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 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London


We’re still looking through the old Ripley Bees for interesting items related to the library to post around for our centennial and one can spend hours and hours reading the tidbits. During the patriotic time period of World War I, I found a short article about a flag raising in 1918 on the library corner. The flag was huge, 8×12 foot (we use a 4 x 6 foot today) with a 38 foot tall flag pole. The flag was made of wool bunting, and had been presented by the Young Ladies Guild. Marshall Gib White offered to look after the flag free of charge.

The column back then was ‘Library Notes’ or ‘Public Library Notes’ and some things don’t change much—new books added were often the subject of the column, or milestones such as reaching 1,000 registered borrowers after being open for only six months, pretty darn good.

We have had some “old” pictures brought in that we’ve made copies of for our centennial celebration, but we have room on our roll of memories for a lot more. Remember, we are covering 100 years so not everything has to be from the early, early days.

Story Time at Ripley starts 10:30 a.m. Thursday for children three to five years old. Patty has some great books and crafts picked out. Back to the old Ripley Bees, the story times in 1917 were also (or still) often 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the morning. Hmmm, quite the tradition!

We have the scarecrow frames at the library, and there are still spaces to sign up to craft a scarecrow to be displayed on the library fence. (we return the scarecrow to you later in the fall). This can be a family affair, a group, or individual project, and we think it will be entertaining and decorative. The scarecrows need to be finished and returned to the library by Sept. 25, and 11 a.m. Sept. 26 we will have a great unveiling along with refreshments.

Of course, I’m hoping that everyone is planning to attend the Ice Cream Social from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the library. There will be good friends and good ice cream along with lots of things to look at and enjoy.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Union Township Public Library

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