Library Kicks Off Summer Reading
The Woodford County Library kicked off its summer reading program Sunday, June 14 at both locations simultaneously. Children were invited to go on a scavenger hunt to earn prizes and a free book. A popular attraction at the Midway location where I attended was the bouncy house in the parking lot. The highlight for most, though, was the magic show which stumped children and adults alike.
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Train Ride Goes Gospel
Over 200 people enjoyed singing on board the Bluegrass Railroad excursion train June 13 and 14. Barbershop and gospel quartets entertained in the depot and during the train ride. This was the first of what will become an annual event, "Singin' on the Railroad". As a change of pace, a Murder Mystery will unfold on board the train June 27 and 28. An original play by local writer Jim McDaniel, "Murder on the Bluegrass Express", will be performed by actors from the Lexington-based Bluegrass Mystery Theater. Call (859) 873-2476 or visit
College Hosts Reunion
Midway College celebrated its annual Reunion Weekend June 5 through 7 with more than 150 alumni and attendees who traveled from Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Mexico, Norway, and beyond. In addition, three Midway College trustees were present: Donna Moore '62, Julianne Perry '55, and Dan Stewart.
The Class of 1959 celebrated its fiftieth reunion with eleven classmates Betty White Martin, Sheila Miller Case, Margaret Burton Florence, Jeanette Roper Jones, Rita B. Mack, Dr. Gertrude Mynear McGuire, Dr. Dorothy Perrin Moore, Sharon Wheeler Shephard, Angie Sue Grigsby Singelton, Evelyn Nygaard Pierce, and Annette Short Wallstedt. Former faculty member Miss Joan Kavanaugh Leseur was also in attendance.
The Nursing class of 1969 celebrated its fortieth reunion with five of the nine graduates in attendance. Attending were Martha Powell Fowler, Mary Powell Hill, Nancy Cameron Malone, Sherry Altmayer Ray, and Pamela Coffey Wells.
The Nursing class of 1969 was the first Nursing class to graduate from Midway College. Dr. Barbara Kitchen, current chair of the Nursing and Sciences division, helped celebrate the occasion, along with faculty members Bev Juett and Shannon Raymer.
Three members of the class of 1944, Sarah Yeager Breazale, Edna Simmons Chelf, and Mary Brown Eason, were present to celebrate their sixty-fifth anniversary, and Pat Johnson Wilson from the class of 1949 was present to celebrate her sixtieth anniversary.
Awards were presented during lunch with Janet T. Jennings receiving the Parrish Pinkerton Award. She was also named an honorary alumna. The Midway Medallion was presented to Carolyn Whisman Bowles '55. Gina C. Lowry PhD, RN '92, '94 was named the Distinguished Alumna. The Northern Kentucky Alumni Association received the Ruth Slack Roach award.
At the dinner on Saturday evening the past May Queens and Margaret Ware Parrish were honored. In attendance were:
1940 - Mildred Estill
1955 - Carolyn Whisman Bowles
1957- Jo Tussey Baker
1958 - Miriam Barriero Cawood
1959 - Margaret Burton Florence
1960 - Juanita Hawkins Gallivan
1962 - Nancy Leatherwood Fishback
1963 - Janice Meade
1971 - Donna Turner Rennecker
1972- Edna Shearers Barber
President Drake announced that on August 15, the college will officially celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Miss Parrish with a very special birthday party. He also gave updates on various college projects to the alumni, including the expansion and success of the Lexington Campus; the graduate college, including the MBA program; and the exciting future and growth of the Midway College Nursing Program.
The evening concluded with piano music and singing from Dr. Johnie Dean and the traditional Night Of Lights.