Leesburg Offers Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays

November 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Offers Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays
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Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at all on-street parking meters will be free from Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown. The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. Free parking will begin on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The tradition of providing free holiday parking in downtown Leesburg began in 2005. … Continue Reading

Governor Volunteers at Foodbank

November 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor Volunteers at Foodbank
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Governor McDonnell, Mrs. McDonnell and their children Sean, Bobby and Rachel volunteered today at the Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond. While there, Governor McDonnell also stopped to thank others working to sort food donations, including Jason Anderson who was helped by the food bank and a local shelter after losing his home during Hurricane Isabel. He now works for the Central Virginia Foodbank and says he is grateful to be part of the company, giving back.

To learn more about the Central Virginia Foodbank, visit https://feedmore.org/food-bank

Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer

International Cesarean Awareness Network To Meet

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on International Cesarean Awareness Network To Meet

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) of Loudoun will be holding their December Chapter Meeting at the Rust Library in Leesburg on Monday December 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The address is 380 Old Waterford Rd., NW, Leesburg.

ICAN aims to promote evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, birth, cesarean recovery and VBAC as well as offer emotional and educational support to mothers and families in Loudoun County. The chapter meeting creates opportunities for women of like minds to meet in a safe place to share their experiences and receive support and encouragement. The topics this month will be cesarean recovery and VBAC preparation in an open discussion format. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Little League Registers in December

November 30, 2011 by Contributor News, Sports Comments Off on Little League Registers in December
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Upper Loudoun Little League will begin on-line registration for their Spring 2012 youth baseball season on December 15, 2011. All players ages 5 – 12 years old as of April 30, 2012 are eligible to register. This spring season we are also beginning a Challenger division. For more information and to begin the registration process, access the ULLL website at ulll.org.

Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Schools Cleared To Give Excess Food to Local Food Banks

In an effort to help food banks and food pantries across the country collect more food, language specifically allowing public schools to donate unused food has been included in the annual spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) announced today.

Wolf pushed for the language after learning many school districts are not donating excess food out of concern they were not covered under the Good Samaritan Act, which protects donors who give to food banks in good faith from all liability. Wolf’s language amends the law that created national school lunch program that provides free or low-cost lunches to needy children. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Spectacular

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Spectacular
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The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra will hold its Holiday Spectacular Concert on December 10 at the Virginia Academy in Ashburn, located at 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn. The event will feature the Washington Soloist Ensemble, guest conductor Dr. Yeong Su Kim, vocalist Jason Labrador and the Loudoun’s Got Talent Winner, Somok Yoo. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the String Workshop will perform at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.loudoun symphony.org or at the door. Pricing is Adults $22/$25, Seniors $18/$20, Students $10/$15, and Youth under 12 free. Tickets are also available at Melodee Music in Sterling and the Loudoun Visitors Center in downtown Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration on December 2

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration on December 2

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 2, at 6:00 pm, join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street). … Continue Reading

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

November 30, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg’s Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show Offers Holiday Shopping at Its Best!

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Want a great hostess or teacher’s gift that goes beyond just a gift card? Then the 21st annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show is the place to find it.

The Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show will be held on main and lower levels of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will feature over 90 local and regional artisans selling a variety of one-of-a-kind items like candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, food products, table linens, and much more. More than 25 new vendors will be featured this year, alongside local favorites including Chase Your Tail Bakery, Gypsy Hill Dips and The Chile Man. … Continue Reading

Body of Missing Boater Recovered in Beaverdam Creek Reservoir

November 29, 2011 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Body of Missing Boater Recovered in Beaverdam Creek Reservoir
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The body of a missing boater was recovered just before noon on Monday, November 28, in the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir.

The victim, Anthony M. DiGiovanna, 49, of Ashburn, was canoeing with his 7-year-old son and a dog Sunday afternoon when around 2:30 p.m. their boat
capsized. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 42500 block of Mount Hope Road in Ashburn, Virginia to assist Loudoun Fire, Rescue and
Emergency Management with a water rescue. The 7-year-old, who was wearing a life jacket, was assisted to the shore by nearby witnesses. He was taken to a local
hospital as a precaution and was released on Monday. The adult male was not immediately located. … Continue Reading

Meet the Authors at Loudoun County Public Library

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Meet the Authors at Loudoun County Public Library

Loudoun County Public Libraries will be hosting a number of Meet the Author gatherings.

2:00 p.m., December 10, Purcellville Library
Author, Maria Elizabeth McVoy, will discuss her book, Thirteen Years of Christmas a short story collection about discovering the spirit of Christmas. … Continue Reading

Christmas Comes to Purcellville

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Christmas Comes to Purcellville

The Town of Purcellville will be celebrating its 8th Annual “Christmas in Purcellville” on Saturday, December 10 with fun throughout the day for the whole family.

There will be many exciting activities that day starting with “Breakfast with Santa,” a Lego Train Display, face painting, ornament making, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and many other activities. … Continue Reading

“Local First” Purcellville Christmas Bingo Blast

November 28, 2011 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on “Local First” Purcellville Christmas Bingo Blast
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Local Purcellville independent businesses have rolled out a “Loyal Local” program to reward their regular shoppers. In addition, these 24 unique businesses hope to attract new customers.

Between November 25 and December 20, 2011 a shopper can pick up a FREE Bingo card at any of the participating businesses listed below. Purchases will be validated by the merchant with a unique stamp in the business’s space on the card. Wild spaces allow a shopper to go back to a favorite shop. When the shopper gets Bingo in any direction, they bring their card to Purcellville Tropical Smoothie, Little GREENe Dress, or 29 Vines Winery Tasting Room to be validated and have their name entered into the drawings to be held on December 21, 2011. … Continue Reading

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Historic Hillsboro

November 26, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Get in the Holiday Spirit in Historic Hillsboro
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Start your holiday season with three wonderful events at Hillsboro’s Old Stone School: the Hillsboro Community Association’s (HCA) Greens Workshop and the Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck, both on Sunday, December 4; and annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10.

Greens Workshop on Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.—Learn how to make traditional holiday wreaths and arrangements using fresh greens, like those featured on the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour held every other year (the next homes tour is planned for 2012), at the HCA’s Greens Workshop. You purchase what you make to decorate your own home. Small arrangements and wreaths are $15; large arrangements and wreaths are $20. Remember to bring your own gloves and clippers. Registration is free but required. Register for this workshop before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Hillsboro Town Tree Lighting and Potluck on Sunday, December 4 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.—Start your holiday season with friends and neighbors while we light up the Hillsboro Town Tree in front of the Old Stone School. Bring your favorite finger foods to share for the second annual tree lighting, co-sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association and the Town of Hillsboro. RSVP for this event before November 28 by e-mailing contact@HillsboroVa.com.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair—Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Find unique, hand-crafted items for friends and family…and an indulgence or two for yourself…at the HCA’s annual Holiday Craft Fair! This year’s craft fair will include alpaca clothing and products, jewelry, pottery, holiday decorations, home décor, and artwork such as sculpture, replica miniatures of Loudoun landmarks, and illustrations. Crafters will be in both Hillsboro’s Old Stone School and Hillsboro Elementary School.

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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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Willie White returns to North Gate Vineyard

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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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Two Pound Sterling Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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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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