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Back To School Tips from Cynthia Ewer

By Cynthia Editor, Organized Home


Move over, summer--a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring--and so do early-morning alarm clocks. Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework stream into the house. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports, activities and events, and calendars fill with cryptic notes. Can the holidays be far behind?

Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead: Ease the family into a school year schedule. The first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins. Don't neglect mealtimes! Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school

day before the school year begins. Create Calendar Central

clothing, and either store or donate the discards.

Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. School functions. Lunch menus. Scout meetings and music lessons. What do you do when you're drowning in paper? Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You'll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family time management.

Working with your child, clean and organize clothing storage before new garments are added--and cut down on school morning calls of "Mom! I don't have any clean . . . . " Develop a wardrobe needs list for each child. Check for possible handme-downs from older siblings as you make your list. If you discuss the needs list and the family budget with your children before you shop, you'll avoid in-the-store tantrums.

Form is less important than function. A paper calendar with large squares lets you enter information easily. Pre-printed white board calendars are easy to revise when necessary. Color-coding entries by family member helps keep busy lives straight. Paper planner fans dedicate a planner section to serve as Calendar Central, while tech-savvy cybergrrrlz store the info in a smart phone or tablet and sync with multiple computers. Choose a calendar format that works for your family. Post the family event calendar in a public place near the telephone. Use magnets to attach the calendar to the refrigerator, or tack it to a bulletin board. Add other calendars to Calendar Central: school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports practice schedules. When the room mother calls for field trip volunteers, you'll know at a glance whether you're free to join the group on the bus that day. Plan before you shop August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July! Are you prepared to run the school clothes gauntlet? An informed shopper is a savvy shopper, so prepare before you shop. Take an afternoon and assess each child's clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out

Similarly, ask the school for classroom supply lists before shopping for school supplies. Forewarned is forearmed ... and helps protect the family budget. Do shop early! With back-to-school sales beginning in mid-July, tardy shoppers have a tough time locating needed supplies among September's Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations.

Back to School Free by Leah Ingram

Soon enough summer will be over. But not the freebies. Like I do always, here is this week’s roundup of free food, free stuff, free admission and other freebies you can enjoy in the next 7 days and beyond. Also, now through the beginning of September, I’ll be including a special back to school freebies header! BACK TO SCHOOL FREEBIES Get free clothes at a Sears Outlet this Tuesday. These next two Tuesdays in August (8/21 and 8/27) are one free piece of clothing day for Shop Your Way Rewards customers. Here is the coupon you’ll need to present to get this free piece of clothing. Don’t forget to present your Shop Your Way Rewards card, too. There are a number of Sears Outlet locations nationwide. (Thanks, Vonbeau Freebies, for telling me about this freebie.) You can get a free back-to-school calendar to help you get the school year


off on the right foot–or the right page! Free haircuts for kids! You can sign your kid up for a free haircut at JCPenney through August 31st. Also, children under 17 can get a complimentary haircut at Remington College during the 2 weeks prior to the start of school. (Thanks, Vonbeau Freebies!) Mr. Food is offering a Free eCookbook–ABC’s of Back-toSchool: 26 Kid-Friendly Recipes Free pens at Staples, after rebate. This week’s penny deals at Staples includes a 7-pack of Z-grip Ball Point Pens from Zebra for $4, with a $4 rebate offer, making them FREE! Note: This deal expires tomorrow, August 18th!

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Advice for Teachers by Charles Dodd White

verview With school budgets tight, many school districts are finding it difficult to afford field trips. One unfortunate side effect is that children's trips have become less stimulating and less useful in developing the children's education. However, there are a few ways to schedule worthwhile and productive field trips without cutting too deeply into available funds. Just because the economy might be in a rough spot does not mean that children cannot have fun and positive field trip experiences. Waubonsee

