August 1, 2002

Pepsi Returnable Glass Bottles Are Going Once, Going Twice...

The modern world is slowly making the transition from a throw-away society into an environmentally conscious community which recycles. Unfortunately for the local Pepsi-Cola bottling company this transition may be too late for the popular glass returnable bottle line.

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company is one of only two distributors left in the United States that manufactures the popular soda pop in glass bottle containers. The family owned company is a large supplier of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Orange Crush, Dad's Root Beer and Bubble Up in both 10 and 16 ounce returnable glass bottles.

The problem is, fewer and fewer of these returnable glass bottles are actually being returned.

"Our sources for empty glass bottles are so scarce now that we aren't able to produce the returnable bottles like we need to in order to meet the demand for the products," said Pat Hudson, the Memphis plant manager. "The future of our returnable bottling line depends on the glass availability."

The declining numbers of bottles has resulted in a dramatic decline in production for the line. Currently the glass bottle line has declined 80 percent versus 10 years ago.

There are numerous theories for the declining availability of the bottles. Obviously some are lost due to the fragile nature of the glass, as bottles can be broken. More are taken out of circulation because of the nostalgic value placed on the glass bottles which are often considered collectors items or even antiques because of the declining availability. These bottles are permanently out of circulation.

However plant officials feel there likely are plenty of other bottles which simply are sitting around in basements, sheds or other out-of the-way places, collecting dust. The bottles either were ignored, forgotten or tossed out with the trash.

Compounding that problem are those bottles which leave the circulation area, being purchased by travelers, and then never returning to the region to make it back to the plant for reuse.

"We have a nice customer base using the 10 oz. returnable bottles," said company president Mike Johnson. "These folks love the nostalgic history of the bottles. But we really need everyone to bring in their bottles for redemption. Without the bottles, we can't continue their production."

The dilemma goes well beyond availability of your favorite Pepsi products in those glass bottles. The returnable bottling line currently is manned by 10 employees, whose jobs could be in jeopardy if the lack of bottles forced the stoppage of the manufacturing line.

Johnson stressed this would be the last option for the company, adding he hopes there are enough bottles out there to keep the line operational. He stated 35 percent of the production line's available time is used to fill glass bottles.

The bottle shortage could ultimately bring a halt to the historical production line that goes back to 1927 when J. Harold Johnson and his wife Muriel started the Memphis Bottling Works operation on South Market Street in Memphis. The bottling operation was granted a Pepsi-Cola franchise in 1936 but the company continued to make the trademark "Johnson Target Beverages" flavored soda pop.

Three generations of the Johnson family had led the company, which incorporated in 1956 and changed to the current name, Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.

One hundred percent of the company's original production used glass bottles for the first 40 plus years. Disposable aluminum cans came into play in the 1960s but were not utilized at the Memphis Plant. The next change came with the introduction of disposable plastic bottles in the late 1980s. Currently the Memphis facility is producing 10 and 16 oz. glass bottles, pre-mixed five-gallon tanks and the 20 oz. and 2 lt. Plastic bottles.

The availability of the glass bottle is in consumers' hands. Redeem your bottles now, because the continuation of the bottling line depends on it.

34th Annual Clark County Mule Festival Set for This Weekend

The 2019 Clark County Mule Festival will be held September 19, 20, and 21 at the Clark County Fairgrounds 1 mile east of Kahoka.

Main gate admission is $5 for a commemorative button or wrist band for the whole weekend. Children 10 and under get in free. 

For more information contact Mike Schantz, Becki Krueger, Kathy Williams,  Doris Courtney, or Debbie Logsdon or visit

This weekend features the Missouri state animal, the mule. Thursday will be mule games at 1 p.m. and the camper cook off at 6 p.m.

Friday will begin with mule games at 11 a.m., mule jumps at 3 p.m., team qualifying races at 5 p.m., followed by mule and cattle classes such as break away roping, steer daubing, steer doctoring, goat tying, team sorting, and roping at 7 p.m. The 2019 King and Queen will be crowned Friday evening.

Saturday’s events kick off at 9 a.m. with  all day event mule show with the mule pull at noon and an evening rodeo at 7 p.m.

This year there will be no show on Sunday.

The festival has area crafts, flea markets, tack vendors, food, morning trail ride on Saturday, coloring contest for area children, raffles for $1,000 and a quilt, and Sunday will still feature Cowboy Church services at 8 a.m.

All equine must have current Coggins papers and out of state health papers, if applicable, when entering the front gate.  All Equine leaving the fairgrounds must have papers to re-enter fairgrounds for any reason with the animal.   

