Paint ‘n Pour at Lava Java

Maureen O’Reilly will have a Paint ‘n Pour class at Lava Java coffee shop, 2 South 56th place suite 102, on Sunday, November 10th from 2-4. This includes one coffee to sip on and all materials needed  to create and take home an 8×10 watercolor painting done by YOU!  Please reserve your place by paying $40 in advance at Lava Java. Space is limited.

Vote for Ridgefield Athlete

Every week the Columbian lists several high school athletes and gives readers a chance to vote for the Athlete of the Week. Soccer player Annika Farley is this week’s nominee from Ridgefield and I’d love to see her get the most votes this week. Show your school spirit and support Annika.

To vote, go to and click on ‘Comment.’ As of this writing she had only 23 nominations.

Voting ends at 8 pm Thursday.

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #15 The Green Bag Project

One of the things I like best about living in Ridgefield is the way people have an idea or a dream and then act on it. For example, Frank Shuman had the idea of starting a Main Street Program in Ridgefield. Look what’s happened with that!

Another example from a long time ago – Allene Wodaege and the Cispus Outdoor School, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Allene was also instrumental in getting Overlook Park built as well as other projects around town.

Bill Bauman started the Green Bag Food Project in 2018 and he tells the story below.

Collecting the green bags full of groceries

The Green Bag Food Project (also known as Ridgefield Neighbors Food Project) started in early 2018. The first collection was in the Wishing Wells neighborhood in February, 2018. We gathered 280 pounds of food.
If you’re not familiar with us, we give willing food donors a green poly shopping bag and suggest they purchase one extra item per week at the grocery store. Then, on the 2nd Saturday of every even month, we come by and pick up the full bag and leave an empty bag for next time.

During 2018, each collection was bigger than the previous and we ended the year having gathered 9,344 pounds of food. The food is donated to our local food pantry, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and the Ridgefield Schools Family Resource Center.

Our last collection was October 12th. We gathered just under 4,100 lbs of food! Our running total for 2019 is 13,470 lbs so far — and we have one more collection on December 14th. Since the Project began in Ridgefield, we have gathered 22,814 lbs of food — that’s 11 tons!

Our thanks go to all the food donors and Neighborhood Coordinators who help make this project a success!

We CAN make a difference, one can of food at a time.


All Family Carnival!

The Nazarene Church is holding an All Family Carnival, Thursday, October 31, from 5 to 7 pm at the church, 747 Pioneer Street. It’s free and open to the public.

Dress up in your favorite costume and get ready to play! Whether it’s sunny or rainy there’s something for everyone.

Pizza is available for purchase, so plan to come for dinner. Invite your friends because everyone is welcome.

Empowerment Workshop at Mrytle’s

We’ll Have a Bridge!

At its October 9 regularly-scheduled commission meeting, the Port of Ridgefield announced it had received the last of the required sign-offs from the City of Ridgefield, Burlington Northern, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Authority, allowing the port to go out for bids to complete the Pioneer Street Rail Overpass project.

The request for bid proposals was released on Oct. 16; bids are due back to the port by Nov. 13, 2019. Assuming a qualified bidder comes in at or below the project budget of $8 million to $11 million, the bid award will be made two weeks after the bid closing date, and construction will start in early 2020. With a successful bid process, it’s estimated that vehicles and pedestrians could be using the overpass by year-end 2020.

And this is what it will look like:

Comment from Kathy – imagine – no more train horns in the middle of the night!

Thought for the Week

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do.”

~ Walter Bagehot

Meet my new Advertiser

All Saints Episcopal Church has recently begun advertising on my blog. I asked them to do a short write up about their work, and this is what they sent:

Whether your family has lived in Ridgefield for generations or you’re new to Clark County, finding a spiritual home for many families is often a priority. Located a few miles south of the Fairgrounds (the corner of NW 99th Street and 21st Avenue), many Ridgefielders have found that home at All Saints Episcopal Church. Within the traditional elements of Christian faith, All Saints also offers the non-traditional. Members worship and practice their progressive values with inclusiveness, compassion, kindness and love – all core elements immediately evident with a little more information about this parish.

The Rev. Joseph Scheeler, known locally and affectionately as “Father Joe,” is also the drum keeper for Traveling Day Society. He is a gifted storyteller with a great sense of humor, an over-supply of compassion and understanding, and an ability to inspire those on their personal spiritual journey as they maneuver the obstacles in their path.

At All Saints Episcopal Church, children are cherished and always welcome at any event or service. This is further evidenced by a playground, soccer fields, Sunday School offerings and a nursery. This love starts with a sponsored nonprofit, Babies in Need. Its mission is to provide needed items for newborns – layettes, car seats, diaper supplies, quilts, etc. – to help the 25 to 30 babies born each month whose parents are undergoing a very rough patch.

