Welcome Vintage Revival

Welcome to our newest retail shop in town, Vintage Revival.

Owner Dee Gaudet has created a unique store with something for everyone. Over twenty vendors provide all kinds of gifts, antiques, and handmade items. If you miss shopping at the Mercantile for that special treasure, take a look at what Vintage Revival has to offer – Barb Blystone from the Dancing Rabbit has a space, and the store is ready for early Christmas shopping.

Vintage Revival is at 418 Pioneer Street and is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6. 360-887-2101

Please support our local businesses!


Special Education Informational Night Scheduled for December 5th

Ridgefield School District has scheduled a Special Education informational night on Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Library.

Come and learn about Special Education programming, the proposed HS transition program, and the latest information about the new Grades 5-8 schools complex now under construction.  It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and meet other parents as well.

If you are new to Special Education or have been apart from our community for years, please join us for an informative evening about the program in the district.  Child care and food will be provided.

For more information, contact Michael Baskette at 360-619-1348 or via email at Michael.baskette@ridgefieldsd.org.

Meeting on Gee Creek Sub-Area Plan

Ridgefield Development Code Amendments: Gee Creek sub-area plan
Notice is hereby given that the Ridgefield City Council will hold a Public Hearing on
Thursday November 16, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM, at the Ridgefield Community
Center, 210 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, Washington.

The proposal is to adopt a sub-area plan for the Gee Creek Plateau area generally
bounded by Gee Creek to the south and west, South 45th Avenue to the east and
the alignment of S. 5th Way to the north.

This notice is intended to invite interested persons to appear at the public hearings
and submit written or oral comments on the proposed amendments. Written
comments should be directed to the Ridgefield City Clerk, PO Box 608, 230 Pioneer
St, Ridgefield, WA 98642, no later than 4:30 PM on November 16, 2017.
Comments may also be submitted into the record at the public hearings.

Information regarding the proposed amendments is available to the public on
request at Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St, Ridgefield, WA, during normal
weekday business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM.
The staff report will be available November 9, 2017.

City of Ridgefield
Published: October 11, 2017

City Wins Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgefield by the government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA also recognized the City’s Finance Department with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as the department primarily responsible for preparing the CAFR.

The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for three consecutive years. This significant accomplishment was driven by the Ridgefield City Council’s commitment to transparent government, promoting accountability, and being conscientious stewards of public funds. “The City is constantly striving to improve how it communicates with the public and this award recognizes our progress in that effort,” said Mayor Ron Onslow. “I am very proud of the Finance Department team for preparing financial statements that inform, enlighten and communicate the City’s financial story to the public,” said Kirk Johnson, Finance Director.

Ridgefield Elementary Schools’ Holiday Bazaar Scheduled for Saturday, December 2

It’s a Ridgefield tradition.  Both elementary schools in the Ridgefield School District will hold their Elementary Schools’ Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at View Ridge Middle School.

The bazaar will take place during the city of Ridgefield’s annual Hometown Celebration.

All goods available for sale at the bazaar will be created by students at both schools.  The bazaar, which is student-led, gives students a fun and educational experience by providing them an opportunity to create products and learn to market and price them in a real marketplace environment.  Products will include handmade crafts and non-perishable goodies, all priced at $20 or less.

The district is grateful to the Union Ridge Elementary School PTO and the South Ridge Elementary School PTA for organizing this event.

Thought for the Week

Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.  ~ Thomas Edison

What you don’t know you can always learn.

Every day gives you another chance.

Achievement seldom exceed effort. ~ Mortimer Adler

Meaningful Movies

Meaningful Movies presents “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”  on Wednesday, November 22, at the Old Liberty Theater. This is Al Gore’s follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth”. To learn more check out this New York Times review.
The big news is that we will have Ridgefield’s own Marc Rappaport who has is an innovator in renewable energies and has designed geothermal-solar systems and biomass power projects. I am excited to learn more about his work after the film.
The film will start at 7 pm, doors at 6:15 pm. Please consider taking a break from Thanksgiving prep and bringing your relatives down to the Old Liberty! Stay up late with us and talk about our changing climate and what we can do about it.
   Contributed by Megan Dudley

Open House Tomorrow

All the artwork that won’t fit on my walls (and more) will be for sale tomorrow at our Open House from 1 to 5 pm. Come and take advantage of this benefit for the Ridgefield library. Prices range from $1 to $100.

