Jean Hardell Crane Carl

On April 26, 2020, Jean Carl went to be with the Lord. Born on February 27, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Mamie Hardell Crane and William Lucius Crane. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Alice Crane Hoen and Barbara Crane Arndt.

Jean is survived and was surrounded by the love of her life, her devoted husband of 72 years, Donald Kenneth Carl; as well as daughter, Donna Carl Henderson and husband, David Henderson of Bedford, VA; son, Kenneth William Carl and wife, Delores Estes Carl of Mineral, VA and daughter, Marie Carl Lilly and husband, Ben R. Lilly of Dayton, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: William Owen Carl, Orange, VA; Kelly Henderson Dye, Mooresville, NC.; Zebulon Carl Lilly, Harrisonburg, VA; Whitney Carl King and husband, Keith King, Mineral, VA, William Boyd Lilly, and wife Whitney Lilly of Harrisonburg, VA. She enjoyed and was delighted by her great grandchildren: Colin King, Lauren King, Brody King, Justin Dye and Finnegan Lilly. The love of many devoted nieces and nephews filled her life with joy along with a special longtime friend, Fern Kauffman.

Jean was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1944. She lived most of her adult life in Kensington, MD. In 2014, she and Don moved to Bedford, VA. She was an RN nurse trained during WWII in the Cadet Nurse Program. Her nurses’ training was at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

As a homemaker and housewife, she enjoyed family camping, boating, ice skating and other water sports. Jean, the First Mate, and Don, the Captain, cruised for years onboard their beloved vessel, Donje, on the Chesapeake Bay. They made two journeys on the Great Loop traveling north on the inland waterway from Maryland to the Great Lakes. Then they continued these voyages down the Mississippi into the Gulf, to the Bahamas and up the inland waterway back to Solomons Island, MD. She was an avid seamstress as well as a Bridge and Rummy player.

Jean was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and then Bethesda First Baptist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. She attended Bedford Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia. She was a Brownie Scout Leader. She volunteered with handicapped children. She was a member of the Rockville Sail & Power Squadron in Maryland. Don has been a member of the United States Power Squadron since 1962. Jean joined in 1975. Their active days pre-date 1973, the inception date of what is now America’s Boating Club Rockville. With 39 merit marks to their name, they certainly were a long-haul couple working to benefit the organization.

Jean’s family greatly appreciates the wonderful loving care that Jean received during her final years at the Bedford County Nursing Home. Jean had been in poor health since a fall she took in 2017 and had been in a nursing home for the last two years. Although the nursing home was in lockdown since March 13th, her death was not coronavirus-related. The family requests those wishing to make memorials consider: Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523, Alzheimer’s Association, 3739 National Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612 or a charity of your choice.

A memorial funeral service to celebrate her life with burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Tharp Funeral Home &
Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send condolences online, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

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Dick Jarmon, SN

We have just learned that P/N/F/L Dick Jarmon, SN, has passed away. Among active members of our squadron, no one (but his wife, Pat) holds a candle to Richard Jarmon in of service to Birmingham, District 9 and USPS.

Dick was born in New York State on June 28, 1934, and passed away as the result of injuries from a fall on April 14, 2020.

Dick Jarmon

Dick Jarmon

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 50 years, a son, Jeff (Shirley) Jarmon, in Missouri, a daughter, Laura (Ken) Burgett, in Mt. Clemens, MI, a sister, Mary Pierpont (significant other, Howard Yoas), five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Sunshine.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Dick enjoyed a long career at GM Delco Division, but we all knew him as a Member of United States Power Squadrons and Birmingham Power Squadron.

Dick joined Birmingham Power Squadron in 1966, when our meetings were held at a very smoky Kingsley Inn and membership was by invitation only.  Dick was teaching our public boating classes in Bloomfield Hills in the mid-1960s, when we taught a 13-week class and had hundreds of students in each class.  He continued to teach Basic Boating for years, adapting more or less as the class was shortened to 9, 8, 7 & 6 weeks.  He and Pat continued to teach boating safety until 2008 when Power Point and other electronics replaced Dick’s blackboard and overhead slides. What an amazing service.  Dick was proud to have been nominated as District 9 Teacher of the Year.

Dick also completed his Full Certificate (today a Senior Navigator) with various elective courses through the years finishing with a Weather Class taught by Mt Clemens Power Squadron in 1981.

