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Pianist Richard Goode to Perform Beethoven's Final Sonatas at Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Written By Editor on 7/22/24 | 7/22/24

COOPERSTOWN - The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues its 26th anniversary season with a performance by acclaimed pianist Richard Goode on Tuesday, July 30, at 7pm in the Otesaga Resort Hotel Ballroom.

Goode, renowned globally as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, will present a program featuring the composer's last three piano sonatas and a selection of bagatelles:

  • Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

  • Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

  • Six Bagatelles from Op. 119

  • Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Known for his insightful interpretations of uncommon emotional depth, Goode has earned reverent praise from critics and audiences alike. The New York Times has noted: "It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode's recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight...into the works he played or about pianism itself."

"Richard Goode draws packed houses in major cities around the world, with audiences eager to experience his onstage performances," says Linda Chesis, Festival Artistic Director. "Don't miss this opportunity to hear such a legendary artist in the intimate setting of the Otesaga. Goode's performances offer humanity, humility, humor and optimism—qualities desperately needed in these uncertain times."

Pianist Richard Goode Plays Beethoven
Tuesday, July 30, 7:00PM
The Otesaga Hotel Ballroom
60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326


Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased in advance either online at or over the phone by calling Purplepass Tickets at 800-316-8559 and selecting Option 1. Please note there is a $2 service fee per phone order. Tickets will also be sold at the door, as available.


Founded in 1999 by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for over 25 years. The festival has featured performances by the American, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Jasper String Quartets, Stefon Harris, Bill Charlap, Kurt Elling, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including the grand Otesaga Hotel, The Farmers’ Museum, and Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper).

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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Celebration: Republication of The Catskills by Alf Evers

An event to celebrate the republication of The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock by Alf Evers will take place at the Historical Society of Woodstock on Friday, August 16, from 7 to 9 pm. Purple Mountain Press of Bovina recently brought out its edition of this definitive regional history.

For countless readers over the course of more than fifty years, Alf’s stand-alone book has served as the gateway to learning about and treasuring the Catskills, in all the region’s intricate and colorful history. Originally published by Doubleday in 1972 and then in an updated edition by The Overlook Press in 1982, the book had become unavailable. 

Poet and composer Ed Sanders, author of Alf Evers: An American Genius, and Fred Steuding will share their recollections of working closely with Alf towards the latter part of his life, when both friends assisted with the research and completion of his Kingston: City on the Hudson.

Born in 1905, Evers grew up on a farm in Ulster County within sight of the Catskills. The genesis for The Catskills was when Alf’s frequent articles about local subjects caught the notice of an editor at Doubleday, who approached him to write a full history. It took him eight years to research and write and was published to great success. Thrilling generations of readers since, The Catskills presents the lore, legends, art and commerce, flora, fauna, and natural and manmade wonders that have made the Catskills one of America’s most historically rich and romantic regions. Not least among its delights is the voice of Alf himself as a storyteller, entertaining and wry.

Publishing books since the 1980s, Purple Mountain Press specializes in titles about the Catskills, Adirondacks and other regions of New York State. In 2020, founder Wray Rominger of Fleischmanns, who ran the press with his late wife Loni for many years, was presented with the Alf Evers Award for Excellence by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. The publishing house continues under the stewardship of James and Maureen Krueger. Books can be purchased at

The Historical Society of Woodstock is located at Eames House, 20 Comeau Dr., Woodstock, 845-679-2256,

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ASF Postpones WIM Kayaking

WINDHAM – Due to the impending inclement weather this week, the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) has decided to postpone its Warriors in Motion® (WIM) kayaking event, which was to be held on Tuesday, July 23-Thursday, July 25. A makeup date has yet to be determined. 


The ASF usually isn’t deterred by wet weather, but due to the forecasted rain covering much of the next three days, with storms predicted for Wednesday and Thursday activities, the organization made the difficult decision to play it safe and not go out on the water. 


The 11 veterans who registered for this event have been notified, and the ASF hopes to welcome them to Windham in the near future. 


About the ASF’s Warriors in Motion Program


The Warriors in Motion program provides participating injured United States servicemen and women with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthy living. All WIM programs are goal-oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness. If you’d like to learn more about the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program, visit


About the Adaptive Sports Foundation


For 40 years the ASF has been providing sports and recreation opportunities to thousands in the disabled community. Since then, it has grown into what it is today, an organization that provides year-round services out of its own slope-side lodge, the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center. All this has been accomplished over the years thanks to many donors and an impressive legion of volunteers, who can be seen in their iconic green jackets sliding down the snow-white slopes.


