Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to …

Kline Proposal Update

In late May the developers of the Purcellville Crossroads Property had a meeting at the Carver Center to update the neighbors on the proposed annexation project – although the residents in the town of Purcellville were not notified of the meeting. Pleasants Kline, along with three other property owners, is …

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B&B Guild Helps History

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Bed and Breakfast Guild has announced that the guild has joined The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national and international awareness of the history in the region from Gettysburg, Pa., to Charlottesville, Va. The JTHG has build a strong network of 350 local, regional and national partnering organizations to develop a common vision to brand and enhance the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural and natural resources of the region. The JTHG has collaboratively created a National Heritage Area as designated by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2008.

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“Future Developers Must Follow The Rules Of Law Set Forth In Our Town” Citizen Activist Challenges Vineyard Square Development

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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– By Andrea Gaines

Purcellville resident and businesswoman Mary Ellen Stover addressed citizens June 27, as she explained her legal challenge to Purcellville Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan’s decision to let the historic downtown project known as Vineyard Square proceed, despite at least two expired Certificate of Design Approval permits.

Stover’s antique shop, Mary Ellen Stover Antiques, is located in a part of historic downtown Purcellville that will be directly impacted by the 5-6 story, mixed-use Vineyard Square development. But, according to Stover, while she opposes the project on principle, believing that its size and scope is inappropriate for the spot and incompatible for historic downtown, the essence of her legal challenge centers on the special treatment being given to developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis.

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro.

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“We Did Not Expect The Legal Firestorm” – Farm Family Facing A Neighbor’s Lawsuit

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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– By Andrea Gaines

When they moved to their 10-acre Philomont farm 4 years ago, Alexa Warthen and her husband made sure the plans they had for their land were in compliance with each of the property’s covenants and zoning regulations. They got some chickens – “natural pest control,” said Warthen – and they put in gardens, new fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and more – all to provide their family with a supply of fresh, healthy food.

Everything changed when, with the help of Alexa’s mom, they erected specialty hops trellises and poles and planted 2 of their 10 acres in the crop, intending to sell to local microbreweries. A short time later they received a letter of complaint about the hops from neighbor Sandra Dingus, followed by a cease and desist order demanding that the poles come down and the hops come out. “We did not expect the legal firestorm over the hops issue,” said Warthen. “We even made sure to use untreated wooden poles to help protect the environment.”

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Lightning Strike Damages Waterford Home

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has confirmed that a lightning strike is responsible for a fire that damaged a Waterford home. 

At 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, fire and rescue units from Hamilton, Lucketts, Leesburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and Lansdowne were dispatched for a house fire at 15555 Second Street in Waterford.  The first fire and rescue crews to arrive on the scene found smoke showing from the eaves of a large, two-story home.  Firefighters made entry and located a fire in the attic of the home.  Faced with zero visibility and high heat in the attic, firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

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Loudoun Election Officials Release Names Of Candidates On November Ballot

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Electoral Board announces that the following candidates for local offices have filed all the required paperwork with the Office of Elections and Voter Registration to appear on the November 3 General Election ballot:

Constitutional Officers
• Clerk of the Circuit Court – Gary M. Clemens, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock
• Commonwealth’s Attorney – Robert J. Ohneiser, James E. ‘Jim’ Plowman
• Sheriff – Brian P. Allman; Michael L. ‘Mike’ Chapman, Steve O. Simpson
• Commissioner of Revenue – Robert S. ‘Bob’ Wertz Jr.
• Treasurer – Evan D. Macbeth, H. Roger Zurn Jr.
Soil and Water Conservation District
• Soil and Water Conservation Director, Loudoun (vote for 3) – John P. Flannery II, Marina R. Schumacher, L. Ali Shahriari, E. Burwell Wingfield, James K. Wiley

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Lovettsville Co-op Attracts 450 Members

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Lovettsville Cooperative Market Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the co-op has recently surpassed last year’s interim target of 450 members. The co-op continues its efforts to bring a full-service, member-owned grocery store to downtown Lovettsville to serve Loudoun County as well as surrounding communities in Maryland.

Building membership continues to be a key factor as member equity is one of the main ways to finance this project. Lovettsville Cooperative Market’s next projected target is set at 600 members to successfully proceed with the subsequent phase of required financing. Community support and investment will help make the local grocery store a reality.

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Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Schools Be the first to comment
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In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
 
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New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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– By Andrea Gaines

Cynthia A. McAlister – accompanied by an enthusiastic crowd of family and supporters – was sworn in as Purcellville’s new chief of police in June, taking the oath of office before Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Her first official day at work in Purcellville was June 15.

The Purcellville Police Department is among five departments serving the people of Purcellville – including Administration, Community Development, Finance and Public Works – and currently employs 16 sworn officers and one civilian. A group of local citizen volunteers known as the Purcellville Citizen Support Team, Inc. has been working with the police department since early 2000 to “aid and support … in the prevention of crime and the promotion of safety.”

McAlister is now the top public official in charge of it all.

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Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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At the June Purcellville Town Council meeting, council member Patrick McConville formally announced that he had started a new job with Bowman Consulting.

Founded in 1995, Bowman offers its clients a wide variety of services related to land development, transportation, mining, power and energy, structural design, wastewater, construction management and surveying. It also provides clients with zoning and regulatory expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. While its headquarters are in Chantilly, it has dozens of offices nationwide and operates in 11 other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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Freeing The Stories Of Loudoun’s Enslaved Americans

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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– By Andrea Gaines

Pastor Michelle Thomas couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

While doing research on land in Landsdowne where her church planned to build a new sanctuary, she came across county records of some 40 former slaves who had been buried on the property. The documents included bills of sale, repossession documents tied to specific individuals, and wills that mentioned the enslaved person’s name. “I had driven by this spot,” she said – near the corner of Belmont Ridge Road and busy Route 7 – “dozens and dozens of times … but never did I imagine that I was driving by such a sacred, unknown place.”

“It did not sit well with my spirit,” she continued. “We call these people slaves, but they were not slaves, they were an enslaved people, taken by force from their homeland and sold as common property.”

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Stage Is Set For Purcellville’s July 7, 8, 9 Zoning Debate

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News Be the first to comment
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No-Size-Limit Big Box Stores, By-Right Drive-Thrus And More On Developers’ Wish List

The Purcellville Planning Commission has finalized its agenda for the approximately 229 zoning regulations that will be the subject of three major public input sessions in early July.

The commission’s agenda ranges from uses that will remain unchanged in residential, commercial and industrial zones, to new uses that would now fall into the by-right category, eliminating requirements for public input before a particular project can proceed. These by-right uses include drive-thrus, no-size-limit big box stores, and high-density town center-style developments.

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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Ask Dr. Mike – By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Two Kitchen Cousins Present … Plate To Tempt, Plate To Tease

1 Jul 2015

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– By Lisa Wasson And Andrea Gaines Plating pulls a dish together, using color for visual appeal, showcasing ingredients and revealing the flavors and textures to be enjoyed. It isn’t so much about making something look pretty as it is about making it look appetizing. Here are the basics of good plating, along with some great examples. Good plating … …

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Relaxation In Horse Country’s Finest

1 Jul 2015

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– By Hannah Hager When temperatures hit the top of the thermometer there’s not much more to do than relax in the shade while sipping a cold glass of iced tea. This home is the perfect haven for escaping the humidity as it’s covered by mature trees that create a private cocoon. Before you start thinking that shade means no …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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