Sunday, October 19, 2014

DCCA GHOST WALK RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE

Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition when they host their eleventh annual Ghost Walk in Downtown Greenville on Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25, and Sunday October 26. Based on stories collected by Arcanum resident Rita Arnold which reveal local encounters with the unknown or unexplained, walks will begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. and last for about an hour and a half. “This is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate the season, learn a little local history, and have a lot of fun,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, the walking tour will take participants to familiar sites where they will hear surprising tales of ghostly encounters. “The stories can give you chills, but are still not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan explained. She also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be located in dimly lighted areas. Also, as in years past, Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told indoors.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the event. Also, Mrs. Arnold’s Ghosts of Darke County books will be offered for sale. Tickets for the Ghost Walk cost $10, and can be purchased at Greenville Public Library, as well as at Ann’s Gifts and Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Greenville; tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.com, or purchased online at www.centerforarts.net.

Autism support group to meet Wednesday

GREENVILLE - ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the Darke will meet Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. The meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month in the third floor community room at GPL.

This group was created by local mothers in response to the lack of a support system for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Darke County. The hope is that the group can be a resource and support group for other parents, caregivers and loved ones of those who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

Parents/caregivers who suspect ASD, but who have not gotten a diagnosis yet, are welcome to attend as well.

The group is not limited to parents/loved ones of ASD children, parents of any special needs children are welcome to attend if they think the topic will be relevant.

ASD in the Darke wants to know what parents want to learn more about; what topics will be helpful, and what activities parents/caregivers might want to see brought to the area for ASD children and young adults.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/asdindarke, email asdinthedarke@gmail.com or call Heather at 937-417-9274 for more information.

TOP 10 FINALISTS NAMED IN SUMMER ‘CRUZE-IN’ BLOOD DRIVE

ONE DONOR WILL WIN NEW CHEVY CRUZE IN OCT. 23 FINAL DRAWING

DAYTON, Ohio – DAYTON, Ohio – Ten blood donors will gather at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC) Thursday, Oct. 23 to find out who will be cruising in a brand new car. All are computer-selected finalists in the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing to win the grand prize 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

CBC partnered with REACH Magazine on the “Summer Cruze-In” campaign to encourage blood donations during the challenging summer months. The grand prize Chevrolet Cruze is “champagne silver” as a toast to CBC’s “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary celebrated on Sept. 14.
CBC’s traditional summer blood drive campaign was extended to four months this year, with everyone who registered to donate blood with CBC from May 28 through Aug. 31 automatically entered in the drawing. Also new this year, eligible donors were entered in the drawing a second time when they registered for a second donation during the blood drive period.

The 10 finalists represent seven counties in CBC’s 15-county service area:

Gregory Frueh lives in Dayton and works in Information Systems at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Greg, who has 60 lifetime blood donations, entered the Cruze-In drawing with his July 18 donation at the downtown Dayton CBC.

Elwood Dobyns is an apheresis donor who lives in Springfield and has 33 lifetime blood donations. Elwood, age 60, entered the drawing July 2 when he donated platelets and plasma at the Springfield CBC. He made apheresis donations again in August and September.

Robert Jordan is lives in Beavercreek and works in computer support at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Robert, age 57, is the top donor among the finalists with 168 lifetime blood donations. He entered the drawing June 30 with his donation at Peace Lutheran Church and donated again in August.

Paul McCloud lives in Liberty and is the only Indiana finalist. He is 66 and has 10 lifetime donations. He entered the contest with his June 5 whole blood donation at Liberty Church of Christ and donated again in July and September.

Gary Lavey lives Covington, is 51 and has 23 lifetime blood donations. He is a self-employed contractor and covers a lot of territory across Miami County. He entered the drawing when he donated whole blood June 9 at the Covington Eagles blood drive, his favorite place to donate. He donated there again Aug. 4.

Maria Kremer, is from Yorkshire in Darke County. She is the only female finalist and at age 21 she is also the youngest. She has 8 lifetime donations and entered the drawing when she registered to donate Aug. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She works at KS Studio and Balanced Life Chiropractic as a licensed massage therapist. She is engaged to be married May 30 of next year. “My dad is a hemophiliac,” she said. “So when he was growing up it wasn't uncommon for him and his brother to need a blood transfusion.”

