Thought for the Week

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands, she cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”
THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible!
And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…
“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel….. .
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…
This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous.”
Lord said.”Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”
The Angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”
The lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback, she often forgets what she is worth.”
-author unknown

Farmers for America

On Wednesday, August 8, there will be the Washington premiere showing of the new documentary film, Farmers for America, at the Old Liberty Theater. Starting at 6:00 PM Sunbridge Solar will sponsor locally sourced appetizers from Grand Army Tavern and produce from April Joy Farm. You may purchase tickets in advance here.

This will be followed by the documentary screening at 7:00 PM and a post-panel discussion with Mickey Willenbring of Dot Ranch, who is featured in the documentary, as well as with April Thatcher of April Joy Farm. Sunbridge Solar will provide free food for the first 50 guests. Food and beverage will also be available at the Old Liberty Theater.

About the Movie

The average age of the U.S. farmer has reached 60. Half of America’s farmland will change ownership in the next 15 years. Our nation faces a little-known agricultural crisis on an unprecedented scale. Against all odds, this is the story of an eclectic mix of young people- military veterans, bright-eyed idealists, and multi-generational farmers who are accepting the virtuous challenge of feeding us all.”

Admission is $11.48. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.


This is my new mantra – if each person in the 98642 zip code donated $75 to the library’s building fund we’d have enough money to start building. Can you help?

The CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction last Saturday brought in a large amount of contributions. Final results are not in yet, but it is definitely the most we’ve raised at any fund raiser. We had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money. Thanks to all who participated and the hard work our Friends and other volunteers put in to make the evening a success.

On another subject, meetings will be held to determine what the community would like in the library, so start making lists of what’s important to you. One person suggested to me that solar panels should be included, and I totally agree. In this day and age, and with the great sun exposure we’ll have, there’s no reason not to use them. We missed a bet on the new schools – let’s not repeat that mistake.

 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.

Ridgefield School Board Addresses Community Regarding On-Going Ridgefield Education Association Contract Negotiations

We are pleased to present the following letter from the Ridgefield School Board:

Burn Ban in Effect

Due to the extreme fire danger, effective at 12:01 am Thursday, July 26, recreational fires will be prohibited throughout unincorporated Clark and Skamania counties.

Cooking outdoors in approved propane or charcoal barbecues is allowed during this total burning ban, but recreational fires, campfires and fires in outdoor fireplaces or chimney-type devices are NOT ALLOWED during this recreational burning ban. Citations may be issued to those who violate the recreational burning ban. This recreational fire restriction is in addition to the general outdoor burning prohibition that was implemented on July 1.

According to Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway this is a preventive measure to reduce the risk of grass or brush fires as a result of escaped camp fires. The ban also includes lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. “The ongoing hot, dry weather has us concerned with how easy it is for a fire to be ignited by an escaped ember from a recreational fire. A small campfire can accidentally spread to adjacent properties very easily with our current dry conditions,” he said. With no precipitation in the forecast and the expectation of temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s to continue, the ban will be in place until sufficient rainfall occurs to lower the risk.

Creating a defensible space around a home helps prevent wildfires from spreading to a residence, or vice versa. Dunaway recommends the following measures in both rural and urban areas:

• Remove fuel to within 3-5 feet of foundations, outbuildings, garages and sheds and to within 10 feet of a house, under decks and porches and from gutters, porches and decks.

• Cut the lawn if it is brown. Dispose of debris and cuttings.

• Prune trees so lowest branches are 6-10 feet above the ground.

• Landscape with native and flame-resistant plants.

For more information, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 360.397.2186 or visit

Meaningful Movies

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, we are fortunate to have two excellent speakers for our discussion after “Saving Capitalism”. Cindy Black is the Executive Director of Fix Democracy First and will be joining us from Seattle to discuss statewide and local efforts to ensure fair elections and that government policies reflect the will of the people. Elaine Brown from Represent.Us Vancouver will be coming as well to discuss initiatives that her group is working on locally.

Now more than ever people from all over the political spectrum need to come together to fight for transparency in our electoral process.

We hope you can make it out to the Old Liberty to join the discussion!

Doors open at 6:15, previews at 6:45, film at 7 with discussion to follow.

Thought for the Week

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #5

From a post on Next Door from Mark Ford

I love Ridgefield…

Yep, I do. I love the roundabouts where I seldom even have to stop. I love the schools. I love the city government. Great people trying their best. I love all the new homes filled with fine and good families with beautiful children. I love the fact that even though we are growing fast I am basically never stuck in any traffic. I love that my house is worth so much more than I paid not very long ago. I love that the water is relatively good and that the crime rate is so low. I love that kids can play on my street with little to fear. I love my neighbors. I love the first Saturday events and the great things the city puts together. I love the businesses that are coming soon and the ones we have so far. I love how clean it is. I love the people here. I love Ridgefield.

