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Bears And Bees
50th Anniversary
AL Post 86 Holds Hospital SNF Picnic
SCCD Celebrates Smith Anniversary
SCDA Office Opens
What A Week!
4-H News
Wedding Announced Bell – Lankford
I'm Rupert!
Certificates Honor Troops in Iraq
It's A Girl!
Tingleys-United Meet In Harford
Raffle Winners

Bears And Bees

Yes, you read correctly. We’re talking about bears, real, live, furry bears. And about bees. And about how problems occur when the two meet.

Fifty years ago there was no bear problem in this area. But along with the increase in the deer population in northeast Pennsylvania, the bear population has also increased in recent years. They have become less fearful of humans and now encroach on gardens and backyards. Humans unwittingly provide food for bears by filling outdoor bird feeders and by leaving garbage accessible. Bears usually travel at night, except in mid-summer during the breeding and mating season. The males may travel up to 50 miles per day looking for females. The two-year-old cubs, alone for the first time, may be seen wandering on their own.

Destroyed beehives on property of Bill and Brenna Aileo of Dimock.

Bears eat almost anything. So the smell of honey from beehives is a big attraction. But that’s not all they eat. They eat the larvae, the bees, and the wax comb as well as the honey. The hives and frames are destroyed in the process.

Approximately one-third of the beekeepers in Susquehanna County have given up trying to maintain beehives in the last 8-10 years. It takes 2-3 years for a hive to produce enough honey for a family’s use. Startup costs for a beginner are about $200-$300. The purchase price of a new queen bee can be as much as $250.

It is against the law to feed bears. And it is against the law to shoot bears even when they destroy beehives. Electric fencing helps control them as well as electrified chicken wire placed on the ground. Emptying bird feeders during the summer will not harm the birds and will not attract bears to your area.

Bill and Brenna Aileo of Dimock started beekeeping in the early 1990’s as a way to insure pollination of their fruit trees and vegetable and flower gardens. This work of bees is important to all of us. Without it there would be no crops for humans or animals. The Aileo’s beehives were recently destroyed by bears. It will take work and money to replace them and much time before honey can once more be enjoyed and the bees are busy pollinating again.

Brenna is the president of The Garden Club of Montrose. She urges everyone to take precautions against attracting bears to the area. We must all cooperate to live peaceably and in harmony with nature.

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50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Demmer, Jr., celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 29, 2003.

Pete and Charlotte were married in Montrose, PA, at the United Methodist Church, on Wednesday, July 29, 1953.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Charlotte) Demmer, Jr.

Blessed to this union of marriage are children, LuAnn and Levi Ransom, Nicholson, PA; Richard and Pat Demmer, Johnson City, NY; Donna Grzybowski, Waymart, PA; and Robert Demmer, Kingsley, PA.

Pete and Charlotte have five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

A family dinner was held in their honor, by their children at the Inne of the Abingtons.

Congratulations, Pete and Charlotte!

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Post 86 Holds Hospital SNF Picnic

As has been their custom for several years, members of the American Legion Post 86, on Sunday, July 13, held an indoor picnic for the patients in the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) of the Barnes-Kasson Hospital.

With Commander Pete Janicelli and Second Vice Commander Joe Bucci serving up the hot-dogs, hamburgers, delicious desserts, etc., aided by ladies of the Auxiliary and hospital volunteers, it was a great afternoon for the patients.

Through the courtesy of the Legion "photographers" each patient, along with their families were given photos. An added "plus" this year was the volunteering of two youngsters, Austin Smith, age 8 and Ana Smith, age 6, who enjoyed waiting on the SNF’ers. The children are the grandchildren of Joseph and Florence Bucci and George and Janet Smith.

Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Austin Smith, Ana Smith; back row – Joe Bucci, Loretta Corse.

Serving the food and refreshments were Legion Auxiliary members, Anna Napolitano, Marge Wood and Marie Osterhout. Making the day for the SNF’ers and guests was the vocals and music by Terry Rockwell, that included several of the "ole time" numbers.

