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Christmas has arrived! Ready or not, it’s here!

I find that this year I am more in the spirit than I have been for quite some time. I have to admit that giving to others has definitely enhanced my experience this year: as a Red HOT Hatter, I helped with collections for the Angel Tree Project and the Switzerland County Animal Shelter and I can see us making the same commitments next year. Now I’m having fun buying ugly Christmas t-shirts for my nieces and nephews and stressing over finding just the right hairbrush for a certain two year old great-niece with very little hair.

This year I will indulge myself with a little something special: five whole pounds of ferociousness known as Princess Xena or more affectionately as “Killer” to our neighbors. I have been fostering Xena and her ‘brother’ Yoda for the Japanese Chin Care and Rescue organization (known as JCCARE) since July. Finally admitting still another “foster failure” – a chronic ailment of those of us who try and foster these beautiful little critters without instead succumbing to the weakness of adoption, I will be mailing in my application for adoption along with my donation. Nine year old Princess Xena will formally become mine and join my other two Japanese Chins Sam, 17, and Hershey, 12 in time for Christmas. To celebrate, she has her very own red and white velour Christmas dress and Santa hat which she will wear at least long enough for me to get a photo.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo have also recently joined the family. Twin black short-haired, six month old kittens that I’ve been fostering for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter are also “foster failures”. Talk about Perpetual Motion! These guys do not stop! Originally known as midget kittens, they have had growth spurts and are now quite handsome little tomcats.

Take time this year from all of your festive celebrations and be mindful of those who may be suffering from depression. Take time to make a difference.

May your Christmas been filled with the Grace and Peace of the Lord!

Hats off to MacKenzie Covington for being this year’s Switzerland County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship! MacKenzie is the daughter of Joe Covington and the late Barbara Covington.

Prayers requested for Wayne Turner, Allen Michael Chase and Anne Monjar. And don’t forget Josh and Tasha Rose and family who lost their home to fire Sunday.

Joann Gaudin and Debbie Lay joined in to the Red HOT Hatters Christmas luncheon at Schenck Mansion last Monday. Debbie is Sandy Dawson’s daughter and is not old enough to be a Red Hatter herself! I hope they both come back!

The next Red HOT Hatters meeting will be on Wednesday, January 11th, at Mo’s Restaurant in Vevay. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited and you do not have to have a hat!

The next Patriot Town Board Meeting will be held on Monday, January 9th, at the Town Hall located at 352 3rd Street in Patriot. All are invited. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Boy Scout Troop #700 is currently recruiting for new members. To be eligible for Boy Scouts, you must meet the age requirements: be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelo and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old. If you or someone you know is interested in the opportunities through Boy Scouts that Troop #700 is offering, or you would like to volunteer to be an adult leader with the Troop, they meet at the Patriot Baptist Church every first, third and fifth Monday of the month at 7 PM. For additional information, please contact Scoutmaster David McCarty (812-594-2222) or Committee Chair Chris Oatman (812-594-2354).

The Most Sorrowful Mother of God parishioners are collecting items for St. Vincent de Paul in the narthex/foyer of the church until the end of the year. Those items being requested include: canned goods, non-perishable food items, household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper) and children’s diapers. The church is open to the public on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. for drop off.

The following is still another scrumptious recipe from Sharon Levell for

YUMMY PECANS

Shelled Pecans

1 – Egg White

1 – T. Water

1 – Cup Sugar

1 tsp. – Salt

1 tsp. – Cinnamon

Mix the water with the egg white. Add pecans, making sure the nuts are well coated. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the pecans. Bake on sprayed sheet pan at 250 degrees for 60 minutes.

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