Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager

November 30, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Karen Dilley Joins the Town of Leesburg as Human Resources Manager
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Town of Leesburg officials announced today that Karen Dilley has been hired as the Town’s new Human Resources Manager. Ms. Dilley will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of current Human Resources Director Nancy Fixx. She will start with the Town on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Karen Dilley has ten years of Human Resources experience in a variety of industries, including local government, manufacturing and the non-profit sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Michigan State University. A native of Michigan, Ms. Dilley moved to Northern Virginia in late 2010. She resides in Ashburn with her husband and two children. … Continue Reading

New Auction Company Launches

November 30, 2012 Business, News Comments Off on New Auction Company Launches
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Savvy Buyers and Motivated Sellers Come Together in Lively and Entertaining Shopping Event

Auctions on Main, a live auction company in downtown Purcellville, is now accepting consignments for their Grand Opening auction, beginning 2013. For the home or business with unused items, or those looking to furnish or equip their place, auctions are the perfect solution for buyers and sellers.

Buyers can find bargains on previously owned items, all under one roof. Auctions sell just about anything­– one never knows what unique item will be discovered. Buyers can also browse a photo gallery online, which features many of the items being auctioned that week.

Sellers eliminate the hassle of selling through the classifieds. Auctions on Main does all the advertising, qualifies the buyer, sells the item and processes the funds. Most importantly, sellers preserve their privacy and save time in finding potential buyers. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

November 30, 2012 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University
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The following Loudoun Valley high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Steffanie May plans to major in Elementary Education.

Connor Chiles plans to major in Marine Science.

Morgan Hammer plans to major in Psychology.

Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

November 30, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Welcomes Holidays on December 8

The Round Hill community will celebrate “Holidays in Round Hill” on Saturday, December 8, with an array of activities.

On Saturday afternoon, the Round Hill Arts Center will offer a special block-printed holiday card workshop with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. The workshop runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is appropriate for children ages eight and up. The workshop costs $40, which includes materials for 20 cards. The Round Hill Arts Center is located in the Hill High Orchards complex on Route 7 just west of Round Hill. Register by calling 540-338-5022 or visiting www.roundhillartscenter.org. While at Hill High, be sure to visit the Country Store and the Gateway Gallery for unique locally produced gifts, and leave time to enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire at Bogati Bodega. … Continue Reading

Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning

November 30, 2012 News, Schools Comments Off on Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning
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“The great bug study had begun in our classroom. The students began creating their scientific drawings with paper and pencil and were getting frustrated with erasing; Aha!”

This is a quote from Loudoun Country Day School kindergarten teacher Angie Cross as she presented for the third time at the largest gathering of early childhood educators in the world, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 7-10. She specifically talked about how she and her students have not only learned how to integrate iPads into their daily learning in the classroom, but they use it side-by-side with traditional approaches, creating a learning environment that is unique to this age group and built on the success of combined approaches. … Continue Reading

County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

November 28, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on County Hosts Public Information Meetings on Lights at Two Park Sites

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold informational sessions for the public regarding two special exception applications for lights at Byrne’s Ridge Park and the Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site.

Byrne’s Ridge Park is located at 24915 Mineral Springs Circle in Aldie. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, in the auditorium of Mercer Middle School, 42149 Greenstone Drive, Aldie.

The Brambleton Fields (East/West) park site is located at 22389 Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, in the auditorium of the National Recreation & Park Association, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn.

For more information, contact prcs@loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0343.

How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?

November 28, 2012 Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on How Do You Help Children Cope with Death of Principal?
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Dr. Mike,
My son’s principal, Ms. Kathleen Hwang, of Sanders Corner Elementary School was killed this past week when she was hit by a car while crossing the street. We told our son about the news, and he is very upset. He is so upset that he doesn’t want to return to school on Monday. Do you have an advice on how to get us through this difficult time?
L in Loudoun County

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Balch Library to Host Booksigning

November 28, 2012 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Balch Library to Host Booksigning

The Thomas Balch Library will host a book signing for Gale Waldron and Sarah Huntington, author and photographer of “In Their Own Words, Recollections of an Earlier Loudoun” on Saturday, December 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Originally published in 2002, the book was recently reprinted as a 10th Anniversary edition and is now on sale.

In Their Own Words, which debuted in 2002, is a close up look at Loudoun’s past as told through 32 personal vignettes. Waldron, founder and editor of the former Loudoun ART magazine, and local award-winning photographer Huntington began working on the idea for Loudoun ART magazine, meeting with people in all areas of the county to collect their stories of earlier times.

