Monday, June 29, 2015

Keeping Cool in the Sandy River

It has already been an extremely hot summer for most Oregonians and we can expect it to get hotter. Use sunscreen, safety vests and drink lots of water while you enjoy the cool waters of the Sandy River. Read why some people are choosing the Sandy River over the swimming pool below.
Alenjadra Bates chose the river due to its temperature. " The water is a lot colder than the pool," said Bates, who spent her day floating down the river in a raft.  Caylin Smith, who joined Bates on her raft, enjoyed the opportunities the landscape provided. " You can come and jump off cliffs and stuff rather than just a diving board," said Smith.
The Sandy River can be accessed at various points along the historic Columbia River Highway including Dabney State Park.
SRC: Learn more about people keeping cool by the Sandy River at: www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/06/sandy_river_cool_refuge_in_hig.html 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Corbett's 4th of July Fun Fest | K9 Kings Flying Dog Show


Join the City of Corbett this 4th of July at the Corbett Fun Fest. Watch the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show once, twice you could even watch all three of their performances at the Corbett Fun Fest. The K9 Kings Flying Dog Show is a 30 minute performance that will occur from 12:15 pm -12:45 pm, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm and one last time from 4:30 on - 5:00 pm, you won't want to miss these amazing dogs. Learn more about the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show below.
Long before J.D. ever watched one of his canines launch into the air, he had an appreciation for terms like Big Air! Hang time! For thirteen years J.D. was a professional snowboard competitor. Thus it seems quite appropriate that his team of canine athletes would continue his tradition of amazing high flying stunts. In the mid 90s, while still an active snowboard competitor he met a disc dog entertainer who introduced him to the sport of canine flying disc. 
SRC: Get a full Corbett Fun Fest 4th of July line-up at: www.corbettfunfest.com/july-4th-line-up/

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Corbett's 4th of July Fun Fest | School of Rock


Join the City of Corbett this 4th of July at the Corbett Fun Fest. This year the School of Rock will be performing on stage from 11:45 am until 12:45 pm. Enjoy lunch at the Corbett Fun Fest this fourth of July while the School of Rock entertains your ears. Learn more about the School of Rock below. 
For over 18 years, School of Rock has been teaching kids and adults to play music through unique performance-based programs. The School of Rock Portland school opened in 2006, and has performed over a 100 shows often joined by local bands such as The Thermals, Red Fang, Portugal. The Man, The Decemberists, Blitzen Trapper, and many more.
SRC: Get a full Corbett Fun Fest 4th of July line-up at: www.corbettfunfest.com/july-4th-line-up/

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Corbett's Fun Fest Funding Auction


Join the 2015 Corbett Fun Fest this 4th of July for a full day of fun in the sun. Back this year by popular demand is the Fun Fest Funding Auction. One of the items in the Fun Fest Funding Auction is a 4 night stay in Coos Bay. Learn more about Corbett's 2015 Fun Fest Funding Auction below.
It is not an inexpensive feat to pull off this spectacular event each year and keep the cost of everything you have included in the gate fee affordable. We have a number of items already lined up including, a weeks lodging in Isla Mujeres off Cancun Mexico, 4 nights in Coos Bay, art, entertainment, dining and more. We are accepting donations such as gift baskets, firewood, hay, gravel or rock, catered dinners, art or anything of value. Some items will be raffled and others will be auctioned. 
SRC: Find contact information for Donations for the 2015 Fun Fest Funding Auction at: www.corbettfunfest.com/july-4th-line-up/

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7 Bikes for 7 Wonders | Mt. Hood Bike Found


