GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 30, 2008

Clear, calm, just a slight draft from north, 13Ctemp. Outlook not good with cloudy and rainy conditions for the rest of the week.

Marilyn brief visit coming to an end, moving her to Moncton tomorrow for an early flight on Thursday back to Winnipeg. Her time has gone by fast with no lag time, a sign the visit enjoyed by all.

The complex continues to take shape, and be on time construction wise. The infrastructure of the building now well along, the floor and infloor tubes for heat to be installed this week. The pipes for the geo=thermal heating to be buried within next three weeks. No cement for the arena, will be another phase in the completion process before that can be considered.

Still no bait news, last night would be alright for the seiner, if any herring around after the storm.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 29, 2008

Clear,a slight breeze from the west, temp 15C not a bad forecast for the next couple of days, moisture tomorrow, clearing and mild on Wednesday.

KYLE, fortunatly for us, appears to have beeen a non event. He come ashore across the Bay at Yarmouth a low Cat 1, as the crow flies we are approx. fifty miles away. For awhile looked like it was ramping up for a catouse then leveled in at 50-60KPH and lots of rain. Nova Scotia Power have approx. 18K customers without power, and around 1K reported - so far - in New Brunswick. Appreciate the folks looking in to see how we were making do.

Donna's dad and assorted cronies off on the annual duck hunt up the ST. John River this morning. The boat staying home and will B&B for the first time since the hunt was iniated. The first concession to the group getting along in years, Otis & Gerald almost 185 years between them. A good day to build blinds, the start to a good hunt.

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on September 28, 2008

Overcast, just enough breeze from south to move the flag, warm 16C. However the sky is indicating things are about to change.

A fair amount of rain already down this past couple of days, will be lots run off for the next couple of days.

KYLE now off Cape Cod Hurricane 1 status, dropping back to TS as it enters the Gulf of Maine later on today. Landfall Eastport, Maine, must go over us to get there, seems to be moving pretty fast. He gets here after dark today, should be lots of preliminaries before he goes by. Giving gusts in eccess of 100KPH while in the area.

Emily out overnight, will be returning to the fold prior to the storm getting of any concern. Rob spent a quiet night getting caught up on his sleep time I would say, no guests.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on September 27, 2008

Steady rain, wind from NE 15-20KPH, 14C to rise near 20C as the day moves along. Rain till first of the week. The first of two weather systems now local. KYLE to visit tomorrow.

KYLE making his way towards the Bay gaining strength, expected to reach hurricane status then revert to TS strength when he gets overhead. At the moment landfall is St. John, to get there he must go over here first. Has been likened to a winter storm at 100KPH when it gets here. Will wait and see, at least it is rain and not snow coming with him.

Rob has one guest, Emily out till later last evening, however the beach party was a bust. Only girls, the male contingent had thier own gathering at another location, with some apologies og course - works for me.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 26, 2008

Ground fog, clear otherwise, calm, cool 7C, looking for cloud as the day moves along, lots of rain for the weekend into first of the week.

TS Kyle to enter the Bay this weekend now around Bermuda looks like an increase to Cat 1 hurricane then down to a TS as it comes this way. Computer models pretty well all indicate right over the island by Sunday, lots of wind and rain.

Girls have returned, well travelled with no great adventures from a traffic perspective, at least ones they want to share.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on September 25, 2008

A slight haze over the harbour this morning, red sky, total calm, 11C to rise in the 20C range today. A weather pattern change tomorrow and the weekend, mositure in the offing.

Donna and Marilyn making there way home, spent another day on PEI bunked with brother in Moncton last night. Plan is to catch the 1PM ferry today, they certainly have had ideal weather and by all accounts have enjoyed themselves very much.

Rob continues to move ahead on the guitar, gives him alot of pleasure as he needs to prompting to 'practise'. Emily continues to enjoy all aspects of the piano with the excepton of 'practise'.

See some tanks on the back of pickups must assume that bait or the prospect is around somewhere.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 24, 2008

Bright red sun coming up over Ross Island, cool 4C, calm to rise into the mid teens as the day moves along. Definatly more than just a fall hint to the weather. Looking for rain for the weekend.

