Citizens for Ridgefield Schools to Hold Bond Rally

Calling all Bond supporters! Bring your friends, bring your neighbors down to the Sportsman’s to launch our Bond campaign. We need your enthusiasm and “Go Ridgefield” spirit. Food will be provided by the Citizens for Ridgefield Schools. This group of dedicated volunteers holds fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money to support school programs.

A New Little Library

The little library on 4th

There’s another little library in town – this one in the 300 block of 4th Avenue North. That makes seven or eight scattered around town.

The books are free, and the hope is that you’ll take one and leave one. The Friends of the Library sponsor this program, and they help with providing books, but it’s been shown that once people start using the libraries there’s very often no need to re-stock as people bring books to share.

If you’d like to provide space in your yard for a little library, contact the Friends at


Have you checked out the thermostat posted outside the library? You’ll note there are now three different bands of color. The bottom red one shows the money raised by the Friends of the Library, donations by members of the community and the Vancouver Regional Library – all the money collected through December.

The black and white checkered band shows the value of the Community Center Building, donated by the Community Center Board of Trustees.

The top red bank is the matching money that was pledged by an anonymous donor for any donation over $10,000.

With this much money pledged, and the title to the former Community Center building and land, the next step is to pick an architectural firm to work on conceptual drawings. After that contract is awarded, there will be community meetings to get input on what our citizens would like to see included in the library building.

Stay turned for the time and location of these meetings – and in the mean time I suggest you start writing down your ideas of what the library should include. Think big – then it will be a matter of choosing the best ideas. and what we can afford.

There’s still lots of money to be raised – we will have a better idea of costs after the conceptual drawings are complete.

 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’re over 70 1/2, ask your CPA about how to save paying tax on IRA money that’s donated directly to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. It’s a way to help you and your community at the same time.

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.


If you put up Christmas decorations outside your home or business, it would be nice if you monitored them frequently. Having candy canes that are in all angles of disarray and blow-up figures that are collapsed is not a good look, and certainly not the way we want Ridgefield to look.

I didn’t take any pictures, but there are a couple of very tacky looking decorations that need to be re-done.

Thought for the Week

News from Rick Browne

I wanted to share some great news with the residents of Ridgefield.

Ridgefield Living magazine is returning to your mailboxes beginning in February. We have been on forced hiatus since June due to some problems the State of Washington had when we announced we were expanding our free circulation from 1,50 homes to 4,300 homes.

There were legal problems, all of which I am not privy to, that were settled by our corporate headquarters in N. Carolina and now we can bring Ridgefield’s favorite magazine back to you all.

Several changes: First I will no longer be the Editor, that role will be aptly fulfilled by Cindy Lebeau, with whom I will be working as Content Editor. Since I’ve lived here for a dozen years we want to keep my knowledge of the community front and center to better serve our readers. Cindy will be handling the administrative details, advertising, as well as contributing to the editorial content decisions.

The second change: The magazine will now be called RIDGEFIELD LIFE. But will have the same type of stories about residents, their children, businesses, pets, gardens, hobbies, and leisure and community support activities. And, as before, we will continue to seek suggestions as to stories our readers are looking for.

You can send ideas and suggestions to me at or to Cindy at

We’re delighted to bring your magazine back and hope that not only enjoy what we produce but want to take an active hand in contributing ideas, family photos, and your enthusiasm.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year

Rick Browne

Ridgefield Life

Content Editor

Open House at Our Lady of Lourdes

New Year’s Event at the Sportsman’s

Cone to the New Year’s Eve party at the Sportsman’s, meet the new owners, and learn about the upgrades that are planned. It will be fun!

Reservations are recommended..



The Memorandum of Understanding among the Ridgefield Community Center, the FVRL Foundation and the Trustees of the FVRLibrary was signed this afternoon, which allows the planning for the new Ridgefield Library to proceed. The Friends of the Library have been waiting anxiously for this to happen, and it means we can get serious about building the library because we have a site.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. Now the fun part begins – we start talking about what we want in the library.

Have you noticed the large thermometer outside the Community Center? The bright red line shows how much money has been raised for the new library by people like you.

Check the space in a few days – you’ll see a dramatic jump as the donated cost of the Community Center building is added to the total.

Not included in the total is the amount set aside by FVRLibrary to help pay for the library.

Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday

Please join the Ridgefield Main Street Program this Thursday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. for our Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast at the Sportsman’s, 121 N Main Ave.

As is tradition, we will be serving a complimentary breakfast, and awards for the downtown decorating contest will be presented.

Lions and CubScouts to Carol

The Ridgefield Lions Club and members of the local Cub Scout packs and their parents will carol in the downtown area Monday evening. They’ll be in the Port’s trolley and will start at Ridgefield Living Center and then about 6:30 they’ll be at Overlook Park.

They’ll make several stops after that and end up at the Community Center for cookies and hot chocolate.

The group would like everyone in Ridgefield to see the downtown Christmas lights and join in the caroling, so come on down and enjoy another Ridgefield tradition.

Jeff Niten Resigns

Ridgefield Community Development Director Jeff Niten is resigning his position effective January 4, 2019. He has accepted a position as the City Manager in the City of Shelton. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the City staff and community over the last four years and helping to meet the challenges we’ve all faced in this unique and fast-growing community,” Jeff said. “The work is incredibly important to the people that call this place home and I’m very proud of what we have been able to accomplish to make Ridgefield the best it can be.” In his four years with the City, Jeff has helped to create and implement plans to shape development. With his leadership, the City has seen changes that meet local needs such as new quality neighborhoods with parks, open spaces, and heritage trees that preserve our environmental quality.

Jeff has helped support the historic downtown through his work with Ridgefield Main Street and helping create a designated Arts Quarter. Jeff also led planning processes including a new Comprehensive Growth Plan and subarea plans to assure Ridgefield grows in a thoughtful, high quality way that retains the City’s small town charm and connection to the natural environment. And, he leaves a fully staffed, professional Community Development Department that will make a transition successful.

City Manager Steve Stuart thanked Jeff for his work with the City. “On behalf of the City and the Ridgefield community, I want to express my appreciation to Jeff for his exceptional service. The results of his dedication to the City and the community will be seen and experienced now and in the future by people living, working, and playing in Ridgefield. We wish him luck in his professional career and his next adventure.”

The City will begin a recruitment process for a new Community Development Director in late December.

Give Blood Next Week

Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood.

The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at the Community Center in Ridgefield on Monday, December 31, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Donors are always needed. Sign up at, (sponsor code: Ridgefield), or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Clark County Arts Commission

The current Ridgefield representative for Clark County Arts Commission is Barbara AW Wright, and her term ends December 31, 2018. Liz Kolling, the co-owner of Ridgefield Arts Space, will be Barbara’s replacement on the CCAC. The city will announce her appointment at the City Council meeting on December 20th. The meeting starts at 6:30 at the Ridgefield Community Center and everyone is invited to come and support Liz in her new role.

Operation Secret Santa

Please join us again this year in helping the residents of the Ridgefield Living Center. We have a giving tree inside the Old Liberty Theater/Season’s Coffee. The residents have 3 wishes, mostly basic necessities, on each tag. We are a bit late in getting information out, so we ask to return the tags by December 17th. We also have some envelopes if a cash donation is easier for you, then we will do the shopping.

Thank you Ridgefield for your generosity.