“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” ~ William Wallace
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared US President in Washington, DC.
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Thanks for your continued membership to:
Chris & Jim Carter Fox & Johnson Fuel Service
Thurston Associates Realty Toe River Arts Council
Emerald Village McDonalds
MAY Coalition Dale Hensley, Attorney at Law
First Citizens Bank Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Mountain Air Property Owners Association Yancey Auto Sales
Danny McIntosh, Safety & Security Mountain River Retreat
Mayland Community College
AREA EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS
High Peaks Tackles Mountains-to-Sea Trail Feb. 17
Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a fun but strenuous outing on Sat., Feb. 10 when the club leads an 8-mile jaunt along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the Black Mountain Campground to Buck Creek Gap, an ascent of about 800 feet. Hikers may also choose a more moderate, mostly downhill 6-mile hike instead.
The hikes kick off the 2018 themed campaign to hike all the nearby sections of the scenic MST. Successive hikes over the coming months will tackle some of the highest sections of the trail, crossing Mt. Mitchell, Blackstock Knob and the Craggies, eventually covering 47 miles and ending at the Folk Art Center near Asheville.
Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in Yancey County vans for a donation of $5 per hiker, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes and poles if you use them, along with plenty of water, snacks and lunch. To make your reservations or for more information about the long hike, contact Hike Leader Duke Rose at email@example.com or 675-5781. To make reservations for the shorter hike, which will begin at Buck Creek Gap and end at Neal’s Creek, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-3217.
ENTERTAINMENT / DINING
Feb 17 Burnsville Wedding Expo @ 11am
March 9 Spring Sing featuring Work in Progress, etc. @7pm
March 10 Spring Fest Craft Show @ 9am
March 16 Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers @ 7pm
March 22-24 Ready, Set, Grow Children’s Consignment Sale
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Art Contest Winner
The winner of the Art Contest for the 13th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will be announced at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14th at Homeplace Beer Company. This year’s theme is Surface and Rise. Come be the first to see the winning image and also learn about who will be coming to Burnsville September 6-8, 2018. Once per month, Homeplace Beer donates 10% of beer sales to a local non-profit. On Wednesday, February 14th proceeds will go to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Come support and learn about the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival at www.cmlitfest.org.
OOAK ART GALLERY & MAPLES
OOAK: Fine, Folk, Funky Local Art!! Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5:30pm;
Sunday 12:00 (Noon) – 5:00 pm
MAPLES: The Sweet Spot Next Door serving fine coffee, tea and bakery items.
Mon-Fri 8:00am – 3:00 pm, Sat. 9am – 3pm
ENTERTAINMENT AT OOAK ART GALLERY & MAPLES:
Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday
Out with the old and in with the new! SALE, SALE, SALE! Burnsville Wine has put a number of wines and beers on sale and in the $5.00 box. Spring has come early, new wines and beers are arriving every week, and I need space! You can get some real bargains! Now’s the time to stock up and SAVE! Just a reminder, shop hours through March are 11-6, Thursday-Saturday. Be sure to check Facebook and our web page for more up to date listings. We will be having events throughout February and into March you won’t want to miss. Coming up later in the month, tasting some awesome wines with a new distributor! Just a reminder, I can special order wine, order kegs, and I can ship wine. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. There is ample parking behind the shop or the bank parking lot. Call 682-3456 or email email@example.com for more information.
AUDITION FOR PARKWAY PLAYHOUSE’S 2018 SEASON
Open auditions for actors aged 8 and up will be on Saturday, February 17 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, February 18 from 1pm to 5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, located at 113 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville. The auditions are open to any actors and performers wishing to be considered for roles in the theatre’s upcoming mainstage season.
The theatre has over 60 roles to fill in it’s busy mainstage season that starts in May and ends in October. The 2018 Mainstage Season shows that still need to be cast, include Blithe Spirit, Boeing Boeing, Oliver, Godspell and Dial M For Murder. We will also be casting Goldilocks and the Three Bears (TYA), which is the musical selected for the Reading is Alive Outreach program touring local parks and libraries during June and July.