Gary Miller lives in Coldwater and works at Midmark Corporation in Versailles where he has become a regular donor at Midmark CBC blood drives. If Gary wins the Chevy Cruze he will be the second Midmark donor to claim a CBC summer blood drive grand prize. (Dan Lange won a Jeep Liberty in 2012). Gary entered the drawing with his June 26 donation and donated again in August. He’s 49 and has made all five lifetime donations at Midmark. Midmark won the America’s Blood Centers Award of Excellence for “Most Productive Blood Drive Award” of 2013 when it hosted 16 blood drives, including the only late shift blood drives in CBC’s 15-county service area.

Roy Streetz is from Springboro and works at Excelitas Technologies Inc. in Miamisburg. He also spent 31 years in the automotive industry working for GM and Delphi, so he knows cars and likes the Chevy Cruze! Roy is 54, has been donating with CBC for 20 years and has 55 lifetime blood donations. He entered the drawing July 1 with his donation at Covenant Presbyterian Church and donated again in August at the Dayton CBC.

Billy Farley is from Fairborn and is the only finalist with the distinction of entering the drawing with his first lifetime blood donation! Billy is 52 and donated at the Dayton CBC on June 13. It was important to him to donate because his mother is fighting cancer. He would like to donate more, but has been advised to wait until after an upcoming heart procedure.

Lyle Weaver lives in Tipp City and is a project manager for PDSI Robotic Welding Systems in West Carrollton. He has 48 lifetime blood donations, including whole blood, platelet and plasma donations. Lyle is 50 and entered the drawing with his July 21 platelet donation at the Dayton CBC. He donated platelets again in September

The Chevy Cruze-In Final Drawing will begin at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Dayton CBC. The finalists will choose an envelope, only one of which contains a golden ticket. After a 10-second countdown they will open their envelopes simultaneously. The finalist holding the golden ticket is the new owner of the Chevy Cruze.

MVCTC Offers New Business Software Elective Class

MVCTC Computer Network Engineering senior,
Karl Olmo (Northmont) is studying "Foundations of Programming”
in the new MVCTC Business Software electives class that uses Lynda.com.
Englewood, Ohio – “Business Software" is a new elective course being offered this school year at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). The students are using Lynda.com, which is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. The students learn software which will help them in their career technical labs and in their careers. Lynda.com has over 21,000 online courses available to choose from Basic Keyboarding to C\C++ Programming and Adobe Flash Professional CS6. Students choose what they would like to learn, sign an individual learning plan, maintain a daily learning log, and make a presentation to the class at the end of the online course.

Sean Wilt (Vandalia), a senior in the Game Programming and Web Applications Program, says "Lynda.com is like a teacher who is there all the time and teaches the subject you want to learn." Sean is currently learning Adobe Flash and preparing a presentation for the Shawnee Student Showcase which is an art and gaming competition at Shawnee State University in November.

Karl Olmo (Northmont), a senior in the Computer Network Engineering Program, is studying "Foundations of Programming”. He shared, "I like the pace. You can re-watch videos and learn it all at your own pace."

Students often go beyond what they would normally learn in lab and share their knowledge with other students. All students at MVCTC have access to Lynda.com and can use it at any time, in or out of the classroom. Students are excited to come to class each day and continue with what they had been working on the previous day. Lynda.com has been an excellent addition to the MVCTC curriculum.

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie


The table is set, demonstrators are in their places and the Darke County Parks is ready to provide you a remarkable 18th century historical experience in our Log House. The Darke County Parks has a few spots available for the October 25th and November 8th Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie, both beginning at 5:00pm. Join us at our table for a meal and experience you won’t soon forget. Our pioneers will open their home to you as they prepare a feast in the 18th century style and tradition. This fund-raising evening will offer educational glimpses of pioneer skills and traditions, a meal prepared over the fire, seating in the Log House loft and after-dinner entertainment. All proceeds will be put towards the Log House and cultural programming funds. Ages 18 and up please. If you would like to attend, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 and reserve your spot TODAY! Space is extremely limited. Fee is $50 per person or $90 per couple.

Heroin Bust in Darke County

On October 17, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 36 Robin Hood Drive in Sherwood Forest Mobile Community near Greenville, Ohio, stemming from a heroin trafficking investigation.

