Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies

October 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News Comments Off on Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies
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Loudoun blogger, author and activist Barbara Curtis of Round Hill, author of the blog Mommylife.net and nine books on parenting, faith and politics, died October 30. She suffered a hemoral stroke on Sunday.

Curtis was known locally and nationally for her Montessori training and advocacy for homeschooling. An outspoken advocate for people with Down’s Syndrome, she had four children – three of them adopted – born with the disorder. Curtis often wrote about her own experiences raising children and shared parenting expertise. At the same time, she did not shy away from campaigning on controversial national and local issues, most recently circulating a petition demanding that the county allow only Judeo-Christian displays on the grounds of the Leesburg courthouse.

In biographical information on her blog, Curtis shared her troubled California youth and her journey to overcome addiction and find meaning in religious and family life; she and her family moved to Loudoun County in 2003. The announcement of her passing on her blog was answered by dozens of comments by shocked and saddened readers.

“She was a testimony to God’s grace and transforming power. She had a wise, compassionate heart, and had such an amazing impact on so many people she didn’t even know. I have no doubt that she is now hearing the words that all of us long to one day hear: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won’t let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight,” reads the tribute by fellow blogger Rachel Bjorklund.

In addition to her twelve children, Curtis is survived by her husband Tripp.

Purcellville Recovers from Sandy

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Recovers from Sandy
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With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy moving out of the area today, Purcellville is recovering from the slow-moving storm’s significant rain and wind. Most people were spared heavy damage and are now dealing with debris cleanup and some flooded basements as a result of the estimated eight inches of rain received in the last twenty-four hour period.

The Town of Purcellville wishes to give special thanks to Fire, Rescue, Police, Maintenance and Utilities staff who worked throughout the incident to ensure public safety and uninterrupted services. With the recovery process underway, the Town will transition from its emergency operations starting at 5:00 p.m. today to having staff available on call to address any issues that may materialize overnight. You can reach this emergency contact at 540-338-7700. … Continue Reading

Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

To Residents of Purcellville and surrounding area:

For those who have lost power during the current storm, Patrick Henry College is opening its on-campus shower facilities. The use of these showers is offered at no charge between the hours of 7am and 9pm daily. Interested persons must check-in at the information desk located in the main lobby of The Barbara Hodel Center. Please call Campus Safety at 540-441-8888 with any questions. Please bring your own towel and toiletries. Facilities will remain open to area residents during through the period that power is out.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28
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10/22/12 – 8:00 a.m. – 37200 Block of Richardson Ln. – Burglary – Victim reported that sometime overnight someone broke into the business and stole several items. Case under investigation.

10/23/2012 – 2:35 a.m. – 300 Block of Locust Grove Dr. – Family Dispute – Complainant advised of options.

10/25/2012 – 6:47 p.m. – 400 Block of W. K St. – Disorderly / Family Dispute – Complaint worked out by police.

10/26/2012 – 10:18 a.m.– 100 Block of Hirst Rd. – Identity Theft – Victim reported that someone had tried to open a credit account in his name. Incident being investigated by financial institution. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Storm Update

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Storm Update
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As Hurricane Sandy continues its move toward our area, please make sure you are prepared for this extended weather event. We are expecting the worst wind and rain tonight from 5:00 p.m. until tomorrow morning. Since last night, the Maintenance staff has been monitoring roadways and ramping up equipment and resources.

Be sure to have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries in case power goes out. Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit and medications, car phone charger, blankets and other supplies. … Continue Reading

LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather

October 28, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather
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With the possibility that Hurricane Sandy may bring severe weather to our area, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman has notified all essential personnel within the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of the county’s severe weather procedures. Loudoun County officials are also urging residents to prepare now for the possibility of high winds and heavy rains next week.

These precautions include simple steps, such as:

  • Stock or re-stock emergency supply kits, including extra batteries, etc.
  • Clean out gutters and storm drains. Keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches, so that rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding situations. … Continue Reading

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a limited mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas along the Virginia coast and Chesapeake Bay. The order grants local government officials authority to determine locations for evacuation and start times, based on local conditions. Any specific evacuation orders will be issued by local governments.

Those in eastern Virginia who live in low-lying areas (areas that typically flood) should be ready to evacuate if told to do so by local officials. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and additional information. The best source for information is local media and local government websites. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Vote

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Psychology of Your Vote
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
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Polls show President Barak Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck and neck in their race for the presidency. And with the election just days away, both gentlemen are working hard to secure your vote and a victory. The economy. Obamacare. Foreign policy. Medicare. Education. Social Security. But what if these political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control? What if the vote you cast on November 6 turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours? Scientific research over the past several years has revealed some fascinating findings regarding the intersection between our biology and neurology and the way we vote. … Continue Reading

Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
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Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a State of Emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which is anticipated to affect the Commonwealth over the weekend and early next week. As the potential severe weather from Hurricane Sandy and the expected nor’easter – like system moves into the region this weekend, the residents in the Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County can expect the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, flooding and the potential of street closures and property damage resulting from fallen trees. The Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County are asking you to take the following precautions to help you better prepare for this potential natural emergency:

  • Visit the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov and view the emergency preparedness guides that have been developed by the Town, County, other regional organizations and Dominion Virginia Power. … Continue Reading

AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request
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Below is a letter Attorney General Cuccinelli sent to Sen. Donald McEachin regarding his public request for this office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg.

