New principal for Wagin District High School.

Newly appointed principal Cassandra Harris-Moroney is happy to take over the reins from ex-principal Darryn Martin. P&C president Lisa Saunders catches up with Pauline Adrain, school chaplain Evon Hinton and Shelley Hamersley.
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Chelsea Johnson, Stacey Robinson and Rachel Pederick enjoy the chance to have a chat at the afternoon tea.

Wagin District High School’s (DHS) newly appointed principal Cassandra Harris-Moroney was welcomed at an afternoon tea last week, which was hosted by the P&C.

Having moved to Wagin from Kambalda West DHS, Mrs Harris-Moroney has secured a substantive position at the school and is settling in well to the community.

“The people are very friendly and seem very passionate about the town and proud of their community,” Mrs Harris-Moroney said.

“So far the kids seem great and there seems to be good support of the school.”

Mrs Harris-Moroney, who has had extensive experience in country schools, is passionate about ensuring that country children get the best education, opportunities and experiences.

Mrs Harris-Moroney and her husband Steve have bought a house in town, although Mr Harris is currently travelling back and forth to Perth where he is completing a teaching degree at university.

The afternoon tea was a great way for P&C members, parents and interested community members to welcome Mrs Harris-Moroney to Wagin and also thank and farewell outgoing principal Darryn Martin who had returned for the event.

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Wagin whipped by wild weather

This silo at Bill and Xavier White’s farm east of Wagin bore the full force of Sunday’s destructive winds, which also uprooted trees and damaged fences across the property.WAGIN has been hit by massive storms in the past week, causing widespread damage to the town and throughout the shire.
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Shire workers and a range of volunteers have been working around the clock to clear roads of fallen trees, and remove debris.

As a result of the fierce winds experienced last Sunday, a house on the Katanning road lost part of its roof when the back patio blew up over the house, landing on the road at the front of the property.

A Bedford Lane couple were lucky to escape injury when a massive gum tree crashed into their roof.

“We were sitting in our kitchen when we heard a very large crash and looked out our lounge room window and saw what we thought was a fallen branch,” Trish Stonehouse said.

“When we opened our front door we were totally shocked to see a very large tree right outside our front door.”

Mrs Stonehouse said they had a quick response to their call for help.

“It makes me proud to belong to such a small community that cares about their neighbours and I would like to send special thanks to those people who came quickly and helped us – it was greatly appreciated,” she said.

Manager of works Allen Hicks and the shire crews had been busy throughout the week, cleaning up fallen trees and dealing with other issues created as a result of the storms.

A pole top fire on Airfields Road last Sunday evening saw the road closed to vehicles, not opening again until 12pm on Monday.

As of midday Tuesday, power was yet to be reconnected to the area which included Airfields Road between the heavy haulage route and Ventnor Street.

“The crews are working really long hours, but we just need to keep going until it’s done,” Mr Hicks said.

Local Community Emergency Services manager Cindy Pearce called a Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fallout from Sunday nights storm and plan for the system that was due to hit Wagin on Tuesday night.

The meeting, attended by representatives from the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, the bushfire brigade, the Wagin Hospital, State Emergency Services (SES), the local police, Wagin District High School, St John Ambulance, the Woolorama committee and the Wagin Shire was called to organise resources and plan for the oncoming weather.

“We will be using the shire offices as an operations centre for Tuesday night’s storm, as it has back up power,” Ms Pearce said.

The Speed Alert Monitor (SAM) trailer, stationed on the main road, was also put to good use during the week’s storms, with it displaying a message reminding people to secure all loose items and stay safe.

Although the severe weather has caused extensive damage across the shire, it has been yet another reminder of Wagin’s tight knit community with volunteer services, property owners and many more giving up their time and equipment to help with the clean-up, braving the wild weather in the process.

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Smith cracks the countback for first

A SMALLER bunch than usual crunched their way around the course on Sunday while others enjoyed family time out.
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It was a demanding breeze that players had to contend with as the winning score in the par plus was all square.