Auditions on February 17 and 18 will be held on a first-come first serve basis. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the various plays as well as sing and participate in a dance/movement audition if they wish to be considered for one of the musicals. (Professional actors are expected to have prepared material.) Parkway Playhouse casting is open to all and no previous experience is required. Complete information about auditions, rehearsal schedules, and production information can also be found on Parkway Playhouse’s website at www.parkwayplayhouse.com.
Parkway Playhouse will also be accepting applications for it’s College Intern Program and High School Apprentice Programs. Interns and Apprentices who are selected will get hands-on opportunities to learn about various aspects of producing theatre.
The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild will hold its monthly meeting on the evening of February 19th at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville. For information visit our website at www.bragwnc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRAFTY THINGS TO DO
Photography, Scrapbooking and Card Making Workshop
Close to My Heart: Crafting Workshop Saturday Feb. 24th from 9 am to 4pm at Triple R Oasis Green Mountain. Bring your own supplies to hang out and craft for the day OR you can buy supplies at the workshop. Supplies available for Scrapbooking, Stamping and paper crafting. Call 904-610-3098 or email email@example.com to reserve a space and get directions. 2x4 ft table space provided per crafter. Three optional lessons being offered during the workshop:
· 11 am Scrapbooking Lesson – Quick ideas for creating scrapbook pages to preserve your pictures and memories. No fee for lesson if you want to make your own page bring your pictures and some supplies or purchase supplies at the class. Minimum supplies needed: a paper pack and tape runner (tools will be provided).
· 2 pm Stamping Cardmaking Lesson – No fee – you will make one fun card. Learn to make beautiful hand-made cards for less than you would pay for store bought cards!
· 2 pm Photography Class – $20 Fee - Beginning photography lesson includes basic functions of a camera, compositional basics and tips for being a better photographer. Bring your camera.
· Advanced classes available upon request.
Workshops are open to ANY crafter – whether you prefer Scrapbooking, Card Making or knitting etc.
Bring what you like to do and hang out with us! Dedicated time and space to work.
There is no fee to attend to crop/craft – bring your own Food/Snacks I will supply basic drinks.
Close To My Heart
For all your scrapbooking, greeting card making and paper crafting needs
Monthly Classes and Workshops - Shop Supplies by Appointment
ATTENTION 2018 BRIDES AND EVENT PLANNERS: We have the perfect location for that outdoor wedding, party, anniversary or company picnic. Call 284-5055 for more information.
Yancey County Master Gardener
April 25th — July18th
9 am -12 pm
Location: First 4 classes will be held at the Yancey Public Library with subsequent classes being held at the Yancey Cooperative Extension Office. A tentative schedule of the classes is listed below. The registration fee covers the Master Gardeners Notebook, State Master Gardener fee, Master Gardeners’ shirt, name tag, handouts and refreshments. We will need a minimum of 7 in order for the class to be held and a maximum of 15. To register, please contact the Yancey County Cooperative Center at 682-6186. Registration deadline is April 6th, 2018. For more information, contact Stanley Holloway, at the Yancey Extension Office. Registration Fee: $140
Hello Yancey County Gardeners!
The Yancey County Cooperative Extension Office is now taking preorders for a variety of plants and fruit trees to help you get ready for the 2018 planting season. If you or someone you know would like to order plants this year you can do so at the Yancey County Cooperative Extension Center during regular business hours (8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday). You must pay in full when you place your order.
This year’s plants are similar to last years with the exception of the apples trees, we are offering some varieties not offered in previous years. Apple tree quantities are limited so be sure to get your order in early. All preorders must be in by close of business March 16th, 2018. Pickup for plants will be at TRACTOR (54 Ferguson Hill Rd. Burnsville, NC) April 10th & 11th, 8:30am-5:00pm. If you have any questions or if you are interested in any of the upcoming workshops, please contact us at 828-682-6186. Spaces for the workshops are limited so call ahead.
When: Feb. 17th @ 1pm
Where: Shady Lane Farm
When: Feb. 27th 9am-12pm & 6pm-9pm
March 1st 9am-12pm & 6pm-9pm
Where: Yancey County Cooperative Extension
Eliminate Work & Home Stress
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Do you get frequent colds & infections?
It may be STRESS!!!!