Dear Senator McEachin:

Over the past few days, I have read reports in the news media regarding your request for my office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg. An investigation into this matter is absolutely warranted, and the local authorities are currently conducting one. Tampering with voter forms is a serious crime, and I believe that this allegation should be thoroughly investigated. … Continue Reading

Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History
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Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership have announced a joint initiative that will begin the JTHG Partnership’s Living Legacy Project. Oatlands will serve as the pilot site for this extensive commemorative tree planting program. Oatlands Board Chair Michael J. O’Connor also announced today that Leesburg, Va. landscaping firm Greenscapes by Design has been retained to source and plant the trees. As previously announced, Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture firm based in Alexandria, Va., has been commissioned to undertake the landscape design for the Living Legacy Project, including the pilot project at Oatlands. … Continue Reading

Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens
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NoVa West in partnership with the Winchester SportsPlex are now accepting team and individual registrations for the two winter 2012/2013 indoor lacrosse league sessions. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/NWILL/index.asp. All players registered will be entered into a drawing for a new pro7 helmet.

Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Western Loudoun’s community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973, or purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

The Franklin Park Big Band was founded with support provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center. The group plays Big Band music for dances, weddings, charities, and other occasions. Our members are community instrumentalists from all walks of life who have a passion for their instrument and audience-pleasing music. … 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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Worried About Mid-life Crisis

3 Jun 2015

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Dr. Mike, I think my husband is going through a mid-life crisis, and I’m worried. It started about two years ago. He tries to get away from the kids and me every chance he gets on the weekend. He complains …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Telegraph Springs Road

6 May 2015

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There’s one guy out here who proudly informs all visitors arriving at his locked gate (at the end of a short driveway) that he owns a firearm and a backhoe; I’ve got a mental note to avoid this address at …

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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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Good Character Takes Work

3 Jun 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel How is character developed? It is a simple question that requires, I suspect, a somewhat complicated answer. New York Times columnist David Brooks gives us profiles of the mental and moral qualities distinctive to great leaders in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Challenges for Blended Families

3 Jun 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith The blended family has become more the norm than the exception in our society. As with most second marriages, Amy and I came into our marriage with our own children, our own careers and our …

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Student News

Woodgrove High School Senior Garner Signs With Wheaton

2 Apr 2015

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Woodgrove High School senior, Kristen Garner, has signed to swim with Wheaton College in Ilinois She is the first Woodgrove swimmer to sign with a college and will compete on Wheaton’s NCAA Division III team. “I am incredibly honored to …

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Buchanan Earns Eagle Rank

1 Apr 2015

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Harry Buchanan, V, from Waterford, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Rank three days before his 18th birthday. The Eagle Rank is the highest rank from the Boy Scouts of America to award.  Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts …

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Loudoun Student Awarded Environmental Scholarship

6 Jul 2014

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American Disposal Services is proud to announce Allison Arpajian, the Loudoun County recipient of their Annual American Disposal Services Inc. Scholarship. Applications were distributed to all public high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. One winner was chosen from each …

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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

It’s Time We Invest in Public Education

3 Jun 2015

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By Chuck Hedges Delegate David LaRock believes in school choice. So do I. Delegate David LaRock is concerned about children with special needs. So am I. But that’s where our agreement ends. I have worked with children with special needs for some two years. I know the joy that comes with offering an effective program for these children. For 95 …

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Lifestyle

Kids Across Loudoun County to Perform in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.

18 Jun 2015

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Kids from more than 17 elementary, middle, and high schools from across Loudoun County will be spending their summer “under the sea” as part of Loudoun Centre Theatre’s summer production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. “We had no idea that kids would come from all over the county to audition for the show,” explains Jeffrey Taylor, Loudoun Centre Theatre’s …

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Team Mathias 5K and Family Fun Run To Be Held June 13

12 Jun 2015

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Team Mathias and Be The Match are excited to co-host this year’s 5K and Family Fun Run to raise awareness for childhood cancer on Saturday, June 13, at the Village at Leesburg. The race will start at 8:30am. It will be a family fun event with activities for all ages with music, lots of kid’s activities, food and fun. Smokehouse …

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Next Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Event Set for June 27

12 Jun 2015

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Loudoun residents are invited to participate in the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding. Loudoun residents are welcome to bring Household Hazardous Waste from their homes to these events. Typical HHW includes: fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint …

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Wild Loudoun

Belted Kingfisher – Streamside Rock Star

3 Jun 2015

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It’s hard to say what you noticed first. The cool blue streak of color. The piecing cry – a sharp rattle – here one second and gone the next. The splashy exit as a very spirited bird made off with a very unlucky fish. These are the behaviors, sights and sounds of the belted kingfisher, one of our local waterways’ …

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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

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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Valley Lady Laxers Off to a Strong Start

6 May 2015

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By Mac Shuford The Loudoun Valley Ladies’ Lacrosse Team is off to a strong 5-2 start this year with their recent victories over district foes Dominion and Park View. After losing seven starters to graduation off last year’s state runner up campaign, Coach Tracey Albro has been busy rebuilding her …

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Mary Rose Lunde

The Summer Semester Is No Break

3 Jun 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde So, what should a college student do with their summer? The appropriate response is relax; summer is meant to be a break complete with sleeping until noon each day and marathons of episodes on Netflix. Instead of doing this however, many college students wake up earlier …

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Sarah's Closet

Summer White Out

3 Jun 2015

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By Sarah Nearis Good fashion has a feeling. As we head into June and the warmer summer months, the feeling you want is one of being cool, easily put together, and comfortable. White has a way of cultivating that cool, comfortable feeling. A crisp pair of white capris. A simple …

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Letters

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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No Tax Increases

1 Apr 2015

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock I’ve heard it said that elections should be held on April 16 so that people would cast their vote while …

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