In 1993, Sharon (Laney) Hissom invited me to be on the Brady Lake School Reunion committee, which I happily accepted. Other committee members were Linda (Murdock) Murphy, Becky (Swauger) Proske, Beverly (Davenport) Stage, Wayne Laney, Ed Sitko, Patti (Heller) Andrews, Ron Aurand, Sheila (Haffly) Lappin, Joyce (Haffly) Waller, Karen (Laney) Rittman, Donnie Andexler, Bill Haffly, Donna (Tuckerman) Bennett, Kathy (Baker) Osdyke, Marguerite (Weber) McGuigan (my mom), and teacher Ruth McKay.
On Nov. 6, 1993, the reunion was held at the Kent Elks. More than 300 former students, ages 23 to 86 years old, were reunited for the first time. The response was so great that the planning committee had to refuse the last 50 reservations because of limited space.
Six former teachers, Louise Baker, Margaret Donovan, Maryalice Seaholts, Ruth McKay, Isabelle Gareri, and Erdine (Samardeya) Johnson, were in attendance and were presented with corsages. Also given a corsage was Vanie (Morley) Hughes, a former Brady Lake School cook, and a boutonniere was given for former school bus driver, Don McKay. Classmate Julie (Sorboro) Ellsworth catered the event and classmate Kenny Bescoe and his band provided the music. Classmate Michael McGuigan created a historical video of the school from 1800 to 1960, which was televised throughout the evening, and classmate Kenny Cox created reunion T-shirts. By show of hands, it was decided that we would have another reunion the following year.
The second reunion was held on Aug. 27, 1994, at the Kent State University Ballroom. More than 250 people attended. Planning Committee members for that reunion were Sharon (Laney) Hissom, Orville "Butch" Hissom, Wayne Laney, Karen (Laney) Rittman, Ron Aurand, Ed Sitko, Marguerite (Weber) McGuigan, Lucius Armstrong, Donna (Tuckerman) Bennett, and me, Karen (McGuigan) Brothers.
Sharon Hissom then organized an alumni breakfast, which was held at the Ravenna Moose when it was located on S.R. 59. She invited me to help her with that, which I agreed to do. The men of the Moose cooked a buffet breakfast for alumni and their guests and it went so well that we made it a bi-yearly event. When the Ravenna Moose moved their headquarters further away, the Christian Women’s Guild of the Lake Brady United Methodist Church offered to cook the buffet breakfasts. For the past few years, we held these breakfasts twice a year, on the last Saturday in April and the last Saturday in October. A couple of years ago, Sharon Hissom retired from this project and I began organizing the breakfasts, enlisting the help of Patti (Heller) Andrews, who planned special activities for the attendees.
Recently the Christian Women’s Guild disbanded. I asked other groups within the church if they would like to cook the breakfasts as a fundraiser, but none was interested. So rather than trying to find another place for the breakfasts, I have decided to retire from organizing them. Given the dwindling number of attendees — only about 25 per breakfast — it has probably run its course anyway. Therefore, unless someone else is interested in taking this project over, there will be no more Brady Lake School Alumni Breakfasts.
The regular attendees are a great group of people and I hope that they will stay in touch with one another and with me.
If you live in the Brady Lake area and are the parent of a high school senior, you might want to encourage your child to apply for one of the Brady Lake Women’s Club’s two $1,000 scholarships. Your child does not have to be a straight-A student to apply, but they must live in the Brady Lake area and intend to go to a college or trade school after graduation. Applications may be picked up from the Guidance Office at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. Deadline for returning these to the Guidance Office is March 23. The scholarship winners will be notified at Roosevelt’s Scholarship Dinner in May.
At the Lake Brady United Methodist Church’s Ladies Night on Wednesday, March 14, we will be making Easter candy. Cost is $3 per person. If you have candy molds, you can bring them along. If not, we have some to share. Ladies Night starts at 6 p.m.
The church’s Free Community Dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
The church hopes you can join them for their Easter (April 1) service. The service begins at 11 a.m. There is a nursery for kids age 5 and under and junior church for those over 5.
Bill White recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Happy Birthday, Bill!
I’d like to wish everyone a happy St. Patricks Day, a smooth transition to Daylight Saving Time, and a Blessed Easter. If you have something you would like to share for my next column, please contact me. My contact information is below.
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