Join us at our free
40 minute workshop
At Cruz Life Center
Thurs, February 22nd
@ 6:15 PM
Miguel Cruz, DC, C.Ad &
Lesia Cruz, HHC, C.Ad.
Healthy snacks will be served
To reserve your seat call us at (828) 682-6157
Or visit our website www.cruzlifecenter.com
OPERATION STOP SCAMS!!!!
Join Mars Hill Retirement Community for a free, fraud-righting event on March 1st at 2:00 pm. Know how to protect yourself…and your loved ones. Join Mars Hill Police Chief Michael Garrison and Consumer & Senior Advocate for AARP Nancy Porter for an in-depth discussion on identifying ways to protect yourself from con artists’ latest tricks. Seating is limited. RSVP for this event by calling Teresa Hammack at 828-680-0915 or by email to Teresa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
YANCEY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
Adopt – A – Pet
Gandalf!!! Warm and eager is his spirit. Merry he is and kindly to young and old. This grey beauty will absolutely put a spell on you.
Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 - Phone: 828-682-9510.
The Mayland SBC Entrepreneurship Certificate Series
Attend one class or all six! In this series, learn how to be a successful entrepreneur. SBC business professionals and guest presenters will increase your business savvy by providing current and applicable information. Upon completion of all six classes, participants will receive a certificate from the Mayland Small Business Center which is a great document to include in a business plan. Classes offered in Yancey and Mitchell County.
CLASS ONE: How to Start & Finance a Small Business (3 Hours)
Gain knowledge of the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations. Learn the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover resources available to help start and successfully operate your business. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 22 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 19 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS TWO: How to Write a Business Plan (3 Hours)
A business plan is vital to starting and operating a business. Learn how to turn ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a functional plan. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and dont’s of writing a plan, and steps for making the process easy. You will also learn to introduce yourself and your business with confidence and clarity, utilizing your personal “Elevator Speech.” Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 24 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 22 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS THREE: Marketing your Business (3 Hours)
This class discusses how to build a customer base. Business location, layout, signage, pricing, service, traditional/social media, direct marketing, promotional material, and trade shows will be discussed to help entrepreneurs effectively communicate and market. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 29 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 26 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS FOUR: Basics of Bookkeeping (3 Hours)
This class will discuss the four most important financial statements in business: the personal financial statement, the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. The class will also cover basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills. Attendees will gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for a business. Class begins at 1 p.m. on January 31 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin March 29 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS FIVE: Your Small Business Taxes (3 Hours)
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Attendees will become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Don’t let your business fail due to lack of tax knowledge. Class begins at 1 p.m. on February 5 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin April 2 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
CLASS SIX: How to Present Your Business (2 Hours)
Development and proper presentation of a business pitch can build sales or attract investment. In this seminar, attendees will learn how to craft an effective business pitch that can be used in both verbal and written communications. Class begins at 1 p.m. on February 7 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. A second class will begin April 5 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
NEW! The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate Series
Combine your love of farming with a knowledge of business! Launch into agripreneurship with these area focused agribusiness and farming classes. Classes will be facilitated by the NC State Cooperative Extension and Mayland Community College Small Business Center. Attend one class or all six. Participants who attend all six classes will receive a Mayland Small Business Center/NC Cooperative Extension Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate of completion.
Class Five: How to be Profitable in the Livestock Business (2 Hours)
Learn about cattle and other livestock that can be raised in the local area. Learn how to manage for the market and get tips on how to profit from a new or existing operation. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 19 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Class Six: Farm Business Mindset (2 Hours)
Learn how to manage your farm, take advantage of tax benefits, audit proof books, and save time with expert advice from NC State University professionals. Class begins at 6 p.m. on February 26 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center:
Social Media Marketing Series
Social media is a free and extremely effective means of reaching current and potential customers. This new four class series is a great source of information for those who would like to increase their online presence.
Class One: Introduction to Social Media Marketing (2.5 Hours)
Make sense of social media and use it to increase business traffic and sales! This class will help you understand how social media marketing can benefit your small business. Class one will explore the various social media sites, basic terminology, and an overview of how social media marketing works. Class begins on March 6 at 5:30 PM at the Spruce Pine Main Street Visitor Center.
