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Free Public Information Session on Historic Districts

May 6, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Public Information Session on Historic Districts
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Property owners and members of the public are invited to a free historic districts and conservation easements information session scheduled for Sunday, May 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House in the village of Lincoln.

The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Preservation Foundation and The Lincoln Community League, in cooperation with the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning. Loudoun County is home to six historic and cultural conservation districts – including Aldie, Bluemont, Goose Creek, Oatlands, Taylorstown and Waterford. A seventh historic roadways district – the Beaverdam Historic Roadways District – protects a network of 32 rural roads in the southwest corner of county. Separate historic districts in Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville come under the jurisdiction of their respective towns. All historic districts in Loudoun County, with the exception of the Beaverdam Historic Roadways District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue Reading

Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War

November 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Event and Open House–Goose Creek Friends Meeting: Commemorating the Peace Community in the Midst of the Civil War
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The public is invited to an Open House at Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, to help dedicate a commemorative sign installed on the Meeting’s property. The Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) worked with the Virginia Civil War Trails, Sesquicentennial Committee, Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Visit Loudoun to design a sign which tells visitors about the Burning Raid that took place around Lincoln in early December 1864. It will also describe Goose Creek’s Quaker peace testimony at the time of the Burning Raid and now.

Activities on the 6th will open with First Day School students presenting a depiction of the Meeting’s history, originally presented by Asa Moore Janney in 1951. This will be followed by the dedication, in which all the people who helped with the sign will be introduced. The Meeting House will be open for simple refreshments and to hear more about the history of our present Meeting House, built in 1818. Our historic 1816 school house, Oakdale School, will be open also. … Continue Reading

Lincoln Elementary on the Chopping Block Again?

January 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines

The possible closing of Lincoln Elementary – one of the Loudoun County’s smallest and oldest schools – was one of the hottest topics at this week’s Loudoun County’s School Board discussions. The school serves 136 students and is approximately 86 years old.

The discussion took place in the context of the board’s Capital Assessment Preservation Program, which outlines the school district’s maintenance priorities for the next five years. The program calls for $310,000 worth of upgrades and improvements to the Lincoln Elementary building, including a new fire alarm system ($70,000), a new electrical system ($200,000) and the replacement of seven rooftop HVAC units ($40,000). Most of the improvements are needed to satisfy county safety and electrical codes.

The issue of closing of many of the county’s smallest schools – also some of the county’s oldest schools ¬– has surfaced regularly over the last several years. In each case, community opposition to the closings won the day. … Continue Reading

Violent Storm Blows Through Loudoun

July 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Violent Storm Blows Through Loudoun

Friday night’s storm resulted in downed trees and power outages throughout Loudoun County and beyond. Over 450,000 people in the region lost power. Pictured are trees down on Main Street in Purcellville and surrounding areas. Purcellville was working to clean up tree debris around the town on Saturday morning.

Celebrated Local Photographer Donates Landmark Book

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized 1 comment
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Sarah Huntington, a local photographer famous for her brilliant black and white, portrait, wedding and historical photographs has donated a copy of the book “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun”, to the Woodgrove High School library. Sarah published this oral and photographic history of Loudoun County with Gale Waldron in 2002.

School Budget Cuts Subject of Public Hearing

February 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 2 comments
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Citizens Speak Out Against Closing Small Western Schools and Bus Driver Benefits Cuts

The Loudoun County School Board room was packed with Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) employees and residents who spoke during the public comments on January 31, 2011. Many of the more than eighty citizens and employees who signed up to speak were concerned with the proposed budget cuts that would, among other things, affect part-time employees. Still others were concerned about the possibility that budget cuts would force the closing of western Loudoun County’s four small public schools – in Aldie, Middleburg, Hillsboro and Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – January

January 5, 2012 by Tim Jon Columns, Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth Comments Off on Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth – January
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The bucolic, little community of Lincoln – just south of Purcellville – contains all kinds of visual (and otherwise sensory) appeal, whether to the casual visitor or its longtime residents: unique, historic homes, meeting places and commercial structures, quiet, tree-covered lanes, the stately hush of still churchyards, even its diminutive size lends a kind of ‘cute’ quality to the whole picture. Yep, Lincoln’s a special place where you just feel good to merely ‘be’ for a spell.