The Adaptive Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community. For more information about the Adaptive Sports Foundation please visit  

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Cobleskill to Begin Summer Projects

By Joshua Walther

COBLESKILL - On Tuesday evening, the Cobleskill Village Board held their regular meeting to discuss the beginning of both potential and concrete projects for the summer.

Mayor Rebecca Stanton-Terk stated that one of their biggest construction jobs, the water line replacement on Elm Street, will soon proceed to phase two. This will mean that the work will transition to the north side instead of the south.

Once the replacement work is complete, paving will begin on Elm, along with a handful of other adjacent streets. Mayor Stanton-Terk explained that she will try her best to coordinate with the workers for a day when Golding will not be affected, such as a holiday or teacher conference.

On the other side of town, Greenbush Road will receive a makeover as well, as the Village has confirmed that they will be receiving county funding. Anyone living above the Smith Reservoir should expect detours in the near future.

In other news, the mayor has officially submitted a proposal for a sidewalk project on Grandview Drive. 

For the past year, residents of the road have been complaining about how there is no pedestrian access to the hospital, leading to an increase in potentially dangerous collisions with vehicles.

The Board was pleased to announce that their proposal is being considered, but they warned that it will be a lengthy process for approval. However, Mayor Stanton-Terk said that “It’s worth a try.”

Moving away from infrastructure jobs, Mayor Stanton-Terk also said that the facelift for Nick Iorio Park will begin soon, and the historic wooden playground is expected to be torn down and replaced with a smoother, softer surface by early autumn.

Going further, the Board elaborated to say that the playground portion of the park will likely be fenced in by September, and they apologized for any disruptions that the work may cause.

Finally, the Board received an update from the water wheel project in Veteran’s Park, which seemingly stagnated since the last appraisal several months ago.

They were happy to announce that the wheel has found considerable progress in becoming functional yet again, and there will be an official start-up ceremony on October 5th, inviting any who are interested in the project.

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CRCS Conduct Code Targets AI

By Joshua Walther

COBLESKILL - On Monday evening, the CRCS Board of Education held their annual reorganization meeting to talk through their latest revisions to their district-wide code of conduct.

As societal norms and technology continue to evolve year after year, CRCS keeps up by allowing revisions for what students can and cannot do, and this is exemplified by this year’s rewrite targeting artificial intelligence and gender neutral terms.

The Code of Conduct Review Committee, made up of a diverse cast of students, parents, and faculty totaling 15 members in all, recognized AI as a problem due to its capacity to plagiarize or complete a student’s homework. 

Under “Unacceptable Student Conduct,” the Review Committee has added that inappropriate use of AI will not be tolerated, keeping to their strict academic honesty policy.

However, the revisions alluded to more considerations going forward, as CRCS will be considering a “future study” on the capabilities of AI for the next few generations of the code. 

Superintendent Sickles agreed with the assessment, saying “I imagine AI will be a constantly evolving situation,” and that the Board should be kept apprised of any developments.

It remains to be seen whether CRCS will mention specific AI models that students tend to lean toward, such as ChatGPT, and what kind of wording will be used to restrict someone from using it.

But that wasn’t the only topic that was tackled during the revision process. The Review Committee has also found that several of their dress code policies are heavily oriented toward female language.

In order to create a more inclusive environment, all specific mentions of things like “short shorts, spaghetti straps and bare midriffs” have been taken out of the code to be replaced by more gender neutral terms.

In the wake of some confusion following the change, the Board clarified that these things are not suddenly allowed, and it is merely the wording that is being altered.

Superintendent Sickles said that he supported the change to make the student dress code “less concrete,” as it gives presiding administrators more power to make a judgment call when they need to.

Finally, having heard no public comment on the matter, the Board moved to adopt the newly revised code of conduct, setting the changes in place for the next school year.

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Foster to Perform at Red Shed

CHERRY VALLEY Jonathan Foster will perform in Cherry Valley at Red Shed Brewery at 10 Main Street on Saturday, July 27 from 4 to 6pm.

This is a free, all ages performance. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster is a recording artist and touring musician originally from Cranberry Lake, located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, who currently resides atop the Central Valley in Redding, California. He recently released his sixth studio album, Roadside Attraction (2023) and has prolifically toured the country and released songs over the past decade. Foster delivers authentic roots music that blends folk, Americana, and acoustic styles featuring a strong vocal presence woven with imaginative lyrics, guitars, and harmonicas, into engaging songs. Jonathan enjoys sharing his music and stories from his travels at an intimate level mixing in observations of the people, places, and wonders of the world.