Donna shut her down in Charlottetown last evening, they are having a great time tour, extending it for another day. The rural beauty of the island is what the main comment has been on the first day of gawking.

Fishery remains quiet, dosen't appear as if the replacement for the MISTRESS will be returning in time to fish for the local lobster bait requirements. Have not heard what might be in place for other sources, time is moving along especially when no source for bait has been identified.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on September 23, 2008

The weatherman has it correct, a great fall morning underway, clear, calm, cool @5C, no evidence of frost overnight, but the warnings were out.

Marilyn arrived ontime in Moncton. If the ladies have this weather for thier side trip to the other 'island' it should be a good opportunity to have a gawk. They have no distinct plan in mind other than to stop at the PADERNO Outlet. They may return tomorrow or have another sleep on the mainland, remains to be seen.

Complex now closed in with the interior infrastructure undereway. Still no funds to complete the floor in the arena, the buildings diversity for use curtailed to a great degree until that can be done. Still a far cry from where we have been till this date.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on September 22, 2008

Mostly overcast, a breeze from north, a cool 9C this morning, with the breeze chilly is the best description. Weatherman insists nice weather for the week, lots of sun.

Two guys wrinkling on the beach yesterday, dulsers still going at it for a very few weeks now left in the season. I beleive clams still off limits, but testing being done to learn if it can be reopened or not.

Donna made it to Moncton with no problem, Marilyn flies in from Winnipeg at 4PM local time. One brief touch in Hamilton then direct to Moncton less than five hours duration. About the same time it takes to get from here to pick her up.

Kids had a busy weekend, Emily enjoyed her time on White Head, pretty tired when she got home. Rob landed to get his feet under him late yesterday afternoon. Now will wait and see if he has kept his lessons up where they are supposed to be.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on September 21, 2008

First day of Fall living up to its stereotype. Cool 5C, warming quickly, calm, lots of sun. Giving 'fall like' for the next sevral days, same as we have today, ok by me.

Donna's dad off to St. John to retrieve his boat, will be able to get down through the Reversing Falls around 1300Hrs. Then will be a five hour trip home, a great day to make the run.

A few waterfowel in evidence this morning, they seem to be gathering up a few more each day, I suppose preparation for warmer climes in the not too distant future.

Donna off this morning with brother to await the arrival of her friend from Winnipeg tomorrow afternoon. They then have a couple of days of R&R around PEI, as long as the weather permits.

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SATURDAY, SEPEMBER 20/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on September 20, 2008

Clear, calm, 9C temp, frost in the field across the road, remains to be seen if the water saved our remaining plants or not. Giving nice weather for the next sevral days.

Donna and Marilyn should have good weather for thier little look around the Maritimes before they return home. They have no itinenary just a large outline of what they hope to accomplish. Will give Donna a couple of lessons on the GPS so at least they will always have an idea of how to get back home.

Fishery remains quiet, does not appear to be anything other than the seiners moving around, don't know how successful they have been this past week. The Bay has not been productive this summer, preparation for the upcoming lobster season underway, gaining more momentum as the weather gets cooler.

One overnight guest for Rob, Emily heading to White Head Isalnd for an overnighter, after a day moving around here on the 'main'.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on September 19, 2008

Near frost overnight, 2C this morning, calm, clear, looking good for the next couple of days.

Brother and nephew both arrived yesterday, good to have them at the table. Nephew to attend the wind farm meeting, and Ted to visit on the last few days of his holiday.

Meeting with the wind farm people went very well, some good questions, answers, positive approach to all concerned, no animosity in any of the questions, a good meeting for all in attendance. Lots of FIRST WIND GRAND MANAN hats and Tshirts in circulation after the meeting, a gimme by the company.

Donna travelling back to Moncton with Ted on the weekend to pick up her buddy from Manitoba, then they are off for a couple of day visit to PEI prior to returning to the little rock.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 18, 2008

Overcast, total calm, one of those mornings where you see the tide running into the harbour similar to a river in motion, Temp 13C a chance of rain today, clear next couple of days.

