Volunteer Grape Clipper Needed

Ron Onslow and others are going to trim the grapes in the roundabout today (Saturday) at 9 am. He needs some volunteers with garden clippers. Should not take long as the last time went very fast.

Make it 2 m

Friends of the Library are looking for people to help plan this summer’s big event: The CHAIR-ity dinner and auction on August 12. We need table hosts as well as planners and doers to make this event a success. Ideas are welcome.

Call me at 887-2160 or email kathywinters179@gmail.com if you are interested.

Make a difference in your community – volunteer!

Plankhouse Opens April 16

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will hold its spring celebration with guided walks and other events on Sunday, April 16. The Plankhouse will be open from noon to 4pm. There will be hands-on displays, you can sample stinging nettle tea and enjoy children’s activities throughout the day.

Ridgefield School District seeking school board candidate applications

The Ridgefield School District is seeking highly qualified and interested community leaders to apply for a vacant Director position (District 1) on the Ridgefield School Board.

Applications for appointment to District 1 are due in the Superintendent’s Office by 4 p.m. on April 10, 2017.  Applications are available at the Superintendent’s Office, 2724 S. Hillhurst Rd., Ridgefield or online at www.ridgefieldsd.org.

The Board of Directors will meet in a special meeting for the purpose of an open public session to interview candidates and make the appointment session tentatively May 15, 2017.

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors consists of five members. Each Director represents one of five geographic districts in which he or she resides.

The District 1 vacancy when Jeff Vigue announced his retirement from the board following ten years of distinguished service.

The District 1 boundaries are as follows:

Director District 1

Starting at the intersection of Refuge Rd and Hillhurst Rd.

Southeast on Hillhurst Rd to 22nd Cir.

East on 22nd Cir to 26th Ave.

North on 26th Ave and extension to 2010 Ridgefield city limits.

West and North following city limits to Gee Crk.

Northwest on Gee Crk to Pioneer St.

East on Pioneer St to Reiman Rd.

North on Reiman Rd to 5th Way.

West on 5th Way to Lark Dr.

North on Lark Dr to Heron Dr.

Westerly on Heron Dr to Gee Crk.

Northerly on Gee Crk to Main Ave.

North on Main Ave to 291st St.

East on 291st St to 71st Ave.

North on 71st Ave to Lancaster Rd.

Northwest on Lancaster Rd to Union Pacific RR.

North on Union Pacific RR to county line.

Westerly on county line to Columbia Rvr.

South on Columbia Rvr to Bachelor Island Slough.

Southeasterly through Bachelor Island Slough to Lake Rvr.

Southeast through Lake Rvr to Refuge Rd.

Easterly on Refuge Rd to the point of the beginning.

The Board of Directors is the governing board of the Ridgefield School District. Directors must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Washington; be a resident and qualified voter in the school district; and reside in the director district which he or she represents.

Interested persons may apply in person or in writing by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 360-619-1302, 2724 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

Thought for the Week

Michelson Service this Saturday

Long time Ridgefield resident Phyllis Michelson died last month, and the celebration of her life service will be this Saturday, 1:00, at the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church. She was 91 years old. Phyllis was very active in the Ridgefield Garden Club and her church. She was often seen walking downtown using two walking sticks and kept that up well into her 80’s. Phyllis was also one of the faithful waterers of the downtown planters, driving the Garden Club’s tractor. She is survived by her daughter Carey Siegmund, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the church playground fund (1410 South Hillhurst Road) or the Ridgefield library building fund (PO Box 534).

Floral Contest

In celebration of Youth Arts Month Teri at Ridgefield Floral & Gifts held a contest for youth to create a “Floral” picture.  There are prizes for different age groups, and the work will be judged next week.

There was a good turnout for this contest, and Teri plans to make this an annual contest to be held during Youth Arts Month. Keep tuned for pictures of the work

Almond Produce Farm Offers CSA’s

Naturally-rich, loamy south Ridgefield soil is where the goodness begins at the Almond’s Produce Farm where all produce is grown naturally. Fresh and robust produce in wide varieties are available from May to October.

