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Pastime Theatre proudly announces…..We’re Back!!!

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The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce that performances will be returning to The Pastime Theatre stage this July!

July 31st at 7pm, the Pastime Theatre will begin its comeback with local talent favorites and Walker County based country rock band BACKDRAFT. BACKDRAFT has performed all over Alabama and neighboring states. This concert is not part of the original concert series that had been postponed. Tickets for this performance will be $10.

As part of the original 2020 concert series, The Band Steele has been rescheduled for August 21 at 7pm. Tickets to The Band Steele are $25. The Band Steele is the singer/songwriter duo of Bo Steele and Ben Rubino.  Both are Alabama natives from Double Springs.  Their original track “Good Times” is featured in the John Travolta/Sharon Stone film “Life on the Line”.  In addition to performing nationally, the Band Steele enjoys performing at our military bases and their latest single “Sit Awhile” is a tribute to the men and women that serve. The Band Steele celebrated its first Top 30 at Country Radio with “Waitin’ On Sunshine” (MusicRow Country Breakout Chart) in March 2020, and its second close behind with “You’re Gonna Have to Miss Me” in October 2020.

Finishing out the 2020 concert series that had been postponed due to the pandemic will be the 7 Bridges Band on September 11 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 each. Dinner will be offered prior to this show at an additional $20 per person. This band is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of The Eagles.  They faithfully recreate the experience of an Eagles concert from their most prolific period. The Eagles are arguably one of America’s most famous bands with their music spanning over five decades.  7 Bridges is recognized as the “Ultimate Eagles Experience”.   Rolling Stone Magazine has called them “the greatest Eagles tribute band on earth”. Mary Hyche, Pastime Theatre Chairman says, “The 7 Bridges Band is our most requested repeat performers.”

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you at The Pastime. Call 205-487-3002 for tickets and info. Previously purchased tickets are still good

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May 26, 2021 at 3:12 PM

POLL – Will you and/or your family be attending the Carnival being held in Guin from April 12 – April 17?

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April 12, 2021 at 12:26 AM

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Northwest Alabama Cinderella Pageant

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May 1, 2021 – Registration begins at 10 AM Hamilton Middle School Gym 400 Military Street South Hamilton, Alabama

Northwest Alabama Cinderella Scholarship Pageant is a natural pageant preliminary for the Alabama State Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant.

Girls ages 0-29 living in Marion County, surrounding counties, and counties to the north qualify to participate.

The Cinderella system was created in 1976 and is one of the most prestigious pageants of its kind.
Age groups include:
Cinderella Infant-0-11 months
Cinderella Baby-12-23 months
Cinderella Tiny Tot-24-35 months
Cinderella Tot-3-6 years
Cinderella Miniature Miss-7-9 years
Cinderella Miss-10-12 years
Cinderella Teen 13-17 years
Cinderella Woman 18-29 years Woman contestants may be married.

West Alabama Cinderella’s prelim will be held in the spring of each year. Participants chosen as winners will proceed to the Alabama State Scholarship Pageant held in June in Tuscaloosa. Winners at the State level proceed to the International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant in Dallas, TX in July.
Participants (ages 3-6) compete in the categories of Beauty, Casual Wear, Interview, and Tot Personality (on-stage interview).
Participants (ages 7-29) compete in the categories of Beauty, Casual Wear, Interview, and Talent.

Director-Mary Beth Hall

Contact Mary Beth Hall at mbpugh8@gmail.com for more information.

For an online entry form Click Here

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February 4, 2021 at 8:46 PM

One Day Event for the 2021 Festival of the Cranes

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Decatur, Ala. (December 14, 2020) – Over 14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. In celebration of the winter migration of these long-legged and long-necked birds, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts an event offering a variety of activities for experienced birders and anyone who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the Refuge home.

Some modifications to the annual event have been implemented as additional safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Festival of the Cranes is set for January 9 with presentations held at the Princess Theatre located at 112 2nd Avenue in downtown Decatur.

The Princess Theatre will host five events and admission to each is free. Seating is limited (due to social distancing guidelines) with first come, first served admission.

Saturday, Jan. 9 activities at the Princess Theatre

9:00 a.m. – Video presentation by Master Falconer Lauren McGough
McGough has been a licensed and practicing falconer since age 14 and has been particularly enamored with gold eagles as hunting partners, a unique branch of falconry that has only a handful of practitioners in the United States. She learned to hunt with eagles through years of living with the nomadic people of Mongolia, as featured in a 2018 segment of 60 Minutes.