The week begins with campers from all over the Midwest coming in to set up on the fairgrounds electrical sites. There will be a camper open camp fire   cook-off on Thursday, September 19 for all registered campers. Categories will be dutch oven cooking, chili, and stew.  There will be a free week of camping at the 2020   festival for the category winners.  There will be a registered camper only drawing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday for a custom metal sign. 

Thursday morning the main office will open selling souvenirs, displaying the coloring contest, raffles, and festival history memorabilia.  The vendors will also open at 8:00 a.m. with many crafts, many varieties of food, and flea marketers.  Head start children will be out to the fairgrounds for wagon rides and treats. 

Saturday’s main events start with the trail ride at 7 a.m. Vendors open at 8 a.m. The mule show starts in front of the grandstand at 9:00a.m. with the Clark County High School band performing followed by the mule grand entry. Competition is open to everyone with a mule. 

The following mule show is a series of timed events for mules such as musical carpets., pantyhose race, monkey in a tree, back to back race, mule jumps, and more.  The mule pull will be held at noon with mule jumps at 3 p.m.

The mule rodeo will start Saturday night at 7 p.m. this year. There will be a band “Riverside”, performing in the 4-H barn, after the rodeo.

During the mule show on Saturday, there will be a prize give away for all show contestants featuring items given by area businesses that support the mule festival.

Sunday Cowboy Church service will be held at 8:00 a.m. in the grand stand by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

Hospital Board Posts Agenda for September 24th Meeting

SCMH District Board Meeting – Open Session Agenda – September 24, 2019     

I. Call to Order

A.    Approval of Open Session Agenda

B.    Approval of Executive Session Agenda pursuant to Missouri Sunshine Law 610021 Sections 1), (3), (13)??   

C.    Public Comment           

II.    Consent Agenda

A. Approval of August 27, 2019 Minutes and consent agenda items B – I

B.    CNO Report     

C.    Compliance Committee Mtgs.

D.    HIM Update

E.    HR Update       

F.    Material Mgmt

G.   RHC Report      

H.    Supervisor Mtg 

I.     Contracts          

III. Quality Corner   

A.    QIS Committee Report  

IV.   Financial Report

A.    Finance Report  

B.    Approval of September A/P action           needed

V.    Administrative Report

VI. CMO Report      

VII. Old Business     

A. CEO Annual Report

B. Governwell Board Survey 

C. Edina Clinic Update

D. 340B Program Update

E. EMR Restructuring           

VIII New Business

A. State Licensure Survey 9/9 – 9/12/19

B.    MHA Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Milestone 10-Award

C.    Employee Retirement Plan Match

D.    Wage Freeze

E.    Care In America Network

IX    Executive Session

A.    Approval of August 27, 2019 Executive Session Minutes

B.    Personnel

C.    Legal

X     Adjournment

This Tentative agenda is submitted for newspaper publishing. Amendments maybe required prior to or during agenda approval.

Busy Season

Some of our Open House visitors, touring the village.

Wow! What a busy time of year. We’ve had events or programs of various sorts every weekend for the past three weeks, and there are at least two more weekend programs upcoming. Our tours are still going twice monthly through October, harvests are continual and abundant, and all I can do is keep getting up in the morning and checking off as many things from my list as I can in a day. Ted here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage to bring you this week’s news.

Gorgeous weather attended our annual Open House a week past, when we opened our doors for afternoon tours to show everyone what we’re up to and what we’re building toward here. I love all the new faces each year, and also those that I’m fairly sure have come in previous years and perhaps just want to see how things have progressed. I also love the opportunity to really get my act together, and get the area around our house and kitchen as spiffed up as the busy season allows, which I had not managed to do to my satisfaction ahead of Singing Rabbit the week prior. It was a pleasure to watch my daughter Aurelia preparing for the week ahead, making rice crispy treats and lovely painted clothes pins to offer to visitors that day. She and Prairie also served as our welcome committee at the table out front. It is amazing how quickly teenagers start taking on the tasks of life and being a full part of the team that keeps it all running, once they find the commitment within.

Fast forward five days, and the village began welcoming the participants in part two of this year’s Natural Building workshop series on Thursday. Hassan is leading workshops on various aspects of natural building, with a focus on natural plasters, this time. The initial tour of various village buildings included stops at our house and kitchen, so I had a chance to say hello, recognize some familiar faces from the spring workshop or our visitor program, and talk a little about our structures. I try to include not just what the structure’s construction consists of, but also the desires we had in designing and building them, as well as what worked as hoped, what fell short, and what I might do differently next time around. The group has been seen at intervals around the village, with the inevitable badges of participation: liberal daubs of plaster on their work clothes. They also joined, and made still more festive, the Mercantile’s Thursday pizza night.

