Try as I might sometimes, I can not always keep my thoughts to myself. With the primary elections just around the corner, I ask that the citizens of Switzerland County think before they vote this year. I mean really think! With their heads, not their hearts! Utilize rational decision making and put the decades old grudges and disputes aside. Elections are not meant to be popularity contests but instead are designed to seek the best candidate for the job. Obviously, it is important for all of us to vote this primary. In a small county like ours, every vote could make a difference.
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 May Events for Vevay’s Historic Hoosier Theater include ‘Pitch Perfect’ on First Friday May 4th at 8 p.m. with tickets at $3; followed by ‘Peter Pan’ on Sunday May 6th at 2 p.m. for $5; and the Movie Night, Saturday May 12th featuring ‘Paddington 2’ at 7 p.m. for $3.
The Vevay Music Club will hold its Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 8th at the Historic Hoosier Theater. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and a Free Will Donation will be collected.
Sandy Dawson is asking for participants and sponsors for the ALS Walk to be held in Florence, Kentucky on Saturday, May 19th. Her husband Wayne Dawson has been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone interested, please contact Sandy at home (402 Walnut Street in Vevay) or by phone (812) 427-0427.
My Lesson Learned this week concerns fake news. When you think about it, ‘little white lies’ turn in to ‘out and out lies’ and rumors can take on their own crazy world. Simply put, fake news is nothing more than lies. And the lies are being told by everyone, on every side, solely for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage. No wonder we have so much fake news when no one can seem to tell the truth anymore. So, the question is not actually If there is fake news but how do we train ourselves to be more aware of our surroundings and challenge what we know — or think we know — to be the truth. As a child, I was taught to be honest and therefore, I ‘assumed’ that everyone was taught the same values and were likewise, honest. Somewhere along the way, deceitfulness has proven to be too profitable and the rationalization that lying is ok if the end justifies the means has almost become textbook procedure. Maybe we need to re-evaluate our morals and bring back honesty and truthfulness: punishing those who lie and cheat and not rewarding them for their evil behavior.
In my Critter Corner this week, I have discovered that cats — at least my Two Terrible Twin Tomcats — love the juice of mandarin oranges! Thinking that no one would be interested in the remnants of my breakfast the other day, I left it unattended on the porch. When I returned, both kitties were licking up the juice from the mandarin orange container. Mandarin oranges!
I am quite honored to find out that people actually read the names on my prayer list! I have in the past received an email inquiring about one name on the list and this week, I received a phone call. Although I do not feel comfortable discussing medical issues with strangers, I do try to assist those inquiring with contacting the person(s) they are concerned with. Most importantly, of course, is that we pray for the those on the list.
The Red Hot Hatters held their April meeting at Roxano’s last Thursday. Main topic of conversation was the upcoming fundraiser for the Antoinette Kniola Memorial Fund which is a “High Tea for Toni” at the Schenck Mansion on Sunday, June 3rd. Reservations will be necessary to attend and the cost will be $20 each. More information forthcoming. Red Hot Hatters in attendance were: Carla Burt, Mary Christiani, Stasia Wiseman, Deanna Graham, Dottie Keaton, Jan Bixler, Sandy Dawson, Claudia Dawson, Geri Emmelman and her mother and Kay Cook. In addition, there was a discussion of the collection and sale of garage sale items also to benefit Toni’s Memorial Fund which will be held in OYO Vista in coordination with sales being held by Claudia Dawson. The exact dates are forthcoming but will be on the weekends in May. In addition, there may be a raffle of one of Carla Burt’s beautifully made, custom tote bags.
The May meeting of the Red Hot Hatters will be on Thursday, May 17th at the Vevay American Legion Post #185 located at 213 Ferry Street in Vevay and beginning at 11 a.m.. All are welcome!
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, Lulu Belle Thomas, Dawn Elston, 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. It was wonderful to see Mr. Fette back in church!
Sharon Levell sent me another delicious recipe. This one is entitled:
No Bake Pineapple
8oz. Cream Cheese (Softened)
8oz. Crushed Pineapple (Well Drained),
3/4 Cup – Chopped Pecans
2-1/2 cup – Coconut
In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese
and then fold in the pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll/cover in coconut.
Refrigerate 4 hours
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.