Our Team will be the Ridgefield Raptors

Southwest Washington’s newest sports team was unveiled Saturday as part of Experience Ridgefield, a large community event at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. That’s where the Raptors will begin playing next summer as part of the West Coast League, a collegiate wood bat baseball league.

The WCL, which now has 12 teams in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, announced in June it would expand to Ridgefield.

Last month, team officials launched a “name the team” contest on its website. General Manager Gus Farah said more than 500 ideas were submitted. Many related to two of Ridgefield’s most popular features, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the high school’s unique mascot, the Spudders.


There are still a few foursomes who signed up for the Friends of the Library Golf Tournament who have not turned in their registration forms and payments. Please call me (360)887-2160 or Tevis (360)887-3879 asap as we have to turn in the count soon.

The tournament is Sunday, September 30, a 1:00 scramble at Tri Mountain Golf Course and the cost is $100.

It’s a beautiful course and we always have a lot of fun.

Paint with Kathy

Unleash your creativity! Expand your horizons! Challenge yourself!

Come paint with us, Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am at my home studio, 114 North 4th Avenue right in downtown Ridgefield. Class size is limited to five people, so there’s lots of individual instruction and a short lesson each day.

All materials are provided for this amazing watercolor class, which runs for six weeks. Beginning artists are welcome and encouraged. We’ve even had people who said they’d never held a brush before and they were amazed at the art.they created.

Cost is $99. Call today to reserve your spot. (360)887-2160) The class fills up quickly so act now.

Wiener Dog Races and Oktoberfest this Saturday



Thought for the Week

Labor Day Parade in New York’s Union Square, 1882

Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

` Information from Wikipedia

Multicultural Festival Today

Big doings all day today as Ridgefield celebrates our Multicultural Festival. It begins at 10am with a welcome speech by Mayor Don Stose and then a parade of Chinese lions at Overlook Park, corner of Main and Pioneer,

Events continue throughout the day. Here’s the schedule for the Overlook Park events:

11am Takohachi Japanese drum and dance

12:30 Master Oh’s  tae kwan do

3:15 Maharaja Bangra Indian Dance Group

4:00 Scarlet Sails Russian Theater Group

5:00 Chinook Closing Ceremony

Cooking classes and music workshops will be held at the Community Center, but pre-registration was suggested, so there’s no guarantee there will still be space left.

9 :00 Filipino cooking ($10)

10:00 Ora Nui Tahitan Dance workshop ($25)

10:30 Scandinavian cooking ($10)

1:00 Five French ‘master’ sauces ($10)

3:00 Spicy Nigerian meat and Joliof rice ($0)

3:00 Gerardo Calderon and his Condor instrument workshop @15)

He will do an evening performance at the Old Liberty Theater ($15)

Flags of many nations will be displayed along Main and Pioneer, purchased by citizens of Ridgefield to honor their ancestors’ counties of birth.

Be sure to stop at the library and see the Chinese lion on display.


The monthly auction sponsored by the Friends of the Library ends tomorrow. This colorful basket of items was chosen to honor the Multicultural Festival during First Saturday. There is a bid sheet in the library – stop by and enter a bid if you’re interested.

The Friends have decided to start bidding on the Tuesday after First Saturday, and close the bidding on the First Saturday of the next month. With that in mind, September’s auction items will have a bird theme in honor of Bird Fest.

The first contains a bird seed feeder, a bevy of song birds, a bird-themed wind chime, embroidered fabric bird cards by Lorna Earl, bird-themed note cards by science illustrator Barbara AW Wright, HumZinger humming bird feeder, ‘Birds’ book, and bird themed cards from the Audubon Society.

This basket contains a squirrel-proof seed feeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds, a metal suet feeder and block of suet, the National Audubon Field Guide to birds, two embroidered fabric note cards by Lorna Earl, framed eagle watercolor print by science illustrator Barbara AW Wright, a stylized wood painted duck, eight bird-themed note cards by Barbara AW Wright, and three small packets of wildflower seeds.

The baskets and bid sheets will be in the library on Tuesday.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.





Meet a Local Merchant

This is another in a series of articles about businesses in our downtown core.

Today we meet Jon Taylor, the owner of the Farmers Insurance Agency on Pioneer Street. Jon has been an insurance agent for 19 years. He prides himself on fast, fair and friendly service, and if you let him give you a quote on your insurance needs he’ll give you $5 in Main Street Moola. That scrip can be exchanged for goods at any participating merchant in the downtown area.

Farmers provides auto, home, recreational vehicle, life and commercial insurance, and Jon says he does it with a smile.

Jon moved into Ridgefield because he loves the downtown area, and his office is now closer to his home. Give him a call for your insurance needs.

