Spring Lawn Care


 

By John Wilson

Extension Educator

Despite some of the advertisements you may have seen or heard recently, the best advice I can give you now is to slow down on lawn care, especially fertilization and crabgrass control. For cool season turfgrasses like bluegrass and tall fescue, lawn care in late March and April should include hand raking to remove debris, edging, mowing, core aeration, power raking and seeding, overseeding or sodding.
For the season’s first mowing, mow lawns at a height of about two and one-half inches. It is not necessary or recommended to “mow as low as the mower will go”. This can scalp turfgrass and result in root loss or slowed root growth.
Core aerate with a machine that pulls out soil plugs to relieve soil compaction and encourage root growth. This is one of the most important practices we can do for lawns. If possible, core aerate once a year. Homeowners tend to power rake often, but core aeration should be done more often than power raking.
Power rake if the true thatch layer exceeds one-half inch. You can measure true thatch by cutting a plug out of the lawn. True thatch is the reddish brown mat found between the soil and the base of grass blades. It is made up of dead roots, rhizomes, and stems.

John Wilson

John Wilson

A small amount of thatch, up to one-half inch, is beneficial. It protects the plant crown from temperature extremes and traffic. Too much thatch can lead to root growth in the thatch layer making it more susceptible to drought damage; and fertilizers are tied up in thatch and become less available to roots.
True thatch is most common on highly maintained lawns. It builds up whether grass clippings are caught during mowing or left on the lawn. Core aeration will slow the build-up of thatch; but once the true thatch layer exceeds one-half inch power raking is needed to remove it.
Seeding, overseeding, and sodding cool season grasses can take place throughout the month of April. The sooner these can be planted the better to allow time for establishment before the heat of summer. Ideally, soil temperatures should be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit for grass seed to germinate. Seed will germinate quicker at soil temperatures around 45 to 50 degrees F.
Delay fertilization until late April. Research has shown early spring fertilization, when soil temperatures are still cold, leads to an increase in diseases, such as summer patch; increased heat stress due to a less vigorous root system and possible loss of nitrogen due to leaching or run-off.
Delay applying preemergence herbicides for crabgrass control. These products kill the seedling as the seed germinates and begins growth. They are only effective when the seed is germinating. Crabgrass is a warm season grass and optimum soil temperatures for germination are 60 degrees, so most crabgrass germinates from mid May through June. So delay preemergence applications until the first of May so they are full strength when crabgrass is germinating.
For more information on spring lawn care, contact your local UNL Extension office.

Village of Decatur Meeting Minutes


Village Board of Decatur Regular Meeting
March 13, 2014
5:00 P.M.
The Board of the Village of Decatur met in regular session at 5:00 P.M. at the City Hall on March 14, 2013. Visitors signing in were Alta Wolf, Mark Jackson, Elmer Armstrong, Jane Armstrong, and Adele Phillips.
1)         The meeting was called to order by Chairman Jim Nicola.
Roll Call: Walt Bolln-absent, Jim Nicola-here, Robert Richards-here, Margaret Tolby-here, Stephanie Warren-here.
2)         Agenda and minutes of the previous month’s meeting were received:
Roll Call: Jim Nicola-yes, Robert Richards-yes, Margaret Tolby-yes, Stephanie Warren-yes.
3)         Approval and/or corrections and suspended reading of the previous month’s minutes.
Roll Call: Jim Nicola-yes, Robert Richards-yes, Margaret Tolby-yes, Stephanie Warren-yes.

4)         EXCUSE BOARD MEMBERS NOT ATTENDING MEETING:
Bolln was absent due to knee surgery. Richards made a motion to excuse Walt Bolln. Warren seconded the motion. Roll Call: Nicola-yes, Tolby-yes, Richards-yes, Warren-yes
5)         REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS, AND OR COMMITTEES
1) Police Monthly Report- The Board reviewed the monthly police report that was submitted by Chief McFarland. There were no questions concerning this report.

2) Lights Monthly Report- Everything looks fine.

3) Water & Sewer Monthly Report- Nothing to report.

