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Stony Point Ruins Are Special

June 15, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Stony Point Ruins Are Special

I enjoyed Tim Jon’s pensive piece in the June issue on the Stony Point Ruins of the Potts-Neer Mill. Indeed, it is a very special landmark. The Keating family who live next door and are stewards of the ruins, are very interested in seeing these stabilized, and have met with experts in the field to review the possibilities. They care, in particular, because these are the most visible ruins from the massive Union burning raid of 1864. Once a going grist mill built in 1842 by E. D. Potts (whose name still graces a stone on the mill ruins), it was bought by his neighbor Nathan Neer in 1842. It was he and his wife who worked the mill in 1864 when it met its untimely destruction in time of war. … Continue Reading

Shooting in Costco Was Wrong

June 15, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 4 comments

About two weeks ago two male Loudoun county deputies shot and killed a 38-year-old female pizza server inside the Sterling Costco.

After reading she was armed with a pair of scissors and an unknown type of knife, I assumed our local papers would be filled with letters and at least one editorial asking why this mother of two was shot to death. Rather than subdued with mace, tackled or clubbed with night sticks.

Maybe she was acting strangely and did threaten the deputies. Yes she may have threatened them, but with scissors and a kitchen knife, not a rifle.
Even if it was a butcher knife, they decided killing her and shooting inside a crowded store was the best solution? A life was taken for nothing!

Yet, not one letter in The Loudoun Times Mirror, Blue Ridge Leader, Leesburg Today or Purcellville Gazette. Not one passionate liberal letter asking about police brutality.

Not one passionate conservative letter asking about out of control government police. … Continue Reading

Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival

June 12, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival

The 2013 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival, held on Saturday, May 25, was attended by hundreds. Families enjoyed the annual 5K race, parade, downhill derby, pie eating contest, arts and crafts in the park, amusement rides, cookouts, concerts, and the town feast in the park. The Festival could not have been a success without the support of our generous sponsors. As the sponsorship coordinator and on behalf of the Round Hill Hometown Festival committee, I would like to thank the following 2013 sponsors: … Continue Reading

Voters Abandoning Joe May

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Voters Abandoning Joe May

I voted for Joe May in the past, but this year I paid more attention to the postcards, phone calls, and door knocks we received since Joe hasn’t had any real competition in a while.

I looked at Joe May’s website and voting record and decided he is hardly a “conservative” let alone a “Republican” as he really votes like a squishy liberal. See for yourself http://bit.ly/18DYQgZ.

With just a few more days left, until we go the polls and decide the fate of the 33rd district, it’s time you get serious about the facts.

Tax increases are bad news and Joe May has voted with liberal Democrats for every major tax increase since 1993. … Continue Reading

Vote Joe May

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote Joe May

As a 35-year homeowner and businessman in Loudoun County, I have witnessed the transformation of our wonderful community over the years from a mostly agrarian community into what is considered by many to be the Internet Capital of the world. Most of these years, Loudoun has been one of, if not the fastest, growing counties in America.

I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting Delegate Joe May over the past 20 years.

He has unquestionably been a rock-solid asset to our community. This year, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave Joe an A+ rating and named him a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” In 2012, the Loudoun Times-Mirror named him “Citizen of the Year.”
Joe is well-known as a problem solver who cares about serving his constituents and the Commonwealth rather than taking the credit. … Continue Reading

Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Steve Stockman Endorses LaRock

I have known Dave LaRock and his family for over 27 years. Having served in public office myself, I am sure Dave has tremendous potential to be an outstanding elected leader. He has demonstrated this potential through his dedication to his family, the success of his business, and his selfless efforts to protecting our community from the effects of Government over-reach. I have watched with amazement as Dave and the teams he has helped form have move public opinion on issues that impact the community.

Dave has in recent years taken a growing interest in demanding accountability from our elected officials. He has been one of the leaders in fights against burdensome regulation, tax increases, and higher tolls. I know Dave will put his business, personal and political experience to work and be a great Delegate representing the 33rd District, but only if people will capture the opportunity by electing Dave. … Continue Reading

May’s Desperate Attacks

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments

I have been inundated by the mailers concerning the 33rd District Delegate Republican primary race between Joe May and Dave LaRock. I found it quite ironic that in a mailer Joe May accused Dave LaRock of having a negative campaign; since May has launched the most negative attack I have seen in a very long time. He accused Dave of being a “criminal”. Then he really did not tell you what Dave actually did. Perhaps that was because some of you would have applauded him for it. Let me tell you what I know about this “criminal” event. There was an illegal sign erected, a large sign for a West Virginia sex-related business. This sign was erected in the VDOT right of way on Route 9 in Loudoun County. Besides being place illegally, the major problem was that this sign was exceedingly graphic. My understanding is that many people complained about it and it appeared that no one in authority was going to do anything about it. However, based on all of the complaints and apparent lack of action, Dave removed and destroyed the sign. The owner of the adjacent land then filed a complaint against Dave and rather than spend tons on legal defense, he agreed to pay for the value of the sign. It is my understanding that the Judge accepted this deal. Actually, I had heard the story a long time ago and completely forgot about it. The story has been out there for quite a while. Here is a link to the story: http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/and-so-it-begins-smears-and-mudslinging-in-loudoun-county/ . … Continue Reading

Supports Delegate Joe May

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Supports Delegate Joe May

Joe May knows how to bring home conservative results for our district.

