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Motor Vehicle Theft in North Cypress-Langford

posted Apr 23, 2018, 9:20 AM by Kathy Carr

In the early hours of April 5, 2018, Blue Hills RCMP received a report of a Motor Vehicle Theft at a rural property located in the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford. RCMP investigated and found that three male suspects had entered the property in a pick-up truck, stole some diesel fuel, and stole a Chevy Cavalier parked on the property. The incident occurred between 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the evening of April 4, 2018. 
 Blue Hills RCMP were later alerted to the fact that the Cavalier was found completely engulfed in flames, around 12:30 a.m. that same night, by Neepawa RCMP. 
Police are investigating and are asking for the public's help in identifying any suspects related to this incident.  Anyone with information on this matter are urged to contact Blue Hills RCMP – Carberry Detachment at (204) 834-2905.  
 If you wish to remain Anonymous call: Manitoba Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or SUBMIT: a secure tip online at or TEXT: "TIPMAN" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.

 Cpl. Mike Boychuk
Blue Hills RCMP - NCO i/c Brandon Detachment

Songs ‘n’ Sweets with the Carberry Plains Museum

posted Apr 23, 2018, 9:19 AM by Kathy Carr

If Celtic music wasn’t your cup of tea, perhaps a mixture of classic rock, folk, pop and a bit of blues and bluegrass is. “Lucky Ned” is set to entertain us at the Royal Canadian Legion on May 6. The evening is called “Songs ‘n’ Sweets” and is sponsored by the Carberry Plains Museum Board.
Maybe you remember and still love Elvis? Roy Orbison? The Everly Brothers? The Beach Boys?
Their music is classic and timeless. For the over 60 group, it stirs memories of high school dances and jukeboxes in the local café. That is just some of the music that Lucky Ned will bring to us.
“Lucky Ned” is composed of two of the Shameless Folk (Bill Turner and Kerry Skin­ner), with an additional two musicians (Brent White and Brian Giesb­recht), who describe themselves as “seasoned”. They will be doing the entertaining – and with that variety of styles, there should be something that you will enjoy! They won’t even mind if you are tempted to get up and show off your dance steps!
The show starts at 6:00 p.m. You may have eaten your supper first, but save some room for dessert! 
The Museum Board has some excellent bakers amongst them, and there will be a variety of tempting desserts on hand, along with beverages, of course: tea, coffee, and whatever the Legion has to serve you!
So, mark your calendars for Sunday, May 6. The Carberry Plains Museum Board is hosting another event as we are making an effort to raise funds to do some much-needed repairs and exhibit changes at the museum.
This is our second fundraiser this year. The museum board is working hard doing major changes to the exhibits. We are expanding our military display to include the significant display we received from McCain’s regarding the British Com­mon­­wealth Training Plan air base here. We are including an exhibit of technology as well. 
We have been busy with the paint brush, brightening up the walls and backdrops to make our museum a brighter and more visitor-friendly place. Along with that, the trim in the Ginger­bread House needs painted and the east porch needs to be rebuilt. 
While we get funding from the province (although the amount has not changed in 20 years) and our local councils, the upkeep of two buildings and refreshing of exhibits (along with the regular operating costs) all takes a lot of funding.
The Museum Board hopes our Songs ‘n’ Sweets event will be a fun evening for us all, as well as a chance to do some PR for the museum. Tickets are available from any member of the museum board or at the Carberry News-Express office. Thanks for your support!

by Gloria Mott

Front Page for Monday, April 23, 2018

posted Apr 23, 2018, 9:16 AM by Kathy Carr

The new Rec Programmer is...

