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Donation pool helps fill Pelham Cares shelves BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff When Courtney VanGeest read in The Voice that Pelham Cares was in need, she responded by making a donation to the local food bank. She also organized a food drive at the Pelham Pool, where her children Isabel, 4, and Grayson, 8, are enrolled in swimming lessons. VanGeest explains at holidays and throughout the school year children are encouraged to think of others and donate to various organizations, but felt learning to think of others should touch every aspect of life. “It should happen in all you do, not just organized events,” she says. The pool is such a high

traffic area, as families file in and out for swim lessons and public swimming, VanGeest said she thought it would be a great opportunity to collect food for Pelham Cares and for kids to know they can give in all they do, not just at school. Grayson, she added, is beginning to understand what giving means and wants to do things to make a difference. “Good,” was all Grayson would say about the pile of food filling a kiddie pool inside the pool house, acknowledging it feels good to have helped Pelham Cares. “No one should ever feel alone,” says VanGeest on why she teachers her kids the importance of giving to the community. “It means a lot,” says Pelham Cares president

Jane Gilmour on the summer food drive. T r a d i t i o n a l l y Thanksgiving and Christmas bring large donations of food but throughout the summer the shelves can get a little bare. Gilmour also said it is nice to see the families who donated responded to the organization’s list of most needed items. “We’re very grateful to the generosity of the community,” she said, “ and the neat ideas people come up with.” Because of the VanGeest’s initiative and the response by pool users, Gilmour says Pelham Cares volunteers were able to deliver the regular Friday deliveries, noting there were some items the were right out

SWIMMERS Grayson and Isabel VanGeest helped organize a food drive at the Pelham Pool and, with lifeguard Andrea Mannell, presented the collection to Jane Gilmour, president of Pelham Cares. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo of but the donations have filled the shelves back up. While the food donations are all on Pelham Cares’ most needed list, Gilmour says they still have a need for any kind of potatoes, canned or boxed, as well RACHEL Austin, 11, of Crystal Beach was the Market Bucks winner on July 26 and spent the whole week preparing her shopping list. When she got back to Market on Aug. 2 her first stop was at the Juice King where she bought some white grape juice from Bev Yungblut with her $40 in market bucks. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

as canned fruit. Andrea Mannell, a lifeguard at the pool, says the response to the food drive was terrific. Kids would bring in grocery bags, said Mannell, and it was obvious they

had shopped directly from Pelham Cares’ list. “It was really cute,” she said, adding it was nice to see the families shopping specifically for the donation together.

Pelham Veteran’s Park Honour a Veteran by purchasing a personally inscribed interlocking brick or a Pelham Citizens for Peace brick for the Veterans’ Park at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 613, Fonthill. All applications including payment must be received by Saturday September 1, 2012. Questions? Please contact Howard Margeson or Cliff Driscoll at 905-892-6293

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Diamond and Jones tributes on stage Aug. 9 This week the bandshell concert pays tribute to two of the beloved and most entertaining performers of all time - Neil Diamond and Tom Jones. After working in the financial field for quite some time and then finding himself out of work, Mark Thomas took it upon himself to seek his dream ‌ a tribute to Neil Diamond! Mark has now performed numerous shows spanning Canada and the United States. Mark Thomas’ tribute performance to the legendary Neil Diamond typifies the voice, look, and stage presence of Neil Diamond himself. A must see tribute for any and all Diamond fans. He showcases his ability to re-create the sound and showmanship that has made Neil a true icon admired by the young and old worldwide. Mark sings all of the favorite Neil Diamond hits in his show which span Neil’s forty plus years of entertaining. Fans will be singing along to Holly Holy, Cherry

Cherry, Song Sung Blue, and Sweet Caroline and mesmerized by I Am I Said and Love On The Rocks. Mark’s main entertainment objective is to whisk the audience away, by performing that one song that brings back a fond memory. He gives a high energy interactive show each and ever time he performs and intimacy is no stranger between Mark and his audience. Dave La Fame is Tom Jones! This is what fans will be thinking after seeing this incredible Las Vegas awarded tribute artist on stage. From the opening song of Love Me Tonight to What’s New Pussy Cat, Green Green Grass of Home and a spectacular ending with the iconic It’s Not Unusual and Delilah everyone walks away thinking that the very presence of the real Tom Jones has been transported through the psyche of Dave La Fame. It’s pure Las Vegas International Stage entertainment! With a resume that

includes musical theatre, musician, and impersonator of many singers including Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison and Police’s Sting, it is no wonder that this gifted entertainer makes himself totally at home on stage and loves the audience he is performing for each and every time.