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SCCD Celebrates Smith Anniversary

The Susquehanna County Conservation District Board meeting of July 17 was interrupted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlotte and Lee Smith. George Gardner, Chairman of the Board, extended congratulations from the board. Cake and ice-cream were served and a lovely silk floral arrangement was presented to the Smiths, before the meeting resumed.

The Susquehanna County Conservation District congratulates Lee and Charlotte Smith on their 50th Anniversary. Pictured (l-r) are: back row – Charlotte Smith, Lee Smith, George Gardner; front row – Lillian Theophanis.

Lee Smith has been the commissioner director for the district for over ten years, during the terms he served as commissioner. Lillian Theophanis, District Manager, expressed her appreciation for all of the years of hard work Lee has given the district.

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SCDA Office Opens

The Susquehanna Community Development Association opened its Main Street office (next to the Town Restaurant) June 27, 2003. Their phone number is 853–4729 and office hours are: 10–1 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 9–1 and 5–8 Friday; 9–1 Saturday.

Pictured (l-r) in front of the new office are: SCDA officers Chet Walker - Chairman; Darlene Slocum - Secretary/Treasurer; Myron DeWitt - Co-Chairman.

Items available for purchase are: Sesquicentennial memorabilia; reproduction prints of Susquehanna postcards; memorial bricks to be placed around the new streetlights; membership to SCDA.

Stop in and visit their new office!

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What A Week!

The Susquehanna Sesquicentennial (150 year) Committee (SSC) deserves a serious round of applause for their efforts. Truth be told, so does (most of) the rest of Susquehanna County.

The 150th birthday of Susquehanna Borough was, in these eyes a resounding success! Thousands of local and out of state visitors were in the area to renew old friendships, enjoy many musical presentations, pick up a bargain or two, watch a parade the likes of which had not been witnessed in the (entire) history of our fair borough, and observe a fantastic fireworks display. There was a Ball, a Kids Day, a Foot Race, Merchants’ Days, DJ’s, Contests, Bands, Art Exhibits, Crafts Festivals, numerous Ceremonies and a continuous Block Party as well! Young and old alike enjoyed "touring" a train display from the NYS & W Railroad, graciously made available for the entire week.

The above pretty much "scratches the surface" regarding what happened between July 12 and July 19, 2003 in Susquehanna Borough. I will attempt to relay to Transcript readers what I walked away with on the last day of the week long celebration.

Saturday, July 19 started with the streets lined by local merchants’ booths, including wares from clothing to massive stone bird baths. The area around the new borough building (the block party area) was brisk all day with pedestrian traffic.

Then, around 4:30 p.m. booths started tearing down in anticipation of the parade.

A 1929 Chrysler (just off the "showroom floor").

I have witnessed a number of parades meander down our Main Street, and in all honesty I was not real excited about watching another. That was, until I got downtown and tried to find a place to park. Main Street was jammed with cars. The side streets were jammed with cars, the Shops Plaza was jammed with cars. And, there was a certain electricity in the air that led me to believe those thousands (yes, thousands) in attendance were anticipating something special was about to happen.

Well, those in attendance were not disappointed. There were fire trucks (new and "very" old), ambulances, floats, horses, tractor drawn hay rides, marching bands, fife and drum bands, antique cars, mascots, little league players, cub scouts, legionnaires, police and Sheriff personnel and of course, politicians galore. Parade participants were cheered, applauded and waved to as they passed the appreciative crowds decorating the main thoroughfare. Candy, of all shapes and sizes was scooped up by children and adults alike during the a (approximate) 45 minute promenade.

The class of 1957 went "all out" on their float, depicting the old Sugar Bowl, Lamb’s Dairy and period dress as well.

