Stories for April 2009

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Thursday, April 30

       

Scorecard

Standings, schedule and other assorted stuff (bowling and golf).

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Tuesday, April 28

   

4/29 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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4/29 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Relay For Life getting a new look

POLK COUNTY -- It's the 25th anniversary of the national fundraiser Relay For Life and Polk County's chapter has some new tricks up its sleeve for this year's event.

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Kids, Inc. oversight is urged

DALLAS -- Community members are asking the city of Dallas to create an advisory committee to make sure the board of Kids, Inc. is creating an even playing field for all young athletes.

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Dallas schools face tough cuts

DALLAS -- Superintendent Christy Perry choked up Monday night as she announced worst-case scenario budget cuts for 2009-10 that may include cutting 15 education days, eliminating some art and music teachers and even closing Morrison Campus Alternative School.

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May election ballot set

POLK COUNTY -- A number of positions on an assortment of oversight boards are up for grabs during the May 2009 special election in Polk County.

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4/29 Business Notebook

Practical Massage LLC will offer services at discounted prices to clients who make food donations to benefit Dallas Food Bank during the month of May. Five or more nonperishable food items will be accepted for each service purchased. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Friday. Practical Massage is located at 946 SE Uglow St., Dallas. For appointments or more information: 503-831-1001.

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4/29 EDITORIAL: Polk emerges as ag leader

Many Polk County residents understand the importance of the agricultural industry to the region. Agriculture plays a big role in our local economy, from the wide range of full- and part-time, year-round and seasonal jobs that exist within the sector, to the money it circulates throughout our communities in the form of payroll dollars, general purchases and long-term investments.

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4/29 Community Notebook

*Mary Kay party to benefit ACS*Musician plans Monmouth stop*Open house set for bus service*Dallas Area Seniors to host big sale*Coffee club will meet on Friday*St. Thomas plans weekend fundraiser*FCS benefit event scheduled May 1*'Relay' rummage sale is Saturday*May 2 breakfast set in Monmouth*Garden club slates annual plant sale*'Laps for life' event is May 2*Model train show slated in Rickreall*Open house set at Dallas library*The Arc of Polk plans fundraisers*Workshop on eBay on tap at library*CHS bunco, auction benefit is May 2x*Cinco de Mayo concert scheduled*Life story writing workshop to gather*Ladies Bible group to meet at church*Pizza sales will go toward Dallas VFW*Play fundraiser set at Pentacle*Tractor safety class scheduled*Tomato plant sale will assist ICAN*Perrydale planning event for seniors*Teen parenting workshop planned*Hospice schedules grief support group*Valsetz Lake water discussion is May 7*Grant to benefit youth symphony*Master Gardeners schedule plant sale

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Miracles in the air

DALLAS -- Normal people probably would not want to receive 50 pounds of rusted metal scraps from decades ago.

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4/29 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a sunny morning for the trip to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on April 19. There was no snow to be seen on Bald Mountain.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

How quickly these bright April days have flown, and the promise of May is just around the corner. We hope that we'll see more sunny days in MI Town, and that we have the time and energy to stay ahead of the weeds in our gardens and flower beds during this wonderful season of renewal and new beginnings.

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Fish count call helpers are needed

MONMOUTH -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council is preparing to conduct its second round of fish counts in the Luckiamute and Little Luckiamute rivers and the creeks that feed into them.

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4/29 OBITUARIES

*Edna 'Deane' Coursay Grooms*Charlotte Ann Vincent*Naomi Jean Edwards*Robert Jantze*Betty Jane Hecht*Evan R. Firestone Sr.*Cynthia Kae Acosta*Larry E. Blaine*Ruby Alice Maud Strawson Walker Hamilton*Leslie 'Les' Al Hoffman Sr.*Lois 'Sally' L. Few*Harold 'Arch' Morgan*Lylia Jean Rhoades*Preston 'Pres' Lawrence Lockwood Jr.*Emil Gustav Adolph Nicholas Jaech*Vinda Lee Frink*Alden M. Schmidt*

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M-I trash pickup changes due

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence leaders voted earlier this year to upgrade the level of trash service to be offered in the two communities.

