June 26, 2016

A Tribute to Mary Weaver is here.

Memorial Bricks for Rippey School Due This Week

Individuals interested in placing orders for the Rippey School Memorial should complete the application this week, as The Friends of Rippey are planning to submit the order July 5th.

Mark Devilbiss has graciously and generously assumed the role formerly being filled by his dad, Keith. He is also a mason and will place the new bricks ordered into the patio area.

Individuals do not have to be graduates of the Rippey School to order a brick, as a number of former students who were educated in the building when it served as the East Greene K-8th grade center now have their bricks in place.

Several persons also have chosen to purchase bricks for their parents, former teachers, or other relatives or friends they want to recognize and honor.  The bricks are $50.00 each, and must be submitted on the “form”, as there is a limit on the lines available on each brick.  The forms are available on the REMEMBERING THE RIPPEY SCHOOL Face Book site, or at the Library, the church, or either Rippey bank.

Please return the form and your check payable to:

Friends of Rippey
Box 52
Rippey IA 50235

Form attached here.


Greene County libraries are hostng the Hanson Family for afternoon ”Recycled Fun” programs at all Greene County Libraries.  Their appearances in Greene County are funded by the Greene County board of supervisors. Admission is FREE!!

The Hanson Family performed Monday, June 20, at 4:00 p. m. in the Greene County School District’s Wisecup Gymnasium located on the west side Rippey.  

Thanks to Superintendent Tim Christensen of the Greene County Schools for letting the Rippey Library use this space!

Mark Hanson is a two-time Guinness world record holder for speed juggling. With him will be his daughter Christa, who is a national unicycle champion, and the rest of the Hanson clan. They’ll tell stories as they perform juggling and unicycle tricks they’ve showcased on two occasions for the Harlem Globetrotters.

If you couldn’t attend at  Rippey, other performances will be:

The Hanson Family will perform Monday, June 27:

10 am – Paton-Churdan school for the Churdan public library

1 pm – First United Methodist Church, Jefferson, for the Jefferson public library

4 pm – HF. & Maude E. Marchant Memorial Library (Scranton)


Rippey Public Library
Katrina Buttler, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714
Website: www.rippey.lib.ia.us
E-mail: rippeyli@windstream.net

Monday 1:00 – 6:00
Tuesday 2:00 – 6:00
Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00
Thursday 2:00 – 7:00
Friday -- 3:00 – 6:00

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 2:30-4:00
Every Thursday in June and July is movie day @ 2:30
Lots of prizes and giveaways for participating in the Summer Reading Program
Father's Day Card Crafts - Week of June 13th (Mon, Wed & Fri)

Rippey United Methodist Church

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

Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Children's Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service is at 11:00 a m.

Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00 - Coffee and fellowship 10:00 
Children's Sunday School is not meeting until September

Recognition Sunday

Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Rippey Methodist Church celebrated our Sunday school classes and recognized the students for their good attendance throughout the year.  For missing seven Sundays or less from September-May, each received a bar for their pin.  We had six students receive pins; they were Arthur and Avery Bardole a seven-year pin, Aden Bardole a 6six-year pin, Courtney Johnson a four-year pin, Kaitlyn and Emma McColley a two-year pin.  We also had each Sunday school class tell the congregation about their curriculum for this past year.  It was nice to hear what each class is learning.  We also recognized Danielle Johnson, who graduated from high school and will receive a Bible from the church.  It was announced that this year’s Sunday school project was Bidwell Riverside and we have raised $573 for them.  We plan to take this donation to them in the near future, and hopefully be able to also do some work for them while we are there.  Submitted by Mary Hick, SundaySchool Superintendent.

Father’s Day Cookout

Chris and Carrie McCain of Ogden and Marc Monthei of Des Moines celebrated Father’s Day with their dad, Gail Monthei  of  Rippey.  After eating a “healthy” lunch of grilled chicken and a lite salad, Carrie expressed that it was a day of celebration, as both she and her dad have some health problems that have given her a true appreciation of life.  Both continue their recoveries to good health and the afternoon was spent visiting and reminiscing. Gail’s friend, Pam, from Humbolt, also joined the group for the day.

News in and around Rippey

An Idea, a Proposal, City and Library Support Equals a Music Recital in Rippey       . 

In December, 2015, the piano of Carson Griffith was donated to the Rippey Community Room. Rather than just having it sit there unused, Janice Johnston had an idea forming in her head and brought a request to the city council in April. Rippey Mayor, Dan Brubaker, and the Rippey City Council Members, gave approval for Janice to give piano lessons to the children of Rippey. They determined the Community Room to be opened every Wednesday afternoon for lessons at no charge.

Soon, several children wanted to begin lessons, Janice needed music books, and funds to purchase additional keyboards, so group lessons could be given.  As word got out about this special project, almost by magic, donations came from individuals, Friends of Rippey and the Rippey Lions Club.  Three keyboards were purchased.  Under an arrangement with the Library Board and the Rippey Librarian, the keyboards may be checked out to practice on during library hours. (Yes, they have ear phones)

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 a music recital was held in the Rippey Community Room featuring some of the students of Janice. Mary Weaver was the emcee and introduced each student with a little information on their musical journey so far.

Approximately 40 fans of the young musicians filled the room to support the ten young people who performed.  Some were familiar with performing, and for some, this was their first recital. The kids were excited, and if nervous, Janice was sitting right by them encouraging them on.  Oh, how their faces beamed when the crowd applauded their efforts!

The audience was treated to piano solos, violin solos, with some playing duets with their teacher.  The students represented the communities of Coon Rapids, Perry, Jefferson and Rippey.

Betty Griffith was recognized and Janice thanked the Griffith and Lint families for their inspiration and encouragement to help bring musical opportunities to our community.

Cookies and punch was served afterwards and many lingered, visiting, while waiting for the storm of the evening to pass by.  The night made this old lady’s heart swell with pride that this was happening in little Rippey, Iowa, just because someone had an idea! Thank you to all those involved that helped support Janice’s efforts! 


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