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Free fun for everyone at Expo By Sean Hughes An incredible sense of community is one of the greatest reasons most of us live in Madison County. Where else can you be so close to major metropolitan areas while still enjoying the quiet laid back lifestyle that a rural community offers? Madison County Community Expo is a celebration of that sense of community that we all enjoy. Community organizations, businesses and people all come together to explore what is in our backyards or to get reacquainted with each other. It is a time to see old friends and make new ones.

Let’s not forget about the FOOD! This year’s Expo is brimming with goodies from pizza to beverages to baked goods.

Heritage Days celebrates Plain City’s past

A new outdoor Home and Garden section promises to help residents usher in spring. Exhibitors will be offering demonstrations, samples and items and services for sale so don’t forget to bring your wallet. Come out for community, family, food and fun! The first 200 to come through our gates will get a FREE 2012 Buy Local Card with dozens of county merchant discounts. We’ll see you there! Visit our Website for booth info.

Back for its seventh year, Expo promises even more of what we have come to expect and it’s still FREE. “Expo has always provided an opportunity for parents to bring their children and April 28, 2012 let them play, learn or explore while they explore all of the other exhibits,” said Jessica Lane, Chamber Investor Relations and Event Planning Manager. “We have built upon that concept by bringing WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. back some of the more popular activities such as the bounce house and COSI, but WHERE: London Elemntary School, 380 Elm St., London, OH 43140 adding new activities such a life sized WHO: EVERYONE! board game.”

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COST: FREE WHAT: Food, Fun, Community ● COSI Interactive Exhibit ● Bounce House and Inflatable Fun ● Kids Corner with Life Size Board Game ● Visit by storybook character Olivia ● Wii Competition ● Paper Shredding by MATCO Services ● Karate and Zumba Demonstrations ● Touch a Truck ● Gymnastics Demonstrations ● Star in Your Favorite Movie with Yoostar! ● US Army Interactive Activities ● Metroparks Naturalist w/native animals ● Master Gardeners Children’s Workshop ● Lions Club Silent Auction

By Julie Weaver Plain City Heritage Days is a glimpse back in time to a place where the skills that produced quality crafted items were the norm and hospitality was an everyday way of life. While these talents and etiquettes come from the past many of these time honored traditions remain in Plain City today. Plain City Heritage Days showcases the best of those abilities with traditional Amish activities and products while mixing in more modern endeavors that may someday, far in the future, become established as traditions as well. Visit Plain City Heritage Days to experience corn shelling and grinding, broom making, western demonstrations, blacksmithing, wood working and food contests. See antique farm equipment, goat milking, and don’t miss the fascinating vegetable carving contest. Also available with be food from Der Dutchman, jams and jellies, cinnamon rolls and homemade ice cream. Activities for the little ones include pony Photo by Kevin Lackey wagon rides and face painting.

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WHEN: Saturday May 19, 2012, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE: 445 S. Jefferson Ave./ Der Dutchman, Plain City, OH 43143 WHO: EVERYONE! COST: FREE WHAT: Experience the history of Plain City with traditional Amish food and craftsmanship. See the construction of quality crafted items. Experience the skills and hospitality that were, and still are, a way of life in Plain City. ● Beachy Barns shed building ● Sample products like kettle korn ● Children’s activities ● Animals, some you can pet. ● Horse drawn wagon rides ● Food and food contests ● Basket weaving ● Quilt making ● Ice sculpting Ph ● Chalk drawing oto by Bil ● Blacksmithing lH ein ig ● Civil War re-enactments ● and more

Come see us at Plain City Heritage Days on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 445 S. Jefferson Ave./Der Dutchman from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy this family friendly event. Visit www.plaincityheritagegroup.com

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Mad About Activity Tuesday, April 3 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Board Directors & Investors

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Saturday, April 7 Mt Sterling Easter Egg Hunt by Knights of the Pythias Lodge 194 & Kite Flying by the Mt. Sterling Business & Community Group WHEN: 10 - 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St.

Good Friday Check with your local church for service times.

Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London WHO: Anyone interested in the betterment of Downtown London

EASTER SUNDAY Check with your local church for service times.

