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New Program Helps Veterans In Need
Friday September 28th 2012

Imagine someone overseas fighting for our country. Now, picture them coming home without any money or a place to live. The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living is changing that, with their newest program - "Support Services for Veteran Families.” Officials will be working with low income veterans at risk of homelessness or are already homeless. To qualify, one household member must also be disabled. This program covers veterans in Carbon, Northampton, Berks, Lehigh and Monroe Counties. Officials will be working with public housing offices and landlords throughout the five counties to place veterans and their families in the lowest cost housing possible. The program also offers veterans temporary financial assistance. So far they already have 10 families are on the list – officials can assist 50. For more information, check out their website www.LVCIL.Org

Tri-State Film Fest
Friday September 28th 2012

Thanks to a new film festival movie goer will be spending a lot of time in Pike County over the next two weeks...

The premier of the Tri-State Film Festival in Matamoras kicked off today and fallowing it is the Black Bear Film Festival September 12th. This weekend the Tri-State Film Festival will be showing 15 films in 4 different theaters. Organizers say they want to make Pike County a well known film festival destination and both The Black Bear and The Tri-State Film Festival should compliment each other and offer visitors a variety of films…

The festival ends tomorrow the first showing starts at 11 o'clock. Tickets can be purchased at the Majestic Cinema in Matamoras.

Another Step Toward Revitalizing Tamaqua
Thursday September 27th 2012

Heather Folweiler and her daughter have been on an apartment hunt in Tamaqua for months. They needed something bigger than there old one-bedroom apartment, but still within their price range. They found success at "Liberty Hall" on East Broad Street. With a $3.8 million bank investment and a year and a half of renovations, this historic building is now home to 12 low-income families. While there are no units left, 15 people are still on a waiting list. Today, officials announced they're already looking into another vacant building to create more apartments. It’s all an effort to revitalize the community.

Pipeline Protest Continues
Thursday September 27th 2012


AFTER MONTHS OF PREPARATION TO GET ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE CUMMINS HILL NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT TO MEET AND DISCUSS COMMUNITY CONCERNS NO ONE ATTENDED THE MEETING

Matt Osterberg Pike County Commissioner – “We didn't have TGP, we didn't have FERC and we didn't have the National Park Service and these are the people who have to make this decision to get this changed…”

DUE TO A LACK OF ATTENDANCE COMMISSIONERS HAD TO CANCEL A NEGOTIATION SESSION SEPTEMBER 18 WHICH MAY HAVE CHANGED THE MINDS OF KEY DECISION MAKERS TO CONSTRUCT A PROPOSED 7 MILE STRETCH OF PIPELINE OUT OF PIKE COUNTY…

Jolie Defies Cummins Hill Pipeline Protester – “It’s really disappointing because we really want to work it out and we hoped a back room meeting could have taken place before FERC makes their decision…

SINCE MAY PIPELINE PROTESTER HAVE BEEN WORKING TO APPEAL THE DECISION OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION WHICH GAVE TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE COMPANY THE OK TO RE-ROUTE THEIR EXISITNG PIPELINE IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ONTO PIKE COUNT LAND… BUT DISPUTE FALLOWING ALL PROCEDURES THE COUNTY HAS GOTTEN NOWHERE…

Matt - we are very frustrated at this point…

MANY STATE SENATORS AND FEDERAL REGULATORY OFFICIAL HAVE EXPRESS THEIR SIMPATHY WITH THE COUNTY BUT COMMISSIONERS SAY ALL THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS JOB CREATION AND PROVIDING NATURAL GAS TO CUSTOMERS…

Matt “It’s the federal government at its finest they are going to rip up pristine land instead of going through an existing right of way…”

IT CAN BE DEBATED THAT BY LETTING THE PIPELINE GO THROUGH CUMMIS HILL IT WILL CREATE JOB GROWTH AND COMMISSIONER AREN'T OPPOSED TO THAT… THEY ARGUE THAT SAME JOB GROWTH CAN BE MADE ON OTHER ALTERNATIVE ROUTES…

