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The Dough Hook fresh produce box is meant to provide a family of 4 with a week's worth of produce. While each week's produce box will have different produce weekly boxes could include the following: fresh green, beans, lettuce, potatoes, onion, radishes, squash, cucumber, cabbage, sweet potatoes, melons, strawberries, bananas, tomato, brussel sprouts, apples, oranges, sugar snap peas, dozen eggs, and
By Activate Allen County
Do you ever find yourself wondering “What’s for dinner?” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday?
If you are like many working families, the likely answer is yes! The Dough Hook in Bluffton offers some options that are sure to please the busy, on the go families around Allen County.
We are pleased to partner with the Dough Hook as our newest member of the Active Menu Challenge, a program through Activate Allen County. The Menu Challenge promotes healthy on the go food options to the community as a way to maintain a healthy diet, even when not cooking at home.
You can even order online at shop.doughhook.com.
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Taking a spin on the popular sites that allow you to order meals and have them delivered to your door, Marlena offers fresh meal boxes that she designs with the everyday family in mind.
Each week, she chooses 3 recipes and provides those recipes, along with all needed ingredients in a box that is ready for you to pick up.
The recipes are easy to follow, kid and family friendly and feed four people, all for only $49.
Another way to look at it: three meals, each feeding four people for only $4.08 per person, per meal.
Plus, these meals are nutritious and fresh ingredients are provided. These meal boxes will save you from plenty of trips through a drive-thru and can greatly assist you in meal planning for the week.
But wait, there’s more!
For those of us who wait for the last minute to think about dinner and end up going out and spending more money at restaurants and drive-thrus then we would like to admit, Marlena can offer you a hot meal to pick up on your way home.
By calling The Dough Hook before noon, you can choose from a number of fresh, healthy meals that will be made for you and ready for you at the end of the day. Meal options include soups, chicken and rice, beef roast and pork chops. Using fresh meats and produce, these meals will be on your table, ready to feed your family and you can feel good about providing a warm and homemade meal to them.
By calling The Dough Hook before noon, you can choose from a number of fresh, healthy meals that will be made for you and ready for you at the end of the day.
The best part: you didn’t have to do anything but pick it up.
Owner Marlena Ballinger is excited about the opportunities she is able to provide to the community to have healthy, homemade food available, especially for Bluffton residents.
“Our Fresh Meals, which are three meals designed to feed four people, brings easy menu planning for families while offering them a fresh healthy meal. Something else that has happened is that is brings young adults and teenagers into the kitchen as the boxes have easy to follow instructions in them. The Dough Hook is excited to make cooking fun and easy for family members,” said Ballinger.
“Meanwhile, our Home Cooked meals allow busy families to pick up a healthy ‘Home Cooked Meal’ that is hot and ready to place on the table. I create these meals using fresh, healthy ingredients that my mom taught me to cook with.”
What a great way to provide to the community with a unique service that is both nutritious and convenient! We are happy to partner with The Dough Hook and we hope that you will support them as they continue to serve our community.
The Dough Hook is located at 117 N. Main Street in Bluffton, OH and you can contact them by calling 419-369-4264.
For a full listing of participating Active Menu Challenge restaurants, head to our website activateallencounty.com and go to the Healthy Communities area to access the listing of restaurants and their approved options. For additional questions, contact our office 419-221-5035.
Mellow Mushroom owner Norm Moser reviews plans for the new Lima location. Moser says he’s looking forward to opening and providing the area with great food and drinks and a fun, unique dining experience. Submitted photo.
Full size “Beatles-style” yellow submarine delivered Friday, will reside in restaurant
LIMA – Lima’s newest family restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, located at 2530 Eastown Road (near Menard’s) is nearing completion, with construction progressing at a fast pace, in anticipation of a late October open date.
The restaurant, popular in the southeastern United States will be the first here in Western Ohio.
The owner, Norm Moser says he’s looking forward to opening and providing the area with great food and drinks and a fun, unique dining experience.
The local restaurant on Eastown Road in Lima will feature a vibrant, eclectic design including eclectic art and a large yellow submarine.
