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April 11, 2016

Upcoming events: There will be a community bridal shower for Sarah Roberts-Bradley Saturday, April 16, at 10 am at the Rippey United Methodist Church. Attendees are invited to bring a recipe to share with Sarah.

Grow Greene to Rippey 3Brenda Muir, board member of Greene County Grows, is pictured presenting  $3,561 to the city of Rippey on April 4. Mary Weaver (middle), president of Friends of Rippey, and Janice Johnston (left), wife of Rippey city council member Ned Johnston, accepted the check as the Rippey city council met at the time of the presentation. The city of Rippey will use the funds to repair streets and  trim overhanging trees.  The city of Rippey expresses gratitude to the Grow Greene County board for these fund. ~submitted by Mary Weaver

Rippey fire department holds open house for community

RippeyFDRippey fire chief Pete Johnson and some of his crew.  Pictured are Pete, Katlyn Kendall, Michelle Christian, Deb Dennhardt, and Phil Odin on the newest truck delivered in February, 2016.

Mother Nature was kind to the Rippey fire department as the department hosted an open house for the community on April 9. The fire trucks were gleaming in the sunshine and the equipment on display inside the station was interesting, especially to the children, who were allowed to touch and try on some of the gear.

There are 10 members and one junior member on the local department. They include Pete Johnson, Brad Rowe, Phil Odin, Jon Allen, Gary Schmidt, Curt Muir, Deb Dennhardt, Michelle Christian and Heartland CO-OP employees Jared Mills and Jon Bushman.  Katlyn Kendall is a junior member and as a junior at Greene County High School, already has a goal of being a firefighter. Gail Monthei is a special honorary member to the rest of the crew.

Johnson joined the department in 1976.  He remembers his first house fire vividly. David Cunningham was living in his grandparents’ house when it caught fire. David was lucky to escape without injury and that was a life-long impression of a long career for Johnson. When the fire departments evolved into emergency responders, he took that very seriously. Johnson is a state certified emergency medical responder, and has kept his certification up by taking 16 hours of training each year. Even though there have been many emergency and rescue calls in his career, the worst one in recent years is the accident west of Rippey several years ago that killed three people.

The community members who attended were able to meet and thank the Rippey department members who respond to the emergency needs of our community.  Any small community should be proud and thankful there are people who will serve their communities in this capacity.

Rippey Lions Club meeting April 7: The Rippey Lions Club enjoyed a variety of tasty treats at their potluck meeting on April 7. During the business meeting the recent father-son banquet was reviewed with a discussion of plans for next year. A thank you was received from the American Cancer Society for a donation for Team Velda’s Varieties in memory of Velda DeMoss.

Diane Blackmer, coordinator for the Greene County Christian Action Center (ARC), presented the program. She shared the doors were first opened in 1990 under the sponsorship of the Greene County Ministerial Association. Food, clothing, household items and furniture are available.

The number of families served has increased each year with an average of 90 families served each month with approximately 200 family members. Many volunteers assist packing bags, sorting clothes, and distributing food on the days when the ARC is open and help in other ways.

In addition to food donations and items purchased from the Food Bank of Iowa, monetary donations are needed. Those coming to the ARC must first receive a voucher at the New Opportunities office. Local church pastors are available to talk with people as needed. The ARC is an important organization in our county.

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

HOURS: Monday 1-6 pm; Tuesday 2-6 pm; Wednesday 3-6 pm; Thursday 12-7 pm; Friday 3-6 pm.

Until the Rippey library board of trustees hires a new librarian, the library will be staffed by volunteers. Please have patience during the hiring process.

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.

Sunday, April 17 – 5 pm, SPLASH middle school youth at Grand Junction; 6:30 pm – THUG high school youth at Rippey.

News in and around Rippey: Dale and Nancy Hanaman traveled to Wisconsin to celebrate birthdays with their granddaughter Adyara, and their son Matthew. On Friday, they cheered on Adyara and grandson Steven Pearson at a track meet in Superior, WI. The Hanamans continued on to Rice Lake to stay with Matthew and girls.

Virgene Morse celebrated a belated birthday this past weekend with Kevin and Delores Blanshan of Waterloo and Kelsey Blanshan of Ankeny.  They also spent time outside doing yard work and played games as well as eating birthday cake and Grandma’s homemade chicken noodles.

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