Patriot and Posey Township 8-3-17


Man, do I hate L-O-N-G months! The “Great Indy Eagle” (aka City of Indianapolis) deposits my pension check directly into my account on the last day of each month! Why can’t all of the months be 28 days long?! And with five full weekends this month, I’m really broke. Besides, who ever heard of being paid on a Monday? You would think that after being on a pension for 12 years now, I would have all of this planned out and organized by now but alas, I still have a ways to go. Not sure I will ever have a month where there is still money in the bank on the last day: guess I should put that on my Bucket List. Of course, I’m just superstitious enough to figure that If/When I do complete my Bucket List, I will indeed ‘hit the bucket’. Maybe that’s why I procrastinate as much as I do – Not!

Last week I asked for prayers for my friend IMPD Deputy Chief James Waters. He had been rear-ended by a semi on the interstate while off-duty. His injuries however were far too severe and his life ended in the same hospital he had been born in 48 years ago. His death was just three days short of the anniversary of his younger brother Mitch’s death in 2013 from cancer. I rode with his father as a rookie with Indianapolis Police Department and we periodically stopped at the babysitter’s home to check on the boys. Both were fine men. Both started with the police department in menial civilian positions at age 18 and worked their way up to become highly respected law enforcement professionals. I considered both – and of course, Dad, too – to be good friends. I am reminded of 2 Kings 2 where it describes the departure of the prophet Elijah not as dying per se, but instead that ‘he suddenly was taken up to Heaven in a whirlwind…in a chariot of fire drawn by horses of fire’. This is how I think of losing Jim. I’m not sure that his family would gain any solace from my thoughts but maybe… He was the epitome of a good Christian man and I am honored to have called him ‘friend’.

Less than an hour after Jim died, another law enforcement professional lost his life: Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department. Responding to the report of an accident with an overturned vehicle and possible injuries, Lt. Allan approached the car prepared to give aid to the injured driver and was instead shot 14 times. At 38 he, too, had begun his law enforcement career in a menial civilian position at age 18 and worked his way up to become a respected law enforcement professional. He, too, was a family man who had taken the time that morning to walk his small son to school on the child’s very first day.

Please pray for the families of these two officers as well as every law enforcement officer who strives to protect his/her community and its citizens. I never see an officer that I do not stop and pray for as I pass. It’s the least we can do for those who are willing to give their all for us.

This past Wednesday there was a Golf Scramble and Benefit for Rocky Hutchinson at the Vineyard Golf Course in Quercus Grove. My friend Carol Ann Armstrong reports that there were a total of 42 participants. The golf and drinks were donated by Rusty Keith of the Vineyard Golf Course and the food was provided by members of the Patriot Baptist Church, Rocky’s church. As I understand, it was a huge success!

I was unable to complete my mowing in time to attend this month’s Book Club at the Switzerland County Library. I did, however, make it to the 100th Celebration on Saturday. The place was packed. There was good food provided by Country Cooks Catering, critters to pet and entertainment to enjoy. I was unable to stay the entire day but from what I saw, Shannon Phipps has again successfully helped integrate the Library with the community. Great job!

Wednesday, after the Patriotic Rosary at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, I stopped by to try and wash remnants of my Mimosa tree off of my poor car. As I approached the car wash, however, I observed a young lady servicing the bays so I hesitated. A very kind young man presented himself to assist, directed me into an available bay and then washed my car for me! Wow! His name was Elijah, I believe, and he was a cousin to the owner! Thank you, sir, for your kind gesture!

My friend Mary Christiani and I visited with June Lack at the Dearborn County Hospital that afternoon where she was being treated for pneumonia. The poor thing was transferred from the nursing home in Rising Sun in the middle of the night to the hospital for treatment without her prescription glasses. Subsequently she spent nearly five days in the hospital alone in her room unable to read or watch TV.

This week I have spent nearly every evening sorting through the goodies in my garage. I desperately need to start utilizing my garage to park my car and not store stuff. I managed to fill both vehicles with some of those ‘goodies’ which were then shared with the Reuse Store in Vevay – commonly referred to as the “Free Store” – and the local recycling bin at the Patriot Fire Department. Later this fall, I will again pursue the monthly yard and alley sale but I think I will have a better quality of product than usual. I had to laugh: Goodwill would not take the television set that Concord Church had left over from its Yard Sale so it has been occupying the front seat of my SUV now for over a month. In frustration, I set it out on top of my trash bin Saturday with a ‘Free’ sign on it and less than 2 hours later, it was gone!

My friend and Red HOT Hatter “Co-Queen” Sandy Dawson tells me that the Reuse Store (Free Store) will be moving to the recycle facility at 19 McCreary Ridge soon. The location in Vevay will close at noon on Saturday, August 19th, and 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.

Sunday, I met my friend Carol Ann Armstrong at the Patriot Baptist Church for their weekly service. This coming week will be a busy one for Pastor Mike Jones as I understand that his birthday is Tuesday, August 1st and Marlene and he will be celebrating their 16th anniversary on Friday, August 4th. In addition, a baptism service will be held after the 11 a.m. church program on Sunday, August 6th at the Patriot Boat Ramp.

According to Mike, a total of 58 backpacks were distributed by Community Mental Health last Saturday at the “Back to School” event at the Patriot Town Hall.

Sunday evening Tony and Mary Christiani welcomed me into their home and shared their Golabki with me. Just in case you too are not of Polish descent, translated into English that is Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Mary made hers with barley and pork and it was scrumptious. These two people are two of my dearest friends and I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Prayers of healing are needed for Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne and Sandy Dawson and June Lack. Sharon Levell had a great report following her surgery and Tony Christiani has now successfully completed both of his cataract surgeries and is recovering very nicely. June Lack has been released from the hospital and reunited with her glasses finally. She is at The Waters in Rising Sun and visitors are welcome.

The next Patriot Town Board meeting will be Monday, August 7th, at 6 p.m. It is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The meetings are held in the Patriot Town Hall at 352 3rd Street in Patriot.

As far as I know, the Red HOT Hatters are planning to attend 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. The Red HOT Hatters may or may not be one of the sponsors of the evening’s program. Come and join in the fun!

The 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 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the production beginning at 1 p.m. There will be carpooling again this year and we will probably leave Vevay around 8:45 a.m. 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.

With the three mature Mimosa trees all sprouting seed pods right now, I have plenty of opportunities for anyone wishing to try to grow one of their own. I also have Redbud pods available. My yard seems to be a prime breeding ground for Mimosa and I have small trees ranging from two inches tall to five or six feet tall. Anyone interested, bring a bucket and call ahead. I’ll let you do the digging.

In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I learned that generic brand cake mix is not the same! I whipped up a Fluff Cake to take to the Christianis Sunday only to have it come out flat. I unfortunately had purchased a generic brand of angel food cake mix at Walmart and it flat out flopped. So Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines, here I come!

In the “Critter Corner” this week, I continue to marvel at the similarities as well as the distinctions between my two Terrible Twin Tomcats. In appearance, they are identical. Only their cat collars and bells are different colors. DiNozzo is laid back, cuddly, ‘talkative’ and would rather spend his days inside in the air conditioning than outside with his brother chasing fun things like bugs and leaves. Gibbs however is the more squared away of the two: he’s quite the tree climber and bird stalker while maintaining his aloofness with the canines in the family. He is the King of His Jungle and loves to lie down on the patio by the back door and maintain surveillance of all that is his world. He does not meow! I believe he is frustrated with his inability to roar as the Black Panther he thinks he is so instead he is mute but boy, can he purr!

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; 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!