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Lucky Winner of Raffle Quilt

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lucky Winner of Raffle Quilt
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Emma Vest, a fourth-grade student at Waterford Elementary School in Waterford, fell in love with the beautiful quilt when she saw it being raffled at the Waterford Fair by the Waterford Quilters Guild while visiting the fair with her class. She bought a raffle ticket, went home, emptied her piggy bank and bought more tickets the next day. She just wanted to make sure that she would win the quilt that so captured her imagination. Her wish came true on the last day of the fair, when her ticket was, indeed, the lucky winner. Who says that wishes don’t come true? … Continue Reading

Antonia Walker – Painting from Life While Pushing the Color

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Antonia Walker is a graceful and vibrant woman with as much love for life as she has for her art.

Walker lives in an historic home in Waterford and also works there – in a spare and beautiful studio that at one time was a quaint general store.

Many of these lovely old buildings still exist in Loudoun County, repurposed or still feeding, refreshing and helping families restock on basics such as flour, canned goods, laundry soap and snacks. It is just so appropriate that a place that once also served as a gathering place for Quakers and farmers now serves as a showcase for one of Loudoun County’s most inspiring painters. … Continue Reading

Waterford Fair Returns for its 70th Year

September 8, 2013 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Waterford Fair Returns for its 70th Year
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Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair marks its 70th anniversary this year when the annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, also known as the Waterford Fair, returns on October 4, 5 and 6. The fair is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, located in the charming, historic village of Waterford.

The weekend will feature 160 renowned artisans (many nationally known) demonstrating a variety of traditional crafts. In addition there will be a variety of lively musical performances; reenactments by Colonial and Civil War era militia and cavalry; and art and photography exhibits. Fairgoers can visit some of the restored historic homes and buildings with more than 12 homes on tour (different homes open daily), and can also walk through Civil War and Quaker cemeteries. On Friday, a special reenactment of a day in an 1880s classroom will take place in Waterford’s original, one-room schoolhouse. Check the website for specific homes on tour, the entertainment schedule and other activities (www.waterfordfoundation.org). … Continue Reading

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit To Be Held October 5-7

One-hundred fifty-five artisans demonstrating techniques of traditional craftsmanship; one of a kind tour of preserved homes and buildings, Civil War and Quaker cemeteries; reenactment of a day in an 1880 classroom in a one-room schoolhouse on Friday, October 5. Three floors of juried handcrafts for sale in a restored brick mill; vintage barns will act as galleries for different art pieces. The Country Store will offer homemade baked goods, tote bags, candles and ornaments; continuous traditional music and dance, Colonial era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, Civil War re-enactors including cavalry with skirmishes and lots of activities for children throughout the weekend. Enjoy a Wine Garden featuring eight fine Loudoun wineries. Sunday, October 7, come out to enjoy lively bluegrass music from The Seldom Scene.

Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Commemoration of Founding of Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers
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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.

Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries. … Continue Reading

Mystery Solved! Loudoun Farms Dairy Bottle: An Update

May 2, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mystery Solved! Loudoun Farms Dairy Bottle: An Update
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Well, the mystery is a mystery no more. After sifting through e-mails and phone calls, we now know from whence the elusive milk bottle stamped “Loudoun Farms Dairy” (our March What’s That! puzzler) originated …

An e-mail from Gene Schneider, son of a former milk deliveryman; and a phone conversation with Kathleen McDaniel Beaver from Purcellville, laid this story to rest.

The Loudoun Farms Dairy was the name of Kathleen’s father’s creamery business in Purcellville, which dates to the 1940’s and 50’s. … Continue Reading

Waterford Native Receives National Award from Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

March 29, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Waterford Native Receives National Award from Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Marshal Ivan Kander, who grew up in Waterford, and currently resides in Silver Spring, Md., has been named the recipient of the 2012 Sergeant William Genaust Award, given for a documentary and short subject (40 minutes or less) dealing creatively with U.S. Marine Corps heritage or Marine Corps life. The award will be presented at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Ceremony April 21, 2012 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. Kander is being honored for “Survive. Recover. Live.,” which documents the recovery process of his friend Rob Jones, who lost his legs in Afghanistan. … Continue Reading

Waterford Foundation Wins “Nonprofit of the Year” Award from Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

November 7, 2011 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Waterford Foundation Wins “Nonprofit of the Year” Award from Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
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The Waterford Foundation received the prestigious Nonprofit of the Year Award this month by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. This award was added to the Chamber’s Small Business Award Program three years ago in recognition not only of the vital role that Loudoun’s nonprofits play in the economy of our community, but to honor the very real entrepreneurial talents of the professional staff and volunteer leadership that are driving these organizations. … Continue Reading

“Furniture-Making in Lovettsville and Waterford”

November 1, 2011 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on “Furniture-Making in Lovettsville and Waterford”

Dr. Fred C. Johnson, the acknowledged expert on Loudoun County’s rich heritage of local furniture-making, will be the next featured speaker in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series, on Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m., at St. James United Church of Christ.

Dr. Johnson’s 2003 book, Nineteenth Century Loudoun County, Virginia Chair Manufacturing, grew out of his long-time passion for 19th century furniture, and it is the definitive guide to identifying local chairs, rockers, and other types of furniture that were made locally a hundred or more years ago. … 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

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

Civil War Day in Historic Waterford

May 9, 2011 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Civil War Day in Historic Waterford
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Enjoy a day of Civil War history in a Unionist Town in Confederate Virginia on May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Color Guard provided by Loudoun Rangers Cavalry Re-enactors and Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sons of Union Veterans

10:00 – Dedication of Independent Loudoun Rangers historic marker at John Wesley Community Church

11:00 – Dedication of “Waterford: Unionist Stronghold” Civil War Trails sign at Waterford Baptist Church … Continue Reading

Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

April 26, 2011 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Waterford Old School Construction to Begin July 1

The Waterford Foundation announced today that construction will begin on July 1, 2011 on the new Waterford Old School auditorium.

“None of us who stood in the yard of the Old School on that cold January day in 2007 will ever forget the sight of the fire that damaged the Old School and destroyed the auditorium,” said Bonnie Getty, president of the Waterford Foundation. “It has been a long four years of fundraising and planning, but I am thrilled to announce that last night the Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with the rebuilding of the Old School auditorium.” … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

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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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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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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