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Riggins News: Graduation set for this Friday night



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My Sweet 16 quote of the week is actually the quote of the SRHS Class of 2016, “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Salmon River Graduation for the class of 2016, Morgan Bieren, Hannah Cornforth, Alex Diaz, Beau’D Hopkins, Ethan Mead, Diah Saputia Galland, Victor Schmidt, Ryan Simonson, and Rylie Travis, will take place this Friday May 27, at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Salmon River High School gymnasium. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend this graduation and celebration as well as the reception to follow in the multipurpose room.

Salmon River PTO awards night is tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 26, at the Salmon River High School multi-purpose room beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards begin at 7 p.m. School awards will be handed out as well as senior scholarships. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a salad or a casserole if you have not been assigned anything.

The family of Ace Barton would like to thank all of those who contributed towards the Ace Barton Memorial Bench for Riggins. “We deeply appreciate the help to honor Ace who did so much for his beloved community and for the people in it. Also, a thank you to the City of Riggins, Riggins Chamber of Commerce and Post No. 130 American Legion. The bench was placed at the Riggins cemetery to honor Ace’s life and is descriptive with the Snake, Salmon and Imnaha rivers where he lived his life. It also shows his career with the Forest Service, WWII service, American Legion service as well as serving as the mayor of Riggins. The front of the bench features the 7 Devils as drawn by Bob Boyce who worked on Dry Diggins Lookout with his wife, Jean, in the 1960s. The silhouette of Ace and his mule, old Tom, was drawn by Nancy Dreher for Ace’s retirement party in the early 80s. The photo was taken by Frank Mignerey after Ace’s time as mayor. Thanks to the Boise Monument company and their artists who brought all of our visions together onto a piece of Minnesota granite. Please stop by and see it as it represents a full and well-lived life, dedicated service to community and neighbor, and as Dad always put it, the cemetery needs “a place for people to sit and reflect.”

Big Water Blowout is June 4

RIGGINS — Big Water Blow Out is coming Saturday, June 4! Our participating outfitters will be offering discounted raft trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from their offices, meeting sites, etc. Currently the only outfitter who has let us know they are participating is Northwest River Adventures …more info next week. The park will open at 2 p.m. for the event with the Beer Eddy, music, and associated organizations, BLM, FS, etc., having information booths and associates talking to people. At 4 p.m. the Dutch oven preparations, cooking begins. Live music with the band, Hotter Water AKA Whiskey Snowcone, begins at 6 p.m. Judging of the Dutch oven foods begins at 7 p.m. with awards and eating the cooked food following. Dancing and fun will last until 10 p.m. when the park closes. See you there!

Memorial Day Service will be held Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. (MST) in the Riggins Cemetery with Pastor Cliff Scheline as speaker. The American Legion No. 130 will present the colors and give a 21-gun salute as well as play Taps. The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier. The Ace Barton Memorial Bench is there for all to see and have “a place for people to sit and reflect,” as Ace said. After the Riggins Service, the American Legion will travel to White Bird for its Service at 11 a.m. (PST), and then a stop at the John Day Cemetery on their way home for its last ceremony of the day. The public is invited to any or all services. Make it a date to be there to help honor our military men and women who gave so much. Memorial Day is also a day we remember our loved ones who have gone on before.

Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day yard sale Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28. If you have something you would like to donate, just drop it off at the church under the covered ramp area in the back. No clothing, please. Thank you for your donations ahead of time.

Idaho Banana Co., Two Ladies Antiques and The Confluence will hold its annual Memorial Day Flea Market and yard sale Friday-Monday, May 27-30, in their orchard adjacent to their store, 1120 S. Main in Riggins. You are invited to call 628-3615 to reserve a space for you to sell your “goods.”

Rocke Wilson’s father, Jim Wilson, was the oldest of eight children raised at Saddle Creek, which is on the Oregon side of the Snake River in Hells Canyon. His sister, Violet Wilson Shirley, wrote her autobiography, which is now published. My Heaven in Hells Canyon is her life story, living in the canyon among all its dangers and beauty. Rocke’s cousin, Kay Coffman, along with Claudia Wilson put Violet’s book together and is now for sale at Whitewater Market, Riggins Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop, Two Rivers Coffee, Kate’s Cattlemen’s Restaurant, Idaho Banana Co. and River Rock Café, all in Riggins.

The family of Eileen Pottenger would like to express their deep gratitude to all friends for their support, their words of encouragement, prayers, cards and visits. They would like to send a special thank you to Patty Solberg and all the ladies who helped with the funeral dinner. Nothing like a loving community like ours to gather around and comfort and serve others.

Roy and Gayle Travis would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to those who helped raise funds for her medical expenses. The Transplant Center is in Salt Lake City; they will need to be there several months. Even greater for them is the compassion shown to them by everyone …some they have not even met! They send special thanks to the Pine Tree Credit Union for displaying the metal coat rack and to Tom and Tracie Travis who made it, to Summerville’s, and to Heidi Meade as well as to each who generously contributed. Once again our Salmon River community lovingly takes care of its own.

Paula Tucker’s volleyball camp will be held June 6-8 at Salmon River High School. Grades one through four will meet from 9-10 a.m. for $10. Grades five through eight will meet 9 a.m. to noon for $20. High school is 5-7:30 p.m. for $20.

Paula’s basketball camp will be held June 13-16 at SRHS. Grades K through second will meet from 9-10 a.m. for $10. Grades three through eight will meet from 9 a.m. to noon for $20. High school will meet from 5-7:30 p.m. for $20.



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