Quilts of Valor to be given out Nov. 11

Riggins News


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— Salmon River Savages, 2013 Long Pin Conference and District III, 1AD2 football champions, vs. Kootenai Warriors will be the football game to attend this Saturday, No. 9, in Harrison beginning at 2 p.m. (PDST) which is 3 p.m. (MDST) (Riggins). This is the first of the playoff games leading up to the championship game and naming the team that goes to state playoffs for division. Go, Savages!

Salmon River High School students will honor our local veterans with a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Salmon River multi-purpose room. The Quilt Club ladies will once again honor veterans with Quilts of Valor during this assembly. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this Veterans Day Assembly.

“Three regions in Idaho have been identified by the Idaho Wine Commission as suitable for growing wine grapes,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC. “The Snake River Valley has official American Viticulture Area status, the Lewis Clark Valley is working on AVA status and the Salmon River area is rich with possibilities.” The Salmon River Wine Initiative presentation will be delivered by Kelly Dahlquist of Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) and Melisa Bryant of the Ida-Lew Economic Development Council (Ida-Lew EDC) at the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce meeting set for noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 South Main Street, Riggins. This meeting is an initial meeting to gauge the interest of the community in pursuing viticulture and related business ventures in the area. With enough community interest, a second meeting is being planned for January that would include experts in viticulture, wine, project development, business development, financing and more. To learn more about the presentation or for questions contact Melisa Bryant at 983-8302 or melisa@ida-lew.org.

Citizens of the Salmon River area are invited to attend this interactive session following the Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, which begins at noon to explore the potential for viticulture industry in the region, how it can benefit you and how to get involved. Melisa will begin her presentation about 12:45/1 p.m. and allow time for people to ask questions at the end. This presentation is geared towards anyone interested in the economic well-being of the Riggins and White Bird areas, growing wine grapes, making wine and selling wine. This means landowners, farmers, investors, tourism related businesses, retail businesses, entrepreneurs and community members.

Summerville’s Cafe & American Bar in Riggins will host its annual harvest ball Saturday, Nov.16, with a special prime rib dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. for $45 per couple which includes tickets to the ball. Reserve your tickets before Tuesday, Nov. 12. Cover charge for the ball will be $2 per person or $3 per couple. “Come have a ball with us at Summerville’s!” Salmon Rapids Lodge will offer 15 percent off rooms Saturday, Nov. 16, as well.

The Riggins Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salmon Rapids Lodge conference room. Make your own appointment today on-line or contact Kris Catherman at 628-3572 or Heather Cullin to make an appointment for you. Note the time change on Tuesday afternoon from 2-7 p.m. to help accommodate those who work and want to donate blood for this important cause. Thank you in advance for helping save lives of others.

Thanksgiving is just three weeks away. We all have so much for which to be thankful. November is a good month to reflect on all we can be thankful for. Name at least one thing each day this month that you are truly thankful for. These reflections can make our days and our lives richer and fuller.

The annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Salmon River Canyon Farmers’ Market will be Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Riggins Community Center located behind Crump’s Chevron Station. Vendors are invited to sell their wares. There will be a table fee which will go to help with food for the Secret Santa’s Christmas baskets. To reserve your table, call Mo at 628-3671 or Marlene at 628-3743. Santa will visit the bazaar Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Kiddos can sit on his lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, and have their photos taken with him.

Christmas Bazaar at the Riggins Assembly Of God Church will be Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Table rent benefits Girls Ministries. They will feature baked goods, homemade items like aprons, scarves, hats, cards, jewelry, gift sets, decorations, local photos, paintings and so much more. If you would like to sell your crafts, get them ready, call Kathy, and you’ll be set. A yummy lunch is available for a small donation each day. Call Kathy Scheline for information at 630-4444.

Salmon Rapids Lodge will once again offer “The Gifts of Christmas” to the Riggins public in December. Be watching here for the musicians, dates and times. This is a free program especially for our Riggins/Salmon River people from Salmon Rapids Lodge.

With the Christmas season soon upon us, there are two separate gift-giving programs for the children in our canyon. The Secret Santa Program sponsored by our Salmon River community for kids birth to 18 and the Toys for Tots sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves for kids 12 and under. Applications for either of these programs can be picked up at Riggins City Hall.

Our local Old Time Fiddlers know all the Christmas music. Some numbers are especially beautiful. “If you request our presence at your function, we may be available,” states Fran Widener. Contact Fran Widener if you are looking for Christmas music at your Christmas event.


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