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Riggins News: Church members spend a week in Mexico


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Talking about your problems is a big addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys!”

Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build,Create, Explore,” at The Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak begins today, Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. Reading dates will be 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.

The Salmon River Growers and Crafters Guild have fresh produce, jams, jellies, unique crafts, and more Saturday mornings from 8-11 a.m., and Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m., in the Idaho Banana Company Orchard in Riggins. Contact Linda Hieter at 628-3780.

Grangeville Border Days with Melvin Gill of Lucile as the grand marshall will begin Saturday, July 1, and run through Tuesday, July 4, with lots of street sports, parades, rodeos, class reunions, Firecracker Run, fun and food. Check the Free Press for more detailed schedules of all events.

Want to learn to kayak? Dare to Kayak will be offering another program this summer introducing our kids to all the opportunities surrounding them for paddling as a means to live a healthy, drug-free life. They will be joining with the Salmon River Dive Team to teach water safety and conservation on the Salmon River. Using a beach eddy, students are able to learn to paddle in a controlled environment. Classes are July 18-19, Aug. 15-16, and Aug. 27 with a barbecue and fun float/surf with family. Class size is limited. Contact Devon Barker-Hicks at 412-0319 or

Our local missionary group of 20 from the Salmon River Community Church…10 adults and 10 kids…spent a week in Mexico building a house for a family. They returned with great stories of helping others, fun work time, and wonderful accolades about this team from the UGO staff, especially the attitudes and work ethics of the 10 kids. The attendees were Pastor Jim and Judy Thibodeaux and two of their grandchildren from Cascade, Jim and Carol Carlson, Eddie Joyce and her son, Lee, and daughter, Kate, Vanna Holland, LeRoy and Debbie Shaw and their son, Chad and wife Tracie, as well as six of their grandchildren, Hailey, Damon, Ethan, Bailey, Zoey, and Jackson. The group will share pictures and stories about their week on Sunday July 2, during the church service. Everyone is invited to attend.

Reunion info:

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 if you have these photos.

Riggins Elementary fifth grade class and teacher, Mrs. Tracy Travis, prepares, plants, and harvests garden vegetables; students consume most produce during the school year; they sell some of the summer produce to the River Rock Restaurant. 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.

Bingo at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station is next week, Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 p.m.. All-American cash prizes are exciting! Games are varied! Fun is everywhere! Come one and all, ages 18 and older. 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.

The 25th Annual Summer Nights will be spinning with Stars and Cars, Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29 in the Riggins City Park.


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