• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

It’s time to begin this year’s downtown events and this weekend kicks off the yearly activities with the Midway annual Chocolate Stroll. So, if you are a chocoholic or you just want to find out what a chocolate stroll is or just maybe, you want an excuse to visit downtown Midway, this is the weekend to make your way there this Saturday. The Midway Business Association will be celebrating the Valentine’s Day weekend from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The stroll will include over 10 downtown shops and restaurants on Railroad Street (Main Street), North Gratz’s Street, and Dudley Street. Each participating business will feature a special chocolate treat.

The businesses will accept a $5 donation when you pick up your free tasting ticket, however; the $5 isn’t mandatory. Tickets for tasting and winning prizes can be picked up at the Historic Midway Museum Store on event day.

See you Saturday… I’ll be the old guy with the melted chocolate all over his face.

Today’s police shows like the NCIS series, Law and Order series, and Blue Bloods, have come a long way from the days of Starsky and Hutch, The Mod Squad, and Police Woman. Likewise, real police work right here in Woodford County has come a long way from the days when officers just had a badge, a gun, a portable police radio that weighed about five pounds, a police cruiser radio that had a range of a couple of miles (if the weather was right), and a flashlight that served as both a source of light and a police baton. Today’s methods of investigation, standard police procedures, and police equipment have totally changed over the years.

After watching a TV show where the police solve the crime, arrest the bad guys within the space of 30 to 60 minutes, did you ever wonder what real police work is all about. Have you ever thought about what our law enforcement officers experience as they work their shifts each night? Did you ever think about what you could do as a citizen to help solve a crime or even better what you could do to prevent a crime? Are you familiar with how the 911 system works?

Woodford County is very fortunate to have the top-level police department that it has. The Versailles Police Department wants to share some of their experiences and methods they use in their trade as they invite you (Woodford County residents) to participate in the department’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA). The police department hosts this program a couple of times a year. Midway’s mayor, council members, and residents have participated in this eight-week-long program in the past and the police department would like to see some more Midway people participate in the upcoming academy.

The Versailles Police Department is hosting another Police Academy Class this year beginning March 27. The 6:30 p.m. classes last about two hours and are held on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks. If you are interested in attending these interesting and informative classes, you can pick up an application at the Midway City Hall. I’ll tell you more about these classes in upcoming articles.

This week’s On a Winter’s Night Midway Community Artists Showcase will feature singer, songwriter, and poet Sara Day Evans. Evans, who grew up in Midway, will be performing at The Homeplace this Sunday, Feb. 11. Showtime will be at 6:30 p.m.

Midway author Bob Rouse, will be reading from his latest book and sharing other words of interest.

One of the posts telling about this upcoming event stated that Bob is no musician and I would like to correct that statement… Bob has been known to sing.

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