ongtime Middleburg resident Ed Wright has collected a number of old photographs from the town and surrounding areas, many of them supplied by Jim Poston. Every month, Wright, a retired executive after many years at the Middleburg Bank, takes readers down memory lane with recollections of what used to be.
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helped establish the health center as I recall,” she said. “And the girls from the school would go over there as part of their community service. They would go and help any way they could. They’d take care of the babies, give them baths and things like that. I also remember there was a gentleman named Robert Courtesy Photo who lived in Windy Hill who took care The health center staff included (l-r) Mabel Monroe, Dr. of the place. He wore a white coat and he James W. Gibson, Sadie Reed, Virginia Duffy, Dr. Robert would always greet you at the door. He McConnell and Virginia Williams worked there for many years, and he kept that place spotless.” or many years, the space now occupied The health center also had its own by Dr. Richard Falkenstein was known ambulance, and I was asked to drive it over to as the Loudoun Fauquier Health Center the Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park. and Foxcroft Social Service. That’s where Miss Williams would go with me, and after I got just about everyone in town went for married, my wife, Virginia Bryan, would join us, anything medical, and for some local residents, to too. Dr. and Mrs. Gibson would always be there in have a baby right in the heart of Middleburg. case something happened to the riders. The health There were Dr. James W. Gibson and Dr. center had a little kitchen and Miss Williams often Robert McConnell, both general practitioners, made lunch for everyone on the staff during the and their staff included Mabel Monroe, Sadie week. And she’d always make lunch for all of us at Reed, Virginia Duffy and Virginia Williams, all the races. pictured above. If someone was really hurt and needed to go They were all good, caring people and highly to the hospital, Middleburg Fire and Rescue would respected in the community. They were the only handle that. But we always had our ambulance two doctors in town back then. And they had a out on the course near the finish line, just in case. birthing room in the building, where Miss Wil- I don’t remember having any major problems liams and Miss Duffy would assist the doctors. during the times I drove the ambulance. I do Jane Lockhart, who began working at Fox- remember a huge pileup not far from the finish croft in 1966 and grew up in a house right across when a whole bunch of horses and riders went the street from the health center, still recalls the down, but noone—horses or riders—was hurt that school’s connection to the operation. badly. And eventually they just ended up canceling “Miss Charlotte (Noland, Foxcroft’s founder) the race. n
M i d d l e b u r g L i f e
Hundreds of bills affecting our district have moved through the legislature each day since the beginning of session. Tuesday, February 10th was the intense “crossover” day. It represents the midway point of the legislative session and midnight deadline for all successful Senate bills to be sent to the House. The House has the same deadline by which to complete their bills and transmit their successful legislation to the Senate. A total of 2,468 bills and resolutions were introduced this year and at crossover, the House had passed 773 measures and the Senate had passed 715. The Senate passed a limit on the use of drones; restriction on the use of seclusion/restraint in public schools; mandatory felonies for sex trafficking; revisions to transportation law to allow Uber and Lyft in Virginia; change in drug rules for lethalinjection executions; overhaul of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and requirements for runoff elections in statewide races where candidates win with less than a majority. The Senate also passed legislation to add nine misdemeanors to the list of convictions for which offenders must submit a DNA sample to the state databank. The databank has lead to the arrest of violent offenders and is an important tool for law enforcement. Several bills stand out because of the emotional testimony they generated. Families petitioned for day care regulations in response to the death of their children. Parents testified in support of medical marijuana to treat certain debilitating epilepsy. Advocates promoted immunity from prosecution for drug users who report an overdose. A mother testified that her son died of an overdose while bystanders who feared arrest did nothing. All are bills I supported. I am pleased that almost all of my bills passed the Senate. One of the most significant establishes a non-profit organization representing Virginia horsemen. It implements a framework to re-establish the racing industry following Colonial Downs’ decision to turn in their license, shutting down racing in the state. I added a clause to allow it to take effect as soon as the Governor signed it, which would put many Virginians back to work immediately. Unfortunately, at the last minute, a conservative group mischaracterized it as an expansion of gambling. We lost votes and the opportunity for immediate implementation. That is regrettable since there is actually no expansion of gambling in the bill and no change to current law limiting the industry. A number of health related bills that I introduced passed. They include a bill to allow employees of local school divisions to participate in the state health plan, a bill to add meningitis to the schedule of childhood inoculations and a bill to help prosecute Medicaid fraud through change in venue provisions. I introduced a series of election bills which also passed. They establish a pilot program for vote centers; move the date of the June primary; revise duties of registrars and electoral boards; clarify rules to fill vacancies in Constitutional offices; revise rules for cancellation of voter registration; amend rules related to handheld wireless devices at the polls and establish a bi-partisan redistricting commission. My bill re-establishing the Service and Volunteerism Advisory Board, which brings millions of dollars in grant money to Virginia and my bill adding resources for the cyber accelerator program also passed. Two bills that I introduced still face uncertainty. The first would facilitate teacher training to identify dyslexia and other reading issues. Superintendents, teachers and hundreds of parents support the bill and believe that earlier identification of dyslexia will give otherwise bright children the opportunity to succeed in school. The second requires expanded insurance coverage for autism. That bill has been replaced with a House version that may or may not pass. My campus safety bill, study of local land use assessment on funding for public schools and bill changing the mandatory judicial retirement age from 70 to 73 also passed and now await action in the House. A bill I submitted affecting process for collecting assessments in community development authorities also passed the Senate. If it passes the House it will preserve hundreds of millions in community development projects for which bonds have been issued and the burden removed from taxpayers. The Senate also passed a bill that I introduced to prohibit horse tripping or lassoing of a horse’s legs in a rodeo. My vote for a bill to prohibit discrimination in state hiring drew statewide attention. I have cast that vote in previous years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation among other things. Frankly, I believe discrimination by the state for any reason is indefensible. The Chamber of Commerce, the technology industry and other groups in my district urged passage of the bill arguing that current law creates barriers for business expansion, government contracting and state universities. The bill has no affect on private employers. Finally, our biggest achievement came in passage of the Senate budget. I will elaborate further on that process in the next update. As always, I take your opinions seriously and hope that you will contact our office if you have questions or concerns. I can be reached during the General Assembly session at