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Host Families Sought For French Students May 24, 2018

Horizons du Monde, a nonprofit program, will bring French students to Lancaster from Friday, July 6, to Thursday, July 26. Host families are being sought for 10 students ages 14 to 17.

Students will spend the weeks immersed in family life with their host family. Hosts will be able to help the visitors learn about life in Lancaster County and will have the opportunity to learn about their culture and country.

Field trips are planned for the students each week with a local meeting point. The group will make three visits to New York City and will take trips to a local amusement park and to Washington, D.C. The students will also attend school three days a week and take part in other activities to learn about the Lancaster area. Host families are invited to join the group as room permits.

Speaking French is not required, as the students have studied English for four to eight years and wish to practice their English. If needed, translation apps can be utilized.

Interested families are encouraged to contact Patti Friedmann as soon as possible at 717-284-0643 or


DEP Holds Educational Event May 23, 2018

The newest Harrisburg falcons were recently banded in a livestreamed educational event attended by local students and hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Game Commission at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.

Talking with students from Pine Grove High School and St. Stephens Episcopal School, DEP secretary Patrick McDonnell noted the symbolism of having a thriving peregrine nest on top of the building named for an influential pioneer of modern environmentalism, Rachel Carson.

Game Commission biologist Art McMorris led the team in bringing the nestlings in from the 15th-floor ledge. He weighed the birds, inspected their health, and banded them. A Pine Grove student recorded the weight and band code for each.

The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal Endangered Species List in 1999 but remains federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is listed as endangered in Pennsylvania and protected under the Game and Wildlife Code.

Sixty-eight falcons have now hatched since the nest was installed at the Rachel Carson Building in 1996.


Installation Holds Tenant Meeting May 23, 2018

Fort Indiantown Gap held a tenant meeting for assigned organizations on April 27.

The event brought together organizations on post to discuss items of mutual concern. Fort Indiantown Gap is similar to a small city, with more than 700 buildings and multiple organizations located within its boundaries. Organizations that call Fort Indiantown Gap home include Civil Air Patrol, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Reserves, All Army Sports, and Navy Sea Cadets.

Attendees received briefings from Lt. Col. Lane Marshall, garrison commander; David Weisnicht, deputy base operations manager; Lt. Col. Daneen Hutton, director of public works; and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Feagley, noncommissioned officer in-charge of force protection.

Fort Indiantown Gap plans to hold the event quarterly. Interested organizations on post should contact the training center for more information at 717-861-2572.


Church To Host Softball Clinic May 23, 2018

Pequea Baptist Church, 6062 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, will hold a True Swing Pitchers and Catchers Clinic from Monday to Thursday, June 4 to 7. Girls in grades one through six may attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and girls in grades seven through 12 may attend from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Instruction will be in the gym, so players should wear sneakers, not cleats. Catchers will need their own equipment.

The clinic will be led by Amanda Houck, Emily Houck, Ethann Zimmerman, and Doug Lapp. Amanda is a Pequea Valley High School and West Chester University graduate who was named Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year twice and was named to the First Team All-Region. Emily is a former Eastern University player. Zimmerman and Lapp are former catchers for Messiah College and Lebanon Valley College, respectively.

There is a fee. For more details, visit and select Events.


LHOP Hires McDevitt, Thorsen May 23, 2018

The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) has announced the hiring of two new management staff members. Kim McDevitt has joined LHOP as chief operating officer, and Jake Thorsen is the new SoWe neighborhood director.

McDevitt comes to LHOP with more than 20 years of executive and management leadership experience, including her most recent position, executive director at Power Packs Project. While there, she oversaw the growth of the organization, which under her leadership had programming in two counties and served more than 2,400 families. At LHOP, McDevitt will have operational oversight and responsibilities in team and program development, project management, fundraising, and marketing.

On May 7, Thorsen took over as SoWe neighborhood director after the retirement of Jim Shultz. Thorsen graduated with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo and a master's degree from Syracuse University. He has experience in community and neighborhood development through service as an AmeriCorps volunteer and having served with a land bank and neighborhood organizations.

SoWe is a resident-driven organization in the southwest community of Lancaster and is under the umbrella of LHOP. In 2016, the Southwest Lancaster Revitalization Strategy was developed and implementation funds awarded by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. In his new position, Thorsen works with SoWe residents and stakeholders.

