Patriot and Posey Township 7-27-17


The heat and humidity this past week managed to curtail just about all of my normal activities. Even the critters didn’t want to venture outside the air conditioning. Thus I have very little to share other than my good wishes and kind thoughts.

From Mike Jones: Community Mental Health will be sponsoring a “Back to School” event this Saturday, July 29th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Patriot Town Hall. Event will include free haircuts, food, backpacks and information about CMH services!

Tuesday I stopped by the cookout at the Switzerland County Library commemorating the completion of the summer reading programs. I managed to stay out of the bouncy house but did swipe a cookie while I visited with John Kniola, who also participated in the adult phase of the reading program.

Afterwards, I enjoyed Christian fellowship with the ladies of Concordia at the Concord Community Church: Bonnie Schriener, Sharon Ward, Lulu Belle Thomas and Cleo Detmer. Among the goodies that Bonnie brought, she included a Frozen Peach Salad. The recipe is included in the “Happy 130th Birthday” Concord Community Church Cookbook, 2nd Edition (December 25th, 2014). Originally submitted by Janet Bond it was to include either strawberry or cherry but the peach was just fine.


1 large container – Kool Whip

1 large can – Crushed Pineapple

1 can sweetened Condensed Milk

1 can Strawberry or Cherry Pie filling


Nuts (Optional)

Mix condensed milk with pineapple.

Add pie filling. Fold in Kool Whip.

Pour into 9″x13″ pan and freeze.

Cut in squares to serve.

Thursday my dermatologist gave me a grade of A+ for my annual checkup and that’s always good after the skin cancer scare I had a couple of years ago.

Prayers of healing are needed for Travis Griffith, Sharon and Bill Levell, Wayne and Sandy Dawson, Tony Christiani and June Lack. Also for a friend of mine from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department: Deputy Chief James Waters who was critically injured in a car accident Sunday off duty. I have known him since he was a child as his father was one of my IPD training officers. He is a highly respected Christian man and very dedicated law enforcement administrator who was driving his car on the interstate when it was struck by a semi. Following surgery he was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of one of the hospitals in Indianapolis in critical but stable condition.

Prayers of comfort please for the families of Derek Archer and Francis “Fritz” Sigmon. Fritz is the brother of Patriot’s postmaster Wanda Scranton and passed away on July 14th.

Friday, Angela Haskell, her mother Bonnie Simon and new brother Eric Simon dropped in to play in the dirt. I have zillions of mimosa trees in my yard: three mature and the rest range from two-inches tall to five or six feet tall. Bonnie and Angela now both have starts. I was even able to convince Bonnie to add wisteria and a rose of Sharon to her conquests. Fortunately the mature trees are beginning to produce seed pods which are much easier to share. My redbud tree has had seed pods most of the summer so far so those are available to share also. Anyone interested, bring a bucket and call ahead. I’ll let you do the digging.

We have not as yet confirmed it with the powers that be but we think the Red HOT Hatters are going to help with sponsoring the movie “You’ve Got Mail” to be shown on Saturday, August 12th at Vevay’s Historic Hoosier Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3. Come and join in the fun!

There is a correction on the date of our next Red HOT Hatters meeting which will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 14th at the Crossroads Restaurant in Versailles. All are welcome. Anyone needing a ride for the trip to Versailles, please call Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281 by Sunday, August 13th. We will be taking reservations and collecting money for our September excursion to Indianapolis to see the ‘West Side Story’.

This will be the second year for the Red HOT Hatters to attend the “Beef N Boards Dinner Theater” and this time to see the musical production of ‘West Side Story’ on Wednesday, September 13th for the 1 p.m. matinee. The play will cost a total of $34 each and includes the buffet before as well as the production. Taxes and gratuities included. This will be an all day affair as the doors open at 11 a.m., the buffet runs from 11:30AM to 12:30PM with the production beginning at 1PM. There will be carpooling again this year and we will probably leave Vevay around 8:45 AM. EVERYONE is invited! This event is open to the public! Husbands, boyfriends, etc. included! Call Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281 for any additional information.

In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I found out that it is actually possible to sleep too much. I realize that’s hardly something to complain about but one day this week, I spent more time inside in the air conditioning asleep than I did doing anything else. I actually ended up with a sore neck and a headache. Poor me! (Sniff! Sniff!)

In the “Critter Corner” this week, I found out that the last reported escapade of my Very Special Agent Leroy Gibbs (one of my infamous Two Terrible Twin Tomcats) was as disruptive as I had feared and my neighbor Robin Lawson even heard the ruckus and wondered what horrible critter was screaming for its life. VSA Gibbs aka Mr. Black Panther Extraordinaire seems to have established a look out post by the back door now where he can both survey and patrol his formidable jungle also known as my back yard.

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 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!