1. Wesley’s holiday tree festival expands to Pellon Center

    Last year’s first Wesley’s Tree Festival provided 29 trees on display for festival-goers to view and study and bid on, with winners taking all the gifts under their chosen tree(s).

    Held in the East Machias  Municipal Building, it was an exciting, fun-filled occasion -- unfortunately, often with standing room only and definitely not space for additional trees.

    The tree festival this season, therefore, will be held in Machias at the Pellon Center. As of November 21, over 45 businesses have committed to trees, and the goal of 50 seems entirely plausible.

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  2. Representative Henry Bear joins race for 2nd Congressional District seat

    State Rep. Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians announced Tuesday that he has joined the Green Independent Party.

    Bear is the second member of the Legislature to enroll in the party this year, joining state Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, who became a Green in September.

    On Wednesday, Bear followed up that announcement by stating in a press release that he is kicking off a campaign to run for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In the release, Bear stated he would work toward a “safer and more inclusive world community.”

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  3. Lepage: ‘We must not be fiscally irresponsible in implementing Medicaid Expansion’

    The following is a transcript of Governor Paul LePage’s weekly radio address.

     It took a lot of work to balance Maine’s budget, bring fiscal responsibility to state government and restore our rainy day fund. Expanding Medicaid must maintain a balanced budget, protect our reserves and not raise taxes on hard-working Mainers.

     For seven years, I have made very tough decisions to move Maine from poverty to prosperity. My administration has always put forth budgets that provide services to hard-working taxpayers at an affordable cost.

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  4. WaCo Children’s Chorus Pie-zilla

    Faye Carver (right, foreground) leads a team of parents of the Washington County Children’s Chorus in a “pie-zilla” at Jonesport’s Community of Christ church. Last week’s two-day bake-a-thon, in which the families turned out 307 apple, pumpkin and toll house pies, was a fundraiser for the chorus; trip to France next summer. Carver is the head chef at the CCC, and her grandson, Noah, is a chorus member.

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  5. Eastport Arts Center welcomes gingerbread house decorators

    The Eastport Arts Center will again offer its popular Gingerbread House Decorating Party at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7. Participants young and young-at-heart are welcome to gather and decorate, whether as family teams or individuals. Young attendees should come accompanied by a grownup helper; solo adults are also welcome to join the party. The class fee is low and, participants are asked to bring a bag of decorating candy to share.

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  6. Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

    Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

    Attorney General Janet Mills decries the proposal of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to repeal the “net neutrality” rules put in place by the Obama administration that maintain important consumer protections for Internet service customers and an open Internet.

    The proposal of the FCC will allow Internet Services Providers to slow or block access to certain sites or mobile applications, upending the idea of “net neutrality” that has allowed ideas and commerce to flourish across the web.

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  7. Chorus to Premiere John Newell’s “Children of the Light”

    Quoddy Voices, a community chorus formed in 2014, will present concerts on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. The group’s program is titled “A Light in the Darkness” and it will feature the first performance of director John Newell’s recent work “Children of the Light.” The work is a nine movement cantata for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and piano for four hands, which “celebrates the light universal and the unity and dignity of all beings,” according to Newell.

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  8. Beals church razed

    The 113-year-old Beals Advent Christian Church came down last week, the victim of too much mold and mildew to be worth preserving. The congregation has been worshipping in a newly built youth center behind the parsonage on Elm Street for some time. Photos by Nancy Beal

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  9. Wesley News

    Wesley Fire Department was called out when a car went off the road in Devereau Township. A person was life-flighted out. 

    Stan K. is back from Rhode Island where he was visiting with his mother.

    Richard Z. dog sat for Charlie the poodle last Saturday while Blanch and Jene M. went to Bangor to meet up with relatives to go out for an early Thanksgiving get together.

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  10. Machiasport celebrates the holiday this weekend

    The Town of Machiasport invites you to an open house to be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet, greet and see some of the recent improvements made to the Machiasport Town Office. 

    Also, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held later that day from 4  to 6 p.m. featuring none other than Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and some toys for the kids and refreshments, and of course a beautiful tree filled with lights for the holiday!

    The Machiasport Town Office is located at 8 Unity Square, Machiasport. For more information, call 255-4516.

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  11. Harrington News

    It sure is  cold today!  I believe I will be wearing my sweater for a while..  I am lucky my mother used to knit sweaters, mittens, scarves and many other warm items!  Does anyone still knit?

    Today, Eric Fernandez and his son Luke of Elliot, came down to pick up wreaths.  His sons, Zak and Luke have grown into very nice young men.  I feel honored to have been part of their lives.