Monday, April 9 London Ribs & Jazz Fest Committee Meeting WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: London City Council Chambers, 6 E. 2nd St., London WHO: Organizers of the London Ribs & Jazz Fest

Lily Chapel Easter Egg Hunt WHEN: 11:00 a.m. WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church, 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Road West Jefferson Easter Egg Hunt by American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 201 WHEN: 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Garrette Park, West Jeff

Tuesday, April 10 Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London WHO: Anyone interested in the betterment of Downtown London West Jeff Lions Club Meeting WHEN: 6:30 - 8 p.m. WHERE: Methodist Church of West Jefferson

Saturday, April 21 3rd Annual Sprint for Spring 5K WHEN: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. COST: $20/person includes t-shirt fees & donations benefit the JJ Hartley Athletic Complex. Register at Dwyer Chiropractic. Downtown London Assoc. Crown of London Fundraiser WHEN: 2 - 10 p.m. WHERE: London Community Center COST: FREE WHAT: Live Music, Auctions, 50/50 Drawings, Food Beer & Fun

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Thursday, April 12

Safety Council Meeting: ADA Compliance by Randall Comer of Martin Browne, Hall & Harper PLL WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Companies wishing to improve their safety and/or who want to earn a BWC rebate COST: $10 per meeting/$100 for the fiscal year

Monday, April 23

West Jefferson Community Association Meeting WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lily Chapel Rd., West Jeff WHO: Members & Residents

Saturday, April 14 Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Fischink Photography WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: 7 1/2 S. Main St. London WHO: Residents & Businesses Sock Hop Event WHEN: All day WHERE: Mt. Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. WHO: Anyone Call 740-869-2453 for more info

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Tuesday, April 24

West Jeff Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner WHEN: 4 - 8 p.m. WHERE: Ann & Tony’s Restaurant, 211 E. Main St., West Jefferson WHO: Anyone who wants to suppor the Lions Club’s charitable giving COST: $10/person. Tickets available at The Gateway Shoppes of West Jefferson

Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London WHO: Anyone interested in the betterment of Downtown London Madison County Future, Inc. CIC Board Meeting WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Chamber Offices, 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: CIC board directors, investors and anyone interested in economic development

Wise Brothers Sporting Goods Grand Opening & Block Cookout WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: 151 W. Main St., Plain City WHAT: Enjoy 25 cent hot dogs just like the good ‘ole days of baseball

Loving Care’s Spring Dinner Luau & Auction WHEN: 6 - 9 p.m. WHERE: Tolles Career & Technical Center, 7877 US42 S Plain City WHO: Those wishing to support Loving Care at one of their major fundraisers COST: $25 if paid BEFORE APRIL 20 & $30 after R.S.V.P. to Tiffaney Lee at 740-852-7755 or www.lovingcare.us

Tuesday, April 17 West Jefferson Business Council Meeting WHEN: 8:30 a.m. WHERE: MustardSeed Cafe, 94 W. Main St., West Jefferson WHO: Businesses & Residents Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London

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North Central Ohio Solid Waste District Electronic Waste & TV Collection Drive WHEN: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. WHERE: Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London West Jefferson Police Department’s Drug Take Back Day WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: Village Gazebo Parking Lot Madison County Sheriff’s Drug Take Back Day WHEN: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: Madison County Fairgrounds Quarter Midget Racing WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. WHERE: Madison County Fairgrounds

Monday, April 30 Small Business Week Workshop: Cloud Computing for Small Businesses by Microsoft WHEN: 8:30 a.m. WHERE: Madison County Chamber of Commerce 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Small businesses looking for help COST: FREE! R.S.V.P. to jessica@madisoncountychamber.org

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Small Business Week Workshop: Social Media and Your Business by Shane Haggerty of Great Heights Marketing WHEN: Noon WHERE: Madison County Chamber of Commerce 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Small businesses looking for help COST: FREE! R.S.V.P. to jessica@madisoncountychamber.org

Small Business Week Workshop: Efficiency (LEAN) for Small Business by Jay Keller of JMB Solutions WHEN: 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Madison County Chamber of Commerce 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Small businesses looking for help COST: FREE! R.S.V.P. to jessica@madisoncountychamber.org

Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, London

Small Business Week Chamber Bonanza Annual Gala WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: London Country Club, 1199 Spring Valley Rd., London WHO: Investors and Supporters of the Chamber of Commerce, CIC and CVB COST: $55/individual; $100/couple includes dinner, 2 drink tickets and entertainment R.S.V.P. to jessica@madisoncountychamber. org or purchase your tickets online at www.madisoncountychamber.org

