Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baby Bluebirds have arrived at the Steidingers

Chatsworth Alumni Events

Chatsworth Alumni Cocktail Party
American Legion Hall

Friday.June 9, 2017

5:00 pm to ??????

CHS Alumni Meeting

American Legion Hall
Meeting starts early to accommodate

 Sesquicentennial Events.

Sat.June 10

3:00pm-Bar & Appetizers

3:30-Meeting Begins/4:15-Meeting Ends


Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Sesquicentennial Events


Is being sold by silent auction.

Check facebook for details.



11 am

Will be on display at the St. Paul's Luther Church



Hall of Fame Legendary Angler

 He will be at the Fishing Tourney.

And Under the Big Tent at 11am.


Take a trolly ride and learn our history.


11 am to 7 pm

Look for the roll-out of the Chatsworth Plaindealers over Heritage Days.

Our library will be open Saturday morning and this is where it will happen

 between 9am and 12pm!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17 Update

New Bios

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New Photos


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New Links

A new book written in 2016

Memorial Day Services-2017

Memorial Day Services

Chatsworth Memorial Day Services 
Monday, May 29 
8:30am - Germanville Cemetery 
9:00am - St. Patrick's Cemetery 
9:45am - Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery 
Breakfast will follow at the Legion Hall
In case of rain services will be held at the Chatsworth American Legion Post#613
 Locust Street at 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Obit of Billy Don Wheeler

WHEELER, Billy Don a resident of Zephyrhills since 1986, passed away May 11, 2017 at his residence. Don was born in Springfield, TN March 7, 1945, the son of Clem and Mamie (Rager) Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Larry D. Wheeler; and his sister, Mary Wheeler Burton. Don is survived by Patricia A. Pruitt Wheeler, his wife of 30 years; his children, Troy (Cathy) Wheeler of Zephyrhills, Tisha WheelerHarty of Pontiac, IL, Tanya (Darrell) Wheeler-Bell of Chatsworth, IL, Tad Wheeler of Thonotosassa, FL, and Donnie Wheeler and Becky Wheeler, both of Springfield, TN; his sister-in-law, Rita Nasser, of Lutz, FL; and his beloved dogs, Princess and Dutches. Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Trey Houser and Thomas Wheeler, both of Florida, Taylor Harty, Illinois, Megan Wheeler and Laila Wheeler, both of Florida, Thalen Harty of Illinois, Megan Wheeler, DJ Wheeler and Anthony Green, all of Tennessee. Don was very proud of his two great-granddaughters, Melody and Taryn Houser of Florida. Don was owner of Zephyr Stripe 'n Seal, Inc., a parking lot maintenance company: in business since 1992, incorporated in 1995. He loved to work: for him working was his vacation. He loved people, all of his customers who, to him, were his friends. Don loved all animals, most particularly dogs, and they loved him too. Don enjoyed the outdoors and taking care of his lawn and gardens. He was a collector of antique tractors and enjoyed all farming machinery. Memorial Services will be held at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephyrhills, FL, May 15 at 2:30 pm, with a Visitation beginning at 2 pm. Cremation rites will be accorded and he will be laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Elkton, KY in a private service with his family. Don will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He made the world a special place for others. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to any animal care or rescue facility of the donor's choice.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Obit of Norma Jean (Kleopfer) Seigfreid -April

