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FEATURED EVENT JANUARY 17

4361 bwCarroll Brogan Mailhot, mezzo soprano will sing a mostly Brahms Concert, Lieder and Lullabies on January 17th,  2014 at United Congregational Church in Norwich.  Carroll is the cantor for the Diocese of Norwich and St. Patrick Cathedral and has been singing for the past 30 years in musicals, concerts and productions throughout the area. Most recently she was seen in a production of  Showtunes, the music of Jerry Herman in Rocky Hill.
Lieder and Lullabies is an evening exploring love songs and lullabies in varied musical styles. Carroll will sing the songs or lieder of Johannes Brahms, several of which are among the first pieces he allowed to be published. Selections by Mozart and Menotti will be sung as well. The program will include several lullabies and songs from musical theater, featuring Weil and Tesori and Crawley.
Elizabeth Linkeman, organist at St. Patrick Church, Mystic will be accompanying Carroll on the piano.
The program begins at 7:30pm and a reception will be held in the auditorium of the church following the concert. United Congregational Church is located at 89 Broadway, Norwich, CT. A donation for the church will be accepted at the door

December 18

  • SECT Women’s Network Luncheon. 11:30am-1:15pm. Groton Inn & Suites, Rte 184. 860.961.6067.
  • Flicks @ Six. Lincoln. Starts 5:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.
  • Geneology Workshop. How to build a family tree and research your history. 6-7:45pm. Westerly Public Library, Westerly, RI. 401.596.2877.
  • Norwich AARP, Mohegan Chapter 1004 Holiday Luncheon. 11:30am. River Ridge, Griswold. For info, contact Nancy at ncaplet@gmail.com.

December 19

  • Pasta Supper. All you can eat. $6. 4:30 – 7pm. Bethel Community UMC, Griswold, CT. 860.376.2255.
  • Blue Christmas Service of Light. 7pm. Mystic Congregational Church. 860.536.4259.
  • Be Creative with Cake! Learn how to decorate. 6pm. Bill Memorial Library, Groton. 860.445.0392.
  • Free Intro to Internet class. 6:30-7:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.

December 20

  • Science Smarts: Melting Ice Experiment. 3:30pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

December 21

  • Shoreline Swing Dancing Christmas Party. 7-11pm. East Lyme Community Center.  www.shorelineswingct.org.
  • Eastern CT Symphony Chorus Holiday Concert. 8pm. 289 State St, New London.  860.443.2876.
  • Seasonal Sing-a-Long. Come sing Holiday favorites. 10:30-11:15am. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Junior Friends’ Craft for a Cause Event. 2-4pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.
  • DIY Teens. Recycled Books. 3:30pm. Make crafts from recycled books. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

December 23

  • Animal Meet & Greet. New animals at the museum. Children’s Museum of SE CT, Niantic. 860.691.1111.

December 25

  • Christmas Feast. 1 – 3pm. St. David’s Episcopal Church. Gales Ferry, CT. 860.464.6516.

December 26

  • Family Movie. Animated, Rated PG. Call for title. 2pm. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

December 27

  • Fun With Food! Yuletide Yummies. 3:30pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

December 28

  • Celebrate and learn about Kwanzaa. 11am-2pm Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.

December 30

  •  Family Fun ‘n’ Games. Popular board games. 10am-4pm. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.

December 31

  • Noon New Year’s Eve Party. Food and fun. 11am-1pm. Groton Public Library. 860.441.6750.
  • Anime Club Costume Night. 6:30-8pm. Grades 9-12. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 2

  • New Year, New You: Foods for a Fresh Start with Caelum Massicotte. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.

January 3

  • Independent Film Series. Broken. 7pm. The film is English language and runs about 90 min. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 4

  • Blast Off: Otis Library Lego® Club. 12:30 – 2pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Family Yoga. Intro for families and young children. 10:30 – 11:15am. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Open Lab Plus! Hands-on computer instruction. 9:30am-12pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 5

  • Double audition for Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year and Norm Foster’s Old Love. 2pm. Granite Theatre, Westerly RI. 401.348.0555.
  • Ukulele Workshop with Jumpin’ Jim Beloff. Bring a tuned ukulele for instruction. 1:30pm. Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton. 860.669.2342.

January 6

  • Double audition for Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year and Norm Foster’s Old Love. 7pm. Granite Theatre, Westerly RI. 401.348.0555.

