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By Andrea Cordle
Late in 2019, Grove City Council voted
to set aside property in the Town Center
for a community park. This decision was
made after Grove City resident Gregg
Smurthwaite presented council with more
than 600 signatures from local citizens in
favor of the idea.
According to legislation, the old library
site, bounded by Park Street on the north,
Arbutus Avenue on the east, Civic Place on
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An afternoon snack
Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle
This squirrel was having itself a feast at Gantz Park in Grove City on Jan. 6. Someone had left out carrots, apple slices, cheese
crackers and bread for the area wildlife. According to wildlife experts, the best food for squirrels is a mix of walnuts, hazelnuts
and sunflower seeds along with chopped carrots, chopped apples and kiwi fruit.
School board approves contract extension
By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools
District will retain Superintendent Dr. Bill
Wise through the 2026 school year under a
five-year contract extension.
At the Jan. 6 meeting, the board of education
unanimously approved the extension,
more than a year before his contract
was set to expire.
Robert Ragland Sr., the board’s newly
elected president, said the board chose to
renew his contract due to his exemplary
“For the past years, he has been doing
an excellent job as superintendent,” he
“Dr. Wise has a remarkable vision for
the district and our graduation rates have
increased each year (under his leadership),”
he added, referring to their current
graduation rate of
Ragland said that
on a personal note,
he has known Wise
since he was an
in the early
2000s and has
always been Dr. Bill Wise
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the south and First Avenue on the west, shall be preserved for
public gathering space.
Volunteers from Hope Gardens saw this as an opportunity.
Hope Gardens started out as a concept six years ago by community
members who saw a need for a park that would offer a calm
respite in the Town Center. According to the Hope Gardens website,
it is a non-profit with a mission to provide a landscape setting
where a sense of well being could be restored. It aims to provide a
place of relaxation and calm.
Secretary of Hope Gardens Rosemary Barkes attended a recent
meeting to make a pitch to city council about using the green space
at the former library site for a community garden.
“The natural elements can infuse our mood in a positive and
uplifting manner,” said Barkes.
Barkes said she believes this garden concept would fulfill the
ordinance passed by council to create a unique community gathering
spot in the downtown area. She said it could even host small
events featuring low-level acoustic music.
Though the concept for Hope Gardens began several year ago,
in 2019 the non-profit group created its board. It includes Thomas
Chahine was president, Rebecca Sommer as vice president,
Barkes as secretary, Melba Hompertz as treasurer and Bill
Ferguson as officer at-large.
“This is a wonderful concept that has come a long way,” said
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage of the proposal.
liked the idea of a
but said the park
would be designed
with public input.
Barkes said the
group would present
the plan in more
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impressed with his work ethic and
“He always makes himself available for
community services and his doors and ears
are always open when issues arise.”
Per the terms of the contract extension,
Wise will receive a 2.4 percent increase in
his base pay annually starting Aug. 1,
2021. His current salary is $206,566.
The board has also agreed to provide 35
vacation days, a change from 30 days, and
has determined he will be employed for
215 work days per year, a change from 220
under the terms of his last contract. The
board will also continue to provide an
annual contribution to a tax-sheltered
annuity of his choosing.
Wise began his career at the district in
2002 when he served as the assistant
superintendent of curriculum and then as
the deputy superintendent. In 2007, he
was named the superintendent upon the
resignation of Kirk Hamilton.
Under his term as superintendent, the
district has established an all-day kindergarten
program, the implementation of an
Accelerated Learning Center, and two
major build projects.
In 2012, voters approved a bond issue
that allowed the district to enter into a
partnership with the Ohio Facilities
Construction Commission to construct 13
new elementary buildings, renovate two
Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle
Hope Gardens has proposed a garden for green space preserved
in the Town Center. The garden would be a place for community
members to gather and reflect, similar to the public garden
at the Gardens at Gantz in Grove City.
detail to council at a later date.
