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Hunt Country Stable Tour Features New Properties

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hunt Country Stable Tour Features New Properties
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This year’s 56th annual Hunt Country Stable Tour features more than a dozen stops in Virginia horse country where privately owned estates will open their gates to visitors on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. New for this year, four properties, which had never before been open to the public, join the self-guided tour’s line-up.

Stops on this year’s tour include Rock Hill Farm, Belle Grey Farm, Fox Chase Farm, the Middleburg Agricultural Research Extension Center, Middleburg Training Track, Poplar Grange, Salamander Resort & Spa’s Equestrian Center, Trappe Hill Farm and Wind Fields Farm. In addition, these new locations will also be on the tour this year: Foosaner Farm, The Oaks, Gap Run Farm and Orange Hill. … Continue Reading

Gold Cup Celebrates 90th Year

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Gold Cup Celebrates 90th Year
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One of the nation’s largest steeplechase race meets celebrates its 90th anniversary this year on Saturday, May 2 at Great Meadow in The Plains.

The Virginia Gold Cup (and the International Gold Cup in October) are now become the only venues in Virginia to offer sanctioned betting.

About 50,000 people come out in their race-day finest to socialize and entertain. Celebrity judges will decide whose hats are the most impressive in the day’s hat contest. There is also a very competitive tailgate contest.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with pre-race entertainment starting at 11 a.m. including the Jack Russell Terrier Races. The first of nine horse races will be underway at 12:30 p.m. General admission car passes are $85. Visit www.vagoldcup.com for more information.

Celebration of Secretariat in Doswell

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Celebration of Secretariat in Doswell
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Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who piloted Secretariat to his Triple Crown victory in 1973, will headline the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Va., March 27-29. Joining Turcotte at Secretariat’s birthplace will be Charlie Davis, who galloped “Big Red” as his exercise rider; author Bill Nack, whose book “Secretariat – The Making of a Champion” served as inspiration for Disney’s major motion film “Secretariat;” and Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend.” … Continue Reading

International Gold Cup on October 25

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on International Gold Cup on October 25
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This year marks the 77th running of the International Gold Cup on Saturday, October 25 at Great Meadow in The Plains. It is one of the largest steeplechase events in the nation. After success with last year’s launch of pari-mutuel betting, the perk returns this year.

“We are very excited to feature pari-mutuel betting for our fall races again,” said William Allison, president of the Virginia Gold Cup Association. “It has been a big success and a lot of fun for our races.”

The race draws about 40,000 spectators. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. with the first race at noon. Early arrival is encouraged. General admission car passes are $55 and are available online, as well as at area Harris Teeter stores and through additional ticket outlets. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free with an adult. Go to www.vagoldcup.com for more information.

Equine Affair on February 22

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Equine Affair on February 22

The Lovettsville Game Club will be the site for the 2014 Equine Affair on February 22. The event is presented by the Tri-State Riding Club from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the club at 16 S. Berlin Turnpike in Lovettsville. It includes a sale and swap of gently used tack, equestrian clothing, horsey collectibles and other horsey related items. Food will be available, and there will be door prizes and speakers through the day. To rent space or for more information, contact Patty Tracy at 540-882-4883 or e-mail daft4drafts@lucketts.net.

Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

For the average horse owner, knowing in advance how to respond to a favorite equine’s medical emergency can provide enormous peace of mind. As a service to the community, Morven Park   a three-part equine health series at no charge to participants, who will complete the program armed with the skills they need to provide their horses with the best care possible.
 
All segments of the January 16, February 20, and March 20 series begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by Dr. Jay Joyce, owner of Total Equine Veterinary Associates of Leesburg and an expert in lameness diagnosis and treatment. … Continue Reading

59th Running of the Virginia Fall Steeplechase Features National Sporting Library & Museum/Chronicle Cup Timber Classic

September 8, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on 59th Running of the Virginia Fall Steeplechase Features National Sporting Library & Museum/Chronicle Cup Timber Classic
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Love horses? Come out to Virginia’s lush hunt country to experience great outdoor family fun during the 59th running of the Virginia Fall Race weekend held at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

Like the leaves that change each fall, horse lovers traditionally descend upon Middleburg for this annual weekend to enjoy steeplechase racing, fox hunting, meander country roads, visit Civil War sights, tour wineries, shop for antiques and perhaps spend a night or two at a local bed & breakfast.