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Who we are: Kentner Sellers, CPAs is a full-service accounting firm providing business advisory services, financial statement preparation, compilations, reviews, audits, corporate tax returns, partnership tax returns and individual tax preparation. What sets us apart from others: Kentner Sellers CPAs has been serving the business community for more than 50 years. Marvin Homan has been serving privately-held businesses for nearly 20 years. In addition to providing tax preparation services for individuals and small businesses, Kentner Sellers provides reviews and audits of financial statements of for-profit organizations and not-for-profit businesses, employee benefit plan audits, business valuations, buy-sell agreements and estate planning. Who we serve: Kentner Sellers’ clients are family-owned or closely-held businesses, and include contractors, manufacturers, transportation, and distribution companies, as well as many other industries in which the firm specializes. Kentner Sellers’ clients are looking for proactive recommendations to assist with all facets of business, such as taxes, financing or succession planning. Madison County has cultivated our success: As a resident of London for nearly ten years, Marvin Homan recognized the need for a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm in Madison County. Acquiring the accounting practice of Michael C. Quilter in 2011 provided Marvin and Kentner Sellers with the opportunity to serve area business owners. Providing reliable and current tax and financial planning services creates a profitable environment for clients and strengthens Kentner Sellers’ successful business relationships in Madison County. The Chamber of Commerce has cultivated our success: As a new member serving businesses and individuals in Madison County, the Chamber has been a valuable resource for networking, business development, and collaborative marketing for Kentner Sellers. The Chamber has been an integral part of marketing and promoting the firm’s accounting services, creating and developing relationships, and strengthening and integrating the business community.

Cultivating Coffee Mike Michael 65-B W. High St., London 740-490-7328 LondonCoffeePeddler.com

Did you know? The Madison County Future Inc. attracted or retained 834 jobs in 2011 including Target, Tractor Supply Co., Nissen Chemitec, The Orchard Co. and 11 new small businesses? With last year’s success we have reached nearly 3,000 attracted or retained jobs since 2007! We have counseled over 300 entrepreneurs or small businesses in that time and helped start over 75. Consider making a tax deductable donation to Madison Co. Future to make sure we can continue to build opportunities for our community and our children.

$1,000 grant available for local entrepreneur By David Jackson Do you know a Madison County business owner that goes above and beyond? Nominate him or her for Madison County’s entrepreneur of the year.

Who we are: London Coffee Peddler provides great coffee, water, soft drinks, muffins, oatmeal, cookies, soup, sandwich and Ayars Family Farm Ice Cream. We sell bulk coffee in bean or ground. In addition, we perform minor bicycle tune-ups and have some repair parts, tubes, tires and light systems in stock. What sets us apart from others: London Coffee Peddler provides a consistently high quality product at a fair price. The coffee is purchased directly from farms thereby giving access to the best quality beans and channeling the cash to where it is most needed in rural communities. This has also helped us control costs and pricing where most of our competitors have raised prices twice in the past year. The coffee you purchase from London Coffee Peddler is always fresh and recently roasted and ground. Who we serve: Customers come from all around the area. Several of my regular customers work at local businesses like BCI, JFS, ADS, Stanley, and the banks and law offices. We have had both trainers and students from OPOTA as well as students from Rosedale & Cedarville colleges. We also have had bicyclists from Columbus, South Charleston, Cedarville, Xenia, Bellbrook, Lancaster and as far as Boston, Seattle, Virginia and Southern California. Madison County has cultivated our success: Many of the people of Madison County have expressed an interest in seeing me succeed and have made pronounced efforts to see that happen. Several Township Trustees have requested coffee and snacks for their events and talked to their counterparts in other townships about doing the same. I need to thank Huntington Bank and Ernie’s Medicine Shoppe. The Chamber of Commerce has cultivated our success: The Chamber of Commerce has provided technical and logistical support for London Coffee Peddler. They were also instrumental in introducing us to the township trustees. David has always been available and very responsive to our requests.

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Cardholders also may enter into a monthly drawing for a $50 local gift card by submitting copies of receipts for $100 or more in local purchases from Chamber investors for that month to 730 Keny Blvd., London. One winner will be drawn each month! The first 200 attendees of Madison County Community Expo get one FREE card. Additional cards may be purchased for $1 at the Chamber Offices at 730 Keny Blvd., London.