Joe has been a leader in the state consolidating 19 state agencies, boards and commissions. He has also led the effort to keep over $700 million in our “rainy day fund” which has helped the state maintain its “AAA” bond rating. He has been a leader in cutting $7 billion from the state budget and led the effort to audit VDOT, saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions.  These are some of the reasons Virginia is one of only 12 states with a “AAA” bond rating.  

When we see politicians on the national level allowing spending to get out of control it is good to know our local leaders are keeping the state responsible.  Joe is also 100 percent pro-life and has been endorsed by Congressman Frank Wolf.  On June 11th join me in voting for Delegate Joe May.

Alice Farris

Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

June 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Many Thanks from Harmony Odyssey of the Mind

Harmony Middle School’s Problem 2 Odyssey of the Mind team would like to thank the members of our community who supported our recent trip to World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan. We could not have made the trip without your help!

Support from the Harmony Middle School community was critical to our success. We greatly appreciate the generous donation from the Harmony PTA, the financial sponsorship of the Harmony SCA, and the time and energy expended on our behalf by Principal Dr. Edgar Markley, bookkeeper Barbara Means, and Odyssey coordinator Samantha Berman. Thank you too to the numerous students and faculty who purchased our fundraiser lollipops! … Continue Reading

Town Intimidation

May 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Dear Editor:

I cannot stand by and allow Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro to disparage the good reputation of yet another resident of this town. Call it silly and old fashioned, but I expect elected officials to actually uphold the Purcellville Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

I attended the April 9th town council meeting, which was a public hearing for the proposed budget. I spoke about my concerns, and a few other residents came forward to speak about their concerns regarding spending, borrowing, and the proposed tax increase.

One of the residents who spoke is very well known for his strong fiscal conservative principles. This resident suggested that there were areas that could be cut from the budget for savings of roughly $650,000. He also disagreed with the 17 percent tax increase from the new Fireman’s Field tax district, and he asked why the town needed to hire its own detective when the Sheriff’s Department provides this valuable resource to our community when it is needed. Besides, just how often does Purcellville experience crimes that require a full time detective?

Near the end of the meeting, the mayor accused some residents of having made negative statements about the police chief and Purcellville Police Department, and said they had suggested that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department take over law enforcement in Purcellville. Those accusations are completely untrue and outrageous. The absolute truth is that not one person that spoke said a single negative word about Chief Smith or the Police Department. That is completely made up.

There are enormous consequences when you express dissent of any kind against the policies, lack of transparency, or budget of the Town of Purcellville.

So, I salute the brave residents and business owners that stand up and speak out in Purcellville. Unfortunately it has become too obvious that Mayor Lazaro has a problem with the free speech provisions of our Constitution. It is sad and shocking that there are those that still provide support and cover for such bad behavior.

– Kelli Grim, Purcellville

Choose Your Delegate Wisely – June 11

April 21, 2013 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

When Republicans consider who to cast a vote for in the June 11 primary, they should check the facts to make sure they are voting for a true conservative.

A true conservative Republican ought to adhere closely to the principles of put forth in the Republican Party platform. They are, “lower taxes, less government, personal responsibility, creating opportunities for anyone, protection of life, empowering families, and defending freedom and liberty.”

Joe May has supported four huge tax and fee increases since he began his 20 year career as a Delegate. He broke ranks with Republicans in 2004 to join Gov. Mark Warner and cast the swing vote for higher taxes. High taxes work against families and businesses while diminishing liberty. High taxes also have the effect of impeding opportunity for working men and women. … Continue Reading

Endorsement of Dave LaRock, 33rd District State Assembly

April 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

State Assemblyman Joe May’s latest campaign flyer calls on Republicans to vote for him because he is “a pro-life conservative standing up for our values.” It is illustrated by a fat and happy baby, looking very cute, clutching an iconic red apple in chubby little hands, and a list of Joe’s “pro-life votes” in the General Assembly.

Pro-life is a buzz word used by Republican politicians who want to sit on the fence concerning the question of whether it is morally licit for society to allow the murder of babies growing in their mothers’ wombs. The other buzzword in the matching set is pro-choice, which is used by Democratic politicians who also want to obfuscate the issue of whether abortion amounts to the morally illicit taking of a human life.

In 1993, when I ran for the State Assembly as an independent candidate against Joe May, the Republican, and Jean Brown, the Democrat, I asked each of them in every public event during the campaign if they supported abortion. Ms. Brown aggressively asserted she was pro-choice. Mr. May’s answer, word for word, was that “abortion is a matter between a woman and her doctor.” He repeated this position in front of community meetings, press conferences, in debates, and in discussions with high school students throughout the campaign. … Continue Reading

Relay Recess of KWC

April 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Relay Recess of KWC

Eighty-nine students, along with sixty family members and friends joined the fight against cancer at the 4th Annual Relay Recess of KWC on March 8, 2013. The Cat in the Hat led the parade of fourteen survivors with their families around KWC for the first lap of the Relay while everyone else cheered for them! Family members and friends touched by cancer were honored and/or remembered with decorated Luminaires bags that lined the hallway.

Due to the generosity of the KWC community, fund raising events at Jersey Mike’s Subs & Tropical Smoothie, the Relay Recess sponsored Croc Shop, Jeans Week for the faculty, and the KWC Read Across America Challenge, almost $4,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society at the 2013 Relay Recess. The KWC community has now contributed over $12,000 to the American Cancer Society in four years. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015


NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015


Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015


I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015


– 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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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


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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …


Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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


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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August 2015

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck


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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard


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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"




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Dinner and a Dive In

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth


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Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015


The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015


Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers


By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …


Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill


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


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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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015


Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015


Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– 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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Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015


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

Bob Ohneiser

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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