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:21 AM by Kathy Carr

Brianna Renwick has been named Recreation Programmer for the Town of Carberry, Muni­ci­pality of North Cypress-Lang­ford and associated rec­reation districts. You will find her at the Recreation office at 122 Main Street when her position officially commences on April 9. 
Brianna is the daughter of Blair and Lori Salt and has spent her life residing in Carberry and area. She currently lives in the municipality of North Cypress-Langford with her husband Chris and their four children, Gavin (13), Aidan (11), Calin (7) and Briar (5). 
She is excited to jump into her new role, strengt­hening relationships with members of the community and building partnerships with local organizations, the rural rec districts, Deb at Service for Seniors, Amy with the Arts Coun­cil, Com­munity Develop­ment Officer Tricia and Grady with Parks, Facilities and Sanitation. 
Her early priorities include getting new and exciting program opportunities off the ground this spring, developing the summer day camp program, meeting with the rec districts in the Municipality and surveying the public to determine interests and needs. For Brianna, recreation encompasses many aspects - sports, health, wellness and simply getting out and doing activities that a person enjoys. She looks forward to bringing forth new leisure activities for the community, and continuing with the fundamentals that have been built over the years. 
“I’m very much looking forward to my new role,” says Brianna. “I’m so pleased that organizations and individuals have already been approaching me asking for assistance, sharing ideas, and by the overwhelming number of well wishes. We have a great community of people here in Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford, and I am so honoured to get to be a part of helping our community thrive.”

