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Silk Hope, NC – The wait is over for the residents and businesses in parts of the Silk Hope community. The Randolph Communications Board of Directors met on the evening of Tuesday, June 27 and approved the first step—PHASE 1—to bring high-speed internet to the underserved broadband customers in that area.  We are calling this expansion, Project: Silk Hope.

Who is included in Phase 1?  Phase 1 includes residents and businesses on the Silk Hope Liberty Road (starting at Bowden Road) continuing to the intersection of Silk Hope Liberty Road & Silk Hope Lindley Mill Road (at the Silk Hope Fire Department).  That first phases includes approximately 40,000-feet of construction. Construction is set to begin October 1, 2017, with services being turned by year end 2017 (weather dependent).

Some may be asking what about me?  The entire interest area covers well over 202,000-feet of construction and we have to start somewhere. Phase 1 is contiguous to our boundary and based on sign-ups presents the best business case for our company.  But please don’t worry. We need everyone to continue to submit their applications. We are still lacking the number of applications other areas. Therefore to complete additional phases we need more applications on the designated proposed fiberhood routes. Those fiberhood routes are being updated and will be visible on our myrandolphfiber.net very soon.

Will there be additional Phases?  Absolutely, if we receive enough applications along the designated fiber routes.

Please know that Project: Silk Hope is a huge priority for Randolph Communications. We will be doing door-to-door canvassing efforts in the community and would welcome more meetings for anyone interested in learning more about our services.  We are committed to providing quality and reliable services on fiber optics but we need your help to make that happen. Submit your application today so your area could become Phase 2. (Additional phases would not begin until beginning of 2018.)

If you have any questions, please email *protected email* or call 336-879-5684. You can also sign up at myrandolphfiber.net or get an application at www.rtti.net and click on forms. Thank you!

 

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Time for Chatham County to throw out the liberal blue team http://chathamjournal.com/2016/10/28/time-chatham-county-throw-liberal-blue-team/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:55:01 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6909 By *protected email* Silk Hope, NC – I have had certain Democrats come at me with pitchforks and torches over this election. What I have learned so far.  If you even lean to the right any you’re attacked with a Trump…

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Silk Hope, NC – I have had certain Democrats come at me with pitchforks and torches over this election. What I have learned so far.  If you even lean to the right any you’re attacked with a Trump pitchfork. Anyone who leans right is automatically thrown under the Trump bus as a deplorable HB2 bigot idiot racist. If you lean left any you’re a baby killing socialist who wants to take our first and second amendment rights and burn the constitution under Hillary. We have been dealt a hard hand on the presidential level and I fault both parties equally for that. I think it would be wise to separate county politics from a national level and focus on Chatham County.   Certain people keep pulling national politics into Chatham County political conversations because they want to muddy the waters for voters so we can’t see clearly who we want to support.

Mike Cross is a democrat that has served our county well. I would vote for him again if he chose to run again because he has a balanced approach and bi partisan history of working across party lines for the good of not just one group or part of the county but the county as a whole. This is what I am looking for in who I will vote for on November 8. Virginia Penley is trying to throw Peyton Holland under the bus because the GOP put him as a proffered choice on the sample ballot. She feels that he is in with them for this reason.  If you take a minute to look at that sample ballot you will see he’s running against Mike Dasher the democrat for commissioner. It only makes common sense if you don’t have a member of your party running against someone of the opposite party who will not work across party lines to prefer someone that’s an independent that will work across party lines with you than against. The current history of Chatham County Commissioners leans toward commissioners who will not work across party lines with an agenda based platform that does not reflect the population of the entire county. Karen Howard clearly stated our comments have no value and now Mike Dasher is running as her left hand man.

I met Peyton Holland and I have looked into his campaign. His signs are not being distributed by the GOP.  His campaign is running on its own and getting his platform out and supplying folks with signs and literature. They have not provided a sample ballot supporting any GOP or Democrat.  His goal seems to be to bring balance back to county government and make it work for all Chathamites. He’s a smart young energetic intelligent man with passion for helping the people of this county. Unlike some politicians I don’t see that clear agenda based political BS in his nature.  He’s not been tainted by either party. I do feel he leans conservative and that’s not a bad thing.  It’s his open approach that won me over. He is a promising face of what our political leader should be .

