Patriot News 12/17/2020


 A long time ago in Germany, a mother was cleaning for Christmas. Spiders fled up to the attic to escape the broom. On quiet Christmas Eve, the spiders slowly came down for a peek. “Oh, what a beautiful tree!”

  In excitement, they scurried up and out along each branch. They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty. But alas! By the time they were done, the tree was shrouded in their dusty grey web.

  When Santa came with gifts for the children and saw the tree covered with spider webs, he smiled because he saw how happy the spiders were but knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw it covered in dusty webs. So, he turned the webs to strands of silver and the tree was even more beautiful than before.

  That’s the story of tinsel on trees and why every tree should have a Christmas Spider in its branches. (Author Unknown)


 Disregard any and all information about the planned activities of the Patriot/Posey Park Board and the Decoration Contest that was to be held. I was notified by Patriot Town Clerk Linda Fisk that as of November 19th, the Patriot Town Council is canceling all Park Board events until 2021. I clarified with the office staff on November 30th that this includes the annual dinner, the proposed decoration contest, and all Christmas festivities. The Town Board is comprised of President Elizabeth Thomas, Clerk Linda Fisk and Board Members Theresa Winters and Tony Rider. Any questions or comments need to be directed to the Patriot Town Hall, 352 2nd Street, phone number (812) 594-2243.

  The first Patriot Town Board meeting of 2021 will be held on Tuesday, January 5th, at 5 p.m. This is normally an organizational meeting during which decisions are made on the positions of Town Attorney and the Town Board President.  Elizabeth Thomas has been the President of the Town Board since first appointed in 2016.

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

  Prayer List: For the patients and staff of Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab; Cindy and Mike Gardner, Ken Byars, Janet Bond, Posey Tappers Stasia Wiseman, Alanna Smith, Brigetta Hetzel, Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; Bill and Sharon Levell; Red HOT Hatters Laura Riga and June Lack; Firefighters Ron Brunner and Brian Hughes, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown — as well as anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  A bit of interesting Folklore that is exceptionally pertinent this time of the year: Folklore tells that if you throw a sprig of Holly onto your Yule Log fire, it will burn away your troubles from the past year. Anyone know where we can find a very big Holly bush?

  There are so many good recipes out there that Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) and I are a bit overwhelmed but here are a couple of good and easy ones:



6 – Cube Steaks

1 – Medium Onion 

(Peeled and sliced into rings)

1 can – Cream of Chicken soup

1 can – Cream of Celery soup

1 packet – Lipton Onion Soup Mix

½ Soup Can of Water

  Layer everything and cook for 6 hours in a crock pot on low.



1 box – Any flavor Cake Mix

(Chocolate, Red Velvet, Lemon, etc.)

1 – 8 oz. Cool Whip

1 Egg

Powdered Sugar

  Mix altogether in a bowl. Drop by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar. Place on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool before removing from cookie sheet.

  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.


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