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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
LADIES BREAKFAST, Tuesday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. Debbie Mills will share devotional thoughts and music. For reservations, call the Montrose Bible Conference, 278–1001.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP meeting, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. at 35 Spruce St., Montrose. Sponsored by the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. For info call 1-800-982-4346.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
ORGAN MEDITATION, Wednesday, March 16, noon at the First Presbyterian Church, Montrose, by Mrs. A. M. Bertsch. Luncheon to follow. All are welcome.
CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP meeting, Thursday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Restaurant, Clifford. Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association. For info call 1-800-982-4346.
LAYETTE KIT OUTREACH meeting, Thursday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. at the TREHAB Center Conference Room, Rte. 706N, Montrose. For info call (607) 743–9969. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, March 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Rod & Gun Club, Dubois St., Hallstead. All are welcome.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, March 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPRING POETRY GATHERING, Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. at Salt Springs State Park. Bring a poem to share. All are welcome.
CONCERT, Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. An evening of inspirational music, followed by refreshments. All are welcome.
March 18 & 19
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 8:00 p.m. at Windsor High School. For ticket info call (607) 655–8250. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, March 19, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. All are welcome.
CRAFT BAZAAR, Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rush Social Hall. Sponsored by the Rush Ladies Auxiliary. All are welcome.
RICHARD G. HEALEY, Scholar in Residence, will present a lecture on early 19th century coal breakers and development of the anthracite industry, Saturday, March 19, 2 p.m. at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. Free. All are welcome.
BINGO, Saturday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, March 19 (rescheduled from March 12), 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, One Kilrow St., Great Bend. All are welcome.
PENN COLLEGE Spring Visitation Day, Saturday, March 19. For info call 1–800–367–9222.
CHICKEN BARBECUE, Saturday, March 19, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Montrose Fire Hall. Eat in or take out. Sponsored by the South Montrose Community Church. All are welcome.
GOOD NEWS LUNCH, Saturday, March 19, noon, at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford. All are welcome.
March 19 & 20
OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loch’s Maple Syrup, Springville. Fun, education, sweet treats, entertainment. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Saturday, March 19 at the Thompson United Methodist Church. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. until all are served. Hosted by the Sunday School youth. All are welcome.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Sunday, March 20, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. All are welcome.
BREAKFAST, Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE, Sunday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. at the Nay Aug Park Gazebo, Scranton. Call 969–6955 for info.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT Contractor Workshop, Tuesday, March 22, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Montrose Bible Conference. For info or to register (required) call the Conservation District, 278–4600, ext. 281.
ART CLASS now forming at the Susquehanna Branch Library. Six classes will be held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning April 5. Registration required, deadline is March 22.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, March 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
DINNER & SALAD BAR, Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER, Friday, March 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lawsville Grange. Takeouts available. All are welcome.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.
Monday, March 14: chicken marsala, long grain rice, orange juice, baby carrots, country honey bread, pears.
Tuesday, March 15: brown bag day; breaded cod filet, cabbage salad, baked beans, hamburg bun, peaches, graham crackers.
Wednesday, March 13: Swedish meatball with noodles, French style string beans, rye bread, pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, March 14: meat lasagna, grape juice, tossed salad, Italian bread, cherry pie/cherries.
Friday, March 15: seasoned pork chops, succotash, mashed potatoes, pineapple juice, whole wheat bread, chewy granola bar.
AARP’s Tax-Aide Program will be providing free tax assistance to low- or moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older in the Susquehanna County area. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the following locations on the days indicated from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Appointments may be made at the sites, or by calling the number listed.
Monday - Wednesday, February 7 - 9: Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
Monday, February 28: Lawton Senior Center, Lawton, 1-800-763-8925.
Monday - Wednesday, March 7 - 9: Susquehanna County Office Building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
Every Friday in March: Blue Ridge Senior Center, Great Bend, 1-800-763-8925.
Monday - Wednesday, April 4 - 6: Susquehanna County Office building, Montrose, 1-800-634-3746.
Mark Saturday, April 9 on your calendar for a delightful evening of food and fun to support the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association! In its seventh year, the Library Auction has grown to the point that it will now be held at the Montrose VFW on Rt. 706. The doors open at 5, buffet reception starts at 5:30, and the Auction kicks off at 6 p.m. (Hobby Day will not be held this year, but is planned again for 2006).
Organizer Anna Ruegner is busy gathering a huge array of wonderful art, crafts, baskets, and gift certificates for the auction. No matter what you're interested in, you're bound to find something you'd love! Special items this year so far include a spectacular doll house; bed-and-breakfast stays; a week at a cottage on the Outer Banks; useful things like luggage, a grill, and a crockpot. There are some great bargains to be had, and entertaining auctioneers Dave and Josie Coddington make this a delightful, laughter-filled event! Tickets (at the door) will be $5 each or $8 for a couple, and that includes the delicious buffet dinner.
