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Badger, Michele Kay - Milo  
MILO - Michele K. Badger, 54, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 24, 2015, after her courageous battle with cancer. Michele was born on March 7, 1960, in Norwalk, CT, daughter of Harry and Vivian Brasslett. She married the love of her life, Everett Badger, 34 years ago. Together they raised their daughter Heather. Michele will be remembered for all her acts of love and kindness to her family and friends. Michele enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband. She looked forward to spending time at camp on South Twin with her niece and nephew, leisurely boat rides, warm camp fires, and drinking coffee with friends and family. She loved her quality time with her daughter Heather floating in the pool and lounging on the deck on hot days. She loved BBQ's on the deck with friends and family. She especially enjoyed her trips to the slots with her special sister-in-law Ella. Michele had a love for the holidays. She enjoyed dressing up every Halloween to greet the children at the door. She loved her dog Scamp and he surely will miss her! Michele was a hard worker. She worked many years at Dexter Shoe until the doors closed. She moved on to Creative Apparel making many close friends along the way. She spent her last few years cleaning and substitute teaching at MSAD #41. She enjoyed the "cleaning crew" and being around the children. Michele is survived by her husband, Everett; daughter, Heather; her sisters, Barbara and Donna and husband, Mike; her brothers, Michael and Thomas; her sisters-in-law, Sally, and Ella and husband, Gary; her special uncle, Adrian and wife, Shelley; aunt, Barb; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her special brother-in-law, George. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: nieces, Teresa and husband, Bill, Candy and husband, Wade, Lisa Kurker and Kate Caron; three "special" nieces, Morgan, Kendra and Taylor; nephews, Corey and wife, Julie, Rory and Ryan Morrissey; and two "special" nephews, Alec and Austin. Michele had a very special friend, Susan McKinley, who will always be her "girlfriend." Michele thought the world of Heather's friends, April, Tori, Susie, Brandy and Becky, treating them as if they were her own. A celebration of life will be held on her Birthday, Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at the Kiwanis building in Milo, ME.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 28, 2015
Beal, Kimberly Lynn "Kimmy" - Ellsworth  
ELLSWORTH - Beloved daughter, sister, fiancé, aunt, Godmother and friend, Kimberly (Kimmy) Lynn Beal, peacefully departed the physical realm surrounded by her family on February 22, 2015. Kimmy was welcomed to Heaven in the loving embrace of her sister; grandfather; and aunts who predeceased her. Kimmy was a tiny, passionate, fiery woman who loved others deeply and lived life on her own terms. She learned to fight after surviving childhood cancer, which brought with it a host of ongoing medical challenges and limitations that she faced with grace and dignity. She taught her friends and family endless lessons about resilience, love, loyalty and determination. Kimmy loved to spend time with the many people that quickly turned from friends to family making memories boating, eating, dancing, drinking Bud Light, fishing, planning her wedding, taking pictures, shopping, following General Hospital, talking, playing with her nephews and laughing. She had a sharp sense of humor, an easy laugh and a sailor's vocabulary. In the words of Shakespeare "And though she be but little, she is fierce." Kimmy was proud of her job as a bartender at Pepper's Pub in Ellsworth. Her customers and coworkers quickly became extended family to Kim and the Peppers Pub crew have stood by her side every step of the way, providing her with love and every kind of support imaginable. Kimmy's friends are just too numerous to list, and trying to do so is just impossible. Kimmy had lifelong friends from down east Maine as well as new friends made while she lived in both Franklin and Ellsworth. She had a permanent seat at the dinner table of several of her "adopted" families...Shane Alley and family, Leslie and Charlie, Mark & Cathy Chandler, the Fontain/Butters, the Graham's, Tracy & Timmy Beal, the Whalen family, Jennifer Wing, the Schlaefers and many more. Kimmy was the youngest of three children, and was born to Michael R. Beal and Tina (Beal) McFadden on July 7th, 1987. She is survived by the love of her life and husband to be, Codey Chandler and their dog, Dallas of Ellsworth; father, Michael R. Beal and stepmother, Rebecca Beal of Addison; mother, Tina McFadden and her partner, Daniel Escobedo of Columbia; brother, Michael C. Beal; sister-in-law, (and in heart) Kristina Beal of Ellsworth; and Kimmy's nephews/God sons, Keenan and Kameron Beal of Ellsworth. Kimmy had a special place in her heart for her eldest nephew, Kane Clark of Milbridge; and her grandmother, Joanne Beal of Cherryfield. Kimmy was predeceased by her older sister, Stephanie Beal; her grandfather, Ronald Beal; and her aunts, Sandy Beal and Valerie Corbett. Kimmy was the heart and soul of a family that includes paternal uncles; Steve Beal and his wife, Sheila of Queen Creek, Arizona, as well as Ron Beal and his partner, Sandy of Glenburn; maternal aunt, Brenda Beal of Ohio; cousins, Dan and Davya Beal and their children, Bianca & Meshka of Fort Pierce, Florida, Chris Beal and his partner, Jessica Wilbur & their son, Erick Beal of Port St. Lucie Florida, Nick Beal of Daytona Beach, Florida and Justine Corbett of Omaha, Nebraska. Please join Kimmy's family and friends as we celebrate the 27 years of love and life Kimmy shared with us at 3:00 pm, March 07, 2015 at Narraguagus High School, 1611 Main St., Harrington. Contributions in Kimmy's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 27, 2015
