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Riggins News: Fifth graders help grow, sell produce for local use


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Fathers are a most important part of a child’s life as a baby, toddler, youngin’, teen, and adult! Be there with and for your children and grandchildren; they need you as much as you need them.”

Happy Father’s Day Sunday, June 18, to all you fathers and grandfathers out there…You are a vital part of your children/grandchildren all their lives.

Today is Flag Day in America which is a day to commemorate the adoption of the Flag of the United States that happened June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Thomas Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to officially establish June 14th as Flag Day. Take a moment to think about the importance of our flag which has flown over us in times of peace and of war and in the heat of many battles. Our American Flag is a very important piece of America symbolizing victory, bravery, freedom, and pride in America with its stars and stripes that each have specific significance as well.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our sweet Darby…our youngest grandchild…today, Flag Day, June 14.

White Bird Rodeo honoring Melvin and Carol Cash as 2017 Grand Marshals and Cassie Chandler as 2017 White Bird Rodeo Queen is this Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17. See news stories in this paper for details.

The Riggins Elementary fifth grade class with teacher Mrs. Tracy Travis works hard to prepare, plant, and harvest garden vegetables; students consume most produce during the school year; they sell some of the summer produce to the River Rock Restaurant. This year they decided to try something different to ease the strain of weeding, watering and general up keep for the summer; with the help of many they are building raised beds. A local Garden Group, run by Linda Heiter, has been a strong supporter and helping hand to get them going. Steve and Tina Mousner from All Surface Flooring, along with Steve’s father, John, have contributed their skill, labor and tools to build the raised beds. YaVonna Komminani and her husband from Mountain Roots also put in time and donated fifteen beautiful blueberry plants to get the fifth graders started. Kudos to all the people who came out and volunteered their time, knowledge and effort to make this project a success.

This garden project is made possible through the hard work of volunteers and donations including the Pinehurst Quilters, Riggins PTO, a grant written by Sarah Walters, and the Salmon River Joint School District. If you would be interested in donating funds or hours, contact Tracy Travis at 628-3476.

The circus is coming to Grangeville this Saturday, June 17, with shows at 2 and 4:30 p.m., located behind the Grangeville Senior Citizen Center on the Truck Route. The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus has discounted tickets available now in Riggins at the White Water Market as well as businesses in White Bird, Grangeville, and Cottonwood; tickets will be higher at the gate. The circus is sponsored by the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce.

SRHS is excited to be hosting a Spike Frog Volleyball Camp June 15-17 open to 6th -12th graders. This will be a fast-paced, competitive camp with players grouped according to ability. Go to>Programs>Out of State Camp.

Summer reading to begin June 28

RIGGINS — Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build, Create, Explore,” at the Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak, will begin Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. They will meet again Thursday, July 6, Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9, at 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to provide snacks, a craft or just help with the kiddos; thanks in advance for your help. Thank you to John and Jennifer Llewellyn and Riggins Whitewater Market for donating bookmarks and magnets to the Summer Reading Program.

Pastor Cliff and Kathy Scheline are having a moving sale this Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, at the Assembly of God parsonage, garage, church, and outside if weather is good. They are retiring Sunday, July 2, and will be moving to their family ranch in Donnelley after 21-1/2 years pastoring here in Riggins; 47 total years of pastoring. They will be missed in our Salmon River Canyon as they have been very active in school and community events as well as their church.

Looking for a few good men and women who would like to help lift up some of our military stones in the Riggins Cemetery. Many of the military gravestones have begun to sink and need to be lifted up and have reinforcement added to the bottom. Patty and Gary Solberg are heading up this project; If you can lend some help, call 628-3633.

Volunteers are needed for the Riggins Park Stage Project; contact Clyde Hirst at 628-3615.

Bingo in July will be held at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station Wednesday, July 5. Ages 18 and older are invited. Funds are for a van for our local senior citizens that takes them to Grangeville and McCall for medical or dental and/or shopping needs.

Hot Summer Nights 2017 will be sizzling Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29 in the Riggins City Park. Look for more details in upcoming columns.

All class members of the Class of 1967 and spouses are invited to their 50th class reunion Saturday, July 29, from 1-3 p.m., for hors d’ oeuvres and visiting in the lower level of the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Call Diane at 628-4106 to let her know you will be here.

The Class of 1979 is celebrating its 40th Reunion in two years; LaDeene Bedard is currently looking for class photos for this class from first grade-12th grade. Contact LaDeene to let her know you have these photos. (hers burned in a house fire.)

Summer is here with lots of fun days ahead; registration for 2017-18 school year will be Aug. 22.


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