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Written By Editor on 6/13/23 | 6/13/23


In celebration of a decade of the Festival of Women Writers in the Catskills, this annual three-day event will take place in the Hobart Book Village from Friday, June 16th through Sunday, the 18th, 2023 in Hobart, NY.


The 18 Writers scheduled to appear are: Venice Berry, Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, Micharne Cloughley, Esther Cohen, Marina Antropow Cramer, Alexis De Veaux, Mary Johnson, Kathy Kremins, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Linda Lowen, Ellen Meeropol, Yesenia Montilla, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Khaliah D. Pitts, Bertha Rogers, Jane Schulman, and Lisa Wujnovich.


There will be 13 two-hour Workshops and one six-hour Intensive Workshop presented by the participating writers who will help participants explore and hone their writing craft. Beginning on Friday, June 16th there will, one Public Reading per day, featuring three writers. Further details can be found at:   All Public Readings will take place under the tent outside the Hobart Village Community Center at 80 Cornell Avenue, just off Main Street.


In 2018, the Festival introduced an Art Exhibition of works by writers who are also artists. This proved to be a tremendous success and this year’s theme is “As I See It”. The exhibition will take place inside the Village Community Center and is curated by Tracy Jacknow, of MURAL (Mount Utsayantha Regional Art League). Works displayed are for sale, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the Festival to help offset operational costs.


The Community Center will also be a venue where the public can purchase books of the participating writers


A public Flash Reading by past and present writers will take place under the tent from 4:45 – 5:45 on Saturday evening, followed by an open reception on the village park grounds.


We hope that you can register for this exciting event. Here are the details via at:


The Basic Registration fee of $110 covers the weekend of June 16,17, and 18, 2023 and includes participation in up to 4 two-hour workshops, 4 public readings, Saturday buffet lunch, and a reception on Saturday evening.


Please use the ticketing "Add-ons" feature to select your two-hour workshops. You may choose one two-hour workshop from each time slot. Workshop descriptions and information about each presenter are included to help you decide. You are not required to participate in every time slot.


Participation in a single two-hour workshop can be purchased for $30. This ticket only provides access to one workshop and the 4 public readings. Limited to one registrant.


A day-long Intensive Workshop will be presented on Friday, June 26th. It is available as an add-on for an additional $20. This workshop will run 11 AM to 5 PM and includes a boxed lunch. You will also have Saturday and Sunday access to as many as 3 two-hour workshops and 3 public readings, as well as the buffet lunch and reception. Purchase the Basic Festival Weekend Registration ticket for $110 and then select the Intensive from the Add-ons menu.


The maximum number of participants per workshop is 15 and registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  To watch a Video from our 2019 festival Follow this link:


Questions? Please email Julie Rockefeller:

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Exploration Days Bird Walk at Hanford Mills June 17

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host a morning bird walk starting at 8am on June 17 in conjunction with Exploration Days at Hanford Mills. Veteran birders Suzanne Gaynor and Kathryn Davino will co-lead the walk around the Hanford Mills property. Beginners and experienced birders alike are welcome to join in. The walk covers fairly level terrain and will last about 90 minutes. The trail traverses a variety of surfaces: grass, gravel, and boardwalk, and it includes an occasional step up/down and a few gentle slopes. The total distance traveled is about .5 miles. There are no rest areas along the route, but there are benches near the pond, and picnic tables at the parking lot. The parking lot has plenty of room to accommodate vans. Accessible bathrooms are available.

Participants should meet in the big event parking lot and bring binoculars, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, water, and curiosity about birds! Upon return to the parking lot, participants will be invited to drive a short distance to see a Bald Eagle nest that currently has a pair of adults caring for one or more fledglings.

This is a free program and pre-registration is appreciated as it allows leaders to contact participants if there is an issue with the weather. Pre-register using the form at and contact Kathryn Davino at (607-746-7396) with any questions.

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1 of 32 ASF to Hold Summer Ski and Snowboard Lessons at Big SNOW American Dream

Written By Editor on 6/7/23 | 6/7/23

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is once again partnering with Big SNOW American Dream to host adaptive ski and snowboard lessons this summer in the indoor ski resort in the American Dream Mall.


