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Graceful Retirement Norma Strong responds to applause from the audience at the 50th annual Norma Strong Dance Studio recital. Strong has retired after five decades teaching dance. Photo by Nancy Frasier

More Inside • RSVP News & Notes ................................p3 • Historic designation sought.......................p4 • Holocaust survivor tells story ................p6-7 • Ti woman turns 100...................................p8 • Hobbies for arthritis sufferers....................p9 • Moriah man races through the years .......p10 • Bolton woman tells her Dad’s story ........p11 • Dating tips for single seniors...................p12 • Melatonin may slow aging process .........p13

By Fred Herbst TICONDEROGA — Norma Strong has been a dancer her entire life. “There’s something about the r hythm of music that makes me want to move,” Strong said. “And dance offers such variety. There’s tap, ballet, jazz, acro (acrobatic dance). You can dance for days and never do the same

things twice. I love to dance.” Her love of dance became the Norma Str ong Dance Studio. For the past 50 years she has worked with thousands of area children, passing on her love of the art. It all ended Jan. 10. The studio’s annual r ecital at Ticonderoga High School that day was Str ong’s 50th — and final — one. She has retired. “It’s been a long time; I think I should retire,” Strong said. “I have competition now — all of them former students I had at one time or another. It’s their time.” Strong started dancing when she was 4 years old. “A couple of dance teachers came to Ticonderoga from See NORMA STRONG, page 15


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Club’ members; the new RSVPpins were handed out and a variety of door prizes were awarded. In addition, certificates of appr eciation were given to the town and village crews for all their har d work putting Moriah and Port Henry back together after the flood. Also Recognized: Lake Placid holds an annual voluntee r of the year award and this year RSVPvolunteer Priscilla Pascar elli was one of the top five finalists. W ith over 848 volunteers to her credit Priscilla was honor ed in April with gifts and certificates of appreciation at a reception held at the Lake Placid Arts Center.

Handicraft Projects Rebecca Gilbo, Moriah town account clerk, Barb Br assard, RSVP dir ector, and Laney Adkins, Moriah town clerk, draw the RSVP Memorial Weekend prize winning tickets. Area Recognition: The Retir ed Senior Volunteer Program held its final area recognition in Moriah on May 18, 2011. The event was hosted by Michele Borden of the Moriah Nutrition Site. This event had been postponed because of the town-wide flooding in April. In attendance for the festivities wer e RSVP volunteers, Town of Moriah and V illage of Port Henry r epresentatives, and staf f from the Mo-

riah Highway and W ater Departments as well as the Village of Port Henry Department of Public Works. Assisting were the Essex County Nutrition Site, Office of the Aging, ACAP, RSVP staff and RSVP Advisory Gr oup, with advisory gr oup member Joe Pr ovoncha as master of cer emonies. Certificates of appreciation wer e pr esented to ar ea stations and the attending ‘500

We have two pr ojects in the works. The first pr oject is making knitted and crocheted items for the children of Essex County. This is a partnership between RSVP and Adirondack Community Action Program. RSVP volunteers knit and crochet hats, mittens, scarves, etc. and ACAP distributes them under their Holidays For Sharing Program. Thanks to a Stewart’s Grant we have yarn available for our volunteers to use to make the needed it ems. C ontact o ur o ffice for more details. The second pr oject is making

