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Welcome to the September issue. There can be no doubt that election season is here. Political ads are all over the airwaves as North Carolina is considered a swing state that both political parties covet. With the Democratic Convention in Charlotte in early September, there is much anticipation that this will give the Queen City and surrounding areas a huge economic boost. Hopefully that will be the case as folks from all over the country come to our wonderful state for a few days. The experts tell us that more money will be spent in the election of 2012 than any other election in history. More than 1.5 billion dollars is projected to be spent by both parties. That is an astounding and totally unfathomable amount to me! Couldn't we use a small portion of this money to feed the homeless, or pay heating bills this winter for those who need assistance, or give it to some other worthwhile charitable organization?

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September 2012 12 • Express Employment Professionals– Respecting People. Impacting Business. 16 • Youngest Driver To Win Gray Gaulding 18 • Looking For A Special Treasure? T's Treasures, Consignment And Boutique 22 • Valpolicella: The Region, The Wines 24 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber: Test Drive Chamber Membership 26 • A Word From The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber: Success Does Not Come Without Mistakes 28 • Food Allergy Thank you for viewing our online version of Iredell Living Magazine. We invite you to read this month's cover story and browse through our advertisers. You can pick up the full version of the magazine at one of our many distribution locations. You will find a list on our website where you can get your free copy today! Thank you for reading Iredell Living Magazine! 6












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Respecting People. Impacting Business. Written by Kristie Darling Filling a position or finding a job seem like straightforward activities– you need to hire a new employee and someone out there is looking for that job. Easy, right? Well, not really. This simple equation leaves out a critical component of the hiring and job search process: ensuring long-term success for everyone! There are many steps in recruiting a new employee that result in success 12


for your company and the new hire. That is where Express Employment Professionals can enter the picture and provide a bridge between your company’s need and the right person to fill that need. “Employers don’t have time or resources to spend cultivating relationships and establishing credibility with numerous potential employees to confirm they are a good fit,” says Jamie Ottinger, owner of Express Employment Professionals’ Mooresville

franchise. “We’re head hunters, and that sets us apart from other agencies. We don’t wait for job applicants to magically appear–we actively search for and recruit qualified people who match your job requirements. Before you even meet a job applicant, our staffing specialist has conducted an in-depth interview, tested their skill set, run a complete background check, confirmed references and established that this Express candidate is qualified for a

position with your company–we only send people who match your needs. And, we pass on to our employers all the data and documents that establish this job seeker’s qualifications.”

Our Unique Job Market In August, the unemployment rate in the United States was 8.3%. We all know people who are looking for a job, some for a long time. With so many workers in the job market, employers can be very selective in their hiring. These statistics make finding the perfect match for job seeker and employer a challenge. Express Employment Professionals can serve as an extension of a company’s HR department as it relates to staffing or as full-time hiring professionals for businesses without HR staff. Jessica Miller, branch manager and staffing specialist, explains, “We can

serve as head hunters for a company’s entire staffing needs. We establish the company’s requirements and recruit and identify qualified candidates in our extensive database. On the other hand, our staff can supplement an HR manager’s work related to any hiring need. For our job applicants, we do extensive marketing of their resume and skills for successful placement. In each case, our goal is to help everyone be successful.”

What You Need...When You Need It Fluctuations in project work, changes in business volume and seasonal demands set up unique hiring challenges. The Express team is experienced in all hiring situations. “Across the board, whether we’re placing a top level IT project manager or hiring warehouse workers, security and maintenance staff or sales and marketing personnel, we

Photos: On the cover–Ken and Jamie Ottinger, owners of Express Employment Professionals Opposite page–Your Express Team Pictured, left to right, Staffing Specialists Megan, Ken-owner, Jessica, Justin, and Jamie-manager and owner Below–Staffing Specialist Jessica Miller assists an Express associate



use the same recruiting and marketing tools,” Jamie emphasized. “Every job candidate receives the same comprehensive support. Of course, we never charge our applicants–that’s unethical, and we don’t do it.” John Martin, owner of Sir Speedy Printing in Statesville shared, “What impressed me most working with Jamie was her follow-up with me while Tami, our new hire, was still on her payroll. Before my experience with Jamie and Express, I wouldn’t have worked with an employment agency, but hiring Tami has turned out to be a perfect fit. I would certainly call on Jamie again if I need someone new.” Express Employment Professionals serves all of Iredell County. A majority of Express’ clients are in Statesville–Abundant Manufacturing, Accuma Corporation, the City of Statesville, and Sir Speedy, among others.

