RIGGINS My quote for the week is “Re-set, re-adjust, re-start, re-focus, as many times as you need to…there is no limit to starting over again.”
Salmon River Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock,” started yesterday, Tuesday, June 26, and will be open each Tuesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Aug. 7. All kiddos ages 2-10 are invited to join in on the fun; Miss Susan reads stories, the kiddos do crafts, and snacks are served. It is a great reading program sharing the excitement of books with children.
Dick and Sue Whiteman Steward will be at the Salmon River Community Church Sunday, July 1, to share about their ministry. Everyone is invited to attend; church begins at 11 a.m. Sunday School, for adult, teens, and youngsters begins at 9:30 a.m. Sue grew up here in Riggins with her brother, Mike, and her two sisters, Teri and Carrie Ann. Their father, Don, taught at Salmon River Junior High; their mother, Pat, was a Riggins Elementary School aide and secretary as well as the SRHS secretary for many years.
Last official day at Riggins Whitewater Market for Teresa Mignerey was Wednesday, June 20. Her wonderful bosses, Jennifer and John Llewellyn gave her a beautiful bouquet. Teresa said to Jennifer and John, “You truly are the best bosses ever! I will miss working with both of you…and the crew! Thank you for everything!” Teresa has accepted the position of After School Kids Program Manager/Teacher. Teresa said she is excited about getting back to working with kids again.
Betty Holderness passed away Saturday, June 16, at her home on the Little Salmon River following a lengthy illness. Betty was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and will be missed by her family as well as her fellow mail workers, and friends. She loved and worried about each and every one of her customers. I have no information about a service; cards may be sent to the family in care of Carol Campbell, PO Box 117, New Meadows ID 83654.
Rodney Pilant finished his heroic fight with a rare disease, Monday, June 18. Rod was raised in White Bird to Larry and Wanda Pilant in 1972 and graduated from Grangeville High School in 1990. His funeral and potluck was Saturday, June 23, at the IOOF Hall in White Bird. Following this there was a celebration of life party at the old mill site across the river from his childhood home. Rodney was mayor of White Bird before retiring due to his failing health; he was passionate for White Bird and its wonderful people.
Dance lesson is tonight, Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the Wilderness Eatery right on Main Street in Riggins; there is no charge and everyone is invited to get out, have fun, and learn some new dance steps.
The winner of the Iron Wild Horse rack is our own Joni Shepherd. The Salmon River Eastern Seaboard Group sold about 250 tickets netting more than $1,000; individuals sold tickets on their own and also as a group. Kudos to Tom and Tracie Travis for donating this awesome piece made by Tom.
Bingo for July will be the second Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. The progressive Bingo pot of $282 was won by Carol Foster last week. Everyone 18 and older is invited to join the fun and help raise funds for the Senior Citizen Transit Bus.
Sandlot Baseball is every Monday evening through Aug. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the SRHS baseball field has been well-attended and lots of fun reported. All ages are welcome; no sign up; no fees. Bats, balls, and gloves are available for use. Remember to take your water bottle with you. This activity is not affiliated with City of Riggins, SRHS School District, or ASK, INC. All who attend, play at their own risk. Those attending have been having a great time.
Quilt raffle to benefit the Salmon River Dive Team is ongoing. Tickets are available at Riggins City Hall where the quilt is on display; drawing will be held July 1 — just four more days to buy tickets. Once again, the talented and benevolent Pinehurst Quilters made and donated this king-size quilt.
Vacation Bible school, VBS, at Salmon River Community Church will be held Monday-Friday July 23-27 from 9 a.m.-noon with the Texas Team once again leading the way. VBS is open to kiddos 3 years old-5th graders with 6-12 graders invited to be junior leaders; the SRHS football field will be a gathering place for 6th graders through college kids to have an evening of fun with the Texas Team. More info to follow.
Get ready for Sizzling Hot Summer Nights 2018…Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. Time to think about entering the Famous Talent Show Friday night or the great Hot Car Show…entries are already coming in…and be ready to dance your shoes off Saturday night after the Great Car Show Saturday afternoon. More details to come. If you are planning to be here, you need to get your room reservations in now.
The Riggins Salmon Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 8. This local run is family-friendly with a youngsters’ race at the Riggins City Park following the end of the official race. You may sign up online at #rigginssalomonrun#wherethefunbegins. The committee has a few surprises up its sleeves. Be watching for more details.
Leighton Vander Esch news: Coach Bryan Harsin of Leighton’s alma mater, Boise State University, and Leighton are featured on a billboard in Boise on which Coach Harsin is congratulating Leighton on fulfilling his NFL dreams…also showing the pride that smaller schools have in their professional players. On another Leighton note: Waukesha Sportscards announced their newest exclusive athlete, Leighton Vander Esch, signing items that will be available for purchase this week. Waukesha Sportscards reported that they will be having more signings where you can send items in to be signed by Leighton.