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    09-03-2015

    We welcome submissions of photos, stories, columns and letters to the editor. Let us know what’s happening, whether you’re in Ponte Vedra, the Beaches, St. Augustine or Jacksonville. If you have hard copies of photos you want us to feature, feel ...
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    Adoptable pets at the St. Johns County Pet Center

    09-03-2015

    CATS OF THE WEEK
    Hello! I’m a 3-year-old female kitty who is looking for a new home to call my own. As this animal was a stray there may be some traits that are unknown at this time. Any new pet being introduced to a new home will need time to ...
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    Community News

      Nocatee to expand popular Greenway Trails system

      09-03-2015

      Nocatee will be getting a little greener this season. The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, announced this week that it will expand the community’s popular Greenway Trails network. A key part of Nocatee’s 5,000 acres of interconnected ...
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      SHORT TAKES

      09-03-2015

      Sam Burchfield Band at Palms Presbyterian
      Palms Presbyterian Church is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Fine Arts Series season kick-off concert featuring Sam Burchfield Band on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in its Sanctuary. Sam Burchfield’s sound ranges from clever lyrical ballads like ‘Doctor’ to upbeat funky compositions such as ‘She Got Your Love’. Soulful vocals and folk-influenced lyrics combine with a foundation in southern blues and funk to produce an exciting sound from this up-and-coming musician. All are welcome to join Palms as they connect and celebrate the ...
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      Celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th with theWoman’s Exchange

      09-03-2015

      The Woman’s Exchange of St.
      Augustine will offer visitors a special free program on Sept. 5, during the city-wide celebration of St. Augustine’s 450th birthday – a tribute to Governor Patrick Tonyn, the last British governor in North ...
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      IN REMEMBRANCE

      09-03-2015

      HON. PATRICK McLAUGHLIN
      Hon. Patrick McLaughlin, 68, passed peacefully August 28, 2015 surrounded by family after a 3 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Keokuk, IA, he attended Western Illinois University and graduated with a B.A. in ...
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      Ribbon cutting at new chamber visitor center

      09-03-2015

      Kelly H. McDermott
      Photos by Susan Griffin /The Recorder
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      Canines, veterans graduate from K9s for Warriors training

      09-03-2015

      K9s for Warriors’ Camp K9 facility in Nocatee hosted a public graduation ceremony for the latest class of warrior/canine teams last month.
      K9s for Warriors is a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from ...
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      Community remembers Pete Rodrigues with project

      09-03-2015

      Friends and family of Pete Rodrigues, who went missing last October during a boating trip, plan to honor his memory with "Pete’s Turn," a donation-driven project to create a memorial building for Rodrigues at the Atlantic Beach Country Club. Supporters have raised $400,000 of the required $500,000 for the project.
      To this end, supporters will host a golf tournament at the Atlantic Beach Country Club on Sept. 11, Rodrigues’ birthday, at 9 a.m. Cost to participate in the net scramble format is $150 per ABCC member, $200 for ABCC guests and $1,250 for non-member foursomes. The cost ...
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      Ponte Vedra Wellness Center fair

      09-03-2015

      For the second year in a row, Ponte Vedra Wellness Center will be hosting a Wellness Fair, free and open to the community on Thursday, Sept 10 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Ponte Vedra Wellness Center in cooperation with the First Atlantic Bank and the Ponte Vedra YMCA, this event also celebrates the Wellness Center’s eleventh year of operation in the Ponte Vedra community In addition to a party offering food and music, this year’s Wellness Fair will feature over a dozen local wellness and health care providers ranging from acupuncture to eye care to personal training. Each ...
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      BSA Troop 288 canoes 75 miles in Canadian lakes

      Tongila Manly 09-03-2015

      Community Submission
      Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 288 crew canoed over 75 miles in the beautiful Canadian waters at the BSA Northern Tier base in Atikokan, Ontario last month. The crew included seven scout youths between 14 to 17 years old ...
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      Brooke Bankhead, Eric Hnyla

      09-03-2015

      Mrs. Diana Bankhead of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Diana Brooke Bankhead to Eric Milton Hnyla.
      Ms. Bankhead is also the daughter of the late William G. (Bill) Bankhead, Jr. Mr. Hnyla is the ...
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      SHORT TAKES

