Meaningful Movies

This month’s Meaningful Movie is ‘Blood Road.’ It follow the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.

The movie will be shown at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield., on Wednesday, March 27. Doors open at 6:30 with refreshments for sale, previews at 6:45 and film at 7:00. The film is free, but donations are welcomed. 

A moderated post-film community discussion will feature Chris Thobaben (Major USMCR), Bryan Laycoe (Naval Medical Officer, Pearl Harbor 1973-75, past Commander, Post 44 American Legion, Ridgefield) and Terry Wolf (Naval Aviator, A-4 Skyhawk, Vietnam, 1972-75)





Neighbors on Watch

Are you interested in community, safety, and want to be involved?

Ridgefield has a Neighbors on Watch group (NOW). Maybe you are interested in participating.

Want to know more? Come to our next meeting on April 18th at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center. 6:30 pm. Meet other members of NOW and find out what it is all about.

-Chief Brooks


It’s time to plant peas! Don’t have a garden plot at home? Rent a plot in the Ridgefield Community Garden. It doesn’t cost much, and water is supplied. The garden is at 4th and Sargent.

There are only a couple more plots left. To reserve your spot, call the City at 360-887-3557.

Thought for the Week

What Will Rogers said about growing older:

First – Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second – The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third – Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

Fourth – When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.

Fifth – You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth – I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh – One of the many things no one tells you about aging is the it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth – One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth – Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Tenth – Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.

And finally – If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when your are old.

Fine & Dandy Fabric Sale

I helped set up at the fabric sale yesterday, and was amazed at the variety of wonderful material that was for sale. If you’re in the market for flannel, there are several choices – mostly for younger children, but at least one bolt. Lots of colorful fabrics, and all priced to sell. There are even some small finished quilts as well as picture fabrics ready to quilt.

Come early to get the best choice – doors open at 10am.

The Ridgefield Quilt will be on display – a $5 ticket gives you a chance to win it.


The Ridgefield Quilt is done! It’s a wall hanging depicting scenes around Ridgefield, including the plankhouse, the bear at Overlook Park, a little library and others. See it tomorrow at the Fine and Dandy Fabric Sale, and take a chance on winning this beautiful hand-made wall hanging.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $25. If you buy five tickets you also get a hand painted book mark made by yours truly. Such a deal!

The winner of the quilt will be picked at Hometown on December 7 and you do not need to be present to win.

We’ll also have a stock of jars for our ‘Feed Priscilla the Pig’ campaign. Priscilla will be either in the library or the Community Room of the library. Stop by and pick up your jar and fill it with spare change. We’re trying to fill up the carboy that you’ll find in the library.

Ridgefield School District Seeks Candidates for Seat on School Board

Steven Radosevich, School Board Director representing District 3 in the Ridgefield School District, has announced his resignation from the board.  Radosevich has served on the school board for nearly ten years.  The district plans to honor Radosevich at a school board meeting next month.

Ridgefield School District now begins a search for highly qualified candidates to fill the vacant School Board Director position representing District 3.

Applications are available online at the district’s website by clicking here:  Application for Appointment – District 3.  Applications are also available at the Superintendent’s Office, Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center, 510 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington.  Applications must be received in the Superintendent’s Office by 4:00 pm on March 27, 2019.

A special meeting of the Ridgefield School Board will be scheduled for the purpose of interviewing candidates in an open public session.  Appointment of the new board member is anticipated to be April 9, 2019.

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.


District 3 boundaries are as follows:

Director District 3 Starting at the intersection of 71st Ave and 304th St.

East on 304th St to 51st Ave.

South on 51th Ave to 289th St.

East on 289th St to 31st Ave.

South on 31st Ave to 10th St.

East on 10th St to I-5

South on I-5 to northbound freeway off-ramp for 219th St.

North and East on 219th St to school district boundary

Counterclockwise following school district boundary to northern crossing of Union Pacific RR. South on Union Pacific RR to Lancaster Rd.

Southeast on Lancaster Rd to 71st Ave.

South on 71st Ave to the point of the beginning


The district reserves the right to extend the application deadline if necessary to obtain a sufficient number of applications.

The Board of Directors is the governing body 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.

Ridgefield School District Receives Clean Audit Report

On March 14, 2019, the Office of the Washington State Auditor released its Financial Statements Audit Report and Federal Single Audit Report (for Special Education) for the Ridgefield School District for the period September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

The 2017-18 school year marked significant changes for the district.  It experienced record-breaking student enrollment and continues to deal with rapid growth.  Additionally, the district took over management of the Special Education Program from Educational Service District 112 who managed the program in prior years.

The audit reports that the district continues to produce accurate and reliable financial information for the public and notes no concerns with compliance or internal controls over Special Education program management.

“We work diligently to ensure the information we disseminate to our public is accurate. We are also grateful for the continued support from our citizens and public in providing the District with the resources it needs to continue to offer unlimited possibilities for our students and families,” said Paula McCoy, the district’s Executive Director of Business Services.

To view the complete 2017-18 Financial Audit Report, visit the Finance Page of the district’s website at–5.

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CAPS Survey Welcomes Community Input for New Coffee Shop at RACC


Business and Marketing students in the CAPS Program at Ridgefield High School are working to set up a coffee shop inside the new Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).  To best serve customer needs, they have created a short survey to gather feedback from the local community.  We invite you to take a few minutes to participate.  The survey will be available through March 25th.  Thanks for your support!

To take the survey, please click on the following link:

Innovation Ridge Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) at Ridgefield High School is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program.  Working together with business and community partners, it produces personalized learning experiences that prepare students for careers in high skill, high demand jobs.  Strands of study include Engineering; Health Services; and Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Beaches Cashback Day

Vote for Sandra!

Our very own Councilwoman, Sandra Day, will compete at the Rotary Club of Three Creeks’ Dancing with the Local Stars, Saturday, March 23, 6-9 pm, at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Movies.”

To purchase tickets or vote for one’s favorite local star with a donation, an online opportunity is available at

The six dancers will compete for best dance, voted by attendees and guest judges. The grand champion will be the local star who raises the most funds.

Thought for the Week

After the weather yesterday, I thought this little poem was very apropos:

“Is it so small a thing,

to have enjoy’d the sun,

To have lived light in the spring,

To have loved, to have thought, to have done?”

Matthew Arnold


Pipers at Hookum



The Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be at Hookum Brewing Company, 120 North 3rd Avenue, tonight, Saturday, for a performance at 7:00. They’re raising money to send band members to Colorado Springs, Colo, to play at an annual memorial for fallen fire fighters.

Help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and lift a glass of bubbly for a good cause.

“Ridgefield Arts Experience” Teaches Kids About Theater Production

Watch a children’s book come to life in a play that is entirely produced by Ridgefield students.  In “Ridgefield Arts Experience”, students in Grades 3-8 learn everything that goes into a musical production.  Not only will they be performing in the play, but they will also learn to create the scenery, costumes and music soundtracks.

The play is based on the children’s book, The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.  Students will perform the play at 7:00 pm at the end of class.

The class is on Thursday, March 21, 4:00-7:30 pm in the Union Ridge Commons.  A light dinner will be provided.  The class is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield School District, FVRL/Ridgefield Library and Opus School of Music.  Register today at

Special thanks to our sponsors The Modern Orthodontist and Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.