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Riggins News: Saturday celebration to honor Olson



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My quote of the week is “True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together. It’s grandma and grandpa growing old together.” And sharing that love with each other, their children, grandchildren, friends, and family alike…(I added the last part.)

A double Memorial Service celebrating the lives of Jack and SueAnne Gruell will be held Saturday, April 29, 2:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center, located behind and to the south of the Chevron Station. Food, fellowship, and Jack’s homemade wine will follow the service. Jack loved to garden and make wine; SueAnne loved to create things, especially her beautiful paper scroll creations; she was involved in our Riggins PTO for several years.

Mark and Sarah Christensen will be honored at a baby girl shower Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m., at the Riggins Heritage Center, located behind the Chevron station and adjacent to the school grounds. Family and friends are invited to help them welcome their new baby daughter; it’s a family thing…hubby and kiddos are invited, too. They will serve tacos, cake, and punch.

There will be a birthday celebration in honor of Derek Olson as well as a fund-raiser for his children this Saturday, April 29. 6 p.m., at Salmon River Inn located in back in Summerville’s. There will be live music, raffle prizes, games, and, of course, Derek’s Heavens Gate Brewery Beer and much more. Contact Sydney Barnes 541-977-6414. Children and teens are welcome until 10 p.m.; then just those older than 21 are welcome to stay. Derek drowned just more than a month ago in the Little Salmon River; his body was recovered Saturday, April 22, 2017, in the Big Salmon River at the river bend just south of Hoot’s Cafe.

The Triples Tournament Fund-raiser for the Salmon River Girls Athletics will be held Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. No team is needed; players will play as an individual. Cost is $10 per person…limited to the first 18 participants. Contact Paula Tucker at 628-4997.

April is Credit Union Youth Month; youth members are baby-17 years old. Stop by Riggins Pine Tree Community Credit Union Friday, April 28, for cake and punch. Enter a drawing for select prizes; one entry per member; winners will be contacted at the end of the day Friday.

Congratulations to 2017 SRHS Prom Royalty, King Johnny Shepherd, Queen Sarah Laritz, Prince Ethan Shepherd, and Princess Chevelle Shepherd. The prom was held in McCall with students from Riggins, New Meadows, and Council dressed in their finest for a great time.

The 69th annual Riggins Rodeo will be held Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7 with Queen Phoebe Rupp of Riggins and her Princess Jillian Lee Hausladen of Grangeville helping make this year’s rodeo great! Dave Wilson is the honorary grand marshall. Dave was a huge part of the Salmon River Cowboys Association for many years and helped make the Riggins Rodeo what it is today. Dave died in December, but will continue to be a part of the Riggins Rodeo forever. Hats off to the Salmon River Cowboy Association for its thoughtful recognition of a man who gave so much of himself and his time fueled by his love for people to the Riggins Rodeo and to the Salmon River Cowboy Association. The Saturday and Sunday Shows begin at 1:30 each day featuring lots of action and fun; tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-12, free for children under 6. The Cowboy Breakfast and Riggins Rodeo Parade will be held Sunday morning.

Canyon Color Run draws about 70

RIGGINS — The 2017 PTO Color the Canyon Run was a colorful 5K event starting with about 100 helium-filled colorful balloons donated by Mary Lou at Idaho Banana Co, lining the starting/finishing line and ending with colorful-dusted runners! There were about 70 participants from babies in strollers to adults over 50! Garrett Shepherd was the first finisher overall in just 21 minutes, Mariah Crump was first in the 17-49 age group, and John Pyle was winner in the over 50 division. Race winners received Elk Buttons donated by Walters Elk Ranch which were designed and engraved by Shari Medley at Unique Antlers. Amber Hardy won the “Most Colorful” getting dusted with lots of colors along the raceway; Brandon Ratcliff won “Most Spirit” in his Batman costume…he won a very colorful tutu, which he wore over his Batman suit following the award ceremony! The 7-Devils Steakhouse and Saloon Color Station run by Brandy Speer, Fawnya Vineyard, and Tess Lindsey won the “Best Color Station.” Kudos to Forest Hall, friend of Steven and Mariah Crump, for harvesting,cutting and sanding 95 wooden medallions; and to Lynnette Branstetter who designed and applied the “Earth Day/Color the Canyon” icon on each medallion. It was a sunny, successful day. Thanks to the many sponsors who helped make this a successful event. A big thank you to the PTO officers and ladies, Hannah McClure, Karen Aikens, Jacki Campbell, Mariah Crump, and Tracie Bird, for heading up the event and to their many volunteers who made things happen.

The Salmon River Cowboy Association is selling tickets for a beautiful bookshelf made from wood from the bleachers that were just torn down at the Rodeo Grounds to make way for new ones. It is on display at the Riggins Pine Tree Community Credit Union.

Teacher Appreciation Week in Riggins is Monday-Thursday May 8-11. Thank a teacher today; appreciation is a two-way street…it gives “warm fuzzies” to both parties. Teachers are a very important part of your children’s lives; children are an important part of both parents and teachers lives. Together parents and teachers educate, guide, and encourage children for a better life for them.

“Kids Get Cooking” classes are being held every Tuesday 4-5 p.m. The 4 p.m. class is for Pre-K through 3rd grade and the 5 p.m. class is for 4th grade and up through teens. These are free classes being held in the Riggins Community Center for parents and kids to have fun cooking together. Contact Linda Hieter for registration.

Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters, The Walk for the Cancer Cure, will be held Saturday, May 20, at a new location…Miners Supply…located at the north end of Pollock Road. The walk/run/jog will be run the same as in past years with the same delicious hamburgers at the end of the hike, only we will be going the opposite direction. There will be silent bidding items as well as the annual quilt raffle.

The Pinehurst Quilters will be raffling the king-sized Cancer Walk Quilt which is currently displayed at Pine Tree. Tickets are $5 each and are available at Pine Tree, Idaho Banana Co, Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop, and from members of the quilters club. Contact Nightfeather 628-3633 or Patty Solberg 628-2394.

The Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Yard Sale Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28. Call Pastor Jim if you have items you would like to donate; he or someone will pick them up…or, you can drop items off at the back door of the church. All donations will go toward building a house for a family in Mexico. The people going to Mexico will be raising their own money for the trip.



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