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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— What a beautiful spectacular event watching the lunar eclipse Sunday Sept. 27! So glad we had a clear night so we could see it.

Salmon River Art Guild’s Annual Fall Regional Art Shop is this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Riggins Community Center, behind the Chevron station, former IOOF Hall. The art show will open at noon Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, for public enjoyment. Ward Hooper from Boise will be the judge this year. Art by regional artists will be accepted Friday, Oct. 2. Ribbons and monetary awards will be presented to the artists immediately following the judging Friday evening. For information about entering your art, contact the SRAG at:

Riggins native, Laina Walkington, 29, daughter of Kim and Terrie Helmich and a former first grader of mine, will take the stage this Saturday, Oct. 3, as Mrs. Coeur d’Alene competing for the title of Mrs. Idaho, which is for married women of Idaho who are at least 18 years of age and of good moral character. She encourages everyone to be better in every little way that they can be. “If we all do this collectively imagine the impact this would have!” The Mrs. Idaho America Pageant will be held this Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 Capital High School, 8055 W. Goddard Road in Boise. Tickets are $25 at the door. Laina is married to Quinn Walkington, a native of Sandpoint. They have two young girls, Payette, 4, and Gentry, 2. Laina works full time as a project administrator and also serves her community as a regular volunteer. This year she is serving as a judge chair for the Teen and Miss Northern Idaho Scholarship Program. She plans to continue serving on this board for years to come! Charity Majors, daughter of Steve and Sue Gaston formerly of Riggins, is the current Mrs. Idaho 2015 and will be handing off the “Mrs. Idaho” title for 2016. Good luck, Mrs. Coeur d’Alene!

The Pinehurst Quilters will offer an “Evening of Memories of Quilt Stories” at the Salmon River Heritage Center behind the Chevron Station next Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7-8 p.m. Helen Smith, Ruth Mahurin and Kathie Wright of Pinehurst Quilters will present a brief history of quilting. Quilts belonging to the families of Helen Smith and Ruth Mahurin dating from the 1800s to the 1940s are on display. Other ladies from the Pinehurst Quilters will also be available to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be available.

The Pinehurst Quilters also have a beautiful quilt display at the Riggins City Hall featuring some of the quilts, wall hangings, placemats, table runners, and other handmade items that will be available for sale at their annual quilt auction Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Riggins Community Center behind the Chevron Station. This is a great time to begin your shopping for your Christmas gifting… or for yourself.

Two Ladies Antiques located adjacent to the Banana Company, Inc. at 1116 South Main in Riggins is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a wine and beer tasting party next Friday, Oct. 9, from 6-8 p.m. Music will be ongoing throughout the evening. The public is invited to help them celebrate.

Salmon River Canyon people, make sure your house numbers are big and highly visible from the road, day and night. When the ambulance crew gets a call to go to someone’s home outside of Riggins, especially at night, they often have a hard time finding the house number. Time is critical in these emergency situations. There have been times when not finding the house number cost the EMTs time and compromised the patient.

The “Little Library” is a small refurbished refrigerator filled with books and the note, “take one, leave one.” One “Little Library” is perched on the sidewalk by the Idaho Banana Co. Orchard at 1116 South Main Street. Word has it that there are two others… have you seen them? I must get out and find them. There will be more info on this great idea next week.

Troy Branstetter had a traumatic head injury work-related accident Tuesday, Sept. 15, and is in St Al’s Hospital in Boise. His wife, Lynnette, Riggins Elementary first and second-grade teacher, stays by his side with other family members and friends visiting daily. Troy makes progress daily; however, has a long road to recovery. Lynnette would like to especially thank all the people of the Salmon River Valley and beyond for their wonderful support, prayers, visits, cards, phone calls, and e-mails that help her through the long hours.

Dave Catherman of North Carolina, brother of Dan Catherman of Riggins and son of Iva Catherman and the late Lynn Catherman formerly of Riggins area, had a traumatic head injury accident on his bicycle Monday, Sept. 14. His wife and sister are with him and others visiting as they are able. Dave has a long recovery with progress being made daily. His family wishes to thank all the people here in the Salmon River area and across America for their prayers, support, visits, cards, and phone calls that help each of them through this time.

Dena Holland, daughter of Vanna and the late Jerry Holland of Riggins… a former first grader of mine and a graduate of SRHS, is a 2015 finalist for the America Prize in Art Song and a semifinalist in opera with her mezzo soprano voice. Dena will be featured in three fall recitals: Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Haddock Recital Hall at the Lionel Hampton of Music at the University of Idaho in Moscow; Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., McCall Community Congregational UCC in McCall; and Sunday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Ester Simplot Performing Arts Center, Philharmonic Room in Boise.

There will be four fall Historical Lecture Series presented by Nez Perce County Historical Society Thursdays at 7 p.m. (PDT) at the Sacajawea Hall, LCSC Campus, Room 115, Lewiston, with free admission. Schedule is Oct. 8, “Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River,” with John Bradbury; Oct. 15, “My Lewiston Scrapbook - Pastings from Our Shared Past,” with Steven Branting; Oct. 22, “The Wreck of the Imnaha and Mining at Eureka Bar,” with Carole Simon-Smolinski; and Oct. 29, “Kirtland Cutter, a Genius of Design and Rare Architectural Force,” with Garry Bush.


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