• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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After roaming around Midway this week, I came to the conclusion that there are some things that Midway has in abundance. Probably the most abundant thing that we have is food. We have four restaurants on Railroad Street. Then we have Holly Hill Inn, School House Bakery, Subway, McDonald’s and Wallace Station just a stone’s throw away from downtown. To go along with our farmers’ market on Mondays, we have Bishop’s Market in front of the Baptist Church on Saturdays, and of course we can’t forget the community garden behind the Presbyterian Church that will be producing till mid-October. Then the churches jump in and have fish fries, and the Midway Christian Church has its free Midway Community Dinner on the last Monday of each month. This month there will be more food at a Community Unity Meal and Service that will be hosted by the Midway Baptist Church located at 121 S. Winter Street. Everyone is invited to join the membership of the Historic Midway Second Christian Church, Pilgrim Baptist church, Saint Matthew’s AME Church and other congregations of churches belonging to the Midway Ministerial Association to join together for a special meal followed by a service of song lead by Dr. Everett McCovey. The dinner and service will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. There has been a request made that anyone wishing to attend this free event to RSVP to office@midwaybc.net or call (859) 846-4514 (You may leave a message with your RSVP if no one answers.) to let them know an approximate number of how many will be attending for meal planning purposes. Go hungry in Midway? I think not. ••• It’s not every day that we celebrate something that’s been around for 175 years. Last Saturday, members of the Midway Presbyterian church, along with friends and neighbors, celebrated the church’s 175th birthday. The event began with elder Judy Offutt, who researched the information for the marker, and Mayor Vandegrift unveiling the new Kentucky Historical Society Historical Marker that now stands in front of the church. Speakers at the dedication included Pastor Mary Seeger Weese, Kentucky Historical Society Historical Marker Program Coordinator Becky Riddle, and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift. Then the attendees moved inside to the church sanctuary to dedicate the new fellowship hall addition. Transylvania Presbytery General Presbyter Philip Lotspeich joined Pastor Weese and Elder John Davis in providing remarks during the ceremony. The third part of the celebration included everyone lining up for barbecue in the new fellowship hall. A historical display and the slide show prepared by Judy Offutt that included photos from the past few decades were also exhibited. After dinner, everyone had an opportunity to continue outside to enjoy live music and take in beauty of the Community Garden, Midway Presbyterian’s most popular mission. ••• Don’t forget: this Friday will be the last Midsummer Night in Midway event for this year. All musicians are welcome to join in and play during the 5 to 7 p.m. jam session. Beginning at 7 p.m. and playing until 10 p.m., the Pawpaw Pickers Old Time String Band will take over and the parking lot will be open for all the square dancers who want to kick up their heels. Toastmasters receive awards Two members of Midway Toastmasters recently received educational awards from Toastmasters International. Rob Wolf received his Competent Communicator (CC) award for doing 10 speeches from the basic communications manual. Steve Lanham also earned a CC award. In addition, he received the Advanced Communicator Silver award for doing 10 speeches from two advanced manuals and his Advanced Leadership Silver award for serving as a district officer, chairing of the 2015 district conference, and starting a new Toastmasters club in Frankfort. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network serving more than 345,000 memberships in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Midway Toastmasters meets every Monday at 6 p.m. in Room 120 of the Anne Hart Raymond Center on the Midway University campus. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the club at toastmastersteve@gmail.com or (502) 319-0252.

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