All Saints also sponsors Traveling Day Society, whose members drum for community at public events throughout Clark County. Traveling Day Society provides music and services to hospice patients and their families (always free of charge), as well as immersive Native cultural educational events in local elementary schools. If you would like more information on All Saints Episcopal, Father Joe is happy to meet you. Or if you’d rather, simply show up and introduce yourself! All are welcome.

City Council Meeting

Tonight I went to the City Council meeting, and I was happy I did, because there was so much going on.

As I came up to the RACC, Shawn Donaghy of C Tran was speaking about the new Ridgefield-themed bus. Look for it on the streets of Clark County – it’s very impressive.

The other side of the bus has photos of our sports teams – sorry I didn’t get a picture of that.

Then, inside the building, Mayor Don Stose proclaimed this month as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Toni Bonacci, owner of the Ridgefield Raptors presented a framed memento of this summer’s games, with a picture taken Opening Day, sample tickets, and the line up of the two teams.

Don Bonacci and Mayor Stose

The Raptors were popular – average attendance this summer was 1200 people, and 68 seasonal employees were hired. Plus it sounds like the players loved being in Ridgefield.

Bill Bauman talked about the success of his Green Bag Project, which collects food bi monthly to take to Neighbors Helping Neighbors. There were 480 food donors, and over two tons of food has been donated in the last two years.

Sargent Cathy Doriot accepts a check from Don Walkinshaw of the Cowlitz and Ilani

Don Walkinshaw, Director of Public Safety for the Cowlitz Tribe presented a check  to the Ridgefield Police Department for use of some of our equipment.

All-in-all, a full evening! It’s too bad more people don’t attend these meetings – they are very informative.




New Acero Apartments

This week I was invited to tour the new Acero apartments on Pioneer. It’s a gated community, with a community room, pool, hot tub, gym and other amenities. Some of the units have views of the two wetland areas on the property, which unfortunately will have fences around them.

Acero is one of the few apartment complexes that manage their own facilities, rather than using a third-party maintenance company.

24 hour Fitness Center

Pool and Community Center

Both the pool and hot tub have ADA power-assist pool chairs, which I had never seen before. They allow handicapped people access to the water.

The community room has a fireplace and TV as well as a kitchenette, and is rentable.

Eventually there will be a small park adjacent to the complex.

For more information about the Acero apartments, click here.

Meaningful Movie

This month’s Meaningful Movie is “Lovestruck”, a three-part series about domestic violence. It’s tonight, October 23, from 7 to 9 pm at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield, 115 North Main Avenue.

Come early, meet friends and enjoy a treat or drink from the bar before the show. Guest speakers will be from the YWCA and Karyn Kameroff of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Share thoughts and questions during the moderated post-film community discussion. The evening is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Vinnies Pizza Gives Cash-Back

For the last four years, Vince and Elena from Vinne’s Pizza have sponsored a cash-back night, where they not only donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening to the Friends of the Library, but match that amount.

Here’s Elena presenting the check to yours truly.

Good news! Elena told me they’d like to do it again in January. Keep posted!

When you order your pizza or other Italian food from Vinnie’s, please tell them ‘thanks’ for supporting our library.

Main Street Program

Please join Ridgefield Main Street this Thursday, October 17, at 8:30 am for our monthly Community Meeting at the Sportsman’s Public House, 121 North Main Avenue.

Our guest speaker is Shawn Donaghy, CEO of C-TRAN. It’s been 2 years since we’ve had Mr. Donaghy as our guest speaker, so there’s lots of catch-up and new information to hear!

Complimentary coffee and tea are served, and breakfast is available. See you at The Sportsman’s, 121 N. Main Ave. at 8:30 on Thursday.

New Store in Town

Samantha Bain

We have a new specialty shop in town – Bain Boutique. Samantha Bain started her business online and decided to open a store front in Ridgefield because of the friendliness of the people here.

She carries women’s clothes in sizes extra small to 3X. Many of her products are one-of-kind from local artists. She prides herself on having quality merchandise at reasonable prices.

Bain is at 218 Pioneer Street. Stop by and say ‘hello’ and ‘welcome to Ridgefield.’

Bain carries a wide assortment of items



Indigenous People’s Day

The ‘Indigenous People’s Day – Honoring Women’s Voices” will celebrate First Nations people through poetry, prose and music at the Old Liberty Theater this afternoon from 4 to 6 pm.

This should be an informative afternoon. Bring the kids.