Lots of Ridgefield ‘stuff’ – note the granite monoliths from Eagle’s View Park at the left of the picture above.

My note cards are displayed alphabetically so it will be easy to find your favorites if you have some. The box at the right has small originals, mostly done plein air.

This is the room where I give watercolor classes. A new series will start in January, I take beginner through intermediate students, and so far everyone I’ve taught has produced outstanding work.

The Open House will also benefit the Ridgefield Family Resource Center. There will be a box for gently used clothing as well as a donation jar. Help support our local families with your donations.

The Open House will be from 1 to 5 pm at 114 North 4th Avenue. I’ll have fruit punch and light refreshments, and would welcome finger foods if you want to bring some to share. We’re the second house north of Pioneer – look for a blue house with a lot of trees (and leaves!).


A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

Hello Ridgefield Neighbor,

We are a group of local Ridgefield residents who want to ensure that the children of our community have a good Thanksgiving dinner. To that end, since 1995, we have been collecting donations and putting together a Thanksgiving “basket” of food for local residents who ask for assistance at this time of year. Last year we helped 32 families have a Thanksgiving meal like the one listed below.

What started as a mission to teach our children the value of volunteerism, grew into an endeavor that brings those children back as adults to continue helping us serve this community.

Due to the rising food costs, we are seeking donations to continue this philanthropic tradition. We have received donations from the Ridgefield Lions, Friends of the Library, Teachers and other individuals. A typical basket consists of the following items and costs approximately $50.

A turkey

5-10 pounds of potatoes







Pumpkin pie


Cranberry sauce

Whipped cream


Your cash donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call or email:

Marney Hefflin at       360-606-9815 email:   marney98642@aol.com

Carla Bonebrake at     360-601-8662 email:   ltcarla@comcast.net

Checks can be made out to Carla Bonebrake and sent to the address below.

Carla Bonebrake

PO Box 1055

Ridgefield, WA 98642

Thank you for taking the time to read this and making a donation.

Harvest Gold at Old Liberty

Harvest Gold, the area’s premier Neil Young Tribute Band, will be at the Old Liberty Theater Saturday, Nov. 11th, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are $12.00 and veterans and active military get in free. 360-887-7260

There will be a silent auction, with the proceeds donated to the LaCenter American Legion.

Come on down and reminisce, or for your younger kids, dig on some vintage rock & roll.

American Legion Honors Vets this Saturday

Ridgefield Post 44 The American Legion will have a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 330 pm this Saturday on 3rd next to Veterans Memorial and Fire Station. Brief Remarks and National Anthem followed by Rifle Salute is the format. We plan a very uplifting patriotic ceremony that all will enjoy.
Bryan Laycoe

Public Artwork Dedicated at South Ridge Elementary School

South Ridge Elementary School students and staff celebrated the dedication of public artwork in a presentation on November 2, organized by the school.

The artwork, entitled “Confluences” is a gateway feature created by Stuart Nakamura, a Washington artist who has designed work for a number of school districts in the state, including Federal Way Public Schools, Northshore School District, Richland School District, Seattle Public Schools and Bethel School District.

A committee made up of Ridgefield community members, teachers and school district administrators selected Nakamura from a roster of artists maintained by the Washington State Arts Commission.

The arts commission provided the funding for the art project from the “percent-for-art” funds from the state’s Art in Public Places program (AIPP).  When recent new school construction at the district’s two elementary schools (South Ridge Elementary and Union Ridge Elementary) was completed, both schools qualified to receive the state funds to have public artwork installed at each school site.

Alan Adams, art teacher at Union Ridge Elementary, is credited with applying for the public artwork funding at both schools.

“Confluences” is a pair of stainless steel sculptures depicting bird species relevant to the Ridgefield area, inspired by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge according to Nakamura’s Artist Statement.  “The reeds represent the wetland flora found in the Refuge, and the birds (red-tailed hawk, killdeer, red-winged blackbird, and Norther flicker) are species found at the refuge and at the school.”

The Artist Statement continues:  “The title, “Confluences” comes from the notion that like the Columbia River and the dozen or more streams and rivers and all their flora and fauna that conjoin with the great river along its journey to the Pacific Ocean, the various communities served by South Ridge Elementary School merge together at this facility and become as one.”

