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The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/22): Police investigate a stolen human skull in Winchester, Evan Goodenow writes.

Some Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board members make about $40,000 per year working as little as eight hours per week, Onofrio Castiglia reports.

Also, Robyn Miller, the new interim executive director of WATTS, says the charity has offers for land and buildings to construct a permanent, year-round home, Onofrio Castiglia writes.

Pictured: Appearing in a sign anchored to the wall of a house next door, Realtor Kendra Layman watches Urban Development employee Mason Gyovai of Winchester as he cleans the front yard of a neighboring property on East Cork Street in Winchester on Wednesday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/22): Police investigate a stolen human skull in Winchester, Evan Goodenow writes.

Some Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board members make about $40,000 per year working as little as eight hours per week, Onofrio Castiglia reports. 

Also, Robyn Miller, the new interim executive director of WATTS, says the charity has offers for land and buildings to construct a permanent, year-round home, Onofrio Castiglia writes. 

Pictured: Appearing in a sign anchored to the wall of a house next door, Realtor Kendra Layman watches Urban Development employee Mason Gyovai of Winchester as he cleans the front yard of a neighboring property on East Cork Street in Winchester on Wednesday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/21): The biggest change for Clarke County Public Schools at the start of its school year on Tuesday is the closure of D.G. Cooley Elementary School's upper campus, Josh Janney reports.

As first-year students moved onto Shenandoah University's campus on Tuesday, the university said it expects this year's freshman class to be the largest yet, Anna Merod writes.

Also, as Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, toured the local HP Hood plant on Tuesday (pictured), trade policy revisions were the topic of the day, Onofrio Castiglia reports.

Pictured: Winchester native and HP Hood plant manager Bryan Larrick gives a tour of the dairy products manufacturing plant in Kernstown to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/21): The biggest change for Clarke County Public Schools at the start of its school year on Tuesday is the closure of D.G. Cooley Elementary Schools upper campus, Josh Janney reports. 

As first-year students moved onto Shenandoah Universitys campus on Tuesday, the university said it expects this years freshman class to be the largest yet, Anna Merod writes.

Also, as Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, toured the local HP Hood plant on Tuesday (pictured), trade policy revisions were the topic of the day, Onofrio Castiglia reports. 

Pictured: Winchester native and HP Hood plant manager Bryan Larrick gives a tour of the dairy products manufacturing plant in Kernstown to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton on Tuesday.  

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/20): As part of increased security, searches of civil and defense attorneys began Monday at the Joint Judicial Center in Winchester (pictured), Evan Goodenow writes.

A search warrant affidavit provides more insight into the possible mistreatment of animals at Wilson's Wild Animal Park, Josh Janney reports.

Also, Winchester Regional Airport gets $1.25 million grant to purchase a hangar, Josh Janney writes.

Pictured: Attorney John Hasselberger of Winchester walks through a metal detector in the Joint Judicial Center on Monday -- the first day of enhanced security, which included scanning attorneys for weapons. Monitoring the scan are Sheriff Les Taylor (left) and Deputy F.P. Jenkins.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/20): As part of increased security, searches of civil and defense attorneys began Monday at the Joint Judicial Center in Winchester (pictured), Evan Goodenow writes.

A search warrant affidavit provides more insight into the possible mistreatment of animals at Wilsons Wild Animal Park, Josh Janney reports.

Also, Winchester Regional Airport gets $1.25 million grant to purchase a hangar, Josh Janney writes.

Pictured: Attorney John Hasselberger of Winchester walks through a metal detector in the Joint Judicial Center on Monday -- the first day of enhanced security, which included scanning attorneys for weapons. Monitoring the scan are Sheriff Les Taylor (left) and Deputy F.P. Jenkins.

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Lawyers are the grimiest of the grimy..of course they should be searched.

That should have been happening all along.

You know things are bad when the sheriff doesn’t trust the lawyersπŸ˜‚

Why wasn't it ALWAYS like this...smh🀨

Yo I'm a top fan

Lookin' sharp, John Hasselberger.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/17): Wilson's Wild Animal Park recently shut down after more than 100 animals were seized, Josh Janney writes.