After the (again, what I would call historical in itself) parade, most of the crowd scurried to the block party area to listen to a barbershop quartet and a planned ceremony by the SSC, or enjoy kiddy rides, games of chance, food of all types and fundraising booths for local organizations.

Starting the scheduled program was SSC Chairman Mary Jo Glover who commented, "It’s a pleasure to welcome you all here this evening. It’s been a lot of work these past two and a half years planning this celebration, but looking at the results it has all been worth it."

Next to take the podium was Pam Hennessey, SSC Co-Chairman, who commented, "It’s been great working with Mary Jo and her committee. They are all very dedicated individuals and I think we can be proud of what we put together for this celebration.""

With that, Grand Marshall Congressman Don Sherwood was introduced and commented, "It is great to be back in Susquehanna! It is your small town values that make this country great. This town has a long, proud history. It is my distinct pleasure to be here this evening. I congratulate you on your sesquicentennial!" Congressman Sherwood presented the SSC with a plaque, Resolution 160, commemorating the affair.

Next to speak was PA State Representative Sandra Major, presenting a PA Senate Citation, who commented, "It is good to be here this evening to congratulate you on your sesquicentennial, because as many of you know, I have deep roots here. Coming down Broad Avenue (in the parade) brought back many memories."

The podium was then turned over to former Susquehanna Borough Mayor Roberta Kelly who stated, "I would like to present a Senate Citation from Senator Charles Lemmond, who could not attend this evening but sends his sincere congratulations. I want you all to know that Senator Lemmond and Representative Major are responsible for the one million dollar project on Main Street as well. Tonight is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of local volunteers."

Susquehanna Borough Mayor Nancy Hurley commented, "This week has been fantastic. Thanks to the committee for over two years of hard work. We want this town to continue to be a great place for our children to grow, and others to return."

There was a presentation of plaques depicting the SSC motto and logo to all dignitaries in attendance and parade trophy winners were announced as follows: Fire Truck Category – Longest Distance Traveled, Gouldsboro (59 miles); Oldest Engine, 1952 Mack owned by Tom Brewer, New Milford; Best Appearing Pre-1980, 1958 Mack owned by Bill Zalewski, Montrose; Best Appearing, Montrose; Best Appearing Ambulance, Mehoopany; Best Appearing Brush Truck, Columbia - New Milford.

Trophies were also awarded to: Floats, First Place – Class of 1957; Floats, Second Place – Class of 1971; Antique Car – 1929 Chrysler owned by Ted Chervanka, Forest City; Walking Group – Pack 81 Cub Scouts; Motorcycle Group – The Stinky Boys; Cruise-In Car – 1967 Red Mustang, owned by Bob Broad, Susquehanna; High School Band – Susquehanna Community High School; Service Organization – American Legion, Susquehanna.

In closing, Co-Chairman Hennessey again thanked everyone for their help and support and invited all to participate in the block party, which many hundreds did.

All in all, thousands of residents and visitors to the area got to witness firsthand what makes a small community "tick." That pain in the butt nosy neighbor, sometimes ill tempered small business owner, seemingly insane local politician and office holder are our glue. They are what bind us, mold us and guide us, good times or bad. We call on them daily, having become used to result.

These small towns, every one comprising Susquehanna County, are our treasure. The individual trinkets that make up our fortune are your neighbors, each and every one.

The week long birthday celebration in Susquehanna Borough was another reminder, to me of why I choose to remain steadfast in the belief that we are quite capable of having the best there is to offer. All we have to do is get out of our own way.

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4-H News

North Jackson Ag

The North Jackson Ag 4-H group held their last meeting at the Walkers’ home. The meeting started out as always with pledges. Then Beth Giangrieco took roll call. Abby Onyon read the minutes of the last meeting for anyone who wasn’t at the last meeting. She reminded the club of the July 23 trip to Baltimore and also about Camp Brulé. Amanda Nowicki read the treasurers report to keep the club informed of the finances.