Hope Gardens is active in the Grove City community. It provides
garden workshops, forums, events, plant sales and seasonal
events. It is seeking volunteers.
For more information on Hope Gardens, visit
others, and build a new Franklin Heights
High School. Additional monies of the $206
million project allowed the district to make
roofing or asphalt improvements at various
buildings when the need arose.
Currently, the district is set to begin the
groundbreaking later this summer in a
$193 million build project that will see the
replacement of the four oldest middle
schools, the renovation and addition at
Jackson Middle, and further repairs to
East Franklin Elementary School. Voters
approved that project, also with the OFCC,
in November 2018.
Wise said that while he looks forward to
the upcoming build project that will provide
“21st century learning opportunities,”
he is more excited to continue working at
“We have the most phenomenal quality
of staff in this district,” he said. “We are
truly blessed to have such a talented staff
that cares about children and that choose
to be here day after day to make a difference
in their lives.”
Also at the meeting, the board approved
a bid to replace the roof at the South-
Western Preschool Center, located at 4324
Haughn Road in Grove City. The board
awarded the contract to JB Roofing
Company/A Tecta America Company, for
The City Beat
Apartment plan approved along State Route 104
By Andrea Cordle
An apartment complex got the green
light from Grove City Council despite the
objections from a few council members.
At a recent meeting, with a 3-2 vote,
council approved the development plan for
Sugar Maple Commons, located south of
Holton Road and west of State Route 104.
Aaron Underhill, an attorney representing
the developer Treplus Communities,
said the 105-unit apartment community is
for those aged 55 and older. He said it will
be luxury, ranch-unit apartments that are
between 1,200 and 1,600 square feet. Rent
would range from $1,900 to $2,600 per
“It’s a good use for the property and it’s
ideal for the city’s changing demographics,”
Underhill said because the units would
be catered to senior citizens and empty
nesters, there would be less of impact on
area traffic. However, traffic was the main
reason two council members, Roby
Grove City shelter reservations
Grove City Parks and Recreation shelter
reservations open Jan. 21, for shelters in
Windsor and Gantz parks and ball diamonds
in Fryer Park. Make reservations 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by
calling 614-277-3050 or visiting Kingston
Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. Reservations
are granted on a first-come basis and are
not complete until fees are paid.
Reserve shelters for partial or full days:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 8
p.m. Resident fees for the gazebo and small
shelter at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road,
Schottke and Ted Berry, voted against the
“That is a problem that is not going
away,” said Schottke.
The councilman said he was concerned
about the speed limit and increased traffic
along State Route 104.
State Route 104 is controlled by the
state of Ohio. It sets the speed limit and
determines if and where traffic signals
would be located.
Schottke wants city administrators to
contact the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) to see about lowering
the speed limit on the route as well as
discuss adding traffic signals where necessary.
Sugar Maple Commons is not the only
development plan that has been approved
along State Route 104 that could potentially
put more vehicles onto the roadway. In
March 2019, council signed off on the
Farmstead development plan that would
build more than 500 housing units at the
Farmstead-Hancock property, located on
the westside of State Route 104 and east of
around the southwest
and the large shelter at Windsor Park,
4330 Dudley Ave., are $45 for half-day
reservations and $75 for a full day
($60/$105 for non-residents). The large
shelter at Gantz Park is available for $55
for a half day and $90 for a full day
($70/$125 for non-residents).
Fields at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road,
are available for rent when not already in
use for city activities by arrangement with
the sports supervisor. Reservations are
made in two-hour increments for $20 per
Grove City residents also can host an
“This is an example of government causing
its own problems,” said Berry. “We
keep approving developments with no road
According to Mike Keller, who represents
Grove City from the engineering firm
EMH&T, the city is working with ODOT on
improvements to State Route 104.
“We have an ongoing dialogue with
ODOT,” said Keller.