Frederick County announces plastic recycling will continue, Josh Janney reports.

Also, an update on renovations of the city-owned Creamery Building, Brian Brehm writes.

Pictured: Joselynn Tyler, 9, of Clarke County, the 2019 Miss Pre-Teen Clarke County Fair, holds the ribbons to be awarded as she watches the 4-H Horse Show Friday at the fair in Berryville.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/17): Wilsons Wild Animal Park recently shut down after more than 100 animals were seized, Josh Janney writes.

Frederick County announces plastic recycling will continue, Josh Janney reports.

Also, an update on renovations of the city-owned Creamery Building, Brian Brehm writes.

Pictured: Joselynn Tyler, 9, of Clarke County, the 2019 Miss Pre-Teen Clarke County Fair, holds the ribbons to be awarded as she watches the 4-H Horse Show Friday at the fair in Berryville.  

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Rachel Frieman Lockwood, look Rachel, that pretty face Zoey πŸ’•

Heather Wilson!!! Wilson’s Hellish Petting Zoo!! Animals seized!!πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Nina Tyler

Rachel Costanzo Ouzts Jenny Costanzo Reid

Hopefully you guys mention what a good reputation Wilsons Wild Animal Park has in the community, and how it has been a cherished landmark for decades. Also, maybe mention that PETA is a political organization that has been accused of being a domestic terrorist group that aims for total animal liberation. They would rather see animal dead than in captivity. Doesnt take a whole lot of investigation to figure out their long term goals and they begin by taking out small zoos, breeders, the meat and dairy industry, and eventually pet owners. It doesnt end at them stealing animals from zoos like this. They will soon come for YOUR animals as well. They already have. www.petakillsanimals.com/

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/15): City Council approves Shentel's franchise request to offer cable, internet and phone services in Winchester, creating competition for Comcast, Brian Brehm reports.

Local school divisions generally saw improvements in math and science SOL scores, but reading, writing and history/social science pass rates mostly dipped, reflecting a statewide trend, Anna Merod writes.

Also, two Winchester women face multiple animal cruelty charges over the death of five dogs in June, Evan Goodenow reports.

Pictured: Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputies cross University Drive at the entrance to Shenandoah University on Wednesday, where a large American flag was suspended by firefighters' ladder trucks. A service was held at the school for Deputy First Class Justin JaCory Payne of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office who died of natural causes on Aug. 7. The 38-year-old Payne was born in Winchester and graduated from Handley High School and S.U. before joining the Sheriff's Office in 2005, according to his obituary and the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/15): City Council approves Shentels franchise request to offer cable, internet and phone services in Winchester, creating competition for Comcast, Brian Brehm reports.

Local school divisions generally saw improvements in math and science SOL scores, but reading, writing and history/social science pass rates mostly dipped, reflecting a statewide trend, Anna Merod writes.

Also, two Winchester women face multiple animal cruelty charges over the death of five dogs in June, Evan Goodenow reports. 

Pictured: Loudoun County Sheriffs Deputies cross University Drive at the entrance to Shenandoah University on Wednesday, where a large American flag was suspended by firefighters ladder trucks.  A service was held at the school for Deputy First Class Justin JaCory Payne of the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office who died of natural causes on Aug. 7. The 38-year-old Payne was born in Winchester and graduated from Handley High School and S.U. before joining the Sheriffs Office in 2005, according to his obituary and the Sheriffs Office Facebook page.

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Shentel can’t provide quality service in Shenandoah county but they wanna expand...

It’s about time.

If you can afford shentel!

Will we ever get internet in Frederick County, besides cell coverage? πŸ€”

Say no to shentel!!!! They won't let comcast come to Shenandoah County !!!!!

Virginia Air Networks

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/14): A Winchester woman who left her baby in a van on a 92-degree day last year has avoided imprisonment, Evan Goodenow reports.

A Shenandoah University student accused of raping a fellow student in a dormitory room in 2017 will serve up to a year in prison, Evan Goodenow writes.

