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Library Talk – July 6, 2017

Library Talk, July 6, 2017

The 4th of July festival for 2017 is now over, and thank you to the Ripley Lions Club for once again working hard to provide a traditional small town event, with fun, food, music and of course the fireworks!

I thought about celebrations of the 4th from other years, and randomly chose 1947, 70 years ago, to see what Ripley was doing then.  The Courts-Fussnecker Post of the American Legion organized the big event held in the O-K Warehouse. Commander Frank A. Germann along with several committees had planned an action-packed two days of celebration. Headlining the entertainment was Dusty Jensen and the Happy Valley Barn Dance, a radio feature of WLEX—they played music for square dancing and gave a free show both evenings. The musicians included Lois and Dotty, the Sunset Sweethearts, Clyde and Johnnie, twin guitarists, Curley Bussell, champion old-time fiddler, Dopey Don, radio nit-wit and more. Charles Colbert’s Orchestra of Cincinnati played for the round dancing. Screenings of WWII combat movies were arranged, as well as games of all kinds, including bingo.

Revisiting the magazine shelf, we have quite a few that start with the letter O, with Oprah Magazine, Old House Journal, Organic Life and Outdoor Life. However, the O really is represented by our state, and we have Ohio Magazine—basically a travel idea rag filled with places to go and stuff uniquely Ohio—the current issue covers eight inland lakes, guide to dozens of Ohio ice cream brands, what is going on at the Cincinnati Museum Center and more. Ohio Game & Fish is fairly self-explanatory—this month’s issue is focused on gear reviews.  Ohio Valley History is a collaboration of three scholarly institutions, so the journal is a bit more ‘serious’ than most, but very interesting. This quarter’s issue is about the Ohio Valley energy history, touching on coal, natural gas and nuclear history. Book reviews and exhibit announcements are also a feature.  Our Ohio is a publication of the Ohio Farm Bureau and covers farm news, farm family issues, events calendar and more. The last magazine starting with ‘Ohio’ is the Ohio Woodland Journal, a publication of the Ohio Tree Farm Committee. Current issue is focusing on the Eastern Hemlock, its range, usefulness and current infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid. So far, these critters are not detected in Brown County, but have been seen in Adams.

Matthew