RIGGINS My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “Remember, laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you cannot change. Life is too short to be anything but happy.”
Congratulations to Ethan Shepherd of Riggins who was the big winner of the “more than $1,000” in gifts and gift certificates sponsored by the Christmas bazaar with 18 local businesses and 27 Christmas bazaar vendors filling the prize basket. What a great way to encourage others involved on our local event! Kudos to the event planners, vendors, and shoppers. It was another successful event.
Our dear sweet Olive Bergin, age 91, died Nov. 16, at her home with her daughter Andrea Bergin at her side. A memorial service for Olive was held Sunday, Nov. 27, with Julie Good leading the songs, honoring Jesus, and keeping it short as requested by Olive. A time of finger foods and visiting followed. Olive moved to Lucile to live with her daughter, Andrea Bergin, six and one-half years ago and, according to Olive, “the happiest years in her life.” Olive was a blessing to all of us and will be missed dearly. For Olive’s complete obituary see the Nov. 23 Free Press.
The Riggins Assembly of God Church will hold its annual Christmas bazaar this Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be homemade items, new items, yummy goodies, and other Christmas gifts just for you. See you there.
The Secret Santa Giving Tree has a few tags left on its branches. Just stop by Umpqua Bank and select a tag with a child’s name on it, purchase a gift, and take it to the Riggins City Hall unwrapped by Friday, Dec. 16.
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.
Come one, come all to the “Winter Ball” next Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Riggins Community Center as a fund-raiser for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race in April. The 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 fireworks. There will be a no-host cocktail hour and dinner of prime rib and devil’s shrimp beginning at 7 p.m.; dancing with Joaquin, Verna, and Dave at 8:30 p.m., until midnight; all this for $40 per person. Make your reservations today. See you there! Call 628-3322 or 628-3615 today to RSVP. Dance is open to public at 8:30 p.m. for $10 per person.
Town tree lighting is Saturday
RIGGINS — The annual Riggins Christmas Tree Lighting and hayride will be this Saturday, Dec. 3, with that special guest, Santa Claus. Everyone is invited to go Christmas caroling on the hayride at about 6 p.m., which will take a tour of Riggins to see the Christmas lights around town, 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. Come on out; the more the merrier…we always have lots of fun and this gets us all in the Christmas spirit! Bev Knight is leading the Christmas caroling…she needs your voice, too; just join us at Two Rivers Coffee Shop. 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. Contact Marie Clay at Two Rivers Coffee for more information.
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.
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. Winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 23. Prizes: grand-$125, best theme-$100, and most lights-$100. Winner can only win once within a two-year period.
I saw the first of the Christmas displays today; it is the manager scene located right on Main Street directly across the street from the Salmon River Community Church. It is so pretty all lit up at night with lights and pretty in the daytime as it reflects the sun so nicely. Thank you for helping get us all in the Christmas spirit!
Salmon River Food Pantry and Riggins Whitewater Market present, “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.
Riggins Elementary School has lots of Christmas happenings taking place in December.
•Mrs. Fitch will be reading Christmas stories as her Christmas gift to the students Monday, Dec. 19, as is an annual tradition for her and the students.
•The AR Store, that is the Accelerated Readers Store, will be open the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 20, for students who have reached their reading goals. Each reading point equals points towards books and other items at the School AR Store.
•Riggins Elementary School and ASK, Inc will present their Christmas Program at Salmon River High School Multipurpose Room Tuesday, Dec. 20. More information will follow next week.
•The Riggins Elementary students will have Christmas parties Wednesday, Dec. 21, as well as a visit with Santa, Christmas caroling, and cocoa and cookies at Summervilles. More information next week. They like to have people out on Main Street to sing to as they walk from the school and back.
•There will be early release at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21; Christmas vacation begins! School resumes Jan. 3, 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.