Patriot and Posey Township 4-27-17

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I jumped the gun last week when I said that I had re-entered the 21st Century. A certain Internet company managed to throw several clogs in my wheels before that could happen. The best I could do was type my article on the computer, save it to a flashdrive and drive into the newspaper office in Vevay with the finished product last Monday. Finally a very nice gentleman named Paul Whitham came to my rescue and completed the necessary work to get me up and going. From the beginning when I placed my order, I was not told the truth but instead whatever it took to secure the transaction. And if that wasn’t enough, trying to speak to some person in the Philippines who was reading from a script really added salt to the wound. Gee, and I wonder why no one has sent me a customer service reply request? Do you suppose it’s because they knew what a lousy service they ‘provided’?

So very glad to hear that my neighbor Richard “Rocky” Hutchinson is recovering at home. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

Come to Patriot this Friday and Saturday, April 28th-29th, and visit ‘Bargain Alley’! We are making plans for a multi-family yard/garage/carport/alley sale in and about the alley that runs between Highway 156 and Front Street in Patriot and beside the Patriot Baptist Church. Friday hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to Noon. Hopefully, we can do this monthly through the summer. There are four residences, three garages, a carport and the church that utilize that alley. My garage is already full of goodies to be sorted and priced. Any Patriot resident who wishes to join in is more that welcome too. Whether you set up in or about the alley or in your own front yard, this could be a fun way to make some spare change this summer. I personally have some furniture, some antiques, some clothes, some shoes and a whole lot of stuff. In addition, I will have paid advertising for the event. Any Patriot Baptist Church people reading this are encouraged to join in. We could put tents and tables outside, on the sidewalk or in the back of the church. Feel free to contact me at (812) 594-2281 with suggestions or questions.

The next Patriot Town Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 1st at the Patriot Town Hall located at 3rd and Front Streets. The meetings begin promptly at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.

I’ve just almost got this new job of mine down to a science: Retired Person Extraordinaire. I know I have the eating and sleeping down pat. Same for the sweatpants and flip-flops. I occasionally do see a tube of lipstick but that’s only when I am venturing off premises and into the world. I am, however, surprised how many times I am tempted to leave home and attend ‘social’ events. I am likewise surprised that I am being invited to so many! Now that my days and evenings are free, I can barely schedule in everything I want to include. The higher price of gasoline manages to curtail some of my adventures.

My yard work is still my favorite pastime. That and reading. And spoiling my critters, of course. Unfortunately, I am beginning to lose the battle. The weeds seem to be outgrowing the flowers already. The white and regular lilac bushes have bloomed and are fading but the French lilac bushes are going strong. The bleeding hearts although more plentiful than normal are beginning to sag. The viburnum, mock orange bush and iris are all out in their splendor. I was able to thin out and transplant the lilies of the valley and the hostas but haven’t gotten to the peonies as yet. I truly do love playing in the dirt!

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.