Megan Carey read the treasurers report for the horse club and asked any horse club members to help out with the car wash at the Tunkhannock Wal-Mart parking lot on July 12. Mrs. Nowicki reminded the club to bring in recipes for the club cookbook that she is trying to get organized. AJ Carey told the club about his third place at the shooting sports fun day. Megan Carey also told us about the last county council meeting that she attended and informed the club of an upcoming dance at the Montrose Fire Hall. Trish told the club what horse camp was all about and what kinds of things she did there. She said that fourteen kids from our club had attended, which was more kids than usual.

Sandy Pavelski reminded all livestock members that is was mandatory that they attend Meat Quality Assurance program on July 28 if they wish to sell their livestock after the judging. Then demonstrations started off with Ashley Latner on her pet guinea pig, Refus. She told the club how to properly take care of a guinea pig. Then Katie Onyon did her demonstration on Canning. Michael Robbs and his assistant, Cory did their demonstration on the different kinds of fishing lures. Luke Jenkins and Amanda Nowicki did their demonstrations on their dairy goats. Lyle Foster did his presentation on his A-Z dinosaur book. The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served.

News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor

Sizzlin' Steaks

Members of the Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club went to the Lackawanna County Baseball stadium on July 11. We went to see a Red Barons baseball game. They won the game! We stayed for the fire works. The game and fireworks were great!

News Reporter, Olivia Zick

North Jackson

North Jackson Agricultural 4-H club recently held their last meeting at the Onions’ home. The meeting officially began at 7:00 with pledges. Then, Beth Giangrieco read the secretaries report and Amanda Nowicki informed the club of the finances. Abby Onyon took care of old business. Jonathan Onyon told the club what Camp Brulé was like and some of the activities he had taken part in. His favorite activities were swimming and shooting sports.

Abby Onyon reminded dairy members about the upcoming dairy camp. Sandy told all dairy members that their project books would be marked incomplete if not turned in on time. On July 12 at Steven's farm, all new livestock members were required to attend the meat Quality Insurance Program if they are planning to sell their animals after the judging. July 29 is the trip to Penn State. Everyone was asked to come to the "RODEO" on July 13, it was a chance for 4-H members to go behind the scenes and learn about the stock and the contestants and also to meet the riders.

After all the announcements were read, the demonstrations started. Megan Carey went first; her demonstration was on different household items that could be used to take care of a horse. Some of the items include baby powder, fly spray, V05 shampoo and conditioner, a hairbrush, aspirin, benadryl. Next Eileen Walker showed the club how to do Irish dancing; her dress was handmade by her mom and her aunt. She told the club that she has been doing Irish dancing for three years. After that Brittany Zebroski brought her two dogs and told us about them and what breeds they were. Aaron Onyon did his demonstration next on discus throwing, he threw the discus for the club to show them how it’s done. John Onyon did his presentation on how music around the world is important and how it differs with culture and he told the club why he thought music is important. Abby Onyon wrapped the meeting. Sandy Pavelski told the club that decorating for the dairy barn at the Harford fair would be held the Sunday before the fair begins. Bonnie reminded club members that all projects were due in the 4-H building by August 14. The meeting was adjourned and snacks were served.

News Reporter: Kaitlin Flor

Irish Hill Shamrocks

The Irish Hill Shamrocks 4-H Club recently met. Members checked project listings for corrections and went over upcoming important dates. The club leader gave the members an assignment of learning the 4-H pledge, motto and colors. They also filled out the back cover of their project books to prepare them for the 4-H Roundup at the Harford Fair.

Sizzlin' Steaks

The Sizzlin’ Steaks 4-H Club met at Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell’s house on July 17. Aaron opened the meeting with the pledges being said. Aaron gave the treasurer’s report. Christina gave the secretary’s report and took roll call.

Aaron did his demonstration on how water is better for you than Gatorade. Christina showed us how to pot a plant, and Olivia showed the group how to make pizzas by using Hungry Jack biscuits for the crust. We painted tubs for our beautification spot. Then the group wrote a thank you note to Mr. Burman.

