• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

Has anyone been hit with a Happy Rock yet? Well, you don't actually get hit with a Happy Rock but you never know where you might find one. I went to get into my Triumph Spitfire the other day, I looked down into the driver's seat and there it was, a Happy Rock. My Happy Rock had a smiley face on one side and on the other side it said, "You Rock." The car hadn't been out of the garage for several days so the Happy Rock fairy must have slipped it into the seat while I wasn't looking. From what I've been able to find out, the Happy Rock concept had its early beginnings in 2011 when a school teacher, Rob Reck, from Tulsa, Okla., bought a bag of rocks and some of his music students found out he had them and wanted one. He even began to write a song about Happy Rocks. Here it is 2017 and the Happy Rock thing is now in Midway and Versailles and there are even Facebook pages dedicated to these things. Here are a few lines from Reck's song: "It might seem trivial, but you could do worse, than to spread some joy, with a rock and verse. Well what could it hurt? Who would it shock, to make someone smile with A Happy Rock?" Check out Midway Happy Rocks or Midway Musings on Facebook to keep up with this phenomenon that is over taking our town ... Boy, talk about over taking the town. Have you seen the "Giant Pumpkin Project" yet? Let me tell ya, I don't believe there is anything, animal or plant, that grows faster than a pumpkin vine. It's almost like something out of a science fiction horror movie. Every morning, the tentacles of these giant green leafed fruit seem to grow three more feet. The plants are beginning to draw more and more onlookers as the actually pumpkins are beginning to take shape. There are cases where pumpkins will gain as much as 20 to 40 pounds a day. It is unlikely that the Midway Project will achieve such amazing growth as that because this is a first-time project. The important thing, according to Linus of Charlie Brown fame, is that the pumpkin patch should be sincere. Linus: "Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one." Linus had to be talking about our Midway Giant Pumpkin Project patch. ... Speaking of sincere patches, the Midway community garden is pretty darn sincere itself. The garden is producing so much that the extra produce is going to the Woodford Food Bank. So visit the community garden and pick early and often. For example, the garden bounty includes beans, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, okra (remember to pick when they are about as big as your finger), kale, and chard. Come and get it. If you can spare a few minutes, you might notice that the weeds are on a tear and are growing as fast as the garden produce. Please help and pull a few weeds. This is an ongoing process and if everyone helps out it will be greatly appreciated. The tomato foliage is suffering from a fungus, but it doesn't hurt the fruit. Pluck off the diseased foliage and put it in the trash, not the compost. The regular work day is Saturday at 10. Several people like to come a little earlier as the summer gets hotter, but the garden welcomes you any time, any day. This week we will have helpers from Midway University. While I am on the subject of the Midway community garden, don't forget that there will be a garden party taking place at the Midway community garden this Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event, Midway Garden Party at Midway Community Garden, will include lots of ice cream and great music. See you there. ... Having looked at my red-headed cousin, I noticed that he was covered with freckles. We went to see my Irish grandmother and while we were sitting at the dinner table I mentioned all of the freckles on my cousin. "Johnny Boy, those aren't freckles. That be Irish camouflage."

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