      09-03-2015

      The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
      The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
      benefitting HEAL, is Monday, Sept. 7, at 8:30 at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
      is a series of 3 Stand Up Paddle Board races followed by a flotilla race. Now in its fourth year, The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
      is one of the largest Stand Up Paddle Events of its kind on Florida’s East Coast. Last year’s competition drew a fun crowd of 500 including 225 competitors, all for a great cause that helps individuals with Autism in Northeast Florida. Compete, volunteer or cheer on participants. ...
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      Events for seniors in St. Johns County

      09-03-2015

      The Council on Aging of St. Johns County offers a huge variety of fun and enriching activities, tailormade for seniors of all abilities.
      For more information about events at River House, call the reception desk at (904) 209-3655 for registration ...
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      Volunteer opportunities with Council on Aging

      09-03-2015

      The St. Johns County Council on Aging has a variety of opportunities for anyone in the community looking to serve this county’s seniors.
      To volunteer or for more information about volunteer opportunities, call Elise Moloney at (904) 209-3686, ...
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      5 ways grandparents can stay in touch with family and friends

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-Sunday, September 13 is National Grandparents Day-a special day dedicated to celebrating families everywhere. These days, it’s not uncommon for family members to live in different cities, states or even across the country. If your family lives far away, the distance can make it difficult to connect, especially with grandkids. While you may be spread far and wide, thankfully there are a number of effective ways to keep in touch with the ones you love.
      Here are five things you can do to stay connected with your children and grandchildren, no matter where you are. Face to face from ...
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      Play explores challenges of dementia for families

      09-03-2015

      A free reading of the play Absence at the University of North Florida will offer families and caregivers an opportunity to explore the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
      The Arbor Terrace memory care communities of North Florida are sponsoring the reading. Boston-based playwright Peter M. Floyd wrote Absence after witnessing his mother’s journey with dementia and the impact it had on his family. The play helps families and caregivers better understand the progression of dementia disorders and the event will help them connect to additional resources ...
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      Continuing Education at Arbor Terrace

      09-03-2015

      Arbor Terrace will host a continuing education presentation on Thurs.
      Sept. 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. titled "Ethical Issues: Whose Life is it Anyway?" The staff of Arbor Terrace encounters ethical issues around the delivery of community-based services, family issues, medical care and personal values and beliefs. This workshop will explore the definitions and application of theoretical assumptions to real life situations. Participants will be encouraged to share case histories and to explore alternate approaches to conflict resolution. Hors d’oeuvres will be served immediately ...
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      Arbor Terrace Life Enrichment Group

      09-03-2015

      Arbor Terrace announced this month that it will host a Life Enrichment Group on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Life Enrichment Group is a program designed for those with memory care changes who would like to stay active mentally, physically and socially while allowing caregivers and loved ones some free time for themselves. For more information, call (904) 497-4346 or email life_enrichmentgroup@ yahoo.com.

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      Ribbon cutting at the Palms

      09-03-2015

      The Palms at Ponte Vedra hosted a red carpet ribbon cutting on Aug. 27 at their community center, located at 405 Solana Rd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Palms is an assisted living and memory care community offering older adults an independent ...
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      Six tips for a safer stay in the hospital

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-As much as we need them, hospitals can be dangerous places.
      Hospital-acquired conditions-everything from pneumonia and infections to bad reactions to medications-affect 12 out of every 100 patients. However, there are steps you can take ...
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      5 simple time-tested tips for aging well

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested ...
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      Safe at home: Tips for preventing senior falls

      By Jennifer Logue 09-03-2015

      As an increasing number of seniors decide to "age in place" in their own homes, it’s more important than ever for seniors and their loved ones to take precautions to prevent one of the leading causes of injury and death among the elderly: falls.
      ...
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      5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don’t have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American College 2014 Retirement Income Survey. Yet by changing just five basic behaviors, Americans can improve their retirement-saving habits-and their likelihood of staying financially secure throughout retirement.
      In the Retirement Income Literacy Survey of more than 1,000 people by The American College of Financial Services, 52 percent ...
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      Quality dialysis care matters

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-Patty Gonzales’ kidneys stopped working when she was 62 years old. She works as a hospital billing claims supervisor and now undergoes dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. For Gonzales, dialysis is the difference between life ...
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      Waking up to hearing loss

