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Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Sets New Tourism Record

September 8, 2013 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Sets New Tourism Record
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During an afternoon event at Brown’s Island, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that visitors to Virginia generated $21.2 billion in revenue from tourism in 2012, a four percent increase over 2011 and a new record high for the Commonwealth. The governor also announced that tourism in Virginia supported 210,000 jobs over the year, an increase of one percent in employment, and provided more than $1.36 billion in state and local taxes. During the McDonnell administration, tourism revenues have continued to increase each year, with a total revenue increase of 12.3 percent since 2010.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Virginia’s tourism industry continues to generate more revenue and create more good jobs. The remarkable growth in this sector of our economy was responsible for $21.2 billion in revenue last year, a new state record. Tourists from around the country and the world are being drawn to Virginia to walk in the footsteps of Lincoln, participate and learn from our ongoing Civil War Sesquicentennial events, visit our increasingly globally recognized vineyards and enjoy all that this great state has to offer from Atlantic Ocean beaches to Appalachian mountains. From the moment we began our gubernatorial campaign in 2009 we’ve been focused on doing more to promote all of Virginia’s great sites, history and beauty because we know that tourism plays a key role in our economic development in the Commonwealth. In short: tourism equals jobs. We’ve worked with leaders from both parties to invest wisely in this growth industry and make it an integral part of our overall economic development strategies and policy. That investment is clearly paying off. I congratulate all the Virginians involved in our tourism industry for their great work to set this new state record. I look forward to another record breaking year ahead.” … Continue Reading

Sheriff Mike Chapman Appointed to Task Force of School and Campus Safety

January 16, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Sheriff Mike Chapman Appointed to Task Force of School and Campus Safety
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman was appointed to a newly created Task Force of School and Campus Safety by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Sheriff Chapman is one of five newly appointed law enforcement executives from around the Commonwealth, as well as educators, public safety experts, local
leaders, mental health practitioners, legislators, parents, and students. According to the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell, the group will review school safety, including established policies and procedures, crisis and emergency management plans, threat assessment protocols, and will share best practices and identify resource challenges. This task force will also provide legislative and budget proposals to the governor to address any critical gaps or needs associated with safety and security in our schools and on our campuses. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”

January 6, 2013 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Teacher”
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Governor: “Everyone knows a teacher who’s stayed after school to support students; who’s buying their own supplies; who’s grading homework until 10, 11, or 12 at night then getting up early to put together the next day’s lesson plan. This is amazing dedication. We must do more to recognize and appreciate these professionals.”

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed 2013 The Year of the Teacher in Virginia. The Year of the Teacher is part of Governor McDonnell’s ALL STUDENTS initiative. The Year will feature programs and special recognition of teachers in Virginia. Information will be updated regularly at www.ALLSTUDENTS.Virginia.Gov. … Continue Reading

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Re-Election of President Barack Obama

November 8, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Re-Election of President Barack Obama
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“Tonight, I want to congratulate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on winning re-election.

This has been a spirited and tough campaign. The differences between the sides have been clear, widely discussed and vigorously debated. I strongly supported my friends Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I believe they would have provided exceptional leadership for this nation. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the principles of our party, and their commitment to helping improve the lives of the people of this great nation. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are honest, decent and selfless. They had big ideas that would achieve good results for all people. I wish them the very best moving forward, and I know they will stay deeply involved in the public life of this nation. We need their positive, optimistic visions as we address the pressing issues facing our country. … Continue Reading

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Election of Tim Kaine to the United States Senate

November 8, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Election of Tim Kaine to the United States Senate
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Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding Tim Kaine’s election to the United States Senate.

“I want to congratulate Tim Kaine on his election to the United States Senate. Tim and I are from different parties, but we’ve always worked well together. I consider him a friend. While we may disagree on specific issues, we both agree that our foremost responsibility as elected officials, who have been honored with the public trust, is to find areas of common ground and identify solutions to the challenges facing this Commonwealth and this country. That is what we will now do moving forward. When Tim was Governor, I served as Attorney General. We worked together well. And I know we will continue to work together well over the next year, for the good of Virginia and America. … Continue Reading

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a limited mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas along the Virginia coast and Chesapeake Bay. The order grants local government officials authority to determine locations for evacuation and start times, based on local conditions. Any specific evacuation orders will be issued by local governments.

Those in eastern Virginia who live in low-lying areas (areas that typically flood) should be ready to evacuate if told to do so by local officials. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and additional information. The best source for information is local media and local government websites. … Continue Reading

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

Governor McDonnell Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges

August 11, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges
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Governor Bob McDonnell announced two judicial appointments to fill vacant circuit court positions that were not filled during the 2012 General Assembly session. Kimberley Slayton White, will fill the 10th Judicial Circuit, and Jack S. “Chip” Hurley, Jr. will serve in the 29th Judicial Circuit. According to Article VI, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, these individuals will “serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly.” Continued service on the Circuit Court will require election by the General Assembly. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Drunk Driving

August 11, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Drunk Driving
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Legislation Requires Ignition Interlocks for all Individuals Convicted of a First-Time DUI

Joined by firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and numerous transportation safety groups, Governor Bob McDonnell today signed House Bill 279 (Iaquinto) and its companion Senate Bill 378 (McEachin) to require all individuals convicted of driving under the influence, including first-time offenders, to operate only vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device when driving on a restricted license. Ignition interlock devices will be installed and monitored at the expense of the offender. Prior to this legislation, Virginia law required ignition interlock devices when the offender’s blood alcohol level was 0.15 or greater or after a second or subsequent DUI offense. The legislation went into effect July 1. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements

June 22, 2012 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces $11.4 Billion in Transportation Improvements
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Commonwealth Transportation Board approves Six-Year Improvement Program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved $11.4 billion in allocations for transportation improvement projects over the next six years beginning July 1. The Six-Year Improvement Program distributes funding for highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state. … Continue Reading

Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project

June 22, 2012 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Governor McDonnell Announces State’s First Tourism Development Financing Project
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New hotel development in Fredericksburg is first in Virginia under new program

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the approval of the first Virginia Tourism Development Financing project, a new program recommended by the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation and approved by the General Assembly in 2011. The program provides gap financing for tourism development projects which are identified as critical to local economic development and are done in partnership with developers, localities, financial institutions, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Resources Authority. The City of Fredericksburg will be the first locality in the state to access the program to create a five-story, 96-room hotel and mixed-use development. The project is expected to generate more than $3 million in tax revenues over 10 years according to local estimates. … Continue Reading

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement

April 14, 2012 by Contributor Around Virginia Comments Off on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell To Deliver the Address at University of Richmond’s 182nd Commencement
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a native of Fairfax County who went on to careers in the U.S. Army and the legal profession before entering politics, will give the main commencement address at the University of Richmond on May 6.

McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth on Jan. 16, 2010, after being elected with nearly 59 percent of the vote and receiving the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history. … Continue Reading

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Celebrated

April 11, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on National Public Safety Telecommunications Week Celebrated
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The week of April 8 thru Saturday April 14, has been recognized as Virginia Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week by Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Loudoun County joins public safety agencies across the state and country to honor the work of public safety communications professionals. … 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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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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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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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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