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ATHENA Leadership Award and Young Professionals Leadership Award

ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award nominations accepted through April 26

Richmond, Ind. - The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman and Janice Buhl-Macy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.  Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The first recipient of the award was Jessie Pilewski.

Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.

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The Model T Museum Welcomes Noah Bevington to their Team!

 

 

The Model T Museum is excited to announce that Noah Bevington joined our staff as a Museum Docent, which is a fancy name for Tour Guide. The Museum is Trip Advisors #1 Things to Do in Richmond for two years straight, so if you haven’t been there yet, you need to!  Our great Docents provide fun and interesting tour experiences for one person or 50. In addition to leading tours, Noah will also be handling the Museum’s social media including coverage this summer of an event called the Ocean to Ocean tour that will follow a local Model T member on the recreation of a 1909 event called the Great Race.  More on that to come!  Plan to visit the Model T Museum and visit with Noah. 

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ATHENA Leadership Award

The Award

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of Athena recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join the ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients and other leaders at a national ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Conference. 
The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive. 
 

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.

Selection Criteria

Recipients are deemed to be exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. 
Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders.

 

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"Disney's Approach to Business Excellence"

Disney's Approach to Business Excellence is coming to Richmond, Friday, April 26, at Indiana University East.

"Disney's Approach to Business Excellence" is a professional development course, sponsored by Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, presented by Disney Institute.

Visit WCAreaChamber.org to register with the Chamber and discover Disney's Approach to Business Excellence.

This course has given leaders in finance, health care, transportation, retail, and many more business sectors, a competitive edge. Explore the time-tested business philosophies that have positioned Disney as a world leader in customer experience, leadership, culture, brand, and innovation.

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Andrea Stuckey-Featured Board Member of the Month!

 

This month, we'd like to recognize Andrea Stuckey, as featured Board Member of the Month!

Andrea has been on the EIHRA Board since December 2016 serving as the Certification Director. She has been a SHRM Member and a Chapter Member since 2014. She has also served on the Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars board as the Secretary since 2010, and previously served as the Treasurer on Western Wayne Elementary School PTO for five years.

Andrea works for Johns Manville, as HR Manager, supporting two locations, Richmond, IN and Richmond, VA. Prior to working for Johns Manville, she was the Family Pride Manager/Human Resources Manager for Richmond Baking Company. She received the SHRM-CP certification in 2016.

Andrea is marreid to Michael and they have two amazing children, Olivia and Evan. She enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, supporting the kids with their activities, and spending time with loved ones.

Andrea says "I’ve really enjoyed serving on the EIHRA board and developing friendships with the other officers. I appreciate being a part of an organization that brings quality speakers to Richmond and provides continuing education credits."

We want to thank Andrea for her participation on the EIHRA Board and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!

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VALERIE HUFFMAN-CERTIFIED AS AGRIBUSINESS AND FARM INSURANCE SPECIALIST

VALERIE HUFFMAN, OF VANVLEET INSURANCE, CERTIFIED AS

AGRIBUSINESS AND FARM INSURANCE SPECIALIST

 

Richmond, IN—VanVleet Insurance is pleased to announce Valerie Huffman has been certified as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS®). This insurance certification recognizes specialized expertise in the fundamentals of agribusiness and farm risk management and insurance.

 

 “The AFIS program has helped us show our clients and prospects that we understand their most important, and specific insurance needs,” said Brad VanVleet, President.   “Now Valerie Huffman has further strengthened our agency with the specialized knowledge necessary to provide superior risk management and insurance advice and service to our clients.”

 

The AFIS continuing education program is a specialized curriculum consisting of five self-paced courses presented entirely online. Only those who complete these courses and maintain their knowledge with an ongoing continuing education program are entitled to display the AFIS certification to attest to their knowledge of construction insurance. For more information about the AFIS continuing education program and certification, visit https://www.afis-ce.com/.  

