Evolution of Colonial Firearms

Meet Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. for a presentation on Evolution of Colonial Firearms.

During this presentation, Ranger Kinton will discuss and demonstrate the loading and firing of each weapon during the course of the program and talk about the importance of firearms during early America.

The cost to participate is $5 for ages 13 and older. Ages 12 and under can participate for free.

Participants should meet at the fort sidewalk. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

4-H Poultry Show and Sale

The Monroe County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the 4-H Pavilion at Kefauver Park in Madisonville. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. with the auction taking place following the show. Youth from across the county will bring three Black Star pullett — a cross between a Rhode Island red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. For more information, contact Greg Austin at 423-442-2433.

World of Wine

Merrill Lynch and the Monroe Area Council for the Arts will present World of Wine, a fundraiser and tasting event, on Friday, Sept. 20, from-7:30 p.m. at the new Kahite Community Center, which will be magically transformed for this special occasion. This evening will promote and provide the support for the arts programs for the children of Monroe County and surrounding area.

Come out and taste new wines and food while joining in the fun around the Wine Pull event — where every player wins. You will receive complimentary raffle tickets (you may purchase more if you like) and try for the items you like most. There will be live music. Stroll by the select art show and take home a piece if you like. The art is provided by the Art Alliance and will showcase some selections from MACA's more than 300-piece student art show.

Tickets are $75 each and are available by calling 423-442-3210.

Island kayak paddle of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a five-mile kayak paddle around the island. Along the way, the group will enjoy scenery of Unicoi Mountains, trees and perhaps waterfowl. The group will also learn some of the history of Fort Loudoun, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the importance of waterways in Tennessee. This paddle is recommended for experienced paddlers. The cost to participate is $20 without a kayak rental or $30 with a kayak rental. Please bring water and prepare to get wet. Space is limited to nine participants. Participants should meet at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

True Purpose Ministries Festival

Russell Cellular in Sweetwater will hold a True Purpose Ministries Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon until 6 p.m. There will be bounce houses, a car wash, music and food. Raffle items have been donated by Jacky Jones Ford and others. All festivities will be by donation only. Proceeds from the event will be given to True Purpose Ministries—a faith-based, long-term addiction recovery program that provides evidence-based treatment and housing to men and women. Russell Cellular is located at 914 A TN-68 in Sweetwater.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery now has two locations in Monroe County! Meetings in Sweetwater are held on Mondays and meetings in Madisonville are held on Tuesdays.

The next meeting in Sweetwater will be on Monday, Sept. 23, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 303 Wright St.

The next meeting in Madisonville will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Madisonville Church of God, located at 3895 New Highway 68.

Free refreshments and childcare will be provided. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. Small groups will start around 7:45 p.m. Small groups are divided into men's and women's groups and are safe places to give and receive positive support for individual needs.

Celebrate Recovery is a program based on Christian principles as applied to the 12 steps and the eight Beatitudes. The only requirement is a desire to come and listen. The groups are led by trained leaders who offer a safe, confidential, and positive place to participate with other people looking for healing. The meetings are led by and are for regular people looking for help with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. There is no financial or commitment obligation. Meetings will be held each Monday and Tuesday.

For more information, visit monroehealth.org, call 423-545-3015 or email Jmoore.mchc@gmail.com.

Toastmasters meeting

Monroe County Toastmasters, an organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at noon at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office in Madisonville. Come see how the program can help you. The Monroe County club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Chamber Office. For more information, call 423-442-4588.

SHS powder puff football game

Sweetwater High School will hold a powder puff football game on Thursday, Sept. 26, immediately following the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. All students participating must check in at the gate before meeting their faculty coach at the field house. Admission is $5 per person. All funds support Sweetwater High School’s library in purchasing equipment for the school.

National Muscadine Festival

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual National Muscadine Festival on Friday, Sept. 27 (VIP Night), and Saturday, Sept. 28, at Tsali Notch Vineyard, located at 140 Harrison Road in Madisonville.

Friday’s VIP Night will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and only a limited number is available.

