Patriot News 12/31/20


On New Year’s Eve, an old Irish tradition is to open your door at midnight and let the Old Year out and the New Year in. Maybe we should consider adding all doors, windows, and garage doors this year. We’re all hoping and praying that 2021 will be peaceful and healthier for us all. None of us are the same today as we were a year ago, the pandemic and all of its repercussions has made permanent changes in how we feel and react, and I think it’s helped us all re-prioritize our lives and the relationships we share with our families and loved ones. I pray only the positive aspects of living through this will linger on.

  I won’t bore you this year with my New Year’s Resolutions — still unobtained, mine have not changed in close to a decade. The pandemic, however, has seriously pushed forward the need for exercise and proper diet.

  Did you know? Although playing cards may have originally been created as early as the 9th Century in China, the current deck used in the United States is believed to be based on the yearly calendar. There are a total of 52 cards in a deck for the 52 weeks in the year. The four suits represent the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Each suit has 13 cards and there are exactly 13 weeks in a quarter. The two colors are for day and night. There is a Deck of Cards Gospel Presentation available online that even gives additional religious meaning to each card.

  Household tip: On January 1st, turn all your hangers backwards on the closet rod. When you wear anything, put it back in the normal position. In June, anything still backwards, you know you don’t wear. Unless you have a reason to save it, donate it! Free up space for your new purchases.

  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. Prior Boards alternated the position of President on a yearly basis.

  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.

  This recipe features what Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) and I enjoy the best:  it’s simple.  



• Chicken — boneless, skinless thighs or breasts;

• Dredge in sour cream that is seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper to personal preference.

• Roll around in crushed Ritz crackers.  Put on a baking sheet.

• Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees.

  Anyone interested in purchasing the ‘Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot’ 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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