• By Vanessa Seitz Midway, Correspondent

Midway New and Views

Midway pop-up market On Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., there will be a pop-up market on the grass below East Main Street! Art, craft and commercial vendors will be there, as well as food, drinks and music. Bourbon barrel chair community auction Next Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., the artistic bourbon barrel chairs, which have been on display in Midway and Versailles will be available for purchase at auction. They can be bid on at Lancaster Auction on Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. All 10 bourbon barrel chairs that were beautifully painted by our local artists will be sold at auction. Each piece is one of a kind, so you will not want to miss this.

Midsummer Nights in Midway The last Midsummer Nights in Midway for 2019 will be Aug. 23. As before, there will be live music, vendors, food and refreshments, as well as local stores and restaurants open for the evening. And Superfecta will be playing!

Library events at the Midway Branch

Canning 101 Today, Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. (adults) - Learn all about home canning, including food safety, best practices and recipe resources. This course is a pre-requisite for hands-on canning workshops held at the Woodford County Extension Service. Please call (859) 846-4014 to register.

Summer veggie cooking class Tuesdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, and 27, at 6:30 p.m. (adults) - Join Chef Ouita Michel and Cadette Girl Scout Alice Hagan as they teach the art of cooking vegetables from the Midway Community Garden. Learn how to turn popular summer vegetables into new family favorites. The menu will change each week. Space is limited, registration is required. Please call (859) 846-4014 to register.

Dynamic Doers: Mermaids (Ages 11-18) Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. Make your own jewelry, lanterns, watercolor art, and treats! Please call (859) 846-4014 to register.

Midway Views The Weisenberger Mill Bridge to begin work starting soon Liles Taylor, Magistrate for District 1, excitedly announced last Friday that “We’re moving in the right direction! Bridge construction has been awarded to the project’s sole bidder, Louisville Paving Company, Inc.” Three years, yes, three years after the bridge closed July 1, 2016, the work is scheduled to begin soon. Liles added in a phone interview Monday evening, “I am hesitant to get excited, but I’m excited. This is a major step and a big hurdle to get over with the bid approval. I’m looking forward to seeing some dirt move!” The bridge replacement will entail first removing the existing truss, then reinforcing the existing bridge foundations on either side of the bridge ready for the new replacement. Taylor reiterated that a one-lane bridge is still planned, with a similar look to the existing bridge to be in keeping with the current look of the area. Work is tentatively planned to start this fall, Taylor said. The replacement could not come sooner for many Woodford County residents, as the bridge was used by Toyota workers to get to Georgetown, for residents of nearby Zion Hill and for many farm-related users, like veterinarians, commercial horse haulers and farriers. It has affected many residents negatively with the closure. “I drive regularly to the Hamburg side of Lexington and it entails a 15-minute detour around the bridge, through Midway,” said Zion Hill resident Isaac Hughes. Rosie Hundley and her husband Broussard Hundley, who own and operate Saxony Farm off Paynes Depot Road, have felt the effects of the bridge closure too. “It has affected our access,” said Rosie Hundley, who, in addition to running a Thoroughbred horse farm at Saxony, also operates the farm as a wedding and special events venue. “We have a gate on Browns Mill, so it hasn’t affected us as much as others in Zion Hill and Midway, but traffic on Browns Mill has quadrupled, if not more.” Rosie added that she felt it was dangerous on Browns Mill, as people do not observe the speed limit. “It is now a cut-through. Semi’s have been trying to get through also and they have been causing power outages, as they cannot make the turn and have hit the electricity pole a number of times, even after the ‘No Through Trucks’ sign was posted,” she said. Rosie also added, “People use our farm as a cut-through too, which obviously is not ok.”

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