‘walker purses’ for Horace Nye r esidents. The goal is to have 100 by Christmas time. If you ar e inter ested in sewing or crocheting purses, we have a pattern we can send you. RSVP Annual Memorial W eekend Drawing W inners: The T own of Moriah staff assisted with the drawing and the winners wer e: $100 Bert Conway, $100 E. Cindy Cobb, coordinator of the ACAP Holidays For SharMcKillip, $75 Laura ing project, and Alan Jones , ACAP executive director, Lee, $75 F. Trudeau, look over the latest arrival of RSVP volunteer hand craft$50 Thomas Dolback, ed items that they will distribut e to Essex C ounty chil$50 Bert Conway , $50 dren at Christmas. Tom Brassar d. Contor appointments and gr ocery gratulations to the winners and shopping. thank you to all who bought tickNot interested in a weekly comets. Your support of RSVP is greatmitment? We have lots of onetime ly appreciated. events: The Lake Champlain Bridge Dedication Event will be a two-day celebration, and in addition, we are always looking for volDo you like people? Do you unteers for parades, car shows, and know y our w ay a round th e a rea? festivals of all types. A few hours We have numer ous volunteer opof your time on one of these days portunities ranging from local mu- would go a long way. seums, chambers, hospitals, nursIf you ar e 55+ and inter ested in ing homes and visitor centers to joining the RSVP team then give friendly visits and phone calls, Janet or Barb a call at 546-3565 or light office work, and much mor e. email and we will Drivers are always needed for doc- find a niche for your talent.

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Historic designation may be sought for senior center project was historic pre servation funding from New York State,” Engelhart explained. “In der to qualify for this funding, the building CROWN POINT — Crown Point may seek would have to be on the National Register of federal designation as a historic district in or- Historic Places. In discussing this, it also became apparent that several other structures in der to make repairs to the Knapp Senior Centhe vicinity, like the Congr egational Chur ch ter. The building, located at the edge of V eter- and Hammond Chapel, might also benefit ans Park, is in disrepair and needs substantial from b eing l isted on t he N ational R egister. Hence, the idea to create an historic district.” work, Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said. At this point the town has applied for a “We called in a str uctural engineer to look grant to hire AAH to prepare a “national regat it,” she said. “Ther e are problems with the ister” nomination for the district. foundation that must be fixed.” Before a nomination is submitted to the state The century-old building, which serves as home to Crown Point senior citizens, was giv- Office of Parks, Recr eation and Historic en to the town in the 1970s by the Masons. The Preservation, a public hearing must be held deed requires the town to consult with the Ma- and the town board must approve the application. A majority of the owners of the buildings sons before making any changes to the buildin the historic district must also approve. ing. If the nomination is appr oved by the state, The real issue, though, is money. Kosmider said the town doesn’t have the money to make it then goes to the National Park Service for final appr oval. The entir e pr ocess takes about the repairs — which is the reason for the postwo years. sible historic district designation. “Crown Point, like many Adirondack and If the area surrounding the park becomes a Lake Champlain V alley communities, has a historic district, it becomes eligible for grant rich history,” Engelhart said. “In addition to funding, Kosmider explained. “At this point we’re just looking into it,” the the historical themes the town has in common supervisor said of the designation. “Adir on- with many other communities, like ir on mining and manufacturing and agricultur e, the dack Architectural Heritage is doing the leg town has the great distinction of its 18th cenwork. We can opt out at any time.” tury forts (military history) and the ChamSteven Engelhart, executive dir ector of the Keeseville-based Adir ondack Ar chitectural plain Memorial Lighthouse (lake transportation). Heritage, is assisting the town. The buildings in and ar ound the village “One sour ce of funding identified for this

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Holocaust survivor meets Ti students Harrowing tale of hope

camp near his home. The Nazi war machine was little more than a curiosity for Jaros. “They had tanks, trucks, machine guns,” he recalled. “I’d never seen any of those things. They never threatened us.” TICONDEROGA — A Holocaust surThat changed that fall when German SS ofvivor, Murray Jaros has seen the worst of hu- ficers arrived. The SS, the Schutzstaf fel, manity. He’s also seen the best. were a special unit assigned the task of iden“My story is not really about the suffering, tifying and eliminating thr eats to the Thir d but of the people who helped us,” Jaro s said. Reich. It became infamous for its war crimes “It’s a story of hope. What’s r emarkable is and for advocating the Final Solution — the not my story of survival, but what’s re mark- execution of 6 million Jews. able is what others did so I could survive.” One night a few SS officers and a group of Jaros told his story to a gr oup of T iconcollaborators identified the Jar os family as deroga High School students June 2. He Jewish and br oke into their home. As Jar os came at the invitation of his friend John Laand a young cousin watched, his grandPointe, Putnam supervisor. mother was beaten. She eventually died of “He has an amazing story,” LaPointe said. her injuries. His mother and father wer e “I think everyone should hear it. I’m glad he stripped naked, beaten and tortur ed as the was able to come to Ti.” Nazis demanded gold and money — which A summer day in 1941 the 8-year -old Jaros the Jaros family didn’t have. When the pain was outside when he heard a noise in the sky . became too much and the par ents passed It was a plane, the first he had ever seen in out, the intruders threw water on them and rural Poland. Moments later, bombs began to repeated the process. fall. “I wanted to do something; I wanted to “We lived in a very rural, small town,” he help my parents,” Jaros said. “But I couldn’t said. “We didn’t have electricity or commumove. My feet wer e stuck to the floor . I’ll nication with other towns. I didn’t even never for get the cries, the painful scr eams. know there was a war.” They tore out my father ’s toe nails.” Soon the German army arrived, setting up When the SS gave up their pursuit of gold,

