Patriot News 03/28/2019


Be careful what you wish for! I’ve been begging for spring and this week, I celebrated its rapid approach with my first case of poison ivy!

  Brad Baldwin spent the day helping me get my property — yard and home — ready for spring this week. He even put up an archway that I’ve wanted up! It won’t be long before he is back on a weekly basis, mowing, but he certainly did spruce and clean up my yard for me.

  The warmer it gets, the more I can be found outside. A couple of mornings being a bit over anxious, I have bundled up in a hoodie, heavy socks and sweatpants just to be able to sit in the sun on my porch and read. All of my ‘kids’ love it outside, too: the three dogs and the three cats. The Two Terrible Twin Tomcats Very Special Agents DiNozzo and Gibbs are non-stop, and their antics keep me entertained. DiNozzo as I previously mentioned is honing his already too far advanced hunting skills but poor Gibbs just can’t quite master the butterflies and bugs as yet, but he is trying. They resemble miniature panthers in both their physical attributes and their sleek movements, but they can be so comical. Shimmying up trees or chasing leaves and even gusts of wind across the yard, those kitties crack me up. Oh, and they are both lap kitties. My two ginger and white Japanese Chin canines — Yoda and Lexie — are doing their best to patrol the perimeter, the street and alley and keep an eye on Mr. Cooley’s property too. The tiny and ancient one, Princess Xena even has her own favorite observation post and loves to get down and vocal — with or without any real reason to do so.

  The second annual “Tea for Toni” will be held at the Schenck Mansion, this Sunday, March 31st, but tickets are no longer available. Donations for the Silent Auction will be accepted by Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281.

  During Vevay’s ‘First Friday’ Chalandamarz event on Friday, April 5th at 6 p.m., Father Christopher Craig will conduct the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ in the Opera Park on Ferry Street. Everyone is invited to bring their dogs for this special blessing. Father Craig, Pastor of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church is currently in France with the French classes of Shawe Memorial High School. Father Don Buchanan is conducting services until Father Craig’s return and will also celebrate services on Easter Sunday, April 21st at 10 a.m. in Vevay.

  Really enjoyed the Rising Sun United Methodist Church Fish Fry last week! It was the last one of the season and very well attended. Besides Tom and Rita Turner, I was able to meet and greet Bud and Joyce Earls, Gink and Mary Ruth Poling and son Jeff. (Jennifer didn’t make it!) Tons of other folks were there including but not limited to Vern Waltz, Leona and Richard Adams. As always, the food surpassed expectations and the crowd intermingled superbly.

  Happy Birthday to Red HOT Hatter Eileen Wiesmann on March 24th.

  Prayer list: Abby Galbreath, Angie Haskell, Megan Meadors, the family of David Hewitt, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Rev. Stephen and Sharon Ward, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Lura Riga and June Lack.

  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; or contacting KAY E COOK on Facebook or online 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.