Joint Council - New Ice Plant is working well

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:07 AM by Kathy Carr

The joint councils of the Town of Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford met for their March meeting on Monday the 26th, with Reeve Adriaan­­sen in the chair, and all councillors except Jack­son,  Mac­Gregor and Dra­y­­son present. Also present was CAO Jones.
The only planning issue this month was word of an information session to be put on by the government to outline the changes that are proposed in the Planning Amendment Act (Imp­roving Efficiency in Plan­ning). There are several changes that will directly affect the councils’ work, and all members were approved to attend if they wished. The local session will be held in Brandon on March 28.
Unfinished Business
Bill Kalinowich re­ports that the new ice plant is working well, and that the operators being trained are on track to pass their Refrigeration Operator certifications. He commended the state of the equipment room. Bill has been a very helpful re­source, and has done so with very little expense to the Com­munity Centre Board.
CAO Jones asked councils to consider setting in place Hiring and Firing policies. Some of the work force is governed by their union contract, but for the remainder, a clear policy would be helpful.
The position of Rec­reation Programmer has been filled. Councils voted to hire Brianna Renwick for the post, and to share her salary bet­ween Town and Munici­pality.
Councillor Barry An­derson pointed out that it was important for those councillors appoin­ted to the various boards in the area to ensure that they are present for all the meetings, so as to be able to keep councils abreast of developments that may affect them. Where there are Town and Municipal members, they should ensure that at least one is present. Given the sometimes erratic schedule of meetings, it’s important to get proper notice of meetings emailed in good time.
The upcoming meetings of the AMM’s Muni­cipal Officials will have some important breakout sessions. Coun­­cillors were given agendas for the events, which take place from April 10-12. 
he Mayors’ and Reeves’ meeting will be hearing a presentation from Mani­toba Infrastructure.
An engineering assessment of the old Town shop has only just arrived, and will be brought to the next meeting when it has been examined.
Council has decided that the Community Foun­dation’s health related funds 10th Anniversary Medical Assistance Fund and Emergent Needs Fund which were the subject of a delegation to the last meeting should be combined and committed to the care of the CACF. This will enable the Foundation to secure a better rate of return, but will lock the funds away in perpetuity, giving only the interest earned to the Town and Municipality to disburse. The interest was committed to the Health Action Committee to facilitate the recruitment and retention of health professionals.
The contract for gar­bage services has at last been signed with TAC Ventures.
The Service for Seniors Resource Coor­dinator has asked councils to assist Prairie Mountain Health Region to host this year’s conference of the Association of Support Services Coordinators. These are the people who provide services to enable seniors to continue living in their own homes as long as possible. They provide such services as meals (on-wheels or in shared settings), home and yard maintenance, transportation, and Emer­gency Response Infor­mation Kits. All resource councils are non-profit, so the health region has to find the necessary funding to support the conference. They ask municipalities to chip in, and the Joint Councils voted to send the region $250, shared 50/50.
General Business
Councils approved an advertisement of support in the 2018 MADD Mes­sage Yearbook for a cost of $279 per council.
Councils also app­roved the attendance of Ken VanDamme and Alex Broad to a Refrigeration Operator Level 2 course in Winnipeg. The intensive week-long course will cost $1086 each, plus meals and accommodation. The certification will authorize them to work on the new ice plant. The costs will be taken from the Ice Plant Replacement Budget.
The Financial Officer and the Administrative Assistant were approved to attend a refresher course in the municipal software they use. The one-day course takes place in Brandon in April. Costs (an “early bird” special, at $300 for the two) will be split between Town and Municipality.
Grady Stephenson will be sent to the “Big Rig” Heavy Rescue Train the Trainer course in Win­nipeg, June 8-10 at the fire academy. The $350 course, plus accommodation, meals and mileage will be covered 50/50 by the Town and Munici­pality.
The CAO reported that she has just received word that in a move intended to “reduce red tape,” the province will be allowing taxpayers to self-assess whether they will take their Education Property Tax Credit Advance directly from their tax bill or on their income tax form. She expects that whatever red tape the province may be saving itself, the municipality will end up with, along with some hard feelings if the Municipal Office has to disagree with a “self-assessment.”
Weed Supervisor Loney was approved to attend the MWSA Spring Seminar in Russell from April 3-6, with accommodation at the Russell Inn, meals and mileage all to be shared 50/50 between Town and Municipality.
There will be a Conference of the Mani­toba Association of Fire Chiefs in Selkirk from May 31 to June 2, and two members of the Fire Department were app­roved to attend. Regis­tration, accommodation, meals and mileage will be shared between Car­berry and NCL.
The Prairie Region Tran­s­portation Com­mun­i­ty Awareness Emer­gency Response Commit­tee is hosting training sessions May 23-25 at the CN Rail Campus on leaking tank cars and locomotive rescue. Chiefs, Deputies and Training Officers are invited to observe the daytime courses. Evening courses are also available to all first responders. The fire department will be asked to consider whom they might send.
The old ice plant equip­ment has been offered for sale, and after negotiations, a bid of $90,000 (plus taxes) was accepted and approved. The funds from the sale will return to the CPCC Capital fund for further energy efficiency upgrades to the Community Centre.
Committee Reports
The CAO reports that March has been busy. Snow cleanup gave Public Works a workout, and they are to be congratulated on how well they did it. Budgets are almost completed; the distribution of Town accounts to the Financial Officer and the NCL and Joint accounts to the ACAO is sorted out. There are still some outstanding amounts from the old Langford system, but the number is much reduced. Sub-boards are on notice to clear up their budgets and by-laws. The 2017 audits are on track to be under way before the end of 2018! Pre-Election work is under way with a call to update the voters’ list.
The ACAO continues to work on budgets, and the Special Service By-Law for the Municipality. She is now tasked with the financials for the sub-boards, and is finding her way through the complexities. She continues to take accounting courses in Portage, and will write an exam in early April, take one more course starting in April, and a final one in the fall to graduate before the end of the year.
The Financial Officer has been working on Town payables and payroll, both budgets, and questions from the auditors on the 2016 audit. With the ACAO she has been balancing 2017 financials to ensure accurate data for the 2018 Budget and for submission to the MMO.
The Archivist reports that she is supplying material for Ken Storie to use on the Carberry Heri­tage website. She is also restoring and digitizing pictures from the accessions in the file room.
The Arts Council has been working with a Youth Advisory Council on a program that presented a song-writing workshop and performance by the band Speed Control. They also have arranged for a Winnipeg choreographer to give a dance camp in July, with funding help from Healthy Together Now and the CACF. Their March 18 dance recital played to 200 people. Local instructor Taylor Orchard will be giving a further session in spring/summer. In addition, they are offering ‘Drums Alive,’ ‘Cooking with Kids,’ and at the Library ‘Community in Song’ with Heather Jean Jordan. The Library will also be showing a Traveling Gallery Art Show, and at the Old Town Hall there is a display of the photographs of Matthew Tolton, which will be succeeded by a show of art quilts from Fibre Art Divas, on exc­hange from Arts Forward in Neepawa. The Arts Council’s Ladies’ Night promotion has drawn fewer attendees than hoped for, and may have to be curtailed.
The Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation reports that the rink is closing for the season, and he will be preparing energy use statistics for the new refrigeration equipment. There are several small upgrades planned for the facility during the summer. The old equipment has been successfully offered for sale. The contractor will return to 122 Main to continue with the foundation work. Once they are accessible, the ball park washrooms are to be assessed for renovation. Work will continue on the Art Sear Park, with some equipment to install, and landscaping and grass seeding. Negotiations with the sanitation contractor have wound up successfully, and the contract is signed.
The Community Develop­ment Coor­dina­tor has been working on the Volunteer Awards Ban­quet to be held on April 17. She also reports that she is redoing the renter’s agreement for the hall and the caretakers’ job description. The Hall board is considering providing Wi-Fi for the hall. Bookings are busy for the next few months. Grant applications have been made for the old bank building, and for the Ag Society’s Round House. An application for the Round House also went to the Thomas Sill Foundation. A survey has gone out to all Chamber members to determine the future direction of the Cham­ber. If you have one, please fill it out and send it back; the feedback is needed.
At Evergreen En­viron­­mental, the picking line has been sold, and its sale helped with the purchase of new LED lighting. The gasifier is in the process of being constructed.
The Library Board is still in need of a citizen representative for the town. Volunteers or nominations can go to any councillor.
The Planning Board is looking at changes coming from the provincial government in the form of the newly introduced Bill 19, The Planning Amendment Act (improving Efficiency in Planning). There will be a presentation session in Brandon on March 28, and details will be brought before the councils by Planner McEn­tee as well. Various issues addressed in the bill should help Munici­palities with planning matters in the future.
The Southern Chiefs Organization will be holding a Business and Partnership Forum on May 8-9 in Winnipeg. The opportunity to establish partnerships, and to network with First Nations and other neighboring municipalities is one that several councillors are considering.
MP Robert Sopuck is seeking support for Motion M-167 in the House of Commons, which asks the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to study rural crime rates and rural policing resources and partnerships with a view to improving rural crime rates. Councillors agreed willingly to support such a step, and instructed the CAO to send a letter of support and endorsement as requested.
Around the Table
Mayor Olmstead exp­ressed his approval of the deal achieved to sell the old refrigeration equipment and put the money to energy efficiency. He felt that the price arrived at was a good deal, and better than he had hoped. He commended Grady Stephenson and Bill Kalinowich on their efforts.
Adjournment was at 8:25 p.m. next joint meeting scheduled for April 30th due to the MMAA Convention.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, April 2, 2018