Kevin M Smith (29) of Greenville was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin) in the Vicinity of a Juvenile and Tampering with Evidence.

Darke County Children’s Services was contacted in reference to the child being present during the drug transaction.

Additional charges are possible, pending the review of the case by the Darke County Prosecutor.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DO YOU HAVE YOUR CHOCOLATE WALK TICKETS?

Main Street Greenville’s Chocolate Walk event will return for
the First Friday in November, get your tickets today!
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Do you love all things chocolate? If so, you will not want to miss Main Street Greenville’s popular First Friday event in November!

The Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Readmore's Hallmark of Greenville will take place on Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm.

This is a ticketed event which serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. All of the chocolate on the walk has been donated by over 20 participating downtown businesses. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark, tickets are $20 each.

The self-guided event will start at Readmore’s Hallmark, where ticket holders will get the list of participating businesses and their commemorative tote bag to collect their chocolate goodies. “Some treats you will enjoy on the spot, and others you will be able to take home to enjoy later. Chocolate lovers will not be disappointed!” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

“We are thrilled with the amount of support our organization receives for this event and we can't wait for another great year!" says Garrett.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. You can learn more about Main Street Greenville by visiting their website at www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

Continued Interest in Reducing Nutrient Loading in Ohio Waterways

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Lake Erie covers almost 10,000 square miles and serves as a source of pride for the State of Ohio. Acting as the north coast of Ohio, this lake is a natural landmark known throughout North America and beyond. Keeping the water in the lake potable and healthy is an important task that all Ohioans should be a part of.

Lake Erie is a major source of tourism in the state with activities such as boating, fishing, bird watching and site seeing. The impact of the lake on the water supply is sometimes overlooked—but the lake provides 2.6 million people with drinking water.

In west central Ohio, we have been aware of concerns over our natural waterways for several years because of Grand Lake St. Marys. Our farmers are working together to reduce their impact on Ohio waterways. By constructing proper storage facilities for manure and increasing exports of manure, when possible, local farmers are making strides forward to reduce the impact of agriculture on water quality.

Along the lake, I am hearing about business owners changing their practices as well. Each step taken to reduce phosphorous loading is bringing us closer to a healthier lake long term. Following the recent water crisis in Toledo, those in the Lake Erie watershed are looking to west central Ohio for proven practices that have successfully reduced runoff.

As recently as June 2014, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 150, which will lead to more opportunities for those in the agricultural community to remain educated on the latest practices that will reduce the overloading of nutrients on Ohio’s farm land.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt


Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Wander through the woods at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, October 25th at 1:00pm in search of fall’s most popular color, Orange! Each pumpkin contains a special fall treat, but you must first answer some fall trivia questions to find the hidden goodies. Inside the Nature Center, each child will get a pumpkin to paint and take home. Wear a costume and receive an extra prize! This program has a fee of $6 to cover the cost of the pumpkin and treats that each child will receive. Call 937.548.0165, TODAY, to sign up as space is limited and this program fills up quickly. For more information, visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Bible Fellowship Church's annual Trunk or Treat!

Come join in the fun at Bible Fellowship Church's annual Trunk or Treat!

Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy going trunk to trunk to collect treats. There will also be hot dogs, hobo soup, and a special Bible-themed Pumpkin Patch!

The fun starts at 5:00 Sunday, October 26th. Bible Fellowship Church is located in Greenville at 7757 Greenville-Celina Rd, one mile north of Walmart.

Tri-Village School Fair, A Winning Tradition Continues

Damion Cook and Raya Mikesell (high school king and queen) and Jake Buckley & Annabeck Spencer (Little Mr. & Miss Patriot)

Some of the decorated pumpkins entered by students and adults.
The 2014 Tri-Village School Fair was held recently on October 3rd and 4th. Several contests and events were held this weekend including crowning of the high school king and queen, the Little Mr. & Miss Patriot pageant, Cutest Patriot and pumpkin decorating contests, an auction, a parade, a band performance, the Pinewood Derby, a mini tractor pull, crop and baking contests and a Saturday evening program.