G Smith won the Greenline Ag trophy in a three-way countback from J Davidson and third placed M Adams.

These three featured again as two won the sweep while J Davidson picked up the nearest to pin on 18.

The rest were good company and kept a neat scorecard – it was good to see B Berthelsen enjoy some family company in the clubhouse afterwards.

Golf returns to Saturday next week and is the second qualifying round for the AT Adams memorial trophy.

There will be a steak night after play so could each family is asked to supply a salad and sweets.

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Funding to equip Dumbleyung men’s shed

Dumbleyung Men’s Shed members Brian Bracknell, Bob Bray, Ray Richards, Ray Gunnell, Max Lee, Graham Wilson, Graham Harwood, Murray Lathwell and president Bob Hannah look forward to the equipment the grant will provide.MEN’S sheds are popping up all over the country as a place that men can go to enrich their lives and skills in many different ways.
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Dumbleyung Men’s Shed members will further enhance their skills after they recently received a Lotterywest Community Spaces Equipment Grant to help buy new tools for their Bartram Street home.

The group applied for the $14,000 grant through the Dumbleyung Shire and this money will also enhance their facilities with the purchase of woodwork tools and a water tank for their garden.

Group spokesman Graham Wilson said the men’s shed had already been fortunate to receive grants from the Dumbleyung Events Committee, which had enabled them to buy tables and chairs and some hand and bench tools.

Dumbleyung Men’s Shed has now been going for about two years, first starting off their meetings in the old CWA hall, before moving to the old Scout hall at Stubbs Park.

Then last year they were able to purchase their block in Bartram Street, the previous KEEDAC centre, with the help of three generous benefactors and the Dumbleyung Shire.

“This block is ideal for us; it is absolutely perfect for our needs,” Mr Wilson said.

“We have everything we need here on site and there is no more building required, at the moment.

“We were able to just move in and start right away.”

Mr Wilson said the men varied in their backgrounds and ages and brought many different skills to the group.

“We have some men skilled in woodwork and others in metal work, so they can skill each other up,” he said.

He said the grant would largely be used to buy items previously used at the Narrogin Agricultural College, which they had bought at a good price.

These included three wood lathes, two metal lathes and a radial arm saw.

The group meet every Tuesday and there are usually 10-12 men at the meetings, although 19 are registered members.

Mr Wilson said the age of the members was not important.

“Stage one of our plans was to recruit the older, retired men and now stage two is to recruit those under retirement age,” he said.

While the group enjoys regular get-togethers for a coffee and cake (supplied by a men’s shed wife/partner), they also have a few projects in the pipeline, including teaching students at the primary school some woodworking skills, after being approached by principal Kathy Pangler to teach older students some manual arts knowledge.

They plan to teach students how to make a bread board.

They have also been asked by the Dumbleyung Golf Club to carry out some painting on their building and they will soon get to work to replace damaged fly screens on pavilion windows at Stubbs Park.

Meanwhile they have also built up a reputation as amazing caterers after their efforts at football games and shire dinners and are in demand for these jobs, which are also great fundraisers for them.

This is where the wives again lend a hand and the group plans to thank them.

Men’ shed president Bob Hannah said the women would be taken to the roadhouse for dinner to relax and be thanked for all their hard work.

“The ladies have been amazing – we made $1300 just out of our recent Mother’s Day cake stall,” Mr Hannah said.

“And community members are also giving us great support, by donating food at catering and the cake stall – it is turning into a real community thing, which is wonderful.”

To be part of this group call Graham Wilson on 9863 4727.

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Upsets shake up footy weekend

WELL it was certainly the weekend for the underdog - in the Australian Football League (AFL) and WA Football League (WAFL) top sides went down to sides in the bottom half of the ladder and in the Upper Great Southern, Williams suffered their first loss in 35 games when they were beaten by Wickepin.
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In fact, Boddington was the only top four side to survive the weekend and even then it was only by two points.

