Meet the Drapers

Draper Orthodontics has been an FYI advertiser for the last five years, and has just renewed for another year. I asked Amy Draper to write up information about their business. Here’s what she wrote:


   “Draper Orthodontics is located just up the road in Woodland and has been serving the Ridgefield community for the past six years.  Dr. Draper and his family are Ridgefield residents and love to support the schools and the community of Ridgefield.  

   If you are interested in braces or Invisalign for yourself or your children, please give us a call and we will gladly set up a complimentary consolation to meet with you.

   At Draper Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in giving our patients the individualized care they deserve and love the small town feel of our office and community.  We pride ourselves in treating each patient as our own family.

Mention that you saw this advertisement on FYI98642 and receive $500 off full orthodontic treatment for all new patients starting in 2018.

Smile With Us Ridgefield!”

Thought for the Week

You bought a lottery ticket, right? Rushed out there and grabbed one in hopes it could make your life better? Even though your one ticket may not win, you did it anyway, because it’s worth a shot, right?

So did you vote?

There’s still time. Mail your ballot so it’s postmarked today and you may be the tie breaker. You may also drop the ballot in the box at the Pioneer Street exit, east of I-5, at the end of North 1st Circle.

Fall Back

Remember to set your clocks back an hour when you get up this morning. Daylight Savings Time is over, and we’re back to dark evenings.

Is this yours?

Someone left this stroller in front of our house on 4th Avenue North. If it’s yours, please come get it.

Pop-Up Book Sale at Seasons

The Friends of the Library “Mini” Pop-Up Book Sale Coming this Saturday to Seasons Coffee Tea & Remedies!

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library are launching their first “Mini” Pop-Up Book Sale this Saturday, November 3rd,  from 9 am to 1 pm at Seasons located at 115 N Main Avenue in Ridgefield.

Stop by and enjoy your favorite cup of coffee, tea or special treat as you browse a selection of hand-picked gently used books at can’t be beat prices!  Proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund and library programs.

The Friends are looking for additional locations in Ridgefield to hold a Pop-Up Book Sale.  Please contact Friends President Jeanne Androvich (360-887-2579 or if you would like to host a Pop-Up Book Sale in your business!

Traffic Impacts this Week

1st Circle: Paving, one lane traffic control on 1st Circle with minor impacts to So. 56th Place. This is reconstruction of the road in conjunction with the Vancouver Clinic construction.

No. Main Avenue from Depot Street to the 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 Wildlife 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.

So. 15th Street and So. 45th Avenue: Intermittent traffic control will be in place as work is completed on So. 15th Street. Frontage improvements are being completed as part of the Cloverhill subdivision. The road is being realigned for safety and sight distance and to match the City’s future planned So. 45th improvements that will include road widening and frontage improvements.

For a map of road construction projects, see:

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.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Volunteer Opportunities

I have created a brochure listing volunteer activities in Ridgefield. If you work with new-comers in our community, you might want to get a copy. There are some on display at the library, City Hall, and in the spinner at the Sportsman’s. I can also email you a copy.

If you have a volunteer organization that’s not listed, send me information about it and I’ll include the data when the flyers are re-printed. Please include a description of your activities, meeting place, and contact information.

Clark County Open Studios This Weekend

Clark County Open Studios is a chance for you to visit artists in their studios, talk to them about their art, and hopefully purchase a piece of art. This year four artists are from Ridgefield. They are Robert Bickel (painting), Lauren Rengani (painting), Anne Gilmour (fiber), and Kathleen Duncan (wood). The signs like the one above mark the location of each studio.

Tour guides are available locally at Seasons Coffee Shop, Lava Java, and other locations around the County. The studios are open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

A Laugh a Day…

I howled when I read this. Hope you like it too.

“My granddaughter wanted a Cinderella-themed party, so I invited all her friends over and made them clean my house.”

Home Tour This Weekend

Used Book Sale Saturday at Seasons

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are launching their first “Mini Pop-Up” Used Book Sale inside Season’s Coffee Shop on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 am to 1 pm. Stop in and enjoy your favorite cup of coffee, tea or a special treat as you browse from a small selection of hand-picked gently used books at can’t be beat prices! Proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund and Library Programs.

Thanksgiving Baskets

We are a group of local Ridgefield residents who want to ensure that the children of our community have a good Thanksgiving dinner. To that end, since 1995, we have been collecting donations and putting together a Thanksgiving basket of food for local residents who ask for assistance at this time of year. Last year we helped 37 families have a Thanksgiving meal like the one listed below.

What started as a mission to teach our children the value of volunteerism, grew into an endeavor that brings those children back as adults to continue helping us serve this community.

Due to the rising food costs, we are seeking donations to continue this philanthropic tradition. We have received donations from the Ridgefield Lions, Friends of the Library, Teachers and other individuals. A typical basket consists of the following items and costs approximately $50.

A turkey. 5-10 pounds of potatoes, dressing, canned veggies, gravy, rolls, milk, pumpkin pie, olives, cranberry sauce, whipped cream, butter.

Your cash donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call or email: Marney Hefflin at 360-606-9815 email:, or Carla Bonebrake at 360-601-8662, email:

Checks can be made out to Carla Bonebrake and sent to Carla Bonebrake, PO Box 1055, Ridgefield, WA 98642

 Thank you for taking the time to read this and making a donation.

Thought for the Week

What Makes Ridgefield So Special? #8

We get into the spirit of things – here’s City Hall, decorated for Halloween.


Lots of good things were announced this month in our campaign to raise money for the new Ridgefield Library.

The biggest was the pledge from the Firstenburg Foundation to donate $250,000 towards our goal. This money is eligible for the matching grant from the anonymous donor who offered to match any donation of more than $10,000. Thank you to the members of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation who worked tirelessly to bring us this donation. It’s a real boon to our fund-raising efforts.

We also made almost $5,000 on the golf tournament and over $3,000 on the book sale. A group of dedicated volunteers from the Friends of the Library made all this possible.

Have you donated yet?

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.