Patriot News 12/20/2018

Last Tuesday was unofficially Switzerland County day at the Reservation Restaurant in Milan. In addition to the Posey Tappers Homemakers — who were there for their annual Christmas luncheon — several members of the Concordia Ladies Group from Concord Church met there for lunch after visiting with Janet Bond.


Last Tuesday was unofficially Switzerland County day at the Reservation Restaurant in Milan. In addition to the Posey Tappers Homemakers — who were there for their annual Christmas luncheon — several members of the Concordia Ladies Group from Concord Church met there for lunch after visiting with Janet Bond. Mickie Rader, President of the Posey Tappers was also celebrating her birthday. It was quite the festive gathering! Alanna Smith even brought gifts for her homemaking buddies. Those Posey Tappers in attendance were: Alanna Smith, Dawn Beardmore, Mickie Rader, Jake Rader, Stasia Wiseman, Sarah Hoffman, Betty Hutchinson, Kathryn Turner, Rhonda Turner, Wanda Benzing, Brigetta Hetzel, Joyce Earles and Kay Cook. From the Concord Church were: Albert and Cleo Detmer, Sharon Coplen, Lulu Belle Thomas, JoAnn Hon and Bonnie Schreiner. Mary Christiani who belongs to both groups was unable to attend due to illness, as was Sharon Ward from Concord.

  Correction! Jenny Bennett with a “Y”, not an “I” and her husband Steve are the Innkeepers at the Schenck Mansion! My apologies! Also, to Diane Albright (not Carol) who called about a recipe. Spellcheck is only as good as the typist! And I didn’t do too well last week! And, by the way, that beautiful photo in last week’s newspaper of all of the Red Hot Hatters on the stairway inside the Schenck Mansion was taken by Steve Bennett!

  The next Red Hot Hatter luncheon will be on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay.  The meeting will begin at 11 a.m.  Gift exchange is completely voluntary and should range approximately $10 in value. Red hats and purple clothing optional also. Bring a friend. No dues or initiation required. All we ask is that you follow three basic rules: have fun, make new friends and enjoy great food! The February meeting will be Valentine-themed and will return to the Schenck Mansion on Friday, February 15th, again at 11 a.m. Reservations will be needed for this luncheon. Additional information will be posted when available.

  Still searching for the cookie recipe that Diane Albright called about, I decided to print out all of my articles and make a hard copy to more easily peruse. Oh wow! That has become quite the undertaking. I had no idea of the amount of printed verbiage I have shared off and on over nearly nine years. I took over the article from Janet Bond who in turn had written for several years. Two desktop computers and a laptop have all bitten the dust since I first began my endeavor. I have not as yet found the recipe in question but have enjoyed reading and reminiscing.

  The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will hold mass on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th at 4 p.m. All other Advent masses this month will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday as usual.

  Prayer list:  Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Tammy Cole, Irvin and Eva Fette, Freda and Harry Walker, Eddie Trinkle, Sue Bear, Sharon Ward, Mike, Barbara DeNoon, Mickie and Jake Rader, Joyce Earles, Dale and Eric Simon, Jerry South and Red Hot Hatters Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Marie Cole, Patty Chase, Lura Riga, June Lack, Sandy Dawson and Sondra Stave.  Prayers of comfort also for the families of William Lay and Mary Alice Scudder.

  Here’s a recipe from my friend Sharon Levell, aka “Patriot’s Aunt Bea” that was originally published January 11th, 2011 and appropriate for wintertime. It is the closest I want to get to the ‘white stuff’ for a while!  


1 lb. – Margarine

4 tsp. – Vanilla

½ Cup – Chopped Pecans

½ Cup – Sugar

3 ½ Cups – Flour

¾ Cup – Confectioner’s Sugar

Cream together the margarine and sugar.

Add the vanilla.

Stir in the flour, blending well.

Fold in the nuts.

Shape into balls with a teaspoon.

Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees 

Then roll in confectioners’ sugar.

  By now, most of you have heard that a 14 year old boy died Thursday in Richmond, Indiana after forcing his way into a junior high school there and firing upon responding law enforcement officers. The deceased has been identified as Brandon Clegg. The preliminary autopsy results indicate the manner of death was a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. The coroner’s report showed no indication of any other gunshot wounds or trauma to Clegg. Whereas the details are sketchy, what we do know is that an emergency phone call made that morning to the authorities allowed the police to respond effectively and efficiently to the school and undoubtedly prevented the injuries and potential deaths of unknown others. Repeatedly Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten has credited that early warning as the sole reason more individuals were not injured or killed that day. The authorities claim that the expansion of the “See something, say something” being taught to the public nowadays is leading to “Disruption”, disruption obviously of the acts of one against others. What is not that well known however is that the call was made by the child’s mother! The 42 year old mother called after the teenage boy had taken another family member hostage and forced them to drive to Dennis Intermediate School, just a little more than a mile from their home. Think about the sacrifice that mother made that morning and pray for her and her family.  If you are a parent or grandparent, ask yourself if you could have made that call? Thank God she did.

  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 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 be sure and give it to me early.