Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin


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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