Notes from Barrie
“Grab your coat, and get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep. Just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street”. Brenda Lee 1961.
Wow! What a busy weekend and two days! I attended Alexandria and Austin Dennis’s wedding at the Ogle Haus Inn in Vevay. A very nice crowd, and while I was there, I was able to chat with the grandmothers, both of whom are “Patriot Girls”. Austin’s grandmother, Donna Scudder Edwards, attended Patriot Schools, and Alexandria’s Grandmother, Marilyn Kinman Devers, graduated from Patriot High School in 1963.
While there I had dinner with Lynn and Debbie Graves. Thanks, Marilyn, for your hospitality.
Also, while I was there, Donna Robinson Hutton, Patriot High School 1963, was my hostess.
Spoke with Saunie and she is doing very well, and happy to be home from Rehab. She had suffered a very nasty fall.
Arthur Brown, PHS Class of 1963; lifelong resident of Quercus Grove, born and lives just 40 yards from his parent’s house, visited with me and Bobbie Bond Patrick Friday evening. Arthur is doing fine.
Randy Scudder, PHS Class of 1968, and his aunt, Janet Cook Boggs (Class of 1963) and I visited Saturday night. Janet suffered a fall in her garden, a few stitches and a broken finger (ouch). She is now doing well.
Had a long visit with David and Connie (Koons) Fisk. They are so happy to be retired and are getting out and about enjoying themselves.
Holly Fisk Huey came to visit with me along with her daughter Sabrina.
Richie Hutchinson spent the day with me visiting his mother Pamela Fisk Hutchinson,and attending the boats.
Donna Robinson Hutton and I took Pam to her favorite place, Frisch’s, where we all enjoyed dinner and Pam’s company.
Of course, I stopped in and visited the Patriot General Store and enjoyed visiting with Linda. Please leave any news with Linda. Sorry, I missed a lot of you.
Next visit in May! Have a safe and pleasant winter.
Mike’s News and Thoughts
Remember, the Patriot Trick or Treat will be on Halloween night, October 31st, from 6-8 p.m. Costume judging will be at 5:45 p.m. in the parking lot next to the four-way stop.
The Patriot Baptist Church 2022 Homecoming was a big success with a great crowd! Special music was provided by Ricky Crawford of Warsaw, Kentucky and Aruzhan, of Meades Ridge also provided special music. Pastor Mike Jones delivered a short sermon on the blessings of coming home. After the service, a wonderful time of food and fellowship was enjoyed by all at the Patriot Town Hall.
It was really good to see Janett Boling and her family in attendance at Homecoming! Janett and her late husband Roy were Patriot residents for several years, moving here from Greencastle, Indiana. They lived in the Patriot Methodist Church while they were building their new house west of town. They were very involved in the community while they were here. Janett served on the County Library Board and the Patriot Town Board. Roy served on the Park Board. They both also, being retired educators, worked in the Switzerland County School system. Roy passed away in 2009, and Janett moved to Avon in 2014 to be closer to her family. Janett now lives in Brownsburg.
The Patriot community has had many good athletes over the years and I will highlight some in future columns. Two I wanted to mention this week are Walter (Watt) Cook and Eugene Broadwell. Both were excellent baseball players and played professionally in the minor leagues. Broadwell was a pitcher and played in 1912, 1914 and 1915. He had a combined record of 19 wins and 17 losses. He was a relative of former Patriot resident and school custodian Bob Couch. Bob used to talk about him a lot. Bob said Eugene would make him catch him when he practiced, and he threw extremely hard! Walter Cook was a half-brother of my grandfather, Marshall Cook. He was a first baseman and played from 1911-1917 in the minor leagues with a career batting average of .370. After baseball he lived the rest of his life in Wayne County, Indiana. Professional baseball players made very little money back then, especially in the minor leagues, causing many of them to look for employment elsewhere!
The Switzerland County Vote Centers will begin on October 27th-28th in Moorefield at the firehouse. The Vote Centers will be at the Posey Township Firehouse on November 1st from 8 a.m. to noon and November 2nd from 2-6 p.m. Here’s hoping that all registered will exercise their civic duty and cast their ballots for their candidates of choice.
The Switzerland County High School Marching Band placed third in very competitive competitions in Class 1A in Miamisburg, Ohio on Saturday: second place in Music; and Best Color Guard overall! Congratulations to all! Rosa Jones, daughter of Patrick and Melissa Jones, is a member of the Marching Band.
Betty Clifton Lucas, PHS Graduate 1948, came home from the hospital and is doing better.
Congratulations to Posey Township resident Gracie White on finishing 62nd in the Brown County Cross Country Semi State Race on Saturday. Claire Rogers finished 82nd. Cooper Hon finished 95th in the Boy’s race. Great season for the Pacer runners!
That is all for this week. Remember to contact me, Mike at (812) 290-3088 or mike1405@earthlink with news; Barry Watters at (828) 335-8270; or drop off news to Linda at the Patriot General Store.
Until next week, remember to “show a little kindness and shine your light for everyone you meet”!