    Wreathing has started out here in the barn. Tim and I miss being a part of it.  We did it for over thirty years.

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  12. Columbia News

    On Saturday, Nov. 18 Carroll and I took our grandson Konner out to ride the barrens looking for a deer. We traveled many miles and did not get to see one. We did see a few birds and other small animals on our travels. Later Carroll and I attended the public supper at the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club. It was a full house for their first supper and it was nice to chit chat with them all.

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  13. Whitneyville Library news

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library are getting ready for the Dec. 2 DECH Auxiliary Craft Fair that will be held at the Rose M. Gaffney gym.  Selling their handmade chocolates and crafts, the Friends of the Library are looking forward to another great fair.

    This week Librarian Patricia Brightly visited Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary Schools with books. She read aloud to selected classrooms “The Wish” by Elle van Lieshout.  260 books are being shared with 13 classrooms. Last week Patricia shared 80 books with the Wesley Elementary School.

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  14. Christmas homes tour anchors a day of Eastport events

    The 8th Annual Eastport Homes Christmas Tour, a holiday market with crafters at the Welcome Center, a visit from Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting at the Port Authority Building , lighting of ice candles (weather permitting) along the downtown stores and the breakwater, and a return of The Festival of Lights for Eastport’s boats, as well as a fundraiser for the Fuel Fund, Yule Fuel will all occur Saturday, Dec. 2.  Sunday, Dec.  3 is the snow date for the home tour.

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  15. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Annual Christmas Party - December 3,  Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in The Gates House Parlor. The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration with mulled cider, holiday treats, music, and carol singing.  (344 Port Road/Rt. 92) .  This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

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  16. Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School 1st quarter honor roll

    Grade 8 High honors: Alexander Keene, Isabel Lamb, Rowen Luuring, and Izabelle Manning. Grade 8 Honors: Kyle Anderson, Dakota Brown, Cheyenne Gandy, Brandyn Holland, Grace Maker, Damien Noke, Kailee Parker, Kaiden Preston, Angie Scribner, Zeta Spencer, Mileena Sylvia, Yulinka Warren, and Andon Wood

     Grade 7 High honors: Brookelyn Matthews. Grade 7 Honors:

    Margaret Allen, Jacey Barabe, Desaraye Beal, Hayley Bishko, Jackson Bunker, Jaida Case, Ian Conlin, Emily Fletcher, Kaitlyn Guptill, Luna Lord, Tia Murphy, Aidan Preston, Elisha Sternberg, and Elizabeth Wright.

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  17. Bay Ridge Elementary School 1st quarter honor roll

    Grade 5 High Honors: Avery Cates, Max Cates,Reese Crosman, Michael Taylor. Honors: Ethan Cates,Paige Cates, Kisuhs Dinsmore,Lillie Radley.

    Grade 6 High Honors: Anna Patterson, Drew Taylor. Honors: Ben Griffin.

    Grade 7 High Honors: Abby Fitzhenry. Isabel Cates, Sarah Moulton. Honors: Shane Feeney, Lucas Cates, Kate,  Taylor, Marissa Cates, Sarah Neal

    Grade 8 Honors: Raeanah Reynolds, Kashman Feeney, Cami Bryant, Madison Sylvain.

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  18. Lynx sweep UMM Clipper squads

    by Phil Stuart

    The New Hampshire Technical Institute’s (NHTI) Lynx women’s and men’s basketball teams were both victorious over the visiting University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper teams Nov. 12 in Concord, New Hampshire.

    The Clipper women went into the contest with a 3-1 record, and were able to stay with the Lady Lynx for most of the game.

    NHTI led 14-12 after a quarter before pulling away over the next 10 minutes. The Lynx outscored UMM 26-10 to go into the halftime break on top, 40-22.

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  19. UMM Clipper mens’ basketball start the season 2-1

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) men’s basketball team has gotten off to a 2-1 start under third-year coach, Troy Alley. UMM opened its 2017-18 season on the road against the Southern Maine Community College Rams on Oct. 29.

    Both Yankee Small College Conference rivals played on even terms throughout most of the game. 

    The contest was tied 39-39 at the break. UMM managed to hold off the Rams and outscore them 38-34 over the final 20 minutes to squeak out a 27-23 decision.

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  20. PVC and Aroostook League honors athletes

    by Phil Stuart

    Six of our eight Washington County high schools belong to the Down East Athletic Conference.

    Seven of our eight high schools belong to either the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) or the Aroostook League.

    At the end of each sports season — fall, winter and spring — the top athletes are honored for their athletic achievements and some for their academic achievements.

