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Michael Diamantas

Died : Jul 19, 2022

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Keene, NH

"Michael passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Michael had an infectious smile ,which reached his eyes and would light up the room. He was a handsome, soft spoken, and a small structured man with a heart of gold which was larger than life. When Michael was a young boy, he enjoyed going down the shore and hanging out on the beach with his family. He also loved amusement parks. He especially liked going on thrill rides, such as roller coasters. Michael shared a passion for music with his...Read More

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Robert G. Perham

Mar 21, 1945 - Feb 28, 2024

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Keene, NH

Robert G. Perham, 78, of Back Westminster Rd passed away February 28, 2024, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. Robert was born March 21, 1945, in Springfield, VT, the son of Russell and Gladys Toomey Perham. He attended school in Rutland and graduated from Rutland High School. Following high school, he received an Associates Degree in Accounting. Robert made his life work in the US Army. Robert was married to Linda McLean who survives on December 3 in Chester, VT. Robert is also survived by his sons Gregory, (Mary) Perham, Christopher (Leslie) Perham and Kevin (Tehya) Thayer. His grandchildren, Shania (Will) Perham, Tiffany (Jon) Perham, Crystal (Evan) Perham, Braedan Perham and Oliver Thayer. Robert was predeceased by his parents and one brother, Russell. There are no calling hours. A Funeral Service will take place on March 7, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational Church of Westminster on Route 5 in Westminster, VT. Burial will follow in the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, VT in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the American Legion Temporary Assistance Program, PO Box 396, Montpelier, VT 05601. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.

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Marylou Alther

May 17, 1960 - Feb 29, 2024

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Keene, NH

Marylou Alther, of Keene, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, February 29, 2024. A full obituary and service details will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marylou's memory may be made to Cheshire Health Foundation, 580 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.

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Margaret A. Letourneau

Jul 07, 1933 - Feb 23, 2024

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Keene, NH

Margaret A. Letourneau, 90, of Keene, NH, was received by the Lord on February 23, 2024, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born in Troy, NH, on July 7, 1933, daughter of the late Wilpas and Ina (Raitto) Saari. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at the Troy Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church. She attended area schools and graduated from Troy High School. On December 27, 1952, at the age of 19, Margaret married the love of her life, Vernon R. Letourneau. The two traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad including Germany, the Azores, and the Philippines during Vernon’s career in the Air Force. They built a beautiful life together including building their family, their most precious accomplishments, sons Gary and Craig. Following Vernon’s service retirement, they settled in Chelmsford, MA, where they resided for 50 years. She was a long-time member of Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedford, MA. Margaret returned to Swanzey and Keene, NH in her later years following her husband’s passing. Margaret devoted her life to her family and her faith. She took pride in caring for her home and providing support to her sons and husband. While her children faced many physical challenges, Margaret nurtured them, encouraging them to be independent with much success. She completed clerical work for local businesses and volunteered her time graciously to the Central Food Ministry in Lowell, MA, and the Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford, MA. She enjoyed gardening and playing golf. Margaret will forever be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and engagement with others. Margaret will be dearly missed by her siblings: Nancy Saari of Keene, NH, and Edward Saari of Troy, NH; grandson Jordan Letourneau of England; as well as several extended family members and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Vernon, and sons Gary S. Letourneau and Craig A. Letourneau, and sister-in law Geri A. Saari. A funeral service will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church, 4 Fitzwilliam Road, Troy, NH on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 11:00 am. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery in Troy will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Margaret A. Letourneau’s name are requested to be made to the Central Food Ministry, 426 Davis Road, Bedford, MA 01730 or Christ Lutheran Church, PO Box 189, Troy, NH 03465.