A breezy songwriting style, alternating between lyrical introspection and worldly observation, takes listeners on the road with him across America, admiring the beauty of rivers and forests while appreciating individuality along the way. - The Canton Rep - Best Music of 2021

Jonathan Foster's music has magic, melody and even some mirth. – Song of the Soul

The bottom line is that, when listening to Lantern Shade, you feel like you are sitting around a campfire with a man and his guitar who is telling you musical stories and talking to your soul. - Americana Highways. 

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Thousands of New Yorkers may be eligible for free air conditioners

By Jennifer Patterson

Residents of New York suffering from asthma and enrolled in the state’s expanded Essential Plan program may be eligible for a free air conditioner early next year.

New York’s Essential Plan – a low-cost health insurance option for lower-income New Yorkers who do not qualify for Medicaid – would cover the purchase, delivery and installation of air conditioners for residents with persistent asthma.

Unveiled earlier this year as part of the governor’s annual policy package, the initiative will take effect in 2025. State officials said the move is necessary as extreme hot weather threatens to intensify.

“As part of Governor Hochul's recently announced Extreme Heat Action Plan, the state's Essential Plan will add coverage for the purchase, delivery and installation of air conditioners for members with persistent asthma," said the state Department of Health. "While this program is currently under development, we intend to perform consumer and provider education and outreach so members know about the benefit."

As extreme heat appears to become more persistent, state officials have begun reckoning with worsening summer weather as a real threat to human health — and are urging that more robust cooling systems become at least a partial solution.

They contend that climate change has intensified the effects of heat and its associated impacts on already vulnerable populations, including people with preexisting medical conditions (like asthma), as well as infants and older residents.

While landlords and building owners in New York must provide heat for renters, state law does not require they provide cooling systems like air conditioning. 

Residents covered under New York’s Essential Plan would submit requests for air conditioners under the program, though the Department of Health said some education and outreach to advertise the initiative should be released in the coming months.

For information, go to 

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Henn Appointed Chief of the University Police Department at SUNY Cobleskill

COBLESKILL – Willam Henn was sworn in as chief of the New York State University Police Department at SUNY Cobleskill during a ceremony on campus today. Henn comes to the College after serving four years with University Police at SUNY Oneonta, including as Interim Chief for one year. He will assume duties from Interim Chief Frank Lawrence in overseeing the 10-person department and staff operating under the College’s Office for Student Development.

"Chief Henn is vitally familiar with the unique mission of University Police within the SUNY system,” said Dr. Marion Terenzio, President of SUNY Cobleskill. “Our officers are dedicated to upholding a safe learning and working environment, but also to the growth of our campus through educational programming and the development of personal relationships that foster a positive community. We are confident that Chief Henn's leadership will further enhance our efforts in preserving a secure and welcoming atmosphere for all."

Serving in law enforcement for more than 20 years, Henn began his career serving and protecting an international border city with the Douglas Police Department in Douglas, Ariz. Moving to New York, Henn became a patrol officer with the Village of Cooperstown in 2008. He also spent four years as a deputy in the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office before joining the University Police Department at SUNY Oneonta in 2020. Henn holds a Master Police Instructor Certification, ensuring that qualified instructors teach the Instructor Development Course (IDC) in the State of New York.

“SUNY Cobleskill speaks to me as a University Police professional as it has a great team of officers with a deep investment in the campus heartbeat, starting with student focus but reaching all points of campus life,” said Henn. "Arriving on campus, I immediately noticed that the same investment resonates with all the employees I have met. Through the displayed student works and staff and faculty stories of interactions with them, this campus really is a vibrant and welcoming environment. I am really excited to be immersed in it.”

The New York State University Police Department at SUNY Cobleskill protects life and property on campus while serving the broader security needs of the campus community. The state recognizes the department as a fully credentialed police department, and all of its operational members are certified police officers. The campus is staffed and patrolled by on-duty officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Historic Sleigh Finds its Way Back to Richmondville

An Olendorf Gooseneck sleigh that recently became a new exhibit at the Bunn Tillapaugh Mill museum in the Village of Richmondville. Photo by Chris English.

Jake Peck and Joan Sondergaard with the Olendorf Gooseneck sleigh donated by Peck that will be an exhibit at the Bunn Tillapaugh Mill museum in the Village of Richmondville.

By Chris English

RICHMONDVILLE — A Civil War-era sleigh built in Richmondville more than a century and a half ago has found its way home.

