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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
First, a little library business. Next week, on Tuesday the 13th the Village of Ripley council meeting will be held in our annex to accommodate the expected additional people as project designers K4 Architecture will be in attendance to discuss the timeline and design of the Ripley boat dock. The regular meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but there will be a finance meeting prior to the regular meeting starting at 5:30 pm. On Thursday the 15th the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a workshop for Brown Countians on composting–the whys and hows of it all! Those attending can purchase a voucher for a discounted price on a composter. Seating is limited and pre-registration required–please call or stop by the Ripley Library (937-392-4871) if interested. The genealogy class, normally held on the third Thursday of the month has been moved to the 22nd at 6:30 pm–all welcome to come in, ask questions, tell about your own discoveries and more.
Our 3-5 year old story time has started the fall session. This is a great opportunity for your little one to socialize, listen to stories, make noise, create art and so much more. Ripley story time Wednesdays at 11:00 am, Russellville 11:00 am on Thursday mornings.
The library was closed this past Monday in observation of Labor Day. In 1894 Congress pass the law to make every first Monday in September a national holiday, but Ohio was a step ahead, recognizing the date as a state holiday in 1890. The concept was originally started in New York City in 1882 by laborers holding a massive parade. We looked back 50 years ago in the Ripley Bee to see if much was mentioned. Not really. Citizen’s National Bank ran an ad saying they would be closed, and Ripley Locker/Parkview Market had some sales to entice buyers to prepare for the Labor Day weekend (ground hamburger 65 cents a pound!) The Riverside Drive-In theater was showing some pretty racy films in their three super-sizzlers series—The Abductors, The Seducers and The Pleasure Girls! The holiday dusk to dawn showing had Elvis Presley in Charro, Werewolves on Wheels, Night of the Living Dead and Diary of a Mad Housewife. Interesting selections.
The J.M. Stuart plant announced that they were spending 10 million dollars on an improved precipitator to remove fly ash for unit 4 that was to be in operation in 1974. J.M. Stuart plant closed in 2018. Always interesting to look back in the Ripley Bees.