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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

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, the night before the fourth annual Farm-to-Fork Loudoun kicks-off. The event is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for first come first serve seating in the Cafe’s back yard area. Appetizers, entrees and desserts from their regular menu, as well as a preview of their Farm-to-Fork Loudoun menu, will be available to purchase and enjoy, along with various soft drinks, wine and beer.

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, Lincoln resident Andrew McKnight has traveled nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans nationwide for his performances and seven recordings.

Farm-to-Fork Loudoun is an 11-day countywide event highlighting locally sourced foods and celebrating the true bounty of Loudoun from July 23 through Aug. 2. Farm fresh food is incorporated into special menus prepared by each of the participating restaurant chefs and offered to guests. This year features 23 special and diverse spots and one food truck from which to choose throughout the entire county. For details go to www.FarmToForkLoudoun.com.

Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

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

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Summer Movie And Skate Nights At Bush Tabernacle

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Summer Movie And Skate Nights At Bush Tabernacle
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The 4th Annual summer of free Movie and Skate Nights will be held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer at the historic Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink.  These events are jointly sponsored by the Bush Tabernacle and the Town of Purcellville. All movies start at 7 p.m., and roller skating starts around 8:30 p.m. (immediately after the movie has ended) and ends at 10 p.m. 

All movies are full-featured, family-friendly (rated G or PG), and include titles such as Maleficient, Into the Woods, and Toy Story 3.  The full movie line-up is listed below and can be found at http://www.bushtabernacle.com/movies.  Admission is free and the concession stand will be open selling pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas at a nominal charge.  The schedule is below:

 July 8: Earth to Echo
July 15: The Boxtrolls
July 22: Paddington
July 29: Mulan
Aug 5: Toy Story 3
Aug 12: Monsters University
Aug 19: Into the Woods
Aug 26: Big Hero 6

Court Is Back In Session July 10 At Union Cemetery Chapel

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Court Is Back In Session July 10 At Union Cemetery Chapel

The Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court is hosting a special program Friday, July 10 to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening session of the Loudoun County Court after the Civil War.

In May 1861, the court justices ordered George K. Fox Jr., clerk of court, to remove all court records, some of which dated back to the county’s founding in 1757. Fox removed the court records to Campbell County, Va., for safekeeping and they remained there until the summer of 1865. From February 1862 through June 1865, no court was held in Loudoun. To commemorate the July 10, 1865, court session, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens and the Historic Records Division will offer an evening program July 10 to observing this historic event in Loudoun’s court history.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., at Union Cemetery, 323 North King Street in Leesburg, the clerk’s office historic records team and the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Committee will sponsor a wreath laying and presentation on the life of George K. Fox to honor his legacy of saving the court records from destruction. Brenda S. Butler, chief deputy clerk for the clerk of the Circuit Court, will give a presentation on the life of George K. Fox Jr. Butler has conducted extensive research on the life and role Fox had in saving the court records. The court will also enter an order commemorating the July 10, 1865, court session and Fox.

The evening will conclude with a free 45 to-60-minute guided tour of Union Cemetery by Mary Fishback of the Thomas Balch Library. During the tour, Fishback will highlight the graves of many prominent Loudoun citizens and special monuments. The tour and wreath laying will be conducted by costume interpreters. Registration is required for the tour. Call 703-737-8775 to register.

Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Wine & Food Festival In Purcellville July 18

Purcellville’s fourth annual Wine & Food Festival will be Saturday, July 18 from 3 – 8 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This popular event was awarded the Visit Loudoun 2014 Tourism Event of the Year. To help offset some of the many fees associated with the event, Town Council set a $5 general admission fee. Children under 21 years of age and designated drivers (non-drinking) are free, and will be issued a designated wrist band at the entrance gates.

Families and friends can reserve a VIP café table with seating for ten for $250. Included is one bottle of wine, reserved seating for the entire event, early entrance at 2 p.m., and a keepsake wineglass. These tables offer exclusive seating for viewing the festival stage. Additionally, a limited group of four tables seating 6 each sells for $750 and includes covered, reserved seating by the gazebo and music stage, two bottles of wine and keepsake wineglasses. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased through the website at ?www.purcellvillewineandfood.com or directly through Ticketfly at www.ticketfly.com/event/869025.

A new feature this year is the beer garden. Four Purcellville breweries have a collaboration brew debuting at the festival. The brew is called “4 Saisons” and is a farmhouse Saison – a French word meaning ‘season’ – and is a broadly defined pale ale, generally highly carbonated, fruity and spicy. Historically, Saison was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there has been a massive revival.
This event is open to the public and will showcase the amazing wines, foods and other fineries from purveyors located in and around the town. There will be live music from a variety of local musicians, wineries, craft breweries, gourmet foods and wine related art and accessories. Attendees may purchase food, wine by the glass or bottle and wine tastings.

Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

June 12, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse Live will host the after party. To register, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/TeamMathias. … Continue Reading

Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27

June 12, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27
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Loudoun residents are invited to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding.

