Credit: Mary Lou Hirst
Sammie Remacle pictured at one of the Riggins City Park planters she volunteered to clean out and fill last month with fresh greenery for the summer season.
As of Tuesday, May 8, 2018
RIGGINS Planters are showing their colorful greenery for the start of summer, thanks to volunteer Sammie Remacle, who stepped up to assist the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for the work at the city park last month.
“It feels good to make the town nice,” Remacle said. “Adding that little extra to it does make a difference — you notice that when it’s not there.”
Remacle, 19, works at Mountain River Outfitters on Main Street in Riggins, where she serves as a barista for the rafting company during the winter, and photographs their trips during the summer. The business is located across the street from the city park where, annually, the chamber plants four planters, which are located around the visitors’ center and park sign.
According to chamber member Mary Lou Hirst, a City of Riggins employee will then water these by hauling five-gallon buckets to the park, as no hose bib is on site, which turns into a daily happening as the weather gets warmer. Last month, Hirst came in to Mountain River for coffee, and the conversation with Remacle turned to the park plantings.
“I do planting around the yard – I’ve always liked gardening – and I told her how much I like it, and she asked me if I’d do it,” Remacle said. “I said, ‘It’s sounds fun!’ I love planting flowers and all that. It just something fun to do.”
With plants the chamber purchased from Fiddle Creek Fruit and Hardware, Remacle dug in with both hands; digging out the old flowers, weeds and accumulated garbage. In went a variety of colorful perennials that have a dual purpose:
“We like to get flowers the deer won’t eat, especially in summer when the deer poke all around there and eat them,” Remacle said. “These smell good, but the deer don’t like them.”
Overall, the project took more than an hour, and Remacle has been checking on them daily as she goes into work.
“They’re doing ok and getting water,” she said, and, despite a recent cold spell, are continuing to thrive.
Remacle said she has been wanting to do some civic volunteer work and was excited when Hirst offered the opportunity.
“I could definitely see myself doing that a lot more,” she said.
Hirst praised Remacle’s enthusiasm in volunteering – including on a chamber Facebook post — along with the assistance of Fiddle Creek, the City of Riggins, Mountain River Outdoor Center and the chamber of commerce.
“This is truly a community working together,” she said. “Looking good, Riggins!”