The Red HOT Hatters are going to the movies! We are in the midst of making arrangements to sponsor “You’ve Got Mail” to be shown on Saturday, Aug. 12th at Vevay’s Historic Hoosier Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3. Come and join in the fun!!
Patriot Baptist Church held its annual Patriot and Veteran Service Sunday and honored veterans in attendance: Wayne Turner, Rocky Hutchinson, John Adams, Michele Oatman, Chris Oatman, Ed Trinkle and his grandson Alan Trinkle. Their guest speaker was Vietnam Veteran Tony Flowers with special music by singer/songwriter Christian Yount. Emily Oatman also sang and performed two songs. The church was nearly filled and the service highly enjoyable. A pitch-in lunch at the Patriot Town Hall followed and the food was as good as the service!
Fellow Patriot Town Board member Waynie Turner, son Korey, his sister Amanda and her family and mother Kathy were also in attendance to honor his father Viet Nam Veteran Wayne Turner. Matt Lieland and son Canaan finished out one of the pews. My friend Carol Ann Armstrong invited me to sit with her as usual. Ed Trinkle and grandson Alan sat down in front of us. Patty Chase introduced me to Ed last year and he was kind enough to call me this past week with some very heartfelt comments about one of my recent articles. At the dinner afterwards, I had the pleasure of meeting Ann McCarty who shared some of her trip to Norway with me. I had received a total of four invitations to the day’s festivities (Sandy Dawson, Lois McKay, Mike Jones, Kathy and Wayne Turner) and am already looking forward to next year’s Service.
Last Tuesday I attended my first Posey Tappers Homemaker’s meeting this year at the Concord Church. Old friends and new faces alike made the morning very enjoyable. Just in time, I was able to prepare and enter four exhibits in the Photography class at the Switzerland County Fair. Really reminded me of my 4-H days as a child and I enjoyed the experience. Thursday when I took the exhibits in, I was greeted by Connie Hollander who did my registration. While visiting with her, my friends Bonnie Simon, Angie Haskell and Eric Simon stopped by. Joy Briggs was there when I picked up the exhibits on Saturday. (3 blue ribbons and 1 red!) Carla Burt gave me a quick tour of the Homemakers Exhibits which was very impressive.
The Red HOT Hatters enjoyed lunch at Roxano’s last Wednesday. In attendance were: Lisa Fisher, Charlene Goff, Joyce Johnson, Sandy Dawson, Lois McKay, Jan Bixler, Patty Chase, Juanita Giltner, Deanna Graham, Eileen Wiesmann and I. Garage Sales are being postponed until the heat and humidity are not quite so brutal.
There is a correction on the date of our 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 13. 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 13 for the 1 p.m. Matinée. The play will cost a total of $34.00 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 11a.m., the buffet runs from 11:30AM to 12:30PM 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.
Prayers for healing and speedy recoveries from surgery this week to Sharon Levell, Jan Bixler and Tony Christiani.
Thursday I made my monthly visit to Indianapolis to share old war stories with other retired police officers. I was able to stop by and see my friend Judy’s brand new condo. My best guess would be two days MAX for my critters and I to completely destroy the whole thing with all of the crystal, antiques and eggshell white carpeting! I have been invited back – critter-less, needless to say!
Friday my sister Jan and I met for lunch at Patron’s and later shopped at the Ladies Bazaar where I bought an absolutely awesome b-ball cap complete with studs, ‘stones’ and a really cool owl from Wendy Yanikoski. We then exchanged books as we both enjoy the same type of mysteries. Ironically, I gave her my copy of Brad Meltzer’s The Inner Circle only to find the exact same book in the bottom of the box I received from her. As part of the Adult Reading Program at the Switzerland County Library, I had picked out my favorite sentence from the book to contribute to the Writing Club for the story that will be comprised of my contributions and those of others in the program. My favorite sentence in this particular book, seems OH, so appropriate! “I used to be a peacock; now I’m just a feather duster.”
The American Queen’s trip through Patriot on Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. was met with as much enthusiasm as they all are! Busy giving puppy bathes, I almost missed it completely but I was able to summon one neighbor in time. Kathy and Wayne Turner also enjoyed the sighting from the shelter at the corner of 3rd and Front. Of course, I had to go and visit with them and eventually introduced my new neighbor Robin Lawson to the Nicest People in Patriot: Kathy and Wayne.
In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I’m still on subject of my window air conditioning. Not too long ago, I recounted how I had learned to test the window air conditioner prior to spending 2 hours installing it in a window that is behind and above a waterbed. (Waterbeds do NOT move.) So with the temperature and the humidity rising, I decided it was time to reinvestigate the possibility of the air conditioner alleviating some of my misery. Forty-five minutes later, after fighting to unplug said air conditioner from the electrical outlet behind and below the massive king sized waterbed in my bedroom, I was able to supply electricity to the unit via an extension cord. Nothing. Nada. Just as I was about to lose any and all semblance to a Christian person, I grabbed ahold of the actual air conditioner plug and WHALLAH! Much to my surprise, I found a reset button! I bet you can guess what happened when I hit the button. Immediate reprieve from the heat! The air conditioner is working perfectly again! But only temporarily because I don’t want to leave it on an extension cord and I’m not up to another forty five minute struggle.
In the “Critter Corner” this week, the Two Terrible Twin Tomcats are still the topic of discussion. No, putting bells on their collars do NOT keep them from catching birds. Very Special Agent Leroy Gibbs complete with brand new green collar and bell proved that to me last Tuesday. I have installed flexible screening on three of my doorways – two on the addition which includes my bedroom and one on the utility room just off the kitchen. With a total of four dogs and two cats, I find the screens in the summertime are a real blessing. All winter it seems I spend the majority of my time as doorman to six critters who never seem to operate on the same bathroom schedule.
Late last Tuesday while sitting at the kitchen table, however, I heard an awful scream/screech that raised the hairs on the back of my neck. As I proceeded to the back door of the utility room, I was met with VSA Gibbs who was struggling with a rather large and very unhappy bird and headed at warp 7 towards the house. I immediately slammed the door in his face to keep him from bringing his catch inside. Then, he turned and ran to the other end of the house and the other door with the screened entrance. I’m sure if anyone had been watching they would have found it quite comical to see me running, screaming, swinging a Swiffer and slamming doors to keep Mr. Gibbs and his unhappy prey out of my house. Of course, then he headed for the carport and hid under the SUV. Still swinging the Swiffer, I finally separated the two – cat from bird — and watched as the bird escaped into the tall ornamental grass. I finally snatched the confused kitty up and put him into the house. By now it is late and I’ve had enough.
The next morning I forbid the kitties to leave the house and once at my Red HOT Hatter luncheon, I described my predicament. Someone suggested I put Gibbs on a leash to see if he could find the injured bird. Well instead, I cut down weeds and grass in the area and after 30 minutes of working in the hot sun, decided that the bird had somehow escaped. Shortly after I allowed the cats out, Gibbs did go right back out to that part of the yard and did crawl in and about the area. Thank goodness, he didn’t find anything either!
If you attended Patriot’s 4th of July Festivities and enjoyed yourself or if you were somehow disappointed, please feel free to share your experience: Kay Cook (812) 594-2281 or Patriotnews1995@gmail.com . Your input is always welcome. We are the only incorporated town in the United States with the name of Patriot so our parade needs to be a step above.
Both versions of the Patriot 4th of July Parade t-shirts are still available for purchase at the Patriot Town Hall. There are red, V-necked as well as white, conventional styles. All are $10 each. Neither bares a date.
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, IN 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 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!