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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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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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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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Humane Society of Loudoun Seeks Runners for Fun Run Team

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is seeking runners of all levels to join their Fun Run team- Running for Their Lives- now forming for the Twilight Festival 4-Miler on Saturday, June 13 in Ashburn. Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of $500 in contributions in support of HSLC programs such as Foster Medical Care, Spay/Neuter, and the Loudoun Pet Pantry. The Twilight Festival 4-Miler is sponsored by Potomac River Running and includes a family friendly post-race party with moon bounce, carnival food, and beer garden. Find training schedules and register at www.humaneloudoun.org. Just click on the “Twilight 4 Miler Fun Run” tab.

They can be contacted at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Wicked Design Creates New Websites for the Town of Round Hill and Hillsborough Vineyard

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Dave Levinson of Wicked Design in Purcellville has launched two new websites, one for the Town of Round Hill and one for the Hillsborough Vineyard.

The Town of Round Hill website features more that 70 web pages, and nearly 400 documents which are available on demand. The design for the Town of Round Hill leverages a Victorian Era color palette and photos. The Hillsborough Vineyard website took a uniquely creative approach by using family created art as the background – using the color of burgundy and wheat for the color palette.

Wicked Design was founded in 2012 by Levinson. The company also provides graphic and logo design services. The design firm supports businesses organizations across Loudoun County, and the mid-Atlantic region. … Continue Reading

Celebrating 150 Years of Service

May 20, 2015 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Celebrating 150 Years of Service
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The Salvation Army of Loudoun recently held a luncheon to celebrate their history by awarding recognition plaques to some of their biggest supporters in our area.

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Raytheon were both honored for supporting the Christmas Angel Tree program over the last several years. Employees of the two corporations donated presents to 2,100 children in our area who may not have received any. Many of those who selected an “Angel” from a tree to help bought three or four presents for each of them.

Walmarts in Sterling and Leesburg were also awarded plaques for their ongoing support of the Easter Program, Red Kettle and Tools for School. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

May 10, 2015 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced
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The Town of Leesburg has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards.

“We received a great group of nominees this year,” said Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg. “I know it’s a cliché, but being nominated by a customer or a colleague is an honor and speaks to the quality of the business. All of the nominees should be proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to announcing the awards winners next week!” … Continue Reading

Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Cycle Fundraiser Fights Cancer
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The Anytime Fitness Purcellville family raised $6,309 to help fight cancer recently through spinning.

The gym’s members recently gathered to spin for anywhere from one to four hours each. Friends and family donated $6,000 to Memorial Sloan Kettering for rare cancer research and members donated $300 to Sara Willis, a local middle schooler battling cancer. The ride was personal for many ATFP members who have lost friends and family to cancer. The club would like to thank the members for their participation and every donor who contributed funds.

Anytime Fitness Purcellville opened last summer as the first 24-hour access fitness club in Purcellville. In addition to 24/7 convenience, the club offers free group exercise classes and two sessions with a certified personal trainer.

For membership information visit www.anytimefitness.com.

Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award

May 5, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Fields of Athenry’s Elaine Boland Wins Golden Plow Award
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A farmer on a mission to heal chronic illness with food is nationally recognized for work at NYC gala.

Elaine Boland of Fields of Athenry Farm in Purcellville, took home The Golden Plow Award at the 2015 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ Women Who Inspire Awards Gala in April. The Golden Plow Award recognizes excellence in growing or producing from nature’s bounty and honoring a woman whose skill in farming or making artisanal products results in food that graces our plates while respecting the environment. … Continue Reading

All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on All Points Broadband Buys Loudoun Wireless
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All Points Broadband has announced it will acquire Loudoun Wireless.

“We are excited to welcome Loudoun Wireless and its customers to the All Points network,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband. “This acquisition dramatically expands our service area and will give more homes and businesses in western Loudoun access to the next level of broadband service.”

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Catoctin Creek Enters California Market

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Enters California Market
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Catoctin Creek Distillery expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco. Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” into the California market.

“This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the U.S.,” said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery. “We’ve waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the West Coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state.” … Continue Reading

B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville

February 3, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Business, News Comments Off on B&B Guild Seeks New Partnership with Purcellville
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The Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild is promoting an ambitious plan to link the hospitality and related services of its 41 members and partners to the many town-sponsored events in Purcellville, including the Loudoun Grown Expo, the Purcellville Music & Arts Festival, the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival and others.

Loudoun’s $1.5 billion tourism industry – which employs 16,000 people, and provides $24 million in tax revenue – is an increasingly important part of the local economy. The Bed & Breakfast Guild – which represents the majority of the B&Bs and country inns in the county, and also partners with related businesses such as farms, conference centers, wineries and the like – has been very vocal in its efforts to promote the room stays and other services available through its members and partners. Guild B&Bs and country inns, for example, have a total of over 100 guest rooms, one-half of which are located within 10 miles of downtown Purcellville. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Makers Movement

January 6, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Business, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Makers Movement
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How People Who Love To Tinker, Invent And Dream Are Shaking Up Our Economic And Social Landscape

Look up his Linkedin profile and you’ll see that Loudouner Patrick Scannell describes himself as a “Maker, Technology Strategist, Product Innovator” in the Washington, DC area.

The technology and innovation part of Scannell’s Linkedin calling card certainly makes sense for the resident of county that is home to the Dulles Technology Corridor – “The Silicon Valley of the East.” It is likewise compatible with a place that has a long history of agricultural innovation, and works closely with research powerhouses such as Virginia Tech.

But, what exactly is a “maker” – the curious third leg of how Scannell describes himself on Linkedin’s professional networking website? And, what is that term’s relevance to a county so rich in history and all of the things that happened before. A county that many see as a place where one can leave the worst of the modern world behind and retreat back in time, happy to go home to that every night? … Continue Reading

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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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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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