But, for me – and me alone, I imagine – there is one star attraction. Probably not at the top of everybody else’s list – or anyone else’s, for that matter – which pops up when I think of little old Lincoln. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns and Villages
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LINCOLN by Anne Tiffany

The weather at the end of October almost turned the fourth annual pumpkin decorating contest into a chance to design a snowman. Nevertheless, there were twelve participants and their pictures can be seen on our new website: www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The top winners were Mike Rohrer for Most Traditional; Phillip Bennett for the Funniest; Alex Dukes for the Scariest; Alex Lyons for the Most Original; and Lego White for the Overall Most Wonderful. The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Warren Watt and his wife, Ann for organizing this event; and thank you to Mike and Lilian Rohrer for lining the Lincoln sidewalks with luminaries for the Halloween trick or treaters. … Continue Reading

Towns and Villages – November

November 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns and Villages – November
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Waterford’s Ed Good is out of the country this month, and so is his column! Look for Ed in December.

Lincoln by Ann Tiffany

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank Ard Geller and his son-in-law, Michael Pawlak, for putting together our new website. You may view this at any time by going to www.lincolncommunityleague.org. The LCL also want to thank Ard and Michael for all their hard work in providing our bulletins/posters for our upcoming events. … Continue Reading

September’s Towns and Villages

August 30, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on September’s Towns and Villages
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Bluegrass and Barbeque at the Waterford Fair: Mike Marshall, Seldom Scene, and Patent Pending

One of the many attractions of the Waterford Fair is the music fair-goers enjoy throughout the Village of Waterford. Included in the price of admission is a wide variety of music groups who perform on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7, 8, and 9. This year, fair-goers are in for some special treats. … Continue Reading

August Towns and Villages

August 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on August Towns and Villages
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Lincoln by Anne Tiffany

Lincoln’s Fourth of July parade, picnic, and festivities were a huge success. There were 27 entries in the parade, and almost as many in the two dessert contests, for the adults as well as the kids. We consumed 140 grilled hot dogs and made short order of the Bar-B-Q beef. The kids enjoyed games, many of which included buckets and balloons of water. 2011 is an odd year so The Pink Flamingos once again brought up the rear of our parade. After several patriotic readings, we were treated, for the third year in a row, to the lively music of the Acoustic Burgoo. Many flags lined our street, and our little village looked proud and quite festive in red, white, and blue.

The Lincoln Community League wishes to thank to all of you who had anything to do with our patriotic celebration – whether you came and were part of the enthusiastic audience, or you helped coordinate the entire celebration. It was such fun because so many of us took part in the day. … Continue Reading

Towns & Villages

July 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Towns & Villages

HAMILTON – By Terry Moon

East and West Colonial Highway is experiencing milling and paving at night from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through July 8. Hopefully, the sounds of diesel engines and beeping of truck as they reverse won’t cause too much lost of sleep. We can always be grateful that the paving will provide a quieter street surface when completed. Maybe VDOT will surprise us and finish early.

The Pavilion at the Hamilton Community Park maybe reserved through the town office. It is strictly first come, first serve. The date will be posted on the sign at the entrance to the park. Please plan ahead to ensure it is available when you wish to use it.

It’s wonderful to see folks out walking their dogs around town. Please remember it is your responsibility to pick up your dog’s fecal material. This is unpleasant to step in and a public health hazard. … Continue Reading

Lincoln

April 21, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lincoln

By Anne Tiffany

About 60 folks gathered in the Goose Creek Meeting House on Sunday afternoon, March 20 to hear Appalachian story telling and music by Mike Hayslett and his son, “Banjo Boy” Corbin. The event was put together by the Lincoln Community League. Mike told us stories that were significant of the times, starting from the Revolutionary War period to the 1930’s; while his son, 17 year old Corbin, entertained us with music, also representing those span of years.
Mike would accompany him on bones, jaw harp and jug. Mike’s stories drew many laughs from the audience, but all of us were held in awe as Corbin shared with us the progress of the banjo, tunes, and songs that were indicative of the different periods of history. (He also played the mandolin and guitar) I later asked Corbin how long he’s been playing, and he said that he took lessons for about a month when he was ten years old, but then his teacher moved. Corbin is basically self taught; he has already cut two CD’s, has won numerous awards for his competitive banjo skills, and has been on NPR radio. … 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

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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 Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

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

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Creedence Clearwater

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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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