Juncition Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Reminder –  the Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting is tonight, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Music Scholarship for Ridgefield Students Created in Honor of Tanner Trosko’s Legacy

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) announced that it has developed a need-based music scholarship open to students enrolled in Ridgefield School District (K-12). The scholarship is funded through a $15,000 donation made by a generous organization close to the family of Tanner Trosko.

An anonymous donor approached the Foundation interested in giving back to the students of Ridgefield in honor of Tanner Trosko.  When the Foundation learned of Tanner’s love for music and involvement in the Ridgefield High School band, they began development of a grant that would benefit students interested in music. The scholarship will focus on supporting those students who lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial barriers.

Elizabeth Flynn, grants committee member and Vice Chair for RPSF, said, “Any child who has an interest in music deserves the opportunity to nurture it to its full extent, and we are excited to be able to alleviate this financial barrier for families and students so they can reach their full musical potential.”

RPSF is grateful to be partnering with two local organizations, Opus School of Music and Ridgefield School District Community Education. These organizations will work with RPSF to provide lessons for students who are eligible for the Tanner Trosko Music scholarship.

Rob Melton of Opus School of Music said, “Opus is excited to participate in this scholarship program in honoring Tanner and his love of music.  Here at Opus, we have been growing artistic spirits since 2006 and welcome Tanner’s spirit into our school by giving the gift of music in his honor.”

Students enrolled in Ridgefield schools (K-12) interested in individual or group music lessons through one of the partner organizations can apply for the scholarship through the RPSF website http://www.ridgefieldpsf.org/tanner-trosko/.  Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and funds could cover one term of classes and instrument rental (if required) for up to a year of lessons.

Information about music lessons and classes available can be found at the Opus School of Music website http://opusschoolofmusic.com or at RSD Community Education http://spudderactivities.weebly.com/classes–registration.html.

To learn more about the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation or apply for a scholarship through the Foundation, please go to www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization, established in 2009.  Our mission is to advance programs and activities that support whole student development for which public resources are insufficient or unavailable.


Thought for the Week

Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” painting

Glimpse of the Future? (continued)

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in.  By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency …. of the world!

Longevity:  Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long, long time, probably way more than 100.

Education:  The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means everyone has the same access to world class education.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. There would be enormous potential if the English app was given out for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half a year.

Ridgefield Road Work this Week

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic during the weeks of May 10 – May 18, 2018.

South Hillhurst Road between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road – one lane closure and flagging. 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.

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.
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 – one lane closure with traffic flagging May 11-12 for final paving; then sporadic and minimal traffic impacts as striping and final curbs are completed. When the work is complete, there will be a new roundabout.
North 32nd Avenue – intermittent lane closures with flagging. Utility work in conjunction with the Village of Canyon Ridge subdivision.
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.

Ridgefield Farmers’ Market

Did you know the Ridgefield Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 10th year of operation? When we first started to talk about creating Overlook Park someone made the comment that we could have a farmers’ market there and I just laughed. I thought there was no way little Ridgefield could ever support something like a farmers’ market. And now it’s been 10 years and they’re still going strong!

A variety of vendors provide fresh local produce, breads and pastries local honey, fresh flowers, candles, jewelry, plants, clothing, and other items. There is a co-op table available for farmers to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables. Come on down to Overlook Park any Saturday and see the exciting things going on.

Julie Huffman is in charge of the market, so contact her at rfm98642@aol.com if you’re interested in being a vendor.

Make it 2 M

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are again planning a CHAIR-ity Dinner/Auction this summer. It will be Saturday, July 14 at the Community Center from 6 to 9 pm. This benefit for the new Ridgefield library will feature delicious catered food from Herb ‘n Roots, an auction of small chairs painted by local artists, a little library, a bright red fire hydrant, among other auction items. Tevis Laspa is our auctioneer – he always makes things fun.

This tiny bench with a Peter Rabbit theme is one of the items that will be auctioned off.

We are looking for table hosts or hostesses to sponsor tables of eight, and if you’re interested in hosting a table, please contact me at 360-887-2160 or kathywinters179@gmail.com. Cost of the dinner is $25, and hosts and members of the Friends get a bargain entry fee of $20.


Jill Neyenhouse Named South Ridge Elementary School Principal

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Jill Neyenhouse as Principal of South Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018.  Neyenhouse currently serves as the Assistant Director at Cascadia Technical Academy in the Evergreen School District.

“I am thrilled to become part of the team at South Ridge.  I am really excited to meet staff and students and start learning about what makes South Ridge so great,” said Neyenhouse.

Jill Neyenhouse

Neyenhouse has been an educator for 19 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Education from Washington State University.

