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Savages win second state title

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Congratulations, Salmon River Savages, 2013 State Football Champions! Salmon River rolls to its second straight Idaho 1ADiv2 State Title in eight-man football, beating Council 66-26, and finishing 12-0 on the season. In between these same boys won a state title in basketball too. So proud of those Riggins kids!

Seven Salmon River High School football players, Fred Taylor, Leighton Vander Esch, Terrun Zolman, Trent Perkins, Thomas Mead, Nolan Richerson and McCoy Hale, were selected for the 2013 All Star Football Game to be played this Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Congratulations, to all of you guys!

Coach Charlie Shepherd was named “Coach of the Year” while Leighton Vander Esch was named Long Pin Conference MVP. Salmon River football players named to All-Conference 2013 are Leighton Vander Esch, Jimmy Shepherd, Terrun Zolman, Fred Taylor, Nolan Richerson, Thomas Meade, McCoy Hale and Trent Perkins with honorable mention going to Payton Herzig. Our hats are off to the entire Salmon River team for a super winning season!

Christmas charity options available

RIGGINS — The Secret Santa/Giving Tree program sponsored by our Salmon River community for kids birth to 18 and “Toys for Tots” sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves for kids 12 and younger is currently under way. Applications for the two programs are available at Riggins City Hall or Riggins Elementary School.

The Giving Tree in Sterling Bank has numbers for names of children on it from now until Dec 15. If you want to be a “giver,” go to the bank, select a tag, purchase a gift, and take it to the Riggins City Hall unwrapped. The Secret Santas will wrap gifts on Dec. 18. Volunteers are welcome to call City Hall or Riggins Elementary School to sign up to help. If you would like to donate money for this program, send tax deductible contributions to City of Riggins Christmas Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549. Thank you, in advance.

Santa will visit the Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center behind Crump’s Chevron. Kids can sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, and have their photos taken with him.

Happy Thanksgiving! This is a time to be with family and friends and to reflect on all the things for which we can be thankful. Savor your time with loved ones and the memories you are making this year.

Salmon River Chamber of Commerce members who will be open Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, are Cloninger’s Family Foods from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Riggins One Stop from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Idaho Banana Co. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summerville’s American Café & Bar – free potluck dinner from 3-7 p.m. with stuffing, potatoes, ham and turkey provided. If you attend bring a salad or dessert. The café will be closed and the bar will be open normal hours. River Rock Café will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner starting at 1 p.m. - reservations not required, but would be appreciated, and Salmon Rapids Lodge is serving Thanksgiving dinner in their conference room by reservations only.

A “City of Riggins” flag is coming soon! The flag committee needs ideas from adults and kids alike to design a Riggins flag to be flown throughout town. Contact John Doty, Dave Dean or Stefanie Brimacomb with your design or take it to Riggins City Hall.

John Logue was moved to Elks Rehab room 203 in Boise Friday, Nov. 22. John is doing better; however, more rehab is needed to get him in shape to be able to go home.

“Light up Riggins,” Christmas lighting contest for businesses and private persons, begins this Sunday, Dec. 1. Just light up your place and you are in the running! Winner will be decided by public vote. To vote for your favorite, go into one of several Riggins businesses. For information, talk to Marie Clay at Two Rivers Coffee.

The Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Salmon River Canyon Farmers’ Market is this Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center. Lunch will be available both days at a small cost. Vendors are invited to sell their wares; the table fee 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.

Riggins Assembly of God Church Christmas Bazaar is next Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table fees will benefit their Girls Ministries. Lunch will be available for a small donation. If you would like to sell your crafts or need information, call Kathy Scheline at 630-4444.

Unique Antler Design Wildlife Gallery just south of Riggins on the river side will have its annual holiday open house next Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with refreshments being served all day. There will be drawings for discounts and door prizes. They carry antler carvings, lighting and furniture, soapstone sculpture, local photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. All made in Idaho!

The “Gifts of Christmas” at Salmon Rapids Lodge 1010 S. Main Street in Riggins will celebrate the holiday season with two free events in the big Salmon River room. Refreshments will be served and special room rates are available. For information call the lodge toll-free at 877-957-2743, local at 628-2743, or visit their website

The first “Gift” is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. (MDST) with a book signing of “Salmon River Fire: 30 years as an Idaho firefighter” by local author John Sangster of Grangeville. Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. (MDST) with Hotwire who features solid two-, three- and four-part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

The second “Gift” is Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. (MDST) featuring a children’s concert with youth from the Riggins and New Meadows areas doing vocals as well as piano and assorted instruments. The Heartland Community Choir will perform a Christmas musical arrangement collaborated and directed by Julie Good. The children will enjoy a cookie decorating activity following the concert.

Heartland Community Choir will perform a Christmas Cantata, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Salmon Rapids Lodge, Saturday, Dec. 14, in McCall at 10 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Methodist Church in New Meadows; Friday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in New Meadows; and Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Salmon River Community Church at 11 a.m.


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