Along the way, Dick was mentored by a number of the founders and early members of our squadron, including:  P/C Booth, P/C Young, Cdr Hamilton and upcoming Cdrs. Miner, Shirk, Neal, Moss, Pear, Raymond, Couzens & Erickson, among others, who drew Dick into the heart and bosom of United States Power Squadrons.  What he learned and who he got to know & like lead him through years of safe, enjoyable boating and activities. The 30 foot Owens became a 36 foot Pacemaker and got acquainted with Tobermory, Little Current, Georgian Bay & the North Channel, often in the wake of Ericksons or Pears.  Rendezvous, Cruises, District Conferences and National Meetings in Miami (one Miami Meeting saw four BPS couples sharing a room) expanded his friendships statewide & nationally.

Dick joined the Birmingham Executive Committee as Secretary and moved through the chairs to become our 13th Commander in 1975.

As Pat reports, “Somehow Dick moved up to the District 9 Bridge and in 1987, Birmingham had the distinction of having the three commanders:  Jim Lawson, Squadron Commander; Dick Jarmon, District Commander; and Dick Miner as Chief Commander.”

During this period, Dick made life-long squadron friends across the state who are too numerous to mention.

Then P/D/C & close friend Ted Smith again joined Dick to work on hosting a 75th Anniversary Celebration in ’89 and a Governing Board Meeting in D/9 in ’94.  Of course his District involvement lead to more friendships and jobs in the National organization so our Squadron uniform guru & nitpicker found his niche as Rear Commander of the Flag & Etiquette Committee in 1999 with help from our P/R/C Hostetter & his D/9 mentor & coach R/C Acheson and others.

Dick’s longtime & enduring friendship with Ted Smith led to Dick becoming Flag Lieutenant for him when he became USPS Chief Commander in 2002. What followed was two years of traveling, meeting dignitaries from all sorts of USPS allies, fetching, carrying and general support of arguably the busiest man in USPS.  Dick loved it!

Pat says, “What brought him to USPS and specifically Birmingham Power Squadron was the desire to learn, & then to share, boating education.  What has kept him involved over all the years?  The many, many friendships that grew up within all levels of both USPS & CPS.  His enjoyment of boating was made possible by the many lessons learned in and out of the classroom.  It is impossible for either of us to imagine what Dick’s life would have been like without both the learning and those friendships.”

For the record, Dick Jarmon was an Emeritus Member of the United States Power Squadrons, which represents his 52 Merit Marks earned in his 54 years of membership.  Speaking personally and as a “twice-time Commander,” Dick was on my go-to list of members whose counsel I sought whenever I faced a dilemma – especially one dealing with flags and etiquette or squadron decorum.  His service to Birmingham and United States Power Squadrons is truly breath-taking and we shall miss him mightily.

Dick, we shall miss your friendship and good humor.  We wish you, Fair Winds and Following Seas and Long May Your Big Jib Draw. -Thomas Geggie

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Virginia Brown

Ginny Brown

Ginny Brown

Virginia Brown passed away on the evening of March 21, 2020, in the loving arms of her husband. She was a shining light in Delhigh and earned 24 merit marks in her time spent with us. Ginny was one of the most vivacious and amazing women I have ever met. This woman was sweet as pie and a superhero all at the same time. Ginny will truly be missed for her spirit and friendship and so much more.

Ginny is back home already as you can see from the picture on the right. You can see her wedding ring is on top of the urn and her first lady’s necklace and the gold medallion she always wore hang around it.

A celebration of life is being planned for a time when we can all get together and reminisce how Ginny has touched and enriched each of our lives. Her family will let us each of us know when this can take place and all of her friends and family will be welcome as she was loved by so many of us. -Kathleen Nowroozani

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Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran, 63, passed away on March 19, 2020. He is survived by his father, Edward Corcoran.

Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran

Gary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Edward and Audrey Corcoran. He was preceded in death by Michael Corcoran (brother) and Audrey Corcoran (mother).

Gary was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, beside his mother and brother in the family plot. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather in large groups.

Gary was raised in Ohio and New Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and graduated with his masters from the University of California, Berkeley. He then began his career with AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He was transferred to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and retired in 2015 with the same company that was then named Intel. During his years at work, Gary earned four patents in the area of computer processor design.

