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Growing a Green Lawn

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From the Nature Generation

Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired brown winter lawns into lush green yards for all to enjoy. … Continue Reading

May in the Garden

May 4, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on May in the Garden
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Showing Your Feelings with Color

It is as lovely to give flowers as it is to receive them.

Whatever the color, the most cherished bouquets are often the ones from your own garden, or that pretty little bundle a friend or your spouse picked up form a roadside stand. But, the giving – and the receiving and the picking and the arranging – is made all the more sweet with a little inside knowledge of what a flower’s color – be it a rose, a lily, or a wild thing growing on the side of the road – has come to symbolized over the years. … Continue Reading

April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

April 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper
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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores.

Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to gather food from early-blooming flowers and trees – promoting biodiversity, setting seed and fruit production into motion and enhancing the overall health of your garden and landscape. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

April 6, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival
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Leesburg has scheduled its annual Flower and Garden Festival for April 16 and 17. Over 120 vendors will display their landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers and herbs. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. … Continue Reading

March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on March in the Garden – Soil As the Gardener’s Canvas
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Gardening is all about growing things, and growing things successfully is about cultivating healthy soils – the canvas upon which gardener visits their magic.

For the March gardener, this means working carefully to release and build upon the nutrients, textures and living things developed and stored in the soil over the winter. … Continue Reading

Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Growing Your 1-In-10,000 Four-Leaf Clover
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Botanists tell us that for every four-leaf clover you might find, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers. That means that you will find at least 1 four-leaf clover in an area that is about, well, 13 square feet. Humm. That’s a lot of area to cover with your magnifying glass.
Instead, why not have some fun growing your own clover-type plant? … Continue Reading

George and Martha Waiting for Babies

March 2, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on George and Martha Waiting for Babies
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American bald eagles “George & Martha” are nesting in Loudoun County and as of late February had two eggs laid. The eggs will take about 35 days to hatch if successful. Follow the secret eagle cam – at an undisclosed location to protect the birds – at www.youtube.com/user/riverfarmeaglecam/live. … Continue Reading

Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening

February 19, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Free Gardening Lecture – All About Water Gardening
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Wouldn’t it be nice to add a water feature in your garden this spring? “All About Water Gardening” is the topic for the March 3, 2016 Extension Master Gardener lecture series at 7:00 p.m. at Rust Library, given by Richard M. Koogle, vice president of Lilypons Water Gardens in Maryland. … Continue Reading

6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

February 3, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on 6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27
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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy entrepreneurs for all to enjoy. “We’re thrilled to promote such a worthwhile event that showcases Loudoun growers, Virginia wines, as well as hand crafted beer and local artists,” said Philip Message, co-sponsor of this sixth annual event. He continued, “People from all over Loudoun County as well as the D.C. metro area enjoy this event every year.”

Parking will be at the Fireman’s Field parking lot, Emerick Elementary, Loudoun Valley Community Center and the Town of Purcellville’s public parking areas.

Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors

January 18, 2016 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Three Virginia Young Farmers Receive National Honors
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For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

Chris Van Vlack of Loudoun County took home top honors Jan. 12 in the Discussion Meet competition at the 97th annual AFBF event. Sam and Ashley Gardner of Bedford County were runners-up for the Achievement Award, Mindy McCroskey of Washington County was a runner-up for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. … Continue Reading

Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Where Do I Begin? Tips on Fall Home Improvement Projects
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Lawn care, storm windows, roof and gutter repair, chimney sweep, painting touch ups, furnace check, green upgrades – the fall home improvement list can sure seem endless, can’t it?

While the weather is still pretty warm out, prioritize the outdoor tasks you need to do yourself. For the inside tasks, consider organizing them now, and making up a list that holiday guests or neighbors might be able to help you complete. If you need professional help for certain tasks … make those appointments, if you haven’t already.

Here are some seasonal tips:

Caulking and weather stripping of windows are two pretty easy projects and will pay dividends not only this winter, but in the warm summer months, too. Make this a priority. … Continue Reading

Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Friends of Blue Ridge Mountains
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November 7, Saturday 10:00 to 3:00 p.m, join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an autumn clean-up as we continue our work to remove invasive species from Blue Ridge Regional Park. Blue Ridge Regional Park is located off of Rte 601. Go to www.friendsofblueridge.org.

Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership

November 4, 2015 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Copeland Homestead Farm Celebrates 250 Years of Same-Family Ownership
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The Copeland Homestead Farm is celebrating its Sestercentennial Anniversary — the farm has been owned by the same family for 250 years. The farm is currently owned by seventh generation family member, Patric Copeland. Patric and his wife, Maura Walsh-Copeland’s children, Sean, Jameson and Caitlin Copeland, are the quintuple great grandchildren of David and Deborah Copeland, who built the original portion of the Homestead in 1765.

The Copeland Homestead, located on the northeast side of Short Hill Mountain just south of the Town of Hillsboro corporate limits, is one of the oldest dwellings in the area. According to Loudon County and Copeland family records, George Washington surveyed “The Grand Line” between Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax’s Piedmont and Shannondale Manors, from the mouth of the Rappahannock, running through the Town of Hillsboro to Harper’s Ferry and the Potomac River. This Grand Line still serves as the western boundary of the Copeland Farm. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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