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Parish Council Minutes 2.18.14

                                     ST. ANDREW PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2014

 

CALL TO ORDER: Fr. Jim called the meeting to order at 7:33 P.M.

PRESENT: Fr. Jim, Shari Loback, Tina Jansen, Enrique Rodriguez, Patti Soukup, Lauren Bandler, Patty Wright and Jim Stiles.

ALSO PRESENT: Tim O’Neill

ABSENT: Fr. Angel, Tom Bertrand

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes from the January Parish Council meeting approved via E-Mail to the Council.

PASTORS REPORT: Fr. Jim stated that he would address items on the agenda

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND FINANCE:  Tina reported that the committee did not meet.

HUMAN CONCERNS: Fr. Jim stated that human concerns meets tomorrow, and it is St. Andrews turn to host the homeless shelter next week and that volunteers are needed.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP: Nothing to report

COMMUNICATIONS: Shari noted that she will be handing over the parish calendar to Virginia the parish secretary.

Christian Formation: Fr. Jim reported that Patty Wright will be council liaison for Christian Formation.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Shari reported that there are 148 students enrolled at this time and that there are 8 new kindergarten families interested for next year. She added that the Town Hall meeting will be held on March 19th at 6:30 with a presentation on the dangers of the internet for 4th thru 8th grade students.

HISPANIC LEADERS COMMITTEE: Enrique noted that Fr. Angel talked about a bilingual mass the last Sunday of the month geared toward the youth. He stated that he had applications for the men’s Emmaus retreat.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Tim O’Neil representative from buildings and grounds stated that the city fire inspector did an inspection of the church basement (food pantry); he determined that the fixtures are a fire hazard and need to be replaced. He also indicated that the outlets for the freezers should also be replaced. Tim spoke with Watt’s Electric to get an estimate for the cost of these items which came in around  $1500. and $1800. He added that the food pantry is willing to pay half of the cost of these repairs.  Tim requested that this item be taken to the next finance meeting for approval.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEXT STEPS IN FORMATION OF PARISH LIFE TEAM: Fr. Jim asked for suggestions for members of this team.

SYNOD PREPARATION: Fr. Jim stated that there is a need for representatives for the March 1, 2014 meeting to be held at St. Francis De Sales in Lake Geneva.  The following will be attending, Lauren Bandler, Fr. Jim. Fr. Angel and Jim Stiles.

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS GATHERING SPACE: Father Jim reported that at this time the committee consists of Neil Flood, Lauren Bandler, Jim Stiles and Father Jim.

NEW BUSINESS:

NEW COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES: Father Jim stated that the council is still in need of 3 members to replace those that have been vacated. He noted that the following committees have no council liaison, bldgs. & grounds, prayer & worship, and human concerns. Patti Soukup volunteered to be liaison for the human services committee. Father asked for nominations for council president. Father Jim moved that this item be tabled to the call of the chair at the next meeting.

OTHER: Father Jim stated that Ash Wednesday will be March 5th with Mass to be said at 7:30 & 8:30am, 5:00 & 7:00pm and distribution of ashes will be at 12:15 pm.

ADJOURNED:  A motion to adjourn by Jim Stiles, seconded by Lauren Bandler at 8:30 P. M.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMIITTED

PATTI SOUKUP

PARISH COUNCIL SECRETARY

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DDHS students are tops in two Academic Bowl categories

Congratulations to John Damrow, St. Andrew Parish School almunus, for winning the Advanced Math Bowl at Wilmot High School.

Delavan-Darien School District News

PHOTO CAPTION: In true Olympic spirit, DDHS Academic Bowl winners Drew Pierson (left, chemistry) and John Damrow (right, advanced math) take a bite of their medals after the awards ceremony.  Click to enlarge photo. PHOTO CAPTION: In true Olympic spirit, DDHS Academic Bowl winners Drew Pierson (left, chemistry) and John Damrow (right, advanced math) take a bite of their medals after the awards ceremony. Click to enlarge photo.

DELAVAN — Students from Delavan-Darien High School matched wits against their peers from other Southern Lakes Conference schools in the annual SLC Academic Bowl on March 3 at Wilmot High School.

Coming out on top for DDHS were junior Andrew Pierson, who won the Chemistry category, and senior John Damrow, who won the Advanced Math category.

As a team, DDHS finished in seventh with 602 points. Waterford won the event with the host Wilmot students placing second.