Big SNOW American Dream is North America’s first indoor, real-snow ski and snowboard center that provides snow sport enthusiasts a chance to participate in winter activities all year round. The ASF has been hosting indoor lessons at Big SNOW since 2021. This year’s lessons will take place every second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month from June-September. Each day will have two two-hour lesson slots: one from 4-6 p.m. and another from 6-8 p.m.


“Big SNOW American Dream creates an opportunity for our students to get on the snow in the offseason and continue to hone their skills. As the saying goes, ‘the better you get, the better it gets’ and Big SNOW gives our students a chance to continue their growth,” ASF Executive Director John Iannelli explained. “Also, what better place to introduce snow sports to new people? The proximity to the Tri-State area, they have all the rental equipment a new skier could possibly need as well as our adaptive equipment, and parents can watch their child’s lesson from inside. It’s the perfect place to learn how to ski and snowboard in the summer months.”


The Adaptive Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) 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.


The ASF’s first lesson at Big SNOW is set for Tuesday, June 13. The ASF requests that lessons are reserved no later than three weeks prior to the desired lesson date. For more information on ASF’s adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at Big SNOW American Dream, please visit

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SUNY DELHI ANNOUNCES Swimming Pool Hours June 5 – June 15, 2023

DELHI, NY - The SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool hours for June 5 to June 15, 2023 are the following.  Monday’s Open Swim is from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tuesday’s Open Swim is from 10 am to 1 pm, and 6 pm to 9 pm. Wednesday’s Open Swim is from 11 am to 1 pm. Thursday’s Open Swim is from 10 am to 1 pm, and 6 pm to 9 pm. Saturday’s Open Swim is from 12 noon to 5 pm. The cost is $5 for an adult, $4 for a senior or alumni and $3 per child.  The $10 family special is available every day.  We will be closed for June 16, 2023 – June 25, 2023.  For more information go to or go to Bronco Connect.  The swimming pool phone number is 607-746-4263. 

Please let me know if you have any questions  

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A New Season of Preschool Tuesdays Starts June 6 at The Farmers’ Museum


Preschool Tuesdays now offers two sessions every Tuesday in June: 10:00am and 3:00pm




Children’s Program:

Preschool Tuesdays at The Farmers’ Museum

Tuesdays: June 6 – 27, 2023

Two programs offered each day: 10:00am and 3:00pm 

Included with museum admission. Free for Museum Members.

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY 


Cooperstown, New York — Preschool Tuesdays return to The Farmers' Museum on Tuesdays in June. In this weekly, structured learning environment tailored to 3–4-year-old children, our youngest guests will develop a sense of identity, place, and community as they play and explore The Farmers’ Museum guided by a museum educator. Engaging games, songs, dances, and craft activities will help strengthen gross and fine motor skills. Emphasis will be placed on developing the imagination and a sense of appreciation for life in a rural village. Families can now choose between two sessions at 10AM and 3PM each Tuesday, June 6-27. The program is included with museum admission. For more information, visit 


About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

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Herbal Medicine Workshops in June at The Farmers’ Museum


Herbal Medicine Workshops

Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Cooperstown, New York — Join the knowledgeable staff at The Farmers’ Museum for two workshops during Herbal Remedies Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. The workshops give participants a hands-on experience learning traditional nineteenth-century medicinal practices. 

Balms and Salves Workshop
Saturday, June 24. 1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Learn how to make your own tinctures, extracts, balms, salves, and rubs. Make your own to take home. Stock your medicine cabinet with a variety of homemade remedies for everyday ailments – bruises, cuts, burns or sore muscles – all made from natural ingredients! Learn about the properties of plants, from the backyard as well as from the spice rack, and how to make tinctures, extracts, balms, salves, and rubs, then make your own to take home. It’s a cheap, natural, and fun alternative to a trip to the pharmacy.

Class Fee:  Members: $70 / Non-members $80. Lunch will be provided. Requires advance registration, limited to 8 participants, recommended for ages 14 and older. Please bring an apron or wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. 

