Goats at Storm Water Facility

There are about 50 animals in a Bellwood Heights storm water facility on Heron Ridge Drive.  They’ve been eating the plentiful grass from a wet spring.  It’s mostly sheep with a pair of llamas and a few goats as well.  It seems to be a popular place: cars stop, children get out, and they enjoy watching the animals.  Grass is poor nutrition and grass eating animals must eat a lot of it to get the nourishment they need.  This means a lot of manure and urine produced.    This facility has already has had a great deal of manure put in it. You can see it on the ground and even smell it if the wind is right.  This may not be a good thing.  A storm water facility is a place for treating storm water.  The purpose is to remove nutrients and sediments and release it to a water body as clean water.  Having goats and sheep to control vegetation is great in many situations.

Vineyards and organic farms see this as an alternative to herbicides for controlling unwanted weeds and grass.  During times of rainfall surface water from several blocks flows through this facility.  As a consequence of too many animals, nutrients and coliform bacteria could be carried into Gee Creek.   There is rain predicted for Thursday, June 15th.   If there is enough rain to move storm water through this facility, it would be a good day to find out if there is a problem.

Thanks for Paul Snoey for this information.

Lions Club at Clark County Fair

The Lions Club will be serving burgers again this year at their famous corner booth at the Clark County Fair. While they are trying to increase membership in the club, they still need many, many volunteers to help at the booth. They have set up a sign-up list on their website www.ridgefieldlions.com and ask that anyone interested, signup for any 6 hour shift. You will get free entrance to the fair for the day and have a good time with the other Lions in the booth.
As a note, the Lions will not be serving their salmon dinner at the 4th of July, but will be serving burgers in the park at the festival. Please support them, as 100% of the money raised by the Lions is returned to our community. If you are interested in joining the club, you can contact King Lion Dean Stenehjem at dean.stenehjem@gmail.com or call Membership Director Sandy Schill at 887-0329.

Thought for the Week

Things to think about:

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

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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.

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Every  year the Fort Vancouver Regional Library sponsors a Friends’ Fair, when Friends from the branch libraries meet to talk about what they’ve accomplished over the past year and what they plan to accomplish in the future. It’s a fun-filled day where lots of ideas are tossed around. A nice luncheon is served and you get to meet Friends from the other libraries in the area.

The date is July 29 and it’s from 9 to 2:30. A group from the Ridgefield Library plans to car pool, so if you’re interested in going, call Sean at the library for more information. 360-906-4770.

Work on Roads

Workers are hurrying to finish the ground work before paving Main Avenue this summer. The deadline of course, is the 4th of July so the road will be in good shape for the parade. Let’s hope we don’t get any rain before then. These photos are looking north and south on Main Avenue.

Pictures at Lava Java

I’m happy to report that I’m the Featured Artist at Lava Java this month. Stop by and have a cup of coffee and enjoy a large selection of my new and old paintings. This may be the last major showing of my work as my life is going in a different direction.

Lava Java is in the Heron Gate complex, 2 South 5th Place.

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Fort Vancouver Library is considering a third site for our new Ridgefield library – the ball field at the middle school. Advantages of this site are its size, location at the entrance to our downtown, amount of parking available, proximity to the elementary schools,  etc. Since the middle school building will be used for community education and other uses the block will be like a center for the community. I can see a lot of advantages to building there.

The other two sites are the lots north of the Post Office and extending down to the railroad tracks and the actual View Ridge Middle School site, which would require tearing down the old building.

I’d love to hear your comments, as I’m sure the Directors of the Library would. Please press ‘comment’, below, to comment on this location.


Proposed Trail

Corwin Beverage is applying to build two segments of an 8-foot-wide pedestrian trail at 219 South Timm Road. The pre-application conference will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Clark County Fire & Rescue, 911 N 65th Avenue, Ridgefield.

The trail includes a 50-foot section of boardwalk over an existing Category III wetland, in the E zone. This sounds like a great idea to me – you can voice your opinion at the meeting.

Polyroux Music Festival – a Reminder

Opus School of Music and The Old Liberty Theater present Polyroux Music Festival this Saturday, June 3. There are two performances: 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

The festival showcases up-and-coming artists and bands of any age from Southwest Washington.  All ages are welcome.

Online Registration Required for 2017-18 School Bus Transportation

For school year 2017-18, students in the Ridgefield school district who plan to take school buses to and from school will be required to register online at KWRL’s website at www.kwrl.org.  Online registration will open June 1.

KWRL Transportation provides school busing services for Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center school districts.  Starting tomorrow, June 1, it will launch its newly-redesigned website which, in conjunction with Skyward, will help improve communication for schools, parents and students with regard to bus routes, bus assignments and bus stops.

More importantly, the website will allow students to register for school bus transportation for the 2017-18 school year.  Registration will remain open through the summer and the 2017-18 school year.  However, to ensure bus transportation for their children for the coming school year, parents are encouraged to get their students registered as soon as possible.

KWRL will provide bus assignments for students via Skyward two weeks before the start of school.  The first day of school for Ridgefield School District is Tuesday, August 29.

According to KWRL, it’s important to note that for students with special needs, registration procedures for school bus service has not changed and will continue as usual.

For more information, please contact KWRL Transportation at 360-225-6105 or 360-225-8075.

Last Chance!

Last chance to bid on the coping saw in the library’s silent auction!

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library put a different item up for bid each month, and May’s offering is a coping saw. Bidding closes tomorrow, May 31, so head on down to the library to make your bid if this is something you could use.

It would be ideal for making Christmas presents for those grand kids…

The money raised helps the Friends in their support of the library.

Family Discovery Day

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring Family Discovery Day on June 10 at their stake, 21630 NE 29th in Ridgefield.

It’s a family event, with activities for younger kids and classes for youth and adults.  This is about finding out where we come from and how to search out our family tree. Click here to find a list of class descriptions.

Thought for the Week

A Short History of Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Memorial Day or Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. Major General John A. Logan appointed May 30 as the day to be observed. Arlington National Cemetery had the first observance of the day on a grand scale. The place was appropriate as it already housed graves of over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead. Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided the meeting and the center point of these Memorial Day ceremonies was the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion. Speeches were followed by a march of soldiers’ children and orphans and members of the GAR through the cemetery strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves. They also recited prayers and sang hymns for the dead.

Many cities in the North and the South claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day in 1866 but Congress and President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York, as the ‘birthplace’ of Memorial Day in 1966. It was said that on May 5, 1866, a ceremony was held here to honor local soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War, businesses were closed for the day and residents furled flags at half-mast. It was said to be the first formal, community-wide and regular event.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by the Congress, who designated the last Monday in May as the day for its observance. Many states observe separate Confederate Memorial Days.

Reminder_ Memorial Day Service tomorrow

American Legion Post 44 Ridgefield will have a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 am tomorrow at the Ridgefield Cemetery. We will recognize, remember and honor America’s war dead, in particular the five men from Ridgefield who died in WW1, 100 years ago.