Life Planning 101

Receive practical advice to safeguard your assets and health care wishes during and after your lifetime. Attorney Richard Schneider will help you understand your needs and teach you how to avoid probate. Acquire up to date knowledge about wills, living trusts, health care documents, issues regarding guardianship, conservatorship, and power of attorney. Presented by attorney Richard B. Schneider.

It;s at the Ridgefield Community Library, Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.


We are getting close to having enough money to start building a new library, and it’s time to ramp up our efforts.

I know many of you are planning to donate $1,000 to the library building fund so that you can be listed as a Cornerstone Society donor for the new Ridgefield Community Library. Here’s a way to make your money worth twice as much.

I’m looking for nine other people to join me in donating $1,000 to the Ridgefield Library Building Fund.  Our contributions will be tax deductible because they will be made payable to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  All of us will get a donation tax receipt for the money we contribute.

Keep in mind, if you are over 70 ½, like me, you can do even better by making your gift directly from an IRA account so you don’t have to pay tax on the required minimum distribution.

Here’s the best part: as soon as we have enough people to make a contribution of $10,000 or more, our combined contribution will be matched by a challenge grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.  The challenge grant will match all gifts of $10,000 or more, up to $1 million.

As a special bonus, as soon as the first nine of you let me know you want to be part of this, we’ll have a dinner party at my house to celebrate and turn in our checks.

And it doesn’t need to end there. If more than nine of you contact me, I’ll host more than one dinner party.  Or, if you want to organize your own fundraising soiree for the new library, just call me or send me an email and I’ll share some of the requirements.

I also know that there may be some folks out there who might want to contribute $10,000 or more directly to the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, because you like the idea of doubling your donation with matching funds.  I say go for it.  You can come to my dinner party if you want, and I’d also be happy to bake you one of my homemade pies.

If this is something you’re interested in, or need more information, please give me a call at 360-887-2160. I look forward to having you over for dinner! I’m a pretty good cook!


New World String Project at Old Liberty

Extraordinary instruments and musicians performing heartwarming music rooted in Nordic and Celtic traditions at the Old Liberty Theater, Sat. July 21st at 7:30 pm. Doors 6:45. Admission is $20 for advance tickets – call 360 887-7260.

Ridgefield Main Street

Ridegfield Main Street’s monthly Community Involvement Meeting is Thursday, July 19 at 8:30 am at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon. This month will be a community round-table format – and we are are looking forward to hearing YOUR input, ideas and comments on growth of our downtown area. Hear about the Destination Downtown Project.

As always, complimentary coffee is provided, and breakfast service is available. (121 N Main Ave)

Volunteer at the Fair

Fair season is less than a month away and the Ridgefield Lions are looking for community members to volunteer in our food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The fair season runs August 1-12.  Here is the link to view available dates and shifts,

The Ridgefield Lions have been active in our community since 1948, and our motto is “we serve”.  Some of the charities we help include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Bank, Clark County Sight Committee, Washington State School for the Blind, and local cub and boy scout troops.

Another big part of our service is having monies or “grants” available to the various teams and clubs at Ridgefield High School.  These grants can be used to help fund various uncovered costs such as new uniforms, equipment, travel, or production expenses.  For example, we just donated $1500 to RHS Cheer to help pay for new jackets to use during the fall and winter seasons.  The amount available for us to donate varies year to year, and this year the Lions have $6000 to give to RHS sports and clubs.  In addition to the $6000, Lions also has approximately $10,000 in scholarship money available to graduating seniors. (These scholarships are for graduating seniors whether they attend Ridgefield or other schools, but live in our district).

One of our largest money making events is the Lions’ food booth at the Clark County Fair.  The more money we make, the more we can give back to our community.  The best way for us to have a successful booth during the fair is having adequate volunteers.

We humbly ask community members, both adults and teens, to volunteer this fair season. All jobs at the fair can be done by teens with the exception of grill cook and deep fryer. In addition, all volunteers get free parking and admission to the fair on the day they work.  Gather your family and make a fun day out of it!

Again, you can sign up directly by clicking the link to view available dates and shifts.

Note from Kathy – you can also support the Ridgefield Lions Club by buying food at their booth during the fair.

Walking Tours of Ridgefield

Let’s get the word out. The Clark County Historical Museum walking tour of downtown Ridgefield is sponsored by the City of Ridgefield and is free to all Ridgefield residents in zip code 98642. The walk is Friday, August  3, at noon,  and Saturday August  4 at 9:00 am.

CCHM Sign-up page:  Ridgefield zip code residents only us this discount code below: 98642

Both of our Downtown Ridgefield tours are FREE to Ridgefield residents. Many thanks to our sponsor, the City of Ridgefield, for their generosity!

Thought for the Week