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nearby ghetto — hundreds — had been executed. The Germans wer e systematically working their way toward the Jaros family. “A plan was made to escape,” Jar os r ecalled. The priest who had smuggled in food, helped arrange an attack by partisans away from the ghetto as a diversion. When the German guar ds r esponded to the attack, about half the Jews escaped into the nearby woods. “There wer e people who decided to stay behind,” Jaros said. “Some had sick or elderly relatives and they stayed to care for them. If my grandmother had not died we would have stayed. Others wer e afraid and others didn’t believe the stories of the executions. All of those who stayed behind wer e executed.” Jaros’ parents decided to join with the partisans and fight the Nazis. T o ensure the safety of their son and niece they asked a local farmer to take in the childr en and pr etend they were their own. Jaros was forced to pose as a girl, wearing dresses. He tied a kerchief around his head to hide his short hair until it grew long. The Jews, at the urging of their friend the priest, learned to pretend they were

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Ti woman reaches century mark By Fred Herbst TICONDEROGA — Alice Shultis may be 100 years old, but she can still party. Shultis hosted about 50 people for her 100th birthday party June 27 at heritage Commons nursing home in Ticonderoga. “I can’t believe so many people are her e,” Shultis said, looking around at smiling faces. “There are people I haven’t seen in a long time.” Shultis is the oldest r esident at heritage Commons and is believed to be Ticonderoga’s oldest citizen. Highlighting the centennial event was the attendance of her two childr en. Barbara made the trip to Ticonderoga from Texas and Bill arrived fr om Florida. Former neighbors from Vermont and the Ti area also joined in the party. “I never thought about it,” Shultis said when asked about turning 100 years young. “I think it’s gre at, though. I’d had a wonderful life.”

A native of Shelburne, Vt., Shultis started coming to the Ticonderoga ar ea in the 1950s to vacation at Eagle Lake. Eventually she moved to Eagle Lake. She moved to Lord Howe Estates in T i 19 years ago and stayed there until moving to Heritage Commons thr ee years ago. “She’s a terrific lady ,” said Christine Swinton, who was once Shultis’ car etaker and became her close friend. “She’s like a gra ndmother to me. I think the world of here.” Shultis was well known for her garden, which she maintained until a injury forced to Heritage Commons in 2008. “This is a gre at party, but I know she would rather be ina gar den working on her tomato plants,” her daughter said. Today Shultis stays busy playing bingo and car ds with other Heritage Commons residents. “We play a lot of car ds,” Shultis said. “I enjoy that a lot, especially Alice Shultis celebrated her 100th birthday June 27 at heritage Commons nursing home in Ticonderoga with her children, Barbara when I win.” from Texas and Bill from Florida.

