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Lady Vikings Give Back

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Give Back

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this season. One Community, One Cause. The Lady Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-42.

Photo: Lady Vikings and their honorees.

Blue Ridge Team Visits Salamander Resort

February 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Blue Ridge Team Visits Salamander Resort
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The Blue Ridge Middle School travel basketball team recently got a tour of the new Salamander Resort in Middleburg from the owner herself, Sheila Johnson. Team mom Deb Cadenas contacted Johnson asking for a sponsorship to buy some spirit wear for the team.

“I was shocked when I got a call personally from Dr. J. at my home saying she wanted to not only help our school but the whole Western Loudoun Basketball League with a gold sponsorship,” Cadenas said. “This is a $10,000 gift that helps over 100 teams. She said she loves basketball and wanted to help the kids play sports and knew it was expensive to pay for court time. Our team was so taken back by her generosity that it made a profound impact on both the players and their parents.” … Continue Reading

Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

December 30, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014
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Registration for both leagues is now open.
 
Registration for the Spring 2014 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast.  The Town is excited to offer for the first time two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football Elite League.  These two leagues will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Flag Football Teams Make Run at NFL Regional Championship

December 3, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee Flag Football Teams Make Run at NFL Regional Championship
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The Leesburg NFL Flag Football league was represented by two teams at the New York Jets NFL Regional Tournament held in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on November 16.

The 12-and-under “Ida Lee Fast and Furious,” coached by Eric Johnson and Dave Sorrell, had an outstanding tournament, and were undefeated – allowing zero points in pool play, earning them the number two seed out of 36 teams. Ultimately, they fell just short in the semifinals in a hard fought game.  The 10-and-under “Ida Lee Gamer’z,” coached by Brian Dean and Mike Scarnato, also had very successful pool play.  The Gamer’z finished pool play undefeated and only gave up 6 points, earning them the number three seed out of 28 teams.   Despite a valiant effort, they lost in the second round of playoffs against a tough Boston team. … Continue Reading

Inaugural Loudoun Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Local FCA

October 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Inaugural Loudoun Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Local FCA

Northern Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes raised close to $10,000 at their Inaugural Loudoun Golf Tournament on September 24. Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Mark Stock, cornerback and Hall of Famer Darrell Green and defensive end Charles Mann showed their support by attending the event and taking photos with guests.

Mark Stock, title sponsor and tournament coordinator, said, “We are excited with the success of the tournament. Everyone enjoyed a day of golfing, competition and fellowship. I’m looking forward to future FCA events and continuing to raise awareness and funds for our local FCA.”

Eighty-seven golfers and many spectators attended the Inaugural Golf Tournament to show their support of NOVA FCA.

Ashley Smith with Hall of Famer Darrell Green and Former Redskins Player Charles Mann


FCA Loudoun Golf Scramble Banana Ball Champions with Charles Mann and Darrell Green


Former Washington Redskins Players Charless Mann, Darrell Green and Mark Stock


Mark Stock, Title Sponsor and Tournament Coordinator, with Former NFL Teammates Darrell Green and Charles Mann.

Loudoun Wins Babe Ruth World Series

August 24, 2013 by Contributor News, Sports Comments Off on Loudoun Wins Babe Ruth World Series
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The Greater Loudoun Lions won the Babe Ruth World Series, and became the first host team to win the 13-15 year old title. The Lions defeated Westchester, California 8-3 to win the championship, Saturday.

In the fourth inning the Lions scored six runs to take the commanding lead. Previously, the best performance by a Loudoun host team was fourth place. Austin Rader was named the most outstanding player for the series.

The team included coaches Mike Lockhart and Glenn Graves, and the manager was Tim Owen. The players on the Lions were: Kaleb Bowman, Hunter Gore, Hank Biggs, Christian McDowell, Adam Lockhart, Sam White, Jack Howard, Zack Costello, Ryan Hanvey, Trey McDyre, Griffin Buscavage Austin Rader, Nick Lemanski, Clayton Baine and Kyle Bowles.

Greater Loudoun Team Edges Closer to Babe Ruth World Series Win

August 23, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Greater Loudoun Team Edges Closer to Babe Ruth World Series Win

The Greater Loudoun Lions, currently 3-1 in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series, go up against Brazowood, Texas in the semi-finals tonight at 8:00 p.m. Saginaw Valley, Michigan will play Westchester, California in the semi-finals at 5:30 p.m. The World Series championship takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Tournament passes are $25 for an individual and $45 for a family (up to four members). Daily tickets cost $7. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Parking at Fireman’s Field is limited. The public is asked to park at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Additional weekend and evening parking is available at Loudoun Valley Community, 320 W. School Street, Purcellville.