4) Parks Monthly Report –
A. Raise campground rates from $14.00 to $16.00. The clerk stated that other area campground fees per day can be $16.00 or even higher during their peak season. Richards made a motion to raise the rate from $14.00 to $16.00. Warren seconded the motion. Roll Call: Nicola-yes, Tolby-yes, Richards-yes, Warren-yes. The rate for tents will remain $11.00, unless they are placed on a camping pad then the charge will be $16.00. Nicola asked if there were any questions on parks and Warren wanted to know what ever happened with the playground equipment. She stated that it was brought up several different times that someone was going to help put it together, but nothing was done about it. Kay Kellogg was going to be in charge of recruiting volunteers. Warren asked if maybe there was a grant that could be applied for to help pay to put it up. Nicola stated that there are the people to do it, it’s just the matter of getting them together. Warren feels it looks bad at the park and would like to see this equipment installed before the camping season begins. She would like to see children be able to use it. Nicola explained that volunteers are needed to help with this project. He told the Board that the Village will supply the equipment, and he stated he is sure the city guys will help. The clerk will call Kay and asked her if she has any volunteers lined up.
B. Storm shelter for campground- Tolby reported that the Legion is willing to help do something with the construction of the storm shelter.

5) Streets Monthly Report –
A. Speed limit / Stop sign at the corner of 14th street and 2nd Ave. (Jane Armstrong)
Jane Armstrong came to the table and explained to the Board that 14th street and 2nd Ave. has an increase in traffic and a decrease in visibility with the corn field and trees. Many times vehicles are traveling too fast for a residential area. She is afraid there will be a bad accident and would like to see traffic slowed down with a stop sign or speed limit sign. The Board will check into this.

6) Recycling- No income

6)        OLD BUSINESS
1) Ordinance 2/14 – Annexing tract one into Village of Decatur. This is the second reading. The final reading will take place at the April 10, 2014 Village Board meeting.
Nicola asked the Village Clerk to read Ordinance #2/14. To extend the boundaries and include within the corporate limits of, and annex to, the Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska, a tract of real estate located within Section1, Township 23 North, Range 10, East of the 6th p.m., Burt County, Nebraska; to repeal all conflicting ordinances; and to provide for an effective date.
ORDINANCE NO.  2/14

AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF DECATUR, BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA, TO EXTEND THE BOUNDARIES AND INCLUDE WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF, AND ANNEX TO, THE VILLAGE OF DECATUR, BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA, A TRACT OF REAL ESTATE LOCATED WITHIN SECTION 1, TOWNSHIP 23 NORTH, RANGE 10, EAST OF THE 6TH P.M., BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA; TO REPEAL ALL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CHAIRPERSON AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE OF DECATUR, BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA:

Section 1. It is hereby found and determined by the Chairperson and Board of Trustees:

a. There is a tract of land located in Section 1, Township 23 North, Range 10, east of the 6th P.M., Burt County, Nebraska, more particularly described as follows:

 

A tract of land located in Section 1, Township 23 North, Range 10, east of the 6th P.M., Burt County, Nebraska, being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the most Easterly corner of Lot 12 of the Riverview Addition to the original Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska, thence South 46°45’00” West, on the Southeasterly line of said Lot 12, a distance of 104.66 feet to the most Southerly corner of said Lot 12; thence South 39°15’00” East, on the extended Southwesterly line of said lot 12, a distance of 81.53 feet; thence North 46°45’00” East parallel with the Southeasterly line of said Lot 12, a distance of 116.27 feet to a point on the right bank of the designed channel of the Missouri River, thence North 47°25’00” West on the said right bank, a distance of 81.55 feet back to the point of beginning;

b. Said tract of land is adjacent to the corporate limits of the Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska; is urban or suburban land; and is not agricultural land rural in character; and
c. The owners of said tract of land desire that it be annexed to the Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska.

 

Section 2. Therefore, the following tract of real estate is hereby annexed to and included within the corporate limits of the Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska, to wit:

A tract of land located in Section 1, Township 23 North, Range 10, east of the 6th P.M., Burt County, Nebraska, being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the most Easterly corner of Lot 12 of the Riverview Addition to the original Village of Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska, thence South 46°45’00” West, on the Southeasterly line of said Lot 12, a distance of 104.66 feet to the most Southerly corner of said Lot 12; thence South 39°15’00” East, on the extended Southwesterly line of said lot 12, a distance of 81.53 feet; thence North 46°45’00” East parallel with the Southeasterly line of said Lot 12, a distance of 116.27 feet to a point on the right bank of the designed channel of the Missouri River, thence North 47°25’00” West on the said right bank, a distance of 81.55 feet back to the point of beginning.

Section 3. A certified copy of this ordinance shall be made and filed as provided by law for record in the offices of the County Clerk of Burt County, Nebraska, and County Assessor of Burt County, Nebraska.

