Old time cars

Thanks to Sarah Scott for this old-time-looking photo of cars waiting in Abrams Park for the parade on Wednesday.

Grad Night Fireworks Stand Open

 

Winners of Book Mark Contest

Here are pictures of the winners of the Ridgefield Library’s Book Mark Contest.

As usual, the Friends of the Library provided refreshments for the event.

I hope everyone in the community appreciates the support of the Friends of the Library – they do a great job.

Help a Ridgefield Family

In honor of our friend Antonio Pickett, Lava Java will donate 25% of total sales to his memorial fund on Friday, June 29th.

Please come by to show your support.

Donations can also be made directly to Antonio Pickett Memorial Fund at any Columbia Credit Union.

All funds will go to help the Pickett family with funeral costs.

Note from Kathy – this is #3 in our series of What Makes Ridgefield so Special? 

From Knotweed to Trees

 

One of the goals of stream restoration of Gee Creek is to rid the creek of weed species such as Japanese knotweed and blackberries and replace them with native species of trees and other plants.  This photo was taken in June of 2009.  It was  a dense tangle of Japanese knotweed, blackberries, and nettles.  The tops are about 13 feet above ground and many were bound together by morning glory vines. Getting rid of the knotweed and other weeds in the watershed was difficult.

The photo above is the same view after the knotweed ,blackberries, and nettles were removed.  The first trees planted here were willows and a few cottonwoods.  Later, Tevis planted cedars.  However, the fence along the creek was not a good one and eventually beavers took most of the cedars and many of the willows.  It was distressing to see the hard work lost.

The last photo was taken earlier this week.  Last fall, a good fence was built from here to the heron ridge bridge.  It has been successful, at least so far, in keeping out beavers.  There’s lots of new trees put in this spring  from here into the city’s storm water facility.  In time, the hope is to see a dense stand of trees all along Gee Creek from the east end of Abrams Park to the refuge.  There is a great deal more work to do that and many problems to overcome.  The photos are from Tevis Laspa’s property.

Contributed by Paul Snoey

 

 

 

What Makes Ridgefield so Special #2

Paul Snoey was walking back into town about noon, when he saw that Lefty Kraus had lost some of his wood going over the asphalt curb. The two vehicles behind immediately pulled over and helped him get it all back in his truck. Paul said everyone was smiling too; and he thought it fit in with my post this morning about what’s special about Ridgefield. So this will be part two of ‘What Makes Ridgefield so Special.’

 

The Ridgefield Dozen

The Ridgefield Dozen is a unique fundraising race and ride benefitting World Bicycle Relief. It’s Strava based, a free app for your smartphone, and can be ridden anytime until August 19, 2018.

The Ridgefield Dozen is uniquely tailored to offer a challenge for beginning riders, race curious riders, and even experienced racers. There are three courses, short, medium, and long. You get to pick your challenge, who you compete against, or even if you want to compete at all–maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to go for a ride? The Ridgefield Dozen offers that excuse.

Ride anytime, at your convenience, until August 19, 2018. Start with the short route, maybe work your way up to the medium or Long distance route. Challenge yourself!

There is a King Of the Mountain, and Queen of the Mountain jersey to the overall winners. Plus, depending on participation, other prizes and awards.

See full details at the website: https://ridgefielddozen.com/

Chamber Launch

Ridgefield Road Work this Week

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic during the weeks of May 10 – May 18, 2018.

South Hillhurst Road between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging. 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.

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.
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 – one lane closure with traffic flagging May 11-12 for final paving; then sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.
North 32nd Avenue – intermittent lane closures with flagging. Utility work in conjunction with the Village of Canyon Ridge subdivision.
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.

One Plot Left at Community Garden

There’s still one plot left for rent at the Community Garden. Contact Lee Knottnerus at the City if you’re interested in renting it.

As you  can see, many people already have their plots planted, and things are growing well.

 

There are still a couple of beds that need to be cleaned out. The weeds have gone to seed and will soon be popping up throughout the entire garden.

If yours is one of those, please come by and at least pull your weeds and put them in the yard waste bin.

Be a good neighbor.

 

First Saturday

Don’t let the weather spoil your enthusiasm for First Saturday – come on downtown and revel in all the events going on – solve a mystery, buy something at the Farmers’ Market, peek in at the library. It’s small town living at its best!

Meet my new Advertiser!

I’m pleased to announce that Michelle and Joe Potter of Ridgefield Landscape Products are new advertisers on FYI98642.com. In talking to them, Michelle said Joe has always wanted to have a landscaping yard.

