Voting begins for MBPA board

— Members of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association can start casting their ballots online for three seats on the association’s Board of Directors.

There are five candidates on the ballot for three seats on the board, including Kari Bowman of Salamander Resort & Spa, Gene LeCouteur of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Samia Salmon from Northwest Federal Credit Union, Michelle McNaughton of Lou Lou, and Punkin Lee of Journeymen Saddlers. The winners will hold office from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.

Ballots, which have been distributed electronically to current MBPA members, must be returned by Oct. 25.  MBPA members who have not received a ballot should contact

The election announcement came as part of the Oct. 8 Biz Buzz hosted at Middleburg Millwork Inc. Lumber & Hardware, which is celebrating its 50th year in business. The Biz Buzz served as an opportunity for Middleburg Millwork to highlight its services, including its new kitchen and bath design studio. The evening featured beer from Old Ox Brewery and wine from Boxwood Estate Winery, and was catered by Therese Brown of Front Royal-based Downtown Catering.

Also at the Biz Buzz, Middleburg Business and Economic Development Director Jamie Gaucher announced that The Hub, a new co-working space, is expected to open soon on Federal Street. Gaucher also announced that Friday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. is the deadline for submitting proposals to the town for the restoration and reuse of the historic Asbury Church on Jay Street.

Fall is a busy season for Middleburg, with several major events including:

The next Biz Buzz will be held Nov. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Atlantic Union Bank. RSVP via Facebook or by email to