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WOU taken to court over gun incident

MONMOUTH -- The Marine veteran suspended from Western Oregon University for carrying a concealed weapon on campus has challenged that punishment with the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Willamina seeks $3 million school bond

WILLAMINA -- Polk County residents living within the boundary of the Willamina School District will help decide the fate of a $3 million bond levy during the May 19 vote-by-mail special election.

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Programs depend on Falls City levy

FALLS CITY -- Residents of the Falls City School District will be asked to support a five-year operating levy next month to keep after-school and athletic programs afloat.

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4/29 Letters to the Editor

*Meyer an excellent choice for board*Evans will bring leadership to board*Where's respect among teens?*Meyer deserves re-election support*Please help with big food drive*Thanks, Dallas, for the new playground*Tribal ethics need watchdog*Support Meyer for Dallas School Board*Brave Marine is an inspiration*Figaro's comes through for MVCA

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Thursday, April 23

          

Scorecard

High school standings & schedule, local bowling and golf

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Tuesday, April 21



4/22 Pedee News: Nolo Womer

It was a cloudy and threatening morning for the trip to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church Sunday, April 12, for the 10 o'clock Easter worship service.

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4/22 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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County reaffirms denial for dirt bike track

DALLAS -- Polk County Commissioners April 15 denied for the second time a conditional use permit request by James Davis to operate a dirt bike track on his property just outside of Dallas.

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4/22 Community Notebook

*County seeking to fill positions*Food awareness benefit April 22*Health fair slated Thursday evening*Monthly senior music jam on tap*Economy subject of presentation*Fairgrounds will host quilt show*Spaghetti meal to benefit school*Youth dance will aid Relay For Life*Weekend garage sale scheduled*Garden club sets seasonal bazaar*Saturday brunch to benefit senoirs*Wine event slated Saturday in Dallas*Group to spruce up Dallas April 25*Garden seminar set in Monmouth*Historical society plans celebration*Signups accepted for 'Total Fitness'*Driver's safety class scheduled*Western offering EFT workshop*Promo to horor area firefighters*Rummage sale seeks donations*Seminar aimed at grandparents*Musician will play at Senior Center

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WOU dorm razed by local fire crew

MONMOUTH -- A historic building on the Western Oregon University campus went up in flames last weekend -- though school officials aren't too shaken up by it.

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Startup at old BC mill stalled

INDEPENDENCE -- Representatives of the wood products company that bought the old Boise Cascade property last year said no timeline exists for when they might actually begin operations in Independence.

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4/22 School Notes

*Open house set for 'Project ACHIEVE'*Polk students on Corban dean's list*'If I Were Mayor' accepting entries*Achievement test deadline nearing

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Dallas Senior Center building location set

DALLAS -- A sign will soon be placed at the old Dallas pool site declaring it the future home of the Dallas Senior Center -- much to the delight of area seniors, who have lobbied for such a facility.

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4/22 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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County fair needs volunteers

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to serve as superintendents or volunteers who can help superintendents.

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Important DSD budget meeting April 27

DALLAS -- Dallas School District's 2009-10 budget committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Dallas High School's Bollman Auditorium.

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MES kids helping animals at shelter

MONMOUTH -- Third-graders at Monmouth Elementary school are spearheading an effort to improve the quality of life for furry, four-legged critters awaiting new homes.

