Patriot News 6-9-16


This week’s article could very well be entitled: GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS. That seems the best way to describe May 28th in the Patriot and Posey Township area.

GOOD NEWS: James and Deanna Gurley survived the fire in their home when their adopted rescue dog woke James up. BAD NEWS: Their home off Highway 250 and Antioch was a total loss. The house with the first floor built into the side of the hill was insured but the family is struggling with rebuilding and replacing personal items like legal documents, birth certificates, drivers’ licenses and social security cards. You never think about those kinds of things until tragedy strikes but if you do have a safe deposit box or even a close friend or family member that you can entrust with copies of those documents, that’s always a good idea. It is also recommended to periodically take photos of your home and contents and store those items off premises.

GOOD NEWS: Jade and Mike Cooney celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary that same day. BAD NEWS: Mike’s favorite cub reporter and Vevay’s only canine journalist Shadow left for the Rainbow Bridge. We will all miss Shadow and his unique and entertaining reporting.

Janice Meadors attended the 123rd Annual Patriot Alumni Association 123rd Meeting May 28th and reports that approximately 135 members and guests were in attendance. The association honored the Class of 1966 by presenting 14 with 50-year pins.  The members and guests were entertained by Tori McSwain. The Guy Harris Scholarship was presented to Switzerland County High School 2016 graduating senior Kristen Rose, who is the great-granddaughter of 1943 graduate Naomi Scott Allen.

Also May 28th was the date of the first youth ball game played at Harris Park.

GOOD NEWS: I haven’t seen Patriot’s very own Drone recently. BAD NEWS: The last time I saw it was after dark. It’s covered with red lights by the way and still sounds like a beehive on steroids.

GOOD NEWS: Kathryn Turner is still feeling blessed. BAD NEWS: James Gurley who lost his home to fire is her son. Her brother Clayton Koons would appreciate prayers along with her daughter-in-law Barbara Gurley who recently had surgery. We decided after a few minutes on the phone, that the whole family could use prayers right now including James and Deanna Gurley and Kathryn Turner. Kathryn was very pleasantly surprised when she returned home and found that her daughter Betty and her husband Carl Hutchinson and Betty’s daughter Kathy and friend Tim Smith spray washed and cleaned the exterior of her home. James Gurley and his son Jacob helped and everyone enjoyed a cookout afterwards.

Patriot’s Joyce Bailey is recuperating at home and was recently visited by her sister Betty and brother-in-law Herb Oesterle who were here for the Alumni Banquet.

GOOD NEWS: I love to hear birds singing. BAD NEWS: Not at 2:20 a.m. outside my bedroom window! I believe my little buddy is a mockingbird and as much as I do love to be entertained, I do not enjoy being woke up so early in the morning. He eventually stopped but when I got up with one of my dogs at 4 a.m., I woke him up as he was perched in the tree immediately adjacent to my patio. We have since talked and I think he knows that he is appreciated a lot more during the day, at least I hope so.

GOOD NEWS: Jerry Turner got the Patriot Dock out of storage and hooked up just outside of Town Hall this past week. BAD NEWS: It took four people to help him and nearly four hours to get it done. Apparently some improvements involving a flotation apparatus very seriously complicated what is normally a fairly easy job. Thanks to Jerry, Waynie Turner and the others who assisted!

I was honored this week by two ladies who called to tell me how much they enjoy my article. First, Patricia Tierney from Cincinnati called. She and her husband Bill also have a farm here in Switzerland County. She was interested in our new Cook’s Kitchen Restaurant here in Patriot and wanted to be connected with the owner Marilyn Cook which was easily done. Earlier that day at Town Hall, I had received a call from an unhappy Patriot resident who had been grossly misinformed and was understandably irate so Patricia definitely brightened my spirits. I so enjoyed speaking with her! (She even likes my recipes!)

Frances Weaver of Moorefield was my second caller and what a delightful conversation we shared! She shared a cute little joke about a minister that had us both laughing. If you know Frances, maybe she will share it with you. She told me she was 88 years young and we talked about our mutual friends Patty Chase and Juanita Detmer. Juanita has been on my mind since her birthday would have been June 2. I was so blessed to know her and I miss her terribly. What a lady! It was so very kind of both to take the time to call me! Thank you again for brightening my day, Patricia Tierney and Frances Weaver! I certainly hope I get a chance to meet both of these ladies some day!

Friday while at the Sheriff’s Office on business, I ran into Kalli and Kinley Morton. Of course the last time I ran into them in that building was 10 years ago when I was a deputy and they were cute little giggly girls. Now they have become beautiful young women with driver’s licenses! Wow! How time flies!

Sunday was spent with John Kniola, President of the County Park Board, discussing and visiting the Patriot Boat Ramp and the shelters built there in 2011. Both the Switzerland County Lions Club and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the building of shelters. Rod Lanum has some excellent suggestions for the area surrounding the Boat Ramp which I hope to share with John and his Park Board. If you have not as yet visited our Patriot Boat Ramp, please do! There are a total of three different shelters available for family or club picnics. The Boat Ramp itself is very nice and we always have our fair share of boaters. The lot is paved and quite large. We even have walking paths into the woods and of course, beautiful scenery. You can call the Patriot Town Hall (812) 594-2243 to reserve a shelter.

GOOD NEWS: Cook’s Kitchen continues to be a crowd pleaser! They recently introduced a GUNNER Special consisting of shaved beef, ham, or turkey which is huge! (Gunner is by the way a good sized German shepherd owned by the owner of the apartment building.) BAD NEWS: Due to some staffing issues, it is suggested that you call in the afternoon (812) 594-COOK to check on hours.

The Red HOT Hatters were proud Platinum level supporters of this year’s Switzerland County Animal Shelter’s 6th Annual Shelter Shuffle 5K held on June 4th.

Our pile of donated items for the Red HOT Hatters County Wide Sale to be held on Saturday, June 11th just keeps growing. There is now a large original oil painting, large print of Sitting Bull, tons of cookbooks, a ceramic cookie jar, a large chicken pitcher, angel figurines, hardback books, pet supplies, used golf balls, collectible tins, and much, much more! 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. Our Team Captain Sandy Dawson also has some 2016-2017 calendars and gel pens 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 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Relay for Life booth on June 25th from noon to 6 p.m. Help with setup and teardown for both events would be greatly appreciated.

This year’s Fourth of July Festivities are well in hand. Jill and Bruce Hutcherson will be the Parade Marshals this year. Registration forms for the 2016 Patriot 4th of July Parade are available at the Patriot Town Hall. Participants can also register onsite that day. Line up is between 9-11 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.

“Banana Split Salad”


1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened

½ cup sugar

1 (20oz) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained

1 (10oz) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thaw/ undrained

2 bananas, coarsely chopped

1 (12oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 cup chopped walnuts


Combine cream cheese and sugar; beat at medium speed until blended. Stir in pineapple, strawberries and bananas. Fold in whipped topping and nuts. Pour into ungreased 9×13 pan. Freeze 8 hours. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.


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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