Online Courses available online and at 4 convenient campuses. Enroll today. Ads by Google Step 1 Raise money outside official channels by getting the PTA to sponsor bake sales and other fund-raising activities. Often, the community will be happy to go out of its way to patronize these functions if the purpose of the fundraising is clearly communicated. Step 2 Look into special club funds to see if any cash is available for supporting a targeted field trip. For example, an after-school art club might be interested in putting some of its money behind a field trip to an art museum. The key is showing the club the benefits of such involvement. Step 3 Ask for parents to volunteer to car pool students to the area of the field trip. If the traveling distance is considerable, this can save the school a great deal of money on gas. School buses can be tremendous gas hogs and the money tied up in supporting the district's fleet is often tightly regulated. Step 4 Schedule trips to areas that themselves cost little or nothing. For instance, many museums, both art and natural history, do not actually require an admission ticket. Of course, it is an excellent idea to check ahead with each facility and see what policy the institute has for a large group of students. Step 5 Take the kids to an outdoor venue. National parks are often free and the natural wonders available in these areas offer numerous learning activities. Contact the park rangers to see if an official tour might be arranged for educational purposes. Read more: How To Cut Back on School Field Trips

Dealing with Back to School Blues by Dr. Mary Avelrod

Dealing with the back-to-school blues? Parents have a lot on their plate: mortgage payments, healthcare, caring for elderly parents, raising kids, just to name a few. As the new school year approaches, they face additional stressors--paying for back-to-school supplies, clothes and possibly tuition. Many parents may also be worried about their children starting a new school, changing school districts, facing a more rigorous academic year or dealing with difficult social situations. Often the fear of the unknown—classmates, teachers, the school building—is the most stressful for family members, whether it’s the children hopping on the school bus or their parents who have to wave goodbye. “The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for parents and children,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “While trying to manage work and the household, parents can sometimes overlook their children’s feelings of nervousness or anxiety as school begins. Working with your children to build resilience and manage their emotions can be beneficial for the psychological health of the whole family.” Fortunately, children are extremely capable of coping with change and parents can help them in the process by providing a setting that fosters resilience and encourages them to share and express their feelings about returning to school. APA offers the following back-to-school tips: Practice the first day of school routine: Getting into a sleep routine before the first week of school will aide in easing the shock of waking up early. Organizing things at

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home—backpack, binder, lunchbox or cafeteria money—will help make the first morning go smoothly. Having healthy, yet kid-friendly lunches will help keep them energized throughout the day. Also, walking through the building and visiting your child’s locker and classroom will help ease anxiety of the unknown.Get to know your neighbors: If your child is starting a new school, walk around your block and get to know the neighborhood children. Try and set up a play date, or, for an older child, find out where neighborhood kids might go to safely hang out, like the community pool, recreation center or park.Talk to your child: Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden. Inquire as to what they liked about their previous school or grade and see how those positives can be incorporated into their new experience.Empathize with your children: Change can be difficult, but also exciting. Let your children know that you are aware of what they’re going through and that you will be there to help them in the process. Nerves are normal, but highlight that not everything that is different is necessarily bad. It is important to encourage your children to face their fears instead of falling in to the trap of encouraging avoidance.Get involved and ask for help: Knowledge of the school and the community will better equip you to understand your child’s surroundings and the transition he or she is undergoing. Meeting members of your community and school will foster support for both you and your child. If you feel the stress of the school year is too much for you and your child to handle on your own, seeking expert advice from a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, will help you better manage and cope.

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leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of

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technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to

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focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. If you meet the requirements of this position and want to work for a world-class company with a great marketplace reputation, apply today. Part-Time Call Center Rep This is a work from home position and reps must be available: M-F 1pm-5pm PST (3pm-7pm CST) and Saturdays 9am-2pm PST (11am-4pm CST) Using a computerized system, responds to customer inquiries in a call center environment. May perform one or more of the following: Responds to telephone


inquiries and complaints using standard scripts and procedures. Gathers information, researches/resolves inquiries and logs customer calls. Communicates appropriate options for resolution in a timely manner. Informs customers about services available and assesses customer needs. Provides functional guidance, training and assistance to lower level staff. Provides assistance, training and troubleshooting support to lower level staff. Schedules work to ensures accurate phone coverage; monitors priority of calls and shifts escalated calls to assure resolution to problems. Prepares standard reports to track workload, response time and quality of input. Assists in planning and implementing department goals and makes recommendations to management to improve efficiency and effectiveness. All other duties as assigned.

Xerox Business Services, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender identity, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, military/veteran status, citizenship status, basis of genetic information, or any other group protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with Xerox Business Services, LLC may request such accommodation(s) by calling 1-866419-2226 or by sending an e-mail to

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Edward complies with all laws related to equal employment opportunity, including the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. We do not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other protected category

Medical Scheduler Scheduling Secretary ASC Req. Number: 53098 High School Diploma or GED Customer Service Experience Previous experience in a medical setting in patient scheduling, patient registration or related position.