Admission to the festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be wine and juice tastings, muscadine pickin’, live music and entertainment, a craft market, food trucks, speciality tasty treats and a kids fair.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, vendor applications are available online.

For more information, visit the National Muscadine Festival, Monroe County Tennessee event page on Facebook.

Young Eagles Rally

EAA Chapter 17 will hold a Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) at the Tellico Plains Airport, located at 110 Airport Road in Tellico Plains. There will be free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17. A parent/legal guardian must also be present to sign permission form. Flights are approximately 15 minutes long and will be given on a first come, first flown basis. Planes and volunteer pilots will be provided by the EAA Chapter 17. The Tellico Plains Pilots Association will offer a barbecue lunch for $6 per plate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for flyers and guests. For more information, contact Larry Harris at larharris2@msn.com or pre-register online at www.eaa17.org.

National Public Lands Day Hike

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will participate in National Public Lands Day by hosting a free hike on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Enjoy Tennessee’s public lands by hiking Ridgetop Trail. Along the way, you will see native flora and fauna and evidence of families that lived here before the park was established. Participants should meet Park Ranger Eric Hughey at the Visitor Center. Please bring water to enjoy this easy 1.5-mile hike through the woods. For more information or to register for the event, call 423-420-2331.

Medical care in the 18th century

Meet Ranger Will Kinton at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 3-4 p.m. for a discussion on medical care in the 18th century. Kinton will delve into the fine arts of 18th century medicine and surgery, covering aspects that range from early amputations to medicinal treatments still used today. Participants should meet at Fort Loudoun’s infirmary. The cost to participate is $5 per person. Ages 12 and under will be admitted for free. Space is limited to 25 people. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Madisonville Ghost Tour

The Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) is proud to present the second annual Madisonville Ghost Tour this October. This walking, haunted history tour of downtown Madisonville will be held on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Tours start at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Find out about a sinister spirit in an old dental office and about the mysterious woman in black. Limited spaces are available as tours are limited to only 25 people. Tickets are $15 a person. Children ages 5 and under can participate for free. Call 423-442-3210 to reserve your tickets.

Good Shepherd Center Dinner & Auction

The Good Shepherd Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, will hold its annual Dinner and Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 10. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The buffet-style meal will be catered by Donna's Old Town Cafe. A live auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Surfers. Tickets to the event are $40 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-420-8888.

The Good Shepherd Center is supported financially by churches, local businesses and individuals. Additional funds are provided through grants, auxiliary groups, Monroe County government agencies and fundraising events such as this. The Good Shepherd Center provides food to more than 1,100 people per month, personal care products (such as diapers as requested), clothing to each person per household per month, miscellaneous items (such as shoes, dishes, bedding, toys, etc.) per month, transportation via ETHRA for medical appointments, emergency housing for fire victims, utilities vouchers and more.

Night hike at Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Lauren Baghetti at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Friday, Oct. 11, from 7-8 p.m. for a 1.5-mile night hike on Ridgetop Trail. Along the way, participants will listen for animals that come out when all the park visitors have gone home for the day. Please bring a flashlight with a red light. Participants should meet at the visitor center. The cost to participate is $5 per person. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

Autumn Gold Festival

The 51st annual Autumn Gold Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 on the grounds of Coker Creek Elementary School and the nearby Ruritan Club. The two-day event is sponsored by the Coker Creek Ruritan Club.

Monroe STOPe dance

Monroe STOPe will host a Daddy/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Tsali Notch Vineyard in Madisonville. Fatherly figures and their little ladies will dance from 2-4 p.m. Motherly figures and their little boys will dance from 6-8 p.m.

There is a free event, however, a $10 deposit is required to register. Register online at www.monroehealth.org/me-my-guy-dance. Your deposit will reserve your spot and validate your commitment to attend. Only one deposit is necessary per registration, regardless of how many people are in your party. Deposits will be returned to guests at the door on the night of the event. Should you choose not to attend, your deposit will not be returned and instead will be used to cover the cost of food that will be purchased in anticipation of your attendance.

Professional photography will be offered by Julie Fitch Photography for $10 per couple. You can use your refunded deposit to pay for photos!

Any funds generated from this event will be used to cover the cost of the event and/or future domestic violence prevention, community education and awareness events.