The Mt. Hood Bike of the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders campaign has been found. Congratulation to Ben Sherwood for finding Mt. Hood's one-of-a-kind bicycle. Learn about the Mt. Hood 7 Wonders bike below.
Mt. Hood serves as the coolest imaginable backyard possible for Portlanders (and anyone else who visits the area): it’s got so many things to do, and plenty of them can be done on a bike. That was the initial reaction Fred Cuthbert had when he was tasked with designing the perfect bike for Mt. Hood.
“The first thing that went through my mind was that it needed to be able to handle anything, because around Mt. Hood there’s lift-assist, free rides, full downhill… everything, even including all-day single-track rides through the wilderness,” he recalls. And that was perfect for him. “The core principal behind my design has always been to make something that could do anything and everything, so this was the perfect opportunity to put that into practice.”
And that’s what he’s done. His single-speed mountain bike incorporates all his favorite features, and still comes in at an astonishingly light 28 pounds. There are beefy 2.5-inch tires, a suspension front fork with 5 to 6 inches of play, and an adjustable-height seatpost for riding in a bike park or other extreme terrain.
And it looks as singular as it is, with red hubs and a bright “sour-apple green” paint job with subtle black pinstriping around the lug details. It even has a name, etched in red script that matches the hubs: “Bruno,” for the iconic St. Bernard that lives at Timberline Lodge. (Fred’s company name comes from his shop mascot, Duncan. He was pleased to name this bike for “a fellow giant-breed dog.”)
It’s burly but smooth, a ride-it-all-day bike that can go just about anywhere. And it was a joy to conceive and create. “The fun part was that Travel Oregon said, ‘Here’s an area – build a bike for it.’ I got to decide how that area inspires me,” Fred says. “On a project like this, I get to answer all the questions myself, let my artistic impression shine through.”
SRC: Learn more about the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders at: rideoregonride.com/7-bikes-7-wonders-mt-hood-bike/

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Canoe Paddling to Help the Environment along the lower Columbia River


Join the The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership's Connect to the Columbia Community Canoe Paddle excursions to help the environment while enjoying the natural beauty from atop the water. Join these community paddles for free, no paddling experience is necessary, this is a great experience for families with children 5 and older. Embrace your community responsibility to help preserve our environment while having fun in the sun. Personal flotation devices are provided so check out the 2015 Connect to the Columbia Community Canoe Paddle Schedule below.
2015 Connect to the Columbia Community Canoe Paddle Schedule
Tuesday, June 23, 10am - 12pm: Vancouver Lake Felida Moorage, Vancouver, WA
Wednesday, July 1, 8 - 10pm: Willamette Park, Portland, OR (Full Moon Paddle)
Thursday, July 9, 9:30am - 12pm: Willamette Narrows, West Linn, OR
Tuesday, July 14, 9:30am - 11:30am, 12pm - 2pm: Vancouver Lake Felida Moorage, Vancouver, WA
Thursday, July 30, 10am - 1:30pm: Lake River, Ridgefield, WA (Picnic Paddle)
August Community Paddle dates and locations will be announced in early summer.

SRC: If you're ready to register for one of these Canoe Paddle dates visit: www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/06/columbia_community_canoe_paddl.html

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wood Village's 16th Annual City Nite Out

Join the City of Wood Village in their 16th Annual City Nite Out on July 17th, 2015. This City Nite Out begins at 5:00 p.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m. for hours of community fun. City Nite Out provides the community a chance to join together for crime prevention and emergency preparedness.
The 16th Annual City Nite Out is on Friday July 17th from 5-9pm.  The event will start with an emergency vehicle parade through the City at 5pm, and the event itself will start at 5:30pm. 
SRC: Check back soon for more information about Wood Village's 16th Annual City Nite Out at: www.ci.wood-village.or.us/events/city-nite-out-july-17th/

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Soulful Giving Blanket Concert

Enjoy great music and amazing food during the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert in Troutdale, Oregon. All proceeds will benefit Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Providence Cancer Research Center. A Party Bus will be available from Portland to the event and back. While enjoying the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert you'll also be offered food samplings from Portland's finest restaurants, a silent auction and much more. Learn details about the Party Bus transporting people to this Soulful Giving Blanket Concert below.
RIDE THE PARTY BUS!
Leave the driving to us! This fun party bus service, also known as the Cascadia Cruiser line, will be conveniently transporting downtown and westside guests (21 & over) from a designated parking area to our event throughout the day. For the price of $1, you can enjoy the fun with traveling music and receive a complimentary glass of Widmer beer along the way! The first pick-up begins at 11:00am and the last returning shuttle from Troutdale is at 9:00pm. Simply park your vehicle for free at the following location, wait next to our SOUL BUS sign, and watch for one of our colorful party buses to arrive!
SRC: Learn details and order tickets to the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert in Troutdale at: soulfulgiving.org

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Heart of the Gorge at Cascade Locks


