• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Moving into the future Midway can officially ask people to visit the city and plug up. Of course you may want to make sure you have one of those newfangled electric cars before you do.

Last Thursday the higher powers of Midway city government, Kentucky Utilities, and Woodford Forward officially unveiled KU’s charging station for electric vehicles. KU even brought along a Chevy Volt to demonstrate just how the plug-in was done.

Kentucky has 419 active cities, and it’s amazing that Midway was picked to be one of the first 20 to have charging stations right along with cities like Lexington and Louisville.

Two spaces have been set aside in the back corner of the city hall parking lot where electric cars can use the charging station. There is a fee of $3.28 per hour for plugging in. I was told how all this works but little of this knowledge sunk in.

I’m sure when I buy my first electric car it will all become very clear to me. Meanwhile I will be content trying to educate myself on what I need to know about my hybrid car.

Wonder if I can plug it in at the new station?

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Gus, the Versailles Police Department’s K-9. I know Officer John Costigan will miss him in the coming months. I know when you work with a canine or equine partner, it’s strange when they are no longer around, just like losing a member of the family.

Did you know that the Midway Police Department has had an active canine as far back as 1960, even before the Lexington Police Department started their unit in 1962?

Rusty was a black and tan German Shepherd. His real name was Fritz von Liebestraum; he came from the Liebestraum Kennels out of Chicago. My dad got him when he was two months old and he was basically a family pet for the first two years of his life. He began his serious training at two. Unlike Gus, K-9 dogs during that time weren’t used to sniff out drugs like today.

Rusty’s claim to fame was finding people. Searching buildings during break-ins was a challenge that he looked forward to. He was used often when an inmate would escape from jail or prison. During his life span Rusty found over 200 fugitives.

Sometimes people would call dad when they had lost their car keys somewhere in the yard or in a field. He would smell the owners hand and off he would go. He could cover a lot of ground. He seldom came back with the lost item not in his mouth. The hardest thing was training him to pick up metal objects. It was a while before he could tolerate the taste of anything made out of metal.

He loved to visit the grade schools. Dad would show him off to the students. Rusty would jump through his arms; sit; shake hands; play dead; speak, the students would ask Rusty questions (two barks no, three barks yes). For the grand finale a student would hide a ball or a bunch of keys and Rusty would smell his hand and off he would go looking for the hidden item. He would bring the item back and the students would be amazed. Of course the students got to rub and pet Rusty before they had to go back to class.

Today’s K-9s, like Gus, are very special dogs and they are used in a lot more situations than the dogs of yesteryear. I think Gus will be missed by a lot of people, and we all want to remember him for his service to our community.

This will be my last reminder for this year’s Midway Woman’s Club Annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Tweak your outdoor Christmas lighting and be sure you have everything turned on this Friday before 7:30 p.m. That’s when the judges for this year’s contest start checking out every yard in town to see who wins the different awards that will be handed out. Good luck to everyone.

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