• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Made my way downtown Saturday after the village elders' meeting at the School House Bakery and turned onto Railroad Street and darn if I didn't think I had just passed through a time portal of some sort. There they were 20 to 30 old Ford Model -Ts. What an interesting sight, as some of these vehicles were Speedsters, Runabouts, Roadsters, touring cars, Woodys and others I couldn't identify. The group had been staying in Lawrenceburg and visiting in and around the Bluegrass area. These cars came from Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky. One of the drivers said they have been at it for a couple of days and out of 30 cars only two had broken down so far. Even though it was early, the cars sure stirred up a lot of downtown visitors, as cell phone cameras were working overtime. It's not every day you see special cars like the ones that were in town. Of course, Midwegians know that you never know who or what might happen into Midway on any given day. ... Okay, sometimes I just have to find something to make fun of and make myself laugh. Now I spend a lot of time going over the Clippings from the Bluegrass Clipper. I like to read about the people in the area before I came upon the scene. The reprint in last week's Woodford Sun of an Clipper article from June 1917 told of a young man that had fallen under the wheels of a C&O freight train. The article read like this: "Both his legs were cut off but he was conscious until his death." The article made it sound like it was a good thing to be conscious while in pain and bleeding to death. Now I don't know about most people, but if I should be unfortunate enough to fall under a train and it cuts both my legs off, I'm pretty sure I would be better off unconscious. ... There is a Walter Bradley Park work event planned for this coming Saturday, June 25. This event will give you the chance to participate in one of the most satisfying projects taking place in Midway today. It's a chance to help maintain the restored park and trail areas that have recently just made available again to the public. The volunteers for the day will meet behind the dog park next to the Walter Bradley Park located just off of Dudley Street. If you have a wheelbarrow or a rake, you get gold leaf points from Renaissance. The group is also going to spread mulch on the trails to make for easier walking. If you haven't visited the trails and the new areas that have been laid out you're definitely in for a treat. ... When I was talking to one of the Model-T car owners last Saturday and he was telling me about two of the cars breaking down, I couldn't help but think about my Irish grandmother when she said, "Johnny Boy, ya know what a pedestrian is?" I shook my head no as I know her definition was going to be different than mine. "A pedestrian is someone who thought there was a couple of gallons of gas left in the tank." I've been there several times. Message from the Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift This Friday, June 24, will be the launch of a new happening called "Midsummer Nights in Midway." The event will include local vendors and non-profits, kids' activities, a few classic cars, a "mini" farmers' market, and live music provided by Shades of Grass, who play from 6 to 10 p.m. The shops will stay open late and the restaurants will surely be hopping as Midway Renaissance and a group of dedicated volunteers have made sure it'll be a great time had by all. Future "Midsummer Nights" are scheduled for July 22 and Aug. 19. Another such group of dedicated citizens will assemble in Walter Bradley Park this Saturday, June 25, to help spread mulch along the trails behind the dog park from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feel free to bring tools that may help, such as a wheelbarrow or leaf rake, or just bring yourself - that's perfectly acceptable as well. Sparks in the Park will be held on Saturday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to dusk in Walter Bradley Park. We'll provide free dinner from Smokin' Hogg Barbecue of Versailles and there will be kids activities, music, and all kinds of family fun. You'll also get to hear from the seven candidates running for city council in November's election. The county-wide Independence Day celebration will take place all day long on the 4th in Versailles, with a parade starting at 11 a.m. I'm honored to be speaking to the crowd about what the 4th of July means to me in our time, around noon. As I always try to do with my public speaking engagements, I'll be sure to delight the audience - by being brief.

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