I have dabbled with journalism since about the third grade when I pursued my first literary endeavor in which I compared “A Tiny Perking Volcano” to my Mother’s percolator coffee pot. Got an A-! In high school, I became the feature editor or our school newspaper and ultimately, yearbook editor. Sadly, I even won a college scholarship in journalism — only to turn it down when I went to work, instead of college. Through the years, I’ve contributed to various law enforcement publications, and of course this newspaper. Since June 25th, 2011 I have been responsible for our weekly church bulletin. Now, I am an administrator for a Facebook page targeting retired police officers from the Indianapolis area. But it wasn’t until this past Friday morning, that I really felt my journalistic abilities could even remotely be considered God-given.
This past Friday morning I received a phone call from David Hite. Although we met casually years ago at a Patriot Alumni Banquet, we are pretty much strangers. Not anymore. He asked me to come to his home where he could share some thoughts and praises that he had on his heart. When I arrived, he and wife Shirley truly blessed me by sharing their story with me: the story of David’s near death experience for 11 days in the Dearborn County Hospital Intensive Care Unit and the saving grace of God and David’s promise in return. What a blessing to have David use my journalistic abilities, meager that they are, to convey his message of hope and declaration that “God is alive!” Thank you, David for trusting your story to me. How you have blessed me!
Just for the record, “the Church that’s never open” — Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church — was open Easter Sunday for mass at 10 a.m. Thanks to Father Joseph Moriarity, Rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis, who presided over the Easter celebration. Known as “the Church that’s never open” because the Catholic Church is the only church in Vevay having services on Saturday and not on Sunday. Our parish shares Father Christopher Craig with the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the St. Patrick Chapel and the Hanover College in Madison and so Saturday works well with his busy schedule.
Tuesday was my birthday. Whoopee! The best thing about it? Its over! Not true! Through the miracle of modern computer technology, I received greetings from lots of people including but not limited to two girlfriends with the same birthday, a childhood friend I have known since I was two, several friends from my grade school, high school and of course the police department. I must admit: it was amazing to have that many people take the time out to say “Hey”. Thanks! My dear friends the Christianis — Tony and Mary — treated me to dinner at Mo’s after church on Saturday. They do, truly, spoil me!
Swiss and German hats off to John Kniola and Sarah Wolfe for the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ on Friday evening at the Opera Park. Father Chris Craig did the honors and so many critters and their owners enjoyed the festivities. I brought Yoda, the Japanese Chin that could pass for a polar bear cub. He didn’t mind the blessing or the people, but he did not like the other dogs! Tony and Mary Christiani brought their precious Zoie and Wallace. I couldn’t mingle too much with Mr. Unsociable on the leash. He sat down with his back to the wall and that was it!
Saturday, April 14th is April Movie Night at the Vevay Historical Hoosier Theater and “Justice League” will be showing. Tickets are $3 each and are available in advance at the Switzerland County Welcome Center (812) 427-3237. The Theater is located at 209 Ferry Street in Vevay.
The Red HOT Hatters will hold their next meeting at Roxano’s on Thursday, April 19th, beginning at 11 a.m. Main topic of conversation will be the upcoming fundraiser for the Antoinette Kniola Memorial Fund which is tentatively a Tea at the Schenck Mansion on Sunday, June 3rd. In addition, there will be discussion of the collection and sale of garage sale items also to benefit Toni’s Memorial Fund.
On Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th, at the Vevay Historical Hoosier Theater, the Switzerland County High School will provide a live play performance entitled “Let Him Sleep ‘til it’s Time for His Funeral.” Admission both nights will be $5 each and are available in advance at the Switzerland County Welcome Center (812) 427-3237.
The Patriot Town Hall will be open for voting on Tuesday, May 1st from 8 a.m. to Noon and Wednesday, May 2nd from 2-6 p.m.
Due to the traveling voting centers, the next scheduled Patriot Town Board meeting will be Tuesday, May 8th starting promptly at 6 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The 4th of July Parade this year will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, with lineup at the Patriot Boat Ramp beginning at 9 a.m. Registration forms will be available the day of the Parade at sign-up. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Liability waivers must be signed in advance. The Town of Patriot, Indiana, is the only incorporated town in the United States with the name of Patriot making our Parade, the only true Patriot Parade. Immediately following the Parade there will be a flag ceremony at the Memorial Park. The day’s activities will conclude in Harris Park and will include a meal. Anyone with questions, call the Patriot Town Hall at (812) 594-2243.
Prayers of healing for David Hite, Jay Benzing, Dawn Elston, Jamie Darbro, Mary Ellen Witt, Irvin Fette, Fritz Korn, John Campbell, Jake Rader, Pam Hutchinson, Colton Schirmer, Paul Schmitt, Erin Schmitt, Wayne Dawson, Garry Johnson, Matt Oatman, Leona Ware, and Red HOT Hatter June Lack.
As always, I encourage people to contact me with their local news. You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note or 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 PatriotNews1995@gmail.com. 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 a particular issue, please be sure and give it to me early.