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Job Description: Under close supervision and according to detailed instructions, policies and procedures receives and sorts department materials, classifies materials, and files same. Receives requests for files and/or charts, provides routine information, and dispatches files, and/or charts according to established policies. Performs general clerical duties such as answering telephones, taking and relaying messages, photocopying materials, etc. 8 hour day shifts at Linden Oaks on Mill Street in Naperville. Temporary position lasting until 12/31/12

Keyboarding skills able to type 25 WPM. Good Customer Service skills Excellent communication skills Knowledge of medical terminology Required to work at different hours with notice Ability to communicate effectively in a courteous and respectful manner at all times. Strong organization skills Excellent guest relations Job Description:

Job Qualifications: Required: >High school diploma or GED >Keyboarding skills and medical records/file clerk/records management/or related experience >Excellent phone and customer service skills

Responsible for the proper scheduling of surgical, GI, YAG laser and pain clinic cases at the ASC. Handle telephone calls, participate in obtaining case history and serve as back-up of other office personnel. Accountabilities:

Preferred: >Medical records experience >Knowledge of medical terminology and diagnostic testing terminology

1. Scheduling and maintenance of patient surgeries and procedures. 2. Responsible for accurately entering Billing Code data in a timely manner.


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3. Responsible to assist in back up coverage as admitting secretary and medical records secretary.

answer 3 Questions… and I hope when it’s over, you will want to read my next post!!!

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Precursor… Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more are often called Social Networking and Social Media in the same breath. Let me drill that down a bit. You can’t network with yourself. It’s a one on one relationship. That means your are creating a connection with another person that you can influence, who influences you, or you have a goal for the common good of both of you. Social Media is just that… broadcasting. You have information for the masses (and I am not talking about religion or politics).

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Tell Me About It? I am a connoisseur of one line philosophy… “No matter how much perfume you put on a pig… it still smells like a pig.” “One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.” “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” “The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.” “If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.” “Families are like fudge … mostly sweet with a few nuts.” “Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.” “The main trouble with mental notes is the ink fades so fast.” I could go on for days : ), but I digress. This post is kind of a philosophical rant. I want to post 3 Questions, and

Now creating a one on one relationship can include broadcasting of content, and your ideas, but at some point if all you do is… sell,sell sell, you are selling yourself short (not creating a relationship, or broadcasting ideas). If you don’t intend to interact with people when you post, you are advertising. When you create conversations that your audience is willing to engage in, they will appreciate your interactions and continue to interact. If you are selling, you will become noise (and ultimately droned out or even blocked or de-friended). I use as a benchmark (but I take it with a grain of salt). It measures all my social influence (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+), but I have to pick between Brian Basilico, B2b Interactive Marketing, and Dough! (my band), I cannot account for all three or more. But what it does, is measures how much people I interact with, comment and interact with my posts (not about how much generate content). The key thing is I measure (through Klout, Analytics, Facebook and LinkedIn insights) how much my posts are being viewed, interacted with, and relevant to my friends, and clients! My Questions…

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What are You Trying to Do? If you are trying to sell something too much, you are as obvious as a man wearing sunglasses with a dog selling pencils. Even if you come up with creative headlines, and statistics that would make a math professor blush, if you have to sell that hard, everyone knows that you have snake oil. Once they get to your website, they realize you have put “Perfume on a Pig!”. If what you are selling, works “THAT WELL”, you would not have to sell it that much! Are Your Messages Share Worthy? Are you giving people good information, or just a URL shortened infomercial? People are much more conscious of their own reputations than you give them credit for. The last thing they want to do, is share mis-information and be know as the source. Work hard at giving something that they would be happy to share (not regret later – even if you believe you are right!). Are you Measuring Results? When you share your ideas, what are people doing? Are they sharing it, and are their friends sharing it? If you are posting things to a dead end, STOP! IF you post good information that people WANT TO share and occasionally direct people to your website, maybe (just MAYBE) they MAY hear your real message, that you have something good to offer them! Track traffic from your posts and ultimately to your website to see what’s working and what’s not! My Answers… Social Networking is Relationship Marketing! You may have success advertising, but you will have SUSTAINED SUCCESS, by actually knowing WHO your are marketing to. People who KNOW, LIKE & TRUST you will do a better job of connecting with your messages and sharing it with others! Social Networking is an extension of Face to Face networking. If you treat friends like prospects, you are just another MLM (multilevel marketing) get rich quick dewd or dewdette trying to capitalize rather than empathize! Social Media is Creating (or repurposing) Good Content! It’s