Norma Jean Seigfreid
 November 16, 1921 – April 16 th 2017 Carthage, IL 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017: – at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00: – at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage 
Norma Jean Seigfreid, 95, of Carthage, passed away at 5:45 A.M. Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Maple Grove Care Center in Carthage. Norma was born November 16, 1921, the daughter of Ralph and Mabel (Underwood) Kleopfer in Chatsworth, Illinois. She attended Carthage High School graduating in 1939. On January 2, 1943, she was united in marriage to Staff Sergeant Dale N. Bratz. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1946, a casualty of WWII. On March 3, 1950, she was united in marriage to Loren E. Seigfreid in Burnside, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1998. Norma was employed for many years at Royalty’s Clothing Store in Carthage. She was a member of the Carthage Senior Citizen’s Center and First Christian Church (DOC) in Carthage. Norma is survived by three children, Judith Bratz (Mike) Baker of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kathy (Joe) Kamps of Warsaw and Bruce (Kathy Graham) Seigfreid of Carthage; seven grandchildren, David (Margo) Baker, Jennifer (Adam) Milburn, Susan Baker, John (Jessica) Kamps, Ellie (Brad) Froman, Lauran (Brad) Cox and Brice (Rebecca) Seigfreid; seven great grandsons; three great granddaughters; two step-great grandsons; three sisters-in-law, Esther Kleopfer of Carthage, Loralee Freeman of Pekin and Dorothy Pindell of Niota; and also many loving nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dale Bratz and Loren Seigfreid; a brother, Lloyd “Bud” Kleopfer; and a sister, Faye M. Treuthart.

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Obit of Lorraine (Schade) Robertson-2016

Lorraine “Lori” Robertson, age 91, of Quincy, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in her home Lorraine was born October 18, 1924 in Fairbury, Illinois, the daughter of Albert Edwin and Levella Hummel Schade. She married Donald James Robertson on July 7, 1947 in Bloomington, Illinois. He survives. Lorraine was raised in the country, near Chatsworth, Illinois, on the family farm. She graduated from Chatsworth High School and attended business college in Champaign. Lorraine worked as a church secretary for various churches in Bloomington and Quincy. She was an accomplished musician and played the piano and organ at many Quincy area churches throughout the years. Lorraine also used her talent by playing the accompaniment for Barbara Holliday, Paul Werner, and others, as they provided hours of entertainment for the residents of local nursing homes. Lorraine was a member of Ellington Presbyterian Church and Unity Church of Quincy. In the 1950’s, she and Don attended Rev. Lee Anthony’s Study Group, which was the seed of Unity Church of Quincy. Survivors in addition to her husband, Don, include three children, Douglas James (Linda) Robertson of Cincinnati, IA, Larry D. (Cathy) Robertson of Raleigh, NC, and Vicki Lynn (Bill) Daggett of Quincy; a grandson, Jacob Lee (Amanda) Daggett of Quincy; a great-grandson, Hunter Lee Daggett of Quincy; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Jean (Daryl) Davis of Loveland, CO and Marjorie Robertson of Quincy; two brothers-in-law, W. Lee Robertson of Elgin, IL, and Kenneth Eugene (Barbara) Robertson of Quincy; and nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, H. Keith Robertson. Memorial Service: 11:30 am on July 21, 2016 in Ellington Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ron Cox officiating. Following the service, a luncheon will be held for those attending hosted by the Ellington Ladies. Please linger to further share in the love of Lorraine and her family. Burial: Lorraine was cremated according to her wishes. A private interment will be held at a later date in Ellington Home Cemetery. Visitation: 10:00 to 11:30 am on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Ellington Presbyterian Church.

Lorraine "Lori" Robertson | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, Illinois

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Chatsworth Alumni Cocktail Party

Chatsworth Alumni Cocktail Party
American Legion Hall

Friday.June 9, 2017

5:00 pm to ??????


Obit of Galen W. Haren

Galen W. Haren, 73, of Cullom, IL passed away at 9:28 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Gilman, IL. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Forrest United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the church. Private family inurnment will be held at Sullivan Center Cemetery in rural Cullom, IL, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cullom Junior Fair or the Forrest United Methodist Church. Galen was born September 19, 1943 in Streator, IL a son of Rollo and Alice (Kramer) Haren. He married Joan Augsburger on August 4, 1963 at Charlotte River Church. She survives. Also surviving are his children: Lynne Feldkamp of Cullom, IL, Leslie (Ken) Haren- Friesz of Fountain, CO, and Agga (Jolene) Haren of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren: Kyle (Taylor Clark) and Katelyn Feldkamp, Joshua (Jamylia) Haren, Breanna Daniel, Dalen Friesz, Jeremy Haren; one great grandson: Khai Haren; two sisters: Donna (Gerald) Buckler of Pontiac, IL and Marjorie Hahn of Cullom, IL, three step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Philip Haren, and one brother-in-law: Bob Hahn. Galen was educated at Charlotte River School thru eighth grade then going to Cullom High School. He farmed his whole life. He enjoyed farming, showing pigs, and the Cullom Junior Fair. He was a member of the Forrest United Methodist Church, Cullom Junior Fair Association, and Tri-Point FFA Alumni Association.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Obit of Mary Ann (Mauritzen) Dehm