When we were finished with the work we enjoyed the pizzas made by Olivia and cupcakes made by Mrs. Mitchell.

Our next meeting is August 14, 6:00 at the Fairgrounds to prepare our beautification spot. Remember to bring diggers and shovels.

News Reporter: Olivia Zick


The Borderline 4-H Club has had a busy summer. They have had many fun meetings where they practiced with their livestock animals, had cookouts and swam. At one meeting 4-H Coordinator Joe Fuller came to fill club members in on updates for this 4-H year.

The Borderline members are doing a community service of painting a 4-H sign and planting flowers in Choconut. They also cleaned up the cemetery by the sign.

Members also attended a livestock clinic at the Edward’s farm. The swine people learned the proper way to wash their animals. The sheep kids learned how to sheer their animals and the beef kids learned a lot of beef related skills. After games and refreshments the kids took a test on what they had learned earlier that day. The Borderline 4-H members are still busy preparing their project animals for the Harford Fair.

News Reporter: Stephanie O’Dell

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Wedding Announced Bell – Lankford

Saint Ann’s Basilica in Scranton, PA was the setting August 10, 2002 for the wedding of Wendy L. Bell and Aaron G. Lankford. The bride is the daughter of Wally and Becky Bell, Moscow, PA. The bridegroom is the son of Gary and Michele Lankford, Susquehanna, PA.

V. Rev. Richard Burke officiated at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron (Wendy) Lankford.

Rachael Zeiler, Lake Ariel, was matron of honor. Nicole Weingard, Philadelphia, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were: Melissa Lankford, sister of the groom, Susquehanna; Minda Kirk, cousin of the bride, Troy, NY; Sarah Stets, cousin of the bride, Scranton; Kelly Kolcharno, friend of the bride, Peckville.

Paige Lankford, Bloomsburg, niece of the groom, was flower girl.

Mike Matis, Susquehanna, was best man. Groomsmen were: Derek Lankford, Bloomsburg, brother of the groom; Chadd Lankford, Mansfield, brother of the groom; Jason Bell, Moscow, brother of the bride; Scott McGuire, Pittsburgh and Tommy Baughman, Lancaster, both friends of the groom.

Connor White, Scranton, cousin and godchild of the bride, was ring bearer.

A reception was held at St. Stanislaus Center in Old Forge.

The bride is a graduate of North Pocono High School and attended Lock Haven University. She is a Program Specialist for Futures Community Support Services in Monroeton, PA.

The groom is a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in History and Geography from Lock Haven University. He is a Planner for the Bradford County Office of Community Planning and Grants, Towanda, PA.

Following a wedding trip to Niagara Falls, Canada, the couple resides in Towanda.

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I'm Rupert!

Hi! My name is Rupert. I’m a lovable, three-year old Cairn terrier presently living at the Susquehanna County Humane Society shelter. Although they take very good care of me, I really need that special someone to take me home and love me forever. Oh, by the way, the shelter also has the cutest puppies, kittens and, especially, wonderful adult dogs and cats just ready for that special home. Please come see all of us soon. We’re waiting. (570) 278–1228.

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Certificates Honor Troops in Iraq

Harrisburg - Reps. Matt Baker (R-68) and Tina Pickett (R-110) are asking area residents and family members to provide the names of the many men and women from Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties who are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The lawmakers want to present each of the servicemen and women with a certificate from the state House of Representatives.

"The men and women from the counties here in the Northern Tier have demonstrated courage in the face of great danger without hesitation or complaint," Baker said. "It is only fitting that they be recognized for their commitment to our nation and to freeing the Iraqi people."

Back in April, the General Assembly unanimously approved House Resolution 167 honoring and supporting all troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The certificates from the two lawmakers' offices include the text of the resolution and the statement, "In grateful appreciation for your selfless devotion to duty in the service of our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Pickett said that for security reasons, the U.S. military is not providing lists of those men and women serving abroad. "That's why we are urging family members and friends of military personnel to contact us with information about their loved ones," Pickett said.

