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Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

May 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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On Saturday, June 20, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the third town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 30 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating Middleburg as an arts destination, Art in the Burg, will also feature plein air artists, music, and wine. During this celebration of the arts, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art, talk with the artists and enjoy the many venues that will have art on display. The historic Town of Middleburg also offers a variety of shopping and dining options.

“The creative talent from area artists is amazing!” said Art in the Burg organizer Peter Wood. “Middleburg is the perfect venue to bring visitors and artists together with its history and charm. Art in the Burg will be an incredible day to experience this vibrant culture that is part of our community.”

Visit http://www.middleburgarts.org/artintheburg.html for additional information.

Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Receives Donation, Grant for Streetlight Project
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The town of Middleburg has received a $50,000 donation from Middleburg Beautification & Preservation, Inc. to assist with the purchase and installation of new dark sky and pedestrian friendly streetlights along Washington Street. It has also received the proceeds of a Dark Sky Initiatives Fund, for $13,273, from the Community Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties, for the installation of dark sky lighting in Middleburg. The new street lights will replace the existing old cobra-head fixtures. The new lights will be installed as a part of the Washington Street Streetscape Project/VDOT Route 50 Traffic Calming Project, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2015.

Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Oldest Living WWII Veteran In Martinsburg
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Purcellville’s Charles P. Clark, a 107-year-old World War II veteran has been living at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Community Living Center since November and has pretty much seen it all.

Clark is the oldest living confirmed WWII veteran receiving health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration.

Living WWII Veterans experienced the most widespread war in the nation’s history and are among the steadily declining veteran population in the world. WWII African-American veterans fought a global war when segregation was still among the ranks in the United States.

Clark was born in August 1907 in Hamilton. He is one of seven children of a sharecropper and a housemaid. At 32-years-old, Clark was drafted into the U.S. Army, and on Dec. 12, 1944, he was called to serve in WWII after graduating from basic training in Fort Lee, Va.

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Quilts for Art’s Sake

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Quilts for Art’s Sake
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“Quilts for Art’s Sake” opened December 5 in Middleburg’s newest contemporary art gallery. The show and sale runs through December 28. Middleburg Arts Project Gallery brings together three exceptional quilters for this unique show. Local artist Kathie Ratcliffe creates framed miniature quilts. DC artists Frederick Nunley and West Virginia’s Jane Frenke have an eye for patterns and a real feel for the fabric – even if it may be coloring outside the lines.

The new gallery, located at 4 East Federal St., on the back street of Middleburg is part of the new nonprofit Middleburg Arts Project. The organization will create opportunities for artists to achieve a sustainable living and promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts while stimulating economic development through art-tourism.

While “Quilts for Art’s Sake” falls outside of what a typical Middleburg visitor might expect to find in this historic, hunt country town, the show is both inviting and exciting.

Find these impressive artworks at the Middleburg Arts Project Gallery, along with sculptures by Peter Wood, pottery by Jason Alexander and Barbara Allen and furniture designs by Chris Mann.

A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country

November 11, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on A Spectacular Christmas in Horse Country
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Middleburg Trots Out Their Finest for Holiday Festivities

Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg, has been extolled as being one of the quaintest destinations on the east coast. The traditional Christmas festivities, with the backdrop of a classic hunt country village have become a family tradition and essential part of the spirit of Christmas for small children, world travelers, and citizens far and wide. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”

November 11, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Garden Club Celebrates “A Little Christmas Music”
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Do you hear what I hear? It could be the sound of the Middleburg Garden Club preparing for its holiday standard flower show, greens sale and bazaar with the theme “A Little Christmas Music” on Friday, December 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 105 E Washington Street in the heart of the historic village of Middleburg. This very popular annual event is part of the Christmas in Middelburg celebration. Located approximately one hour’s drive west of Washington D.C. Middleburg offers a charming setting to embrace the holiday spirit. In addition to wreaths and greens which are offered for sale the bazaar will offer seasonal crafts and gourmet items made by club members. … Continue Reading

August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg

July 27, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg
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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 1-3, for the 8th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by Union Bank, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

“We have found this to be a very successful time of the year to encourage people to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee. … Continue Reading

Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

March 15, 2014 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Art in the Burg, Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration
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Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

On Saturday, April 26, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will join with the Middleburg Business and Professional Association to host the second town-wide arts celebration, Art in the Burg. Artwork from over 40 local artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display throughout the town from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service

March 13, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg’s Hill School To Initiate Bus Service
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For the first time in its history, The Hill School in Middleburg will initiate morning bus service for students travelling from Leesburg and Stone Ridge for the 2014-2015 school year.

Full details for the service—hours and location for pick-ups–will be announced shortly. The buses will arrive at Hill School at approximately 8:15 a.m. in time for the school day to begin at 8:30 a.m.

“Many of our families have expressed an interest in morning transportation,” said Hill Head of School Treavor Lord. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to these families and other families who may be interested in a Hill education.” For more information go to www.thehillschool.org.

Ultimate Winter Weekend Sale in Middleburg

February 1, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Ultimate Winter Weekend Sale in Middleburg
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Annual Winter Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Join the Town of Middleburg on February 14, 15 and 16 for the 3rd annual Ultimate Winter Weekend Sale. During the Winter Weekend Sale, visitors will be able to hunt for some wonderful gifts for themselves and others while experiencing the small town charm of Middleburg. The sale, sponsored by the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business & Professional Association, will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday as posted by shops. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward
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The Loudoun County School Board voted Sept. 10 to initiate an application for conversion of Middleburg Elementary School to a charter school. The School Board will review the application under the policy and regulations they had amended previously to incorporate recent changes to Virginia charter school law. Those changes allow for local school board initiated charter applications that bypass review by the Virginia Board of Education.

The School Board was clear that this initiation of action does not guarantee that the application will be approved. The board also said that considering the application under the new school board initiated option was justified by the lengthy history of effort from Middleburg community members and student parents in working to resolve the problem of falling enrollment that was undermining the viability of the community school. … Continue Reading

Salamander Resort Opens in Middleburg

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Comments Off on Salamander Resort Opens in Middleburg
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With a snip of her scissors, Sheila C. Johnson cut through the equestrian-inspired ribbon before her on Aug. 29 and consigned a decade of planning into memory. Middleburg’s Salamander Resort & Spa was open.

“I am so extraordinarily thankful for everyone’s patience, perseverance, and fortitude,” said Johnson, the resort’s owner, and founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “In addition to its courageous traits, the salamander serves as a symbol of renewal, which is especially meaningful to me today.”

“I want people to feel at home,”  Mayor Betsy Davis of Middleburg said. “I thank you Sheila for your love of our town.”

The resort features equestrian, spa, culinary, winery, nature and historic experiences for its visitors. … Continue Reading

The Middleburg Community Farmer’s Market Opens for the 2013 Season

April 29, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on The Middleburg Community Farmer’s Market Opens for the 2013 Season

The Town of Middleburg has announced that the Middleburg Community Farmer’s Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. The Middleburg Community Farmers Market, located behind the Middleburg Community Center (300 W. Washington Street) on Stonewall Avenue, will be open every Saturday through October 26.

Local vendors will offer many unique products at the Middleburg Community Farmer’s Market this year. Vendors for the 2013 season include, Betty’s Salsa & Chips, C. Hess Orchard and Produce, Vineyard Nurseries, Chilly Hollow Farm, Liberty Hill Farm, Over the Grass Farm, Allium Alley, Singing Frog Farm and Carriage House Cuisine. The market currently has an opening for a vendor of baked goods. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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