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Riggins News: Carlsons get early Christmas present: twins Quinlee and Carter



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” By Leo Buscaglio. Tis the season for giving of these to everyone we meet.

“Elflandia,” presented by the Riggins Elementary Student body will be performed next Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., in the Salmon River High School Multi-Purpose Room. Join in a fun-filled evening of entertainment. There will be a small 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.

Susan Hollenbeak, Salmon River Public Librarian, will be reading Christmas stories to the Riggins Elementary students Monday, Dec. 19, this year. Mrs. Fitch will read to them another time in the New Year.

Kudos to Susan Hollenbeak, Salmon River Public Librarian and Deputy City Clerk, for 10 wonderful years of service to the City of Riggins! From the smallest project to the largest undertaking…thanks for all you do. Susan attended the Early Years 2016 Conference in Boise in November and made some great contacts to help with early development; she plans to work with our Riggins preschool. Susan visited the Riggins preschool Nov. 29, at which she presented each child with a copy of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” which were donated by the Idaho Commission for libraries.

Christmas came a little early for the Carlsons this year! Quinlee and Carter arrived at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2016. Cody and Ashlyn Carlson are the proud parents of these beautiful twin girls; Guy and Cindy Carlson are the proud grandparents; Mick and Gail Carlson and Jerry and Geneva Kooyers are the proud great-grandparents…great- grandmother Gail is a twin. Double happiness for everyone. Mom and babies are doing well, though the twins are still in NICU; will be there until they each reach five pounds. Double congratulations to all of you!

Longtime Salmon River resident, loving husband and dad and granddad, and friend of many, Pat Marek, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family. They would like to extend their gratitude to friends and family for sharing prayers, condolences, hugs, cards, food, and their time. The family is thankful to live in such a wonderful community; “Thank you and may you be richly blesses for your generosity and kindness.” Graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the White Bird Cemetery. A family dinner followed at the home of their daughter Dee Fredrickson.

Lighting contest is on

RIGGINS — 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 tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 15. Judging will be Wednesday, Dec. 21. Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 23. Prizes: Grand Prize-$125, Best Theme-$100, and Most Lights-$100. Winners can only win once within a two-year period, but winners may still put up a display for all to enjoy!

The first annual Winter Ball fundraiser for the Jet Boat Races was fantastically over-the-top wonderful! The Riggins Community Center was transformed into a beautiful ballroom by creator Mary Lou Hirst of the Idaho Banana Co. The decor was black and white umbrellas covering the ceiling lights with black and white fabric swags flowing from each to the center umbrella. Red bows highlighted the corners of the black and white stripped window coverings; black silhouettes with red beads and head bands for the ladies and red boutonnieres for the men set off the stage area. The tables each featured three-foot high glass vases with a red and green fresh flower bouquet and formal table setting with a lamp and candles. The napkins holders were jet boat cookie cutters! It was magical. Glenna McClure of Salmon River Catering prepared prime rib, deviled shrimp, vegetables, baked potatoes and salads. It was delicious! Rhonda baked and decorated delicious cupcakes in a racing theme. John Belton of Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon and his crew set up a bar that was open all evening. Buck Fitch auctioned off four Frank Mignerey photographs as well as the 10 bouquets of fresh flowers. All monies raised go to help fund the 2017 Jet Boat Race. The band of Joaquin, Dave and Verna played great music while we danced the night away. It was truly a night to remember!

Exercise in the cold weather? People who routinely like to walk and find it difficult to be outside in the cold weather, have another option. “Walkers” may go to Salmon River High School Multi-purpose Room Monday-Thursday mornings between 8 -9:30 a.m., and take a walk inside. Everyone is invited; those with canes or walkers are welcome as well. 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.

Jet Boat Winter Ball deemed a success

RIGGINS — The first Winter Ball fundraiser for the Jet Boat Races was fantastically over-the-top wonderful! The Riggins Community Center was transformed into a beautiful ballroom by creator Mary Lou Hirst of the Idaho Banana Co. The decor was black and white umbrellas covering the ceiling lights with black and white fabric swags flowing from each to the center umbrella. Red bows highlighted the corners of the black and white stripped window coverings; black silhouettes with red beads and head bands for the ladies and red boutonnieres for the men set off the stage area. The tables each featured three-foot high glass vases with a red and green fresh flower bouquet and formal table setting with a lamp and candles. The napkins holders were jet boat cookie cutters! It was magical. Glenna McClure of Salmon River Catering prepared prime rib, deviled shrimp, vegetables, baked potatoes and salads. It was delicious! Rhonda baked and decorated delicious cupcakes in a racing theme. John Belton of Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon and his crew set up a bar that was open all evening. Buck Fitch auctioned off four Frank Mignerey photographs as well as the 10 bouquets of fresh flowers. All monies raised go to help fund the 2017 Jet Boat Race. The band of Joaquin, Dave and Verna played great music while we danced the night away. It was truly a night to remember!

“Jayden’s Gems Medical Relief Fund” has been set up for 4-year old Jayden Verbeck of Riggins who lost three fingers in an accident Thanksgiving Eve. Jayden is home, has returned to Portland for medical attention, and will have to travel back and forth to Portland for further medical needs. She seems to be doing okay at this time. Donations are being accepted at www.gofundme.com/jaydensgems or to the Verbeck family at Pine Tree Community. Thank you in advance for your donations, sharing, and most of all your love and prayers to the Spickelmire-Verbeck family.

For your information: A friend of mine in Wyoming nearly lost his life three weeks ago to a house fire started by his Samsung phone that was charging. He awoke to a smoke-filled house with flames in the walls and the ceiling. He, thankfully, was able to finally crawl out a window, drive his pickup to his mother’s house 8-10 miles away, and call 911 for help. He lost everything. I am printing this in my news to let others know to be aware of the dangers of the Samsung cell phones while being charged…maybe of other brands of cell phones that I am not aware.



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