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Six Lives Lost over Thanksgiving Weekend

December 1, 2015 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Six Lives Lost over Thanksgiving Weekend
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Six individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to preliminary reports. In 2014, a total of eight people were killed in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During the 2015 holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (November 25) and ended at midnight Sunday (November 29), the fatal crashes occurred in Craig, King George and Loudoun counties, and in the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk.

“Six deaths are still six too many, but the lower number of traffic deaths for this past Thanksgiving weekend is encouraging,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “As indicated by the increase in all areas of traffic enforcement over the holiday weekend and the fact that we are still averaging a dozen more traffic deaths in 2015 compared to 2014, there are still too many drivers making irresponsible choices when behind the wheel. The 54 more DUI arrests this past holiday weekend compared to last year are extremely alarming, especially as we head into the holiday season and its many festivities.” … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store

November 28, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating ‘Smash & Grab’ at Dulles Town Center Jewelry Store
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a smash and grab style larceny that occurred at a jewelry store in the Dulles Town Center.

Around 2:40 p.m. November 25, Loudoun Deputies responded to the lower level of the mall where four unknown males entered the Fink’s Jewelry Store with sledgehammers, struck the jewelry case, removed numerous high-end wristwatches and fled the scene.

The suspects, all described as Black males, fled the scene in an older model Jeep Cherokee that was located a short time later abandoned in the area of the Dulles Eastern Plaza. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Fairfax County. It is believed the suspects then left the scene in a separate vehicle.

A ground and aerial search was conducted with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Possible Armed Robbery Series

February 17, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Possible Armed Robbery Series
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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a composite sketch of a suspect believed to be involved in four armed robberies in the Sterling area.

Deputies responded to the area of Stanford Square on February 14 where a female reported she was walking back to her apartment when an unknown subject approached her and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded her wallet and
told her to remove her jacket. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the area. The victim went to her apartment and later contacted authorities. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Video Surveillance Still of Suspect in Sterling Bank Robbery

January 3, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Releases Video Surveillance Still of Suspect in Sterling Bank Robbery
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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a surveillance video still of the suspect in the Sterling bank robbery.

The suspect entered the PNC Bank in the 100 block of Free Court shortly after 9:00 a.m. on January 2 and demanded cash. The suspect was described as a White male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with a thin build. He was wearing black jeans, a black hat and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information regarding the possible identity of this suspect, please call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

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.

Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28

October 29, 2012 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 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

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 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

Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 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

Purcellville Is Under a Boil Water Alert

October 2, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Is Under a Boil Water Alert
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As a result of this morning’s watermain break when there was a temporary loss of pressure, the Virginia Department of Health has advised that all Town water users boil water for drinking and consumption until bacteriological samples can be analyzed, which should be by mid-day Thursday, October 4. Failure to follow this advice could result in stomach or intestinal illness.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, beverage and food preparation, and making ice until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink.

Bring all tap water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. … Continue Reading

Open Burning Guidelines for October 1, 2012-February 14, 2013

September 30, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Open Burning Guidelines for October 1, 2012-February 14, 2013

Loudoun County allows specific open burning, as listed below, between October 1, 2012 and February 14, 2013. Open burning is prohibited year-round within the town limits of Middleburg, Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Hillsboro, and Lovettsville. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmosphere conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous may be prohibited and/or required to be extinguished.

Open Burning is permitted:

When not otherwise prohibited within the town limits listed above.

For the burning of lawn clippings, tree trimmings and brush piles, generated on site, where street side trash service is not available for this purpose. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure. … Continue Reading

LCSO Warns Residents of Two Ongoing Scams

September 29, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Warns Residents of Two Ongoing Scams
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be wary of two scams; an online rental scam and a sweepstakes scam. The online rental scam advertises a property for rent, typically at a low price. The ‘owner’ will ask the victim to send their information via email and will give often quickly reply that they have been approved. They will then ask the victim to ‘wire’ the money for deposit. When the victim goes to move in they find out the house was not for rent. Potential renters seeking rental space online should be wary of owners who are unable to show the property before you send a deposit, owners who request that you send your deposit via money transfer and owners with overseas phone numbers. The “Sweepstakes” scam can occur via U.S. Mail, telephone or e-mail. The victim is contacted advising they have won the New York Lottery, International Lottery or some other type of Lottery. In order for them to receive their winnings, they have to wire money to pay for the taxes associated with their winnings. If you have been a victim of either of these scams, you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.

Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Prescription Take-Back Day

September 26, 2012 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Prescription Take-Back Day
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Town of Purcellville Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

On Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at four sites in the county. The sites include the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling, the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding, the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne, the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street in Leesburg and the Purcellville Police Department located at 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

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Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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