Matt- “That pipeline is going in jobs will be there it’s just a matter of where it’s going in…”

RIGHT NOW FERC HAS GIVEN THE OK TO THE PIPELINE COMPANY TO START BUILDING BUT PROTESTER SAY THEY WILL FIGHT THE CONSTRUCTION TO THE BITTER END…

Jolie-“We are prepaid to stop the bulldozers there is training that people have offers to give us…”

East Penn Township Grandson Stabs Grandmother in Neck
Wednesday September 26th 2012

An East Penn Townsihp man and his girlfriend face charges for stabbing his grandmother two days ago. Police arrested 23-year-old Jacob Wertman and his girlfriend 19-year-old Amber Steigerwalt on charges of aggravated assault. Police say Wertman was planning to kill his grandparents. The motive - to get the house and money his grandparents set aside for him in their will. According to police, this Monday, the grandson and his girlfriend waited for his grandmother - Marge Wertman - to come home from work. When she walked in the home, Wertman’s girlfriend stabbed her in the neck with a peering knife. The grandmother was taken to Lehighton hospital. It’s unclear what happened to the grandfather. According to court documents, police did find meth and heroin in the grandson's room. His girlfriend admitted to police she took both drugs prior to the stabbing. Wertman and his girlfriend are behind bars in the Carbon County Prison in lieu of $300,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled for sometime next week.

Operation Fall Clean Up
Wednesday September 26th 2012


THIS MORNING ALL OVER HONESDALE AND WAYNE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE PICKING UP SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS LIKE THIS MAN
THE CRIMINAL RAID DUBBED "OPERATION FALL CLEAN UP" BROUGHT IN 13 OF WAYNE COUNTY'S MOST WATCHED DRUG SUSPECTS…

Joe LaBasso Honesdale Police: “It a lot of hard work by the state police lots of investigative time people sometimes don't realize how hard it is…”

MANY WHO WITNESSED THE 14 DRUG AND THEFT WARRANT THAT HAPPENED AROUND THE COUNTY SAY THE RAIDS WERE IMPRESSIVE AND MANY OF THE SUSPECTS WERE CAUGHT OFF GUARD…

Terry Lines Honesdale Resident - those guys wouldn't open the door for 4 or 5 minutes they were probably trying to get rid of stuff i guess…

ARRESTS WERE NOT MADE AT ALL THE HOMES RAIDED… A SUSPECTS BROTHER WAS QUESTIONED BY POLICE AT ONE RESIDENCE HOME…

William Harlos Suspects Brother - he don't live with be but i helped them out and sent them on their way…

WILLIAM SAYS HE WAS VERY SHOCKED TO SEE FOUR DIFFERENT LAW OFFICERS OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE BUT ONCE HE UNDERSTOOD THEY WERE AFTER HIS BROTHER SHAWN HARLOS HE ADVISED POLICE WHERE HE MIGHT BE…

Will: “It’s good to see they are cleaning it up because the whole town is on pills and heroin…”

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S DRUG TASK FORCE GROUP HAS BEEN MONITORING THE DRUG PROBLEM IN WAYNE COUNT FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND SAYS THEY HOPE THIS SENDS A MESSAGE TO OTHER CRIMINAL THAT DRUG USE WONT BE TOLERATED… AND RESIDENTS AGREE…

Pete Hennings Honesdale Resident : “I happy we don't need that stuff here…”


THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS ALL 13 SUSPECT FACE A NUMBER OF FELONY CHARGES… THE INDIVIDUALS WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COURT OCTOBER 3RD…

Drug Bust in Barrett Township
Tuesday September 25th 2012

Two Monroe County men are in custody for selling cocaine outside of several businesses in Barrett and Paradise townships. Those men are 53-year-old Jay Seese of Canadensis and 44-year-old Stephen Balla of Cresco. Police started their investigating back in June. An officer met Balla in a parking lot and purchased cocaine from him. Police later searched Balla's house and found more cocaine, a scale, a gun and cash. Neighbors say they had no idea. As far as the businesses that weren't targeted in this string of drug deals, they're keeping a close eye on their property. They say, in a community filled with small-businesses, something like this could hurt their reputation. Seese and Balla are being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility. Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for this Thursday at district court.