Backyard Weeds Workshop
Sunday, June 25, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Learn how what many consider weeds have medical, culinary, cosmetic, and household uses. After a weed walk make and sample herbal creations. This program explores the many uses of plants that most of us refer to as weeds. Burdock, dandelion, sumac, and plantain are just a few of the plants that will be explored. While participants learn about the history of these plants they will also discover the medical, culinary, cosmetic and household uses. Participants will go on a weed walk around the museum grounds while learning how to identify and gather plant material. The walk will be followed by a workshop making and taste-testing samples of teas and herbal treats produced from these plants. Recipes and other handouts will be given to workshop participants.

Class Fee:  Members: $55 / Non-members $65. Lunch will be provided. Requires advance registration, limited to 8 participants, recommended for ages 14 and older. Please bring an apron or wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required.


All workshops require advance registration. For workshop more information and to register, visit or Please email with any questions. Workshops are held at The Farmers’ Museum located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York.


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Franklin Stage Company Opens Twenty-Seventh Season With Comedy, Good People

FRANKLIN — Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County’s admission-free, professional theater, will present David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning comedy Good People, June 30–July 16 at Chapel Hall, in Franklin, NY.

Good People, a play for 6 actors, tells the story of Margaret Walsh, a down-on-her-luck single mother from South Boston. As the play opens, Margaret is being fired from her dollar store job because she can’t find a babysitter for her disabled daughter. When she runs into an old boyfriend, Mike, who has become a wealthy doctor, she thinks she may have found the solution to all the trouble she’s in. “We’re thrilled to bring this tough and tender comedy to our stage” said FSC Artistic Director Patricia Buckley. “It’s a beautiful and funny play, and speaks to the times we’re living in.” Written in 2011, Good People is one of Lindsay-Abaire’s most popular plays. The playwright’s current Broadway production, Kimberly Akimbo, was nominated for 8 Tony Awards during the 2022-2023 season. 

Good People has been called a love letter to the playwright’s origins in South Boston, or “Southie” as it is known, and to working class people, often left behind as they search for the American Dream. Chris O’Connor, who directed FSC’s 2022 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, will helm the project. “I’m excited to stage this rich comedy with an incredibly talented cast,” said O’Connor. “It’s a funny, poignant, character-driven play, and makes for great summer theater. We’re so lucky to have the Franklin Stage Company bringing wonderful plays like this to Delaware County.”

The Franklin Stage Company season runs through August 20 at Chapel Hall, 25 Institute Street in Franklin, NY. Please note all evening shows have a curtain time of 7:30 pm. Good People will also have Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm, and Sunday shows at 5:00 pm. General Seating. Admission is free—suggested donation is $25 per person. FSC will not require masks, but will provide them for anyone who prefers to mask. Any updates to FSC Covid policy can be found on their website. 

For more information and reservations, visit Programming at the Franklin Stage Company 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.

Below: Patricia Buckley (photo: Deborah Lopez) and Betty Aberlin (photo: Dana Patrick) will be featured in Franklin Stage Company's production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People.

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Bushel presents its June Community Film Pick: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Written By Editor on 6/6/23 | 6/6/23

DELHI, NY—As part of its Community Film Picks series, Bushel is pleased to present a screening of the 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. This screening takes place on Friday, June 16; doors at 6:45 pm; screening begins at 7 pm. This program is free and open to the public. Bushel is located at 106 Main Street, Delhi.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is about a young man named Miles Morales, living in Brooklyn, who is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops spider-like powers. Following in the footsteps of Peter Parker, he discovers a machine beneath Brooklyn that can transport things and people from other dimensions into his own, which leads Miles to embark on a harrowing quest to save all of New York.

Delhi residents Augustus and Elizabeth Green picked this film for Bushel’s monthly Community Film Pick series. Augustus is an 11 year old who loves reading, films, listening to music, and playing. He moved to Delhi from Pittsburgh with his family in 2020. Elizabeth is a writer, teacher, and Augustus’s mom.

BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to

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Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party on June 10th

Cooperstown, NY – The Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party welcomes the summer season and has twenty local organizations coming together on June 10th,10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day includes activities, animals, crafts, programs, guided hikes, and music around Glimmerglass State Park and Hyde Hall’s campus.

Participating in this year’s Block Party are the Rolling Meadows Clydesdales, the Leatherstocking Council BSA, the Girl Scouts, the Susquehanna SPCA, Springfield Center Library, Cooperstown Farmers Market, Glimmerglass Film Days, Otsego Outdoors, Cooperstown Police Department, Cooperstown Food Pantry, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), NYS Field Education, Richfield Springs Fire Department, Otsego Lake Association, Hanzolo, Barbie’s Kettle Corn, Otsego County Boat Deputy, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), Jim Loudon, Chef Dave Neil Mobile Kitchen & Catering Co., Glimmerglass Festival, and more!

Hyde Hall’s Executive Director Jonathan Maney says, “Come and enjoy our incredible views, listen to live music, eat good food, meet the animals, and see how our friends and partners are making Otsego County such a wonderful place!”

The event has live music throughout the day with artists from the Glimmerglass Festival performing live from 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Hyde Hall’s veranda, followed by Hanzolo from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Hyde Hall’s gift store will have a BOGO sale on books and offers a scavenger hunt for children. The New York State Park Environmental Team will have demonstrations, the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) will offer guided hikes, and Otsego County Boat Deputy will provide boating-safely lessons. Fly Safe Wild Goose Management will have border collies and ducks for demonstrations.

The full list of participants is available on Hyde Hall’s website. The rain date is set for the following day, June 11th. If weather conditions are inclement, consult and Hyde Hall’s Facebook page for information. Glimmerglass State Park has a day-use fee for every vehicle, but outside activities in the park and at Hyde Hall are free and open to the public. Paid Hyde Hall mansion tours are available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This event is presented in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Central Region.

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ASF’s WIM Program Goes Mountain Biking Next Week

Written By Editor on 6/5/23 | 6/5/23

WINDHAM, N.Y. – After hosting two Warriors in Motion® (WIM) road cycling events, the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is breaking out its beefier bikes to host its first of two mountain biking programs next week from June 6-8.

The ASF will be welcoming six U.S. military veterans to the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center for three days of biking through the wooded trails that Windham and its neighboring towns has to offer. Layna Roth, a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps, will be participating in her first ever WIM event, though she participated in a one-day ski trip to Windham this past winter with the Albany VA. “I want to see how in shape I am for biking,” she said. “It’s been years since I’ve owned a bike, so it’s been a long time.”

The warriors and ASF volunteers will meet for the first time on Tuesday afternoon at the ASF Lodge for bike and equipment fitting and lunch before they raise their kickstands and go out for their first ride, a trip down to Windham Mountain’s “Wooly Bear” trail, where there is a beginner mountain biking course. The participants will be able to test their skills on their new bikes on the dirt trail with banked turns. After spending some time there, the plan is to then head over to Elm Ridge Wild Forest to bike down the warm-up loops. Once they’re done at Elm ridge, the warriors will then check into their hotels and get ready for a catered dinner at ASF.

Wednesday is an all-day affair, as the ASF shuttle bus will pick up the warriors from their hotels and bring them to CD Lane Park for a morning ride. After biking through the park and through the woods, the WIM team will stop for lunch before taking the shuttle to Elm Ridge once again to rip through the area’s fun loops. Once they finish biking for the day, the veterans will return to their hotel rooms to relax and get ready for another dinner at ASF.

The veterans and volunteers will meet again at the ASF lodge on Thursday morning before heading over to the Tannersville Bike Park, where they will ride some downhill paths and perhaps participate in time trials in a friendly competition. The group will then hop on the shuttle bus to head back to the ASF lodge for lunch before departing.

“I’m brand new to adaptive sports through the VA,” Roth explained. “Last year I started with PGA Hope I stayed with that program, then I got to do skiing with the ASF during the winter for one day, which put me in contact with the ASF, so I signed up.”

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.

