Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

November 28, 2015 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum at 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Ladies Host Lights of Love

November 28, 2015 Loudoun County Comments Off on Ladies Host Lights of Love
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The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital will celebrate the gift of loved ones at the annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the atrium at Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Lansdowne campus.

“We invite members of the community, hospital workers, patients, and of course, friends and family of those honored to join us,” said Carolyn Clark, chairman of the Lights of Love Program. At the ceremony the Lights of Love tree will be lighted, the names of those honored or memorialized during this year will be read, and those present will light candles as names are read. The Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir directed by William Rosenfeld will provide music. Refreshments will be served. … Continue Reading

Ida Lee Hosting Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show

November 28, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Ida Lee Hosting Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show
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Artisans and crafters will take over the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center for the 25th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6. Over 95 arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their wares in the gym, main hallway, group fitness room and the lower level lobby and meeting rooms.

The Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show is a juried show, featuring exclusively items handcrafted by the exhibitors. Works will include fine art, home décor, seasonal décor, accessories, glassware, furniture, candles, soaps, food items such as syrups, salsas, jellies and candy, jewelry and much more.

Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Admission to the show and parking are free. For more information, call the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368.

Breakfast with Santa

November 28, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Breakfast with Santa
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Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more information.

Middleburg Wins State Championship

November 28, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Middleburg Wins State Championship
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Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record.

Key wins in their season were home and away victories over Flint Hill (who won the Division 1 State Championship) where Middleburg Academy won the Flint Hill Tournament Championship. “We have a lot of respect for Flint Hill and the tradition they have built, but those wins did give us the confidence to make a run at the State Championship” said junior Megan McDonald ‘17. It was in that same tournament that Middleburg also defeated the team they lost to in last year’s championship game. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fatal Crash

November 28, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Fatal Crash
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Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper M.S. Middleton is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Loudoun County. The crash occurred at 1:06 a.m., Wednesday (November 25), on Route 15 near Selma Lane.

A Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling north on Route 15 when it crossed the centerline into the southbound lanes. A southbound tractor-trailer swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid the oncoming pickup truck, but the two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes.

The driver of the pickup truck, Kristopher F. Lewis, 21, of Ft. Stewart, Ga., died at the scene.

The 30-year-old male tractor-trailer driver from North Carolina was not injured in the crash.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 13, 2015

November 20, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 13, 2015
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11/13/2015 – 8:50 p.m. 600 Blk. Yaxley Dr. Narcotics Violation
A Police Officer observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and determined that the occupants had been involved in narcotics activity. The incident is under investigation and charges are pending.

11/13/2015 – 10:15 p.m. 200 Blk. S. Nursery Ave. Public Drunkenness
Police located an underage person intoxicated in public. A parent was contacted and took custody of the juvenile. The matter is being turned over to the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Services Unit for court action. … Continue Reading

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees

November 20, 2015 Around Virginia, News Comments Off on Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees
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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris:

“After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that ISIS and radical Islam are waging war — not only with France or the United States, but with the Western world. As has been reported, at least one of the terrorists involved infiltrated France via the Syrian refugee exodus.

“Regarding Syrian refugees, leaders from the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security have told the House Homeland Security Committee that they do not have the necessary ‘on-the-ground intelligence’ to ‘thoroughly’ vet Syrian refugees. Recent reports indicate that ISIS leaders have said they want to exploit the refugee crisis to get into countries in Europe and the West. In addition, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said last month, ‘It is true that we are not going to know a whole lot about the Syrians that come forth in this process.’ It is also reported that thousands of Europeans and dozens of Americans have gone to fight and train in Syria. They now must be better tracked, identified, and rooted out with coordinated intelligence efforts as they seek to make their way into Western democracies and engage in terrorist actions. … Continue Reading

Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

November 20, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School
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Get in the holiday spirit at the historic Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro on December 12 and 13 at the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival. There will be nearly 40 artisans and vendors inside and out for holiday shopping, fresh trees and wreaths for sale, decorations, lights, caroling, food, and drink. The Christmas tree lighting will be held the evening of December 12 and all are invited. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Old Stone School (the non-profit organization formerly called the Hillsboro Community Association) which is dedicated to maintaining and managing the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro , and sponsored by thegirlbetweenthehills.com. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign

November 20, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Firefighters Participate in 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce their participation in the 68th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.”

The Toys for Tots Campaign began in 1947 when a group of U.S. Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in the Los Angeles area at Christmas. In 2013, Marines collected and distributed over 16.8 million toys to children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season.

From Friday, November 20 thru Tuesday, December 15, Fire and Rescue stations across the county will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys. Please note that toys resembling weapons or toys that could potentially be used as a weapon (i.e. guns, knives, swords, etc.) will not be accepted. To make a monetary donation online, visit the official website at http://www.toysfortots.org/donate.

For additional information, please contact the LCFR Toys for Tots Coordinator, Technician Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723, via e-mail at rob.boyer@loudoun.gov or visit www.toysfortots.org.

2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

November 16, 2015 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans
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“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all the folks that make this happen with a special shout out to our sponsors, Camp Highroad for the beautiful venue, the volunteers, the runners and the Arcola rescue team”. Ken Falke – Founder and Chairman, Boulder Crest Retreat

On November 8, the Loudoun Road Runners club, in partnership with Camp Highroad Adventure Camp and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad conducted the 4th annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race on the scenic trails of Camp Highroad located outside Middleburg, Virginia. More than one hundred twenty runners and forty volunteers participated in the race and through their efforts and the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors more than $30,000 was raised to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat and the nation’s veterans it serves. … Continue Reading

Octavia Andrew Joins Town of Leesburg as Chief Purchasing Officer

November 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Octavia Andrew Joins Town of Leesburg as Chief Purchasing Officer
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Octavia Andrew recently joined the Town of Leesburg’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services as Chief Purchasing Officer. Ms. Andrew will replace Kathy Elgin, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Ms. Andrew has more than 10 years’ experience in government procurement. She came to the Town of Leesburg from the City of Hampton, where she was a Senior Buyer. Prior to working for the City of Hampton, Ms. Andrew held positions with the City of Richmond and Norfolk State University. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Contract Acquisition from Strayer University. A Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Virginia Contracting Officer, Ms. Andrew is an active member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.

“Octavia brings a range of experience that will benefit the Town,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “In particular, her tenure with the City of Hampton, known for being progressive and innovative, and her experience with large construction projects will be especially valuable. She has already hit the ground running and we expect great things from her.”

Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – Dates to Remember

November 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – Dates to Remember
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In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Board wants you to light up your neighborhood! Hang your decorations and lights, and your house may be selected to be a part of the annual “Christmas Lights Trolley Tour.”

Dates and information to remember for the Christmas Lights Trolley Tours are below:

November 30 – Deadline to be considered for Christmas Lights Trolley Tours. The trolley route will be decided in early December, so have your lights up by the evening of November 30 to be considered. No application needed. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”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
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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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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