Middletown celebrates with Tree Lighting Ceremony

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‘Tis the season in Middletown as they got in the Christmas spirit with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last night.

They welcomed Super Bowl Champion and Washington legend Brian Mitchell as a special guest to help light the tree which is located off Reliance Road as you are entering Middletown.

Middletown will continue their festivities next weekend with their Christmas Parade down Main Street next Saturday at 2:00 pm.

If you’re in Middletown anytime through the holidays, don’t forget to stop by their mailbox to Santa and Mrs. Claus to drop off your letters which they have promised Mayor Harbaugh to respond to.

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VDOT begins exit 300 improvement project

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is planning to shut down the ramp between I-66 westbound and I-81 southbound overnight from November 6th to November 9th.

The ramp and lane closures will take place from 8 pm to 7 am.

During that time, the left southbound lane of I-81 will also be closed between mile marker 303 and 298.

Motorists traveling from 66 to 81 southbound will need to first follow 81 north to exit 302 in Middletown then use that interchange to enter 81 south.

This is the beginning of the exit 300 improvement project which will extend the acceleration lane and replace the bridge over Route 840.

The work zone around the area will then be 55 mph for the remainder of the project.

The project is scheduled for completion in November of 2024 and will cost over $7 million.

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Middletown secures property for preservation

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Middletown announced the purchase and preservation of better than 20 acres of property.

At Middletown’s First Street location Mayor Harbaugh announced the purchase of 20 acres of land by Middletown from the Bernstein Foundation on Oct. 27.

The land was purchased with the intention of preserving the property.

The purchase and preservation effort will prevent the building of 80 new homes in the town.

Thanks to the efforts of the Bernstein Foundation the town was able to purchase the property at a significant discount.

The foundation’s namesake Leo Bernstein had a keen interest in American History and preservation.

The 20 acres of land was added to by generous donations of pieces of property adjunct to the Bernstein property giving Middletown 35 persevered properties within the town limits.

Also at the presentation it was announced that thanks to a generous donation of $100,000.00 by Dave Holliday Construction the Winchester Railroad Club will relocate to Middletown.

Other donors to the Railroad Club cause includes Thomas Lash, Lenny Millholland, Robert Kendall and former Winchester Mayor Larry Omps.

With the funds the town hopes to reconstruct a vintage B&O Train Station that will house a Railroad Club museum.

Additional donations will be graciously accepted to accomplish that goal you can contact the Middletown Government to find out more.

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News Maker Rebecca Layman on a C-CAP food drive

Middletown will host a food drive for the Frederick County C-CAP with an exciting event on Church Street starting at 5 p.m. Fri. Oct. 14.

We spoke to Middletown’s Town Manager Rebecca Layman about the event in our latest news maker.

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Rebecca tells us that you can bring a nonperishable food item to Church Street by 5 Fri.

She also tells us that there will be the added incentive of a Civil War battle reenactment at the same time.

Rebecca also tells us that the plan for the night of Oct. 15 and of a special announcement to be made Oct. 27.

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News Maker Rebecca Layman on Middletown’s July 4

Once again this year Middletown will hold one of the area’s largest celebrations on the 4th July.

The celebration will be a full day starting at 8 a.m. lasting until the fireworks around 9 p.m. Mon. July 4.

We spoke with Middletown’s Town Manager Rebecca Layman about it in our latest news maker.

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Rebecca tells us about all the activities that are planned for this full day.

She also tells us there is still time to get involved by either joining their parade or becoming a sponsor.

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LFHD and Dollar General partner for vaccines

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The Lord Fairfax Health District is partnering with Dollar General stores around the valley to provide free COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccine clinics will be held at various locations throughout the valley starting Tuesday, February 8th and continue on each Tuesday and Saturday through the rest of the month.

The Dollar General locations in rotation include Stephens City, Middletown, Toms Brook, Edinburg, and Shenandoah.

Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available for anyone over 18 and Pfizer for 5 and up.

Boosters will be given to those eligible and please bring your previous vaccination card.

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Middletown’s Wayside Inn & Larrick’s Tavern support a family in need

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Social post from Wayside Inn & Larrick’s Tavern Middletown announced that they will conduct multiple nights of a fundraiser for a Stephens City family.

Two members of the family worked at Paladin Bar & Grill of Stephens City who will also collect funds for the family.

The family of five lost everything in a devastating house fire right after the new year.

An employee of Wayside Inn & Larrick’s Tavern managed to help evacuate the family after spotting the fire.

Wayside Inn & Larrick’s Tavern will collect monetary donations and clothing for three boys ages 15, 12 and 4 as well men’s and women’s clothing.

Paladin Bar & Grill of Stephens City will match funds collected as well as tips made by their waitress through the month.

Keep up with the effects at Wayside Inn & Larrick’s Tavern and Paladin Bar & Grill’s Facebook pages.

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Christmas tree collections begin next week for various municipalities

The City of Winchester Public Works announced in an email that curbside Christmas tree collections will be done January 5 and 12 weather permitting.

The town of Middletown in a social post announced that trees will be collected Jan. 3 and 10.

The town of Luray announced in a social post that they will collect trees Jan.3-14.

Front Royal in an email announced earlier that they will collect trees each Wednesday through the month of Jan..

All trees at all locations must be at the curb undecorated and clean of tinsel to be collected.

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Wayside Inn will reopen under new management in the new year

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Signs and several social network post indicate that the historic Wayside Inn in Middletown Virginia is closed this week due to COVID concerns.

The Inn is expected to reopen next week under new management who is quarantined after contracting COVID-19.

An email from News break is reporting that the owners of the Inn have decided to terminate Richard Orndorff’s lease due to the lack of profit and the inability to obtain a license for alcohol.

The owners plan to take a more direct and active role in operating the facility in 2022.

The news story indicates that the owners hope to put more emphases on events at the Inn.

Looking to host weddings, parties and holding musical events in the new year.

Minor changes in the immediate future include some changes to the menu and hours of operation.

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News Maker Charles Harbaugh IV on Wreaths Across America Middletown

Middletown is joining Wreaths Across America in their wreath laying ceremony nationwide on December 18.

We spoke with Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV about wreath laying in Middletown in our latest News Maker segment.

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Charles tells about the effort and support it received from Middletown residents.

Charles also talks about how the enthusiasm was so great that it will be held next year as well.

The mayor also talks about how great the community of Middletown is and thanks them for the support.

Click here for Charles’ interview.

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