I said it before I was a full blown democrat because that’s the way our family voted. When I started to look at politicians and how they made promises and then carried that promise out just to make a mess that cost us tons of money and time to repeal or replace legislation done all in the name of progress I had to reconsider my own political affiliation. I’m now an unaffiliated (independent) voter.  It’s clear I am angry like many. Lots of folks still do not know they have been zoned or what exactly it means. I have a friend who had graded a spot to build a shop on in a few years for him and his son. Now it won’t happen with the required engineer to look at the property, reassess the grade, permits, lawyer to provide help getting a variance and other R1 zoning stumbling blocks thrown in every citizens path by a hurried looky what we did mentality all in the name of progress. I believe that they should have waited on the comprehensive study and looked at the options and had open community meetings not for or against zoning but how can we move forward with zoning and fairly accommodate everyone county wide not just the north east corner. Not all folks in the north east are far left progressives afraid of the big bad next door neighbor who will smoke up their yard with an occasional BBQ or god forbid someone opens a new business. Lots of people in the North east were trapped by progress, too much development too fast. Now the county is zoned R1 developers have a green light. It’s too hard to start up a small business and almost impossible to expand an existing one under R1.

They kept their campaign promise and zoned Chatham, looky what we did. They created a mess that will take years to fix that really doesn’t protect anyone but developers.

I’m focused on what will bring balance back to Chatham and that would be Peyton Holland and Jay Stobbs as commissioners.   We have three teams , Red (Jay Stobbs) White (Peyton Holland independent) and Blue (Howard and Dasher). It’s that simple. You can vote for more of the same or you can real progress with folks that value your comments and respect you as citizens of this county .

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Sum of our fears about county-wide zoning in Chatham County http://chathamjournal.com/2016/08/09/sum-fears-county-wide-zoning-chatham-county/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:58:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6791 By *protected email* Silk Hope, NC – This is a learning experience for me. I have learned my anger as well as many others comes from fear. It’s the fear I grew from many years dealing with misrepresentations and down…

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By *protected email*

Silk Hope, NC – This is a learning experience for me. I have learned my anger as well as many others comes from fear. It’s the fear I grew from many years dealing with misrepresentations and down right lies from County government. We are not afraid of zoning. We are afraid of how it will implemented and policed. We can’t trust this (zoning R1 is what’s right for the county now.) It will give far to much power to the county to run over us and reduce our property rights to that of someone living in an expensive development with a homeowners’ association.

This is a letter I received, one of many from my Chatham Chatlist post that drives that fear home. It shows how many of us feel. Even the folks trapped by encroaching developments feel that there will be hell to pay if the zoning is policed to an extreme just to pacify certain people living in developments with all the voting power. Read the letter below and see what’s coming to the rest of the county thanks to far left progressive Democratic overreach. Not all democrats are bad just like everyone in the northeastern corner isn’t pro zoning either. That’s for another post .

I hear your frustration.

I live on land that was my granddaddy’s. He was a farmer and when I used to visit him 50 years ago, I would go with him to the chicken coop to collect eggs. My brother and cousin would try to ride the pigs out in the pasture. The area is “zoned” RA. When I built my house on part of the property 26 years ago I could roam up to 2 miles in some directions without seeing any other dwellings. I am grateful for the eight acres I have been given charge over, but there are subdivisions on almost every side of me. There is a house about a hundred feet in front of me. When I was undergoing cancer treatment and trying to get rest and sleep, their dog would constantly bark. My wife went to talk with them about it, but no one was home. She left a note on their door. The next day she saw the neighbor and he said, “that is what dogs do.”

A little while ago, with help from a friend, I built a small chicken coup where one of my grand daddy’s had been. After hatching out some eggs, we had a few extra roosters. One day I found a notice on my front door from animal control. There had been a complaint about my chickens. When I called the officer, she told me that she had sat at the top of my driveway and had heard fowl and chicken noises, and that, although it was rural/agricultural land and had been farmed for hundreds of years, I could still be taken to court. When I asked her what I could do, she said, “you don’t need roosters to get eggs.” If you get up early in the morning you can hear roosters crowing in almost any direction. At night you can hear coyotes howling almost everywhere. During the day, especially on Saturdays, you can hear leaf blowers and lawn mowers in every direction. I called the agricultural extension agency to ask if they had ever run into a situation like this. They told me,,,,,,,,,,,” You don’t need roosters to get eggs.” I wondered if I had sounded stupid when I spoke to them on the phone in order to get a response like that.