LHOP has 11 full-time and two seasonal part-time staff. It has offices in Lancaster, York and the SoWe neighborhood. LHOP also operates an eight-county regional loan fund known as the Local Housing Investment Fund and Trust (LHIFT) of South Central PA.


County Swimming Pool Set To Open May 22, 2018

The Lancaster County Central Park swimming pool is a 15,255-square-foot pool that is ADA accessible and has zero depth entry. Other pool features include a wading area, six-foot deep end, water slides, and water features. Within the swimming complex, there is a children's playground with a state-of-the-art rubber surface, a basketball court, vending machines, and a spacious, green lawn.

The pool will open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, and Saturdays and Sundays, June 2, 3, 9, and 10. After that, the pool will open daily effective Wednesday, June 13.

Pool users can pay a one-time membership fee for unlimited pool use or purchase day passes. Day passes are available at the pool entrance while season memberships and swim lesson registrations can be purchased online at or at the Park Office, 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office may be reached at 717-299-8215.

Certified lifeguards and water safety instructors lead participants in a swim lesson program that includes sessions for infants through school-age children. Lessons will be held before public hours. Private lessons for all ages are also available.

For more information, readers may visit


WIC To Offer FMNP Vouchers May 22, 2018

Community Progress Council will host a kickoff event with its Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to distribute Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to WIC participants. The free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Penn Market, 380 W. Market St., York.

WIC participants will be able to pick up their 2018 FMNP vouchers and have the opportunity to redeem the vouchers the same day on Pennsylvania-grown produce. There will also be activities for children, giveaways, and informational tables from other like-minded community organizations. A WIC ID or photo ID is necessary to receive FMNP vouchers. New participants can also apply for the WIC program on-site.

FMNP distributes vouchers each year to eligible WIC participants, including pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and children ages 1 to 5. Each eligible participant can receive four vouchers, to be redeemed June through November 2018.

Participants are encouraged to attend the event, so they do not have to wait until their July or August appointments to receive vouchers. Participants living outside of York city who cannot attend the kickoff event are encouraged to attend the walk-in date at their current clinic location.

Vouchers will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Golden Connections Community Center, 20 Gotham Place, Red Lion, on Monday, June 4; St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, on Tuesday, June 5; Lewisberry Community Center, 308 Market St., Lewisberry, on Wednesday, June 6; Mason-Dixon Community Services, 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 2, Delta, on Thursday, June 7; Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg, on Thursday, June 14; Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, on Tuesday, June 19; and New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore St., Hanover, on Tuesday, June 26.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by USDA. To learn more, readers may visit


Sailors Help Clean Up Trash May 22, 2018


Great American Cleanup Video Submissions Sought May 22, 2018

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reminds anyone participating in the Great American Cleanup of PA to submit an entry in the video contest. To participate, a 60-second video of a Great American Cleanup of PA event showing individuals, groups, children, and adults having fun making communities clean, beautiful, and vibrant should be sent to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Participants should be sure to mention the Great American Cleanup of PA in their video.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning entry and for two runners up entries. The deadline to submit a video is Friday, June 8. For contest details, readers may visit

The public can help choose the winners by liking their favorite video at Voting will begin on Monday, June 18, and conclude on Wednesday, June 27, at 3 p.m. To learn more, readers may visit


Money-Saving Travel Tips For Retirees May 22, 2018

Though a transient lifestyle is something few people aspire to during much of their lives, come retirement, the idea of staying in a place for only a short time has more appeal. According to a 2014 study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 36 percent of baby boomers want to spend their retirements traveling.

Many retirees are succeeding in doing just that, as a study from the luxury travel network Virtuoso found that today's seniors spent an average of just over $11,000 per year on travel. That was more than any other generation, highlighting just how much older adults like to get out and explore the world.

Retirees who fear they cannot afford to travel can explore the various ways for seniors to cut costs and still satisfy their wanderlust during retirement.

Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of age-related discounts. Some adults prefer to hide their ages, but when it comes time to travel during retirement, honesty is the best policy. Many businesses that cater to travelers offer discounts to seniors. Car rental agencies, hotels, travel agencies, and cruise lines may offer direct discounts to customers age 65 and older, while membership in organizations such as AAA and AARP may make seniors eligible for additional discounts. Discounts on lodging and airfare might net the biggest savings, but even discounts on various smaller expenses can add up to big savings.

