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1st Annual Preservation Awards – May 19th

May 6th, 2015 | No Comments

NMCenterforHistoryIn recognition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Historic Preservation Month, the Manchester Main Street (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design committee will present its first annual Preservation Awards on May 19 during the “Celebrate Preservation” program at the North Manchester Center for History.

“Celebrate Preservation” is a program presented by the Historic Homes Preservation Group, a sub-committee of the North Manchester Historical Society, and the MMS Historic Preservation & Design committee. The program will be held at 6:30pm at the Center for History (124 E. Main Street) in downtown North Manchester. Following the presentation of the awards, attendees will be invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the downtown, to get an “up-close” look at the facade restorations.

The MMS Annual Preservation Awards are given to individuals or entities to recognize exemplary restoration efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live. The awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation.

To support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Membership Form. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

February 23rd Annual Meeting Recap

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) held its Annual Meeting on February 18 at the Main View in downtown North Manchester. 2015 MMS Board Vice President, Jim Smith, welcomed the Board, committees and members in attendance, and highlighted several MMS town improvement projects from the 2014 Annual Report that have made positive impacts. “Manchester Main Street accomplished a lot in 2014,” said Smith. “We hosted the biannual Garden Walk and 2nd annual Eel River Arts Festival which showcased our local treasures and attracted residents and tourists to downtown. Economic conditions were assessed in our annual Business Survey. The Community Trail Network is now officially open. And, advocating for a Historic Preservation Ordinance to support the Town’s investment in the downtown streetscape and facade renovation programs has led to a Town Council exploratory committee.”

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Derek Jones, Matt Nettleton (MMS Board), Diana Nettleton, Vickie Smith, Michelle Calka, Maribeth Callicoat (MMS Board) discuss town improvement ideas.

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Derek Jones, Matt Nettleton (MMS Board), Diana Nettleton, Vickie Smith, Michelle Calka, Maribeth Callicoat (MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair) discuss town improvement ideas.

In 2014, MMS grew its member base to 92, and has over 40 volunteers serving on six active committees – America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design (HP&D), Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club, and Promotion & Art. Committee Chairs highlighted upcoming projects from the 2015 Scope of Work: “ I am particularly excited about our new Annual Preservation Awards program,” said Dale Carpenter, MMS Board and HP&D committee member. “We will be recognizing commercial and residential property owners for their historic improvements and upkeep.”

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Maribeth Callicoat (left foreground, MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Tod Minnich, Stan Williams, Patty Metzger, Dale Carpenter (far table, MMS Board), Susan Manwaring (far table, MMS Board ; Secretary ; AIB Chair), Derek Jones, Vickie Smith.

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Maribeth Callicoat (left foreground, MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Tod Minnich, Stan Williams, Patty Metzger, Dale Carpenter (far table, MMS Board), Susan Manwaring (far table, MMS Board ; Secretary ; AIB Chair), Derek Jones, Vickie Smith.

The Annual Meeting concluded with a creative brainstorming session prioritizing 2015 partnership opportunities for new cultural events, and town asset marketing and promotional strategies. Referencing last year’s Annual Meeting brainstorm list, three carry over goals were discussed and six new projects identified. CLICK HERE TO VIEW “In 2014, Manchester Main Street began the process of outlining its role and core objectives: ‘Manchester Main Street exists to empower our community to embrace its potential,’” said Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director. “As we look to 2015, we will be focusing our energies on cultivating beneficial strategic relationships, and defining each initiative and project with this overarching goal in mind.”

To support Manchester Main Street’s town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Membership Form. Click here to view MMS’ 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Scope of Work. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Annual Meeting – February 18

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) will hold its Annual Meeting on February 18, at 6:30pm at the Main View (141 E. Main Street). This is an open forum for the Board, Committees and Members to discuss 2014 accomplishments and 2015 goals. Community members interested in learning more about MMS and ways to become involved are encouraged to attend and voice town improvement suggestions. “Manchester Main Street was founded in 1989 by community members interested in preserving, celebrating and revitalizing all North Manchester has to offer,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director.

There have been many positive changes around town over the last several years, most noticeably the Town of North Manchester’s downtown historic streetscape construction and facade renovation programs. MMS’ contributing projects include the Riverfront Park and Community Trail Network installations; engraved pavers, storefront artwork, “Welcome” banners, hanging flower baskets, and sidewalk planters throughout downtown; and the Eel River Arts Festival and “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala annual cultural events. “Town Council’s investment in town improvements has created a domino effect,” said Robinson. “There is an optimistic outlook and momentum to build upon. Manchester Main Street is looking forward to its continued work and collaborative partnership with the Town.”