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Lucian L. Lemery, III

Apr 03, 1981 - Feb 12, 2024

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Keene, NH

Windsor, VT- Lucian L. “Luke” Lemery, III, 42, died Monday, February 12, 2024, at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. Luke was born April 3, 1981, in Claremont, NH a son of Lucian and Kay (Plaster)Lemery. He grew up in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 2000, a member of the Vermont State Football Champion Team. He was married to Katie Sebasky at Echo Lake, VT in 2014. They made their home in Windsor, where he worked as a cook at the Pizza Chef downtown. In 2022, Luke moved to St. Johnsbury and worked as a meat cutter at White’s Market. He loved to interact with the clientele. Luke was member of the Sons of the American Legion and a member of Windsor Elks Lodge BPOE #1665 both in Windsor. He was a talented billiards player and a pool shark. He enjoyed fishing and socializing with friends. Luke was a kind soul with a big heart, full of love and well liked by all who met him. Luke is predeceased by his father Lucian L Lemery, Jr. and his mother Kay Lee Lepisko. He is survived by his wife Katie Lemery of North Clarendon, VT; a sister Danielle M. Lemery-Kenney and her partner Chad Travers of Grafton, NH; stepmother Nancy Lemery of Windsor; a stepbrother Erik Marrow of Bradford, VT; a stepsister, Erin Marrow of Maryland. His father and mother-in-law, J. Robert, and Susan F. Sebasky; two uncles Jeff and his wife Lyn Ladue and William Plaster of Bellows Falls, VT; two aunts Mary and her husband Guy Roberts of Windsor and Tammie Scaling of Hillsboro, NH; and many cousins. A celebration of Luke’s life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 1-4pm at the American Legion Hall in Windsor, VT. Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to Luke’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com .

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Grace Josephine Shelc

Mar 05, 1925 - Feb 07, 2024

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Keene, NH

Grace Josephine Shelc, 98, formally of Bellows Falls, VT passed away on February 7, 2024, with her loving family by her side at Keene Center Genesis in Keene, NH. Grace was born on March 5, 1925, in North Walpole, NH, the daughter of George and Emma (Weiber) Bushway. She was a 1943 graduate of Bellows Falls High School. Grace worked as a telephone operator and served as a caregiver to elderly seniors in their homes. On May 27, 1950, she married Anthony (Tony) Shelc and they enjoyed 41 years of marriage until his death in 1991. A devout Catholic, Grace found great comfort in her faith. Her family will forever miss her, but will be comforted by years of cherished memories. Surviving are her children, Michael Shelc of Kennesaw, Ga, Mary DeCourcy of Merrimack, NH, Thomas Shelc of Nashua, NH, and Dianne Quigley and her husband, Donald of Goffstown, NH; grandchildren, Mark DeCourcy, Christopher DeCourcy, Patrick Shelc, Elizabeth Shelc, Brian Quigley and Jennifer Quigley; great-grandchildren, Layla, Matthew, Ruby, and Janessa DeCourcy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Grace was predeceased by her seven siblings; brothers, Albert, Bernard, Ernest, Harold and Joseph Bushway and sisters, Gladys Hindes, and Rose Cloutier, and son-in-law, Edward DeCourcy. The family would like to thank the staff of Keene Center Genesis for the loving care they provided Grace over the last six years. An hour of visitation will take place on February 15, 2024, from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 AM at St. Charles Church, Cherry Hill in Bellows Falls. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Westminster. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Alzheimer’s Association, 15 Constitution DR. Suite 1G, Bedford, NH 03110. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.

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Michael W. Bath

Aug 26, 1954 - Jan 19, 2024

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Keene, NH

Michael W. Bath 69, a lifelong resident of Alstead, NH, passed away on January 19, 2024, at the Alpine Healthcare Center in Keene, NH. His parents, Richard G. and Roberta C. (Monty) Bath, welcomed their son into the world on August 26, 1954, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Michael grew up in Alstead and loved his time on Library Avenue. He loved music, especially the "oldies", and watching all of the Boston sports teams. He quite often could be seen in the stands, cheering on the Fall Mountain Wildcat teams, especially the football and baseball teams. He especially enjoyed his summers spent at the house on Lake Warren in Alstead. He is survived by his brother, Gregory Bath and his wife, Judy, of Alstead; his two nieces, Jennifer DeLisle and her husband, Jonathan, of Lempster, NH, and Jayna McWhorter and her husband, Jeremy, of Cornish, NH; and two aunts, Betty Corbett, and Bonnie Spaulding, of Keene. At Michael’s requests, there will be no formal services for him. For those who wish, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Alpine Healthcare Resident’s Activity Fund, 298 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.