Travel agencies should not be overlooked. While many prospective travelers' first instincts are now to visit various travel websites in an effort to find the most affordable trips, it is important that travelers not overlook travel agencies when planning trips. Travel websites, though a valuable resource, only list the hotels and airlines that agree to be included on their sites. While many participate, some do not, and those that do not may instead work independent of travel websites or partner with travel agencies.

Travel agencies have access to the latest information, and many specialize in certain countries, knowing all the attractions visitors want to see. Travel agencies may offer packages that include admissions to popular attractions, which can be more affordable than planning a trip a la carte.

Traveling as part of a group is also an option. Group travel may not appeal to everyone, but it should appeal to older, budget-conscious travelers. Retirees who are uncomfortable driving at home will likely be even less comfortable driving in foreign countries where the rules of the road are not the same. Traveling in groups, whether it is with a retirement community, religious organization, or another program, can save travelers substantial amounts of money. Many hotels and tourist attractions offer steep discounts for group tours, which can even be arranged through travel agencies. A hidden benefit of signing up for a group tour is the chance to meet new people and develop new relationships with fellow globetrotters.


Keeping Summer Road Trips Safe May 22, 2018

When the outdoors beckons, road trips can be the perfect way to see the countryside, escape the routine of daily life and enjoy short vacations. When taking to the open road, it is important to focus on safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that planning and prevention can spare road-trippers from the consequences of breakdowns, traffic accidents, or other road emergencies.

It is important to stock emergency preparedness items. Prior to a trip, drivers should make sure their vehicles are equipped with necessary safety items. Nearly half of Americans do not check that proper emergency items are stored in their vehicles prior to getting on the road. Before embarking on a road trip, drivers should make sure vehicles have a first aid kit, flashlight, water bottles, phone chargers, tire repair tools, flares, jumper cables, towels, and even an old backpack for storage.

Drivers should take their cars in for tune-ups before long road trips. Such tune-ups should include an oil change, battery check, tire rotation, and any other necessary servicing.

Drivers should map out the route before heading out. Drivers should also be aware of potential road closures, obstacles or construction. Thanks to real-time GPS updates through mobile phones and other devices, some drivers like to rely on tech to get them through. But it is important to realize service may be spotty in rural areas. Mapping a trip out in advance can save drivers from getting lost during mobile service interruptions.

Joining a roadside repair service is also encouraged. Breakdowns happen even if trips are carefully planned. Automotive clubs can help drivers when breakdowns occur. Some car manufacturers also include roadside assistance in warranty packages, so inquire about coverage.

Refreshing one's defensive driving skills is important. A safe driving course can remind drivers of the rules of the road. In some cases, courses also may qualify drivers for discounts on their auto insurance policies. One such class is the AARP Driver Safety course.

Drivers should avoid distractions. To do so, drivers should keep children and other passengers occupied, so they are not a distraction to the driver. Traveling with favorite music, books, video games, or even a pad and paper for doodling can help occupy passengers' time. Snacks should be packed to keep everyone feeling full in between roadside pit stops. Drivers can also load their cars up with tissues, water, and other items to limit distractions.

Fun breaks can be planned along the way. Breaks give drivers a reason to rest and passengers the opportunity to get out and stretch their legs. The Roadside America smartphone app lists must-see stops along any route, and drivers can plan their own stops as well.

Travelers should stay over, if necessary. According to the NHTSA, driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents every year. Drivers should only get behind the wheel when well-rested. Drivers should share driving duties or plan a night at a motel so everyone is well-rested.

Road trips are all about fun, but drivers must emphasize safety before and during such excursions.


Vietnam War Veterans Day Announced May 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), an official partner in the Department of Defense's Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, noted that March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a time to remember the heroism, bravery, and sacrifices of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 permanently designates that every year March 29 will be celebrated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day also serves to draw attention to the national Vietnam War Wall of Faces program. For the past few years, the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - commonly referred to as The Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces in order to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends, and others from around the world.

Though great progress has been made to find all 3,151 photos of service members from Pennsylvania whose names are on The Wall, there are still 34 missing. The DMVA continues to search for the remaining photos, but help from the community is needed.

