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April 24, 2017

Rippey 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.

Shawneene’s Corner: We had an awesome turnout Thursday afternoon for the Greene County Reads book discussion. We were able to Skype in the author, Jennifer Chiaverini. Those who attended numbered about 22. It was very exciting to listen to Jennifer Chiaverini as she spoke about her book, “Fates and Traitors.”  It was great that those who attended were able to ask her questions and hear her answer. A big thank you to Jan Scharingson for leading the discussion. I want to also thank Mary Weaver for supplying delicious cookies and lemonade!

In the fall, the Greene County Library Association will be looking to have another Greene County Reads. The book will be “The Hamilton Affair.”

Rotary grant received: I am very pleased to announce that the library has received a check from the Greene County Rotary Club grant program in the amount of 1,385 for updating items in the library. I, as well as board member Jean Borgeson, attended the grant awards luncheon held April 10 in Jefferson, where the Library was awarded the check.  The library is very appreciative of the award! It is awesome to have the support of such organizations. Please, if you happen to see a Rotary member, tell them “thank you” for helping our communities thrive.

I want to thank everyone who supported and donated to the Library Easter egg hunt and egg decorating event. We had a great turnout. Those who donated were Peoples Trust & Savings Bank of Rippey, Sierra Community Theatre, Hy-Vee of Jefferson, Sarah Kilgore of Rippey, along with other parents and young adults from the community. The day would not have been a success without you!!

I am now going to start focusing on the summer reading program.

Also, I am pleased to welcome our new library board member, Brenda Roberts! Brenda will be a strong addition to our board.  Welcome, Brenda!

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.

Sunday, April 23, Jacob Brubaker was presented his personal Bible from Pastor Paul Burrow.  A gift of a Bible is given to all third graders from the church. Adam and Lacy Brubaker are Jacob’s parents and Mom was in attendance for this occasion. Good reports and prayers continue for Adam, as he recovers.  Jo Bardole is Jacob’s Sunday school teacher.

Rippey Ladies Aid Guest Day reminder: Rippey Ladies Aid Guest Day will be Thursday, May 4, at 9:30 at the Rippey Methodist Church. The theme for the day will be, “Prayer.”  Please RSVP to Tony Roberts at 515-436-7671 by May 1

Rippey Lions Club:  Thursday, April 20,  the Rippey Lions Club members enjoyed a meal prepared and served by Bev Derry and Marilyn Millard assisted by LaVere Derry and George Millard. During the business meeting the group continued discussion regarding summer plans including, “Music on Main Street” and a community picnic which may include dedication of a memorial for Keith Devilbiss and recognition of other work completed. Dale Hanaman will be doing further regarding the possibility of planting trees to honor the 100th anniversary of Lions Club as a community service. Ideas for the next near included a breakfast or brunch for the Rippey community in the spring.

Following the business meeting, Nancy Burrow present pictures and information about petroglyphs, a form of pictures of people and animals, at Legend Rock State Park in Wyoming where she and Pastor Paul Burrow had traveled on vacation. This art work had been created from 1500 years ago to more recent times.

The next meeting will be May 4 with Nancy and Dale Hanaman, potluck coordinators and Rachel Sacco in charge of the program.

Relay for Life and Team Velda: Thanks to all who provided baked goods for Team Velda’s project at the Relay for Life in Jefferson April 22. “Roaring Rippey Rolls and Other Tasty Treats” were sold to raise funds in Velda DeMoss’ memory. Team members include  Shawn and Lori DeMoss, Marc and Shannon DeMoss,  Beth DeMoss; Karli (DeMoss) Louk and daughter Zelda, Jean Borgeson, Mary Weaver, Connie Neese, Kris Brend, Janice Johnston, Mary and Rick Liebich, and Dale and Nancy Hanaman. Some of the group participated in the Scrabble Walk/Run event during the day. Thanks to all of those who have contributed to support this worthy project to fight cancer…. Nancy Hanaman, team captain


Dale and Nancy Hanaman journeyed to Wisconsin over the Easter weekend to visit with Matthew Hanaman and Adyara in Rice Lake, WI. While there they celebrated birthdays for Matthew, Adyara, and Dale. They all traveled to Superior, WI, for an early Easter dinner with Sarah and Benji Pearson, Steven, Elizabeth and Andrea. Adrianna Hanaman, a student in Duluth, MN, joined them for the meal.

Delores Blanshan of Waterloo recently spent a few days last week with her mom Virgene Morse. The girls spent time chatting, puttering around the house, shopping and had lunch out at the Peony in Jefferson. Easter Day guests in the Morse home were Kelsey Blanshan of Ankeny and Diane and Terry Ostendorf, Ben, Michaela and Madelyn of Madrid along with Sam Van De Berg, Annika Lewis and Scout.  After a ham dinner, they had fun visiting and seeing what the Easter Bunny had left the grandchildren.

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