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I want to give a shout-out to Midwegian Adele Dickerson, board member on the Woodford County Farmers’ Market representing Midway. Edible Louisville Magazine & The Bluegrass Region has nominated her for being a “Local Hero” as she promotes the farmers’ market and locally grown food. ••• A great deal is available for Midway University alumnae and friends as they will be able to join together at the Keeneland Pavilion Bar & Limestone Cafe inside the sales pavilion for a unique racetrack experience. The cost for Midway alumnae is $15 and other guests are welcome to attend for $20. The special package will include reserve parking, general admission to the track, a racing program, and lunch. The university will have the Pavilion Bar and Limestone Cafe reserved the entire day, complete with TVs to watch the races, comfortable seating, our own private betting window and bar. Feel free to come and go between the racetrack and the sales pavilion throughout the day. Unlike last weekend, it looks like the weather for this Saturday’s excursion is going to be perfect for a day at the races. To register, go online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kae2/event/770133. ••• It looks like Midway might be going back into the whiskey business. It has been reported that Brown-Forman Corp. is asking permission to build 12 two-story whiskey warehouses on a farm next to Midway Station and South Elkhorn Creek. The farm where the proposed warehouses will be built is owned by the Homer Michael Freeney Jr. Trust. It borders the industrial section of Midway Station on the south, Elkhorn Creek on the east, another farm on the north and Georgetown Road on the west. Access to the warehouses would be from Georgetown Road. The Louisville distiller’s application for a conditional use permit will be considered by the Agricultural Review Committee of the county Planning and Zoning Commission on April 14 at 8 a.m. at the county courthouse. The warehouses would be built on 117 acres of a 400-acre farm over the next 10 years. Each two-story high, 900,000-square-foot warehouse would hold about 65,000 barrels of Woodford Reserve bourbon. The farm would continue operating as a farm, according to the company’s application. Notice in the above paragraphs I said Midway could be going back into the whiskey business. Yes, there was a time the Midway had a real full operational pot-boiling distillery right here in town, less than 200 feet from Railroad Street. I can remember walking out the back door of my home when I was young and smelling the mash from the grain fermenting just about seven blocks away. I always loved that smell, almost as much as I did the horse manure smell from the muck pit in the lower part of the yard. You see, Midway had a distillery as far back as 1882 and was called the Glenarme Distillery. In 1892 it was called the S. J. Greenbaum Distillery. The distilleries were located in a great location as it had a water source and nearby railroad tracks to take the whiskey filled barrels to market. It is reported the distillery property included five warehouses, and the property included cattle pens. The best-known brands produced by Greenbaum were the “Belle of Anderson” (a rye-based whiskey) and “Belle of Lexington” (a sour mash whiskey). Additional brands produced by Greenbaum’s distillery included “Arlington,” “Glenarme,” “Green Mountain,” “Jessamine,” “Old Bald Mountain Corn,” “Penna Club Rye,” and “Reading Rye.” S. J. Greenbaum died in 1897. Park and Tilford bought the distillery in 1941 and it was closed down in 1964. The property was given to Midway College and the college sold the stills and other salvageable material. There are three original structures still standing today on the old distillery grounds, the Robin’s Nest building, the white Midway Apartments building and the water tower. I do know that the distillery must have had a major financial impact on the city’s finances. I can remember sitting in on serval council meetings during the time that the distillery was shutting down. The council had several extra meetings to discuss the loss of tax money that the city was going to endure when the distillery completely pulled out. That’s when Midway residents had to pay a little more for city services. If I remember right, the average water, sewer, and the newly added garbage pickup (was free) went from around $12 to $16. Ah those were the days. Message from the Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift Our budget process got underway this week, and it’s safe to say that it will go much more smoothly than state and federal negotiations often go. Granted, those budgets are much more complicated, but I’d also venture to say that our elected officials will treat each other with more respect and without all of those ulterior motives. All politics could be that way, actually, if we decided to make it so. But, the further elected officials get from the people who elected them the more other influences cloud their judgement. Now that I’ve stepped off of my soapbox, I’ll tell you a little bit about the budget I’ve proposed. The largest appropriation for expenditure is $80,000 for road paving, with the bulk of that reserved for Northside Drive. I’m also proposing $27,000 for sidewalk repair, but how we allocate that will depend on what the council decides to do about our current policy. I’m also asking that the council appropriate $10,000 for upgrades and possible additions to Walter Bradley Park, which we’re trying to turn into a true, natural center of the city for everyone to enjoy. Due to the recent influx of new jobs, and the addition of American Howa Kentucky (which will eventually employ around 100 people), we’re able to budget for an increase of over 31 percent in our occupational tax revenue from the current fiscal year’s budget – which is actually being conservative. Our next city council meeting is this Monday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Among other things, we’ll be discussing the aforementioned sidewalk policy. As always, everyone is welcome and invited to attend. Hydrant Flushing The Midway Water Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants from Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m. This operation involves simultaneously opening several fire hydrants in an area to create increased water flows. This is necessary to clean the distribution system of any mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up in the mains. It is possible that residents may notice cloudy tap water, but the cloudiness should pass in a short time, and the water is safe to drink. The water should be allowed to clear before residents do laundry. The City of Midway is not responsible for laundry being damaged during the hydrant-flushing period. For more information, contact City Hall at 846-4413.