Chatsworth- Mary Ann Dehm, 81, of Chatsworth, IL passed away at 9:33 am on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home in Chatsworth. A memorial mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, IL with Father Joseph Mauritzen and Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. According to her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Private family inurnment will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth, Illinois. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, IL are handling services for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to “H.O.P.E.” Church or the Livingston County Humane Society.
 Mary Ann was born February 10, 1936 in Fairbury, Illinois a daughter of James A. and Teresa (Hayes) Mauritzen. She married Robert Dehm on December 26, 1957 in Chatsworth, IL. He survives. Also surviving her children: Cindi (Steve) Maples of Red Granite, WI, James “Jamie” Dehm of Jacksonville, FL, and Randy (Delaine) Dehm of Metamora, IL; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother: Father Joe Mauritzen of Conneticut; and one sister-in-law: Pat Mauritzen of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Jim Mauritzen. Mary Ann was educated in Chatsworth schools graduating from high school in 1954. She then went on to St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Kankakee graduating in 1957. She worked at Fairbury Hospital as a staff RN until 1971. Mary Ann became certified in rehabilitation and restorative nursing in 1973. She went on to be the director of nurses at Greenbrier Lodge in Piper City from 1971-1975. She then went on as director of nurses for Humiston Haven in Pontiac, retiring in 1993. Mary Ann was an avid bowler for more than forty years. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth and the American Legion Auxiliary in Piper City. Most of all, Mary Ann loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at calvertmemorial.com.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Personal Statement on Wind Farms

A Personal Statement

I have never made a personal statement on my site before, however, this is something I  have thought about for sometime, as I stand in the night, looking north of Chatsworth, and see all the red lights blinking in the formerly beautiful night sky. They blink every three seconds. I do not know how anyone could live close to these supposedly boons to mankind.
I do believe that we need new renewable sources of energy, but at what cost?
To that subject, I thought this article from the Ford County Press would be of interest to those that agree with me.

KEMPTON — Several residents of the Kempton area asked the Ford County Board on Monday night to intercede on their behalf with the owners of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm. The residents said they have been in contact with San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy for six months about their loss of antenna television reception since EDF started operating the wind farm in Rogers Township late last fall. 
Sandra Eshleman said she used to be able to draw in 46 channels out of the Chicago area and now can receive none. Eshleman said the company has offered her an $800 annual payment for 20 years, but she wants a “fair, legitimate” one-time damage payment that she won’t have to pay income tax on. Along with the payment, Eshleman said, the company wants her and anyone else who settles with the company to sign a waiver agreement that absolves the company of any responsibility for the problem — and that would include whoever owns her property in the future. Eshleman said the settlement being offered wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of satellite television. 
Eshleman said EDF has requested to meet with property owners individually, but, so far, the residents in attendance knew of just one person who had settled with the company. Charles Deany told the board the company wants to pay the residents for 20 years but “the company is tying up the wind farm for 50 years.” “My attorney told me to not sign the waiver,” Deany said. Resident Chris Morrison read from the county’s ordinance authorizing
 the wind farm. “It says the company has 60 days to mitigate a problem. This has taken six months so far,” Morrison said. “You have the power to yank that special-use permit (for the wind farm),” 
Deany told the board. Rogers Township Road Commissioner Leo Weber said he was there to support the other residents and was not on official business, though he acknowledged there were road issues with the company, as well. “Their word is worthless,” Weber said. “These are little people trying to deal with Goliath.” County Board Chairman Randy Berger of Gibson City said the board will take the matter under advisement. “I will absolutely look into this,” said board member Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, who represents the Kempton area. The Kelly Creek Wind Farm is a 184-megawatt wind farm in Rogers Township in the Kempton area in northern Ford County and in Norton Township in neighboring Kankakee County .