Candidates for king and queen, chosen by their classmates, were seniors Damion Cook and Raya Mikesell, juniors Gage Berghoff and Paige McAdams, sophomores Jorden Midlam and Destiney Hemmelgarn, and freshmen Jackson Plush and Kathryn Combs. Seniors Damion Cook and Raya Mikesell won the vote by the student body and were crowned king and queen of the 81st school fair.

Nine contestants were vying for the title of 2014 Little Mr. & Miss Patriot. Participants for king were Jake Buckley, Josiah Metzcar, and Liam Moore. Queen candidates were Lia Bohn, Karlee Francis, Kendale Francis, Emma Hampton, Aubrey Light, and Annabeck Spencer. Jake Buckley & Annabeck Spencer were chosen as winners.

Beckett Bolton won first place in the Cutest Patriot Contest, Brooklyn Eley was runner-up, Sawyer Preston placed 3rd, and Josalyn Curtner came in 4th.

Over 100 decorated pumpkins adorned the hallway of the main entrance. This contest proved to have the most participation between students and adults. The talent and creativity that went into the carving and decorating of these pumpkins was appreciated by all who attended the event. The school was decorated by students with the school fair theme “Tri-Village School Fair - The Tradition Continues”. Contest winners were Mrs. Thomas’ class, the 5th grade students, and Mrs. Dill’s class.

Another highlight of the weekend festivities was the annual school fair auction. Auctioneer Matt Rismiller did an excellent job. Without the support of the area businesses and community this event would not be possible.


State of the Heart Hospice and Darke County Nursing Education Council Offer Nursing Continuing Education Program at Wayne HealthCare

Join State of the Heart Hospice and the Darke County Nursing Education Council on October 23 for “Breast Cancer: Past, Present, and Future” continuing education program. Two contact hours will be awarded to nurses for attending the program.

Registration and meal start at 4:30 p.m. at Wayne HealthCare, third floor conference room. Registration fee is $20 and includes contact hours and a light meal. Registration can be made by contacting Kelley Hall, Education Coordinator for State of the Heart at 548-2999. The presentation will start at 5:00 p.m. Shirley Grevenkamp, RT, Jill Brown, RN, and Dr. Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS will be the presenters.

Edison Stagelight Players Present: Frankenstein

The Edison Stagelight Players will perform Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted by R.N. Sandberg, beginning October 24 and running through November 2. All performances will be held in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

Though it didn’t gain popularity until many years after being written, Frankenstein is one of the first examples of science fiction. The story follows an eccentric scientist who attempts to play God by building a human in his lab, but winds up creating a monster that destroys his world. Often thought of as one of the most engaging horror stories of all time, Frankenstein incites both fear and love.

This fall, the Edison Stagelight Players are enthused to presents a new, but faithful to the original, adaptation of Frankenstein by Princeton professor and successful playwright R.N. Sandberg. One review of this script explains, “Sandberg’s stage version…has been hailed as one of the truest reinterpretations of the original Frankenstein. Though set in the icy polar regions where Victor Frankenstein has chased his creature, the production is really a profound journey through the scientist’s memories of the unnatural son he created then abandoned.”

Director Emily Beisner is enthused about producing an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s most revered story. “This story is told through a series of intense flashbacks. Our production will feature creative lighting, sound, and Steampunk inspired costumes. This show is sure to immerse audiences into the world of Victor Frankenstein during 18th Century Russia.”

Production Advisor and Edison faculty member, William Loudermilk, is credited with designing the performance’s Steampunk style costumes.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, October 24; Saturday, October 25; Friday, October 31; Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the show are seven dollars for adults, five dollars for students and three dollars for seniors and can be purchased at the door. Children under 12 are free (with parental supervision). For further information contact Karen Baker at 937-381-1502 or kbaker@edisonohio.edu.

Follow Greenville First Presbyterian on Facebook for Daily Meditations

Need a pick up to get through the week or some enrichment in your faith life? Check out the daily meditations now on facebook that could go a long way toward making each day a little better.

Daily meditations, written by Rev. John Person, are posted on the Greenville First Presbyterian site with scripture references to reinforce our walk with Christ each day. Like us or just click on for a quick lift of spirit, the experience takes little time and is good preparation for the day ahead.

For these daily inspirations, click on www.facebook.com/greenvillepres or for more information about First Presbyterian Church, located at 114 E. 4th Street in Greenville, call 937.548.3188 or go to www.greenvillepres.org.