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:04 AM by Kathy Carr

Brookdale Science Fair has fantastic turnout

posted Mar 26, 2018, 9:02 AM by Kathy Carr

On Friday, March 9, the Brookdale School held their 2nd Annual Science Fair. There was a fantastic turnout with guests from Beautiful Plains School Division, the community, and judges from around Wes­tern Manitoba. Thirty-five grade 1-8 students from Brook­dale School and Fairway Colony School presented projects. The top four projects in grades 1-4 and the top four projects in grades 5-8 were selected to move on to the regional fair. Here is a list of our winners heading to the regional science fair.
 Grade 1-4
Shawn Dennis 
(Bubble Transport)
Emily Hockin 
& Olivia Szucki 
(Fizzy Fun)
Hayden Kurmann-Madill & Jesse Kurmann-Loewen 
Sophie MacDonald & Aliyeh Jacobsen 
(Bouncy Balls)
Grade 5-8
Hailey Dennis & Emily May 
(Harnessing the Power of the Sun)
Tessa Wollman 
(Fertilizer Runoff)
Lyndon Hofer 
(Testing Electrolytes)
Byron Kurmann-Madill & Daniel Ens 
(Crash Preventers)
The Western Manitoba Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 10th, at the Healthy Living Center in Brandon, MB and will bring together approximately 500 students in grades 1-12 from across Western Manitoba. Congratulations to all who participated and good luck to the students at WMSF in April.

