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Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Taylor Justice Honored For Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

Taylor Justice, a seventh grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School was honored May 23 for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Del. Randy Minchew presented Taylor with a commending resolution to recognize her achivement. As part of a team of women participating in the kick-off climb for the organization Climb for Conservation, the nine day trek spotlighted the ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and the conservation of the critically endangered African Black Rhino, which lives right outside Kilimanjaro National Park.

Left to right, Brion Bell BRMS Principal, Taylor Justice and Delegate Randy Minchew.

Sheriff Chapman Invited as Guest Lecturer for FBI National Academy

May 5, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Sheriff Chapman Invited as Guest Lecturer for FBI National Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman was at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Tuesday, as a guest lecturer for students of the 253rd session of the FBI National Academy in the Contemporary Issues in Police/Media Relations class.

During his presentation, Sheriff Chapman discussed high-profile cases that he worked while serving as a Special Agent with the DEA and compared them with some of the issues he faces as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Bill Testa – An Artist “At Home”

May 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Bill Testa – An Artist “At Home”
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By Andrea Gaines

Knowing that local craftsman Bill Testa and his wife see the family’s home as their very own piece of western Loudoun paradise, you are prepared for something special.

But, once inside you realize that you are looking at, not just a very unique space, but an art gallery in the form of one of the most comfortable home environments you have ever entered.

Everything in Testa’s home is very functional. Kitchen cabinets with lots of convenient storage, all in the right place. Perfectly appointed fireplaces in just about every room. A large, two-story sunroom in back that is toasty warm or beautifully cool regardless of the season and decorated with all manner of interesting old farm implements and family memorabilia. A dark and quiet study with wonderful antique furniture and old world paneling. … Continue Reading

Meredith Miller of Purcellville Initiated in National Leadership Honor Society at Mary Baldwin College

April 18, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Meredith Miller of Purcellville Initiated in National Leadership Honor Society at Mary Baldwin College

Meredith Miller of Purcellville has been initiated into the Laurel Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honor society in leadership at Mary Baldwin College. ODK recognizes and encourages leadership in five areas of college life: scholarship; social, service, or religious activities and campus government; athletics; journalism, speech, and the mass media; creative and performing arts.

Juniors and seniors students ranked in the top 35 percent of their class and excelling in at least two of the above five categories are encouraged to apply. One member of the faculty, staff, or administration and one alumna/us may be elected each year as well. The Laurel Circle, installed at MBC in 1976, was the first circle of ODK to be established at a women’s college.

Meredith Miller To Join Phi Beta Kappa

April 7, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Meredith Miller To Join Phi Beta Kappa

Meredith Miller of Purcellville was tapped for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Mary Baldwin College’s spring Honors Convocation. Membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. The Society, founded in 1776, maintains high standards for individual members as well as for the colleges from which members are elected. Mary Baldwin College is one of only 280 institutions to shelter a chapter, Lambda of Virginia.
To be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a student must have demonstrated through her or his undergraduate record a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences that is both broad and deep. In addition to a very high GPA, minimum eligibility requirements include foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. Standards for election as a junior are higher than for seniors. The ideal Phi Beta Kappan is a model of intellectual curiosity, academic integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.

David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

March 21, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on David Keran of Round Hill Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that David Keran, of Round Hill, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Keran is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at Longwood University.

Keran is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers

March 6, 2013 by Tim Jon Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Interview with Upper Loudoun Little League President, Norris Beavers
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If we selected a ‘Mister Loudoun County,’ Norris Beavers would certainly be a top candidate: Middleburg Postmaster for 18 years (retired in 2007), pillar of his church (Emmanuel Episcopal in Middleburg) and long-running President for Upper Loudoun Little League (ULLL). Born and raised in Loudoun County, he attended Lincoln Elementary and Loudoun Valley High Schools. Just think of the local residents he has known in his time, and the lives he has touched: Beavers served as Postmaster for the historic community of Waterford before his tenure in Middleburg, and he worked at the Leesburg Post Office prior to that. He’s held several positions for his local church (vestry member for five terms, cemetery committee chairman, and co-treasurer, not to mention lay ministry member for many years). His service to ULLL includes almost three decades as Board Member, and 13 years as President. No surprise that his three sons all played Little League, as well. Norris Beavers also does some ‘hoopin,’ with about 15 years of refereeing for the Western Loudoun Basketball League, and Board Membership for that organization approaching two decades. We’re happy to share his views on local youth sports, from this recent interview …

Tim Jon: How did you get started in youth sports – and, what do you enjoy most (these days) about being involved in kids’ athletics?
Norris Beavers: With three sons, I wanted them to have a positive experience playing sports. I realize I could make a positive experience for many other kids also. That is what motivates me today.

