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Riggins News: Chambliss retires from PTCCU; Umpqua to close



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My quote for the week is “What I’d give if I could say, “Hello Daddy,” in the same old way. To hear his voice and see his smile, to sit with him and chat awhile. So, if your father is still here, cherish him with care, for you’ll never know the heartache until you see his empty chair.” This quote is in memory of my dad who died Nov. 5, 2010; he would have been 101 in July. I sure miss him.

Remember to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed this Saturday night, Nov. 4 or you will be early to church or hunting or wherever you plan to go Sunday morning.

Riggins city elections for mayor and councilman positions will be held this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Salmon River Heritage Center. Incumbents Glenna McClure is running for mayor and Jonny Wilson and Roy Aikins are running for the two council positions. You must be registered to vote; voters may also register when voting if they are not already registered. All voters must show a form of identification.

Bingo, which is a fund-raiser for our senior citizens, will be next Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Win cash prizes at Bingo which is open to everyone 18 and older.

Margaret Chambliss, longtime Salmon River resident, is retiring Dec. 1 after 10 years as an employee of Pine Tree Community Credit Union. “She has been a valued employee at the Riggins Branch. Thank you, Margaret, for your hard work and dedication from all of us at Pine Tree. We will miss you,” from the Pine Tree Community Credit Union staff. Congratulations and best wishes!

Umpqua to close in 2018

RIGGINS — Riggins branch of the Umpqua Bank will be closing on March 14, 2018, as per letter sent to Umpqua customers; all accounts will be automatically transferred to the McCall Umpqua 50 miles away unless other arrangements are made by each customer before that date. The company states that “online banking and telephoning the bank has become the choice of many rather than visiting the physical bank as often. You may also comment on this closure by writing to Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at 25 Jessie Street at Ecker Square, Suite 2300, San Francisco, CA 94105. The FDIC does not have the authority to approve or prevent the branch from closing; however, it may convene a meeting of appropriate representatives to address any written requests from the people in the area.” So, Riggins customers, there you have it; a possibility of keeping Umpqua by writing and giving your comments.

Pastor Jim and Judy Thibodeaux were honored with a special dinner at Kate’s Cattleman’s Restaurant last Tuesday with 40 some of their church/community family in attendance. They dined and visited the evening away.

Pastor Jim and Judy were the honorees at their retirement celebration at the Salmon River Community Church Sunday with 101 people attending. There was a short program: Bruce Bovey sang “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be pastors,” Cheryl Shoemaker sang about “getting old” to the Patsy Cline tune, “I fall to pieces,” Jeannie Fitch spelled out “retirement” with wise sayings, then many friends shared memories, funny stories, and truly good wishes for Jim and Judy. They are well loved here and will be missed while they take some months to travel and spend time with family and friends…and check off some of their “bucket lists;” They plan to make their permanent home in Riggins. Pastor Jim’s last official Sunday Service at Salmon River Community Church will be this Sunday, Nov. 5.

Hugh and Nellie Fulton have moved to Emmett after living and loving Riggins for the past 47 years! “We will miss our friends and neighbors greatly,” Hugh and Nellie said. They have a lifetime of friends who will sure miss them as well. They will be at the Apple Valley Residence, 715 N. Butte, Emmett, ID 83617 and would love to hear from friends.

Dylan and Jordan Rinker are the proud parents of a baby girl born at home “on purpose” Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Elliana Gwen weighed eight pounds, two ounces and was 20 inches long. She was happily greeted by her 2-year-old sister, Adrienne, who held her almost immediately. Elliana’s grandparents are Leslie and Kevin Vopat, Robert Ader, and Eric and Wendy Hook, as well as her Grangeville great-grandparents Jim and Kathleen Vopat and Lola Ader.

Fern Berman, 84, longtime Riggins resident who had moved to Coquille, Ore., a few years ago, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, with her son Darrell at her side. Fern was a generous person and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. She raised two of her young grandsons after the death of their father. She loved to playSscrabble with her best friend Jane Stout; all their kids had to wait for their Scrabble game to be over before the ladies would take them to the river for a swim.

Agnes Hieb will be honored on her 92nd birthday with a birthday celebration Wednesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. There will be pie and ice cream and socializing downstairs from noon-2 p.m., then everyone is invited upstairs to live music for dancing and listening. Please, no gifts; your presence is her present.

Congratulations to our Salmon River Lady Savage Volleyball Team District 1AD2 District Champions who took 4th place at State Tournament. The Ladies beat Dietrich, lost to Arco in the fifth game of the match, and beat Clark Fork in three games Friday night even with a back-to-back match having only a 20-minute break between games. Saturday the Lady Savages won their first game of the set, then lost the match to Christian Lighthouse. They were awarded the 4th place state trophy; first State Volleyball Trophy to be won by a SRHS Volleyball Team. Way to go, Ladies. You are all winners to us here in the Salmon River Canyon!

Riggins branch of the Umpqua Bank will be closing on March 14, 2018, as per letter sent to Umpqua customers; all accounts will be automatically transferred to the McCall Umpqua 50 miles away unless other arrangements are made by each customer before that date. The company states that “online banking and telephoning the bank has become the choice of many rather than visiting the physical bank as often. You may also comment on this closure by writing to Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at 25 Jessie Street at Ecker Square, Suite 2300, San Francisco, CA 94105. The FDIC does not have the authority to approve or prevent the branch from closing; however, it may convene a meeting of appropriate representatives to address any written requests from the people in the area.” So, Riggins customers, there you have it; a possibility of keeping Umpqua by writing and giving your comments.

Riggins Assembly of God Church has begun its annual Christmas Program practice and meets each Wednesday until performance in December. All children in our Salmon River Canyon are invited to participate; children are to be picked up at 8:30 p.m. Contact Tracie Pottenger for further information.

Riggins Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 121 Lodge Street in the Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Applications and space fee must be paid by today, Wednesday, Nov. 1, to ensure your space. Contact Joni Shepherd 208-628-4048 or 208-859-4725 for more information and to reserve your Bazaar space for $25. Go to https://www.facebook.com/rigginschristmasbazaar/ for an online application which asks for description of items to be sold. There will be a scavenger hunt again this year; if you would like to donate a product for the hunt, contact Joni ASAP.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. There will be hay rides, goodies, hot drinks, singing and lots of fun.

The second annual Salmon River Jet Boat Winter Ball Fund-Raiser will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Riggins Community Center with a no-host cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m., featuring prime rib and Seven Devils Shrimp. Seating is limited; $45/person including hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dance to the music of Joaquin, Verna, and Dave. Reservations required; 628-3322 or 628-3615. The dance is open to the public from 8:30 p.m., to midnight for $10 per person. This event is sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, and the Idaho Banana Co.

The Free Press Special Events Issue features events in each of Idaho County’s towns. Send information to me or directly to lpalmer@idahocountyfreepress.com.



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