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Adam T. Adams

Dec 07, 1947 - Feb 01, 2024

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Keene, NH

Adam T. Adams passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. He was 76. Adam was born December 7, 1947, and was raised in Orange, NJ. He was a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, received his undergraduate degree from Hartwick College and received his Law Degree from The New York Law School and was a practicing attorney in New Jersey for over 40 years. He served his country in the New Jersey National Guard. Adam met Donna (Gnade) in 1990. Adam quickly realized that dating Donna came as a package deal and he fully embraced Donna’s three teenage daughters, Tracey, Krista and Tara. Adam proposed in 1994 and they married in July 1995. Donna and the three girls moved in with Adam in Maplewood and an instant family was formed. After living in Maplewood for 12 years, Adam and Donna moved to Randolph for the next almost 20 years where they finished their careers and retired to Acworth, New Hampshire, where he built their dream, retirement home atop a hill overlooking a wonderful, picturesque New Hampshire valley. Adam loved the outdoors, working on his house, in the yard, tending his garden, chopping wood or just sitting on his porch, relaxing and enjoying the marvelous views. Adam is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters, Tracey Davila and husband, Gabe, Krista LaCroix and husband, Ray, Tara Novak and husband, Tim, a sister, Carol Adams and husband, Gary, two brothers, William, and Gregory and his wife, Janice, many nieces and nephew and 10 grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Ruth Adams. Adam’s greatest passion was his friends and family. He cherished his friendships and even talked to childhood friends almost every day. Family also meant the world to him, from the “step” daughters he inherited, but treated as his own, to the sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren and well beyond – he truly embodied the title “Papou”, which is Greek for Grandpa, which nearly everyone called him. He was kind and generous and will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at The Grove, at the Randolph Diner at 11:00 AM on February 19, 2024. A luncheon for family and friends will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following Non-for-Profit organizations: Tunnel to Towers Foundation using this link: Donate to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org) Acworth Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Inc., PO Box 86, Acworth, NH 03601. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT.

