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Saline Area Senior Center : The Place to Be

The Saline Area Senior Center is so much more than just a run-of-the-mill center where people might go to play cards or chat about the weather. The SASC is a bustling multi-room recreation and arts center, with so many possibilities to learn, play, create, and have fun, that it’s tough to know where to begin!

The focus of the Saline Area Senior Center is on wellness, covering both physical and mental health and wellbeing through their classes and other offerings. At the Center, you can make appointments to work on reflexology, learn about foot care, or get a massage or a facial, or stop in to get your blood pressure checked for free on the third Wednesday of the month. You can also come use one of their NuStep machines – fitness equipment designed for seniors – which are available during all SASC business hours.

Group of seniors doing yoga with an instructor outdoors

The focus on wellness continues through their variety of fitness classes. You can dance into a Zumba class, release your inner Animal with a Drums Alive class (drumming on a large fitness ball to music), or take Tai Chi, strength training, or yoga, among others! You can also join in on a Pickleball game, try your hand (foot?) at Clogging, play some Bounce Volleyball, or join the walking group at Liberty School during the fall and winter.

Wellness isn’t just a physical practice, though – true wholeness means energizing the body and the mind. To that end, Megan Kenyon, Program Coordinator for the Senior Center, is working hard to add many art and music classes into the mix, to give members a variety of creative offerings to choose from.

Once a month, seniors can meet with Steve Wood to paint a landscape using acrylic paints. They can also learn how to paint in the style of famous artists like Wayne Thibaud or Henri Matisse with instructor Soyeon Kim. Local artist Katherine Downie (author of this article) teaches a variety of classes at SASC, including Watercolors, Intro to Oil Painting, Zendoodle, Abstract Art, Drawing Bootcamp, and Papercrafting. And later in September, you can take Intro to Pastels with Debra Groth, learning how to “use pastels and produce bright and beautiful work.”Seniors Enjoying Oil Painting Class Together

Whether you have any artistic experience or not, art classes at the SASC are a great place to give art a try. Most classes are for beginners, and as Kenyon says, “You’ve just gotta go for it…You don’t how well you’re gonna do until you try it.” Most of the classes include a small fee for supplies, too, so you don’t have to worry about picking up your own if you’re not sure you are going to stick with it.

SASC also has music offerings such as Evola Music Keyboarding with Patti Fry and Ukulele Lessons with Bill Militzer. Don’t have your own ukulele? They’ve got that covered – sign up to make your own cigar box ukulele or pie plate banjo with instructor Bill Militzer in a two-day workshop coming up in October! And if the visual or musical arts aren’t your cup of tea, try out language arts by learning beginning Spanish with Mayra Mendoza or Beginning French with instructor Fran Thornton.

So what makes SASC a good place to take arts classes? According to Kenyon, “They’re so inexpensive!” Kenyon and Program Manager Janie Colton also emphasize that art classes can be very therapeutic, allowing participants to focus on the task at hand, rather than the stresses involved in everyday life. And a big bonus is that the Senior Center offers members a chance to try their hand at art with little risk and low cost.

All of that said, many may wonder just what constitutes a “senior” exactly? At the Saline Area Senior Center, it has been a long-standing practice to provide services to the community on the continuum of all senior ages. Senior-In-Training (SIT) memberships include all those between the ages of 45-54, and offers a limited membership for $30/year ($40 for those living outside of the Saline Area School District). Those who are 55 and older and residents of the SAS District can become members for only $10 a year (Jan-Dec; $20 for non-residents). Give them a call or stop in to pick up a membership form and get a tour!Smiling senior male and female playing cards at table in

This membership allows you access to the classes as well as the facilities – a billiards room, computer room, library, and the aforementioned NuStep machines. SASC also has a variety of clubs (Bookworm, Woodcarvers), offers Tech lessons, holds discussion groups, euchre tournaments, craft groups, and of course, a senior center staple, Bingo! As if all of that wasn’t enough, they also offer travel opportunities both locally (Tigers game, ArtPrize, Toledo Zoo and more) and farther afield (Grand Canyon).