Section 4. Ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

Section 5. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication in the manner provided by law.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED THIS _____  day of March _____.
James Nicola
Chairperson of Board of Trustees
ATTEST:
Joyce McCullock
Village Clerk

7)         NEW BUSINESS
1) Adele Phillips (Center for Rural Affairs) seeking letter of support on grant proposal.
Adele Phillips introduced herself and explained to the Board what she was requesting. She told them last December they submitted a pre-proposal for an ArtPlace Grant. BYWAY of ART, a project proposal submitted by the Center for Rural Affairs, and featuring the towns of Oakland, Lyons, Decatur, and Macy, has reached the finalist round for the  ArtPlace America grant supporting creative placemaking activities in urban and rural communities across the United States. They have been invited to submit a full proposal by April 17, 2014. It is estimated that there is a 1-in-15 to 1-in-10 chance of being awarded. The support that they are seeking is verbal endorsements from the mayors. Prior to April 17, an ArtPlace judge will be touring the project sites. They would like to make sure a judge meets at least one spokesperson from each town. They are taking the “small but many” strategy for local matching support. This includes cash match from community foundations, donations of materials, and in-kind match in the form of meeting spaces and workshop space …etc. Adele has been in conversation with Judy Connealy and it is felt the Sears Center would be a good site for the Decatur team that will be comprised because they display quite a bit of art. The Board had no problem with giving their verbal support.

2) Changing meeting time to 4:30 pm – Nicola stated that the office closes at 4:30 and there is a half an hour that the clerks have to wait before the meetings start. He felt it might be a good idea to have the meetings start right after closing. If this time change is approved a resolution will have to be done.  Richards made a motion to change the meeting time from 5:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Warren seconded the motion. Roll Call: Nicola-yes, Tolby-yes, Richards-yes, Warren-yes.

8)      ANNOUNCEMENTS
1) Tentative date and time for Red Barn Vet Clinic will be April 24, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Fire Hall.
2) Papio-Missouri River NRD’S Free Scrap Computer & Electronics Collection will be Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Tekamah USDA Service Center, 539 S. 13th St. Tekamah. East side of Hwy. 75 north of Cenex Station. Enter from 13th Street !
9)      APPROPRIATIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS OF THE CLAIMS:

1) Claims preapproved by Bolln and Richards
2) Motion to Approve the Claims as Submitted

Warren 2nd Richards

Roll Call:  Nicola-yes, Tolby-yes, Warren-yes, Richards-yes,

Are there any questions from the audience? Alta Wolf asked what the charge for a tent at Beck Park will be. Nicola told her the fee will be $11.00 the same as it was. She also asked where Armstrong’s want a stop sign to be put. She was told the location would be 14th Street and 2nd Ave.

9)        MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING

Warren 2nd Tolby

ADJOURNMENT  TIME 5:29 P.M.

 

 

__________________________________

Jim Nicola, Chairman

 

 

______________________________

Joyce McCullock, Village Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

Village of Decatur Meeting Agenda


VILLAGE OF DECATUR
REGULAR BOARD MEETING AGENDA
April 10, 2014
5:00 P.M. CITY HALL

NOTE: Everyone must use the microphones at the table. The audience must be quiet during the meeting. If you want to ask a question and you are not on the Agenda, you must raise your hand, get permission from the Chairman, and come to the microphone before speaking. If you are on the Agenda the same rule applies.

THE VILLAGE BOARD HAS THE RIGHT TO MODIFY THE AGENDA AT THE PUBLIC MEETING WHEN CONVENED. MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

1) Meeting Called to Order by Chairman Nicola
Roll Call: Bolln _____, Nicola _____, Richards ______, Tolby _____, Warren _____

2) Agenda and minutes of the previous month’s meeting received:
Roll Call: Bolln _____, Nicola _____, Richards ______, Tolby _____, Warren _____

3) Approval and/or correction and suspended reading of the previous month minutes.
Roll Call: Bolln _____, Nicola _____, Richards ______, Tolby _____, Warren _____

4) EXCUSE BOARD MEMBERS NOT ATTENDING THE MEETING:

Yes _____ No _____

Roll Call: Bolln _____, Nicola _____, Richards ______, Tolby _____, Warren _____

5) REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND OR COMMITTEES:

1) Police: Monthly Report

2) Lights: Monthly Report

3) Water & Sewer: Monthly Report

4) Parks: Monthly Report

5) Streets: Monthly Report
6) Recycling: No Income

6) OLD BUSINESS

1) Ordinance 2/14 – Annexing tract one into Village of Decatur.

7) NEW BUSINESS

1) Shanda McCullock-Permission to serve alcohol at her wedding reception on May 17, 2014.

