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

June 13, 2016

Harland Concrete installed a new 8-foot wide sidewalk, including a curb cut from the street, to the Community Room portion of the Rippey Library/Community Building on June 2.

The new sidewalk was a collaborative effort between the Friends of Rippey and the city of Rippey. The combined match was put forward to the Greene County Community Foundation for a $3,200 project.

The Friends of Rippey has received previous funds from the Greene County Community Foundation that have aided the Library/Community Room, Osborn Park, and the Galloping Goose Bike Trail.

This most recent project is helpful to people coming to the Community Room who use wheelchairs or walkers.Rippey sidewalk

Announcement: The Rev Bob Cook will retire after 40 years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to a reception on Friday, June 24, from 2 to 5 at Walnut Ridge at Clive, 1701 Campus Drive, Clive, IA.

Bob was pastor from 1978-1984 at the Grand Junction United Methodist Church and was a familiar face at Rippey events during that time. Cards may be sent to Bob at: 1120 42nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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

Children’s Sunday school at 9:30 am; adult Sunday school at 9:45 am; worship at 11 am. Every Tuesday, quilters at 9 am, coffee and fellowship at 10 am; Wednesday, choir at 7 pm.

Children’s Sunday school will not meet until September. Choir will not meet over the summer. There is a sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall for special music this summer. Share your talents with us.

Rippey public library:  Librarian, Katrina Buttler; 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 2-7 pm; Friday 3-6 pm.

Summer Reading Program On Your Mark, Get Set, Read starts June 6th – all ages

Every Tuesday in June and July there is an activity at the library from 2:30 to 4 pm.

Every Thursday in June and July is Movie Day at 2:30 pm.

There are many prizes and giveaways for participating in the Summer Reading Program.

Father’s Day Card Crafts – Week of June 13, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

From librarian Katrina Buttler: – June 20 – Hanson Family Jugglers at 4 pm.

News in and around Rippey

Lowell Ransom:  Word from Middelton, WI, was shared with friends and classmates of Lowell N. Ransom, who graduated with the Rippey High School class of 1944. Lowell passed away in Madison on May 23 at the age of 88. There were no public services held and he was to be buried at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt, IA, beside his parents at a later date. He was the  son of Cale and Mildred Ransom, who lived at Rippey from 1930 to 1944, while his father served as superintendent of the Rippey School System.

Bell Tower Festival: Several Rippey people were a part of the Bell Tower parade held on Saturday.

Fire chief Peter Johnson drove the Rippey fire truck with supporters representing our town enjoying the ride, along with other Greene County fire departments; Dale and Nancy Hanaman were instrumental in the Greene County Democrats float; Impact Award winner Mary Weaver along with her two granddaughters, Lauryn and Ada, rode in Ned Johnston’s convertible, loaned to Gary for the morning. They were throwing bubble gum to the parade on lookers. Peter Bardole, recently winning the right to run for the Greene County Board of Supervisors, was a part of the Republican parade float; Dan Acton drove an antique tractor he restored; Sarah Borgeson was in the Greene County Medical Center’s entry as she was the DAISY Award winner for 2016; and Kale Borgeson rode the 100th birthday Greene County Extension float with other 4-H members and supporters. The float won the trophy for best use of theme. Kale reported to Grandma Jean, that it was fun!

During the afternoon the Greene County Singers performed four numbers on the Plaza Stage. Dick Bardole gave a stellar performance as the lead tenor during the tune “Java Jive.” Other Rippey area members are Mary Weaver, Dale and Nancy Hanaman, Mary Ann and Kevin Hick, Jean Borgeson and Meladee Graven. The Singers rehearse most Sundays at 5 pm at Prairie Blue in Jefferson. All are welcome.

The Praise Powered Trio, composed of Meladee Graven, Mary Ann Hick and Brenda Roberts also sane a number. It was a beastly hot area in the direct sun light. The thermometer read 93 at the end of the performance.

Gary and Mary Weaver hosted Gary’s family on Saturday evening at the Iowa Cubs/Round Rock baseball game in Des Moines. A Sky Box was rented, allowing eight persons to enjoy the game outside, while others could  watch through large windows or on a closed circuit TV in an air conditioned room. One of the evening highlights was Kendall Weaver catching a  Cubs T-shirt thrown by the “pumper,” which she graciously gave to her male cousin, Nathan. Another exciting moment occurred when Cubby Bear visited the Sky Box and  Ada, Kendall, and Lauryn posed with him for a picture.

Those attending were Dean and Ellen Weaver and their daughter Kathy of Boone. Their son Dennis and his two children Kendall and Kyle from Tennessee were also able to attend. Gary’s second oldest brother Dale and his wife Elaine from Ottumwa were present, along with their two daughters Lori and Vicki. Vicki was visiting her parents with friend Freddie Contreras from Sioux Falls, SD. Matt, Theresa and Nathan Basye arrived after the start of the game as Nathan played baseball on Saturday afternoon in  Sioux City. Their daughter Lauryn had been an overnight guest with her grandparents since Friday. The Rippey Weaver family, David, Emily, and Ada, was also able to attend.

It was an enjoyable family event.

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