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Social Services has new director

by Larry S. Chowning

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Angela Beachy is Middlesex County’s new Director of Social Services.
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors was introduced to Angela Beachy, the new Middlesex County Director of Social Services, at its August 4 meeting.

Beachy is taking the place of acting director Jo Ann Wilson-Harfst, who is in charge of the Mathews County Social Services and has been working under contract with Middlesex until a permanent director was named.

Beachy has been working at state and local departments of social services in the Richmond area for the past 20 years. She has been the head of quality assurance compliance. In this position, she evaluated job quality at local social service offices. She also has worked with food stamp programs throughout the state.

Wilson-Harfst said Beachy brings a “world of experience” to the job and sees her as a positive addition to the Middlesex office.

Central Regional Director Jane Clements also attended the August 4 meeting.  She praised the work Wilson-Harfst has done over the past year to help Middlesex in its transition period, and also praised Beachy for her past work with social services.

In another matter, supervisors voted to approve the installation of an automated weather-observing system at Hummel Field, the county-owned airport at Topping. The Virginia Department of Aviation will install the device at 100 percent of the cost and provide for 80 percent of any maintenance.

The devices provide better and safer access to all of Virginia’s small airports through weather reporting and approach procedures.

The county will be responsible for maintaining the system, a cost ranging from $650 to $3,200 annually. Eighty percent will be reimbursed to the county from the state. The Middlesex Airport Committee endorsed the plan.

In a related matter, assistant county administrator Marcia Jones reported that all 10 county-owned hangars at the airport are being rented. She noted that the four corner units are being rented for $360 per month, and the other six are renting for $335 per month for a revenue total of $3,450 each month.

In other matters, the board:

  • Voted to appoint G. Leslie Hockman to the airport committee representing Pinetop District, and John Chris Moffant as an at-large member. 
  • Voted to reappoint Diana Pitts to the Bay Aging Board. The new term for Pitts will be for five years.
  • Tabled action on appointing a member to the advisory board of the Middlesex County Social Services.
  • Tabled action on holding a comprehensive plan work session with consultant Terry Harrington and county planner Matt Walker. The work session was on the supervisors’ agenda for the July 21 meeting. No new work session date has been set.

posted 08.12.2009

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