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Editor:Debbie Palmer
(301) 854-9763

NEWS TROT Information
April 2002 Electronic Edition Number 135


(Of TROT,that is !)

Dear Members,

BOY!!! Did we have a lot of people at the Annual Pot Luck held February 16th. There were around 120 folks there! We had lots of good food and an excellent speaker, Henry Heymering. He was not only informative, he was also very enjoyable to listen to. I saw many faces I haven't seen for a long time. I need to see those faces more often. Come on a TROT trail ride. We discussed everything from horse's feet to Sunday Hunting. Those guys representing the company that do trailer repair and maintenance at your home or barn were quite good.

TROT has grown to around 1,000 members, yet there are still only a small handful who volunteer. With all the people at the Pot Luck, it is clear that there are trail riders who still care about trails and this organization. Try volunteering for something. Most things that TROT needs volunteers for do not take up much time and can be done at home. For instance, TROT has an inventory of clothing to sell. We need someone to take over handling the inventory. This would mean taking orders and shipping. Not much work. We are lucky to have someone temporarily handling the membership and need someone permanent. All you need is a computer. We, most of all, need people to come to board meetings. Not necessarily to be a board member, but to share your wonderful ideas regarding all sorts of issues that would be very helpful to running this organization of 1,000 members. Please help TROT. It is your organization.

Gale Monahan,

Sunday Hunting Unresolved At Press Time

First of all, THANKS to everyone who visited, wrote, called, faxed or e-mailed their representatives in Annapolis about Sunday hunting. This was a hard-fought issue and your contacts made a huge difference.

We had hoped to bring you good news on the Sunday Hunting bill (House Bill 9) and tell you it had gone away for another year. However, here was the situation as of March 24th.

The House Environmental Matters Committee held hearings on January 23. I testified on behalf of TROT, strongly opposing the three days of Sunday hunting, as well as the increase in the deer firearm season to "at least" 21 days. The major portion of our testimony dealt with the Sunday hunting issue. We understand that there was a lot of discussion on the bill, and it finally was amended from three Sunday hunting days to one -- the first Sunday of the firearm season (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). The "at least" 21 days remained. The amended bill passed the Committee on February 15 by a 12 yea, 10 nay vote. It subsequently passed the full House of Delegates on February 22 by a 94 yea, 36 nay vote. Remember, the Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor, was a sponsor of the bill, so the votes are not surprising -- but disappointing nonetheless.

If you wish to know how your delegate voted, give me a call. It would be a good idea to thank those who voted against -- and let those who voted for it know how disappointed you are. Del Hurson from Montgomery County is Chairman of the Environmental Matters Committee and argued strongly for the bill, so those of you in Montgomery need to educate him. We may be back in his Committee next year.

There was no companion Senate bill. Rather, HB 9 moved to the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee. It was announced that hearings would be held on March 19. We found out rather late that, when the Senate is considering a House bill, there are no "hearings" in the traditional sense. Instead, it is customary for them to hear only from the sponsor of the bill. I complained that there would be hearing only from proponents and that opponents should be heard. The day before the hearing, a Committee staffer called to say that Chairman Blount had decided to allow limited testimony on both sides. So, TROT did get to testify on the 19th, together with a mountain biker, a landowner, the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Humane Society and the Fund for Animals. I argued that even one Sunday opened the door and set a precedent and that the hunters would be back for more next year. Chairman Blount was very patient and generous in allowing as many to testify as he did. I have written to thank him. If he is your Senator (Baltimore City), please do likewise.

At press time, there had been no vote in the Senate Committee. I hope you all have already contacted members of that Committee, as well as your own Senator. By the time you read this, there no doubt will have been a Committee vote, and, if it passes there, a vote on the floor of the full Senate. If it passes both, our only hope will be a veto by the Governor. Our hope, of course, is that the Senate Committee will vote it down -- which stops it in its tracks.

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Another issue of interest: Right in the middle of all of the foregoing events, bills were introduced in the House and the Senate which would have stripped all responsibility for management of wildlife (and fish) from DNR and put it in the hands of a Commission composed of -- you guessed it -- hunters! (and fishermen). Scary huh? I submitted testimony and Jane Toal attended and spoke at the House hearing. Following that hearing, there was no vote and the bills were "referred to interim study." I'm told this means they will be studied over the summer and will be re-introduced next year in some form. So, this one is looming for next year.