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•Pelham Farmer’s Market – Each and every Thursday May to October - 4:30pm in Pelham Town Square! Come on out each throughout the summer and fall for some fresh produce and lots of goodies! Rain or shine. Winner of the Market Bucks for August 2nd was Audrey Crockett!! Congratulations Audrey! Town of Pelham Programs ZUMBATOMIC Turn up the music, wiggle, shake and have a blast with your friends in these rockin, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed kid-friendly routines. Tuesdays –Pelham Arena- 1120 Haist Street (4-7 yrs) 5:30-6:00pm (8+ yrs) 6:00-6:30pm Thursdays Old Pelham Town Hall- 46 Canboro Rd. Ridgeville (4-7 yrs) 5:30-6:00pm (8+ yrs) 6:00-6:30pm Cost $40 for a 10 class pass + 2 bonus classes. OR $4.50 for drop in class Purchase your passes at Town hall. 20 Pelham Town Square Fonthill, ON. PELHAM TOWN SQUARE Interested in Walking in Pelham? Interested in joining a Walking Club? Join us! Thursday August 9 Fonthill Bandshell 9am-10:30am Tuesday August 14 Pelham Arena 9am-10am Everyone welcome! For more information please contact Katie Thorpe or (905) 892-2607 ext 341

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Town of Pelham Public Library •Just Imagine…Everything you can make with Buttons. Create your very own work of art. “The Button Tree” Wed., Aug. 8 at 1 pm. Maple Acre Branch. $4. Ages 6+. •Meditation Morning Marcia leads you through a number of types of meditations for stress relief and focus. Great for beginners and those who have meditated before. Please bring a pen and notebook with you. Sat. Aug. 11. 9:3011:30. Cost is $3.00. Please register ahead. •Hearing Clinic Connect Hearing will be at the Fonthill Branch giving free hearing screenings. They will answer any questions about hearing issues. Aug. 13 from 10:00 -1:00. Free but please schedule your appointment at: 905-892-6068. •Digital Photography Fundamentals Have you just purchased a DSLR or Point and Shoot camera or plan on purchasing one in the near future? If you want to better understand the controls and settings and how to compose a better photo, then this seminar led by Gary Toth of “It Just Clicks” is for you. Bring your camera, instruction book and your

questions. Aug. 15 at 7:30. $6.00. Please register ahead. •Giant Book Sale Great books at great prices. Most items $1 or less. Collectables, puzzles, movies, software and much more! Tues., Aug. 21 - Sat., Aug. 25 during open hours. On Saturday a toonie will get you a grocery bag of books. •Seniors Hawaiian Luau Who says summer is just for the kids! Join us for this fun gathering with Hawaiian themed food, beverages, entertainment and door prizes. Free but please register ahead. Mon. Aug. 27 from 2:00-3:00. •Hemingway’s Island Fenwick authors Eleanor Johnston and Wayne Fraser invite their audience to join them in a cold “nojito” and in “Imagining Hemingway” through their extensive research, through their novel “Hemingway’s Island” and through a slide show of Hemingway’s Cuba. Hemingway’s Island is a rich adventure that explores Hemingway’s last, wild days in Cuba. Books for sale and signing. Mon., Sept. 10 at 7:30. $4.00. Please register ahead. Set Up your Own •Nature Photography Workshop “Combine a love of nature with our proximity to Short

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TOWN OF PELHAM THE PELHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Pelham Public Library is now accepting applications for the following summer position: LIBRARY STUDENT PAGE (2 Positions) The Library Student Page responsibilities include assisting library staff in maintaining the Library’s collection of materials and equipment by arranging and shelving library books and magazines, performing various closing procedures and housekeeping tasks and other duties as assigned. The successful incumbent must be self-motivated and have basic knowledge of library terminology, procedures and equipment. This position requires standing for extensive periods of time and lifting up to 25 pounds. The successful candidates will currently be attending high school. Hours of work will involve nights and weekends approximately 7 – 10 hours weekly. This position is paid minimum wage. Applications must be submitted directly through the Town of Pelham website at by 4:30pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Submissions are accepted under career opportunities under the Town Hall menu. Resumes must quote position title and be addressed to Sarah Thompson, Human Resources and Payroll Specialist We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit their resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, all information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and will only be used during the selection process for the subject posting.

Hills Provincial Park and St. Johns Conservation Area and you have the perfect recipe for Nature Photography. Join Peter Ferguson, President of the Welland Camera Club, for an informative workshop exploring the many ways you can improve your photography skills to capture all that Mother Nature has to offer.” Mon., Sept. 17 from 6:30 – 8:30. $5. Please register ahead.