Also, for its first year, Virginia CareerWorks helped create an IT Academy for students with special needs. Parents and students said it's a much-needed resource in the community, Anna Merod reports.

Pictured: Brianna Hitt of Jefferson County, W.Va., with the American Rabbit Breeders Association, judges a rabbit at the 65th annual Clarke County Fair Tuesday morning.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/14): A Winchester woman who left her baby in a van on a 92-degree day last year has avoided imprisonment, Evan Goodenow reports.

A Shenandoah University student accused of raping a fellow student in a dormitory room in 2017 will serve up to a year in prison, Evan Goodenow writes.

Also, for its first year, Virginia CareerWorks helped create an IT Academy for students with special needs. Parents and students said its a much-needed resource in the community, Anna Merod reports.

Pictured: Brianna Hitt of Jefferson County, W.Va., with the American Rabbit Breeders Association, judges a rabbit at the 65th annual Clarke County Fair Tuesday morning.  

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So, the student is serving up to a year in prison by merely being accused, not convicted? So much for due process and innocent until proven guilty.

That woman who left her baby in the van needs to go to jail for a long, long time!

How the hell did she avoid jail time? I see the justice system failed the child just like Casey Anthony case

That bunny's like "I didn't pay for this massage but I don't hate it."

"Let's get you all really pissed off and then BOOM HEY LOOK A BUNNY!!" πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

Only a year for a rapist? There was a time a rape conviction would get you a death sentence.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/13): The former interim executive director of Berryville Main Street, Christian Miles Bentley, has been ordered to repay the $4,874 he stole from the nonprofit group, Evan Goodenow reports.

Also, homicide suspect Michael Ivory Curry is scheduled to stand trial beginning on Nov. 18. He is one of four men accused in the March 27, 2017, robbery and murder of Todd William Anderson in his Blue Ridge Mountain home, Evan Goodenow writes.

Pictured: Roseabelle the goat shows her stubborn side as owner Morgan Gore, 7, of Clarke County, tries to lead her back to the barn after washing her at the 65th annual Clarke County Fair Monday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/13): The former interim executive director of Berryville Main Street, Christian Miles Bentley, has been ordered to repay the $4,874 he stole from the nonprofit group, Evan Goodenow reports.

Also, homicide suspect Michael Ivory Curry is scheduled to stand trial beginning on Nov. 18. He is one of four men accused in the March 27, 2017, robbery and murder of Todd William Anderson in his Blue Ridge Mountain home, Evan Goodenow writes.

Pictured: Roseabelle the goat shows her stubborn side as owner Morgan Gore, 7, of Clarke County, tries to lead her back to the barn after washing her at the 65th annual Clarke County Fair Monday.

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That's MY BABY!!!! So proud of my baby girl!! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Candice Koon

Ric Newcome

You forgot to post your editorial about homosexual marriage and the transgender lifestyle that I am sure people want to read. Your welcome. www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/editorial-northam-s-jamestown-boycott-more-than-a-snub/art...

I love it! ❀️

Thats awesome Candice Koon! Tell her im very proud of her!

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2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/10): Frederick County landowners are working to restore habitat for the northern bobwhite (Virginia quail), Josh Janney reports.

Hanaa Unus is Shenandoah University's first Muslim community coordinator in the Office of Spiritual Life. She's also the first Muslim chaplain in the school's nearly 150-year history, Anna Merod writes.

Also, Warren Systems is moving due to, in part, aggravation over the number of parking tickets issued at the downtown business (pictured), Brian Brehm reports.

Pictured: The word "MOVING" is spelled out in parking ticket envelopes in the front window of Warren Systems at 27 N. Braddock Street Friday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/10): Frederick County landowners are working to restore habitat for the northern bobwhite (Virginia quail), Josh Janney reports.

Hanaa Unus is Shenandoah Universitys first Muslim community coordinator in the Office of Spiritual Life. Shes also the first Muslim chaplain in the schools nearly 150-year history, Anna Merod writes. 

Also, Warren Systems is moving due to, in part, aggravation over the number of parking tickets issued at the downtown business (pictured), Brian Brehm reports. 

