Patriot News 11/05/20


 The ballots have been cast and the count is being finalized. Obviously, we each want our candidate to emerge the victor but regardless, this year, we all need to work on unifying our nation and supporting all elected officials regardless of their party affiliation. We are a nation comprised of many different factions and that makes us both unique and stronger. My prayer is for our nation as a whole to survive and thrive despite all of the diversity and dissension among our peoples. We will remain the finest nation in the world if we can work on our goals together.

  I have always been a firm believer in the importance of having a ‘landline’ or home phone at your personal residence. I recall expounding in the past about at least two different friends who had medical emergencies that were complicated by the lack an available source of communication. I, however, have made the personal decision to have mine disconnected. Telemarketers have made owning a home phone more of an irritation than a benefit. My phone allows me to block unwanted callers and although that has helped curtail a lot of the unnecessary harassment, it does not eliminate it altogether. In this day and age of 24 hour accessibility, I have decided to ‘unplug’.

  Please continue very special prayers for Eylah Leppert and her parents as she struggles with her health issues.

  Prayer list: Ken Byars, Posey Tappers Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; Bill and Sharon Levell; Red HOT Hatters Laura Riga and June Lack; Firefighter Ron Brunner, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown. As well as all law enforcement officers and their families as well as everyone affected by the current national unrest; everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Anyone interested in purchasing the Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot by H.F. Emerson (1931) that I have featured for several months may do so at the Patriot Town Hall for $10.

  Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) and I have found even more recipes to share and so again this week, we have two recipes for you this week.  


3 – 4 Russett potatoes, 

cut into slices

Brush with some butter and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 degrees

for 30 minutes.

Add shredded cheese, green onion, and bacon on top. 

 Bake another 5 min.

Dip in sour cream. 



2 C. – Softened butter

1 C. – White sugar

2 t. – Vanilla extract

4 C. – All purpose flour

1 – 2 T. Milk as needed

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together. Add milk as needed until the dough reaches the consistency of play dough. Scoop the dough into a cookie press. Hold the cookie press down on an ungreased, unlined baking sheet and press to form the cookies. Bake 10-12 minutes or until very lightly golden on the bottom.


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