Everywhere… there are websites, blogs, and news that will help people better use what you have to offer. It’s not about getting them to purchase as much as it’s being at the right place at the right time. Educating people as to why you are the best option, is worth 10 clients who buy from you now and choose the next “New Kid In Town”. I have clients that have been with me for 20+ years and are STILL sharing my message and recommending my services (on every Social Media platform!). Your Website an Extension Destination! Your ultimate goal is to get a phone call or an email (or a Facebook or Skype direct message). IF your website is an extension of your selling campaign it will fall on deaf ears. If it’s a destination, with valuable information that creates conversations and educates, then you have the start of something good! Give people a reason to visit twice or more. Start a blog! Make sure your pages are not just a 1000 word infomercial! Give people a reason to SHARE your content and it will pay you back in relationships (and ultimately friends & clients!). If you think Social Networking or Social Media is a fad… I suggest you check your Magic 8 Ball and pet your Pet Rock at the same time. We are no longer in control of the message (as much as we would like to think that we are), the bloggers, content developers and Google control what people think, like and do. Either we get on the ride and enjoy, or take pictures as they wave at us as they pass – buy (pun intended)! I would love to hear your thoughts, concerns and comments!

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It’s not too late for summer camp fun! Choose from the following

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Woodland Wonders: There’s a whole world of wonder right out your back door that you’ll discover in this exciting camp. Learn about trees, plants, animals, and other things that make forests special places. Age: Ages 4– entering kindergarten Time: 9:00-11:30AM Dates: July 9-13, July 23-27 Fee: $50.00 Things That Go “Eww”: What makes you say “eww”? Is it mud? Mushrooms? Slugs? This fun camp will provide a comfortable introduction to the “grosser” side of nature. Age: Entering grades 1-2 Time: 9:00-11:30AM Dates: June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27 Fee: $50.00 Be an Ologist: Geology! Meteorology! Herpetology! So many “ologies” to learn about! In this whirlwind tour through the fascinating world of science, you’ll make new discoveries and participate in hands-on fun every day. Age: Entering grades 3-4 Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2327, July 30-August 3 Fee: $55.00 Nature By Night: “Whooo” goes there? Come see a whole different side of nature as the sun sets and nature gears up for the late shift. We will take night hikes, explore the sunset switch, and enjoy watching day turn to night. Age: Entering grades 1-3 Time: 6:30-9:00PM Date: July 16-20 Fee: $55.00 (Note: there is 1 space left in this camp) Neshnabe’k Explorers: Become more knowledgeable about the history, culture, and traditions of Native American groups that once lived in our area in the unique setting of Neshnabe’k, our recreated Pottawatomi village. Camp includes engaging projects, hikes, and handson learning. Age: Entering grades 3-5 Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM Date: July 9-13 Fee: $65.00 Adventure Road– Prairie Dash: If you think Kendall County is boring, you’ve never been on a prairie

dash! We will spend a week zigzagging across the county uncovering what makes the landscapes in

our area so unique. Age: Entering grades 5-6 Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM Dates: July 23-26 Fee: $70.00

Nature Quest: We’ve teamed up with Kendall County Outdoor Education


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center to provide an exciting mashup of fun, adventure, and discovery! The schedule includes a bike hike, canoe trip, overnight campout, and lots of other awesome outdoor experiences. Age: Entering grades 7-9 Time: 9:00AM-2:30PM Dates: June 18-22, July 16-20 Fee: $80.00

non-scouts are welcome to attend.

up-close and personal with the bats.


Over 21 Club: Midewin Tour (Adult) Wednesday, August 22; 9:00AM-2:30PM; Meet at Historic Courthouse. Fee: $8 per person The past, present, and future of the lands of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will be discussed on our guided “War Plants to Prairie Plants” tour. After a morning visit, we’ll enjoy a sack lunch and icecream stop at the historic Polk-a-dot Drive-In restaurant on old Route 66. Fee includes transportation, tour, and ice cream treat. Please bring a sack lunch and comfortable shoes.

