Patriot News 05/02/2019


 I am not perfect! As hard as I try, I make mistakes. I normally try and prevent spelling and grammatical errors by utilizing the spell check function in my word processing program but alas! It did not know that the detour of Highway 156 down river from Patriot is between ‘Sand’ Run (not ‘Sandy”) and Wade Hill. Regardless, the road is still closed. Apparently, the original issue was a culvert and not a bridge and so I stand corrected again. Ironically it did involve the bridge at Wade Hill and Highway 156 this past Tuesday as I personally observed a project involving the spreading of black top up to and partially onto the bridge that day.

  A ‘Citizen of Switzerland County’ was kind enough to anonymously send me a letter with the above corrections. The third issue involved the spelling of a name used by me for a geographical reference point. In response to that I wish to expand on the term ‘digital footprint’ which is defined as “the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity.” I work under the assumption that everything I submit to the newspaper office will be accessible on the website. Check it out! My articles are there as well as Patty Chase’s. Therefore, when not necessary I do not always include extraneous information. For those of us who are familiar with Highway 156 and the Patriot area, the information was obviously ‘close enough’ to convey the necessary thought.

  By the way, on the newspaper’s website, the community correspondents are listed under the heading ‘Editorials’ — both mine and Patty Chase’s — so since the definition of that includes “the presentation or giving of an opinion on a topical issue”, we are both within acceptable journalistic guidelines. If we were not, I can assure you that Mr. Lanman would address the issue. Likewise, he always appreciates input from others in the community.

  May’s Red Hot Hatter meeting on Friday, May 17th at 11 a.m. has been changed to the Sunset Grill in Warsaw, Kentucky! We have asked for the ‘back room’ away from the bar area of the restaurant. The Sunset Grill is located at 1160 U.S. 42 across from Smuggler’s Cove. Everyone is invited to attend. Red and purple clothing is not required. Neither are hats! No dues are collected. Mission statement for the group covers making new friends, having fun and eating delicious food! Hope to see you soon!

  This year’s annual Vevay Music Club’s “Medley of Music” Concert has been changed to Tuesday, June 4th beginning at 7 p.m. at the Historic Hoosier Theater. Proceeds will benefit the Betty Swango Scholarship. Rehearsal is set for Monday, June 3rd at 6:15 p.m.

  The Patriot 4th of July Parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th, with registration at the Patriot Boat Ramp beginning at 8:30 a.m. Forms may be picked up at Patriot Town Hall, 352 3rd Street in Patriot or from Park Board members. There will be a Float Contest and the categories include: Best in Show (overall best), Most Original, Classic Wheels (best motorcycle, tractor or car) and The Patriot (most patriotic float). Category winners will receive monetary prizes. Winners will be announced at the town picnic in the park.

  I had a busy week full of untold stress. Starting Tuesday, however, I received much needed reprieves and acts of kindness from Mickie Rader with Ag Day responsibilities, the highly efficient staff of the Switzerland County Library, Wanda Scranton at the Patriot Post Office and Joann Hon with the Concordia ladies’ group. Wednesday, Brad Baldwin mowed and helped me in the yard. Saturday after attending the Celebration of Life service for Nelda Kinman at the Patriot Baptist Church, I made it into Vevay in time for the Switzerland County Historical Tea at the Sullivan Senior Center. Shannon Phipps was kind enough to give me a start off of her columbines. Sunday, I called my BFF Patty Chase and she helped me quite a bit with my Patriot article and invited me to the Carrollton Red Hat meeting on Wednesday. Totally L-O-V-E that Lady!

  Prayer List: Families of Nelda Kinman, Maurice Stout and Marvin Fette; Doris O’Bannon, Trayten Cannon, Emilee McKay, Abby Galbreath, Angie Haskell, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Irvin and Eva Fette, 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 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.