Good Work!

The Pacific FC 00 Orange Girls Soccer Team completed both an undefeated season and playoff run Sunday by winning the 2018 Washington State Presidents Cup.

The team competed in the Oregon Timbers/Thorns League and proceeded to the State tournament winning the Girls U-18 Division 1 bracket.

The team is made up predominately of high school juniors and a handful of sophomores.  Three Ridgefield residents are represented on the team: Brianna Jenkins, Faith Livsey and Jolie Gullickson.  Fred Jenkins, a Ridgefield resident is the head coach.  Great job girls.

Juncition Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Reminder –  the Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting is tonight, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Thought for the Week

Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” painting

Glimpse of the Future? (continued)

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in.  By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency …. of the world!

Longevity:  Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long, long time, probably way more than 100.

Education:  The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means everyone has the same access to world class education.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. There would be enormous potential if the English app was given out for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half a year.

Ridgefield Road Work this Week

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic during the weeks of May 10 – May 18, 2018.

South Hillhurst Road between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

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 will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.
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.
Pioneer and 35th Avenue – one lane closure with traffic flagging May 11-12 for final paving; then sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.
North 32nd Avenue – intermittent lane closures with flagging. Utility work in conjunction with the Village of Canyon Ridge subdivision.
South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

Ridgefield Farmers’ Market

Did you know the Ridgefield Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th year of operation? When we first started to talk about creating Overlook Park someone made the comment that we could have a farmers’ market there and I just laughed. I thought there was no way little Ridgefield could ever support something like a farmers’ market. And now it’s been 10 years and they’re still going strong!

A variety of vendors provide fresh local produce, breads and pastries local honey, fresh flowers, candles, jewelry, plants, clothing, and other items. There is a co-op table available for farmers to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables. Come on down to Overlook Park any Saturday and see the exciting things going on.

Julie Huffman is in charge of the market, so contact her at if you’re interested in being a vendor.

Make it 2 M

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are again planning a CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction this summer. It will be Saturday, July 14 at the Community Center from 6 to 9 pm. This benefit for the new Ridgefield library will feature delicious catered food from Herb ‘n Roots, an auction of small chairs painted by local artists, a little library, a bright red fire hydrant, among other auction items. Tevis Laspa is our auctioneer – he always makes things fun.

This tiny bench with a Peter Rabbit theme is one of the items that will be auctioned off.

We are looking for table hosts or hostesses to sponsor tables of eight, and if you’re interested in hosting a table, please contact me at 360-887-2160 or Cost of the dinner is $25, and hosts and members of the Friends get a bargain entry fee of $20.


Time to Plant Veggies

If you’re wondering if the seeds you have saved are still viable, here’s a guideline to use:

Good for 1 – 2 years: corn, onions and leeks, parsley, parsnips, peppers

Good for 3 – 4 years: asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage family, carrots, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes

Good for 5 – 6 years: cucumbers, lettuce melons, spinach

If you thought you didn’t have room for vegetables, you can find room for at least a handful of onions., Tuck them in empty spaces in your ornamental garden. They add a perky touch of green and will give you delicious fresh onions this fall. Try it!

One Plot Left at Community Garden

There’s still one plot left for rent at the Community Garden. Contact Lee Knottnerus at the City if you’re interested in renting it.

As you  can see, many people already have their plots planted, and things are growing well.


There are still a couple of beds that need to be cleaned out. The weeds have gone to seed and will soon be popping up throughout the entire garden.

If yours is one of those, please come by and at least pull your weeds and put them in the yard waste bin.

Be a good neighbor.


Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction Meeting

The Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting will be next Monday, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Thought for the Week

“Today women have the rights and equality our Victorian sisters could only dream of, and with those privileges comes the responsibility of standing up and being counted.”
Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan (born June 7, 1968) is a Scottish activist and writer who works in a variety of genres, though predominately in historical fiction. She is the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries.


Garage Sale June 9


Have stuff you need to get rid of?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate.

They will provide you with a unit to set up and sell all your stuff! RMS will also do the marketing for you.

(Facebook, Craigslist, newspaper, City of Ridgefield, school district, etc)

Cost to participate is $25, and all proceeds will go to the Ridgefield School District.

Space is limited call to reserve your spot 360-684-4549. Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway,

First Saturday, Part III

It is the Third Anniversary of First Saturday. Join us to usher in a fresh new season complete with Maypole dance, Farmer’s Market season grand opening, outdoor games, scavenger hunt, art, food and more!

This is the schedule of activities

9:00AM – Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, third and Pioneer

9:00-3:00PM – First Saturday, Spring & Cinco de Mayo Activities at Overlook Park

Ridgefield Farmer’s Market 2018 Grand Opening

Ridgefield Art Association Spring Art Fair & Sale

Wine Garden with Windy Hills Winery & Spudder’s Crest Wines

Fun outdoor games & activities

Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Ridgefield Main Street

Make flower crowns with Blue Heron Floral 

Fun outdoor games & activities

Live music, chips & salsa and snacks

9:00AM – Blue Heron and May Day Themed Kayak Paddle and SUP Tour @ Ridgefield Kayak/Alder Creek. Preregister at

10:00AM – Make a May Basket @ Ridgefield Community Library, then pick up flowers at merchants around town to fill your basket.

11:00AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration featuring a Maypole Dance performance by DanceFusion NW at Overlook Park

11:30AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration @ Overlook Park With Cinco de Mayo cupcakes and pinata fun

Noon-4:00PM – Cathlapotle Plankhouse Season Opening Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

7:30PM – Three Together Concert @ Old Liberty Theater


Breakfast with May-Pole Syrup @ Sportsman’s Steakhouse @ Saloon

Sweet & Savory Waffles @ Season’s Coffee/Old Liberty Theater

Planting Seeds Activity @ Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

5th Anniversary Celebration & Customer Appreciation Day with prize drawings @ Main Street Studio

Sidewalk Sale @ Ridgefield Hardware Store

Golden Retriever Statue to be Unveiled

Please join us in front of City Hall on Friday, May 4, as we unveil the bronze golden retriever statue generously donated by Tevis Laspa, sculpted by Georgia Gerber. If you know Tevis, you know his love for golden retrievers, arts and the community. Leash up your pups and walk on over! Treats for 4-legged and 2-legged guests will be provided!

First Saturday, Part II

This is the Ridgefield Garden Club’s 80th year, and they will again celebrate with a huge plant sale on First Saturday, May 5. Doors open at 9 am – no one will be admitted before then, as the ladies need to time to finish setting up inside. The sale takes place at the school maintenance shop, 3rd and Pioneer, and goes until the plants are sold.

There will be lots of hanging baskets, shrubs, perennials, etc., as well as oodles of home-grown plants and a few garden decorations. Some of the money raised will go towards the landscaping at our new library (to be), so come and see what these hard working ladies have to offer.

Thought for the Week

George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek.

“My father once told me that American democracy is a people’s democracy at heart, and that it therefore can be as great as the American people, or as fallible. It depends on all of us. But our system is more fragile than we know. To sustain it, we must always cherish the ideals on which it was founded, remain vigilant against the dark forces that threaten it, and actively engage in the process of making it work.”
George Takei