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Hobbies for arthritis sufferers Individuals with arthritis ar e often stuck between a r ock and a har d place. Doctors want people to exercise to keep up the range of motion in af fected joints. However, even some limited movements can cause pain and suffering to those with arthritis. Furthermore, individuals with arthritis may shy away fr om the activities they once enjoyed because the pain is simply too overwhelming. Instead of simply sitting on the couch watching television, ther e ar e a number of different things arthritis sufferers can do to pass the time and r econnect with past hobbies and inter ests. It might just take a little the containers on a counter or table and do re-outfitting of the tools that ar e needed to all the work at a comfortable height. participate. Choosing low-maintenance plants is another option. Plants that don't r equire as much pr uning or r epotting ar e good for Gardening is a popular pastime for people those with arthritis. Also, look for tools with of all ages. But the re petitive motions of dig- larger grips and handles to be easier on ging and tilling as well as gripping a multi- arthritic hands.


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Bolton woman reflects on father’s 100th birthday By Kathryn Miller My father, Philip Br own, turned a young 100 years old on July 3. He has always maintained a childlike enjoyment and appr eciation for life, although his 100 years has been anything but easy. I’d like to share a few excerpts from his life. •He was born on one of the hottest days on r ecord in 191 1 to a mother almost 50, fighting to survive his first few days of life. •When a toddler , his father deserted the family to follow a wealthy woman summering on Lake George. •At age 6, he truly became the man of the house when he survived the gr eat flu epidemic of 1918, but he helped his mother bury his 17-year -old br other, young married sister and her baby girl. •He saw his mother adamantly refuse officials fr om taking him away fr om her (no adult male pr oviding for them/no other public assistance in those days), and he cried when she gave him flour and water pancakes to take for his school lunch (he always added his mouth would water when others took out chocolate cake to eat). •He w orked a s a w ater b oy f or w orkers constructing the Sagamore Golf Course and went that extra distance and ef fort to get clean, clear and good cold water fr om a spring (instead of the close by water barr el

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Dating after the death or divorce of a spouse The loss of a spouse through an unexpected death or a planned divor ce is seldom easy. It can be difficult to cope with the new life the loss of a spouse brings, including living life without a partner -- especially if a person has had a long marriage and gr own accustomed to being part of a team. Many people don't know the pr oper etiquette of dating after a divor ce or when a spouse is deceased. Once the pain of loss subsides and a person is left alone, he may once again look for the companionship of another person.At the same time, he may wonder what others may say about getting back into the dating pool. Is it too soon? W ill it be good for the kids? Do you really want to try that again? Have you forgotten about (name spouse)already? The r ules h ave c hanged o ver t he y ears. Did you know that it was expected for a widow to marry her deceased husband's br other at one time in history? Many people entered a pr e-determined period of mourning after a loss. Even after a divor ce, individuals often thought that it was alright to date again only after a set amount of time after the marriage was dissolved. On average in the United States, people wait thre e years after a divor ce bef ore r emarrying. The time varies after the death of a spouse. What's more, people who have been married before often come with emotional feelings, childr en and r elationships with the family members of the pr evious spouse.

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Since these familial ties are n't easily severed, newly single people often take their feelings into consideration before dating as well. While there are no hard-set rules regarding returning to the world of dating, individuals should take a har d look at their situation. They must be sure that they're emotionally r eady for a n ew r elationship and not simply looking to fill the void left by the pr evious spouse. It's also important to note that love this time around may not feel the same as it did with the lost spouse. As an older and mor e experienced person, love may not be the thunderbolt, exciting, heart-racing experience that it was the first time around. Now it may be a slow simmer that takes time to develop. For those who have decided to start dating, here are a few tips. * Talk about a former spouse when appropriate. Don't spend every waking minute talking about what she did, or how she was better/worse at this. A new partner should know about the former, but not constantly be compared to her. * Mention sad times.If a certain date triggers sad memories, such as an anniversary or a birthday , be sur e to mention why you could be feeling blue. * Be open with feelings. The death of a spouse or a divorce is a big part of you. Shar e your feelings whenever possible so that your new love has insight into what you're thinking.

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Melatonin dietary supplement may slow aging process

Sleep is essential t o the body and can help sta ve off eff ects of ag ing. Melatonin s upplementation c an a ssist i n t riggering a restful n ight’s sleep.

