Patriot News 5-5-16


The big news in Patriot is the opening of the Cook’s Kitchen! Sunday was the very first day of business and I enjoyed a scrumptious pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw and chips with my friends after the Patriot Baptist Church service: Michelle and Chris Oatman with son Matt; Rod Lanum, Jill Hutcherson, Sandy Thacker and Janice Meadors. The food was very reasonably priced and tasted great! Good service, too!

Just back from a trip to Oklahoma and Arizona, Ruth Osborn called me Monday. She had gone to visit her daughter and some other family and had a super time. Ruth is such a strong lady and although she tried to convince me that she is much older than me, I just can’t believe it! Her son, Bill Nail, helped me out so much when I first came to the county and I am afraid that his shoes just can’t be filled adequately.

Tuesday was hopping with all of the candidates at the Town Hall and the local folks coming to cast their votes. It will all be over by the time you read this, but regardless of who got the most votes – I think it is imperative that we all seriously pray for our country and our government officials. Nothing and no one can do it without God’s guidance and intervention.

The cutest little pup named Zoey actually stopped traffic on 250 Thursday. As I was driving past I noticed the sweetest little ball of fur attached to the end of a leash being held by my friend (and favorite car mechanic) Mike Thomas. I had to stop and visit of course. She is a cutie.

My nephew Andrew is getting married in Zionsville, north of Indianapolis on May 28th. That’s good but also bad! That means I only have less than four weeks to loose 15 pounds. The majority of the family has never seen me as a blonde and none have seen me as a skinny blonde so the challenge is on. After coming home from Indianapolis Thursday I am afraid I was a little over zealous with the diet and forgot to eat. (Hard for me to believe!) Thanks to John Goodpasture with Posey Township Fire Department for helping me ascertain that nothing serious was going on: you would think at my age, I would know to follow my diet more closely and not be so lackadaisical. Duh!

Although I had intended Friday to start getting myself in shape for the Switzerland County Shelter Shuffle on June 4,th I ended up grocery shopping instead so I guess I am focusing on the proper diet first and then eventually – soon I hope – I will actually start the physical aspect. The Red HOT Hatters are sponsors of the Shelter Shuffle and I simply must get one of those T-shirts so I have already mailed in my registration form.

Eight year old Emily Oatman and mother Michelle attended the Mother-Daughter Tea at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa on Saturday. Michelle surprised her daughter who loved the “Alice in Wonderland” theme. The Tea was a benefit for childhood cancer.

The May Meeting of the Patriot Town Board has been moved from the normal first Monday to Tuesday, May 10th at 6 p.m.

There will be a Benefit for Frank Cochran and his family on Saturday, May 21st beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Posey Township Firehouse. Frank, 58, passed away from cancer on April 18th. There will be food available for a freewill donation as well as a Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Benefit will go to help defray medical bills and other family expenses. The firehouse is located at 18474 Highway 250 in Patriot. For more information or to donate items, call Jenna (812) 290-8069, Ruth (812) 599-4226, Roberta (812) 290-7371 or Norma (812) 577-6272.

I have already registered for the Relay for Life with our Red HOT Hatters Team Captain Sandy Dawson who tells me that the Relay will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th. Walking in circles is not that strenuous but talking, laughing, visiting and walking at the same time may require more practice.

The Red HOT Hatters are also collecting items for the County Wide Sale to be held on Saturday, June 11th. 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. Likewise, anyone wishing to find out more about the Red HOT Hatters, please call!

The President of the Patriot Park Board Stephany Abplanalp announced that the Annual 4th of July Parade will be held on Monday, July 4th beginning at 11 a.m. Information concerning registration is forthcoming. Remember this is the only true Patriot Parade in the United States as we are the only incorporated Town with that name.

Plans changed and I was not able to meet with Sharon Levell this week for some of her recipes but I will soon, I hope. Until then, I thought I would share a poem. I have just finished a book by Brennan Manning entitled ABBA’S CHILD with this message but this poem says it all.


Serenity Prayer”

by Eleanor Brownn

God, grant me the serenity

to stop beating myself

for not doing things perfectly,

the courage to forgive myself

because I’m working on doing better,

and the wisdom to know

that you already love me

just the way I am.

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