National Night Out

Don’t know how I missed this one – tonight (Tuesday Aug 7) is National Night Out. Come on down to Abrams Park for free hot dogs and exhibits by lots of organizations. It’s from 6-8pm and it’s all free.

Meet your local Police Officers, City Council and City Staff. Take a tour through our patrol cars. Get to know your neighbors and local businesses. Enjoy free BBQ hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, cookies and more. You can even bring your own bike and join in the Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. A Connected Community is a Safer Community!

Farmers for America

Just a reminder –

The documentary film Farmers for America will be shown Wednesday, August 8th, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Starting at 6:00 PM Sunbridge Solar will be sponsoring locally sourced appetizers from Grand Army Tavern and produce from April Joy Farm. You may purchase tickets in advance here. Cost is $11.48.

For a more complete description, see my posting on July 27.

Traffic Update

Hillhurst Road from the High School to NW 229th Street– Flagging will be ongoing, expect delays.  Frontage improvements for the outdoor recreation complex, the schools, and the new subdivision, as well as associated utility improvements will be underway this week.

Royle Road from the pump station to the intersection with Hillhurst– flagging will be in place as to conduct utility improvements.

Construction in other areas is continuing and is expected to have traffic impacts similar to previous weeks:

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 may cause traffic delays, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

So. Nighthawk Road – Road closure to allow the installation of underground utilities. Exact date of closure s not yet set, but will occur this week for approximately 2-3 days. A detour is available and will be signed. The contractor will notify affected homeowners prior to beginning work.

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.

Main Avenue from Depot Street to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge –Intermittent lane closures with flagging.  This is utility work in preparation for the upcoming Main Avenue Access Improvements project.  The project will complete a pedestrian path to the Refuge and replace the existing bridge and culvert over Gee Creek. The bridge replacement will address periodic flooding on the road and remove an existing barrier to fish passage.  The full project is expected to begin construction in early spring of 2019.

New Construction Area:

Royle Road – One lane closure with flagging on a portion of Royle Road. The closure will allow for the installation of a water line.

This is the most current information available to City staff at this time. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions, supply availability, unexpected conditions and other factors that may impact the work underway.

Police Department Receives Defibrillators

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded the Ridgefield Police Department a grant for 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to have in police cars and city buildings. An AED is a sophisticated but easy to use medical device designed to help someone who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

In 2017, a student at nearby La Center High School, located in Clark County, began experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The local fire department and police department were present at the high school for an unrelated event. Both had functioning AEDs and were able to save the life of the student before additional emergency personnel arrived. Had the police and fire departments not had AEDs, the outcome could have been tragically different.

Since the incident, the City of Ridgefield has made equipping the police department and City facilities with AEDs a priority. In 2017, the department received 10 call requests for AEDs. At the time, the department had only one AED and was not able to provide assistance at all of the calls. The acquisition of the additional AEDs will allow the department to quickly and efficiently respond to all AED related calls, as every patrol car will be equipped with one.

The 15 AEDs provided by the generous grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will help the Ridgefield Police Department better serve the community. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew we could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born, with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $365,000 in Washington.

American Legion Car Show

The 8th annual American Legion car show was a huge success. There were over 50 cars parked along the streets of downtown Ridgefield.  It was great to see so many local families come out and look at all the cars. A special thanks to Terry Hurd and the Sportsman’s for donating a portion of the dinner proceeds back to the American Legion. The Legion ended up receiving a $250 donation from the Sportsman’s.

 

Cash-Back Night at Vinnie’s Tonight

Just a reminder to come to Vinnie’s Pizza in downtown Ridgefield tonight. They will donate 10% of your food and beverage bill to the library building fund, and best of all, they’ll match the donation.

Have, eat great food, see the results of their new interior decorations, and make money for the library at the same time.

Thought for the Week

Did you?

Myrtle’s Tea House Changes Focus

After 12 years of doing business  Myrtle’s Tea House and Herbery will close August 11. The store will reopen in November with a focus on home decor items. Tea and scones will be served, but not the full tea as previously.

No reservations are being taken at this time because the business is completely booked until closing.

Owner Elizabeth Brush wishes to thank her guests for their support all these years.

We wish Elizabeth the best in her new venture.

First Saturday

It’a  picnic in the Park this month as we celebrate First Saturday. Take a walk around town with the Clark County Historical Museum at 9 am – it’s free for residents of the 98642 area code.

The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing at Overlook Park, with zucchini races at 9:30, a talent show from 11 am to 1 pm, water balloon games from noon to 1.

Order sandwiches at the End of the Road Grill (360-887-4990) and they’ll have them ready for you at Overlook Park.

The wine garden will be open from 11 to 2 featuring wines from Windy Hills Winery and Spudder Crest wines.