Jake Peck made the trip East from his home in Minerva, Ohio to donate the Olendorf Gooseneck sleigh to the Richmondville Historical Society. It was gratefully accepted during a brief, informal reception Friday, July 12 at the historical society's headquarters, the Bunn Tillapaugh Mill museum on High Street in the village.

"We're delighted," said museum curator Joan Sondergaard. "Anything we get that is original Richmondville and part of its history totally delights us."

The sleigh, made by Jake Peck's great great grandfather Alfred Olendorf, will stay on exhibit at the museum.

"We're so glad," Richmondville Historical Society Vice President Ann Lape exclaimed. "Wow, it's so historic, and it has come home."

Alfred Olendorf, a millwright, operated the Olendorf Sash and Blind factory and the Olendorf Mill in Richmondville, according to information provided at the reception. The sleigh spent many years in Richmondville before Jake's father Roger Peck took it to Ohio, where it was restored by Amish craftsmen and eventually gifted to Jake.

Jake Peck is the nephew of the late Doug Peck, a long-time Richmondville resident. Among Doug's children _ all daughters _ and Jake's cousins is Richmondville Town Historian Susan Rightmyer.

"My uncle Doug said it would be a good idea to donate the sleigh back to Richmondville," Jake Peck explained. "He kept saying its history was all there. We debated and I eventually said 'OK, I'll part with it.'"

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New Honor Roll Banners in Cherry Valley

By Alexis Pencar

CHERRY VALLEY — The new Honor Roll Banners for our servicemen and women will be coming to Cherry Valley to a flagpole near you soon! These banners are periodically changed to honor those who served their country and sacrificed so much.

These local heros being honored this year are the following: Morris W. Brigham - Army (1945-1946, WWII), Russell L. McCall - Air Force (1966-1970), Steve Vargo - Navy (1943-1945, WWII), Robert F. Whiteman - Army  (1970-1973), David W. Herr - Marines (1977-1981), and Kyle M. Flint - Marines (2012-2016, Afghanistan).

Please recognize these brave servicemen next time you drive through Cherry Valley. 

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Richmondville Village Board Seeks Grant for Pool Improvements

Major upgrades could be coming for the Richmondville Village Pool. Photo by Chris English.

By Chris English

RICHMONDVILLE — Major upgrades could be coming to the Village of Richmondville swimming pool if officials are successful in their bid for a grant from the New York State Parks and Recreation Department or finding another source of funding.

At the Monday, July 15 village board meeting, Mayor Carl Warner Jr. and Trustees Garry Davis and Robert Hyatt voted 3-0 to apply for a $300,000 grant from the parks and rec department. Engineer Brendon Becker explained that the grant would be a 70/30 proposition, with a 30 percent match required from the village that would amount to $90,000.

That match could come in the form of cash or in-kind services or a combination of both, Becker explained. The in-kind services could include any work done by Village Department of Public Works Director Eric Jones and his crew, Becker added.

He said he believes the village has a decent shot at being approved for the grant and would find out by about the second week in December. Another possible source for the grant match would be some or all of the approximately $58,000 the village has left from its American Rescue Plan Act grant, Davis suggested. The village has to allocate the remaining ARPA funds by the end of the year though it's not required to actually spend it by that deadline.

Work on the pool complex that includes a main swimming pool with a diving board and a kiddie pool would include installation of a spray or splash pad, new apron, repair or installation of new pipes and a new fence, Becker outlined. The pools are located behind The Radez School on Main Street in the village.

Davis pointed out that a previous estimate on pool improvements had come to about $75,000 and he wondered about the steep jump up to $300,000. Becker and Warner said the previous estimate did not include as large a scope of upgrades.

"We've been talking about this for two or three years," Davis said of swimming pool improvements. "I think we should move forward."

The three board members _ Trustees Milan Jackson and Cynthia Miller were unable to attend the meeting _ also voted to approve a resolution for a bond anticipaton note in the amount of $37,600 to be used toward the purchase of a 2023 Ford Super Duty F-350 truck from Van Bortel Ford Inc. The total cost of the truck is estimated at $47,000.

The bond anticipation note carries an annual interest rate of 5.47 percent, with the note maturing on July 18, 2028.

Fire Chief Floyd Seales reported that the village's volunteer fire department is hoping to obtain a $5,000 grant that would help fund training and equipment to prepare the department for a possible train derailment or other HazMAT incident.

Seales continued that the volunteer department is now up to 39 active members, news that got a "good" response from Warner. The fire chief commended the firefighters' efforts in controlling and putting out a recent blaze.

"Everyone said it was impossible to save that home but we did," Seales said. "I'm proud of the guys."

There was a brief discussion on work being done on new village regulations regarding short-term rentals, including Airbnbs.

