• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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This weekend, Aug. 13, the Midway Presbyterian Church will be celebrating its 175th birthday, a celebration of past, present, and future of the church, and its commitment to serving Midway. Part of the celebration will include the dedication address and the unveiling of the Kentucky Historical Highway Marker, which will display a short history of the church and land around the church. Ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. The Midway Presbyterian Church has a lot of history as a church in Midway. Not only was there a church built on the present-day church grounds, the original town cemetery was located where today’s community garden is laid out. The four Confederate soldiers who were executed in the area of the Walter Bradley Park in retaliation for the murder of Adam Harper were eventually moved to the Presbyterian Church graveyard. Those who were interred in the cemetery were eventually moved to the new city cemetery on Spring Station Road. Prior to the Midway Community Garden, the area served as an athletic field for over a decade. The church building itself is a study in Gothic Revival architecture. For those interested in a complete history of the Midway Presbyterian Church, 1841 to 1991, there is a book by John Steele Davis that is very informative. I’m not sure where they are available, but if you are interested, just e-mail me and I’ll send the information. ••• I found it interesting while reading the big paper – that was from Lexington and now from Louisville – that there was an article on the Hillenmeyers and their 175 years in business. It also mentioned that it was the second oldest family-owned business in Lexington with the Milwards, owners of Milward Funeral Directors, standing out as the oldest. As I read on, I began to notice the similarities between Milward’s funeral directing business and Midway’s oldest family business, actually Midway’s oldest business period, D. Lehman and Sons. Both businesses began as furniture and cabinet businesses. Like Milward’s,which began in 1825, and Lehman’s, in 1854, both businesses ended up in the funeral business. Mr. Dave Lehman opened up his place of business on the corner of Winter and Bruen streets. The business evolved into a funeral business, but unlike the Milward’s, the Lehmans added a contracting and building department. The Lehmans built nearly 75 percent of all the houses in Midway during the town’s early history. The business has been run by the heirs of Dave Lehman for 124 years. Today, the business is run by Elizabeth Lehman Feagin, great-granddaughter of Dave Lehman, making it an 162 year old family business. ••• Emily Evans, director of multicultural and international affairs at Midway University, is looking for six host families for students attending the university. Some of these students are from foreign countries and to assist these students with their transition to Midway and student life, host families are needed. There are currently six students in need of host families. Five are from Panama and one is from Chile. The students do not live with the host families full-time. It is a once every 1- to 3-week commitment to get them off campus for a bit (movie, restaurant, grocery shopping) and they can stay with host families on the weekends if both parties desire. Over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break, it is more of a commitment - the students will stay with the host families (not the whole time if not able though) since the school is closed and they get bored on campus. If you are interested in hosting a student or would like some more information on hosting, contact Emily Evans by email at eeevans@midway.edu or call 846-5815. ••• The students have just arrived at Midway University and they are already gearing up to make an impact on Midway with a Community Service Day. They have set their target date for Saturday, Aug. 20. Twenty to twenty-five students will be participating in this project. According to Tracy Small-Spotts, the university’s director of student involvement and leadership, about the community service day, which she said is designed to correct “the slight disconnect between the university and Midway.” According to Small-Spotts, the students will be working around several work sites cleaning up homes, yard work, maybe even helping out at the Walter Bradley Park if there are some things to do. ••• The Midsummer Nights in Midway Committee has planned something different for its final concert series. The Midsummer Nights in Midway is a Midway Renaissance project that intends to show off downtown Midway and provide entertainment for Midway residents and visitors to Midway. The committee has planned a live music - old-time open jam session (5 to 7 p.m.), square dance and show by the Pawpaw Pickers Old-Time String Band (7 to 10 p.m.) for its event that will be taking place Aug. 20. Anyone who can pick up a fiddle, guitar or banjo, harp, dulcimer, or any other instrument that can carry a tune will be able to join with others to jam with professionals and show off your musical skills. This event is an experiment to see how popular it will be. If the turnout is good, it could lead to a yearly three-day event in the near future, so everyone is encouraged to join in and check out the action. As with the first two concerts, there will be local bourbon and brews, local restaurants, shops and street vendors, mini farmers’ market, kids’ activities, classic cars, and chances to win local goods.

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