RIGGINS My sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Helping just one person may not change the whole world, but it can change the world for that one person.”
Vance Hawk, son of Carl and Dana Hawk of Colorado and grandson of Amy (Clemens) Cooper and the late Duane Clemens, formerly of Riggins, now of Colorado, has completed his CRO training and has received his beret for Special Forces! Vance went through two years of hard training of survival and rescue. CRO is the Air Force equivalent of Navy Seals. Congratulations, Vance and family!
Memorial Service for Debbi Jones will be held this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church followed by a fellowship time with finger foods for family and friends. Debbi, daughter of Ed and Donna Jones of Riggins, died Sunday, Sept. 25, after a lengthy illness. Debbi loved the Lord and was the apple of her parents’ eyes. A complete obituary was in the Oct. 5 issue of the Idaho County Free Press.
Aluminum cans are still being collected for the Riggins Ambulance Fund. Cans in bags may be left in the fenced area behind Riggins City Hall. If you could smash the cans before dropping them off, it helps provide more space for storing and transporting more cans; if not, they still want the cans. Thank you in advance for helping the ambulance fund and for recycling aluminum.
Riggins Secret Santa Helper applications are available at the Riggins City Hall and the Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop now through Oct. 31. If you know anyone who needs help with Christmas dinner and gifts this season, the canyon is ready to help. Applicants are eligible if they have children in school or are home schooling children 18 years and younger and live in the Salmon River School District. We are grateful for the support of the Salmon River Community and beyond keeping the tradition of giving strong! Return applications to the Riggins City Hall or the Tourist Trap no later than Oct. 31.
The Christmas Giving Tree will be displayed at Umpqua Bank Nov. 1 -30. We encourage you to take a tag from the Giving Tree and help a family out this Christmas! Remember the four rules of gift-giving this year: Give something they want, something they wear, something they read, and something they need! Call Michelle at 628-4020 with any questions.
Hannah McClure, Salmon River PTO president, would like to invite you all to the October meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., in the Riggins Elementary School Cafeteria. There will be snacks, drinks and a door prize as they select new 2016-2017 officers. PTO would love to have you join and learn about the Salmon River PTO and the activities that it will be doing for kids and the school this year. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but you are interested in being a part of our various fund-raisers, let them know so that they can add you to their volunteer list. Also, we are always open to fun, new ideas, so feel free to share with any of the PTO officers, Hannah McClure, Tracey Travis, Karen Aikens or Julie Hofflander. Hope to see you at the meeting!
Quilt and Craft Auction by the Pinehurst Quilters will be Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Gem Stop Chevron Station. Doors open at noon for browsing time. Refreshments will be available; there is a chance you could win a door prize. There will be beautiful quilts, table runners, gift items, candy, decorations, and jellies to name a few. They will have a “treasure table” with gift items starting at $1 that you can buy outright. Several of the beautiful quilts are on display at the Pine Tree Credit Union as well a many other handmade items in the display case at Riggins City Hall. Take time to take a look at these treasures. Contact Laurie Blackner at 628-3642.
Riggins Christmas Bazaar 2016 will be held at the Riggins Community Center, 121 S. Lodge Street, Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendor forms are now available on www.facebook.com/rigginschristmasbazaar or contact Jacki Campbell at 628-3742 or Campbell.firstname.lastname@example.org. Space rent is $25; you provide your own table. Application and space fee must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 1, to ensure a reserved space. Copy and mail vendor form to 196 Rapid River Road, Riggins, ID 83549. Watch this Riggins News column for more information about vendors and Christmas gift items in the weeks to come.
The National Christmas Tree will once again come from the Payette Forest in Idaho…right here in our neighborhood. Be watching as the tree is cut, wrapped, and readied for transport from Idaho to Washington D.C. The National Christmas Tree will be traveling through several Idaho towns and cities on its way East; plan to get out to see it when it goes through Riggins. I will be posting date and time as soon as I receive that information.
School News: The Lady Savages volleyball team won its last home game last Tuesday and honored four senior girls on senior night; the three senior players, Sarah Laritz, Marissa Gubitosi, and Maddy Tucker and manager Bonnie Stewart with balloons, candy, flowers, and other gifts. The Lady Savages won their last game of regular season play with Tri-Valley last Friday. They are now getting ready for District Tournament at McCall this Saturday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 18. Times to be announced. State tournament is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at Bonneville High School. Go Lady Savages!
Salmon River Savage football team will play its last home game and be honored at senior night for Savage football players this Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., playing Council. Senior players are SRHS Johnny Shepherd, Gabriel Gonzalez, Clayton Shepherd, Tucker Boyd along with New Mewdows students who play football at SRHS, Brandon Wittell and Jordan Parham. SRHS last football game of the season will be Friday, Oct. 28, with Cascade. Location to be announced soon. Go Savages!
Salmon River Middle School volleyball girls and football guys traveled to Tri-Valley last Saturday for their last season games. The volleyball girls won their matches; the football guys played hard, but lost their game. The middle school tournament was held in Cambridge; the volleyball girls lost their championship game to take second for their season; the football guys won two out of three games.