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Dream of a Good Death

November 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 1 comment
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By Eric Werling

I’m drawn to a Thursday evening performance of a folk operetta and Civil War history lesson, “Dream of a Good Death” by Clark Hansbarger and the Bitter Liberals, which I read about in the Loudoun News. I leave work early, commute home from D.C. in time to kiss my wife goodnight and hop back in the truck for the 8:00 p.m. show at Franklin Park. I sit in the theater a few minutes before the show, alone in the small crowd, a little self-conscious because I don’t normally go to shows alone. But soon those thoughts are replaced with wonder. We live in a small Virginia town – with a name like Purcellville, it is guaranteed to remain a small town forever. But I have just discovered that Purcellville has a theater worthy of a small city! They completed this place seven years ago. Why haven’t I been here before? … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best

November 28, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best
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The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the 24th Annual Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on December 6 and 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the show and parking is free. Arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their handcrafted items in the basketball courts, main hallway, aerobics room and lower level.

With a variety of vendors, there is sure to be something to please every shopper. Brighten your home with unique fine art, home décor and seasonal items, accessories or glass items, handcrafted wooden furniture, candles and more. Indulge in great foods such as syrup, salsas, jellies, breads, dips, and of course, chocolate. The jewelry selection will include many unique designs that will compliment all your fashions. There will be something for everyone.

The show will feature approximately 95 local and regional crafters at this annual event. This craft show is the perfect opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind gift.

For more information, call Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368 or visit http://www.leesburgva.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation/festivals-community-events/holidays-in-leesburg.

The Loudoun Chorale Presents a Holiday Concert featuring the Mass of St. Nicholas

November 23, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Loudoun Chorale Presents a Holiday Concert featuring the Mass of St. Nicholas
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The Loudoun Chorale, under the direction of William Propst and accompanied by Beverly Clark, will perform a mix of classical and seasonal music, including the Mass of St. Nicholas by Joseph Haydn, seasonal pieces arranged by John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Vaughn Williams, as well as other holiday pieces, concluding with our traditional singalong of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Concert dates, times, and locations are:

Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
711 W. Main St. in Purcellville

Sunday, December 7, 4:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
605 W. Market St. in Leesburg
This concert will be followed by a reception

General admission tickets are Adults/$12 online, $14 at the door, Seniors/$10, Youth/$10; Under 7/Free. For more information visit www.loudounchorale.org.

LINK Thanksgiving Program News

November 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle 1 comment
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Members of Sigma Mu Mu of Loudoun County, VA Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity volunteered at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling on Saturday, November 15 to support the LINK Thanksgiving Food Distribution program. The men’s group managed traffic control for the steady flow of 55 family pick-ups an hour as shopping carts totaling over 50,000 pounds of non perishable groceries, and 750 pounds of frozen meat and 300 pounds of vegetables and fruit were loaded into needy family vehicles from our local neighborhoods. LINK was able to provide three to five days worth of supermarket food and a grocery gift certificate to 776 families (3,880 people) at both Christ the Redeemer and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon during the all day event. Sterling United Methodist Church also distributed 2,500 winter coats, hats scarfs and mittens.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Wiggs.

Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7

November 18, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont Train Station to Hold Holiday Open House December 7
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The Bluemont Mill Train Station will be holding an Annual Holiday Open House on December 7, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All are invited to explore the Train Station Museum, featuring an antique train set and Bluemont Village, enjoy an arrowhead exhibit courtesy of Ralph Cochran, meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and browse participating holiday shopping vendors.

“Santa Cares” will also be accepting food donations during the event. Help feed our hungry for Christmas!