For more information, call 703-771-0127 or 540-338-7809.

BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

November 26, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on BOS Should Vote Against Moving Assessor Function to COR

The BoS should vote against moving the Assessor function to the Commissioner of Revenue (CoR) office. Eight points to consider:

  1. The prior County Assessor was selected via a nationwide executive search. He was highly qualified and effective. During his seven years of service, he brought assessments and related programs into compliance with the State and local mandates. The office was professionally managed and restructured under strong, independent, leadership. During the Government Reform Commission (GRC) interview, the CoR couldn’t recall his office budget. He said, “I knew you were going to ask that question,” and deferred to staff. Does the current CoR have the qualifications, management expertise, licenses, or certifications to function as the County Assessor? … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012

November 24, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 17, 2012
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11/17/12 – 11:24 p.m. – West A St. / Sturbridge Ct. – Simple Assault & Disorderly Conduct – Victim states an adult male attacked him at the stop sign, accusing him of speeding on A Street. Investigation continues.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt. 287 – DUI / Obstruction of Justice – Marlon Erne Martinez-Castillo age 21 of no fixed address was arrested.
11/18/12 – 12:19 a.m. – Rt. 7 / Rt.287 – Public Intoxication / Obstruction of Justice – Perez Javier Figueroa age 30 of Leesburg, Va. was arrested.
11/18/12 – 9:20 a.m. – 300 block of S. 20th St. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
11/18/12 – 6:00 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th t – Larceny – Victim reports their bicycle was stolen. Loss valued at $100.00.
11/19/12 – 12:15 p.m. – 100 block of N 16th St. – Destruction of Property – Victim reports that someone scratched their vehicle and broke a vent cover. Damage valued at $500.00.

Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”

November 24, 2012 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Police and Parks & Recreation’s R.O.C.K. Program Sponsor “Holidays With The Cops”
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During the first week of December, the Leesburg Police Department, in partnership with the Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department’s R.O.C.K. Program, will make this Christmas a little brighter for some of Leesburg’s neediest children.

Each child who participates will be paired up with a uniformed Leesburg police officer and will be given $200 to spend on Christmas gifts. “Holiday With The
Cops” will start with dinner for the children and their “shopping buddies” at the Leesburg Police Department. After dinner, the police officers will escort
the children to Target, where they will be able to shop to their hearts’ content. In the past, many children have purchased gifts for family members and
necessary household items. One child even bought a Christmas tree for his family! Once the children have finished their shopping, volunteers from Leesburg Police Explorer Post # 1041 and Leesburg Police Citizen Support Team as well as Leesburg Police Department dispatchers and staff will help the children wrap their gifts. Members from the Leesburg National Guard Armory will then help transport all the gifts home for the kids. … Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents

November 24, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Series of Internet Safety Classes for Parents
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will begin a series of courses called Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know. This two part course will help introduce parents to basic Internet safety as well as some advanced techniques to help keep their children safe while online and using technology. Be advised that these are PARENT ONLY CLASSES due to GRAPHIC CONTENT.

Internet Safety is a common topic of discussion for today’s parents and in some cases can be a source of anxiety. With technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, it can be hard for parents to keep up let alone catch up. Topics that will be discussed: Social Networking, Sexting/Texting, Cell Phone Technology and Features, Laptops vs. Desk Top PC’s, Current Trends, Predatory Behaviors, PC and Console Gaming, and Monitoring Techniques. Below is a list of the upcoming Internet safety courses being taught by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Adult Crime Prevention Unit: … Continue Reading

LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands

November 24, 2012 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on LINK Reaches Out to Needy Families, Serves Thousands
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By Mark Gunderman

Friday, November 16, was an extremely busy day as volunteers were sorting food and clothing and tweets were going out seeking additional food items. Facebook was updated with requests for more volunteers to help. On Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. LINK was ready to receive the first of our 800 plus families.

When the day ended shortly after 4:00 p.m., LINK and our volunteers served 801 families (4,300 people comprising 2,066 adults and 2,234 children) food to last five – seven days, fresh produce and meat from Capital Area Food Bank. Volunteers made direct deliveries to 11 homebound families.

$21,930 was distributed in grocery card gift cards. 1,592 winter coats, 1,748 pairs of gloves and winter hats and 1,035 scarves and other winter items were distributed to 320 grateful families. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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August 1, 2016

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 20, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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August 28, 2016

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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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

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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 …

Around Virginia

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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