RIGGINS Charity (Gaston) Majors - Mrs. Boise Metro, daughter of Steve and Sue Gaston, former Riggins residents, was crowned Mrs. Idaho at the 2014 Mrs. Idaho Pageant in Boise Saturday, Oct. 18, with 39 ladies vying for the position. Charity will now go on to the Mrs. America Pageant and hopefully to the Mrs. World Pageant. Charity represents Camp Rainbow Gold, a children’s cancer camp. Her platform is “health and nutrition, and being beaYOUtiful - being yourself is beautiful.” Her husband, Chris, is a Boise firefighter and Charity owns Boise Fitness Factory. She is a health and fitness coach and a graduate of Albertson College. Boise’s Kaley Sparling, who won Mrs. Idaho America in 2013, is the reigning Mrs. World. There are many amazing women in Idaho and across America who do wonderful things in and for their communities.
Ola Hawkin, 94 years young and planning her first move in more than 50 years, was honored at a going away party Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Riggins Assembly of God Church. The biggest things she said she will miss are her roses and her flowers here in Riggins. More than 100 friends attended her going away party celebrating with gifts, cards and lots of love! We will all miss you, Ola!
Yoga in the Salmon River Canyon of Riggins is held at the Heritage Center behind the Chevron Station Mondays from 7:15-8:30, Level One, $3; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Multilevel, $3; Wednesday from 5:40-6:15 p.m., Guided Meditation, free; Wednesday from 4:05-4:25 p.m., Youth Yoga at the Elementary School, free; Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m., Ashtanga Flow, $5; and Sunday from 12:45-2 p.m., Level One, $3. Call 628-2793.
Help is needed from you! A current list of active military personnel that includes military members who are from the Salmon River area or are related to someone living in the area is being put together by the Salmon River Community Church. List name, rank and branch of military, current military address, birthday and contact person in the Salmon River area and take or send to Salmon River Community Church, P.O. Box 428, Riggins, ID 83549. Thank you for helping honor our local military men and women.
A memorial service for Cameron Shoemaker, 40 years young and a highly decorated 1st Sgt. in the U. S. Army, was held at the Salmon River Community Church Saturday, Oct. 18. Two of his brothers, Matt and Aaron, spoke as did Sgt. Paul Butler, best friend and Army buddy. Bruce Bovey delivered the memorial message; Pastor Jim Thibodeaux opened and closed with prayer. American Legion Post #130 along with military friends, Paul Butler, Jason Spickelmire and Joe Slichter did military honors and color guard. Two United States flags were presented to his parents, one to Skip and one to Cheryl. Paul “introduced us to” the man Cameron became after he joined the Army upon graduating from Salmon River High School in 1992. Cameron was a compassionate husband and dad loving his three sons and spending time with them. He was awarded many military medals during his 19-1/2 years of service including a Bronze Star, merit for outstanding volunteer, medal for top recruiting, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He befriended those less fortunate than he inviting them to his home for holidays or times they may have otherwise been alone, and he loved to cook for his family, for his Army buddies both here and in war zones when he was deployed. It was wonderful to hear about the man Cameron had grown to be after leaving Riggins.
Hattie Stinnett, 91, and longtime Riggins resident, died Friday, Oct. 17, at her home in Riggins with a wonderful caregiver by her side. Hattie will be well-remembered as the hardworking independent lady with the beautiful lawn and flowers as well as the Salmon River High School librarian for a few years in the 80s endearing her to many students during her time there. Hattie has family in Texas including her twin sister. At her request, there will be no service here in Riggins. “Friends of Hattie” plan to have a friends’ celebration at a later date. For complete obituary, go to the Obituary Page in the Idaho County Free Press this week.
The Salmon River Canyon lost a dear friend, loving father and grandparent, when Joseph Preston Wilson, 96, passed away at his home on Slippy Creek outside of White Bird Tuesday, Oct. 7, surrounded by his loving family. His family invites everyone who knew Joe to attend his celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. (PST)/2 p.m. (MST), Saturday, Nov. 1, at Hoot’s Café in White Bird followed by a dinner and music by the Old Time Fiddlers for dancing or listening. Joe’s compete obituary was in the Idaho County Free Press section of this paper last week.
Salmon River High School football had its second win of the 2014 season with its win over Garden Valley last weekend. They will play their last football game of the season this Friday, Oct. 24, with Tri-Valley at Cambridge at 7 p.m.
Salmon River Savages varsity volleyball won one round with New Meadows and lost one round with Garden Valley in district play. They will have played for consolation last night, Tuesday, Oct. 21, against Cascade.