Keller said the city is working with
ODOT to lower the speed limit to 45 miles
per hour. He also said the new developments
would help improve the safety of
State Route 104 by having an expanded
turn lane at White Road, an added turn
lane at Holton Road for Sugar Maple
Commons and a turn lane into the
Still, Berry said this location is not ideal
for this type of development.
“The residents said they don’t want it,
now we say ODOT needs to fix the road,”
said the councilman. “The bottom line is
these developments don’t belong in that
event year round at the Eagle Pavilion in
Fryer Park. Reservations are available 365
days prior to the intended date of the
event. The facility features an open design
with natural lighting, a patio area, warming
kitchen and large bathrooms; alcohol is
not permitted. Reservations are available
in any combination of three time slots for
$200 each: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6
to 10 p.m. Full-day rentals are available for
For more information, call the Grove
City Parks and Recreation Department at
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College fraternities can offer a positive experience
Even the most cursory scan of the news
these days will quickly spot some less than
positive clip about a college fraternity on
what’s become an all too frequent basis. It
might be a senseless tragedy, hazing incident,
house suspension or probation, or
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just a negative narrative denouncing an
entire campus Greek system. It’s become
widespread, scanning major and smaller
college campuses across the country. The
sad incidents are real, the outrage
deserved. But memories of my college fraternity
days are vastly different, and I’m
convinced there remains that other side of
the story, a good side, that’s become lost in
the media’s patented stereotyping rubble.
It’s one that will always provide me with
many positive and invaluable memories of
If there was ever a kid who didn’t fit the
image of a ‘frat rat’ heading to college, it
was yours truly. I hadn’t fit into the high
school mold. My high school chums disgustedly
called me, Goody Two-Shoes, Dudley
Do-Right and Goody Angel. I didn’t swear,
drink, or smoke and considered girls to be
a dangerous, unknown powerful force, a
fear I still carry after 40 years of marriage
as I continue to agree with that book, “Men
are From Mars, Women Are from Venus.”
Heading off to college, two of my favorite
songs were Neil Diamond’s, “Solitary Man”
and Simon and Garfunkel’s, “I Am a Rock.”
When I arrived on campus for my freshman
year, I realized I didn’t fit the college
mold. In those days, there was a freshman
football team and some of them ended up
on my floor. Academic standards for athletes
was close to nil in those days. Most
couldn’t spell ‘study’
let alone figure out
how to open a book
to attempt it.
Instead, they just
ran around the floor
like little kids creating
havoc. The dorm
was impersonal and
a challenge to even
attempt any academic
library became my
The one great
experience I recall
from that first year
day campus spirit
was incredible. To
get to old Archbold
Stadium, this was
prior to it being
replaced by the
Carrier Dome, I had
to walk by fraternity
row. I’d wander
by looking at the big
houses with their
Greek letters prominently
wondering about all
the unknown mystique they represented.
On the trek back following the game many
frat porches had live bands playing and
passersby, including me, congregating in
front them to enjoy the music and gameday
spirit. Everyone was having fun, something
dorm life wasn’t providing. I didn’t
see myself as part of the fraternity scene at
that point. I remained in my shell, but
something must have subconsciously registered
It wasn’t until the spring term of my
sophomore year that I gave another
thought to fraternities. My dorm roommate
had just pledged one in the fall and encouraged
me to. He insisted it wasn’t what my
perception was. No, it wasn’t an Animal
House of total chaos the 1978 movie with
John Belushi running toga parties every
night at a 1962 fraternity would later portray.
Still not enjoying the dorm scene, I
decided to give it a try. That spring I
became a pledge. I’ve never regretted it.
The fraternity was officially listed as
‘social and professional’ although I think
the latter was wishful thinking. The only
thing I considered professional was everyone
was a forestry student. That was a big
selling point to me, similar interests, our
environment, a common bond. We were
known as ‘Stumpies’ to the large college
our small school was a part of. There were
many academic forestry disciplines reflected
within the fraternity house. Mine was
wildlife management. But we were all
bonded by being proud ‘Stumpies’.
