Patriot News 5-26-16


Beware of possible delays coming into Patriot from Highway 250. The State Highway Department has begun repairing the slipping pavement. As far as I know, it won’t be completely shut down, traffic may just be delayed.

The Post Office got some pretty new handrails this past week. Bright blue! We had one and now we have one on each side of the entrance.

I personally ate at Cook’s Kitchen twice this week: once with the Red HOT Hatters on Wednesday and Saturday evening with some of my church family that I so dearly love – Mary and Tony Christiani and June Lack. On Wednesday, Marilyn’s special was roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans. She treated all of us Red HOT Hatters to a free dessert and we had the choice of a Fudge Brownie or Chocolate Butter Goo Cake. Yummy!

Our Red HOT Hatters are a busy bunch! Stasia Wiseman just returned from a vacation to the Holland Michigan Tulip Festival with her brother and sister-in-law Stanley and Dorris Puzio. She loved telling us about the musical talent, the street dancing and of course the costumes and wooden shoes. Eileen Wiesmann just returned from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she split her time between Shag Dancing on the Beach and gospel music. Cheryl McMillan just attended an Indians vs. Reds baseball game. Laura Riga and I haven’t really been anywhere but we did linger on after the meeting and gab, and laugh, and visit for quite some time. (Lots more fun than cleaning house and washing dishes!)

Saturday Mary and Tony Christiani insisted on celebrating a rather belated birthday dinner with me. So, back to Cook’s Kitchen we went! We had spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and a wonderful salad. Mary treated me to some exquisite Michel’s Lavender Rosemary Shea Butter Soap. This stuff is so classy it even has its own official glass soap dish! My first inclination is to keep it wrapped up and pristine but Mary says I have to use it! So I guess I’ll turn on the music, turn off the lights, get out the candles, break out the champagne and spend a night in my brass clawfoot Victorian tub. Just me and my soap!

I have to admit that I have also ‘popped in’ a time or two to the new restaurant this week. Monday I ran into Bill and Bonnie Schreiner who asked me to mention the upcoming “Guitar Sunday” at Concord Church on Sunday, June 5th. Worship time begins at 10:30 a.m. and all are welcome. Quoting Bonnie, “Come and celebrate God’s love with us and your guitar!” Reverend Stephen Ward is the pastor of the Concord Church located at 196 Concord Road, which can easily be seen from Highway 156 and the intersection of Sand Run and Concord. It is approximately 3 miles southwest of Patriot.

Saturday night while dining with June Lack and the Christianis, I enjoyed a little across the aisle chit-chat with Sue and Danny Back. Danny has spent a tremendous amount of time researching Patriot and has over 3,000 photos digitalized. He is responsible for the wonderful museum we have inside the Patriot Town Hall. I took the opportunity to ask him to share some of that knowledge with me sometime in the future.

Now that I am on the Town Board, I have to admit that I do not know as much about the Town of Patriot as I would like to. I know from talking to Lisa Fisher, the towns of Patriot and Florence were once both larger than Vevay.

Rod Lanum shared an excerpt from Harraman’s HISTORY OF SWITZERLAND COUNTY that stated: “(Patriot) contained, in 1876, 550 inhabitants, 2 hotels, 8 dry goods and grocery stores, 1 drug store, 2 saloons, 1 gristmill, 1 distillery, 1 schoolhouse, 2 churches, 2 tin shops, 2 boot and shoe shops, 1 saddle and harness shop, 3 blacksmith shops, 2 wagon shops, 3 carpenters and joiners, 2 cooper shops, 2 stone masons, 2 milliners and dress-makers, 2 lawyers, 2 physicians, 3 notaries public, 1 justice of the peace, 1 butcher, 1 barber, 2 job printing presses and 6 secret societies.” Certainly, that is not the Patriot we know today.

This week started with my sister Jan and me decorating family graves in Normanda, Indiana which is just north of Tipton on U.S. 31. Our family plots there go all the way back to our great-grandparents and include our mother and father. My mother introduced me as a young child to that graveyard and the people who lie under the headstones. It’s such a shame that we don’t carry on those types of traditions with the new generations.

Don’t forget that the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Patriot Alumni Association is to be held at the Switzerland County Elementary School in East Enterprise on Saturday, May 28th. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required for the catered meal and the $15 includes the yearly dues. Please contact Billie Green by phone at (812) 427-2393 for reservations or by mail at her residence 8669 Tapps Ridge Road, Vevay Indiana, 47043.

You still have time to register for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter’s 6th Annual Shelter Shuffle 5K to be held on June 4 at 8 a.m. Late registration begins after May 27th and the entry fees will then go from $20 to $25. The Red HOT Hatters are very proud Platinum level supporters of this year’s Shelter Shuffle.

My pile of donated items for the Red HOT Hatters County Wide Sale to be held on Saturday, June 11th just keeps growing. There are angel figurines, hardback books, pet supplies, used golf balls, collectible tins, clothes and miscellaneous household goods so far. This year we intend to set up around the Courthouse and as always, all monies will go to the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Memorial Fund. Anyone wishing to make a donation to Toni’s Fund may do so at anytime by stopping by the Community Foundation Office or to contribute items for the sale contact me at (812) 594-2281 for pickup.

The Red HOT Hatters are working on collecting some donations for our own Gift Giveaway at this year’s Relay for Life. Cook’s Kitchen is donating a dinner for four. We also have a Dreamsicle figurine entitled “Relay for Life” that appears to have been signed by the artist. We have a beautiful CURE bracelet originally priced at $20. Our Team Captain Sandy Dawson also has some 2016-2017 calendars and pink and gray Uni-ball “City of Hope” gel pens (medium point black) that can be purchased outright. The Relay will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.

With the three activities already scheduled, the Red HOT Hatters will not have a June meeting per se. Volunteers will be needed for both the County Wide Yard Sale on June 11th and the Relay for Life booth on June 25th.

The next Patriot Town Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m.

The Patriot/Posey Park Board led by President Stephany Abplanalp is busy finalizing the Fourth of July Parade and Festivities. (I love this year’s T-shirts!) Registration forms for the 2016 Patriot 4th of July Parade are available at the Patriot Town Hall. Participants can also register on site that day. Line up is between 9-1 a.m. at the Patriot Boat Ramp northeast of Town. The flag ceremony in Memorial Park will follow the Parade and is scheduled to begin at noon. The pitch-in dinner at Harris Park is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with music, games and inflatable recreation.

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You may contact me several ways: 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