Obit of Sharon (Lake) Schade

Wife of Kenneth Shade
Sharon Lee Schade, 78, of Gilman, IL., died 4:03 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL., following a lengthy illness. Her funeral service will be at 2:30 P.M., Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with Pastor Malcom Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Gilman Cemetery, Gilman. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Memorials may be made to Sharon's family or to the Donor's Choice. Sharon was born in Watseka, IL., on February 24, 1939 to Kenneth and Ruth Lake. Her childhood was spent in Watseka and she attended Watseka schools. Sharon married Kenneth R. Schade on September 22, 1965. He died on June 3, 2015. Surviving children - Kevin (Dana) Schade of Gilman, Kenneth S. Schade of Woodland, IL and Kathy Schade of Gilman. Three grandchildren - Jeremy, Kale and Ryenn Schade. One sister - Marcia Lake of Gilman. Several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Sharon was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gilman. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Sharon enjoyed crocheting, fishing, playing cards, bird watching, gardening and watching her children and grandchildren in their sports activities. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, IL. Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Obit of Valerie Lynn (Edwards) Orsowy

Valerie “Val” Lynn Edwards Orsowy, 58, of Chatsworth, IL passed away on 1:54 pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Chatsworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the church also. A die-hard Cub’s fan, Val previously requested casual sports attire be worn to her visitation and funeral. Burial will follow services at Chatsworth Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Chatsworth Fire and Rescue. Val was born January 1, 1959 in Fairbury, IL a daughter of James and Shirley (Lang) Edwards. She is survived by her children: Mitch (Julie) Dohman and Malerie (Kurtis) Orsowy both of Pontiac, Illinois; siblings: Terri (Rick) Perkins and Randy Edwards both of Chatsworth, IL; her grandchildren: Skylar, Cody, Riley, Brendan, Daylen, Braylen, and one on-the-way; her life partner: Scott Thomsen of Chatsworth, IL along with her dog: Anny and cat: Frosty. She was greeted into Heaven by her parents who preceded her. Val was educated in the Chatsworth schools. She loved Chatsworth and worked for Quanex-Homeshield for over 30 years doing various fabricating jobs. Her coworkers were her “extended family” and loved them all. She enjoyed being outside in the sun, boating, camping, spending time with family and friends, and watching the Cub’s win the World Series. Val loved her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beryl Irwin-103 years young!

May 9, 2017
Article from Target Shopper: part of Ford County Record
Photo is from facebook

May 8, 2017
103 Years Young
Ruth Beryl Irwin celebrate her 103rd birthday on May 1, 2017, at Piper City Rehab & Living Center. Irwin was born and raised on a far west of Cropsey and moved to Chatsworth in 1941. She was a teacher at the Miller Country School, then married Milford Irwin in 1937. They were married 73 years before he died. Irwin has belonged to many clubs, such as the Germanville Club for more than 20 years, the Kitchen Band for nearly 20 years, the Children's Choir and the Methodist Church Women. In her earlier years, Irwin was very involved with her church and community. She currently resides in Piper City. 
Below from facebook is Beryl and daughter Bette Jane.

Obit of Jo Ann (Jupin) Runyon

Wife of Larry "Nick" Runyon

FORREST — Jo Ann Runyon, 74, of Forrest, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Saturday (May 6, 2017) at her home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Forrest. Pastor Corrine Blissard will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be left to the family. Jo Ann was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Fairbury, the daughter of Virgil and Emily Sinnett Jupin. She married Larry “Nick” Runyon on Feb. 7, 1959, in Forrest. He survives. Also surviving are her children, Judy Arnette, Gina (Ricardo) Gomez and Jeff Runyon, all of Forrest, and Twyla Runyon-Pae, California; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Hanshew, Forrest. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and two grandchildren. Jo Ann attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Forrest. She loved every minute with her family and anyone who walked through her open door. Jo Ann loved playing cards.
Jo Ann touched many people in her life and those people along with her family will miss her deeply. The family would like to thank Compassion Hospice and their nurses; Dr. Brewer, Natalie and the rest of his staff; and Evan at OSF Therapy.
A register book is available at www.duffypilsmemorial.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sesquicentennial Banners-Get Yours!

