Patriot News


Ten long years ago, this edition, I began writing the Patriot article for the Vevay newspapers. I began my article on March 4th, 2010, “After many years of hard work and dedication Janet Bond has stepped down and I am trying to fill her shoes, as big and beautiful as they are.” I don’t think I ever really even came close to filling Janet’s shoes, but I have tried.

  Continuing with the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Town of Patriot this year and quoting H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot, here is more of the Town’s history: “Before laying out the town Elisha Wade farmed the lands where the village now stands. He came across from Kentucky to perform his work, his wife refusing to move, fearing the Indians. In the fall of 1812, however, he settled with his wife (Nancy Watts) in their new Indiana home. Mr. Wade was a mechanic, millwright, carpenter, blacksmith and gunsmith and this all-around man built the first hand mill, horse mill and water mill in Patriot. Previously the nearest mill had been 10 miles away in Kentucky. By his versatility he made his own stone buhrs, one of which lay on the banks of Wade’s Run for many years after the destruction of the mill.  After the hand mill was operated a water mill was erected on Wade’s Run but upon objections of Robert Gaston, who owned land above and suffered from overflowing of land from the mill dam, it was abandoned, and a horse mill operated.”

  The Vevay Music Club will conclude its annual ‘Winter Break’ on Tuesday, March 10th  at 7:30 p.m. at the Vevay United Methodist Church/Ruter Chapel located 309 W. Main Street.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend.

  Plans are underway for our annual Tea for Toni which we hope will be in held in April this year. Our next meeting will be Friday, March 20th at 11 a.m. at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay. The May meeting will be held on Friday, May 15th at Jewells in Warsaw, Kentucky. That meeting also will start at 11 a.m.

  The Patriot/Posey Park Board has announced its Second Annual Patriot Community Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Patriot Town Hall. Interested parties are instructed to bring their best pot of chili and a $5 entry fee into Town Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. The money collected will help the Patriot/Posey Park Board cover costs. Public tasting and voting will begin at 1 p.m. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the top three winners.

  The Patriot Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4th. Prizes will be awarded to four separate age groups with an anticipated visit from a Special Guest.

  There will be a Blood Drive for Eylah Leppert on Monday, April 6th, at the Switzerland County Senior High School from 1:30-6:30 p.m. She has a rare childhood cancer called Anaplastic rhabdomyosarcoma and is being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Interested parties may register in advance online at under sponsor code EYLAH for a specific time.

  For the second year in a row, the Red HOT Hatters will be venturing to the Stream Cliff Farm, Restaurant and Winery on Friday, April 17th. Beginning with lunch at the Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant at 11 a.m., our day will be filled with fun, food, shopping, and beautiful scenery. Stream Cliff is located in Commiskey, Indiana. Drive time from Vevay is roughly an hour so I anticipate a caravan forming in the lot of the YMCA and leaving no later than 10 a.m.  An advanced headcount would be helpful again. Please feel free to call me at home (812) 594-2281 or email me at

  The Switzerland County Homemakers “Achievement Day” is being planned for Thursday, April 30th and this year will be held at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center in Vevay. The theme this year is “Hoosier Luau — Fun in the Sun”. More information to come.

  Prayer list:  Bruce Hutcherson, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Candy Glib, Sharon and Bill Levell of Rising Sun, Patty Chase, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill,  Eva Fette, Reverend Steve Ward, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, John Campbell, Posey Tappers Jake and Mickie Rader; Concordia Sharon Copland and Lulu Belle Thomas and Red HOT Hatters Joyce Johnson, Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  A recipe from Patriot’s Aunt Bea: 


16 oz. Cottage Cheese

¼ C. Lemon Yogurt (or Your Choice)

3-4 T. Honey

1 tsp. Grated Orange Peel

2 T. Flaked Coconut (Toasted)

Assorted Fresh Fruit

  Place cottage cheese and yogurt in a blender; cover and process until smooth.

  Stir in honey and orange peel.  Pour into serving dish.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour.  Sprinkle with coconut.  Serve with assorted fresh fruit. Yields 1 ½ Cups.


  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, Indiana, 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.