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Five students of Janice Johnston will perform at their winter recital on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 pm in the library. There will be a supper served afterward. Everyone in invited to this event that showcases the hard work of these youngsters.

Rippey UMC
This Christmas, Rippey UMC is going to support the Greene County Elementary School by giving to HUGSS! (Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks and Sweatpants). We will have a mitten tree, as usual, and boxes underneath for the larger items.

Ladies Aid – Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 pm at the Library.

Rippey Lions Club – The meeting this week is the Holiday potluck at 7 pm at the church and is the only meeting in December. Maralynn and Myron are in charge of the program and Cindy and Mark Devilbiss are coordinating the potluck.

Rippey library news by Phyllis Bardole – I have been at my new job about two months. I love books, so this is a very comforting place to work. It would be nice if more people used the library.

We have many books. This includes fiction, mysteries, large print, Western biographies, youth, children, and DVDs. We also subscribe to all the newspapers around. We have many magazines to suit anyone in the household. I especially like this. I got tired of spending money on magazines, only to read them the first night and then it was off to recycling! We also provide computers for people who don’t have one at home and want to check email or look something up.

I’m getting back to reading. I didn’t have time there for awhile, so it is nice to sit and read when no one is in. Think about the cold winter! Wouldn’t it be nice to curl up with a good book beside the fire!

We have several books that are overdue. Take a look at home and see if you find a library book you have forgotten. Bring it in and there will be no fines during December. You might have a book that someone else might like to read. DVDs are only supposed to be checked out for a week and we have a lot missing. We have a book drop outside if you can’t come during library hours.

The library can’t buy every new book. If you have someone who you would like to remember, you can give a memorial to the library and we can purchase new books.

The bus picks up students in the morning and leaves them off here at night. It would be nice if they would come in and pick up a book to read. Several have used the computers.

We are planning a Christmas party on Dec. 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. School is out early that day, so we decided that they can make a gift jar to take home. Candies and jars will be provided. We’ll also have popcorn, party mix, and a drink while they watch a Christmas movie. I hope several students will take advantage of this. Parents are welcome to come if they want to watch and eat popcorn,

Dale Hanaman (left) and Nancy Burrow (right), Rippey public library board members, attended the Iowa State University Grant Writing 101 seminar at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson last week. Jane Nolan Goeken (center) led the workshop attended by 40 persons.

Thanksgiving guests in the home of Virgene Morse were Diane and Terry Ostendorf and Ben of Madrid, Michaela Ostendorf and Madelyn Ostendorf of Ames, Kelsey Blanshan of Ankeny, as well as Kevin and Delores Blanshan of Waterloo. Regrets were sent by Sam Van De Berg, Annika Lewis and Eric and Dana Blanshan. They had several days to visit, eat and play games. Earlier in the month, both families also visited Virgene to make sure she was ready for winter!

Dick and Jo Bardole, Connie Neese and Jean Borgeson enjoyed the Christmas musical, The Gospel According to Scrooge at the Bethel Church in rural Boone County. The presentation has been a Christmas tradition at the church since 1983. The cast and crew of 65 members live in Beaver, Boone, Jefferson, Ogden, Perry, Rippey, and Woodward. The cast range in age from 5 to “80-ish” and it was a very enjoyable evening. Kevin and Mary Ann Hick of Rippey were in the production for the first time. Several others from the area attended the performances held over the weekend.

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