Competing DDHS students included:

Social Studies — freshman Harim Cano, geography; sophomore Gage Wuttke, U.S. history; junior Alex Grover, world history; senior Manny Perez, civics; and senior Nico Bahavelos, geography.

Science: freshman Jennyfer Perez, biology; sophomore Dallas Fritzinger, physical science…

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Nine DDHS students selected for Badger State

Congratulations to 2 St. Andrew Parish School Alumni, Helen Bourgeois and Emily Zugay.

Delavan-Darien School District News

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Nine Delavan-Darien High School juniors were named to represent DDHS at Badger Boys and Badger Girls State this year.

The female representatives are Helen Bourgeois, Emily Zugay, Madison Stronach and Amanda Huerta, who is an alternate.

The male representatives include Tim Clark, Max Grover, Andrew Pierson, and Alonzo Ortiz and Adam Drefs, who are alternates.

Students who participate in Badger Boys and Badger Girls State have met the following qualifications:

  • have an interest in government and citizenship,
  • excelled academically (Boys upper 1/3 & Girls upper ½ of their class),
  • outstanding qualities of — leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and experience given to students at DDHS,” Principal Mark Schmitt said. “It opens the door for many other opportunities, such as scholarships that are offered only to Badger State Delegates.”

Badger Boys and Badger Girls State are experiences…

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Big Ticket Raffle 2014:

10000-dollar-bill

UPDATE:

A list of some of the other spectacular prizes besides the AMAZING $10,000 grand prize:

  • 37″ JVC LED HDTV
  • Toshiba Excite 7e Tablet
  • Philips Dual screeen portable DVD player
  • Up Fitness Band
  • Sony Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Beach Lounge Chair
  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Deck Box
  • Cooler
  • Sony Blue Ray Disc Player
  • Sportbrella
  • Cooler with passes to Delavan Lakers Beer Tasting Event
  • Power Washer
  • Super Duty Hose Cart
  • Gift cards

 

March 3, 2014

Dear Friends,

 St. Andrew’s Parish School is starting to prepare for its 17th Annual Big Ticket Raffle.  The Grand Prize for the raffle is $10,000.  We will also offer many other prizes for the raffle which last year included televisions, the latest electronics, outdoor living accessories, and much more.  Only 300 tickets will be sold on a first come basis, so please get your tickets early.

The drawing will be held at the Delavan Legion Hall on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  A burger and brat buffet will be served during the drawing.  Please come and join the excitement, as one by one, all the tickets will be drawn until the lucky last ticket takes home $10,000.  Tickets are sold at $100 each.

Thank you for your continued support of the St. Andrew’s Parish School.

Sincerely,

St. Andrew’s Big Ticket Raffle Committee

Ed & Renee Clair, Chris & Tonya Hembrook, Jess Wright, Ruben & Courtney Rendon, Dan Fahey, Holly Ayen, Dari Nateghi, Brian O’Grady, Dan Szczap, Marnie Hess and Patrick Duncan.

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School Committee Minutes 2.5.14

ST. ANDREW SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 REGULAR MEETING

 February 5, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.

 MINUTES

 Members Present:

John Chovanec                           Jesse Wright

Fr. Jim Schuerman                     Shari Loback

Dr. Jeff Scherer                          Dave Malisow

Members Absent:        

Fr. Angel Anaya

Cathy Gengler

Anne Foster

Lauren Bandler

The minutes of the January 8, 2014 meeting were approved.

There was no Pastor’s Report.

See handout for Principal's Report 2.5.14Principal’s Report.  IPads have arrived.  Teachers are excited.  Apps for whiteboards need to be adjusted.

The family intent form was sent out in the Family Envelope.  So far, 35 have been returned committing for next year.  At the Open House, there were 8 prospective kindergarten families in attendance.  A letter is going out to prospective age 4 preschooler families.  Beth Nateghi inquired if a brochure should be included.

A Dangers of Internet seminar is being sponsored by the Home & School Committee.

The Hermann family left to go to St. Frances DeSales

Reminder:  School Choice Policy

Teachers Report:   Michelle Raykovich will be having surgery and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks.  Diane Meyer will be the substitute teacher.

Finance Report:  Cathy Gengler reported that we are down to 148 families.  Inquiry was made if anybody was heading up the bowling fundraiser.