10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center live performance
The Southeastern Raptor Center presents their educational program to teach about birds of prey. Attendees can see hawks, eagles, falcons and owls up close while learning about habitats, conservation and ecology.

2:30 p.m. – Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History video presentation by Paul Bannick
The video presentation provides rare intimate looks into the life history of one of the world’s most charismatic birds. In the presentation, the physical features, preferred habitats, breeding cycle, hunting strategies, as well as prey and conservation issues are explored through several dozen never-before published images.

4 p.m. – Gareth Laffely live performance
Laffely is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer and producer from Gallatin, Tenn., whose music has been licensed by the Discovery Channel, NASCAR and Public Television. An award winning Native American flute player and composer, Laffely is of Mi’kmaq/Cree descent. 

5:30 p.m. – Ben Raines Saving America’s Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation’s Most Biodiverse River System live presentation
Raines has won more than two dozen awards for his coverage of environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama and on the Gulf Coast and coauthored several peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals. He wrote and produced the documentary America’s Amazon, which has aired on PBS stations around the country.

In addition to the presentations at the Princess Theatre, a variety of activities are planned in the community in conjunction with Festival of the Cranes before, during and after the event. 

  • From Jan. 8 to Feb. 19, 2021, the Alabama Center for the Arts will host the Festival of the Cranes Art Exhibition. The juried show features art inspired by nature, cranes and other wildlife by students, alumni artists, faculty and staff from Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. Admission is free.
  • The Carnegie Visual Arts Center will host a bird and nature art journaling workshop led by artist Timothy Joe on Jan. 9, 2021. Two sessions are available to choose from. Session 1 is 9:30-11:30 a.m. and session 2 follows 1-3 p.m. Learn how to sharpen observation skills and use art to document what is seen in the outdoors. Registration fee is $5. For more information, visit https://www.carnegiearts.org/event/bird-nature-art-journaling-workshop/,
  • The Cook Museum of Natural Science will host festival-related events Jan. 7 through Jan. 9. In addition, the public is invited to see and learn about the newest addition to the wetland diorama in the Rivers and Streams Exhibit, a taxidermy juvenile whooping crane donated by the international Crane Foundation. Learn cool facts about different species that make their home in a wetland biome with the collectable card set. Find out why whooping cranes are so amazing in the Lunch and Learn presentation on Thursday and in the Science on the Spot presentations on Friday. On Friday and Saturday, watch a movie highlighting the conservation efforts made to save the whooping crane while trying your hand at origami cranes. The Lunch and Learn presentation is $5 for non-members. All other activities are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket. For more information, visit https://www.cookmuseum.org/calendar/wild-about-whoopers-2/?occurrence=2021-01-07. Thursday, January 7: o Wetlands Collectable Cards – All day in the exhibits o Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Whooping Cranes from 12 – 1 pm Friday, January 8:
    o Crane Craft Corner from 10 am – 3 pm
    o Movie: Journey of the Whooping Crane at 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm and 2 pm
    o Whooping Crane Science on the Spot at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm and 2 pm
    Saturday, January 9:
    o Wetlands Collectable Cards – All day in the exhibits
    o Crane Craft Corner from 10 am – 3 pm
    o Movie: Journey of the Whooping Crane at 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm and 2 pm

The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road in Decatur. The observation building at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is currently closed. Two outdoor photo blinds near the visitor center parking lot and the backyard area behind the visitor center are available for viewing. 

For more information on the Festival of the Cranes, visit https://www.friendsofwheelerrefuge.com/festival-of-the-cranes-2021 or follow www.facebook.com/FOCatWheeler for the latest updates. 

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge was established on July 7, 1938 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the first National Wildlife Refuge placed on a multi-purpose reservoir to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds. Covering 35,000 acres, it attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year and is home to Alabama’s largest wintering duck population. The Refuge also supports the state’s largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes and the endangered Whooping Crane. For more information on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/wheeler.

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December 14, 2020 at 11:55 AM

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USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Programand CRP Grasslands in Early 2021

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November 3, 2020 at 2:20 PM

New Hamilton Garbage Route Map

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YELLOW SECTION (Southside of Hwy 278 East to US Hwy 43 South)Monday

ORANGE SECTION (Northside of Hwy 278 to County Hwy 1)Tuesday

BLUE SECTION (From Marion County Courthouse up North on Military Trail to Northside of Bexar Ave West)Wednesday

GREEN SECTION (From Courthouse West to Sentry Road to County Hwy 81 through Oak Hill Subdivision to Northside of State Hwy 17 back to intersection at the Middle School)Thursday