Playing at home, Wickepin surprised league leaders with a very strong start which they maintained for the first half and went in at half time with a lead of eight points.

But the turning point in the game came in the third term, when Warriors unleashed some unstoppable football to kick six goals to one and led by almost seven goals turning for home.

Jamie Bolt was in good form around the goals and Rowan Astbury was using his height, pace and long kicking to advantage.

Williams outscored Wickepin in the final term but never by enough to come home winners.

Wickepin were four goals ahead when the final siren sounded and have livened up the competition with a great effort.

Bolt finished the day with five goals with experienced players in Jamie Miller, Astbury and Jolon Fleay their best all day.

Mark Gilhome was well held but still managed to kick three goals as did Gerard Medlen for Williams.

Steele Morrell worked hard in the ruck and Robert Rose battled hard to keep his side in the game.

Katanning Wanderers and Brookton/Pingelly had a lively match in Katanning with the outcome very important to both sides.

The win by Wanderers has brought them to within half a game of the top four, while the loss has put Panthers in danger of keeping their spot with two sides now only half a game below them.

Tim Fitzgerald was once again in good form up forward with six goals with Todd Hetherington, Travis Justins and Tyler Caldwell playing well for the winners; and coach Leigh McCallum the leading light up forward for his side with four goals.

Brent Pike and Ashton Gray were good four quarter players for Panthers.

Narrogin Hawks surprised Kukerin/Dumbleyung with a great first quarter effort in kicking seven goals to Cougars one and reversing Cougars usual efforts.

From then on, Hawks continued to maintain the pressure and it was only in the final term they were outscored.

Inaccurate kicking for goal didn't help Cougars and their 3.10 at half-time left them well behind Hawks 10.5 at the same stage of the game.

The loss meant that Cougars drop down from second place and Hawks are now a real danger to Panthers in the tussle for fourth place with only half a game separating them.

Out at Boddington, the home side were the only top four side to survive the weekend, but only just.

Although Wagin were behind at every change, they made Eagles work very hard for their four points.

Behind by 14 points at the first break, Wagin were able to reduce the deficit gradually each term and were only one point down going into the final term.

The first half was fairly tight with both sides having trouble getting some free flowing football as defences were holding firm.

Both midfielders were playing a bit part in the game as the ball moved around the ground between backlines.

The game opened up in the third term with Wagin booting six goals and Boddington five with the scoreboard showing just one point between them.

Both sides were eager for a win, Eagles looking to hold onto second place and Wagin trying to keep their season alive and it was a tight last quarter.

Players from both sides threw themselves into the game in an effort to secure the win for their side, and the final siren sounded with Eagles just two points in front.

While Boddington are now a game clear in second place, although Wagin have dropped down to last place, results of the other games have left them only one and a half games away from fourth.

The second half of the season should prove to be very interesting with all games being important.

Brent Davis top scored with six goals for Boddington and Dane Tulley was Wagin's main source with four.

Matt Giumelli in his third game for Boddington was their best player for the third time, and he was well supported throughout by Dwayne Beach and Joe McCormick.

Todd Richards continues with his great form to be a pickup for Wagin this season and Wagin "old hands" in Shaun Robinson and Dale Painter were in everything.

The teams are halfway through the qualifying games and with little between the fourth and eighth placed sides, the pressure is going to be on each of those sides in the second half of the season leading up to the finals.

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Round eight Upper Great Southern Football League results

ROUND eight of the Upper Great Southern Football League was played at the weekend.
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Boddington versus Wagin at Boddington


Boddington 5.6, 7.9, 12.9, 14.12 (96) defeated Wagin 3.2, 6.4, 12.8, 14.10 (94).

Goal scorers: Boddington: B Davis 6, B Edwards 2, S Moore 2, D Beach 1, A Durack 1, M Giumelli 1, A Townsend 1.