Brother and nephew visiting today, brother finishing up his holiday, chance to catch up and visit with mom. Dan here for the wind mill meeting this evening.

The wind farm has generated alot of interest, so far the oppposition that I am aware of is minimal. However with the interest being shown indicates more than normal interest for a project on the island.

Gas prices shold go down today, we were doing well with regulation, however once the price spiked the legislation did not allow for taking advantage of price drop unless at a certain level in 24Hr period. The drop did not reach that level, but went well past in increments after IKE had passed.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 17, 2008

Another fall like morning, clear, calm 11C, harbour millpond like reflections from Ross Island. Looking for some moisture tomorrow with good weather in the offing for the weekend.

Preliminary meeting of interested user groups for the complex held last evening. The small number of people there revealed that the gym facility will be well used will require co-ordination to get the best bang for the buck. The arena area still requires cement floor money, no cement floor restricts the versatility of the complex in a big way.

Seiners were moving last evening, have not heard how they are making out. The wier part of the fishery seems to have gone back to being very quiet.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 16, 2008

Very nice fall like morning, a slight draft from NW, clear,12C for temp. Similar days ahead in the forecast for the next sevral days.

A couple of fellows on the beach, must be harvesting wrinkles, I believe area still closed for clams. This is the first people working on the beach for sometime.

Still remains quiet in the fishery part of the world, fellows concerned about the possiblity of a regulation on carapace size on large lobsters. Officials are taking the position that the larger lobsters produce more eggs, there is some dispute between scientists and fellows on the scene as to if this is in fact the case.

Kids still getting into the fall routine, and doing quite well at adjusting. Emily starts piano tonight, signed up for dance, Rob has guitar and sk8board for the moment.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 15, 2008

Drizzle, fairly strong SE @20-25KPH this morning, temp not bad 15C. Breeze to continue for most of the day swinging NW clearing this afternoon. Sun in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

Have not caught up on the fishery goings on, have seen some activity in Whale Cove this weekend, at least some of the fellows getting a little this season. The seiners have found it very spotty this past little while, season is getting short. Soon be time to get some lobster bait in the tanks.

Rob played at church yesterday with the youth group, he sure enjoys the opportunity to strut his stuff. Also has been playing the piano on some occasions, doing well plays by ear. Emily starts her lessons this week, along with dance and a couple of other activites from school will keep her more than busy, and the vehicles on the road after supper.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on September 14, 2008

Calm, foggy visibility less than 1/2 mile, 13C for temp. Looking for moisture next couple of days, the remnants of IKE, now a tropical depression tracking north of us, right down the the St. Lawrence.

The destruction in Texas continues to be tabulated, the figures are staggering.

Both kids with an extra below decks last night, a few movies and the lap top keep them pretty quiet.

The complex pretty well closed in, looking great, still lots of work to be completed to meet the completion day of JAN 09. An amazing building for our community, it should become an icon for the island within the next few months.

Windmill meeting on 18th, should be interesting. Lots of coverage on Windmill Farms in the press lately, describing what is going on provincially, and the pros and cons of this type of operation.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on September 13, 2008

Drizzle, calm, 13C a rather damp start of the day. This is the expectation for the next few days with the possibility of the remains of IKE visiting by mid-week.

IKE wreaking havoc in Texas, still too early to assess the damage as daylight just coming to that part of the world.

Rob out overnight, Emily out to a fire on the beach till the rain drove them well after dark.

Have been instructed to get the stove prepared for a fire, damp and cool this past few days, a sign of things to come, a fire part of the ritual daily routine.

The pots outside have run thier course,weather permitting will be cleaning some them for another season. Where does the time go?

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 12, 2008

Clear, 11C, calm, temp to rise high teens with a moist weekend being offered by the weatherman.

