Patriot News 01/14/2021


Prayers of comfort and healing to the families of Lawrence Elston, Stephen Sieglitz, Jamie Cohen, and Alberta Pickett on their passing this past week.

  Charlie Chaplin, English comic and actor, lived 88 years — dying in Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977. In addition to his fame in films, he also was somewhat of a philosopher. Here are some of his memorable quotes.

  He left us 4 statements:

  1. Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems.

  2. I love walking in the rain because no one can see my tears.

  3. The most lost day in life is the day we don’t laugh.

  4. (The) Six best doctors in the world (are): The sun, Rest, Exercise, Diet, Self-respect, and Friends. Stick to them at all stages of your life and enjoy a healthy life.

  • If you see the moon, you will see the beauty of God.

  • If you see the sun, you will see the power of God.

  • If you see a mirror, you will see God’s best creation. So believe it.

  • We are all tourists, God is our travel agent who has already identified our routes, bookings and destinations… trust Him and enjoy life. Life is just a journey…Therefore, live today!

Tomorrow may never be.”

— Charlie Chaplin


  More tidbits for better organization: in addition to putting your clothes in your closets that are on hangers in backwards and turning each only after being worn, re-arrange your drawers in much the same way by putting clothes back in on the right side once worn. As a matter of fact, I recently heard an interesting diet tip using placement. According to radio celebrity and entertainer John Tesh, food should be stored from left to right with the healthier food being on the left side of your view of sight as opposed to your favorite snacks or junk food.  We have taught ourselves to automatically see from left to right and placing healthier food on the left to be seen first and junk food on the right should lead to better food choices.

  Please pray for our country and each one of us who live here. Also continue very special prayers for Eylah Leppert and her parents as she struggles with her health issues.

  Prayer List: For the patients and staff of Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab; Tony Christiani, Cindy and Mike Gardner, Ken Byars, Janet Bond, Posey Tappers Stasia Wiseman, Alanna Smith, Brigetta Hetzel, Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; Bill and Sharon Levell; Red HOT Hatters Laura Riga and June Lack; Firefighters Ron Brunner, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown — as well as everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Oops! Not only have I put in the same recipe twice recently — but it’s wrong! Having tried “Heavenly Chicken” twice now which involves rolling chicken in crackers and sour cream, I can guarantee that baking the chicken for 45 minutes at 425 degrees is too hot, for too long. The length of the time in the oven should depend first on the size in which you have cut the chicken breasts. I tend to cut mine in a similar fashion to chicken strips and mine were done in 25 minutes. I did, however, experiment with flavored crackers instead of adding my own garlic salt, etc. And for the fact that I put the same recipe in twice, I am afraid that was simply a clerical error. Once I took the time to enter the recipe into my files, I realized I had shared it twice. Sorry!

  This week’s recipe was recommended to me by Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) and it is called:



1 – 16 oz jar(s) Unsalted Peanuts

1 – 16 oz. jar(s) Salted Peanuts

1 – 12 oz bag(s) Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1 – 12 oz bag(s) Milk Chocolate Chips

2 – 10 oz bag(s) Peanut Butter Chips

2 – 1 lb. pkg.  White Almond Bark or Vanilla Candy Coating

  Layer all ingredients in a large crockpot (starting with peanuts). Turn the pot on low, cover with lid, and leave sitting for 2 hours. Then, remove lid and stir to combine. Replace lid and leave sitting for another 30 minutes.

  Stir again and then spoon mixture on to wax paper or non-stick aluminum foil. Allow to harden for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

  Anyone interested in purchasing the ‘Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot’ H.F. Emerson (1931) that I have featured for several months may do so at the Patriot Town Hall for $10.


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