2nd ORANGE SECTION (From intersection of Sentry Road West and South of Bexar Ave West to City Limits South of I22 on State Hwy 17 to Fulton Bridge community back to US Hwy 43 South) – Friday

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October 14, 2020 at 7:06 PM

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Hamilton Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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PLACE # 1: Wesley Steele – 539 ; Scott Tyra – 714

PLACE # 3: Neil Sellman – 571 ; Matt Sims – 668

PLACE # 5: Sherry Pickard Armstrong – 606 ; Scott Robertson – 641

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October 6, 2020 at 7:12 PM

Guin Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR: Max Maddox – 284 ; Phil Segraves – 364

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October 6, 2020 at 7:08 PM

Bear Creek Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR: Tammy Rowe Batchelor – 139 ; Robert Taylor – 161

PLACE # 1: Mark Cofield – 129 ; James T. Weeks – 166

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October 6, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Application Deadline is Sept. 11

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August 31, 2020 at 4:18 PM


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August 26, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Bear Creek Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Tammy Rowe Batchelor (I) – 81 ; Ronnie Freeman – 78 ; Robert Taylor – 135

PLACE # 1 : Mark Cofield – 100 ; Jesse Gilbert – 55 ; James T. Weeks – 135

PLACE # 2 – Lamar Dickerson – 93 ; Eric Loden – 175 ; Mark Townsend – 20

PLACE # 3 : Lisa Jordan – 105 ; Alex Price – 178

PLACE # 4 : Chris Hyde – 209 ; Brian Talley – 80

PLACE # 5 : Ricky Hines – 126 ; Eric Mills – 158

Courtesy of Andy Marbutt

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August 25, 2020 at 9:45 PM

Brilliant Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Perry Franks

PLACE # 1 : Kevin Farley

PLACE # 2 : Lori Colley

PLACE # 3 : Heath Sanderson

PLACE # 4 : Mary Ann Hardin – 66 ; Danny Berryhill – 36

PLACE # 5 : Ricky Pollard

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August 25, 2020 at 9:02 PM

Hackleburg Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Darryl Colburn (I) – 288 ; Tim Howard – 41 ; Eugene Marbutt – 52

PLACE # 1 : Pam Pickens – 213 ; Clint Carter – 156

PLACE # 2 : Kenny Hallmark

PLACE # 3 : Don Barnwell (I) – 291 ; Barry McCarley – 89

PLACE # 4 : Jerry Williams

PLACE # 5 : Darrin Wiginton (I) – 275 ; Rodney McCarley – 98

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August 25, 2020 at 8:58 PM

Guin Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Max Maddox (I) – 230 ; Willie Joe Hollis – 62 ; Phil Segraves – 290

PLACE # 1 : Bobby Bellew

PLACE # 2 : Mineo Lindsey

PLACE # 3 : Regina Salter – 290 ; Jimmie Casey – 286

PLACE # 4 : Kelee Baker Williams – 418 ; Curt M. Hubbert – 157

PLACE # 5 : Dr. Gary Randolph – 213 ; Joseph Benton – 369

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August 25, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Winfield Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Randy Price (I) – 625 ; Chris Ballard – 287 ; Clay Johnson – 298

PLACE # 1 : Rusty Barnes (I) – 597 ; Ed Posey – 595

PLACE # 2 : Tim Garrison (I) – 657 ; Steve Martin – 521

PLACE # 3 : Reggie Hall – 266 ; Keith “Termite” Pollard – 893

PLACE # 4 : Jeana Roberts Estes – 616 ; Jeff Hughes – 164 ; Chuck Mullins – 402

PLACE # 5 : Anthony Hallmark (I) – 591 ; James Odum – 599

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August 25, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Hamilton Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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Municipal Elections Results

MAYOR : Bob Page (I) – 1002 ; Tami Lewis Williams – 739

PLACE # 1 : Lenn Holloway – 365 ; Jerry Norris – 73 ; Wesley Steele – 513 ; Scott Tyra – 793

PLACE # 2 : Wade Sullins (I) – 608 ; Ross Reed – 1131

PLACE # 3 : McDavid Franks – 160 ; Tim Holcomb – 292 ; Neil Sellman – 693 ; Matt Sims – 582

PLACE # 4 : Gene Sanderson (I) – 474 ; Wade Williams – 1260

PLACE # 5 : Sherry Armstrong – 587 ; Dale Reese – 77 ; Chris Rich – 503 ; Scott Robertson – 569

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August 25, 2020 at 7:51 PM

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP

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Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11, and Producers Who Have Approved Applications to Receive Final Payments

