Welcome Ryderwood Newcomers, and there are quite a few of you! Your town is a very special place and we hope it will serve you well. In 10 years, I haven't seen this much interest in Ryderwood real estate since the year AARP mentioned Ryderwood in their magazine.
My personal take on Ryderwood is: "Bill Gates and Warren Buffett don't have enough money to buy what we get for $35 a month!" So what does that $35 really pay for? No matter what, the Association (RISA) pays Cowlitz PUD for streetlights and Community Waste & Recycling for trash collection (*It's really dark out here when the power goes out and no one wants to live near uncollected trash...)
Additionally, that $35/mo. pays for all insurance, taxes, maintenance, etc. on the commonly-owned properties: That includes Community Hall, the Park, the Lake, and other open areas but not the Café. (It's complicated...) How can this be? Short answer is: Ryderwood's "unpaid staff", and "unsung heroes" (aka volunteers) perform many labor, maintenance, and management tasks!
Town funds ("dues") recently paid to install new lighting in our little lending Library. There are now sensors that turn the lights on when the building is entered. This building was converted from a Café to a Library when the town became "a planned community for retired persons" in 1953.
"Honk if you love Ryderwood" is this year's community Directory motto. The local artist who did the cover art says folks often honk when driving past her house!
The ladies in town will be busy next week with the Women's Club meeting on Wednesday and a Tea-Hee Red Hatters gathering on Thursday. All ladies are invited.
For those who have been asking, the Ryderwood's August All-Town Garage Sales will take place the weekend of Aug. 22 & 23. More on that next week.