Anne Bennof

Vacation Plans?

A recent article in Equus about horse sitters, made me (the editor) wonder what most people do when they travel, with regard to horse you have a special, professional horse sitter that you engage? Does a neighbor tend to your equines? Or do you just never go anywhere? We'd like to poll our membership...please let us know how you handle vacation plans for you and your the editor at Results of the poll will be published in the June newsletter.

Take Your Clippers for a Ride!

Spring is upon us and everybody is getting out on the trails more. But, watch out! Those sticker bushes are also enjoying the fair weather and growing like mad. Now is the time to work on them before they take over the trails.

So, don't go out without your hand pruners. If you don't have a small saddle bag or belt holder for them, put them in a fanny pack. If you clip a little as you go each time, the trail clearing task won't be so overwhelming a month or so from now.

And, of course, make a note of downed trees and other larger projects. Then round up your riding buddies and go back and clear the trail rather than just creating another one around the obstacle.

This is what TROT is all bout -- making sure we have good, safe trails!

And...some Notes from Prince George's County

A Trail and Sign dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 12 noon for the Henson Creek Hiker Biker Equestrian Trail. TROT will be providing coffee and donuts for early arrivals.

Rosaryville State Park trails are being evaluated for a new, more user-friendly accessing system. Gate-keeping and parking problems are being addressed. Watch this column for updated information.

Work continues on the County-wide Trails Plan update which is to be a part of the new General Plan for Prince George's County. A technical bulletin will be a part of the package.

Prince George's County is also working on its portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail, with current focus on mapping the off-road trails. This Spring looks like it will be a fine one for trail riding!!! Enjoy!!

Mary Angevine

Helpful Tips for Eyes

The following excerpts are reprinted from The Horse Report, UC Davis Center for Equine Health.

The sensitive eye...When do you call the vet? Whenever there is increased discharge (clear or yellowish); Squinting and/or excessive blinking; Cloudy appearance; Vision problems (bumping into fences, walls, etc., and/or performance horses not doing as well in their sports such as jumping, trail, etc., for no apparent reason); Blood in the eye (even a small amount is a sign of trouble); Any foreign object in the eye or eyelids; Any sign of tumor development on the eyelids or eyeball.

Do's: Do seek veterinary advice early, eyes deteriorate rapidly leaving only a small window of time for effective treatment; Only remove a foreign object yourself if it is confined to the eyelids; Flush dirt, ash, sand, or plant materials with water or saline solution if the horse will tolerate it, then see the vet to look for any further damage; Treat chemicals in the eye as you would in humans, by flushing the eyes with copious amounts of water and see the vet immediately.

Dont's: Do not ignore eye problems thinking it's "just a little dust" or an "allergy" (allergic eye disease in horses is very uncommon); Do not use a tube of ointment left over from a previous eye problem, some eye medications will make certain eye problems worse; Do not remove a foreign object yourself from the eyeball itself, get a veterinarian to remove it.

Items of interest:

Did you know...Roy Roger's jewel-studded saddle sold for $412,500? The elaborate show saddle was purchased by an anonymous buyer during an auction in Mesa, AZ. The saddle contains 1400 oz. of silver, 136 oz. of gold and 500 rubies from Czechnoslovakia! The matching chaps and spurs went for $670,000! All the proceeds were said to help Roger's children pay off substantial estate taxes.

TROT Judged Pleasure Ride

Date: June 9, 2002
Time: Registration opens at 10:00 am, closes at noon
Place: Pavilion C. McKeldin Area, Patapsco Valley State Park
Fee: $25 per horse/rider
Rules: Hard hats required -- and -- Current negative Coggins test required

What is a "Judged" Pleasure Ride?

TROT's Judged Pleasure Ride is a 10-mile trail loop starting and ending in the McKeldin area of the Patapsco Valley State Park. The terrain varies from flat lands alongside the river to steep hills (some rocky) and open fields. Each rider may proceed at his/her own pace; there is no time limit. The trail is well flagged with surveyors tape, and safety riders with radios patrol the course until all riders have returned.