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  21. Calais Blue Devils dominate in volleyball

    by Phil Stuart

    Two-time defending state champion Calais dominated the year’s Downeast Athletic Conference selections in volleyball.

    Ann Scott’s club played four of their players on the all conference squad. The Blue Devils All Stars were Faith Tirell, Twyla Smiley, Abby Condon, and Kylie Donovan. The Blue Devils started off the season at 1-3, and went undefeated the rest of the way to finish 14-3 and a second state title in as many years.

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  22. Washington Academy JV Volleyball in action shots

    Lady Raider Sophie Bragg elevates to get the ball back over the net.

    Nice job sending the ball to the opposite corner by Lauren Hall.

    Nice service by Chloe Lyford for Washington Academy.

     

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  23. Washington County Community Café and Meals on Wheels for Dec 2017

    Fri., Dec. 1: Cheese and beef macaroni, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

    Mon., Dec. 4: Beef goulash with elbow macaroni, sliced zucchini, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Tues., Dec. 5: Pork fried rice, shredded pork loin, Asian vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

    Wed., Dec. 6: Pasta primavera, green beans, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Thurs., Dec. 7: Chicken and scalloped potatoes, peppers, onions and turkey bacon, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Fri., Dec. 8: Chicken picatta, rice pilaf, green beans and cauliflower, wheat bread, dessert. 

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  24. Social security options for divorced spouses

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works.  

    Happily Divorced

    Dear Divorced,

    Yes, you may very well be eligible for divorced spouses Social Security benefits if you meet certain criteria. Here’s how it works. 

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  25. Karlene Kelley Hale North Monmouth

     Karlene Kelley Hale, 74, beloved journalist, author and extraordinary friend to neighborhood children, died peacefully Nov. 22 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after a long fight with COPD. 

    She was born in Machias on March 11, 1943, the daughter of Karl F. Kelley and Dorothy (Burnham) Kelley.

    Karlene earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1965 and a master’s degree from Tufts University while her first husband, Charles Washburn, was earning a law degree at Boston University.

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  26. William C. Gardner - Marshfield

    William C. Gardner, born on April 1, 1925 in Marshfield, died November 17, 2017 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth after a brief illness. He was a WWII veteran.

     Bill worked for Herbert Hanscom Construction and St. Regis Paper Company for many years.

     Bill was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Arbine (Jordan) Gardner and sisters Arlene Gardner and Etta Bowker.

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  27. 195th Army Band’s concert band brings the gift of music to The Grand this season

    On Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m., The Grand presents, live on the Stanley Subaru Stage, the return of the renowned 195th Army Band’s Concert Band, this time playing “Songs of the Season”. Admission for this live music event isfree. The Ellsworth American is a media sponsor for this wonderful event.

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  28. Frogtown Puppets’ holiday show returns to Ellsworth

    The Grand begins its family offerings for December 2017 when the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers present their annual take on everyone’s favorite holiday character, the Grinch, on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m. (directly after The Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade). 

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  29. Court News

    Jessica Sockabasin of Melbourne, Florida: Fugitive from justice on August 9, 2017 in Pembroke. EXOR.

    Jessica Sockabasin of Perry, Maine: Possess softshell clams less than 2 inch 10-20% on August 2, 2017 in Robbinston. SNTC Date 8/2/2017, Fine $300. GLTY.

    Daniel Bard of Bangor, Maine: Fish violation of number, amount, weight or size on July 23, 2017 in T6-R1 NBPP. SNTC Date 8/28/2017, Fine $120. GLTY.

    John A. Polk of Machiasport, Maine: Violation of scallop rule, chapter 11 on February 3, 2017 in Edmunds. DISE.

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  30. Gift ideas for sportsmen

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

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  31. A Downeast winter wonderland

    This series of winter photos of Machias and East Machias were taken by Ken Tudor using 35mm slide film. The year was 1976, and Machias shopkeeper Bob Allen made some of Tudor’s work into postcards to sell in honor of the nation’s bicentennial. Allen ran The Rubicon Card & Gift Shop, which occupied the Nash building on Main Street in Machias. Photos courtesy Ken Tudor

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  32. Open for emergencies

    Despite being armed with scissors and not a scalpel, Down East Community Hospital CEO Dennis Welsh cut the ribbon with surgical precision, capping the end of a historic community-driven capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art emergency department. David Whitney, board of directors chair, stood at the far right and anchored the event.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  33. High court to debate rockweed

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Ross v. Acadian Seaplants had its day in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when oral arguments were heard in Portland. 

    Originally filed in Machias, the outcome of the case will determine whether rockweed — Ascophyllum nodosum — is the private property of coastal landowners or a marine resource held in the public trust. The case is the first in more than 100 years that seeks to settle the question of who owns the rockweed that grows in Maine’s intertidal zone.

