• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondant

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Wow, what a week. The weatherman warned us a few hours before that Midway was in for some rough weather, including some severe thunderstorms. In the words of one of Midway’s well-known characters, Jody Lambert, “It was a booger.” The weatherman didn’t exaggerate one bit and Jody hit it right on the nose. I’ve been around for a few years and I can safely say that this week’s storm was the worst that I can ever remember within the city limits of Midway. The force of the wind was amazing to watch, but the havoc it caused definitely took away the thrill.

About half the streets in town were blocked in the aftermath. However, city workers, firefighters and Midwegians went to work and started clearing paths as soon as the wind slowed down and the rain stopped.

I actually didn’t realize just how big some of the trees were until they were blown over. The Midway Cemetery was truly a disaster area, with lots of trees down.

To sum up everything: I don’t believe anyone was seriously hurt. There was an ambulance on standby in case of a medical emergency. The Midway Fire Department firefighters responded to a number of downed power lines on or near residents. It is true that there was a lot of damage to several residents.

If you are like me, heaven forbid, this week’s adventure sure made me appreciate electric lights and working electric lines. Looking around at Midway residents pitching in and helping neighbors tells us what a great community we live in.

As in all the other towns that were touched by the storm, Midway became a city of a thousand stories.

Council member Steve Simoff, not one to stand around, looked like he was getting in shape to audition for the next sequel of the “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” He packed up his chainsaw and went out to help the city workers in the cemetery. He is a demon with a chainsaw.

Another important story was how Bob Settelmeyer saved most of the ice cream at Railroad Drugs. He happened to run into Ken Glass, the pharmacy owner, at Midway Shell. Ken explained that his ice cream was melting and Bob told him about a 5,000 watt generator that he had. The generator was hooked up and all the ice cream was saved, except for some cartons that were in front of the business.

The Midway Giant Pumpkin Project took a beating from the wind. It was pretty scary there for a while. It looked like the biggest pumpkin we were going to come up with would be about 25 pounds. The next day the plants snapped back and the three pumpkins that are in the running for biggest pumpkin in Woodford County have gained about 10 pounds each since the storm – go figure.

During the storms that made their way through Midway we often have periods of time when the electric is knocked out. The first comments made are about why one person’s electricity is off and homes across the street or three houses down have their lights on. It does make a person wonder why the electric grids are set up like that. I’m sure there is a good reason and that the matter has been well thought out. However, I did see one advantage this week for such a setup. The electricity was out at my house and the frozen items in my refrigerator had about an hour left before they would start thawing. Luckily, just across the street, three houses down, a friend had her lights on and a refrigerator with space in the freezer. Now, if we all had been on the same grid we wouldn’t have been able to accommodate each other. Do you think this is what the electrical engineers had in mind when they designed the grid patterns?

Midwegians didn’t have to worry about going hungry or dying of thirst. Even though most of the electricity that ran through our downtown area was out, the electricity running to our famous restaurants was fine and dandy, as my Irish grandmother used to say.

For those who had their phones up and running, it was easy to keep up with the latest “When will the electricity be turned back on” report. Team Vandegrift, Katie and Grayson, kept everyone abreast of the latest repair reports, including the bad news. And there are those who say Facebook is bad.

Let’s count our blessings and thank all those that have helped and are still helping to “Make Midway all Cleaned up Again.”

The Midway Living History Hour that usually takes place at the Woodford County Library Midway Branch will take place this Thursday at the Little Memorial Library on the Midway University campus at 6:30 p.m. The program will continue the community conversation with a focus on the history of Midway University. Dr. Robert Botkin, a former president of the school, will share his knowledge about this significant and long-standing fixture of Midway. Sign-up is required. Call 846-4014.

Don’t forget this Friday, July 27, and come downtown for “Midsummer Nights in Midway” with activities beginning at 6 p.m.

Midsummer Nights in Midway is held monthly from June through August. The events provide wholesome family fun and serve as a platform for local businesses, artists, and non-profits to reach new audiences, and highlight the historic, small town warmth of our community. Enjoy a Friday evening of music, food and local goods in beautiful downtown Midway. Live music will be provided by the Feral Cats from 7 to 10 p.m.

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