What Makes Ridgefield so Special #13

This sign was posted on the bulletin board at the Post Office – only in Ridgefield!

Last Chance for Discount!

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s Golf Tournament is Sunday, October 6. Folks who register before September 1 can take advantage of a discount on tickets – only $100. After the 1st they go  up to $110. If you’re a member of the Friends you get an even bigger discount: $90/$100.

The tournament is held at Tri-Mountain Golf Course, and it’s a 12:00 scramble. Prizes are awarded and raffle items are offered as well as a delicious spaghetti dinner. There will be a putting contest between holes 9 and 10 ($10) and mulligans and throws are available for $5 each.

This is always a fun event – call Kathy at 360-887-2160 or Tevis at 360-887-3879 to register. Credit cards are accepted.

Welcome Officer Santos!

Dane Santos is the newest member of the Ridgefield Police Department. He was sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting. The photo shows his wife Deelaney pinning on his badge.

Dane grew up in Clark County, graduating from Camas High School and Central Washington University. He graduated in June, got married in July, was hired in August, and will be working in Ridgefield in September. He comes from a background in law enforcement.

News about the Proposed Fuel Station

Over 100 neighbors gathered at the RACC tonight to hear a presentation by the proposed developers of the commercial property at Sevier and Hillhurst. The overwhelming views were to not put a fuel station at that location. People had few complaints with a mini-mart and other small businesses, but were against having a fuel station because of the traffic, noise, detrimental air quality, and other factors.

Did you know that FHA will not loan money on properties within 350 feet of a gas tank larger than 1000 gallons?

Tonight at the City Council meeting (6:30 at the RACC)  there will a public hearing on the previous action taken regarding the emergency moratorium on gasoline stations in CNB Zones.

The meeting last night was sponsored by the HOA Council.


3Peaks Supports the Library

Tevis Laspa, Kathy Winters, Zach Goldfinch, Carrie and Kelly Beckwith

Yesterday Tevis and I picked up a very nice check for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library from 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. They donated a portion of the money spent at the Britnee Kellogg concert on June 29. With the money collected in the donation jar that evening over $1900 was added to the building fund for the library.

3Peaks has held an event for the Friends for the last several years, and this has made a big contribution to our building fund. Thanks Zach, Carrie and Kelly!

Free Diorama Class

The Ridgefield Art Association is offering a free class at our RACC room this Thursday, August 22nd at 6 pm.

We are providing a rustic 12″ x 12″ box and plain cardboard back and an assortment of colored paper. You provide your own fun, decorative ingredients: glue, scissors, etc. The Dollar Tree has some Halloween items in stock.

Open to elementary – adults. Elementary children need an adult to attend with them. It’s is limited to the first 10 people that reply to this email.

It will take place in the RAA room at the RACC. Follow the signs when you get to the entrance of the RACC. 501 Pioneer Street. Please reply to this email here if you would like to participate.


Thought for the Week

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” Eric Hoffer, 1898-1983

Trustees Meeting

Trustees for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library meet monthly at the various libraries in the system. Next Monday, August 15, they will meet in the Community Room of the Ridgefield Library. The meeting starts at 6:00, and the public is invited. It’s a good chance to see how our library system operates. There is time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

Architects Meet with Patrons

The meeting last night with the architects designing the remodeled library drew a larger than expected crowd. Many folks had questions and comments about the plans. There are still a few bug to be worked out, but the basic design looks good. A copy of the drawings is at the library if you’re interested.

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #12

Tuesdays in the Park! Last night’s movie was ‘Babe,’ and as you can see, the multigenerational crowd was having a good time.

Main Street Meeting Thursday

Ridgefield Main Street meets this Thursday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Public House. 121 North Main Avenue, for our monthly Community Meeting. We’ll be “Envisioning Downtown as a Destination”, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to give your input on this important topic.

As always, complimentary coffee and tea will be served, and breakfast is available.

Code Amendments

The Ridgefield Community Development Department is processing a set of code amendments in order to bring the code up-to-date and to address some of the development standards to further promote a livable community in Ridgefield. Below is the link and we welcome any comments you may have on any of the proposed code sections. This online public comment period will remain open until City Council’s hearing tentatively set for October 2019, to consider adoption of the proposed code amendment. To view the proposed amendments and submit online comment, click here. 

An Open House will be held to discuss these code amendments on Thursday, August 29th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center located at 510 Pioneer St.

Meet with Architects Tonight

Farm to Table

The annual Farm to Table Dinner is this Saturday, August 17th from 6 to 10pm at Overlook Park.

There is a five course meal of the finest and freshest ingredients of the local harvest created by Crave Catering and Gather & Feast Farm. The evening begins on the plaza at six o’clock with happy hour and live music by Faisal & Mitch. Dinner is served family style on long tables brimming with fresh cut flowers at seven o’clock. After dessert, relax to music and dance under the stars with your friends and neighbors. Local wines served by Ridgefield Art Association and beer served by Trap Door Brewing. This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For more information visit: www.Ridgefieldwa.us/farm-to-table

Thought for the Week

Toni Morrison passed away on Monday at the age of 88. She is the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She authored multiple novels, children’s books and essay collections. One of her most popular and well-loved books Beloved won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and also the American Book Award.

As Barack Obama, the 44th President of the US, stated in his eulogy on social media:

“Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time non-traditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career — a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more — and with

it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories — that our stories — will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.”           Information from Wikipedia