GENERAL INFORMATION •Interested in Joining the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee?? Are you a Pelham youth who would like to be heard and contribute to your community? Join the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee. Meetings take place once a month starting in October for the entire school year. Make a difference TODAY! An application form is available on the Town’s website at www.pelham. ca or at Town Hall. •Interested in Joining the Communities in Bloom Committee? The Communities in Bloom Committee

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is a Town Committee dedicated to keeping Pelham beautiful. The Committee is responsible for planning events such as Pelham’s Annual Garden Tour and Community Participation Day’s in the Fall and Spring. To become part of this committee or for further information please contact: Katie Thorpe Community Services Coordinator (905) 892-2607 ext 341. •Is your business interested in being listed in the Town of Pelham Community Services Brochure? If so, please be sure to fill out a business directory information card with the Town of Pelham. For an information card, please visit Town Hall, 20 Pelham Town Square – 1st Floor, or contact 905-8922607, Ext. 315 •Interested in renting the Arena Pad? Arena Hall? Old Pelham Town Hall? Call the Town of Pelham at 905-892-2607, Ext. 329 •IMPORTANT TO DOG OWNERS

Please be reminded that Town of Pelham Dog Control By-law 97-2010 requires that any person who owns controls or harbors a dog shall remove, forthwith, any feces (excrement) left by such dog on private or public property. Remember to be responsible! Stoop and Scoop! •ONTARIO ONE CALL 1-800-400-2255 All requests for waterline and sewer locates must be directed to Ontario One Call •KEEP PELHAM STREETS “LIT” Residents of the Town of Pelham are asked to report any problems with streetlights to the Community & Infrastructure Services Department at 905892-2607, ext.332 The hydro utility requires that a pole number be provided when reporting the problem Town of Pelham e-mail address: Visit our Web site at

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William Wetherald is first minister in Quaker church It was 1867 and the Quakers of Pelham had just finished building a new church which is still in use on Haist Street, Pelham. But they had no minister. Gradually it has changed its name from Quaker church to Friends church to its present name Evangelical Friends church and stands on Haist Street in Pelham. The manse was moved some years ago and now

stands on the east side of Haist Street almost across the road from the church. The new church must have stirred pride in all its members. Built of red brick it had appearances of simplicity, the way a church was meant to be, a place to go and worship quietly without a lot of fanfare. Its front door silently spoke to passerby inviting them in. It was what simple,

unpretentious people would call “my kind of church”. Many years ago Quakers worshiped in silence but at the time the church was built worshipers had become more vocal. The Quakers left a great story behind them as they moved along in their changing lives. In 1866 with the new church waiting for a regular pastor word came that William


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Wetherald, a Quaker, was purchasing a farm in Pelham. His reputation was flawless. He had founded Rockwood academy, a boys boarding school in Rockwood near Guelph and also had a consuming interest in religion and the Quaker faith. He was contacted and very happily agreed o give sermons every Sunday once he got settled in his new home which is now designated as 586 Foss Road in Pelham. This meant that the horse and buggy must be hitched up or the new minister walked the two and half miles from his home to the church. It also meant that William Wetherald was the first minister in the new church. This new minister

had a very interesting background. Born in Swaledale, England he came to Canada with his father in 1835 when he was 15. They purchased a farm in Puslinch Township near Guelph and William was put to work on the farm along with his brothers. However he had a different plan in his mind. He wanted to become a teacher. But he had no way to get the necessary schooling to become one. He kept his dream alive and devised a plan. Making wooden axe handles he sold them to surrounding farmers, used the money to buy text books, pen and ink and set out to follow his dream. Many a time he was caught in the field by his father, under


Dorothy Rungeling a shade tree studying trigonometry while the horses hitched to the plow stood. From then on he studied more at night and once stated that for seven years he got an average of only four hours of sleep each night. However, he persevered in the subjects and became a qualified teacher. be continued.

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Letters to the Editor

Outstanding people On July 14, 2012 my staff and I at the Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart hosted a full day event for the Look Good Feel Better charity, Canada’s only charity dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer can have on their appearance and their morale. The event brought in $1,593 which was way beyond our expectations. I personally went around to many of the businesses in town to ask for their support. It was difficult for me to ask as many businesses are asked almost daily for some sort of donation for worthwhile causes.

