Patriot News 04/09/2020


There won’t be any Easter Parades or Egg Hunts this year, but there will still be an Easter for those of us who believe. No elaborate musical cantatas or fancy clothes and hats but there will be a celebration in the hearts of believers. His joy is evident in the colors of the redbuds, forsythias and magnolias and His promise for salvation and hope for the future, in the blooming flowers and glorious rays of sunshine. He is Risen! Praise the Lord! Jesus is alive!

  I reached a personal milestone this past week: the big 7-0! Or as my generation can attest — it’s a bummer when you are 20 in the 70’s and then 70 in the 20’s. I had so planned on doing something special, but alas! — the most special thing on my agenda that day was getting dressed and then picking up carryout in Vevay. Many thanks to Ferry Street FUDO Restaurant and Lisa Fisher for making the best of my birthday celebration despite social distancing! She even put a candle in my cheesecake! Awesome! Social media really helped me get through the screaming solitude that day: messages, texts and Facebook made the day so much more bearable. My best-est bud Patty Chase graced me with a phone call and of course, I actually received some birthday cards in the mail. All-in-all, it wasn’t that bad of an experience I guess.

  The weather has been wonderful, and I have so many beautiful flowering trees and plants in my yard to enjoy: the magnolia and forsythia have been joined with the redbud and white lilac trees. Bleeding hearts have joined the tulips and daffodils. Spring fever hit the other day and I actually dug out my weedeater for the first time in over two years. Assuming my shoulders don’t give out again, I hope to have my yard looking better than it has in a long time — maybe ever.

  Again continuing with the historical review of the Town of Patriot and in celebration of this year’s 200th Anniversary, I will continue with the area described under the heading ‘Business Houses About Civil War Period’ by H.F. Emerson in his 1931 publication “Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot”. He continues to describe how Patriot looked at that period of time in its history. Try and follow along. Using the Patriot Town Hall as reference, it sits at the corner of Third and Front Streets. Front Street remember — before the Markland Dam was built — once extended perhaps 100 feet or more out into what is now the Ohio River. As I understand it, there was actually a lower level with an access road to the docked boats and corn fields. My house at 1995 Front Street was the location of the Bennett Hotel. Re-starting at Third on Front Street, Emerson continues: “At the corner of the alley in a three story brick was Gibson’s dry goods establishment with Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges on the third floor. Across the alley still on Front Street was Schilling’s bakery, while at Front and Fourth was R.A. Driver’s grocery. Directly across Fourth from Driver’s in a two story frame building, locally known in later years as “The Bee Hive”, was Beckwith’s drug store, where the first soda fountain in town served the boys and girls of the thriving village, and where my father, when not serving the entrancing draughts from the old goose neck apparatus, might be found in the cellar making the soda water from marble dust and sulphuric acid to produce the water “that tastes like your foot’s asleep.”  

  Please remember little Eylah Leppert in your prayers. Eylah is the four-year old daughter of Rebecca and Chris Leppert and granddaughter of Renda (Lay) and John Mills. She has a rare childhood cancer called Anaplastic rhabdomyosarcoma and is being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

  The Red HOT Hatters are postponing their Third Annual “Tea for Toni” which was to be held at the Pleasants Rose Mansion Inn on Sunday, April 26th. Likewise, the day trip to the Stream Cliff Farm, Restaurant and Winery on Friday, April 17th has been canceled.

  The Switzerland County Homemakers “Achievement Day” planned for Thursday, April 30th has been canceled as well.

  Prayer List: Everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially our first responders including EMTs, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Police and Firefighters and of course anyone possibly suffering symptoms; Sami Mottet, Karsen Cook, Eylah Leppert, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Candy Glib, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Eva Fette, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, Lulu Belle Thomas and Red HOT Hatters Juanita Giltner, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  Again, trying to bear in mind that we just can’t run to the grocery on a whim, I am pulling out some simple recipes from the past hoping that we can all best utilize what we may already have in the cupboard. I’ve made two of these so far this week. I decorated the Creamsickle Cake with cream cheese icing covered with pastel sprinkles of flowers and butterflies for Easter. And I shared the Sinless Devil’s Food with my neighbors after they helped rescue my tiny five pound, deaf furbaby who decided to run away from home Sunday afternoon.

  The following Betty Crocker cake mix combinations are nothing less than amazing! Quick and easy has a whole different meaning now. ‘Soda Cakes’ can be made by simply adding a specified soda to a particular cake mix. No eggs, no oil. Just add a 12 ounce can of soda to the boxed cake mix and bake per the directions on the cake box.


  • CREAMSICKLE Cake: French Vanilla + Orange Sunkist

  • PURPLE COW Cake: French Vanilla + Grape Crush

  • STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Strawberry + A&W Vanilla Cream Soda

  • VERY CHERRY CHIP Cake: Cherry Chip + Dr. Pepper Cherry

  • GINGER SPICE: Spice + Schweppes Ginger Ale

  • ZESTY LEMON: Lemon + Sprite

  • CHOCOLATE ROOT BEER: Dark Chocolate + Barq’s Root Beer

  • SINLESS DEVIL’S FOOD: Devil’s Food + Diet Coke


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