The full size “Beatles-style” yellow submarine that will reside inside the new Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Lima was delivered Friday. Submitted photo
For more information, visit the Mellow Mushroom Lima Facebook page: facebook.com/mellowmushroomlima.
The Husky Energy Lima Refinery Charity Golf Outing raised $217,400 in support of 15 local charities. Submitted photo.
LIMA – The Husky Energy Lima Refinery Charity Golf Outing raised $217,400 in support of 15 local charities, setting a new record. In its tenth year, this outing has donated over $1,022,000 to the Lima community.
“We feel blessed to have been chosen as one of the recipients of Husky’s Charity Golf Outing this year,” said Brandi Schroeder, Executive Director of Lima’s Samaritan House. “This donation will go a long way in covering expenses for updates and repairs in two, possibly three, of the seven bathrooms within the shelter. It is simply amazing to consider how many lives the Husky outing has touched with this community support over the past ten years.”
This year’s recipients, selected by the golf outing committee, are:
- Allen County Council on Aging
- Allen County Historical Society
- Awaking Minds Art
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Bradfield Center
- Children’s Development Center
- Courthouse Clock Project
- Crossroads Crisis Center
- Lima Allen County Crime Stoppers
- Lima- Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc.
- Lima Rescue Mission
- Northwest Ohio Literacy Council
- Samaritan House
- Teddy Bear Fund
- West Ohio Food Bank
“The golf outing is one way the Lima Refinery and many of our business partners support the Lima community,” said Ed Goedde, Director of Project Engineering and Turnarounds, and Charity Golf Outing chairperson. “We would like to thank the generous support of our 104 sponsors, 416 golfers, and 70 volunteers. Many organizations and individuals contributed and volunteered their time to make this event a success.”
Donations were presented to the organizations on Wednesday, August 31 during a dessert reception.
Octopus Productions was formed by Christine O’Neill, Shannon Wannemacher, Chad Stearns of Modo Media and Deb Duncan-Faul. The group gave the Lima Symphony Orchestra a donation of $14,000 Wednesday at the Jameson Manor in Lima.
LIMA – Octopus Productions, a local, non-profit organization committed to producing high quality, thought-provoking theater, presented a check for $14,000 to the Lima Symphony Orchestra Wednesday.
This was the first charitable donation Octopus Productions has made.
Octopus Productions mounted Cabaret, its initial show, in June 2016 and sold out the entire run.
Formed by Christine O’Neill, Shannon Wannemacher of the Jameson Manor, Chad Stearns of Modo Media and Deb Duncan-Faul, Octopus Productions will present its next collaboration, Shadows of Poe, in October in Lima and in Ada.
Tickets for Shadows of Poe are on sale now: poeinlima.com/tickets
The first annual chamber olympics will feature Tug of War. The the team that pulls all the other teams down or across the middle wins. Photo: iStock
- What: Business Olympics
- When: Thursday, September 22 at 5 p.m.
- Where: Lima YMCA, 345 S. Elizabeth St.
- Why: Learn tips to have a healthier workplace & earn bragging rights by taking home the Gold
- Cost: $100 includes training e-mails, a t-shirt for each registered teammate and paid entry into the Olympics
- Registration: deadline is Thursday. Register now »
LIMA – It’s an excuse to get together with co-workers outside the office for a night of fun, laughter and exciting team-building activities centered around health and wellness.
And that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Lima Chamber’s first annual Business Olympics.
The event has teams of four to six people (must have two boys and two girls) competing against other area businesses in a variety of fitness challenges and mind games.
Lima Chamber Business Olympic events include:
- Bike Relay: be the team that travels the furthest on a bike in five minutes
- Basketball Hot Shot: make the most baskets in 90 seconds
- Wellness Trivia: what does your team know about wellness in the workplace and at home?
- Tic Tac Toe Run Relay: need to be quick with your feet as well as your mind – like tic tac toe, best 2 out of 3 wins!