January 7

  • Drop in Tablet Time. Bring your own or try one of ours. Use apps and games. 10:30am – 12:30pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.
  • Introduction to the internet class. 11am-12pm Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.

January 8

  • Fantasy Film Fest – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 4pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Flix @ Six: The Great Gatsby. 6pm.  Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.
  • Demo Days! TumbleBooks online books for kids. 3pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750

January 9

  • Introduction to the internet class. 6:30-7:30pm. Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.
  • Let’s Build It! Pre-school science. 9:15am. Children’s Museum of SE CT.  860.691.1111.

January 10

  • Southeastern CT Chamber of Commerce 40 under Forty Awards. $75 to attend.  860.572.9578.
  • Together Time Yoga for pre-schoolers. 9:15-9:45am. Children’s Museum of SE CT.  860.691.1111.
  • Amazing Magnetics for Children to learn. 10am. Children’s Museum of SE CT.  860.691.1111.
  • Excel: Beyond the Basics. Learn about this popular program. 3pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 11

  • Through The Looking Glass. Create Wonderland-inspired crafts. 12:30 – 2:30pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Open Lab Plus! Hands-on computer instruction. 9:30am-12pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 14

  • Once Upon a Time…Picture books and stories. 10:30 – 11:15am. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.

January 15

  • Fantasy Film Fest – James and the Giant Peach. 4pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Flix @ Six. Les Miserables. 6pm.  Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.537.5752.
  • Using Picasa. Learn about the free photo editing software. 6:30pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.
  • Demo Days! OneClickDigital app to download audio books. 3pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 16

  • Let’s Build It! Pre-school science.. 9:15am. Children’s Museum of SE CT.  860.691.1111.

January 17

  • Together Time Yoga for pre-schoolers. 9:15-9:45am. Children’s Museum of SE CT.  860.691.1111.

January 18

  • Yellow Brick Road. Create Wizard of Oz inspired crafts. 12:30 – 2:30pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Read With Bella the therapy pug! 11:30am – 12:30pm. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Open Lab Plus! Hands-on computer instruction. 9:30am-12pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

January 21

  • First Friends: Rhyme Time Playgroup. 10:30 – 11am. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Introduction to the internet class. 11am-12pm Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester. 860.889.2365.

Ongoing Events

  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol beginning 11/29 at Granite Theatre in Westerly. For tickets and info call 401.596.2341.
  • Food Drive. Month of January. 2 Drop-off locations: Groton Shopping Plaza: 744 Long Hill Road Niantic: 58 Pennsylvania Avenue. 9am – 5pm. The Lighthouse. 860.445.7626.
  • Baby Sign and Play. Jan 10 – Feb 7. 10am. Children’s Museum of SE CT. 860.691.1111.
  • First Friends toddler group. Jan 7 – Feb 4. 9:30am. Children’s Museum of SE CT. 860.691.1111.
  • Wii Wednesdays. 3-5pm. Teenscape. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.
  • Light Up Old Lyme. Nov 14 – Jan 5. Six weeks of Holiday magic. For participating businesses and information, go to www.visitoldlyme.com.
  • Knights and Princesses. Costumes and fun. Jan 7 – Feb 4. 11am. Children’s Museum of SE CT. 860.691.1111.
  • Celebrate the Joy!: Holiday Gift Show. Dec 4 – 29. Dec show at Artists Co-op Gallery of Westerly. 401.932.6728.
  • Boy Scout Venturing Co-Ed Program. Ages 14-21. 2nd friday each month. 6-8pm. The Lighthouse Niantic. To join, call 860.445.7626 x 115.
  • Odd Fellows Home of CT. Coat Drive for Seniors. Month of December. Drop off new or gently used items at 235 Lestertown Rd Groton, CT. Call Tricia at 860.445.7478.
  • Norwich VFW post 594 meets the 2nd Tues. of each month 7pm. 860.892.1400.
  • Joseph’s Living Center offers a monthly bluegrass jam. 7 – 9 p.m. Monthly on third Tues. Windham. 860.455.9400.
  • Full Throttle Biker Church  Meets the second Friday at Seaport Community Church 28 Great Brook Road Groton (860)448-6224.
  • T.A.G. (Teen Activities Group) 3pm. Saturdays throughout December.  Groton Public Library 860.441.6750.
  • “I Have a Dream” Community Board. 3 – 5pm, Mon – Fri. Jan 6 – 24. Otis Library, Norwich.  860.889.2365.
  • Open computer time for practice and projects. Mon – Thurs 1:30-5pm. Groton Public Library.  860.441.6750.

