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No foolin’: Blood drive scheduled for April 1

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — Be aware… be very aware of April Fool’s Day happening next Tuesday, April 1! One never knows what could be lurking around from friends or family, neighbors or co-workers!

Riggins Community and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive Tuesday, April 1, from 2-7 p.m., which is no April Fool’s, but a very important donation, and also on Wednesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at Salmon River High School gym, 711 Ace’s Place. Join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today. Any student age 16 or older can donate blood. Contact coordinator Kris Catherman at 628-3572. If there’s anyone who would like to help with the upcoming blood drive who doesn’t want to or cannot give blood, they need a couple of people to bring cookies. Contact Kris or Heather Cullin. This drive is all about teamwork!

SRHS seniors, the James E. Hawkins Memorial Scholarship application deadline is Monday, April 1. Log onto the Idaho Community Foundation website to apply, http://www.idcomfdn.org/Scholarships.

The city of Riggins is asking students and adults to draw or submit a design to have a “City of Riggins Flag.” The chosen winner will have the drawing recreated by Gradient Shift. Submit your design to Riggins City Hall, SRHS, or Riggins Elementary.

Salmon River Community Church will host a spaghetti dinner Friday, April 11, to help raise funds to send a house-building team to Mexico. The public is invited to attend. It is always a great time!

2014 Jet Boat Races are April 18, 19, 20 right here on the Salmon River with Riggins as the “hot spot” of the weekend. “We are excited to announce and remind everyone that we will have a fireworks display on Jet Boat Race weekend, Saturday evening, April 19, at dusk in the Riggins City Park! It will be a great show again! If you want to help support this portion of our event, feel free to donate! We have collection cans at local area businesses or you can send a donation to the Riggins City Hall! Thank you! Hoot! Hoot! See you soon!”

Shannon Smith, granddaughter of Patty Solberg wrote: “Several years ago my grandma started the Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters walk in Pollock, just outside of Riggins. She started it at her house with about 10 participants, but through the years it has significantly grown. The walk/run now starts at the Salmon River Lodge at 10 a.m. and goes the full distance of the Pollock road. Since we get a wide range of age and abilities in participants, some people run the entire distance, some people walk half a mile… it is just up to each individual. There is also a barbecue where we serve hamburgers, salads, chips, etc. There is a silent auction and we have drawings for some rather nice prizes also. The Pinehurst Quilters will have another quilt to raffle off as well. This is a super fun event for a great cause. I would love to get record-breaking numbers this year as 2014 has been an emotional one with me losing my great-uncle, two friends through work, and having another friend get diagnosed with breast cancer… she starts chemo this week. I know many of you have your own stories with how cancer has affected you and I would love to hear them. This event hits close to my heart. If you can attend, do. We also accept donations. Hiking for Healthy Hooters shirts are available for $20 with your choice of style. They come in kids sizes too. If you want to purchase a shirt and can’t make it, I will gladly pick up your shirt and deliver or send it to you. Thank you all for your support.”

If anyone would like to participate in Hiking for Healthy Hooters on Saturday, May 17, in Riggins or can’t attend but would still like to purchase a shirt or make a donation, contact Patty Solberg in Riggins or Shannon Smith in Lewiston… you can also pick up forms at the Somedays Discount Store adjacent to the tennis court on Main Street; they would like the forms returned by April 25 to get shirts ordered.

Salmon River High School, Meadows Valley High School, and Council High School are joining together for their 2014 prom Saturday, April 5, in McCall. Cost is $7 per person or $12 per couple. Pay your entrance fees at the SRHS office as soon as possible. If you pay at the door, fees will be higher.

Driver’s Education for SRHS students will run from Monday, April 7, until mid-May. See Mr. Lunceford right away if you have questions. Any student interested in Driver’s Ed needs to have his/her parents take them to Grangeville or McCall DMV to get a permit — do this soon. Any student 14-1/2 is eligible to take driver’s education. As soon as the permit is received, you can sign up for the on-line portion of driver’s education at school.

Hunter’s Education classes will be held April 7-19 at Salmon River High School. Cost is $8 and registration may be done in person on April 7 or at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default.aspx. Parents, contact Gary Phillips at 628-3940 if you’re interested in becoming a hunter education or bowhunter education instructor.

Spring Break for Salmon River schools began Thursday, March 21, and will go through March 30 with school beginning again Monday, March 31, just in time for April Fool’s Day.

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