Racing highlights for Saturday include the running of the two co-feature races, the National Sporting Library & Museum/Chronicle Cup timber classic and the Daniel C. Sands hurdle race. In addition to racing on Saturday only, there will be a Family Fun Fair with petting zoo, pony rides and more. Along with a full card of racing on Sunday, spectators will get a taste of fox hunting with the finals of the Field Hunter Championships of America being held right on the race course at noon. So come early. … Continue Reading

VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

The Virginia Paint Horse Club, Inc. (VPHC) recently announced they have been awarded a Virginia Bred Program grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB).

VHIB awarded $5,000 to VPHC as incentive for participants of their Virginia Bred Program. The Programs purpose is to promote the Virginia horse industry by recognizing and rewarding quality paint horse breeding in the Commonwealth. Grant funds provided by VHIB will be used exclusively to reward owners and breeders of American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered horses foaled in Virginia. The program was designed to increase the opportunity of Virginia bred paint horses to be recognized and rewarded based on their performance in the show ring.

Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

The public is invited to bring their horses and horse carriages to ride or drive in Lovettsville Community Park on Sunday, October 21. 2012. Since the park is not currently open to the public, this trail ride will provide a unique opportunity to see the park property first-hand.

The Loudoun Horse Association, along with The United States Trail Ride, Inc., have joined forces to provide a fun event with the following goals:

  • Show the location of trails and facilities planned for the park once it is developed.
  • Give participants a look at the park’s future equestrian area.
  • Both organizations are donating the net proceeds from the ride to help develop the park’s public equestrian facilities.

On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35. A copy of each horse’s current negative Coggins report, a signed liability waiver form and an approved helmet are required for all participants. … Continue Reading

Robert Duvall to Present Trophy at the 87th Virginia Gold Cup

May 1, 2012 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Robert Duvall to Present Trophy at the 87th Virginia Gold Cup

A crowd of 50,000 will gather at Great Meadow Saturday, May 5 to celebrate the 87th running of the Virginia Gold Cup, one of the largest steeplechases in the US, and one of the D.C. region’s largest outdoor events.

Robert Duvall, Godfather actor and friend of the races, will present the trophy to the winner of this year’s Virginia Gold Cup race. The race is fifth on the schedule and will run at approximately 3:45 p.m., with trophy presentation to follow. … Continue Reading

Here Come the 4H Cantelopers!

August 4, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Here Come the 4H Cantelopers!
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The Loudoun County Fair starts off every year on Sunday with the 4H Cantelopers Horse Club kicking up some dust for the Opening Ceremonies with their lively drill team and presentation of the colors.

The Cantelopers work hard all year long raising monies through sponsorships of horse jumps which feature sponsors’ advertisements. The jumps are painted and banners are raised high for all to see. This makes for fun during the Gamblers Choice competition, where each jump or obstacle equals a number of points based on the sponsor’s donation.

Marina Genn: World Class Athlete, Trainer & Visionary

August 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Equestrian, Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Marina Genn: World Class Athlete, Trainer & Visionary

The Woman Behind The American Academy of Equestrian Sciences
By Carol Morris Dukes

They’re lined up, dressed alike, facing forward, shoulder to shoulder.

Tallest first, the line angles downward according to height. The last one is an alert, tiny girl. Her eyes are fixed on the imposing figure at the head of the
line; lunge whip in hand. The light is dim, the walls dark. They’re standing in an arena, moments before performing. The black and white photo captures a pivotal time for little Marina Genn, taken in her early years of riding instruction with German trainer and mentor, Adi Jachmich. A tiny spitfire, Marina was 13 years old when that photo was taken. … Continue Reading

Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years

June 2, 2011 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oldest Horse Show in the Nation Celebrates 158 Years
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Since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is the oldest horse show in America. It was founded to encourage better breeding of horses.

The one-day show, which began with a few breeding classes, has grown into a weeklong tradition with classes for children, adults and families. Each year beneath the oaks at Grafton Farm, more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations compete throughout the week. The show raises funds for the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities. … Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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