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Marlene Joyce Fletcher

Oct 29, 1931 - Feb 04, 2024

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Keene, NH

Marlene Joyce Fletcher, 92, was a lifelong resident of Keene, NH (and proud of it), passed away on February 4, 2024, after a period of failing health. Her parents, Philip R. and Velma B. (Fuller) Flanders welcomed their daughter October 29, 1931, at the Elliot Community Hospital in Keene. Marlene often told people that the witch delivered her by broomstick on her Halloween rounds. In her youth, she was a member of Rainbow Girls As an adult she belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. When she was a young girl, her family lived on Dover Street. She used to roller skate past a “cute guy’s” house on Gurnsey St. They later met for real while both were working at Woolworth’s. James F. Fletcher, Jr and Marlene eloped on April 21, 1948, and were married for 67 years until his death in 2015. Mom didn’t just get married in 1948; she became an instant and full-time mother to 4 very young children. She loved them as her own from day one and they loved her. Patti came along 2 years after they were married, and Tammy arrived 12 years later. Money was tight in the beginning, but Mom knew how to make a little go along way. Together they raised six children and provided all the necessities and much love. They gradually moved from a cold water flat on Marlborough Street, to an apartment on Douglas Street, to owning their first house on Wilson Street, and then to the house on Vine Street where she has lived since 1968. There are many words to describe Marlene: loving, selfless, kind, sweet, smiling, reliable, hardworking, friendly, caring, compassionate, practical, supportive, incredible, resilient, and a stubborn, depression-era Yankee. She and James were all about family; over the decades, they took in various family members – a sister, a nephew, both fathers, her mother, even her Uncle Chet - until he almost burned the house down. Over the years, she worked at Woolworth’s and Cheshire Oil. Later she worked for the City of Keene, first in the Tax Office and then in the Finance Department, retiring after 25 years. After retirement, she volunteered at the Keene Senior Center and the Monadnock Humane Society. At one time, she enjoyed knitting, ceramics and reading. As she lost her eyesight, she began listening to books on tape but that became difficult as her hearing worsened. She found losing her eyesight the hardest, but her family found the loss of her hearing the hardest - though there were some comical conversations as she misunderstood much of what was being said. In the years since Dad died, she looked forward to an outing to the Dinner Table every Saturday night with Tammy, and especially when Patti, Jenny, Mike, Annalyn, Flynn, John and Noreen joined them. Marlene is survived by her daughters, Patricia Spears and Tamala Fletcher of Keene; sons, John F. Fletcher, and his wife, Noreen of Marlborough, NH, James Fletcher of Wilson, NC and Thomas Fletcher of Cambridge, MA. In addition to her children, she is survived by 21 grandchildren, many, many great and great-great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Rosemarie Flanders of Keene and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brothers, Ronald Flanders and Philip Flanders; sister, Beverly Minott; daughter, Kathleen Degan; son-in-laws, James Degan and Joseph Spears; and two great-grandchildren, Karissia Ouellete and Craig Metivier. Over the years, she was a dog mom and dog grandma to several dogs who were always devoted to her, and her favorite child, Mitzy the cat, survives her. Most of her life Marlene did not follow an organized religion, but she was a woman of faith. She believed there is a God and that she would be reunited with the loved ones who have gone before her. Every night she thanked God for the day she had – no matter what kind of day she had, she thanked him for giving it to her and she asked if He would give her one more day. In her last days, she said that she had had a good long life. We thank the wonderful staff of Cheshire Medical Center’s Thompson Unit for the skilled and compassionate care during her stay. Her family also thanks the nurses, aides, and social workers at Maplewood Nursing Home. They not only provided skilled and compassionate care to Marlene, but they were also very kind and compassionate to her family. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, February 12, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 11:00AM in St. James Episcopal Church, 44 West Street, Keene. Burial with committal prayers will follow the service in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. In lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Fletcher’s memory to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, West Swanzey, NH 03446; or to The Community Kitchen, PO Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431 are appreciated.