Along the trail are set 10-12 stations, each anounced by a paper plate sign with the station's number. At each station is a patient and kind volunteer who is spending his/her entire day sitting at that spot watching you ride by. (Please thank them on your way through!) Each station is designed to provide some type of trail obstacle one might conceivably encounter on a pleasure ride anywhere in Maryland.

How the rider and horse negotiate the obstacle is judged. In the past, obstacles have included a wooden bridge to walk across, a bag of trash to throw into a trash can, and a lawn ornament cow standing beside the trail. Each judge has been instructed on some general points to look for, as well as particular actions either good or bad specific to that obstacle.

For a good score (7-9 points), a judge would look for the horse that willingly waits its turn at the waiting place (a paper plate sign announcing the next obstacle), proceeds through the obstacle or chore with attention to its job (ears pricked, looking where its feet are going), and whose rider is cheerful, confident, and patient with his/her mount and proceeds through the obstacle with forethought and safety.

Directions to McKeldin

West-bound I-70, take exit 83 for Marriottsville Road, bearing right off exit ramp


East-bound I-70, take exit 82, Rt. 40, to first light. Turn left onto Marriottsville Road.

Marrittsville Road through Marriottsville, where it crosses the railroad tracks and over 2 branches of the Patapsco River.

Less than 1/2 mile, at the crest of the hill, is the park entrance on the right.

The Prizes: Oldest horse, Oldest rider, and Youngest rider; Champion and Reserve Champion according to highest scores, 1st-6th place ribbons for each class (see Entry Form for Class List). Also, this will be the fourth year for the Irving Abb Memorial Trophy to go to the Ride's Champion.


Call Ride Secretary Bette Laug at 301/972-8442 or e-mail her at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Judged Pleasure Ride
June 9, 2002

Please send entry form (1 for each horse/rider entered).

entry fee of $25 (make checks payable to TROT).

a copy of each horse's negative Coggins test to:

Bette B. Laug (301-972-8442)
17500 Conoy Road
Barnesville, MD 20838-9748

Name _________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________


Phone ( ) ________ - ______________________

e-mail _________________________________________________

Rider's Age _____________ Horse's Age ____________________

Please circle the TWO classes you wish to enter, one for the rider and one for the horse (next page).

For the Rider: circle one class

1. Junior (riders under age 18)

2. Novice (adults who've never placed in a Judged Pleasure Ride)

3. Open (adults)


Apr 6 Sat Patuxant River State Park, How. Co. These trails are some of the most extensive areas of trails you can ride. They hook up to the lower Patuxant trails and may eventually have a safe access all the way to the Tridelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoir trails. These are also the home trails of the hunt clubs. The pace will be mostly walk/trot and ride time will be up to 3 hours. These are stream valley trails with river crossings. Contact Sue Carbonneau at or 301/865-3399 for maps and info. Rain date April 7, Sunday.

Apr 13 Sat Little Bennett Regional Park, Mont. Co. This interesting park has woods, fields, a Boy Scout Campground, and a one room school house with a swinging bridge. This park is a very popular riding destination. Call Mimi Ernst for more information at 301/416-2388. Rain date, April 14, Sunday.

Apr 21 Sun Union Mills, Carroll Co. This lovely park has many varied trails - woods, streams, some hills, and expansive views north to Pennsylvania farmland. Ride for 2 to 3 hours at a walk/trot pace. If people want to ride a bit faster will possibly have a group for that too. May have one road crossing. Contact Cathy McElroy at 410/857-3540.

Apr 27 Sat Rocky Gorge Reservoir, P.G. Co. Come ride these gorgeous trails! The views are spectacular as each bend and turn yields a new vista of the river stretching away in the distance. These trails will really make you feel you are far from the maddening crowd, with the possibility of seeing deer, fox, beavers, Osprey and even Bald Eagles. There will be a walking group and another faster group when the terrain allows. Contact Terry Ledley at 301/776-2661 for more information. Rain date April 28, Sunday.