A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by visiting and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found at To view the virtual Wall of Faces, readers may visit


History Center Joins Program May 22, 2018

The York County History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families during the summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program was slated to begin on Memorial Day, May 28, and run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Site information and museum hours are available at


2018 "Explore PA" Released May 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) announced the release of the 2018 edition of "Explore Pennsylvania." The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give readers the latest information in RV trends and make their next adventure to Pennsylvania a great one. This year's publication features a tour of Pennsylvania destinations, RVing tips, information about America's Largest RV Show, and more.

The guide contains a PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to campgrounds, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, and other services. The listings contain contact information and a brief description of the products and services available. The dealerships and campgrounds are divided into five geographic regions, making it easy to find an RV or campground in the location desired. Manufacturers, service, suppliers, transport, rentals, press, insurance, finance, distributors, associations and after market dealers are listed alphabetically by category. The guide also includes attractions and events in each geographic area.

A total of 70,000 copies of "Explore Pennsylvania" will be distributed at more than 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast, including America's Largest RV Show. The magazine will also be on PRVCA's website, at member locations, at welcome centers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, through Pennsylvania visitors' bureaus, and the RV Hall of Fame.

To view "Explore PA," readers may visit and select "Explore PA Magazine." To receive a free copy, readers may call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.


Park Available For Reservations May 22, 2018

The Welsh Mountain Community Center, located 4 miles south of New Holland at 564 Sandmine Road, is currently accepting park reservations for 2018.

Call 717-354-2624 for rental rates and date availability.


Northwest EMS Presents Scholarships May 21, 2018

On May 16, Northwest Emergency Medical Services (NWEMS) presented Robert C. Stirling Educational Scholarships to three students at Manheim Central High School's (MCHS) awards ceremony for graduating seniors. The ceremony took place at Manheim Central Middle School.

The scholarship is offered each spring through the Stirling family and NWEMS, which the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association merged with in 2013. A committee of NWEMS and Stirling family representatives selects the recipients each year.

The $1,000 educational scholarship is named in memory and honor of Bob Stirling, who was known for his enthusiasm for the town and community of Manheim, where he lived and worked. Stirling owned an insurance business, was active in many community and civic activities, and was a lifetime member of the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association.

Stirling's interest in the ambulance service began when he assisted a volunteer ambulance crew at an accident that had occurred in front of his home on East High Street. On the crew that day was Clarence "Mike" Graham, one of the ambulance's founding members, who asked Stirling if he would like to ride along and assist with the transport of the patient. That invitation led to more than 30 years of service for Stirling with the ambulance association. After Bob's passing in June of 1994, his family and the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association created an educational scholarship for residents of the Manheim Central community who are pursuing a career in the medical field.

The first scholarships were awarded in 1995, and NWEMS proudly continues the tradition today. The 2018 recipients are MCHS seniors Billie Jo Bollinger, Lauren Dorwart, and Elli Weaver.

Bollinger is the daughter of Keith and Michelle Bollinger. She plans to attend Lock Haven University to pursue a career as a physician assistant and to continue playing field hockey and running track. Bollinger said that her love of biology and anatomy and physiology, combined with career shadowing a physician assistant, influenced her decision to follow that career path. At MCHS, she participated in field hockey, softball, and track. Bollinger was a member of Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Club, Spanish Club, Interact, Student Council, and Medical Careers Club.

Dorwart, the daughter of Tom and Sara Dorwart, plans to major in nursing at Penn State Altoona. "I've always wanted to help people, and this has been what I wanted to do since middle school," shared Dorwart. Her goal is to become an anesthesiologist. During high school, Dorwart served as the student athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams and was a member of Student Council and Medical Careers Club. She was also a student adviser for Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE).

Weaver is the daughter of Nevin and Robin Weaver. She plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and going through physical therapy was a big part of her decision to take that career route, Weaver said. At MCHS, she played basketball and was a member of Interact, Student Investment Club, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Medical Careers Club.

Stirling scholarship applicants do not need to be graduating seniors, but they must plan to pursue a degree in a medical program. To learn more, readers may visit


Choose To Lose Wraps Up Successful Season May 18, 2018

Last fall, as Elizabethtown resident Carolyn Cyms thought about a 13-day trip to Europe that she and her daughter had planned for the end of June, she did not know whether she would be up for it health-wise. "I have always struggled with my weight, and it has been especially difficult after I turned 40. I was feeling tired, achy, and pretty unhealthy overall," Cyms explained. "When I thought about my fears of not being able to keep up (on the trip), something in my brain just snapped and said, 'What are you doing? You should be able to enjoy yourself on the trip of a lifetime! You are too young to feel this old.'"