Cascade Locks is located along The Columbia River Gorge and is the ideal location to enjoy water sports. If sailing, boarding, water-skiing, or simply swimming in the Columbia River is not your idea of a great time Cascade Locks also has great hiking trails, the Bridge of the Gods and more. Check out Grant's Getaway: Heart of the Gorge at Cascade Locks in the video above and learn more about what Cascade Locks Oregon has to offer, below.
Howell is also the Development Manager for the Port of Cascade Locks and said it isn’t a matter of finding enough to do in the Gorge, but rather finding enough time to do it all.
We visited the newest public venue for hikers and bikers called the “EasyClimb Trail” on the eastern edge of town. The new 3-mile loop trails is awash in color right now with brilliant blue camas and chocolate lilies, plus an unmatched view to the Columbia River. We also enjoyed a view to a nesting pair of osprey that are raising their young. “The trail was built by volunteers who gave more than 1200 hours of labor to design and build a family friendly trail to draw people to the sport of mountain biking but it has been embraced by a lot of our locals who enjoy walking their dogs too,” noted Howell.
The Cascade Locks Marine Park is a spacious public setting for a picnic lunch and also the launching point for 2-hour river trips aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. The park also offers visitors a chance to learn more about the “real” Cascade Locks in the local Historic Museum. Pat Power is the volunteer care-taker of the small museum that offers a stunning photo collection that chronicles the building the locks.
“Before the locks were built,” noted Power, “boats from Portland could only come up the Columbia River to an area near the Bonneville Dam area – there they would dock and everything was off-loaded and transported up here to bypass the dangerous Cascade Rapids. From here, they could get onto another sternwheeler and continue further east.”

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Monday, June 8, 2015

2015 Corbett Fun Fest | Parade


The 2015 fourth of July Corbett Fun Fest will start their "There's No Place Like Home" Parade at 10 am with Grand Marshals Dave and Jan Aho. The annual July 4th cruise-in is followed by the parade along a 3 mile route from Springdale to Corbett. To enjoy this parade tradition you'll need to arrive before the Stark Street Bridge and Hwy 84 exit 22 closes at 9:30 am. Read some history of the Corbett Fun Festival below.
The first Springdale-to-Corbett parade actually was in 1970, on Halloween. Bob’s and Nevalin “Nev” Scott’s daughter, Cris, belonged to a 4-H club that taught the care and training of horses. Cris, with club members Nita Graff, Linda Guest, Sara Johnson, Rene Ryan and “the Harris boy,” decided that an exciting culminating event for the year would be a parade to show off their horses and demonstrate their skills. Bob and Nev took care of the details and it happened! No permit of course! It was such a hit that people in the community thought it should continue. “That’s Corbett,” Nev commented.
The North East Multnomah County Community Association (NEMCCA) took up the idea, prompted by board member Bea Graff, and the festival was born. Though a group of people got together and made it happen, no specific individual(s) were in charge. Bill Quinn and Patti Graff took major responsibility initially. For the events first years, “celebrities” were selected to be the Grand Marshall. That soon changed. NEMCCA decided to recognize individuals in our midst who have made a significant contribution to the community. One of the first local honorees was Bea Graff.
Thus, a group of volunteers launched what has grown into a spectacular community event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Initially, fund raisers, such as the Kiwanis salmon feed (supplanted by the Kiwanis sponsored dinner), the Fireman’s Ball at the Grange Hall, the Christmas party and other activities were used to raise the funds needed. “Usually we made enough to pay the bills, but if not, we and our volunteers considered it a “donation,” Nev recalled. “In the mid-1980s, Mary Cohorst, director of the Springdale Center, got the job corps involved, which was a real plus. She was a great leader.” The Scotts were involved with the fun festival for 25 years. Their participation and work culminated in their co-workers’ recognition of their efforts by choosing them to be the Grand Marshalls of the 1995 parade.
SRC: Find more information about the 2015 Corbett Fun Fest Parade at: www.corbettfunfest.com/july-4th-line-up/

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40th Annual Sternwheeler Days

Join Cascade Locks along the Columbia River Gorge in their 40th Annual Sternwheeler Days Celebration. This 3-day event starts Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29th and is jam packed with family fun. All activities will take place at the Marine Park in Cascade Locks unless otherwise noted, check out the Sternwheeler Days Schedule below.
Friday June 27
  • 10am-6pm - Mountain Men Encampment - Thunder Island
  • Noon-8pm - Lions BINGO 
  • 5pm-7pm - Asher & Lost Highwaymen - music
  • 10am-9pm - food & craft booths open
  • 10am-9pm - Kid's games & rides open
  • DUSK - Movies in the Park

