February 9, 2016


BRR Ride 2016 is History! 
Submitted by Jean Borgeson

   As the riders came in from the east, they were greeted by the friendly staff at Sparky’s, who, when I asked how it was going, smiled and said. “GREAT!”  When I left them, I overheard a biker say, “They are sure friendly in there!!”  I couldn’t help myself, so I said, “I couldn’t agree more!”  This man was from northern Iowa and said he didn’t mind the snow.

Rick Liebeck
Rick Liebeck didn’t mind me (Jean Borgeson) taking this picture of his “best” side, as he tried to direct the bikers to the food destinations.

When they passed Dennis “Chappy” Chapmans stand, they could see the many choices of soups, sandwiches and cookies he had prepared.  In talking with him, he said he has done this for 17 years. 

The Rippey Lions Club reported a wonderful day and were busy until they ran out of food, which is a good thing.  The community center was filled when I poked my head in and it looked like everyone was enjoying visiting with each other. 

Bikers by Library
BRR 2016 view in front of the library/community building was filled with a sea of bicycles and riders.  Rippey Lions Club Member, Nancy Hanaman submitted the picture.
         Carson's Piano
Ed Fallon at Carson’s Piano during BRR 2016; Nancy Hanaman submitted the picture and the story.

Ed Fallon, a former state legislator and  political activist, rode  to Rippey on Saturday on the first leg of the BRR Ride. He cycled to the Rippey Library\Community Building to enjoy a roast beef sundae and other treats served by the Rippey Lions Club. He noticed the piano near where he was sitting and asked if he could play it. Since the piano bench was being used by some of the riders, he needed to wait a short time to begin. The catchy tunes were soon heard above all of the chattering and rewarded with a hearty round of applause. Ed was interested to learn the background of the piano and Carson's longtime service as a music teacher. This was the first public performance on the piano that was donated by Carson Griffith's family in 2015. Carson would have been proud.

View in front of church
 BRR 2016, Rippey UMC; Jean Borgeson submitted the picture.

The view in front of the church was much the same. The church youth group reported a really good day, the best ever, they thought. They prepared 150 pounds of potatoes plus chili and trimmings, and the important bars and pies!  Pastor Paul was bussing tables and he reported that more than once, as he thanked people for coming, they would reply, “No.  Thank you for doing this for us!” 

Fire Truck
Jean Borgeson snapped this picture from the porch of Rippey Fire Chief, Pete Johnson and his wife, Kate during BRR, 2016. The truck is new to the department and had been on its first call a few days ago.

 Kate (Brubaker) Johnson, reporting for the firemen on Sunday, said they sold out of everything and it was an especially good fund-raiser for the fire department.  She also remarked, that she can work all day with her brother, Dan, and not feel as stiff as she did on Sunday! 

All in all, as BRR rides go, it seems to have been successful, at least in our little corner of the world.


Rippey United Methodist Church

PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235
Pastor Paul Burrow
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 

Every Wednesday at 7:00: Rippey Choir practice

Thursday, Feb. 4, Ladies Aid at 2:00

Reminder:  Sunday February 14 through Saturday February 27 – Pastor Paul will be on vacation.  Pastor Julie Poulsen of the Jefferson UMC will be on call for pastoral emergencies.  Her contact information is as follows: 

Rev. Julia E. F. Poulsen, M.Div.
Pastor, First United Methodist Church
307 S Wilson Street • Jefferson, IA  50129
Office: (515) • 386-4411  Cell: (319) 461-3146

February 10: All Parish Ash Wednesday services at Rippey UMC at 7:00

Confirmation will be at 6:00 and Choir will be at 6:30, in the basement.

February 13:  Saturday, Washington Winners 4-H club will meet at 10:30 a. m. in the Rippey UMC Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is to bring a dozen cookies to make trays for Valentine’s Day plates for older neighbors. 

February 14, Sunday, after worship:  We will begin bell choir practice at 1:00.  Lunch will be provided for all participants.  Dick Bardole, director       

Rippey Public Library

Andrea Williams, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714
Website: www.rippey.lib.ia.us
E-mail: rippeyli@windstream.net

Monday 1:00 – 6:00
Tuesday 1:30 - 5:30
Wednesday 3:00 – 8:00
Thursday 12:00 – 6:00

Reminder: When Greene County School closes because of the weather, so does the Rippey Library.

February Programs:
February Coloring contest beginning Feb. 1st Decorating Valentine's Cookies - Wed. Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Valentine's Day Craft - Wed. Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Coffee ‘N Bingo - Thurs. Feb. 18 at 11:00 a. m.
Sponsored by Rippey Lions Club Leap Year Craft - Thurs. Feb 25th at 4:15 p. m.
Beginner's Genealogy class presented by the Iowa Genealogical Society - Mon. Feb. 29 at 1:00 p. m.

News in and around Rippey

Rippey Community Events Week of February 9, 2019

Team Velda Soup Supper Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Rippey Community Center.  Serving will be from 4:30 to 7:00.  There will be a free-will offering for a variety of soups, bars, cookies, relishes and beverages.  This event will jump start the team’s efforts as they participate in the upcoming Greene County Relay for Life, on April 23, 2016

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