Note from Kathy – Jon has already immersed himself in volunteer activities in Ridgefield. This is the type of business owner we really appreciate! If you would like to  have your business featured on FYI98642.com, please email me: kathywinters179@gmail.com.

Thought for the Week

Volunteer Opportunity

Ridgefield Main Street (“RMS”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Ridgefield. Our mission is: Creating a sustainable vibrant downtown that is the heart and soul of our city by showcasing our unique destination and history, and by nurturing our sense of community.

RMS is looking for applicants who are interested in serving on its Board of Directors, a volunteer, unpaid position.

The current board is an action-oriented group that is passionate about the success of the downtown revitalization program. It is responsible for all of the finances of the organization, works to maximize volunteer involvement and establishes program policy. RMS is particularly interested in adding individuals to the Board who have experience or skills in fundraising, who are or can be community leaders, and who share the passion for revitalizing downtown Ridgefield.

The board meets monthly for 90 minutes and board members are expected to actively participate in projects or on one of the standing committees including: economic vitality, design, organization and promotions. In addition to Board meetings, Board members contribute 10-15 hours per month to the program.


Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest (and resume if desired) including the following information:

  1. Qualifications for the position including occupational/employment background and community service work in or outside of Ridgefield.
  2. Interest in the RMS organization, the downtown area, and the position.
  3. A description of the skills and/or strengths the applicant would contribute to the organization.

Email resumes and letters of interest to ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com or send/deliver to:

Marykay Lamoureaux, Executive Director , Ridgefield Main Street, P.O. Box 1656, Ridgefield WA 98642


For more information about Ridgefield Main Street see www.ridgefieldmainstreet.com.


This is the last week  you can sign up for the Friends of the Library Golf Tournament and pay the early bird amount of $85. After September 1 the fee goes up to $100, so find a foursome and prepare to have a lot of fun.

The tournament is Sunday, September 30. a 1:00 scramble at the beautiful and green Tri-Mountain Golf Course, 1701 NW 299 in Ridgefield. There will be lots of prizes, raffle items, a delicious spaghetti dinner, and fun for all. Beginning golfers are welcome. To reserve your spot, call Kathy at 360-887-2160 or Tevis at 370-887-3879. We can take credit card numbers over the phone.

Come and have fun and support your library building fund! Call today.

RAS Grand Opening

The Ridgefield Art Space (RAS) is having a grand opening, Saturday, August 25th from 7:30 to 11pm, and you’re invited. They’re at 208 Pioneer Street, on the second floor above the Hardware Store.*

There will be a live cover band, bar, on-site babysitting, dancing/no dancing and as much fun as you can take!

On Saturday they will introduce their instructors to the community and open registrations to the following class types and events:



Hip Hop

Baby/Toddler and Me

Monthly Date Nights with onsite babysitting

Ballroom/Partner Dance

Monthly Paint n’ Sips

Stand Up and Improv Comedy

Weekend Teen Lounge

More Parties

Suggested donation for admission is $15. Onsite babysitting for the event is offered at $5 per child (w/ accompanying admission donation). RAScoins in exchange to get drinks and raffle tickets for cool prizes. If you purchase tickets before the event you will receive RAScoins to spend at the event.

Liz and Spencer have created a lovely venue for their business, as shown in the photo below. Come and see what they have to offer.

Nonprofit “Arts for All” Fundraiser

Your donations through admission, beverage coins and raffle tickets help give access to their classes and events to everyone in Ridgefield, regardless of economic constraints.

With your help, they’re designing a platform where at least 1/4 of class attendees will not be required to pay.  Some can’t afford these things, but often they can’t afford not to.  Your participation makes theirs possible.

*note* RAS is on the second floor and has no elevator, no ADA access.  They apologize if this causes any inconvenience but are limited in this way due to the space’s existing 104 year old design. If there’s anything they can  do to accommodate additionally please call Liz or Spencer at  360-947-4484

City Council Position Opens

The City of Ridgefield has announced the vacancy of a City Council position and is accepting applications to fill the vacant position. The position will be vacant effective October 1, 2018 because John Main resigned his position to move to Idaho with his family.

State law provides that City Council “shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant position.” Therefore, the City has begun a recruitment and selection process for appointment. The timeline for filling the Council vacancy is as follows:

September 14, 2018: Application packets due to the City Clerk by 5 pm.

October 4, 2018: Candidate interviews.

October 11, 2018: New Council member swearing-in.

To be eligible to serve on the City Council, applicants must be registered to vote in Ridgefield and have resided within the city limits for a minimum of one year. Interested applicants may find information and an application packet at Web Site: https://ridgefieldwa.us/city-council-vacancy/ City Hall: 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642 Contact: Julie Ferriss, City Clerk 360.887.3557

Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. September 14, 2018.


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Come to Oktoberfest!