A few upcoming events include:

  • October 19, 5:30-7:00pm – Coffee with the Mayor, Brian Marl
  • October 30, 1:30-3pm – Halloween Party
  • November 27, 4:00-8:00pm – Euchre Tournament

Be sure to check out the Saline Area Senior Center website (link here) to find out more about all that they have to offer, including the details on the many art classes coming up this fall, or stop in and pick up a catalog. The Saline Area Senior Center is located at 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176 734-429-9274.

(Courtesy of Katherine Downie)

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Nine November Events

In addition to Thanksgiving, there are lots of things to see and do this November throughout the Ann Arbor area.

University of Michigan Stadium

University of Michigan Football
September – November

Every fall with the return of the school year brings the return of football season. Whether you are a die hard fan or just happen to be in town visiting, the football games make an impression. During the weekends when a game is played at home expect large crowds and allow extra time for your commute throughout the city.  To see the full schedule click here.


Coat Drive
October 30 – November 30

Reinhart kicks-off our 22nd Annual Coat Drive October 30, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County. Through the month of November, we will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

Passion and Perseverance: A Broadway Musical Review
November 8

Celebrate the music of Broadway presented by local vocalists at this benefit for Kickshaw’s upcoming season. Featuring the signature cocktail, “Curiositini,” and scrumptious food by Zingerman’s Catering. Cash bar. An evening you won’t forget!

Ann Arbor Turkey Trot
November 11

The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan. Cited by “Hour Detroit” magazine as one of the 101 places to visit in the greater Metropolitan area. Today cider is made the same way it was made 120 years ago by using an oak rack press. The Dexter Cider Mill is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees.

Wine, Woman  & Shopping
November 11

Wine, Women and Shopping is a fun filled day to share with your mom, sisters and friends. Enjoy Christmas shopping in a relaxed enjoyable quaint small town. Stroll past the Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, enjoy lunch at any of the great restaurants. Boutiques and shops have pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a great day.
Come and enjoy the small town and the personal service. A lot of stores stay open until 8:00 pm. Come spend the day or the weekend in Chelsea.

Saline Craft Show
November 11

The Saline Craft Show, in its 30th year, is rated as one of the top 10 shows in Michigan. This annual event is hosted on the grounds of Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Over 270 crafters will showcase their most recent and exceptional work which includes decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing.

All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individual crafters and available at affordable prices. All artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works. This show provides both crafts and art, from the latest in shabby chic to handmade furniture and hand painted clothing.

Kerrytown Market & Shops Holiday Open House
November 12

Kerrytown’s Annual Holiday Open House kicks off the season with live music, art demonstrations, face painting, storytelling with Mother Goose, holiday treats and great pre-holiday sales from their merchants. Admission is free.

Pets & Pajamas Movie Night
November 12

What could be more fun than spending your Friday night with our furry friends at the Humane Society of Huron Valley? This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal-themed movie with popcorn.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and pillow and be ready for some animal-themed fun while parents enjoy a night out on the town! Pets and Pajamas Movie Night is offered once a month and is a great way for children to enjoy some after-hours time at HSHV.

Anything Goes
November 24 – December 23

The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter proudly presents “Anything Goes” showing from November 24 to December 23, 2017. Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

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Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?

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Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a house that goes beyond your needs. Do you:

  1. Remodel your house to fit your current needs
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home

Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on number one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

It May Pay To Downsize
According to a recent study, you will recoup only 64.4% of a remodeling project’s investment dollars if you sell in the future. Your home is probably at its highest value today. Instead of remodeling, it may make better financial sense to sell your current home and purchase a home that meets your current lifestyle and desires.

For help creating a real estate plan, contact a Reinhart Realtor today.

Source: Keeping Current Matters

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The Cost of Waiting to Buy

Are you one of many people seeing your neighbors, friends or family diving head first into the real estate market and wonder if it’s time for you to do the same? See the difference waiting a month, year, or even 30+ years could make!Cost of Waiting To Buy

Source: Keeping Current Matters September 20, 2017


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Inviting Ypsilanti Abode


This week we are featuring Melissa VanDam’s listing — 8417 Barrington Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

8417 Barrington Drive - Ypsilanti MI 7Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This is a two-story colonial home.

8417 Barrington Drive -EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This is an affordable, well cared for two-story home in an established community off of Geddess Rd.