Business who want to sponsor the card or provide discounts should email david@madiscountychamber.org

Your Madison County Chamber of Commerce and economic development agency, Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corporation, are offering a $1,000 grant to a deserving entrepreneur as part of the 2012 Madison County Entrepreneur of the Year award. “This is the second year of the Madison County business of the year awards. We are very pleased to be able to offer this funding for our local entrepreneurs,” said Mike Boerger, President of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Board Director with the Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corporation. In addition to entrepreneur of the year, a small business and large business of the year will be awarded. Small business of the year will receive 10 free hours of marketing services from the Chamber’s In-House Marketing Firm. Large employer of the year will receive team building for their executive team (up to 20) at Procter Camp & Conference Center. Businesses must be nominated for an award and self-nominations are allowed. Anyone may nominate a business for an award, but the business must be a member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. The nomination criteria for all three awards are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 730 Keny Blvd., London, or can be requested by emailing david@madisoncountycha mber.org. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 13. The award recipients will be announced at the 2012 Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Madison County Future, Inc. Community Improvement Corporation Bonanza Annual Gala on Thursday, May 3 at the London Country Club. All nominees will be invited to attend and the winners shall remain a surprise until the announcement that evening.

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Advantage Bank Village of Plain City BST, Inc. Haslett Heating & Cooling, Inc. David J. Baddour DDS Nelson and Ball Heating Equipment Specialists, Inc. Basinger, Inc Timothy E. Beathard & Associates CIRES, Inc. Electrical Services London Imagery MTB Corporation DESIGNetwork PNC Bank Champaign Residential Services Walmart Merchants National Bank Brewer Plumbing & Heating Alexandra’s Bed & Breakfast Ann & Tony’s Restaurant Cappy’s Pizza Air Group Express Timberhaven Properties Coughlin Automotive Stanley Electric US Co., Inc. Janie Cox RE/MAX Leading Edge FirstMerit Bank Mid-Ohio Harley Davidson, Inc. Ruscilli Construction Jalyndy Design Lea Delaveris Design Denes Tree Farm, Ltd. Western Credit Union Deer Creek Honey Farms, Ltd. Home Care by Black Stone 3D Enterprises Dunlap-Hay Insurance Agency Dwyer Brothers Hardware Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home, Inc. FDIS-Central Ohio Dan Hatifield Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep O’Connor’s Office Products Kellogg Sales Company Flax Law Firm, LLC-Midland Title Forrest Trucking Co. St. Patrick Elementary School Lifetime Vision Center London Therapeutic Touch Grafriar Farms, LLC. Smile Works Family Dentistry Green & Sons, LTD Central Ohio Financial Management Group, LLC. The Madison Press Dr. Hay, C.T. London Public Library Andrix & Herman Insurance The Madison Senior Living Community Choctaw Lake POA Advancement Counsel, LLC Bryce Hill, Inc. Holland Builders Fairbrook Homes Buckeye Ford Mercury Jewett’s IGA JH Architects, Inc. Madison/Champaign Educational Service Center Sheffield Veterinary Hospital, LTD Madison County Hospital Royal Cabinets Kronk & Scaggs Insurance Inc. Madison County Senior Citizens Center C&R Express Loving Care Huntington Bank Downtown London Association London Dental Care United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties Gary W. Londergan Nissen Chemitec America, Inc. Mabe’s Clothing & Athletic Apparel Duke Realty Corporation Sheffield Manor Apartments Madison Lawn Care Yellow Rose Cakery Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Remedy Intelligent Staffing JD Equipment, Inc. Jefferson Local Schools Village of Mt. Sterling Newsome Electric Co. Columbus State Community College Armaly Brands Ralph Parsons Farm Partnership State Farm Insurance Intelligrated Products, LLC West Jefferson Community Association Madison County Tire John M. Pyle New York Life Insurance Company Madison County Historical Society Donato’s Pizza Friends of Madison County Parks & Trials First United Methodist Church-London Kohr, Royer, Griffith, Inc. London Eagles 950 Advanced Drainage Systems American Red Cross in Madison County JS Custom Graphics & Computers and Sheehy Systems Sim’s Construction Obstetrics & Gynecology of London, Inc. Ned Speasmaker Madison Tree & Landscape Company, Madison Equipment & Madison Garden Center & Vineyard Winery Village of West Jefferson Schenker Logistics, Inc Stites Enterprises, Inc. Dr. James Tetz Procter Center Columbia Gas Flyers Pizza & Subs Jefferson Industries MATCO Services Rent-2-Own London City Schools Kentucky Fried Chicken/ Long John Silvers Angie Wilderman RE/MAX Leading Edge Wildman & Associates LLC Wilson Printing & Graphics London Parts Co. Triec Electrical Services Madison Messenger

