Patriot News 10-20-16


It seems as though I spend a great deal of time discussing the weather, at least here in print: it’s too hot, too cold, too dry or too wet but recently, I haven’t been able to find anything to complain about! I have a gazebo of sorts in my front yard complete with a double swing enclosed in hedges, clematis, morning glories and rose bushes. From there, I have a totally awesome view of the river. This past weekend it was just me, the blue skies, the birds, the butterflies, the breeze, a book and the mighty Ohio. I simply could not have traveled anywhere in the world and enjoyed the surroundings any more than right there in my own front yard! Talk about feeling blessed!

I have spoken to Patty Chase a couple of times by phone and she feels as though her progress just isn’t progressing fast enough for her satisfaction. I encouraged her to spend some time outside in this beautiful weather. Heaven only knows how much my body thrives on those magical endorphins God’s rays of sunshine help create. The skin’s exposure to sunshine releases endorphins known as the body’s natural antidepressants or “happy hormones.” There are some scientists that contend that sunshine acts like an addictive drug with the same similar effects on the body as heroin. One of the research articles I read states that some of the best things in life increase endorphins like love, laughter, sunshine and – get this! – Chocolate!

Very special birthday wishes go out to cousin Roger Hilligoss and Red HOT Hatter Dotty Keeton for October 22nd! Likewise, belated birthday wishes to my very special friend.

Carol Oder and Sharon Ward are on our prayer list this week, along with Patty Chase.

Sharon Levell checked in after she and Bill arrived back home from great-granddaughter Kylynn’s funeral in Wisconsin. As hard as it was for the family, Sharon says they can all rejoice in knowing that finally Kylynn can walk and talk. Finally free of pain, she will be waiting for them all with Jesus.

Seen on church marquee on State Road 129, “Sunshine is to flowers as Smiles are to humans.”

The Red HOT Hatters enjoyed even more good food seasoned with laughter and smiles at the home of Lisa Fisher last Monday, October 10th. Lisa’s guests included Melodee Stepleton, Stasia Wiseman, Mary Christiani, Mika King, Claudia Dawson, Cheryl McMillan, Lois McKay, Sandy Dawson, Carla Burt, Joyce Johnson, Eileen Wiesmann, Jan Bixler, Dotty Keeton, Kay Cook, Helen Hounshell and first timer Juanita Giltner. Juanita was happy to hear that she did not have to wear a big red hat to attend the luncheon! Although we have been affiliated with the Red Hat Society since March 19th, 2012, our only three requirements for membership are: (1) enjoy a good meal, (2) have fun and (3) make new friends! Hats are optional. Some of us wear ribbons, bows or flowers in our hair and others go all out with wide brimmed hats with feathers and even ball caps with sequins. Not even everyone wears red and purple. If you are 50 years young or older, you are welcome to come and join in our festivities. If you are under 50, you are welcome to come as a designated “Pink Hat” with all of the same privileges. We normally meet once a month, either on a Monday or Wednesday at 11 a.m. This year we actively supported both the Switzerland County Animal Shelter Shuffle and the Switzerland County Relay for Life. We are currently looking for a Christmas project. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact one of the ladies listed above or myself at (812) 594-2281. We would love to have you join us – with or without a red hat!

Thanks to a generous donation from Cheryl McMillan, a total of $100 was given to Jan Bixler for the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Memorial Fund. This money included the proceeds from the yard sale and the sale of our Breast Cancer calendars and ink pens. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Toni’s Fund may do so at anytime by stopping by the Community Foundation Office.

The November meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be hosted by Cheryl McMillan and will be at Switzer Square in Vevay on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 a.m. The dinner menu will include “Soup and Salad”. At that meeting, final arrangements will be made for our third annual “Christmas at the Mansion” luncheon which will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 12th at the beautiful Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay. Specifics will be shared when decided. Reservations will be required by Monday, December 5th. Part of all of our meetings is a voluntary gift exchange. Gifts should be wrapped or bagged and be valued at approximately $10 and can run the whole gamut of serious to silly to curious or bizarre.

The Patriot Town Board has decided that since Halloween falls on Monday, October 31st, the Town of Patriot will include a “Trunk ‘N Treat” that night in the public parking lot at the intersection of Highways 250 and 156. Suggested hours are from 6-8 p.m.. Everyone is invited to participate.

Regardless of whom you vote for, Please vote! Remember that this year Posey Township and Patriot voters – along with any qualified voter in the county – can come to the Patriot Town Hall to vote on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd. On November 1st, voting will be from 8 a.m. to noon. On November 2nd, voting will be from 2-6 p.m. Patriot Town Hall is located at 352 3rd Street at the corner of 3rd and Front Streets and houses the offices of the Patriot Water Company.

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 on a particular date be sure and give it to me early. Thank you for sending me what you do every week – I couldn’t do this without you!

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. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at