- Tug of War: be the team that pulls all the other teams down or across the middle
- Obstacle Course: grand finale and will be revealed to all teams at once!
Gold is awarded in each category. However, the ultimate goal (bragging rights) is to win overall Gold.
Workplace wellness experts from the West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance (WCORHA), Activate Allen County, and the Lima YMCA will be on-site to help with the wellness trivia and provide tips to competitors. They, along with other local experts and sponsors like Lost Creek Chiropractic, have been sending training tips via e-mail and social media to help teams prepare for the challenges of the days events.
The goal is for teams to utilize this knowledge not just at the event, but to implement their own wellness program within their organization.
“Schedules are tight. We understand that. But we think by coming together and learning as a group and as a team, people can go back to their office and encourage one another to be more healthy and active during the workday,” said Adah Ellerbrock, Director of Programs at Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
The event is Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Games will take place rain or shine either entirely inside or inside and outside at 345 South Elizabeth Street.
The registration deadline is Thursday. The cost is $100 and includes training e-mails, a t-shirt for each registered teammate and paid entry into the Olympics. Register now »
For additional information, call Adah Ellerbrock at 419-222-6045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crankers Cycling was recently named one of the best bike shops in the country. The shop is located at 1229 N. West Street in Lima, Ohio.
LIMA – Crankers Cycling of Lima, Ohio has been named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States and fewer than 300 were honored with the prestigious title of “America’s Best.”
“We work very hard every day to bring the best to our customers. Being named One of America’s Best Bike Shops for the third time shows our staff goes above and beyond in their work, education and care for Crankers Cycling customers and Northwest Ohio.” – Kent Fultz owner, Crankers Cycling
Shops were asked to fill out a detailed application describing what sets them apart from the average retailer.
Mystery shoppers then evaluated the business in more detail by visiting the store, reviewing their website, and contacting the shop by phone to assess the performance from a consumer’s perspective. The program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their areas that will provide the expertise and professionalism they need to get the most benefit from cycling.
The recipients of the America’s Best Bike Shops title not only offer great shopping experiences and expert staff, but are also rated on their support for their communities, as well as support for bicycle advocacy both locally and nationally.
Founded in 1946, the National Bicycle Dealers Association is a non-profit association promoting the interests of every specialty bicycle retailer in the United States.
For more information, contact: Karen Townsend, National Bicycle Dealers Association, email@example.com or the NBDA office, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kent Fultz, Crankers Cycling, email@example.com or call 419-516-0131
By NOW Marketing Group
For a non-designer using graphic design software can seem a bit daunting. There may be times when you need to create compelling graphics in not much time. If you’re looking to put put your brand’s best foot forward you may benefit from a graphic design app. I recently came across 4 very exceptional graphic design apps for the non-graphic designer. With these apps, you can turn ideas into impactful graphics in only minutes and on a small budget. Hopefully, you will find these tools aid you in your next graphic design project.
What is Canva and why use it?
Canva is an awesome tool to try! Simply put – Canva helps you create beautiful designs without too much time or money. If you’re like me, it can be time-consuming using graphics software. This app simplifies the design process for you with great features like the drag and drop editor. It provides everything you need to design on the go from layouts to a library of images and fonts. The built-in color picker is a nice feature on the app as well. If you’re looking for simplicity – this is a go-to tool for you!
What is Spark and why use it?
Spark can help you create social graphics, web stories and videos.
- Spark Post – Simply pick a photo and add text and design filters. This app makes everything very simple to create stunning social graphics.
- Spark Page – This app helps you to create and share in just minutes. You don’t need to be an expert, which is just what you need!
- Spark Video – You can create animated videos in just minutes with their features.
What is Relay and why use it?
Relay is another great graphic design app to make graphics faster and with less effort. Who has an entire day to devote to it? Not me! It will be your go-to tool for easy graphics! You can create, schedule and engage your audience. It gives you designs for all genres of graphics like a book cover or a twitter header. You won’t need to tweak graphics.
What is Ripl and why use it?