Gary was an avid boater and a member of America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley. He volunteered his time for 10 years as an officer for this non-profit as the treasurer and an active member. He made many friends during this time and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley (previously known as Delhigh Power Squadron). Checks may be made out to ‘Delhigh Power Squadron’ and can be mailed to: P/C Michael Lebeduik, III, JN 3514 Nicholas Street, Easton, PA 18045.

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Jonathan P. Rice, N

Jonathan Rice died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on March 19, 2020, after a valiant attempt to outwit cancer. Born April 17, 1940, to parents Cecil Curtis Rice and Elizabeth Wheeler (Judd) Rice, Jonathan grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and graduated from Deerfield Academy, Amherst College and Yale Law School.

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Susan (Nash) Rice, and his devoted children, Laura (Rice) Boer and her husband, Marco, of Hingham, Massachusetts, and Philip Rice and his wife, Jennifer, of Alexandria, Virginia. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Sydney, Lydia, Camille and Beatrix Boer, and Ethan, Gideon and Adelyn Rice. He will be missed by his grand-dog and napping companion, Ripley. Besides his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn (Rice) Nahon.

Jonathan’s great grandfather, John Kellogg Judd, founded Judd Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His grandfather, Philip Munson Judd, and his father continued the operation of the business. Jonathan worked there one summer and decided that the law was a better fit for him. Following graduation from Yale, he joined the firm of Allen, Yerrall, Appleton and Thompson in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mentored by Attorney Horace Allen, he developed a practice in probate, estate administration and elder law. Thirty years later, he joined the firm of Robinson Donovan, P.C. During his career, he and his family lived in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Forever a hobbyist, Jonathan was a lifelong stamp collector and amateur ornithologist. Having studied Asian history in college, he was an avid collector of Japanese woodblock prints and an enthusiastic reader of Japanese history and literature. He became fascinated with celestial navigation and helped teach a course for the Springfield Power Squadron in addition to serving the squadron as its Law Officer.

Jonathan was a faithful member of South Congregational Church in Springfield. He served as clerk for 33 years, moving on to Senior Deacon and Moderator.

Jonathan’s family has had a summer home in a very special community in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod since 1912. He spent every summer of his life there. It was there that he discovered his love of tennis, sailing, and later in life, golf. He and his family formed lifelong friendships with members of this community. Together, he and a group of these friends organized sailing regattas and enjoyed many biking, sailing and other travel adventures.

When he retired, his dream was to live full time on the Cape. That dream became a reality in 2014. There, he explored his creative interests in drawing, watercolor and acrylic art classes, joined a bridge group and continued playing tennis and golf.

Jonathan’s family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Jennifer Ang Chan and her team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for their excellent care during the past 22 years, and to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod and Bridget’s Home Healthcare for making his final weeks comfortable.

His family will cherish the memory of his kindness and patience, his love of his grandchildren and his Brewster community, and his skill in making fudge and penuche at Christmas.

A celebration of his life will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jonathan’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or to the Brewster Council on Aging.

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George Doerner

George H. Doerner died on Friday, November 15, 2019. His daughter Christa and her husband David were with him at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL. He was born on March 26, 1936, to George A. and Viola (Shunneson) Doerner. He married Bridget (Bette) Keating on July 20, 1957.

George Doerner

George Doerner

He was an Electrician for IBEW Local 134. He volunteered as Police Reserve in Des Plaines, IL. He was a member of the Loyal Order the Moose for over 50 years. He was past commander and a Life Member of the Skokie Valley Sail & Power Squadron. He remembered many good times with his friends from Elmwood Park and the Skokie Valley Sail & Power Squadron. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister June Soyer (Louis). He is survived by his devoted wife Bridget. Survivors also include daughter Christa (David) Hanson and son George A. Doerner: five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Andrea Lenberg, his brother-in-law Thomas (Carole) Keating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lenberg Health Fund to support music and art therapy for residents of St. Coletta of Wisconsin. Attn: Development Office, N 4637 Co. Road Y, Jefferson, WI 53549 (www.stcolletawi.org).