I realized that progress is closing in on us and the tighter things get the greater the odds of stepping on someone’s toes. Each time someone gets their little piece of the country, they feel that they have an acre or two to control, but so often their idea of utopia abuts someone else’s idea of utopia, and they don’t coincide. I wish I had a thousand acres, but I only have eight. I like most of my neighbors, but like any relationship their are compromises that have to take place. We ate most of our roosters, which was our original intent. They were tasty, but a little tough. You can still hear roosters in the morning and coyotes at night. The leaf blowers are getting closer and louder.

I live in north Chatham, the land of development. I consider myself conservative and register independent. I hope my friends south and west of here can hold onto their privacy, openness, and independence for as long as they can. I am on your side in keeping one or two individuals from trying to dictate what you can or can not do with what has been yours for a long time. When there are a few who believe that they are smarter and wiser than any one else, and succeed in being in control of what anyone does, then it is no longer a free state or a democracy.

Let’s keep Chatham county free.

J

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Chatham County’s impact fee is not fair and hurts empty nesters http://chathamjournal.com/2016/04/12/chatham-countys-impact-fee-unfair-hurts-empty-nesters/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:52:11 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6095 By *protected email* Silk Hope, NC – There are 100 counties in North Carolina. 98 of them do not charge an impact fee. A good number of them, including Wake County, have been building new schools and some have far…

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Silk Hope, NC – There are 100 counties in North Carolina. 98 of them do not charge an impact fee. A good number of them, including Wake County, have been building new schools and some have far better schools than Chatham without an impact fee. If we built all of our schools
consistently the same instead of building fancy flagship schools like Margaret Pollard in the more affluent neighborhoods we would be just fine.

Every school needs to have the same resources for the teachers and students .Every school needs to be built in a similar manor with just some exterior differences for looks. If a child goes from one school to another there shouldn’t be a drastic difference in resources and environment. If you visit all the schools in Chatham you will see clearly what I mean .

framed new homeNow let’s look at some basic math. Realtor.com shows the average price of a new home in Chatham County at $285,000. If you build that new home in Bonlee where the county and township tax rate equals about 70 cents per $100 of evaluation; the first year it will increase the tax base by $1995 a year just for that home. There were 426 new homes sold in Chatham over twelve months and using that average the tax base increased by a minimum of $849,870.  My point is that the increase in the value of property due to development increases the county tax base.

Right now, bonds are at an all time low and its the perfect time for counties and town to invest in their infrastructure with bonds. That’s how every other county is building new schools and making repairs and upgrades without increasing taxes. Do you think its fair that if someone wanted to build a new one bedroom home to retire in that they would have to pay $3500 for a school impact fee when they will never add any children to the school system?  The fee is discriminatory in the way its applied. If someone has five kids and builds a new six bedroom home they pay $3,500 while adding five kids to the school system . A retiree who has already paid taxes on a bigger home who wants to down size has to pay $3,500 for a smaller home that won’t add any children to the school system.

Its not fair and its not right. Period.

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Silk Hope Ruritan’s blood drive is on February 5 http://chathamjournal.com/2016/01/06/silk-hope-ruritans-blood-drive-is-on-february-5/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:55:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5593 by Jackie Adams Silk Hope, NC – The Silk Hope Ruritan Club will be sponsoring the 2016 Red Cross Spring Blood Drive on Friday, February 5, from 2:30 pm until 7 pm, at the Silk Hope Community Center located at 4221 Silk…

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by Jackie Adams

Silk Hope, NC – The Silk Hope Ruritan Club will be sponsoring the 2016 Red Cross Spring Blood Drive on Friday, February 5, from 2:30 pm until 7 pm, at the Silk Hope Community Center located at 4221 Silk Hope Road, Siler City NC and diagonally across from the Silk Hope Fire Station. Every Year the Silk Hope Ruritans have been proud sponsors of this needed community event.

Red Cross Blood DriveWalk-ins are welcome, but those wishing to donate with appointments will have top priority unless it is during our slow time of 5:00 to 6:45 PM where it is easier to get in. So, if you can make an appointment great, if not we can accommodate you and will get you in ASAP.

You can make an appointment by phone with the Red Cross 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767), or on line here or by calling Jack Strum at (919) 742-5891.

The Ruritans will serve snacks and beverages during the drive. Together with you, we look forward to breaking the average giving record of 40 units of life-saving blood!!”. We invite you to become part of this wonderful community effort and help us set a new record in support of a much needed blood.