Updated game information and scores are available at www.loudounbrws.com.

Babe Ruth World Series Update

August 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Babe Ruth World Series Update

The 2013 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series is happening right now in Purcellville. There is still time to catch some championship baseball. Here are the details:

Dates: The tournament ends Aug. 24.

Where: All games will be played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Parking: Parking at Fireman’s Field is limited. The public is asked to park at Emerick Elementary School, 440 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Additional weekend and evening parking is available at Loudoun Valley Community, 320 W. School Street, Purcellville.

Home Run Derby: A Home Run Derby will be played prior to the 8:00 p.m. game on August 21. … Continue Reading

Greater Loudoun World Series Host Team Scores Third Win

August 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Greater Loudoun World Series Host Team Scores Third Win

Greater Loudoun won again Monday, August 19, in the 13-15-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series currently taking place at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville. The local host team scored an 8-1 victory over Cranston, RI. They are now 3-0 in the tournament, with one pool game against Twin Cities, WA on Tuesday, August 20, at 8:00 p.m.

The top three teams in each division will play a single-game elimination tournament to determine the championship. Greater Loudoun has secured a spot in the single elimination and, with a win on Tuesday, would lock up first place and earn a bye to the semi-finals on Friday, August 23. The tournament continues through Saturday, August 24. All games are played at Fireman’s Field, 250 Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

All-Star Teams Win Their Districts

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on All-Star Teams Win Their Districts
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Two Upper Loudoun Little League All-Star teams had a summer of baseball with district and state play.

The Upper Loudoun American Little League team (comprised of 12 year olds) won the District 16 championship in early July with a final score of 16 – 2 in only four innings played against Loudoun South. During the District 16 tournament this lineup of players outscored opponents to a differential of 61 runs scored to 5 runs allowed in their five games, playing all the way through the winners bracket. Their tournament pitching was “lights out” according to team manager Jeff Brown. They had the most home runs of any tournament team at 15. Connor Miller led the team with five home runs, John “JB” Byram hit four and John Marquart added three. They also turned eight infield double plays along their march to winning the championship being led by Andrew Dunkleberger with six turns from second base. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Dragons Rugby

July 31, 2013 by Contributor Sports 4 comments
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Loudoun Rugby has announced the results of the 6th Annual 2013 Summer Youth & High School Championship tournament from this past weekend, July 27-28, held at Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall.

Loudoun’s emerging coed touch rugby program was given was given a boost when their U7 team took home the VA state championship title on Saturday, July 27th in only their 2nd year as a program. Led by coaches, Chris Scheuerman, Ken Fraine, and David Downer, the team won went undefeated in pool play against Great Falls (30-15), and Alexandria (40-5) and was seeded 1st, which earned them a spot in the Cup Final match against Springfield where they won 40-5.The team was lead by the “Big 3” Christopher Scheuerman, 7 (also named tournament U7 MVP), Taylor Downer, 7, and Tyler Fraine, 7, all of Leesburg and all of whom won the state championships as 6-yr-olds in the 2012 tournament. The U7 team also went undefeated during the regular season and finished with a perfect record. After the win, Coach Scheuermancommented “I’m so proud of our kids. We set this goal as a team at the beginning of the season and the kids practice hard, listened to their coaches, and played well as a team.” … Continue Reading

Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open

July 20, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Liberty Wins Mid Atlantic All Star Open
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The Western Loudoun Liberty 12u Girls Softball team won the 2013 Mid Atlantic All Star Open, which was held July 13-14 in Laurel, Maryland. The Liberty outscored their opponents 70-46 over six games, which culminated in a 11-4 victory over the Ashburn Pride in the championship game.

Photo: Natalie Blankenship delivers a pitch

Fastpitch Looking for Talent

July 10, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Fastpitch Looking for Talent
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Fielder’s Choice Premier Fastpitch, formerly known as FC ’98, will be holding tryouts for talented fastpitch girls looking to compete at the 18U level. FCP will be playing at the showcase, regional and national levels in the fall 2013/spring 2014 season. All tryouts will be held at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville:

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information, e-mail Coach Larry Hays at lhays70455@aol.com or visit www.fielderschoicesoftball.com

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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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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