To support MMS town improvement efforts by becoming a member, download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Memebership form. For more information, visit our website and facebook page. MMS’ office is located in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street). Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, can be contacted at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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2014 – A Very Productive Year In Review

MMS_Final.jpgSince 1989, Manchester Main Street (MMS) has been committed to revitalizing and enhancing the rich cultural, natural and architectural resources that make North Manchester a unique and wonderful place to live. Thanks to the active participation and financial generosity of this great community, MMS accomplished quite a bit over the past year.

MMS coordinated the second annual Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The event encourages tourism, instilles local pride and provides creative enrichment activities for all ages. And, the America in Bloom committee organized the biannual Garden Walk, a destination attraction featuring six distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers; 315 have been installed in the downtown sidewalks to date. All paver sales revenue is restricted to town improvement projects. MMS is also exploring strategies to promote small business retention, recruitment and development.

MMS and North Manchester Parks and Recreation developed a 5-phased Community Trail Network construction plan and funding strategy. Phase I installation of the signage and sharrows was completed in fall 2013; the opening ceremony was summer 2014. For the holiday season, MMS encourages Main Street corridor businesses to “Light Up The Town” by outlining their windows in white lights. MMS adds to the festivities and downtown decorations with storefront holiday artwork by Manchester Community Schools’ students. And, to celebrate all these 2014 achievements, MMS hosts an annual Holiday Gala. This exclusive event highlights North Manchester’s numerous attributes – historic buildings, great restaurants, diverse retail and multi-talented residents.

“Manchester Main Street represents a diverse range of age groups, businesses, and economic and community interests in North Manchester. It is by nature a community-driven process empowering local citizens to enact positive change,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director. As project planning begins for 2015, MMS welcomes new committee members and the public is invited to attend meetings to voice town improvement suggestions. There are six active committees: America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club and Promotion & Art.

“If you like what Manchester Main Street is doing, we also urge you to visit our website and download a 2015 Business or Individual Membership form,” said Robinson. MMS’ office is in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street), and Robinson encourages business owners and community members to stop in, gather more information and provide feedback. You may contact Renata Robinson directly at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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“Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala – THANK YOU

MJSHS Choir Quartet at Union Trust Bank © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

MJSHS Choir Quartet at the Union Trust Bank.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Manchester Main Street (MMS) extends a heartfelt thank you to all the tremendous community support that helped make Saturday’s 3rd Annual MMS “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala a huge success. Over 150 guests attended the December 6 sold out progressive dinner event in celebration of this year’s MMS accomplishments. The evening could not have been possible without venue hosts Sam and Ann Snyder and Mark Phillabaum. Their three historic downtown buildings – Union Trust Bank, Louie Soda Shop, and the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters – were beautifully transformed into holiday splendor by Bill and Denise Leonhard, and Kent and Lisa Ulrey.

MMS Holiday Gala event organizers Renata Robinson and Susan Manwaring at Louie Soda Shop © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

MMS Holiday Gala event organizers Renata Robinson and Susan Manwaring at Louie Soda Shop.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Local event sponsors and donors included: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Manchester Rental, Midwest Poultry Services, NiMa, Beacon Credit Union, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Manchester University, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, Joan Fahs, William Hankee, DDS, INGUARD, Edward and Martha Miller, Leland and Angilee Beery, Crossroads Bank, Bill and Mary Earle, Manchester Realty, Nettleton Educational Services, Randy and Sharon Fruitt, J.L. Hawkins Family Farm, Manchester Family Dentistry, Don and Sue Meyer, Robert and Sandra Orn, and John and Jill Sanders.

Special mention goes out to Manchester Rental for generously donating tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, and other event decorating needs. Please visit their North Manchester store or website at www.manchesterpartyandtoolrental.com for all your rental needs.

Union Trust Bank and Louie Soda Shop’s select hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Main View and Zook’s Café. KenapocoMocha, Main View, and Zook’s Café created exclusive dinner selections. Delectable desserts from Nordmann’s Nook and Manchester Marketplace were served at the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters. Specialty drinks were provided by Main View. Musical accents and infectious dancing were courtesy of Marilyn Mason directing the Manchester Junior-Senior High School Choir Quartet, Tim Reed, and DJ Paul Howard. And, Gala guests took home numerous one of a kind silent auction treasures generously donated by area businesses and artisans.

