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Riggins News: Retirement party for pastor is Oct. 29


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “At the end of the day, what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you’ve done your best, and that you’re thankful for all you have.”

A retirement open house celebration honoring Pastor Jim and Judy Thibodeaux will be held this Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m., in the Salmon River Community Church fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to stop by, wish them well, and have cake and ice cream. Jim and Judy have pastored the Community Church for 9 1/2 years and have won the hearts of their church family as well as many in our wonderful community here in the Salmon River Canyon. They plan to take a few months to travel, visit their kids and grandkiddos, and do a few things on their “Bucket Lists,” then make Riggins their home. Pastor Jim’s last official Sunday Service at Salmon River Community Church will be Sunday, Nov. 5.

Riggins Assembly of God Church began its annual Christmas program practice last week and will meet 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.

The Salmon River Art Guild’s Regional Fall Show held in Riggins was a huge success. The annual event brought in 108 entries and show winners from as far away as Boise and Anatone, Wash. More information on the Salmon River Art Guild, based in White Bird, can be found at Results were also printed in the Free Press last week.

Riggins city elections for mayor and councilman positions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Salmon River Heritage Center and at Canyon Pines. 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.

Bazaar set for Nov. 25

RIGGINS — 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. Contact Joni Shepherd at 208-628-4048 or 208-859-4725 to reserve your bazaar space for $25…bring your own table. Applications and space fee must be paid by Nov. 1 to ensure your space.

Congratulations to the Salmon River Lady Savage volleyball team for their win against Council Tuesday night making the Lady Savages 1AD2 District 3 Volleyball Champions! The ladies move on to state volleyball which will be held at Lewiston High School Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. Go to for the complete tournament bracket. Way to go Ladies!

ASK, Riggins After School Kids Program, will have its Fall incentive with a field trip this Friday, Oct. 27, for pizza and bowling. Call ASK at 208-628-2770.

Bingo, which is a fund-raiser for our senior citizens, will be 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 everyone18 years or older.

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

The Free Press is once again doing a special events Issue featuring Thanksgiving goings on, Christmas activities, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s celebrations at churches, schools, organizations, community and anything related to the holidays. Send your local Riggins info to me and/or send it to to be featured in the special holiday events issue.


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