"Our planning board has some work to do in showing us what needs to be done in regard to how our zoning laws should be changed," Davis said. "It's a process. I don't think it should take them that long."

Appointment of a village attorney was on the July 15 agenda but no action was taken on that item because board members need some more information, including clarifying some things with an applicant for the position.

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2024-25 Hunting & Trapping Licenses On Sale Starting Aug. 1

By Elizabeth Barr

ALBANY — The hunting and trapping licenses, the license year runs from September 1st – August 31.  Deer management permits -DMP’s will be available via instant lottery from August 1 till the close of business day October 1, 2024. Lifetime license holders should receive their annual tags prior to September 1, however, they do not need them in hand to apply for DMPs.  Lifetime holders of trapping and/or fishing privileges will not have annual privilege panels mailed to them.  They should already have a credit card style license.  That is all they will need to trap or fish.  

DEC has changed the type of paper used for sporting licenses and carcass tags from special license stock to plain paper.  This will allow quicker access to recreational activities as hunters, trappers, and anglers will be able to print their licenses and tags at home.  All licenses and tags should be printed on separate sheets of paper not double sides, as carcass tags will need to be cut out to be attached to a harvested deer, bear or turkey.  You can still go to your local license issuing agent to get your license or call 866-933-2257. The DEC call center is accessible from 8 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday, and 9 am – 5 pm Saturdays until October 1, then regular call center hours will resume on October 2.  If you need a replacement for a lost license, it will still cost $5 for licenses, privileges and permits, while the cost for carcass tags will be $10. Customers can avoid replacements fees by reprinting at home from their DECALS account or from the PDF documents that were emailed to them with their original purchase.  

DEC’s General Sporting Information webpage is

To get a copy of the online version of the 2024-2025 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide, go to Hard copies are still available through agents but are in limited quantity.   

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Possible October Hearing on Carlisle-Seward Solar Project

By Chris English

CARLISLE/SEWARD — A public hearing might come in October on the proposed 20 MW Rock Creek solar project for about 124.5 acres at 190 Brown Road by Cyprus Creek Renewables LLC. The land is located both in the towns of Carlisle and Seward.

"Cypress Creek asked us today about a public hearing in (Carlisle) Town Hall In October," Carlisle Town Supervisor John Leavitt said via telephone on Tuesday. "We said that should work."

The matter now rests in the hands of New York State's Office of Renewable Energy Siting after Cypress Creek switched its approach and filed with ORES for approval after initially going through the two towns. In December of 2022, Carlisle Town Planning Board Chair Jennifer Regelski signed a statement stating "this project will result in no significant adverse impacts on the environment and, therefore, an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. Accordingly, this negative declaration is issued."

This was before Cypress Creek changed tracks and filed with ORES for approval. Signing off on the negative declaration has since become a point of contention between the planning board, other town officials and members of an activist group called Schoharie County Citizens Against Solar Assault. Planning board and CASA members went back and forth on the issue at the July 9 Carlisle Planning Board meeting.

Marjorie Lawston, a CASA member, pressed PB members to state that they now believe the project might have negative impacts based on information received since the matter was switched to ORES for consideration of approval and since the issuance of the negative declaration.

While saying they agreed with much of what Lawston was saying, PB members said the matter has been withdrawn from their consideration and is out of their hands. 

"We want the Carlisle town planning board, who was the lead agency at the time, to write a letter to ORES stating their error in signing the negative declaration," wrote Lawston and fellow CASA members Bill Toohey and Tracey Metz in an email to this newspaper on Wednesday.

"We want the board to address the negative declaration concerning the environmental impact stating there is no environmental impact, which is untrue....We want this recognized through a letter from the planning board to ORES stating there IS an impact. The planning board signed impulsively believing the Cyprus Creek documents only without regard to public comment."

Planning Board members said at the July 9 meeting the negative declaration was issued based on their best effort evaluation of information they had at the time. Both Carlisle and Seward are now fighting the project through legal channels, and CASA and others in both towns feel the project will have negative impacts in regard to tearing up roads, stormwater management and others.

"This is a whole new process now that it's going through ORES and all that other stuff is out the window," said Leavitt in the Tuesday telephone conversation. "At this point, there is nothing the planning board can do because it's been taken out of their hands. Impact on real estate values and all these other issues will be discussed at the public hearing."

Phone messages left with the ORES office from this newspaper were not returned. Cypress Creek media representative Angeli Chandler did not responded to multiple emails from this newspaper seeking comment on various issues with the project, including the possible October public hearing.

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