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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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Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot

June 12, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot
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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, 2015, 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.

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Simpson To Run for Sheriff

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Simpson To Run for Sheriff
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Former Sheriff Stephen Simpson has announced he will run as an Independent in the November election. “I run because I see a sheriff’s office in need of new leadership, a sheriff’s office that has been allowed to regress over the last four years … in this campaign I will discuss a number of issues that need the public’s immediate attention. In my 16 years as sheriff, I never went over budget, even in the leanest of years,” he said.

Simpson continued, “Incumbent Sheriff Chapman overran the budget by $3 million. When confronted by the Board of Supervisors, Chapman said he didn’t know anything about it. And he blamed his underlings. That prompted one supervisor to observe Chapman was blaming everyone but himself. This year, of course, Chapman claimed he returned $4 million to the treasury. What he doesn’t tell you is how.”

Simpson said, “The bulk of his ‘savings’ came from unfilled positions – money he couldn’t spend on anything else. He promised savings, but what did he really do? He disbanded the narcotics and gang units … and sent some deputies to work on task forces not even doing cases in Loudoun County.”

Simpson told the Blue Ridge Leader he wanted to bring the personnel in the narcotics and gang units back up to their full complement, as well as filling other vacancies in the patrol and specialty divisions. “Deputies have reported to me that the lack of manpower attributable to unfilled positions has resulted in fewer investigators working actual cases inside this county. I propose filling the funded positions as an answer to increased gang recruitment and activity in the eastern part of the county, and increased drug activity, including meth, in the western part. Even the sheriff’s office has published numbers showing a staggering increase in heroin overdoses and fatalities here in Loudoun County,” Simpson said.

Richard Jimmerson To Run for Blue Ridge Supervisor Seat

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson To Run for Blue Ridge Supervisor Seat
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Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson has announced his candidacy as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Jimmerson is “excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters … Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district,” he said “ … I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge.” … Continue Reading

Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

May 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor
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Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson announced his candidacy, May 18, as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

He is excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters. “Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district. I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge,” said Jimmerson

The Blue Ridge District covers a vast area of land that includes western Loudoun County and Brambleton. Richard understands the needs of these two areas are often not aligned. He will work hard as Supervisor to bring needed infrastructure improvements for the rapidly growing Brambleton area and will relentlessly advocate for both preservation and conservation efforts in Western Loudoun.

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Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District

March 13, 2015 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board. … Continue Reading

Bob Ohneiser To Run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Bob Ohneiser To Run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney
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Bob Ohneiser, Esq. of Ashburn, a lawyer with many years of legal experience has decided to run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney.

Ohneiser is admitted to both the New York bar and the Virginia bar well as to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has worked on the defense side of the law, but also has extensive experience dealing with prosecutors and the police.  Ohneiser decided to run out of exasperation with the current Commonwealth Attorney, and that individual’s seeming refusing to support sincere investigatory efforts into insuring that police don’t act improperly against citizens. One example he cites is the May 2013 incident where a Costco employee was shot dead after five deputies claimed they were in mortal and immediate danger from 38-year-old Mhai Scott. … Continue Reading

Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner

November 7, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner
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“Earlier Friday, Ed Gillespie called to inform me that he would be conceding the election, and I commended him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his family well. I am sure Ed Gillespie will continue to contribute to the debate in Virginia and the nation.

“Representing Virginia has been the honor of my life, and I am gratified that the people of the Commonwealth have rehired me for a new term. On Tuesday, Virginians sent an unmistakable message both to me and Congress as a whole: end the gridlock and get to work. … Continue Reading

At the Polls…

November 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on At the Polls…

As the votes roll in, check here for today’s election results.

We will update this article as we receive word from the polls.

Updated 12:45 p.m., November 5 CS=County Subtotals O=Overall
Senate:
Ed Gillespie: CS: 45,483 / O: 1,052,993
Mark Warner: CS: 45,027 / O: 1,068,931
Robert Sarvis: CS: 2,080 / O: 53,169

House of Representatives:
Barbara Comstock: CS: 49,928 / O: 125,865
John Foust: CS: 39,481 / O: 89,894
William Redpath: CS: 1,468 / O: 3,393
Dianne Blais: CS: 412 / O: 944
Brad Eickholt: CS: 1,117 / O: 2,441

Leesburg Mayor
Tom Dunn: 3,243
Kristen Umstattd: 6,191

Leesburg Town Council
Cathleen “Kelly” Burk: 5,198
Dwight Dopilka: 2,787
Suzanne Fox: 4,204
Fernando “Marty” Martinez: 4,114
Jeffrey Phillips: 2,934
Kevin Wright: 3,428

Hillsboro Mayor
Rodger Vance: 26 Uncontested
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Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

October 12, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14
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Loudoun County election officials remind citizens that 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, is the deadline to register to vote or update a registered voter’s address for the upcoming election on November 4. If you are registering to vote by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than October 14.

Citizens may also apply to vote online at www.vote.virginia.gov. Anyone who is not sure if they are registered to vote may check their status at www.vote.virginia.gov. … Continue Reading

Campaign Corner

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Campaign Corner
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Republican Candidate for the United States Congress 10th District
barbaracomstockBarbara Comstock is currently a member of the House of Delegates serving McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna and Loudoun County. Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013.  She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee and is the only woman serving as a Chairman in the House of Delegates. She also serves on the Transportation, and Commerce & Labor Committees.  Comstock previously served as a senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, a senior Justice Department official, a senior partner in a law firm and a small business owner. She has lived in McLean, VA for the past 33 years where she raised her three children with her husband, Chip.

Today the real battles we face aren’t about left vs. right – it’s about past vs. future; the status quo vs. moving forward. … Continue Reading

Fraser Wins!

May 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fraser Wins!
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Kwasi A. Fraser won the election for mayor in Purcellville .

He defeated Councilman Keith Melton, and the unofficial count is Fraser 868 votes to Melton’s 539 votes. Fraser’s term will begin July 1, as Mayor Bob Lazaro’s term will expire on June 30.

The three newly elected town council members are: Benjamin Packard with 901 votes, Karen Jimmerson with 841 and Doug McCollum with 791. Purcellville Police Lieutenant James Rust came in fourth, with 761 votes.

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

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As the Results Roll in

May 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on As the Results Roll in
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The Blue Ridge Leader will continue to update as the the election results come in. Keep checking back here for the results.

Purcellville

Mayor
Kwasi Fraser – 868
Keith Melton – 539

Town Council
Karen Jimmerson – 841
Benjamin Packard – 901
Doug McCollum – 791
James Rust – 761
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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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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

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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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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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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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

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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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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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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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 …

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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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Sarah's Closet

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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