The pledge period was a challenge, but
nothing like you hear about so often in
today’s media. It gave them a chance to
learn more about us and us about them. It
concluded with the infamous hell week. It
was a long week, but we weren’t hazed, at
least not what I considered that to be. We
didn’t get much sleep during the week,
painted the house interior and had to
attend our classes. There were some fun
team building traditions along the way. For
example, there was an ‘Amazing Race’ kind
of exercise. A few brothers would set up in
little bars about the city. We’d get clues
and walk to find them. We’d buy them a
cold one, sit and chat a few moments, then
move on to find the next waiting brothers.
I had to endure much worse the next year
at my ROTC summer boot camp. The week
took on a special meaning for me when I
was given a handsome beer stein at the initiation
dinner, engraved with the wording,
Most Outstanding Pledge Spring 1969. I
still proudly display it and smile when I
look at it.
I moved into the frat house my junior
year. It’s amazing how many fond memories
I still have from those two short years.
In case you’re wondering, I was no longer
being called by my high school nicknames.
These were the
Woodstock days and
the hippie movement
was in full
swing. I always kept
the shell nearby but
from it to look
around and become
a work in progress. I
made decisions, learned from resulting
mistakes and enjoyed a few successes. The
new opportunities the fraternity provided
helped me grow and mature.
As I look back, I still marvel at how that
fraternity was able to function as successfully
as it did. Today’s Congress could have
learned from us. You throw a large group of
kids, fresh out of high school, into a house
and expect them to take their newfound
independence, step up and run a student
filled house and their new lives smoothly
and responsibly. Too many fraternities
haven’t been able to do that and hence the
root cause of so much of the recent negative
publicity. By no means was our fraternity
house a perfect place. But we ran it,
matured and grew in it using close teamwork
and developed some lifelong friendships.
Yes, we would party hardy, some too
much. We had a few goofballs we had to
deal with, but most knew there were
boundaries we weren’t to cross. We took
pride in our fraternity house and the image
we portrayed. We elected house officers
and filled numerous functions to keep
things running. We participated in campus
and community charity functions and
sports intramurals. Many brothers studied
hard and excelled in academics and graduated
with honors, me included. We always
had members elected as our college class
officers. I was senior class secretary-treasurer.
I must admit, when graduation came, I
had finally pushed aside my shell and was
ready to leave. The grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence and I was
ready to step over it to a beckoning world.
But it didn’t take long to start looking back
with a smile, and after all these years, I
still realize joining that frat house was one
of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.
I’m confident today’s fraternities haven’t
changed that much. I’m betting there’s still
the good, along with the bad and ugly.
Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the
Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He
lives in Grove City.
By Dedra Cordle
Residents of the village of Urbancrest have long suspected
there was a disproportionate number of vehicles
accessing their roads in comparison to the number of people
who reside in the community. Now, there is data to
back up their claim.
At the village council meeting in December, members of
the health and safety committee presented its first report
on vehicular traffic using figures collected by the speed
According to Alicia Wiggins, the results were a shock to
“I was surprised by the results,” said the councilwoman
and committee member. “There was way more traffic traveling
on First Avenue than I had previously thought.”
The speed capturing sign with an accompanying data
collection feature was placed on First Avenue going toward
Broadway/U.S. Route 62 in October. The data relayed that
in the months since its placement, that portion of the road
averages 5,076 vehicles through the weekday and 2,993
vehicles on the weekend.
The results, said Wiggins, may have been higher had
the sign maintained its durability.
“There were a few days where it did not capture any
data because the battery died,” she said.
She suggested that additional battery packs be purchased
for the speed capturing sign so they can get a complete
The data also showed that while a majority of motorists
do obey the 25 miles per hour speed limit during the week,
the percentage of those traveling at speeds beyond the
posted limit rise over the weekend.