Next weekend the Milkweed Mercantile will host a fibers workshop focused on natural dyes, and the ways people dyed fabrics and fibers when these materials were still worked at home or more locally, and dyed with the plants and products of the Earth that came readily to hand. There is a great group of fiber artisans in the area that we’re lucky to learn from. I’m hoping this series of workshops continues because I’d love to get in on the next one. You can probably still make it to this one if you’re interested; it starts this Friday the 20th and runs through Sunday. Give the Mercantile a call at (660) 883-5522 to learn more and hone your dyeing skills. 

Running in the background for me at the moment, as we near the Equinox, are the steady labor and fruits of late summer. Every several days we have a big bowl of snap beans and boxes of tomatoes coming in, as well as sour gherkins, basil, peppers, greens, and various other treats, making for mounds of color gracing our table and other surfaces for days until I can figure out eating, dehydrating, freezing, canning, selling, or giving away the bounty. Prairie and I harvested this year’s crop of potatoes this week as well, making for more mounds of color around the kitchen, though we got those curing on trays under cover as soon as possible and didn’t get to appreciate them over long. The potatoes finally died out in August’s heat while we were in Maine, but I had not wanted to dig them until I had a hope of a cool place to store them for winter eating and spring planting; but I also didn’t want to leave them in the ground past the return of moist soils when they might start sprouting in the ground. My hope is that by the time they’ve cured for a few weeks the nighttime temperatures will have allowed me to cool the root cellar and I’ll be able to get them stored before hard frost threatens their curing on our back porch. 

In addition to our own harvests, I also took delivery of 10 pounds of Concord grapes from Dan’s vineyard, which went straight into our steam juicer to be reduced to a marvelously sweet juice, which we sealed in bottles until needed for a wintertime treat. Later in the week my next food storage task was pickling a couple rounds of dilly beans and sour gherkins. Tereza and Danielle helped stuff jars while I dusted off my latent canning knowledge, borrowed a canning pot from Ben (ours had a hole in it), and mixed up the brine. We were down to just a couple jars left from the last batch we put up in 2016… whew! I love me some dilly beans. 

Cheesemaking filled in most of the remaining holes in my schedule. With our cow, Sugar, having calved a few weeks back, she was back in milk, but Mae and the others on our milking team had to work with her a week or so to figure out getting the milk to flow, as she seemed to be holding milk for the calf, and not letting down easily. Now it is flowing well, so that I am receiving as much as four gallons of milk in the dairy co-op fridge daily (two each of cow and goat). My large cheese pot holds six gallons… you can do the math on how often cheese needs to be made. I think I will soon need to fire up a third, smaller fridge at my mother’s house in Rutledge to accommodate the accumulating bounty of aging cheeses. I could have worse problems! I am spending a good amount of time considering how to level-up on cheese making efficiency. 

This week Kyle and I will attempt to wrestle three lengths of heavy electrical cable through 250′ of conduit to serve as a trunk line, expanding our village power grid out to Skunk Ridge, our newest neighborhood. With luck and a little help from our friends (and some lubricant to ease the wires through), we’ll be able to get the cable run and set down in the trench Kyle dug back in July, which will in turn allow the trench to be filled and Dorothy to invite the crew that plans to dig and install her a water cistern before winter. We have to assemble the new substation at the road there and then trench smaller lines to Dorothy’s and the Gil’s houses, install their meters, and get them up and running. Dorothy plans to move in on November 1st, so I’ve got a deadline to work with. Never a dull moment! 

We’ve been missing the Gil family, who left 10 days ago for Spain, a journey of several months that I’m envious of. I remember when I first started traveling myself, before email, when I was untethered from home but for the occasional phone call. By contrast I heard Aurelia chatting simultaneously via computer with several local friends as well as with Emma, who is on the other side of the ocean half a hemisphere away, and heard Christina’s and Max’s voices as well. I may never totally understand how all this tech works, but it continues to amaze and impress, and also makes possible for those of us (the majority) who are immigrants to Missouri to remain integrated with family and friends living elsewhere. 

