• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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PICTURED ARE just a few of the 20 volunteers who worked last Sunday planting trees and working in the Midway park areas getting ready for the summer. From left are Helen Rentch, Steve Simoff, Joy Arnold, Grayson Vandegrift, Cecelia Gass, Dottie Cordray, John Holloway, Milan Bush Hamilton, Nehemiah Hamilton, and Patty Holloway. The canine helper is Buttercup. (Photo by John McDaniel)

It’s that time of year and it looks like April showers are bringing on the May flowers. To help things along, the Midway Woman’s Club is having its annual spring home and garden sale. The sale, which will be taking place this Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m., will feature a variety of bulbs, plants, gardening items and home goods. So stop by the Midway Woman’s Club house at 230 South Gratz Street which is located at the intersection of Gratz Street and Stephens Street just seconds away from downtown Midway. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Betty Ann Voight Memorial Scholarship Fund. ••• The Friends of Walter Bradley Park haven’t been sitting around the park eating hotdogs. No sir, they are so busy you can be sure there won’t be any moss growing under their feet. They aren’t letting any bush honeysuckle and winter creeper take over the park pathways either. Last Sunday, this group numbering 20 volunteers got together and planted 300 trees throughout the park area and in the newly developed clearing at the end of North Gratz Street. ••• Yes, it seems that music will be coming to the streets of Midway again after a couple of years without the popular Furlong Friday’s that once livened up the streets of downtown Midway. The event has changed its name and is now called “Midsummer Nights in Midway.” So go ahead and mark your calendars for Friday, June 24, for music by Shades of Grass, July 22 with Superfecta, and Aug. 19 bring back Shades of Grass. These shows will run from 7:30 till 10:30 p.m. There will be other special attractions and special vendors to add to the occasion. So polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down in downtown Midway. ••• I’m still making my way through tons of old newspaper clippings, photographs of Midwegians who have long since passed, and I even discovered that I have four original copies of the Bluegrass Clipper. I’m able to see what I looked like 66 years ago and I don’t think I’ve changed all that much physically or mentally. Since riding bicycles is a big pastime today, the main article that caught my attention this week was an article in the Lexington Leader dated August 1980. The article describes the travels of three guys who road their bikes from Minneapolis, Minn., to Midway, and my brother, Jim, was one of those guys making the trip, which is why they made Midway their destination. They made the trip, which ran over 1,000 miles in 13 days. Their original plan was to average 80 miles a day and follow the Mississippi River to St. Louis then cut across Illinois, Indiana into Kentucky, but they kept getting blown off the road every time a semi would go by, so they headed for the backroads. They traveled through rain storms, over dirt roads filled with ruts, and battled 100 degree temperatures and repaired several flat tires before they really got the hang of biking overland. It’s an experience he talks about even today. I find it funny that Jim just bought a bike a couple of months ago and so far he hasn’t put 10 miles on it, if that much. Maybe he’s still recuperating from that Minneapolis to Midway trip. Message from the Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift Almost everybody in Midway knows that the main entrance to Walter Bradley Park is at the east end of Dudley where it intersects Newton Street. Fewer people know that behind the dog park there are walking trails that extend all the way to Winter Street, and which have recently been improved by volunteers from Friends of Walter Bradley Park, an offshoot of the park’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). Even fewer people know that there’s now a second entrance to the park and its trails at the end of North Gratz Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown. The area I’m referring to has always been there, well, since at least the last ice age, I suppose, but until recently it’s been impassable because of over-growth and invasive species. But thanks to the CAC and volunteers, not only is this area passable, it’s downright beautiful. These dedicated folks have also improved trails, laid grass seed, and recently planted around 300 trees. Although they all deserve immense credit, the man who has spearheaded the effort is CAC member John Holloway, who, if you’ve visited the park or the trails much in the last year, you’ve probably seen him working away. It’s amazing what a group of dedicated citizens can achieve in such a short time – and there’s more to come. Our next city council meeting is this Monday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The CAC will be presenting their ideas and suggestions to the council – everyone is welcome and invited to come hear what they’ve been working on since last fall.

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