Saturday June 28

  • 7am-Noon - Eye Openers Lions Club Breakfast
  • 9am - Columbia Gorge Walking Club 5k &10k Run/walk-a-thon
  • 10am-6pm - Mountain Men Encampment - Thunder Island
  • 10am-9pm - Food & craft booths open
  • 10am-9pm - Kid's games & rides open
  • 11am - PARADE Starts at the Bridge of the Gods
  • Noon-8pm - Lions BINGO
  • 12:30-5pm - Phoenix Rising - music
  • 4-7pm - Salmon Bake
Sunday June 29
  • 1am-Noon - Eye Openers Lions Club Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:30am - Church in the Park
  • 10am-3pm - Mountain Men Encampment - Thunder Island
  • 10am-5pm - Food & craft booths open
  • 10am-5pm - Kid's games & rides open
  • 11am-5pm - Lions BINGO
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Asher & Lost Highwaymen - music
  • 5pm Festival closes
SRC: Stay up-to-date for the 40th Annual Sternwheeler Days by liking Sternwheeler Days at: www.facebook.com/SternWheelerDays

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2015 Corbett Fun Fest | Pancake Breakfast


The 2015 fourth of July Corbett Fun Fest will start off with a Pancake Breakfast. Join the Columbia River Gorge Kiwanis Scholarship for a Pancake Breakfast in Corbett from 7 am to 10 am, before the roads close at 9:30 am for the parade. This is an All You Can Eat Breakfast including pancakes, ham and eggs for only $6 per Adult and $3 for children over age 5 ( Kids under 5 eat free! ). Join the Corbett Fun Fest starting with the Pancake Breakfast July, 4th 2015. Read the Corbett Fun Fest event rules below and have a happy fourth of July.
  • No Alcohol, drugs or cigarettes permitted.
  • No Pets: Only seeing eye dogs will be allowed inside the Corbett Fun Festival Grounds. ( No exceptions. )
  • Shade tents are to be to the sides - not in front of stage & must be down by 7:45 pm.
  • RVs are NOT allowed in parking lots or on the school grounds
  • BBQs or gas grills are NOT allowed in parking lots or event site
SRC: Learn details for the2015 Corbett Fun Fest Pancake Breakfast at: www.corbettfunfest.com/july-4th-line-up/

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Troutdale's 2015 SummerFest

Join Troutdale, at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge for their 43rd annual Troutdale SummerFest Saturday, July 18th. Follow a fun parade from Downtown Troutdale to Glenn Otto Park at the Sandy River for hours of entertainment for the whole family. Read 2015's Troutdale SummerFest details below.
The 43rd annual Troutdale SummerFest will be on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. It will begin with performances in Troutdale’s Mayor’s Square before the parade at 11:00. The parade will go from downtown Troutdale and to Glenn Otto Park, a little over half a mile away. It will probably finish by 12:00 or 12:30, depending on the number of entries. It will be broadcast by Metro East Media. The parade will be followed by afternoon entertainment and vendors in Glenn Otto Park. Afternoon entertainment and vending are being arranged separately from the parade.
SRC: Download a Parade Application and more for the Troutdale SummerFest at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/troutdale-summerfest-2015/

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Eastside Garden Tour


Come out to the Columbia River Gorge's Eastside Garden Tour 'Sun Drops' this Saturday, June 13th. These amazing gardens will be open from 10 am until 4 pm, tickets and accompanying maps will be available the day of the tour at 32201 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett Oregon 97019. Read details about the Eastside Garden Tour below.
Come explore the rain-blessed river communities of the West Columbia Gorge as you stroll from one garden and pass inspiring natural views to the next gardener’s pride. Leave the hectic pace of the surrounding world and enter into the lush landscapes near the Historic Columbia River Highway, once known as “The King of the Roads.”Gardens open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on June 13, 2015. Tickets for this self-guided tour are $20 and children under 13 are free. 
Proceeds will benefit Crown Point Historical Society. The mission of the Society is to preserve and share the history that includes of the western end and surrounding area of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Plans are underway for a 3,500 square foot museum building to house and share the archives and collections. Tools, boats and large machinery used in fishing, farming and logging will be on display on the 2.69 acre museum grounds.