The ASF’s Warriors in Motion program is funded by donations that were generously given to the organization. Thanks to these donations, the ASF is able to provide bicycle rentals (to those who need them), helmets, water bottles, all meals, hotel rooms, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, ponchos (if necessary) and maps. If you’d like to donate to the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program, or any of the other programs the ASF has to offer, visit

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How to Weather an Unexpected Job Loss

News of mass layoffs in major sectors of the economy has reignited interest in how to prepare financially for a job loss. If you’ve recently been laid off – or if you’re simply preparing for the prospect of job cuts at your organization – it can help to develop a game plan. Here are some strategies to keep in mind.

Reassess your financial situation

Start by reviewing your recent bank statements, current portfolio and upcoming financial obligations. Talk with your spouse or partner about how to reduce discretionary expenditures to ensure you meet all essential expenses such as mortgage, insurance, utility and car payments. Managing your budget carefully is critical in a period of job uncertainty. 

Understand your severance package

If you receive a severance package, be sure you understand the terms, timeframe and payment amount. Your deal may include several paychecks, reimbursement for unused paid-time-off or sick days, and stock options, among other possible sources of income. Consider reviewing the terms with a trusted attorney or financial professional, particularly if you have the option to negotiate your severance. Some companies also offer career coaching, human resources support or other non-monetary benefits that could be helpful in your transition and search for new employment. 

File for unemployment benefits

While government unemployment benefits aren’t likely to replace your previous income stream, they may help you meet your day-to-day living expenses while you are out of work. File as soon as you can, as there typically is a waiting period to begin collecting.

Manage your health care coverage

The loss of a job may also mean the loss of health insurance benefits. Take action right away to make sure you don’t experience a lapse in coverage. Unexpected illnesses or accidents can happen to anyone, and the financial impact can be significantly higher without the right insurance plan. If you received health insurance through your employer, you may qualify for COBRA insurance offered through the federal government. Costs, length of coverage and specific plan options (including coverage for your spouse, partner or dependents) may vary depending on your circumstances, so contact the U.S. Department of Labor or the Department of Health and Human Services for more information. Job loss is considered a qualifying event, which means you may shop the health care marketplace to find a plan that works best for you and your family. 

Keep long-term goals on track

To the extent possible, try to maintain making contributions toward your long-term goals, such as college or retirement. Even modest contributions add up over time, so continue to save what you can. Additionally, avoid dipping into your retirement accounts. Borrowing or withdrawing money from a 401(k) is taxable and will incur a 10 percent penalty fee. Further, you could also miss out on months’ or even years’ worth of compounding and potential market growth that can be challenging to make up.

Seek guidance from trusted professionals

Any change or interruption in your salary warrants a visit to a trusted financial professional. Meet with a financial advisor to review your financial position and determine what measures you can take during an income drought to minimize the impact on your portfolio. You may also consider meeting with a career counselor to plan the next phase of your career. 


Michael D. Lanuto, CRPC®, AWMA® is a Financial Advisor with S.M. Miller & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Albany, NY.  He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 7 years. To contact him: 518-949-2039; 4 Atrium Drive, Ste 200, Albany, NY, 12205;; 

Ameriprise Financial and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation.

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Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.

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It's gorgeous at Landis in June!

Written By Editor on 6/3/23 | 6/3/23

It's gorgeous at Landis in June!

Click on the name of the event below for more information and to register.

And don't forget that the Arboretum is open for you to enjoy dawn to dusk 365 days a year. For more information in general, email us at

Sly Fox and the Hustlers at the Landis Full Moon Music Series

Friday, June 2, 7:00 PM

Nature Writing

Sunday, Jun 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (also June 11)

Know and Nurture: Outdoor Yoga at Landis

Sunday, Jun 4, 2:00 PM (also July 9, August 6, and September 24)

Pruning - The Basics and Beyond!

Friday, Jun 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Moth Watch

Friday, Jun 9, 9:00 -10:30 PM

Landis Book Sale Saturday

Saturday, Jun 10, 10:00 AM – 2:00PM

Nature Writing

Sunday, Jun 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PM 

Recalibrate: Silent Excursions

Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 AM (also July 18, & August 22)

Hike to the Waterfalls 

Saturday, Jun 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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