submitted by Robyn Forsman

Front Page for Monday, March 26, 2018

posted Mar 26, 2018, 8:57 AM by Kathy Carr

Wildcats Win Provincial “AA” Bronze Medals

posted Mar 19, 2018, 9:44 AM by Kathy Carr

Head coach Corey Forbes stated that the Wildcats had a very good weekend at the provincial high school hockey tournament in Killarney, March 8-10. They played four games, all decided by one goal. Two were overtime matches. Their fourth match was an overtime thriller which culminated with the provincial bronze medals.
The Morris Mave­ricks, second place team in the nine team Zone 4 League, scored twice in the final seven minutes to record a 5-4 win over the GCB guys in their opener on Thursday morning, March 8. Morris tallied two shorthanded markers and had the only first period goal. The game was tied 2-2 after the second stanza.
Jaden Johnson scored once and had two helpers. Bailey Creasy added a goal and an assist while centre Zaine McConnell collected two assists. Captain Matt Johnston sniped a pair and played an outstanding game on defence. The Wildcats served five of nine minors.
Defenseman Matt Johnston fired a power play winner with 64 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory from Deloraine-Hartney Colts on Thursday afternoon, March 8.
Zaine McConnell with help from Jaden Johnson got the lone goal in the opening period, but the Colts led 2-1 after two frames. Carter Williamson assisted by Taner Coates tied the game with 7:52 left in the game.
Dez Ramsey was spectacular in the Wildcats net and was awarded the game star. Brendan Ham­mond fired both Colts goals who had previously edged the Wildcats twice 2-1, once in overtime. 
In the semifinals, Nico Vigour’s second goal in overtime gave the Moun­tain Mustangs a 4-3 win over the Wildcats, Friday, March 9. Kyle Davos dented the twine once and added a pair of assists for the Mountain (Somerset, Notre Dame, and St. Claude) Mustangs.
The Wildcats were ahead 2-1 and 3-2 at the period breaks. Jaden Johnson from Matt Johnston and Bradon McCulloch, assisted by Brett Janssens, accounted for the GCB attach in the first. Bayley Creasy, a grade 10 student, sniped the third marker with help from line mates McCon­nell and Johnson and nine seconds remaining in the second period.
Mountain took seven of eight minor penalties.
Two goals from the stick of Jaden Johnson powered the Wildcats to a 4-3 overtime victory over host Killarney. Wawanesa Raiders in the bronze medal game on Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. After the first period, the game was tied 1-1 and the Wildcats were ahead 3-2 at the end of two.
Johnson and Zaine McConnell combined for the opening goal at 19:37 while Matt Johnston and McConnell assisted Jaden on his second marker at 19:10 of the second period. Cody Everett sank the third with help from Brett Janssens and Russell Adriaansen.
Taner Coates, assisted by Carter Williamson, (both grade 12’s) dented the twine at 2:27 of overtime for the winner. Owen Lockhart, another grade 12 student, was sound in goal for the winners. What a great way to end their high school hockey careers!!! Camden Cline replied with two goals for the Raiders. Five of seven minor penalties were served by the Wildcats. Zaine McConnell was selected as game star in the last two games. The Mountain Mustangs won the gold medals (4-2) over the Morris Mavericks.
After receiving their bronze medals, the Wildcats returned to Baldur arena for their annual windup. Although they had a lot of hockey over the last three days, the Wildcats still had enough energy for a game of shinny hockey and some shuffle board.
Team awards handed out as follows:
Top forward - Zaine McConnell, Jaden Johnson
Top defenseman - Matt Johnston
Top goalie - Dez Ramsey
Top rookie - Bayley Creasy
Top scorer and sportsmanship - Zaine McConnell
Most dedicated - Taner Coates
Top grad - Matt Johnston
Zaine McConell was named to the tournament all-star team.
Special tribute to coaches Corey Forbes (Corey’s 16th year as head coach), Regan Richmond and equipment manager Mitch Thornborough.   
Forbes said those 7:00 a.m. practices on Tuesday and Thursdays keep him focused!!! 

by Gladwyn Scott

Town Council - Electoral boundaries being adjusted - where will we land this time?

