Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

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Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course.

The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, if built, will in one fell swoop fundamentally and permanently degrade the historic nature of Purcellville’s downtown.

Town-based communities in Loudoun County are required to develop the planning and zoning document known as a Comprehensive Plan – a blueprint that directs both where and how development will occur, and provides protection for the historic and environmental resources communities have identified as essential to how they see themselves today and want to define themselves in the future. … Continue Reading

The Unparalleled Joys of Travel

January 6, 2015 Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel Comments Off on The Unparalleled Joys of Travel
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By Samuel Moore-Sobel

The holiday season is known for many things, such as spending time with family, opening presents and eating lots of food. Yet travel usually plays a part in the holidays as well. As many can attest to, traveling is not always as seamless as we would like it to be.

For the first time in more than a decade, my family and I decided to spend Christmas abroad. Before the trip, I felt nothing but excitement at the prospect of finally going on a vacation with my parents, brother and sister. Yet since I had not traveled in so long, I had conveniently forgotten the stark realities of air travel. First of all, you have to arrive at the airport hours before take-off, only to find out your flight has been delayed. Spending countless hours in an airport is not my idea of fun.

Passing through security also presents its own unique challenges. A special designated section within the airport filled with angry passengers removing clothing, baggage and an unending amount of liquids. Who can relate to having their bottle of aftershave thrown out because it exceeded the 3.4 ounce limit? That will teach you to wait to purchase toiletries until after you have arrived at your destination. Most irritatingly of all, everyone between the ages of 13-74 is required to remove their shoes. I understand and wholeheartedly support strict security measures to keep Americans safe, but do I really have to walk barefoot through the airport to achieve this goal? I, like most sane people, would rather not have people walk around with their stinky feet exposed getting athletes foot. Can TSA at least provide clothes pins to deaden our sense of smell? … Continue Reading

Two Kitchen Cousins Present – Let’s Throw a Winter Chili Party

January 6, 2015 Dine With Us, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Two Kitchen Cousins Present – Let’s Throw a Winter Chili Party
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By Lisa Wasson and Andrea Gaines

If you’re going to be snowed in, there’s nothing better than being snowed in with something savory simmering on the stove and making the house smell delicious.

This chili recipe – meant to satisfy both the vegetarian and the meat eater in your household – fits the bill. It has a deep, spicy flavor and also freezes beautifully. Make extra that you can heat up over a weekend and/or have available for a quick lunch, a weekend afternoon of football or a ready-to-go dinner with a fresh salad and warm bread during the week. This recipe makes about 1-1/2 quarts. The list of ingredients is rather long, but it’s worth the effort. … Continue Reading

Preparing Your Garden for Spring

January 6, 2015 Columns, Virginia Gardening Comments Off on Preparing Your Garden for Spring
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By Donna Williamson

My winter sowing experiments of the last two winters have been entertaining and successful. One of the amazing things is that growing woody plants from seed is remarkably easy. Hydrangeas, abelias, and roses have germinated and grown quickly.

The tiny rose hips from my native pasture rose (Rosa carolina) opened to reveal shiny brown seeds that grew into foot tall plants this past summer. This rose actually likes sunny, dry hillsides and can thrive here on the mountain, forming dense thickets that birds, butterflies, and bees enjoy.

The practice of setting seeds and a little clean potting soil out in plastic containers to have rain, snow, and frigid temperatures as well as sun work on them is a great way to increase the perennials in your garden inexpensively. Whether you buy seeds or collect them from existing plants, annuals and perennials grow very well using this process. … Continue Reading

Top Secret

January 6, 2015 Columns, Kitchen Science Kids Comments Off on Top Secret
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By Leah Enright

When I was a kid, I wrote many secret messages. None of them contained actual, important information, as I didn’t know any, but I loved the idea of getting away with something, (especially since it wouldn’t get me in trouble if my parents found out.) I never knew that my secret message formula worked because of a simple chemical reaction, called oxidation. I just knew that it was fun, and you may like it too. Let’s try – you’ll need: … Continue Reading

Below Zero at Virginia Tech

January 6, 2015 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Below Zero at Virginia Tech
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Walking across the Virginia Tech Drill Field in the morning to get to class means one thing: Five minutes of below zero temperatures. The Drill Field is referred to as a wind tunnel in the winter and when you walk across in the dark it feels like the temperature is below zero. It’s not, but it sure as heck feels it. Snow falling around you to the ground does not help, neither does the heavy jacket you swore would keep you warm. Wearing gloves, a scarf and fuzzy socks do nothing but prevent frostbitten hands, ears and toes. Suffice to say, going to a college in the mountains does have its downsides.

Blacksburg weather is bipolar at best. I’ve been told that all four seasons have happened in one weekend. From what I’ve experienced so far I don’t doubt that. Though the question remains if it’s going to be a “bad winter” or not. Last year, most of the East Coast of the United States was covered in snow for a majority of the winter months. Schools were out for over a week at a time. Some schools, like my high school, had to cancel midterms because of the number of days missed. Even colleges like Virginia Tech, which has only had 11 snow days since opened, had to cancel because the conditions were that dangerous. This poses the question of how bad this year’s winter will be. How many days will be below zero and calling for snow? … Continue Reading

Exhibit Space Available for Loudoun YouthFest

January 6, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Exhibit Space Available for Loudoun YouthFest
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Exhibit space is available for Loudoun YouthFest ‘15. The event, targeting middle and high school teens, will feature amusements, interactive games, local bands and nationally known recording artists We The Kings. YouthFest will be Saturday, May 30 at the Barn at One Loudoun, 20450 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn.

