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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
Thought we’d share this 1964 picture of the front of the annex. Our thanks to Terry Kemmeter for donating it to the library earlier this year. We suspect a lot of Ripley residents fondly remember the Richards Grocery.
Last week’s post card with the Highway Inn was well received, and one comment made on the library Facebook page was that there was another restaurant on the lower floor in the early 1950s. Sure enough, from what we can find, Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Waddell ran the ‘Coney Island Café’ for a few months before they leased the Chimney Corner restaurant in Higginsport. (RB April 3, 1952) Very little is mentioned in the Bee about the Coney Café other than the Roy Swearingen’s Dailey Taxi Service stand had temporary headquarters at the Coney in September 1951.
Do your kids like ‘the great outdoors’? Curious about what might be hiding under a rock or in a stream? We are really pleased to be part of the Greenacres Field Trip program this year. On Tuesday, August 8th the Ripley & Russellville libraries will be a pick-up point for kids going into kindergarten through 6th grade to ride out to the beautiful Greenacres facility in Lewis Township. Kids will participate in a variety of activities, exploring nature. There is a limited number of seats on the bus, and we encourage you to sign up quickly. Lunch will be provided. The bus leaves Ripley at 8:15 and Russellville at 8:40 am. Program runs 9-1:00, and bus then returns to the respective libraries. We do need a permission form filled prior to August 8th. Questions? Call either Ripley at 937-392-4871 or Russellville at 937-377-2700.
We are also fortunate to have Babz and her husband sharing culinary fun with kids this coming Monday, July 24th at 1:00 in the library annex. They will be showing how to make Tibetan Momo Dumplings, and kids (young chefs!) will have hands-on fun filling them with different flavors. This is for kids ages 6 and up.
We had hoped by the time you read this article, our elevator would be repaired–new motor, new starter–alas, the new stuff doesn’t like the old Ripley power system. We even had a multi-state trouble shooter from the elevator company comment he had never had this problem before! We like to be unique, but sometimes boringly normal would be nice. It will get fixed, we just can’t promise when. Our apologies.