Callers should provide the name and rank of the service person, as well as an address to which the certificate can be mailed. Residents living in Tioga County and the western portion of Bradford County that encompasses the 68th Legislative District may contact Baker's offices at 74 Main Street, Wellsboro, 16901, telephone (570) 724-1390 and at 35 Canton Street in Troy, 16947, telephone (570) 297-3045.

Those living in the eastern portion of Bradford County, Sullivan County or the portion of Susquehanna County that is included in the 110th District should contact Pickett's office in Sayre (570) 888-9011, Towanda (570) 265-3124, Sullivan (570) 946-7673 or Lawton (570) 934-2557.

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It's A Girl!

A daughter was born July 18, 2003 at CMC hospital to Aaron and Deborah Pompey Whitney, Factoryville. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Emily Whitney, Gibson. Maternal grandparents are Dominic and Judy Pompey, Nicholson. The newborn was welcomed home by a sister.

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Tingleys-United Meet In Harford

The annual Tingleys-United reunion was held in the lecture hall of the Harford Congregational Church on June 1, 2003.

First on the agenda was the annual covered dish luncheon!

Then, President Roger Ellsworth called the business meeting to order. The Tingleys-United song was sung and a prayer was offered.

The minutes of the 2002 meeting were discussed, and Treasurer Harry Ellsworth read his report.

The death of a member, Marjorie Ellsworth Merritt, was announced, and a moment of silence followed.

There were reports on community service work done by members during the past year, including hospital visits, monetary contributions to hospitals, libraries, churches, college scholarships, and hospital gift shops.

Vice president Lester Love resigned his office because of difficulty in attending meetings.

Each year members are asked to bring "white elephants" for an auction that will build up the treasury. There was a goodly number of these items at this reunion, but it was decided to keep them until next year, so with the donations in 2004, a fairly good addition will be made to the treasury. Esther R. Patterson will be in charge of their storage.

One visitor who has been attending the reunions for several years was made an "adopted" member of the Tingley clan by unanimous vote.

Next came the program, presented by Edward and Johanna Millet, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – of Windsor, New York. Their charge covers the Susquehanna branch of their Church.

Mr. Millet gave some details of the life of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter-Day Saints Church. He was born in 1805, and at the age of 14 he was trying to decide what church he should join, when God the Father and His Son, Jesus appeared to him and told him about the true Church of Jesus Christ. From that day Joseph Smith worked to establish the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which now has millions of members worldwide.

Mr. Millet read several passages from the Old Testament which point to the organization of the new faith.

Mr. Millet’s talk was very interesting and informative, and his listeners learned much about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He answered a number of questions from the audience, after which the meeting was adjourned.

The 2004 reunion will be held on the first Sunday in June – at the newly restored home of Jeff and Janet Winemiller, formerly the home of George and Lulu (Ellsworth) Richardson. Members of the family had resided there until recently, when Jan Winemiller (a Tingley descendant) and her husband purchased the property and are in the process of restoring and improving it. Esther R. Patterson, who was brought up in the house, offered to show the house to members who wished to do so.

Therefore, a small group drove the two miles or so to North Harford on the Tingley Lake road, and Esther took them through the house, explaining what was being done. Nothing is thrown away, but is being restored to truly excellent condition and new space has been added. By the first of June, next year, the house will be in wonderful condition, and there the Tingleys-United Reunion will meet in 2004.

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Raffle Winners

Winners of the Pro-Life raffle, held at the Sesquicentennial celebration were: first prize – "Baby Angel" artwork, Carolyn Grausgruber; second prize – "God’s Treasure" artwork, Tom Trynoski; third prize – baby afghan, Helen Christianson; fourth prize – bountiful baby basket, Gerry Fletcher.

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