The Dr. Seuss Breakfast

Here’s Mayor Ron Onslow and Councilman Don Stose cooking breakfast for the kids at the Dr. Seuss birthday party this week.

News from Gouger Cellars

Gary Gouger in front of his new tank

Gougér Cellars is the first winery in Clark County to have a high pressure tank made specifically for producing sparkling sines. The tank was custom made in Italy and took over 6 months to receive. The tank will enable Gouger Cellars to expand their sparkling wine offerings which already include a Sparkling Rose and Sparkling Pinot Noir.

Gougér Cellars was established in 2009 and produces premium international awarded wines from grapes sourced from two states. Winemaker, Gary Gougér, enologist (winemaker) graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and is known for sparkling and bold red wines such as Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Pinot Noir.

Gougér Cellars is at 26505 NE 10th.

State of the City

Reminder – tonight is Mayor Ron Onslow’s State of the City speech at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center at 6:00. It should be fun and informative.

Shaunette White Wins Honor

Travel Weekly and TravelAge West are proud to announce that professional travel advisor Shaunette White was selected to attend a Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) event as a 2017 GTM Ambassador. Ambassadors are a very select group, chosen for their ability to grow and expand their travel business as a result of their first-time participation in a GTM event in 2016.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, GTM connects top-producing travel advisors in North America with leading cruise, hotel, tour and destination suppliers through one-on-one appointments, Boardroom presentations and numerous networking events.

GTM West takes place at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson/Las Vegas, NV, May 18-20, 2017, followed by its sister event, GTM, held at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 9-11, 2017.

Shaunette is from Ridgefield, and may be reached at (360)8-TRAVEL or Shaunette@castawaycruiseandtravel.com

I mailed my ballot!

DID YOU?

 

Meet My New Advertiser!

Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Battle Ground has recently started advertising on FYI. I asked them to send information about their services, and this is what they provided.

“Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is owned and operated by Orianna Health Systems.

“Orianna’s Vision: We aspire to improve the health and well-being of our patients through innovative care and the pursuit of excellence.

“Orianna’s Mission: Orianna Health Systems patient-focused care model aims to empower our employees to surpass our patients’ needs and expectations with empathy and compassion, dignity and integrity.

“Victory provides both short term rehabilitation and long term nursing care for adults,  seniors and the disabled.  Our services include 24 hour nursing  care, Physical, occupational  and speech therapies among many other services aimed to improve  the overall health and well-being of those we serve.   We are the only such facility in the Battle Ground area. “

I welcome Victory to our blog. You can learn more about their services by clicking on the ad at the right. Victory Rehabilitation may be reached at 360-687-5141.

Meet My New Advertiser!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is now advertising on FYI. Here’s come information about the school.

“Preparing your child to be their best, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School provides students from preschool through 8th grade with a comprehensive Catholic education, rooted in faith, family, and service. Our strong Catholic/Christian values and traditions combined with rigorous academics, community service, and extracurricular opportunities provide a well-rounded education. Lourdes graduates have a strong academic, social, and moral foundation that serve them well throughout life.

“We welcome all faiths at our family oriented school, teach Spanish from preschool onwards, have an extensive music program, and are conveniently located near the I-5 and 39th Street interchange in Vancouver, WA, just minutes from the I-5 Bridge. Schedule your personal school tour today, visit our safe and nurturing environment and meet our talented teachers.”

I welcome Our Lady of Lourdes to the blog. Please click on their ad to learn more about the school.

Snow Courtesy

We don’t get much snow here, so maybe some people don’t know that when a merchant shovels a space in front of his store you should not park in that space. Leave it open so people can get to the sidewalk without stepping on the pile of snow that’s piled up along the rest of the frontage.

If you have a disabled passenger, let that person out in the cleared area and then move forward to open up the space for others.

Be thoughtful and above all, if you have to drive, go slowly.

The Weather Man Was Right

This was the view from my back door when I woke up this morning – up to a foot of snow in places. Stay warm and dry and enjoy your day off!

 

New Hunting and Fishing Licenses

The state’s new recreational license sales system became operational last week, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials say the switch from the old system went as smoothly as possible.”This secure, next-generation system will improve service to our customers and to the approximately 600 retailers across the state who partner with us,” says Peter Vernie, WDFW’s licensing division manager.

Customers will notice one significant change when they buy licenses or manage their accounts. The new system has a single log-in that provides customers access to their data and allows them to buy licenses and report harvest activity. The new system also underwent extensive security reviews by the state’s cyber-security and technology agencies before it was approved for launch.

