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RippeyRippey News Jan. 12, 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!

There is a Hat/Mitten Tree in Fellowship Hall.  The donations will be given to the Greene County Elementary School for distribution.  Thanks for all that has been given so far.

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

Never too early to start 4-H projects: Josie Burkett of Winterset spent three days of her winter vacation with her grandparents Phil and Toni Roberts of Rippey.  Besides spending some time with her grandpa watching football games, Josie got a jumpstart on her 4-H projects for next summer’s fair.  Under Grandma Toni’s watchful eye, Josie learned to thread the sewing machine, measure material, pin seams, use an iron and run a straight stitch.  She finished her project–a zebra striped valance for her bedroom without a hitch and enjoyed learning a new skill.  Grandma Toni was delighted she could help, especially since she’s better known as the “baking grandma” not the “sewing grandma.”

Dale and Nancy Hanaman ventured to the northern regions of Wisconsin to celebrate the birthday of their granddaughter Elizabeth, in Superior, WI. The family gathering on Sunday included Matthew Hanaman of Rice Lake, WI, and paternal grandparents Fred and Lynn Pearson of Superior. Dale and Nancy enjoyed sharing time with the grandchildren and attending the movie The Penguins of Madagascar on Saturday.

Matthew Hanaman was recently named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. To be named to the dean’s list students must have completed 12 degree-seeking semester credits and achieve a grade point of 3.5-4.0. He plans to enter the School of Education and continue his work towards a degree in elementary education.

Visitors over the weekend in the home of Ben and Midge Vannatta were Louie Vannatta and children Sean, Adam, and Andrea, all of Chicago.  Saturday, the Vannatta Christmas party was held.  Others attending were Teresa and Bryan Mower of Guthrie Center; Beth and Steve Rachut, Abby and Cayleb of Osage; Kyle and Jamie Mower, Jamie and Nora of Rippey; and Pete and Jeannie Kottra, Hayley, Ian, Andrew and Sara of Ankeny.  A Christmas dinner was enjoyed with lots of cookies and candy being consumed.  The group opened their gifts and the older folks were entertained by the younger kids, who enjoyed decorating themselves and each other with all the ribbons.  It was a great time for the families to get together, not only for each other, but for the younger children to enjoy playing with their older cousins.

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