Riddle closed out fall with a magnificent display of fall foliage, flags and a very successful Halloween event. Our merchants on Main Street handed out goblin-friendly goodies to all the boys and girls. Each merchant received a starter kit through a generous donation from Riddle Engineered Wood Products. Children hit main street, then continued to the high school parking lot for the 4th annual Trunk-or-Treat, sponsored by the Sawdust Jubilee Committee. There, the many highly decorated trunks offered even more goodies and treats, as well as a festive atmosphere. The journey continued into the gym where the high school student council hosted a carnival, complete with Mickey Mouse and his crew.

Veteran’s Day was commemorated with our unsurpassed display of flags, thanks to Robert Williams and his team of flag raisers. He tells me he has plans to extend the flag footprint onto and across the bridge over Cow Creek. Any merchants or residents interested in sponsoring a flag can contact Bob. On Nov. 11 many Riddle residents journeyed to Canyonville to memorialize our veterans. Included in the small, personal and moving ceremony were readings, demonstrations and singing, concluding with a fly over and refreshments.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. A free turkey dinner complete with trimmings was provided by the Hillside Christian Church. This has become a tradition, served to those who want to avoid the hassle of leftovers or just want to spend the day with friends and community members, sans cooking.

Riddle Volunteer Fire Department members spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving decorating our fair city. The lights are more beautiful each year, with the collection growing and more and more lights going up. A very hearty thank you to all who volunteer at the fire department for everything you do for us all year and especially for the Christmas lights.

The D.R. Johnson Memorial Timber Trucker Light Parade is almost upon us. Dec. 8, mark the date on your calendar. Come early to reserve your spot, bring your fire pit and your marshmallows. The route begins at the lumber mill on Pruner Road, wraps down Park Street to First Street, then up Main Street to the Bypass Road and on to Tri City, culminating in Myrtle Creek for the awards presentations.

Many activities are on tap the day of the light parade; plan on making a day of it. The annual Cow Creek Classic basketball tournament will be in full swing at the high school. A bake sale of scrumptious goodies will be at the First Baptist Church, cookie decorating at Sweet Confections at 11 a.m., Pictures with Santa at 3 p.m., Chili at the church, and the Main Street tree lighting at the first sign of trucks (approximately 5:30 p.m.), serenaded by Christmas carols.

The Riddle City Library is looking to boost their volunteer base. If you have any time and are looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend it, please call the library. They have many events and funds raisers planned; many hands help to lighten the load.

By the time this is in print you will have missed the Glenbrook Country Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1. This is a collection of top-shelf, locally handcrafted items for sale. These crafters put on quite the event, so again, mark your calendars for next year; you’ll thank me later. Since you’re in the neighborhood, you must include Tractor and Treasures (right off Interstate 5, exit 101) in your search for quality local products. While not technically a Riddle business (our loss), they provide quality repurposed items at a very reasonable price.

As we look past winter and on to spring, keep your calendar handy as we will again be hosting the Sawdust Jubilee Dinner and Auction, the annual $6.00 bare-root tree sale, the Sawdust Jubilee and many events in conjunction with our library and schools.

Much is happening in Riddle. Street improvements continue, real estate is moving and our library is thriving. Many activities are either happening or in the planning stage. So until next time, know that we are healthy, happy and wishing you all the best in the New Year.

Jane Mitchell is president of the Riddle Area Chamber of Commerce.

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