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Charlie Juniper

Jul 14, 1926 - Jan 28, 2024

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Keene, NH

Charlie Juniper, of Keene, New Hampshire, was called to Heaven in the early hours of Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 97 years of age. Born in Woodstock, Vermont on July 14, 1926, Charlie was the oldest surviving of his six siblings. Known by his nickname, Charlie was loved by one and all. His signature was his megawatt smile and calm and kind demeanor. Charlie attended Winchester Schools for his primary education and later served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a Bosun’s Mate in the Pacific. Charlie made sure to send money back home to his family at every pay period. During one attack on his ship, Charlie was injured by shrapnel that remained imbedded in his neck for the remainder of his life. Charlie earned the World War II Victory Medal and was proud of having represented his country during his military service. Charlie continued this dedication by his active participation with the American Legion Keene Post No. 4. Charlie was an Honorary Life Member of the Post. He served on the Executive Board, held the position of Sergeant-at-Arms and was a color guard for the American Legion Band, traveling with the band extensively throughout the United States. Charlie was also a member of the 40&8 Legionnaires Honor Society, and the Moose. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Charlie was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement by Post No. 4, presented by Commander Don Holmquist. This occasion was one of the highlights of his life. A few years after returning home from military service, Charlie dedicated himself to a successful career at Frederick A. Farrar, Inc., where he worked for 50 years, having retired at 65 and then returning 2 months later to work another 17 years! Charlie was a dedicated employee and friend to everyone there. Charlie had begun boxing in the Navy and continued upon returning home. Charlie retired from boxing as a six-time New Hampshire State Golden Gloves Champion. When interviewed by The Keene Sentinel in 2006, Charlie said he had to stop boxing, “…it got a little too hard on my face…!”. Charlie was a master mechanic, becoming a stock car race enthusiast when he and his friends worked on cars at the Cheshire Fairgrounds stock car races. For many years, Charlie enjoyed traveling to racetracks in New York and New Hampshire following the racers that he had befriended over many years. Charlie was also an incredible musical talent, and credited this talent as having been passed down from his father who he remembered as participating in minstrel shows throughout Vermont and New Hampshire when Charlie was a child. Charlie played the guitar and sang for many years in a country & western band for the enjoyment of many. Charlie last worshipped at the United Church of Christ in Keene where many friends remember him well and made sure to keep in touch over the years while Charlie lived at Keene Center. Charlie is survived by sister, Ruth (Rob Kenney) Warren; nephews James Bradford (Jeanne Maynard) Walker, Kevin Thornton, Keith (Rose) Thornton, Larry Juniper, Jimmy Juniper of the Monadnock region; Aaron Juniper, William Andre Juniper, Alan Redmond Juniper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Michael Ray Juniper, George Randall Juniper and David Joseph Juniper of Winamac, Indiana; nieces Krysta (Teddy) Daniels of Springfield, Massachusetts and Karlene Thornton of Houston, Texas; great-nephews David Thornton, Ryan (Marie Finnell) Thornton and Justin Walker; great-nieces Vanessa (Ricky) Doble, Mariah Thornton, Natalie (Adam) Brown, Kandace Daniels and Karina Daniels; sisters-in-law Mavis (Lawrence) Juniper and Georgia (James) Juniper; step-children Kathy (Hank) Scarangella and their daughter Maddie Olson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Norman (Marcia) Winchester of Westmoreland, New Hampshire. Charlie also leaves to cherish his memory a host of beloved and loyal friends throughout the Keene, Swanzey and Winchester area. Charlie’s immediate family members who preceded him in death were his father William Henry Juniper, mother Elizabeth Fischer, brothers William David Juniper, George Juniper, James Juniper, Lawrence Juniper and David Thornton, and sister Elizabeth Walker. Charlie was married three times and each of his wives preceded him in death; Grace Juniper (née Lorenzo) d. 1967, Jeanne Juniper (née Clemens) d. 1980 and Audrey Juniper (née Kirker) d. 2017. He laid each one to rest lovingly and cherished their memories and the good times shared. A graveside service with military honors will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery Swanzey, NH, followed by a celebration of Charlie’s life, at a date and time to be announced. May Charlie Juniper rest in eternal peace and love, knowing that his was a life well-lived in which he touched the lives of so many with his warm smile and kind heart.

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Maurice F. Whitney

May 02, 1931 - Jan 20, 2024

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Keene, NH

Maurice F. "Maury" Whitney, 92, of Genesis Health Care in Keene, NH, passed away on January 20, 2024, after a brief illness. He was born on May 2, 1931 in Keene, NH, son of the late Allan and Grace (Howard) Whitney. He attended local schools and graduated from Keene High School in 1949. Maury learned a strong work ethic at a young age working alongside his father and held several jobs throughout his life while living in various areas from New Hampshire to Florida. Mainly through experience, he was knowledgeable of many things. Later in life, Maury reconnected with his high school sweetheart Alyce (Mattson) DeLisle and they married on August 9, 1986, residing in Florida for many years. Upon retirement, he and Alyce moved back to New Hampshire where Maury kept very busy working on projects for the Cheshire County Historical Society and the Keene Public Library’s “Reflections” series amongst many other projects. Maury enjoyed high school football and was thrilled to donate funds to erect the "Blackbird" sign on the rear of the football stands. He loved building his huge model railroad system, gardening, landscaping, wild animals, birds, the woodlands, the waterways, the clouds in the sky and was always observing the weather often making accurate forecasts. Survivors include grandchildren: David A. Whitney and Allyson Whitney; great-grandchildren: Kyah Whitney, Isaiah Whitney, Zakariya Whitney, Jonah Rogers, and Sawyer Thompson; stepchildren: Mike and Lynette Freeman and families, Bonnie DiBiccari and her husband Albert, and Rick DeLisle and his wife Diane; step-grandchildren: Janel, Lauren and Joseph DiBiccari, Jeremy DeLisle, Jennifer Thompson, and Elizabeth DeLisle; as well as step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his most beloved wife Alyce Whitney; children: Mark, Mathew and Michelle; brothers: Leonard and spouse Agnes, Hollis and spouse Ellen, Donald and spouse Bea, Marion Greene and Virginia Boudrieau and spouse Tom. Services will be private at this time.

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