Patriot and Posey Township 11-17-16


The elections are over and whether your candidate won or lost, it’s over! Now is the time to begin working together for our common good. Prayers are still needed for reconciliation.

The terrorists who struck on 9/11 have claimed still another victim: NYPD Lt. Marci Simms, 51, perished Thursday after a 16 month struggle with Stage 4 lung cancer – described as a “9/11-related illness”. Lt. Simms contracted the disease after toiling at Ground Zero for more than four months.

Condolences to Helen Hounshell and Lisa Fisher on the passing of Helen’s 97 year-old mother Dorothy Browning.

Cheryl McMillan was our very special hostess for the Red HOT Hatters “Soup and Salad” luncheon at Switzer Square on Wednesday. The food as always was scrumptious and abundant. Special guests were Carolyn Hysell, Martha McKee and Marilyn Owen. Also in attendance were Mary Christiani, Stasia Wiseman, Juanita Giltner, Joyce Johnson, Deanna Graham, Claudia Dawson, Cheryl McMillan, Eileen Wiesmann and Kay Cook. Deanna was sporting an awesome new necklace courtesy of the Ladies Bazaar.

We are actively pursuing charitable projects for Christmas and are open for suggestions.

Red HOT Hatter Patty Chase wasn’t feeling all that ‘hot’ that day and was not able to attend the luncheon, but I did catch her at home just before I left for a short visit. Mika King wasn’t able to attend because of an illness in her family. Laura Riga has still been recuperating from some eye problems. June Lack is still homebound. Hopefully, everyone will be good as gold for the December luncheon.

The Red HOT Hatters’ third annual “Christmas at the Mansion” luncheon which will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 12th at the beautiful Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay. Total cost per person will be $16 and will include: ultimate grilled cheese panini with applewood smoked bacon, creamy tomato soup, fruit salad with honey and lime dressing served on lettuce leaf, lemon squares – tart but sweet, coffee or unsweetened tea.

Reservations will be required by Monday, December 5th. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281.

Part of all of our Red Hat meetings is a voluntary gift exchange. Gifts should be wrapped or bagged and be valued at approximately $10-$20 and can run the whole gamut of serious to silly to curious or bizarre. Although we have been affiliated with the Red Hat Society since March 19th, 2012, our only three requirements for membership are: 1) enjoy a good meal, 2) have fun and 3) make new friends! Hats are optional. Some of us wear ribbons, bows or flowers in our hair and others go all out with wide brimmed hats with feathers and even ball caps with sequins. Not even everyone wears red and purple. If you are 50 years young or older, you are welcome to come and join in our festivities. If you are under 50, you are welcome to come as a designated “Pink Hat” with all of the same privileges. We normally meet once a month, either on a Monday or Wednesday at 11 a.m. We are currently looking for a Christmas project. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact one of the ladies listed above or myself at (812) 594-2281. We would love to have you join us – with or without a red hat!

December 5th at 6 p.m. will be the next Patriot Town Board meeting. All meetings are held at the Patriot Town Hall which also houses the offices of the Patriot Water Company at 352 3rd St. All are invited to attend.

If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in on a particular date be sure and give it to me early. Thank you for sending me what you do every week – I couldn’t do this without you!

You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at