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Check this out!! A nicely decorated spinet piano just in time for Birdfest is available throughout the month of October as the Silent Auction item benefitting the new Ridgefield library. Bidding started October 1 (see the item and make your bid at the library). Don’t miss out on these wonderful additions to your game collection and the chance to support a GREAT cause. Money raised helps fund a new, bigger, and better library in Ridgefield. At the end of October, the highest bidder will be notified. Questions? Contact Tevis Laspa (360-600-0943) As always, thank you for supporting YOUR library!

The golf tournament last Sunday was a big success and brought in about $4000 for the library building fund. The weather was perfect: cool and brisk with high clouds, the food was great as were the raffle prizes. Thanks to all who participated. By far the most popular raffle prize was the fixings for Moscow mules, including four cups, a pitcher, and a cookbook  with the recipe. It was donated by Jim Vincent of Vincent Construction Management. Thanks Jim!

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now. Donations don’t have to be in money – all sorts of other options are available – land, cars, jewelry, etc. Think outside the box…

Welcome to our New Author

Paul Snoey has been contributing articles to FYI for a long time now, and I’ve now given him direct access to the blog, so he’s now able to post directly without my editing the article.

This will ensure that the pictures he takes go along with the writing portion, as I sometimes goofed up and had an incorrect caption.

His posts will be filed under ‘Paul Snoey Articles’ so they’ll be easy to access if you want to look at them again. If you would like to comment on Paul’s posts, it’s easy to do so, just click on ‘leave a comment.’



These calves eagerly ate several bags of shiny geranium pulled by hand

Shiny geranium was first discovered in Ridgefield last year. It was found on Pioneer Street, in the Post office parking lot, and on six acres in Allen Canyon. A great deal of work and expense was spent to deal with it. Much of the effort was to get it before it went to seed. I did most of the work in Ridgefield and helped Les Greear treat it on his property. The seeds sprout after the first late summer/fall rains. After the first rains in mid September, we were disappointed to see so many new seedlings pop up.  We have begun treating them again.  This weed is spreading rapidly in  north Clark County and will probably become a  pest for Gee Creek and the Refuge in spite of our efforts.


Library Programs this Week

Tuesday October 3
Movies for Adults 6:00 p.m.-Please call the library for title
Wednesday October 4
Stitchery 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Teen Gaming 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday October 5
Mahjong 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Spanish Conversation Circle 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday October 6
Toddler Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Teen Council 4:00 p.m.
Saturday October 7
The Ridgefield Library opens at 9:00 a.m. for First Saturday
Stop and make a craft to celebrate Birdfest 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bird Stories 10:00 a.m.
Bird Stories 11:00 a.m.

Unleash your creativity!

I will teach watercolor classes in my home studio starting Tuesday, October 10, and running for six weeks. This class will be for beginner through intermediate painters – you do not need to know anything about painting to join us. Classes will be informal and fun, with the stress on fun. We’ll start off each day with a short demonstration, and then you’ll have time to paint. I will work with each student individually.

These will be a little different from the classes I’ve given benefiting the library. It will be a series of six classes, and you will choose your picture, either from my stock or your own, sketch it on tracing paper, transfer the sketch to watercolor paper and then paint it.  I will lead you through each step of the process. We’ll talk about color theory, perspective, lights and darks, etc.

There will be a supply list, and you will need brushes, paints and a palette. We can make a group purchase of supplies after the first class, but you can supply your own materials if you have them. I’ll supply the support and the first piece of paper.

The class will be held in my home in downtown Ridgefield, and meet from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Cost is $99. Please call me if you’re interested as I only have room for a limited number of people. 360-887-2160

Volunteers Needed for Birdfest

Interested in helping out in the community, meeting new people and having fun? We are looking for a few more adults or high school students interested in volunteering to assist with kids’ crafts at Overlook Park on Saturday, October 7- Birdfest & Bluegrass. The hours are 9:00AM-3:00PM. We are happy to have volunteers for the entire day or for any shift that works for you. The preference would be any 2-hour block.

The crafts include making Bluegrass instruments, creating Bird Journals, building Turkey Vulture flying birds and assisting with a “Hurl Like a Turkey Vulture” contest.