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IU East to host two Legislative Forums in March

IU East to host two Legislative Forums in March

Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

The second Legislative Forum of the month will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

 

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Statavize Consulting Welcomes Alexis Warren to their Team

Lauralee Hites and Ashley Sieb of Stratavize Consulting would like to welcome their newest employee Alexis Warren.  Alexis Warren is from Long Island, New York, but lives in Richmond, IN while attending Earlham College. She is a student-athlete studying Environmental Sustainability and Political Science. If you don't find Alexis on the field, taking a nap, or in class, you can find her serving the community. She is passionate about the outdoors, taking care of her puppies, and overall just enjoying life. A fun fact about Alexis is that she collects keychains and has over 100 to date. Alexis is excited to learn and grow with the Stratavize team and can't wait to get to work.   We feel lucky to have Alexis joining us as Operations Support where she will help ensure we deliver a great experience to our clients.  Welcome Alexis to the Stratavize Team!

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West End Bank Employee of the Quarter for 4th quarter 2018

West End Bank is pleased to announce that Sales and Service Manager Katie Alyea has been selected as our Employee of the Quarter for 4th quarter 2018!

Serving our customers with dignity and respect, displaying a positive attitude, going the extra mile, and investing in our community are just a few of the qualities Katie Alyea brings to West End Bank. Katie ensures that her customers come first and receive the best service possible. She takes the time to learn about her customers and works diligently to find the right products and services to best meet their needs. Katie works to make the transition to a new bank a seamless process by taking the opening process to the customer. She also gives back to our community by serving on several boards and committees. She is helpful, caring, resourceful and always willing to lend a helping hand. Katie displays a strong commitment to excellence and to making West End Bank the best. Congratulations, Katie!

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Reid Family Health will be moving in December

“Reid Family Health will close at noon on December 14th from the 1250 Chester Blvd location and re-open on December 17th at its newly remodeled 1471 Chester Blvd Location.”

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Richmond Vista Investment Partners WELCOMES Ashtyn Brown

Richmond, IN - Ashtyn Brown recently joined Vista Investment Partners, located at 2519 East Main Street, Suite 203, Richmond, Indiana according to Managing Partner Brett Guiley.  Ashtyn grew up in Richmond IN and is the daughter of Steve Brown and Kerri Ingram Brown. Ashtyn is a graduate of Richmond High School and University of Indianapolis.

“I am pleased to welcome Ashtyn to the Vista family,” said Guiley. “Adding Ashtyn is another indicator that we’re attracting some of the very best to the industry and is further proof of Vista Investment Partners commitment to client service.” Ashtyn will be working closely with Sarah Peacock, our operations manager. 

Ashytn lives in Richmond and enjoys playing golf and spending time training her newly adopted pound puppy.  She is passionate about giving back and making an impact thru Riley Children’s hospital and the Central Indiana First Tee program. 

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Western Wayne News Won Two First-Place Awards

 

Western Wayne News won two first-place awards in its first time entering the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s annual contest for Indiana newspapers. 

 

Reporter, designer and assistant editor Millicent Martin Emery won a first place in the Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure category for her multiple-part series on Wayne County’s opioid epidemic. She also has written additional stories about the impact of local drug abuse for Western Wayne News’ sister paper, Nettle Creek Gazette. 

 

Judges also named her series one of six finalists in Indiana’s Story of the Year category that included all the state’s newspapers of any size, but it did not win that award. 

 

Contributing reporter Rachel Sheeley won a first place in the Best Short Feature Story category for her story about the 50th anniversary of Richmond’s downtown explosions in 1968 that killed 41 residents. 

Sheeley interviewed family members of some of the victims, who reflected upon their memories of that day and what they remember about their loved ones.  

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VanVleet Insurance welcomes Kyle Dafler to the team

 

Please join us in welcoming Kyle Dafler to the VanVleet Insurance team.  Kyle Dafler has worked in voluntary for over 14 years and holds his accident and health license.  He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business, in 2004.  He is passionate about our community, and is looking forward to being able to serve the Richmond area.  Kyle resides in Richmond with his wife Laura and their two daughters, Kate and Julia.  They are members of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he also serves on the board.

https://www.vanvleetinsurance.com/welcome-kyle-dafler-employee-benefits-specialist/

 

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Career Exploration Initiative

The Chamber partners with More Than Words to engage students with local employers

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee is announcing a new program. The Career Exploration Initiative is in partnership with More Than Words and is focused on helping middle school students engage with local employers.