Class Two: Which Social Media Site is Best for my Business? (2.5 Hours)
Find out which social media platform that your customers are likely using in order to properly target your social media marketing strategy. This class will explore the most popular social media sites, the typical user profile, and number of users. Sites discussed will include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and others! Class begins on March 8 at 5:30 PM at the Spruce Pine Main Street Visitor Center.
Class Three: Posting, Tweeting, and Blogging to Build Sales (2.5 Hours)
Arguably, the most important class of this series! Learn the essential elements required to build an effective post or tweet that will engage your customers. Class will cover everything related to posting, tweeting, and blogging such as optimum times to reach customers, how to design a post using a free program called Canva, and the benefits of blogging about your business. Class begins on March 13 at 5:30 PM at the Spruce Pine Main Street Visitor Center.
Class Four: Social Media Management Strategies for Business (2.5 Hours)
Make efficient use of your time by learning strategies to manage your social media marketing! Learn how to save time by posting to multiple sites simultaneously. Class will also explore time saving resources and tips. Class begins on March 615at 5:30 PM at the Spruce Pine Main Street Visitor Center.
Top 10 Reasons your Business will FAIL! (3 Hours)
NEW! FACT: 80% of new businesses fail in the first five years. Attend this seminar to learn the top reasons many new startups fail and gain insight on how to build your business in a manner to beat the odds. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 1 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.
Business Starter’s Crash Course (2 Hours)
NEW! Start your day off with free coffee and donuts while learning about business. SBC Director, Allen Cook, will cover information and resources essential to launching a new business. Attendees will be provided IBIS business specific data, an Excel break even point analysis spreadsheet, an Excel financial projection spreadsheet, and a business plan template. Class begins at 9 a.m. on March 9 at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
The Small Business Center and Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) are working together to offer seminars that will enable you to build and grow your creative business. Come to downtown Spruce Pine at the beautiful facilities of the TRAC Art Resource Center to check out our interesting class line-up!
Creating Your Artist Statement (2 Hours)
Having an effective artist statement is essential to market your work. This seminar will cover artist statement essentials, how long it should be, and what it should contain. Class will also include exercises to help you craft and refine your artist statement.Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 14 at the TRAC Art Resource Center Spruce Pine.
Build an Artist Biography – Workshop (2 Hours)
An artist biography provides customers with a quick look into the life and values of an artist. In this class, learn how to build a biography that can connect customers to you and your art. Students will work through exercises to complete an effective bio that can be used on websites, social media, and print materials. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 28 at the TRAC Art Resource Center Spruce Pine.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES
YANCEY COUNTY CAMPUS
Introduction to Aquaponics (9 Hours)
NEW! This class provides an introduction to Aquaponics, the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants filter the water for the fish. The third participants are microbes (nitrifying bacteria) that convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrates the plants can use. Class will be held at the Earth to Sky Park. Class begins on February 20 at 6 p.m.
Greeting Cards (1 hour)
NEW! Nothing is more touching than receiving thoughtful hand-made gifts and cards. In this class, you will learn to make custom hand-made birthday cards. A supply list will be provided at registration. Class begins on February 23 at 11 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center.