Scouts Emergency Preparedness Class (Grades 1-8) Saturday, July 14; 9:00-11:00AM; Rookery Building, Hoover FP. Fee: $12 Emergency preparedness is an essential skill for any scout. Learn the basics of emergency preparedness from disaster management professional Melissa Gawron. Along with a demonstration and lecture, you’ll get to make and take your own first aid kit home. Scouts and

Babes in the Woods: “Bat” To School (Ages 3-6 with caregiver, ED) Thursday, August 23; 9:30-10:30AM; Historic Courthouse. Fee: $4 per child, accompanying adult free Come meet Dan and Sharon Peterson’s live bats in this exciting “bat” to school edition of Babes in the Woods! You will get to learn all about these magnificent mammals in this fun presentation. At the end of class, you’ll have a chance to get

Nature’s Seasonings: Summer Garden and ProduceTour (Adult) Friday, August 24; 10:00AM-3:30PM; Meet at Historic Courthouse. Fee: $40, includes lunch and transportation Join us on a day-long tour to discover three area establishments dedicated to growing and cooking fresh and tasty foods. Our first stop will be at Majestic Farms in Millbrook where we’ll be treated to a tour and shopping opportunity. Next, you’ll enjoy a fresh, homemade lunch at Emerson Creek Pottery in Oswego. Our last stop will be at The Growing Place in Aurora to learn about how to grow your own kitchen garden. Fee includes lunch and transportation; please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Imagine That! Art Camp: Fairy houses, outdoor art, zany creations, and more await young artists in this unique camp. Age: Ages 4– entering grade 1 Time: 1:00-3:30PM Date: July 30-August 3 Fee: $65.00 Program




Wee Wonders (Birth-Age 3 with a caregiver, ED) Tuesday, July 24; 9:15-10:45AM; Meet at Eagle’s Nest Pavilion Hoover FP. Fee: Free While big brother or sister is at camp, little ones can enjoy a stroller hike to the overlook deck and story time. We’ll learn about nature in summer time, listen to river sounds, and read a story together. Around the World With Snakes (Ages 6-10, ED) Saturday, July 28; 9:00-10:30AM; Rookery Building, Hoover FP. Fee: Free With over 2,700 different species of snakes all around the world, people from nearly every culture have stories, legends, and myths about snakes. Learn a few traditional snake stories and facts in this fun class. You’ll also get to meet a live snake and take home a “snaky” creation. Adult


Over 21 Club: Henneberry Sunset Walk (Adult) Wednesday, July 11; 7:00-8:30PM; Henneberry FP, Oswego. Fee: Free Watch the “sunset switch” take place as we hike along the trails of Henneberry Forest Preserve on a beautiful summer’s evening. We may even be fortunate enough to watch bats coming out of their daytime roosts!

Opportunities at Ellis Equestrian Center (Register for these classes by contacting Ellis Equestrian Center at 815-475-4035) Family Fun Night (All ages) Friday, July 6; 4:00-7:00PM; Ellis House and Equestrian Center. Fee: Free, except for pony rides ($3 per ride or $5 for two rides) and concessions. Pony rides, hayrack rides, and other terrific activities await during our monthly Family Fun Night. This month’s special feature is a strolling magician. For the Love of Horses Art Classes (Ages 8+) Tuesday July 10; 4:006:00PM; Ellis House and Equestrian Center. Fee: $20 per class Artist Carolyn Freese will work with you to help improve your drawing skills and deepen your understanding of horse conformation, movement, and individuality as we work with live models from Ellis. Hands on Science (Ages 8+, EHEC) Thursday, July 26; 5:007:00PM; Ellis House and Equestrian Center. Fee: $20 per class Inspire creativity while learning how levers, gears, pulleys, and solar power work. The class uses K’Nex construction toys to create 3-D machines and structures. Natural Beginnings Information We’ve added a Tuesday/Thursday session to our Natural Beginnings program! The Tuesday/Thursday class will meet on the same schedule as the Monday/Wednesday class from 9:00-11:15AM. Tours are available throughout the summer. This program is for children ages 3-5 and meets from September 5, 2012 to May 8, 2013. More information is available by contacting Jessica Pierson, Lead Naturalist, at jpierson@ or 630 553-1111. Sneak


Many great programs are coming up this spring and summer- read our newsletter online to learn more about what’s next!

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