May 4 Sat Potomac Riverside Farm to the C&O Canal, Mont. Co. This ride leaves Anna's historic working farm and travels over the fields, past the Polo field, through the woods, and down to the C&O canal towpath, and the Potomac river. There are usually three groups - walk, trot, and canter - with a possible snack break at the White's Ferry Store. Anna treats everyone to a cookout at her farm after the ride. Call Anna Slayman at 301/972-8187.

May 11 Sat Sugar Loaf Mountain, Fred. Co. These trails should be quite pretty at this time of year with wild flowers in bloom and very nice views. Most of the trails are fine but there may be some rocky places going from one set to the next so recommend front shoes or easy boots. There can be some climbs up the mountain as well. There is the possibility of different groups at different paces, but otherwise expect slow to moderate. Ride time will be 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Contact Monica Breland at 301/972-7454.

May 18 Sat C&O Canal, Mont. Co. This ride will leave Callithea Farm and go through woods and fields and on to the C&O Canal, time permitting. A stop at Poole's store for a snack or lunch is a possibility. This ride is a joint venture with PBHTA and will be led by Naomi Manders. If you have non-TROT members interested remember that they need to join at the ride. There may be more than one group, so call ahead and find out the details from Naomi at 301/279-7994.

June 1 Sat Catoctin Mountains, Cunningham Falls. Leader Marilynn Miller--301-898-7274. This ride will take you up into the Catoctin mountains heading west from Cunningham Falls. Come enjoy some of the scenic diversity that Maryland offers with the possibility of some wonderful overlooks. Rain date June 2, Sunday.

June 9 Sun Camp Waredaca, Patuxant River State Park, Mont. Co. These great trails traverse farmland fields into the Patuxant River Park. These trails may overlap and eventually connect with the Upper Patuxant River trails you can explore on a future ride. You may have the interesting experience of riding by some of the cross-country jumps at Waredaca. This is a fun trot/canter ride with a few small log jumps on some of the trails. Contact Gayle Ford at 410-552-5372.

June 15 Sat Patapsco River Park. Leader Annie Mo Benhoff--410-781-4165. This park, located in Carroll county, is one of the most extensive trail systems that we have. These are very scenic trails that follow the Patapsco river and wander through the adjoining parkland. Rain date June 16, Sunday.

June 22 Sat Fair Hill. Come join Karen Reynolds at this expansive horse facility near the Pennsylvania border. Fair Hill is host to world class horse events and is definitely worth a look-see. Fair Hill was previously owned by the Duponts and is a nice ride through fields and woods. Overnight camping is available but limited so if interested call early. For camping contact Carla at 410-398-1246. There is also a $2.00 user fee per vehicle for the TROT trail ride. Karen's number is 410-392-4454. Rain date June 23, Sunday.

June 30 Sun Potomac Area, Mont.Co. Sheila O'Donnell will lead a trotting ride from Lisa Gordon's Hunt View Farm on Stoney Creek Road along streets into Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park to the Potomac Horse Center. The ride will also traverse PEPCO power lines and adjoining neighborhoods so horses should be accustomed to walkers, bikes, dogs, and quiescent construction equipment, as well as a possible horse show in progress. There will be some steep hills so be sure your horse can manage a few of these. Ride time will be about 2 hours and limited to 10 riders. Contact Sheila at 202-431-9471 or email:

Hello fellow trail riders... From Mary Prowell

The first TROT trail ride of the season was on a chilly, dank, drizzling day; nevertheless, three hardy souls from La Plata braved the elements to see what Paint Branch had to offer. Shelby Tipton, Susie Saul, and Keith Gardner on their trusty steeds Tango, Apache, and Casey walked, trotted and cantered for 2 1/2 hours over the well cleared (courtesy of mountain bike riders I believe) trails of the Paint Branch. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant group to start the season with. Let's hope the weather cooperates more on future rides so that more of our TROT members can get out and see the variety of trails available to ride in our area.

I need trail leaders! I've had several that have either moved out of the area or have conflicts that no longer allow them to lead rides for me. I especially need people that know the trails in Greenbelt park, Liberty Reservoir, Black Hills, Rockburn, and the Hawlings River. You're going to ride anyway-volunteer to show your trails to others.

