RIGGINS My quote for the week is “Christmas is the time to celebrate love and giving, sharing and caring.”
Christmas is this Monday, Dec. 25. Celebrate this day with your family and friends, neighbors and perhaps, those who have no one. In this season of love and giving, reaching out to others is a perfect thing to do. Your kindness may seem a small thing to you, but it may mean the whole world to someone else. Merry Christmas everyone!
White Water Market opened its new doors to its new store this morning, Wednesday, Dec. 20. They were closed Monday and Tuesday to finish moving out of the old and into the new. Take the time to go see the new store and marvel at its beauty and newness…and larger selections of items in all areas of the store. Thanks to White Water Market owners John and Jennifer Llewellyn for living out their dream of a bigger, nicer store for Riggins…our dream, too; we Rigginsites have heard about a new store for the past 40 years. They will have a Grand Opening at a later date, but have everything ready for shopping now.
Riggins Elementary School will present its Christmas play tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Salmon River High School Multi-purpose Room at 7 p.m., followed by the ASK musical recital. This is free, and everyone is invited.
Riggins Elementary students will have with their Christmas parties Thursday, Dec. 21, with Santa stopping for a quick visit. Merry Christmas.
Riggins Assembly of God Church will hold its annual one-hour Christmas Eve service this 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.
Pine Tree Community Credit Union and Bud’s Power-Sports are sponsoring a food drive for the Camas Prairie Food Pantry and Riggins Community Food Pantry. For every dollar donated to this food drive, they will each match dollar for dollar. Riggins people may donate at Riggins Pine Tree. This food drive ends December 29th. This money will help us to purchase food supplies to distribute to our community.
Congratulations to Riggins Hoop Shoot winners Raney and Rylee Walters, Madi Pottenger, Cordell Bovey, Devon Herzig, and Blake Shepherd. They will represent Salmon River at the Elks Hoop Shoot in January.
If you are looking for that “just right” gift, the DVD from Riggins School Annuals from 1945-1982, 85, 86, and 89 scanned by Rocke Wilson is the answer. Just pop the DVD into computer and go to any year, any class, any student, any sport or to one of the many Riggins historical pictures. We bought one; it is fascinating! Each disc is $8, plus $2 for shipping; All money goes to the Riggins Ambulance Fund. The Salmon River Library has some on hand for purchase.
Salmon River Art Guild will be in the gift shop at White Bird Summit Lodge for its final weekend from 10-5 PDST this weekend. Call 208-983-1802 to verify hours.
Riggins needs EMTs. If you feel that is your calling, go to the Riggins City Hall and get information. Thank you in advance for your service to our community.
Lonnie D. Ellibee, 72, of Grangeville, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Graveside services were held Saturday, Dec. 16, at Denver Cemetery in Grangeville, with his family and friends braving the snow and chilly wind to honor him. Lonnie grew up in the Riggins area, served in Seebees during the Vietnam War, drove truck cross-country, worked in the Grangeville area, and lived his last 28 years on the Fitch Ranch north of Grangeville, Idaho, a place he loved and called home. He had recently moved to the Meadowlark Home on Nov. 1, but got to take one last trip to the ranch he loved on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Salmon River students, teachers, and staff will begin their Christmas vacation Thursday, Dec. 21, for a two-week break. School resumes Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. There will be no school Monday, Jan. 15, as it is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
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. 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, clean up after your pets. Thank you.
News on former Riggins residents:
Boise State Broncos and the University of Oregon Ducks played a super game at the Las Vegas Bowl with Boise State winning as the 2017 Bowl Champions with a score of 38-28. Of course, our own Riggins player Leighton Vander Esch, No. 38, played well; he had lots of fans there…20 from Riggins actually rode the Leighton Vander Esch Bus that captures lots of attention itself; national TV even featured the bus and its fans on one of its clips during the game.
Charity Majors, daughter of Steve and Sue Gaston, all formerly of Riggins, was crowned Mrs. Idaho, then Mrs. of the Americas...and just competed in the Mrs. World pageant in which she was one of the top six women of 38 total ladies. As a little girl, Charity thought she would represent America in Olympic volleyball, never even thinking of a Mrs.Idaho/Mrs. America/Mrs. World competition. She has made new friends, added to her great experiences, and has an overwhelming feeling of gratitude in her heart. She says that her favorite titles are Mrs. Majors and mama. Well done, Charity. You represented America, Idaho, and Riggins well.
Crystal Wilson of Meridian, wife of Chance Wilson, whose parents are Rocke and Claudia of Riggins, was selected Idaho Business Review’s Woman of the Year for 2017. Crystal is an amazing woman in her profession as well as a wonderful wife and mother to her family. Crystal is vice president of Health and Wellness at Dairy West in Meridian, Idaho. Congratulations, Crystal.