$75

Come to Vinnie’s New York Style Pizza Monday night, August 6, for some delicious Italian food. Vince and Elena Coco will donate 10% of your bill to the library’s building fund, and match the money raised. The Coco’s have been supporters of the library for a long time, and we appreciate their contributions. Dine in or take out by calling 260-887-7200.

Have you made a donation to the building fund yet?

 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. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. 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 of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars. Please consider this option. There is a time factor to this offer, so act now.

Hookum Brewing Company Ribbon Cutting Ceremoney

Please join us in welcoming Hookum Brewing Co. to the neighborhood!

The City of Ridgefield in partnership with the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce is holding a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Saturday, August 4, 2018 @2:30pm at Hookum, located at 120 N 3rd Avenue, here in downtown Ridgefield.

With 12 beers on tap, 8 made right in house, there’s lots to choose from.

FAMILY MANN BBQ will be serving up some delicious food for you to purchase as well.

So grab a friend and come on down! We’ll see you there.

 

John Main Resigns

Ridgefield City Councilmember John Main is resigning his position effective October 1, 2018 due to his plans to move out of the City. He and his wife, Tami, are moving to Idaho to be closer to his adult children and two grandchildren.

“My decision to end my term early is not without a lot of personal reflection,” John said. “I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with the Council, staff and so many wonderful residents and to serve the City of Ridgefield. With the new Outdoor Recreation Center, grocery store and Vancouver Clinic; Ridgefield has a bright future ahead as a great place to live, play and raise a family.”

John Main is the Councilor with a bike. In his own words, “You’ll see me more on my bike downtown than you will ever see me driving my car.” For that reason, he has played an active role in planning and developing multi‐modal trails that connect the Ridgefield community. But, his primary focus and passion has been enhancing the Ridgefield community through promoting the arts. John joined the City Council in 2012 following two years on the Planning Commission. With his leadership, Ridgefield established an Arts Quarter in 2017 that will bring a strong, vibrant arts scene to downtown Ridgefield.

John has also represented Ridgefield interests as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for CTRAN; as the Treasurer for the Ridgefield Art Association and as a member of the Ridgefield Main Street Board. After being informed of the resignation, Mayor Don Stose thanked John for his work on the City Council. “On behalf of the entire City Council, I want to express my sincere appreciation to John for his exceptional service to the City of Ridgefield and wish him much happiness and success as he begins this new chapter in his life.”

With a vacancy on the Council, the Council will begin a process to appoint a qualified replacement. While John’s term does not end until December 2021, Washington law will require the appointee to run for election in 2019.

Note from Kathy – Having John and Tami Main move out of our area will leave a big hole. They both were involved in so many things. We wish them good luck in their new endeavor.

Back 2 School Bash Event Set for August 25

The annual Back 2 School Bash event will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.  This is a free event sponsored by local churches.

Families can obtain free backpacks, school supplies and clothing on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.  Free haircuts and sports physicals will also be provided.

New Location for Ridgefield Family Resource Center

The Ridgefield Family Resource Center has relocated to Portables C and D, near the View Ridge gym door (second portable from the Union Ridge/View Ridge parking lot).  Stop in for a visit!

Hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays Noon-4:00 pm

Thursdays 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Closed August 20

Ridgefield Arts Space Opens Downtown

New to Ridgefield, The RAS- Ridgefield Arts Space, can be found just above the hardware store at 208 Pioneer, in downtown. The RAS is established to provide a place of arts, learning and events granting access to artistic, social, and educational experiences regardless of economic standing. The effort aims to maintain and enrich a true sense of community in and for Ridgefield, by the charitable contributions of the residents of Ridgefield.

The event-based schedule varies between 9am-midnight, 7 days a week, and after only opening the doors July 4, Summer Camps are in full swing, with weekly classes being added to the calendar daily. The “Arts for ALL” program of offerings eliminates the need for our residents to commute to outside areas for programs that should be offered right downtown. As founders Liz Kollings and Spencer Velott put it, “We live here and felt the most powerful contribution we could offer our neighbors was providing a community-based space for arts, learning, and fun that supports ALL members of Ridgefield—regardless of their financial situations.”

As a federally registered pending 501(c)(3), Non-Profit organization, a significant portion of every class/event registration dollar—be it for Ballet, Hip Hop, Comedy Improv, Baby Camp; Me classes, Summer Arts Camp, Teen Lounge Nights, or on “RAS Bucks” to buy your sweetheart a drink after dancing at our Date Night event, a significant portion silently goes to provide these very same experiences to those of us whose budgets simply cannot accommodate such extras. If you are one of the folks whose budget can’t afford access to the arts, but also want these enriching experiences for your family, please reach out to us and know that your privacy is secure. If you would like to sign up for classes, or to donate additionally please also email info@the-ras.com, call (360) 947-4484, or visit www.The-RAS.com.

To kick things off for the month of August, if you present a single receipt from ANY business in Old Town Ridgefield, you will receive $5 in “RAS Bucks” for every $25 spent.