• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and from the looks of all the boxes and overloaded trash cans in front of the houses around town, I would surmise that Santa was definitely in the house. The best part about Christmas is all the smiling faces almost everywhere I went. It’s sad that the spirit of Christmas can’t be spread out to last the whole year through. Actually it could, however; I’ll give it another week before many of us will return to our old grumpy selves. Not me, I’m happy that Christmas is over.

I did get a lot of nice presents and one of my favorites came from my brother. He gave me one of those Ancestry DNA test kits. Now I’m gonna find out just what I am made up of. I have written numerous times about my Irish grandmother.

I actually had an Irish grandmother on my dad’s side and my mom’s side. One would assume that my McDaniel linage would be Scottish but my research tells me that due to the part of Scotland that my ancestors came from there were a great number of Irish transplants. My mom’s father was an Osborne. Now that could make me at least five to 15 percent Viking and it would explain why I always have the urge to carry a sword. One thing for certain I’ll know more about myself as soon as I send in my tube of spit to the ancestry people.

I am going to wait a few days before I produce my sample because I also received a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey for Christmas and I need to make sure it is out of my system before I spit. I wouldn’t want to bend the results toward anything Irish.

There’s a big race coming up New Year’s Day. Yes, my friends it is time for the Second Annual Frozen Rails 5K race this coming Monday. The Midway Ministerial Association is hosting this run at 2 p.m. so you will have plenty of time to shake the cobwebs from your head caused by your New Year’s Eve escapades.

The race will start and finish at the corner of Main and Winter Streets. The promoters are expecting around 300 participants with the proceeds going to the Midway Ministerial Association.

All pre-registered runners and walkers will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last. Registration packets can be picked up at Midway Christian Church Saturday, Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., or on race day or runners can register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Midway/NewYearsDay5KInMidway.

I discovered that after entering this race last year that you really don’t have to run the whole race. You really don’t have to run at all as you can walk along with neighbors and friends, discuss the night before, Midway’s high water bills, or any other subjects that may come up. Have fun.

There’s a group of young ladies that have fun all the time and not only do they just have fun they do good deeds for the community. I am talking about Midway’s Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2261. They went out in the community and collected items for Midway Christian Church’s “Blessing Box” as part of their community service earning points for their Journey Patch for Community Service.

The church’s “Blessing Box” is a set of shelves at the church where people in need can come to get food and some personal items that have been left by church members and other members of the community.

Daisy Troop is made up of young girl scouts that include young ladies grades K through first. Daisy Girl Scouts are the first level of the Girl Scout of their scouting levels. Girls are placed in the appropriate grade level according to the grade they’re in at school.

Other levels include Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8) Seniors (Grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (Grades 10-12). I will try to get the contact information by next week for those that may want to join the troop.

I would like to mention another group of young citizens that have help with community projects this year. Locally Grown, the Midway community youth group sponsored by Midway Presbyterian and Midway United Methodist Churches, meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. This group, for youth in grades six through 12, is focused on faith development.

The meetings generally begin at Midway Presbyterian Church and from there will walk to other locations in the community. Alternative meeting places will be announced in advance.

All Midway youth are invited! Follow Locally Grown on Facebook.

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