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Organic dairy farm permanently conserved in Chatham County http://chathamjournal.com/2016/01/01/organic-dairy-farm-permanently-conserved-in-chatham-county/ Fri, 01 Jan 2016 22:55:32 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5538 Silk Hope, NC – Lindale Farm, a certified organic dairy in the Silk Hope area of Chatham County, is now permanently conserved by an easement with the nonprofit Triangle Land Conservancy. A fifth generation dairy and poultry farm, Lindale Farm…

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Silk Hope, NC – Lindale Farm, a certified organic dairy in the Silk Hope area of Chatham County, is now permanently conserved by an easement with the nonprofit Triangle Land Conservancy.

A fifth generation dairy and poultry farm, Lindale Farm is Chatham County’s first and only certified organic dairy.  Lindale Farm is one of four NC dairies that produce milk for the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley which is sold through local grocery stores.

Lindale FarmThe landowners, Neill and Cori Lindley, chose to permanently conserve the property through a conservation easement designed to shield it from incompatible land uses and excessive development. The 182-acre conservation easement allows for farming and agricultural related structures, but prohibits future subdivision of the property. TLC holds the easement and is responsible for making sure the easement’s terms are followed into the future.

“The Lindley’s are a wonderful example of a farm family that has a long term commitment to their farm and its natural resources,” said Leigh Ann Hammerbacher, TLC Associate Director of Conservation and Stewardship. “They serve as a model for innovative and successful production and conservation at the state and national level.”

The property includes mostly open pastureland and fields with several acres of woodland. The easement protects several acres of floodplain, over 1.8 miles of streams that feed into the Haw River, and prime agricultural soils. Lindale Farm participates in several conservation best management practices, including livestock exclusion from streams and stream buffers.

Additional funding for the project was provided by the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the USDA’s Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP).

“TLC is proud to have been the conduit through which Federal, State, and Non-Governmental funding sources have been combined and leveraged to protect Lindale Farm in perpetuity,” said Bo Howes, Director of Conservation and Stewardship for TLC. “This important family farm is the latest in our continuing effort to keep the Silk Hope Community a strong agricultural center.  We are very appreciative of the Lindley family’s commitment to their land and way of life.”

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Best of Chatham County survey returns http://chathamjournal.com/2015/10/12/best-of-chatham-county-survey-returns/ Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:19:44 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5258 by Gene Galin Pittsboro, NC – The popular Best of Chatham County has returned. You can access the survey immediately at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015bestofchatham Folks are welcome to share the survey URL and encourage their family, friends and neighbors to vote for…

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by Gene Galin
Pittsboro, NC – The popular Best of Chatham County has returned.

You can access the survey immediately at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015bestofchatham

Best of Chatham CountyFolks are welcome to share the survey URL and encourage their family, friends and neighbors to vote for their Best of Chatham.

The survey runs through November 10, 2015.

There’s about 80 categories. You do NOT have to make a choice in each category. Please go through and chose those that you are knowledgeable about. You will be able to go back and forth within the survey before submitting your choices.

This year the results of the Chatham Chatlist Best of Chatham County survey will appear online on the Chatham Journal newspaper web site at http://www.chathamjournal.com. We’ll also appear in print issue of the Chatham Magazine.

The purpose of the Best of Chatham County has always been to help promote local commerce inside Chatham County. Because of that only Chatham County based selections will be included in the final tabulations.

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Sometimes Mother Nature provides a special experience http://chathamjournal.com/2015/09/14/sometimes-mother-nature-provides-a-special-experience/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:31:41 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5168 by Marianne McIver Silk Hope, NC – Yesterday, I found a young hummingbird caught in a spider web on my porch. It was hanging by one leg and a wing and struggling to get loose.  I took a soft cloth…

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by Marianne McIver

Silk Hope, NC – Yesterday, I found a young hummingbird caught in a spider web on my porch. It was hanging by one leg and a wing and struggling to get loose.  I took a soft cloth and enclosed it gently while breaking loose the web that was holding it.  We sat on another porch where the hummingbirds were flying around the feeders and they began to take an interest.

hummingbirdwebThe little one closed his eyes and rested, clinging to the cloth with tiny black claws. His breathing slowed. I picked remnants of web and loosened feathers from his green shimmery body. After he had rested 10 min or so, I tried feeding him the nectar from the feeders, using a 3cc syringe. His beak fit into the hole and he immediately began drinking. After the first drink, he perked up, stood on his legs and fluttered his wings a few times, as if to see if they still worked. I was heartened by the rapid humming beat.