Home & School Committee: $13,000.00 raised by St. Nicks Breakfast. Chairperson needed for Gift Shop. Ideas for Fund Raisers: Atomic Clocks Fund, Easter Lights of Love etc.

Technology Committee:

IPads, screen protectors and covers have been paid for.  The school server is overloaded.  Quotes for a new server are being considered.  (Ideas) Technology teaching for teachers.  The Tour de Tech will be held May 17, 2014.  Even if you don’t ride, stop at stations show your support.  The technology budget is at $0.

Building & Grounds-Preparing for Budget.

Athletics:  Spartan Spectacular ended on time even with weather delay.  It was a great success.

Old Business:  Invitation for a St. Patrick’s member to join the School Committee.

A discussion was had regarding how we are organized; i.e. Home & School – what are their responsibilities?   Discussion of Governance, how the various committee’s fit in the organization.

Parent Newsletter 3/4/14

March 14th Make-up Day – Due to school being closed for five days because of bad weather so far this year, we are required by state law to make-up one day to meet the minimum hour requirements set-up by the state of Wisconsin.  March 14th  (previously scheduled as an in-service day) will be a student contact day.  Feel free to call me at 262-728-6211 if you have any questions.  Thank you for your understanding.

Hot Lunch on that day will be Potato Bar or Peanut Butter Sandwich, Broccoli, Mandarin Oranges, Cookie and Milk.  Please mark your calendars with this information.

Town Hall Meeting – Our Annual Parent Town Hall Meeting will be held in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30p.m..  In addition to very important school information being shared at this meeting, you will also have the chance to hear from Eric Szatkowski, Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) about the dangers our children face on the internet.  He is a nationally known speaker on this topic.

It is very important that at least one parent from each family attend the meeting on March 19th.  Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to find ways to keep you informed about the school.

Washington, D.C. Trip Money Due – A reminder to the parents of 8th graders that the Washington, D.C. Trip money is due by the end of this week on Friday, March 7th.

A Thank you from Mrs. Raykovich

Parents and Students of St. Andrew Parish School,

My family and I want to give all of you a HUGE “Shout-out- of THANKS for your prayers, thoughts, and support while we’ve been dealing with my reoccurrence of breast cancer. Your prayers, thoughts, and support lifted me up so high that I have had my surgery and arrived back home. I am well on the road-to-a-complete-recovery!! I have been very touched by your love and prayers and one thing I know for sure, is that you have all been angels guiding me through these last several weeks. I am so fortunate to be a member of this very loving and Christian community.

Thank you,

Michele Raykovich & Family

Paper Bags with Handles Needed – We are in need of paper bags with handles for our Food Pantry monthly collections.  If you have any extra bags, please send them to the school office.  Thank you.

Volleyball for Adults – We had fun playing a few games of recreational volleyball last Wednesday and just want to extend the invitation to all parents/teachers/parish members. Cost is just a one time fee of $5 and come as often as you like. We will not be playing this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), but will be in the gym again on March 12th and 26th at 7:30 p.m. Enter through the gym doors near the playground.

Children’s Clothing Sale – In this week’s family note there is a sign up sheet to volunteer for the upcoming Clothing Sale. Please send it back by Thursday or sign up on line at volunteersignup.org/MPMWL.Help is needed Wednesday night through Sunday afternoon (March 19-23). We will be making follow up calls to families as necessary to fill our open spots. The event is a lot of fun, is a chance to get to know other parents, supports the school financially and provides a service to the greater community. We appreciate you!

 Dishing with the Disciples presents opportunities for Lent  – St. Andrew’s in Delavan will be offering weekly adult faith formation during Lent through Dishing with the Disciples.  Let us journey together towards Holy Week and the Easter Season.  All the sessions are from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

March 13th The Gospel Unplugged:  Uncovering the Heart of Christianity We will view the Chris Stefanick DVD that was postponed last month due to weather.  Chris is a well known youth minister and speaker.  His talk is directed to teens AND the young at heart.   Grandparents, parents, high school students, and young at heart searchers will find this evening an opportunity to give your faith a boost, and re-charge your sense wonder and awe of our Lord.   

March 20th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

March 27th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

April 3rd, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

April 10th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

This is an opportunity for Adult Christian Formation AND an avenue to take advantage of being together as a FUN faith community.  Please consider joining us and bring a friend (evangelization).  We ask that if you feel in the mood to bring a snack to feed 4 people, but it is not a requirement.  Take the plunge and experience “Dishing with the Disciples” this Lent.