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-Imagine waking up one morning only to find out you couldn’t hear out of one ear. Suddenly, you lose your ability to discern direction, which makes conversations in noisy environments difficult to follow and hearing your favorite sounds of nature a struggle. This is the devastation that Randi Long experienced when she suddenly lost her hearing in her right ear.
      "I pulled away from speaking, groups of people and even relationships because it was too hard to explain what was wrong and why I couldn’t hear," says Long. HEARING continues on Page 33 Continued from 31 Long’s story ...
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      Costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.
      "A study published by ...
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      Prostate cancer test can help patients avoid overtreatment

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-A prostate cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary, but there are ways to help ease anxiety and uncertainty around treatment options. A patient and his wife, a doctor and a national patient advocacy leader share some of the facts and their ...
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      How you can give back to those who gave everything

      09-03-2015

      (BPT)-When a dog named Smuckers started digging in her Colorado backyard, her owners had no idea what she would find. The object was shiny and metal, and it could have been a coin, a bottle cap or a washer. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to ...
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      A compassionate physician: Meet Dr. Arnold Fong

      Sheila Weinstein 09-03-2015

      Grow Old With Me
      More than at any other time in our lives, we elders want to feel that life is still good, that we have value and contributions to make. And, perhaps more than at any other time, we want to feel supported and well taken care of by ...
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      You’re my inspiration, my friends

      Bonnie Talley 09-03-2015

      Quilt Lady
      Some of you will remember the adorable movie, "Pillow Talk," with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Rock sang that little ditty to every new girlfriend, inserting her name at the end of the phrase. I love all those old movies. Today’s movies are so full of intrigue and violence, that to watch one will give me bad dreams for many nights! Speaking of dreams, I had one last week about calling the Editor of this newspaper and telling her that I would be a little late getting my article to her. I woke up realizing that I hadn’t sent this past week’s article as of yet. Mercy. ...
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      The dance

      09-03-2015

      We had few conventional cultural events in my hometown when I was growing up in North Alabama. What we did have was a thriving cotton gin at the corner of Broad and College, two short blocks from the town square—right in the midst of family ...
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      Sharks claim bridge trophy against Panthers

      Jerry Norton 09-03-2015

      Special to the Recorder
      The opening of Ponte Vedra High School seven years ago created a natural and keen sports rivalry—the Ponte Vedra Sharks against the Nease Panthers. The two schools, located with a few miles of each other, have meet on the ...
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      SHORT TAKES

      09-03-2015

      Gabriel House Young Professionals End of Summer Bash
      Come join Gabriel House of Care’s Young Professionals Advisory Council Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at The Lemon Bar, 120 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach for an evening of fun and networking while raising money for Gabriel House. Admission is a $30 donation that includes two drink tickets and food from TacoLu. Bring your cash as there will be a 50/50 raffle for one lucky person to win. For more information, contact Drew Khadivi at (904) 821-8995 or dkhadivi@salh.org. FLH’s Founding Day and St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary The ...
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      Countdown to history

      Carrie Resch 09-03-2015

      The Recorder
      St. Augustine will celebrate 450-year anniversary this weekend, and the countdown is on! The nation’s oldest city will be marking the anniversary of its founding in the year 1565, and it’s a big deal as far as anniversaries go. ...
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      Fort Mantanzas

      09-03-2015

      First Saturday Living History Day at Fort Matanzas will be taking place Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. during the St. Augustine 450th commemoration. Watch as re-enactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at Fort Matanzas, located ...
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      Is it 2008 Part II?

      09-03-2015

      It feels like Déjà vu all over again!
      If you are an investor looking for a reason to be worried, there are plenty of headlines to light your fuse. Go ahead; press the panic button at your peril. I do not blame you for wanting to hit the switch. ...
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        The Ponte Vedra Recorder has been the essential source of community news and information for Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beaches residents and businesses since 1969. Owned by Osteen Publishing Company, The Ponte Vedra Recorder makes finding and sharing community news, events and accomplishments its mission. This weekly newspaper publishes every Thursday via both paid subscriptions and rack locations throughout Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. For interested advertisers, The Ponte Vedra Recorder’s deadline to reserve advertising space, including classified advertisements, is 5 p.m. ...
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        Upcoming Events

          Thursday, Sept. 3

          09-03-2015

          Concerts in the Plaza
          The 25th season of Concerts in the Plaza, a free musical entertainment summer concert series, began Thursday, May 28 and continues every Thursday through Sept. 3. The concerts, featuring an array of musical genres such as Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock, take place from 7-9 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitución, 22 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine. Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards will be the featured performers on Sept. 3. Attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular but alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Concerts in the Plaza
          is made ...
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          Sunday, Sept. 6