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August 11, 2020 at 11:52 PM

Final Candidate Lists for Marion County Municipal Elections

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Bear Creek – Final Candidate List
Brilliant – Final Candidate List
Guin – Final Candidate List
Gu-Win – Final Candidate List
Hackleburg – Final Candidate List
Hamilton – Final Candidate List
Winfield – Final Candidate List

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July 26, 2020 at 2:49 AM

World’s Longest Yard Sale Will Go on As Planned

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Decatur, Ala. (July 22, 2020) – Each year, bargain hunters, yard sale connoisseurs and treasure seekers make their way through northeastern Alabama for the biggest yard sale shopping spree in the world. The World’s Longest Yard Sale, a once-a-year, 690-mile shopping trip, will take place as planned, August 6-9, 2020, and as a mostly outdoor event, there is more than enough space to allow for social distancing among shoppers.

Many shoppers begin the 690-mile, six state journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, Mich. Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. It is estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically up and running by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.  

Along with an incredible shopping adventure, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors through some of the most scenic rural America in the United States. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted “A Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic and Southern Living magazines. Along with four days of shopping, visitors can experience true southern hospitality, a world of nature, including breathtaking vistas and majestic waterfalls, and a variety of locally-owned restaurants and accommodations. 

In addition to providing outdoor recreation, this event takes place in mostly rural areas in the states where the route passes through. Many of the vendors who participate earn a significant portion of their yearly income at this event. It also provides a significant positive economic impact to many hotels, motels, RV parks and campgrounds, restaurants and other retail businesses.

Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen and to bring a face mask (when indoors or social distancing is not possible), plenty of hand sanitizer and water. Vendors will sanitize booth/tables frequently and are encouraged to offer contact-free payments and to display all items in the open rather than leaving them in a box to prevent unnecessary contact. For lodging information, directions, road closures and more information, visit https://visitlookoutmountain.com/worlds-longest-yard-sale/ or call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or Greater Gadsden Area Tourism at 888.565.0411.

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July 23, 2020 at 2:01 PM

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MCBE Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year

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Link to PDF version – CLICK HERE

Visit them online at www.mcbe.net

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July 14, 2020 at 12:17 AM

News Release – Farm Service Agency County Committee Nominations Open June 15, 2020

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June 11, 2020 at 2:18 AM

Winfield Public Library – Phase II: No Contact Curbside Pickup

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PHASE II: NO Contact Curbside Pickup begins Tuesday June 2, 2020 – Weather permitting. Heavy rain and thunderstorms may delay or cancel Curbside services on a daily basis.
This limited service will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 12 pm – 2 pm.

Patrons with active library cards can reserve items online or call 205-487-2484.
You will set up a time to pick up your items outside the front entrance.
All return items must be returned in the outside book/media deposit on the sidewalk.
PLEASE have your items in a bag if it is raining.

You can view our collection online by going to http://www.winfieldpubliclibrary.com
At the top of the page click the Library Search link. This will let you search or browse our collection.

You have 2 choices to reserve items:

  1. 1. You can call the library at 205-487-2484 and tell staff what you would like to borrow and set up a time for pickup.
  2. 2. While viewing the library catalog, you should see an account log on option in the top right corner.
    Username will be your first initial and last name, all lower case.
    Password will be your library card number. Your library card number is located on the back of your card, use the barcode numbers.
    After you log on you can click on the items you would like to checkout, then click on the reserve button.
    When you see the message “Item reserved successfully” you can click the top right X and continue to browse and reserve.
    You will still be limited to 6 items with a 2 movie/TV series limit.
    The library staff will get a notification that you have placed items on reserve.
    The staff will gather your items then call or text you when they are available to be picked up.
    You need to be sure we have your current phone number on file.

We ask that patrons stay in their vehicle and call the library at 205-487-2484 to inform staff you are in the parking lot.
The staff will let you know if your items are ready and will place on a table outside in a bag with your name attached.
We ask that all patrons follow social distancing protocols while waiting for your items.
6 feet spacing will be marked outside but waiting in your car will be the best procedure.

Safely reopening the library in phases. Please be patient as the library remains closed until further notice.

The Covid-19 virus has had an unprecedented impact on the library and the communities we serve.
Our plan to reopen is dependent on factors such as recommendations from local and national health agencies,
social distancing protocols, critical community needs, and a sustained reduction in new Covid-19 cases within
the community for at least 14 days. The primary consideration is maintaining the safety of library patrons and staff
while finding ways to provide necessary services that the library is uniquely positioned to perform.


PHASE III will be announced ASAP. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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May 29, 2020 at 1:16 AM

Amended Alabama “Safer at Home” Order – 05/21/2020

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May 21, 2020 at 3:26 PM

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