Pictured: The word MOVING is spelled out in parking ticket envelopes in the front window of Warren Systems at 27 N. Braddock Street Friday.  

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Bryan Skyhigh Fleming

Then pay your fines like the rest do

You forgot to post your editorial about homosexual marriage and the transgender lifestyle that I am sure people want to read. Your welcome. www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/editorial-northam-s-jamestown-boycott-more-than-a-snub/art...

2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/9): Things went smoothly on the first day of classes (pictured) for the 2019-20 school year in Winchester Public Schools on Thursday, Anna Merod writes.

Carmeuse Lime and Stone tries to address citizen concerns at a public meeting on Wednesday night, Josh Janney writes.

Also, Boyce appoints a former zoning administrator to its BZA, which will meet Tuesday night for the first time in five years, Mickey Powell reports.

Pictured: John Kerr Elementary School teacher Jen Daniels has a welcome hug for every student on the first day of the 2019- 2020 school year on Thursday in Winchester Public Schools.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/9): Things went smoothly on the first day of classes (pictured) for the 2019-20 school year in Winchester Public Schools on Thursday, Anna Merod writes.

Carmeuse Lime and Stone tries to address citizen concerns at a public meeting on Wednesday night, Josh Janney writes.

Also, Boyce appoints a former zoning administrator to its BZA, which will meet Tuesday night for the first time in five years, Mickey Powell reports.

Pictured: John Kerr Elementary School teacher Jen Daniels has a welcome hug for every student on the first day of the 2019- 2020 school year on Thursday in Winchester Public Schools.

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Just found out that my kids and I are in the paper but I dont appreciate with my head being cute off in the picture when I seen the picture bc of the guy showing my kids and I the picture on his camera that's my memories and my head gets cut out

How can I see if my kids and I were in the paper on friday 8/9/2019

2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

There's ONE DAY left to nominate someone for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- you have until this Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. to nominate someone you think is making a difference in the community. Click here to nominate: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MoversShakers ... See MoreSee Less

Theres ONE DAY left to nominate someone for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- you have until this Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. to nominate someone you think is making a difference in the community. Click here to nominate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MoversShakers

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Bryan Nuri or B.L. Nuri would be great choices but not Bryan Lynwood anybody but Bryan Lynwood

Whatever you do, don't nominate anyone from your homophobic, transphobic editorial board.

You forgot to post this editorial about homosexual marriage and the transgender lifestyle. Just thought people would want to read it... You're welcome. www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/editorial-northam-s-jamestown-boycott-more-than-a-snub/art...

2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/8): Walmart's 200th training center opened Wednesday on South Pleasant Valley Road. It is designed to help promote hourly employees to management positions. Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran came to the ribbon-cutting to celebrate, Onofrio Castiglia writes.

Frederick County school administrators share the division's accomplishments and new strategic plan during a convocation ceremony Wednesday, Anna Merod reports.

Also, family members of a Winchester man killed in the Vietnam War whose picture is missing from the Wall of Faces are supplying a photo, Brian Brehm writes.

Pictured: Nancy Baker (left) and Brenda Anderson, employees at the Walmart on South Pleasant Valley in Winchester, celebrate their graduation from Walmart's newly opened training academy there on Wednesday.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/8): Walmarts 200th training center opened Wednesday on South Pleasant Valley Road. It is designed to help promote hourly employees to management positions. Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran came to the ribbon-cutting to celebrate, Onofrio Castiglia writes.

Frederick County school administrators share the divisions accomplishments and new strategic plan during a convocation ceremony Wednesday, Anna Merod reports.

Also, family members of a Winchester man killed in the Vietnam War whose picture is missing from the Wall of Faces are supplying a photo, Brian Brehm writes. 

Pictured: Nancy Baker (left) and Brenda Anderson, employees at the Walmart on South Pleasant Valley in Winchester, celebrate their graduation from Walmarts newly opened training academy there on Wednesday.

Photo by Onofrio Castiglia/The Winchester Star

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Congrats to all

Congratulations to my Aunt Brenda❀️

Congratulations to all I miss ya so much with doc orders I cannot come back all take care i see you around

Miss you 2 Ladies

Two hard working ladies right there!!!

