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Riggins News: Savage footballers are state champs — again!


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow….” Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow; lots of fun times will be had at many a Grandmother’s house…especially mine! Be thankful for your family and times together with them; they are the most precious treasures we have.

Buck and I will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day this year! We are thankful for each other and for our kids and grand kiddos as well as our whole family and our many friends here and everywhere.

Congratulations to the Salmon River Savages “Sweet 16 Champs” for being the 2016 Class 1A District II State Football Champions! The Salmon River Savages beat the Kendrick Tigers 30-20 to claim its second straight Idaho Class 1A Division II State Championship in a row. The Salmon River Savages now have seven state football titles, having taken State Football Championships in 1999, 2007, ‘09, ‘12, ‘13, ‘15 and ‘16. Way to go savages! We are proud of you!

SRHS Lady Savages have won their first two basketball games with just eight girls on the team and are looking forward to their next game. Congrats, Lady Savages! Get a complete schedule of their basketball games at the SRHS office.

Our dear friend and longtime Salmon River resident Venice Medley died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. As to her wish, graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m., in the Riggins Cemetery. A fellowship time and dinner for family and friends followed the service at the Riggins Community Center. Venice worked in the Riggins Post Office for 35 years. She was Riggins clerk for 17 years; postmaster for 18 years before her retirement. It was stated that she delivered more presents to people here in Riggins than Santa Claus ever did! She will always be remembered as the lady with the sweet smile and a good word for everyone.

Bingo, sponsored by the Riggins Senior citizens, is next Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center for adults 18 and older. You win money when you “Bingo!” The other monies raised go to help the senior citizen group with their needs. See you there.

Children’s program on tap for Dec. 11

RIGGINS — The Riggins Assembly of God Church will present its annual Children’s Christmas Program, “Operation Christmas Box,” Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. This is based on an actual program called Operation Christmas Box in which people fill boxes with gifts for children overseas.

Now some upcoming Christmas events….

The annual Riggins Christmas Bazaar is this 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 in town at the Riggins’ businesses as well in addition to the vendors at the Community Center. Check it out; then get yourself through town to as many businesses as you can to be in line for the prize. The Grand Prize of more than $900 of gifts and gift certificates is well worth the effort! Join in on the fun. For information, contact Joni Shepherd or Jacki Campbell. See you there!

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 for just one more week as Nov. 30, is the last day to get tags. We encourage you to take a tag from the Giving Tree and help a family out this Christmas! Gifts may be taken unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall anytime; gift wrapping will be Tuesday December 20th at the Riggins Community Center, 9 a.m. until finished. Food boxes will be readied Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Food boxes and gifts will be distributed Wednesday, Dec. 21, noon-3 p.m. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with the Secret Santa program, send it to the Riggins City Hall. Call Michelle, 628-4020, with any questions.

The annual Riggins Christmas Tree Lighting and hayride will be Saturday, Dec. 3, with that special guest, Santa Claus. Everyone is invited to go Christmas caroling on the hayride, which will take a tour of Riggins to see the Christmas lights that are up, then back to the Two Rivers Coffee Shop for more group caroling, an ugly sweater contest, hot drinks, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. Jonny Wilson will be the emcee. Kern Construction is once again donating his lift truck to put up and take down the lights on the Riggins Christmas tree. There will also be a food donation box for our local food bank

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, with winner announced Friday, Dec. 23. Prizes: Grand Prize-$125, Best Theme-$100, and Most Lights-$100. You can only win once within a two-year period.

Come one, come all to the “Winter Ball” Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Riggins Community Center as a fund-raiser for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race in April. The Winter Ball is being sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, and Idaho Banana Co. All proceeds benefit the logistics of the Jet Boat Race and the fireworks. There will be a no-host cocktail hour and dinner of prime rib and devil’s shrimp beginning at 7:00; dancing with Joaquin, Verna, and Dave 8:30 p.m. until midnight; all this for $40 per person. Make your reservations today. Call 628-3322 or 628-3615 today to RSVP. Dance is open to public at 8:30. Cost $10 per person.

The Riggins Assembly of God Church will present its annual Children’s Christmas Program, “Operation Christmas Box,” Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. This is based on an actual program called Operation Christmas Box in which people fill boxes with gifts for children overseas.


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