2) Community Club – Liquor License for the June 13, 2014 dance, June 14, 2014 barbeque contest, and June 15, 2014 Pancake Feed. Kay Kellogg requested permission for the Community Club to serve liquor Friday June 14th from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the dance, on Saturday June 15th for the barbeque cook off from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on June 16th from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the pancake feed.
3) Decatur Museum – Close off 8th Street from alley to Broadway for kid’s carnival games Saturday June 14th.

4) Fire Department – Liquor license for Fish Fry June 13, 2014.

5) Resolution #136-Imposing a 1% Local Option Sales Tax on the Nov. Ballot.

6) Ordinance #4/14-Changing meeting time to the 2nd Thursday at 4:30 PM.

8) ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Tentative date and time for Red Barn Vet Clinic will be April 24, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Fire Hall.

9) APPROPRIATIONS AND CONSIDERATION OF THE CLAIMS:

1) Claims preapproved by and

2) Motion to Approve the Claims as Submitted

________________2nd_________________

Roll Call: Bolln _____, Nicola _____, Richards _____, Tolby _____, Warren ______

Are there any questions from the audience?

9) MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING

_______________2nd________________

Adjournment Time:;

Flash Back Friday


My kids, Justin and Whitney, caught supper….in 1995!

Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Two Lady Cougars Earn Honorable Mention


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

The East Husker Conference announced their All-Conference Team this week. None of the Lady Cougars were among the eighteen players on the top three teams, but two were given honorable mention accolades. Senior Vanessa Peterson and sophomore Brianne Haskell were duly noted for the 2013-14 efforts.

 

Brianne was the top scorer for the team with a 10.2 average She went down with as leg injury after 16 games. Brianne was on pace to break the school record for assists before the injury. She averaged 3.4 assists per game.

 

Vanessa had a 7.6 scoring average and topped the team with 238 rebounds for a 9.9 rpg count. Vanessa was an accurate shooter with 47% conversion rate on her two point shots.

 

Coach Andy Cronin commented on his two EHC honorees:

 

“Vanessa Peterson modeled work ethic, persistence and grit for her teammates. Vanessa was second in the conference in rebounding per game, averaging 9.9 rebounds per contest. Vanessa’s defense was a staple for or team in the lane all year long. She was so valuable to the team that there were several games she didn’t sub out. Vanessa lead the team in scoring with 183 total points and rebounds with 238 rebounds and led the team in scoring 6 games this season. Vanessa had a career high in points scored with 22 vs. Walthill

 

Brianne Haskell lead the team in assists and was on pace to challenge the season record of 83 prior to her injury. Brianne broke the single game record for assists with 11 vs. Winside. She also lead the team in points per game with 10.2 and amassed 163 total points in her interrupted season. She also led the team in scoring 5 times with a game high of 18 vs. Omaha Mercy”

 

Vanessa is the Daughter of Lawrence and Grace Peterson. Brianne is the daughter of Rex and Deb Haskell.

Riecken Named 3rd Team All-East Husker Conference


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

Dakota Riecken earned 3rd team All-East Husker Conference honors in boy’s basketball this season. He was a major part of the Cougar team which finished with an 11-11 record and tied for 4th in the Elkhorn Division of the EHC.

“It is a really significant accomplishment as there were only 18 kids who made these teams out of a total of 16 teams (12 of them were Class C schools,.” pointed out Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Derek Lahm.

Dakota Riecken earned honors on the 3rd Team All-East East Husker Conference team for the 2013-2014 season after leading the Lyons-Decatur Cougars in scoring at 12.8 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. He finished the season 13th in the entire state (Classes A through D2) in field goal (FG%) percentage at 61%.

Head coach Lahm said of Dakota: “Dakota is well-deserving of this award as he was very coachable and one of the hardest workers in the school. He spent a lot of time improving his jump shot with the assistance of Coach Steve Hosch, and it really paid off this year as he was able to get his shot off against much taller players.” Lahm also added “We will really miss Dakota and our entire senior class of boys. They were a tight knit group of guys who set the tone for our younger kids. Their example should really inspire and drive our younger kids in the weight room and in the upcoming off-season workouts.”

Dakota is the son of Bill and Lori Riecken.

Rain Brings Out Birds


A rainy day brought out some hungry birds! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

A rainy day brought out some hungry birds! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Social Speaks: E-cigarettes


Do you believe e-cigarettes are safe? Do they really help people stop smoking? As the FDA hasn’t approved them yet, I am curious as to your thoughts. Has anyone gone from smoking to e-cigarettes to actually quitting totally?

Marcia Walters Yes my friends did! She totally quit and her husband is still using the E cigarette occasionally! Worked for them?