Exhibit spaces start at $100. A limited amount of free exhibit space is available for Loudoun non-profit organizations and government agencies that provide programs and services to the county’s middle and high school students, as well as teen vendors selling select homemade items (e.g., original artwork, t-shirts, jewelry, CDs).

Registration information and forms are available at www.loudounteens.org. The deadline for applications is January 31.

Liberty in the 21st Century

January 6, 2015 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Liberty in the 21st Century
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues?

Within only a few years of independence from Britain and governed by the separate and diverse authorities of the sovereign states under the Articles of Confederation, Virginia’s James Madison and George Washington (among others) expressed grave concern – especially after an uprising in Massachusetts known as Shay’s Rebellion — that the decentralized powers of the Confederation lacked coherence in economic matters and the authority to quell unrest. And so they sought to spur the development of a national government that would supersede the powers of each state in key areas, while maintaining state authority in others.

We hear a lot these days from our state leaders about “the Virginia way,” a concept not well defined that seems in practice to rely mainly on private back-room debate and deal-making among politicians as the path to decision-making on complex 21st-century issues and an era of open government never envisioned by the founders. … Continue Reading

Remembering John D. “Buddy” Davis

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering John D. “Buddy” Davis
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John D. Davis, known to family and friends as “Buddy” passed away surrounded by members of his family on December 20.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Kay, three daughters and two son-in-laws, Jennifer-Lynn and Jamie Lee, Melissa and Nima Ebrahimnejad and Kimberly Davis, seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Jacob, Kayla, Samuel, Maya, Emma and Maxwell and his niece Linda Thomson as well as many other nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sister June Gerber and his Mother Eloise Linthicum.

Davis was born on October 13, 1934, in Keyser W. Va., and moved to the Washington D.C. area as a youngster.  In his early years he developed an interest in music, especially bluegrass.  He was a self-taught musician and luthier (maker of string instruments) who apprenticed under a good friend and mentor Tom Morgan.  He enlisted in the USAF in 1954 with friend Allen Lewis during the Korean War and trained as a jet mechanic.   He was stationed at Andrews AFB.  It was during this time that he met his future wife Kay. … Continue Reading

Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12

January 6, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will present the annual state of the town address for the first time to the citizens on Monday, January 12, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Town Hall. The family-friendly address will be followed by a question and answer session. Mayor Fraser is optimistic on the challenges that lie ahead. “As stated in our newly adopted mission statement; as stewards worthy of community trust, we work to discern, define and implement an agenda to nurture and preserve our resident’s quality of life.  Our state of the town address is a step towards garnering that community trust via open communication with our citizens on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that are before us, along with our plans to realize the vision of Purcellville where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” said Fraser.

The focus will be on key accomplishments, challenges, opportunities and goals for the next 12 months.  Sign up for the mayor’s town newsletter on PurcellvilleVa.com.

A Loudoun Civics Lesson: It Pays To Have Money

January 6, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion 11 comments
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Having spent an evening at the Loudoun Planning Commission monthly meeting December 16 to listen and participate in the exception application for the helipad on Egypt Farm, I came away much more knowledgeable about how the exception process works and gained additional knowledge about helipads and helicopters.

Some items presented by the Helipad/Helicopter applicant Charles Kuhn or his designated helicopter expert are:
I didn’t know this but to satisfy the exceptions bylaws, an exception for this area can be granted only if it’s for agricultural use. The answer: Mr. Kuhn needs the helicopter to monitor his cattle on his Egypt farm Ponderosa. Really. Wonder if they’ll be a cattle drive through our neighborhood? The fact his moving company operates out of Maryland and also has a helipad has nothing to do with his need for a helicopter. Nah, no way. … Continue Reading

Zoning War Confusion

January 6, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Zoning War Confusion
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It is often amazing to read articles covering meetings that seem far different than those I attend. A good example was your recent article “Zoning War Coming To A Head.” First, while it may make good press to suggest that there is a confrontational relationship between the mayor and me, the fact is that we have had and continue to have a strong and good working relationship. Reasonable minds may disagree, but when there is respect for each others point of view, then there is not animosity between the parties. The two items I made a motion to remove from the agenda were discussed briefly before and more thoroughly after the meeting with the mayor to make sure he understood fully why I did not believe the Efficiency Review and Real Parties of Interest were not ready for discussion (for those who didn’t attend the meeting, the reason I stated was no staff report or additional information provided beforehand to prepare us for discussion and no council members were yet to be assigned to the council task items). I would welcome the two items in the future when citizens and council members are adequately prepared to discuss the matters and we have council members championing the items. … Continue Reading

Advice To Developers

January 6, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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We know you want to make money and lots of it. But across America citizens are fighting back. Please don’t destroy our quaint little town. Tough! We need progress. More homes, more businesses mean more income for town officials.

In every election since Loudoun became a bedroom community, developers and politicians became close friends. Lots of money was spent to get developer friendly politicians elected. So here was what the developers need to do to save face with the elected officials. Simply double or triple your density, building heights, water privileges, roads, and so on, knowing that you can “settle” for what you really need.

Next time there is a hearing, the developers can “back off” just a bit. Still the citizens will not be satisfied. So after a few more hearings, even lawsuits, you can advise the population that the town successfully reduced the developers plans. Hooray for the citizens. They are pleased. And the developers got what they wanted – corruption and deception begins at the local level. Stay alert.

A. Kevin Carbone, PhD
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Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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