Sportsman’s Fundraiser

Youth Therapy Solutions Available In Schools

There are many issues that can affect a student’s ability to function well at school.  Now they don’t have to face life’s challenges alone.

Family Solutions partners with the Ridgefield School District to provide school-based mental health services for students.  Jillany Wellman, program manager, explains, “There are two school-based therapists in the Ridgefield School District who are separate from school counselors.  When students are facing anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or other trauma, we can help.”

Christine Poppert, director of the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, notes that students who qualify for Medicaid or state-based insurance can be referred to the program by counselors, principals, or teachers.  Those families can also self-refer by calling Family Solutions to request school-based services.

Samantha Seward (on left) and Fiona Everett, child and family therapists for Family Solutions.

“Because we are in Ridgefield, transportation was always an issue to get families connected to mental health services,” Poppert said.  “Now, Family Solutions is removing barriers; we can do intakes and therapy right on campus with a flexible schedule.  We work as a collaborative team to help students, and we’re seeing positive results.”

For more information, contact your school counselor or visit the Family Solutions website at

Meaningful Movies this Wednesday

On Wednesday, September 26th, Meaningful Movies will show the documentary “Trans“. This film is an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. The extraordinary news is that we have Jamison Green coming to speak after the film. Dr. Green is a nationally recognized transgender rights advocate. This is great opportunity for us all to talk to an expert in the field of transgender rights.

In other news, last month’s conversation with Don Steinke about climate change and initiative 1631 is available as a podcast.  With the Sound Cloud app, you can listen on the go. We realize that Wednesday nights are not ideal for many people and we hope that this will help you stay informed. If you have comments and want to continue the discussion, please do so on our Facebook page.

Thought for the Week

The best thing about the good old days is that we weren’t good and we weren’t old.

Fundraiser at the Sportsman’s

Student Artwork Beautifies Fenceline Around RHS Construction Site

Driving along Hillhurst Road, there are several construction sites—but only one with student artwork brightening the construction fence.  Students from Tamara Hoodenpyl’s second year illustration class are creating outdoor art panels along the fenceline at Ridgefield High School.

Hoodenpyl encouraged her students to view the project as artwork they were producing for a client.  “They had to create a theme for their client, the high school, so they decided to use athletics and activities from the school,”  she said.

The panels cover a wide range of activities, including robotics, drama, debate, and sports.  Using blue circles and orange lines that appear across each of the canvases, the students selected unifying designs and colors to tie the panels together.

The students are enjoying the creative outdoors project.  Senior Kyshaun Summers, painting the drama and music panel, said, “I didn’t expect this, but I’m glad I get to do it.  It’s something new.”

Kyshaun Summers creates the RHS drama and music panel.

Senior Nolan Brown, working on the speech and debate panel, added, “It’s a good opportunity for everyone to see all the clubs that are available so they can get out here and get involved.”

Keep an eye on the fences to see the finished projects and to learn more about activities at RHS.

Ridgefield High School Stages Surprise Send-Off for District’s School Resource Officer

As he prepares to retire from his position as School Resource Officer for the Ridgefield School District, Howard Anderson, got a surprise farewell this week from the students and staff at Ridgefield High School.

Howard Anderson

Summoned to the high school stadium for what he thought was a typical call, Anderson arrived to find the entire RHS student body gathered there.  Standing together to wish him well, the students had formed the letters of Anderson’s first name on the football field—a poignant tribute to the person the district could always depend on in situations when it counted the most.

Anderson, who has been the district’s School Resource Officer since 2013, will retire this week.

Thank you, Howard for always being there for us.  Happy Retirement!   We will miss you.


Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Join the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce for the first meeting of the fall, Wednesday, September 26, at Windy Hills Winery, 1346 South 38th Court.

Networking 11:30 to noon. Then lunch, a professional education presentation by Gabriel Larson on Finding a Top-Performing Employee, and Chamber & Community updates.

Free to Members | $15 with Lunch
Free to Platinum Sponsors | Lunch Included
Non-members $10 | $20 with Lunch

Purchase lunch at

Apply for membership and sponsorship packages at


A few weeks ago I announced I was looking for nine other people to donate $1000 to the library building fund so we would be eligible for matching funds from the anonymous donor who pledged to match all donations of $10,000 or more. I thought it would be fairly easy, but so far only three people have said they would participate. I will run the offer for another two weeks, and if no one else steps up, I’m afraid my idea is not going to work.

If you’ve been thinking of donating $1000 and becoming a Cornerstone member of the Friends of the Library, please let me know as this is such a great way to make your money go farther. Even better, a $2500 donation brings a Stepping Stone designation, and then we’d only need a 2-4 more people.

My offer still stands – if we can raise $10,000 I’ll cook dinner for everyone. My number is 360-887-2160. As they say in all the high pressure advertisements, CALL TODAY!

Give more 24!

Today is a big day in Clark County. Give more 24 asks us all to open our purse strings and donate to a non-profit organization of our choice. Here in Ridgefield we have the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and indirectly the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, which supports all the libraries in the area.

We have already benefited from the Foundation because they have committed to allocating $1,100,000 to our Ridgefield library building fund.

If you want to give directly to the Ridgefield Friends of the Library, here’s how.

 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.

District’s Safety Committee Seeks Members

Ridgefield School District invites interested residents to join the district’s Safety Committee.

The primary goal of the committee is to connect parents with safety concerns by giving them opportunities to learn and dive deeper into their role in fostering safety in the schools and in the community.

For the first year, the committee will focus on monthly discussions by researching and securing experts in the following topics and will work with district staff to host and promote safety events:

  • Safety features in each building and SRP training
  • Bully prevention
  • Raising grateful kids
  • Developing community
  • Social media
  • Why black history is important
  • Brain development
  • Gaming
  • Healthy bodies, healthy minds
  • Building connections

“We are looking for members that have a heart for our community and schools, are creative, who think outside the box, enjoy doing research and event planning and want to be a part of the changes we would like to see,” said Tara Nathan, Safety Committee chair.

Those interested in serving on the Safety Committee may apply by emailing Tara Nathan at

Ridgefield Main Street Meeting

Ridgefield Main Street’s September Community Meeting is this Thursday, September 20th from 8:30-9:30am at The Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon, 121 N Main Ave.

Join us to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent of the Ridgefield School District. There’s lot’s happening in our schools, and Dr. McCann will be catching us up on all the news.

Complimentary coffee and tea are served, and breakfast service is available.

Chamber of Commerce Networking Tonight

Join the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce tonight, Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 7pm,
at Hookum Brewing Company in the heart of Ridgefield: casual networking in a nice, relaxed environment.

While there, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. All proceeds benefit RCC’s Ridgefield High School Business Scholarship Fund.

Hookum is a local-family-owned craft brewery and pub located at 120 N. 3rd Ave.

Thought for the Week

Flowserve Ribbon Cutting

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Flowserve office and warehouse on Thursday, September 20th at 1:30.

Flowserve’s core business is solving complex fluid motion and control challenges for their customers. Flowserve moves, controls and protects the flow of materials in the world’s most critical industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy, chemicals, power generation, and water.

Flowserve is at 7075 South 11th Street.