For more information or if you are unable to make a deposit due to unfortunate circumstances, call Heather at 423-519-1232 or 423-545-3015 to request scholarship deposits.

The Monroe STOPe dance, originally the "Me and My Guy Dance" is planned as a domestic violence prevention effort, with the intention of promoting healthy father-daughter relationships and educating our community on the importance of parental involvement in regards to healthy relationships. Statistics show that high levels of father involvement are correlated with sociability, confidence and high levels of self-control; which are all characteristics beneficial to one’s ability of making good choices for themselves in regards to future relationships. It has further been proven that children who have engaged, positive, male role-models are less likely to act out in school or engage in risky behaviors as adolescents.

Taste of Monroe

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 10th annual Taste of Monroe on Monday, Oct. 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in downtown Madisonville around the Courthouse. The cost for Chamber members is $8 per person. Adult tickets are $10 each, while children ages 4 to 12 will be admitted for $5. Children ages 3 and under will get in free. The event will feature food tastings, face painting, jump house(s), a car show and a motorcycle show. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 520 Cook St. A in Madisonville, or by calling 423-442-4588.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

Do you have concerns about how to better manage your diabetes? Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a free six-week class that can help. The class will be held at the Chota Conference Room, next to Chota in Madisonville, from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays starting on Oct. 15.

The class covers a variety of methods that will help you better manage diabetes including: meal planning, monitoring blood glucose levels, ways to cope with high or low blood glucose levels, talking to health care providers and much more. Each week, you will practice the skills learned during class and receive encouragement from others who suffer from diabetes. Past participants in this class report lower A1C’s, weight management, greater understanding of carbohydrates, how to manage their blood glucose levels and have a better understanding of the diabetes and its complications.

Pre-register for Take Charge of Your Diabetes by calling the UT Extension Office in Monroe County at 423-442-2433 or the Monroe County Health Department at 423-442-3993, ext. 1010, by Oct. 10. This will ensure that there are enough copies of the educational materials for everyone.

UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Girl Talk, Too

Parents are their child’s first teacher and have the greatest influence on their physical, emotional and sexual development. But, how do you grow a meaningful relationship with your teen?

The Monroe County Extension Service, Monroe County Health Department and Monroe County Coordinated School Health will sponsor Girl Talk, Too classes on Thursday nights from Oct. 17 to Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. each night at the Health Department.

During this multi-week program, teen girls ages 13-16 will join their mother, or other trusted female adult, to learn about their changing bodies, behaviors and beliefs. Fun and engaging activities will help grow relationships, setting a strong foundation for healthy and trusted communication.

Adults and youth should attend all sessions together.

The class is limited to 12 adult/youth pairs and pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information, call one of the following: UT Extension of Monroe County at 423-442-2433, Monroe County Health Department at 423-442-3993 ext. 1010, or Monroe County Coordinated School Health at 423-420-9678.

VPL Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Vonore Public Library is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Vonore Community Center, located at 611 Church St. The featured speaker is master storyteller Fay Wooden of Maryville. The public is invited to attend. A short business meeting will be conducted before the speaker. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Joan at 865-856-6532.

Center’s Haunted House

Center Presbyterian Church in Tellico Plains will hold its annual Haunted House on Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 from 7-11 p.m. each night. The cost is $3 per person.

18th Century Trade Fair

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area will hold its annual 18th Century Trade Faire on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The largest event at Fort Loudoun gives visitors the opportunity to visit with re-enactors, shop for fine 18th century goods from numerous vendors and enjoy lively performances by The Traveling Caudells, Thunder & Spice, Magician Rodney the Younger, The Clockwork Clown, Commonstock Entertainment, Robert Mouland and the Sons of Liberty. Soldiers will demonstrate artillery and musketry drills throughout the day. Be sure to stay and watch the Great Battle between the English and French at 1 p.m. each day. Admission for adults is $10 each day. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free. Parking is available on site. For more information, call 423-420-2331.