Ripl is a mobile-only app. It helps you animate your social media. You can easily write post and share on social media platforms. Just add photos, choose a design, and write a caption and share! There are a lot of great user reviews for this app and their website lists a lot of them.
Are these Design apps for you?
These graphic design apps will allow you to create engaging graphics and content. I love simple and easy to use tools like these. Ready to engage your audience online with graphics and more? Maybe one of these apps can be your graphic design secret weapon.
Give them a try!
The Meeting Place on Market is located at 220 W. Market St. in downtown Lima, Ohio.
By Activate Allen County
The Partnerships to Improve Community Health Grant in coordination with the Activate Allen County coalition continues to promote tobacco free workplaces and have been working with local workplaces to implement tobacco free campus policy. Our newest workplace to partner with us to promote an environment of clean air is The Meeting Place on Market.
The Meeting Place has implemented a tobacco free campus policy and is protecting their customers from second hand smoke. As the original location for our Active Menu Challenge, The Meeting Place has been a strong partner for some time now and with the addition of a tobacco free campus policy, it is clear that the restaurant cares about the health and wellness of the Lima community.
Jennifer Brogee, owner at The Meeting Place on Market confirms this positive partnership. “We have enjoyed working with Activate Allen County throughout these last few years. We do want to provide quality, nutritious food within a family friendly environment and working with Activate Allen County has added to that commitment. Through the Active Menu Challenge and policy work for a tobacco free environment, we have increased the number of healthy menu options and have become a tobacco free workplace/restaurant as well.”
We encourage everyone to go and check out the great food and tobacco free environment at The Meeting Place on Market. They are located at 220 W. Market St. and you can find their menu, hours and other information at themeetingplaceonmarket.com.
We appreciate their partnership and thank them for their support of Activate Allen County and for their support of Allen County and the health of our residents here.
If your workplace or a workplace you know of is currently tobacco free or is interested in learning more about becoming a tobacco free workplace, we would love to hear from you. If you are tobacco free, we will promote your workplace to the community. If you would like assistance in becoming tobacco free, our staff is ready to give you support in being tobacco free.
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line is also available to assist those who need additional support in quitting the tobacco habit for good. By calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, you can speak with a quit coach and gain valuable resources on your quit journey.
We encourage area businesses and workplaces to provide this information to your employees as another resource they can tap into while trying to quit tobacco use. You can also contact our office at the number below to gain additional information about this valuable resource.
Recruitment is ongoing for new workplaces to join our Tobacco Free Campus initiative. If you have further questions, have a success story to share, currently have a tobacco free policy in place, or would like assistance in becoming a tobacco free workplace, please call our office at 419-221-5035.
One of the storage facilities at Potash Corp.'s Rocanville mine, one of Saskatchewan’s lowest-cost potash mines. (Image courtesy of Potash Corp.)
Agrium and PotashCorp to combine in merger to create a world-class integrated global supplier of crop inputs
NEW YORK (AP) — Potash Corp. and Agrium said Monday that they are combining to create the world’s largest crop nutrient company.
The Canadian companies both sell fertilizers and nutrients to farmers that help them grow their crops.
The new company will have 20,000 employees, a market value of $36 billion and annual revenue of $20.6 billion, the companies said.
A name for the new company will be announced before the deal closes in the middle of next year.
Potash shareholders will own about 52 percent of the new company and Agrium shareholders will own about 48 percent. As part of the deal, Potash shareholders will receive 0.4 of a share of the new company for every Potash stock they own. Agrium shareholders will receive 2.23 shares of the new company for every Agrium stock they own.
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc. are both based in Canada. The new company will be based in Potash’s headquarters of Saskatoon.
Agrium CEO Chuck Magro will be CEO of the new company and Potash CEO Jochen Tilk will be executive chairman.
Shares of Potash fell 21 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $16.76 in midday trading Monday while Agrium shares fell $1.37, or 1.4 percent, to $93.84.