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Jamie Ottinger and her husband Ken bought the Mooresville franchise in 2009 after her own job search through Hickory’s Express Employment Professionals' office was successful. This first-hand experience with the company–a 25-year-old international firm with over 560 locally owned and operated employment agencies–provided Jamie with knowledge of the company, confidence in its mission, and a thoroughly positive outcome. Jamie’s subsequent career change, from mortgage recruiter to staffing specialist with the Express Hickory office, and ultimately as franchise owner of the Express Employment Professionals’ Mooresville territory, was the right move. Jamie is a high-energy, positively focused business owner. Her dedication to her business clients and to job and career seekers who come to her for assistance is apparent from the very first handshake. Branch Manager Jessica Miller sums it up, “Jamie truly cares; she offers excellent advice, and she’s extremely supportive. People are put in your life for a reason, and Jamie is so much more than my boss. Jamie and Ken are like my second family.” Jessica was actively recruited by Jamie for her position as staff specialist and branch manager. “Jamie was my first positive experience with a headhunter! I was very impressed,” Jessica says with a smile. “The entire process was professional, easy but thorough, and the result has been perfect for me–and Jamie! We work extremely well together. We share the company’s vision: to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. That’s really the essence of what we do.”



Photos: Opposite page, top to bottom • Staffing Specialists Jessica and Megan work in tandem. • Express staff members meet with Plant Manager of Accuma Corporation of Statesville. • IT Staffing Specialist Ken Ottinger, owner, and staff member Justin discuss a plan of action.

Quality Customer Service Owners Jamie and Ken employ a team of professionals who know their stuff. They follow ISO quality-assured processes in their screening and hiring for employers whose needs include administrative, professional, and commercial employees. “Jessica started with us on day one,” Jaime shared. “She’s a great partner with high energy and dedication; she’s a wonderful person to work with. Folks might not know Jessica is a volunteer fire fighter and EMT! She brings the same care and concern she demonstrates as an EMT to her work with our associates and our clientcompanies.” Justin Ottinger and Megan Ager, staffing specialists, complete the team. Ken has recently joined Express as IT consultant and staffing specialist after 26 years with Duke Energy. Together they assist clients with temporary, contract and direct hire needs. Managers can call on Jamie to provide onsite or offsite employee training. Management training, customer service, morale, sexual harassment in the workplace, and discrimination training are among their offerings. Express also works closely with applicants offering advice in career counseling, building

an effective resume, interviewing and dressing for success.

Working In The Community Jamie and Ken believe that giving back to the community is important. Their company sponsors the Muscular Dystrophy Association helping to raise money at their walks and lock-ups, and they had a booth at the annual Mooresville YMCA July fourth celebration. In addition, Jamie was a speaker at a recent Iredell County Human Resources luncheon in Statesville. Her topic was Regulatory Nightmares, advice on compliance with the 3,500 business regulations enacted each year. Express was recently on hand to provide career counseling and introductions of employers to job seekers at The R3 Center, a career development organization partnered with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Left–Express considers their employers and associates as family, not just partners. Pictured with their children from left to right, the Ottinger family–Justin, Jamie, Ken, Graice and Brenton; son Hayden with Staffing Specialist Jessica; and daughter Imani and son Stepfon with Staffing Specialist Megan.

your job search or are a long-time job seeker–will be well served and benefit from working with Jamie and her team at Express. Helping employers and employees become successful in finding each other is what Express is all about.

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Gray Gaulding By Linda B. Wilson

Gray Gaulding is only 14, but he is already accustomed to competing against drivers three times his age. "I'm always the youngest," Gray says. He has a long history of being the youngest since his career began at age three. He was the youngest driver to win a Legend Car race, as well as the youngest to win a Legend Car National Championship, when he was just 12-years old. He was the youngest driver to make the field in the inaugural Legends Million in 2010 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the biggest grass roots race in history.

eighth in the final points standing, with a rookie of the year award driving for Kevin Harvick at Kevin Harvick Incorporated, running in the Pro All Star Series. This year has been one of Gray's best, with a new sponsorship and branding from Krispy Kreme for his Super Late Model Series Cars. "We signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Krispy Kreme. That was a pretty cool 14th birthday present," Gray says.

The five foot one and a half inch Super Late Model driver started riding and racing dirt bikes at the ripe old age of three. "My Dad got me started," Gray remembers. "I think that was the perfect age for me. This was good experience, and I learned a lot about throttle control and how things work. When I was eight, I began driving Bandolero Cars. There I was able to win nine races out of 14 in my first season."

