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Local Soccer Team Wins Division Title

November 21, 2012 by Contributor Sports 1 comment


In their first season together, the ODFC Quest Thunder U13 Girls Soccer Team won their ODSL Division Championship for the Fall 2012 season as well as first place in their division in the Hunt Country Classic Fall Tournament last weekend. The team is made up of girls from Western Loudoun. Pictured front (l-r) McKenna, Lulu, Missy, Cris, Georgia, Catherine, Maddie and back (l-r) Shannon, Amanda, Sydney, Syd, Shannon, Cat, Natalie, Maddy. Coaches (l-r) Jay, Jim and TJ.

Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 13U All Stars are the District 8 Champs!

July 10, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 13U All Stars are the District 8 Champs!

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Back (l-r): Coach Dan Sullivan, #9 Hunter Gore, #10 Curt Doescher, #44 Jake Wernle, #5 Jacob Hand, #8 Dominick Marinelli, #24 Lawton Riggs, #7 Bryce Pearson, Coach Mike Marinelli Front: #16 Joey Skov, #2 Carsten Wahl, #3 Ryan Studebaker, #4 Danny Sullivan, #26 Hunter Keim, #13 Gino Ventrice, #32 Sean Clark, Coach Mike Keim

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 13U All Stars are the District 8 Champions. The GLBR “LoCos” shut out their opponents scoring 32 unanswered runs in the District tournament: 17-0 vs. Stafford, 7-0 vs. Manassas and 8-0 in a rematch against Stafford. The LoCos kept their cool playing in record heat and humidity, with impressive focus and hard work. A speedy, accurate outfield turned potential doubles into outs at second base. Double plays, athletic catches and and solid teamwork in the infield kept their opponents from reaching third base in almost every inning. The performances from the mound were spectacular, with strike out after strike out. … Continue Reading

This Week in Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth- July 1 though 7

July 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on This Week in Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth- July 1 though 7

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The 16-18u District Team (Loudoun Lions) won the District championship last weekend, and progressed to the VA State Tournament this weekend at Chantilly High School. The Lions met their first loss in the first round to Greater Fairfax Friday night. The Lions then went on to win two games Saturday, defeating the Greater Richmond (D3) and Vienna (D13). The Lions started Sunday against the team that had sent them to the lower half of the bracket, Greater Fairfax (D13). Both teams played well, tying the game in the third at 6-6. The teams traded zeros in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, until a short blooper by Greater Fairfax allowed runners in scoring position. Fairfax put up two runs and held the Lions in the bottom of the seventh to win the game and send the Lions out of the tourney. Greater Fairfax went on to eliminate Winchester afterwards, in an excellent game from both sides. Winchester fought back in the top of the seventh, scoring seven runs to take a 14-12 lead. Greater Fairfax roared back with their own handiwork, and scored three runs to take the game. … Continue Reading

2012 Upper Loudoun Little League Majors Tournament Champions

June 17, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on 2012 Upper Loudoun Little League Majors Tournament Champions

Diamondbacks are the 2012 Upper Loudoun Little League Majors Tournament Champions! Front Row (l to r): Stephan Yearick, John Bury, Wyatt Miles, Brady Drawbaugh, Andrew Donofrio, Sammie Roberts. Back Row: Manager Tony Hanvey, Matt Gusmerotti, Scott Smith, Johann Wunder, Zach Cunningham, Ryan Miles, Justin Hanvey, Coach Dan Miles

AA Upper Loudoun Little League Champions

June 16, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on AA Upper Loudoun Little League Champions

AA Upper Loudoun Little League Champion team, the Round Hill AA Rangers. Front row (l-r): Thomas Haller, Bennett Franzen, Ethan Hughes, Austin Everett, Colin Reynolds Second row: John Biondo, Cameron Prack, Collin Ploeger, Riley Smith, Kyle Shultzaberger Coaches: Rob Shultzaberger JB Haller Rick Reynolds Chris Everett

GLBR 13u Orioles Champions

June 16, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on GLBR 13u Orioles Champions

GLBR 13u Orioles champions: Kneeling (l - r): Ryan Michon, Jim Warndorf, Jake Rodal, Cory Casper, Jax Bradley, Luke Andrews, Max Cave Standing: Manager John Michon, David Zhang, Brett Donaty, Ryan Beckwith, Aedan Pettit, Tommy Wozny, Parker Gondella, Dawson Rice, Coach Darren Casper, Coach Bob Donaty

Woodgrove AA State Championships

June 16, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove AA State Championships
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Woodgrove Girls' Soccer Front Row (l-r) : Samantha Winkler, Maddie Beebe, Ashley Bonner, Lexi Clarke, Dakota Stephens, Lucy Etro Back Row: Ashley Tilly, Jordan Latorre, Sarah Hardison, Jackie Scott, Jessica Hutchison, Coach Erin Barrett

Woodgrove Girls' Softball Front Row (l-r): Katie Sholl, Courtney Bogan, Chase Acton, Mackenzie Moler, Allie Reid Back Row: Paige Schaffer, Meghan Roush, Ashley Cole, Delanie Daughtry, Corinne Vennitti, Rachel Harris, Lexa Plichta, Sarah Stiles, Madison Krablin

