• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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One item that has been the talk of the town is a bridge that has been built over Lee’s Branch at Walter Bradley Park. The recently built bridge really looks nice and is a definite asset to the park. The bridge is just a small part of all the work that has been completed this summer, adding a whole new dimension to our little town. If one new bridge isn’t enough, why not bring in an antique bridge to balance it out. The city fathers have agreed to apply to the state to get the Weisenberger Mill Bridge or parts of it, that will be replaced next year. The old bridge was built in 1935 and has been a kind of tourist attraction at its present location. If the city got the bridge, it would be reconstructed at the Walter Bradley Park strictly for show as it would not be crossing any streams. The bridge is a Midway relic, as many a Midwegian has used the bridge as a platform to take pictures of the Wiesenberger Mill, the waterfalls next to the mill, and even a place to cast a line and fish. Former Midway Mayor Tom Bozarth, whose mother was a Weisenberger, talked about bringing the bridge to the Midway park years ago when he heard the bridge might be replaced. ••• For all you readers who love horses and might be looking for something to do at the end of this month, on Oct. 29 and 30 there will be an equestrian Hunt sear show at the Midway University Equestrian Center. Now, for you soccer fans, you might want to head out to the Midway University soccer field as the men will start playing at 2 p.m. and the women’s team will begin around 4 p.m. ••• Midway’s singing mayor, Grayson Vandegrift, made an appearance at Northside Elementary School this week for Arts Day. He played and sang for the Northside students and commented on how much fun he had and how polite the students were. ••• There is another discussion that keeps popping around the tables in Midway and that is what is to be done about the groundhogs and raccoons that are all over the city. Back in my time growing up in Midway, it was dogs that ran the streets in packs and possums eating the persimmons and papaws. In Midway’s early period, it was pigs that were running out of control. I notice this year that my groundhog buddy, Midwegian Willy, that I keep tabs on when Groundhog Day comes, hasn’t been hanging around his den on the edge of town. I didn’t see him all summer. My guess is that he figured the pickings are better in town and moved in closer to the railroad tracks. ••• The Woodford County Farmers’ Market will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, Oct. 10, during the regular market hours from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Darlin’ Jean’s parking lot. There will be special samples and treats for the customers from 3:30 to 5:30, so come by and visit with the farmers and producers and your neighbors as you buy some fresh fall vegetables and foods. The market will be here on Monday afternoons through October and then resume in the spring. ••• The new Daisy Scout Troop for girls in kindergarten and first grade meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the MCC fellowship hall. Due to fall break, the next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 18. ••• The council approved that trick-or-treat in Midway be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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