With a lengthy career already under his belt, Gray recalls one of his finest accomplishments. "The coolest thing was a win at Southern National Motor Sports Park in Kenly, North Carolina," Gray shared. "I had a lot of people there who have been behind me my whole life–Steve Urvan and Dwayne Chambers, my papa, all my family and friends from Virginia– so that was really awesome!" The Gauldings are very familyoriented. "My parents and my sisters, Kennedy and McCall, come to all my races," Gray says. "My sisters are dancers, so I support them and sit through their dance recitals."

In 2010 Gray moved on to Legend Cars where he succeeded in becoming the youngest winner, again, with a championship. The next year Gray finished

Gray's plans for next season are to run the K & N East Series in NASCAR and some select Superlate model races. His future goal is a very mature one.



"I'd like to eventually be the next cup champion–to pave my own path to top level for my future and my future wife and children." Pretty mature thinking for a 14 year-old. The only problem for Gray is that he'll have to wait until he's 18 to compete in a NASCAR cup, Nationwide or Truck Series. Rusty Davidson, vice president of Gray Gaulding Racing and Gray's public relations man, keeps up the website. He is Gray’s home school tutor and chauffeur. "Gray is mature well beyond his age. He is mentally prepared to meet challenges ahead."

Photos: Opposite page–14 year old Gray Gaulding. Above–Gray Gaulding in the winners' circle shown with his sisters McCall and Kennedy, his parents Dwayne and Krissy Gaulding, and his Crew Chief Randy Renfrow. Photos courtesy of Rusty Davidson

Gray is a very poised and humble young man who has accomplished much early in life. He has goals set and knows how fast he'll have to drive to get there; his is a name we will definitely hear more of in the future. Gray Gaulding, future face of NASCAR.

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business spotlight Looking for a Special Treasure? T's Treasures, Consignment and Boutique By Meredith Collins

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If you enjoy saving money and finding great deals (who doesn’t!?), you will definitely want to check out the great brand name items at T’s Treasures, Consignment and Boutique. Owned by Robinette Tilley of Tilley Harley Davidson, this store–in the former Tilley Harley Davidson building at the corner of Highway 70 and Airport Road–offers a variety of special items. Libby Lefever has worked at Tilley Harley Davidson for five years and began managing the consignment store when it opened in December 2008. The store sells a variety of items including: clothing for all ages, shoes, purses, furniture, dolls and scrapbooking materials. Lefever says she enjoys managing the store and seeing all the treasures come

in. “I have really enjoyed doing this,” Lefever said. “It’s fun for people to see that sometimes things are worth more than they think.” Currently fall and winter items will be accepted for consignment. For more details on the store’s consignment policy, call 704-873-0408 to make an appointment. You will have the option of picking up anything that doesn’t sell or having unsold goods donated after the contract period is over. You will need to fill out a contract and indicate whether you would like to pick up your items or have them donated if they do not sell. Clothing sells best when it’s clean, pressed and on hangers when dropped off. T’s Treasures, Consignment and Boutique works hard to provide excellent customer service for both consigners

What will you find at T's Treasures, Consignment and Boutique? Photos, top to bottom: • This is just the ladies department! • New purses and consigned purses and shoes • Harley Davidson leather jackets, chaps, helmets, boots and clothing • Prom dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses • A wedding boutique with new and gently used wedding dresses, samples of bridesmaid dresses in all colors, and all wedding accessories 18


“Sometimes we will look up similar items on eBay to see what’s selling and at what price range, especially if it’s a signed item like artwork or a piece of pottery,” Lefever said. “We also sell some of our items on eBay.” T’s consigning is 50/50. The store keeps 50 percent of the sale, and the consigner gets 50 percent. “That’s a really good rate; better than a lot of places,” Lefever said. Summer items are now on sale for 25 percent off, and some are available on the $2 rack.

Visit the ladies of T's Treasures. Above, left to right–Joann Sharpe, Manager-Libby LeFever, Marcy Cloninger and Susan Walker (not pictured–Carolyn Dagenhart)

and buyers. They are experienced in pricing clothing, household goods, children’s things, and larger items such as furniture. Taking into consideration what the seller would like to receive for their more expensive items, as well as what they believe the item might reasonably bring, they set prices that will help items sell. Consigners appreciate the advice in setting prices, and buyers always like a bargain.

In addition to consigned items, T’s Treasures, Consignment and Boutique also offers brand new items including: Eden Bridal wedding and bridesmaids' dresses, Harley Davidson items, and purses. Stop by today to search for a special treasure or call to make an appointment to bring in your treasures to sell.