People who have questions or difficulty using the system should call the Licensing Division’s customer service desk at 360-902-2464 or email licensing@dfw.wa.gov.

WDFW sells about 2.5 million hunting and fishing licenses and related recreational permits each year, generating about $55 million in revenue that directly supports recreation programs and hunting and fishing opportunities. The system also sells the Discover Pass throughout the state. Individuals can access WDFW’s licensing system at:  https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/.

Merry Christmas!

Meet my new Advertiser: Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Battle Ground

Victory is owned and operated by Orianna Health Systems.

Orianna aspires to improve the health and well-being of their patients through innovative care and the pursuit of excellence.

Orianna Health Systems patient-focused care model aims to empower their employees to surpass their patients’ needs and expectations with empathy and compassion, dignity and integrity.

victory-interiior

Victory provides both short term rehabilitation and long term nursing care for adults, seniors and the disabled.  Our services include 24 hour nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies among many other services aimed to improve  the overall health and well-being of those we serve.   We are the only such facility in the Battle Ground area.

Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is at 510 N Parkway in Battle Ground. Phone number is  360-687-5141

Color on Main Avenue

Photo by Paul Snoey

                                              Photo by Paul Snoey

Here it is the 6th of December and we still have leaves on the streets downtown. Who can argue that our weather is not warming?

Walk and Knock this Saturday

walk-and-knock

‘Walk-and-Knock’ is this Saturday with pick-up between 9:00am and noon.  Ridgefield residents who wish to donate canned non perishable food to the Vancouver Food Bank or the Ridgefield Neighbors Helping Neighbors may do so by putting plastic shopping bags with items on their door steps or at the curb if dry.  The donated food will be picked up by local volunteers and sent to the two food banks that help low income families.

Also if people would wish to volunteer in the pick-up, they can do so by showing up at the Ridgefield High School meeting point between 8:15 and 8:30am.  Drivers with vehicles and walkers are needed.  Routes will be assigned along with student volunteers as walkers.  When the routes are completed, return to the high school and unload.  You will be finished by noon and have time to participate in our Home Town Celebration.   Bring your kids, pick-up kids, it doesn’t matter.  It’s all for a good cause and a great learning experience for everyone. 

Taylor Tour

David and Donna Taylor are on a trip to the mid east, and David promised to send articles about their travels. Please note that some of these articles may be out of sync because David sends them when there is access to wifi, so sometimes I get two on the same day.

The day started early.  Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath or Shabat.  Things change on Shabat.  Elevators stop on every floor regardless.  Buttons don’t work.  First thing we were at the Garden of Gethsemane early.  Walked through the Garden and around the Sacred plot of Olive Trees.  Visited the Church at the Garden with its murals, then back through the garden for some self introspection.

Ascended to the top of the Mount of Olives and viewed the Walled City of Jerusalem across the valley.  Traffic , especially bus and tourist traffic is like no other place in the world.  Narrow streets with the busses passing within six inches of each other one big traffic jam.

From the top of the Mount we proceeded to the Brigham Young University center for Near East Studies for Sabbath Services.  With most restaurants closed we traveled across the city to Ramot Rachel.  It was the site of a fierce battle during the Six Day War.  After lunch we had an appointed time to meet for the Garden Tomb.  The Tomb site is under the control of a British foundation.  It is open to Christians on the Sabat but not Jews.  While we were at the tomb site for our two hour visit, there must have been twelve other groups in the compound.

Our Tomb site guide, an Englishman with impeccable British English, took us to Golgotha where there is the image in the lime stone of a skull, the eyes, the nose, and the mouth naturally occurring in the vertical face.  There he gave a detailed description of the Roman trial process with two witnesses, The Roman crucifixion and the burial in the crypts.

We entered the line to the tomb where Christ was placed after his body was taken down. We entered the crypt through a small door.  At the time of Christ it was probably only a hole about three feet in diameter.  We entered a room with a larger space for preparation of the body.  The far space to the left was where Jesus’ body was laid.

This was a new crypt unused at the time but meant for members of Joseph’s family.  This Joseph was not the Joseph of Joseph and Mary.  While there we spent time on the grounds to reflect on the many thing in His life and the many things that occurred after His rising.  This was a truly spiritual Sabbath Day.

Tomorrow is a free day and that concludes our visit to Israel.  We have plans with other couples in our group to visit the National Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dave Taylor