Marshall and Ritz Theaters photobooth -- back row: Dan Krouse, Deno Migliorini; front row: Paige Krouse, Greta Miller, Mackenzie Coulter-Kern © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Marshall and Ritz Theaters photobooth — back row: Dan Krouse, Deno Migliorini; front row: Paige Krouse, Greta Miller, Mackenzie Coulter-Kern.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

We are grateful for the MMS Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable night out on the town. In particular, we would like to thank the North Manchester Key Club for their invaluable event service staffing and clean up. Holiday Gala organizers were Stacey Jarrett, Susan Manwaring, Matt Nettleton, Renata Robinson, and Tracy Trump. Event and photobooth images were courtesy of Christine Chamberlain, Lori Myers, Susi Stephan, and Kimberly Baer. Event photos can be viewed, purchased or downloaded at www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-jWVQD. Gala event photos can also be accessed on facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthManchesterHolidayGala. For more information, visit MMS’ website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Downtown Artwork Exhibit – Student Holiday Banners

114EMain_Hire_detailManchester Main Street (MMS) is thankful for the tremendous support of local businesses and residents in helping “Light Up The Town” this holiday season. The Main Street business corridor is dazzling with festive white lights outlining the merchants’ windows. You may also notice that the Discover North Manchester posters have been replaced by new holiday artwork in the downtown storefronts? MMS’ Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have collaborated with Manchester Community Schools (MCS) for this annual installation.

Each year MCS elementary, intermediate and junior high students create colorful banner designs for the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest. Wabash and Miami County districts are invited to participate, and ten banners from each school are submitted and displayed at the Clark Gallery. This year 36 winners were honored and will be reproduced as full-sized street pole banners. MCS’ 2014 selections will be installed on the historic light posts in downtown North Manchester by early December.
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MMS coordinated with MCS art teachers and downtown building owners to fill the windows of ten storefronts with the student banner artwork. We invite you to take a stroll downtown. 134 creative holiday scenes complement the decorative lighting on Main Street. And, while taking in the sights, be sure to stop by North Manchester’s many unique retailers and specialty stores for all your holiday shopping needs.

MMS_DNM_samples_notecard3Select notecards featuring images from MMS’ Discover North Manchester exhibit are available at One World Handcrafts, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and at Visit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash. To purchase additional merchandise – notecards, prints, posters, etc. – CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

“Discover North Manchester” – Merchandise Now Available

MMS_DNM_samples_verticalGreat news for those wanting to purchase artwork from Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Discover North Manchester storefront artwork exhibit. MMS is now offering Discover North Manchester merchandise for sale – notecards, prints, posters, etc. Visit www.manchestermainstreet.org/discover-north-manchester or  CLICK HERE to view and order online. Select notecards featuring images from the collection are also available at One World Handcrafts, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and at Visit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash.

Discover North Manchester, a photo essay of North Manchester’s unique architectural story, is on display in downtown storefronts through early November. Dale Carpenter’s colorful photographs feature doors, windows, and architectural details of varying styles, textures and colors throughout town. “I hope these images encourage more restoration, historic preservation, and a greater appreciation of what North Manchester has to offer,” said Carpenter, who lives and works in North Manchester.

MMS_DNM_samples_notecardLocal graphic designer, Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, who owns and operates The Graphic Brand, collaborated with Carpenter to sift through over 200 photographs and arrange the layouts. “Working with Dale Carpenter has given me a new appreciation to stop and admire the hidden beauties within this historical town I was raised in.” Be sure to check out The Graphic Brand at www.thegraphicbrand.com, www.facebook.com/thegraphicbrand or contact Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas at 260-578-2252 or TheGraphicBrand@live.com.

For more information, visit MMS’ website, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

“Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala – Saturday, December 6th

HolidayGala_SAVEtheDATEMark your calendars for North Manchester’s most memorable night out on the town. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS’) 3rd annual “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 5:30 – 11pm. This progressive dinner event will feature specialty treats from North Manchester’s finest restaurants, bars and entertainers. Three historic downtown venues will be transformed into holiday splendor, and filled with live music, dancing and silent auction treasures. Attendance is limited for this exclusive event, so be sure to reserve your space now. Discounted “Early Bird” tickets will be available through November 1. The registration deadline is November 15.

The night begins in elegance, with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and late Victorian period decor, at the stately Union Trust Bank. Take a stroll along Main Street’s historic streetscape to Louie Soda Shop for upbeat musical accents and signature snacks. Then, head over to the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters to visit with friends and enjoy white linen fine dining, delicious entrees, complementary beverages, luscious desserts, choice liqueurs and infectious dancing. Savor memories new and old, and, be sure to indulge in your chance to win rare silent auction finds. This unique evening of refinement and fun in celebration of MMS’ 2014 accomplishments promises to be one party you won’t want to miss!

$40 “Early Bird” and $45 regular priced individual tickets are available at the MMS office in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street) or CLICK HERE to download a Gala brochure. MMS members’ discounted tickets are $35. $250-$750 event sponsorships, which include Gala tickets, can also be purchased. Silent auction donations can be directed to Susan Manwaring at 260-982-6720 or smanwaring@battplus.com. All Gala proceeds will support MMS and its 2015 town improvement projects. For more information, visit MMS’ website or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorthManchesterHolidayGala, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Eel River Arts Festival – THANK YOU

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_PerryCollinsManchester Main Street (MMS) is extremely grateful for all the wonderful community support that helped make last weekend’s 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival a huge success. The September 13th event, showcasing North Manchester’s talented entertainers and amazing regional artists, would not have been possible without the partnership of the Town of North Manchester, North Manchester Garden Club, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and The Firehouse. The Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets in the heart of downtown, was beautifully transformed into a festive venue for creativity, imagination and fun. Set against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic streetscape and overlooking the Eel River, what better way to highlight our beautiful town and scenic river?