          09-03-2015

          EMMA Concert Association Fiesta 450!
          A six-hour all-Spanish-themed extravaganza will take place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre from 3-9 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m.; the event starts at 4 p.m. Tickets range in price from $19-$39 for general admission; VIP ticket packages are available for $100. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340C A1A S. in St. Augustine. Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.staugampihtheatre.com, ticketmaster.com, all TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. ArtFusion in Hemming Park ArtFusion at Hemming Park takes place the ...
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          Friday, Sept. 4

          09-03-2015

          Celebrate 450!
          The St. Augustine 450 commemoration takes place Sept. 4-8 at various locations throughout St. Augustine. A music & street festival featuring local and national artists, demonstrations, and a fireworks over Ft. Matanzas show, takes place from Sept. 4-6. For a full schedule of events for the 450th celebration, visit www.staugustine-450.com. MOSH $5 Fridays Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours. The museum will be open late every Friday until 8 p.m. (Note: Additional discounts or coupons are not permitted.) Dinosaurs Unearthed at MOSH Dinosaurs ...
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          Saturday, Sept. 5

          09-03-2015

          Fine Arts Series concert
          The Palms Presbyterian Church 2015 – 2016 Fine Arts Series season kick-off concert featuring Sam Burchfield Band on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. All Fine Arts Series concerts are free and open to the public, and nursery is provided. Concerts will be held in the sanctuary. The church is located at 3410 Third St. S. in Jacksonville Beach. For more information, visit www.palmschurch.org or call, (904) 246-6427. Pet and Community Expo A pet and community expo will take place Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dog Wood Park. There will be 100 vendors offering ...
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          Tuesday, Sept. 8

          09-03-2015

          Hebrew Reading Crash Course
          Chabad at the Beaches is once again offering a Hebrew reading crash course for adults. The "Hebrew Reading Crash Course" is a unique and innovative approach to language acquisition using visual aids and exciting new techniques. The course will take place on five consecutive Tuesdays: Aug. 4 to Sept. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. The course will be held at Chabad At the Beaches’ Aaron and Blanch Scharf Center for Jewish Life, 521 A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sunset Rotary Club weekly meeting The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset meets Tuesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. at the ...
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          Thursday, Sept. 10

          09-03-2015

          End of Summer Bash
          Come join Gabriel House of Care’s Young Professionals Advisory Council Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at The Lemon Bar, 120 Atlantic Blvd. in Neptune Beach for an evening of fun and networking while raising money for Gabriel House. Admission is a $30 donation that includes two drink tickets and food from TacoLu. Bring your cash as there will be a 50/50 raffle for one lucky person to win. For more information, contact Drew Khadivi at (904) 821-8995 or dkhadivi@salh.org. Snapshot St. Augustine exhibit A new exhibit featuring the photographs of Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr., will ...
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          Monday, Sept. 7

          09-03-2015

          The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
          The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
          benefitting HEAL, is Monday, Sept. 7 at 8:30 at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
          is a series of 3 Stand Up Paddle Board races followed by a flotilla race. Now in its fourth year, The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
          is one of the largest Stand Up Paddle Events of its kind on Florida’s East Coast. Last year’s competition drew a fun crowd of 500 including 225 competitors, all for a great cause that helps individuals with Autism in Northeast Florida. Compete, volunteer or cheer on participants. Trophies ...
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          Wednesday, Sept. 9

          09-03-2015

          Newcomers Monthly Meeting
          Newcomers of the Beaches monthly luncheon is at 11 a.m. at the Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. Cost is $20 dollars. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.newcomersofthebeaches.com or contact Cindy Morgan at (904) 302-1754. Doyle Bramhall II at PV Concert Hall The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents Doyle Bramhall II with Sea Floor Explosives Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1025 A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Beach. Gates open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 for the first eight rows; $32 all remaining ...
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          Friday, April 24

          toni foy 04-23-2015

          BFAS & RFAA Benefit Concert The Beaches Fine Arts Series and the Riverside Fine Arts Association are collaborating for a special event featuring jazz singer, Rene Marie, who will be performing a tribute to Eartha Kitt, iconic singer and activist on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Lazzarra Hall, UNF FIne Arts Center, 11852 University of North Florida Dr. in Jacksonville. General admission tickets are $30; VIP tickets are $50 and include a VIP reception before the concert from 6-7 p.m. with appetizers, beverages, an appearance by Rene and her band and reserved seating at the concert. For ...
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