• John McDaniels, Midway Correspondent

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DONNA BOOTH FARMER held an exhibition of her photography featuring seven Midway residents. The exhibition titled "Youth of an Older Generation" took place at the Midway Presbyterian Fellowship Hall last Sunday. Farmer, right, discusses her work with two of the exhibition's attendees. (Photo by John McDaniel)

Personals and Comments It's been a great week in Midway as visitors are coming into town with their tops down. I've counted 26 topless cars this week. If you can recall and if I am reading the charts right, it was last Feb. 18 when we had the deepest snow depth, averaging over 10 inches through the day. We had snow on the ground from Feb. 16 until March 11, making it 24 days of snow cover. I just thought I would remind you of those details if you have be complaining about the weather for any reason. ... Keith Knapp, the chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities, which includes The Homeplace at Midway, received the third Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health on Feb. 19. Knapp is a recognized expert and advocate for older adults. He served as Christian Care Communities' chief operating officer prior to becoming its CEO. Knapp has led the design and development of several other elder-care facilities in Kentucky. He has served as a member of the state Institute for Aging and as chief executive of the Episcopal Church Home of Kentucky The Homeplace at Midway opened on June 25, 2015, and is now home to 38 residents. The facility has four residential buildings with two dedicated to skilled nursing, one for assisted living and one for "memory care." ... Kentucky American Water will be giving back to the community by offering $500 scholarships to Woodford County students committed to good environmental practices. The company is accepting applications for 2016 Ripple Effect Scholarships. The program offers one-time, $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance and a commitment to environmental stewardship. The entry deadline is April 8. The scholarship program was established in 2002 and has awarded $54,000 to 86 Kentucky students. Information about the scholarship program has been distributed to area high schools and can also be found at kentuckywater.com. ... We have a lot of good women in Midway and if we hurry up and nominate them for the Bluegrass Alliance for Women's County Impact Awards we can let others throughout the state know who they are. Past winners from Midway include Genie Graf in 2008 and Joy Arnold in 2012. The Bluegrass Alliance for Women is seeking nominations for County Impact Awards to one woman in each of the 17 counties in the Bluegrass Area Development District who are empowering women and girls in their communities and who would otherwise go unnoticed. The deadline for nominations is March 7. These awards will be given March 22. The BAW is a volunteer organization that fosters opportunities to improve the lives of women and girls in the Bluegrass and celebrate the success of women who make a difference in their communities. Nominators should devote at least one paragraph to each of the four criteria for the award: contributions the nominee is making in advocating and promoting the growth and well-being of women and girls within her county, and how her contributions have impact on the entire county; public and/or professional service activities in which the nominee participates in the county; leadership abilities and evidence of integrity as a role model for women and girls; how the nominee encourages and supports women and girls to explore education and career options. For a copy of the nomination form, contact Allison Burkholder in Versailles at (859) 879-4507 or aburkholder@unitedbankky.com. ... My other Irish grandmother, who was a Courtney, later to become an Osborne, in reality never knew my Irish grandmother, who was an O'Conner later to become a McDaniel, whom I have written about before. Actually I never knew my other Irish grandmother in person. However, it was my mother who would sometimes pass on to me some of my other Irish grandmother's bits of wisdom, sometimes with an addendum of her own. When I was growing up, I often wondered what it would be like belonging to a country club. There were the swimming pools, playing golf all the time, and playing tennis. My mother asked me what I was thinking about and I told her. "Now Johnny, you have plenty to do that sitting around thinking about what other people are doing. Your Irish grandmother, my mother, once said, 'There is only one thing that you can said good about country clubs; they drain off a lot of people you wouldn't want to associate with anyway."

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