Each month students will get a unique look at Wayne County employers in various industries with a focus on one specific employability skill that pairs with the More Than Words word of the month. For example, during the month of August, students learned about wisdom (More Than Words) and decision making (employability skill) by watching a video designed and created by students at DOT Foods. In September, the video took a better look at initiative (More Than Words) and work ethic (employability skill) while hearing interviews from Roger Richert from the Richmond Furniture Gallery. The featured videos are filmed, produced and edited by students from the community. Each month the middle school educators will receive the videos along with a pre-built curriculum. Links to the August and September videos are provided below.

Link to the August video at Dot Foods.

Link to the September video at Richmond Furniture Gallery.

The Chamber, More Than Words, and the Business Education Committee are excited to develop a program that focuses on career exploration for middle school students. Businesses who are interested in joining the program can reach out to Roxie at Roxie@wcareachamber.org. Each month, the Chamber will share the words and videos with our members in hopes that they will share this content with their employees and on their social media pages. Together, we can make Wayne County a place where people love to live, work and play.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

 

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First recipient of Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship is a first-year Red Wolf

Thais Mendez

Richmond, Ind. - Thais Mendez is the first recipient of the Venus Williams Tennis Scholarship.

The scholarship, named after distinguished IU East alumna and accomplished professional tennis player Venus Williams, was endowed by Larry and Jane Richards.

Mendez is from Viña del Mar, Chile. She is a junior business administration major.

"This scholarship certainly means a lot to me as a tennis player and as a student," Mendez said. "First, to receive a scholarship that has the name of a great tennis player is incredible, and at the same time to know that she studied here at this university, makes it even better. This scholarship helps me to finance extra things for the university so it is a great support since everything here tends to be more expensive than in my country. I am very grateful to IU East for granting me this scholarship."

 

 

 

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First Bank of Richmond Congratulates Austin Schultz

First Bank Richmond

Austin Schultz, Vice President Commercial Lending, recently graduated from Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a Graduate Degree in Banking and a Certificate of Executive Leadership.

 

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Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Introduces New Physical Therapist

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IU East welcomes largest incoming class

 

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IU East welcomes largest incoming classStudents walk across the IU East campus.

Richmond, Ind. - The number of students enrolled at Indiana University East is again on the increase this fall. The campus welcomed its largest incoming class, and one of its most diverse, when classes started August 20.

The campus has a fall headcount enrollment of 3,722 students (an increase of 6.6 percent) taking 38,348 credit hours (an increase of 5.6 percent). Of the students enrolled, 3,196 are degree-seeking (an increase of 2.3 percent), with the remaining 526 seeking certificates or enrolled in individual courses.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said the campus is seeing an increase in several of its demographics this fall.

"We are pleased to welcome so many new students to campus this fall," Cruz-Uribe said. "The number of incoming freshman and new students to campus signifies IU East's ability to provide an affordable, world-class education to our students, whether in the traditional brick and mortar classroom or virtual classroom online."

The diversity of students on the IU East campus continues to increase. The campus set a record enrollment for the number of degree-seeking domestic minorities at 413 students. This reflects the campus' largest number of African-American students at 224. The campus also continues to see high numbers of Hispanic/Latino students who represent 3.7 percent of the overall enrollment. 

The number of new students this year - combining members of the incoming freshman class and the number of transfer students - is 901 students of the 3,722 enrolled at IU East. This is IU East's largest degree-seeking freshman class at 455.

 

 

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IU East's University College welcomes new director

Cherie Dolehanty

IU East's University College welcomes new director

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2018

Richmond, Ind. - Cherie Dolehanty is the new director of University College at Indiana University East. She will begin her role August 27.

University College is a department that provides support to first-year students and new online students through success coaching, advising, career planning, the First-Year Seminar, workshops, and other events.

As director of University College, Dolehanty will oversee programming and services for first-year students, online students, student-athletes, and international students with the goal of increasing the retention and success of these student populations. She will work collaboratively with other units across campus to ensure students receive a seamless, student-focused experience at IU East.

Dolehanty has been employed at IU East since January 2012 as an academic advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Previously, Dolehanty worked in higher education at Earlham College as an assistant director in the financial aid office and as the assistant vice president of business operations. She has also worked at Miami University in the Office of Residence Life as a first year advisor and for IU Bloomington as an area coordinator in Read Hall. She was an English teacher at Richmond High School from 2008-2011.