The support I received from the businesses in Pelham and the customers who participated via the raffle draws, silent auction, buying cotton candy, etc. was exemplary. The businesses I contacted are listed here, but please make note of the whole business group in Pelham and consider shopping town. Pelham residents, our business group is comprised of outstanding people who deserve community support and will provide knock-your-socks-off service. Frank Sicoli Associate Fonthill Shoppers Drug Mart

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The Voice of Pelham strives to provide local news coverage in all aspects of the Town of Pelham, including politics, health care, education, service and community clubs, churches, sports, businesses and any other local events and happenings. The Voice aims to provide local businesses and services with an affordable, professional advertising venue reaching every household in Pelham.

209 Highway 20 East Fonthill, ON, L0S 1E6 phone: 905-892-8690 fax: 905-892-0823 email: Original bandshell design used on pages 1 and 4, courtesy of Todd Barber Forestgreen Creations. The Voice is a member of:

Sarah Murrell, Editor Warren Mason, Advertising Coordinator Liz Hayden, Ad Composition Leslie Chiappetta, Office Manager Letters to the Editor are welcome provided the submission contains the writer’s full name, signature, address and telephone number. Names only will be published. Names will not be withheld. The newspaper reserves the right to change, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. All Material in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction is prohibited without express, written permission of the publisher. Advertising: The VOICE of Pelham regrets any errors that appear in advertisements in this newspaper, however, we will not be held responsible for more than one incorrect insertion or for any damages beyond the amount of space which contains the error. WEEKLY CIRCULATION: 8,705 Canada Post Agreement No. 40026500

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Pelham Minor Baseball The Lafarge Blue Jays expanded their winning streak to five games on Wednesday, July 25. The bats were hot, as Maya Oakes, Ben Iannizzi and Kelsie Dyson each got two hits and Cole Slingerland cleared off the bases with a home run. Nolan Killeen also had several powerful strokes and registered multiple RBIs. On the fielding side, short stop Ethan Wells fired out a runner on first and Simon Killeen’s throw to first baseman Alex Rubino hit it’s mark for another out. Lucas Slingerland’s quick hands made several excellent infield plays to third baseman Matthew Iannizzi and second baseman Michael Dyson. Excellent teamwork was exhibited by all!

Local Groups Eligible For Funds to support Great Lakes Restoration Projects

If you want to help restore or protect your part of the Great Lakes or the streams that flow into it, the province has a way to help you do it. The new Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is offering non-profit groups, such as service clubs and scout troops, the opportunity to apply for modest grants to fund Great Lakes clean-up activities in their communities. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects such as: -a service organization could organize a weekly cleanup patrol to keep beaches clear of flotsam and jetsam throughout the warm weather months -a fishing club could plant trees along the shores of tributary stream, to shade and cool the water, improving sport fish habitat -an environmental group could build a stretch of shoreline hiking trail Improvement projects can contribute to healthy, vibrant Great Lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable. Do you want cleaner, healthier, more vibrant Great Lakes? Application forms, as well as a guide on who is eligible and how to apply, are available at ontario. ca/greatlakesfunds. Applications for grants will be assessed and processed in the order they are received, between July 25 and October 12, 2012.

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CLASSIFIEDS COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING • Mondays at 7 p.m. Sing Niagara Women’s A Cappella Chorus at Paroisse Immaculee Conception Church, 99 Garner St, St. Catharines. Call 905-892-1640 or visit www. •Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. SPAN (Single Professional Association of Niagara) meets at Bailey’s 111 Highway 20 East Fonthill - for info: Janine 905-688-4358 •Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. A Cappella Niagara Men’s Chorus invites singers for fun, fellowship, and fabulous 4-part harmony. Meets at St. John Ambulance, 5734 Glenholme Ave., Niagara Falls. Info: Bob 892-2336 • Wednesdays - 1st & 3rd of the each month, at 2 p.m. Pelham Community Church Worship Service, 461 Canboro Rd, Fenwick. •Thursdays (first Thursday of every month) 1:30 p.m. to p.m. SOS (Survivors of Stroke), a welcoming and caring environment to meet other survivors of stroke and caregivers and exchange and receive information in a friendly and social environment. Everyone is welcome. Info call Ann 905-892-1621 • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. - Euchre at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-892-3408. •Saturdays, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 Fonthill, 141 Regional Road 20. •GET GAME. If you’re 55 and older and are finding yourself more bored and isolated with time, the Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) has the answer. Get game. Whether you like card games, lawn bowling, horseshoes or active sports like tennis or hockey, join the OSGA for fellowship, friendly competition and a more active lifestyle. Info • Meals on Wheels. Available

