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I’ve been glued to the Internet updates of my Floridian friends that are surviving Hurricane Irma. It appears that for the most part, my friends were the lucky ones. One older gentleman, however, posted this: “When I was at a very low point. Tired, weary and about to give up, I found this near my home. May mean nothing too many but was inspiration to me to move on one step at a time.” In the accompanying photo, ‘this’ appeared to be a branch twisted into a circle resembling the thorned crown of Christ. Powerful!

The Patriot 9/11 Ceremony and Memorial Park Re-dedication that was held last Monday was indeed memorable. On behalf of the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department and as a member of the Patriot Town Board, I sincerely wish to express our most sincere gratitude for the support and assistance of: Indiana District #67 Representative Randall Frye: Patriot Baptist Church Pastor Michael Jones; Switzerland County Sheriff Nathan Hughes and his wife Donna; Pat Lanman of the Vevay Newspapers; Adam Griffin of Froggy 95.9; Honor Guard Paul Schmitt, Lewis Fritter Sr. and August Gaul; Marty Reynolds of the Sign Store; Emily Oatman and family including parents, grandparents and brothers; Eagle Scouts; Kathy Turner; Sandy Dawson; Marlene Jones; Mike Bear and David Rayles and the rest of the 45 people whose presence made our ceremony special.

Last Wednesday, the Red HOT Hatters traveled to Indianapolis for the matinee performance of ‘West Side Story’ at the Beef N Boards Dinner theater. The Red HOT Hatters in attendance were: Joyce Johnson with husband Gary and neighbors Mary and Delmar Jones; Charlene Goff; Deanna Graham and Kay Cook. Kay also shared the day with a diversified collection of retired police officers and widows, a lady firefighter with her parents, friends and family.

The French have a saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same .” (Les Guepes, January, 1849) About halfway through the performance of ‘West Side Story’, it hit me how pertinent and timely the play is today. The film starring Natalie Wood was released in 1961 – over 50 years ago – but the topics covered included gangs, racial prejudice, peer pressure and violence. No wonder that nearly half of the audience for the matinee were high school students!

Thursday was my monthly trip to Indianapolis for what I affectionately call “The Retired Old Farts” Meeting – aka Retired Police Officers Association. I drove the SUV that day after my new neighbor Ernie Powell was gracious enough to jump the battery! (Thank you again, Sir!) So the critters went along for the ride. On the way back, I stopped to try and purchase a new battery for my not-so-new phone. As a matter of fact, my phone is over five years old, obsolete and doesn’t even have a removable battery. So, you guessed it! I bought a new one. After almost four days now, I am still playing with it and have as yet to answer or make a phone call with it. It has far too many bells and whistles for me and I am pretty sure that it will be off more than on in the future. But at least it will stay charged – just in case!

Janice and Tom Meadors celebrated 48 years of marriage last week! Congratulations!

Past, present and future members of the Patriot Baptist Church are encouraged to come together on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 4 p.m. for the 2017 Homecoming Service.

Prayers of healing are needed for Jerry Turner, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne Dawson and June Lack.

In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I’d have to say that even though I am an ‘outsider’ and not a native of Switzerland County I have made some pretty wonderful friends here. Everything about the 9/11 Service was possible through the kindness and charity of others. Thank you for making me feel at home!

In the “Critter Corner” this week, I have been trying to deal with my feral cat Uncle Tomcat. We had established a daily routine based on an 8 a.m. morning feeding at least until I overslept today. More hungry than afraid apparently, I found Uncle Tomcat in my kitchen munching dog food. That will teach me to forget his breakfast! I stopped at Goodwill the other day and purchased him some additional bedding for my porch since he seems to have taken up residence. Of course, he wouldn’t sleep on the new stuff I purchased for him. As resistant as I have been, I have decided to make a concerted effort to befriend the little fellow. What’s another little black cat when you already have two!

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 by 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.