All proceeds benefit the Library and Historical Society. Generous local businesses and individuals donate the items, the food, and buy ads in the program – all are being actively solicited, so if you can help, please call the Library at 278-1881 or e-mail email@example.com.
All Susquehanna County students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's Eleventh "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest." The final deadline is Saturday, February 26, so now is the time to get started if you haven't already! An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries, or on-line at www.susqcolibrary.org/wiobc.htm.
The contest is one of the most popular library programs. First place entries from previous years can be checked out at the county libraries, and are a wonderful addition to the libraries' collections.
The winners of this year's contest will be announced on March 23. All contestants will receive a Certificate of Recognition and personal comments on their books.
On the second Thursday of every month, at 9:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 3 1/2 and their parents are invited to the Children's Room of the Main Library in Montrose for songs, stories, and rhymes. No registration is required and there's no fee – just come and enjoy some time with your little one! The next sessions of Toddler Time will be February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9.
Exposing your child to the joys of words and stories as early as possible is one of the best things you can do for him or her, and the library is the ideal place to do it. The Susquehanna County Libraries (Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead-Great Bend, and Susquehanna) are open evenings and Saturdays, and library cards are free. From Babies and Books for infants, to Teen Summer Reading, there's something for your children at the library.
All entries in the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association's eleventh "Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book Contest" must be turned in at the Main Library in Montrose by Saturday, February 26. Entries will not be accepted at the branch libraries or schools after Wednesday, February 23. An entry form must be submitted with each manuscript. Rules and forms are available at the libraries.
The contest, for Susquehanna County students in grades K-12, is one of the most popular library programs. First place entries from previous years can be checked out at the county libraries, and are a wonderful addition to the library collections.
The winners of this year's contest will be announced on March 23. All contestants will receive a Certificate of Recognition and personal comments on their books.
Nominations for the "2004 Business of the Year Award" are now being accepted until March 18, 2005.
Sponsored by the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, $2,500 will be awarded to the business that exemplifies growth, leadership and community involvement. The business will also receive a plaque and will be recognized at NTRPDC's annual meeting on April 21. Recent winners include Metadyne, Inc. from Towanda (2001), Intelligent Direct (2002) located in Wellsboro, and Lübbering, Inc. (2003) from Troy.
Nominated businesses must be located in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, or Wyoming counties. A business may nominate itself or be nominated by another individual or organization.
"Each year we receive a lot of outstanding nominations, and while it's difficult for our committee to select a winner, the process allows us to learn so much about the businesses in our region," Jill Koski, Economic Development Program Manager, said.
NTRPDC provides economic, community, and workforce development assistance to Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties. To receive an information packet and nomination form, call NTRPDC toll free at 888-868-8800.
The Jackson Post Office will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on March 21, to thank valued customers for their patronage. Coffee and refreshments will be served. A framed sheet of the new Love Bouquet Special Stamp will be given as a door prize.
PENNSYLVANIA – Spring comes a week early this year as the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days take place March 14-20. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event, which raised $3.7 million last year in Pennsylvania.
Daffodils R. Hope, a special Boyds(TM) Bear designed exclusively for Daffodil Days, is new for 2005 and was made available during pre-sales for the campaign in early February. Funds raised from the new Boyds(TM) Bear will help the American Cancer Society continue its mission of fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.
UPS, Inc. returns for the 12th year as delivery partner for Daffodil Days. Each spring UPS employees donate their time transporting thousands of daffodils for local campaigns around the state.
Daffodils will be available at direct sales sites across the community. A bunch of 10 daffodils is available for a donation of $7. To find the closest direct sales site and a complete listing of local products please call your local American Cancer Society office or 1–800–ACS–2345.
Daffodils are delivered during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. The Society estimates that more than 55,000 people will die from colon cancer this year, a number that could be cut in half if Americans followed American Cancer Society screening recommendations.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 14 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1–800–ACS–2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging PrimeTime Health Program strives to maintain health and wellness in the older adult (age 60+) population through various programs. The AAA PrimeTime Health program is sponsoring a series of Medication Management programs, in cooperation with Endless Mountains Health Systems, in the Susquehanna County Senior Community Centers.
Medication Management continues to be a priority topic to ensure that patients are getting the maximum benefits they need from their medications. The topic for the next series, presented by Jessica Dibble, Medical Care Coordinator, Endless Mountains Health Systems, will be generic vs. brand name prescriptions. The schedule at the Senior Community Centers is as follows: Lenoxville (222-9550), March 10, 11:00 a.m.; Forest City (785-3386), March 16, 12:30 p.m.; Susquehanna (853-3967), March 23, 12:30 p.m.; Great Bend (879-2896), March 30, 12:15 p.m.