Dolehanty received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Earlham College and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from IU Bloomington. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Composition and a minor in education from DePauw University.

 

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IU East's Class of 2022 is largest degree-seeking freshman class

The Class of 2022 is Indiana University East's largest and most diverse incoming class.

"Students are choosing IU East as a destination campus because they can have everything they want in their college experience right here in Richmond," Malott said. "We have a welcoming campus that provides top-quality academics, a dynamic campus life, and nationally recognized faculty. Plus, we're a very affordable option."

This fall's freshman class has 455 degree-seeking students enrolled for classes. The second largest freshman class was in 2014 with 413 freshman students enrolled.

On average, the members of the Class of 2022 are 18.8 years old. However, there is a range in the ages among freshman students. The youngest is 16 while the oldest is 45.

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Wayne Bank announces the promotion of Karen Mayse

Wayne Bank announces the promotion of Karen Mayse to Retail Operations Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant.

 

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IBA recognizes Alonzo Hernly Boyd Jr. as a Leader in Banking Excellence

 

The late Alonzo Hernly Boyd Jr., former president and chairman of the board of Wayne Bank and Trust Company, Cambridge City, was honored by the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) as a Leader in Banking Excellence at an awards ceremony held on Aug. 3. He was represented at the ceremony by family members. The leadership award, initiated this year, recognizes exceptional bankers, past and present, who have positively impacted Indiana banks and the communities they serve. Along with Boyd, eight other members of the Indiana banking community were named to the inaugural class of Leaders in Banking Excellence.

 

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Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District receives grant from Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc.

                     

 

Liberty, IN – Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District receives $500.00 from the Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust.  This grant will be used to help fund “Conservation Days”, an event for 3rd & 4th grade students and their teachers to learn about agriculture, natural resources, safety, and much more outside the classroom.

 

Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust Board Members Kevin Smith, Carol McQueen, and Bruce Cowen presented the check to Education Coordinator LuAnne Holeva on Monday, August 6, 2018. 

 

The Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust, Inc. trustees meet quarterly on the fourth Monday of January, April, July, and October to review applications for grants.  Applications and information regarding the program can be found at www.wwvremc.com under Member Services and Operation Round UP.

 

About Whitewater Valley REMC

Whitewater Valley Rural Electric Membership Corporation is based in Liberty, Indiana.  The cooperative provides electricity to 9,708 residential, business and farm members in Dearborn, Franklin, Fayette, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties

                                                      

 

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

Julie Jolliff joins as School Is Cool Coordinator

 

Richmond, IN.—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Julie Jolliff has joined the staff as School Is Cool Coordinator.

Julie Jolliff is a 2011 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her bachelors in elementary education and then went on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades. She loved her experience in the classroom and working with fellow educators and families. As Julie and her husband, Mike, began planning for starting their own family, they both decided for Julie to stay connected with education, but on a part-time basis. Soon, Julie was hired as the District Manager of Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern Indiana.

JA works to teach students K-12 about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. Under Julie’s leadership, the awareness of JA and the amount of classes served has grown throughout her three years with the non-profit. JA and the Chamber have formed a partnership (JA in a Day) that has been making a big impact on Wayne County seniors. As the new School is Cool coordinator, Julie hopes to strengthen partnerships with the chamber, schools, parents, and Wayne County families. She hopes to tackle absenteeism and develop a spirit of grit among students who will later enter the community’s workforce.

Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We are pleased to have Julie join the Chamber team. She has been involved with our Business & Education Committee, so we have known her work ethic and attention to detail for quite some time. Because she is involved with the schools already through her position with Junior Achievement, I am confident the School Is Cool transition will be seamless.”

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

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Reid Peri-Operative Clinic CHANGE OF LOCATION

Beginning August 6th, patients being seen at the Reid Peri-Operative clinic will need to remember to come to the Medical Office Building on Reid Health’s Main Campus for their appointment. If there are any questions about the move, the Peri-Operative clinic can be reached at (765) 935-8914 up until August 6. After August 6 the clinic can be reached by calling (765) 935-8454.

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