Recipe for a Happy New Year

Divide into 365 parts: Set aside, preparing one part only at a time as follows:

Mix well into each day:

1 part patience

1 part work

1 part courage

1 part faith

Add to each day:

1 part each of hope, generosity, faithfulness and kindness

Blend with:

1 part prayer

1 part meditation

1 part good deed

Season the mixture with a dash of good spirits: a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cup of good humor.

Pour the mixture into a vessel of love. Cook over radiant joy, garnish with a smile. Serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheer for 1 good year.

Thanks to Ginnie Bush for sharing this recipe.

Happy New Year

Ridgefield Art Association at Vintage Revival​

​Ridgefield’s newest home décor store will host an art exhibit and sale by many members of the Ridgefield Art Association December 29th through January 19th. Stop by and say “Hi” to our gracious host and owner of Vintage Revival, Dee Gaudet, who has been a wonderful addition to our community.

Vintage Revival is located at 418 Pioneer in Ridgefield and is open 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 Sunday and Monday.

Dee also has a small collection of my hand painted greeting cards for sale.

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Friends of Refuge Seeking Applications

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is seeking applications for its Board of Directors. It’s a volunteer, unpaid position. Please submit your application no later than January 5, 2018.

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (“Friends”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Refuge. Our mission is: promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, enhancing awareness and appreciation of the Refuge, and protecting and enhancing its wildlife habitat.

The Board of Directors is an action-oriented group which is passionate about its mission. The board retains responsibility for all aspects of the organization’s activity and delegates management responsibilities to staff. The Board retains all responsibility for finances and financial accountability, leadership development and governance. Board members serve three (3) year terms and contribute 10-15 hours per month to the program. The board meets monthly for 60-90 minutes and board members are expected to actively participate in projects or on committees with responsibility for resource development/fundraising, community outreach, leadership/human resources and strategic planning.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOARD SERVICE:

Interested candidates should have:

  1. A demonstrated interest and passion in the organization’s mission and goals.
  2. Specific experience or knowledge in at least one area: human resources, planning, finance, community outreach, nature/wildlife, the legal field.
  3. Volunteer or employment experience that demonstrates: professionalism, leadership ability, community service, collaborative skills, and effective communication abilities.
  4. A willingness to participate in board fundraising activities.
  5. A willingness to expand knowledge or board responsibilities through orientation and ongoing training.
  6. A willingness to represent the organization to the community.
  7. An ability to meet the time commitment requirements to be an effective board member.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest (and resume if desired) including the following information:

  1. Qualifications for the position including occupational/employment background and community service work.
  2. Interest in the Friends of the RNWR organization, the Refuge, and the position.
  3. A description of the skills and/or strengths the applicant would contribute to the organization.

Mail or Email resumes and letters of interest to Friends of the RNWR at:

P.O. Box 1022, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or contact@ridgefieldfriends.org.

Scam Alert

Someone is making phone calls asking for donations for the American Legion. The originating phone number is: 360 572-6195. When challenged, the person usually hangs up. The call is spam – do not respond.

Posted by Tom Mccarthy, post #44, Ridgefield.

CHRISTMAS EVE SNOW

It is  rare to have a white Christmas in Ridgefield.  Even rarer, when it is not expected.  Early this morning, it was just above freezing and there was some light rain.  Then, a bit of freezing rain followed by sleet, then finally snow.  The temperature dropped  below freezing by several degrees at sunset with a little freezing rain.  The National Weather Service states it may be tomorrow before it gets above freezing.

The Ridgefield Curves on Pioneer Street  climbing up from Gee Creek are always problematic.  The police were warning vehicles of the hazards of driving east on Pioneer and trying to control the traffic  Some four wheel drive vehicles were good Samaritans, hooking up straps and cables, and pulling vehicles up the slope.  Some  drivers were trying to turn around.  Public Works crews were out plowing the streets and spreading rock.

Pioneer Street going west into town wasn’t much better with traffic crawling.  A few cars were stranded and at least one driver was chaining up.  Because snow and ice is rare here,  many drivers were  not prepared.  Some people standing outside their cars were clearly frustrated and not at all happy with the situation.

 

Taking another photo of the sculpture in Overlook Park with snow was irresistible.  Although the snow is beautiful it could not have come at a worst time for many people. It means a hazardous journey for many and others have decided to stay put.

Merry Christmas to One and All

Make it 2 M

I think you only have until the end of the year to avoid paying taxes on IRA money that;s donated directly to a charity. Donating to the library would bring you recognition as well as a tax savings benefit.

The named donation amounts start at $1000 for Cornerstone, $2500 for Stepping Stone, and go on up. An anonymous donor has pledged to match any donation of $10,000 up to a million dollars. There’s a time limit on this offer, so if that’s something you can afford and would like to do, this is the time!

 

Main Street Awards Decorators

Congratulations to Sage Organics, winner of the Most Creative Award in the Main Street  Community involvement program. Theme of the display was “Naughty Elves.” Owner Lauri Lanza  admitted she did some campaigning to win the award.

Lava Java, owned by Phuong Tran, won the People’s Choice, which was awarded by Jessica of Merry Heart Events.

The Most Nostalgic or Old Fashioned Award was won by Lily Wiggans, and Best Use of Decoration Both Inside and Outside was won by Amy of All State Insurance.

Be sure you get downtown to see all our businesses gussied up for the holidays – it really puts you in the mood.

