Corwin Beverages Blood Drive on Feb. 5

Once again Corwin Beverages is partnering with the American Red Cross to host an onsite Blood Drive Wednesday, February 5th, at Corwin Beverage Co. (219 South Timm Road in Ridgefield)

Why February?

The need for blood is critical at this time of year. All eligible donors are urged to give.

In February, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can make it difficult for the American Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply. Your donation can give hope and strength to patients in need. Your donation may give more life to kids fighting cancer, older adults battling chronic illnesses or accident victims with traumatic injuries

Every unit that is donated at the blood drive can help save up to three lives. Each recipient of that blood donation has his or her own story. He or she could be an accident or trauma victim, cancer patient, a mother giving birth, a premature baby, a transplant recipient or surgical candidate. Our impact goes beyond that patient – it is multiplied by the impact it has on that person’s loved ones who are thankful for the unit we donated.

The American Red Cross could not meet patient needs and touch all of those lives if it were not for organizations like Corwin. They are proud to support our community and be a part of the impact that the Red Cross makes every day.

Think about all of the lives we can touch by signing up to donate. A typical donation takes less than one hour. If you can’t give, you can still make an impact by encouraging others to give, this event is open to friends and family, and by advertising our event on your social media channels and network.

Remember that every blood donation has a story attached to it. The story of why we donated; each volunteer’s story of why they helped; the story of why we hosted the blood drives and the recipient’s story when they receive a generous donation. Consider making your personal story part of the collective stories.

We look forward to your participation and seeing you there.

Let’s make an impact in our community on February 5th

Thought for the Week

Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.           ~ Buckminster Fuller.

Seniors for Schools

The seniors are still at it. They’ve developed a pretty compelling piece of information supporting the Ridgefield School Bond. It is in trifold format. They have organized a system where they will try to hand deliver it to every home in Ridgefield. Look for it in your door jam. And these illustrious seniors ask you to “Vote for the Bond”.

Highly Capable Program

Referrals for testing for participation in the Ridgefield School District’s Highly Capable Program for the 2020-21 school year are currently being accepted. Anyone may refer a student including parents, teachers, other students, and members of the community. Highly Capable Program services are designed to address the needs of highly capable students in grades K-12. Your school has copies of the “K-12 Highly Capable Program Overview” explaining the program goals, identification process, service model and the schedule for testing. 

Referral forms are available online at–2. Click on Nomination Form to download this form.  

Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade will be tested in February or March for possible placement in the 2020-21 school year. Once your student has been scheduled, the date will not be re-scheduled except for a true family emergency or illness. Referrals must be returned to the Ridgefield School District no later than February 2, 2018 to:

Roger Fisher

Highly Capable Program Coordinator, Ridgefield School District


School Bond Forum Today

The Ridgefield School District is hosting their last of four School Bond Community Forums. This final forum will be Wednesday, January 22 @ 5pm in the Vocational Education Building at Ridgefield High School.
It will be attended by the school superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann. He will be accompanied by school board members, district administration, and the current RHS woods/medals teacher, Mr. Shipp.
The forum will be centered on the need for a new Vocational Education Center @ Ridgefield High School which is one of the components of the current school bond. This school bond is up for a vote on February 11, 2020.

Lions Club Casino Night at ilani


Join the Ridgefield Lions Club in the ilani Cowlitz Ballroom for a private evening of fun, friends, and prizes on Saturday, February 15. This is a “friend raiser” and membership drive.

While you are there, find out a little more about the many ways the Ridgefield Lions help the community of Ridgefield and SW Washington and how you can be a part of the most active service organization in Ridgefield.

$25 entry includes: appetizers, two drinks, “Lions bucks” for playing, ilani dealers, a private room and the chance to win great prizes! Please RSVP to secure your spot at this fun annual event! Everyone who RSVP’s will get an extra raffle ticket. Sandy, or Jen,

Thought for the Week

The forecast may have been for snow, but no one told my daffodils or peonies!

Meaningful Movies – How We Grow

Meaningful Movies will sponsor a free showing of a coming-of-age story of a community re-learning how to work together and growing stronger in the process. Inspired by the drive and dedication of the next generation of agricultural leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley, the community explores how to overcome pressing issues of land access, income inequality, and a short growing season. Come discuss how these issues apply to our rapidly growing area and find out from local farmers the challenges they face.

