an evening of food, wine, draft beer and conversation and a chance to showcase our local farmers, brewers, wineries and caterers.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the city  office, 360-887-3557.

National Night Out

Don’t know how I missed this one – tonight (Tuesday Aug 7) is National Night Out. Come on down to Abrams Park for free hot dogs and exhibits by lots of organizations. It’s from 6-8pm and it’s all free.

Meet your local Police Officers, City Council and City Staff. Take a tour through our patrol cars. Get to know your neighbors and local businesses. Enjoy free BBQ hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, cookies and more. You can even bring your own bike and join in the Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. A Connected Community is a Safer Community!

Farmers for America

Just a reminder –

The documentary film Farmers for America will be shown Wednesday, August 8th, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Starting at 6:00 PM Sunbridge Solar will be sponsoring locally sourced appetizers from Grand Army Tavern and produce from April Joy Farm. You may purchase tickets in advance here. Cost is $11.48.

For a more complete description, see my posting on July 27.

Traffic Update

Hillhurst Road from the High School to NW 229th Street– Flagging will be ongoing, expect delays.  Frontage improvements for the outdoor recreation complex, the schools, and the new subdivision, as well as associated utility improvements will be underway this week.

Royle Road from the pump station to the intersection with Hillhurst– flagging will be in place as to conduct utility improvements.

Construction in other areas is continuing and is expected to have traffic impacts similar to previous weeks:

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier may cause traffic delays, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

So. Nighthawk Road – Road closure to allow the installation of underground utilities. Exact date of closure s not yet set, but will occur this week for approximately 2-3 days. A detour is available and will be signed. The contractor will notify affected homeowners prior to beginning work.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete, the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Main Avenue from Depot Street to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge –Intermittent lane closures with flagging.  This is utility work in preparation for the upcoming Main Avenue Access Improvements project.  The project will complete a pedestrian path to the Refuge and replace the existing bridge and culvert over Gee Creek. The bridge replacement will address periodic flooding on the road and remove an existing barrier to fish passage.  The full project is expected to begin construction in early spring of 2019.

New Construction Area:

Royle Road – One lane closure with flagging on a portion of Royle Road. The closure will allow for the installation of a water line.

This is the most current information available to City staff at this time. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions, supply availability, unexpected conditions and other factors that may impact the work underway.

Police Department Receives Defibrillators

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded the Ridgefield Police Department a grant for 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to have in police cars and city buildings. An AED is a sophisticated but easy to use medical device designed to help someone who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

In 2017, a student at nearby La Center High School, located in Clark County, began experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The local fire department and police department were present at the high school for an unrelated event. Both had functioning AEDs and were able to save the life of the student before additional emergency personnel arrived. Had the police and fire departments not had AEDs, the outcome could have been tragically different.

Since the incident, the City of Ridgefield has made equipping the police department and City facilities with AEDs a priority. In 2017, the department received 10 call requests for AEDs. At the time, the department had only one AED and was not able to provide assistance at all of the calls. The acquisition of the additional AEDs will allow the department to quickly and efficiently respond to all AED related calls, as every patrol car will be equipped with one.

The 15 AEDs provided by the generous grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will help the Ridgefield Police Department better serve the community. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew we could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born, with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $365,000 in Washington.

American Legion Car Show

The 8th annual American Legion car show was a huge success. There were over 50 cars parked along the streets of downtown Ridgefield.  It was great to see so many local families come out and look at all the cars. A special thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sportsman’s for donating a portion of the dinner proceeds back to the American Legion. The Legion ended up receiving a $250 donation from the Sportsman’s.