Middleburg's manager Gerard Rogers will return to town hall this week after a three-week leave, and, according to Mayor Loyal McMillan, Rogers returns to a town bustling with development plans.

"There's suddenly a lot of building, rebuilding and preparation for building going on," McMillan. said. "I guess it's because the town hasn't done very much of it in the last 40 years."

Because of Middleburg's historic character, development plans must be approved by the Town Council for "appropriateness," McMillan said.

The Robert Brothers Circus will come to Middleburg Monday. According to a spokesman for the town community center on whose grounds the circus tent will be raised, Middleburg has not had a circus in town "in recent memory."

Two shows, at 6 and 8 p.m., will feature trained dogs and ponies, jugglers, a magician, clowns, an aerial ballet and a slack wire act. The midway will open half an hour before the show, so children can ride Lisa, the elephant. Tickets, $4 for adults and $3 for children 14 and under, can be purchased at the community center or at the Fun Shop, both on Rte. 50 in Middleburg.

The "Not-So-New Shop," a used clothing shop, has closed and is looking for new quarters. Mayor McMillan urged the community to provide space for the shop, which has been run two days a week from the Middleburg United Methodist Church for more than 20 years. The church's administrative board decided to close the shop because the space is needed for a planned Sunday School addition as well as "other community needs," a spokesman said.