Patriot and Posey Township 8-24-17


I am sorry but I do not understand why it is suddenly important to some that historical monuments be destroyed. Most of these memorials have been completely ignored and neglected for decades. Why tear any down? A friend recently traveled to Washington D.C. with a tour group and subsequently visited the most popular historic sites and memorials. He was quite upset to see that the majority of the visitors were not Americans. As a matter of fact, he considered the conduct (running, laughing, climbing) of those present for the most part to be bordering sacrilege. Have many of those locations have simply been reduced to convenient bathroom stops for tour buses? Do we as Americans no longer honor those sites by sharing history with our families? I have been told that some schools no longer make the traditional 8th grade trips to our Nation’s Capital. I know a few years ago I bought a candle to help a student here in town afford to go on their class trip but when I questioned the student where exactly the trip was headed, I was told Washington State. Do we really need to tear down monuments? Or perhaps instead spend more time teaching the importance and significance of each?

This year’s Patriot Volunteer Fire Department Memorial 9/11 ceremonies will also include the Rededication of the Patriot Memorial Park. The evening’s festivities will begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 11th at the Patriot Volunteer Firehouse with a candlelight walk over to the Memorial Park. The highlight of the evening will be the addition of a beautiful plaque designed to commemorate the World Trade Center steel beam acquired and installed in 2011 and recognizing those lost during that tragic day. Originally finished and dedicated in 2010, the concrete wall surrounding and supporting the Memorial Park had to be replaced due to degradation. Angel’s Excavating was contracted for the renovation and completed the task prior to the Fourth of July Festivities. The renovation also included new signage, new landscaping rock to replace the mulch, repairs to the Patriot High School bell tower and the addition of the World Trade Center plaque. The program should be limited to less than an hour. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

On Saturday, September 2nd, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. the Patriot Town Hall will house its first “Arts, Crafts and Treasures” Sale. No charge for vendors. Limit of two tables each. Set-up can be done on Friday, September 1st from 4-7 p.m. Sign up may be done at the Town Hall prior to August 30th; or by email to (Kay Cook). No charge for admission either!

The Red HOT Hatters traveled to Versailles, Indiana, last Monday for a scrumptious meal at the Crossroads Restaurant. In attendance were: Mary Christiani, Mika King, Dottie Keeton, Charlene Goff, Deanna Graham, Lisa Fisher, Stasia Wiseman and Kay Cook. The meal was excellent and the travel was easy. Plans are being made next month for the September 13th trip to Indianapolis and the Beef N Boards matinee performance of ‘West Side Story.’ Anyone wishing to make the journey to Indianapolis, must contact Kay Cook ASAP at (812) 594-2281.

My dear friend Anthony Christiani celebrated a birthday last Wednesday. (Something with an “8” in it.) He and his wife Mary mean so much to me as true members of my church family and I am so blessed to have them both in my life. Happy, Happy Birthday Tony!

I had a wonderful visit with Leah Jones on Friday. It was only the second time we actually met face to face and we had a lovely time. We certainly did not run out of things to talk about. Leah donated a copy of the 1933 Patriot High School Class to the Town Hall, which included her uncle.

Remember that the Reuse Store in Vevay – commonly referred to as the “Free Store” – will be moving to the recycle facility at 19 McCreary Ridge soon. The location in Vevay closed this past Saturday, August 19th; and will re-open at the new location in East Enterprise on Wednesday, September 6th. The new hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

Prayers of healing are needed for Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne Dawson and June Lack.

In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I learned to ‘watch what I wish for’! After my church computer recently went on a looping tirade, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new laptop. Well, the day after the laptop was delivered, I was told the church computer was ‘fixed’. So now I have two, sorta. I am endeavoring to sort and save files to each respectfully so that I can best utilize both. Not sure I’ll ever finish!

In the “Critter Corner” this week, now that I have accepted the feral Uncle Tomcat as a member of our little family, I am trying to feed him on a more regular basis and with more healthier food. Of course, I have an alternative motive: hopefully if I feed him more often, he will kill fewer birds and leave them on my doorstep!

Hope to see you at the Swiss Wine Festival and Parade!

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.