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RippeyRippey News Jan. 5, 2015

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Rippey United Methodist Church:  PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235. Pastors:  Enna Antunez and Paul Burrow. Phone: 515-436-7731

Adult Sunday school at 9 am; worship service at 10:30 am. Every Tuesday: Quilters 9 am, coffee and fellowship 10 am – everyone welcome!

Thursday, Jan. 8: Ladies Aid at 2 pm.

Rippey public library:  Sarah Kilgore, librarian. Phone: 515-436-7714; Website: E-mail: Hours: Monday 1-6 pm, Tuesday 1:30-5:30 pm; Wednesday 3-8 pm; Thursday 10am-2pm; Saturday 1-3 pm.

Jan. 15: Coffee ‘N Bingo at 10:30 am, Myron and Maralynn Rinker, hosts

Jan. 19: Public meeting –  Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation will hold a public meeting Monday, Jan. 19, at 6 pm in the Rippey Community Building. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to suggestions from the public on how to handle the charitable distributions countywide from Wild Rose Jefferson. The public is encouraged to attend and share their ideas.

News in and around Rippey

Former Rippey folks, Bill and Jackie Souder, are great-grandparents: Evan and Rachel Schroeder of Sioux Center are the parents of a daughgter, Elise Noelle, born Jan. 3. She weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Matt and Lisa Schroeder of Jefferson and David and Betty Vande Griend of Hull. Great-grandparents are Bill and Jackie Souder and Marilyn Leiss, all of Jefferson, and Ron and Phyllis Schroeder of Carroll.

Roberts family celebrates early Christmas The Roberts family Christmas was held Dec. 21 in the home of Tim and Lori Bardole of Rippey. Besides Cassie, Schyler and Gabe Bardole other Rippey relatives attending were Phil and Toni Roberts, Chris and Brenda Roberts, and Geoffrey Roberts.  Attending from Jefferson were Matthew and Stephanie Roberts, Mallory and Gene Dillavou and Jodin and Kylynn, and Karen Roberts and son Dominik and friend Mark Salinas. Other relatives and friends were Lindsay Roberts of North Liberty and friend Randy Reinhart and two daughters Ariana and Sabrina of Bettendorf, Sarah Roberts and Corey Bradley and their son Camden of Earlham, Courtney Roberts and daughters Olivia and Emmalynn of Urbandale, Lauren King of Adaza, Tony and Wendolyn Burkett and daughters Josie, Addie and Lily of Winterset, and Morgan Roberts and son Wesley and Jacob Peterson, all of Emmetsburg.
As heads of the family, Phil and Toni Roberts enjoyed the perks fitting their age—first in line at the buffet, seating at the head table and best of all, no clean up duties!

The highlight after dinner was the opportunity to skype with the one grandchild missing from the event—Marshall Roberts in South Carolina!

After everyone had the chance to say hello to Marshall, the group all settled into the living room for the afternoon’s entertainment.  First came the gifts from Grandma and Grandpa followed by a much more anticipated event—the annual “Chinese Gift Exchange!”  Grandma Toni had once again rounded up enough gag gifts from their “bargain basement” for this fun exchange. Amid much laughter and stealing of each other’s gifts, the grandchildren finally settled with their new “treasures” for this year.

The final game was a new twist on “Name That Tune” led by Brenda Roberts.  Six teams of young and old participants had to think of the most songs that had whatever word that Brenda gave as part of that song and then had to sing the song. The last team standing won. It was a real “hoot” listening to Bible songs, Disney songs, rock and roll, heavy metal, camp songs, hip hop, rap and golden oldies—all with a certain word in the lyrics! Phil and Toni especially enjoyed all the musical talent displayed and all the fun the game produced. Ending the evening the couple remarked “It Is a Wonderful Life!”

Bardole Christmas gatherings – Christmas Day, Roy and Phyllis Bardole spent the day at the home Pete and Yvette Bardole in Jefferson.  Also there were Arthur, Avery, and Aden, Tim, Lori, Cassie, Schyler, and Gabe Bardole. The day was spent “eating” and playing games.

Jason, Allison, Levi, Kate, and Chase Bardole drove to Iowa on Dec. 30.  On the 31st everyone came to the Roy Bardole home and opened gifts. Those present were Roy, Phyllis, Pete, Yvette, Arthur, Avery, Aden, Tim, Lori, Cassie, Schyler, Lauren King, and Gabe Bardole.  It was a fun day.  The next day all gathered at Roy and Phyllis’ again and had some more visit time, played games, and ate. Aden and Levi have fun as cousins and always have a good time.  Kate is more comfortable around everyone and the two granddaughters Cassie and Kate are buddies. Chase is sporting a “helmet” now for about three or four months. He has to wear it 23 hours a day.  He is a very happy baby and doesn’t complain about anything. He enjoyed the attention from everyone.

Jason and Allison and family left Friday morning for Wauwatosa, WI.  Local relatives enjoyed having them here.  They were able to come Thanksgiving also, so seeing them twice in a month is a treat.

Neese family celebrates holiday – Lucas and Krista Neese  of Mankato, MN, were overnight and supper guests on  Dec. 23 in the home of Connie Neese. Steve and Deanna Neese joined the group and they all enjoyed viewing the proofs of their recent wedding.  Lucas and Krista returned home on Dec. 24.

Carrie Strabley of Boone, Alan and Kate Neese and family, Steve and Deanna all of Grand Junction, attended Christmas Eve service at the UM church with Connie Neese.

On Christmas Day, all the “Kids” were at the house with Connie.  Included in the group were Rob and Kate Doerhoff, Jason and Denise Doerhoff, and sons, Leeland, Declan, and Stacy Doerhoff  of Ankeny; Steve and Deanna Neese, Alan and Kate Neese, Emily, Josh, Molly, and Max of Grand Junction;  Jon Strabley and son Henery, and Carrie Strabley, all from Boone; David, Barbara Ovenshire, Riley, Keagan and Delaney of Palo, and Bailey Ovenshire, who was home on leave from Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.  Brock Grubbs and friend Cassie Frey came in the afternoon.

In the evening the family sent “luminaries” upward toward heaven, in a memorial to Grandpa Dale and sang Happy Birthday in honor of his Dec. 25 birthday.

On Friday some of the family met in Des Moines at the new FLIX Theater where Kyle Grubbs is working.  They saw “Unbroken.”

 Blanshan and Ostendorf families gather for the holidays Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day guests in the home of Virgene Morse were Diane and Terry Ostendorf, Ben, Michaela and Madelyn of Madrid and Kevin and Delores Blanshan of  Waterloo, Dr. Eric Blanshan of Boulder, CO, and Kelsey Blanshan of Ames. Great food, games, as well as many stories and memories of Grandpa made the holiday special.

New Year’s Day guests in the home of Virgene Morse were Diane and Terry Ostendorf, Ben, Michaela and Madelyn of Madrid, Kenton Reece of Boone and Kelsey Blanshan of Ames. Grandma served her vegetable soup and the family enjoyed some long and intense UNO games.

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