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Jim Rinaldi: Photographer in focus By Elizabeth Roby “Emotion, thought and discussion.” Jim Rinaldi, the owner of Wide Studios, has created a passion for developing photographic images that evoke these three subjects. At age 11, Rinaldi found his creative outlet through photography as he worked along side a family friend who had an in home studio. The two worked together side by side capturing many memories through portraits and weddings.

“I became busier and decided after 9 years of sports medicine to do photography full time, I am very fortunate and lucky to do something I love,” said Rinaldi. Wide Studios has now became a home for Rinaldi where he has found a large space to work with to support his creativity with a multitude of customers ranging from senior photo taking to sports action shots. How has Madison County made Jim successful?

As Rinaldi continued to develop his talent his mentor had expressed to him that pursuing another area of study in school might be best. “My mentor said that the art field is very competitive and you will starve,” said Rinaldi.

“Madision County has been great to me, the people of Madison County can now feel like they have options in photography. The Chamber of Commerce also offers great business services and opportunities such as the Visitors Bureau guide which I take pictures for,” said Rinaldi.

Moving into his college career Rinaldi studied and received a Bachelors of Arts in Sports Medicine. While he buried himself in books Rinaldi still carved out time to exercise his hobby of photography.

Along with Visitors Bureau guide Rinaldi also will offer his outlook and creativity for our new publication of Madison Monthly. As a resident of Madison County Rinaldi has many hopes for what the new publication will allow readers to take away with from reading it.

“I never took a class on photography but I did take some art classes like painting, most of my photography was self-taught, a lot of reading,” said Rinaldi.

“Readers will take away county awareness, there are a lot of places people don’t know about and events as well. People will now have the ability to venture out of their own community,” said Rinaldi.

After receiving a master in health education Rinaldi worked in sport medicine for nine years. Although creating a successful career in sports medicine Rinaldi continued to pursue photography on the side never letting that spark die in him.

What does the future hold for Rinaldi? The future is bright in Rinaldi’s eyes. Now with his big work space right on Main St. in West Jeff he hopes to start offering photography classes. Education has been a part of Rinaldi’s portfolio as well with his experience at Edison Community College where he taught senior level commercial art and design.

In 1999, Rinaldi found himself becoming busier in photography with more and more clients. The gradual incline in business made the idea of maintaining photography as a full-time job much more of a reality for him. Jim Rinaldi’s sports work has been published in Sports Illustrated.

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As you wander down Main St., you will now see Rinaldi’s wonderful window displays showcasing his talent. “Come on by the studio and check it out, I offer out side the box photography with something new other than what people are used to seeing.”

Why Madison Monthly? By Sean Hughes One of the first things we realized when the Chamber of Commerce formed our Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Division is that there was not a single unified source of communication celebrating from one end of our county to the other all of the events, activities, attractions, people and businesses.

This was especially true for getting out free information to the visitors of our communities. We publish a biannual visitors guide, but because of its long-term nature, it doesn’t have specifics for these visitors as they enter our county. The solution for us was to create a self-supportive (through advertising and editorial

contributions from the community) monthly magazine. You are now reading the end result. However, it isn’t truly the end as the publication will continue to evolve to meet the desires of the community and our visitors. Creating this first publicaion was very difficult. We don’t have a team of writers, editors, designers or even outside sales people.

We have a staff of three who also do all the work of the Chamber, CVB and CIC economic development agency as well as some dedicated volunteers. Now, we need YOUR help. Do you know of something that is going on in the county? Send us details. Do you know of a person or thing that deserves to be highlighted? Send it to us. Do you like to write? Let us know and we’ll get you involved. Do you like to reach out to businesses to communicate low-cost marketing opportunities? We could use your help here to! Basically, this is a community publication that we all want to be proud of in sharing with our neighbors and those visiting our county.

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Madison Monthly - April 2012  

The April 2012 edition of Madison Monthly

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