I leave you this week with a note about the value of mutual support. There seem to be a lot of people in my life with sadness, pain, or grief these days, and I am grateful for the support we can offer each other. Formal counseling and therapy are valuable to many, but it can be difficult to get those services in-person when living in a rural area. Filling in some of the gaps are the arts of friendship, but also some more diverse options like co-counseling, which involves two people getting together to take turns sharing their emotional landscape with each other. 

 In a co-counseling session, the time is shared evenly, and while one person shares what is up for them emotionally, the other listens. The counselor offers their full attention and the occasional nudge toward the heart of the matter, helping their opposite see for themselves the nuggets of self-knowing that can illuminate why they’re feeling the way they do and be reminded that they’re doing the best they can. Part of the goal is to avoid stuffing hard emotions down inside to fester, and instead to bring them to light and find acceptance of what is. Halfway through, the two switch places and the listener turns client. I’ve seen years-long co-counseling relationships, but it is also accessible for total strangers (even those who don’t share a language) with some minimal training to offer each other support. I’m grateful to have learned the basics, though I don’t often co-counsel myself, because it helps a lot to remember the challenges each of us face, and to offer mutual support to my friends and neighbors as I’m able. It makes such a difference to not feel alone in one’s hardships.

If you missed out on our annual Open House, worry not, because we have another free tour happening soon, on Saturday, September 28th, at 1:00 p.m. You’re also welcome to join us for delicious handmade pizza and a cool glass of beer on Thursdays, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Milkweed Mercantile. You might get a chance to rub elbows with some Rabbits. Check Google Maps for the best directions from your location.

Celebrating the Foundation of America – DAR Promotes Constitution Week

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg signs a proclamation marking Constitution Week. Seated with the major is Jauflione Regent Debbie Kauk of the local DAR Chapter. Back row (L to R) are Katelyn Miller, Patricia Miller, Kathy Kiddoo, Janet Gerth, and Melissa Behrens.

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2019.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President General Ann Dillon. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit

County Continuing to Upgrade Aged Bridge Inventory

Is the glass half full or half empty? The recent 2019 Scotland County Bridge summary in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation offered some numbers for local constituents that may quench their thirst or waiting for a refill.

With seven structures over 50 years in age the county has some work to be done. However, with just seven crossings on the to do list, MoDOT reported Scotland County is in relatively good shape considering the county is responsible for a grand total of 149 bridges as well as nine culverts.

The positive report is due in large part to recent efforts by the county. Since 2009, Scotland County has built 21 new bridges.

Now local government will be tasked with considering the future of the seven neediest crossings according to MoDOT inspectors and engineers.

Bridge 0630012 on County Road 664 is faced with heavy scour and erosion at both abutments. The erosion has reached the roadway.

MoDOT inspectors have recommended the county place rock at abutments and wing walls to help stabilize the situation.

Initial estimate costs for replacing the bridge, built in 1991, were $156,201 for a new 69-foot bridge to replace the current 47-foot crossing.

Bridge 1540012 on County Road also is battling heavy scour and erosion around both abutments and has garnered similar recommendations from MODT.

The 40-foot bridge was built in 2001. MoDOT estimated costs of $140,354 to replace it with a new 62-foot crossing.

Bridge 2050014 on County Road 504 has an identical diagnosis and similar recommendations for maintenance. The 30-foot bridge was built in 1995

Bridge 3510006 on County 365 has heavy scour and erosion on the south abutment. Previously the county has placed rock upstream on the south bank, but erosion has returned around both wing walls and around the south abutment.

The 24-foot bridge was constructed in 2001. Estimated costs for replacement with a new 46-foot bridge were $104,134.

Bridge 3540003 on County Road 361 has heavy erosion and scour around the abutments. The abutments consists of a concrete beam cap on hollow pipe piles. MoDOT inspectors noted there is a large amount of drift under the bridge that may cause future erosion problems.

The 72-foot bridge was built in 1990.

Bridge 1200001 on County Road 961 was closed in 2018. In 2021 this bridge will be removed from the inventory and will no longer be eligible for federal funds.

Culvert 2420017 on County Road 561 is nearing the end of its service life. The culvert floor is deteriorating allowing water to flow under the culvert. This could cause the culvert to move during heavy rainfall.

Rutledge Man Attempts Suicide by Kneeling in Traffic

A Rutledge man was seriously injured when he was struck by a motor vehicle as he was kneeling in the roadway as part of an apparent suicide attempt early last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William R. Schoolcraft, 29, was seriously injured when he was struck by a 2006 Pontiac Grand AM. Schoolcraft was reportedly suicidal at the time of the incident and had knelt in the driving lane on Missouri Highway 11, approximately half a mile north of the Highway J intersection in Adair County when he was struck by the northbound car driven by Andrew M. Couch, 33, of Edina.