Registration for this free program is not necessary. However, if you would also like to enjoy lunch at the Senior Community Center, call that location at least one day in advance to make a meal reservation.
Barnes-Kasson Senior Services operates Senior Community Centers in Susquehanna County through a contract with the Area Agency on Aging.
The Northern Wayne Community Library, located on Route 370 in Lakewood next to the Preston School, will be conducting Easter programs for children of all ages.
The preschool program will be held on Friday, March 18, from 10:00 – 11:15 at the library and will consist of a story, snack and craft. The children will receive yummy Easter treats to take home, so bring a basket.
The school age program will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 10:45 – 12:15. Children ages 5 through 9 will be involved with a seasonal craft project. Children aged 10 and older will play a variety of team games, such as “Easter Pictionary” and “Book Title Charades.” Come out to try your skills. Everyone gets Easter treats to take home.
As always, the program is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is necessary and can be done by calling the library at 798–2444.
All are welcome to join a 90th birthday Open House for Prudence Clark, March 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harford Congregational Lecture Hall. Please – no gifts.
Tri-County Human Services Center, Inc., a member of Maxis Health System, will be sponsoring the 16th Annual Community Share-A-Chair Event onSaturday, April 9, at the Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School. Share-A-Chair is the largest game of Musical Chairs in the area. The event features prizes, guest appearances, refreshments and children's games. Doors open at 12 Noon and the game beings at 1:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (570) 282-1732, Carbondale; (570) 253-0321, Honesdale; (570) 278-3393, Montrose; (570) 421-4553, Stroudsburg or at the door.
The Master Gardeners of Penn State Extension of Susquehanna County will be holding free composting classes! And, for attending the class you will receive a free compost bin supplied by DEP (Department of Environmental Protection); one per household.
Each class will take approximately one hour and covers all you need to know to make rich, black compost. All classes will be held in the downstairs conference room at the County Office Building. Immediately following the class, you will be able to pick up your compost bin. There are 100 bins available so pre-registration is required. Call the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Susquehanna County at 278-1158 right away to register.
Compost class dates: Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Harrisburg – State Sen. Roger A. Madigan (R-23) will host outreach events in March to give Susquehanna County residents a chance to ask questions or discuss issues concerning state government.
“Constituents are invited to stop by and discuss any problems or questions they might have about state issues or state programs,” Madigan said.
The Senator said on March 18, a staff member will be available to speak with constituents from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Annex, 31 Public Avenue, Montrose and from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Hallstead–Great Bend Public Library, 201 Franklin Street, Hallstead.
No appointment is necessary.
The senator added that constituents who are unable to attend but would like to speak with him or a staff member should feel free to call either of his district offices, located at One Progress Plaza, Suite 13, Towanda, telephone (570) 265–7448, and 330 Pine St., Suite 200, Williamsport, telephone 1-800-443-5772.
In order to assist nonprofit organizations to expand management capacity and demonstrate credibility in the communities they serve, Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a series of programs to be held at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. Many nonprofits struggle to focus their resources on their mission while still managing their organizations.
In this age of increased emphasis on accountability by assessing program outcomes, program evaluation should not become just one more job to do. On March 22, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Penn State Extension will sponsor a program that will focus on how to do an evaluation by using the program goals and objectives. Also covered will be the design and implementation of simple data collection strategies to assist in the evaluation process so that programs are effective and outcomes are achieved.
On May 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 a program on Board Development will be held once again at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. With increasing demands on people’s time, nonprofit organizations are finding it difficult to retain qualified, experienced board members to function effectively and grow. The volunteer Board is critical for setting organizational policies, and seeing that staff implement these policies to achieve the nonprofit’s mission in the community. This workshop will help board members and staff to better understand their roles and responsibilities and make board development a routine part of the organization’s procedures and practices.
Presenters for the programs are Joann Kowalski and Peter Wulfhorst, Community and Economic Development educators in the NE Region.
For registration information, contact the Extension office at 278-1158.
The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday. All court related offices will be available.
Postmaster, Diane Stanley, invites married couples, who have been married fifty years or more, to stop by the Jackson Post Office or call 756–2850.
The winning couple will be presented with a framed sheet of the new Love Bouquet Special Stamp.
The contest deadline is March 31. For more information, please call the Jackson Post Office at 756–2850.
Susquehanna High School Classmates of 1960, we need your help! We are looking for some of our classmates for a planned reunion on June 4, 2005. Also, if any of our classmates want to help, please call Marie Maby 853–3496 or Janet Smith 853–3934.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District (SCCD) is excited to announce their annual seedling sale April 23, at the Montrose Fire Hall. Send checks and completed order forms by April 4 to: Susquehanna County Conservation District, 31 Public Ave., Montrose PA., 18801. Order forms may be obtained on the SCCD website at: www.suscondistrict.org or by contacting the SCCD at 278-4600 ext.: 280.
