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I was thinking the other day about growing up in Brady Lake in the 1950s. I grew up on the west side of the lake. We didn't make any distinctions between growing up on the east side, which was in the village, or on the west side, which was not. As far as we were concerned, we were all "Lakers." It was nice growing up here. We knew all of our neighbors and they all knew us. All of our friends' homes were in walking distance of ours. All of us kids played outdoors and, yes, were expected to go in for the day when the street lights came on.
During the 1950s, someone decided we needed a community church. Up to that time, the church services were held in the school gym, a practice that would bring out people with picket signs in today's society. People were happy to hear that a community church was being built and they came together and volunteered their time to help build it.
I remember walking past the building site on Brady Lake Road and seeing my uncle nailing down boards on the roof. I also heard my parents talking about some of the lighting that my grandfather donated. People pitched in however they could. I talked to Charles Beckwith and he said his father donated the land that the church was built on and that some of the lumber for the project was used lumber and they had to pull old nails out of it. It was a fine example of community spirit.
In the past couple of weeks, there was evidence that the community spirit still exists when a small group of men volunteered their time to fill some of the potholes that have made local roads so difficult to travel. So far, they have filled the potholes on Leonard, Washington and Garfield Streets and are working on filling the potholes on Merrill Road. Many thanks to Hal Lehman, Greg Brothers, Bob Howard, Jim Hostler, Jim Adolph and Ted Lauck for volunteering their time for this task.
I talked to Hal Lehman and he said that more volunteers are needed. If you are an able-bodied Laker with community spirit and can volunteer some of your time to help, it would be much appreciated by all of us who travel those roads. You can contact Hal Lehman at 330-673-9504 to volunteer.
By the way, the community church I mentioned was completed and several years later, the Lake Brady Community Church became the Lake Brady United Methodist Church, which continues to give back to the community that helped build it.
Each year, the Caudill sisters have a sisters' week on Sanibel Island in Florida. Usually their daughters and even a couple of friends are invited to join them. According to sister Denise Baughman, the group jokingly refers to themselves as "the Sanibel Sea Hags." She said that this year's trip was bittersweet because their sister, Lynda Llewellyn, who loved the beach, passed away around Easter of this year. The sisters took some of Lynda's ashes with them on this year's trip. Another sister, Claudette Morris, and her daughter-in-law, Lisa Morris, live in Texas and were unable to attend.
This year, they rented two condos to accommodate the 12 people who attended. Most of their time was spent hanging at the beach or hunting for sea shells. Basically it's a time for the sisters to reconnect and spend some quality time with one another. Brother Jeff Caudill and his girlfriend, Annette Errera, live in Florida and joined the group for a cookout. Friend Erin O'Brien Kish was in Florida visiting her brother and she also spent some time with the sisters and guests.
Sisters who attended were Debbie Porter, Kay Caudill, Wanda Jo Wortman, Darlene Stephens, and Denise Baughman. Denise's daughter Emily Baughman, Wanda Jo's daughter Shannon Thompson, and Darlene's daughter Mandy Jones also went along as did Kay's granddaughter Willow. Friends who went along were Lori Klink, Denise Gemberling and Felicia Reitz.
The Brady Lake Women's Club recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to two Brady Lake area high school seniors. Recipients of the scholarships are Lydia Slannery, daughter of Jacqueline and Kevin Slannery, and Lila Goehring, daughter of Susan Goehring. Lydia plans to attend Kent State University in the fall and Lila plans to attend Mills College. Congratulations to you both!
Club president Tatsyana Havel said that in August, the club will have a bake sale booth at the Kent Lions Sweet Corn Festival, which is held at Beckwith's Apple Farm each summer. They recently donated funds to Arc of Ohio Summit and Portage Counties for children with developmental disabilities and to the Senior Center in Ravenna. They are also making plans for a community event in September.
The Men's Club of the Lake Brady United Methodist Church will hold their yearly Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17. Organizer Doug McGee said that they have already reserved more spaces than ever before, so they're anticipating a large crowd. If you would like a space or have a question, call Doug at 330-677-6777.
Spaces in the field are $10 each and in the pavilion $15 each. Table rental is $5 each or bring your own. Chairs loaned for free to those renting spaces. The event is open to the public. The church is located at 1995 Brady Lake Road between Kent and Ravenna. So plan to bring the family for a day of fun. Food and drinks will be sold from the church kitchen by United Methodist Women, so you can shop and have lunch, too. (No other food sales will be permitted.) Other activities include the Chinese Auction, kids' games, face painting, music, and more.
At the church's June 21 Free Community Dinner, they will serve Italian sausage sandwiches and hot dogs, baked beans, tater tots, dessert, and beverages. Dinner runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. Carry-outs available.
Around 100 guests attended the church's Mother/Daughter/Friend Banquet in May. Entertainment was provided by the Deerfield Dandies, who sang and made music with washboards and other home-made instruments. They also encouraged the guests to sing along. Door prizes were awarded for oldest mother present, youngest mother, the mother who came the furthest, and the mother who brought the most guests. The event was sponsored by United Methodist Women.
I'd like to wish a Happy Father's Day (June 18) to all the dads out there. As always, if anyone has a milestone birthday or anniversary, a trip, or any other news they'd like to share in this column, let me know. My contact information is below. Happy Summer!
Contact Karen Brothers with your Brady Lake news at 330-678-9596 or email@example.com.