• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway - Personals and Comments

Midway had a couple of big events that drew a lot of interest last week. The Midway Branch Library was packed Thursday night when their Living History Program featured Weisenberger Mill. Sixth-generation mill owner Philip Weisenberger did a great job taking those in attendance back to the early days of the mill to the present.

A Midway first took place this weekend. I am sure you’ve heard the old adage that when you enter Midway from Highway 421, cross the railroad tracks and turn left, you go back 100 years. This weekend was a little different - you made the left and went through town to the Midway University Equestrian Center and went back several thousand years, to a time when knights in shining armor would mount up on horseback with long poles and try to knock each other off their horses. It is a rather jarring event and definitely not a sport for older fellows like me.

I am most certain this is the first time such an event has ever taken place in the history of our town. I do know that there have been knights in shining armor on horseback before on the Midway campus back in the 60’s during a May Day production directed by Margaret Ware Parrish. The play was about the return of Richard the Lion Hearted, but no one got knocked off their horse.

Congratulations to the Midway University for bringing this fun and educational event to Midway. I guess I’ll have to dig out my old armor and start shining it up for next year.

Last Saturday morning, Midwegians and Walter Bradley Park Lovers celebrated Earth Day with a walk through the park. Park Director John Holloway led the way and described some of the activities over the last couple of years and some of the plans proposed for the park’s future. You can become a Friend of Walter Bradley Park by sign up online at http://walterbradleypark.org/ and clicking on “Become a Friend.”

Students can now check out books from the Midway branch of the Woodford County Public Library at Northside Elementary. Mrs. Thurman and Mrs. Caldwell have been working together to get more books into the hands of Northside students. These books are titles we do not own at Northside or extremely popular titles. The Woodford County Public Library books can be returned to Northside or the public library.

The Kentucky School Boards Association recently held its annual Energy Summit in Lexington. Energy Star revealed the top eight winners of its Battle of the Buildings contest. To qualify, the school must be an Energy Start member, be at or above a light level of 50-foot candles, have air quality below 1200 carbons per million and have saved 20 percent on their annual utility bill. Our own Northside Elementary School finished eighth in the state after the Thoroughbreds cut their energy bill by 21.03 percent. Principal Ryan Asher was on hand to receive the award. Congratulations, Northside!

The Midway Community Garden workers are showing what they’re made of as they continue to plant what they can despite the elements.

Word is that Midway will have the best garden ever!

Don’t forget the next free Community Dinner is Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Midway Christian Church at 123 E. Bruen Street.

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