RIGGINS — Congratulations to the Salmon River High School Volleyball Lady Savages who are headed to State Volleyball Tournament following their wins last weekend and the state play-in game Tuesday. The ladies will play the 2018 tournament opener Friday morning, Oct. 26, at 9 a.m., against Rockland at Borah High School in Boise. Go, Salmon River Lady Savages.

Congratulations again to the Salmon River High School Volleyball Team who is the 1ADII Fall Sports Academic State Champions with a team GPA of 3.943. Great job, girls and Coach Tucker.

Salmon River High School Savage Senior Night and last home game has been re-scheduled to Thursday night, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., due to the Lady Savages going to state volleyball tournament Friday. Four seniors boys, Canyon Harper, Randy McClure, Reece Jones, and James Gregory, will be honored for their last SRHS football game. Get on up to the SRHS football field to help honor these young men and cheer them and their team on to Victory.

Riggins Elementary School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week this week, “Life is a Journey: Travel Drug Free,” Tuesday, Oct. 23-Wednesday, Oct. 31. Each day will feature an activity as well as some dress up days. Salmon River High School will observe Red Ribbon Week this week by decorating the teachers classroom doors with the theme of a Halloween Safe and Drug Free. There will be a prize to the class with the best decorated door…which will have been judged Monday, Oct. 22, before the printing of this news tidbit.

Come to a Young Living Oils Distillation Expose and Spirits Tasting Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m., at the Idaho Banana Company. Brett Packer, YL Highland Flats Research Farm and Distillery Manager, will be here and in costume! You are invited to come in costume or just be your own self and have a good time.

Elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; be sure you are registered to vote.

Riggins Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center, 121 S. Lodge Street just behind Gem Chevron Station. Vendors, claim your space now; $25 per space-no tables provided. Find application on Facebook @ Riggins Christmas Bazaar and mail it and fee to PO Box 1429, Riggins ID 83549; Applications and space fee must be received by Nov. 1 to ensure reservations. Contact Joni Shepherd, 208-628-4084 or 208-859-4725 for more info.

Partnership for Healthy Communities will offer two free events in October. Health Screening will be Oct. 30 from11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center as well as appointments with a benefit counselor; to make an appointment call Becky Colwell 1-800-497-7412 to discuss health insurance including questions on Medicaid and Medicare. Flu shots will also be offered. Beginning Oct. 31, there will be a six week session with workshops addressing Chronic Disease Self-Management at the Salmon River Heritage Center every Wednesday at noon. Call Linda Hieter to register or to get more information.

The Secret Santa applications are now available at Riggins City Hall; applications must be returned by Wednesday, Oct. 31. More information in November.

The Fall Red Cross Blood Drive will be Nov. 13, from 2-7 p.m., and Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kris Catherman or Joy Swift to make your appointment.

Get ready to “fall back” an hour Saturday night, Nov. 3, before you go to bed as Daylight Savings Time ends and Standard Time begins.

Bingo will be held at the Riggins Community Center Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. It’s always fun and someone wins each game…or ties and shares…the progressive game has nearly $100 in the pot with more to be added Wednesday night. See you there.

My brother Chuck’s celebration of life was just that! More than 600 family members and friends gathered to honor my brother who gathered friends like no one else I have ever known. He was loved…and this celebration of life, love, music, food, laughter, tears, dancing, family, and friends was proof of that. His service, which was officiated by his nephew, Jed Fitch. and songs sung by old friends Billy Bob and Terry Curly, and Chuck’s son Geoff dressed in his dad’s shirt, cowboy hat, and western belt, played the first guitar his dad made and sang, “My Father in Me,” as well as a Chuck message from nephew Tom, was held in the same junior high gym where Chuckie had P.E. and played sports…chairs were filled…bleachers were pulled out to make room for everyone. After being driven to the cemetery on his own lowboy pulled by his own Buell Trucking truck driven by his nephew Mark, his band, the Shane Gang played live music at a reception Chuck would have loved…others who had played music throughout the years with Chuck were called to the stage to play and/or sing a song or two…another nephew, Scott, played drums for several sets, Chuck’s cousin, Michael, played his mandolin…and our dear grandson Finn was invited up on the stage to play a couple songs on his fiddle. All in all, a day of memory making celebrating a man wel- loved.

Leighton Vander Esch/LVE News: Leighton continues to amaze! This tidbit was taken from an article after the Sunday, Oct. 14th game: “In four of the five games in which he has played, at least 20 defensive snaps, the former Boise State standout has earned 74 plus overall grades. Among the 72off-ball linebackers with at least 150 defensive snaps, Vander Esch ranks third in overall grade, sixth in run-defense, and fourth in coverage grade. Vander Esch has gone toe-to-toe with James in the advanced stats as well. At 6’4”, 255 pounds, Vander Esch embodies the traditional build of NFL linebackers. He plays aggressively in the run game and can shed blocks with the best of them…Vander Esch’s size and athleticism also pay dividends in coverage as he ranks eighth among qualifying linebackers in yards per target and has missed just one tackle across his 144 coverage snaps. The race is far from over, but James and Vander Esch are the clear front-runners to claim Defensive Rookie of the Year honors that will follow the 2018 season.” — By Austin Gayle

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