RIGGINS NEWS: RES fifth graders collecting pop tabs

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “The greatest gift is not found in a store, but in the heart of a true friend.” This is so true!

Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop - Riggins, is sponsoring a fund-raiser for Areona’s Angels Fund-raising Campaign selling handmade conversation hearts made of reclaimed wood for $3 each which will be available this week during its winter hours, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. All monies raised will go to Areona’s Angels Fund-raising Campaign. Get on down to the Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop to buy your “wooden heart” and help Areona.

Riggins Elementary fifth graders and their teacher, Mrs. Travis, are collecting aluminum pop tops to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House in Boise where 10-year-old Areona Hibbard is staying during her treatments. Drop off all pop tabs at Riggins Elementary School in care of the fifth grade. The fifth graders thought it would be really cool if we, as a loving community, could collect lots of tabs to help Areona and many others in need at the Ronald McDonald House.

Volunteer Fireman’s Ball and Auction will be held next Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. (PT) at Hoot’s Café… $5 raffle/entry fee per person. This event is hosted by Salmon River Rural, Riggins, White Bird and Grangeville Volunteer Fire departments who are all working together with the White Bird Chamber of Commerce. Live music of Dave Dixon and Joaquin and Verna Lowe Band will be playing between the live and silent auctions. Hoot’s Café will be serving a special Valentines dinner of baby back ribs, prime, New York steak (dinner charge separate) starting at 5 p.m. Rebekah sweetheart basket drawing will be held at Hoot’s Valentine dinner.

McCall’s always popular annual Winter Carnival began last Friday, Jan. 29, and runs through this Saturday, Feb. 6, with this year’s carnival theme, “Beyond Tomorrow.” To see a complete daily schedule of the Winter Carnival go to Event Guide: 2016 McCall Winter Carnival.

Adult coloring session is Monday

RIGGINS — Salmon River Library is having its second coloring evening on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the library. Adults only are invited to join in the fun and creativity. Bring your own coloring books or find something at the library to color.

WWB, Women With Bait, started Friday, Feb. 5, and ends Saturday, March 12… there are a few spots available. WWB hoodies are available at Blevins for early purchase. Go girls! Fish on!

Get ready for the 2016 Salmon River Jet Boat Races to be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 15, 16 and 17. There will be a Monte Carlo Night at Summerville’s Saturday, March 12, to help raise funds for the jet boat races. Information will be forthcoming.

Glenda D. Stout Koch, 64, of Meridian, and daughter of Chick and Jane Stout who grew up in Riggins and graduated from SRHS, lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer at home on Thursday, Jan. 21. Her loving husband, Ken, was at her side. At Glenda’s request, the family suggests donations in her name to MSTI-Meridian – 520 S. Eagle Road, Meridian ID 83642. A celebration of her life was held Monday, Jan. 25, with burial following at the Kuna Cemetery. Glenda had love of order and organization prevailed everything. She always had things done early and would go out of her way to make life easier — if not better — for the rest of us. True to that nature, when she found out that her time here on earth was running out, she immediately went into planning mode — to make life a little easier for those of us left behind. She wrote a beautiful story of her life. Go to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=177401191 to read her wonderful story and her complete obituary.

Charlie Amell, 68, died Jan.20. Charlie was a longtime resident of Riggins. He started working with the City of Riggins in the ’70s off and on with the CETA crew before starting his city career in the early ‘80s. He was a dedicated city guy, and worked on the ambulance as an advanced EMT for many years. He was a great guy, really quiet, so not many knew him well. Charlie will be missed by his family, friends and the whole Riggins community. As per his request, there will be no services.

Lynnette Branstetter would like thank everyone once again for love, prayers, and support for Troy and for her family. A special thanks goes to those who helped her and Troy at the basketball game including our Riggins EMS crew and those supporting our kids. Troy has had a minor setback cognitively with some orientation confusion and short-term memory loss. Doctor says this is normal for several days. He is scheduled to have more surgery soon. Once again our wonderful community steps up to help friends and keeps our “familyness” going strong.

Branstetter thanks community

RIGGINS — Lynnette Branstetter would like thank everyone once again for love, prayers, and support for Troy and for her family. A special thanks goes to those who helped her and Troy at the basketball game including our Riggins EMS crew and those supporting our kids. Troy has had a minor setback cognitively with some orientation confusion and short-term memory loss. Doctor says this is normal for several days. He is scheduled to have more surgery soon. Once again our wonderful community steps up to help friends and keeps our “familyness” going strong.

Dave Catherman had two milestones this week… he fed himself an entire meal with minimal help and he walked during therapy with a four-legged walker with minimal help from two therapists. Everyone there was very happy with his progress. He is smiling now when someone jokes with him, is much more aware of his surroundings, and is paying attention to other patients. His family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, love, cards, e-mails, and Facebook notes.

Cards and letters are always uplifting to those going through tough times. Send cards to 1) LaDeene Bedard, 13320 E. Mission Ave, Apt 302, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, 2) Ballard House, Ray and Kay Payton, Rm. 108, 21421 Cinco Park Road, Katy, TX 77450… Phone #817-525-5172, and 3) St Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Areona Hibbard, pediatrics room 4634, 190 East Bannock Street, Boise, ID 83702. Though I do not have addresses for Troy Branstetter and Dave Catherman, cards, e-mails, Facebook notes would be great for them as well. Thank you for helping to brighten their days.

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