• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Midway will bring Midsummer Nights back this Friday and it will be just a little bit bigger than last month's affair. This will be the second of three Midway Renaissance-hosted downtown music events of the year. Larry Cory, who just finished singing with the Conch Republic at Equus Run last weekend will be bring his Passport Band to town featuring the music of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. As the past, this is a family-friendly event featuring a photo booth, face-painting, Tiny Tall Man, and other kids' activities. Older visitors to town can visit the open shops and special vendors that will be set up to display special items for sale. Of course, there will be food of all varieties to satisfy anyone's hunger pains. Local police officers will be on hand to introduce themselves and hand out junior policer officer badges to future Midway police officers. Talk to an officer and see a real patrol car up close. Meet me in Midway this Friday night and enjoy the evening singing, dancing, and meeting old friends. ... I have to give a shout out to Tim and Annette Barr Grahl as they celebrate their 18th year of making Scottwood Inn a special place to stay for visitors who come to the Midway area. They purchased the inn in January 1999 ... Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees. Well, that's what Russ Crabtree told everyone who attended the CPR class last Thursday night at the Homeplace at Midway Assisted Living Facility. I was just going to attend for a few minutes to get a couple of pictures and attend another meeting. After making my way into the meeting room, Crabtree, deputy director paramedic with Emergency Management here in Woodford County, was explaining two steps to staying alive with hands-only CPR. After listening for about three minutes, I was hooked. I knew the procedures for CPR had changed a bit since I was last certified about 15 years ago but I didn't realize how much. You must understand that I remember watching training films as a young kid when the accepted method of resuscitation, where pressure was put on the chest and another person would pull the victim's arms up and back - a method that was not very effective. In the '60s, another method, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, was introduced, where the person who was attempting to revive a victim who had stopped breathing would use a combination of chest compressions and breathing into the victim's mouth to force air into their lungs. Getting certified for this method was interesting to say the least. Training consisted of using a plaster and plastic mannequin, a breathing trainer often referred to as Miss Sweet Breath. You blew into her mouth and pushed on her chest to learn the proper technic to revive a person who has stopped breathing. If you answered all the questions on the test and demonstrated that you could fill her lungs with air and compress her chest at the correct rate, you would receive a certificate saying that you were certified in CPR. I did catch Miss Sweet Breath alone after class and asked her to marry me, but I never got an answer, so I took that as a no. Now the class has a new dummy (no, not me). I'm not sure this dummy has a name but I do know that in order to make the hands only resuscitation work on this guy, you'd better be in shape. When you are doing your compressions right, there is a built-in clicker that lets you know that you have your hands in the right place and applying the right pressure. I'll tell you right now that it is not all that easy to make him click and once you have the clicking thing mastered, you have to make him click at the rate of 130 clicks a minute. There will be another introductory class sometime in August. I will be posting times and dates so that you can make plans to attend. The life you save may be someone in your family, a friend, or co-worker. ... Midway now has a blessing box. The cabinet which was put out to help others in need is located at the Midway Christian Church. Those in need can take what they need from the box, which contains everything from non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, and socks. Those of us who have been blessed can add items to the box and share with others. ... Remember to visit downtown Monday afternoon and visit the Woodford Farmers' Market in the United Bank parking lot. More booths are coming in each Monday as this year's harvest is being gathered up and brought to town. They start setting up at 3 p.m. and stay open till 6 p.m.

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