Wagin: D Tulley 4, L Daly 3, T Richards 2, S Hagger 2, J Ramsay 1, R Bark 1, S Brown 1.

Best players: Boddington: M Giumelli, D Beach, J McCormick, B Davis, D James, S Moore.

Wagin: T Richards, S Robinson, D Painter, S Patterson, R Bark, H Patterson.


Boddington 3.4, 3.12, 6.16, 7.17 (59) defeated Wagin 2.3, 5.4, 6.6, 8.8 (56).

Goal scorers: Boddington: R Manson 4, D Douglas 2, J Crossman 1.

Wagin: M Adams 3, T Shalders 2, A Toy 1, B Kelly 1, S McQoid 1.

Best players: Boddington: R Manson, D Sullivan, J Guy, S Ayres, T Williams, B Cowcher.

Wagin: T Shalders, S McQuoid, C Watkins, B Adams, B Kelly, A Ballantyne.


Wagin 3.3, 6.8, 10.10, 10.13 (73) defeated Boddington 2.0, 2.1, 4.3, 7.3 (45).

Goal scorers: Wagin: L Taylor 4, L Marley 3, R Andrews 1, J Davidson 1, J Manuel 1.

Boddington: L Gillespie 2, K Hill 2, D Thorne 1, T Coulthard 1, E Smart 1.

Best players: Wagin: R Andrews, C Holder, D Hosking, J Stephens, R Adrain, B Ward.

Boddington: R Cunnington, L Gillespie, M Salmeri, L Harris.


Boddington 1.5, 5.9, 5.12, 11.16 (82) defeated Wagin 1.0, 1.0, 1.1, 2.1 (13).

Best players: Boddington: J Withers, F Sturtridge, D Arnesan, L Josland.

Wagin: Not provided.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung versus Narrogin Hawks at Nenke Park


Narrogin Hawks 7.2, 10.5, 15.8, 16.10 (106) defeated Kukerin/Dumbleyung 1.3, 3.10, 6.12, 12.16 (88).

Goal scorers: Narrogin Hawks: C Allison 4, B Fotheringhame 4, L Field 2, A Moe 2, P Quartermaine 2, D Hart 1, D Keighran 1.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: N Ditchburn 3, T Ditchburn 3, J Ward 2, L Tucker 1, S Jefferis 1, J Carruthers 1, S Pearce 1.

Best players: Narrogin Hawks: C Allison, B Fotheringhame, L Field, S Harrison, K Mead, D Keighran.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: R Gooding, G Bolt, L Tucker, N Ditchburn, R Taylor, L Joyce.


Narrogin Hawks 8.5, 10.6, 13.11, 17.14 (116) defeated Kukerin/Dumbleyung 0.1, 2.2, 3.4, 3.8 (26).

Goal scorers: Narrogin Hawks: R Corasaniti 6, D Noel 4, Wade Kickett 2, S Nelson 2, Warren Kickett 1, A Eades 1, D Bolton 1.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: D Leo 1, K West 1, K Patterson 1.

Best players: Narrogin Hawks: C Potter, S Nelson, M Fazey, T Nordstrom, F Collard, R Corasaniti.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: W Astbury, B Garstone, S Joy, J Doney, M Hunt, J Cook.


Narrogin Hawks 5.2, 8.4, 13.9, 14.10 (94) defeated Kukerin/Dumbleyung 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 4.4 (28).

Goal scorers: Narrogin Hawks: N Andrada 5, N Miller 2, R Storey 2, H Hicks 2, T Mead 1, C Smith 1, B Sing 1.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: Not provided.

Best players: Narrogin Hawks: T Mead, C Smith, N Andrada, B Sing, H Hicks, M Walker.

Kukerin/Dumbleyung: Not provided.


Narrogin Hawks defeated Kukerin/Dumbleyung on forfeit.