Have returned to the fort last evening on the black boat arrving home at suppertime. All is well at this end of things. We stayed at Freeport chugged along the coast stopping in Rockport, Bucksport and Camden along the way. Certainly worth the stop, in Rockland visited at boatshop that is finishing up on a sailing vessel circa.1670 destined for South Carolina. The vessel to be put in the water next week, rigging put on and sailed to S.C. late October. She is called the ADVENTURE depicting a coastal freighter, full size of the period.

The trip all to short, took in lots of new scenes and experiances, on the catamaran to a sailing vessel within a week, great accomodation along the way, food and company all first rate. A definate return to the areas travelled to round out what we glanced at this time around.

Kids pleased to have us back on duty, the new clothes might have had something to do with the pleasant smiles, but will go with glad to see ya type of thing.

Folks in Texas getting ready for a bad with IKE coming ashore this weekend.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:25 AM GMT on September 10, 2008

Overcast, calm, cool 11C, looking for some good weather for the remainder of the day.

Overnight in Freeport, Maine, a short jaunt from North Conway, a stop in Portland to check out the Maine Mall. Quite a bit of rain in the afternoon, toured L.L.BEAN home store. Quite a complexa with bus tours coming while we were there. An easy spot to leave some coin in a hurry. One thing did notice, not very many under fifty looking things over. Toured around the neighbourhood as weather did improve.

Plan today is go along the coast ending up in Bangor, with a plan of heading home sometime tomorrow. The week has gone fast.

Funny how things change, HARRIET - our GPS guide - decided to shutdown yesterdayl, getting around Portland a bit of a challenge, she did rejoin us after a bit.



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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 09, 2008

A different view out the window this morning, in the shadow of the White Mountains. Clearing, temp 14C, total calm. Looks like not a bad weather day in store for the next stage of the trip.

A contrast in views yesterday leaving Drummondville near the St. Lawrence, climbing into the the White Moutains. A great drive, weather was nice, lots to see, not a great deal of traffic to contend with.

Stayed overnight in North Conway, a shopping mecca with countless Outlet Stores. The girls played themselves out, had a great time doing it.

Today a run to the Maine Coast, have a look around Portland, and Freeport areas to see what is looking, gradually head north to the border, no time table as yet.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8`08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on September 08, 2008

Clear, a temp of 15C, no wind - not an item of note this far inland. Forecast is for partly cloudy temps in mid twenties.

A good day yesterday, left Rimouski across the St. Lawrence via cat. A distance of approx. thirty miles at 30 knot took only 55 minutes. One of the things to do knocked off the list. The trip very enjoyable and enlightning. A few vehicles and other passengars, but definatly not a crowd. The drive to Quebec City picuresque, changing scenary and a little rain.

Did the carriage tour of Old Quebec City, dined outside cafe, looked around. Drove to Drummondville for the night stop. A full day, but not hectic by any stretch.

Crossing into New Hampshire for the day, rumours of Factory Outlets at North Conway, must be investigated.

Appears Hannah, much like Bugm a raim evemt with no grat amount of wind. Can certainly live with that. Some photos will see if any are worth posting or not. All hands still in good spirits and talking to one another.

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SUNDAY, September 7, 08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 07, 2008

Clearing, a little overcast at the moment, calm, temp cool 12C, expected to rise to the high teens before the day is over.

A great drive yesterday, for the most part, a little more amibius than we planned, left Bathurst, drove to Perce then called it a night here at Rimouski. A fantastic change of scenary, more habitiation than I had anticipated. The girls toured Perce Toney & P¬ętsy felt similar to Bar Harbour for tourist traps. An impressive site comes upon you suddenly well worth the drive. Lots of rain during the end of the drive, nice accomodation once again. Language - hospitality not a problem. Off on the catamaran to the other side of the St. Lawrence then to Quebc City this morning.

I would say Hananh is over the house at home this morning, but moving fast. A good thing, Ike looking ominous for the folks in the Gulf once again.

Small type no glasses reading this could be interestisng.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:14 AM GMT on September 06, 2008

A first for us in downtown Bathurst, overcast, nice temp. a s;ogjt breeze from west.

