Note from Kathy: this date is the same as the Clark County Open Studio Tour, and the entrance to Vossenberg’s farm is about 200 feet east of the road leading to my house. There will be a sign on 289th Street. Stop after your tour to visit my studio and get a cup of coffee and some brownies. There will be a tray of gluten free ones too!
Paul Snoey took this picture Sunday afternoon.]]>
New West Guitar Group releases its 5th studio album, Big City.
The Los Angeles-based trio Perry Smith, Jeff Stein and John Storie, share composing and arranging credits on the album. Firmly rooted classic jazz, the trio’s versatility as both players and composers has given them a reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble repertoire. The New West Guitar Group will perform at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 North Main Avenue in Ridgefield, on Saturday, October 25th at 7:30 pm. www.newwestguitar.com
Admission is $15, and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available in advance by phone at 360-887-7260. For more information go to www.oldlibertytheater.com
The FOL are the supportive arms of our libraries. We raise funds to help our librarians reach their goals of buying books and supplies and programs (all free to the public) to enhance the life experiences of both children and adults. In Ridgefield we’re the ones who have the book sale every year and have the book shelf in the entrance of the Community Center… with all the profits going right back into our community. We have been working extra hard since Sean McGill arrived as our librarian because Sean is a high energy advocate for every person who walks into or contacts the library regardless of interest or age. Ask our Police Chief about the Sean Effect on teen crime downtown! Sean’s biggest problem is our tiny facility which makes it so very difficult to fulfill his dreams and the dreams of our patrons.
Nancy Tessman, the director of Fort Vancouver Library District came to a meeting a few months ago and told us that we were deemed one of three libraries most in need of a new facility, and that they are going to give us $500,000.00 toward getting one. We must raise the remainder of the funding for the new structure. In our case that means approximately $4 to $5 million. Whew! Yes, we will apply for some grants, but first we must show that our city is willing to help raise funds to make this dream come true. We need your help. We need money, of course, but just as important are your ideas for and your participation in upcoming fund raising events. You can help by joining the Friends of the Library (applications are right on the library counter); giving a bit of your time; coming to or hosting events and spreading the word. Our meetings are at the library the second Wednesday of each month and open to all. Ridgefield has a wonderful history of community participation making the impossible possible! Please check here on the blog and at the library for more information about how you can help make our new library a reality.
Ilia Wilken, President of the Ridgefield Friends of the Library]]>
In his column in the Columbian last week, Leonard Pitts talked about spanking, and I think it’s worth presenting his ideas, as I agree with him. I’m quoting from the conclusion of his editorial:
“I don’t believe in spanking reflexively. Not every offense merits it. Indeed, most don’t.
I don’t believe in spanking to excess. The idea is to sting, not hurt.
I don’t believe in spanking in anger. Anger leads to loss of control.
And no, I don’t believe all spanking is abuse. A 2001 study by Dr. Diana Baumrind – a psychologist who opposes spanking – found that mild to moderate corporal punishment causes no lasting harm.
Here’s what I do believe. A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout them
Otherwise, you risk sending into the world something we already have in excess – children poisoned by “self-esteem,” walking in serene self-entitlement, convinced the sun shines for them alone. Such children are invariably brought up short. The universe is a rough teacher and its lessons sting worse than any spanking you could get. The worst thing you can do is send your offspring into that classroom unprepared.
Speaking of child abuse.”]]>
Tim has extensive experience in public works infrastructure, project management and engineering. He has been actively involved in the American Public Works Association for twenty years; the American Council of Engineering Companies as a Board member for ten years and has thirty years’ experience in the civil engineering profession. As Public Works Director Tim will assume full management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities and will work closely with the Community and Economic Development Department to provide design guidelines, requirements and oversight for the development and installation of all capital and development projects.
Tim is a long time Ridgefield resident who has been active in the community through the Board of Trustees for the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation. He is “highly interested in assisting Ridgefield in meeting its vision as a vibrant, economically sustainable community.”]]>
The project to date has taken nearly three years because, “an expansion and remodel to this degree has never been done before” owner Terry Hurd, told employees at a recent meeting. Manager Denise Shaw added, “We’re not closing. We will work around our expansion. They (construction workers) will be on the other side of the construction partition and we are serving our guests on this side.”
The expansion more than triples the capacity of the building. An expanded upper level deck will be used for additional guests or may be rented for private parties. The expansion will also include a platform for live shows, concerts or karaoke guests.
Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge is at 121 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield. 360-887-3141.]]>
Battle Ground Healthcare, Flightpath LLC,
The Sportsman’s Restaurant,
The RBA matched funds up to $750, and because of these donations this popular exhibit will once again be available during the annual celebration of the return of the sandhill cranes to the Refuge the weekend of October 5 -7. For more information, click here.]]>
Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation will begin at 7:15. Tickets are available at the theater, 115 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield, and on the night of the evening, $10 members, and $15 non-members.
For more information, please visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org. and www.adammcisaac.com
The Friends are a group of dedicated and inspired volunteers who share a passion to champion the protection and prosperity of the Refuge, along with all wildlife and protection of the environment. With a strong commitment to produce unique and exceptional educational programs and outdoor experiences, the Friends help open the Refuge to people of all ages.]]>