Come on you guys and volunteer for this job of Trail Ride Coordinator. You get to talk to and meet lots of people riding all over the place. You will find places you never even knew existed. Email me @

A special Bran Mash recipe: (you can never have too many bran mash recipes!)

Stir together 2-3 quarts dry bran & 2 T salt
add 1 cup molasses (drizzle over top)
Boiling water

Add & stir with wooden spoon until mixture is damp but not sloppy. Cover and steam

1 quart sweet feed mix
2-3 apples (small slices)

Stir and serve warm. (A tsp of ginger may encourage a poor appetite; wheat germ oil puts a shine on their coats, and some horses like pears as well as apples. Remember to dice all fruit.

Everybody LOVES a Parade!!!


5/11 Preakness - yellow & black/Black-eyed Susans

5/11 Laurel (new parade) - representing Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club. Call JoAnn Holt @ 301/498-6216 for more information

5/27 Rockville Memorial - red, white & blue

7/4 Severna Park - red, white & blue

9/7-8 Tuckahoe Outlaw Days - western

11/10 Brunswick Veterans - red, white & blue

11/23 Baltimore Thanksgiving - Ravens

12/22 Christmas at the Dairy - holiday

Banner carriers and side-walkers needed at all parades; pooper-scooper needed at 4/6, 7/4 and 12/22 parades. Interested parties may contact the editor for more info.

Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

A blonde decides to try horseback riding, even though she has had no lessons or prior experience. She mounts the horse, unassisted, and the horse immediately springs into motion. It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the blonde begins to slip from the saddle.

In terror, she grabs for the horse's mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. She tries to throw her arms around the horse's neck, but she slides down the side of the horse anyway. The horse gallops along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

Finally, giving up her frail grip, the blonde attempts to leap away from the horse and throw herself to safety. Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup; she is now at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground over and over. As her head is battered against the ground, she is mere moments away from unconsciousness, when to her great fortune...

Dick, the Wal-Mart greeter, sees her dilemma and unplugs the horse.

Many thanks to Sandy

Brewer for her many

contributions of jokes!

Coffey Family Relief Update

Many of you heard about the fire on the Coffey's property...Susie and family moved into a house trailer on the property in February. For anyone who wants to donate funds, here is the address: James Coffey, Coffey Family Relief Fund, 13885 Rover Mill Road, West Friendship, MD 21794. Also see this web site for additional information compiled by Lori Shoemake, e-mail address: - web site:


FOR SALE: assorted used horse jumps in excellent condition. Call Ellen Gutow 301/854-3822.

SERVICES--Lime & fertilizer spreading, Land clearing and Tree & stump removal, Trucking, hay & straw, firewood, sawdust, Pasture renovation. Call 301-423-5806, lv message. And wanted: cars, trucks, equipment for parts or rebuilding.

BARN TO SHARE-NO COST-in exchange for help with my horses - Dayton area. 301/596-9334.

FOR SALE-Reg. SSH, 15.1 h black and white 5 yr. gelding. Extremely calm and quiet. Natural gait is a slow walk and smooth canter. Anyone can ride Shadow. $4500. 301/482-0664

FOR SALE-13.2 h Welsh/QH mare. 6 yrs old, gorgeous palamino. Lovely mover, brave and scopey jumpe r. Currently jumping 2'6" cours es in excellent form. Ex tremely quite. 100% sound. $8,500. Call 301/802-4070 or 301/922-1405 or email LTCMEG@hotmail. co m.

FOR SALE--Reg. Morgan Gelding-beautiful chestnut, 14.3, 13 yr., good on trails, drives, jumps. Experienced rider only. $1500 obo. 410/531-9624.

FOR SALE: Reg. QH, 8 yr old 14.3 Sorrel gelding. Very Cute and a WONDERFUL TRAIL HORSE! see pics at: PICS email Lisa:

ENGLISH SADDLE-Stubben, all purpose with forward flap. Model-Cavalleria II. Size 17-1/2. Mahogany, wide tree. Does not come w/leathers, stirrups or girth. Good condition. $500 firm. Call Debbie 301/854-9763.

