Patriot News 01/09/2020


 Have you heard the one about the priest and the pig? Once upon a time (last Saturday), a very disgruntled pig decided to run away from home. So, before anyone knew it, he was out of the fence, across the sidewalk and the ditch and into the street. Except the street was actually a highway and the highway was actually in a small town and the small town was Vevay. Mr. Pig — later identified as Louis — decided that it would be fun to literally play in traffic and that he did. He boldly but not very wisely ventured out into the highway and into the path of oncoming traffic. Enter the priest. Fortunately for Louis, Father Chris Craig considers pigs a part of his flock, too. And since Louis was playing chicken in front of the Catholic church just minutes before scheduled Saturday evening mass, Father Craig intervened and directed Louis off of the pavement and ironically back into his own yard. It is believed that perhaps Louis had heard how Father Craig blesses animals once each year during ‘First Friday’ and wanted to get his before the new year. Many thanks to Vevay Town Marshal James Richards, Kelli Gabbard and the Switzerland County Sheriff’s dispatchers for their assistance.

  Charla, Drew, Alli and Sam Azbell and Dungy Dog of Indy came to Ivan and Dollie Green’s on Patriot Christmas Eve. Andrew Green and Mary Reese, Reese, Joe and Bailey Jackson along with Levi, Elijah and Easton Green of Madison joined them Christmas Day. Dollie reports that it was good to have everyone home and maybe the best part was taking Christmas pictures outside. Billie Green, Linda Poling, Ivan and Dollie Green enjoyed eating out Saturday evening at Mickey D’s.

  Congratulations to Chelsea and Justin Reagan on the birth of their second son Kade Daniel on Saturday. And of course, to Kyler, too, on becoming a big brother.

  The Red HOT Hatters will be meeting at Mo’s Steakhouse on Friday, January 17th at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend! Red hats and purple clothing are not required but the wearing of those ‘colors’ is encouraged.

  Last Sunday, I ventured over to Madison to attend the double retirement party of my good friends Laura and Dan Hodges. Laura just completed 11 years on the Madison City Council and is a Red HOT Hatter and member of the Switzerland County YMCA. Dan retired from Madison Chemical Company with 44 years in.

  Prayer list:  Firefighter Ron Brunner, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill,  Nick Vogelsang, Eva Fette, Reverend Steve Ward, Abby Galbreath, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Jake and Mickie Rader, and Red HOT Hatters Joyce Johnson, Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  The following is a very basic fudge recipe. Substituting different flavors of morsels (chips) will change the flavoring: e.g., for milk chocolate fudge – substitute 1 ¾ C. (11.5-oz. pkg.) milk chocolate morsels for semi-sweet morsels and for butterscotch – substitute 1 2/3 C. (11-oz. pkg.) butterscotch morsels. 

Favorite fudge recipe

1 ½ C. Granulated Sugar

2/3 C.  (5 fl.-oz. can) Evaporated Milk

2 T. Butter or Margarine

1/4 tsp. Salt

2 C. Miniature Marshmallows

1 ½ C. (9 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1/2 C. chopped Pecans, Walnuts or Peanuts (optional)

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

  Line 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.  Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.  Stir in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Continue vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.  Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

  Now, for the ‘other’ foot:

  Last week I shared my thoughts on starting off the new year spiritually on the ‘right’ foot by creating a prayer journal of your very own. This past week, I began working on my physical well-being which I will be the first to admit is challenging. Universally the top three New Year’s Resolutions are to eat healthier, be more active and manage finances better. Statistically 50-51 % of those individuals making resolutions share those three. I’m no different. Maybe just less enthusiastic.

  After doing some of my own research, I decided to begin with very simple exercises designed for someone my age that involved simply walking. Nothing fancy, nothing extreme. No need to buy fancy shoes or join a spa. Just walk. And I am ashamed to admit, that I am having issues successfully completing these exercises.

  So, my suggestion to you is start simple. Very simple. Very slow. Very basic. Simple exercises that stress balance for instance seem to be the most beneficial.  Just stepping back and forth, alternating feet and concentrating on movement out of the norm are working best for me. Available online, in magazines or books, there is a myriad of suggestions. I have even begun to explore yoga on my own. Again, no fancy clothes or shoes required. No embarrassing classes with gawking strangers. The most important thing to me is that I am putting forth the effort. I’m at least trying to do better and I have faith in myself that I will. Good luck! And hold on!

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