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April 17, 2017

It was hard squeezing Easter news out of people for this week. Maybe next week. Otherwise, just another lazy, slow week in and around south west Washington Township. 

Most people I talk to are trying to get their yards and gardens ready for mowing and planting.  We older folks can only work until our bodies tell us to stop, so any  job is taking longer and longer, with all the rest stops that need to be taken. The chain saws were busy and the lawns did get mowed. It’s always good to draw upon the skills of a son who makes short work out of removing those volunteer trees that seem to grow out of control. Grandson #1 mowed, so it was nice for me to just keep clearing stuff out of the old flower beds. I’m always amazed each year to see what survives!

Upcoming library event reminder: Greene County Reads, April 20 at the Rippey library: The book is “Fates and Traitors”  by Jennifer Chiaverini, the New York times best-selling author of several acclaimed historical novels and of the beloved Elm Creek Quilt series.

This is a novel of John Wilkes Booth, who is often portrayed as a shadowy figure whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. This is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return. It is a must read!

There will be a book discussion led by Jan Scharingson Thursday, April 20, at 2 pm at the Rippey library, lasting an hour and a half. Author Jennifer Chaiaverini will join us via Skype during the discussion.

Team Velda will again participate in the Greene County Relay for Life on Saturday, April 22. The members will be involved in different activities during the day. We will have our table with “Roaring Rippey Rolls and Other Tasty Treats” for sale to those who are there. Thanks to all for your commitment and dedication to this year’s Relay for Life of Greene County. ~Nancy Hanaman, team captain

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.

Bye Bye Blues – The members of the Bye Bye Blues met in the home of Doris Brown on Thursday, April 13.  The group was small, as the others had previous appointments or were not feeling well that morning. Marilyn Pentico arrived in her costume of the day, as she had participated in the fundraiser and pie auction at Perry to help raise funds for their 4th of July celebration. She was excited to know her pies raised considerable amount for the cause. Doris, Marilyn, and Jean Borgeson had a nice visit and the rest indicated they would try to be in attendance next month.

Easter at the Weavers’ – Gary and Mary Weaver hosted Easter dinner for David, Emily and Ada Weaver, and Dean and Ellen Weaver and Kathy Weaver.  Ada was helpful in securing Easter eggs for all that had been hidden around the house

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