8417 Barrington Drive - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located East of Ann Arbor off Geddes, it has low Superior Township taxes, is just 8 miles to U of M hospital, campus and downtown area. Convenient location for going to Plymouth or Canton.

8417 Barrington Drive - Family RoomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Updated windows, roof and hot water heater.

8417 Barrington Drive - Master BedroomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Fenced private yard with paver patio and mature landscaping.

8417 Barrington Drive - Deck

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
It is difficult to find a 3 bedroom, 1600 sq. ft. home in good shapes for around $200,000.8417 Barrington Drive - BackyardQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
This home was built by the current owner and has never been rented.

8417 Barrington Drive - Yard

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The seller has meticulously maintained and cared for the home over the years.

For more information about 8417 Barrington Drive, Ypsilanti, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact MelissaVanDam at 734-417-1581.

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4 Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Ann Arbor Home for Autumn

Autumn is associated with the changing of leaves and temperature. For homeowners, there are also changes that need to be made to prepare their homes for the upcoming winter. These four tips will get you on the way to preparing your home for Autumn.Ceiling fan, indoors

Clean and Reverse Fans
Your ceiling fans have been hard at work all summer so they may have gathered more dust than you realize. Turn your fans off, and clean the sides, tops and bottoms of the blades. Reverse your fans so the blades send air upward to disrupt the warm air that collects near the ceiling and disperse it downward. This is particularly effective in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings and rooms with stoves or fireplaces.

Women and drapesClean Window Treatments
Use a cordless hand-held vacuum to remove dust from hanging window treatments. If you have hanging curtains, take them down for a gentle launder. While they’re down, clean your windows and sills thoroughly.Female hands cleaning couch with vacuum cleanerVacuum and Clean Furniture
 Vacuum your upholstered furniture, and spot-clean the big stains as needed. Always test an inconspicuous area of your couch before applying any cleaning agent to a main area.

Caulking window in houseSeal the Air Leaks
Check your windows and doors for damaged weather stripping and cracked caulking, and make repairs as needed.

Credit: Home Warranty of America

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Spacious Colonial with Acreage

FeaturedFriListing_2016This week we are featuring Tracey Roy’s listing – 722 Willis Rd, Saline, MI 48176

722 Willis Road- Saline MI - FrontQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
It’s a 2 story contemporary home with a soaring foyer.

722 Willis Road- Saline MI - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This house has a great floor plan with a large kitchen that adjoins the great room with an additional sitting area, wet bar and large bay window to allow natural light in. There is a large custom doorwall that leads to an amazing composite deck with views of the private back yard.

722 Willis Road- KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
It’s close to shopping, schools, and parks. The house is situated on nearly 1.5 acres but is right next to a big neighborhood. The homeowner gets the best of both worlds. You have privacy but a neighborhood where you can walk or ride your bikes.

722 Willis Road- Family RoomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The home has a newer roof, well pump, hot water tank and fresh paint throughout.

722 Willis Road- Saline MI - MasterQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
It has a 3 car garage for extra storage and there is a large space to play or just enjoy nature.

722 Willis Road- YardQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
The house has a great floor plan to entertain along with great outdoor space.

722 Willis Road- BackyardQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The basement has 10ft ceilings, is plumbed for a bath, and awaits a new homeowner to finish the lower level how they would like!

For more information about 722 Willis Rd, Saline, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Tracey Roy at 734-417-5827.

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Darling Home For Sale On the Old West Side

FeaturedFriListing_2016Today we are featuring Nate Foerg’s listing –211 Buena Vista Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103211 Buena Vista - Ann Arbor MI 48103Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Classic early 20th century Tudor revival style home has beautiful original hardwoods, arched doorways, gabled roof, and fireplace.

211 Buena Vista - EntryQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Although it takes mere minutes to walk or bike downtown, the Old West Side, boasts big trees and quiet streets.

