I always thought ants were pretty smart until this year when they climbed down the wire from the roof to my hummingbird feeder, entered the feeder and drowned. I always wondered if they were hollering in ant talk, "Come on in. The water is fine," since one by one they entered the feeder, floated for a few minutes, then drowned, too.

Even the Vaseline I gobbed all over the wire wouldn't stop them this year, nor would the Tanglefoot my daughter put on a disk just below the roof line, which was so sticky that it should have stopped the ants in their tracks. But each time I brought the feeder in to wash and refill it, five or six ant bodies came tumbling out.

But then came the Texas flooding, compliments of Hurricane Harvey, and my faith in ant cleverness was restored. It seems that the Texas fire ants joined their bodies together to make a large floating mass thereby saving the entire colony. Amazing! Now if I could just figure out a way to convince the ants to stay out of my hummingbird feeder. Or maybe their friends are joining them in the feeder in order to form a floating mass. Hmmm …

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Doug McGee contacted me about a strange plant that came up right next to the Hostas and Lamb’s Ear plants near the entrance to his front door. He and wife Cheryl dubbed it "the Alien Plant." Since they had not planted it, they thought it might be a weed of some sort. They emailed a photo of the plant to relatives to see if anyone knew what it was. Doug’s aunt replied.

Turns out it’s not a weed or an alien plant after all. It's an herb known as Mullein. It has yellow flowers on it that make the plant look like really tall corn. Upon further investigation, Cheryl learned from the Mother Earth Living website that it was used by early settlers and Native Americans for respiratory problems among other things. Check out that site for other uses.

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The Brady Lake Women’s Club will host its yearly "Geezer" event at the pavilion in the field across from the Brady Lake Village Hall on Sept. 9 starting at 5 p.m. The event is for folks in the over 21 group. There will be live music, wine tasting, a 50/50 drawing, and a Tower of Tickets drawing. (The Tower of Tickets is made up of donated free local goods and services along with lottery tickets.)

Dinner is potluck, so bring a covered dish to share per person or couple. Coffee and water will be provided or you may bring your own beverages. Please bring your own lawn chair. The focus of this year’s event is community camaraderie. All adults of the Brady Lake area are invited to attend.

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At the Lake Brady United Methodist’s Free Community Dinner on Sept. 20, they will be serving a "September Surprise." Dinner runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. Carry-outs available.

The church’s Ladies Night resumes at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 under the direction of Patti Andrews. For our first craft, Patti will teach us how to make a fall wreath. Everything will be provided to make your wreath for $4 per person, payable to Patti that evening.

All ladies of the church and community are welcome to attend. Don’t forget to bring a friend or two. Patti needs to know how many people are coming, so contact her at 330-221-0136 if you plan to attend.

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A popular former Brady Lake School teacher, Ruth McKay, celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 7. An open house birthday party was held at her daughter Dorothy’s home in Tallmadge. Happy Birthday, Ruth!

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Carol and Dick Fresch are once again collecting new or gently used coats, scarves, gloves, and other winter wear. These items will be given to those who need them at the Kent Elks Club on Nov. 12. They are also collecting new or gently used toys for low-income parents to select from and give to their children for Christmas. The toy giveaway will be held on Dec. 10, also at the Elks Club. If you have coats or toys you would like to donate, call the Freschs at 330-673-7649.

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If you have anything you would like to submit for next month’s column, please contact me. My contact information is below. Happy fall!

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For Brady Lake news, contact Karen Brothers at 330-678-9596 or kbrother@kent.edu.