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Riggins News: Diaz, Harper chosen for club volleyball teams


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for this week is “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”

SRHS Volleyball and Football Banquet 2017 will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Salmon River Inn at 7 p.m. Dinner and soft drinks will be provided. Family, friends, and fans are invited to attend to help honor our SRHS athletes.

Emily Diaz, SRHS sophomore, and Lotus Harper, SRHS freshman, were both selected to play for the Snake River Juniors Volleyball Club in Lewiston U16s; Emily on team 16-1, Lotus on team 16-2. The girls are excited about the opportunity to get back to playing Volleyball Spring 2018 with the SRJ club and will be traveling at least two nights a week to Lewiston for practices and at least 6 weekends to the North Idaho and Eastern Washington regions for tournaments. This is a huge commitment for these two girls and their families. If you would like to donate or sponsor Emily and Lotus and their volleyball journey, contributions can be made to their personal savings accounts at Pine Tree Community Credit Union in Riggins or Grangeville.

Leighton Vander Esch, SRHS 2014 graduate and present BSU Linebacker, was named Athlete of the Week for last week. He is one of three captains as a junior at Boise State. This season, prior to the final game, he had made 105 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions. Leighton was one of ten finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy as most outstanding player who began his college football career as a walk-on to the BSU team. Leighton was also pick of one announcer/analysts for the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year; winners will be announced this week.

Elycia Graham of Grangeville, daughter of former Riggins resident Lacie Kaschmitter Graham, was the winner of the second annual scavenger hunt at the Riggins Christmas Bazaar. Congratulations and Merry Christmas, Elycia.

Riggins school annuals from 1945-1982, 85, 86, and 89 are available on DVDs scanned by Rocke Wilson. This is a great way to look through annuals as well as give as Christmas gifts; just pop DVD into computer and go to any year and to any class or sport. Each disc is $8, plus $2 for shipping; All money goes to the Riggins Ambulance Fund.

The 5th Annual Riggins “Light Up Riggins! contest is on now.” Riggins residents, businesses, and churches: to enter put up outdoor lights and /or decorations no later than Nov. 30. 1st place business $100, 2nd place business $75, 1st place residence $100, 2nd place residence $75, 1st place Church $100. Winners will be announced at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Riggins City Park Sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.

Salmon River Art Guild will be in the gift shop at White Bird Summit Lodge every weekend from 10-5 PDST, through Christmas. Call 208-983-1802to verify hours.

Riggins Fourth Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, is this Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., in the Riggins City Park. Santa will be there as well as hot chocolate, hot apple cider and goodies for sipping and snacking. Hay rides will take you on a tour of the town to see the “Light up Riggins” competitors. Bring a canned food item to donate to our local food bank.

Bingo is next Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Win cash prizes at Bingo…open to everyone 18 and older. This senior citizen fund-raiser helps with transportation needs of our senior citizens.

The second annual Salmon River Jet Boat Winter Ball Fund-Raiser is next Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Riggins Community Center. Seating is limited; reservations required; call 208-628-3322 or 208-628-3615. The evening begins with a no-host cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., featuring prime rib and Seven Devils Shrimp. Cost is $45 per person including hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing to the music of Joaquin, Verna, and Dave. The dance is open to the public from 8:30 p.m., to midnight for $10 per person. Time to get out your dressiest clothes and go out on the town to this event sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon and Idaho Banana Co.

Christmas bazaar set for this weekend

RIGGINS — Christmas bazaar at the Riggins Assembly of God Church is this Friday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riggins Assembly of God Girls Ministries are raffling off a beautiful brand-new HP Chromebook/ 14 inch screen! Find a Girl Ministry girl or Tracie Pottenger right away for tickets; $5 each or 5 for $20! Drawing will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Riggins Assembly of God’s Bazaar-3 p.m.

The Riggins Assembly of God Church Secret Sister Christmas exchange/reveal will be Monday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the fellowship room. New sisters are welcome.

Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries of the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be Christmas caroling Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.

Riggins Elementary students will go Christmas Caroling from the school through Main Street Monday, Dec. 18. Plan to be out on the street to enjoy the kiddos and sing along with them.

Riggins Elementary School Christmas program, followed by the ASK, After School Kids, recital, will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 20, beginning at 7 p.m., in the SRHS multi-purpose room. Everyone is invited.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will have its annual Christmas Eve Service Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the hourlong service.


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