Winter Solstice

The winter Solstice occurs today(Thursday) at 8:35 AM.   Sunrise will be at 7:49 AM and Sunset will be at 4:30 PM today making it the shortest day of the year.  For those of us who like days that are longer, brighter, and warmer, it means the worst is over and days will began to get longer.  Since the sun is low just after 4 PM these days, it lights up the new Wings sculpture in Overlook Park nicely.

 

 

Main Street Program

Join us on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon for complimentary buffet breakfast and fellowship. This is our annual “thanks for your support” get-together, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Winners of the Downtown Holiday Decorating Contest will also be announced, and awards presented.

Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon Set for January 26

The Ridgefield School District is pleased to extend an invitation to all Ridgefield High School graduates to join us for the annual Superintendent’s Spudder Alumni Luncheon on Friday, January 26.

Come and have lunch with fellow Spudders at 12 noon at the RHS Commons.  Construction managers will be on hand after lunch to provide updates on the various projects in the district’s 2017 Bond Program and answer any questions you may have.

In addition, walking tours of the Grades 5-8 school complex construction site will be offered after the luncheon.  Participants will be given hard hats and safety vests to wear and be briefed on safety guidelines before the tour begins.

Navigating through the construction site can be a bit challenging, so it is recommended that tour participants be able to walk on their own.  Pre-registration for the walking tour is required, and shuttle transportation will be provided to the site.

To RSVP for the alumni luncheon and/or to pre-register for the walking tour, please contact Bonnie Harris at 360-619-1302 or by email at bonnie.harris@ridgefieldsd.org by Friday, January 19th.

Make it 2 M

The auction items to benefit the library have changed. We are now auctioning off a set of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates as they seemed more fitting for the season. Some of them are in the display case in the lobby of the library, but there are at least 7-8 more. They will be sold as a group to the highest bidder, and would make a real conversation grouping in your home.

The plates are from the 60’s and 70’s and have holes in the back rim so they can be mounted on a wall. Each is named and signed on the back. The 2017 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate is for sale on the Internet for $192, but I don’t believe these are that valuable. We might be amenable to a reasonable offer if you would like to purchase the lot in time for Christmas.

Boundary + Start Time Committee Schedules First Parent/Community Forum

The Boundary + Start Time Committee will hold its first Parent/Community Forum on Monday, January 22, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Commons.

Parents and community members are invited to learn about the committee’s work in exploring possible adjustments to elementary school boundaries and school start times in preparation for continued growth and the opening of new schools in Fall 2018.

This will be the first of two community forums scheduled by the committee.

In September, parents and staff participated in a district survey regarding school attendance and boundaries.  The results of the survey helped provide the committee with valuable feedback in its work.

For survey results, meeting minutes, and more information, visit the Boundary + Start Time Committee’s webpage on the district website at http://www.ridgefieldsd.org/boundary-start-time-committee .

 

Ridgefield School District Honors December Employee and Students of the Month

On December 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the December Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Kathryn James, science teacher at View Ridge Middle School.  Kathryn “Katie” James is deserving of this honor for her unwavering belief in all of her students’ capacities to learn.  Katie’s daily work with students of all skill levels and her productive collaboration with her fellow staff is what truly distinguishes her for this recognition.

Katie James

At the beginning of the school year, Katie discovered class rosters with significant loads of struggling students.  Many teachers would have resisted the challenge to resolve the situation, but Katie, though a big overwhelmed, collaborated with the principal, a Special Education teacher and a paraprofessional to brainstorm and implement the solutions required to help improve the learning experience of these students.  Her determination provided the students with the opportunity to learn at the high levels at which she was confident they could achieve.

In addition, Katie supports her fellow teachers in a variety of ways.  As a member of the middle school’s science team, Katie has led exemplary work in reviewing common assessment data to guide instructional planning.  In addition, she created a poster explaining the school’s new grading system; developed a peer evaluation form for staff to use in the school’s Passion Project Excel course; serves as advisor for the National Honor Society; and serves as safety team representative.

For all that she does for View Ridge Middle School, it is with pride that we congratulate Katie James as December’s Employee of the Month.

Students of the Month

Kinnley Veitenheimer, a first grader, is December’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Kinnley is a positive young lady who demonstrates helpfulness in class and beyond.  She recently donated a walking stick to her classroom so that other students could enjoy observing how this insect thrives.  She is kind, thoughtful and respectful, and by eagerly following directions, demonstrates responsibility as well.  South Ridge Elementary proudly recognizes Kinnley Veitenheimer as its December Student of the Month.

Kinnley Veitenheimer

Ava Gillett, a fourth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Ava takes ownership of her learning by challenging herself on class assignments and emailing her teachers about her school work even when she is away from school.  She’s thoughtful, kind, respectful, and takes care of things without being asked to do so.  She also cares about safety in school and in the classroom.  Ava is an exemplary role model for all students at Union Ridge Elementary School.  It is proud to name Ava Gillett as its Student of the Month for December.

Ava Gillett

Uruwa Abe, a seventh grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  Uruwa is a hard-working student and always completes high-quality work.  In class, she asks great questions and leads by example.  Uruwa is also an amazing team player, demonstrating leadership among her peers as she facilitates group activities.  View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Uruwa Abe for Student of the Month honors for December.

Uruwa Abe

Kyera Jones, a freshman, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Kyera has been nominated three times this school year for this honor.  Her teachers describe her as a model student—dedicated, studious, and focused, with an amazing work ethic.  They also describe her as helpful, polite and respectful, adding that she works well in group settings, and contributes good ideas in class discussions.  Kyera is an excellent representative of the outstanding students at RHS.  It is without question that Kyera Jones is worthy of December Student of the Month honors for Ridgefield High School.

Kyera Jones

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd.  This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.