Katanning Wanderers versus Brookton/Pingelly at Quartermaine Oval


Katanning Wanderers 16.18 (114) defeated Brookton/Pingelly 15.8 (98).

Goal scorers: Katanning Wanderers: T Fitzgerald 6, J Bellve 2, D Maksimovic 2, C Eades 2, S Kowald 1, T Caldwell 1, J Wintle 1, L Collard 1.

Brookton/Pingelly: L McCallum 4, J Ugle 3, A Gray 1, J House 1, M Allington 1, B Pike 1, K McKurt 1, C Lawrence 1, J Dent 1, N Ferguson 1.

Best players: Katanning Wanderers: T Hetherington, T Justins, T Caldwell, J Bellve, T Fitzgerald, T Obst.

Brookton/Pingelly: B Pike, A Gray, B Cunningham, J Dent, N Haslam, L Gray.


Katanning Wanderers 16.10 (106) defeated Brookton/Pingelly 9.6 (60).

Goal scorers: Katanning Wanderers: A Ward 6, P Keley 3, R Wiley 2, P Kowald 1, Z Simpson 1, T Obst 1, E Caldwell 1, L Pitman 1.

Brookton/Pingelly: Not provided.

Best players: Katanning Wanderers: T Riley, R Chapman, L Pitman, A Ward, P Keley, R martin.

Brookton/Pingelly: Not provided.


Katanning Wanderers 6.6, 9.8, 18.13, 28.13 (181) defeated Brookton/Pingelly 0.0, 0.1, 0.1, 0.2 (2).

Goal scorers: Katanning Wanderers: J Wintle 7, J Barritt 4, K Stewart 3, R Weazel 3, R Nicholson 2, T Armstrong 2, M Chatley 2, S Watson 1, Khallan Zilm 1, D Lambert 1, R Johnston 1.

Best players: Katanning Wanderers: K Stewart, Khallan Zilm, J Barritt, R Nicholson, S Watson, R Johnston.

Brookton/Pingelly: Toby Blechynden, D Townsend, J Hughes, J Wiles, C Hathaway, C Draper.


Katanning Wanderers 3.4, 7.6, 8.11, 15.9 (99) defeated Brookton/Pingelly 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 (6).

Best players: Katanning Wanderers: R Shaw, R Nicholson, Z Shadforth, J Bolton, R Eades.

Brookton/Pingelly: T Kirk, T Blechynden, L Parson, B Fairhead, J Jennings, K Hughes.

Wickepin versus Williams at Wickepin


Wickepin 4.1, 6.3, 12.6, 14.6 (90) defeated Williams 2.3, 4.7, 5.8, 9.12 (66).

Goal scorers: Wickepin: J Bolt 5, R Ugle 3, L Crouch 3, W Ferguson 1, C Taylor 1, J Fleay 1.

Williams: M Gilhome 3, Gerard Medlen 3, D McWha 1, N Panizza 1, L Berlund 1.

Best players: Wickepin: J Miller, R Astbury, J Fleay, R Melvin, J Bolt, W Ferguson.

Williams: S Morrell, R Rose, Gerard Medlen, B Kain, S Ford, T Lavender.


Williams 2.3, 6.4, 7.5, 9.6 (60) defeated Wickepin 1.2, 2.5, 2.5, 2.7 (19).

Goal scorers: Williams: R Wilkie 2, D Ford 2, R Ford 2, S Maylor 1, T Banks 1, B Lavender 1.

Wickepin: R Lee 1, L Lansdell 1.

Best players: Williams: R Gillett, J Moore, J Wilkie, S Counsel, R Ford, R Wilkie.

Wickepin: B Cook, C Mead, R Ferguson, L Thorne, M O'Brien, S Ugle.

