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The Midway Branch Library’s Living History Program takes place today, Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. with a focus on Weisenberger Mill. Believe it or not, the Midway Community Garden group was able to plant a few items last Saturday. Hopefully, good weather will be making its way in soon and they can get everything planted.

Midway’s Giant Pumpkin Project is a lot farther along this year than it was at this time last year. The baby pumpkin plants look really healthy, and two of the best plants will be planted next week at the special plot downtown. Chip, Steve, Sam and John have really gone above and beyond to make Midway residents proud of this year’s pumpkin. Last year, we only produced a 178-pound pumpkin, claiming it to be the biggest pumpkin in Woodford County. Apparently, it was the biggest, as no one challenged the claim.

The pumpkin project group has upped the stakes. They robbed their piggy banks and bought higher- quality seeds. The plant bed has been tested and just the right amount of pumpkin fertilizer has been administered. Two days ago, an Indian medicine man was brought in to wake Mother Earth up and bless our little earthen patch. Chip came back from Louisiana with chicken blood from a green chicken that had been blessed by a Voodoo queen, and he carefully poured it over the growing area.

With all these precautions and the fact that the group spent two nights binge watching over 342 videos on how to grow a bigger and better giant pumpkins, they expect to produce a 500-pound pumpkin this year.

The Giant Pumpkin Project page on Facebook will soon be brought up to date and you will be able to see the baby pumpkin plants.

Don’t forget this Saturday, April 21, for an informational nature walk through Walter Bradley Park. That’s the day before Earth Day, which is on April 22each year. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Pavilion Picnic area behind Northside Elementary. The walk was set for Saturday as it would be a better time for the walk, which will showcase all the new features of the park as well as an explanation of what’s to come.

The group is always interested in hearing ideas from the public so come on down for the walk and let us know what you think. Kid friendly.

If you are already a member of the Friends of Walter Bradley Park organization, remember that your annual membership renewal is on Earth Day each year.

If you interested in becoming a Friend of Walter Bradley park, you can sign up online at http://walterbradleypark.org/ just click on “Become a Friend.”

On Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., Midway Christian Church will host a screening of “Dive!” It is a documentary about food waste in our country. Everyone will meet in the Fellowship Hall for the showing.

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