Del Val Drug Testing in New York Times
Tuesday September 25th 2012

IF YOU READ THE SUNDAY EDITION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES YOU PROBABLY SAW THAT THE ONGOING COURT BATTLE AGAINST DELAWARE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT DRUG TESTING POLICY MADE THE FRONT PAGE…

Kathryn Kiederer Parent Against School Drug Testing: “We were very happy to see this article it kept the issue in the spot light…”

KATHRYN KIEDERER IS THE PARENT RESPONSIBLE FOR A YEAR LONG COURT ORDERED INJUNCTION STOPPING DRUG TESTING AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT…

Kathryn – “Our daughter brought home a letter saying that if she wanted to continue scrap booking she had to get drug tested…”

KATHRYNS DAUGHTER WAS 12 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WAS ASKED TO TAKE A URINE TEST TO JOIN THE SCHOOLS EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAM A MANDATED THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE THE EARLY 1990'S...

John Bell Delaware Valley School District Superintendent: “In the 90’s in the high school some girls were arrested for selling heroin to students in the bathroom and there was a huge community out cry for the school to do something about it…”

AS A RESULT THE DISTRICT MANDATED A DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR STUDENTS… BUT KATHERINE BELIEVED THAT ENCROACHED ON THE STUDENTS PRIVACY RIGHTS…

Kathryn: “If we don't teach them now to stand up for their rights then they won't know any better that they have them…”

John Bartell Reporting: “Now Delaware Valley says the drug test serve 2 purposes… one to identify drug users and 2 to provide students who may be pressured into using drugs with another reason to say no to drugs…”

Bell: “Its great to say i can't do this because i get drug tested for whatever… soccer football… it gives them a great out when they are put in a tough situation at a party the park or whatever…”

THOUGH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS DRUG TESTING HAS A NUMBER OF BENEFITS THEY DON'T HAVE THE STATISTICS TO BACK IT UP…

Kathryn - we knew in other cases schools had data to back it up but in this case the school didn't have anything…

RIGHT NOW THE SCHOOLS DRUG TESTING IS PUT ON HOLD WHILE THE COURTS DECIDE WHATS RIGHT… IN THE MEAN TIME THE DISTRICT SAYS THE KIDS ARE THE ONES AT RISK…

Bell: “It’s really not set as a punitive measure its a way to get kids help…”

Carbon Co. Man Plans to Kill Grandparents
Tuesday September 25th 2012

A Carbon County man and his girlfriend are in jail for stabbing his grandmother. Police arrested 23-year-old Jacob Wertman and 19-year-old Amber Steigerwalt on charges of aggravated assault. They say last night, Steigerwalt stabbed 63-year-old Marge Wertman of East Penn Township with a paring knife. Wertmean allegedly asked Steigerwalt to stab his grandparents because he could not do it, but wanted to kill them in order to get their money that was set aside for him their will. Wertman was able to escape and her husband was not injured.

Walnutport Dollar General Armed Robbery
Tuesday September 25th 2012

A Walnutport business is robbed this afternoon and police are looking for the suspect. The armed robber entered the Dollar General just before two this afternoon with an unknown weapon. Police are not saying what the robber got away with. Police describe the suspect as a white woman between 40 and 50 years old, about 5 feet tall. She left in a silver GMC Envoy north on Route 145. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact police.

Attemts to Curbe Underage Drinking
Monday September 24th 2012

Just this weekend, Stroud Area Regional Police cited more than 20 people for alcohol related offenses. Now, if one local state representative has it her way, if college students drink like fish, they could drown in debt. Representative Marcia Hahn proposed increasing underage drinking and public drunkenness fines from a maximum of $300 to $1,000. Representative Hahn says the senate should be voting on this bill within the next few months.