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4/22 OBITUARIES

*Viola 'Vi' Mae Goodyard*William 'Bill' Daniel Pettit*Arnold Pete Claassen*Agnes 'Aggie' Genevieve Robertson*Lois Joan Anderson*Nadezhda Starchenko*Leona Winters*Milton A. Moen*Esther Marie Ediger*Luis Fierro Gomez*Dale I. Gilmore

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4/22 Letters to the Editor

*Newspaper keeps Marine connected*Grant to benefit helmet program*Shellenbarger for Central board*PTC appreciates help on drive*Food bank benefit raises $1,300

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Drawing school boundaries not an easy job

DALLAS -- The boundary lines for the new configuration of Dallas elementary schools have been drawn, and administrators are seeing mixed feelings from parents, teachers and students.

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Bikers work to keep trail access

FALLS CITY -- The trails within the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area are, for practitioners of the sport, a kind of blessing that stems from its natural terrain and the blood, sweat and tears of volunteers who worked for years to build it.

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Central budget picture is grim

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The projected funding crisis for Central School District is growing more bleak by the month, as officials are now projecting a shortfall of $5.8 million for 2009-10.

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Polk County Most Wanted

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for April. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.

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Friday, April 17

                

Tuesday, April 14

   

Threat written on DHS wall

DALLAS -- A threat of violence written on the wall of a bathroom at Dallas High School on April 8 prompted high-security measures in the building April 10.

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Community Notebook

*Bone density test offered in area*Publishing group selling geraniums*WV Hospice hosting grief teleconference*Childcare option available in area*Workshop offers info for seniors*Monmouth plans Arbor Day event*Blossom Drive set this Saturday*Dallas Post Office sets passport event*Luau fundraiser at senior center*Church schedules Bible study series*Spring concert set in Monmouth*Duo to perform Sunday at church*Deadline for WHS nominations nears*Garage sale aids Relay For Life*Gospel concert set for April 18*Fundraiser will benefit 'Relay'*County farm board to meet Tuesday*'Gracie's Place' luncheon on tap*Food awareness benefit April 22*Bike rise will aid Doernbecher's

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EDITORIAL: Addressing goose problem

No one needs to tell Polk County residents, particularly those working in the agricultural sector, about the problems geese cause in the region. But issues related to geese and their rapidly growing population are finally garnering statewide

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Libraries' Food for Fines is a win-win

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth and Independence public libraries are hosting their annual "Food For Fines" event this week as part of National Library Week.

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Repeat thieves hit rural fire station

AIRLIE -- Thieves have broken into Polk County Fire District No. 1's rural substation in Airlie three times in recent months, stealing $5,500 worth of equipment -- including a cardiac difibillator.

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'Sounds Of Summer' in the works

DALLAS -- The community will be rocking Thursday nights this summer as the city of Dallas celebrates Oregon's big birthday with its annual concert showcase, "Sounds of Summer."

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EDITORIAL: Change in weather

Despite all the doom and gloom news surrounding the local, state and national economic and employment situation, there seems to be a more positive vibe in the air.

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4/15 School Notes

*CHS pageant to benefit hospital*Dallas sets kindergarten sign ups*DHS seeking Site Council members*Falls City FACES to host activity*Flamingo fundraiser returns to LaCreole*OCA offering college scholarships*

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4/15 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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4/15 OBITUARIES

*Jean DeVera*Betty Jean Stephens*Betty Marie Hoyt*Margaret McArthur*Rose Marie Parma Orgovan*Charlene Phillips*Lon Kinzie*Dr. Robert 'Bob' Brinker*Anna Emily Jackson*Nadezhda Starchenko*Leona Winters*Philippe Lenaerts*Alex Kliever*Helen Eugene Colby*Donna Jean Rorman*

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4/15 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Dallas High commended

DALLAS -- A recent site visit to Dallas High School by an accreditation association highlighted the school's progress from its new learning model.

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Monmouth looking toward online input

MONMOUTH -- Residents eager to opine on city matters via the Internet may have their chance in the coming months, as officials consider more regularly utilizing online surveys.

