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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 01, 2016, Pages 1 & 9

SIPR working hard to clean up Kellerton

The Southern Iowa Parks and Recreation organization, also known as SIPR, is actively involved in improving the Kellerton community.

Each month SIPR will hold a work day to work on projects and improvements around town to improve their community. They recently held their first monthly clean-up day. "Painting In The Park" was held on Sunday, August 28 at the North Park in Kellerton. Board members and volunteers painted the basketball court and playground equipment.

The Kellerton SIPR board is also in charge of running and maintaining the Kellerton Community Center which is housed in the old Kellerton school.

The next work day, "Preserving SIPR" will be held on September 18 from 1-6 p.m. to make improvements at the Community Building.

SIPR will be hosting several upcoming events.

The third Saturday of each month SIPR will serve a free-will "Breakfast for Supper" from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Building.

A family friendly "Monster Mash" will be held on October 29 from 6-10 p.m.

On November 5th the annual Kellerton craft show will be held in the Community Building.

Plans for a monthly Sunday lunch after church is in the works along with many other events.

Follow SIPR-Kellerton on Facebook for new and upcoming events. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please get in contact with a board member.

Volunteers at the August 29 Painting In The Park included board members Nici Minnick, Kubysa Edwards, Chad Holmes, Richard Pence, and Ben Jackson. Community volunteers included Travis, Cassie, Traivyn, and Courtlyn Holmes, [Page 9] Edgar Valentine, Jamie, Darrian, and Kaidan Holmes, Amanda, Mitchell, and Mackenzie Jackson, Mitchell, Lacy, Alana, Additon and Alyssa Doolittle, and Karter, Skylar, and Ryker Edwards.

SIPR thanked Diagonal Building Products for being a generous supporter to the SIPR organization and their projects. SIPR also thanked Ed and Colleen Minnick for providing food and drinks during the SIPR work days.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 27, 2016, Page 20

New SIPR board planning many changes in Kellerton

The seven newly-elected SIPR board members are trying to make changes in Kellerton.

The new board members are trying to clean up Kellerton and restore it to the way it was when they were growing up in the town.

SIPR is located in the Kellerton Community Building which used to be the old Kellerton School. They have been hosting clean up days and planning many events in the community for both children and adults.

SIPR has several events planned in the coming weeks

It is hosting daily morning coffee from 6-11 a.m. for a free will donation.

On October 29, SIPR will be hosting a kid-friendly Monster Mash.

On November 5, SIPR's annual craft show will be held from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A cribbage tournament will be held at 10 a.m. on November 12.

A free will donation supper will be held on November 19 from 5-7 p.m.

For more information please contact a board member or follow us on facebook at SIPR-Kellerton.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 12, 2017, Page 18

SIPR brings back an old Kellerton tradition

Southern Iowa Parks and Recreation (SIPR), a non-profit organization in Kellerton, has been working hard to help restore the town of Kellerton and turn it back into the town that they all grew up to love. At a board meeting in early September, a board member brought up the old Kellerton tradition of going around town singing Christmas Carols. This tradition stopped in the late 80s to early 90s, but many SIPR members remembered and loved this tradition so they soon decided to bring it back to Kellerton.

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, 18 community members braved the cold weather for 3 1/2 hours to sing Christmas carols to their local residents. The group gathered on a lowboy trailer with hay bales while wearing Santa hats, just so they could relive the old time tradition and pass it on to future generations. SIPR traveled up and down every north and south road in Kellerton singing carols while the children walked around knocking on doors and passing out Christmas greetings for the SIPR organization.

Community members who helped sing Christmas carols were Nici Minnick, Derek, Megan, and Tyson Naill, Kubysa, Karter, Skylar, and Ryker Edwards, Ben and Amanda Jackson, Chad, Jamie, Darrian, and Kaidan Holmes, Riley and Conlee Stark, and Jaixen and Jaize Frost.

A huge thank you goes out to J and S Pub in Kellerton. They generously donated hot chocolate, popcorn, and a place for SIPR to warm up on their way through town.

SIPR has a few upcoming events for all community members to enjoy. Every third Saturday of the month, they host a free will donation Breakfast for Supper from 5-7 p.m. at the SIPR building [Community Center.] On January 28 they will be hosting a Cribbage Tournament at 10 a.m. Come to the SIRP building every first and third Tuesday of the month when the Kellerton Fire Department hosts bingo at 6 p.m.

SIPR is always looking for new community members to join, community involvement ideas, and donations. For more information feel free to contact a SIPR member or email us at Look for us on Facebook at SIPR-Kellerton.

Photographs courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2017

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