Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center Set for January 22

Main Street Program

The Main Street Program meets Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Restaurant located at 121 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

The start of the new year means new plans and projects.

We’ll hear updates from the following community organizations:

Ridgefield Raptors Baseball

Friends of the Library

Ridgefield School District

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

Ridgefield Art Association

Camas Downtown Association

and a few more…

Complimentary coffee and tea will be served. Breakfast is available on request.

Sportsman’s Has New Owners

Did you know the Sportsman’s has new owners? Michael Schnidrig  and Norene Kuhn took over November 1, and already people are commenting on the new menu and upgrades that are being made.

I talked with Michael last week and I’d like to share with you some of the things he told me.

Michael started as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old, working up to cook. He’s worked in so many restaurants throughout the Portland/Vancouver area that it boggled my mind, holding every job from cook,  to chef, to general manager.

He’s a hands-on owner, and he believes in good service, good food quickly and cleanliness. His wait staff wears all black and have been trained in their jobs. Alterations are being made to enlarge the kitchen and move the dish washing space to make service faster. Eventually the large room will have more sound proofing to separate it from the bar and control the noise level.

Starting Saturday the restaurant will offer craft cocktails from 5 to 8:00 pm, with a Master Mixologist on hand.

Best of all, Michael and Norene plan to continue being a gathering place for Ridgefield.

If you haven’t eaten at the Sportsman’s in the last couple of months give it a try – you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.



The Pink Patch Project

Police Departments across the country participate in the national Pink Patch Project, raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness through the Pink Lemonade Project. Each group has a pink patch designed for their shirts and they wear the shirts during October.

This year the Ridgefield Police Department had patches made and the Police Officers Association paid to buy shirts to hold the patches so they wouldn’t have to remove that patches on their uniform shirts. They bought 100 patches as a test, and sold the ones that weren’t used by the officers. The group that sold the most patches were the folks at Todd’s Corner Marketplace. Thanks gang!

Each year a new patch will be designed so they will become collectibles.

Representatives from the Police Department presented a check for about $770 to the Director of the Pink Lemonade Project, Meaghann Ande.



Donations Needed

Citizens for Ridgefield Schools are currently looking for donations for the silent and live auctions for their 2019 Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday, January 20.

Donating to the auction is a great way to support our schools and as a bonus get your name and or business name out there. (not to mention a tax write off).  Auction items do not need to come from only businesses.  Maybe you are a great baker and would donate desserts for a year (one dessert each month to the winning bidder). Maybe you are season ticket holder to the Seahawks, the Ballet, Theater etc you could donate tickets to an event.  Maybe you have a cabin on the beach and want to donate it for a weekend.

Lots of creative ways to donate and support!

We appreciate your consideration please email Erika at owner@ridgefieldministorage.com or or call 206-819-9119 with any questions or donations.  Thank you again for your support!

Community Forum Set for Thursday, January 17

Thought for the Week

“He’s My Brother”

I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s book, ’12 Rules for Life, an Antidote for Chaos,’ and Rule 5 is “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.” As he says,

  “You might ask, ‘Limit the rules to what, exactly?” Here are some suggestions.

Do not bite, kick or hit, except in self-defense.

Do not torture and bully other children, so you don’t end up in jail.

Eat in a civilized and thankful manner, so that people are happy to have you at their house, and pleased to feed you.

Learn to share, so other kids will play with you.

Pay attention when spoken to by adults, so they don’t hate you and might therefore deign to teach you something.

Go to sleep properly, and peaceably, so that your parents can have a private life and not resent your existence.

Take care of your belongings, because you need to learn how and because you’re lucky to have them.

Be good company when something fun is happening, so that you’re invited for the fun.

Act so that other people are happy you’re around, so that people will want you around.

A child who knows these rules will be welcome everywhere.”

Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 25

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to attend the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 25.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at the new Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC) located at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  Welcome is at 11:30 am, and lunch is at 12:00 noon.

A tour of the RACC building (the former View Ridge Middle School, newly-repurposed) is scheduled after the luncheon.

To RSVP for the event, please call Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or send an email to bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 18.

Ridgefield School District welcomes all Spudder alumni to this event.  Please join us!

North County Rotary club introduces “Rotary Book Nook” program

With a mission to promote literacy in neighborhoods around the west side of North Clark County, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks has installed its very first Rotary Book Nook.

In partnership with Friends of the Ridgefield Library, club president Nelson Holmberg worked with Friends member Tevis Laspa to install a Book Nook at Lark Park at the corner of Lark Drive and Heron Drive in Ridgefield.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity we’ve had to put this program together,” Holmberg said. “The Rotary Club of Three Creeks purchased two of these small libraries at fundraising events to benefit the Ridgefield library and to place the first one in Ridgefield is absolutely appropriate.”

Books have been purchased by the club to stock the Book Nook and, going forward, speakers at regular meetings of the club will sign books to be placed in the small neighborhood libraries with inspirational messages for readers.

“It’s really about providing access and visibility to the value of literacy and accessibility to reading,” Holmberg said. “Basic education and literacy is an official area of focus as designated by Rotary International, and this is just one small way our club can make a difference while honoring that area of focus.”

The new Lark Park library has birds hand painted on it, which makes it a good fit in the city that not only honors the presence of birds at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but also plays nicely with the location at Lark & Heron Drives.