Jessica Farley of Preston Inducted into Nursing Honor Society at Saint Anselm College

MANCHESTER, NH (12/04/2013)(readMedia)– Saint Anselm nursing student Jessica Farley of Preston, Conn., was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society on Oct. 27 in the college’s Dana Center.

Requirements for the 33 undergraduate inductees are a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and to be in the upper third percentile of their graduating class.

The college’s chapter offers several programs throughout the academic year including a research day, annual meeting, and inductions. In recent years members have collected gifts and money for soldiers overseas as well as collecting food for St. Raphael’s Parish. There are scholarship and research grant opportunities.

Epsilon Tau Sigma Chapter president-elect Amanda Carmichael, the key note speaker, reminded the student nurses about the importance of getting involved in commitees and organizations.

Saint Anselm College is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Manchester, N.H. which offers a traditional undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing and a RN to BSN Program.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Jessica-Farley-of-Preston-Inducted-into-Nursing-Honor-Society-at-Saint-Anselm-College/7522347.

NOTE: The press release above was prepared for: Editor & Publisher – Resident, The.

Paul Craig Captains the Nichols College Football Team

DUDLEY, MA (11/12/2013)(readMedia)– Paul Craig, class of 2015 at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, served as Captain of the Football team during the Fall, 2013 season. Captains act as leaders and role models for teammates, guiding their teams to success on and off the playing fields.

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. We develop communication and critical thinking abilities, ethical and cultural perspectives, and teamwork skills that are required of leaders in a global economy.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Paul-Craig-Captains-the-Nichols-College-Football-Team/7474966

Saint Joseph’s College Inducts Melanie Edson of Waterford to National Honor Society

STANDISH, ME (10/08/2013)(readMedia)– Melanie Edson of Waterford, Conn., was recently inducted as a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. A junior nursing student, she is vice president of the Student Nursing Association and a tutor.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members. Membership is based on leadership, service and superior achievement in the student’s academic program.

Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 430-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake, the college offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph’s College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Saint-Joseph-s-College-Inducts-Melanie-Edson-of-Waterford-to-National-Honor-Society/7390595.

Chelsea Groton Offers Help During Shutdown

Customers whose jobs are affected by the government shutdown may qualify for relief and assistance from Chelsea Groton Bank. Each customer situation will be very different, so bank employees have been instructed to identify situations and to work with managers and senior managers to find an appropriate resolution. If customers are in need of financial assistance as a result of the government shutdown, please visit a Chelsea Groton branch or call the Customer Care Center at 860.448.4200. Relief may be in the form of loan assistance, special payment programs, or financial counseling. Chelsea Groton Bank will work with each customer on a case-by-case to determine if a program can be created to ease their financial hardship.
Michael Rauh, President and CEO said, “We know our region is heavily dependent on federal government jobs, both directly and indirectly. Our leading position in both deposits and mortgage loans means a substantial number of our customers may be affected.” Michael continued, “We will be sensitive to this situation and do what’s right to help our customers through it.”
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6 Tips for Early Breast Cancer Detection

1. Take a family history test on www.hereditarycancerquiz.com.

2. See your gynecologist every year! Don’t skip those annual appointments.

3. Make sure you talk to your parents and siblings about family cancers, even if it’s an uncomfortable topic. You need to know how everyone died and what cancers struck and at what ages.

4. Know your risk level– breast cancer at 32 is very different from breast cancer at 82.

5. Bring notes or a family tree of cancers with ages when you visit your doctor to map out what you’re at risk for.

6. Don’t leave anything out! Let your doctor know of your family history and what tests or screenings you may need.

President Jukoski Set To Retire

Mitchell College President Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D., announced September 25 that she will end one of the longest runs among modern college presidencies on June 30, 2014, following Mitchell’s 75th anniversary.
“I have been so fortunate to lead an amazing institution that has undergone significant

Mary Ellen Jukoski, President, Mitchell College announced her retirement set for the end of June.