“The highest number of people violating the
speed limit comes on Sunday,” said Wiggins. “I
don’t know if they’re late for church or what.”
She added that the time of day where people
most stringently obey the posted limit is in the
dead of night.
“It’s between midnight and 2 a.m.,” she said.
In further speed data news, the number of times
motorists have been capturing traveling in excess
of 40 miles per hour is 96, with the top speed clocking
in at 57 miles per hour.
Councilman S. Henry Warr said if they posted
the sign in the alleyways, the number would rise
“Some people use those alleys like they are drag
strips,” he said.
He asked if the sign could be posted there in the
future. Wiggins replied there are plans for the
speed capturing sign to travel around the village
but there were no plans to put them in the alleyway
“We were going to hit Central Avenue, Augustus
Drive and Main Street first,” she said.
Those roads, along with First Avenue, are seen
as the main thoroughfares in the village.
“We do want to get data from the other streets
as well,” Wiggins said. “I know there are a lot of
straight away roads that people can really fly
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Urbancrest leaders surprised by speed sign data
The committee said they intend to give the data to the
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office so they can patrol accordingly.
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Honored by their peers
To end 2019, Jackson Township held its annual awards ceremony at the Eagle
Pavilion in Grove City. At the event, Carl Ryan (left) was named firefighter of the
year and Battalion Chief Jim Parmenter (right) was named officer of the year. Ryan
has been a full-time firefighter with the township since 2005. Parmenter has been
battalion chief since 2017. Firefighters and officers were nominated by their peers
and selected by a panel of officers and firefighters.
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MADD recognizes Top Cop
Grove City Division of Police Officer
Brandon Judd was awarded the Central
Ohio Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk
Driving (MADD) 2019 TOP COP Award.
MADD annually recognizes officers who
go above and beyond to curb impaired driving
in their communities with dozens of
officers nominated, each receiving an
Award of Excellence. The TOP COP Award
is presented to an officer who continually
displays a commitment to reducing
impaired driving through enforcement,
education and prevention.
This is Judd’s third consecutive MADD
Award of Excellence and his first TOP COP
“We are extremely proud of Officer
Judd,” said Safety Director William Vedra,
Jr. “His daily commitment to reducing the
number of impaired drivers on our roadways
directly increases the safety of our
Judd began his law enforcement career
in 2011, after a family member was killed
by an impaired driver. He dedicated his
career to apprehending impaired drivers
with the thought that each traffic stop
could save a life.
“We are continually impressed with
Officer Judd’s personal efforts and pledge
to keep Grove City families safe,” said
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage.
Pictured here is Safety Director William
Vedra, Jr. with TOP COP Grove City Police
Officer Brandon Judd.
“His work ethic and drive are evident
throughout all aspects of his law enforcement
Those who work with Judd recognize he
truly loves what he does. His drive and
peer training have made him and fellow
law enforcement officers successful in OVI
detection and arrests. Judd was honored as
Grove City Division of Police Officer of the
Year twice, is a member of the Division’s
Strategic Response team and a field training
officer. Over the last 12 months Judd
stopped 307 vehicles, issued 142 citations
and made 70 OVI arrests.
The MADD award is based on OVI
arrest numbers, training and impact on
roadways, the division and community.
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Building in popularity at library
Under the watchful eye of her 3-year-old daughter Mary, Maggie Ostrowski carefully
tries to assemble a giraffe that will be placed in their zoo during the Family
Building Blocks Night at the Grove City Library on Jan. 2. According to Dale Buck,
a youth service department lead, the library will host a similar event on Jan.17
from 1 to 5 p.m. but those interested in building with Legos can join the Lego Club,
which typically meets once a month. For more information, visit the library’s calendar
page on their website, www.swpl.org.
