Middleburg Police Chief A. J. Panebianco and Christmas in Middleburg Parade Master Jim Herbert estimated the crowds attending this year’s December 5 Christmas in Middleburg celebrations at 26 to 28 thousand.
Perfect weather and a full docket of special events produced long lines of traffic, especially on the Route 7 approach to town.
A video of the morning parade of horses and hounds published on the Middelburg Eccentric’s web site had pulled in 85,000 views in the first 36 hours it was up and is clocking over a quarter of a million views as we go to press.
Mayor Davis expressed her special appreciation for Economic Development Coordinator Cindy Pearon’s hard work on Christmas in Middleburg, while she was not only doing her own job but filling in as a part-time Town Treasurer. Pearson thanked the Mayor, her fellow Town Staff members, and all the volunteers who had pitched in to help.
The annual celebrations were marred by two accidents: one, a fall, requiring that the afternoon Santa parade be halted for a time to allow free passage for an ambulance. Then, after the day’s events, as darkness fell, Middleburg Police officer Tim Tharpe was injured while directing traffic, hit by a car driven by a local resident charged on the scene with driving under the influence.
Officer Tharpe, according to Police Chief Panebianco, recovered from his injuries, planned to attend the Town’s annual staff party, and asked the Chief to express his thanks to the Town Council, staff, citizens and friends of Middleburg who had sent him their best wishes.
Mayor Davis Returns
Mayor Betsy Davis was once more in the chair at this month’s regular meeting of Town Council.
After leading those assembled in the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, she took a moment before launching into the evenings agenda to thank Council, the Town staff and many many members of the public for both their generous expression of support and for allowing her to take time away from some of her duties to be with her family during her recent loss. She had recently lost, in all too quick succession, both her parents.
Councilmember Bundles Murdock noted for the record and all those assembled that Mayor Davis’s parents had been posthumously awarded the Middleburg Business & Professional Association’s coveted Legacy Award during the organization’s last meeting.
Janet Clarke Farewell
Janet Clarke, the departing Blue Ridge District representative on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, appeared to make her final report to the Town and to express her appreciation for the opportunity to serve as the area’s representative.
Clarke discussed at some length a map showing of the proposed road network around the new StoneSprings Hospital, all of which, she noted, have been funded.
Metro, she noted, should also be up and running in Loudoun by 2020.
In the Brambleton area, Clarke reported that Creighton Road will be extended to the site of Loudoun’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 The surrounding campus, she said, would eventually include both a middle and high school.
The property adjacent to the campus, she said, was scheduled to become a two hundred fifty-four acre, $45 million, park that would include “equestrian trails, a fishing pond, an ADA compliant playground and athletic fields.” Construction, she said, would begin in a year.
Following her presentation, Mayor Davis presented Supervisor Clarke with a Middleburg paperweight and a floral arrangement in appreciation of her service to the Town and County.
According to Police Chief Panebianco a 220,000-pound behemoth, a large generator, with wheels bolted to its body, and too large to fit under the overpasses across most Interstate would slowly make its through Middleburg, accompanied by a State Police escort, late on one of the nights of the week of December 14.
Town Administrator Semmes noted that it was so large some 20 of Middleburg’s trees might well have to be trimmed, with some losing large limbs, in order for it pass.
It weighed so much, she said, Town officials were concerned that it might damage some of the paving currently covering newly laid and dearly bought pipeline.
In response to a question by Councilmember Murdock, Semmes noted that she referred the movers to the Town’s contract arborist, Care of Trees to mark, map, and minimize damage.
National Night Out: Number ONE in the Nation
Chief Panebianco announced that Middleburg’s National Night Out event had been named the top event of its kind in the nation, noting that “ it would not be possible without complete Town Council, staff and community’s support.”
The Chief offered special thanks to Lieutenant Mike Prince who, he said, “did the lion’s share of the work in planning the event.”
Panebianco also recognized the Middlebur Eccentric for its ongoing advertising support of the project.
The Eccentric co-owner Jay Hubbard, he said, helped put together the Department’s application for the award. The “crowning touch,” the Chief noted, was Hubbard’s well-produced video documenting the event.
The national award, he said, represented .”a crowning moment” for the department.
Town Donations to Non-profits
Town Council unanimously approved the appropriation of funds from the Town’s treasury to support the work of nine outstanding local non-profits.
The largest proportion of the funds, $29,000, are derived from the nominal annual “profits” from the Town’s rental of space in the community-owned Health Center Building. A small portion each year is also allocated from the Town’s general fund, this year some $6,500.
- The recipients included:
- Seven Loaves Services $12,000
- Windy Hill Foundation’s Tutoring Program $3,000
- Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Fund $2,000
- Middleburg Library Advisory Board $2,000
- Middleburg FISH $3,000
- Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter $2,500
- Middleburg Community Center $5,000
- A Place to Be $5,000
- BackPack Buddies $1,000
New Town Treasurer
The new Town Treasurer selected by the Town Council is Ashley M. Bott. She has over 14 years of experience in accounting and payroll and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from George Mason University.
Prior to her employment with the Town, Ashley served as Senior Accountant/Controller for Ingenicomm in Chantilly, Virginia. She is scheduled to start work on January 7, 2016.
Town Administer Martha Semmes noted, “We are very excited to have her join our Middleburg team.”