Rocky Top Run

The annual Rocky Top Run will be held in downtown Sweetwater on Sunday, Oct. 20. The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. with the one-mile color rad walk/run immediately following. The one-mile walk/run is then followed by the 5K run/walk. The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club is the event sponsor with race proceeds benefiting the club’s support of children and education programs in the community.

Monster Dash

The American Cancer Society’s fourth annual Monster Dash 5K and 1-Mile Walk and costume contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Kahite Club House, located at 400 Kahite Trail in Vonore. The event is organized by JTEKT and will be held rain or shine. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m., followed by costume judging at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Costumes are encouraged, but optional, for this event. Pre-registration before Oct. 19 is $25 per person. The cost of a day-of-race entry is $30. You can register online at active.com by searching for Monster Dash. For more information, call Abbie Warren at 423-295-4281.

Cherohala Skyway Festival

The fourth annual Cherohala Skyway Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles Hall Museum and its grounds. Admission is free. There will be a $5 per vehicle preferred parking charge. This year’s event commemorates Monroe County’s Bicentennial and attendees are encouraged to dress in period clothing. The festival will feature a history zone, live music, a children’s area, horse-drawn wagon rides, a sawdust dig, a Smokey the Bear Birthday Bash, displays and demonstrations, a book sale, food, crafts, an art show and more.

Also part of the event is the Josh Graves Memorial Dobro Pickoff, which will be held at 3 p.m. The contest is limited to 10 entries. There is no fee to enter. First, second, third and fourth-place prizes will be awarded. To enter, call County Archives Director Jo Stakely at 423-519-0334.

For more information about the Cherohala Skyway Festival, visit www.skyway-festival.com or call 423-253-2111. Updates will also be available on the Facebook event page: 4th Annual Cherohala Skyway Festival.

Kayak tour of Fort Loudoun

Meet Ranger Justin Rexrode at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a kayak paddle around Fort Loudoun. This paddle is good for all skill levels. Be prepared for cool weather. The cost to participate is $10 without a kayak rental or $20 with a kayak rental. Space is limited to eight participants. Participants should meet at the boat dock/kayak launch located next to the main parking lot. For more information or to register, contact the park office at 423-420-2331. All programs require pre-registration.

MACA presents Shadows of the 60s

As part of its annual Performance Series, the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will present Shadows of the 60s: A Tribute to Motown on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweetwater Elementary School’s Auditorium.

Shadows of the 60s pays tribute to the legendary stars of Motown, such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Smokey Robison & The Miracles. In this highly-interactive and visually stunning show, Shadows of the 60s performs the hits that span the decades. Each singer and musician featured in Shadows of the 60s were chosen because they embody the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert.

This performance is sponsored by JTEKT. Individual tickets to the show are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.monroearts.com, by phone at 423-442-3210, or at the MACA Office, located inside the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office at 520 Cook Street, Suite A, in Madisonville.

Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore will host Garrison Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun will be recreated for the public. Park visitors will find living history re-enactors in 18th century costume with a variety of demonstrations.

Small Town Christmas

Sweetwater plays host to A Small Town Christmas every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s event is Nov. 30, which is also Small Business Saturday where shoppers are urged to shop small, local stores. Horse and buggy rides, live performances at the gazebo, food vendors and more highlight the annual event.

New this year is a 5K race and kids’ run through the streets of the old downtown residential section — the Haiti Holiday Hustle. The fun and festive race will start at the Duck Park then be off to see the beautiful lights of Mayes Avenue, passing the carolers at Willow Creek and finishing back at the Duck Park for some sweet treats. To participate in the 5K, registration is $30 before Nov. 10 or $35 on the day of the race. The 1-mile kids’ run costs $15 if you register before Nov. 10 or $20 on the day of the event. The kids’ run starts at 8 p.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at the Duck Park. Registration forms are available for pickup and drop off at Sweetwater City Hall. Online registration is at www.harvestfieldhaiti.org.

To volunteer or for more information about Small Town Christmas, contact Kassie Kelley at 423-337-5976 or to become a vendor, call City Hall at 423-337-6979.

