Rural Heritage Quilt Show winners RULH Elementary first graders take on new technology 2017 DAR Charity Golf Scramble St. Michael students visit “Living Lands and Waters” RULH High School reaches out to those in need Lillian E Cowdrey Catherine A Houk Warriors win Jim Neu XC Invite Week 2 football roundup Broncos unbeaten at 4-0 Lady Broncos compete in Bob Schul XC Invite Ronnie L Day Nettie F Lightner Buildings demolished, Village waits to be paid Ohio Rural Heritage Festival celebrated Henry E Fields Anleah W Stamper Maxine M Garrett U.S. 68 reopens Drought ends for Lady Rockets G-Men rise to 3-1 with back-to-back victories Rockets cruise to 4-0 win over Jays Lady Broncos start off SBAAC American Division play with 3-2 win over Goshen Week one football roundup Preparation begins for Ripley River Village Christmas celebration 3rd Annual Job Fair sponsored by Open Arms*****Always helps Veterans and others Evelyn E Smith Peggy A Wiederhold Thomas P Neary Warriors kick off SHAC play Lady Broncos stand at 2-1 Late Devil goals lead to Lady Warrior loss David R Carrington Sr 2017 Ohio Rural Heritage Festival Ripley DAR contributes towards new village flags Rural Heritage Festival event schedule Betty G Schatzman Robert L McAfee Paul V Tolle Herbert D Smith Helen R Little Eugene M Press Lady Broncos out to defend league title SHAC holds volleyball preview Lady Warriors packed with experience, talent for 2017 fall soccer campaign Georgetown’s Sininger off to excellent start for 2017 golf season RULH BOE recognizes Dr. Naylor for years of service as superintendent RULH Superintendent invites public to district open house Bob Groh Memorial Show set for August 26 at Heritage Festival ‘Support Your Veterans’ Car & Bike Show Danny F Dickson Eva J Smith Michael R Stewart Sr Charles McRoberts III Marsha B Thigpen Michael L Chinn William A Coyne Jr Woman found dead in Ripley A girl’s life on the gridiron Rockets face G-Men in preseason scrimmage 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk draws a crowd William C Latham Over 20,000 pounds of trash picked up in and around Ohio River in Ripley Ripley Village Council approves water plans Steps at Rankin House closed Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts


Small libraries such as ours are blessed with a sense of family and we get to know our patrons, in many cases generations of the same family, and we get to know each of the staff members. This brings a wonderful sense of community and continuity, but it also means each loss is felt by our “family’” as well.

Recently, we lost Pat Peterkin, a longtime employee of the Russellville Library, who had just recently retired. Pat was faithful and diligent in her work, and as an avid reader, her selections of titles she enjoyed helped broaden the collection. As we purchase books in her memory, I hope that she would approve of the selection. We also just lost Ripley’s Mary K. Helbling, known to many as their accountant. She often came into the library to chat, get some obscure tax form, or just see how the library was doing. She was active in many organizations in Ripley, and she will be sorely missed. Our “family” grows with each new card we issue or new hire that comes on board, but as with most families, we are saddened when we lose a member.

Sometimes I purchase titles based on the book mentioning Ripley (or Russellville, or Aberdeen) and some of these books perhaps wouldn’t have made the purchase cut without the local context, especially the smaller or independent press works, but hey, I’m a sucker for local ties.

Last week, several of the “Ripley” books came in, each with their own style. The first is “The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Celebration of 75 Quintessential Cycling Experiences,” by Ian Dille . The rides cover trails in Africa, Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Ripley? Well, not just Ripley, but a section of the Underground Railroad ride designed by Adventure Cycling, the Kentucky-Ohio spur, and Ripley is well mentioned in the ride. That’s pretty cool.

We’ve had fun with the Brown County ghost stories in “Ohio Ghost Hunter Guide VI” that came out last year and well, “Ohio Ghost Hunter Guide VIII” just came out, and Amazon said it had a Ripley/Aberdeen story in it. It does, but just one out of the entire book. The last is fiction titled “Shallow Graves” by Christina Wolfer that starts out with the sentence, “When a young girl’s body is discovered in a shallow grave on a farm outside of Ripley, Ohio, FBI agent Kendal McNally returns to her estranged hometown to investigate.” How could I not purchase that title? The author grew up in Williamsburg.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Ripley Library

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