Those of us who attended Brady Lake School in the 1950s and then went on to Roosevelt High School were familiar with The Short Stop Drive-In Restaurant in Kent. The Short Stop was a favorite hangout for teens and home of the butter burger. My recollection of the butter burger was a delicious hamburger that tasted as though it was soaked in butter, topped with onion and pickle, on a warm bun — a delight to the taste-buds.

I mention this because the butter burger has been on my mind since a doctor’s appointment I had a couple of weeks ago. Most doctor’s appointments begin with 15 to 20 minutes in a waiting room with people who don’t interact much with one another. This particular doctor’s appointment started out quietly enough with maybe six of us sharing the waiting room. But then I made a comment to the woman next to me about the rainy weather we were having that day.

As we chatted, another woman came through the door and sat down. I looked over at her and recognized that it was Ida Bowen Cannon who lived just down the street from me when we were kids and was a couple of years ahead of me at Brady Lake School. She greeted me and then joined in the conversation with the other woman and me. The other woman said that while she didn’t live locally, she had been the manager of Chicken Manor, a local restaurant that was a popular banquet place. Ida said that she had worked at The Short Stop when she was a teenager which brought us to recollections of the butter burger. A guy sitting across from us said that he grew up in Ravenna and that their teenage hangout was The Raven, another drive-in restaurant. A few minutes into this verbal trip down memory lane, my name was called and it was my turn to see the doctor.

When I returned to the waiting room, neither Ida nor the other woman were there, but the Ravenna guy and his wife were. I sat down to wait for some paperwork and mentioned to them how nice it was to share recollections of things gone by and of growing up in Brady Lake. A newcomer to the waiting room said, "Did you say Brady Lake?" "Yes," I replied. She asked me if I remembered a guy by the name of Claren Cook. I do. Claren grew up in the Brady Lake area and went to Brady Lake School about four years ahead of me. The woman said that he had been her first husband and that they had once lived on Brady Lake Road.

I left the doctor’s office thinking what a small world it is. I also left extremely hungry for a butter burger.

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I recently attended a birthday celebration for Charles and Marilyn Beckwith. Marilyn turned 90 in October and Charles turned 90 in November. The celebration was organized by their children and was held in a large room in the rear of the gift shop at Beckwith’s Orchards. I was one of about 200 well-wishers present. The highlight of the food selection was an ice cream bar complete with a variety of toppings. Happy birthday, Marilyn and Charles! You both look great!

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The Brady Lake Women’s Club will have a bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lake Brady United Methodist Church, 1995 Brady Lake Road between Kent and Ravenna. They will also have a bake sale. The public is invited.

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Amy Brawley and Dave Somers recently made a surprise visit to Amy’s parents, Keith and Cheryl (South) Brawley, in Suches, Ga. They stopped in Lexington, Ky., and purchased a birthday cake to take along for Cheryl’s birthday. While in Georgia, they took Cheryl and Keith to Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, Ga., and then out to eat.

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At the Lake Brady United Methodist Church’s Nov. 15 Free Community Dinner, they will be serving a Thanksgiving-type meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dessert, and beverages. Dinner runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is open to all. Carry-outs available. Dinners are funded by groups within the church and by private donations.

Patti Andrews showed the ladies at the church’s November Ladies Night how to make cute little turkey pins. Next Ladies Night is Dec. 13. We will be making canvas paintings with clear lights in them. If you would like to attend, contact Patti Andrews at 330-221-0136 so she will know how many supplies to bring. Ladies Night starts at 6 p.m. and is open to all women of the church and community.

The church’s Outreach Team hosted a Coat Giveaway on Nov. 12 at the Kent Elks Club. Coats and other winter wear were distributed to anyone who needed them. The group is hosting a toy giveaway from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the ballroom of the Elks Club. If you are in need of toys for your children for Christmas, please come and take what you need. Carol Fresch said that around 3,000 toys have been donated including those donated by students from Stanton Middle School. This year’s toy give-away is dedicated to Lizibeth Marie Boyle, a granddaughter from the McMullen family of Lake Brady who passed away Dec. 9 of last year.

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Pat and Joe Hashman, daughters Rhonda and Kelly and their husbands, and Joe’s sister and her husband recently took a two-week vacation to Nautical Watch Beach Resort in Bellaire Beach, Fla. Once there, they were joined by granddaughter Kaitlyn and her husband who live in Louisiana. They enjoyed a Sweetest Day dinner cruise out of Clearwater Beach. While some in the group rented Mopeds to explore parts of the state, others went parasailing or jet skiing. They also explored Caladessi Island, went to a big flea market, and on a fishing yacht where they caught 30 fish. Pat said they also did lots of eating out.

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If you have something you would like to include in the next Around Lake Brady column, please contact me. My contact information is below. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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