Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

August 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

Board of Education President David M. Foster said today that he will ask the board at its September 27 meeting to revisit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) for mathematics achievement that were set in July using a methodology approved by the US Department of Education (USED). The methodology was included in Virginia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request, which waived certain No Child Left Behind-era mandates, that was approved by USED on June 29.

“The timeline for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were available,” Foster said. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics AMOs, USED, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned

August 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Planned
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To mark the 11th anniversary of the tragic events and lives lost throughout the United States on September 11, 2001, the Town of Leesburg will be holding an evening remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30pm on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The Town of Leesburg encourages residents to observe the designated “National Day of Service and Remembrance” by volunteering, donating time or goods, or simply offering a helping hand during this day of commemoration. The “Serve America Act” was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a supporter of the legislation, said, “September 11 should not only be a day for mourning – it should be a day to think about our neighbors, our community and our country.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department Receives Grant

August 28, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Department Receives Grant
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The Purcellville Police Department has received a $3300 Risk Management Grant from the Virginia Municipal League. The grant funds will be utilized to purchase new duty flashlights featuring Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for all officers. The department will also obtain two “Stop Stick” tire deflation devices and traffic barriers with reflective rails. These equipment upgrades will help the department meet its mission to serve the public safety needs of the community. The Town thanks the Virginia Municipal League for their efforts to enhance public safety through the Risk Management Grant Program.

A True “International” Gold Cup Race

August 28, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on A True “International” Gold Cup Race

The 2012 International Gold Cup marks the 75th running of this prestigious race and maintains international interest both in the spectator venues as well as on course. This event will provide a full day of entertainment at Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road in The Plains, including six nationally sanctioned horse races, terrier races, and tailgate contest. A ceremony honoring past and present Olympic equestrians will also take place during the day.

The event is well-attended by Washington’s diplomatic community as well as ambassadors and representatives from many nations. The International Gold Cup provides a unique venue for social entertaining and a great place to network in the midst of spectacular scenery.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

August 28, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Cold Case Unit Investigates Murder of Ursula Haberland

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit announced today the continuing investigation of the murder of Upperville resident Ursula Haberland.

Haberland was found murdered inside her home 11-years-ago, on Thursday, August 23, 2001. She was 81-years-old at the time of her death.

The Cold Case Unit of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation of Haberland’s death. “Detectives with the Cold Case Unit believe that there is outstanding information which could be the key to solving this senseless act of violence,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. … Continue Reading

Lacrosse holds tryouts

August 27, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lacrosse holds tryouts

NoVa West Lacrosse will hold open tryouts for their Elite Fall Teams beginning Sunday, September 2. Our fall teams will compete in highly competitive tournaments including a trip to Yale. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/team/Fall/index.asp.

Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County
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Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, will invest $1.0156 million to establish a new facility in Loudoun County. The company will perform a wide range of technology consulting services for government agencies and businesses, and will offer design-build-operate-maintain services for Federal Government projects. The project will create 250 new jobs over the next two to three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “iGATE’s new operation in Loudoun County will expand the company’s U.S. presence in the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. The Commonwealth was picked over other states considered due to our pro-business environment and proximity to an ample resource of skilled technical workers. We are thrilled to welcome another impressive technology company to Loudoun County and Virginia.” … Continue Reading

LCSO Welcomes Explosives Detection Canine

August 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Welcomes Explosives Detection Canine
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office welcomed their newest member on August 11. Two-year-old Buddy and his partner Deputy Dave Orr graduated from the CIA Explosive Detection Canine School. The school concluded after 10-weeks of intense training. Buddy will work alongside Deputy Orr, a 6-year-veteran of the agency, who is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division. Buddy is a Yellow Labrador Retriever and came from the Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) program. The program trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive canines for law enforcement.

Photo: Deputy Orr (left), Buddy and K9 Sgt. Chris Coderre

4th Annual “Dog Swim” at A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Planned for Saturday, September 8

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 4th Annual “Dog Swim” at A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Planned for Saturday, September 8

On Saturday, September 8, Leesburg Dogs, Inc. will host the fourth annual Dog Swim at the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center in Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park. The event will take place from 9 am to 12 noon. Admission is $5.00 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per handler. Children under 8 years of age will not be allowed at the Dog Swim, due to the exuberance and rambunctious play of the dogs.

Since 2009, members of Leesburg Dogs, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the Leesburg Dog Park, have partnered with the Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department to host an annual “dog swim” at the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center, after the pool closes for the season and before the pool is winterized. Each year, between 800 and 1,000 dogs attend the Dog Swim. … Continue Reading

Fall for Smiles

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Fall for Smiles

In these tough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to cut corners and save money. No amount of money is worth sacrificing your health, however, and that includes oral health. We would like to remind your readers that brushing, flossing and maintaining regular visits to the dentist not only helps keep your smile healthy, but can ultimately save you money as well.

Dental-related illnesses cause adults to lose more than 164 million work hours and children to lose more than 51 million school hours each year. This time and money could be saved by simply brushing and flossing every day, avoiding tobacco use, eating healthy foods and scheduling regular dentist appointments for preventative care. Research shows that oral health is tied to overall health, with gum disease linked to premature birth, stroke and heart disease, so those visits to the dentist can also help prevent costly doctor visits in the future. … Continue Reading

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

One-hundred fifty-five artisans demonstrating techniques of traditional craftsmanship; one of a kind tour of preserved homes and buildings, Civil War and Quaker cemeteries; reenactment of a day in an 1880 classroom in a one-room schoolhouse on Friday, October 5. Three floors of juried handcrafts for sale in a restored brick mill; vintage barns will act as galleries for different art pieces. The Country Store will offer homemade baked goods, tote bags, candles and ornaments; continuous traditional music and dance, Colonial era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, Civil War re-enactors including cavalry with skirmishes and lots of activities for children throughout the weekend. Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring eight fine Loudoun wineries. Sunday, October 7, come out to enjoy lively bluegrass music from The Seldom Scene.

13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration Marks the Start of Autumn in Shenandoah

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration Marks the Start of Autumn in Shenandoah

On Saturday, September 22, the air around Skyland Resort will be filled with the aroma of boiling apple butter and the sounds of bluegrass and children’s laughter. The 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration will coincide with the Autumn Equinox this year. Event participants will celebrate Appalachian culture and get a preview of fall colors that will soon blanket Shenandoah National Park.

“Nothing says autumn like apple butter and fall foliage,” says Helen Morton, director of sales and marketing for Shenandoah National Park lodging, managed by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. “Making apple butter is an American fall tradition with the whole family pitching in. We pay homage to this spirit at the yearly Apple Butter Celebration by encouraging guests to give the pot a stir and enjoy customs of the Shenandoah region.” … Continue Reading

Local Residents Graduate from Berklee College of Music in May 2012

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Local Residents Graduate from Berklee College of Music in May 2012

Berklee’s class of 2012 included more than 900 students graduating with bachelor of music degrees or professional diplomas. Female graduates numbered 280, representing 31 percent of the total class– the largest number ever. International students from 58 different countries made up 34 percent of the class. The following students participated in Berklee College of Music’s 2012 Commencement held recently in Boston at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Benjamin Walters of Lovettsville received a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Management from the President of Berklee College of Music, Roger Brown.

Melissa Wright of Purcellville received a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Management from the President of Berklee College of Music, Roger Brown.

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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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Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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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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Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

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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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