T's Treasures, Consignment and Boutique 106 Airport Road • Statesville, NC 28677 704-873-0408 Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm • Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

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The Region, The Wines By Jamie Venable

Many hear the word Valpolicella and think, “inexpensive, light, uninspiring red plonk.” This is the unfortunate result of cheap Italian wine heavily marketed in this country for decades. However, many wines with the word Valpolicella on the label are deserving of a better reputation, some no less than world class. Valpolicella is both the name of an important wine region in Italy and the quartet of red wines produced there. The Valpolicella area is in north central Italy–the Veneto–just north of Verona between the Bardolino region of Lago de Garda and Soave. Here Valpolicella’s red wines are made from three primary grapes; Corvina Veronese, Molinara, and Rodinella. Lesser grapes may be blended as no more than 15% of the wine. Corvina gives the greatest character to these wines and has increasingly become the dominant varietal. The result includes Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripassa, Amarone della Valpolicella, and Recioto della Valpolicella. The lightest wine is called Valpolicella. This style is reminiscent of Pinot Noir or Beaujolais in weight and, likewise, is considered an excellent red in warmer 22


weather or with lighter dishes such as salmon or pork. The better Valpolicella from good producers will be fuller and more flavorful. Those labeled Valpolicella Classico come from the original Valpolicella zone before it was elevated to D.O.C. status. The higher quality wines labeled Valpolicella Superiore are allowed 1% more alcohol (12%) and are required to age at least one year. The next two wine styles are Recioto della Valpolicella and Amarone della Valpolicella. Simply referred to as recioto and amarone, both are the result of the passito method in which grapes are partly dried before vinification, resulting in concentrated sugars. They are sometimes affected by botrytis cinerea, a beneficial mold that further concentrates the sugars as occurs in the production of Eiswein. The recioto is only partially vinified, leaving a higher level of residual sugar in a wine thick, rich, and sweet with hints of raisins and prunes. Think of it as Italian porto, although recioto is not fortified. Amarone, from the Italian word amara meaning bitter, is more fully vinified to various degrees of dryness. I have had some with almost no residual sugar, while others more closely resemble a recioto. In either case, don't let the bitter description fool you. Amarone is delicious. While a drier Amarone goes

well with heavier main dishes, recioto is basically an after-dinner or dessert wine, best paired with chocolate, Mountain Gorgonzola, or a good cigar. Both wines are relatively pricey, on average $40 to $100, with the price for recioto for a 375ml or 1/2 bottle. Lastly, is the unique Valpolicella Ripasso. In the ripasso (repassed) method, the lighter Valpolicella is poured into casks over the lees (dead yeast and stem particles) and grape skins of the passito method wines after those wines have been drained off. The new concoction goes through an induced second fermentation process lasting between two and three weeks, in which the wine picks up more color, weight, tannins, and the flavor nuances of the recioto and amarone, but with less intensity. Along with similar flavors from the two "big brothers,” the beauty of ripasso is its comparatively affordable pricing, averaging $15 to $20. To only say Valpolicella is to over-simplify a great Italian wine region producing multiple red wines. An exploration of these styles will definitely reward the adventurous. Chin Chin!

Jamie Venable, owner of Wine Maestro in Mooresville




he recovery of our economy continues, but instead of a sharp growth incline, we have seen much more moderate signs of positive news. We can expect, for the next several years, business to pick up periodically, level off and then pick up again. Most experts in this field suggest that we will all simply be in a holding pattern until the election cycle is over.


Test Drive Chamber Membership

The membership roles in a Chamber of Commerce typically fall in lockstep with the economy. We have grown to greatly appreciate the strong economic times when membership and involvement were at a peak. We also realize that we have to change our marketing plan to better fit the cautious optimism of our potential members. Writing a check for $332 (our base annual membership rate) is sometimes a stumbling block for someone trying diligently to pay the bills. If they aren’t sure of the benefits of membership in the Chamber, or if they aren’t sure they can even participate with the Chamber, the higher the price tag, the quicker they are to pass on the opportunity. We are pleased to announce Test Drive 150! We want you to give us a test drive for 150 days. Not yet a member? For $1 a day we can offer your business:

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



• Referrals–over 100 times each business day people inquire through our website, and ask with whom they can do business. • Networking–We have over 200 meetings each year held to simply give you the chance to meet more potential customers. Through leads groups, Business After Hours, Ambassadors, and special events, chambers are the premier networking organizations in their area.

