Train Horns

Mayor Ron Onslow received a letter recently from “Sleepless in Ridgefield” frustrated with the BNSF train horns. The individual hopes for an overpass.

Ron’s answer: “In August the Port and the City will begin construction on an overpass at the west end of Pioneer. When completed the other crossings will be closed, ergo no horns. All this information continues to be posted on the city website.
Then it should be “sleepless no more”.”

PS from Kathy – and here I thought the engineers who tooted their horns at 3 am going through Ridgefield had an ex-wife who lived in town!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

(BTW, these are the egss we made in Yvonne Sakamoto’s decoupage class, which was a benefit for the Ridgefield Library building campaign. )

The Blog Works

This morning I posted the information that my house was for sale.

It sold this afternoon!

We are signing the papers tomorrow.

If you have thought about advertising your business on, maybe now is the time!

Artists – Gardeners – Are You Looking for Acreage?

Many of you know I have been looking to move into town for awhile. I have fallen in love with a house right downtown, and so with sad heart I am selling my present home.

If you are looking for a pleasant, comfortable home on acreage, this would be something you should look at.

It’s a manufactured home on five acres: three bedrooms, two baths, space inside for an upright freezer. New roofing and Hardi-Plank siding were installed last year. The home is immaculately clean and the property has a territorial view, with a year-round creek.

There’s an artist studio, a greenhouse, a garden shed, and a corral. Eight raised beds could provide you enough food to last the full year. There are also fruit trees (two apples, a pear and an Italian prune-plum), grape vines, raspberry and strawberry plants, asparagus, and rhubarb.

If you are a gardener, artist or craft person, you would love this home. Acreage this size so close to town is hard to find.

Call me for more information—887-2160


Garden Plots Available

The Ridgefield Community Garden has 5 gardening plots left for rental this year. The garden is located downtown on the south side of 5th Avenue at Sargeant, on the left. The plots are 12′ x 4′ raised beds. $17 for one year, water included. The rules and guidelines are available at city hall. The available plots are #11, 14, 16, 20 and 21.

Each gardener is responsible for planting, weeding and watering their plot. The plots will be assigned to the first to sign up and pay.

The current gardeners do a great job of producing hundreds of pounds of food each year for their personal use. It’s fun to see the variety in each plot.

For questions, you may email or call city hall at 887-3357.

Pike Donates Painting

Representative Liz Pike is donating this 12×16 oil painting for auction this Saturday, March 4th, at the Ridgefield Youth Arts Month (RYAM) kickoff at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. This painting was done specifically for RYAM this past week and the oil is still drying. The kickoff starts at 7pm and the painting will be on display in the lobby for a silent auction. 100% of proceeds will go to fund RYAM activities.

Liz is the Washington State House Representative for Ridgefield in the 18th District.

She currently operates Shangri-La Farm, a small sustainable organic farm in Fern Prairie, where she raises fruits, vegetables, heirloom turkeys, chickens and a small flock of Soay sheep. She is an avid promoter of the “buy local food” movement.

Liz’s artwork is on display at Camas Art Gallery. Her art is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and her lush gardens at her organic farm.

She donates artwork and time to various local charities and is excited to participate with RYAM to raise money for youth arts.

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

I mailed my ballot!



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!