Sweetwater Christmas Parade

Sweetwater Kiwanis Club will once again jointly sponsor Sweetwater’s annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The parade route will leave from Mayes Avenue, traveling through downtown Sweetwater, and end at the Plaza 68 Shopping Center on Highway 68. For more information, contact Harris Lovingood at 423-337-5088 or Charles Ridenour at 423-337-6123, or mail to P.O. Box 450, Sweetwater, TN, 37874, stating the type of entry, correct mailing address, telephone number and an email address for the sponsoring group and the person in charge of the float or group entry.

18th century Christmas at Fort Loudoun

An 18th Century Christmas at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore is a fun way to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. This year’s event is on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Men, women and children re-enactors will be on hand as the fort is decorated in rustic style, with leaves and berries, as it might have been when Christmas was celebrated during the French and Indian War. Throughout the day, demonstrations will be taking place, such as cooking, laundering, blacksmithing and artillery drills. There is also a Christmas church service with Parson John and wassail tasting. Be sure to step into the infirmary, compare a soldier’s barrack to the commander’s quarters, and stop by the Cherokee encampment.

The night concludes with a candlelight tour of the fort at 6 p.m. and a rare night firing of the canon. The paved path from the visitor’s center to the fort, just more than 100 yards, is lit each year by luminaries. Once inside the fort, each building is beautifully lit by candles, fireplaces and brightly burning torches set up at each stop along the path.

For more information, call the museum at 423-420-2331.

Vonore Christmas Parade

Vonore will hold its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. Line up will begin at noon at Vonore Middle School. For more information, call 423-884-2480 or 423-884-6211.

Madisonville Christmas Parade

The City of Madisonville will holds its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Heavenly Christmas.” State Rep. Lowell Russell will be the grand marshal. The parade, sponsored by the Madisonville Kiwanis Club, will form on Anderson Street near the Co-op. Float judging will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Don Edmands Jr. at 423-884-3806.

Candlelight Walk

The Cherokee Women’s Club continues to be the guiding force behind the annual Candlelight Walk in downtown Tellico Plains, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4-9 p.m. This free event features family fun, caroling and open houses in the shops and restaurants in downtown. Luminaries will line the streets in town, leading the way to a variety of holiday activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a live Nativity scene, entertainment at the gazebo, food, vendors, a raffle, visits and photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch and Cindy Lou-Who, along with the popular cookie caper.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held around 5:30 p.m., signifying the official start to the holiday season.

For more information, call 423-519-2267.

Tellico Plains Christmas Parade

The Town of Tellico Plains will hold its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. For more information, call City Hall at 423-253-2333. Rain date: Dec. 15.

Honey bee project donation

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area has joined the Tennessee State Park Honey Project. The fort has recently established several beehives at the park. Honeybees play an important role in the ecosystem. They promote pollinator and environmental health in the parks, provide an experiential learning opportunity for visitors and produce sweet treats for guests.

Be a part of this project and make a donation. Donations will go towards purchasing needed supplies and equipment to maintain hives. Pricing is as follows: $10 to Feed the Bees; $25 to be a Friend of the Hive; $50 to Adopt a Bee; $100 to Adopt a Swarm; or $500 to Adopt a Hive.

Learn more about the TSP Honey Project at https://tnstateparks.com/honey-project.

TPHS joins NFHS Network

Tellico Plains High School has joined the NFHS Network and will be live streaming all their home games played at the football field (including soccer) and in the gymnasium. Community members, family or anyone wishing to view these games can join the network to see the live games and any games played that were uploaded for viewing. Information to subscribe to the NFHS Network is available on the school website.

Fall events/classes at TPL

Tellico Plains Public Library has several new classes and events this fall.

Sign language classes with Annette Michaels will be every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please bring the book “Signing for Kids” by Mickey Flodin. The book can be purchased online on Amazon, Google Books, Penguin or E-Bay.

iPad classes with Nakienya Ledford will be held every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6.

Ehtra/Legal Issues Facing the Elderly and Aging classes with Trina Hughes will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

The library also now has a Makerspace area for the children to make, create, build and assemble.

To include upcoming events and briefs about what is going on in your organizations, contact Jessica Kent at jessica.kent@advocateanddemocrat.com or call 423-337-7101.

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