Patriot News 07/18/2019


Patriot area churches are joining forces with local resident Travis Bailey in his fight against cancer with both a benefit yard sale and a worship service this weekend. The benefit yard sale will be on Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for Travis and his family. The Yard Sale will be held at the Concord Community Church at 196 Concord Rd, just off of Highway 156 and west of Patriot.  

  Donations to the yard sale are welcome. Booths for goods and craft items will also be available for a donation of $15. To reserve a booth, call 812-594-2276. On Sunday, July 21 at 10 a.m. a joint worship service will be hosted by the Concord Community Church. Travis has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer affecting his kidneys, liver, lungs, throat and bones. He and his wife Ashley have four children and are expecting a fifth. Please help support these churches as they come together to help this family.

  Congratulations to John Keeton named Mr. Switzerland County at the Fair last week.

  Last Friday, I spent the evening as an unofficial Switzerland County tour guide for my nephew Jeff.  We started with an exquisite dinner at the Ferry Street Fudo Restaurant, buzzed the Kentucky Speedway, visited old family friends Del and

  Shirley just outside Florence and finished with a grand tour of Patriot including the infamous Sidewalk to No Where.  Even though I, too, started out as a weekender 21 years ago, I had forgotten what a limited exposure our part-timers get to our community.  There are just not enough hours in the day to get everything in.  

  I was lucky enough this week to witness both the American Queen and the American Duchess as they travelled upriver to Cincy.  We have a “River Rat Alert” on Facebook that truly helps.   For those interested, you may wish to monitor their progress on

  The next Red HOT Hatter meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 11AM at Jewell’s on Main, Warsaw KY.  Everyone is welcome!  Red hat and purple clothing are welcome but are NOT required.   Only requirements are to participate in a good meal, have fun and make new friends!  

  PRAYER LIST:  Reverend Steve Ward, Travis Bailey, Eric Simon, Barbara DeNoon, JoAnn Hon, Sharon Schmitt, Emilee McKay, Abby Galbreath, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Irvin and Eva Fette, Jake and Mickie Rader and Red HOT Hatters Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Lura Riga and June Lack.          

  This week’s recipe came from my dear friend Sharon Levell – also known as Patriot’s Aunt Bea:

:  “7-Layer Taco Dip”

1 lb. Sausage

16 oz. Refried beans

1 pkg. Taco seasoning mix

2 cups Shredded Mexican cheese blend

16 oz. Sour cream

1 medium Diced Tomato

6 oz. Sliced Black olives

1 bunch Chopped Green onions

11 oz. Salsa

Tortilla chips

  Cook and crumble sausage till brown. Stir in beans and taco seasoning mix. Spread sausage mix into 7×11 serving dish. Top with sour cream, then salsa. Sprinkle olives, tomato and onion on top. Cover with cheese. Serve immediately with chips.

  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, IN 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.