211 Buena Vista - Family Room

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The two-car garage was built 10 years ago, making this home one of the few in the neighborhood with a two car garage.211 Buena Vista - Dining RoomQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
The Old West Side is convenient not only to downtown Ann Arbor, and the University of Michigan it is also just a couple of miles from Westgate and Maple Village Shopping Centers, and the I-94, and M-14 expressways.
211 Buena Vista - KitchenQ. What views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The Old West Side of Ann Arbor is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the region. The new homeowners will enjoy living in this unique home and being situated within a mosaic of distinctive homes. The numerous windows, including many that are West or South facing, provide plenty of natural light.
211 Buena Vista - BedroomQ. What else should prospective buyers know?
The home is priced competitively, particularly for its location and its charm.

If you would like more information about 211 Buena Vista, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Contact: Nate Foerg at 734-834-1981.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Ann Arbor, MI ?

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How the Equifax Security Breach Affects You

Close up of a credit or debit card with padlock. Card security concept. Card account number changed for security purposes.

You have probably heard about the Equifax security breach potentially affecting 143 million consumers. The cyber breach is potentially affecting nearly half of the nation’s population and is of the largest electronic data compromises in U.S. history. For further information about the security breach, please refer to reporting from the New York Times and Market Watch.

What Should I Do?
Equifax has created a website to help consumers determine whether their data was at risk. If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to see if your information was compromised and enroll in the free (1 year) credit monitoring. If you check Equifax’s site to see if your data was stolen, you waive your rights to sue Equifax or be part of a class action suit.

If you enroll in the free credit monitoring, you will receive a date on the web page. Put this date on your calendar. On or after that date, you will have to click here to continue the enrollment process. Your monitoring will cease unless you return to the site and renew the enrollment.

Additional Protection
The credit monitoring is just the one step in protecting yourself, only notifying you of suspicious activity. It does not protect you in any other way.

Because credit card information and bank account information were part of the breach, you should monitor your accounts for any suspect transactions. If you see anything questionable, you should immediately contact your bank or credit card company.

Make a habit of checking your bank and credit card information routinely.  Even if things looks good now, hackers are patient and bide their time before exploiting stolen information.

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17 Outstanding October Events

School has started. Leaves are changing colors. Halloween is coming at the end of the month, there is a frightening amount of fun to be had throughout the Ann Arbor area.

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill
August – November

The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan. Cited by “Hour Detroit” magazine as one of the 101 places to visit in the greater Metropolitan area. Today cider is made the same way it was made 120 years ago by using an oak rack press. The Dexter Cider Mill is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees.

University of Michigan Stadium

University of Michigan Football
September – November

Every fall with the return of the school year brings the return of football season. Whether you are a die hard fan or just happen to be in town visiting, the football games make an impression. During the weekends when a game is played at home expect large crowds and allow extra time for your commute throughout the city.  To see the full schedule click here.

Talladay Cornmaze

Talladay Farms Corn Maze
September 29 – October 30

Talladay Farms Corn Maze is one of the largest corn mazes in the Midwest covering 27 acres, and this year features 2 mazes featuring the 7 continents. There is also a kids corner, with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. They also have a separate haunted maze that opens Friday, October 6, 2017, and is open Friday and Saturday nights, at dark, in October.

God of Carnage
September 28 – December 16

A playground clash between 11-year old boys throws together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute; a civilized get-together that turns swiftly and hilariously into a battle pitting couple against couple, husbands against wives, spouse against spouse. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Lauren Knox. Contains adult language and content.

Night Terrors
Every Friday through Sunday in October & October 30 & 31

Six different scary attractions bristling with over 115 costumed monsters including the famous haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more. Refreshments available for purchase. Kids age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Apple Daze
October 7

Every year The Dexter Lions Club sponsors Apple Daze in celebration of one of Michigan’s most famous products. Come down to Monument Park and try delicious food, music and more!

Ypsilanti’s Working Women Walking Tour
October 7

Long before “Rosie the Riveter”, many of the largest industrial employers in Ypsilanti were of women. Hundreds of women and many girls worked in Ypsi’s woolen mills, the Scharff Tag and Stay Press factories. In addition working women, black and white, immigrant and native-born, were laundresses, cooks, domestics, clerks and dressmakers.

Join historian Matt Siegfried for a walking tour visiting the sites of factories and work places, strikes and social halls, homes and boarding houses where these women lived and labored around the beginning of the twentieth century.

