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Soon To Turn 107 – He Still Amazes– A Tribute To Charlie Clark

August 6, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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I’ve caught glimpses of “Mr. Charlie,” as friends call him, on several occasions.

In recent years I saw a stately old car driving slowly through Purcellville and into the parking lot of a grocery store. A tall lanky man emerged and walked inside, waving and nodding as he passed me. “That’s Mr. Clark,” I thought to myself. “Still driving way past the gentle age of 100 … and still doing (at least some of) his own grocery shopping. Wow!”

According to a niece, local author and civil rights activist Elaine Thompson, her uncle doesn’t drive anymore, but he does do the occasional grocery shopping. He’s slowing down, but few things can stop him, really. … Continue Reading

Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Josephine (Jody) Haag
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Josephine (Jody) Haag, 73, died July 21 of pancreatic cancer at her home in the loving care of her family, surrounded by music, love and the close proximity of her beloved garden.

A longtime resident of the county, Jody came to Loudoun with her family in 1976 after four years with Peace Corps in Fiji and Afghanistan.  In 1979, after three years in Waterford, the Haags settled in Hamilton.

Jody was born January 3, 1941, in Philadelphia PA and moved at a very young age to her mother’s hometown of Shenandoah, PA. At age of seven, she moved to Tucson, AZ, where she met and later married her husband of 52 years, Richard.  The early years of their marriage were spent in Hawaii where Richard was pursuing a doctorate at the University of Hawaii. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Blue Ridge Student Places 4th at Chemistry Challenge
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Varun Mosur, an eighth grade student at Blue Ridge Middle School placed fourth in the National You Be the Chemist Challenge that was held on June 23, in Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation, the competition is an interactive academic competition for students in grades fifth through eighth that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

Mosur competed against 29 other state champions from across the United States in an exhilarating, 10-round competition that took more than five hours to complete. According to Mosur, “It is exciting to participate in such a competition – the atmosphere, the people, the representatives of all the chemical companies – all of it added up to an amazing experience for me. It was awesome that I was able to finish fourth (third runner-up). The first few rounds of the competition, I was not at all nervous, but then it slowly became more and more interesting and exciting as I progressed through the rounds to the top 4.” Mosur was awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $50 gift card to the Discovery Channel Store, a TI-84 calculator, and a CHEM C3000 Chemistry set for his outstanding performance.

BRMS Principal Brion Bell stated, “Varun’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence led to his success in this event and will continue to be driving forces in his future endeavors. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck as he begins high school at Thomas Jefferson.”

Oil and Emulsions

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Oil and Emulsions
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By Leah Enright

Oil is a prime ingredient in many of my fun activities. Why? Oil is not quite like anything else. It makes things soft and slippery, shines wood, and doesn’t mix with water, right? Well, these are true, most of the time. Let’s perform an activity to see what I mean.

You’ll need:
An empty bottle with lid, (such as a water bottle)
Cooking oil, (such as vegetable or canola)
Liquid dish detergent
A drop of food coloring, (if you have it)
Permission from an adult to make this mess … Continue Reading

Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering William Homer Leigh, Jr.

William Homer Leigh, Jr. age 86 died at his home of 31 years near Hamilton on July 18, with family and loved ones by his side. Homer was born on June 5, 1928, in Arlington, VA to the late William H. and Ruth E. Leigh.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joan Leigh, and their daughter Christine Dayment. Homer is survived by his daughter, Diane Leigh of Hamilton, grandchildren, Stephanie, Wesley, William and Suzanne, and four great grandchildren, all of Ontario Canada.

Homer worked for C&P Telephone Co. in McLean for 30 years as a PBX installer. After retirement he enjoyed working part-time on the farm with Muncaster & Payne in Hamilton.

The family received friends at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville on July 22. A graveside service was held July 23 at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Hamilton Volunteer Rescue or Fire Department.

Visit www.hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family.

A Life Changing Service

August 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Life Changing Service
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Where do I begin? To a Chinese adoptee, going back to the country of your birth is a touchy subject. The one place on earth where you’ll look like everyone else but feel like a foreigner. I’ll admit, it’s a tough choice to make but it is worth it to go back. China is a wonderful country full of spicy food, traditions, nice people and beautiful landmarks. But that isn’t what led me there. The thought of going back had always been on my mind, so when I got an email from Gladney International Adoption Agency about a service trip to China, I jumped at the chance. It wasn’t just about finding closure to my own personal story, but also about giving back to my birth country. … Continue Reading

Barbara Sloan, A Beadazzling Talent

July 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 1 comment
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Barbara Sloan is not just a “beader,” she is the creator of pieces of jewelry that are like art that you wear, from a fine string of deep pink faceted garnet to a beautifully chunky, multi-strand necklace of citrine and pearls – one of her signature designs.

Barbara has been a good friend of mine for a long time and it was beading that first brought us together. A mutual friend introduced us about ten years ago. I had just moved to Loudoun County and had started to do a little of my own beading. My kitchen table was covered with clasps and wire and semi-precious beads and, invited over for dinner at Barbara’s, I walked into her dining room to see that she had the same passion – albeit more developed than mine. There were beads and stones everywhere, and finished earrings, bracelets and necklaces carefully displayed on black velvet forms.

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We Are Not Bodies with Souls, We Are Souls with Bodies– In Celebration of Christian Alberto Sierra

June 3, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Lifestyle, People 2 comments
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When a family loses one of its own at a young age, it is hard to do justice to the poignant mix of love, grief, horror, laughter and memories that fill the room as they attempt to tell you about that person, and do the respect of celebrating – with as much courage as they can – that person’s life.

Christian Sierra was a 17-year old Loudoun Valley High School student who died in a Purcellville police shooting on May 24. … 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

What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on What Does She Want? Breakfast in Bed, of Course
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The United States has over 80 million moms, and over 95 percent of Americans mark the day in some way. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for most restaurants and retailers say it is the second biggest gift-giving day of the year. Together, we’ll spend an astonishing $671 million dollars on Mother’s Day cards and $1.9 billion on flowers – almost $15 billion in all when the nation’s cash registers total out for the day. … Continue Reading

Remembering Maxine Bean

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Maxine Bean
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Celebrating a Life Filled with Community Service and The Arts

On Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, the family and friends of Maxine Bean will gather at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville to remember and celebrate a life filled with community service, generosity, and kindness. Maxine passed away in February at age 89 after a brief illness, and all who wish to join in the May 24 remembrance are welcome to attend (a potluck lunch will follow at a nearby location). … Continue Reading

Hope for the Realist

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader People, Uncategorized Comments Off on Hope for the Realist
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By Mary Rose Lunde

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told to have hope. It is just one of the many attributes we all carry with us in times of triumph and tragedy. Yet, we take it so lightly. We never really know how powerful hope is, until we see its effects. I see hope in everyone. And every time I see someone hoping my hope strengthens. Not for myself, but that their hope does not turn false. This worry about false hope is termed realism expressed in logic. … Continue Reading

Cooper and His Friend

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cooper and His Friend
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Cooper, a 5-year-old yellow lab owned by Debbie Crum, is a frequent site around Purcellville. He loves bringing a stuffed animal with him wherever he goes. As soon as you say the word walk, Cooper will run to get his favorite stuffed animal. Whether he is going for a walk, run or swim, he almost always brings one of his furry friends with him. Crum said his favorite is Super Chicken, which he got for his second birthday. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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

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Lifestyle

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

28 Aug 2015

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

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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