• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

It finally arrived. I'm talking about Labor Day - summer is kaput. I know I probably have the wrong attitude about this time of year, but I can't help but think everything is downhill from here on out. I envy the person who can say that fall is their favorite time of the year. Don't get me wrong - fall is great. It is just that winter follows. I guess I really need to work on my attitude. Meanwhile, as I whine, keep in mind that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Deaf Awareness Month, National Guide Dog Month (US), National Hispanic Heritage Month (US; Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), and National Prostate Health Month. September is also Midway Fall Festival Month. Remember to set aside some time for the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17 to visit down town Midway for this year's festival. It is Woodford County's biggest event of the year, bringing nearly 15,000 people to Midway each year. Check out the crafts, enjoy the funnel cakes, sample the great food at the Midway restaurants, visit the downtown shops, meet Midway friends that you haven't seen since last year's festival, and listen to music. ... There was a Neighbor to Neighbor Fund Raiser for Norman and Ginger Bush at Walter Bradley Park Number II last Sunday afternoon. The fundraiser was hosted by Midway friends and neighbors to give the Bush family a lift after they suffered a fire last week. There were lots of great raffle items that were donated by fellow Midwegians. Almost 50 people were able to attend this event to make it a great day for Midway and the Bush family. If you were unable to contribute to this cause and would like to help the Bushes get back into their house, you can leave a donation at the Midway City Hall. ... All house fires are terrible experiences, not only for the homeowner but also the neighbors who live nearby. It falls on the fire department to quickly respond and use their expertise to lessen the damage as much as possible. The Midway Fire Department scored on all counts when they responded to the fire at the Bushes' house. Kudos to the Midway Fire Department for a job well done. ... While I am on the subject of the Midway Fire Department, I would like to remind everyone that there will be an open house this Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Midway Fire Station. The fire station will be open from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Members of the department would like to show visitors around the station house, see Midway's newest firetruck, and check out Midway's oldest firetruck, a 1917 Ford Model A Fire Engine. This will be a great event for the kids and there will be free hotdogs for them to eat and stickers for them to take home. Did you know that the Midway Fire Club (Department) is over 100 years old? The fire department was organized in 1894. An actual manual of rules and regulations was published by the Midway Fire Club, and its official date of organization was May, 11, 1914. The first fire engine house, the very same engine house used today, was built by Charles Nave I for the sum of $750. This lot was purchased for the sum of$300. Midway's first fire chief was Dr. H.C. Kasselman. The first fire engine was a steam pumper that was purchased from the city of Georgetown.

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