If you are interested contact

For more information about the event, see or

Library to Close Thursday

All Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries will be closed Thursday September 28th for all-staff training. The Ridgefield Community Library will be open regular hours on Friday September 29, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Many of our services are available 24/7 through the Library District’s website (

‘Command and Control’ is next Meaningful Movie

The screening for the next movie in the Meaningful Movies series, Command and Control, is this Wednesday, the 27th at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

From the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes Command and Control, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Special guest speakers Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Doors open at 6:45, previews start at 7:15, show at 7:30, beverages and snacks available for purchase. Donations are welcomed.

The big news is that we have two speakers from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr. John Pearson and Damon Motz-Storey. These gentlemen will be talking about issues surrounding the impact of the nuclear industry in our area.

The Meaningful Movies series is sponsored by the Ridgefield Library.

Hope to see you all there!

Stream Life

Paul Snoey took the photos above and below in Abrams Park just below the Division Street Bridges. The two photos are of the same spot before and after the sediment was brushed away.

Aquatic insects, mollusks, small fish, and crustaceans need areas free of sediment.

Thought for the Week

Pearls of Wisdom

Love is grand! Divorce is a hundred grand.

I am in shape. Round is a shape.

Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

~ Author unknown

Response to Paul Snoey Article on Storm Water Run Off

I thought this comment was worth publishing because I know not every one reads the comments under posts, and it is worth reading.

Sadly, the silt is not surprising given the poor storm water runoff control by developers and lack of enforcement by our city. As an example, drive along Royle Rd. and look at all the dirt in the ferns along the drainage ditch on the outside of their storm water runoff fencing on the southeast side of road near the HS…this is right above Gee Creek, and just waiting for a rainfall event to wash all that dirt into the creek!!!  This is exactly why we need storm water runoff permits and regulations at construction sites! I hope these folks get fined for their disregard to our environment and storm water drainage systems. Their mitigation tactics are sub-par and they have the means to do better!

Make it 2 M

I went to the monthly Trustees Meeting of the Fort Vancouver Library on Monday, and the representative from Woodland reported that someone who is moving to Woodland in April donated $7000 to their library building fund. I was so jealous! These people are not even residents yet, and they’ve donated a HUGE amount of money to the library in their new town. That’s community spirit.

Did you know an anonymous donor has pledged to match every donation to our Ridgefield Library building fund over $10,000? So far only two people have taken advantage of this very generous offer. The offer is good up to a million dollars, but there’s a time factor involved, so it’s important to get these donations coming.

Where are you, people of Ridgefield? Your donation would be worth double what you give and would get us that much closer to having a new library.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.


Snoey Report on Fish

With the heavy rain this morning flows were restored on Allen Canyon Creek. The nice thing about it is how clean the stream is.  The stranded fish are now free but have chosen to stay in the area and when I dropped some food in the creek they eagerly ate it. If a way could be found to sustain some flow during the summer drought, this stream could maintain a population of salmon.
When I returned to town this afternoon I checked Gee Creek in Abrams Park and found a creek heavily laden with sediment.  This is not good.

Both photos were taken this afternoon on Allen Canyon Creek and Gee Creek.


Burger + Brew Pop-Up Saturday

The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club is planning a burger + brews pop-up at Zebrun’s Starliner in Ridgefield this Saturday from 5-9pm.  If you’re not familiar with the Starliner, it’s a quiet country store on Pioneer between 3rd and 4th, and in the back of the store there is a spot for chef Sebastian Carosi to take over for the evening and char up some killer burgers.

There are almost a dozen tap handles for your beer pleasure(s). The burgers will be grass-fed local beef and buffalo. For those not in the mood for a burger, there will be Kobe beef kimchi dogs. There will also do some made to order bar snacks like pan roasted chili-lime peanuts and wild nettle soup. Bring your girl, bring your man, but come on down to the Starliner Saturday night.

Contact Chef Sebastian here if you plan to come to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.

Last Day of Summer

Last day of summer. Tomorrow, autumn.

Super day. Don’t waste it. Last chance.

Take a walk. Go for a run. Hit the hammock.

Catch a fish. Watch a bird. Walk the dog.

Climb a mountain. Climb a tree.

Shoot the rapids. Shoot the breeze.

Sniff the flowers. Pick a a tomato. Plant some bulbs.

Ride a roller coaster. Scarf a scone. Cow a bunga.

Fun in the sun. Fade in the shade.

Chill out. Got down. Kick back. Go ballistic.



Take it. Make it. Shake it. Don’t fake it.

Laugh and cry. Shout and sign. Whatever.

It’s your day. This is it. Do it right.

Summer’s gone. Tomorrow’ fall. That’s all.

~ Author unknown