It’s at the Old Liberty Theater this Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30 so you can enjoy a goodie and/or drink from Seasons Coffee Shop before the show.

Bring your Sweetheart a Valentine

Want to impress your sweetheart? Buy tickets for the gala prime rib dinner and wine tasting at Gouger Winery on Valentines, Friday, February 14.

Tickets are selling fast for this festive candlelit dinner, and you don’t want to miss out. It’s a chance to dress up and enjoy a romantic dinner while raising money for the new Ridgefield library. Seating is limited, and there are only a few tickets left.

Call 360-887-2160 to reserve a space. It’s only $75 per person and for that you get a rose wine tasting, prime rib dinner or cheese tortellini with salad, a decadent desert and a glass of wine.

Main Street Program

Thursday, January 16, at 8:30 am is the 2020 Kick-Off of monthly community meetings for the Main Street Program. Guest speaker is Brent Grening, CEO of Port of Ridgefield who will bring us up to date on what’s happening at the Port.

The meeting is free and at the Sportsman’s. Breakfast service is available, and as always complimentary coffee and tea are served.

Thought for the Week


Take a passel of friends and family. Add a lot of love, laughter and caring. Mix well.

Stir in a few hard times to help you appreciate the good times.

Shake well to distribute all ingredients evenly.

Season with memories and traditional events. Expose to sun, wind, rain and snow by hiking, camping, kayaking, singing and loving.

Add new memories as needed.

This recipe stretches to serve as many as needed. Keep it in a warm place in your heart and you will never go hungry.

“He’s my Brother”

Library Needs your Help

Representatives from City Council will meet with legislators soon to discuss getting funding for several projects in the Ridgefield area. One of them is funding for a new library.

Having support letters from citizens would show our support of the library, so I’m asking you to write a letter to our legislators (Senator Ann Rivers and Representatives Brandon Vick and Larry Hoff) giving your reasons that we need a new library.

If you want to write a letter (or three – all the same) please take it to City Hall before this Friday the 10th so it can be included in the packet to the legislators.

Below is the portion of the City’s request that asks for library funds. This will give you some idea of what to write.

“Fort Vancouver Regional Library needs $1,000,000 to expand the existing Ridgefield Community Library. The 2055 square foot space that has housed the library since 1994 does not come close to meeting the needs for one of the fastest growing communities in the state. A 2014 study found that at least 10,000 square feet is necessary for the needs of the community. Over $3 million has been raised from the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, the Library Foundation and FVRL. There are still funds necessary to complete construction and provide the technology and materials for a new facility. We join the request for funds to finalize funds for this incredibly important community asset.”

Please give your reasons for wanting a new libary and be sure to ask for the $1,000,000.


Seniors Supporting Our Schools

What is this group of Seniors Supporting Our Schools doing now, and what is their goal? The goal first: they want to support passing the bond. They have put up signs around our community in support of the bond.
And why you ask do they support the bond? Because it is an investment in our community; after all the schools are the foundation of our community.
These seniors know others were there to support them in the past, and it is their turn to continue providing support for the next generation. Okay, so what are they doing now? It will be exciting to find out.
Be assured that they will continue working toward the goal of passing the bond.

Thought for the Week

This is a litte late, but it’s still valid. Happy New Year. 

Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.

Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.

Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.

Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.

~ by John P. Read

Door Knocking for School Bond

Volunteers are needed to go door knocking for the school bond. Groups will be out every Saturday and Sunday starting January 4th/5th through February 8th/9th. Saturdays will begin @ 9am and Sundays will begin @ 2pm. Meet at the Ridgefield United Methodist Church where volunteers will be given a list of homes they will visit, along with information to pass along to voters, and tips on how to talk with their fellow citizens.

There will also be a Bond Rally on Wednesday, January 8th @ 6pm @ The Sportsman’s. Citizens will provide tater tots and spud chips to all who attend.

The superintendent, the school board, and members of Citizens for Ridgefield Schools will be there to outline the options that are on the table for our growing school district and how the bond is the only positive way forward. We will also ask people to commit in some way to helping with the bond campaign and our efforts moving forward.

People can RSVP for both Door Knocking and the Rally to or to our events post on our Facebook page, here.