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Priscilla “Polly” Jones Woods

Priscilla “Polly” Jones Woods of Westbrook, Connecticut, died peacefully on Saturday, July 27, with family by her side. Polly was born on Valentine’s Day in 1930 and was the beloved wife of her husband Robert Woods for 70 years. She graduated from New Britain High School in 1947 and attended Wheelock College in Boston. As a swimming instructor she was a pioneer in teaching swimming to those with special needs and also teaching infants to swim. She had a lifetime association with the YMCA and was a Water Safety Instructor and a Master Swimmer. Polly taught a Water Aerobics Class at Essex Meadows and worked extensively with Sarah Inc., which helps families raising children and adult family members with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs. Providing them with coaching, assistance and encouragement, she brought joy and smiles of success to her students in the water, many of whom had difficulties on land. She also was a volunteer at Red Cross Blood Drives. She and Bob were very active members of America’s Boating Club with Polly rising to the rank of District 1 Lieutenant Commander. Polly loved swimming, boating, and the beach and passed that love on to her whole family. Her caring and giving ways will be forever missed.

Polly Woods

Polly Woods

Polly met the love of her life one summer at Grove Beach Point in Westbrook. That romance, which started as teenagers, lasted over 70 years. She married Bob when he was serving in the Army during the Korean War. They settled in Plainville where the raised their four children together, but still summered at Grove Beach Point or on their boat.

She is survived by her husband Robert Woods of Westbrook, her two sisters Natalie Neri of Niantic and Constance Peck of Madison. Her daughter Dianne Bronkie of East Berlin, her son Gary Woods and his wife Shelley of Deep River, Laura Woods of Westbrook, and Gail Sartori of Burlington, Ct. Polly’s grandchildren who she loved dearly are Jenifer Mongillo and her husband Jeff, Myshel Enman and her husband Garrett, Jaime Petillo and her husband Jeff, Jessica Sartori, Nick Sartori and his wife Jacilyn. The Great Grandchildren who will be missing her are Addison, Rocco, Ryan, Anna, Joseph, Dominic and Calina. And of course, her two beautiful Golden Retrievers Kate and Cooper, who were always by her side.

She is pre-deceased by her sister Barbara Jones Kellam and her loving parents Milton and Edith Jones of New Britain. A special thank you to everyone at The Shoreline of Clinton for the loving and compassionate care they bestowed on Polly.

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P/C Read Van Zile, AP

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Read Van Zile. Read passed on July 28, 2018, around 11 a.m. at the Brinton Woods Acute Care Center in Baltimore. He was 76. Read had no immediate family; his squadron was his family.

Read did not want a memorial service, nor did he have any charity to which to send donations. His body was cremated, and his desire was to have his ashes placed in the Chesapeake Bay.

The passing of Read  marks the end of an era in the annals of Dundalk Sail & Power Squadron. We all have lost a special person. He was one of a kind. Read absolutely loved his squadron friends and would do anything for them. This shows in the 48 merit marks that he earned over the years.

Read was a “mover and shaker” in the squadron, serving in many capacities on committees and as an instructor in the Education Department, always willing to lend a helping hand when and wherever possible. His voice on the Executive Committee was always one of reason. In 1999, he rose (reluctantly, we might add) to squadron commander, a position he had tried to avoid for many years. He felt it was his duty to accept the position for the squadron to survive.

May he rest in peace! Cdr J. Streett Broadbent

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P/D/C Paul J. Nordquist, AP

Paul J. Nordquist of Framingham died peacefully in his sleep on June 21, 2018. He was 85 years old. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of Clarence and Mabel Nordquist and the brother of the Marshall Nordquist, Norma Finke and Wayne Nordquist. He is survived by his wife Shirley-Ann, they were married for 60 years.

A resident of Framingham for 60 years, together he and Shirley raised four daughters, Betsy Manzelli of Natick, MA; Laurie Mailman of Freedom, NH; Paula Gleason of Northfield, VT; and Kristen McCabe of South Kingstown, RI. Paul is also survived by his son-in-laws; Peter Manzelli, Bruce Mailman, John Gleason and Mike McCabe. Paul loved spending time with his eight grandchildren; Jeffrey Geissler, Kelsey Silverio, Brittany Mailman, Lacey Ricker, Eli Gleason, Hannah Gleason, McKenna McCabe, Jack McCabe; and his one great granddaughter, Bianca Silverio.

