From the neighborhood

RippeyPlease send your news item to Jean Borgeson at jeanb [at] iowatelecom [dot] net

Feb. 15, 2016

Many hardy folks ventured to the Rippey library/Community Building Saturday, Feb. 13, to sample a variety of soups on a frigid winter night to raise money for Greene County Relay for Life to fight cancer in memory of Velda DeMoss. Team Velda members provided a tasty selection of soups: beef vegetable, wild rice-chicken, chili, broccoli and cheese, and corn chowder. The team and others provided a selection of bars, as well.

RFL lum tree in RippeyThose who attended stayed to visit. The Relay for Life luminaria tree was part of the event with luminarias in memory of Velda DeMoss, Carson Griffith and Judy Lint among others. These are displayed at the walk/run event as part of the Relay for Life activities on April 23 in honor of those currently dealing with cancer, survivors, care givers and those who have passed on.

Team Velda’s Varieties members include Shannon DeMoss, Lori DeMoss, Beth DeMoss, Connie Neese, Mary and Rick Liebich, Jean Borgeson, Jan Johnston, Mary Weaver and Dale and Nancy Hanaman. Thanks to all for their support for this event.

Team Velda purple glovesPictured having some purple glove fun are (from left) Beth DeMoss, Toni Roberts and Mary Weaver. ~story and photo by Nancy Hanaman

Rippey Lions Club: The regular meeting of the Rippey Lions Club will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 pm at the Rippey United Methodist Church. The meal will be served by women of the church. Maralynn and Myron Rinker are in charge of the program.

Rippey public library: Librarian Andrea Williams. Phone: 515.436.7714; Website:; E-mail: rippeyli [at] windstream [dot] net

HOURS: Monday 1-6 pm; Tuesday 1:40-5:30 pm; Wednesday 3 to 8 pm; Thursday 12-6 pm.

REMINDER: When Greene County Schools close because of the weather, so does the Rippey public library.

February programs:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Valentine’s Day craft at 4 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 – Coffee ‘N Bingo at 11 am sponsored by Rippey Lions Club
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 – Leap Year Craft at 4:15 pm
  • Monday, Feb. 29 – Beginners’ genealogy class presented by Iowa Genealogical Society at 1 pm

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

Adult Sunday school at 9:45 am. Worship service at 11 am. Every Tuesday: quilters 9 am, coffee and fellowship 10 am – everyone welcome.

Reminder:  Sunday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 27 – Pastor Paul will be on vacation. Pastor Julie Poulsen of the Jefferson UMC will be on call for pastoral emergencies. Her contact information is as follows:  office – 515-386-4411; cellular 319-461-3146; email juliaefpoulsen [at] gmail [dot] com

News in and around Rippey: Sunday, Feb. 14, the family of Pat Milliken gathered near her home in Grimes to celebrate her 80th birthday!  Those attending included Dwaine Milliken of Grimes, Sheila Wirth of Boone, Dave, Michelle and Christina Hick of Ankeny, Kevin and Mary Ann Hick of Rippey, Ryan Stout and Nathan Bush of Des Moines, Rachel, John and Erin Betts of Indianola, Haven, Lisa, Henry, Brayden, and Charlie Hick of Pella, Liz Hick and Adam Wunsch of Nevada, Bob and Maxine Topping of Perry, Janet and Adam Topping of West Des Moines, and Twilla Topping of Des Moines.  They enjoyed a catered meal from JJ’s BBQ Pit in Boone, then ate cake in celebration.  Pat received a three-wheeled bike from her family as a gift.  She is hoping to participate in BRR next year. Everyone enjoyed the time to fellowship together in a wonderful celebration!  Her actual birthday is Feb. 16.

Cousins Kale and Seth Borgeson spent Saturday with their grandmother Jean Borgeson of Rippey while their parents attended the wrestling tournament and Home Show, respectively.  Kale and Grandma participated in delivering 4-H Valentine cookie plates in the morning and after Seth arrived it was soon apparent that it was going to be an “explore Grandma’s nooks and crannies” day!  The discoveries made included long lost board games, with lots of little pieces. Bingo was chosen and enjoyed for a while.  Grandma doesn’t have a dish, so when PBS Kids programing ended, they endured Lawrence Welk and played their electronic devices, which they tried to explain to Grandma. A lost cause, of course!  Grandma’s goal is to sort and be very selective when she tries to put the discoveries back!

The concern of the night was after the phone call from Alan explaining that they would be late because Kane was being watched in ER after a wrestling move resulted in a concussion. Kane was able to come home with them and will be resting for a few days.  Thanks to everyone for their prayers and good wishes for Kane and his family.

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