Mary Ellen Jukoski, President, Mitchell College announced her retirement set for the end of June.

transformation. It has been a privilege and an honor to collaborate with such dedicated faculty and committed staff during its evolution from a regional two-year institution into a four-year college that is now a national leader in student-centered learning and engagement,” said the president.
Having served as Dean from 1990, Mary Ellen was chosen as Mitchell’s first female and sixth President in March, 1995. “I have always loved being in an educational community where students with diverse backgrounds and differing learning styles and needs can find themselves and flourish,” Jukoski explained. “This is my passion.”
Enrollment under her tenure has almost tripled and the endowment fund has doubled. In the past year alone, the number of students applying to Mitchell rose by nearly 20 percent, yielding a fall class 32 percent larger than one year ago. Her final year will provide “a smooth and seamless transition for the college to welcome the next president,” the college said.
Dr. Elizabeth Ivey, Chair of the Mitchell College Board of Trustees, said that “Mary Ellen has left a real legacy at Mitchell with the college in a very solid academic and stable financial position so that we will be able to search for our next leader.”
Jukoski’s tenure has also been marked by her extraordinary community involvement and as a staunch ambassador for the college in Southeastern Connecticut and throughout the New England Region.
Her service includes the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and numerous boards and councils such as the United Way, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Chelsea Groton Bank, Connecticut Campus Compact, and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.
Most recently, her innovative partnership between the college and the New London STEM Magnet High School offers college courses to both high-school and Mitchell students.
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Crowned King of the Patch

Eric Ambler with his award-winning, 459-pound pumpkin

Eric Ambler with his award-winning, 459-pound pumpkin

A giant pumpkin grown by Clinton resident Eric Ambler won first prize at the Guilford Fair’s Giant Pumpkin contest September 22.  Eric’s giant hit the scales at 459 pounds, outweighing all competition.  The pumpkin was started in May on Eric’s historic homestead located within the Liberty Green Historic District on land once part of the original 1663 Rossetter Farm.  Eric, a fifth-grade science teacher at Brown Middle School in Madison, is looking forward to setting a new record next season with seed harvested from this year’s record crop.  Will it need a bigger crown? To post your comments, visit www.theresident.com or follow us on twitter@Resident_News.

Vets Receive Pins—and Thanks—at Patriots Day in Norwichtown

story and photo by
John Stratton

Jean Wydra, Airman First Class, snaps to attention in her uniform and renders a hand salute to a fellow veteran, awards him a plaque and a certificate, and pins on a Flag honoring his service to the nation “for advancing the hope for freedom and liberty for all” many years ago.
The September 11—Patriots Day—Veterans Pinning Ceremony at Norwichtown Rehab and Care Center honored nine veterans of past wars, including World War II and Korea. Airman Wydra herself served in the Korean War era at Lackland Air Force Base.
The ceremonies followed an a capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Norwichtown staff member Melinda Cardoso. The vets’ recognition is part of Center for Hospice Care’s We Honor Veterans program.

Veteran Gerald Guillot is being pinned by PFC Jean Wydra, who is a Center for Hospice Care Air Force Veteran Volunteer.

Veteran Gerald Guillot is being pinned by PFC Jean Wydra, who is a Center for Hospice Care Air Force Veteran Volunteer.

“Honor has always been the reward for service,” said Airman Wydra as she described the “pinning” ceremony. With each pinning, she repeats the citation, “For your service, I salute you.”
It is not a casual moment. “You have to be a veteran to pin another veteran,” she explains, and her appreciation extends to the Norwichtown facility and the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich and its staff. Hospice conducts pinning ceremonies through the year but usually on a one-to-one basis; Norwichtown has many vets, so the facilities worked together for the group presentations on September 11, the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack.
Veterans honored are Robert Pucel, Edward Riordan, Charles Wozniak, Dean Lake, Fred Casavant, John Banker, Robert Bassett, Edward Keegan, and Gerard Guillet. In addition to Airman Wydra, two other veterans who are staff members, Sandra Miller and Frederick Jefferson, were also applauded for their service.
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Co-Workers Split $40,000 Payout

“A whole lot of zeroes” adds up to a big prize, three co-workers discovered September 18.
That day, Kysha Drummond of Groton asked several of her co-workers at the Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center in Uncasville if they wanted to chip in $3 to buy some Powerball tickets for the Wednesday night drawing—Noreen Foley of Sprague and Kristina Beaulieu of Lisbon were the only two who said yes. Drummond purchased three Powerball tickets, one of which turned out to be a $40,000 prize winner.