This produce farm, owned by Lance & Carolyn Almond, is now offering 10 CSA shares for the 2017 growing season. These weekly baskets of fresh produce are $605 for 1 full share and $325 for a half share for the 20 week season. Tuesday deliveries are available for the Ridgefield and Salmon Creek areas.

The Almond’s onsite farm store will open again Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Store Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 10Aam – 4pm

Location: 16512 NW 61st Ave.,Ridgefield, WA 98642. Phone: (360) 690-5487

Auction to close on welcome banner

On February 28 at 8:00 p.m. bidding will close on the beautiful “Welcome” banner (See photo). Stop in Tuesday to add our bid and you might take this banner home on March 1.

March is Ridgefield Youth Arts Month and on March 1st the Friends of the Ridgefield Library will take bids on this basket filled with art supplies. Bid sheet is at the library.

All funds raised support the Friends activities including a new library!

The Boulder at Davis Park

You may have noticed the large boulder on the Main Avenue side of Davis Park.

It’s a memorial honoring the members of the Ridgefield Garden Club, past, present and future.

That’s John Maul of Boulder Creek Landscaping and his helper Miller Steinbrenner pouring the concrete to hold the boulder in place.

Eventually there will be a plaque on the face of the stone with the names of the founding members of the Garden Club. The Park was donated to the City by the club after they decided they would not build a club house on the property.

James and the Giant Peach

Journey Theater Arts Group presents James and the Giant Peach JR. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Performances are through February 26, 2017 at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst, Ridgefield. Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360.750.8550. Pre-sale adult tickets are $14. Youth and senior tickets are $10. Groups of 10 or more are $9. There is a “family day” performance on February 18th at 7 p.m. with all tickets $10 in advance. Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door.

Thank you Ridgefield!

Dear Ridgefield Citizens,

On behalf of our students, staff, and Board of Directors, thank you for your support of the 2017 bond program.

We are humbled by the outpouring of support demonstrated in this election.  This overwhelming community-wide enthusiasm translated into 69% of voters declaring “YES” on their ballots, a record level of support for a Ridgefield bond election.  Clearly, we are a community that supports our schools.  Way to go, Ridgefield!

I wish to extend special thanks to the legion of volunteers who served on our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, participated in the process, and worked so hard to ensure passage of the bond.  It is through their hard work that this bond becomes reality.

You can be assured the projects funded by the bond will directly and positively impact the learning experiences enjoyed by every student in the district.

Your validation of our work emboldens our efforts as we work to provide every Ridgefield student the personalized learning experiences, opportunities, and skills that ensure success and unlimited possibilities.

Thank you again for your continued support of our schools.



Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

Community Meeting

The Main Street Program invites you to come and be part of our first Community Roundtable. It’s Thursday, February 16 from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 122 North Main Avenue.

Join us to hear about what the Main Street Program has accomplished and how we’re moving forward.

Come with your ideas and help brainstorm about what YOU want Ridgefield Main Street to accomplish to make our downtown core vibrant.

Complimentary coffee will be provided by the Sportsman’s

Spudder Graduates need to vote

Hey parents of recent Spudder graduates! Please make sure to forward your kids’ ballots to them promptly. Remind them to vote and vote YES! Do what you do best – nag, harass, and pester them until they get it done. We need 60% Yes vote to pass this bond so every vote counts.

Help Canvass for the Bond

Calling all supporters of the 2017 Ridgefield School Bond! We need your on-the-ground help!

Canvassing – Saturday, February 11th 10:00 AM – Meet at Season’s Coffee  FREE HOT CHOCOLATE!!

This is our last chance to get out and spread the word to our neighbors. PLEASE JOIN US for our canvassing event today, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. We’ll provide you with all the information you need – scripts, maps, and support. Please RSVP to citizens4rs@gmail.com, and tell your friends!