― The Middleburg American Legion Post 295 bustled with good spirits on Tuesday, April 12 during the monthly Middleburg Business & Professional Association (MBPA) Biz Buzz. Cheerily fueled by the warm spring evening, guests gathered to meet new members of the Middleburg Business & Professional Association and to surprise two members of the Middleburg Police Department: Lt. Shaun Jones and recently retired Officer Tim Tharpe.

Did you know that the Middleburg American Legion celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in 2022? Chartered by Congress in 1919, the American Legion today boasts 2.4 million members amongst 14,000 locations nationwide. Bundles Murdock’s grandfather, William “Pappy” Hulbert, struck a deal with Stephen Clark to buy the land at 101 The Plains Rd and build American Legion Post 295, which continues the organization’s mission to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

New member Chris Stafford, who owns a personal driving service in town, is off to tackle a 425-mile bike ride to raise money for Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed the people of war-torn Ukraine. After completing a trek like this, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with fellow new member Peggy Finnegan of Bodybloom Massage at 107 W. Marshall St!

The Middleburg Business & Professional Association and the Town of Middleburg are partnering to host a series of Business Workshops beginning in June. From job fairs to business development, the Town of Middleburg and MBPA plan on hosting quarterly workshops to help small business owners stay engaged, improve their skills, maintain excellent working relationships with employees and other area businesses, and hire new talent. The first of the series will be held in June. Topic suggestions are welcome- please contact a MBPA Board Member.

MBPA is also gearing up for a redesign of the Members Section of visitmiddleburgva.com, featuring a Membership Directory accessible only to MBPA Members. This will be in addition to Member Listings on the public portion of the website.

The evening’s true highlight was the recognition of Lt. Shaun Jones and recently retired Officer Tim Tharpe of the Middleburg Police Department, much to their surprise!

To all who know these fine men, they are more than law enforcement officers- Shaun and Tim are integral members of the community who have experienced tremendous challenges and it was an honor for MBPA and its members to recognize not only their contributions to Middleburg, but to honor Shaun and Tim for the outstanding human beings they are.

Having been diagnosed with Lymphoma shortly after joining the Middleburg Police Department, Shaun and his family learned that he has been misdiagnosed and the cancer needed more aggressive treatment. The emotional, physical, and financial toll this takes on a family is incredibly difficult. The community came together and formed a GoFundMe to assist Shaun and his family with the extra costs incurred. Janie Motion donated handmade pottery to a silent auction to benefit Shaun and his family, with proceeds from both totaling $1500.

“I thank everyone for their support of me and my family,” Lt. Shaun said. “The whole town rallied around me. I had some very dark days, but everyone’s support helped me through this journey.”

“I’ve seen few people with the resolve he has had,” said Police Chief AJ Panebianco. “He worked more often than he should have.”

Officer Tim Tharpe, known far and wide for his beaming smile and willingness to help anyone, anytime, with anything, retired from the Middleburg Police Department in February. Having struggled with fighting liver cancer (now in remission), Tim understandably wanted to focus on maintaining his health and spending time with his family. Tim is sorely missed, and that was quite evident by the love and appreciation that shone from everyone’s faces.

“The world would be a better place if there were more like Officer Tim Tharpe,” said Chief AJ. “’Thank you, Timmy’ just doesn’t seem to have enough weight to account for the care and dedication he has given to us.”

MBPA President Punkin Lee presented a “small token of appreciation” to Tim, with strict instructions, “You are to use this to do something nice for yourself!”

Notable News and Updates:
• The Windy Hill Mask Drive was successful!
• Governor Glenn Youngkin awarded the 2022 Virginia Governor’s Cup® to Cana Vineyards & Winery of Middleburg for its 2019 Unité Reserve—a signature estate red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The competition received a record-breaking number of entries this year—615 wines from over 100 Virginia wineries.
• Greenhill Winery’s Petit Verdot took home top honors in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for Best Red Blend.
• Goodstone Inn received a fabulous write up in Garden & Gun’s Where to Get Away in the South this Spring.
• Via Travelers Blog ranked Middleburg as one of the “Top Places to Live in Virginia”.
• Submissions for the printed May Events Calendar are due April 20.
• Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor is now open for another season!
• Middleburg Common Grounds celebrates 10 years in Middleburg.
• Foxcroft Alumnae Weekend is April 21-23.
• Middleburg Spring Races are Saturday, April 23 at Glenwood Park. This year’s race meet is SOLD OUT!
• Walter Jinks has created an outstanding Happy Hour at Market Salamander from 4-6 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
• Certified Humane Door Prize Winners: Ian McCartney (McEnearney & Associates) and Chris Stafford.

Join us for the next Biz Buzz on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Boxwood Estate Winery. The MBPA Biz Buzz is a monthly networking event held on the second Tuesday of the month, except in January. These events bring local business owners and professionals together to network, provide local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their facilities and services, and help to spread the word about interesting news and events in the Middleburg community.