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New Organ To Highlight Christmas Music Service at Middleburg United Methodist Church

November 16, 2014 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on New Organ To Highlight Christmas Music Service at Middleburg United Methodist Church
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Middleburg United Methodist Church will dedicate their new organ at their annual Christmas music service Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.. The clear, rich sounds of the new organ will be enhanced by string accompaniment provided by Alan Saucedo on cello and Cynthia Saucedo on violin. The new organ is a gift from the Donald Taylor family in memory of his late parents Margaret and Chester Taylor and from the estate of Janis E. Combs, a longtime choir member at the church. Allen Organ Company, the largest and best-known purveyor of church organs in the United States, supplied the powerful new instrument, which embodies the most advanced technology available. The quality of the sound is that of a large, complex pipe organ, and can replicate various types of organs such as baroque European models. The organ can also play the notes of other musical instruments such as trumpet, piccolo, and chimes. … Continue Reading

Eden Troupe Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical

November 11, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Eden Troupe Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical

Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Eden Troupe’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical running from November 20-22 at Patrick Henry College’s Townhall. The musical version stays true to the classic story, but comes even more alive with singing and dancing.

This musical has a unique repertoire of songs, from the finger snapping, “Second-Class Angel,” the swinging, “Would You Like to Dance with Me?” the sweet love song, “If You Want the Moon,” the villainous song, “Go Ahead and Run,” to the tear-jerking song, “My Life.” The show has a wide variety of dance numbers, including jazz, Charleston, and swing dancing. … Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Workshop Offered in Leesburg

November 11, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Alzheimer’s Workshop Offered in Leesburg

Alzheimer’s Association will hold a workshop on “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” on December 3, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Leesburg Adult Day Center, 16501 Meadowview Court in Leesburg.

This free workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. Topics covered include: … Continue Reading

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers? Turkey Pot Pie

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle Comments Off on What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers? Turkey Pot Pie
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Ingredients
For the Crust:
1 1/4 cups unbleached white flour or gluten free flour, plus more for work surface
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 to 5 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Games for Children and Adults

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle Comments Off on Thanksgiving Games for Children and Adults

By Andrea Gaines

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with the family … with enough breaks from the cooking and eating to enjoy a little exercise and/or fun activities.
Here are four games that kids and adults can play together:

Turkey Touch Football. This is pretty self-explanatory … sort of! Divide into teams just as you would for touch football, but, instead of using a real football, use a stuffed toy made in the form of a turkey. Winning team gets to hold on to the stuffed turkey until Thanksgiving 2015 when it turns it over to the next winning team. (Winning team also gets to choose their preferred place at the 2014 Thanksgiving table.) … Continue Reading

Talking Turkey

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Talking Turkey
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By Andrea Gaines
The turkey is a very delicious as well as a very popular bird.

The number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up three percent from 2013 to 2014 and now tops 16 million. The total number raised nationwide in 2014 is forecasted to be approximately 235 million, down two percent from 2013. The largest turkey-producing state is Minnesota, with Virginia ranking fifth and growing.

Today, consumers have many, many choices about what kind of bird they’ll enjoy on Thanksgiving – a fresh or frozen conventional turkey, an “organic” turkey (defined as a bird that has been raised on organic grain and which may or may not be “free range”), or a true free range bird (defined as one that has ample access to the outdoors and “raises itself” on a diet most natural to the species, including grubs and other insects). … Continue Reading

Loudoun Country Day School To Hold Annual Veterans Day Tribute

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Country Day School To Hold Annual Veterans Day Tribute
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Loudoun Country Day School will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Tuesday, November 11, from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. For this event, students are encouraged to invite family members and friends who are veterans or active duty military for a full morning program that involves a bagpiper, a flag raising, the pre-kindergarten leading the Pledge of Allegiance, musical numbers by kindergarten – second grades, and a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by the fifth grade.  Honored guests then visit the classrooms of their host students, sharing their experiences and talking about the locations where they served. … Continue Reading

BBQ to Benefit Fire House

October 22, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on BBQ to Benefit Fire House
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On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, Old 690 Brewing Company and Big Frank’s BBQ will be sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company. The event will run from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day at 15670 Ashbury Church Road in Purcellville. Come join us for food, music and fun.

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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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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