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Feb. 14, 2017

Rippey public library:  Librarian Shawneene Kenan; 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.

Rippey United Methodist Church:  PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235. Pastor: Paul Burrow, Pastor Rosa Soto. Phone: 515-436-7731. Adult Sunday school at 9:30 am; worship at 11 am; THUG youth group at 6 pm. Every Tuesday, quilters at 9 am, coffee and fellowship at 10 am. Every Wednesday, choir practice at 7 pm.

Friends of Rippey: Friends of Rippey were privileged to be asked to serve the Keith Devilbiss estate sale to be held Saturday, Feb. 18.  The food will be ready to serve at 11 am in the back part of the school building, located in Rippey.

It’s ironic that Keith was part of the crew who worked on this building, in 1957. Carrying mud for that addition was one job for Keith that summer and when the building was completed, the contractor, Roth Construction, offered him a chance to take a fully paid, seven week training course. This began his life-long career of working with mortar and bricks.  He also loved to share his experiences of special buildings in Iowa that he helped build or repair, but his eyes really lit up remembering his work at the Rippey School and the Rippey Methodist Church. Putting the last stone in place at approximately 4:30 am, the morning of the dedication of the church on April 15, 1973, made for an entertaining memory he liked to share. Little did he know he was given another chance to leave his mark, this time at the school where he began his career. He was especially proud of completing the monument. Keith loved Rippey, was a great supporter and promoter for the community.

Birthday celebration: Connie Neese enjoyed the weekend with the David and Barb Ovenshire family in Cedar Rapids.  The occasion was to help celebrate Keagan and Delaney their 17th birthday.  These busy girls play soccer and have jobs, one at a pizza place.

This afforded them the honor to provide pizza for the family gathering!  Connie returned home on Sunday.

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