Savages named to All-Star team

Riggins News

— Congratulations, Salmon River Savages, on your big win of 56-6 in third quarter of play over Kootenai Warriors in the first of two playoff games for the 2013 State Football Championship. Eight-man football has a mercy rule stating if one team is 45 points ahead anytime in the second half of play, the game is called. Salmon River Savages will meet the Deitrich Blue Devils for the second playoff game Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. in Dietrich. “Go Savages…. all the way to state!” The Salmon River Savages vs. the Deitrich Blue Devils game will be webcast on at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, for those who cannot go to the game.

Seven Salmon River High School football players, Fred Taylor, Leighton Vander Esch, Terrun Zolman, Trent Perkins, Thomas Mead, Nolan Richerson and McCoy Hale, were selected for the 2013 All Star Football Game to be held Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Congratulations to all of you!

“Come have a ball with us” at the annual harvest ball this Saturday, Nov. 16, at Summerville’s Cafe and American Bar in Riggins. They will feature a special prime rib dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. for $45 per couple which includes tickets to the ball. Reserve your tickets for dinner today, Wednesday, Nov. 13. Cover charge for the ball will be $2 per person or $3 per couple. Salmon Rapids Lodge will offer 15 percent off rooms Saturday, Nov. 16, as well.

Salmon River Booster Club officers for 2013-2014 are president - Susan Shepherd, vice president - Kim Van Komen, secretary - Wendy Kunkel, treasurer - Joni Shepherd. The Salmon River Booster Club is very active in helping our students from K-12 fund and support activities and events not funded by the school disrtict. If you have any questions concerning the booster club, feel free to contact one of the officers.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes -- blood donors are a big kind of hero as are the volunteers who give their blood, time, cookies or all three! The Riggins Red Cross Blood Drive is Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salmon Rapids Lodge conference room. There are a few appointments left. Make your own appointment today on-line or contact Kris Catherman at 628-3572 or Heather Cullin to make an appointment for you. Thank you in advance for helping save lives of others.

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Reflect on your blessings and name at least one thing each day for which you are truly thankful. These reflections can make our days and our lives richer and fuller.

Riggins is featuring its second annual “Light up Riggins” Christmas lighting contest for businesses and private persons as well. Just light up your place and you are in the running! Voting for the “Best Lit” will be done in Riggins’ businesses…. everyone is invited to vote for their favorite…. more information on this next week. Get busy now and help make Riggins bright during December and the Christmas Season. For information, talk to Marie Clay at Two Rivers Coffee.

With the Christmas season soon upon us, there are two separate gift-giving programs for the children in our canyon, the Secret Santa program along with the Giving Tree sponsored by our Salmon River community for kids birth to 18 and the Toys for Tots sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves for kiddos 12 years and younger. Applications for these programs can be picked up at Riggins City Hall.

The Riggins Secret Santa's Program sponsors the Giving Tree featuring decorations with our Riggins/Salmon River children birth-18 years of age. Names, ages, approximate sizes and gift ideas will be on the decorations on the Giving Tree at the Sterling Bank beginning Nov. 15 and running through Dec. 15. People wanting to give through this program just need to go into the bank, select a name “decoration,” get a gift, and take it to the Riggins City Hall unwrapped. The Secret Santas and their helpers will have a wrapping day and have the gifts delivered before Christmas. Families may pick up an application for the Giving Tree at Riggins Elementary School or at Riggins City Hall.

The annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Salmon River Canyon Farmers’ Market will be Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Riggins Community Center, located behind Crump’s Chevron Station. There will be gifts for all ages. Take a friend out to lunch that will be available for both days at a small cost. Vendors are invited to sell their wares; the table fee will go to help with food for the Secret Santa’s Christmas Baskets. To reserve your table, call Mo at 628-3671 or Marlene at 628-3743.

Santa will visit the Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center. Kids can sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, and have their photos taken with him.

Christmas Bazaar at the Riggins Assembly Of God Church will be Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. They will feature baked goods, homemade items like aprons, scarves, hats, cards, jewelry, gift sets, decorations, local photos, paintings, and so much more. If you would like to sell your crafts, call Kathy, and you’ll be set. Table rent benefits girls’ ministries. A yummy lunch is available for a small donation each day. Call Kathy Scheline for information at 630-4444.

Unique Antler Design Wildlife Gallery will be having its annual Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will have refreshments all day long with drawings for discounts and door prizes. “Come in for the fun and check out our gift ideas! We carry antler carvings, lighting and furniture, soapstone sculpture, local photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Made in Idaho. Made in USA! Shop locally! Thanks.”

The annual tradition of holiday magic and music continues this December at Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street in Riggins. The “Gifts of Christmas” will celebrate the holiday season with two free events in the setting of the lodge’s Big Salmon River Room. Refreshments will be served and special room rates are available. For information call the lodge toll-free at 877-957-2743, local at 628-2743, or visit their website

The first “Gift” begins Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. (MST) with a book signing by local author, John Sangster of Grangeville. His recently published book, “Salmon River Fire: 30 years as an Idaho firefighter,” will be available during the signing and is also available in the lodge’s gift shop anytime.

Musical entertainment on Dec. 7 at Salmon Rapids Lodge will start at 6 p.m. (MST) with a musical performance by Hotwire who will feature an ear-grabbing mix of old-style bluegrass, newgrass, country, folk and acoustic genres that are hard to pin down — delivered with a hard driving energy that they call "high-voltage bluegrass." Their sound features solid two-, three- and four-part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

The second “Gift of Christmas” will be Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. (MST) featuring a children’s concert. Local youth from the Riggins and New Meadows areas will fill the Big Salmon River Room with music from piano, vocal and assorted instruments. You won’t want to miss this free event. Children will enjoy a cookie decorating activity after the concert.

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