TJ: Not everybody’s going to be a Ray Lewis or a Roberto Clemente, but team sports can still help in our development. What are your thoughts on this? … Continue Reading

Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart

March 6, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart
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All truly great artists have one thing in common: they do the kind of art that they do, not because of some outside force, but because their inner creative spark sends them in that direction, period.

Reginald Simms is that kind of artist.

As a young child, Reggie was fascinated by the covers of National Geographic Magazine. (“I couldn’t get a library card but sometimes they’d ask me to help mend the bindings in old books and magazines,” said Reggie.) And so, today (naturally) he is a man on a mission to paint a set of 12 huge oils depicting in minute detail his favorite covers from the magazine. One of the most iconic magazine covers ever … turned into a breathtaking piece of art. … Continue Reading

Jessica Wilson: Chasing the Light

February 19, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jessica Wilson: Chasing the Light
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To sit down with Mt. Gilead landscape artist Jessica Wilson is to know right away that you are in the presence of a really remarkable soul.

The outdoor scenes that surround her mountaintop studio, and the exquisite layers of paint she leaves on her canvases, are really one in the same – broad, sweeping limbs of ancient trees, lichen covered
stone walls, weathered farm buildings – all dancing with subtle earthy colors.

As Jessica describes it, landscape painters “chase the light,” following a process – a path – through shade, shadow, space and structure to create their works of art. And, that concept actually says quite a bit about the artist herself. For, she too has been on quite a journey. … Continue Reading

James Madison University Announces Fall 2012 Graduates

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on James Madison University Announces Fall 2012 Graduates

The following students graduated from James Madison University during the December 15, 2012 commencement exercises:

Kyle Rosel of Round Hill, graduated with a bachelor of business administraton degree in management.
Matthew Martin of Hamilton, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

Area Residents Receive JMU President’s List Honors

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Area Residents Receive JMU President’s List Honors

The following James Madison University students have been named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester:

Elise Sawtelle of Leesburg. Sawtelle is a senior whose major is athletic training.
Seana Sears of Round Hill. Sears is a senior whose major is biology.
Byron Young of Waterford. Young is a sophomore whose major is biophysical chemistry.
Ryan Harris of Purcellville. Harris is a freshman whose major is communication studies.
James Paschal of Leesburg. Paschal is a senior whose major is computer information systems.
Briana Biggs of Lovettsville. Biggs is a junior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Samantha Gibson of Purcellville. Gibson is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Kathleen Sheehan of Leesburg. Sheehan is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies. … Continue Reading

JMU Students Receive Semester Dean’s List Honors

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on JMU Students Receive Semester Dean’s List Honors

The following James Madison University students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester:

Tiffany Adler of Purcellville. Adler is a senior whose major is studio art.
Alison Anderson of Waterford. Anderson is a freshman whose major is undeclared.
Devin Buennemeyer of Hamilton. Buennemeyer is a sophomore whose major is physics.
Philip Cangelosi of Leesburg. Cangelosi is a junior whose major is communications studies.
Erik Carlson of Lovettsville. Carlson is a sophomore whose major is economics.
Adele Carnemark of Waterford. Carnemark is a senior whose major is interdisciplinary liberal studies.
Andrew Carnes of Leesburg. Carnes is a sophomore whose major is psychology.
James Corcoran of Waterford. Corcoran is a senior whose major is physics. … Continue Reading

Parker Helble of Round Hill Presents Research at Energy Conference

February 2, 2013 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Parker Helble of Round Hill Presents Research at Energy Conference

Parker Helble, a senior at James Madison University, presented research this week at the Energy and Sustainability Conference in Richmond.

Helble, an engineering major, was part of a team that presented on converting locally generated waste cooking oil to biodiesel.

The Energy and Sustainability Conference brings together national leaders from various businesses and market sectors to discuss how sustainability is changing and influencing the future of organizations and businesses. Sessions focused on market sectors in manufacturing, healthcare, local and state government, higher education and commercial real estate.

The conference was held Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and was hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.

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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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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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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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