RIGGINS My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart, so be careful with your words.” November is the month to think about being thankful…let’s think on those positive things.
Congratulations to Salmon River High School senior volleyball players, Maddy Tucker and Sarah Laritz, who were chosen to play on the Senior All Star Volleyball Team. They played in the District 3 Senior All Star game Monday, Nov. 7, in Parma. Way to go Maddy and Sarah!
The Salmon River Savages will play Kendrick Tigers for the 1A District II Football Championship Saturday, Nov. 19, at Middleton High School at 1 p.m. Go Savages!
The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner open to everyone will be held this Sunday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at the Salmon River High School multi-purpose room. The local churches will furnish turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy, beverages, plates, and silverware; Guests are asked to fill in with a side dish, salad, or dessert. Looking forward to seeing you there.
It’s almost time for the annual Riggins Christmas bazaar! The bazaar will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Gem Chevron Station. During the Christmas bazaar hours, there will be a scavenger hunt at the Riggins’ businesses as well as with vendors at the community center. The grand prize is going to be worth the effort! Join in on the fun! More details to follow next week. For information, contact Joni Shepherd or Jacki Campbell.
The National Capitol Christmas Tree passed through Riggins making a bonus non-scheduled stop for Riggins Elementary students as well as others to sign the poster on the tree truck. It was an impressive looking entourage…two patrol cars, a sheriff’s car, the Christmas Tree Truck followed by the Idaho Potato Truck! They stopped at Skookumchuck just a few miles from White Bird to have a baked potato lunch provided by the White Bird Rebekah ladies, then on to Grangeville for a scheduled program. What a treat to have the tree come from Idaho again so soon; the last Capitol Christmas Tree from Idaho was in 2003 when its hourlong scheduled stop was in Riggins…we had a planned program where we sang Christmas songs, the mayor gave a talk, the elementary kiddos each made an ornament for the tree, we signed the poster, had cookies, and sent cookies with the team to eat along the way. What a treasure to get to experience this twice in 13 years!
Veterans Day news:
The Salmon River High and Junior High School students hosted the 2016 Veterans Day Program for our local Salmon River veterans. Matthew Evans, student body president, and Lee Joyce, senior class president, did an outstanding job emceeing the program. David Cook, Air Force veteran, gave an amazing talk to the students challenging them to give their best effort and pride in all they do. Matthew gave a talk speaking about the origin of Veterans Day and the changes of that to today including all veterans. The honored veterans were given letters of appreciation from and written by the students. Thank you, veterans for your service to America. I was very impressed with the respect and honor our students from kindergarten to seniors in high school gave to the speakers, and the veterans. They were quiet and attentive throughout the 45-minute program. Thank you, Riggins students!
Quilts of Valor made by the Pinehurst Quilters to honor our local Salmon River veterans at the 2016 Veterans Day Program hosted by Salmon River High School were presented to Joel Chambliss, Darwin Clarke, John Belton, Kenn Brown, Matthew Smith, and Esther Matthews, all of Riggins, and Eddy Carlin and his daughter Toni Carlin/Robinson, both of White Bird. Thank you to all of you for your service to America.
Salmon River Food Pantry and Riggins Whitewater Market presents, “Give Change to Make a Change.” Donations are accepted by cashiers at the Riggins Whitewater Market; customers can tell the cashier to keep the change or donate any amount the customer wants. Donate money today to help someone in need tomorrow; 100 percent of all monies collected will be used to purchase food items only, which will help families and senior citizens in and around the Riggins area all year long.
The Riggins Christmas Giving Tree is at Umpqua Bank until Nov. 30. For details call Michelle at 628-4020.
The annual Riggins Christmas Tree Lighting and hayride will be Saturday, Dec. 3. Tree lighting is at 7 p.m.
The fourth annual “Light Up Riggins” contest, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce whose contest mission statement is to bring the community of Riggins together in Community Spirit and Light. 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 Thursday, Dec. 15 …earlier is great. Judging will be Wednesday, Dec. 21. The winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 23. Prizes: grand prize-$125, best theme-$100, and most lights-$100. Winner can only win once within a two-year period.
“Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh….” Though there will be no horse nor sleigh, there is the “Winter Ball” Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Riggins Community Center, as a fund-raiser for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race. This event is $40 per person to help raise needed funds for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race in April; all proceeds benefit the fireworks and logistics. Reservations are required and space is limited. Call 628-3322 or 628-3615 today to RSVP. The dance is open to the public at 8:30 p.m. for $10 per person.
The Riggins Assembly of God Church will present its annual Children’s Christmas Program, “Operation Christmas Box,” Sunday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. This is based on an actual program called Operation Christmas Box in which people fill boxes with gifts for children overseas. It’s a program through Samaritan’s Purse, a Franklin Graham endeavor.