Riggins News: School out today for holidays

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” May you all have a wonderful, glorious Christmas with family and friends.

Today, Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Riggins Elementary students will have their Christmas parties with a visit from Santa, then will go Christmas caroling through town followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Be on the street to listen to their sweet voices bring on the Christmas spirit with their singing.

School will be dismissed for all Riggins students K-12 today, Wednesday, Dec. 21, for Christmas vacation, and will resume Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Teachers, however, will have an in-service Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will have its annual Christmas Eve service Saturday, Dec. 24, 6-6:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Riggins is sparkling with lights and fun Christmas displays! Thanks to everyone who helped light up our town for the fourth annual “Light Up Riggins” contest sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. Displays and/or lights will be judged today, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 23. Prizes: grand prize-$125, best theme-$100, and most lights-$100. See Marie at the Two Rivers Coffees for results after Friday the 23rd.

Dave Wilson, 64, brother, dad, granddad, friend of many, many people, and longtime resident of the Salmon River Canyon, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Dave was very active in the Salmon River Cowboys Association as well as other ranch related activities. He loved to hunt, ride herd on his cattle, and ride his horses. Dave was loved by many…his great smile and winning way will be missed here in our canyon and across Idaho. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

SueAnne Gruell, 78, wife, mother, dear friend, and 30-year resident of Riggins, died peacefully on Nov. 6, 2016. SueAnne and her late husband, Jack, moved to Riggins in 1983 and became involved in our community volunteering in many ways and serving in several local organizations. SueAnne has two daughters, Allison Strathearn of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Kimberly Strathearn of Caldwell. Memorials may made be made to the Riggins New Ambulance Fund c/o Riggins City Hall, PO Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549. Her complete obituary was printed in the Dec. 14 issue of the Idaho County Free Press.

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary, Riggins. Riggins celebrated 10 years of being its own school district, Salmon River Joint School District no. 243, as of November 2016. Riggins moved forward to achieve success in the deconsolidation from School District 241 as did Grangeville. The Salmon River Joint School District 243 has done well since its deconsolidation 10 years ago and expects to continue to succeed in the coming 10 years. Whether it is academic achievement…last year the district had the highest SAT scores in the state of Idaho…or success in sports…state football champions for two years in a row…the Salmon River Canyon community pulls together in support of its schools, Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School. See complete feature of the 10-year anniversary of the Riggins deconsolidation in Dec. 14 issue of the Idaho County Free Press.

People who routinely like to walk and find it difficult to be outside in the cold weather may go to Salmon River High School multi-purpose room to walk Monday-Thursday mornings between 8-9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited. Park in the parking lot, not at the building.

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

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