MVCTC Schedules Early College Connection Night for Parents of High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled an Early College Connection Night for the parents of current high school freshmen and sophomores. The college night will take place on Thursday, October 23, from 6:30-7:30p.m. in the Student Activity Center. The MVCTC campus is located at 6800 Hoke Road, Englewood, Ohio.

Parents will learn about programs at MVCTC that will help students get a head start on their college education. This includes Tech Prep, Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeship, and other avenues to post secondary education. Representatives from MVCTC will be present to speak with students, parents and answer questions. The opportunities available at MVCTC allow students to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education. Parents, if you have a child who is currently a freshman or a sophomore do not miss this opportunity!

MVCTC serves 27 school districts in the Miami Valley and is dedicated to providing premier educational choices and advanced employment preparation for youth, adults, and organizations of the Miami Valley. For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

Community Action Partnership to provide Winter Crisis, PIPP Plus programs starting Nov. 1

The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area will again provide emergency energy payment assistance this winter for eligible households. The Winter Crisis Program begins Saturday, Nov. 1, and continues through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, or until funds are depleted. Customers will be seen beginning Monday, Nov. 3. Appointments can be made starting October 27, 2014.

Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,737.50 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.

Proof of citizenship or alien status is required for the primary applicant. United States citizens will be eligible by providing a birth certificate, baptismal record, or U.S. passport. Those born outside the United States, naturalized citizens or aliens must provide one of the following:

  • Naturalization papers/certification of citizenship;
  • Permanent visa;
  • Birth certificate or hospital birth record;
  • Refugee registration card;
  • U.S. passport;
  • INS ID card;
  • Military service record;
  • Indiana census record;
  • Voter registration card.

Darke County customers may call (937) 548-8143 to make an appointment to re-certify their PIPP Plus status and apply for the Winter Crisis Program. 2014–2015 Utility Payment Assistance Applications are available at www.cap-dayton.org.

Customers may be seen at 1469 Sweitzer Street in Greenville. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment:

  • Social Security cards for all household members;
  • Picture ID for the person whose name the account is in;
  • Current utility bill/disconnect notice/account number;
  • Proof of income received by all household members age 18 or older for the last 13 weeks, including child support, weekly or bi-weekly pay stubs; Social Security, pension, Workers’ Compensation or unemployment benefits.
  • Tenant eligibility and rent procedures for those living in HUD housing;
  • Financial aid break down and tuition and fee bills for students;
  • Landlord’s name and telephone number for renters.
  • Any income from odd jobs. If laid off, documentation from the previous employer is required.

If a household member or head of household states they have no income and are being supported by another household member who has income, they must complete the “Zero Income Self-Declaration Section” of the application form. If a household member is receiving help from a non-household member, the application must include a notarized letter from that person stating how much and how often money is provided, how the bill is paid, and if the money is a loan or gift.

Households reporting zero income who were not required to file taxes can request a copy of a “Verification of Non-Filing Status Transcript” by calling 1-800-829-1040, faxing 1-859-669-3592, or online at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

All applications are subject to random audit for accuracy and truthfulness. For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call 1-800-282-0880.

Deer Hunter Workshop at Spring Valley Range October 23rd

Seats still available, register now!

Xenia, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife (ODNR/DOW) in conjunction with the Ohio Trapper and Hunter Education Instructor Association (OTHEIA) will host a Deer Hunter Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Spring Valley Shooting Range, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

There is a $5.00/person fee for the workshop and will cover a lite meal that will be served at 6:30pm. Participants under 12 years of age attend for free. Please register by sending a check payable to OTHEIA, along with your name, address, phone number, email, and total number of participants to Terry Yinger, Box 62206, Cincinnati, 45262.

Presentations will include speakers from Old Town Butcher Shop and the Division of Wildlife, as well as presentations on field dressing, preparing venison for the freezer and the table, and skinning and butchering. The Division of Wildlife will cover wildlife issues, management of Ohio’s deer herd and laws and regulations for the upcoming season.

Spring Valley Range is located at 3450 Houston Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068. Download a map at Spring Valley Wildlife Area.

Contact information:Kathy Garza-Behr, ODNR Division of Wildlife 937-347-0920 x 5020 Kathy.Garzabehr@dnr.state.oh.us
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