She began her career teaching English and Choir at Stevenson High School.  Her appreciation of music remains.  “I love musicals and singing.  You might hear me singing in my office from time to time,” Neyenhouse said.

She is known for her commitment to maintain a safe and positive school for all students and staff.  Her extensive experience with developing and implementing professional development will be a great asset to the district.

“Jill is an enthusiastic, personable, student-centered leader.  Throughout the process, she demonstrated a strong understanding of our district and commitment to our pursuit of premier,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.

Neyenhouse, her husband, and two boys reside in La Center.  “We are huge Mariners fans, love camping, and our favorite place to visit is Disneyland,” added Neyenhouse.

Neyenhouse officially begins work in Ridgefield on July 1.

Time to Plant Veggies

If you’re wondering if the seeds you have saved are still viable, here’s a guideline to use:

Good for 1 – 2 years: corn, onions and leeks, parsley, parsnips, peppers

Good for 3 – 4 years: asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage family, carrots, eggplant, peas, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes

Good for 5 – 6 years: cucumbers, lettuce melons, spinach

If you thought you didn’t have room for vegetables, you can find room for at least a handful of onions., Tuck them in empty spaces in your ornamental garden. They add a perky touch of green and will give you delicious fresh onions this fall. Try it!

One Plot Left at Community Garden

There’s still one plot left for rent at the Community Garden. Contact Lee Knottnerus at the City if you’re interested in renting it.

As you  can see, many people already have their plots planted, and things are growing well.


There are still a couple of beds that need to be cleaned out. The weeds have gone to seed and will soon be popping up throughout the entire garden.

If yours is one of those, please come by and at least pull your weeds and put them in the yard waste bin.

Be a good neighbor.


Ridgefield School District Honors May Employee and Students of the Month

On May 8, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the May Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Margo Manke, teacher at South Ridge Elementary School.  Margo goes above and beyond to incorporate every aspect of our South Ridge Elementary Roadrunner’s mission statement in her teaching. She takes time to connect with staff and makes parents as well as volunteers feel welcome with her cheerful disposition.  She is always thinking of others first!  This is especially apparent with just how much she adores her students, and they feel just the same towards her!

Margo Manke

Margo challenges her student’s minds each and every day, and her students come to school excited and ready to learn! She makes challenging learning moments an enjoyable task by incorporating music and songs in her teaching and encouraging each one of her students to continue to give it their very best effort.  As they persevere and rise to the occasion, you can see the growth that each student has made as a reader, writer, mathematician, and scientist.

Knowing that all students have the right to learn in a safe, caring, and supportive school environment exemplified by problem-solving, critical thinking, self-discipline, responsibility, and respect, Margo makes every effort to create these kinds of opportunities for self-managing citizens and lifelong learners to emerge. We are so very proud to have her as part of our South Ridge Roadrunner’s Team.

Students of the Month

Brooklyn Browning, a third grader, is May’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Brooklyn.  They write, “Brooklyn deserves to be recognized as Student of the Month because she consistently demonstrates the 3Rs. She is respectful to all–a constant example of the “ripple effect” that a single person can have when they choose kindness. She is responsible for herself, her school work, and her learning. She is constantly seeking to learn and grow and knows what she needs to do when faced with a challenge–persevere! When she’s not feeling challenged, she SEEKS challenges to ensure that she’s always growing and learning. Additionally, Brooklyn strives to help others be responsible with caring, gentle reminders. Brooklyn is RESILIENT. Because she looks at every frustration or obstacle as an opportunity to learn, she is driven to overcome obstacles.”

Brooklyn Browning

Viggo Bowen, a sixth grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  The Union Ridge Elementary teachers and staff are very proud of Viggo.  They write, “This year, Viggo joins the sixth grade class for all specialist classes as well as math.  He comes to math class and works on improving his math skills. Not only has his math skills improved, his social skills have really grown.  Viggo has made many new friends this year.  Here is what his friends say about him:   “I like how he can be silly and yet still work at the same time.”  “He is very lively and brightens up the room every time he comes in the door.”  “He’s funny and fun to hang out with.”  Viggo is also a great helper.  He works in both the lunchroom and the library. In the library, Viggo makes sure the book shelf markers are returned to the bin, puts books away, checks books in, and helps with recycling.  In the lunch room, Viggo helps direct students to drop off their dishes, and makes sure the table tops are clean. Viggo is a very hard worker and a great student and a wonderful member of Union Ridge Elementary School.

Viggo Bowen

Karis Garrison, an eighth grader, was selected from View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Karis.  They write, “Karis is an enthusiastic member of class always tries her hardest. She is persistent and committed to her learning.  She is an active participant in all class activities and encourages her classmates to do better. Karis is incredibly self-aware and mature. She holds herself and her peers to a higher standard, and always pushes herself to improve. She always has a smile on her face and is genuinely excited to learn and grow as a person. Karis is kind to everyone and has a great moral character.”