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_ElizabethWamsleySaturday’s Art Fair featured the unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography of 26 area artists – Marilyn Aleman (Marilyn’s Clay Garden), Stacie Anderson (Brickhouse Baby), Kellie Brace (Dorothy-Ilene Gallery), Jewelry by Matt Breunig, Vicki Carpenter (Vicki Lynn Jewelry), Donna Clevenger (Recycled Fun 4 U), Roxanne Coffelt (Shanghai Tai), Photography by Perry Collins, Angie DeLauter (Green Door Studio), Susan Delauter (Life Repurposed), Janet Ecklebarger (Glean Design), Art by Alexandra Hall, Michael “Hap” Hapner (Cornbelt Cowboy), Wayne Harshberger (Stone Sculpture), Heavy Metal by Donna Henderson, Mary Hettmansperger (Gallery 64), Tara Hicks (Inimitable Design), Madeline Hoffman (Painting), Julie Manfredi Fine Arts, Rick Reiff (Reiffhaus Studios), Sally Rich (Jewels for Schools), Fine Art by Susan Ring, Jewelry by Jane Seely, Art Z Photography by Connie Snyder, Elizabeth Wamsley (Lake in the Woods Studio), and Rhonda Andrews-Woodruff Art.

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_potterydemo2Art demonstrations were provided by North Manchester artists, Penny French-Deal (canvas oil painting) and Christy Schuler (pottery making). And, local musicians performed through the day: Jim Wehner, Dave Hicks, Ken Preston, Linda Kummernuss, David Hupp, Dale Carpenter, Greg and Annie Clark, and the Manchester University Jazz Quartet led by Tim Reed. Kids activities included craft making workshops, and face painting by Carrie Boyd. And, Manchester Main Street provided delicious food for sale prepared by KenapocoMocha and Main View.

DC_MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_ClarksWe extend a heartfelt thank you to the Manchester Main Street Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable Eel River Arts Festival. Special recognition goes out to Lynn Beery for her tremendous help in organizing the kids craft activities, Dale Carpenter for coordinating the musical line-up, Janet Ecklebarger for creating and furnishing the on-site event banner, Jeff Diesburg for advertising and marketing materials graphic design, Blake Giddens for sound, and Lydia Gawthrop, Brenda Ramseier, Ashleigh Thomas, and Tracy Trump for assisting and inspiring Saturday’s craft making creativity.

Eel River Arts Festival artists’ work and event photos can be viewed on Facebook. For more information, visit Manchester Main Street’s website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.
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Eel River Arts Festival – THIS WEEKEND (Sept 13th)

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Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is this weekend – September 13th – in the heart of downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10am-3pm Art Fair is free to the public, highlighting area artists’ work – Perry Collins, Janet Ecklebarger, Elizabeth Wamsley, Candie Cooper, Gallery 64, Shanghai Tai and many more! Come meet the artists and purchase unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography. There will be plenty of food and creative enrichment for all ages, so be sure to stop by.

Check out local artists as they create art – Penny French Deal’s (French-Deal Fine Art) canvas oil painting and Manchester Community Schools Art Teacher Christy Schuler’s pottery making demonstrations. And, enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Plus, participants in the Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” scavenger hunt will receive a FREE CTN magnet and be entered into a raffle drawing. Bring your bike, and pick-up a CTN map and entry form at Manchester PATH Group’s art fair booth.

The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic downtown streetscape. The Eel River Gardens, overlooking the Eel River, is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club. And, a colorful new mural installation by the Manchester University Art Department to celebrate the Eel River is located along the South Market Street retaining wall.

CLICK HERE to view the Eel River Arts Festival’s music line-up and event activities, and to download a complete listing of the artists. And, preview the artists’ work on our Facebook page. For additional event information visit MMS’ website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Eel River Arts Festival – Meet Vicki Carpenter

????????Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) September 13th Eel River Arts Festival is just around the corner. There will be amazing local artists displaying their work at Saturday’s 10am -3pm Art Fair – pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, mixed media, and much more! This event is free to the public, so bring the entire family. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Live musical acts will also be performing throughout the day. Plus, participants in the Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” scavenger hunt will receive a FREE CTN magnet and be entered into a raffle drawing.

MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” online series. This week, visit MMS’ website Local Flavor menu tab to find out how argentium silver enhances Vicki Carpenter’s beautifully handcrafted jewelry. And, be sure to stop by Vicki’s booth on September 13th to meet her in person.

The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or  Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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