Bennett Sr., Philip Roy - Caribou  
CARIBOU - Philip Roy Bennett, 96, beloved husband of Helen (Bell) Bennett, died peacefully March 3, 2015, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Caribou, Maine. He was born in Caribou, December 29, 1918, the son of Roy and Ella (Crockett) Bennett. Philip was a graduate of the Caribou High School, Class of 1937. After graduation from high school, he worked with his father at Roy L. Bennett and Sons Grocery Store on Limestone Street until leaving for U.S. Army Service. A World War II U. S. Army veteran, he served as Technician, 5th Class, at Fort Ord, California, where he was responsible for handling the payroll for the troops arriving from the East Coast. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Caribou and resumed working with his Father Roy and Brothers Ivan and Eddie in the grocery business. In 1955 he became the owner of Bennett's Nationwide Grocery Store on Limestone Street, later in partnership of Bennett's Hardware Store. He was a lifelong member of the Gray Memorial United Methodist Church. Later on, he and his wife, Helen, moved to Southern Maine, where they were worked as House Parent at the Sweetser's Children's Home in Saco. Phil and Helen enjoyed working in the reception area at the Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort in Ogunquit, Maine. Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard and Greta of New Sweden, and Reginald and April of Wells; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 2004; and son, Philip Jr., in 2011. Also he was predeceased by one sister, Flora; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ivan and Millie, and Edwin and Winona. In the spring, a private service celebrating Philip's life will be held at the Webster Cemetery, Limestone, Maine. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to contribute in memory of Phil may do so through the Gray Memorial Methodist Church memory fund or to the Jefferson Cary Foundation at Cary Medical Center, P.O. Box 89, Caribou, ME 04736. Funeral arrangements are by the Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
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Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 5, 2015
Boone, Lois P. - Dixmont  
DIXMONT - Lois P. (Huntley) Boone, 96, was welcomed at Heaven's gates by her Savior on February 28, 2015, after an extended stay at Bangor Nursing and Rehab. Center. She was born June 9, 1918, in Machiasport, the daughter of Earl and Agnes (Ackley) Huntley. Lois grew up in the Holmes Bay area and graduated from Washington Academy in East Machias. After marrying Eldon John Boone on May 11, 1942, she became a devoted wife and mother of six children. As the wife of a Baptist minister, she and her husband served in pastorates in New Brunswick, Maine and Connecticut. They also served as missionaries in Alaska and at the Springfield Rescue Mission in Massachusetts. After retiring from the East Holden Community Church, Lois and Rev. Boone moved to Dixmont. Lois was active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, volunteered at the Hospital Chaplaincy and did volunteer work at the Dixmont Town Office. She was always ready to bake treats for any occasion. Recently, Lois was awarded the Boston Post Cane recognizing her as the oldest citizen of Dixmont. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Agnes Huntley; her brothers, Eldred and infant brother Elwin; her husband, Rev. E. John Boone; her son, James Boone; and grandson, David Boone. She is survived by her daughters, Jane Sturk and her husband, Dale, and Marilyn Stevens and her husband, Leonard, all of Oakland; her sons, John Boone and his wife, Elsie, of Levant, Peter Boone and his wife, Joan, of Diboll, TX, and the Rev. Timothy Boone and his wife, Brenda, of Dixmont, with a special thank you for all the care they have given her. She was a special grandmother to Barry Sturk, Shawn, Scott and Corey Stevens, Kenneth, Russell "Rusty" Boone and Karen (Boone) Hendsbee and Thomas, Samuel, Carl Edward "Eddie" and Rebekah Sue Boone. Lois was also a great-grandmother to twelve great-grandchildren, and had numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the Bangor Nursing and Rehab. Center Staff and to Carol Reinfelds, who previously cared for Lois at her home. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at East Dixmont Community Church, 34 Church Hill Road, Dixmont, with her son, the Rev. Timothy Boone officiating.