Share your family history too.

Have a banner printed like the one above.

 The banners are intended to remember and honor the many local entrepreneurs who operated historic or current businesses or organizatons in Chatsworth.
 Banners will be displayed in the 300 block of Walnut, (Old 24) during the 150th events, 
(alternaĈŸvely they can be delivered directly to buyers with other display arrangements). 
In order to have time to get the banners printed and delivered, requests need to reach me by May 22 nd.

Contact: Charles Dennewitz
email: cdnewitz@outlook.com 
call or text: 614-353-3649 (preferably after 2pm CT (he is in Ohio)

Here is the info he posted on Facebook


Great Idea!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Obit of Greg T. Shafer

CHATSWORTH — Greg. T. Shafer, 62, of Chatsworth, died 9:12 p.m. Friday (May 5, 2017) at his home. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will be in Germanville Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials in Greg’s name may be made to Chatsworth Fire Department. Greg was born on Dec. 26, 1954, in Fairbury, a son of Ronald and Ruth Thompson. He married Lori Hornickel on Dec. 11, 1976. Survivors include Lori Shafer, Chatsworth; two sons, Zachary (Jessica) Shafer and Gabriel Shafer, both of Fairbury; one daughter, Alyxandra Shafer, Chatsworth; five grandchildren, Holden Shafer, Alayna Shafer, Aylen Shafer, Maddox Shafer and Axton Shafer; two brothers, Tod Shafer, Channahon, and Scott Shafer, Chatsworth; two sisters, Karen Kamin, Schaumburg, and Jill Hughes, Ann Arbor, Mich.  Greg was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Conrad Charles Shafer; and one brother, Kurt Shafer. Greg was educated in Chatsworth schools and was a butcher at Dave’s Supermarket in Fairbury and had retired. Greg was a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan. In 2016, he almost got to see the Indians win a World Series, but the Cubs had other ideas. Greg was a train enthusiast and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Chatsworth proclaimed "Bluebird Capital of Illinois"

Governor proclaims May 4 as Bluebird Project Day

Chatsworth proclaimed- "BLUEBIRD CAPITAL OF ILLINOIS"

Posted by Paul Ritter on Facebook
Mayor Richard Runyon at far left, attends ceremony at Springfield.
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Obit of Jerome G. Jerkovic

CHATSWORTH — Jerome G. Jerkovic, 73, of Chatsworth, dearest husband of Carol for 55 years, passed to Heaven Monday (May 1, 2017) at Gilman Healthcare Center. He was the proud father of Jerome (Donna) and Cheryl (Michael) Bucz; loving grampa to Jennifer (Larry) Honaker, Donald and Stephanie; great-grampa to Angel, Xavier, Scarlett and Alexander; brother to Carolann. Private services will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to wife, Carol, or immediate family

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Obit of Thelma (Lade) Mason

CHATSWORTH — Thelma I. Mason, 86, of Chatsworth, died at 7:52 a.m. Monday (April 17, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Service: noon Friday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial: Chatsworth Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: to the family or a charity of the donor’s choice. Survivors: her three daughters, Leona Ann Gibson, Debra Bryant and Donna (Richard) Runyon, all of Chatsworth; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and  three siblings, Donald (Carolyn) Lade, Chatsworth; Betty White, Sheldon; and Charles Lade, Pontiac. Condolences may be left at calvertmemorial.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kudos to Baltz Library!!


You can now read and search all of our

Orange and Blue Review & Tale Feathers year books on line!

The Chatsworth Plaindealer will also be put on line soon!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 13 Update




Saturday.April 15-8am-12pm


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