Audio and presentation detailing the merger
Strategic and financial benefits of the merger
- Pre-eminent, low-cost producer of potash and high-quality nitrogen and phosphate: The new company will have a balanced nutrient portfolio that includes world-class potash production and complementary high-quality nitrogen and phosphate operations. It will have the lowest-cost potash production assets and reserves in North America, and a meaningful platform to benefit from continued growth in global potash demand. The merger also results in more diversified and complementary geographic and product portfolios in nitrogen and phosphate, with the North American nitrogen business expected to continue to benefit from low-cost feedstock and local distribution.
- Leading retail-distribution platform combined with two world-class nutrient production platforms: The new company will have a retail distribution platform encompassing crop nutrients and other input products, services, and solutions with operations in seven countries. The company will continue to emphasize innovation and growth in proprietary products, grower services, and distribution, with customers and suppliers benefiting from a broad agricultural solutions offering. The combined production footprint will drive freight savings and other operational efficiencies.
- Significant value creation from synergies: The combination is expected to generate up to US$500 million of annual operating synergies primarily from distribution and retail integration, production and SG&A optimization, and procurement. The synergies imply value creation for the combined enterprise of up to US$5 billion, or a 20 percent increase above the combined market capitalizations on August 29, 2016. The all-stock nature of the transaction allows all shareholders to participate in the benefits of the combination. The new company is expected to achieve approximately US$250 million of these synergies by the end of the first year after closing with the full run-rate achieved by the end of the second year. The transaction is expected to be accretive for both sets of shareholders with run-rate synergies.
- Compelling growth opportunities: Recently completed investments in new, low-cost capacity, particularly in potash, will improve the new company’s operating costs and position it well to respond to increases in demand. Continuing to grow the retail business will also be a priority, including roll-up opportunities, new store openings, and innovation in products and services to better serve growers.
- Strong balance sheet with significant cash flow generation: On a 2015 pro forma basis, inclusive of expected synergies, the new company would have had operating cash flow of over US$4 billion. With major capacity expansion projects essentially complete at each company, the new company’s low financial leverage, and significant cash flow generation, the combined company will have flexibility to return excess capital to shareholders and invest in growth initiatives, while also maintaining a strong investment grade credit rating profile. Both companies expect to maintain their existing dividend payments until the transaction is completed. Following the closing of the transaction, the new company will target a stable and growing dividend that reflects the strengthened cash flow profile of the combined company. Subject to market conditions and Board approval at the time of closing, the new company expects to establish a dividend payment equal to the current Agrium level, adjusted for the new share count.
Leadership and communities
The new company will be led by a proven team that reflects the strengths and capabilities of both companies. Upon closing of the transaction, Jochen Tilk will serve as Executive Chairman, and Chuck Magro will serve as Chief Executive Officer, both reporting to the new Board of Directors. Wayne Brownlee will serve as Chief Financial Officer, and Steve Douglas will serve as Chief Integration Officer. Additional senior leadership positions for the new company will be named at a later date. The new company’s Board of Directors will have equal representation. The Board’s independent Lead Director will be designated by Agrium.
In addition to leading the Board of Directors, the Executive Chairman will have executive responsibility for the new company’s business strategy function.
Following the closing of the transaction, the new company will have its registered head office in Saskatoon, with Canadian corporate offices in both Calgary and Saskatoon.
In addition to maintaining a strong workforce in each of its operations, the new company will maintain its commitments to community involvement and investment.
The new company will remain committed to Canpotex, the global logistics and marketing company that provides efficient and cost-effective distribution to many of the world’s fastest growing potash markets.
Canadian taxable resident shareholders will be able to elect such that they receive shares in the new company free of Canadian income taxes, and other shareholders will generally not be subject to Canadian income tax. It is expected that U.S. resident shareholders will generally receive shares in the new company on a tax-deferred basis for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
Timing and approvals
The transaction will be implemented by way of a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. It is expected to close during mid-2017, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals, Canadian court approval, and approval by the shareholders of both companies.
Barclays Capital Inc. and CIBC Capital Markets are serving as financial advisors, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Latham & Watkins LLP are serving as legal advisors to Agrium.
