Fifteen years after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 and the wounds still feel so fresh. Ironically I had gone under the knife the day before with shoulder surgery and was still heavily sedated when my husband at the time, woke me up and made me come to watch the television coverage. Talk about being confused and in shock. But can you imagine being the first officer that day to report the terrorist attacks? NYPD Officer Moira Smith was the first officer to call in when she witnessed the first plane strike the first tower of the World Trade Center. She immediately responded, ran into the Towers and began assisting in the evacuation of the survivors. Last seen reentering the South Tower, it was her voice that was heard calling for help on the police radio when the tower collapsed. A wife and mother of a two year old daughter, the 13 year veteran officer of the NYPD was the only female officer to perish at Ground Zero. Her remains were recovered in March 2002, six months later, and her badge and collar brass are on display in the 9/11 Museum in New York City. Her daughter should now be 17.
God called home a very special lady last week: Jean Rose. Proud to call her a Red HOT Hatter, she was also so much more to so many. Born and raised in Patriot and a graduate of the Patriot High School, she and her husband Floyd raised five sons and shared 32 years of marriage until he passed in 1986. She retired with over 40 years service working as a cook and cashier at the Switzerland County High School. Always taking on more, she was also one of the county’s first Emergency Medical Technicians. A dedicated mother and grandmother, wife and friend, she set examples for us all to strive to follow. What a gracious lady! What a beautiful smile and loving heart! My very sincere condolences to the entire Rose family! I feel so honored to have known her.
So far this month, I have been to Indianapolis three times and Louisville once. Last Sunday, I slept. This Sunday, I worked in my much neglected yard. What a beautiful day, it was! Now this is my kind of weather: cool nights, lower humidity, sunshine and not-too-hot temperatures. So please everyone! Drive by my house this week because it’s beginning to look like it’s supposed to! Hedges trimmed, riverbank mowed! I even found the propane tank complete with one very large wasp nest as well as my covered swing! “Covered” that is not only with a roof but with clematis, grape vines, weeds, and ivy. Another couple of decent days and I might even be able to find my next door neighbor’s garage and the rest of my back yard.
Between the visitation for Jean Rose on Tuesday in Vevay and the dinner after her funeral at the Patriot Town Hall, I ran into so many folks that I normally don’t get a chance to see. Unfortunately the “P” was missing from “P & G” this week because she (Patty Chase) has not been feeling well. Glenda Sullivan was with Ruth Lohide at the visitation. I’ve talked to Patty a couple of times on the phone and I’m sure she would appreciate prayers – she’s just not “up to snuff”.
Janice and Megan Meadors recently traveled to Pelion, South Carolina to visit with Janice’s brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Joyce Romans. They were plied with wonderful food every day and especially, all different kinds of seafood. While there, they visited the Jim Harrison Art Gallery where they each purchased some beautiful pictures. Later they visited God’s Healing Springs, which local legend says was discovered during the Revolutionary War by the American and British soldiers. They called a temporary truce, and starting drinking from the springs. After staying there several days, and drinking the water, their wounds were healed. Each group of soldiers went on their way to fight another day. Local residents come there everyday to collect water to use in their homes. After enjoying time with family, Janice and Megan journeyed to Hilton Head Island where they stayed at the Sonesta Resort. They had an ocean view from their room and they enjoyed going to the beach, swimming in the pool and shopping in the gift shop. They also enjoyed more delicious food, especially the seafood. They returned home very tired but very happy from such a joyful experience.
Ron and Debbie Moenter, fairly new additions to our Most Sorrowful Mother of God church family, happened to drive by Sunday while I was in the yard and they stopped for a visit. And we talked, and talked! I had no idea that Ron’s background is law enforcement also and we ended up sharing war stories while poor Debbie and their pooch Sophie listened in. It was great getting to know them both. Unfortunately, hard as I tried, I was still able to get most of my yardwork done after they left. I have become a master of procrastination but alas! Even I couldn’t justify ignoring the beautiful weather and my much overgrown yard.
The next Patriot Town Board meeting will be on Monday, September 19th at 6 p.m. and will be the yearly Budget Hearing. This is a special meeting but open to the public. All are welcome to attend. Patriot Town Hall is located at 352 3rd Street in Patriot.
The Red HOT Hatters were able to confirm their 20 reserved seats for the Beef ‘N Boards matinee performance of ‘Menopause’ on September 21st in Indianapolis. Arrangements are now being made for transportation and seating. Hopefully, we can do this type of thing again – soon!
The October meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be on Monday, October 10th at the home of Red Hatter Lisa Fisher. Like the one we had at the home of Joyce Johnson, this will again be a pitch-in so everyone is to bring their favorite dish. The November meeting has not as yet been decided but the Red HOT Hatters already have reservations for our third annual “Christmas at the Mansion” luncheon: it will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 12th at the beautiful Benjamin Schenck Mansion in Vevay. Innkeeper Michele Thompson promises that this one will be better than ever! Anyone interested in attending or joining the Red HOT Hatters, please feel free to call me (Kay Cook) at (812) 594-2281 for details. There are no dues or initiation requirements. Just come, make new friends and have a good time!
My friend Judy in Indianapolis will be having a second yard sale within the next month so we can still collect more goodies to sell. As always, all monies raised 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.
This week’s recipe is for:
Chocolate/Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup Salted butter (melted)
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1 3/4 cup Powdered sugar
1 cup Peanut butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 (11 oz) bag Milk chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour peanut butter mixture into a 9×13 pan. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter. Refrigerate bars for one hour. Cut while bars are still cool. Enjoy!
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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 PatriotNews1995@gmail.com.