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Loudoun Election Officials Release Names Of Candidates On November Ballot

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Election Officials Release Names Of Candidates On November Ballot
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The Loudoun County Electoral Board announces that the following candidates for local offices have filed all the required paperwork with the Office of Elections and Voter Registration to appear on the November 3 General Election ballot:

Constitutional Officers
• Clerk of the Circuit Court – Gary M. Clemens, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock
• Commonwealth’s Attorney – Robert J. Ohneiser, James E. ‘Jim’ Plowman
• Sheriff – Brian P. Allman; Michael L. ‘Mike’ Chapman, Steve O. Simpson
• Commissioner of Revenue – Robert S. ‘Bob’ Wertz Jr.
• Treasurer – Evan D. Macbeth, H. Roger Zurn Jr.
Soil and Water Conservation District
• Soil and Water Conservation Director, Loudoun (vote for 3) – John P. Flannery II, Marina R. Schumacher, L. Ali Shahriari, E. Burwell Wingfield, James K. Wiley

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Lovettsville Co-op Attracts 450 Members

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Lovettsville Co-op Attracts 450 Members
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The Lovettsville Cooperative Market Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the co-op has recently surpassed last year’s interim target of 450 members. The co-op continues its efforts to bring a full-service, member-owned grocery store to downtown Lovettsville to serve Loudoun County as well as surrounding communities in Maryland.

Building membership continues to be a key factor as member equity is one of the main ways to finance this project. Lovettsville Cooperative Market’s next projected target is set at 600 members to successfully proceed with the subsequent phase of required financing. Community support and investment will help make the local grocery store a reality.

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Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary
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In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
 
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New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement
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– By Andrea Gaines

Cynthia A. McAlister – accompanied by an enthusiastic crowd of family and supporters – was sworn in as Purcellville’s new chief of police in June, taking the oath of office before Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Her first official day at work in Purcellville was June 15.

The Purcellville Police Department is among five departments serving the people of Purcellville – including Administration, Community Development, Finance and Public Works – and currently employs 16 sworn officers and one civilian. A group of local citizen volunteers known as the Purcellville Citizen Support Team, Inc. has been working with the police department since early 2000 to “aid and support … in the prevention of crime and the promotion of safety.”

McAlister is now the top public official in charge of it all.

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Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting
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At the June Purcellville Town Council meeting, council member Patrick McConville formally announced that he had started a new job with Bowman Consulting.

Founded in 1995, Bowman offers its clients a wide variety of services related to land development, transportation, mining, power and energy, structural design, wastewater, construction management and surveying. It also provides clients with zoning and regulatory expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. While its headquarters are in Chantilly, it has dozens of offices nationwide and operates in 11 other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location
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Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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Stage Is Set For Purcellville’s July 7, 8, 9 Zoning Debate

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News 1 comment
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No-Size-Limit Big Box Stores, By-Right Drive-Thrus And More On Developers’ Wish List

The Purcellville Planning Commission has finalized its agenda for the approximately 229 zoning regulations that will be the subject of three major public input sessions in early July.

The commission’s agenda ranges from uses that will remain unchanged in residential, commercial and industrial zones, to new uses that would now fall into the by-right category, eliminating requirements for public input before a particular project can proceed. These by-right uses include drive-thrus, no-size-limit big box stores, and high-density town center-style developments.

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Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County

June 26, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Let the Games Begin! World Police & Fire Games Events to be Held in Loudoun County
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Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events will be held June 26 through July 5, 2015. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.

“I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. “I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads.

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Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes

June 22, 2015 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes
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The Town of Purcellville Planning Commission will hold public input sessions on July 7, 8, and 9 to hear comments on proposed changes to the Purcellville Zoning Ordinance regarding permitted and special uses in the R-2 Single Family Residential District, R-3 Duplex Residential District, R-3A Office Residential District, R-8 Townhouse Residential District, R-15 Apartment Residential District, RT Single Family Residential District, C-1 Office Commercial District, MC Mixed Commercial District, C-4 Central Commercial District, CM-1 Local Service Industrial District, M-1 Limited Industrial District, PDH Planned Development Housing, X Transitional District, IP Institutional and Public Use District, and AC Agricultural Conservancy/Commercial District. … Continue Reading

Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic
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The investigation into a former volunteer paramedic for inappropriate contact with a minor has identified a second victim in the case.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling turned himself over to authorities June 22 and was charged with rape, attempted forcible sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. … Continue Reading

Preventing Heat Emergencies

June 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Preventing Heat Emergencies
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As the sweltering summer heat blankets our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue teams with the American Red Cross to remind everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

Follow these simple safety measures from the American Red Cross to help avoid heat related emergencies:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
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Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015
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06/13/2015 – 3:16 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Aggravated Assault
Police were called to the scene of an assault. The victim had suffered injuries that were not deemed to be too serious. Investigation determined that two groups of individuals had been involved in a verbal argument at a bar outside of town and had met up in a parking lot of a business in town. At that time, the victim was assaulted by a subject. The offender has been identified but the victim is reluctant to pursue charges at this time. The investigation is continuing. … Continue Reading

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud

June 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud
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A Loudoun County jury deliberated until nearly 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10 before concluding the case of Jether M. Jones III. Jones was being tried on charges stemming from of a series of transactions in a prescription fraud scheme. Jones faced three counts: uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud, and possession of heroin. The jury fixed the punishment at fifteen years in prison. … Continue Reading

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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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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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