Smoke and Ale Fall Festival
October 13 – 14

Chelsea, Michigan’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest will take place Oct. 13, 2017, starting at 11:00 am at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The BBQ contest is for professionals, semi-professionals, and foodies alike. Live music sets the tone for this casual and upbeat fall event. They are expecting over 2,000 people this year. In 2017, for the first time ever, the Smoke & Ale BBQ Contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society as a Master Series contest. BBQ-lovers will rock out to the sounds of several great bands at the festival. There will be performances on Friday night (the earliest start to the festival since its inception) as well throughout the day on Saturday. Expect to hear Mo’ Easy, The Alligators, Root Doctor, Shelter Dogs, and other bands throughout the weekend.

Another returning attraction at this year’s Smoke & Ale Fall Festival is the Cornhole Classic, a tournament version of the classic lawn game. A cash prize is awarded to the top team – but everyone, including spectators, have a great time with the Cornhole Classic.

Rosie World Record
October 14 

The Yankee Air Museum invites you to join the movement on October 14, 2017 to reclaim the Guinness World Record for most Rosie the Riveters. Together we will bring the World Record back to the Arsenal of Democracy, and show our support for renovation of Rosie’s WWII-era factory, the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Doors open at 9 am and participants must arrive by 11 am to be counted.

Trick or Treat on the River
October 15

Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick or treating by canoe or kayak. As you paddle up and down Gallup Pond, you will encounter creatures handing out treats and candy. Feel free to join in and dress up. Bring a bag for your candy, and keep an eye out for swamp monsters and pirates.

Milan Third Thursday
October 19

The Milan Third Thursday events take place in downtown Milan on the third Thursday of the month, June-October. This event includes live entertainment, music, food, shopping and fun for the entire family.

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Cranes, Colors and Cabernet Festival
October 21


This is a major annual event in the Chelsea area that takes place in October of each year while the Sandhill cranes gather before their migration south. Numbers of these great birds vary from year to year, but the celebration is always on! The Cranes Colors and Cabernet Festival is a joint venture between Sandhill Crane Vineyards, the Jackson Audubon Society, The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, Legacy Land Conservancy, and The Big 400. Activities include guided bird watching and walk and wine tasting and release parties, and sometimes guided walks with wine.

Third Century Expo
October 27

The Third Century Expo will be the bicentennial finale, blanketing the heart of Central Campus during the UMich200 Fall Festival. It will be a public fair of cutting-edge projects and initiatives that demonstrate how the University is making a positive impact on society, both locally and globally. The Expo will spread from the Diag north to North University Avenue and Ingalls Mall. There will be exhibits, live performances, pop-up art and music, and displays of new technologies. Lobbies in surrounding buildings may also serve as display or performance spaces.

Pavilions and tents filled with interactive exhibits will be representative of schools, colleges and organizations from the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. This event will take place on Homecoming weekend.

Downtown Ypsilanti Halloween Festival
October 27

Join in the festivities at the Downtown Halloween Festival from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm on October 27 at the Library Park Plaza in Ypsilanti. There will be candy, fire trucks, candy, the Library Boo-kmobile, candy, face-painting, candy, a costume contest with prizes, a DJ, clowns making balloon animals, a tow truck, and a hearse.

Halloween Maze
October 28

This free, family-friendly Halloween Maze includes cider and donuts. The event will take place October 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 2200 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Donations are being accepted and will go to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Help make hay for PHA.  Click here to donate.


Halloween Treat Parade
October 31

It’s our 17th annual Treat Parade in downtown Ann Arbor! Area merchants welcome your little costumed characters to the neighborhood with greets and treats. Black and orange balloons will fly from participating businesses. Join the fun from 11 am to 5 pm. Get an early start and head to the Ann Arbor District Library on S. Fifth Ave. for a Halloween Party, first-floor lobby. This year you can attend from 10 am to 11 am. Come in costume for stories, puppets and trick-or-treats.

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Halloween – Caramel Apple Event
October 31

Come to downtown Manchester with the kids to get them candy and caramel apples on Halloween at the Manchester Mill Porch. The event runs from 5-7pm. Many of the local businesses downtown hand out candy as well.

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