State of the City Address on Saturday

City of Ridgefield logo

Mayor Ron will present his State of the City Address Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11:00am, at Overlook Park, Corner of Pioneer Street and Main.

Farmer’s Market opens at 9:00am and Mayor Onslow’s presentation begins at noon.

Before and following the presentation Upfront Band will provide live entertainment with Jazz – Latin – Classic Rock – R&B – Oldies – Pop music.  Enjoy listening and dancing to the music of Chris Bidleman (keyboards, vocals) and Steve Burpee (saxophones, vocals), the founders of the band. Chris and Steve are joined by Robert Schultz on drums and are often fused together with good friends Ed Couture on bass (upright and electric) and Larry Pindar on guitar (plus vocals, flute and sax).

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Hanging Baskets Downtown

hanging basket

Have you noticed the hanging baskets downtown?

They were a joint project of the Ridgefield Garden Club, the Main Street Program, the City of Ridgefield and Gary Adkins, a local community-oriented donor.

Not to brag, but I feel very good about the fact that I was the one who initiated the project. We’ve talked for several years about bringing back the hanging baskets that the Garden Club used to maintain. (One summer Phyllis Vidin and her husband dragged a stepladder throughout town in order to water the baskets – and it was not pleasant.)

After enjoying the baskets outside the building south of the Post Office last summer, I finally stopped to ask who maintained them, contacted Tim Blake of Landscaping NW and found he lives in Ridgefield.

I passed on this information to Steve Coxen of the Main Street Program, and he ran with it, found donors, and VOILA! we once again have hanging baskets decorating our downtown.

Aren’t they beautiful? Maybe next year we can have even more….

Parking lot in downtown!

Work began this week on a parking lot on the three lots north of the police station, that will hopefully be done in time for the 4th of July celebration. The trees are down, the lot will be leveled and paved with gravel. Eventually there will be a split rail fence along the perimeter.

Parking lot


Does Anyone Care?


weeds at PO

I noticed the sad state of the plantings in front of the Post Office today. The weeds are starting to go to seed, which means years more of fighting them – does anyone care enough to spend a couple of hours pulling them? It would sure make a difference in the look of our downtown, and might be enough exercise that you wouldn’t have to go to the gym this week. Perhaps you could think of the work as yoga.

PS Be sure to get the roots!

Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market

The Farmers’ Market is starting to build up steam. It’s every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at Overlook Park, corner of Main and Pioneer, now through October. Come on down and support your local farmers and artisans. It’s fun!

Soil Testing on Main Avenue

Soil testing

Samples of the subsoil on Main Avenue just north of town were being taken today.  This is the location where the new bridge will cross over Gee Creek to control flooding. Building of the bridge and the new walking trail to the Refuge is still a long way off.

Results of the present work will be used in designing the structure and trail.

February’s First Saturday

chili contest

Get your ‘tails’ ready for Ridgefield’s 1st Saturday on February 6

If you have a tailgate, a desire to put on a tail for flag football, throw a bag of corn, or enter the Chili Challenge, February’s 1st Saturday is where you want to be on February 6. The city, along with co-sponsors Sage Organics and A Merry Heart Events, are planning a fun-filled day, along with many gastro options. Dust off your best chili recipe, pick up an entry form and entry guidelines at City Hall, Season’s Coffee Shop, Sage Organics, or A Merry Heart Events. Contest is limited to twelve entrants, so don’t delay. Save the date: February 6, 2016

Pioneer Street Cafe Re-Opens with New Owners

Jason and Hollie Shipman have purchased the Pioneer Street Café and the restaurant is presently open from 9am to 4pm for breakfast and lunch. They serve typical Americano foods, and with fresh baked breads. I talked with them last week and they are excited to be in Ridgefield, and have brightened up the restaurant. They plan to open for dinner sometime in January.

The Shipmans are originally from Florida, and moved to Vancouver when Jason took a chef’s job at a restaurant in Portland. When they heard the Pioneer Street Café was to be sold, they jumped at the chance. Please welcome the new owners of the Pioneer Street Café to Ridgefield.

Holiday Wellness Trunk Show

Trunk show

Open House about Ridgefield’s future

This just in from the City of Ridgefield:

We need your help to plan for a healthy, high-quality Ridgefield! Please join City elected officials and staff at an open house on December 8, between 5:30 and 7:30, at the Ridgefield Community Center, to share your thoughts about how the City comprehensively plans for housing, jobs, capital facilities, environmental preservation, and more!

Over the last year city staff has already received great community input on a number of specific planning projects including the Pioneer/45th and Junction sub-area plans, the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, multi-modal transportation opportunities, and several others. We’ve heard what our citizens have to say and listened to feedback about how Ridgefield should grow and thrive as a great place to live, work, and play.

Now, city staff is working to put your ideas and thoughts about our future in one place. We want to invite everyone to take a look at the plans that have been developed based on public input, and to talk with us about the things we got right and the places that still need some thought.

Again, please join us for an open house on December 8, 2015 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at the Ridgefield Community Center. We are looking forward to talking with you about Ridgefield’s future.

Schedule for Hometown Celebration:

Ridgefield Christmas Tree

Community Center: Arts & Crafts Bazaar; Golden Elephant Sale to benefit the building fund of the new library: 9-4pm

Library: Live music, hot cider & kids’ crafts 12-4pm

Old Liberty Theatre: Living Nativity, free photos 12-3pm

Holiday Trailer Rides: Music and treats 12-3pm

Ugly Sweater Run; 5k & 10k Run 9:00am

Santa Claus arrives at Umpqua Bank 12-3pm, photos for small fee, sponsored by JB Homes

Tree Lighting with NW Dance Fusion Christmas Performance: Overlook Park 4:30pm

Columbia Credit Union Holiday Bazaar, with Farmers Market at Overlook Park: 10-3pm

Christmas Tree and Wreath sales

Walk & Knock 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Historical Walking Tours; Noon & 2:00 pm, Overlook Park

Family Resource Center; Cookie Decorating & Hot Drinks 11 – 2:00 pm

Sportsman’s can open new section

This means the Sportsman's Steakhouse and Saloon can open the new section for diners at any time  Congratulations Terry - it's bee a long time coming!

This means the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon can open the new section for diners at any time. Congratulations Terry – it’s bee a long time coming!


Money Needed for Food Baskets

Baked turkey

On October 23 I published information about the Ridgefield group that has been building Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. Carla Bonebrake reports they have plenty of volunteers to build the baskets, but they still need money to buy food items.

Your help in any way would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please call or email :

Marney Hefflin at            360-606-9815     email:

Carla Bonebrake at          360-601-8662     email:

Or mail donations to

Carla Bonebrake

PO Box 1055

Ridgefield, WA 98642

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

A Tradition Continues

Pumpkin with candy corn

Continuing an old tradition, the downtown stores will give out Halloween candy to kids on Friday, October 30 from 3 to 5pm.

Bring your little ones downtown in costume and enjoy another benefit of living in a small town, where everyone works together to bring lasting experiences to our folks.

An Evening at Main Street Studio

Main Street Studio

Main Street Studio is sponsoring a fun evening Saturday, October 17 from 3:30 to 8:00pm, with pink hair extensions, pink nails and nail art, Stella & Dot jewelry, treats, wine and goodies! There will be a raffle for gift baskets and gift certificates.

All proceeds from the nails, extensions and Stella & Dot commission will be donated to The Breast Cancer Charities of America. For more information about the charity, go to their webpage.