Profit from this event is used for environmental education materials and a Conservation Scholarship for Susquehanna County youth.
You don't have to audition, sing, or dance to be a part of the Endless Mountains Theatre Company's Annual Meeting. All you have to do is show up at 6:00 p.m. on March 31 at the Basil Leaf Restaurant in Montrose!
"All are welcome," says EMTC Chair Bob DeLuca. "We've got great things in store for the 2005 season, and we're eager to involve everyone who's interested in supporting their local theatre group." EMTC, the all-volunteer troupe that was founded in 1999, has grown since its inception into a cherished and respected part of the Susquehanna County community.
If you're already an EMTC member, this is a chance to show your support, vote for candidates to fill Board vacancies, and learn firsthand about the exciting 2005 season. And if you're not yet a member, this is a great moment to join. Or just come to learn more about EMTC! Light refreshments will be provided.
A scene from last summer's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. (photo by Joe Facinelli)
EMTC delighted playgoers in 2004 with the bittersweet Steel Magnolias, the hilarious comedy Drop Dead, and the magical family musical Cinderella. And this year promises another round of top-notch entertainment.
Our local community theatre group is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance, the regional organization that has announced EMTC's own Lee Schroeder as recipient of the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented in Scranton on March 19.
For more information, call (570) 434-2422.
Montrose, PA – The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies and Keystone College invite the public to a Town Meeting on Friday, April 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose to discuss the local history project, The Place I Call Home: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad History. The multi-county project will spend the next few years researching and interpreting the under-told role that Northeastern Pennsylvania played in the national Anti-Slavery movement. Hosted by the Susquehanna County Historical Society, the Town Meeting will introduce the project and invite public participation in this local history project. Admission is free of charge.
The Place I Call Home, spearheaded by The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies (CASS) and Keystone College, is a multi-year project that will research the Underground Railroad and Abolition activities of a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Its initial consultation phase was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The second phase, the research and planning phase, runs from early 2005 to late 2006, and has been funded to date by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley & Endless Mountains Heritage Region, and the Luzerne Foundation. This phase will assess existing research, conduct additional research, and invite public input, including oral histories and family records, to provide an accurate account of this region’s Underground Railroad “story.” At the end of the research and planning phase, collected information will be formatted into a traveling exhibit, companion web-based and DVD resources and curriculum materials, and a “how-to” guide for conducting Underground Railroad research.
Early research for The Place I Call Home seems to be showing evidence of strong African-American communities across Northeastern Pennsylvania and good working relationships between white abolitionists and black citizens in the mid-nineteenth century. Refugees from slavery were assisted by free blacks, active Abolitionists, and ordinary residents across the area. Karen James, Manager of the UGRR Initiative for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), and an expert on the topic of the Underground Railroad notes that, “Pennsylvania was at the heart of the anti-slavery movement in the U.S., and a part of that movement we call the Underground Railroad. Our goal is to learn more about the role of Pennsylvanians in UGRR history. We do this by using all sorts of documents to help us find the names of the people involved or the actions of many people from different communities in Pennsylvania.”
“Even with a few years to research this amazing region, we will not have an exhaustive understanding of what took place here,” says project coordinator, Kim Glemboski. “What we will have is an accurate representation of the role this region played on the national stage, punctuated by specific accounts and stories. Our greatest hope is that after the project’s conclusion, each of the communities of NEPA will continue to build upon this foundation, exploring their Underground Railroad stories and putting those stories in context with what was happening across the region.”
April’s Town Meetings will give the public a personal overview of the ambitious local history project. Project Team members will also detail how community members can contribute to and/or become involved in the research process. “The history of Abolition and Underground Railroad activities can not be found using traditional methods of European-style historic research,” Karen James noted, “but the history is there. You just have to know where to look.”
For more information about the upcoming Town Meetings or The Place I Call Home, contact the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies at (877) 772-6084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave and Carol Clemens, of Hallstead, will open their tree farm for a tour on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Their tree farm was selected as the Outstanding Tree Farm of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Topics to be viewed will include a recent sustainable timber harvest, a regeneration harvest, an intermediate, improvement harvest, deer fences, how to lay out and maintain walking trails, tree ID and wildlife habitat improvement through forest management.
Presenters will include hosts, Dave and Carol, Jim Kessler – Bureau of Forestry, Bob Hobbes – consulting forester.
This walking tour should be interesting for adults and kids over six years old. There will be something for everyone to learn about working with and improving your own forest.
A pancake, sausage, and egg lunch will follow at a nearby location for a nominal fee.
For more information, contact Jim Kessler, Service Forester, Bureau of Forestry, County Office Building, Montrose, PA 18801, phone (570) 278–4600 ext. 270 or Dave Clemens, 879–4244.
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