Karis Garrison

Michael Rapp, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  The Ridgefield High School teachers and staff are very proud of Michael. They write, “Senior Michael Rapp has been chosen as the Ridgefield High School Student of the Month for May.  Michael is described by his teachers as a student who is “super courteous and who always does his best.”  One staff member says of Michael, he “may be the hardest working student I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year.  He diligently completes every assignment, contributes to class discussions, has an outstanding attitude, and is inspiring in his perseverance.”  Michael is involved in the production of the school yearbook working as a photo journalist and interviewing students and coaches for stories for the yearbook, and has been a member of the school’s art club and drama club.  Michael plans on attending the GATE program after high school to gain independent living skills and employment skills and hopes to work in photo journalism after high school.   We are proud to recognize Michael as Ridgefield High School’s Student of the Month.

Michael Rapp

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.

Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction Meeting

The Ridgefield Neighborhood Junction meeting will be next Monday, May 14, 7:00 at the Dollar Tree warehouse, 8400 South Union Ridge Parkway. Representatives from many local organizations will bring us up-to-date on what’s happening and is projected to happen in our community.

Representatives from the city, schools, Vancouver Clinic. Clark College, Clark Regional, Ilani, the Cowlitz and others will be present. Come and get a vision of the future.

Thought for the Week

“Today women have the rights and equality our Victorian sisters could only dream of, and with those privileges comes the responsibility of standing up and being counted.”
Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan (born June 7, 1968) is a Scottish activist and writer who works in a variety of genres, though predominately in historical fiction. She is the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries.


Garage Sale June 9


Have stuff you need to get rid of?

Ridgefield Mini Storage is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 4pm, and invites you to participate.

They will provide you with a unit to set up and sell all your stuff! RMS will also do the marketing for you.

(Facebook, Craigslist, newspaper, City of Ridgefield, school district, etc)

Cost to participate is $25, and all proceeds will go to the Ridgefield School District.

Space is limited call to reserve your spot 360-684-4549. Ridgefield Mini Storage is at 7555 South Union Ridge Parkway,

First Saturday, Part III

It is the Third Anniversary of First Saturday. Join us to usher in a fresh new season complete with Maypole dance, Farmer’s Market season grand opening, outdoor games, scavenger hunt, art, food and more!

This is the schedule of activities

9:00AM – Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, third and Pioneer

9:00-3:00PM – First Saturday, Spring & Cinco de Mayo Activities at Overlook Park

Ridgefield Farmer’s Market 2018 Grand Opening

Ridgefield Art Association Spring Art Fair & Sale

Wine Garden with Windy Hills Winery & Spudder’s Crest Wines

Fun outdoor games & activities

Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Ridgefield Main Street

Make flower crowns with Blue Heron Floral 

Fun outdoor games & activities

Live music, chips & salsa and snacks

9:00AM – Blue Heron and May Day Themed Kayak Paddle and SUP Tour @ Ridgefield Kayak/Alder Creek. Preregister at www.aldercreek.com.

10:00AM – Make a May Basket @ Ridgefield Community Library, then pick up flowers at merchants around town to fill your basket.

11:00AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration featuring a Maypole Dance performance by DanceFusion NW at Overlook Park

11:30AM – First Saturday Anniversary Celebration @ Overlook Park With Cinco de Mayo cupcakes and pinata fun

Noon-4:00PM – Cathlapotle Plankhouse Season Opening Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

7:30PM – Three Together Concert @ Old Liberty Theater


Breakfast with May-Pole Syrup @ Sportsman’s Steakhouse @ Saloon

Sweet & Savory Waffles @ Season’s Coffee/Old Liberty Theater

Planting Seeds Activity @ Ridgefield Floral & Gifts

5th Anniversary Celebration & Customer Appreciation Day with prize drawings @ Main Street Studio

Sidewalk Sale @ Ridgefield Hardware Store

Coho in Abrams Park

The photo above was taken Monday from the footbridge going into Abrams Park.  If you are on the bridge and go to the right side on the upstream side you can see them.  Look under a dead blackberry stem hanging out over the water. This small school has been there for several weeks.  The incubator is below Reimann Road.  We were given 10,000 eggs in January and 50,000 in February. So, that is the most we’ve  ever been given. The fish have distributed themselves from below the incubator down to the refuge.  The first year or so these small fish remain in this part of the creek.  Then, next year, they will begin their Journey to the Pacific ocean.  Conditions in Gee Creek are good.  However, we  have only  had three inches of rain in April and stream flows are much lower than last year.  It would not be good to have another hot and dry summer.

contributed by Paul Snoey