The business is now open at 30505 NW 31st Avenue. Hours are 8-4 Monday through Friday and 8-1 Saturday. They have 20 different landscape and gardening products: bark dust, chips, gravel, drain rock, river rock, sand, 3-way mix – if they don’t have it they can get it. They offer pick up or delivery. Buy ten yards of any material and get free delivery.

They also offer field mowing and large brush removal and they accept yard debris. Bulk quantities of products are available – buying 25-35 yards qualifies you for bulk pricing.

They plan to add planters, sheds and boxes.

Check out their Facebook page here, to see more information. Phone number is 360-887-8945.

 

Refuge Needs Volunteers

Calling all Volunteers! Types of Volunteer Opportunities:

Habitat Restoration

Volunteers get to see the most beautiful places on the refuge while helping to ensure that native wildlife have food and shelter. Summer work is focused on maintaining winter plantings and controlling invasive plants that threaten to take over habitat.  Crews meet on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Contact Sean Davis at Sean_Davis@fws.gov or 360-887-3883 x 14

Refuge and Trail Greeters

Over 120,000 visitors flock to the refuge annually to enjoy nature through participation in wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, cultural interpretation, hunting, and fishing. Volunteers help to make their experiences meaningful. Share your enthusiasm for nature and make the Refuge a welcoming place for people walking our trails, stopping at the Visitor Contact Station and driving the AutoTour.

Contact Josie Finley at josie_finley@fws.gov or 360-887-4106 x 130

Cathlapotle Plankhouse

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse draws thousands of visitors to the Refuge each year. Help share the legacy of the Indigenous people who have tended to this place since time immemorial as a Plankhouse Docent or Cultural Educator. Field trips take place during the weekdays. Docents staff the house on weekends from April – September.

Contact Juliet McGraw at juliet_mcgraw@fws.gov 360-887-4106 x 123

Education

Help us inspire the next generation. Kids of all ages need hands-on learning and inspiration in the great outdoors as part of a well-rounded education. We need your help to make their visit to the Refuge fun and memorable. Field trips take place during the weekdays starting in April.

Contact Josie Finley at josie_finley@fws.gov or 360-887-4106 x 130

Now you can sign up to volunteer easily on our website! Check it out by clicking here!

Don’t forget to glance at the Refuge calendar, your one-stop shop for fun activities and volunteer opportunities!

Students from Union Ridge Plant trees

Several classes of  sixth grade students  from Union Ridge Elementary School planted trees  and other plants along the new section of the Gee Creek trail today.  Along with the other volunteer session done two weeks ago, there should be almost 1,000 trees and other plants put in by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.  Part of the reason the Partnership is planting these trees is that Gee Creek is  too warm during the summer.  Trees that make  a shady canopy keep streams cooler.  With the other trees  planted along the creek and the flood plain this year, it  should bring the total to over 1,500 new trees and plants on Gee Creek.  To restore Gee Creek by removing weed species and planting native trees and other plants will require many more hours of brush removal and thousands of new trees.  This is a great start though.

Contributed by Paul Snoey

First Day of Spring

 

 

This  Anna’s hummingbird was photographed feeding on a red flowering current bush this morning.  Spring will arrive at 9:15 AM today. We know the earth is tilted 23.4 degrees and that is the cause of the seasons.  The change at our latitude, about half way between the equator and the north pole, is dramatic.  The grasses are turning green and growing.  Trees are blooming and beginning to turn green, and insects are beginning to appear.  Flowering plants are emerging,  people are mowing their lawns, and thinking about planting gardens.

So, what would our world be like if the earth was not tilted?  It would mean the sun would be over the equator, like today, everyday of the year. There would only be one season everywhere. The equatorial zone would be extremely hot  and stormy and only gradually cooling away from the equator. No seasons would mean no timing for plant growth or dormancy. It would be a world much different from this one.  It’s hard to imagine no seasons.

What if our world was tilted  90 degrees instead of just 23 degrees?  It would mean spring and fall would be much like ours, but it would mean that on the first day of summer the sun would be right over the north pole and would stay there for some time. No night or day just extreme sunshine. Six months later our North pole would be in a deep freeze. It would be a hellish planet switching with violent extremes of freezing to baking.  What kind of life would even exist on such a world?

But here we are with our spring and the earth’s gentle tilt and the transition from spring to summer will be just a little bit more  each day.  Although it can be a bit too cold in the winter and too hot at times in the summer, the changes in the seasons are better than the alternatives.