School is back in session. Please obey our lovely new flashing stop lights at 4th Street and Park Street; let’s keep our children safe. Our hanging flower baskets are still a lovely spot of color along the downtown corridor. Thanks go out to all our donors as well as the Randall Family and friends for keeping up the rigorous watering schedule. In the spirit of downtown beautification, the Masonic Hall is experiencing some fresh paint and a facelift. Clay Potential will not be outshone in the beautification model; more upgrades and paint are happening here as well.

To kick off fall, the Riddle City Library is holding a Book and Bake Sale fundraiser from Sept. 8-27 during regular library hours. On Saturdays, the sales will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In conjunction with these sales, there is also a quilt raffle. Tickets are available at the library. There is a chance to win either a large quilt or a smaller quilt. Drawings will be on Sept. 15 for the small quilt and Oct. 31 for the large quilt. Preschool storytime is held every at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Fall sports are in full swing, so visit the high school to pick up a sports schedule or check the school website for your copy. Along with high school sports, the elementary students are also active in volleyball, football, cheerleading and soccer, so be vigilant around town for all these students walking to and from these activities. Show up to support them as well. It’s uplifting to our students to have the community support behind them as they participate in these character-building activities.

As summer heat and smoke abates, the Riddle Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Riddle Sawdust Jubilee committee is looking toward the fall and winter seasons to provide more fun and excitement in Douglas County. After a massively successful Sawdust Jubilee, attention is turning to celebrate Halloween with Main Street Treats and Decorations from 2 to 5 p.m., on Oct. 31, continuing with our second Trunk-or-Treat in the high school parking lot from 5 to7 p.m. Downtown merchants are being asked to decorate their businesses and hand out treats. The initial supply of treats is being generously donated by Riddle Engineered Wood. A big shout out to them for always supporting the community.

Plans are in the making for the 30th Lighted Timber Truckers Parade on Dec. 8. It will once again originate at the DR Johnson lumber mill following Old Highway 99 through Tri City and culminating in Myrtle Creek for additional festivities. Meanwhile, back in Riddle, the tree-lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, and many fun-filled events will be happening. More to come on that as we get closer to the date. Mark your calendar and be prepared to have some good, clean, wholesome, hometown fun.

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

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