Patriot and Posey Township 8-31-17


This year’s Patriot Volunteer Fire Department Memorial 9/11 Ceremonies will include the Re-dedication of the Patriot Memorial Park. The 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 unveiling of a beautiful plaque designed to commemorate the World Trade Center steel beam acquired and installed in 2011 to recognize those lost 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, signage and 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.

Happy, Happy 56th Anniversary to James R. and Peggy Hilligoss this past week (August 26th)!

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Ruth Osborn. I was so honored to be her friend and I am so saddened by her passing. Ninety-one years young!

Canceled! “Arts, Crafts and Treasures” Sale that was to be held this Saturday, September 2nd at the Patriot Town Hall!

Plans are being finalized for the Red HOT Hatter trip on September 13th trip to Indianapolis and the Beef N Boards matinee performance of ‘West Side Story’. Total of $34 covers meal, tips and live theater performance. Anyone wishing to make the journey to Indianapolis, must contact Kay Cook ASAP at (812) 594-2281. We will leave Vevay around 8:30 a.m. There have been last minute cancellations!

The next Patriot Town Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th because of Labor Day. All are welcome to attend and the meeting begins promptly at 6 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Just another reminder that the Patriot Water Company now has a Facebook page dedicated to notifying the customers living in the five counties and serviced by the Water Company. Everyone is encouraged to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ this page with family and friends. The purpose of this Facebook page entitled PATRIOT WATER COMPANY is to advise of water outages, boil alerts and other pertinent issues. In addition, the Switzerland County Emergency Management Director Tom Moore has recently agreed to post emergency water information on the countywide emergency alert system as deemed necessary.

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 on 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 am learning that leaving a large container of laundry detergent on top of your dryer is not a good idea – period. Even with the cap securely sealed, the container can fall off (or be pushed by rambunctious kittens) and the cap can split and break upon impact with the floor. Cleaning up 255 ounces or 1.99 gallons of liquid detergent is not fun! I ended up using two gallon-sized ice cream buckets, two dustpans and a myriad of towels to clean up the colossal mess. Thankfully, my laundry room is tile and not carpeting and the ‘flood’ managed to stop just short of the kitty litter. I cannot imagine how clumping cat litter and blue laundry detergent would interact. Yuck!

In the “Critter Corner” this week, I have learned that my Terrible Twin Tomcat Very Special Agent Leroy Gibbs fancies himself quite the little electronics geek. Seems I was able to trace back some of the unwanted and unusual posts and settings on my cellphone to Little Mr. Gibbs. I somehow ended up on the wrong time zone one day. Still another curiosity was being awakened at precisely 3 a.m. one night by the sound of an air raid siren. Thank Heavens, our emergency sirens had not been activated but I do believe that some ‘critter’ activated a police video on my phone. Quite by accident, I caught him doing a little tap dance of sorts on my cellphone while it was being charged on my nightstand the other night. I know I have seen him turn the phone alarm off before but apparently, he is expanding his field of expertise. Sneaky Little Devil! Now, the phone goes in the drawer of the nightstand ‘just in case’.

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.