Monica Potter i started vapor cigs 3 months ago on the strength of 12 mg which turns out not strong enough for me as I continued to buy cigs so i talked it over with the guy and found out since I smoked for over 30 years that even tho i cut cigs down is still too weak for me so he suggested I bump up to 24 mg nicotine and I have stopped completely on buying any cigs a month ago. And now I’m even slowing down on the vapor lately.

Kay Gibbs Kommers Yes! Yes! And Yes!!!!

Jody Sell Graham Paul I have heard one person say they have successfully stopped smoking real cigs with a vapor cig

Donnie V Lass I have a friend that has stopped with them. I have one and went from 2 packs a day down to under 1 and am getting better I love mine.

Lyle Charles Abendroth, 84 of Bancroft


Lyle Charles Abendroth, 84, of Bancroft, Nebraska died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Legacy Gardens Living Center in Pender, Nebraska. Funeral services for Lyle will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft; Pastor Phillip Hale will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft, with the family present from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in the Bancroft Cemetery. Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home of Bancroft is in charge of the arrangements.

Lyle was born on November 23, 1929 in Bancroft, NE, the son of Martin and Emma (Tessmer) Abendroth. He graduated from Bancroft High School in 1947 and continued to farm with his father in Bancroft. After being drafted into the United States Marine Corps, he served as a Sgt. At camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA from 1951 until 1953. After returning home he continued to farm. On September 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Marlene Fendrick in Thurston, NE. Lyle farmed and raised hogs until his retirement in 1996.

Lyle Abendroth

Lyle Abendroth

Lyle was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bancroft, where he also served as an elder and participated in the church choir. His cherished hobbies included playing the accordion, fishing, gardening, raising German Shepherds, attending auctions and passing his wisdom to his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marlene of Bancroft, NE, children David Abendroth of Bancroft, NE, Dan (Marcia) Abendroth of Omaha, NE, Renee (Brian) Weborg of Pender, NE, Amy (Ron) Kellogg of Utica, NE and Sandy (Craig) Sisson of Omaha, NE; eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and family friends Heath (Teri) Cornett and family of Blair, NE.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Emma and a brother Lawrence Abendroth.

Keys to Economic Success


By Patty Plugge

Executive Director, BCEDC

In a previous column, I discussed the first two in a list of ten keys for local economic development success. This comes from an article written by Don Macke, Director of Entrepreneurial Communities for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.   For over 35 years, the team at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship has been seeking answers to the question – what brings about local economic development success? Using the insight that is based on their field work across North America, these ten keys were uncovered. As we strive to improve the quality of life in Burt County, keep in mind these best practices.

 

The first two keys were #1 – Local Responsibility and #2 – Smart Game Plan.

 

Key #3 – Robust Investment

 

We all know that businesses that do not reinvest in themselves are likely to erode their competitive advantage, lose market share and eventually fail.  Well, the same is true for communities.  As every farmer knows, you cannot reap what you do not plant. The same is true with economic development; there must be a robust investment in a smart development game plan sustained annually over time.

 

Key #4 – Entrepreneurial Development Systems – One lesson learned while studying economic development across the nation is that systems generate outcomes when compared to unarticulated programmatic efforts. The prime opportunity for development is through entrepreneurial development systems.  Building it is hard work, but the payoff is huge.

 

Key #5 – Sustained Effort

 

Economic development never ends. Communities that succeed sustain their efforts at a robust level year in and year out over decades. Even communities that have succeeded for a generation can falter if they do not adjust and continue to invest.  The key is renewal of community leadership.  Building a game that invests in economic development leadership and ensures continued transition is the foundation for sustained effort.

 

Key #6 – Growth Entrepreneurs

 

Each community must find its own solution set. Every community is different and has unique opportunities for development. But what is increasingly clear to us, based on our field work, is that a prime focus on “growth oriented entrepreneurs” is key for today’s changed environment.

 

Key #7 – Immigrants and New Residents

 

Communities that welcome, embrace and support immigrants and new residents do better economically and socially over time.

 

Key # 8 – Real Regional Collaboration

 

One of America’s greatest economic development challenges is the lack of workable and meaningful vehicles for regional collaboration. Successful communities will likely foster regional development collaborations through locally supported regional development organizations.

 

Key #9 – Civic and Social Entrepreneurs

 

It is important to recognize that there are three kinds of entrepreneurs that will enable development success and sustained prosperity – business, civic and social entrepreneurs.  Civic (government) and social (nonprofits) will lead in creating the strategies, quality of life amenities and business climates necessary for business entrepreneurs to succeed.  Investing in all three kinds of entrepreneurs enable a more comprehensive game plan that can yield desired trend-changing results.

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