• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway: Personals and Comments

Midway has a new citizen of the year. Last night at the Midway City Council meeting, Mayor Grayson Vandergrift announced that Midway resident, University of Kentucky theatre professor, and Midway Parks manager John Holloway had been named Midway’s Citizen of the Year. In the proclamation, the mayor outlined some of Holloway’s works that made him stand out.

“John Holloway can be found most days toiling somewhere on the grounds, leading the efforts of many towards the reformation of Walter Bradley Park, where he and other dedicated volunteers have created new walking trails, improved and maintained existing ones, reclaimed parts that were overrun with invasive species, planted native trees, bushes, and grasses, added new features, and built a figurative bridge between two parts of the city, as well as a literal one that now spans Lee’s Branch; and John Holloway has done all his labor for no financial gain, but for the betterment of Midway’s natural beauty, and for the enjoyment and recreation of all those who make memories there.”

If you are walking through Walter Bradley Park, night or day, don’t be surprised to see a human-shaped figure roaming between the trees or hear a lot of tapping sounds coming from the middle of the park. Don’t panic -- Bigfoot hasn’t made it to Midway yet. It’s John Holloway working on another project at the park.

If you want to catch up on what has taken place at the park, mosey on down towards the park and meet with John Holloway and others from the Parks Board Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. (This is the day before Earth Day). The park will have a nature walk “to show people what’s already happened and talk about what the future is gonna be and ask them what they want to see,” Holloway said.

There are plans for a tree identification class later this year.

Midwegians give a big shout out to the Northside Academic team on their performance at districts last weekend. Northside rocks with extra congrats to the following students for placing in their written test or writing test:

Parker I., 3rd place Science, Payton A.,3rd place Social Studies, Will M., 4th place Language Arts, Eza W., 5th place Language Arts, Zoe R., 1st place Arts & Humanities, Sutton S., 3rd place Arts & Humanities, Roxie G., 3rd place Composition.

These students will go on to compete at regionals in a few weeks.

Boy o’ boy, the Midway Community Garden group sure is having a tough time scheduling the planting of a garden. It seems that every time they set a planting date, they get rained out or it’s already too wet. The weather just won’t co-operate. The next Community Garden

Planting date has been set for this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Be sure to mark your calendars for this month’s Living History Series at the Midway Branch Library. This month’s discussion will be about the history of Weisenberger Mill. The event will take place Thursday, April 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sixth-generation Weisenberger Mill owner, Phil Weisenberger, will tell the story of the mill. He will also be giving us a peak at what the future holds for the mill. Please make plans to attend this event and join other Midwegians as we learn more about our history.

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