Man Arrested in Monroe County Double Homicide Case
Friday September 21st 2012

A Pocono Summit man is in custody for the murders of two Penn Estates residence last month. According to police, the alleged gunman, 28-year-old Louis Vasquez, owned 55-year-old Bertaldo Velez $10,000. Vasquez was having a hard time coming up with the money. He told Velez and his bodyguard, 38-year-old Joseph King, he would meet them at the Coolbaugh Township Park on Route 423, but instead he showed up with a gun. Vasquez is being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility without bail, but neighbors fear someone else may come to their neighborhood to collect his debts. Police say the investigation isn't over -- more arrests may be made in the near future. As far as Vasquez, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Police Make Headway in Double Homicide Case
Thursday September 20th 2012

Police have arrested the man they say is responsible for the murder of two East Stroudsburg men. Police charged 28-year-old Louis Vasquez with two counts of Criminal Homicide. According to police, Vasquez owed his co-worker, 55-year-old Bertaldo Velez of East Stroudsburg, $20,000. He was having a hard time coming up with the last $10,000. On the night of the shooting back in August, Vasquez allegedly told Velez and his bodyguard, 38-year-old Joseph King, he would meet them at Coolbaugh Township Park on Route 423 with money. Instead he showed up with a gun. Vasquez is being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled for next week.

Monroe County Power Outages
Wednesday September 19th 2012

We may have seen blue skies and sunshine today, but many people in the Poconos were still dealing with power outages from yesterday's heavy rains and wind.
While utility crews have restored power to most parts of Monroe County, last night, more than 8,000 people lost power. As of this morning more than 2,000 people were still without power. Some parts of the county got more than 6 inches of rain -- forcing many roads to close. Those roads include parts of Routes 115, 940 and 209. They've since re-opened and things appear to be almost back to normal.

Child Safety Seat Check
Tuesday September 18th 2012

Last year more than 2,000 children in Pennsylvania were injured in car crashes -- nine were killed.
Police continue to try and lower those numbers. Today, they held a child safety seat inspection for parents in Lehighton. When used properly, safety seats can reduce the risk of fatalities by around 70%. However, police say only one out of four are actually installed correctly. The most common error is loose instillation. Officials say a seat shouldn’t be able to move more than an inch in either direction. Also, if that seat has been in a crash, officials urge you to get rid of it. If you would like your child's safety seat checked, you can always call your local state police barracks and set up and appointment.

Dan Beard Cabin Moves
Tuesday September 18th 2012

The Boy Scouts of America are reclaiming a historic building in Wayne County and giving it new life in a new location.

The Dan Beard cabin in Lackawaxen is being moved from Woodlock pines resort and relocated to goose pond near lake area. The project is expected to cost around $200,000 and when complete scout leaders say it will be a classroom for news scouts and a museum for co-founder of the boys scouts… Dan Beard.

Marcel Cinquina - Pennsylvania Boy Scout Leader : “It’s going to be the site for our pathways program which is our first year camper program for our new scouts who come to camp for their first experience at camp.”

A benefit dinner for the project will be held at Woodlock pines resort September 26th… reservations can be made at the resort.

A Shooting in Lehighton Sends one Man to the Hospital
Monday September 17th 2012

One person is in the hospital and another in custody after an early morning shooting. Police are calling this a case of domestic abuse. Around 3:40 this morning, police were called to First Street in Lehighton, to an apartment above the Carbon County Republican Committee office. According to police, the owners started arguing. Something neighbors say is common. But this time, things were taken to another level -- a gun was involved. When police arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds in his hand and thigh . They also found a woman suspect being held back by another woman. The victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest. Police say he is doing okay. The shooter was taken into custody; charges against her are pending. Police are still investigating.

Voter ID Alternative
Monday September 17th 2012

If you are having a hard time acquiring a voter identification card for this years election the Pike County Senior Center is advising voter of an alternative option.

Due to limited hour of operation many photo ID center in Pike County many seniors are unable to obtain their free phot identification card. Now the senior center is advising voters to fill out an absentee voters application. All that is required is a signature and the last four digits of your social security number. Area Agency on Aging Official say this is the perfect alternative to standing in long lines at the DMV.