Melatonin is a supplement widely used to combat jet lag and alleviate short-term bouts of insomnia. There is also evidence that melatonin as a re gular dietary supplement could have antioxidant ef fects and help slow down the aging process. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the body. Due to its light-transducing ability , the pineal gland is sometimes called the "thir d eye." Light absorbed through t he r etina i s r elayed t o t he b rain a nd t husly t he pineal gland. The onset of darkness triggers the pineal gland to release melatonin into the bloodstream, which helps to induce sleep in individuals. Younger people, especially childr en, pr oduce a lar ge amount of melatonin, which is generally why babies can sleep so much. This ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply has benefits for the gr owing body, allowing cells to rejuvenate and the body to gr ow and heal. As individuals age, melatonin production decreases. This can be why many older adults have dif ficulty falling asleep or seem to need less sleep. Study after study indicates that lack of sleep can lead to myriad health pr oblems, including mental health deficits, added stress, heart disease, and others. Each of these conditions can contribute to the aging pr ocess. It makes sense, then, that getting fr equent and r estful sleep can help turn back the clock. But that isn't the only benefit of melatonin, say experts. According to "The Aging Clock: The Pineal Gland and Other Pacemakers in the Progression of Aging and Carcinogenesis," by Walter Pierpaoli M.D., Ph.D., melatonin is the "Master Hormone-Modulating Molecule." It is the re gulator of almost all hormones in the body in addition to regulating the circadian cycles. Dr. Pierpaoli has found that "aging"is a de-

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generative condition of the body , not just the passing of years. Resetting the body's age clock can slow down the symptoms of aging. When the pineal gland of an old animal is transplanted into a young animal, studies show that the young animal slows down and systems of the body function as if it wer e older. The reverse also applies. Dr. Pierpaoli surmises that melatonin sends a message of "youth" throughout the body, keeping the body healthy and strong. With this r easoning, melatonin may also help stimulate the immune system, which can pr omote better overall health, including fending of f certain diseases of old age. These include cancers and even dementias. Clinical trials have shown that melatonin can diminish the ef fects of hormones that trigger certain cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. According to "Melatonin and the aging brain," by Stephen Bondy and Edward Sharman, "Melatonin has potential utility both in slowing normal brain aging and in tr eatment of neurodegenerative conditions. This is reinforced by the low cost of melatonin and its very low toxic hazard." Research is still ongoing into the many benefits of melatonin. While it is best not to start any supplement pr ogram without first asking a doctor (especially if a person is pregnant or has other medical conditions), those who want to take melatonin should look for the synthetic variety . These are made from plant material to mimic melatonin produced in the body. Animal-based melatonin can contain diseases and other pathogens. A relatively small amount of melatonin is needed to pr oduce lar ge ef fects. Consult with a specialist on the right amount to take for desired results.

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Be wary of snake oil salesmen promising overnight results By Bonnie Sprinkle AFAA Certified Personal Trainer


dvertising tells us we can look 10 maybe even 20 years younger with the right face cream. If that face cream doesn’t work as well as we’d like; well then there’s that miracle procedure that you have to call the 800 number to find out what it its. The advertisers want us to believe that all we need to know is the that there is a loss of wrinkles. If we take this ad apart, we find that it’s surgery or injections, it’s expensive, it could be dangerous and could have adverse long term side effects. Sometimes causing more wrinkles in the long term—the very reason the product was used in the first place! In today’s society those risks seem to be beside the point. Many people think that the end results are worth the risks. The same thinking seems to apply to weight loss in many peoples minds. After all the media is full of ways to lose weight, tone and tighten with overnight results. “Steal a cookie from the cookie jar and lose weight,” one ads says. Another one says this product is ONLY for those who have at least 20 pounds to lose; apparently you need to be serious for this one. Popular diet pills claim rapid weight loss implying that their product is a healthy choice. They portray scientists in lab coats creating their product, perhaps an actor portraying a doctor will promote the product. The small print goes by so fast you can’t read it in time, you know, the part about not being a FDA approved product, results may not be typical and so on. You know, the small print. It goes on and on with one ridiculous claim after another. The really sad part is that with these fad diets a few pounds are usually lost in the first few weeks, maybe even for a few months. So the participant feels successful and is