The vehicle traveled off the roadway after the collision, but Couch was not injured in the crash,

Schoolcraft sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

The incident occurred at 6:08 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10th.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County EMS and Adair County first responders.

McPherson/Hunolt Property Honored as Missouri Century Farm

Bob Hunolt receives the Missouri Century Farm sign from the MU Extension office for the McPherson/Hunolt property.

Robert and Dorothy Hunolt and John and Kathie McPherson, of Rutledge, were recently awarded recognition of their Missouri Century Farm.   Their farm was originally purchased in 1907.

Robert Hunolt applied for the Century Farm program through the University of Missouri Extension in April 2019.  The sign was presented to him by Lisa Doster, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development.

Please contact the Scotland County Extension office at 660-465-7255 with questions regarding the Missouri Century Farm program.

Long-term owners of Missouri farms are proud of their family accomplishments. This was evident during the Centennial Farm program held in Missouri during the American Revolution Bicentennial Year of 1976. In that popular program, 2,850 Missouri farm owners in 105 of Missouri’s 114 counties were recognized as owning a “Centennial Farm”.

Interest in the program continued after 1976. Several Missouri farm owners asked about having their farms recognized, so the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension planned a 10-year update in 1986 called the “Century Farm” program. During this update, 1,080 additional Missouri farms were recognized.

Long-term family farm owners who were not able to take part in the 1976 or 1986 events still wanted recognition, so the College and MU Extension planned for annual updates. Since 1987, an additional 5,504 farms have been recognized. In 2008, Missouri Farm Bureau became a program co-sponsor.

Board Learns All-Weather Track Set for October 8th Completion

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  President Christy Aylward called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with seven members present. 

Consent Agenda 

The board voted 7-0 to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

Minutes – From August 7th meeting

Procedural Evaluations as follows – District Food Service – Mrs. Judy Thomas; Elementary and Secondary Curriculum – Mrs. Tallman & Mr. Stott; Elementary and Secondary Instructional Climate – Mrs. Tallman & Mr. Stott; Parents As Teachers Program – Mrs. Tallman; Secondary Vocational Program – Mr. Stott; Supplemental Programs-Mrs. Tallman

2019B Update

Personal Day Requests

Updated Sub List

Financial Update – The board reviewed the year-to-datefinancial statements.  Year-to-date revenues currently total $492,043.82 and Year-to-date expenditures are $821,462.31.  The district is currently operating with a deficit of $329,418.49.

Track Update

The track asphalt was finished on Thursday, August 29. The perimeter fence was completed on Saturday, September 7.  The track crew is planning on arriving on Monday, September 23 to install the all-weather track surface.  Weather permitting, the track should be completed by October 8. Once the track is completed, we will announce the date for the ribbon cutting ceremony.   


Kim and Kody McCluskey gave a presentation to the board of education about their participation in the Stanford University Hollyhock Fellowship Program last summer in Palo Alto, California.

Transportation Routes

The board voted 7-0 to approve the District Transportation Routes for 2019-2020 as presented by the Transportation Director, Bryan Chance.

Review ASBR

Annually, following the close of business for the fiscal year, the district must report to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the status of the district’s finances and academic programs from the preceding year.  The ASBR must be submitted to DESE by August 15th.  This year’s ASBR shows the districts unrestricted ending fund balance at 30.85%.

October Meeting

The board voted 7-0 to set the October Board meeting for Thursday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the High School Library. 

Open session adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

In closed session the following items were approved:

Closed session minutes of August 7, 2019

Hire Angie Ward as bus driver.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Jessica Rhodes and Glenn House, Jr. of Kahoka are the parents of a daughter, Luna Star House, born September 9, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Luna weighed 6 lbs 2.8 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Levi, O’Ryan, Mavrye, Lillian, Alyssa and Deshawn. Grandparents are Ewing and Barb Key of Williamstown; Wayne Cobb, Jr. of Ewing; Laura Rhodes of Montrose, IA; and Mary Paul of Kahoka.


James and Christine Burkholder of Edina are the parents of a daughter, Martina Joy Burkholder, born September 10, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Martina weighed 6 lbs 7 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Siblings are Derrek, Justin, Micah, Kentin, Karlyn, and Shawn. Grandparents are Raymond and the late Mabel  Burkholder; and Clyde and Dorothy Zimmerman.

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