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LIBRARY TALK – FEBRUARY 4, 2020

For those of you that became patrons of the Russellville Library when it opened in 1997, one of the staff ‘fixtures’ was Evelyn Green.  From day one, she was dedicated, kind and an asset to the library for 15 years and remained in close contact with the library after her retirement.   Evelyn passed away last week, and we all extend our condolences to the family.

In talking with a friend and talented historian, I was made aware of a book titled Memories of Eighty Years by George Huston.  George was born in 1821, and the book truly is George’s walk down memory lane. While not from Brown County or even Ohio, George was born in Kentucky, and closest to Ripley was when he went to the Augusta College—he reminisces about the pranks the students did.  He remembers the great squirrel migration of 1832, the changes in politics, fashion, Kentucky growing from ‘backwoods’ to prominence—short book, only about 150 pages, but interesting reading.

Two other books of recent addition with local ties are Historic Black Settlements of Ohio by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker. Our connection is the two Gist settlements in Brown County as well as the other Gist location in Highland County.  A Tour on the Underground Railroad along the Ohio River by Nancy Stearns Theiss is part history and part spurring on the reader to travel along the Ohio River to see what an important part the area played in UGRR history. Of course Ripley, Maysville, Augusta and Washington are well represented.

This coming Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ripley library meeting room, we will be welcoming Ripley’s own Dan Pinger to talk about his book A Reporter’s Memoir: When the Mob Ruled Newport.  In the late 1950s, Newport had the deserved reputation of been a mob town.  Working for the Enquirer, Dan was assigned to find out the facts about Sin City, and this is where the story starts…. Join us in hearing tales of crime and passion, and how a young reporter survived the ordeal.  There will be a limited number of his books available for sale after the presentation.

With the amazingly mild winter (so far) gardening has been easy to think about. The weeds certainly seem eager to spread and take over in spots, as well as seeing spring bulbs pushing their way up and out of the ground.  To foster the best way to get started, we have invited Denise Bollinger, master gardener, to talk about getting your garden ready. Cleaning up, tending to what you have, what you could add for fun and flavor, help the pollinators, and be the envy of your neighbors! She’ll be at the Ripley library on Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30 p.m.. Hope that you can join us for both free events.

Matthew