I have to admit that sometimes when I sit down to write my article, I feel as though nobody is ‘listening’. This past week, I have found out that is not the case! When you actually hear from people, it makes it all worthwhile!
First I received a phone call from Lura Smith on May 12th asking information about the Patriot Alumni Banquet on May 27th. (Switzerland County Elementary School in East Enterprise: 6 p.m., $15 per person: Channie Smith  571-0364.) I didn’t know myself at the time but I was able to refer her to someone (Carol Ann Armstrong) who did.
Then was a lovely email from Julie James (Cincinnati) three days later complimenting and thanking me for the article I did on Willie Romans’ birthday celebration. I owe that article to Teresa Miller and totally enjoyed recounting the festivities as she explained them to me.
We made another attempt at the Patriot Bargain Alley last Friday and my new friends Phyllis and Ron Christmas returned and brightened my day. Congratulations to Ron for winning yardage at the last meet he competed in! Phyllis got to pet Mr. Yoda, my big fat white dog and as I walked them to their car, they met the infamous Oreo who is loved by all and pretty much runs Patriot single-handedly as Patriot’s official Top Dog. I still have lots of stuff to sell but fortunately, I made enough to pay Brad Baldwin to clean out my gutters just before the most recent monsoon struck.
After the last paper came out, Sister Red HOT Hatter Juanita Giltner called with her personal experiences and we gabbed, and laughed, and gabbed and – well, you understand!
I received a letter from Leah Jones (see below for details) which led me to a phone call and a great visit with her about her, her memories, her family (Patrick and Mike, of course) and our mutual friend Sandy Dawson. Her penmanship is exquisite and although everything I needed was in her letter, I so enjoyed talking with her. It is hard to believe that she will be 83 years young on June 30th!
Evalena Romans Lewis, 82, of Stinnett Texas and originally from Patriot passed away January 13th, 2017. Evalena and Leah Jones attended school and grew up together in Patriot until Evalena left at age 16. The daughter of Tyler and Annabelle (Doovan) Romans, the family moved to Texas for her father’s employment. Evalena shared her love for her hometown of Patriot and the Ohio River and her view of the scenery of Kentucky in the short stories and poems that she published. Her cousin Willie Romans shared articles from the Vevay newspaper. She is survived by her five children, grandchildren and of course Cousin Willie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Ann and brother Robert Romans.
Marilyn Cook should be recuperating from her back surgery this Tuesday and finally on her way to a complete recovery. Prayers for her complete and speedy healing!
The Red HOT Hatters met at Jewell’s on Main in Warsaw, Kentucky last Wednesday, May 17th, for a scrumptious dinner and lots of lively conversation. In attendance were: Diana Barry, Lisa Fisher, Kay Cook, Sandy Dawson, Cheryl McMillan, Dottie Keeton, Mika Jones, Joyce Johnson, Deanna Graham, Charlene Goff, Eileen Weismann and Juanita Giltner.
Our next Red HOT Hatters outing will be a day long visit to Batar’s in Seymour, Indiana. It is an exquisite restaurant and bakery located on Highway US 50, east of I-65. We are planning on carpooling and leaving at approximately Vevay by 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14th, in order to be there before it opens at 11 a.m. We will meet at the Jeff-Craig Fire Department on Highway 56 (Ferry Street) across from the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church. Anyone interested is going with us, call Kay Cook (812) 594-2281 for details.
Our Red “Not-So-HOT” Hatter June Lack is out of the hospital and undergoing rehab in Rising Sun. Cards can be sent to her home address where she lives with her nephew: 11317 Scotts Ridge, Rising Sun, Indiana, 47040.
The Red HOT Hatters were able to secure a position as a Platinum Level Sponsor for the second year in a row for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter’s 7th Annual Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, June 17th.
Donations of household items, books, clothes and et cetera are also being accepted by the Red HOT Hatters for the County Wide Yard Sale, also to be held on Saturday, June 17th. For pick up, contact Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281. Please price your donations. All monies will be donated to the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation.
The only issue so far with my new neighbor Robin Lawson is that she does not appreciate visits from my very large and very ugly spiders. She has even gone so far as to ask me not to allow them to visit. Can you imagine? With all of the swamp land I currently have in my back yard, wait till my crocodiles breach our privacy fence!
Beware of “Chip and Seal” on Highway 250 leaving Patriot! There are signs warning that the process was due to begin May 22nd!
The Concordia Ladies of the Concord Community Church will be having their yearly Yard Sale on two consecutive weekends this year: Friday and Saturday, June 2nd-3rd and June 9th-10th. No Thursdays this year! The doors normally open around 8 a.m. The church is located at 196 Concord Road outside of Patriot and off of Highway 156 at Sand Run Road.
If you need a little finger food, this is my personal favorite:
Makes: 45 phyllo pastry cups
1 can – Rotel tomatoes, drained (almost all the way)
1 bag – Bacon pieces
1 cup – Shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup – Mayonnaise
3 Pkg. Phyllo pastry cups – thawed
Phyllo pastry cups can be purchased at most large food outlets and are less than 1 ½” round. Thaw out three packages of Phyllo pastry cups = 45 individual. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the ingredients together and scoop evenly into the cups. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Can be microwaved if necessary.
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 PatriotNews1995@gmail.com.