As of Tuesday, December 12, 2017
RIGGINS My quote for the week is from the famous Chipmunks “Christmas Christmas time is here. Time for joy and time for cheer….” Focus on joy and cheer and thankfulness as you get ready for Christmas and all your traditions and activities.
The Riggins City Council and the people of Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon would like to express their appreciation to John and Jennifer Llewellyn for their initiative and leap of faith to build the new Riggins Whitewater Market which will hopefully be open Dec. 20 or so. The beautiful new store, located on the site of the former grand ol’ Hiway Inn…and most recently the Salmon River Inn parking lot will benefit our community for years to come. I will keep you posted on the grand opening celebration coming soon.
Thank you Riggins Secret Santas who are working hard to put together Christmas cheer for our local children and families. The “Giving Tree” decorated with tags of children’s names is at the Riggins Umpqua Bank; each tag has gift ideas for children as well as their ages. You purchase a gift and take it unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall by this Friday, Dec. 15. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with this project, send to City of Riggins Christmas Assistance Fund, PO Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549. Make checks payable to City of Riggins. Thank you for your help in our Christmas Secret Santa program.
Our Salmon River Canyon sends out tons of appreciation for our wonderful selfless Riggins EMTs, Janeen Eggebrecht, Bill Lenhart, Mike Woodfin, Sean Simpson, Joe Becker, Jeff Joyce, Rocke Wilson, Dave Olson, Mike Cornforth, Payton Herzig and Susan Hollenbeak. These men and women are the backbone of emergency medical in our town, back roads, fields, ditches, highways, mountains, lakes, and rivers. They serve our town, county, state, and country volunteering night and day regardless of their activities. Big kudos go to all of these EMTs and their families. Thank you very much for your service and your care.
Shouting thank you from the treetops to Andy Dunham, Bill Higgins, and all the good people at Idaho Forest Group of Grangeville for the unit of wood for our new Riggins Park Stage project. Kudos to Jim and Julia Petersen, Evergreen Magazine: The Evergreen Foundation for arranging this awesome donation to our new stage project. Thanks to Mike Cornforth for taking his time and truck to pick up and deliver the unit to the park. And more thank yous to Clyde Hirst and all the people who have volunteered their time on this stage project. Riggins City Park will soon have one amazing stage for many exciting events.
Many thanks go to the volunteers who installed acoustic foam tile to the ceiling of the Riggins Community Center that will greatly improve the sound dynamics. Volunteers, Jonny Wilson, Joshua Long, Steve Schweich, Bill Lenhart, and Mike Chapman worked more than 60 hours to complete the project. Thanks to John Belton for the use of his scaffolding.
The Riggins Post Office is sponsoring a Christmas coloring contest; just pick up your color page at the Post Office and return it by Saturday, Dec. 16, for judging. Letters to Santa may be mailed in the Netflix bin by Dec. 16, so Santa has time to write back to each child.
Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries of the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be Christmas caroling this Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., around the town of Riggins.
Riggins Elementary students will go Christmas caroling from the school through Main Street and back to the school Monday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Plan to be out on the street to enjoy the kiddos and sing along with them.
Riggins Assembly of God Church will hold its annual one-hour Christmas Eve service Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. There will be singing of the traditional Christmas songs, a short message, and Christmas hugs and handshakes, then back to your own Christmas Eve celebrations. Everyone is invited to attend.
Boise State Broncos will face the Oregon Ducks in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, Dec. 16, at 12:30 p.m., in the Sam Boyd Stadium. This will be the 16th straight Bowl game for the Broncos. Go BSU Broncos. Go Leighton Vander Esch, our hometown hero!
Salmon River Public Library is offering free audio books on cassettes. Just check in with Miss Susan at the library; she has boxes of these books. Donations to the Library are always appreciated and they are tax deductible.
Just a reminder that all dog licenses expire Dec. 31, 2017. Protect your pooches and purchase your annual dog license at Riggins City Hall. Riggins has a leash law requiring all dogs to be leashed when off your private property; also, please clean up after your pets. Thank you.