Thought for the Week

Raising the Flag, 2015

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.  Information from Wikipedia

American Legion Post 44 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 29th, at Ridgefield Cemetery. It will commence at 9:30 AM and conclude with a rifle salute and bugle taps at 10AM.

Annual Culture Parade

All Union Ridge students will parade through downtown Ridgefield Thursday, May 31, starting at 9 am. The parade will wind from the school to Pioneer, turn right at Main Avenue, and right again at the library, winding up at Mill and 5th Street.

The students will represent a variety of cultures that are being studied in the classroom. Come and support our children!

Memorial Day Ceremony

American Legion Post 44 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 29th, at Ridgefield Cemetery. It will commence at 9:30 AM and conclude with a rifle salute and bugle taps at 10AM.

We will remember those who died in battle and their Legacy of Valor. We will also recognize the end of WW1 100 years ago. The program will be heartfelt as we especially recognize those who died in the war and who rest in our cemetery.

    Note from Kathy – this is always a very touching ceremony and is especially meaningful for young adults and older children.

Fire and Rain at Sportsmans’ this Sunday

Ridgefield High School Earns 5th Avenue Award Nominations for “Footloose”

Ridgefield High School received nominations in four categories in this year’s 5th Avenue Awards for its musical production of Footloose.  The nominations were released on May 22 by The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Now in its sixteenth year, the 5th Avenue Awards honors outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre production throughout Washington state.  Out of this year’s field of 119 high school productions, RHS’ Footloose received two Honorable Mentions and two nominations for Outstanding Performance awards.

Lily Ray, a junior, played Ariel Moore and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Lily Ray

Calvin Lieurance, a senior, played Ren McCormack and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Calvin Lieurance

Max Kunetz, a senior, played Chuck Cranston and is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role.

Max Kunetz

Ridgefield High School’s Chorus is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.  Kudos goes to the hard work of the group and the leadership of RHS’ amazing student assistant choreographer, Callie Stenersen, a junior.

Callie Stenersen

“I am incredibly proud of these students and their hard work!” said Kaitlyn Etter, Theater Arts Director at View Ridge Middle School and Ridgefield High School.  “Go Spudder Theatre!”

The 16th Annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards will be presented on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.


City Council to Vote on Arts Quarter Tonight

Ridgefield City Council will vote on Ordinance 1263 at their meeting tonight, designating an “Arts Quarter” in downtown Ridgefield.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!!! And very exciting for our town.

If you can find the energy to attend tonight’s city council meeting (and even speak if you are feel moved to do so), this will show the city council how much we really care about having art in the forefront of this growing town.

The meeting starts at 6:30 in the community center. I hope to see you there!

Ridgefield Kindergartners Learn About 3D Technology

At South Ridge Elementary School, kindergartners in Erika Muir’s class are learning about shapes–two- and three-dimensional shapes, to be exact—which can be used in design and engineering.

“We have been incorporating STEM into our math and science workshops,” said Muir.  Her students have been studying 3D shapes and their attributes and have been collaborating to include them into designs for a castle.

That’s why the class was excited when Dan Meyers, an independent contract software engineer with technology company, Asurion, paid them a visit.  Meyers will be printing the students’ castle designs in 3D.  Meyers’ daughter, Ava, is in Muir’s class.

Dan Meyers visits with Erika Muir’s kindergarten class at South Ridge Elementary School.

Meyers talked to the kindergartners about using art, math, science and engineering to develop ideas into actual 3D printed objects.  He also shared his career path with the kids.  “This was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to see how what they’ve been learning can be turned into an occupation,” said Muir.

The students reflected on Meyer’s classroom visit.  “Mr. Dan knows a lot about numbers, science and shapes to make his own art for people to use,” said Cora Silbernagel.  Said Kai Robinson, “It was fun to see our shapes working like a team to make a castle.”