(l-r) Kristina Beaulieu, Kysha Drummond, and Noreen Foley split $40,000 from winning Powerball ticket.

(l-r) Kristina Beaulieu, Kysha Drummond, and Noreen Foley split $40,000 from winning Powerball ticket.

“The morning after the drawing, I went to a lottery retailer and scanned our tickets in a ticket checker,” Drummond told lottery officials. “I saw a prize that began with 4 and was followed by a whole lot of zeros. I asked the clerk to scan the ticket for me and that’s when he told me it was a $40,000 winner!”
“I was so excited; I couldn’t believe it,” Drummond said. “I called Kristina and left her a crazy voice message and then called Noreen—she didn’t believe me,” said Drummond, laughing. Drummond, Foley and Beaulieu’s prize winning Powerball ticket was purchased at the Sully’s Mobil Mart at 382 Vauxhall Street in New London. The winning Powerball numbers on September 18 were 7-10-22-32-35. One of the “Quick Pick” tickets that Drummond purchased matched four of the five winning numbers drawn, plus the Powerball number, 19. Because Drummond “Power Played” their Powerball tickets, their $10,000 prize was automatically quadrupled for the $40,000. In total, 45,598 winning Powerball tickets were sold statewide for that date, with prizes ranging from $4 to the group’s $40,000 prize win, which they picked up September 20—minus taxes, of course.
Kysha will take a long overdue vacation; Noreen will use the money to help pay for her daughter’s school trip to Europe and help her brother; and Kristina will put the money towards a new car. “It was meant to be,” Drummond said with a smile. “I’ve always dreamed of coming to Lottery headquarters.”
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RE/MAX Opens Second Office

The RE/MAX team celebrates its September 18 merger: (l-r) Dan Breault, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX New England; Lian Obrey, Broker; Greg Scott, Broker/Owner; and Fiona Petrie, Vice President for Business Advancement and Strategic Partnerships.

The RE/MAX team celebrates its September 18 merger: (l-r) Dan Breault, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX New England; Lian Obrey, Broker; Greg Scott, Broker/Owner; and Fiona Petrie, Vice President for Business Advancement and Strategic Partnerships.
photo by Robert J. O’Shaughnessy

Greg Scott, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Alliance of Branford, announced September 18 that the company has merged with RE/MAX Property Consultants located at 500 Bridge Street in Groton. Combined, the two offices will now be run by him and supported by 29 full-time agents.
The Groton location will remain a full-service real-estate office with all 13 agents who currently work there remaining on the RE/MAX Property Consultants team. “I was impressed with the team that RE/MAX Property Consultants have built,” said Greg, “and am very excited that we were able to join forces.”
“Greg brings a business discipline like no other leader in the industry,” said Lian Obrey, former Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Consultants. “As I transition out of the Broker/Owner role, I am looking forward to focusing on my listing and selling business and I know Greg will position our company for long-term growth and success for many years to come.”
To learn more about RE/MAX Alliance and RE/MAX Property Consultants, please visit www.remax-alliance-ct.com/ or www.homesofct.com or call 203.488.1641 or 860.445.4663.
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Ten Words Mean a Cool $50K

Susan Weber was very excited when she found nine complete words on her CT Lottery “Super Cashword 16” instant ticket for a $5,000 prize win. She became ecstatic, however, when she later learned she had ten words and her ticket and was actually a $50,000 top prize winner. “I went to a High-Tier Claim Center to claim my prize and he told me he couldn’t cash it…because it was for

Susan Weber, a winner for $50,000, says her husband didn’t believe her.

Susan Weber, a winner for $50,000, says her husband didn’t believe her.

$50,000! I just stood there in shock…looking at him,” Susan told Lottery officials with a laugh. “I called my husband to tell him—he didn’t believe me—then I programmed the CT Lottery’s address in my GPS and came right on in” to Lottery HQ on September 24.
Susan has worked at the College Mart Flea Market snack bar in Jewett City for the past 15 years; she accepted the check at the headquarters in Rocky Hill for $34,151 after taxes. “I’m going to pay off my car and some bills, set aside some Christmas money for my nine grandkids, and put the rest in savings,” she said.
The game Super Cashword was first launched by the CT Lottery in 2002. For selling Weber her top prize winning ticket, ShopRite of Norwich will receive a $500 bonus.
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