Wanting to make a change and be healthier not only for her daughter but also so she could enjoy life more was a large part of Cyms' incentive to sign up for the 2018 E-Town Get Fit Choose to Lose challenge. E-Town Get Fit is a three-month challenge sponsored by several area businesses and organizations. From Jan. 27 to April 28, Cyms and 77 others participated in the program, which is designed to teach individuals how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Participants, who joined the challenge for a set fee, could sign up as a team or as individuals to be placed on a team for moral support and accountability. They received free group exercise classes and a discounted gym membership, along with weekly fitness and nutrition challenges and information.

Mark Mueller, E-Town Get Fit developer and director, noted that the group exercise classes incorporated bodyweight and resistance exercises using dumbbells and barbells to increase strength and aerobic exercises in order to help increase endurance, as well as to improve movement and flexibility.

After the final weigh-in on April 28, Mueller compiled the total weight loss and body fat loss data to determine the winning team, as well as the individual female and male winners. Much to Cyms' surprise, she was the first-place female competitor. On top of that, she was a member of the first-place team, "Six Ladies And A Dude," which also included Terie King, Karen Carlson, Kathy Vosburg, Andrea Hoover, Lamar Hoover, and honorary team member Rebecca Jenkins. The team members lost a combined total of 98 pounds and had 3.33 percent total fat loss. Christian Zechman was named the top male competitor.

Cyms primarily attributes her success to the accountability the program offers. "I had a great team and a wonderful daughter supporting and helping me along the way," shared Cyms. "It really helped to set a plan, really lay it out, (and) be brutally honest with myself about my weaknesses and how I was going to overcome them."

Members of the "Six Ladies and a Dude" team met up before the program started to share their stories and goals and made arrangements to meet up to exercise together on a regular basis. Cyms scheduled a set time to exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes every day, joined a gym, and began planning balanced meals using an online app that also allowed her to track daily food intake.

"Mark does a really good job of giving people the tools to succeed if they are willing to use them," Cyms said. She noted that Mueller lays out a systematic plan for participants that provides tools to succeed in both the short- and long-term.

"In the beginning, I told myself I wasn't sure I could do this. I have bad knees (and) a bad back ... but when you focus on the goal and keep moving, do what you can, and stop making excuses, it's an amazingly satisfying feeling when you are doing things you thought you could never do," remarked Cyms. "I would wish that for everyone."

The next E-Town Get Fit Choose to Lose Challenge will begin in January 2019. More information is available at


Annual Craft Show Planned In Maytown May 18, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 809 of Maytown will hold its 56th annual Antique, Art, Craft, and Collectible Show on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place on the square in Maytown, as well as on East High Street.

Items up for sale will include handmade soap, candles, bird feeders, yarn, lawn art, oils, teas, spices, books, jewelry, glass, pottery, and more, alongside antiques and military memorabilia. There will also be broommaking and blacksmithing demonstrations, a clockmaker, and a massage therapist. Food will include chicken corn soup by the quart or the bowl, sausage sandwiches, ice cream dishes, funnel cakes, fried sandwich cookies, deep-fried vegetables, and other traditional fair food, along with grilled shrimp and chicken, fried rice and noodles, and smoothies. At the end of the day, there will be a parade honoring veterans, followed by a program on the square in remembrance of the military.

Unit 809 has adopted four veterans at Southwestern VA Hospital. Members send monetary and clothing donations to various VA hospitals, and at Christmas they gift bags for veterans at Longwood Manor and Elizabethtown Nursing Center. They also do community projects.


Thrift Shop Announces New Hours May 18, 2018

Second Chances Thrift Shop, located at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, has announced that its Friday hours will now be 3 to 6 p.m. instead of 3 to 8 p.m.

The new hours will take effect on Friday, June 1.


Scholarship News Posted May 17, 2018

Applications will be accepted for the annual scholarship program of The Lancaster Medical Society Foundation. It is open to Lancaster County residents who are accepted or continuing a medical degree at an accredited medical school. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit good character and motivation, and show financial need. Funding for the 2018-19 academic year will be announced in September.

For more information or to obtain an application for the scholarship, readers may visit or contact Lancaster City and County Medical Society at 717-393-9588. Applications must be received or postmarked by Saturday, June 30, for consideration.

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