Loudoun residents are welcome to bring Household Hazardous Waste from their homes to these events. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, and expired fuel. … Continue Reading

Mosby Ranger Reunion on June 6

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Mosby Ranger Reunion on June 6

The Mosby Ranger Descendant Reunion will be on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. This gathering brings together not only descendants of soldiers who rode with Col. Mosby and his Rangers, but also people interested in the Civil War, local history, and heritage.

The program at the Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. in Middleburg, will feature Mosby historians and authors offering first-person interpretations, including David Goetz, Eric W. Buckland, Don Hakenson and Gary Carroll as Col. Mosby. A roll call will be read, allowing descendants a chance to stand and count on behalf of their ancestor’s Company within the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Lunch is included. … Continue Reading

Carver Center June Events

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Carver Center June Events

The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs.

Fathers’ Day Celebration
June 19, Friday, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Bus tickets are $2. For ages 55 and older. Take the Carver bus for a tour of the Mad Horse Brewery in Lovettesville to celebrate Fathers’ Day. After the tour you are invited to taste the beers for $5.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting
June 3 to July 15 Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Class cost is $20. For ages 55 and older. Participants will learn the basics of watercolor painting in a fun and supportive environment. All supplies will be provided.

Watercolor Phase Two
June 8 to July 13 Mondays. 10:00 a.m. to noon. Class cost is $30. For ages 55 and older. A class for students who have a basic understanding of working with watercolors.

Senior Outreach Services
Appointments may be made for first or third Mondays between 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. For ages 55 and older. Get confidential assistance linking you to services and support in the community. Call 703-737-8741 to make your appointment or sign up at Carver.

New Exhibit of Photography by Loudoun County High School Students

May 31, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Exhibit of Photography by Loudoun County High School Students
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The Leesburg Commission on Public Art is pleased to announce a new art exhibit on the second floor in the Leesburg Town Hall at 25 West Market Street. The Town of Leesburg 2nd Floor Exhibit Hall features rotating displays by Loudoun County Public School students.
The new exhibit features analogue (film) and digital photography by 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at Loudoun County High School. The student work showcases the best in traditional darkroom photography as well as the best of their digital photography spanning the entire 2014-2015 school year. Subject matters explored ranged from creative interpretation of a theme to specific topics. Many of these students are pursuing art careers in their post-secondary education.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, June 5, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., as part of the monthly First Friday celebration of the arts.

Honor Fallen Servicemen in Purcellville

May 20, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Honor Fallen Servicemen in Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville encourages all citizens to honor our fallen veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, at a Memorial Day Ceremony to begin at 11:45 a.m. at Town Hall, 221 S. Nursery Ave. in Purcellville. A detailed program of the ceremony can be found on the Town’s website calendar. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Board Recognizes National Emergency Medical Services Week

May 16, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun County Board Recognizes National Emergency Medical Services Week

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has officially proclaimed May 17-23, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Loudoun County. By formally recognizing these emergency medical professionals, Loudoun County hopes to bring awareness to the public regarding the critical roles our emergency medical providers play in our citizens’ day to day lives.

EMS Week joins together local communities and medical personnel to emphasize the safety of our citizens and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” This year’s National EMS Week theme, “EMS: Strong” recognizes the important contributions and dedication of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Music And Arts Festival

May 12, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Arts, Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Music And Arts Festival

Purcellville’s Second Annual Music & Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. Last year’s inaugural event drew approximately 2,000 attendees. This free, family oriented day will feature live music, a juried art show, local food, beer, wine, workshops, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. The event is sponsored by Carl Fisher of United Real Estate, Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Loudoun Valley Arts, and the Purcellville Arts Council. “For me, personally, it is a bit like a “homecoming” after my four-year run with “Arts in the Alley”, only this is more fun because there are a lot of dedicated volunteers working very hard to make this an enjoyable family event that will give others a chance to experience a bit of the unique culture of this very special area. As the primary event sponsor, I couldn’t be happier, having now gone “full circle” supporting an undertaking I have real passion for,” said Fisher.

The line-up and schedule has been confirmed and is as follows:

The Shamrockers (Rock) – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The I, IV, V’s (Blues) – 12 – 1 p.m.
The Immortals (Rock) – 2 – 3 p.m.
The Darby Brothers (80’s Rock) – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Robbie Limon Band (70’s Rock) – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Nikki Lynn (Pop) – 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mateo Monk (Jazz/Fusion) – 1 – 2 p.m.
Victor Torres (Rock/Country) – 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Minks Miracle Medicine (Folk Rock) – 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Franklin Park Big Band – 10:30- 11:30 a.m.
Chorus of Old Dominion – 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Loudoun Musical Theatre – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Valley Jazz Band – 4 – 5 p.m.

Moon Music
Hamilton Trio
Alie Campbell & Stephen Coakley
Stuart Hill – Native American Flute

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The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015


“[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


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


– 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


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


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


– 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


– 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


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

1 Jul 2015


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

2 Jul 2015


– 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


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


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


– 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


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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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending


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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Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015


– 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

Ignite Takes Silver at Spring Fling resized

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


– 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


– 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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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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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015


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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