• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Turkey Day has passed and it may be a few more days before I come out from under my Thanksgiving hangover caused by too much good food. My brother and I were fortunate enough to be able to join my daughter, Mitzi, at The Homeplace at Midway for Thanksgiving dinner and gobble down some very good food. Midway is so very fortunate to have such a great senior living community right here within our city limits. ••• Even though we haven’t exactly had Christmas kind of weather yet, it is sure beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas officially began in Midway last weekend with the lighting of the Christmas street light decorations and the Christmas tree Friday evening. The event began with the street light decorations being lit up one after another making its way down the south side of Railroad Street then up the north side of Railroad Street. Outgoing council member Dan Roller was the official tree-lighter this year as he pulled the switch to light up the Christmas tree. Mayor Grayson Vandergrift led the 75-plus attendees to the event singing Christmas carols. There were several more visitors that watched the lighting from the restaurant windows and sidewalks across the streets. As always the big day for the Midway Christmas Open House, at least for the kids, is the day that Santa makes his way into town on the R.J. Corman Christmas Train. Last Saturday’s weather was great for this year’s event. The train stopped about mid-town as Santa made his way to the rear of the train with his helper waving to the 200 or so fans who lined both sides of the tracks with their cameras and video cell phones recording away. Just as he does every year, Santa had everyone singing Christmas carols before getting into his horse-drawn carriage and making his way to the old Thoroughbred Theater building to talk to the little visitors to hear what they wanted for Christmas. Once visitors talked to Santa, they wanted to know where to line up to get a carriage ride. A Midway Presbyterian Church group handed out hot cocoa to the visitors while they stood in line to see Santa. The Midway Merchants Association coordinated the event. The whole affair takes a lot of work based on the efforts of a lot of people. It’s really nice to hear visitors to town comment about what a special place Midway is. This year, they came in as far away as Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Nebraska. The ones from Nebraska just happened to be driving through, but when they heard that Santa was coming into town on a train, they had to stay and savor the experience. ••• I want to give a big shout-out to Zeb Weese, husband of Midway Presbyterian Church minister Mary Seeger Weese, for his appointment by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevins as director of the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission. The commission oversees 63 state nature preserves with a total of 63,000 acres. It’s always good to hear about Midwegians in the news.

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