During the winter, I like to keep the bird feeder filled. The problem is that the feeder is across my front yard in the center of my flower garden, which requires carrying a heavy bowl of seed through the snow and cold to get to it. I hurt my back this past summer, so some tasks are still difficult. Hence, I've assigned the filling of the birdfeeder to the neighbor kid. On the days when he is in school and the feeder is empty, I go out onto my front porch and spread seed on the railing.

The birds are happy with this arrangement, and so was a particular gray squirrel that showed up on the railing to eat. My feeder is squirrel-proof, so this squirrel must have thought he was in seed heaven when he discovered it on the railing. I opened the door a couple of times and told him to scat, but minutes later he would be back again.

Later in the day, the bird feeder was filled and the seed on the porch railing had been eaten. The next morning, I heard something hitting my kitchen window. I looked out and the squirrel from the day before was repeatedly flinging himself at the window. I don't know if that was his way of reminding me that there wasn't any seed on the railing, if he was trying to break in to get more, or if he was just downright angry because it was gone. All I know is that I wasn't about to open the door to find out.

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Local resident Connie Curfman has done a lot of traveling lately. In September, she went to her sister Pat Anderson’s house in Chicago. They flew to Las Vegas where they were joined by Connie’s son, Milan Hubbard, and his wife, Nicole, for three days. Then in December, the sisters went to Arizona and did some sightseeing in the Golden Valley. From there, they went to Laguna Beach, Calif., for more sight-seeing and then on to Delano, Calif., to visit a nephew.

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The Lake Brady United Methodist Church will have its Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Their Holy Thursday service will be held on March 29 at 6 p.m. and the Easter Celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1. The title of the Easter service is "Holy Humor: A Celebration of the Great Joke God Played on Death." Everyone is invited to attend any or all of these services.

The church’s Ladies Night will be held on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. We will be painting snowmen on long-stemmed glassware and making wooden snowmen ornaments. Cost of supplies is $3. Women of the church and community are invited to attend.

The church’s Free Community Dinner will be held on Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All in the community are invited to attend.

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I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! If you have something you’d like to share in my next column — a milestone birthday or anniversary, a trip you’ve taken, etc., please contact me. My contact information is below. In the meantime, stay warm and think spring!

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