What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #5

From a post on Next Door from Mark Ford

I love Ridgefield…

Yep, I do. I love the roundabouts where I seldom even have to stop. I love the schools. I love the city government. Great people trying their best. I love all the new homes filled with fine and good families with beautiful children. I love the fact that even though we are growing fast I am basically never stuck in any traffic. I love that my house is worth so much more than I paid not very long ago. I love that the water is relatively good and that the crime rate is so low. I love that kids can play on my street with little to fear. I love my neighbors. I love the first Saturday events and the great things the city puts together. I love the businesses that are coming soon and the ones we have so far. I love how clean it is. I love the people here. I love Ridgefield.

Volunteer at the Fair

Fair season is less than a month away and the Ridgefield Lions are looking for community members to volunteer in our food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The fair season runs August 1-12.  Here is the link to view available dates and shifts, https://www.ridgefieldlions.org/volunteer_opportunities/

The Ridgefield Lions have been active in our community since 1948, and our motto is “we serve”.  Some of the charities we help include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank, Clark County Sight Committee, Washington State School for the Blind, and local cub and boy scout troops.

Another big part of our service is having monies or “grants” available to the various teams and clubs at Ridgefield High School.  These grants can be used to help fund various uncovered costs such as new uniforms, equipment, travel, or production expenses.  For example, we just donated $1500 to RHS Cheer to help pay for new jackets to use during the fall and winter seasons.  The amount available for us to donate varies year to year, and this year the Lions have $6000 to give to RHS sports and clubs.  In addition to the $6000, Lions also has approximately $10,000 in scholarship money available to graduating seniors. (These scholarships are for graduating seniors whether they attend Ridgefield or other schools, but live in our district).

One of our largest money making events is the Lions’ food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The more money we make, the more we can give back to our community.  The best way for us to have a successful booth during the fair is having adequate volunteers.

We humbly ask community members, both adults and teens, to volunteer this fair season. All jobs at the fair can be done by teens with the exception of grill cook and deep fryer. In addition, all volunteers get free parking and admission to the fair on the day they work.  Gather your family and make a fun day out of it!

Again, you can sign up directly by clicking the link to view available dates and shifts.  https://www.ridgefieldlions.org/volunteer_opportunities/

Note from Kathy – you can also support the Ridgefield Lions Club by buying food at their booth during the fair.

Main Street Day this Friday

THIS FRIDAY!! Ridgefield Main Street Festivities start at Overlook Park at 9:30 a.m. Music, Children’s Activities, Root Beer Floats.
At 11:15, the bus arrives with dignitaries and others interested in the Main Street Program. We will have Tribal Blessing, Mayor Proclamation, and more speakers.
Come and enjoy this FIRST Official Main Street Day with us!

Clark Conservation District

Clark County is experiencing rapid growth in residential, commercial, and industrial development. Now more than ever it is important for us to protect the organizations that help maintain a balance between development and conservation of natural & agricultural resources. One such agency is the Clark Conservation District (CCD). “The CCD is a legal sub-division of state government that administers programs to conserve natural resources. We are a non-regulatory agency that was created to bridge the gap between local landowners and state and federal government,” – www.clarkcd.org.

The CCD works with farmers, landowners, and policy makers to implement best management practices, improve the health of rural lands, and protect waterways. They offer the technical resources to aid property owners in being good stewards of the land they tend. This may be through such actions as farm management plans and resources to enhance wildlife habitat. The District also engages the community through plant sales, environmental education, and programs with young people.

Unfortunately, the grants that fund the CCD are disappearing. We are at risk of losing an organization that protects our quality of life. The good news is that each of us can take a small action to save them. A petition is in place to encourage the Clark County Council to adopt a modest fee of $5/per parcel/per year. Signing the petition will continue the CCD’s work of bringing people closer to the land. This may be key in encouraging folks to consider how the preservation of their land will impact the community and generations to come. The link to sign the petition is below. Will you help save the Clark Conservation District?

The petition to save the CCD may be found here:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/183/568/491/save-clark-conservation-district-%E2%80%93-protect-our-water-and-land-now/

Visit the Clark Conservation District website here: http://www.clarkcd.org/  

– Contributed by Byron Brink

Time to Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote in the August 7th Primary Election?

Monday, July 9th, is the DEADLINE for mail or online new voter registrations or updates, otherwise, you’ll have to go in person to register through July 30th.

The library has mail-in voter registration forms or print your own from this link: www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx

The Declaration of Independence

This is what we’re celebrating today folks! The singers of the Declaration of Independence took a big chance in deciding to declare their independence from Great Britain. I can only hope we have statesmen in our country today who will put aside their politics and work together to do what’s right for our country.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Note: I have deleted part of the wording. You can read the entire document on Wikipedia.

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #4

I went to Lava Java this afternoon because owner Phuong Tran was donating a portion of today’s proceeds to the family of Antonio Pickett and I wanted to donate money too. Phoung hung an umbrella from the ceiling for donations and folks filled it up.

She told me people had been coming in all day to donate, some even going over to IQ Credit Union to draw money from the cash machine.

Antonio worked at Lava Java for several years after he graduated from Ridgefield High School and studied music at Opus School of Music.

Rob Melton, owner of Opus played his guitar at Lava Java for three hours in honor of Antonio.

Where else could you find a community with such caring people? Thank you Ridgefield!

Wood Bat Baseball Coming to Ridgefield

A press release from the mayors of towns and cities in Clark County:

As Mayors and County Council Chair in Clark County, we are individually and collectively excited that high quality summer collegiate wood bat baseball is coming to Clark County. News from the West Coast League that they are adding an expansion team in our market, to begin play in the spring of 2019, is just another example of the great progress we are making to provide top flight entertainment for our residents throughout the region.

Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose is “excited to host the region’s baseball team at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex’s 1,800-seat stadium field, and we look forward to having people from across the County come to Ridgefield for games.”

“I’m sure many people in our City and region – including Terry and I – are looking forward to grabbing a hotdog and watching the games,” added Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

For Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt, “it’s been a long-term effort to attract a team to our area, so we’re glad the West Coast League recognized the great interest and support for baseball in Clark County, and especially look forward to our team beating built-in rivals in Portland, Cowlitz, and beyond.” Congratulations to all those who helped make this day a reality. We look forward to our team’s first opening day in 2019.

Take me out to the ball game…

What Makes Ridgefield so Special?

Hanging Baskets! They’re back up for the season, and even bigger now than when this picture was taken a week ago.

For years the Garden Club ladies bought the plants, watered and fertilized and dead-headed them using a water tank pulled by a tractor. When traffic got heavy in the early morning they started watering the baskets by hand, standing on a ladder to reach them. Soon that became too much, and for several years there were no hanging baskets in downtown Ridgefield.

Then a couple of years ago, a Garden Club member noticed the lush hanging baskets outside the building next to the Post Office, and found out who was maintaining them. Steve Cox of the Main Street Program took it from there, and the baskets you see now are paid for through a joint effort by the Main Street Program, the Garden Club, and the City of Ridgefield.

The Garden Club ladies still buy the  plants for the planter boxes downtown and water them all summer. Believe me, it’s a lot of work.

That’s one thing that makes Ridgefield so special – more to follow.

Flags for the Multicultural Festival

Megan Dudley has a request:

Hi all, I’m writing to ask for your help in talking to your friends about the festival flags for the September 1st Multicultural Festival. The City is unable to purchase the flags themselves and they asked me to organize this. With my circle of friends, I’ve gotten 20 orders so far but we have about 160 flag poles. I think since it is not going through the city, people might be apprehensive purchasing from me so direct connections will help.

I am ordering through a website where the flags are $18-30 dollars with most flags falling around $25. We are asking everyone to just give $25 for simplicity. If there is any $ left over, it will be donated to the festival for operations.

The flags are outdoor quality nylon in a 3′ by 5′ size. They will go on the existing wooden poles that are around town. If someone does donate $25 for a country of their choice, their name will go on a display downtown during the festival. The flags will be kept by the City for subsequent festivals. The site I am ordering through does not have any Native flags but if someone if interested in them, I can help them find something though the cost I found for the Oglala Sioux Nation for example was up to $163, there are less expensive options through Ebay.

I am collecting information about names and who people want to dedicate their flag to on a google form. It is ok to print out the form instead of doing on-line. If you run across people who want to do it, you can share this information with them:

If you are interested, please fill out this google form. The cost per flag is $25. The deadline for submission is August 10th. You can send a check to 1717 N Falcon Dr., Ridgefield WA 987642, drop off a check or cash with Sean McGill at  210 N. Main Avenue (Ridgefield Community Library) Tuesday 11-8 pm and Wed-Sat 10-6 pm or with Megan or Chris Dudley at a Meaningful Movies’ showing (3rd Wednesdays of the month, 7pm at the Old Liberty Theater).

Thanks so much for your help!

 

This Week’s Traffic Update

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic in the coming week:

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road –Shoulder work this week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- Flagging planned on Monday and Tuesday for frontage improvements along Hillhurst next to the Kennedy Subdivision.  When completed this section of Hillhurst will be widened with sidewalks, planter strips, and street lights.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidew   alks and planter strips on both sides.

So Hillhurst from Carty Road to Royle Road, and for approximately 500 feet on Royle Road – One lane closure with flagging.  Expected start date is June 15th.  This is for utility work in conjunction with the Hillhurst frontage improvements and intersection improvements at Royle Road and Hillhurst Road.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Travel Conditions this Week

Travel on the following roads will be impacted this week.

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – shoulder work. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street – shoulder work only this week for frontage improvements along Hillhurst next to the Kennedy Subdivision. When completed, this section of Hillhurst will be widened with sidewalks, planter strips, and street lights.

NW 229th – Shoulder work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

Traffic this Week

All-Way Stop at Hillhurst and Royle – A traffic change is coming to the Hillhurst at Royle intersection to help maintain worker, motorist and bicyclist safety.  There will be a lot of activity this summer so we believe this will help keep things moving while keeping everyone safe.

An all-way stop condition, similar to 9th and Pioneer, will be initiated at Hillhurst and Royle on approximately Thursday, May 24.  Traffic will now need to stop in all directions.  This traffic control will remain in place until the traffic signal is installed and operational later this summer in August.  This will help with cars trying to turn between Hillhurst and Royle along with construction vehicles entering and leaving the RORC site and improve safety overall with all of the activity going on in the area.

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging on Thursday to install a 4 way stop at Hillhurst and Royle.  Shoulder work the rest of the week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- One lane closure with flagging planned for Monday for sewer work for the Kennedy Subdivision.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

S 9th Avenue- Sporadic flagging and traffic impacts for sidewalk repairs.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Pioneer and 35th Avenue –  sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. The road is closed to north and south traffic. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.

South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

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.

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Time to Plant Veggies

If you’re wondering if the seeds you have saved are still viable, here’s a guideline to use:

Good for 1 – 2 years: corn, onions and leeks, parsley, parsnips, peppers

Good for 3 – 4 years: asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage family, carrots, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes

Good for 5 – 6 years: cucumbers, lettuce melons, spinach

If you thought you didn’t have room for vegetables, you can find room for at least a handful of onions., Tuck them in empty spaces in your ornamental garden. They add a perky touch of green and will give you delicious fresh onions this fall. Try it!