Patriot and Posey Township


By the time you read this, the election will be over! My biggest regret is that I could not vote for Aftab Purvel for Hamilton County (Ohio) Clerk of Courts! I totally loved his television ads! Just in case you didn’t see the ads, he included an animated critter similar to the AFLAC duck and focused on his unique name to help get his message across. Well done!

Patriot’s Halloween “Trunk ‘N Treat” at the intersection of Highways 156 and 250 was a hollowing success! I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids! Set up at the intersection were Harley people Dwight Murdock and Peggy Pearce, the Andy Haskell family, Harry the Tree Trimmer and the Good Witch Angel Lieland with her family. Marilyn Cook was set up in front of her restaurant. I went to the intersection to give away my goodies when it appeared no one was coming to my street. Upon my return home, you guessed it! Kids on my street!

Hats off to Jerry Turner for tricking me this week! Still half asleep, I looked out on the river and saw our public dock floating up river! Startled, I proceeded out into the yard in time to see that Jerry’s boat was actually towing the dock. There for a minute, I actually was totally discombobulated. Putting that dock in and taking it out every year is quite a task and we are very lucky to have Jerry Turner to take care of that chore for us.

My confusion this week, however, was not just confined to a self-propelled dock but included salsa music! Having worked all night Thursday, I awoke mid-morning Friday to what sounded like several people shooting air rifles and a radio blaring Mexican music. And I was pretty close! The roofing contractor that we hired to replace the roof on Town Hall did indeed have several employees on the roof, playing music and some actually also singing while working with pneumatic staple guns. Imagine waking up to that!

I took advantage of the early voting at Patriot Town Hall Tuesday but I must admit, I had quite a bit of difficulty. It was the first time I have voted in this county that my friend Patty Chase wasn’t there to greet me. A gentleman who looked quite a bit like Joe Spiller tried to pass himself off as Patty but I knew better!

While I was visiting outside Town Hall, I finally had the opportunity to meet Doris Garrett, Paul Garrett’s mother. I had received word from Marilyn Cook that Mrs. Garrett enjoyed my column and was glad that I had resumed it. As I observed Paul driving up to Town Hall with a beautiful lady in the front seat, I approached the car, opened the door and introduced myself to Mrs. Garrett. It was so nice to finally meet her but I wish our visit had been longer. Paul and I knew each other from working at Belterra a few years back.

My friend Wendy Yanikoski recently pulled me aside to tell me how much she liked my new hair color. Originally a brunette, I took the plunge last Thanksgiving and went blonde. Trust me, it is quite a bit easier to hide the gray when your hair is lighter. Taking advantage of sales is one of my favorite pastimes and much to an old friend’s chagrin, whatever is on sale turns out to be my new color. This time it was Champagne by L’Oréal. Flattered by Wendy’s comments, I further pursued the opinions of others. Lo and behold! My church family seem to all be in agreement: Wendy and her husband Dick as well as Mary Christiani and her husband Tony. So, Champagne it will be! I respect their opinions and appreciate their honesty – even Mary’s when she let me know my previous platinum look was not as appealing as I thought it was. I am so blessed to have such beautiful people in my life to help me along in my daily struggles: even if it’s as simple as choosing my hair color!

Hats off to another member of my church family: John Kniola who is the president of the Switzerland County Park Board. John recently supervised the re-striping of the parking lot at the Patriot Boat Ramp and has also purchased replacement grills for the Park area. Thank you for helping improve our Boat Ramp.

I met a couple of gentlemen this past week who were here to film a segment on deer hunting in Switzerland County that will be featured on “J & K Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel sometime in the future.

Congratulations to Red HOT Hatter Claudia Dawson for taking dulcimer classes! I envy her enthusiasm!

NCIS is invading Patriot! In addition to my Very Special Agents Jethro Leroy Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo, we have Ziva! Unlike Gibbs and DiNozzo who are my very special black velvet kittens, Ziva is a gorgeous black German Shepherd belonging to Jade and Mike Cooney. Jade and Ziva dropped by Sunday afternoon for a nice visit and although I love my Japanese Chin, I have to admit that Ziva is beautiful and well-mannered. I had just completed reading a book this week written by Robert Crais and entitled ‘Suspect’ about a LAPD officer and a former military working dog cross trained by the USMC for both patrol and explosives detection. After reading that book, I have to admit that I have a whole new appreciation for Shepherds like Jade’s Ziva and Greg Kammer’s Gunner. Amazing creatures!

Jade was one of the first people I met when I joined the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office. With my propensity for rescuing dogs and cats, it was only natural that we would become allies. Prior to having the Animal Shelter, rescues were done by dedicated individuals like Jade and Sondra Stave. Likewise, they deserve credit for us opening our own shelter. But for once, we did not just talk critters: she wanted to share her excitement for the new business Patty’s Reach, owned and operated by Steve and Sam Jones-Ellard. Although they already have a waiting list for their products, Jade inquired and received a sampling this past week. Their food is delicious, nutritious and fairly priced. For additional information, call (812) 290-1418 or check out

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. Specifics will be shared when decided. Reservations will be required by Monday, December 5th. Part of all of our meetings is a voluntary gift exchange. Gifts should be wrapped or bagged and be valued at approximately $10 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 11AM. 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!

Monday, 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 Street. All invited to attend.

The following recipe is from Aunt Bea, Sharon Levell:

Granny’s Custard Pie


3 Large Eggs 

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2-2/3 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350*

Beat eggs lightly,add sugar ; salt ; cinnamon. Beat Well.

Pour in unbaked pie shell.

Bake 35 min’s  Remove from oven and cool. 


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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