A nice drive yesterday, covered a lot of the province. Has to go to Woodstock to complete my Nexus Card, across the province to Miramichi, then along the coast to Miscou and bunked here last night. A great hotel an supper early to bed ready to have a look at the Gaspe very shortly.

Hannah headed to the Bay later on today and tomorrow, but seems to be a rain event. well to the south of us surprising how many folks have made the similar trip am exploring crossing the St. Lawrence via ferry and go to Quebec City on the north side of the River.

All seems well at home, great hotel would recommend to anyone time for continental breakfest, Tony and I least the girls getting ready to present I would say.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5,08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:13 AM GMT on September 05, 2008

Overcast,still a nice temp at 14C, slight draft from the north, a good day to travel.

Hannah is visiting over the weekend, model shows her going over the house late on Sat. Checking there are two storms right behind her. Florida would appear to be the goal for Ike, and at present he is not one you want even in the neighbourhood let alone come direct to your house.

Luggage by the back door, and all checkins with parents and kids overnight so we must be ready to go. Will be back next Friday, or at least that is the plan, don't know exactly how long the excursion will take.

Big brother and wife looking after things in our absence, gives them a chance to visit with mom, also - heaven forbid - the kids have to walk somewhere.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on September 04, 2008

Fairly clear at daylight, now thick fog, humid, calm, 16C for temp. Weatherman telling us that it is and will be a sunny day, little does he know what can happen at Ingalls Head compared to the rest of the weather world.

This getting two teenagers going in the morning is going to take some planning. The bathroom started going at 0630, remains to be seen if they same dedication to hygiene and appearance is shown in homework.

We are getting ready to travel, or at least Donna is, I usually carry things and drive to wherever. This way none of the required items are overlooked when on the road. This is a new experiance for us travelling with another couple, looking forward to it and the new country to view.

Still seems to be a number of 'strangers from away' looking around. Lots of geese forming up in the harbour most mornings and evenings, a change in seasons is underway.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on September 03, 2008

Overcast, a northerly breeze holding the flag straigt out, 15-20KPH. Forecast is for some sunshine and nice temps as the day progresses.

First day of school now in the books. All hands seem content with thier lot, and lookng forward to getting into the routine. Emily is in a Grade 9-10 split with a total of 22 students. Rob in a split last year was hoping to remain with his teacher, not the case. He is reunited with his peer group. Lets suggest they can be creative on how they approach school rules, not in a malicious manner just puching the envelope, or at least that is my analysis.

Fishery news no change, still bleak with the summer wier fishery time quickly coming to an end. Fall winds soon to be with us, any wiers still in fishing order will be in jeporday.

A couple of days till a weeklong break, coming on quickly then goes by too quick.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 02, 2008

Partial overcast, clearing, a breeze from north 10-15KPH, 14C, temp coming up as the sun gains a little ground over the horizon.

The new school year begins, showers starting early, the scramble to have a proper breakfest, lunch prepared and out the door has begun as the morning ritual. This morning no prodding required. Rob a walking endorsement of WEST 49, Emily complete with new highlights looking every bit her fourteen years, o my.

Travelling for the old folks and friends only three more sleeps. Off to see what the Gaspe, Quebec City and parts of New England have to offer for at least a week. Other than a planned stop in Quebec City, and some cross border shopping, no itinerary for the duration of the excursion.

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LABOUR DAY, SEPTEMBER 1/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on September 01, 2008

Clear, a breeze NNW keeping things clear, weather looking good for the remainder of the week, temps are becoming seasonal,14C this morning.

Hurricane Gustav a few hours off from coming ashore at New Orleans, better prepared than for Katrina. A number of potential weather systems stacked up in the Atlantic to watch over the next week.

Rob out overnight, Emily quite happy to be in her own bunk to catch up on some of the sleep from the overnight babysitting gig.

A number of geese at the low tide mark getting some morning sea lettuce, the harbour seems to be fairly busy with waterfowel and sandhill cranes showing up in good numbers on some days.

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