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Beginner golf kicks off in Wagin

Liz Pederick, Helen Gooding, Joseph Banares, Winnie Hicks, Sylvia Wong and Jenny Ewen, seated Karen Thomson, Leonie Brummelman and Fe Thompson enjoy a scrumptious morning tea after spending the morning learning the finer points of golf. Golf instructor Fe Thompson shows Joseph Banares the only male on the day, the correct way to hold an iron.
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Fe Thompson gives Karen Thomson a gentle reminder about where to position herself on the green while coming to grips with the golfing iron.

Fe Thompson, Winnie Hicks, Karen Thomson, Joseph Banares and Leonie Brummelman have one last practice before teeing off.

THE Wagin Golf Club is currently conducting a four-week basic course for beginners wanting to learn how to play golf.

By doing so, the golf club is hoping to increase its membership.

The beginners’ course is being held every Wednesday morning until June 20.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information call the ladies’ captain Fe Thompson on 0427 852 036 or co-ordinator Jenny Ewen on 0428 611 197.

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Wagin craft day

Joan Tucker knits another scarf ready for the cold weather ahead with Joan Matthews looking on with her knitted doll. Marj Winstanley from Woodanilling sews one of the blocks for her exquisite quilt.
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Barbara Pugh gets in on the knitting action as well, just in time for winter.

Jan Kearsley, Joan Matthews, Heather McDougall, Sandra Shackley and Marj Winstanley and seated Joan Tucker and Barbara Pugh find plenty to laugh about.

A GROUP of crafty women meets every Wednesday at the community centre.

They meet from about 10am until about 3.30pm, practising their respective craft and having a good laugh along the way.

These craft days are available for anyone interested in working on their craft or for someone interested in starting out in craft.

For someone new to this hobby there are women to give people a helping hand with whatever type of craft they would like to try.

The craft group in the past has done things such as china painting, pottery and quilling.

They have both a china kiln and a pottery kiln available for those who are interested in using them, as well as a quilting machine available for use and even a spinning wheel.

Some of the other crafts the women partake in are knitting, crochet, cross stitch sewing and patchwork.

Costing just $5 for the day, those who would like to attend bring their own lunch and the group supplies the tea and coffee, along with friendship and plenty of laughs.

The appreciative women of the Wagin craft group thanked community centre committee for the new lino that was recently put down.

For more information about the craft group call secretary Barbara Pugh on 9861 1124.

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Wagin man charged after burglaries

A MAN from Wagin has been arrested over the weekend and charged with burglary and stealing offences.
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The man was interviewed with regard to a series of recent burglaries and then charged in relation to some of those offences.

He was taken to Perth where he appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Acting Sergeant Adam King said police were able to act on information received, which resulted in the man being charged.

He encouraged people to let police know if they saw anything they thought was unusual or suspicious.

“We will take everything on board that we get told and always look into it and from there we can decide if it is something we can act on,” he said.

“People shouldn’t worry that it might be nothing, it might just be the bit of information that could help an existing line of inquiry and result in a positive outcome.”

The man has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

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Entertainment aplenty at Historical Village open day

Ayden Maley has a great time on the train with mum Leigh.A CHILLY morning greeted those who were brave enough to leave their cosy houses and attend the annual Historical Village open day on Monday.
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Held on Foundation Day, now WA Day, every year, the event allows visitors to wander the grounds and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

With the usual collection of old buildings and artefacts, as well as a display of vintage cars, the crowd had plenty to see.

The market stalls offered a range of products from handicrafts to pot plants and baked goods, with the crowd entertained by the exuberant performance of local musicians.

There were also many tasty treats to warm the tummy, with the hot soup and damper on offer in the bag tent proving particularly popular with guests.

The official proceedings kicked off with the flag-raising at 10am, with Lloyd Nelson delivering a heartfelt pioneer address a short time later.

Mr Nelson said in his speech that Foundation Day was a day when people paid tribute to WA’s pioneers.

He said no town in WA, and indeed in Australia, paid better tribute to its pioneers than the Wagin Historical Village.

As the temperature increased so too did the crowd, with a pleasing number of visitors, both local and from further afield, turning out for the day’s events.

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