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Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 3, 2015
Bossie, Shirley M. - Houlton  
HOULTON - Shirley M. Bossie, 86, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Houlton Regional Hospital. She was born August 16, 1928, in St. John, N.B., Canada, the daughter of Percival and Gladys (Kinney) Hall Sr. Shirley grew up in Houlton and graduated from Houlton High School. She met her future husband Harold "Hal" Bossie after he was discharged from the service following WWII and the two were married on July 27, 1947. Shirley worked as a secretary for SAD #29 from 1969 until 1980. She also worked for the state at the Department of Human Services determining eligibility for medical assistance, AFDC and food stamps before retiring in 1988. Hal and Shirley traveled extensively and visited all of the states except Hawaii. They also spent thirteen years wintering in Florida. Shirley enjoyed knitting, sewing, cross-stitch and other crafts. Shirley's faith was very important to her and she was a longtime member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. She served in many capacities; such as a Sunday School teacher, served on the vestry, was a licensed Eucharist minister and was a member of the Governor's Board for St. Martha's Guild.  Shirley is survived by two sons, Jeffrey L. Bossie and his wife, Heidi D. Nelson, of East Machias and David L. Bossie and his wife, Mia, of Ben Lomond, CA; five grandchildren, Craig Bossie and his wife, Colleen, of Westbrook, Waylon Nelson and his wife, Francesca, of Philadelphia, PA, Grace Edwards and her husband, Mark, of Marshfield, Greg Bossie and his wife, Jessica, of Palmer, MA, and Michelle Bossie and her fiance, Greg Matson, of Palo Alto, CA; and two great-grandchildren, Nelson and William Edwards. She also leaves behind a sister, Lois Nadeau of Salina, KS; several nieces and nephews, as well as a special nephew, Gary Bossie and his wife, Alison, of New Limerick. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of sixty three years, Harold L. Bossie; and a brother, Percival "Bub" Hall Jr.  A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Those who wish to make a gift in Shirley's memory may make donations to the Church of the Good Shepherd or the Elks Scholarship Fund, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Condolences may be expressed at www.dunnfuneral.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 5, 2015
Bouchard, David Lee - Orland  
ORLAND - David Lee Bouchard, 61, of Orland, died peacefully at his home on Sat. Feb. 28, 2015. Born on Nov. 2, 1953 in Castine, ME, he was the son of Wilbrod Bouchard Jr. and Marian (Russell) Kelley. David graduated from Searsport High School in 1973. He joined the United States Navy after graduation and spent 4 years on the USS Schofield serving in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the sailor of the month for that ship in May 1974. He and Kelly French were married on Aug. 31, 1985 in Bangor, ME. David worked in the Bucksport Mill for nearly 37 years until its recent closing. He was a professional wood carver and donated the carving to the Town of Orland that hangs in the entry of the town office. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid bow hunter for nearly 47 years, taught bow hunting to the youth, was an International Bow hunter Education Instructor for 25 years, enjoyed fishing and handcrafting bows. David was proud that he caught the last legal Atlantic salmon in the sanctuary on Penobscot River. He, his wife and son had many enjoyable years at camp on William's Pond with family and friends. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Maine Bow Hunter's Assoc., the Professional Bow Hunter's Society, Pope & Young Antler Club, the National Bow Hunter Safety Instructors and a life member of the Buck Master's. He will be dearly missed by his devoted pets, Raven and Sophie. David is survived by his wife Kelly of 29 years of Orland, his son, Thomas Bouchard and his wife Hannah of Orrington, his mother, Marian Kelley of Edgewood, MD, a great uncle, Eugene Bouchard of Penobscot, 5 siblings, Joyce Rollins, Nancy Huckins, Dana Bouchard, Janet Faust and Richard Bouchard, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, mother-in-law, Evelyn French Bouchard, father-in-law, George French Jr., brother-in-law, George French III, and step father, Allan Kelley. Visiting hours will be held on Sat. March 7th from 4-6PM at the Orland Community Center, 21 School House Road, Orland, ME. A celebration of life will follow visitation at 6PM with Rev. Peter Remick officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
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Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 3, 2015
Bragg, Forrest A. - East Machias  
EAST MACHIAS - Forrest A. Bragg, passed away February 25, 2015, at his home. He was born June 12, 1945, in East Machias, son of Maurice and Charlotte (Howard) Bragg. Forrest was employed at Georgia-Pacific for twenty years. Forrest is survived by his loving wife of twenty-four years, Gloria (Cummings) Bragg; his son, Steven; grandchildren, Derek and Keri (Reed); sister, Sheila and husband, Wallace Johnson; two brothers, Jack and wife, Lucille and Rodney and wife, Teresa; several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. At Forrest's request, there will be no memorial services.