Titles in these Book Nooks are free and Rotary Club of Three Creeks hopes that visitors will “take a book and leave a book”. While the club sponsors and maintains the Book Nooks – including stocking the inventory – it is known that sharing of books by the users means the club doesn’t have to keep purchasing books to share.

“We believe this is a great service to the communities we love so much,” Holmberg said.


The Rotary Club of Three Creeks recently celebrated its second anniversary and serves the Hazel Dell, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield areas of North Clark County. Since chartering in October 2016, the club of 32 members has completed more than two dozen service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).

The Art of Brewing Coffee

The Art of Brewing Coffee Manually with Phuong Tran, owner of Lava Java in Ridgefield.

Join us for this hands-on workshop and demonstration on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee using Chemex, French Press, and a Hario pour-over. Taste-testing is included.

Registration is required for this workshop. Please sign-up on the events calendar at www.fvrl.org. This program takes place: Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Community Library, Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Three Creeks Community Library Wednesday, February 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the La Center Community Library.

These workshops are open to the public and are offered at NO cost to participants. Space, however, is limited, so please register at the FVRL site under the library offering the time and date of the workshop that best fits your schedule. Call the Ridgefield library, (360)906-4770, if you have any questions.

Citizens Rally for the Schools

It was a full house at the Sportsman’s this evening as people rallied for the schools.

If you were unable to make the rally, but still want to help pass the school bond, there are several ways you can help.

Attend the dinner/auction fund raiser on Saturday, January 26 at the Community Center, 6 – 9 pm.

Canvas in your neighborhood on Fridays and Saturdays at the end on the month, and also do sign waving at two locations.

The final push will be manning phone banks on February 5, 7, and 11.

Click here if you’d like to volunteer for any of these activities. A member of Citizens for Ridgefield Schools will get back to you.



Bond Rally Tonight

Ridgefield School District Honors Its National Board Certified Teachers

Did you know that for the second consecutive year, Washington state has the most new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) of any state?  Score results released last month by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards show a positive trend for Washington.

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington consistently ranks among the top in the country on other NBCT figures:

  • Number of new NBCTs: 854 (national ranking:  #1)
  • Number of renewed certificates: 775 (national ranking:  #2)
  • Total NBCTs: 10,859 (national ranking:  #3)
  • Percentage of teachers who are NBCTs: 74% (national ranking #2)
  • Percentage of NBCTs employed in Washington school districts: approximately 88%

National Board certification is rigorous, requiring hard work, determination and continual self-reflection.  It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education and demonstrates a teacher’s commitment to excellence.

This week, the district is proud to recognize each of our National Board Certified Teachers in attaining this remarkable distinction:

Paul Hamann

Debora Ortner

Ridgefield High School

Austin Biel

Bob Ford

Bob Meek

Michael Raff

Brittany Rodin

View Ridge Middle School

Michelle Hankins

Katie James

Leilani Lamoreaux

Kristi Young

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School

Randi Christopherson

Erika Muir

Morning Stalcup

South Ridge Elementary School

Amy Hunt

Sara Marshall

Tiffany Quast

Union Ridge Elementary School

Ellen Ferrin

Mindy Morris

Shandel Oderman

Created in 1987 and implemented in Washington in 1994, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.

District Seeks Historic Photos of Ridgefield Schools

The Ridgefield School District is gathering data on the history of its schools and is seeking archival photos of four of the historical schools that were consolidated into the district in its early days.

The Ridgefield School District’s first school opened on Maple Avenue in 1882.  Enterprise School consolidated into the district in 1931.  In 1956, Baker School was added, and Pioneer School was annexed into the district in 1957.  The addition of Sara School later that year completed the consolidation of outlying schools into the Ridgefield School District.

As Ridgefield’s present-day schools were built, these historic schools eventually closed.  Union Ridge Elementary was built in 1952, and South Ridge Elementary opened in 1960.  During one year, from 1969 to 1970, Union Ridge served both elementary and high school students.  Phase I of Ridgefield High School opened in 1970, and View Ridge Middle School was built soon afterward on Pioneer Street.

The district is seeking photographs of Enterprise, Baker, Pioneer and Sara Schools and gratefully welcomes any photo submissions of these historic schools.  Photos can be emailed to communications@ridgefieldsd.org.

South Ridge Elementary Students Visit Senior Living Center

Every month, Karen Moses’ fourth grade class celebrates kindness with First Friday Friendship Fiesta.  Last month, the students took their fiesta on the road to the Highgate Senior Living Center, where they visited with residents.

The Friendship Fiesta is typically a classroom event.  “We do a big potluck in the classroom, watch some quick inspirational videos, and I read from the friendship box,” Moses explained.

During the first month of Friendship Fiesta, they talked about how they could impact their class.  The next month, it was how to impact their school.  And last month, they talked about how to impact the community.  “Visiting the senior center was one way to impact our community,” Moses said.

A few weeks before the visit, the students wrote letters and sent photos to residents of the Highgate Senior Living Center.  Then during art class, they made decorative yarn Christmas trees and gift-wrapped them.  The students also wrote handmade cards.

On the day they visited the senior center, the students were each paired with a senior citizen.  “The kids just sat and visited with them for about half an hour,” Moses said.  “It was amazing!  The kids did such a nice job conversing with them.”  After a half hour of conversation, the students presented the gifts and performed a song they had learned for a school concert.

The Highgate residents were delighted with the students’ visit.  And the First Friday Friendship Fiesta made its circle of friends a little wider, reaching out to the community to connect with new friends.

South Ridge Elementary fourth graders sing for senior center residents.