Students supplied the words that are etched into the granite at the base of each sculpture.  The sculptures are placed directly across each other on both sides of the main entrance to South Ridge Elementary’s newest building in an east/west orientation, in contrast with the north/south direction of the entry way.

“The design has a pronounced visual lean,” according to the Artist Statement, “so when placed opposite each other, one leads to the classroom and the other leads towards the open fields to the south–signifying the confluences of approaching and departing students and staff during the school day.”

Climate Change, The Columbia River, and Ridgefield

The above graphic shows Columbia river predicted flows in the 2050s.  The time of peak flows from spring snow melt is earlier  and summer flows are much less (source UW)

The Columbia River responds to the Pacific Ocean tides all the way to  the Bonneville Dam.  At Ridgefield at midnight Monday night, the high tide is expected to bring the river to 6.56 feet and at 3 AM the low tide is expected to be 3.84 feet.  Its not a great difference but it is enough to reverse flows of Lake River into Vancouver Lake and even Gee Creek into the pond/wetland complex upstream.  In addition to tides, the Columbia is greatly effected by the flow of water coming down the Columbia River.  Last winter and spring, the flows from the heavy rains brought the Columbia River here to  a peak of about 16 feet (flood stage is 17 feet).

The latest climate assessment released Friday by the Trump Administration showed a sea level rise of 1.6 to as much as 8 feet by 2100. NOAA has an interactive site to show the impact of sea level rises for different areas.  To show how it will impact Ridgefield, Lake River, and the refuge click this:  Columbia river sea rise

The site is interactive and set  for 3 feet but it can be changed from none to six feet.  You can also zoom in and out and change location.  At three feet there is a real change is the level of water in both the Carty and River S Units. The Columbia River will rise to 6 feet and more with time.  The only question  is how soon.  Sea level rise will continue for hundreds of years no matter what.  That is because the carbon dioxide already released will  stay with us a very long time.

The Columbia River reverses flow from the ocean to as much as 53 river  miles upstream  and salt water intrusion  is about 23 river miles upstream.  With sea level rise, the flow reversal will increase  carrying  salt water further upstream as well.   The difference between high and low tides will likely increase.  With the loss of snow and ice in the Columbia Mountains and Rockies, the summer flows are projected to decrease by as much as  50 % by the  2050’s .  With lower flows and higher river levels the resident time for water to travel from Bonneville Dam to the ocean will increase.  This may mean a warmer  slower river and could create serious problems such as having  less oxygen and encouraging invasive species.   Having the peak flows as much as a month or more earlier would put the annual crest into the rainy season and thus an increased risk of flooding.  This would certainly be exacerbated by having this on a river higher from sea level rise. It will likely mean that the height of a 100 or a 500 year flood will have to change.   Building in areas above a flood zone may find those zones rising.

The material for this article was gleaned from many different sources.  The impacts of a river higher from sea level rise with changes in seasonal flows will have profound impacts for both communities and natural areas.   What really seems to be missing is a more comprehensive study that better quantifies and qualifies the predicted changes.







Open House Next Sunday

So  many people who knew Richard Hanford and Nancy McQuillan, the former owners of the house we bought, have been asking to see what we’ve done to the house that we have decided to hold an open house. It will be next Sunday, November 12, from 1 to 5:00, and you’re invited. The address is 114 North 4th Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

It will be a fund raiser for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, so I am asking people to bring a donation of either cash or goods. They need personal hygiene items, non-perishable (unexpired) food items, and gently used or new shoes and coats.

And of course we can’t forget the library. I am selling all my artwork that doesn’t fit on our walls at very low prices. This includes original framed watercolor paintings, 11 x 14″ matted prints, note cards, hand painted cards, etc. All money collected from that sale will go to the library building fund.

I’ll provide finger food and fruit punch, but since there’s no telling how many people will show up, it would be nice if everyone brought something to share. Nothing elaborate – just something to nibble on while you tour the house and garden.

Just a warning – there’s still lots to be done to the house and especially the yard, so don’t expect a finished product!

Library Programs this Week

Tuesday November 14 6:00 p.m.-Food for Thought: A Cookbook Discussion Group – This month we are preparing recipes from the Philippines. Guests do not need to bring a dish the first time.

Wednesday November 15-10:00 a.m.-Stitchery

10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story Time

4:00 p.m.-Ridgefield Gaming Group

Thursday November 16-1:00 p.m.-Mahjong

3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday November 17-10:30-Toddler Story Time