BofA Merrill Lynch and RBC Capital Markets are serving as financial advisors, and Stikeman Elliott LLP and Jones Day are serving as legal advisors to PotashCorp.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as joint financial advisor to Agrium and PotashCorp.
Agrium Inc. is a major global producer and distributor of agricultural products, services and solutions. Agrium produces nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizers, with a combined wholesale nutrient capacity of over nine million tonnes and with significant competitive advantages across our product lines. We supply key products and services directly to growers, including crop nutrients, crop protection, seed, as well as agronomic and application services, thereby helping growers to meet the ever growing global demand for food and fibre. Agrium retail-distribution has an unmatched network of over 1,400 facilities and over 3,800 crop consultants who provide advice and products to our grower customers to help them increase their yields and returns on hundreds of different crops. With a focus on sustainability, the company strives to improve the communities in which it operates through safety, education, environmental improvement and new technologies such as the development of precision agriculture and controlled release nutrient products. Agrium is focused on driving operational excellence across our businesses, pursuing value-enhancing growth opportunities and returning capital to shareholders. For more information visit: agrium.com
PotashCorp is the world’s largest crop nutrient company and plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, these nutrients offer a responsible and practical solution to meeting the long-term demand for food. PotashCorp is the largest producer, by capacity, of potash and one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate. While agriculture is its primary market, the company also produces products for animal nutrition and industrial uses. Common shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
Additional information about Agrium and PotashCorp can be found under their respective corporate profiles on SEDAR at sedar.com or on EDGAR at sec.gov, respective websites at agrium.com and potashcorp.com.
When an organization like NOW Marketing works to create an environment of health and wellness, they see benefits like increased productivity, retention of staff, decreased employee absenteeism, and lower insurance and workers compensation costs.
NOW Marketing Group focuses on creating a culture built on creativity and wellness
By Activate Allen County
NOW Marketing Group does many things to make sure their team is staying active on a daily basis. One of the things the team does together to move, is taking twice-daily walks around the neighborhood they work in. Not only does this ensure the team is working towards their step count everyday, but it creates an atmosphere of team building. The team has even participated in a step challenge, introducing a little friendly competition to the office!
Of course, during the colder months of Ohio, it’s not exactly pleasant to walk. So, to continue the focus on active living, the team has a weekly yoga session in the office. To make sure employees aren’t sitting hunched over all day, several team members have stand-up desks they incorporate into their daily office routine. Along with timers that let you know it’s time to stand and move if you’ve been sitting too long.
Hydration. Encouraging healthy water consumption is also an important part of NOW’s culture. Fresh, filtered water is always available in the kitchen. The company purchased Ulla Hydration Reminders for the team to use. The device attaches to water bottles and flashes to remind an individual to drink their water every hour.
Support for new moms. To help support mothers and keep infants healthy, the office welcomes breastfeeding onsite. In the case that team members are breastfeeding, they will have access to their own comfortable space, where they can breastfeed privately. Several team members have taken advantage of this.
Fitness. To encourage team members to stay healthy and active, NOW Marketing also covers the cost of gym memberships.
No Smoking. The building is also tobacco-free and a tobacco-free policy has been introduced.
Following a Wellness Policy
NOW Marketing Group works hard to follow a Wellness Plan that works to keep their employees happy, healthy, and active. Part of NOW’s core beliefs and culture is to have a workplace that invests in its employees, in order to see success in the company.
When an organization like NOW Marketing works to create an environment of health and wellness, they see benefits like increased productivity, retention of staff, decreased employee absenteeism, and lower insurance and workers compensation costs.
Thank you NOW Marketing for being a community success story!
About NOW Marketing Group: Since 2010 we have worked with more than 200 influential brands across the US and beyond. We know each business is unique, so fully understanding every client we partner with ensures a customized marketing plan to their specific goals. Our expertise in social media and inbound marketing is the cornerstone to the tactical approach we take for each client to help them gain traction and get results. Our team of social media and Inbound professionals hit every client’s account from all angle for an optimized plan of attack. Learn more nowmarketinggroup.com.
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