• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway

A couple of months ago, the Midway Branch Library had a Midway Living History gathering. I’m not sure just what the expectations were regarding attendance, but as those who attended discovered, it turned out to be standing room only. The night was made very interesting when old Midwegians and new Midwegians got up to tell stories about Midway and the non-Midwegians got a chance to get their questions answered about Midway. I believe everyone who attended left with a warm and fuzzy feeling, as the meeting seemed to draw everyone just a little bit closer to each other. (Some readers probably laughed at the warm and fuzzy feeling statement, but that’s the best way I can explain it. You had to be there to understand.)

The Midway Branch Library has another very special Midway Living History program planned for this month. I can guarantee that this program will again have standing room only, so you may want to arrive well before the 6:30 p.m. start time to claim a seat. The program will be about Weisenberger Mill, one of the oldest businesses in the Midway area. There will be several members of the Weisenberger family present at this program. Phil Weisenberger, sixth generation co-owner of the mill, will spearhead the presentation and discussions about the mill’s history and future. This should be an educational and interesting program. See you there!

While I am on the subject of meetings, there was a “First Impressions” community meeting Monday night to review the results from a study commissioned by the Woodford County Tourism Commission and Versailles City Council. The commissioned assessment covered the entire county. The program was offered through the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) and coordinates anonymous visits to the community by professionals in community and economic development, small business owners, community leaders and more. Visitors document their experience and interactions and results are compiled and presented back to the community.

There were several Midway residents, business owners, and a couple of Midway council members who attended this meeting to hear what was revealed in the assessment. There were a lot of very nice comments about our little town and almost all the evaluators stated they wanted to return to Midway for a visit. (There is a more complete report about the ‘First Impressions’ meeting on the front page).

There will be a change in the Midway Park Board meeting time this month. Official Midway Park Board meetings are held at City Hall on the secondThursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The April meeting will instead be held on Tuesday, April 17, at the picnic pavilion, or City Hall if the weather is bad. We will be discussing a nature walk to be held in Walter Bradley Park the following Saturday at 10 a.m. The walk is open to the public, and we hope to see as many folks there as possible. It will be a great time for citizens to tell us what they like about the park and where it should go in the future.

Midway Park Board director John Holloway wants to let everyone know how much he appreciates his Citizen of the Year Award. “Thank you so much for the honor the city bestowed on me last week. It was totally unexpected and a complete surprise. I love working in the park and will enjoy seeing how far we can take it in the next few years,” he said.

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