RIGGINS — My quote for this week is “Speak to children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.”

…and speaking of children, I found a wonderful children’s bookmark at our Riggins City Library that helps parents know how to help their children learn to read. It is written as if the child were talking: “If you want me to be ready to learn to read when I start school, here’s what you can do with me every day: 1) Read aloud with me for 15-20 minutes each day. You can get books at the library. 2) Talk with me throughout the day. Use lots of interesting words, and ask me lots of questions. 3) Sing songs and say rhymes with me. This helps me break down words into parts. 4) Do fingerplays with me, like Itsy Bitsy Spider. This will help my fingers be ready to hold a pencil. 5) Play with me! Games and pretend play help me grow and learn, and I love it when you laugh with me!”

Oh, my, what a wonderful birthday I had! A special thank you to my kiddos Jed and Julie and Jason and their kiddos for hosting my birthday celebration; kudos to my dear husband Buck for his help; many thanks to Cathy, Debbie, and Mary Lou for all their help from setting up and decorating to “being there” for me. …and a surprise visit from my two sisters from Wyoming. Many friends dropped by to wish me well and share some cake and coffee or punch served by my four grands, Kylie, Ty, Finn and Darby. A gal just couldn’t have asked for a more special day!

Riggins Rodeo Royalty for the 2017 are Queen Phoebe Rupp from Riggins and her Princess Jillian Hausladen from Grangeville. Congratulations to you girls … may your royalty year be filled with lots of fun at parades and rodeos beginning with the Riggins Rodeo, May 6 and 7! Thanks Lynda Mann for coordinating this event.

White Bird Rodeo Queen tryouts for the 2017 White Bird Rodeo will be held this Saturday March 18. Contact Kami Fogleman 983-1726 or 983-8779 for information.

The Riggins Spring Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Salmon Rapids Lodge Tuesday afternoon/evening March 28 from 2-7 p.m., and Wednesday morning/early afternoon March 29 from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Call Kris Catherman 628-3572 or Joy Swift 628-3224 to make your appointment. Be a hero, donate blood for those in need.

The Senior All Star basketball games were played in Payette, Monday, March 13 with five Salmon River High School seniors playing! Congratulations to SRHS girls Maddy Tucker and Sarah Laritz, and to SRHS boys, Tucker Boyd, Stephen Hackler, and Clayton Shepherd. Paula Tucker was chosen as the All Star Coach for the girls; JC Tucker and Charlie Shepherd were chosen as All Star Coaches for the boys.

St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday March 17, so be sure to wear green!

The Riggins Middle School students will have a St. Patrick’s Day Dance today, Wednesday, March 15, from 4:15-5:30 p.m.; the ASK bus will be available to transport students home. Students are encouraged to wear green and bring 50 cents.

There will be a lunch wedding reception honoring Mr. and Mrs. Chad and Emily Carlson Sunday, March 19, at the Salmon River Community Church following the church service. There will be a money tree for them as well.

Our own Centurion, Lee Simonson, will turn 100 years young with a birthday celebration Sunday, April 2, at the Salmon River Community Church following the morning service. Shhhhh, mum’s the word, but we want to shower him with 100 birthday cards for this very special event! If you cannot be at the party, drop your card off or send it to the Salmon River Community Church.

The 2017 annual Jet Boat Races and activities will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 14,15, 16. More details to follow next week.

The annual Riggins Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the PTO will be held Saturday, April 15, at the Riggins Elementary School playground for babies to fourth graders. Bring your friends and cousins … there are always lots of Easter eggs to go around!

Easter is Sunday, April 16, with Sunrise services as well as regular services at the church of your choice. More information next week.

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