Save the date for the Big Ticket Raffle! – The Big Ticket Raffle Committee is starting to prepare for the 17th Annual Big Ticket Raffle.  The drawing will be held at the Delavan Legion Hall on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  The Grand Prize for the raffle is $10,000.  We will also offer many other prizes for the raffle which last year included televisions, the latest electronics, outdoor living accessories, and much more.  Tickets will be sold at $100 each and only 300 tickets will be sold.  Details for purchasing tickets will follow soon.  In the meantime, if you would like to join the committee, please contact Ed & Renee Clair at 262-245-0210.

CCHS Open House – Catholic Central High School in Burlington will be having their Spring Open House on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:00p.m..  Please go to the CCHS website for more information about this event.

 

Market Day News – Thank you to all who placed orders last month. We are about halfway through our market day year and have earned over $1700 in profits. We are halfway to our goal. In this week’s Family Envelope you will find Market Day order forms.   Please take the time to fill one out and return it to school by Thursday, Feb 13th, or you can place an order online at www.marketday.com until Feb 17.  Pick up will be Thursday, Feb 20th, from 3:30-5:00p.m..

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of March:

March 3 to 7 – Joey Torkelson

March 10 to 13 – Mary Wicyk

March 17 to 21 – Beth Struck

March 24 to 28 – Tresa Tuttle

Aram Public Library Programs for MarchTail Waggin’ Tutors with Divot – Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m.(Registration Required) – Yes, dog lovers…Divot is coming back to hear more stories!  Make an appointment to spend time reading with him the first Saturday of each month.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, ext. 117 to reserve your time slot!

Train Show – Saturday, March 8 from 9-4 and Sunday, March 9 from 9-2

Garden Crafts for All Ages  – Sunday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. – Whether you’re a gardener, a crafter, or just like to putter in the dirt, these crafts are fun and easy for people of all ages.  Recycle your old newspapers by folding them into seed-starting pots.  Create colorful garden markers to keep track of what you’ve planted.  Interested in more outdoorsy decorations?  Check out our Crafty Lil’ Buggies program for kids and our Wire and Bead Bugs program in April.

Create Your Own Comics (Tweens/Teens) – Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m.  (Registration required) – Comics are pretty cool.  Even cooler?  Making your own.

Pizza and a Movie:  Planes (G) – Monday, March 31 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Dusty is a crop dusting plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing, and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator, who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test.   Sign up in person or call the library to reserve your spot beginning Wednesday, February 26.

 

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

St. Nick’s Breakfast: We are looking for a chairperson or co-chairs for the Children’s Gift Shop next year.  Please consider helping with this exciting part of the breakfast!  The children love doing their Christmas shopping there!!  Please contact Jen Martin: 262.949.2205 or bsn_jen@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Will Martin for being selected for Lunch with the Principal. Will is a Kindergarten student in Ms. Pearce’s Class.  Will, Logan Hermann(Grade 4), Ella Duckworth(Grade 3) and Camryn Rendon(Grade 5) will have lunch with me at Culver’s on Wednesday, March 12th.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!

 

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – In this week’s “St. Andrew PRIDE”, I’d like to share with you the current totals of the “Pennies for Patients” Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser that is underway.  The classes are competing by grade level to earn a pizza party.  So far, $1,520.79 has been collected from all the grades.  Currently, Eighth grade is the leading grade with a total of $377.84.  The collection will continue through March 28th.

The current tally by grade level is:

1st place                Grade 8                        $377.84

2nd place                Grade 3                        $214.34

3rd place                Kdg.                    $195.12

4th place                Grade 5                    $159.14

5th place                Grade 6             $147.93

6th place                Grade 1                        $124.80

7th place                Grade 7                        $114.42

8th place                Grade 2                        $101.69

9th place                Grade 4                        $  85.51

$1,520.79 = Current Total (Goal of $1,800.00)

 

My thanks to everyone that is taking part in this activity and to the Student Council for organizing this very worthwhile collection.  Such collections as this (and service to others) is what Catholic education is all about.  As Scripture states: “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”  Hebrews 13:16

Sincerely,

John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

WHY DO CATHOLICS PUT A CROSS OF ASHES ON THEIR FOREHEAD?