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Tree planting set in Kings Valley

KINGS VALLEY -- High school students from Kings Valley Charter School will plant four trees at the Kings Valley Community Center at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

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4/15 Letters to the Editor

*Consider the kids when making cuts*FC talent show is huge success*Keep backyard burning in city*Addressing safety on Talmadge Road*Owners cry while workers struggle*Mat club great thing for kids*s an idea honoring peace*Balance class changes lives

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4/15 Pedee News: Nola Womer

It was a sunny morning on April 5 for the drive to Pedee for the 10 a.m. church service. Snow on Bald Mountain could still be seen.

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Thursday, April 9

           

Tuesday, April 7

    

Eco-marathoners slate Independence stop

INDEPENDENCE -- A pair of long-distance runners on the final leg of a marathon across North America to promote environmental action will stop in Independence on Thursday, April 9.

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Scratching for a good cause

POLK COUNTY -- Representatives of Luckiamute Valley Charter School and Perrydale School picked up ice scrapers and got down to some serious scratching last week -- all for a good cause.

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Local special ed efforts exceed state goals

POLK COUNTY -- At least three-quarters of the students who were in special education programs while enrolled in Dallas or Central school districts in 2007-08 found work or went on to college within a year of graduating high school.

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4/8 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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4/8 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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April 3 sees pair of smashups

POLK COUNTY -- Emergency officials responded to two accidents -- within minutes and a couple of miles of each other -- on Highway 99W on April 3.

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Chick Extravaganza

Baby Chickens and other newborn poultry proved to be quite popular during Old Mill Feed & Garden's ninth annual Chick Day Celebration on April 9 in Dallas. Some 1,800 babies were sold to customers.

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Arbor Day turns thoughts to trees

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is inviting the local school district and community members to participate in planting 150 trees this month in honor of Arbor Day.

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Got work? Rent a Wolf

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The players on Western Oregon University's men's rugby team are relentless on the field, going undefeated in their collegiate division of the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union this spring until falling in the regional playoffs this past weekend.

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4/8 OBITUARIES

*Judy Boettcher*Sara 'Sallie' R. Baughman*George Elmer Darnell*Richard 'Dick' Wyett Orsborn*Betty Lou Blowers Barta*Edward A. Lehnert*Douglas George Theiss*Martha Knobloch*Betty Ann Stamps

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Pageant potluck is April 17

RICKREALL -- Participants in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant will gather for their annual Spring Potluck on Friday, April 17, at the Grange Hall in Rickreall.

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Fundraisers set for Guthrie Park

DALLAS -- The Guthrie Park Community Center is in need of a new roof, and two events have been scheduled this weekend to help raise funds for the project.

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4/8 School Notes

*Central sets kindergarten sign ups*Dallas schools schedule meeting*Polk 4-H student earns scholarship*Registration open for summer camp

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

I was surprised to see that there was snow on Bald Mountain that reached into the lower valleys Sunday morning, March 29, as we went to church at Pedee. The daffodils by the church reminded me that spring had arrived March 20.

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And the Gouda was Good

WEST SALEM -- Not many people know there is an award-winning cheese company tucked into the rural area of northeast Polk County.

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CHS reconstruction plans move forward

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- If there's a silver lining for Central School District regarding the state's recession, it could be its potential effect on the upcoming reconstruction of the high school.

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4/8 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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4/8 Letters to the Editor

*Many make LVCS auction a success*Foundation grant helps feed needy*Postmaster will always love town*Store owner has old-time spirit*Grant helps Lyle's budding gardeners*

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4/8 Community Notebook

*Publishing group selling geraniums*Workshop offers tips for start-ups*Meeting set for local radio group*Easter egg hunt for children near *Poker event will aid cancer patient*Organizing work begins on festival *Rep. Thompson sets town hall*Protest against taxation on tap*Gallery schedules spring workshops*Potluck planned for FC seniors*Signups accepted for belly dancing*Awards presented by fire department*Book discussion slated at library*KV Farmers Mkt. seeking canopies*Casino donation helps food bank*Local veterans earn recognition

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Wednesday, April 1