SRC: Learn more about the Columbia River Gorge's Eastside Garden Tour at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/event/eastside-garden-tour-sun-drops/

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Doobie Brothers


The Doobie Brothers will be performing at McMenamins Historic Edgefield on June 20th, 2015. If you're a huge Doobie fan and you're not able to get tickets then you could always listen from the Donald L. Robertson City Park located right next to Troutdale's Edgefield. Learn about The Doobie Brother and their music below.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL INSTITUTION
As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol,” and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. They continue to write and record new material, tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground in the exploration of their musical connection with Nashville.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Pat Simmons says, “We have entered a territory that we never imagined for ourselves, as far as being a part of the cultural landscape. It’s kind of odd when you see your songs in television commercials and hear yourself as background music in a commercial business, but it’s cool. I hear B.B. King in the same places. We’re in good company”
The Doobies have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” The Doobies propulsive roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 30 million albums.

SRC: Look to see if Edgefield still has tickets available at: edgefieldconcerts.com/events/doobie-brothers/

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2015 Ripple Opti Clinic

Get ready to visit Cascade Locks in three weeks for the 2015 Ripple Opti Clinic. Wither your a sailor or an observer, you won't want to miss out on this experience. The 2015 Ripple Opti Clinic is an opportunity for sailors of different skill levels to experience a professional coaching in a safe and fun environment. The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is hosting this event in Cascade Locks on June 23rd-25th. Learn about the coach and assistant coach for this sailing event below. 
                                
SRC: Interested in Registering or learning more about the 2015 Ripple Opti Clinic in Cascade Locks, visit: www.regattanetwork.com/event/10126#_home

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Horsetail Falls aka Ponytail Falls


Horsetail Falls, or as some would call it Ponytail Falls is an exciting waterfall to visit in the Columbia River Gorge. If you take the Horsetail Falls Loop Hike you'll be surprised to find you've travel 2.6 miles due to the distracting beauty and the child-like wonder people of all ages can experience while traveling along this trail. It may be crowed on nice days but it's family friendly and the difficulty level is considered easy. You'll want to walk behind Horsetail Falls while your here just because you can. Read more about locating this Columbia Gorge waterfall below.
The trail begins in one of the most scenic trailheads anywhere, at Horsetail Falls. Plan on a bit of time before or after you hike to view and photograph the falls. Horsetail Falls Trail #438 begins climbing some easily graded switchbacks with beautiful rock walls. You'll pass your first trail junction here, as Gorge Trail #400 heads east. After 5 switchbacks the trail levels out, and heads west for a bit, high above the Gorge below. After 4/10 of a mile, the trail suddenly turns into the small valley containing Ponytail Falls. In literally a few steps, you leave the modern freeway noise and enter a different world. The trail passes behind Ponytail Falls in a cavernous area eroded beneath a lava flow. 
SRC: Read full Hike Description for the Horsetail Falls Loop Hike at:  www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Horsetail_Falls_Loop_Hike

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mount Hood Starts the Free Bike Scavenger Hunt

The first bike to be hidden for the 7 bikes for 7 Wonders of Oregon has been assigned to our lovely Mount Hood area. One bike will be hidden each week in their given wonder area, skipping the week of the Fourth of July. The Mount Hood bike scavenger hunt begins Monday, June 15th and if you want to keep this bike you'll have to be the first one to find it. Read some of Travel Oregon's Bike Scavenger Hunt FAQ's below.
How will I know where the bikes will be hidden?On each Monday starting June 15th, we will post a video revealing the location for that week’s bicycle on one of our social channels (i.e., Facebook, Twitter or Instagram). Later that week, we will post a second clue on TravelOregon.com and rideOregonRide.com revealing the trail on the Wonder where the bicycle is hidden.  On Friday or Saturday of that week (depending on the Wonder), a physical clue may also be provided on the trail near where the bicycle is hidden.
How will I know if/when the bike has been found?We will post a picture of each winner with the bicycle on social media as soon as someone finds it. We will do our best to post to social media immediately, but given the limited reception in some areas there may be a delay. Be sure to follow @TravelOregon on Twitter and Instagram and/or “Like” the Travel Oregon page on Facebook so you get the most up-to-update information bout the scavenger hunt.
If I win the bike, how do I get it home?Transportation for the bike is up to the winner and will not be provided by Travel Oregon.
Do I need to pay any fees to participate?Nope! You may need to pay a land use fee to visit some of the Wonders but there is no fee to participate in the scavenger hunt. Note, winners will be responsible for all federal, state and local taxes based on the value of the bike.
What happens if two people find the bike at the same time?We will ask each person 10 questions about Oregon. Whoever gets the most right, wins the bike!
SRC: Learn all about the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders of Oregon at: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/oregon-stories/7-bikes-for-7-wonders/

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