Initiative 1631

Don Steinke is planning to gather signatures for Initiative 1631 this Saturday at the Ridgefield Farmers Market. He’s looking for one or two assistants at 9 am and one or two assistants at noon. In Don’s words, “the most important thing we can do in the next six weeks to fight climate change is to get Initiative 1631 on the ballot.” Initiative 1631 will place a fee on the pollution from refineries and on power plants and use the funds to invest in clean energy projects such as wind and solar.

If you, or someone you know is able to help, notify Don at or 360-903-3052.

He’s collected 1300 signatures so far and statewide over 60,000 people have signed the petition.

The job is easy.  All you need to do is hold the sign that’s provided and ask people if they have signed yet.

Our sign says

Washington Voters

Sign here

For clean air

And clean energy

Yes on 1631

May’s Meaningful Movie

The Meaningful Movie for May is “He Named Me Malala” about the amazingly resilient and inspiring Malala Yousafzai who is a champion of girl’s education around the world.

There will be a discussion after the movie, led by a panel including Mrs. Jill Uhacz an English teacher from Ridgefield High School who has been recognized time and again for her thought provoking curriculum and Dr. Buki Okafor who is from Nigeria and is a local pediatrician with Northwest Permanente. Dr. Okafor will update us on the state of girl’s education in Nigeria.

The movie is Wednesday, May 23rd – doors open at 6:15 pm, film starts at 7pm, discussion to follow film. The movie is free, but donations are welcome.

Sportsman’s Memorial Day Tribute

This is a kick-off event for a program that will give a percentage of profits to military organizations.

We have a Site

The FVRL Board

There were a lot of happy faces last night when the Board of Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library voted to accept the offer of the Ridgefield Community Center building to house our new library.

The gift of the building qualifies for the Million Dollar Matching Fund, which means we are well on our way to having enough money to design, enlarge and renovate the new library.

Now we have to ramp up our fund-raising activities to raise the last few thousand dollars needed to complete the building. The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are ready to do that – and I know you will help!

Two of our Friends who have worked so hard to raise money – President Jeanne Androvich and Secretary Jan Robinson

Our next fund raiser is at 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. Come and have dinner and a drink on Thursday, June 7, and a  portion of your bill will be donated to the Friends of the Library building fund.

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. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.


Thought for the Week

This country was founded  on the idea that the ordinary man can accomplish extraordinary things.

~ Dr. Dan Dooley, founder of MEDICO

Library meeting is a GO

At the meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on Monday, May 21, at the La Center Community Center, the location of the new Ridgefield Library will be announced, and the public is invited.

The La Center Community Center is at 1000 East 4th Street, and the starting time is 4:45. Let’s get as many people out to show our excitement about finally having a location for the library!

Now the real fun begins – raising enough money to furnish the inside of the building. We’ll do it!


Traffic this Week

All-Way Stop at Hillhurst and Royle – A traffic change is coming to the Hillhurst at Royle intersection to help maintain worker, motorist and bicyclist safety.  There will be a lot of activity this summer so we believe this will help keep things moving while keeping everyone safe.

An all-way stop condition, similar to 9th and Pioneer, will be initiated at Hillhurst and Royle on approximately Thursday, May 24.  Traffic will now need to stop in all directions.  This traffic control will remain in place until the traffic signal is installed and operational later this summer in August.  This will help with cars trying to turn between Hillhurst and Royle along with construction vehicles entering and leaving the RORC site and improve safety overall with all of the activity going on in the area.

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging on Thursday to install a 4 way stop at Hillhurst and Royle.  Shoulder work the rest of the week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- One lane closure with flagging planned for Monday for sewer work for the Kennedy Subdivision.

Royle Road from the intersection with Hillhurst Road approximately 500 feet – one lane closure with flagging. This project is utility relocation in support of the Hillhurst frontage improvements and the Royle & Hillhurst intersection improvements.

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 will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidewalks and planter strips on both sides.

S 9th Avenue- Sporadic flagging and traffic impacts for sidewalk repairs.

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.

Pioneer and 35th Avenue –  sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. The road is closed to north and south traffic. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.

South 5th Street and So. 65th Avenue – shoulder work with intermittent lane closures and flagging. A contractor working for Comcast will be completing improvements to existing overhead utility lines.

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.

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