Ash Wednesday

‘Excuse me, you’ve got some dirt on your head.’

Every year someone says that to me on Ash Wednesday. Maybe it has happened to you too. In the past it used to frustrate me, but in recent years I have come to see it as a great opportunity to evangelize, to share with someone about the most important person in my life: Jesus Christ.

So, what do you say when folks ask you about that smudge on your forehead?

Here are a few responses that I would not recommend:

The Ignorant Response

‘My mom made me go to church and get them. I have no idea what they mean.’

The Sarcastic Response

‘I’m protesting showers. Today, ashes; tomorrow I’m going to swim in raw sewage.’

The Ridiculous Response

‘I have a big zit that I’m trying to cover up. Is it working?’

The Practical (but Misguided) Response

‘Better dirty on the outside of my head than on the inside.’

And here are a few responses that I would recommend:

The Biblical Response

Over forty passages in the Bible associate ashes with mourning and grief. In Old Testament times people used ashes as a sign of repentance. They would sit in ashes, roll around in them, sprinkle them upon their heads, or even mingle them with their food and drink. They did this as an outward sign of their inward posture of repentance. Check out Daniel 9:3-6, for an example.

Ash Wednesday begins Lent, a time when we stop and assess how we’re doing in our walk with God. Lent helps us identify spiritual areas in which we can grow and sinful areas that we need to avoid. To repent, put simply, means to turn away from sin and turn toward God. We use ashes as an outward expression of our need to begin again.

A Traditional Response

Ashes are a sign of physical death, as in ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust.’ We began as dust (a joyless and lifeless existence), and our bodies will return to dust until we are raised up by Christ. By receiving ashes and keeping them on, we publicly proclaim our intent to die to our worldly desires and live even more in Christ’s image, which we focus on during the season of ‘rebirth’ that is Lent (a Latin term for ‘Spring’).

The Historical Response

For over twelve hundred years on the dies cinerum (day of ashes) faithful followers have approached the altar and received ashes upon their foreheads. These ashes are made from the burnt palm fronds that were blessed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The ashes are sprinkled with holy water, usually fragranced with incense and blessed using four prayers that are thousands of years old.

The use of ashes for repentance and penance can be traced even further back and is practiced throughout the world. On Ash Wednesday ashes are applied to believers’ foreheads in the shape of the cross.

The Symbolic Response

God formed Adam out of the ‘dust’ of the earth, which we read about in Genesis 2:7. In addition, Jesus healed the blind man with clay (earth and spit) in John 9:6. We mark ourselves with ashes as a ‘new beginning’ at the onset of Lent, allowing the life of Jesus Christ to make us whole and new again.

The Most Basic Response

I’m a sinner. I don’t always love God as strongly as I could or as directly as I should. Ash Wednesday reminds me that it is only through God that I have life; He gave it to me.

Ash Wednesday also begins my preparation for Holy Week and the Passion and Resurrection of my Lord, Jesus, without Whom I have no life here and no chance at eternal life in Heaven. This is just a great opportunity for me to get better. Thanks for asking.

God forgives. He loves. And He gives this sinner a second chance. Put simply: my God kicks ash.

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Taken from: http://lifeteen.com/why-do-catholics-put-ashes-on-our-heads-on-ash-wednesday/

Dishing with Disciples

 Dishing with the Disciples presents opportunities for Lent

 

St. Andrew’s in Delavan will be offering weekly adult faith formation during Lent through Dishing with the Disciples.  Let us journey together towards Holy Week and the Easter Season.  All the sessions are from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

Dishing wDisciples

 

 

March 13th The Gospel Unplugged:  Uncovering the Heart of Christianity 

We will view the Chris Stefanick DVD that was postponed last month due to weather.  Chris is a well know youth minister and speaker.  His talk is directed to teens AND the young at heart.   Grandparents, parents, high school students, and young at heart searchers will find this evening an opportunity to give  your faith a boost, and re-charge your sense wonder and awe of our Lord.

March 20th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

March 27th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

April 3rd, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

April 10th, Father Barron’s series The New Evangelization

 

This is an opportunity for Adult Christian Formation AND an avenue to take advantage of being together as a FUN faith community.  Please consider joining us and bring a friend (evangelization).  We ask that if you feel in the mood to bring a snack to feed 4 people, but it is not a requirement.  Take the plunge and experience “Dishing with the Disciples” this Lent.

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