posted Mar 19, 2018, 9:41 AM by Kathy Carr

The council of the Town of Carberry met on Tuesday evening, March 13, in the council chambers of the Municipal Offices, with Mayor Olmstead in the chair, and all members present, along with CAO Jones and former Mayor Blair as a delegation.
Works foreman Su­dak had sent word that he would like to apply for two solar-powered flashing crosswalk lights to place at the schools. The units would cost $13,261.02, and he hopes to apply to the Car­berry and Area Community Foundation for a grant of $8,840.68 towards them, leaving the town to cover the balance.
Accounts totalling $137,608.85 were app­roved for payment.
Former Mayor Wayne Blair appeared before council to hear details of the garbage contract with TAC Ventures. He was told the contract had been issued and will be approved formally at the Joint Council meeting, and runs until 2022. TAC have been collecting garbage and recycling since February 5, and the only dispute so far was quickly corrected. There is in the contract a workable dispute resolution procedure, and the costs closely parallel the costs that the town bore in labour and equipment maintenance and rep­lace­ment. The contract will come up for app­roval at the next joint meeting.
CAO Jones reported that the Sewer Rates, By-Law 2/2015, is still held up at the Public Utilities Board, though they assure her that the decision is close to the top of their order list.
Unfinished Business
Council agreed to join with the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford in becoming a silver sponsor of the McCain Clear Lake Golf Classic, at a cost of $2000, split 50/50 with NCL.
A motion to pay the fees necessary to be­come a payee with the Royal Bank for utility accounts and property taxes was defeated. It was considered the uncharacteristically high charges didn’t warrant the expense.
Council moved to waive the outstanding pro­perty taxes on the building at 33 Main Street (the old Bank of Mont­real). Now that the buil­ding is in local hands, there are great hopes for some real improvements at that site.
Electoral boundaries are being adjusted this year. This is done to ensure that each MLA is elected by as near as possible the same number of electors. Carberry has historically been passed back and forth and up and down among the surrounding ridings. For the moment we are represented by Eileen Clarke of Agassiz riding. When the new boundaries are presented, it will be well to see where we land.
The post of Rec­reation Programmer has not yet been officially filled; the hiring will be presented to the upcoming joint meeting.
General Business
In accordance with the Municipal Act, council designated 2017 as the year for tax sale, and set the date for Tax Sale as October 2, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.
Council approved the purchase of a 2015 New Holland B95B Tractor, at a cost of $75,289.08, taxes included, after trade in of a Case 580 Super M Backhoe, valued at $34,500.
Camp Bridges, which provides support and therapy to bereaved children, wrote to say that because of generous support the previous year, they will not require donations this year towards their $15,000 budget. They thanked their supporters for their generosity, and assured them that they are continuing with their annual camp.
Around the Table
Former Mayor Blair informed council that he is preparing a plaque for the bench in the front office. The bench came from the long-demolished Carberry CPR station, and was the property of Errol Berry, whose family donated it to the town. It was refinished by Jerrold Niko­laisen’s firm, Bladewood Res­toration. Blair said he will design and cost a plaque, and bring it before councils shortly.
Blair also asked the best procedure for presenting a complaint about undisciplined dogs. The CAO will provide him with an official complaint form, and offered suggestions as to how to fill it in most effectively.
B. Anderson noted that several boards to which the council nominates members are short their proper number. He asked that the matter be discussed at a subsequent meeting.
J. Anderson asked when a Recreation Fund­raising Committee would be named. He has a contact with some good ideas and a willingness to execute them. He asked for a timely addressing of this need.
He also asked about the status of the project to create a “King Spud” statue. Could this be put on the agenda of the Community Develop­ment Corporation? It could also be put on the agenda of the Joint Councils.
All councillors offered kudos to the town workers for their efforts in the recent snow storm. In comparison with any jurisdiction nearby or further, our snow clearing is clearly superior. We have been very fortunate to have such effective and dedicated workers.
MacGregor suggested that work should be kept up on the parking/ traffic by-law. What is soon needed is a ‘walkabout’ to determine needs for signage and parking controls, as the by-law will cover the whole town’s range of needs for stop signs, yields, speed limits and parking designations. Council will follow through with a tour of the Town this spring once the snow is gone.
Mayor Olmstead asked to set a date for a Budget Meeting. A date and time of 4:00 p.m. on Monday the 19th of March was set.
With that, the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m. Next meeting for the Carberry Town Council will be on Tuesday, April 10. 

by John McNeily

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