Maghan Jude Greg Graham Julie Ann Faulkner Nancy May

Mike Anderson , Stacey Householder Anderson

Meghan Webber

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2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/7): A national project to collect photos of all American service personnel killed in Vietnam is missing the picture of a Winchester man, Brian Brehm writes.

More details are revealed following a police-involved shooting in Clarke County on Monday, Brian Brehm reports.

Also, Winchester Public Schools' first day of school is Thursday, Anna Merod writes.

Pictured: Handley High School custodian Jason Horner grills hot dogs at the south entrance to the Handley Bowl on Tuesday during the Handley Kick Off Open House, where students were able to grab a hot dog, their class schedules and their Chromebooks for the coming school year.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/7): A national project to collect photos of all American service personnel killed in Vietnam is missing the picture of a Winchester man, Brian Brehm writes.

More details are revealed following a police-involved shooting in Clarke County on Monday, Brian Brehm reports.

Also, Winchester Public Schools first day of school is Thursday, Anna Merod writes.

Pictured: Handley High School custodian Jason Horner grills hot dogs at the south entrance to the Handley Bowl on Tuesday during the Handley Kick Off Open House, where students were able to grab a hot dog, their class schedules and their Chromebooks for the coming school year. 

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2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

Tomorrow in The Star (8/6): State police are investigating a police shooting by a Clarke County Sheriff's Office deputy on Monday morning, Brian Brehm writes.

Carmeuse Lime and Stone will hold two meetings this week to address citizen concerns and to discuss future Comprehensive Plan amendments/rezoning applications, Josh Janney reports.

Also, Frederick County plans to apply for a telecommunications grant to expand broadband in the Apple Pie Ridge Road area, Josh Janney writes.

Pictured: Jimmy Swisher of Clarke County uses a pressure washer to clean the Homemakers Arts & Crafts building at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville on Monday. The fair runs Aug. 11- 17.

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Tomorrow in The Star (8/6): State police are investigating a police shooting by a Clarke County Sheriffs Office deputy on Monday morning, Brian Brehm writes. 

Carmeuse Lime and Stone will hold two meetings this week to address citizen concerns and to discuss future Comprehensive Plan amendments/rezoning applications, Josh Janney reports. 

Also, Frederick County  plans to apply for a telecommunications grant to expand broadband in the Apple Pie Ridge Road area, Josh Janney writes.

Pictured: Jimmy Swisher of Clarke County uses a pressure washer to clean the Homemakers Arts & Crafts building at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville on Monday. The fair runs Aug. 11- 17.  

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When and where are the Carmeuse discussions? Concerned citizen here.

2 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

We are receiving excellent nominations for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- you have until this Friday, Aug. 9 to nominate someone you think is making a difference in the community. Click here to nominate: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MoversShakers ... See MoreSee Less

We are receiving excellent nominations for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- you have until this Friday, Aug. 9 to nominate someone you think is making a difference in the community. Click here to nominate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MoversShakers

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I’d love to see folks get this that have great attitudes and help people. That’s a real shaker and mover in our community. -Nick

Bradley Comstock. Area Realtor and sane candidate for the Frederick Co School Board, Opequon District.

3 weeks ago

The Winchester Star

It's that time again! We are looking for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- people in our community who are making the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke county area a better place to live, work, and/or play. Nominate who you think is a deserving Mover & Shaker at the link below. The five finalists chosen will be featured in a photoshoot and article in October. Deadline to nominate is Friday, Aug. 9. www.surveymonkey.com/r/moversshakers ... See MoreSee Less

Its that time again! We are looking for our 2019 Movers & Shakers -- people in our community who are making the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke county area a better place to live, work, and/or play. Nominate who you think is a deserving Mover & Shaker at the link below. The five finalists chosen will be featured in a photoshoot and article in October. Deadline to nominate is Friday, Aug. 9. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/moversshakers

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Yes we need to do this!!!

Bradley Comstock.