Friday, February 8, 2019

Ripley Museum

The Ripley Museum may be something you did not know about. The museum is so small it seems hidden. There are many exhibits at the museum that present the past of Ripley.

“Some of the exhibits are interesting people, collection of old post cards, old glassware from Ripley businesses,” said Mike Reuben, director of the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Other exhibits are about famous people, such as a photo of Ella Dee Kessel, she was a first lady of West Virginia she also was the ex-wife of Governor Gaston Caperton and was Miss West Virginia. There is a photo of Carte Goodwin, who was a American attorney who served as a United States Senator.The museum has a photo and album from Buddy Starcher, an American country singer born in Ripley. and a photo Bill Karr who played for the Chicago Bears.

The Ripley Convention Visitors Bureau owns the museum. The museum is only 120 square feet.  Superior, AZ claims to have the world’s “smallest” museum but is actually is 14 square feet bigger. Reuben says, “there are not plans to expand the museum because there is no room.” It has been open since June of 2014.

The cost of visiting the museum is free. There are tours, you can tour by yourself, or someone will take you on a tour.  It is located on 115 North Church Street, and can be entered through the side entrance. The business hours are from 9am to 5pm.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ripley High School introduces ASL class to students

Ripley High School now has an American Sign Language class. Sophomore Daneah Patton was one of the first students to show interest and ask administrators how to start a new class at the school.

American Sign Language is a visual language that is spoken through hands and facial expressions. This language is used by many deaf or hard of hearing people.  However, even hearing people can use it. 

This class is offered through WVU-Parkersburg as a college credit class. Students can get high school along with the college credit for taking it. However, there is a fee for the course since it is through WVU-Parkersburg, just like any other college class. It is intended for upperclassmen.

Tina Holley, a counselor, says the class can also be replaced a two year foreign language class such as Spanish or French, which is required for college admission.

Senior Caleb Bailey is taking the ASL class. He says he learns at a quickly pace and can easily pick up the signs.

“[The reason why I took this class is because] my parents taught me sign language when I was younger. I lost touch with it over the years and I wanted to pick it up again.” says Bailey.

Another senior, Peyton Hardy, loves the experience that is given in the class. “It’s not like you get to class and just take out your MacBook and start working. It’s a very visual class.” 

When one is signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. Signing words, moving facial expressions, or using hands to gesture out the story. It has specific rules for grammar and syntax. There are challenges that deaf people have compared to hearing people such as childhood struggles, language difficulties, education, and more. 

Hardy is a visual learner. She feels like she can comprehend the language and doesn’t struggle at all. She says that the only way to learn is to watch the teacher teach you. 

“You’re surrounded by the culture, surrounded by the language. It’s the best way to learn,” says Hardy as she mentions that the teacher is deaf.

Students have talked about the teacher, Scott Hottle, and his methods of teaching. It is known that signing is enforced in the classroom and there is no voicing. He says it is to help the students learn in a better environment and make less distraction. Hottle is also very active in the community, from teaching ASL to having deaf coffee chats at the New Life Church in Ripley.

“This class gives you benefits on learning a new language and gives you an opportunity to be able to communicate to one another in a different way. I also think it gives benefits to those who struggle in verbal foreign languages and it’s a better way to use your hands rather than talking,” sophomore Daneah Patton says.

“[So far,] we’ve learned the alphabet, basic signs, the five parameters of ASL, and vocabulary.” Patton said.  
She agrees that it is a very great experience. 

“[Mr. Hottle] is very patient with us. When we don’t understand something, he would go over it again with us.”

Students are excited to have this course as an option here. Some are already talking about taking it again next year for ASL 1 and maybe even ASL 2, if it happens.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pete's Hotdog's plans to open in March

Pete’s Hotdogs plans to reopen in March. The restaurant caught on fire in August 2018 at 10:30pm. Because it was closed, no one was hurt, but the building had to be remodeled.

The only major change planned for the building is making the dining room area larger.

Senior Levi Simpkins also painted a mural in the dining room. He was able to pick what the mural would be of as long as it had a viking and hot dogs involved. It only took him 3 to 4 days. Simpkins was asked to paint the mural because he has worked at Pete’s and owner Matt Petersen knew about his artistic abilities.

“I decided to paint the mural as a viking holding a hot dog,” said Simpkins.

The remodel has been going smoothly, but slowly.

“It has taken longer than I expected,” said Petersen.

Customers are excited about the reopening of Pete’s.

Freshman Alex Craigo says, “The atmosphere is pretty cool there. The people are nice.”

Others are focused on the food they’ve missed in the past few months.

Junior Evan Bain said, “It’s opening? Yo, that’s great! The pepperoni rolls. Just the food, man. I’m ready.”

Petersen is planning on keeping the same employees he had before the fire occurred, but will be holding a meeting to see how many employees are willing to come back.

You can apply at Pete’s by going in when the store opens and getting an application if they reopen the hiring process.