After several feedings he was so alert that I coaxed him onto a branch of the butterfly bush below the feeders. One female hummingbird in particular kept getting closer and closer to him in her flight.  She also flew in front of my face and peered at me. I stayed still and watched the story unfold. She moved closer still and pushed the young one, more with her body than beak, although at first glance it looked pretty scary. He fell back, but held on although upside down, hanging from the twig.  When he righted himself, he started preening his feathers, straightening out some that were at odd angles. He practiced flying again. She came at him twice more, and then the third time she knocked him loose from the branch and he flew off across the field with her right beside him.

I wonder how long it had been since he left the nest. He was about 2/3 the size of the adults that were around the feeders. These are ruby throated hummingbirds that arrive here each year in April, raise their young and depart about mid-October.

Initially, I would have predicted that this fragile little bird would not survive his trauma. So to see them fly off together was a great gift.

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Register for Cooperative Extension’s October heirloom tomato workshop http://chathamjournal.com/2015/09/10/register-for-cooperative-extensions-october-heirloom-tomato-workshop/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:45:44 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5156 by Debbie Roos Silk Hope, NC – The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Growing Heirloom Tomatoes from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday October 19 at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC. Tomatoes…

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by Debbie Roos

Silk Hope, NC – The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Growing Heirloom Tomatoes from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday October 19 at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC.

Heirloom tomatoesTomatoes seem to capture the imagination of all gardeners; most people absolutely crave tomatoes and their arrival in summer is an annual culinary highlight. Americans have been enjoying their infinite variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors for about 300 years. Tomatoes are also a very important economic crop for area farmers.

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from arguably our state’s top heirloom tomato experts: Craig LeHoullier, a gardener who has been growing tomatoes for over 30 years, is responsible for naming and popularizing the famed Cherokee Purple variety and has been on a whirlwind tour promoting his new book Epic Tomatoes; and Alex Hitt, a highly successful market farmer who has grown over 150 varieties of tomatoes over the years.

The target audience for this workshop is market growers and serious gardeners. The workshop will be presented in two sections:

Tomato History, Varieties, Seed Saving, and More:

Craig LeHoullier (author of Epic Tomatoes and tomato adviser to the Seed Savers Exchange) will take the workshop participants on a journey with a dash of history, fascinating stories, and a pictorial tour of dozens of favorite varieties in a rainbow of colors. Craig will also touch upon some of his key success factors learned from home gardening for 30 years in our challenging climate, and some of his favorite ways to use, preserve and save seed from his annual bounty. Craig will briefly discuss a unique project he is leading to create new tomato varieties that are perfect for container gardening.

Organic Production of Heirloom Tomatoes:

Peregrine Farm grower Alex Hitt will share his vast experience growing and marketing dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes organically. Alex will talk about variety selection, transplant production, fertility and soil preparation, plant spacing, irrigation, mulch and weed control, plant growth management (growth habit: determinate/indeterminate, trellising, pruning), production problems (disease and insect issues, pollination, cracking), harvest and post-harvest handling.

For complete details and registration information, visit Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/heirloom-toms

Advance registration is required by October 13

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$30,000 for what? http://chathamjournal.com/2015/09/10/30000-for-what/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:21:11 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5127 by Mark Stinson Siler City, NC – Looking from the outside in sometimes doesn’t provide us with all the information needed but in my point of view something is darn wrong with allotting $30,000 to Virginia Cross and North Chatham…

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by Mark Stinson

Siler City, NC – Looking from the outside in sometimes doesn’t provide us with all the information needed but in my point of view something is darn wrong with allotting $30,000 to Virginia Cross and North Chatham schools while leaving out the rest of the schools.

Many of us in the west and southern parts of this county feel our schools get shorted and this is more proof. I am tired of democratic BS favoring the fancy schools in the county while treating the rest like red headed step children.

InequalitiesThirty thousand dollars for arts in the fancy schools? Really? Like we don’t need money for other things in the rest of the county schools? I’m all for the arts but I’m all for due process too. I feel any money spent by the county should be up for public debate and due process instead of being thrown in a budget under the radar at the last moment. In my mind it causes me not to trust the commissioners that much more.

I never felt the election was right and those who got in seem to be taking the typical tax and spend stance most democrats take throwing money towards those who got them elected. Every school in this county should be at equal par with the rest. If one school gets something all should get the same. If you talk to any teacher they will tell you that isn’t so. I just want you to remember when its time to vote get off your behind and vote and remember this under the table side handed crap and vote for people who wont do it .

I’m glad Mike Cross and Walter Petty saw the problem with it and voted against it. At least two of our commissioners have some integrity and common sense .

Goodnite Mark

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