Robin LaDolce Pike County Area Agency on Aging "They haven't renewed their drivers license they don't have any formal photo ID and many are just now realizing they have to get it done now…"

Absentee Ballot forms can be obtained online, at the senior center or at the election office. The application must be submitted Tuesday before the election.

Polycythemia Vera Meeting Thursday
Monday September 17th 2012

A community update on the latest research invovling a tri-county cancer cluster will be held later this week in Tamaqua. In 2008, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry identified a cluster of Polycythemia Vera cases in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne Counties. PV is a rare illness that causes the body to make too many red blood cells. In 2009, the ATSDR received funds to continue a PV investigation. On Thursday they'll hold an open house to provide an interim update on the ongoing research projects. The open house runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Tamaqua Public Library.

N.L. Halloween Parade Volunteers Needed
Monday September 17th 2012

A 105-year-old tradition in Northern Lehigh could come to an end this year if volunteers don't step up to help. Right now only about five people have volunteered to help organize the annual halloween parade. With 50 to 60 floats and groups in the parade, organizers need at least 20 volunteers to safely carry on the tradition. If you'd like to help out, there will be a meeting Wednesday, September 19th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Miracolo Bella Hair and Wellness Spa (Route 145, Walnutport). You can also call Laura at the spa: 610-760-8915. If not enough volunteers step up by Wednesday, the parade could be cancelled.

Young Farmers get Advice
Friday September 14th 2012

Young farmers in Wayne County are getting a helping hand from agriculture specialist in hopes to increase their crop yields and keep the tradition of farming alive...

Last night The North East Pennsylvania Agricultural Alliance held the first public forum in Honesdale. A panel of agriculture specialists gave young frames tips on how to market their products, get property loans and become more diversified. The alliance say the farming world has changed and many are learning raising their crops is only half the battle.

Sky Ballantine Honesdale Farmer - you know you start to farm and start learning how to produce the food but then you are thrown into a crash course of office work and finance and you are bound to fail at first…

The alliance hopes to meet with young farmers several times through out the next few years. To get more information about the services the provide contact the Wayne Economical Development Corporation in Honesdale.

Get Ready for Flu Season
Friday September 14th 2012

While the flu peaks in January and February, it starts in October and typically lasts until April. That’s why it’s important to keep your immune system in tip-top shape all throughout flu season. To do that, health care professionals recommend getting a flu shot and they say to do it now, since it takes the vaccine 2 weeks to kick in. Officials say the flu shot lasts for 6 months, meaning it protects you the entire season. While doctors recommend everyone get vaccinated, they say it's crucial for certain people – children, elders and people with chronic illnesses.
For people who don’t believe in flu shots, there are other options to keep your immune system boosted. Officials recommend Vitamin C and a number of herbs, like olive leaf oil and oregano oil. No matter what route you take - a flu shot or herbal supplements - officials say to get proactive now, before it's too late.

NCC Helps Low-Income Students
Thursday September 13th 2012

With college debt at an all-time high, Northampton Community College is trying to make it easier for people to get an education. NCC is one out of seven community colleges in the nation participating in a pilot program benefiting low-income students -- it’s called “Benefits Access.” Officials say they’ve noticed many low-income student face “non-academic” challenges. For example, if they lose child care or they can’t afford to feed their family. This program connects students-in-need with a counselor who helps them gain access to public benefits -- like food stamps and much more. NCC doesn't pay for these benefits, but they do help steer students in the cheapest direction. The program's goal is to give assistance to students now, in hopes of them being financially independent later in life. While this pilot program is 2 years long, officials do plan to continue offering these benefits for years to come.

Texting While Driving Ban Hard to Enforce
Tuesday September 11th 2012

Texting while driving has been illegal in Pennsylvania for 6 months, but most local police departments say they haven't even given out 10 tickets. Yet, the CDC says one third of people still admit to texting while behind the wheel. Police say it's a difficult law to enforce because Pennsylvania isn't a hands-free state, something they hope changes very soon. In order for that to happen, however, we need the support of our legislators and they're not all in favor. Representative Doyle Heffley is one legislator who doesn’t feel we should be a hands-free state. While it recommended to use a Bluetooth or other hands-free device, he feels it shouldn't be mandatory. Other representatives feel more should be done, so come this fall, Harrisburg will hear a proposed ban on all cell phone use when behind the wheel.

