Rinker celebration set for Nov. 15
HELENA, Mont. — Dustin Rinker, son of Eric and Wendy Hook and senior at Carroll College who reached the all-time rushing record during this 2014 season which is Carroll College football program’s 100 year anniversary, will play his last home game this Saturday. Eric and Wendy will host a tailgate party at 10 a.m. at the college this Saturday, Nov. 15. Senior football players, including our own Dustin Rinker, will be honored with on-field acknowledgements just before game time. Dustin’s family is planning a senior night in Helena, Mont., honoring him at his last regular season home game with Carroll College Saints playing the College of Idaho Yotes on which Charlie Shepherd, also of Riggins and son of Charlie and Susan Shepherd, plays. Eric and Wendy would like to invite family and friends to celebrate with Dustin at 6 p.m. following the game to enjoy refreshments and help celebrate his successful college football career as the Carroll College all-time rushing record holder at the ballroom at the Holiday Inn Downtown (not the Express) located at 22 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Mont. If you need reservations to spend the night, call 406-443-2200 (front desk).
RIGGINS — Timber VonLom, musician and part-time Riggins resident, left his guitar in the Riggins City Park a few weeks back; a Pollock fisherman found the guitar and took it to his home hoping to find its owner. Though I do not know the full details, Timber and the fisherman hooked up and Timber is once again strumming his beloved guitar. That’s life in a small community… just one more “good Samaritan” act to add to the many that happen here in our Salmon River Canyon.
Toys for Tots Program and our local Riggins Secret Santa Program have applications available at the Riggins City Hall and Riggins Elementary School. The Secret Santa “Giving Tree” will be located at Riggins Umpqua Bank trimmed with “boy/girl and ages” decorations this week for community members to select and help make Christmas bright for families here. Community members can choose a child’s tag, purchase gifts, and take them unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall by Dec. 16… Santa’s helpers will wrap and deliver gifts.
Several Salmon River High School annuals are now on DVD thanks to our own Rocke Wilson. He has completed the years 1948, part of 1950 and all of 1951-1982. He is now working on the next decades. The DVDs are being offered for a $5 donation plus $2.32 shipping with all proceeds going to the Riggins Ambulance Replacement Fund. Contact Rocke or Riggins City Hall to order your DVD.
Speaking of Rocke Wilson… he was selected by Riggins City Council as this month’s community volunteer. Rocke is a favorite volunteer for many community events at which he offers his service and his wonderful sense of humor. He helps others with historical tidbits of our Salmon River area including recording the historical pictures and memories of the Riggins and Salmon River Canyon as well as the high school annuals, and is a superstar as ambulance driver for the Riggins EMTs. “He is always ready to help and has helpful hints when helping get the job done… he is always more than willing to recognize others,” Curt Brimacomb.
Hattie Stinnet, longtime Riggins resident who passed away in October, made a generous donation to the Salmon River Public Library of which she was a true “Friend of the Library.” With that donation, books will be purchased and a plaque will be placed in the library in memory of Hattie.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Love those with diabetes and give a hand to families who have loved ones with diabetes. This disease takes lots of understanding, compassion, patience and love.
Food baskets will be located at the Riggins’ grocery stores and the Riggins City Hall for anyone to donate food for the Christmas baskets... all food needs to be donated by Dec. 16.
Riggins Assembly of God Church is hosting a yard sale Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, in Ola Hawkins house, two miles south of Riggins, with donations going to the Royal Ranger and Girls Ministries at Riggins Assembly of God Church.
Salmon River Community Church and Riggins Assembly of God Church will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Salmon River High School multi-purpose room Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. The churches will provide the main part of the meal as well as plates and table service. Those attending are asked to bring a covered side dish of vegetables, salad or dessert. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy visiting with friends and neighbors.