Patriot News 08/15/2019


  Did you know that if you do not have adequate phone service to make an emergency call, the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office CAN receive a text message if you send it to “9-1-1”? According to the Assistant 9-1-1 Coordinator Lisa Frisby, you can summon emergency assistance by texting. Obviously speaking with the dispatcher is preferred but if you are in a ‘dead zone’, you can still get help.

  I was driving back from Rising Sun in my big SUV and slipped off the edge of the pavement at Oatman Hill and Upper Grants Creek last Monday around noon resulting in a flat tire and bent rim. Coming down the narrow incline, I was very lucky that I was able to keep it on the road and out of the woods. I had no Wi-Fi and no cell phone service there. I tried calling 9-1-1 a total of six times but only got through once and they couldn’t understand me and hung up. Finally on the fourth try, I was able to activate the ONSTAR on my 16 year old car and contact Emergency Roadside Services, who in turn contacted the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office. Lisa, the SCSO dispatcher — God love her — called Covington’s Wrecker for me and Brian showed up shortly to ‘save’ my day. I had all three long-haired dogs with me and with the 90 degree weather, I was in fear for their safety if my dilapidated old car overheated and we lost the A/C. A very special thank you to Kim Jones and Mr. Evans who offered their assistance and to the myriad of others who stopped to inquire of my safety. Many, many thanks to the caring people who stopped as well as Brian Covington of Covington’s Wrecker and Sherri and Shawn at Wainscott’s Garage and of course, SCSO’s Lisa Frisby.

  The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary today (Thursday, August 15th) at 4 p.m. Father Christopher Craig presiding. Rosary begins at 3:30 p.m.

  Five years ago this week (August 16th), we lost a truly beautiful person when Antoinette “Toni” Kniola died unexpectedly of natural causes. Known as “Lady Laugh-A-Lot”, Toni was Queen to her beloved Red HOT Hatters who will be holding its August meeting and luncheon at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, August 15th) at Mo’s Steakhouse. This will change the regularly scheduled meeting from tomorrow (Friday) and the previously announced destination from Madison. In memory of Toni, attendees are being asking to wear something red, purple or variations thereof. Hats would be wonderful but are not required. A special collection/drawing will be held to benefit the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Red HOT Hatter Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.

  Happy, Happy Birthday to my dear friend Tony Christiani on Friday, August 16th. Rumor has it he will be somewhere around 55… or was it 65?

  Prayer List: Family of Virginia Garvey, Glenda Sullivan, Connie Knight, 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.

  It’s that time of year again and I’ve already dug this recipe out and have used it several times so far:


In a small bowl or jar, add:

1/3 C. Apple cider vinegar

2 T. Water

1 Drop – Dawn Dishwashing liquid


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