Riggins News: Hot Summer Nights on tap for July 22-23; class reunions scheduled

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My sweet 16 quote for the week is “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you.” I hope YOU have a friend like that!

“On your Mark, Get Set, READ 2016” at the Salmon River Public Library’s Summer Library Reading Program! Children 1- 8 years old are invited to attend the last two sessions, Tuesday, July 19 and 26, 1 p.m. Miss Susan reads stories, does crafts, has treats, and gives books to the kiddos who attend.

Hot Summer Nights, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, will be Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, in the Riggins City Park. The park will be filled with fun and games including a Happy Dog Waterslide, sno-cones, face painting, a food booth, and a beer garden, as well as photo ops with eight stand-up characters and the Famous Talent Show, Cool Car Show, and the Fabulous Chancellars band along with visiting and enjoying music from 4 p.m., until closing time. Cost is $5 per person; children 10 and younger get in free; no pets and no coolers. Kudos to the four main band sponsors: Gem Stop, Riggins Whitewater Market, Hayden and Coors Beer Distributors for helping make 2016 Hot Summer Nights sizzle.

Friday, July 23, features music by Dub and Dave from 4-6:30 p.m., followed by our own Susie O’Leary and the ASK Kids singing the national anthem at 6:45 p.m. The Famous Hot Summer Nights Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m., with $1,500 in cash prizes for first, second and third in each of the three divisions: youth, adult, and theme which is ’50s, ’60s, ’70s. The Famous Canyon Camillions and Friends will be performing right after the youth division with their hot hits.

Saturday, July 24, spotlights the Cool Car Show from 4-8 p.m; DJ Scribbles will be spinning tunes from noon to 4 p.m, while the Cool Cars roll into the park. Dub and Dave will be playing oldies once again from 4- 6:30 p.m. Joaquin, Verna, and Dave will entertain you with their great music from yesteryear from 7- 9 p.m., when the Fabulous Chancellors take the stage for more listening and dancing to close the 2016 Hot Summer Nights.

To enter the Famous Talent Show, contact Tracey Bird or Linnaea Hinton at Main Street Hair, 628-3350, by Thursday, July 21. Show is limited to 30 total acts, so call now.

VBS to be held July 18-22

RIGGINS — VBS, vacation Bible school, at the Salmon River Community Church, will be held Monday-Friday July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon, daily, for ages 3-12 for local kids as well as visiting cousins and friends. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. The parent program will be held Friday, July 22, 11 a.m. There will be a “Penny Parade” daily…have your kiddos bring all their pennies. The Texas Team and our own Salmon River Community Church youth group will be here to lead the activities of the week with a barnyard theme…there will be some crazy dress-up days as well as some great new songs and much more…see you there.

Volunteers are still needed to work at the ticket booths for Hot Summer Nights. Contact Shari Medley at 628-4063 to let her know which shift you will take. Thank you in advance for wanting to help make the 2016 Hot Summer Nights a Success.

The SRHS class of ‘66 is going to have its 50-year-reunion during Hot Summer Nights weekend, July 22 and 23. June Whitten is the contact person.

The ’80s Decade SRHS Reunion will be held July 22 and 23 during Hot Summer Nights in Riggins. Contacts are Necia Clark, Tonya Grush and Lynn Cook. Best way to make contact is via Facebook.

Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop, 103 ½ N. Main Street in Riggins, invites you to its 4th year in business Saturday, July 23. Buzz On Coffee Truck with “coffee on the go” will be in their parking lot. Rocke and Claudia Wilson along with his cousin Kay Coffman will join Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop on the porch 2 - 4 p.m., for a book signing of, “My Heaven In Hells Canyon.” John Sangster from Grangeville will also be signing and promoting his published works. All books will be available; the authors are excited to meet you and answer any questions. There will be in-store specials; also spend $50 and get entered to win a $50 gift certificate; Spend $25 and get entered to win a $25 gift certificate.

ASK, After School Kids, annual trip to Silverwood will be Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4 and 5. If you would like to join in and purchase discount tickets for the same days, contact Rhonda at 209-315-1117 as soon as possible…leave a message; she will get back with you.

The Salmon River Senior Citizens held its second Bingo Night at Riggins Community Center for ages 18 and above to raise funds for the Salmon River Transit Bus, which can even be used by those who are not senior citizens. It is a 50/50 cash winning deal. The third Bingo night will be held in early August; plan to attend the fun.

Our dear friend, Steve Woodley, died at his home Sunday, June 26, 2016. Steve was an avid fisherman; he loved to be down by the river at one of his many favorite “no-tellum” fishing spots. He was generous with the fish he caught; he gave most of them to friends. Steve attended Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School graduating in 1982. Steve was my 7-year-old neighbor boy when we first moved to Riggins, then I was his second grade teacher; both made us friends and “family” for life. Services date and time will be announced soon. Steve was the son of the late Tom Woodley and Katie Woodley Knight and stepson of John Knight. He is survived by his sister, Debbie and LeRoy Shaw, his two nephews and niece, Chad, Ryan, and Jodi and their spouses, and eight great nieces and nephews as well as his many friends.

Two members of the Salmon River Dive Team participated in the Swiftwater Rescue Training program in May on the Little Salmon River provided by Swiftwater Safety Institute who specializes in world-class swiftwater rescue training. The three-day course focused on wilderness-based rescues with limited rescue resources, personnel, and communication. Self rescue, hazard avoidance, and recognition are key components in the course. They teach technical rope systems, then systematically remove hardware to increase the demand on the student to problem solve with limited gear and resources.

Riggins pays for ICSO help

RIGGINS — The City of Riggins monthly newsletter shared: “There seems to be a misconception that the City of Riggins has done away with the contract with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department. The City of Riggins has maintained a contract with the sheriff’s department continually since 1986. The current contract specifies that the City of Riggins pays the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office $15,000 per year for ‘law enforcement protection to the citizens of Riggins.’”

The City of Riggins monthly newsletter shared: “There seems to be a misconception that the City of Riggins has done away with the contract with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department. The City of Riggins has maintained a contract with the sheriff’s department continually since 1986. The current contract specifies that the City of Riggins pays the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office $15,000 per year for ‘law enforcement protection to the citizens of Riggins.’”

Ken Steinman from Missoula, Mont., will be at the Riggins Pine Tree Community Credit Union to take your family portraits on Monday, July 25, 3-8 p.m.. Each family will receive one free 8x10 portrait; additional portraits will be available for purchase. Call Pine Tree to schedule an appointment today. Riggins Pine Tree Community Credit Union will celebrate its 60th Anniversary and BBQ Member Appreciation Day Friday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be serving hot dogs, chips, soda, cake, and more…and enter for your chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

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