RIGGINS — Join in on the fun to light up Riggins with Christmas decorations and lights to delight and share joy with our local people as well as people traveling though Riggins, of which we have lots! The third annual “Light Up Riggins” sponsored by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce is soon to begin. Lights and/or decorations for participation in the Christmas lighting contest must be up no later than Dec. 15… they can, however, be put up earlier. The contest is for businesses and private homes as well. Judging will be done by a committee to be completed Sunday, Dec. 21, with the winners being announced Tuesday, Dec. 23. Contest rules state decorations must be placed outside or window lights must be seen from outside. Beginning this year, winners can only win once within a two-year period. The judging committee will consider these four categories: overall grand prize is $150, best theme is $100, most lights is $100, and most original is $100.
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.
Salmon River High School and Riggins Elementary School will hold an all-school Thanksgiving lunch Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in the SRHS multi-purpose room… parents are invited to join their children for lunch. Thanksgiving vacation for school kids and staff will be Nov. 26 and 27 with school starting again Monday, Dec. 1.
Celebration of Life for 6-year-old Erryan Mettie, sweet lovable friend of many here in Riggins, will be held this Friday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Donnelly Bible Church in Donnelly. Rachel Diaz is helping to coordinate the dinner following the service. If you are planning to attend from Riggins, bring a hot dish or a salad since they are expecting a large crowd to help honor Eyrran. If you have any questions about what to take, or want to send something with Rachel on Friday, call or text her at 301-4117.
The Pinehurst Quilters have made another beautiful quilt that they will raffle off to help Charity Eckwortzel with medical expenses. Charity was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago. She and her husband have made several trips to the Cancer Center for America in Chicago. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she is finally on the mend. The beautiful quilt is on display at Pine Tree Credit Union in Riggins. Tickets can be purchased there, one ticket/ $1 or six tickets/$5.
November is National Adoption Month. Adoption is one of the many ways in which a family is made who share love and family life together. Adopted children are “chosen children” who melt the hearts of their parents as if born of them.
Kudos to the Toys for Tots Program and our local Riggins Secret Santa Program who help make Christmas happy for our local kids and their families. There are applications available at the Riggins City Hall and Riggins Elementary School.
The Secret Santa “Giving Tree” is set up at the Riggins Umpqua Bank and is trimmed with “boy/girl and ages” decorations to help make Christmas bright for families here in the Salmon River Canyon. Community members can choose a tag, purchase gifts, and take them unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall by Dec. 16… Santa’s helpers will wrap and deliver gifts.
Food baskets are located be 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 Christmas Bazaar 2014 will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center located behind Crump’s Chevron. For those of you who would like to sell your “wares,” booths are $15 for one day, $25 for both days. Proceeds from booth rental will go to the 2014 Riggins Secret Santa program. Call Moe at 628-3671, Marlene at 628-3743, or Linda at 628-3780.
“Celebrate Christmas with Two Ladies Antiques and Vintage Collectibles” located adjacent to Idaho Banana Co. at the Confluence at 1120 South Main Street in Riggins Saturday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. They will be serving wine and finger foods throughout the evening as their gift to you from them.
Riggins Assembly of God Christmas Bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. Call Kathy Scheline at 630-4160 to reserve tables at $10 a table, and that money goes to our local Girls Ministries.
Unique Antlers will have its annual Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served all day. Guests are invited to browse through the store filled with wonderful creations handmade from antlers and soapstone by Shari and Wendy.
You are invited to the first annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Two Rivers Coffee on Main Street, 616 South Main, across the street from the Riggins Motel. There will be free cookies and hot drinks, caroling, and Santa himself. Kudos to Kate of Cattlemen’s Restaurant who donated strings of Christmas lights and many decorations for the Community Christmas Tree.
Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Riggins Assembly of God Church will present its Christmas program, “The Christmas Cross.” Twenty-two warming messages for Christmas!
Christmas Eve Service is Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. Contact Pastor Scheline at 630-4444 if you wish to participate in the program.
I have a correction to make about the latest donation to the Salmon River Library and Hattie Stinnett, longtime Riggins resident who passed away in October. Hattie’s niece, Betty G. Gillaspie, made the generous donation to the Salmon River Public Library in memory of and honoring Hattie because Hattie was a true “Friend of the Library.” With that donation a beautiful plaque has been placed in the library in memory of Hattie Stinnett and books will be purchased.
Dustin Rinker, son of Eric and Wendy Hook of Riggins, Carroll College senior and graduate of Salmon River High School, had a great last game of his college career. The Helena Independent Record reported: “The Saints certainly rushed the ball. Becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher several weeks ago, Rinker hit another milestone on Saturday. He eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark for his career on a 68-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. It was his fourth score of the day, and he finished with 170 yards on 17 carries. He’s run for 1,396 this season and 5,062 over his career. That puts him in ninth place all-time in the NAIA. He’s 133 yards from taking over eighth — and 676 away from the top spot.”