Reiki Level I (7 Hours)
Learn this Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that can also help promote healing. You will learn about the concepts of energy healing, the human energy field, and the chakras. Topics will also include the three levels of Reiki, the traditional and modern history, the five principles, how Reiki can be use, the reason for attunement, and Reiki treatment hand positions. At the end of the class you will be able to perform Reiki on yourself and others. Class begins on March 3 at 9 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Custom Journals & Planners (1 Hour)
Upcycle a composition book and make a custom planner, journal or both. In only 1 hour you will be able to plan your day in style. A supply list will be provided at registration. Class begins on March 2 at 11 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Handcraft a Unique Burlap Wreath (12 Hours)
Learn to make beautiful burlap wreaths that can adorn your walls or doors throughout the year and it’s always in season. The technique is simple, but the finished product will be incredible. Class begins on March 3 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Metal Art - Spring Flowers (12 Hours)
Bring beauty to your yard or garden with a metal flower sculpture. Learn how to design and build sinking forms creating a 3D effect by forming sheet metal. There will be a lot of light hammering, metal shearing, belt sanding, welding and finishing patinas. Class begins on March 5 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
T-Shirt Quilts (9 Hours)
Create a memory quilt with your favorite T-shirts. You will learn to stabilize the T-shirt material, add sashing and add batting and backing. You will also learn how to bind to finish the edges of your quilt. Class begins on March 6 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Spanish (24 Hours)
Spanish for the beginning student! In this course you will develop a basic vocabulary and learn to understand simple phrases. Students will be encouraged to express specific learning needs and their personal goals to be included in the weekly lesson plans. Instruction will be oriented to language used in everyday situations– work, social settings, restaurants, and the market.Class begins on March 6 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Observational Astronomy (6 Hours)
This course is for the beginning astronomer. Learn how telescopes work and how to set them up and use them. Topics will include how to use star charts and modern star mapping software to find your way around the night sky, finding what you want to see in the sky, and setting up and aligning the telescope. By the end of the course you will be able to choose any celestial object you like (star, planet, nebula, galaxy, etc...), find it in the sky, and then see it up close through the telescope. We’ll have some great telescopes for you to use, and we strongly encourage you to bring your own telescope if you have one. Earth to Sky Park/Bare Dark Sky Observatory in Yancey county. Take advantage of the beautiful dark skies we have here in the mountains!Class begins on March 6 at 7 p.m. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Construct an Aquaponics System (9 Hours)
Participate in constructing an actual Aquaponics system. Topics will include populating the biofilter, when to start plants, adding the fish, adding the plants, rotating feeding/monitoring of the system. Introduction to Aquaponics class must be completed before enrolling in this course. Class will be held at the Earth to Sky Park. Class begins on March 13 at 6 p.m. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Wall Art (3 Hours)
Create a unique wall hanging using mixed media and new or recycled items. The instructor, Michal Ramsey, specializes in turning trash into treasure. A supply list will be provided at registration. Class begins on March 16 at 9 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Overlapping Stars Quilting Class (12 Hours)
This is a fast project that goes together quickly. As you piece the catchy stars you will learn how to stack and whack fabrics, how to use stripes and how to sew a triangle base layout. The instructor Barbara Cline is a quilt designer; author and teacher who loves to share her techniques with others. Barbara started creating quilts in her teens, and she has over 35 years of experience in quilting and teaching classes. Her whole family has shared a passion and reverence for the tradition of quilt making through the generations. She has 4 books published by C&T Publishing. Barbara currently teaches classes at local quilt shops and gives lectures, trunk shows and teaches nationally and internationally. She loves to design and piece quilts from her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Class begins on March 16 at 9 a.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Phlebotomy Technician (210 Hours)
Class begins on March 19 at 5 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Fun with Oils (20 Hours)
Master subjects and learn to add a couple of non-traditional techniques when using oils. Learn how to make beautiful clouds, trees, rocks, water and how to add collage elements as well as use a palette knife to loosen up the paints for a “watercolor” look. You are guaranteed to have fun in this non-traditional class. Class begins on March 20 at 1 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
Axes and Tomahawks (12 Hours)
Make a small axe or tomahawk completely forged, hardened, & tempered. You will also learn to make a handle. Class begins on March 23 at 6 p.m. at MCC’s Yancey Learning Center. Registration for Continuing Education classes is always open and you can register and pay online.
AREA MEETINGS OF INTEREST
ORGANIZATION DATE TIME LOCATION
Toe Cane Beekeepers 2/27 6:00 pm United Community Bank
Rotary Club Thursday Noon Western Sizzlin
Toe River Model Railroaders Wednesday 2:00 pm Spruce Pine Library
Al-Anon Monday 7:30 pm 1st Presbyterian Church
Women’s Club of Burnsville 2nd Thurs. 2:00 pm Call 682-3581 for location
Would you like us to forward your business items of interest to other chamber members? Submit your items weekly via email no later than 8:00 am each Tuesday for email transmittal to members each Tuesday morning.
Email to Ginger@YanceyChamber.com.
Normally, submissions will be included two weeks out from the date of event. Chamber Office Telephone 828-682-7413.
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