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 28, 2015
Brannen, John A. - Oakfield  
OAKFIELD - John A. Brannen, 80, passed away Feb. 25, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Oakfield, the son of Alfred and Evelyn (Anderson) Brannen. John was a graduate of Oakfield High School. He was employed by the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for 42 years starting out as a brakeman and working his way up to conductor. In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting on Emerson Ridge and fishing at Mud Lake. He also enjoyed picking fiddleheads, working in his garden and John Deere Tractors. He enjoyed his ritual of 4 o'clock afternoon rides to check on family, visit friends, catch up on the latest news and enjoy the sunset. John served on the building committee for SACS and served on the board of the Oakfield Railroad Museum. He looked forward to spring so that he could be "quality control officer" at Spring Break Maple and Honey. He would often appear at Johnny's job sites for unannounced visual inspections. Everyone that knew John respected him and enjoyed his humor and sarcasm. John is survived by his soul mate of 60 years, Avis (Collier) Brannen of Oakfield; two sons, Kevin Brannen and his wife, Kristi of Smyrna, Johnny Brannen and his significant other, Lisa Willigar of Mattawamkeag Lake; five grandchildren, Korinne Brannen of Smyrna, Karla Brannen of Portland, Kendall Brannen of Salt Lake City, UT, Brittainy Thibodeau and her husband, Seth of Wells, Whitney Brannen of Houlton; two sisters, Patricia Pearson of Waterville, Priscilla "Sida" Swallow of Houlton; one brother, Victor Brannen of CT; special cousin, Brenda Thompson of Merrill; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Jeffery, in 1978. Friends may call at the Dunn Funeral Home Saturday 1:00PM until the time of the service 3:00PM with Rev. Sterling Lawrence officiating. Gifts may be made in John's memory payable to the Oakfield Railroad Museum, c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 27, 2015
Brasslett, Raylan L. - Glenburn  
GLENBURN - Raylan L. Brasslett, 68, passed away suddenly at his home on his Father's birthday, February 28, 2015 after undergoing heart surgery on Feb. 11, 2015. He was born in Milo, Maine on May 7, 1946, the son of Legorie and Helen (Arnold) Brasslett. He grew up in Glenburn and graduated from East Corinth Academy in 1964. In 1965, he joined the Army National Guard and served 6 yrs, stationed in Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, Texas. Upon returning he went to work for Viner Shoe Co. as a quality-control inspector, and was then relocated to Presque Isle, ME where he worked for Aroostook Shoe from 1967-68. On August 26, 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Ruthena Bean and they lived in Presque Isle. He then returned to Viner Shoe Co. for another few years. At this time, they settled on a lot on Pushaw Rd next to his parents. In the late 70's, he worked for American Felt Slipper in Brewer as Plant Manager with 300 employees. In 1980 he worked for Spot-Bilt as Factory Superintendent, at which time he spent 4 weeks in Taiwan overseeing sneaker production. In 1985 he went to work for Ansewn Shoe as Factory Superintendent until the factory closed in 1993. He then took a job with Penobscot Shoe as Plant Manager, where he traveled for couple of weeks a month to Brazil, where his wife was able to travel with him for two weeks enjoying the country. In 2003, he changed employment fields and got a job at Marden's as an Assistant Manager, shortly afterwards he was promoted to Manager until his retirement in 2011. He helped form the Pushaw Lake Snowmobile Club and was President for several years helping build the clubhouse in Hudson. He was a member of the Maine Snowmobile Assoc. and the Glenburn Recreation for several years, getting the baseball fields built at the Glenburn School. In 1975, he and his wife built their first home together. Along with their friends Malcolm and Norma Cushing of Glenburn, they built Homestead Estates in 1984. A 50-unit mobile home park in Glenburn which they owned for 28 years. In 1995, they took on another project and built a camp in Pembroke on Cobscook Bay. This was when Raylan bought a lobster boat and became a lobsterman, which he enjoyed tremendously along with his wife who was his helping hand. Over the years he and his