HOST gives locals a reason to be thankful
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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Ron Swift
Ron Swift
Patterson has a special reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

The community came together a while back and has given the homeless suitable shelter. Our H.O.S.T. house isn’t fancy, but is bright and cheery on even the coldest and foggiest of days.

Those responsible, and there are quite a number, are to be commended. That includes City Hall, which played a major role in the project.


Speaking of H.O.S.T., you won’t want to miss its several fundraisers for the year. They are listed in Patterson’s new 2014 Community Calendar, just hot off the press. (At least I hope it will be off the press by the time you read this column, which was written during the weekend because of an early publication deadline.)

The colorful calendar will be for sale at several Patterson locations by Boy Scout Troop 82. It will include no fewer than 199 local events held throughout next year by 31 different organizations, schools, churches, celebrations, etc.

The Scouts have set a price of $7 for the calendar or $20 for three. (Everyone in your family will need one!) That’s a great buy when compared with those sold commercially.

And of course, I’m always available for free delivery unless someone steals my 15-year-old delivery wagon.


A friend of mine back east has a sizable investment portfolio and recently sent me financial suggestions for 2014, based on rumored business consolidations. So here goes.

Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco and Dakota Mining may merge to become ZipAudiDoDa.

Also, Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush and W.R. Grace Co. may become Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

Expect more next week. Really.


Readers who follow these things know that our 90-Plus list includes no fewer than six centenarians –all who started the year and are still with us.

They include Florence Perry Cogswell, who turned 101 on April 3. She’s the youngest of the group.

Others who we have reported on in the past several months are Bertha Criswell, 104 on Aug. 4; Evelyn Rusk, 103 on March 8; Dorothy Wiesendanger, who lives far up Del Puerto Canyon and over into Santa Clara County, 103 on May 7; Helen Maring, 103 on Sept. 9; and Aileen Cabral of Crows Landing, 102 on March 20.

I rely heavily on readers to submit names of those turning 90 and over and to keep me up-to-date on the more than 60 on the list.


I’m not quite on the above list, but for whatever the reason, readers keep sending me e-mails about aging. Here’s a sample.

• You know you’re getting old when you fall down and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.

• Aging seems to be the only available way to live a longer life.

• Enjoy life. It has an expiration date.

• Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened.

• The advantage of exercise every day is that when you die, they’ll say, “Well, he looks good, doesn’t he?”


You readers who follow St. Norbert basketball know your women beat the Northland LumberJills 107-21 the other day. Both are Wisconsin schools, but of course you know that. And Northland is not be been confused with Northland International, also in Wisconsin.


It was Steven Wright who said:

“The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.”

Smart guy, that Wright.

Ron Swift is the editor/publisher of emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at

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