ready to continue with; say for instance the cookie diet. Now this is where looking at body fat reduction as opposed to weight loss comes into play. Most people selling diet products know that people do usually lose weight with diet changes and/or increased activity. Many people are experts at losing that same 10 or 20 pounds over and over again but never seem able to move on from there. Year after year losing a little and gaining back even more. The reason is because they are probably losing pounds but

not body fat. When body fat is lost sometimes the pounds are not lost. Instead with body fat loss you see inches come off as that loose fatty tissue loses fat and becomes more compact, firmer. Many people overlook this loss of inches due to lack of loss of pounds on the scales. If a moderate healthy eating and activity program is maintained body fat will continue to decrease AND weight loss will begin to follow. The National Weight Control Registry tracks people who lost at least 30 pounds and have kept it off or at least one year. Here is some information about the people using the registry: • 80% are women and 20% men • Registry members have lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off 5.5 years • 45% lost the weight on their own, 55% with some type of program • 98% of registry participants reported that they modified their food intake in some way • 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequent method being walking • 78% eat breakfast daily • 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week • 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day Look at how you feel. Are you sleeping better? Feeling a little more energy? That’s just the beginning. If you maintain a quality eating plan, enjoying a variety healthy foods, participating in some sort of activity on a regular basis, gradual changes can take place. Isn’t maintaining a moderate weight loss better than continually losing and gaining? It’s time the nation got off the diet roller-coaster, looking for quick fixes has been proven to produce weight gain and poor health. It’s up to each of us to maintain a healthy lifestyle for our own benefit. No one can do it for us.

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Norma Strong

Some of those former students ar e still dancing. Thr ee gr oups of adult performers from page 1 reunited to dance at this year ’s r ecital as a tribute to Strong. California,” she recalled. “I started working “I’ve be en v ery f ortunate t o h ave g reat with them. They moved away and I became students who gained a life-long love for an on-and-off student. Ther e were no r egu- dance,” Strong said. “It’s very nice that some lar classes back then, but whenever a dance of these ladies are coming back for my final teacher came to town I’d take lessons. recital. Everyone will be able to see the tools “My last teacher came fr om New York and lessons I taught have stayed with them. City,” she continued. “She was very profes- It’s a wonderful feeling for me so see them sional and she encouraged me to seek out still dancing.” opportunities. She was always after me to do Strong will no longer teach dance lessons, this or that.” but she’ll stay busy . She has been involved Strong started taking classes in New York in vintage clothing sales for several years City and became well-known in the r egion and hopes to expand that business. as a dancer. She performed in summer shows whenever possible. With her skill a s a dancer, Str ong often Cooking and baking is an art form that worked with other Ticonderoga students. can be enjoyed by anyone. Furthermor e, “One of my (high school) teachers asked with ergonomic spoons, ladles and other me to work with other students during the kitchen tools, it has never been more consummer one year ,” Str ong said. “I enjoyed venient or less labor-intensive to be an acthat a lot.” complished home chef. One day years later she received a call. Baking and pastry cr eation is one ar ea “A lady knew I was a dancer ,” Strong said. where people can show off creative skills. “She called and asked if I could show her For those who love to bake but have tr oudaughter a few steps. I was happy to help. ble kneading and working dough, food The daughter came and then started to bring processors, br ead machines and kitchen a friend. That’s how it all started.” stand mixers can take the work out of That was 50 years ago. The Norma Strong those processes. Dance Studio expanded to of fer classes in Cooking is not only a rewarding hobby tap, ballet, jazz and acr o to students ages 4 but also an activity that can benefit the and older. It peaked with about 200 students household. Having arthritis doesn't mean one year. a person has to give up on the activities “I’ve worked with just about every girl in he or she enjoys. It merely involves a few Ticonderoga the last 50 years,” Str ong said. tweaks that can still make these hobbies “There h ave b een h undreds, t housands o f enjoyable. students.”

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