AUSTRALIAN SADDLE-excellent condition, medium wide tree, 16 inch seat, $395. Very comfy but does not fit my new horse. I could bring it to a ride for you to try. Donna 301/627-6797 (

WESTERN SADDLE-Simco, part synthetic with suede & leather, very lightweight. Size 16, black, good condition. Comes with forward & rear cinches. Medium tree. $350 firm. Call Debbie 301/854-9763.

This is YOUR newsletter...we welcome submissions of any articles and news items that would be of interest to TROT members. Please send all materials to:

Debbie Palmer
PO Box 129
Highland, MD 20777-0129
or email to:

Please refer to TROT in the subject line or your email may not be opened.


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Gale Monahan, President 301/854-3852

Tim McGrath, Vice President 301/428-8216

Pat Merson, Secretary 301/898-3251

Anne Bennof, Treasurer 301/829-0949

Directors/Board Members:

Kathy Dobson 410/747-2015

Angela Klinger 301/898-9133

Marilyn Miller 301/898-7274

Jack Monahan 301/854-3852

Deneen Martin

Michelle Rich


Linda Eminizer

Trail Ride Coordinator:

Mary Prowell 301/607-8061

Mapping Project:

Tim McGrath 301/428-8216

Sear ch & Rescue Team:

Suzanne Anderson 301/829-3881


Karen Alexander

Web Page Master:

George Graff 301-898-0107

Newsletter Editor:

Debbie Palmer 301/854-9763

County Coordinators:

Carroll County Howard County

Anne Bennof Gale Monahan

Frederick County Montgomery County

Angela Klinger Tim McGrath

Pat Merson

Prince George's County

Mary Angevine



On March 19th, at a Burtonsville horse board ing facility, a horse was put down due to rabies. All the horses at that farm are now quarantined for 45 days and the boardershad to receive rabies vaccinations.

The horse's symptoms started with "worse than normal" aggression towards other horses and people which at first were attributed to spring (mares in heat). However, the aggression progressed to the point of "mass hysteria" in the horse which caused it to break out of its stall, run through two paddock fences, attack the dirt by biting and stamping and then trying to crash through a pipe gate where it got hung up. Attempts to free the horse were futile as the horse refused to let anyone near it. Sadly, the horse was shot on site and the autopsy revealed the rabies infection.

The Frederick News-Post also reported cases of rabies infected horses in their area: Health department officials again are urging pet and livestock owners to have their animals vaccinated for rabies after a horse died last week and tested positive for the rabies virus. The horse's owners, who live in the Middletown/Myersville area, said the horse had been acting aggressively shortly before it died Jan. 30. "It tore up its stall, then died that night," said Paul Offutt program manager for the community service of the Frederick County Health Department. Although none of the family members had been bitten by the horse, the family is being treated for rabies as a precaution. Officials do not know how the horse contracted rabies. Officials are recommending that horses, cows and sheep have shots, as well as cats, dogs and ferrets.

Most horse owners include rabies among their annual shots, but maybe all don't. You never know what wild animals your horse could come in contact with -- many are nocturnal and could visit your barn or paddock when you would never see them. MAKE SURE YOUR HORSES have current rabies vaccinations!


Many of you may have heard about the widespread cases of strangles this Spring. At press time, there were five horses confirmed in quarantine in the Highland area. The strangles vaccination has been greatly improved over the past 3-4 years and is quite effective. Ask your veterinarian for his/her recommendation!

Bombproofing Your Horse


Rick Pelicano
Saturday, June 1, 2002
Call 410/661-0176 for more information.

Has anyone out there done the "holiday on horseback" (offered by warner guiding and outfitting ltd) in the canadian rocky mountains at Banff, alberta, canada? I've thought of doing this vacation a number of times and would appreciate any input!

Who's vaccinating against west nile virus? Any problems? What do your veterinarians have to say about the vaccination?

Please send all responses to the editor @, or by calling 301/854-9763. Also, any information you would like to exchange with other riders would be most welcome.

A "rider's information exchange" column could be a possibility in the future with enough response.

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