Patriot News 03/20/2020


“What don’t kills ya, makes ya stronger!” 

  That old saying has been popping up into my little pea-picking brain all week. It’s amazing how everyone is adjusting to the changes in their own unique way. Obviously, the loss of income will hurt far too many, far too badly. To hear people talk about their utilization of personal time — especially family time — however, seems to be far more positive. However it affects you, I pray that you make the best of this very bad situation.

  Life was simpler back 200 years when the Town of Patriot was first formed. Again quoting H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot:

  “The first store was conducted by a Mr. Lodwick in 1827 at Front and Fourth Streets in a cabin, and William Williams built the first storeroom and conducted the first store of consequence in 1828. The second mercantile building was erected and the business ran by Peter Rogers and Erastus Moore across the alley from the old Globe saloon on Front Street, and this building was later destroyed by fire. Henry Van Pelt and Louis Resler also operated one of the early stores.  In 1836 Sylvanus Howe erected a three, story brick store building at Third and Front and the business was conducted by Sylvanus and Wm. Howe under the firm name of S. Howe & Co.”

  Unless something else comes up:  This month’s Red HOT Hatter meeting will be Friday, March 20th at 11 a.m. at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay. The May meeting will be held on Friday, May 15th at Jewells on Main in Warsaw, Kentucky. That meeting also will start at 11 a.m.

  Suggest you call first: Patriot/Posey Park Board has announced its second annual Patriot Community Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Patriot Town Hall. Interested parties are instructed to bring their best pot of chili and a $5 entry fee into Town Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. The monies collected will help the Patriot/Posey Park Board cover costs. Public tasting and voting will begin at 1 p.m. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. The Patriot Town Hall is located at 352 3rd Street.

  The Patriot Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4th. Prizes will be awarded to four separate age groups with an anticipated visit from a Special Guest.  The phone number of the Patriot Town Hall is (812) 594-2243.

  The Blood Drive for Eylah Leppert that had been scheduled for Monday, April 6th, has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

  The Red HOT Hatters have now finalized the third annual “Tea for Toni” which will be held at the Pleasants Rose Mansion Inn on Sunday, April 26th from 1-3 p.m.  Distribution of flyers and sale of tickets have been delayed until at least April 3rd. Tickets for this event will be $20 and must be purchased by Monday, April 20th. This Tea is held in honor of former Red HOT Hatter Queen Antoinette “Toni” Kniola who was instrumental in starting the Red HOT Hatter chapter here in Vevay in March 19th, 2012 and passed away suddenly in August of 2016. In addition, March 12th was Toni’s birthday so we will be celebrating Toni and her memory this month as we advertise and promote the benefit tea. All proceeds from the Tea and the Silent Auction will go directly to the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Red HOT Hatters Memorial Fund with the Community Foundation of Switzerland County (CFSCI). Flyers and tickets are forthcoming. Donations for the Silent Auction are very much needed. Reservations can be made by calling (812) 594-2281. The Pleasants Rose Mansion is located on West Market Street in Vevay.

  For the second year in a row, the Red HOT Hatters will be venturing to the Stream Cliff Farm, Restaurant and Winery on Friday, April 17th. Beginning with lunch at the Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant at 11 a.m., our day will be filled with fun, food, shopping, and beautiful scenery. The address for Stream Cliff is 8225 South County Road 90 West in Commiskey, Indiana. Drive time from Vevay is roughly an hour so I anticipate a caravan forming in the lot of the YMCA and leaving no later than 10 a.m. An advanced headcount would be helpful again. Please feel free to call me at home (812) 594-2281 or email me at

  The Switzerland County Homemakers “Achievement Day” is being planned for Thursday, April 30th and this year will be held at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center located on Seminary Street. The theme this year is “Hoosier Luau – Fun in the Sun”.  There will be a guest speaker from Safe Passage and entertainment by members of the Vevay Music Club. Prizes will be awarded for the best themed costume and everyone is encouraged to dress in floral and brightly colored clothing coinciding with the Hawaiian luau theme.

  Prayer List: Bruce Hutcherson; Firefighter Ron Brunner; Candy Glib; Sharon and Bill Levell of Rising Sun; Patty Chase; Pam Minch; Barbara Barnhill; Eva Fette; Reverend Steve Ward; Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown; John Campbell; Posey Tappers Jake and Mickie Rader; Concordia members Sharon Copeland and Lulu Belle Thomas; and Red HOT Hatters Joyce Johnson, Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  Another recipe from Patriot’s Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell): 


1 T. Butter or Margarine

4 – Boneless Chicken Breast Halves

1 can – Broccoli Cheese Soup

1/3 C. – Water

1/8 t. – Pepper

2 C. – Broccol Flowerets (Frozen or Fresh)

Heat butter in skillet and cook chicken breasts until browned. Add soup, water, pepper and broccoli. Heat to a broil. Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes or until done. 


  You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the door 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, you may send me an email at 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 get it to me early.