Free Entrepreneurship Workshops In Carbon County
Monday September 10th 2012

With high unemployment rates at 9.9% in Carbon County, it's been tough for many people to get a job. So why not start your own business? Now could be your chance. For the second year in a row, the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation and Career Link are teaming up to help locals who dream of running their own small business. Within 8 workshops, you'll learn marketing, financing, how to develop a business plan and much more. These free workshops start this Thursday at the Carbon County Career Link. There's still room if you'd like to join. Just call the Career Link: (570) 325-5536

Protect Children From Abuse
Friday September 7th 2012

Now that children are back in school, officials are stressing the importance of being proactive when you suspect abuse. Just last year, 78% of confirmed child abuse cases, were brought to the forefront because someone else reported it. That's why it's important for everyone to listen and look for signs -- like attitude changes. Officials say even if the child hasn’t come right out and said they’re being abused, if you suspect it then report it to the child abuse hotline at: 1-800-932-0313

Carbon County Commissioners Head to Court over Proposed Business Park
Thursday September 6th 2012

After 7 years, Carbon County Commissioners are demanding progress on the Packerton Yard project in Mahoning Township. Now, they're bringing the issue to court and the big debate is over sidewalks. According to Mahoning Township Supervisors, they’re required. So at their last meeting, Carbon County officials did propose something similar -- walking trails. That was still rejected. Since the proposed roads would be county-owned, commissioners feel they should be exempt from building sidewalks -- especially at the industrial park's entrance near Route 209. Commissioners say they don’t want to encourage the extra foot traffic near the busy highway. Also, building sidewalks would cost the county around $150,000 extra – money they don’t have. Now that commissioners have voted "yes" to appealing, they're hoping the process moves quickly because there's $3 million of grant money on the line. Commissioners say the appeal will be filed by tomorrow afternoon.

Lehman Township Angry Over Bus Stop Location
Thursday September 6th 2012

Lehman Township parents and the Bushkill Fire Department are currently in the middle of an angry dispute over a school bus stop.

Just before the school year started the fire department told East Stroudsburg School District to move their bus stop from the fire station to busy four way intersection down the road. The fire department says they are trying to prevent vandalism to their building, but parent are angry because the new bus stop is dangerous and the fire department never notified them before making the change.

The Township and the fire department are in the process of working out a new ordinance to allow the kids to be picked up at the fire station.

Unemployment Still Soaring in NEPA
Wednesday September 5th 2012

Carbon County is now tied with neighboring Monroe and Luzerne Counties for having the fourth highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania. For Carbon County, unemployment is 9.9% -- better than this time last year, but still on a steady incline for the past few months. There are employers looking to hire, however. The issue is a skills gap. Many jobs available in Carbon County are with manufacturers – they need machinists and welders. While many residents have 4-year degrees, they’re still not skilled in that type of work. This is why to land a job many people need to head back to school for training. Officials are starting to recommend a school like Carbon County Career and Technical Institute over traditional 4-year schools.

Police Call Weekend DUI Checkpoints A Success
Tuesday September 4th 2012

Dozens of drivers were arrested this holiday weekend for getting behind the wheel drunk. The arrests are a result of the “Border to Border” campaign, where police set up sobriety checkpoints on our most traveled roadways. Police are calling it a success. Mahoning Township Police arrested three people for driving under the influence -- nearby, Lehigh Township Police cited 8. That number continues to grow as you move toward the Bethlehem and Allentown areas. After years of these checkpoints, police say the number of citations has decreased in our area. Now, police are hoping that carries over to nights when there isn’t a DUI patrol. For those caught driving under the influence this weekend, they’re facing steep fines, and for some loss of their license and even jail time.

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