Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Sketch Club Exhibits Artwork
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Original Paintings on Display November 11 – December 13

The sixth annual Loudoun Sketch Club art show and sale opens November 11 at the Hillsborough Winery and includes a wide variety of original work – paintings, drawings and photographs – by dozens of Loudoun artists, both established and emerging. The exhibit, juried by artist/instructor Dean Taylor Drewyer, is on display through December 13.

Come meet and talk with the artists during an Opening Reception on November 13 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments and Hillsborough wines will be served. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event

October 30, 2011 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Attorney General Cuccinelli Talks Eminent Domain Abuses, Property Rights at NAACP Event
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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed more than 200 attendees today at the NAACP State Convention in Richmond, discussing government abuses of eminent domain and the property rights constitutional amendment currently pending in the General Assembly.

The attorney general spoke about eminent domain and urban renewal, a project in the 1960s in which the government would raze blighted or poor neighborhoods, transforming the land for public use. This process displaced thousands of families and individuals, often in African-American neighborhoods, forcing them to give up their homes, businesses, and property, and forcing many into public housing. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

October 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 23, 2011

10/23/11 – 1:51 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Larceny – Victim reports that some one stole items from their house. Loss valued at $100.00.
10/23/11 – 3:00 p.m. – 500 block of E. G St – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one drove through their yard. Damage valued at $100.00.
10/27/11 – During the night – 200 block of S. Maple Ave. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that some one threw a rock through their window. Damage valued at $50.00.

Purcellville To Host First Annual Halloween Block Party

October 29, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle 1 comment

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 30.

Everyone loves Halloween… kids, adults, even pets bring ‘em all to 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. We’re throwing our First Annual Halloween Block Party on Sunday night October 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. filled with fun for the whole family.

Enter the whole family in the Costume Contest and win cash prizes. … Continue Reading

To Question Uranium Supply

October 28, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on To Question Uranium Supply
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“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

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On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn, off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. The public is invited free of charge and there will be some food. No advanced registration is required. This article is extracted from my presentation. … Continue Reading

Pond Rescue in Middleburg

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Pond Rescue in Middleburg
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At approximately 8:10 a.m. Wednesday October 26, 2011, fire rescue units from Middleburg, Aldie, Philomont and Leesburg were dispatched to Atoka Chase Lane and St. Louis Road for an auto accident with a sinking vehicle. Units arrived on scene to find a partially submerged vehicle and an adult male floating in a large pond.

The engine and medic crews from Middleburg acted quickly, throwing rescue rope to the driver and pulling him to safety. The medic crew immediately removed the patient from the cold and into the ambulance. He was transported to Cornwall hospital for moderate hyperthermia and was being admitted for observation. … Continue Reading

Thomas Balch Library to Host 19th Annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 13, 2011

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Thomas Balch Library to Host 19th Annual Loudoun History Awards on Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 19th annual Loudoun History Awards, sponsored by the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission, will honor four individuals who have made long-term contributions to local history research and writing. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room at the Thomas Balch Library, located at 208 West Market Street in Leesburg.

This year’s honorees are: … Continue Reading

Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Call For Entries: Barns and Farms of Loudoun County

The 10th annual Barns and Farms Show has a new dimension this year! Loudoun’s sister-county, Main Taunus Kreis (MTK), near Frankfort, Germany on the Rhine River, has invited the Franklin Park Arts Center to coordinate an exhibition of artwork depicting our agricultural region, to be displayed in their government center gallery in the spring of 2012. The artwork to be sent to the exhibition will be chosen from the pieces submitted to the Barns and Farms show. Loudoun has an enormous amount of local talent and the Arts Center is excited for the opportunity to showcase this talent internationally. Participation in the traveling show is optional; artists may enter the Barns and Farms show and chose not to be part of the selection process.

For an entry form, visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions.

The exhibit will be on display in our gallery from Friday, November 18 through December 30.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band To Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Community Swing Band Returns For Two More Concerts

Western Loudoun’s newest community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

Thanks from the Yeatts Family

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

Words cannot express our gratitude for the overwhelming support and kindness we’ve received since our home was destroyed by fire on September 26. We wish to express our deep appreciation for the generosity that the Loudoun community has showered on us since the fire– the gifts of food, furniture, toys, clothing and funds are helping us to rebuild our lives. We especially wish to thank the hard working firefighters and emergency responders who tried to save our home. We also wish to thank those who organized, donated to and attended the fundraiser for us on October 15 including Philip Message of the Bush Tabernacle for use of the Purcellville Skating Rink to host the event, Brian Damewood of Tillett and Damewood Auctioneers for conducting the live auction, the Purcellville Merchants Association (especially Dan Abramson of Belle Maison, Scott Kinney of Shamrock Music Shoppe, Michael Oakes of ReLoveIt, Kelli Grim of the Little Green Dress Shop, and Jennifer Alves of Jazzy Jenn Designs) for organizing the event along with many volunteers and many generous contributors to the silent auction, especially John & Robin Heyner of Round Hill.

This outpouring of support has made us ever more aware how fortunate we are to live in Purcellville, among such loving neighbors and friends. There is no substitute for small town kindness. We hope to see you in our store, Its Bazaar on 21st Street in Purcellville, so that we can thank you for your kindness in person, and hope you will celebrate with us in 8 to 12 months time when our permanent home is rebuilt.

With our deepest gratitude,
The Yeatts Family: Bill & Rebecca, Hunter, Chase, MacKenzie and Aideendale

November is Happy Cats Month

October 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on November is Happy Cats Month
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November is a time to give thanks, and the Loudoun County Animal Shelter hopes to make a feline friend one of your blessings with the Happy Cats-giving program.

All cats adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter in November will be spayed/neutered for free (if necessary). That means that all kittens will have a $40 adoption fee! Cats aged six months to seven years will have a $20 adoption fee, and all cats over seven years will only be $10.

Cats outrank dogs as America’s # 1 pet, and it is easy to see why. They may have the reputation for being aloof, but that’s often far from true. Cats are affectionate, playful, and loyal. They make wonderful pets, and their natural independence often means they are easier to care for and adapt to our busy schedules. … Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse

October 28, 2011 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff’s Office Seeks Whereabouts of John Thomas Gallihugh, Wanted for Felony Child Abuse
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for child abuse.

John Thomas Gallihugh, 30, of no fixed address, is a White male, 6’ tall, 185 pounds, with blue eyes and a shaved/bald head. … Continue Reading

Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated

October 25, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Alex Keepers Memorial Sculpture Dedicated
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Family, friends and coworkers gathered Sunday October 9 to witness the dedication of a sculpture honoring a lost firefighter, friend, brother and son. Alex Keepers, a lieutenant with Loudoun County Fire-Rescue, who tragically lost his life while on his way to work the morning of December 31, 2007, will be forever memorialized at the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center.

Alex was hired by Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management on January 31, 2002. He worked his way up the ranks from firefighter to Technician and was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2007. Alex was assigned to Middleburg Fire Station #3 at the time of his death and had previously worked in Aldie, Arcola, Loudoun Rescue and Lovettsville. … Continue Reading

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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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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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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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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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