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Riggins News: Walkers invited to set pace indoor at SRHS


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My Sweet 16 quote for this week is about Pearl Harbor which happened 75 years ago today. “Just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just over two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.” And, as they say, the rest is history … history that we should know, or learn, if we do not know. Our military men and women have sacrificed lives and health to keep America free then and through all these years… and are still serving our country to keep America the home of the brave and the land of the free. Thank you, military men and women and families.

Bingo, sponsored by the Riggins Senior citizens, is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center for adults 18 and older. You win money when you “Bingo!” The other monies raised go to help the senior citizen group with their needs. There are goodies to munch on while you play.

Fund set up for Verbeck

RIGGINS -- “Jayden’s Gems Medical Relief Fund” has been set up for 4-year old Jayden Verbeck of Riggins. Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, the Spickelmire-Verbeck family spent the day processing this year’s deer harvest. Jayden, always the helper, was grinding hamburger right by Mom and Dad’s side. As the family was about to finish the last of the hamburger, Jayden accidently used her right hand to push the meat in rather than the stick she had been using for the past 45 minutes. Her mother, Jessi, immediately pulled Jayden’s hand out of the grinder.

Unfortunately, Jayden did lose three fingers to the first joint with her thumb and pinkie still intact. Jayden was life-flighted to Portland, Ore., for immediate surgery. The family will have to travel to Oregon several times tending to Jayden’s wounds and recovery.

Jayden’s spirits are high with big brother, Jaxon, right by her side. Mom and Dad are hanging in there, but have a lot of unanswered questions. The family does have insurance but are uncertain what expenses will be covered. Regardless, time off work and travel for treatment will add up, so the fund has been set up for therm. Donations are being accepted to the Spickelmire-Verbeck Salmon River Canyon family on Twitter or Facebook. You can also be a Gem by sharing Jayden’s Gems Medical Relief Fund on your Facebook and/or Twitter account. If you are not a computer person, you may donate to them by contacting Michelle Simpson, coordinator of the fund-raiser. 100 percent of all monies collected will be deposited into the Spickelmire-Verbeck’s personal checking account. Thank you in advance for your donations, sharing, and most of all your love and prayers to the Spickelmire-Verbeck family.

The Riggins Assembly of God Church will present its annual Children’s Christmas Program, “Operation Christmas Box,” this Sunday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.. This is based on an actual program called Operation Christmas Box in which people fill boxes with gifts for children.

People who routinely like to walk and find it difficult to be outside in the cold weather, now have another option. Walkers may go to Salmon River High School’s multi-purpose Room Mondays-Thursdays between 8-9:30 a.m. to take a walk inside. Everyone is invited; those with canes or walkers are welcome as well. Principal Dennis Fredrickson, who okayed the program, asks that you park in the parking lot, not at the building. If you need to drop someone off at the building, great…then park in the school lot.

The Salmon River Junior High students, under direction of art teacher, Miss Hale, presented a fantastic and unique live exhibit, “Famous Artists In Time.” Each of the 21 students researched his/her artist, dressed in costume of the artist, and were ready to talk to visitors about accomplishments of the artist…some artists who were posing as wax exhibits did not talk. Congratulations on a job well done!

The “Winter Ball” has finally arrived…it is this Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Riggins Community Center. Don your Christmas bling, or anything…and come dine and dance the night away. There will be a no-host cocktail hour and dinner of prime rib and devil’s shrimp beginning at 7 p.m.; dancing with Joaquin, Verna, and Dave 8:30 p.m., until midnight. All this for $40 per person. Make your reservations today. This is a fund-raiser for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race in April 2017, and is being sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon and Idaho Banana Co. All proceeds benefit the logistics of the jet boat race and the fireworks. Call 628-3322 or 628-3615 today to RSVP. Dance is open to public at 8:30 p.m. for $10 per person.

A note from one of our local volunteers, who is also the mayor of Riggins, about the volunteers and organizers of all events for Riggins: “Living in a small town, we volunteer our time and money to keep our events going. The events bring in tourists and locals to continue support for the local businesses. The event advertisers spend a lot of money to keep Riggins as a destination town. As coordinator for the Salmon River Jet Boat Races, we are always looking to raise money for the event of 32 years. The races are a non-ticketed event, so the sponsorships like the “Monte Carlo” and all the other fund-raisers are what keep this race going. The fireworks display is another part of the entertainment with the Jet Boat Races. The winter ball is another fund-raiser idea to allow the public to donate and help with the fireworks by buying a dinner/dance ticket and enjoy the evening. All proceeds will go to the Salmon River Jet Boat Fund. So, let’s have fun and keep our jet boat races alive.”

The fourth Annual “Light Up Riggins” Contest sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce is under way! The contest is for outside displays and lights or inside window displays or lights, which must be seen from outside. Lights must be up no later than Thursday, Dec. 15 . Judging will be Wednesday, Dec. 21. Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 23.

Mrs. Fitch will be reading Christmas stories as her Christmas gift to the students which has become an annual tradition for her and the students.

“Elflandia,” presented by the Riggins Elementary student body will be performed Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the SRHS. multi-purpose Room. Join in a fun-filled evening of entertainment. There will be a short intermission; then the After School Kids Program will present their music students. Parents, have your students at the multi-purpose room by 7:15 p.m.


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