FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ridgefield 2010 Make a Difference Day a Success
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Steven Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, November 16, 2010 – Members of the Ridgefield Cemetery Advisory Board, Mayor Ron Onslow, Council Member Don Stose, city staff and approximately 40 volunteers worked together on October 23, 2010 for approximately 4 hours to help clean up the city cemetery in Ridgefield, Washington as part of National Make a Difference Day. Volunteers included local boy scouts, members of the Ridgefield High School football team, members of the Ridgefield Garden Club and Ridgefield citizens.
Workers removed blackberries, English Ivy, and garbage and debris from the heavily wooded easterly side of the cemetery. The Make a Difference Day crew also cleaned around existing grave markers and cut up and chipped a number of trees and branches that city staff had recently cut down that were causing damage to existing grave markers or were already dead. Throughout the process at least two new grave markers were discovered that were previously hidden by trees or shrubs that were removed during the event.
Mayor Onslow said "It was a great success and a little rain did not dampen the enthusiasm. I would like to thank all those who contributed in some way to this clean up. We would like to give a special thanks to Port of Ridgefield Commissioner Joe Melroy for serving lunch, Mayers Meats for donating food, Odwalla Juices for donating drinks, and the members of the community that took the time to bake and donate cake and cookies for the event. It was fabulous!"
Make a Difference Day
Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. USA Weekend Magazine states that "Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate."
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 20 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 26,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted the council-manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance and Administration/City Clerk, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.