Paul was a mentor, teacher and incredible father. Paul received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and later served on their Engineering Advisory Council. Paul served as chief instructor in the electronics fundamentals section of the Ordnance Guided Missile School within the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He began his career at GTE in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1993. His work at GTE often took him to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. An avid sailor, Paul and Shirley had many happy memories on their boat with friends from the Nobscot Power Squadron and the Duxbury Cruising Club. Paul was an energetic squadron member and held many leadership positions over the years. Paul was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA, for the past 60 years. He was a devoted congregant and enjoyed the lifelong friendships he had there. A Memorial Service was held on July 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook please visit everettfuneral.com. –David F. Danehy

Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 1, 2018

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D/Lt Raymond M. Schiff, P

On July 15, 2018, Raymond M. “Ray” Schiff passed away. He was the devoted husband of Lois Schiff and the late Ruth Schiff (nee Taylor); loving father of Henita Renee Schiff, Alan H. Schiff, and Rhea Shervan; dear father-in-law of Drew Shervan; beloved brother of the late Miriam Benswanger; adoring grandfather of Avishy Fisher, Brittany R. Shervan and Jordan R. Shervan; beloved great-grandfather of Lila Rivital Fisher and Oren Max Fisher; and dear son of the late Henry and Jessie Schiff.

Services were held at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Tuesday, July 17. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. Contributions in his memory may be sent to National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Suite 404, Lutherville, MD 21093. –J. Streett Broadbent

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Lt Linda Daniels, S

Linda Daniels

Linda Daniels

Linda A. (Barrett) Daniels, 78, of Endicott, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY, with her loving husband, David, at her side. Linda was born in Baltimore, MD, on July 8, 1939, to the late Charles and Nancy Barrett. She grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating from Punchard High School in 1957, and married David on September 3, 1961. Among the many pleasures of her life, Linda loved reading, sewing, boating, and playing board games with family and friends. Linda was a member of the United States Power Squadrons, and the local Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron group, where she achieved the rank of Seaman (S) and was very proud to have achieved Life Member status. Additionally, for the past 40+ years she was an active member of her local sewing circle. Linda was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Endicott. Linda is survived by her husband, David, of 56 years, four sons, Gary (Sally) of Pennellville, NY, Wayne of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Paul (Ann) of Endicott, and Eric (Cheryl) of Kent, OH, two granddaughters, Jacqueline and Ashley, two grandsons, Drew and Aubrey, her brother, Charles (Lyn) Barrett Jr. of Washington, UT, four nieces, and one nephew.

Services and Celebration of Linda’s Life were held at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott, NY, 13760, July 9, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to the Campville Volunteer Fire Department, 6153 State Route 17C, Endicott, NY 13760. Cdr Michael Acciai, AP

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 7 to July 8, 2018

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Barbara Reine

Barbara Reine, daughter of Paul and Jeanette (Tefler) Reine, passed away on April 27, 2018, after a long bout with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. She leaves behind cousins Doris Snow of Kirkland, and Betty Knutson of Kirkland and Dr. Allister McDonald of Aberdeen, Scotland, a loving life partner, and many friends and colleagues. Barbara was born April 6, 1946, one of the first baby boomers in Lake City and lived her whole life in North Seattle. Her grandparents, Hilma and Ben Reinikainen, built the very first home on Finn Hill.

Barbara Reine

Barbara Reine

Barb graduated from Ingraham High School and went on to receive a BS degree in biology in 1968 from the University of Washington. She continued in grad school at UW and received a MS degree in botany. Sample collection for her research on lichens took her up and down the entire west coast and to Hokkaido, Japan. She joined the staff of the Botany Department and taught hundreds of students and faculty members the art and science of electron microscopy. She received national awards for the beauty and illustrative science of some of her outstanding electron microscope images of Equisetum (horsetail).

Barbara greatly enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hiking the Burke-Gilman, and boating, as well as traveling, cooking, photography, and reading, especially cookbooks. Her canine companion, Barney, was never far from her side. She was a member of the Navy Yacht Club Everett, Queen City Yacht Club and Seattle Sail & Power Squadron where she served as commander.

She was active in many civic and professional organizations including the Mountaineers, Wallingford Community Council (serving two terms as president), served as treasurer for one the first international conferences at the (then) new WA State Conference Center and secretary of the Microscopy Society of America. James Haglund

Published in The Seattle Times from May 12 to May 14, 2018

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