October has arrived. The nights — and some days — are chillier, the leaves are falling, the flowers are dying, the days are shorter, and the hummingbirds that I’m so fond of have headed south.

Now that I’m retired, I tend to procrastinate. I think it’s because "I’ll do it tomorrow" becomes a retiree’s mindset when none of your tomorrows requires going to a job. You have reached a point where you finally have time — lots and lots of time — to do whatever it is that needs done whenever you get around to doing it.

So you can imagine how pleased I was with myself when after many chilly days in August and early September, I had my window air conditioner taken out. It was a first step in getting ready for winter. I was not going to procrastinate. Then to my dismay, it warmed up again. Not only did it warm up a little, but it warmed up a lot. I lost track of how many 90-degree days we had, but without my air conditioner, there were too many. Perhaps there is something good about procrastination after all.

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The Brady Lake School Alumni Breakfast is this month, but rather than the usual last Saturday of the month, it will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Lake Brady United Methodist Church, 1995 Brady Lake Road, between Kent and Ravenna.

The buffet breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice, and coffee. Cost of the breakfast is $8 per person, payable at the door. The breakfast is open to anyone who has ever attended or worked at the Brady Lake School and a guest. Reservations are required so we know how much food to buy and prepare, so if you plan to attend, you can call or email me, Karen Brothers. My contact info is below. I hope you’ll plan to attend.

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At the Lake Brady United Methodist Church’s Free Community Dinner on Oct. 18, they will be serving chili, cornbread, dessert, and beverages. The dinner runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

There will be an indoor auction at the church at 1 p.m. Oct. 28. Many nice items have been donated to be auctioned off. Lunch will be available at noon and there will also be a bake sale. All are invited to attend.

At the church’s September Ladies Night, ladies from the church and community made fall wreaths under the direction of Patti Andrews. For the Oct. 11 Ladies Night, Patti will be showing us how to make a ghost in a jar. Sounds like fun!

Attendees should bring $3 to cover costs of materials. All ladies of the church and community are invited to attend. Please call Patti Andrews at 330-221-0136 to let her know you plan to be there so she brings enough materials for everyone. Ladies Night starts at 6 p.m.

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Carol and Dick Fresch are still collecting gently used coats and other winter wear for the November coat giveaway. They are also collecting new or gently used toys for the December toy giveaway. If you have something to donate, you can contact the Freschs at 330-673-7649. This year, these giveaways will be held at the Kent Elks Club on S.R. 59 next to Twin Star Bowling Lanes. The coat giveaway will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Anyone in need of a coat may come and take one. The toy giveaway is scheduled for Dec. 10.

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Franklin Township has patched Cox Avenue and it is now drivable. I talked to former Brady Lake Mayor, Hal Lehman, and he said that Franklin Township has taken over all services and that they are waiting for village-owned properties to transfer.

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Have a safe and fun Halloween! If you have anything you’d like to include in next month’s column, please let me know. My contact information is below.

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Contact Karen Brothers with your Brady Lake information at 330-678-9596 or kbrother@kent.edu.