May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor

February 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor
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HB 1981, a bill to make it illegal to use electronic tracking devices to track a person’s location using “intentionally deceptive means and without consent,” has cleared the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. Using such a device illegally could result in up to a $500 fine. The bill is a product of a JCOTS study in the Legislature and was four years in the making.

The bill originated when a constituent of May’s reported that an electronic tracking device had been secretly installed in his car to track his whereabouts. He was told by police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney that the act was not illegal, so he requested May’s help in making it so.

“I’m particularly proud of this legislation because it is one more step toward creating rules and regulations for beneficial use of technology so that technology is our servant, not our master,” said May. May chaired the House Science and Technology Committee for eight years and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for 8 years before becoming Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Passion Play Returning to Firemen’s Field
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On Palm Sunday, March 24, the Purcellville Passion Play will stage its 26th annual performance in Purcellville. The Play will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Firemen’s Field, adjacent to the Historic Bush Tabernacle across from the Purcellville Town Hall on Nursery Avenue.

The Passion Play was last performed at Firemen’s Field in 1999. Since then, it has been staged at Franklin Park and at Yaxley and A streets, behind Purcellville Baptist Church.

“We are all very excited about the play returning to Firemen’s Field where it was a key fixture of the Easter season in Purcellville for so many years,” said Peter Buck, one of the producers. “The intimate setting of Firemen’s Field really encourages the audience to be part of the story not just spectators,” Buck added. … Continue Reading

Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings
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Following a recent report that police found violent video games in the home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, Rep Frank Wolf (R-VA) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to stress the need to examine the role that violent media play in mass shootings.

According to the Hartford Courant, detectives are exploring whether Lanza might have been emulating a scenario from a video game during his rampage.

This new development in the Sandy Hook case comes in the wake of a National Science Foundation report requested by Wolf, which revealed three main factors associated with recent mass shootings: exposure to violent media, access to guns and mental health. … Continue Reading

Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders

February 27, 2013 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Willowsford Named 2013 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders
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Naturally Planned Community Received Top Honors at ‘The Nationals’

Willowsford, a naturally planned new home community in Loudoun County, Va. inspired by the county’s farming heritage and a commitment to natural community design, was named Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor to receive such high recognition from the NAHB,” stated Brian Cullen, who is leading the Willowsford development team. “This has been an outstanding year for Willowsford and the inspired lifestyle it promotes within the community. We, and our partners, have worked tirelessly to convey the unique qualities of this special community, and to have those efforts be so richly rewarded is really wonderful.” … Continue Reading

Straight Talk about Propane

February 24, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Business Comments Off on Straight Talk about Propane
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What’s In Your Tank?
By Dale Schulz

Question: Where does propane come from?

Answer: Propane is a by-product of drilling for oil and natural gas. Propane, along with methane, butane, and others are separated at the well head and furthered processed at a refinery. Virtually all propane currently used in North America is produced in North America. The day is rapidly approaching where the U.S. will be a net exporter of natural gas and propane.

Question: Why do I have propane and not natural gas? … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Sheriff Discusses Immigration Reform Policies at the White House
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In early February, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House. They discussed strides made in securing US borders, immigration issues affecting local police forces, and the importance of immigration reform.

Sheriff Chapman and other front line law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities. … Continue Reading

Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88th Birthday

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions. … Continue Reading

Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Doug Parsons and Tracey Shiflett Join Town of Leesburg Staff
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The Town of Leesburg recently hired new staff members in two key positions for the Town.

Doug Parsons has joined the Town as Business Development Manager. In this position, he will be primarily responsible for the Town’s business retention efforts, but will also assist with recruiting new businesses and the development of entrepreneurial programs. Doug comes to Leesburg from Weston, West Virginia, where he was the Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority from 2001 to 2012. Previous positions include grant writer with the Region VI (WV) Planning and Development Council, assistant director with the Jackson County (WV) Development Authority, and membership sales with the Charleston (WV) and Myrtle Beach (SC) Chambers of Commerce. Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University. … Continue Reading

Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg to Hold Youth Career Expo on March 16
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On Saturday, March 16, the Town of Leesburg will hold a Youth Career Expo at ProJet Aviation, located at the Leesburg Executive Airport (957 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175). The Expo hours will be noon to 3:00 p.m.

About 80 to 100 local businesses are expected to participate, and many will be hiring on the spot for both permanent and summer positions.

“This year’s event is actually the third job fair aimed at recent college and high school graduates, as well as current high school students, that has been held in Leesburg in recent years, although it is the first to be sponsored by the Town,” explained Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk. … Continue Reading

VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on VPHC Awarded Virginia Bred Program Grant from The Virginia Horse Industry Board

The Virginia Paint Horse Club, Inc. (VPHC) recently announced they have been awarded a Virginia Bred Program grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB).

VHIB awarded $5,000 to VPHC as incentive for participants of their Virginia Bred Program. The Programs purpose is to promote the Virginia horse industry by recognizing and rewarding quality paint horse breeding in the Commonwealth. Grant funds provided by VHIB will be used exclusively to reward owners and breeders of American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registered horses foaled in Virginia. The program was designed to increase the opportunity of Virginia bred paint horses to be recognized and rewarded based on their performance in the show ring.

Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

February 22, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

As things at the General Assembly slow down a bit as the session is approached its end, several bills brought forth by Senator Richard H. Black, of the 13th District, made their way through the Senate and on to the House and subcommittees.

Senate Bill 715, regarding motor vehicle titles, would allow for said titles to be transferred to a designated beneficiary upon the unfortunate death of the owner. Currently it is set up so that upon someone’s death their vehicle(s) goes to an heir or someone designated in their will. However, with this bill, people would be able to go to the DMV and designate anyone as the new title-holder of the vehicle(s) if something were to happen to them. This would be helpful considering many people do not have a will and in some cases their vehicle is the largest asset they have to give their heirs; the title will now be transferred without the hindrance and expense of probate. … Continue Reading

Lyme Disease Legislation Passes

February 22, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Lyme Disease Legislation Passes
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Physicians to disclose information to patients

After long debate and discussion regarding what draft of the Lyme disease bill ought to pass, a very strong version passed through the Senate with a vote of 28Y-9N.

The patron of SB971 was Senator Richard H. Black (R) of Loudoun and Prince William Counties. Delegate Comstock had a separate bill pertaining to Lyme disease, HB1933, running through the House, but it was a weaker version. Senator Black convinced the Senate Education and Health Committee to conform her bill to comparable language as found in his. … Continue Reading

Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

February 22, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Spring 2013–Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery

As daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10th, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace batteries if needed and clean off any dust or debris. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in U.S. homes that it is easy to take them for granted. Smoke alarms are appliances, just like toasters, televisions and furnaces. Unlike other appliances, these devices function quietly in the background. Its alarm, in response to a real smoke situation or to testing, is the only evidence that it works. A stereo that does not play will not lead to tragedy, but a worn-out smoke alarm, failing to sound in a fire, could. Hence the reason that all smoke alarms (hard-wired and/or battery powered) should be replaced every ten years. … Continue Reading

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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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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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