Max Pyle Selected to Play in 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic

June 13, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Max Pyle Selected to Play in 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic
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Max Pyle, son of Steve and Tammy Pyle of Round Hill, an eighth grader at Blue Ridge Middle School, has been named as a 2012 Brine National All-Star and has been selected to represent the Washington DC region in the 2012 Brine National National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Maryland June 30-July 3. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals

June 3, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Lacrosse Wins Boys and Girls Sectionals
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Both Woodgrove High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams won the Northern Sectional Championships, the girls on Friday, May 25, and the boys on Wednesday, May 30.
The boys game was postponed from Tuesday with 1:58 left in the first half. The score was tied 2-2 after Woodgrove goals from Denis Radcliffe and Matt Sears. When the game resumed, Chad Niergarth scored on a fast break assist from Jeremy Kendall to leave the first half score at 3-2. Woodgrove went up 8-4 in the third, but Dominion scored three unanswered goals to make it 8-7. Kellen McCarthy scored an unassisted goal to put Woodgrove up 9-7. Dominion scored with less than two seconds in the game for a final score of 9-8. Woodgrove goals: Radcliffe (3), Niergarth (2), Sears, McCarthy, Connor Loving, and Al Back. Woodgrove hosts Chantilly on Saturday in the state quarterfinal. … Continue Reading

Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse

May 29, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Lady Vikings Make it to Regional Semifinals in Lacrosse
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The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse team made it to the Regional semifinals, but lost to crosstown rival and Dulles District champion Woodgrove, ending their season. With one of the youngest teams in recent memory, Valley surprised everyone with a highly successful season despite only returning 8 upperclassmen from last year’s team.

In dramatic fashion, the team had earned a bid to the Regional tournament with their overtime win over Tuscarora in Dulles District competition on Wednesday, May 16. The game was about as tense and exciting as it gets as both teams struggled to move on to qualify for the next round of play. The Lady Vikings, who beat Tuscarora handily just weeks ago in the regular season, took an early lead, but had their hands full as it was apparent the Huskies would not go quietly this time around. … Continue Reading

Viking Sports

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Viking Sports
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Track & Field

Loudoun Valley High School Track Team: Viking Athletes Mentor Young Future Stars

By: Laura Sullivan and Julie Myles

In preparation for the upcoming local Hershey Track meet at Tuscarora High School on Sunday, May 20th, both Hamilton and Banneker Elementary school athletes visited Loudoun Valley High School for a day of training and mentoring by the high school athletes. This collaborative practice gives the younger students a chance to work out on a 400 meter track and see the older students showcase and share their 4×100 team’s techniques and strategies for race day. This track practice has become a May tradition for both Loudoun Valley High School and the two elementary schools, which are feeder schools to Valley. There were several outstanding young athletes identified as Future Viking Stars! … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Tennis District Winners

May 11, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Sports Comments Off on Woodgrove Tennis District Winners
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By Kathleen Davis and Gus Erickson

Woodgrove Girls Varsity Tennis won the Dulles District after an undefeated season. Team captain Sunnie Lampl was undefeated throughout the season.

On Friday May 4, a District victory flag was raised above the school in honor of the girl’s perfect season. Principal Dr. Edgar Markley said the girls were “inaugurating a new thing here at Woodgrove.” … Continue Reading

Viking Sports

May 11, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Viking Sports
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Lacrosse – Men

Viking Men Have Busy Week Versus George Mason, Tuscarora, and Woodgrove

By: John Steen and Tim Moore

Varsity Men Remain District Contenders with Decisive Win over George Mason, 19-0: The Vikings enjoyed the friendly confines of Leonard Stadium for Senior Night on April 30th. Pre-game senior honorees for the evening included: Lucas Clark, Donald Devine, Dylan Early, Chris Fiedler, Will Geise, Nicholas Colby Martin, Liz Martin (Mgr), Ian Miller, Hunter Nutter, Greg Regan, and Hope Wiseman (Mgr). During the game, the potent Viking attack took advantage of a youthful Mustang defense early and often to build a double-digit halftime lead. A stifling Viking defense, led by Donald Devine, Lucas Clark, and Zach Allison, caused numerous turnovers and limited George Mason to just a few shots on goal the entire game. In the all- important face-off battle, Valley took 19 of 23 (83 percent). It was fitting on Senior Night that Will Geise led the scoring with 6 goals and 1 assist. Other points leaders were freshman John Skinner (5 goals and 2 assists), sophomore Chase Miller (4 goals), and freshman Sully Warner (1 goal and 3 assists). Adding to the totals were seniors Greg Regan and Chris Fiedler with 1 goal each, junior Robbie Nelson with 1 goal, and freshman Jeremy Klipple with an assist. The Viking goalies had a quiet evening with freshman starter Nick Steen recording 1 save and junior Jim Shanks recording 3, after taking over net duties for the Vikes in the second half. … Continue Reading

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Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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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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