for Seniors and Adults with Disabilites in Pelham. Hot or Frozen Meal options, delivered Monday to Friday. Volunteers also needed. Contact Melissa 905-788-3181 ext. 25. •Interested in singing with the Robert Wood Singers? We inivte you to join us this September as we start the 2012 season. We are a choir that sings a wide varity of music and welcome soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. Please contact Barb Snopek at 905-735-6425 or at joe. to arrange details. •Volunteers Needed in Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville. Community Support Services of Niagara offers programs and services that allow seniors to live in their own homes independently. CSSN is currently recruiting volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program, Friendly Visiting program and also requires volunteer drivers to take seniors to appointments. Offer flexible hours and mileage reimbursement. Call Laura Dumas at 905-788-3181 ext. 27 or email ldumas@csn.



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UPCOMING August 6 to 10, 2012 • In The Orchard Programming Art2 Summer Art Camp for youth. Ages 12 to 18. Thanks to Mayor’s Gala funding, first 15 youth to register are free. ITO also has weekly summer art camps for kids from age 4 to 13 through August. 24. www. or 905-8921709. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 • 1p.m. Just Imagine... Everything you can make with buttons. Create your very won work of art. The Button Tree. Maple Acre Branch. $4 per person, for ages 6 and up. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 • 9:30-11:30 a.m Meditation Morning at Pelham Public Library, Fonthill. Please bring a pen and notebook with you. Cost is $3.00. Please register


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PELHAM Friends youth Mark Maecker (left) and Mackenzie VandenHaak (right) will be helping out with the church’s Vacation Bible School with Summer Ministry Intern Ian Norton before preparing for a fundraiser on Aug. 25th. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

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They may not be chicken farmers but the youth of Pelham Friends Church are certainly doing their part to help families raise chickens as well as their financial status. The younger friends are holding a car wash and barbecue fundraiser to support the church’s chicken project, which provides young chickens to families in Jamaica as the start up for a chicken farm. Ian Norton, the Summer Ministry Intern at Pelham Friends, explains his job is to organize youth events throughout the summer. He wanted to do something beyond the realm of the average youth group event, he says, adding he was looking for community service type activities for the youth to do. Alex Hamilton, who leads the chicken project, says the church has several young people who are socially conscious, so the idea of helping and giving back to the community is something they want to do. Mackenzie Vandenhaak, a member of the youth group, says it’s “cool” to know their small church can have a global impact. It’s part of what makes the youth group events fun, he says, adding it’s great to hang out with friends as well. “It’s nice being in a group, being together and being able to help out others at the same time,” agrees Mark Maecker. “It’s just fun.” “It might be weird going to a place you’ve never been before, but there’s no judgement. You can just be who you are, meeting new people and enjoy yourself,” says Vandenhaak. “And hopefully you will have a closer relationship to God.” That relationship with God is most likely the reason Norton is working with the youth this summer. The graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) explains he heard about an Inner Varsity Christian Fellowship and applied. Approaching Pelham Friends to discuss an internship for the summer was either preparation for the fellowship position or God’s direction, he says. Norton attended Pelham Friends as a child, but drifted away when sports started taking up too

much of the weekends. Now that he’s back, he says he isn’t sure why he’s been pulled to ministry, but it’s something he discovered during his last year of school, adding he’d still like to be an artist as well. Norton’s pull to the church, says Hamilton, is a “perfect example of how God calls individuals.” Hamilton says he would have thought someone was “not right in the head” if they’d suggested 10 years ago that he’d be leading a mission to provide chickens and coops to families in Jamaica. God, he says, puts people in situations where they can learn and grow. Hamilton’s situation is to travel to Jamaica in February, to take advantage of the weather, and provide day-old chicks, along with feed and medicine for the birds, to families in Jamaica, allowing them an opportunity to raise the birds until they are ready to market, about fiveweeks, and earn a living by selling the birds and then using the money to buy more chickens as well as feed their families and provide the necessities of life. Hamilton says he, with help from the church, has already delivered the “micro-business” to about 80 families, explaining it is a one-time help allowing those families to begin a business for themselves. In 2013 he plans to provide chickens to families in four of the poorest areas in Northern Jamaica. “It’s where I see the most impoverished people,” says Hamilton. “The churches are small, they’re struggling.” To help raise the funds necessary the youth group will be washing cars for free on Saturday, Aug. 25, asking for a donation of any amount in exchange. There will also be a barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers (which the adults are cooking). Hamilton also insinuated there might be a slice or two of homemade pie for sale that day, in case anyone missed the traditional Canada Day pie sale at the church this year. Everything gets underway at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Fonthill Sobeys.

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