• Ribbon cuttings/grand openings/ ground breakings–we can help promote your special event to members of the Chamber and community. • Community information resource– On a weekly basis, we broadcast information about upcoming events and issues pertinent to the business community. Are you interested in joining for a full year? Additional benefits would include: • One FREE advertisement in the Chamber’s mailing packet ($200 value) • One FREE set of membership mailing labels ($65 value) • Additional FREE listing on the Chamber website ($129 value) • On-air interview with the Community Connection on Country Legends 550AM and 92.9FM • Our MOST recent NEW MEMBER BENEFIT—FREE SOCIAL NETWORKING SETUP FOR YOUR BUSINESS! We will strive to create more tangible benefits for each member, but some of our best work is done helping create an environment where businesses can best realize success. In the last four weeks, we have spent much time working on issues involving road conditions, city/county planning departments, and increasing access to developable land. Often, the specifics on initiatives like these are not for public record, but by simply being involved, we can help expand opportunities for successful business. If we can help you, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, please call Valerie Chambers in our office at 704-873-2892.




Success Does Not Come Without Mistakes

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

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hen I was growing up I believed I had to do everything exactly right. This struggle for perfectionism caused me and my parents a good deal of stress. One day, while trying to learn how to ride a bike, I fell repeatedly and got mad stomping my feet in disgust at my own inability to master this elementary rite of passage. I stomped down the driveway and refused to try again. My father asked me why I had given up so quickly. I said I was not good enough–I couldn't be perfect. He quietly picked up the discarded bike and carried it into the garage. He told me if I wanted to be perfect I should go back inside, go to bed and stay there to wait for God to come and take me. The only way to be perfect, he said, was to do nothing. If you never do anything, you'll never make a mistake. He told me everyone makes mistakes. The secret was to learn from them. Look at what you did wrong, and correct it. Most mistakes have simple solutions. Don't try to over think it. Look for the most obvious error and start there first. This was my first lesson in critical thinking. It has helped me ever since. Many years later, on my birthday, he gave me a framed quote by General Douglas MacArthur which still hangs on my office wall today. It reads: Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail. Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.” —General Douglas MacArthur This prayer speaks to the wishes of all parents, not just here, but around the world. Determination is a decisive factor in success, but success should cost us neither our humanity nor our humility. Remember, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. Let us start today.



Food Allergy By Dr. Frank Lichtenberger MD, PhD

Allergic reactions to food are becoming more and more prevalent and are now considered an important public health problem in the United States. Food allergy affects adults and children, and currently there is no FDA approved treatment. The concept of food allergy is somewhat confusing, as there are multiple adverse reactions to foods that can impact quality of life that are not actually food allergies. Currently there is limited understanding about what causes food allergies, however, the natural history and prognosis of allergic reactions to food is becoming significantly better understood. People can experience a multitude of ill effects due to the type and quality of the food they ingest. Food allergy is by far the most worrisome. It can result in severe reactions that include itching, swelling, reactive airway conditions, nausea, or in some cases fatal anaphylaxis. There are multiple other conditions such as food poisoning, food intolerance, allergic reactions to food additives/preservatives, reactions to genetically modified foods, and even irritable bowel syndrome that can be interpreted as allergic reactions to food. It is estimated that up to 25% of the population has experienced an adverse reaction to food, however, only about 10% of those reactions can be considered classic food allergy. Classic food allergy is an immediate response to the immune system's interaction with specific food proteins. Our 28


immune system can detect food proteins with the lips, mouth, and nose, however in some cases the reaction begins several minutes after ingestion when the food moves into the gut. The process of cooking and processing can change the structure of proteins and render foods either more allergic or less allergic. For example, uncooked peanut is much less allergic than roasted or boiled peanut, and fruits tend to cause less allergy if they are baked into foods. Food allergies can be cross reactive, as when people who are allergic to shrimp tend to be allergic to all other crusta-

ceans (lobster, crab), whereas people allergic to wheat can usually tolerate other related grains such as rye and barley. Hen’s eggs, cow’s milk and peanuts are foods that children are commonly

allergic to. Children who are allergic to eggs and milk will likely outgrow their allergy by early adolescence, whereas only 15% of children will outgrow peanut allergy in their lifetime. Adults are more commonly allergic to shellfish, wheat, fruits and vegetables, and other nuts (brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts) and the lifespan of these allergies is less well known. Peanut allergy is considered the most severe of the food allergies that we have studied so far. As of 2008, it is estimated that 0.6% of the general population is affected by peanut allergy, and it is the most common cause of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis. There are multiple other conditions, such as reactions to food contaminants like mold or pesticides, reactions to genetically inserted proteins such as delta-endotoxin in certain strains of corn, or reactions to food additives such as sulfites or monosodium glutamate. Misunderstanding reactions to food can be confusing and cause unneeded worry and anxiety. Testing for food allergy is best conducted after discussion with a board certified allergist/immunologist. About the Author: Dr. Frank Lichtenberger MD, PhD with Allergy Partners of Statesville located at 1703 Davie Avenue, Statesville, NC 28677

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