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SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
The South-Western City School
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Available positions are for substitute
drivers that can develop into “Regular”
positions with benefits. Interested
individuals should submit an application
on our website at swcsd.us. Follow the
employment link. Applicants should have
an excellent driving record and must
submit to drug, alcohol, and background
screening. A high school diploma or
equivalent is required.
The South-Western City School District announces a
competitive exam for MAINTENANCE I. Nature of work
and qualifications include high school diploma or equivalent,
additional mechanical training is preferred. Four years as a
general maintenance person in a specific area, and/or experience and
training equivalent to it. Performs all maintenance tasks related to
building and grounds in a neat, efficient and work-man like manner.
This is a 12 month position working 40 hours per week.
Position starts at $20.45/hour.
A SWCSD-Grove City Civil Service application must be
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The Grove City Police Department has recovered
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and monies over the course of several months.
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the tools and electronic equipment. All properties are
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“e Grudge” is a hodgepodge of hauntings
A new decade has begun on the silver screen and
with it comes the death of the reboot and the birth of
Long noting and never caring about the general
public’s growing discontent with the reboot, movie studios
have decided now is the time to turn over a new
leaf and lessen their reliance on the sure-fire cash
grab. To make up for this potential loss in profits, the
studios have craftily rebranded these properties and
transformed them into continuations of a shared universe.
This term is an interesting mix of ideas; it starts
with the pitch to reboot a property that has been stagnant
for five or more years and the rejection due to the
lack of originality. At that same meeting, they brainstorm
ways to tweak the property so something fits
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continuation. People can’t call it lazy because it’s not a
traditional reboot and there is still a market for it
because it adds onto a known property. It’s quite the
con, but I appreciate the attempt at the appearance of
The first of a slate of new films to receive this treatment
is “The Grudge,” a continuation of the 2004 film
starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was itself an
American reboot of the 2002 Japanese film “Ju-On.” It
begins back in Tokyo where the latest caretaker of the
Saeki home has tendered her resignation. Like all who
step foot in that house, Fiona Landers (Tara
Westwood) is disturbed by its oppressive feeling and
believes the only way to get rid of that sensation is to
get as far away as possible.
Shortly after, she is seen at her home in
Pennsylvania, happily hugging her family and then
experiencing hallucinations of a dark presence. Fast
forward two years and we are introduced to Detective
Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough, whose character is
never given a first name) who has settled into the
same small town with her young son after the death of
At her first day on the job, she and her new partner,
Detective Goodman (Demian Bichir), discover a heavily
decomposed body in a car in the woods off of a service
road. In the glovebox, it says her last known
address was 44 Reyburn Drive, a location which causes
Goodman’s face to pinch
Upon the prompting of
Muldoon, Goodman tells her of
the murder-suicide of an entire
family years prior, and the slow,
mental deterioration of his former
partner who was obsessed
with the case. Knowing that she is interested in the
case, Goodman warns his new partner away from the
house, telling her not to step foot in it as it gives off an
evil vibe. Naturally, she doesn’t listen and a slew of
ghostly apparitions soon begin.
As their story is being told, the rest of the film
unfolds in a non-linear fashion, cutting between the
Landers family, married real estate agents Peter and
Nina Spencer (John Cho and Betty Gilpin) and married
elderly couple William and Faith Matheson
(Frankie Faison and Lin Shaye). Each tale tells of
their experience with this unknown entity that
Though each tale is portrayed by strong character
actors, had writer and director Nicolas Pesce decided
to trim one or two storylines, or maybe chosen a main
point-of-view, this film would have felt more compact
and cohesive; instead it ends up feeling like a hodgepodge
of angry ghosts with interconnected stories.
There are elements of a good movie here; it’s based
on an expression of the grief and rage left behind at
places of emotional impact, it’s moody and atmospheric
and it features a great cast. It just doesn’t work
because there is too much going on with too little time
devoted to establishing a relationship between the
characters and the audience. You feel bad that they’re
being haunted, but not so bad that you don’t stop to
check for the time every 10 minutes either.
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