wife danced at every opportunity. He participated in all kinds of sports; snowmobiling, ATVs, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, camping, motorcycling and working with his tractors. He enjoyed both an elk and caribou hunt with his best buddy, Keith Dunfee of Bradford. A highlight was when he won a Harley Davidson, Fatboy motorcycle. He loved his Harleys and biking with his wife and longtime friends, John and Joannie Killinger of Glenburn. He and his wife were able to travel on 2 cruises, and to Aruba annually for the last 9 years. This was Raylan's favorite spot and they were scheduled to leave on April 4th. He was a kind, considerate, passionate, hardworking man and loved by everybody. His family always came first and his grandchildren were all very special to him. His daily routine was going next door to have coffee with his mother. He is survived by his wife, Ruthena of 48 years; his mother Helen; 3 children, Kurt of Glenburn, Todd and Michelle of Glenburn and his daughter Rayette and husband Aaron Thompson of Gilbert, AZ; his brothers, Anthony of Glenburn and Gordon and Patty Clement of Glenburn; his grandchildren, Katrina (Brasslett) and husband Nate Newcomb and 2 great-granddaughters, Calli and Brooklyn of Kansas; Jagger and Cohen Thompson of AZ, and Devyn and Austin Brasslett of Glenburn; step grandchildren, Brianna Jones and her daughter Aria of OH, Ben and Morgan Beal and her daughter Aryanna of Glenburn; in-laws, Carlah and Wayne Bishop of Kenduskeag, Lester (Bud) Bean Jr, Rodney and Deanna Bean all of Bangor, Robert and Dotty Bean of Newport, Myrna and Adolph Martin of Turner, Joanna Galkowski of Rockland, and Verna and Peter Hussey of Winslow; his Uncle Earland and Janette Arnold of Charleston, Aunts Hilda Chase, Glenda Brackett and Marice Arnold of Bradford; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1980, his sister Judy Pierce on Sept 14, 2014; his in-laws Lester Bean on Aug 7, 2014 and Roberta Bean on Dec 25, 2014. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Brookings-Smith 133 Center St., Bangor where funeral services will be held 1:00pm Thursday March 5, 2015 with the Rev. Garnett Chute, Pastor, Hermon Baptist Church, officiating. The family invites all to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith 159 Center St., Bangor immediately following the service. Spring interment with Military Honors, is tentatively set for his birthday on May 7, 2015 at the Lakeview Cemetery, Glenburn. Those who wish to remember Raylan in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Sarah's House c/o EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402 or www.sarahshouseofmaine.org , in support of families going through cancer treatments. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
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Published in BDN Maine from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2015
Briggs, Lucille Marie - Glenburn  
GLENBURN - Lucille Marie Briggs, 85, died unexpectedly February 24, 2015, at her home. She was born June 21, 1929, in Glenburn, the daughter of Willard S. and Estelle A. (Taylor) Braley. Lucille attended Bangor High School and she was a member of the Glenburn Evangelical Covenant Church. She enjoyed hunting and fishing in her younger years, and later on she liked oil painting and writing poetry. Lucille was a very loving and caring person, and she was considered a second mom too many children in the family. Lucille is survived by her sisters, Eva Grant and her husband, Malcolm, and Hatty Trafton and her husband, Dick; sisters-in-law, Maxine Braley, Margie Braley and Rowena Braley; stepson, Albert and his wife, Pat; stepdaughters, Susan and Edwinnia; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Lucille was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Albert Briggs; brothers, Ernest, Peter, Charles, Lawrence, Willard, Elwood and Paul; and sisters, Lenora Dudley and Alicia Arsenault. A graveside service will be held later in the spring. Those who wish to remember Lucille in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Glenburn Evangelical Covenant Church, 911 Hudson Road, Glenburn, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com .
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Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 26, 2015
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