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  34. Career centers to stay open, but funds blocked

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although a lawsuit against the LePage administration has jeopardized funding for training centers, the state’s Department of Labor says its career centers will not close.

    “We’re in the middle of the Coastal Counties lawsuit,” said Laura Hudson, director of communications for the Department of Labor, “but the career centers are not closing.”

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  35. Machias Memorial High’s Model State students

    Representing Machias Memorial High School at this year’s Model State event were Hannah Faulkingham, Matti Conlin, Cami Pennell, Farrow McKenna, Kassie Cox, Kendra Johnson, Megan Jordan, Ying-Chieh Chou, Tyler Demerest, Leif McKenna, and Jason Weaver. Congratulations to Matti Conlin on getting her bill passed! Photo courtesy Brian Leavitt

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  36. Machiasport gets green light to purchase Bucks Head acreage

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A property which has not changed hands since 1805 will soon become public land in Machiasport. At a special town meeting held on Nov. 6, residents voted to move forward with the purchase of the 23 acres on Bucks Head. The selectboard received notice last week that Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) awarded a $160,000 grant — half the cost of the land — to Machiasport.

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  37. Chamber invites public to Business After Hours Dec. 7

    The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce announces a Business After Hours celebration and ribbon cutting for two of our newest members: Merrimack Mortgage and Fedcap, both located in the US Post Office building at Machias. The dual event will be held from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. All are invited, especially local businesses who will find a Business After Hours is a great networking opportunity. Come help the Chamber welcome these two new businesses to Machias.

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  38. Get ready for the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health

    The second annual Down East Community Hospital Hoops for Health is scheduled for Dec. 1-2 at the University of Maine Machias (UMM) gymnasium.  Come watch the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams from Machias Memorial High School (MMHS), Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus High School (NHS) and Jonesport Beals High School (JBHS) and get your pre-season preview of Washington County High School Hoops! 

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  39. DECH’s Gift Shop, 46th Annual Holiday Fair provide local shopping choices

    The Down East Community Hospital (DECH) Auxiliary has provided the service of a gift shop since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. The auxiliary’s “shop” began as a gift case, built for the auxiliary by Middle River Mill of Marshfield and located in the hospital lobby. The case has recently been updated and is still in use today, across from the lab, not far from its original location.

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  40. Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

    The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration, with mulled cider, holiday treats, music, and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

    The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy 

    The historic Gates House will be decorated in balsam and candles for the Machiasport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Party. Submitted photo

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  41. Lobster season winding down

    Traps of lobstermen who fish in coastal waters are starting to hit the bank, as inside fishing dries up. Offshore fishermen are still going, hoping for a late spurt to make up for a disappointing year. Despite the low volume, boat prices have been depressed, as the American market is challenged by a Canadian no-tariff policy with the European Union, formerly a consumer of 20 million pounds of U.S. product. Pictured above: the Beals town landing. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  42. DMR reopens lucrative elver lottery

    Starting Nov. 15, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will be implementing a lottery to allow at least seven new licenses to be issued for the 2018 season, which starts March 22, 2018.

    The lottery, authorized during the past legislative session, is available to Maine residents who are at least 15 years of age by the start of the 2018 season, and who are eligible to purchase an elver license in 2018 because they have not had their right to obtain an elver license suspended. 

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  43. Fr. Gaudreau appointed to St. Peter the Fisherman Parish

    Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following priest assignment with effective date noted.

    Effective January 1, 2018, Fr. Robert Gaudreau has been appointed temporary pastoral administrator of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish which includes the Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec and St. Michael Church, Cherryfield. Service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church, Campobello, New Brunswick.

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  44. Traffic jam

    Beals can now claim the only traffic light between Ellsworth and Calais, after a complex of three was installed on the old bridge and the Beals approach. Last week, work crews tore up the tar on the northbound lane of the Beals end and sent earth moving equipment onto the beach at low tide to shore up the rock bound approach. Traffic at the Beals end of the old bridge is limited to one lane, so travelers will need to add a couple of minutes to their travel time while work progresses. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  45. ‘The opposite of addiction is engagement’

    by Cathleen London, M.D.

    Addiction. It is plaguing our nation. For some it is their dirty secret. For others they scurry away  - not in my town.  Yet these same people do not acknowledge their own struggles. Addiction is not just drugs and alcohol. We are a nation addicted. Just look at our epidemic of obesity. That is food addiction. Look at the number of sexual predators – at least look at the victims – men and women – you have evidence of addiction everywhere.

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