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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

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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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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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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