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Where's the beef? Oh, it's downtown

Forget the diet and put your cardiologist on speed dial because it's time for Oxford to get its burger on. Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, Backyards & Burgers (formerly known as the Hamburger Festival) is set to make the village sizzle from Thursday, May 17 to Sunday, May 20....more >>
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Trevor teaches

Review co-editor joins in on May Career Day

The Lake Orion Review's very own Trevor Keiser had the opportunity to tell the Blanche Sims third graders of Alison Webb's class what it was like to be a journalist. While the staff and Keiser expected some questions, the kids managed to pose a few that turned heads and raised eyebrows....more >>

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Library seeks tax hike on Aug. ballot

In order to combat declining revenues and stave off reductions in service, the Oxford Public Library is asking township and village voters to increase its operating millages back to the rates they originally okayed in the 1980s and 1990s....more >>
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Indianwood revamped for Senior Open

Indianwood Golf Course has the history, has the prestige and in preparation for the 2012 U.S. Senior Open, it now has the looks. While the course was always maintained, recent large projects have made the course United States Golf Association (USGA) - and television - ready....more >>

'Hi-Hill people worked over'

In a last ditch effort for sewer reimbursement from Orion Township Hi-Hill subdivision residents were denied at the May 7 regular township board meeting. After reviewing "thousands upon thousands of documents," Trustee Mike Flood Jr....more >>

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Blood, broken glass but no burglar at B&E

Broken glass and blood, but no burglar. That's what Oakland County Sheriff's deputies found when they investigated the scene of a reported breaking and entering around 1:47 a.m. May 13 in the 800 block of Edith Dr....more >>

The beginning of a beautiful relationship

Sometimes working together clearly benefits both parties, as Orion's Hollywood Market and the Orion-based GoGet Grocery Delivery discovered in April 2011. Since then, the companies have worked together to put a delivery system in every Hollywood Market across south-east Michigan, but the relationship started with something as simple as a billboard....more >>

Students, teachers join against privatization

By Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor Next Wednesday: That's the day, Lake Orion School's Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance John Fitzgerald hopes to bring his recommendation to the board as it relates to privatizing school custodial services....more >>

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Oxford stays at eight candidates

No additional candidates filed to run for Oxford Township Board. The eight candidates reported in the Leader last week are the only ones seeking office in the Aug. 7 primary election....more >>

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Village's missing $20K sparks calls for investigation, criticism of oversight

It wasn't a topic scheduled for discussion at the May 8 Oxford Village Council meeting, but the public, along with some officials, decided to make it a lengthy one. Folks want to know what the village is doing about the $20,000 in 2010 property tax money that was discovered missing last year....more >>
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Seventeenth annual golf outing for Lions

Lake Orion Lions Club is preparing to swing at their 17th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner, June 2. "It's one of our bigger events for the year, but it's also one of our funnest," said Rick Rice co-chairman of the event....more >>

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Council hears opposition to proposed tax hike

Oxford Village Manager Joe Young's proposal that the municipality increase its property tax rate by a half-mill for the 2012-13 fiscal year did not go over well at last week's council meeting....more >>
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Treasurer only contested race in Addison

Only one Addison Township official will face any competition in the Aug. 7 primary election and that's Treasurer Dan Alberty. Lori Fisher is running as a Republican against fellow Republican Alberty, who's held office since 2000....more >>

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Nassar running for Brandon clerk

Oxford Village Clerk Susan Nassar filed her paperwork to run as a Republican for the Brandon Township clerk's position. "I love Oxford, but I also have a responsibility to my hometown, which needs experience," said Nassar, who's lived in Brandon for 20 years....more >>
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Drink wine and support charity

From left, Owner Mike Setto and Wine Manager Sheldon Yono stand by some of their wares at the Orion Keg and Wine, located at 2250 South Baldwin Road. The citizens of Orion Township will soon have an opportunity to taste some of these wares when the store hold's their annual charity wine tasting - this year at the Paint Creek Country Club at 2375 Stanton Road from 6:30 p....more >>

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District looks to refinance bond debt, save $45M

The Oxford Community Schools Board of Education received a presentation from Umbaugh and Associates representatives Mike Givler and Jesse Nelson on Monday, May 7. Umbaugh presented the OCS Board with a very attractive offer....more >>

VFW Post 334 Elects New Officers for 2012-2013

North Oakland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 334 recently held its annual election of officers for their new fiscal year which starts June 30. The newly elected officers include James M....more >>

Auditor compliments twp. finances, officials

Oxford Township's finances are in excellent shape based on the 2011 audit and the municipality's auditor gave full credit for this happy news to the board of trustees. "We have a good, healthy financial statement to present to you this evening," said auditor Rana Emmons, a certified public accountant and partner with the Plymouth-based firm Post, Smythe, Lutz and Ziel....more >>

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Mineral rights sold for Polly Ann Trail, Watershed Preserve Park

Northern Oakland County saw mineral rights for two of its natural treasures leased on May 8. Mineral rights for the entire Polly Ann Trail and Watershed Preserve Park, located in northern Addison Township, were auctioned off in Lansing to Jordan Development Company, an Oil and Gas producer out of Traverse City, MI....more >>

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LED—Lane Car Company sign OK'd by village council

Ortonville- The village council's approval of an LED sign on M-15 is a sign of goodwill for a local business. After some discussion and perhaps initial hesitation, the council approved 6-0 at their May 14 meeting a motion to allow Lane Car Company to have an LED message board sign installed at their recently opened second location at 110 Ortonville Road, within the village limits....more >>

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Briefs

Power outage From 12:30 a.m.-6 a.m., May 20, a power outage is scheduled to take place for Atlas Township residents. Fishing Derby From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 26, at 6424 Hickory Drive, Goodrich, the seventh annual Hickory Pond Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day will be held....more >>
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Last class at Brandon Co-Op Preschool

Similar to the past 25 years Judy Schwartz—a.k.a. Miss Judy— assisted her class of Brandon Co-Op Preschool students through graduation. But unlike other years, this will be Miss Judy's last....more >>

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Blue Star flags

Brandon Township residents with a family member serving in the military are eligible to receive a free Blue Star flag. Township resident Alice Marsh supplies the service flags, first made popular during World War II when the flags were displayed in front windows....more >>

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New Goodrich superintendent

Goodrich- A new district superintendent could be selected Monday night. The board of education voted 6-1 last month to retain the services of the Michigan Leadership Institute to coordinate the search for a district superintendent following the resignation of John Fazer on March 26....more >>
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Gas leak closes Oakwood Road

At about noon May 15, Brandon Firefighters responded to a natural gas line rupture just off Oakwood Road about one-half mile east of Hadley Road. Workers from Allendale, Michigan-based West Shore Services were installing a tornado warning pole when the 24-inch auger they were using to drill the hole apparently damaged a four-inch natural gas line about six feet underground that paralleled Oakwood Road....more >>

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Man charged in high speed chase

A former Brandon Township resident who led police on a high speed chase, crashed his vehicle, and eluded police for two hours, ultimately hiding in a tree, is facing up to five years in prison....more >>
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Memorial day parade and ceremonies

At 9:30 a.m., May 28 Memorial Day observances will be held for the Village of Ortonville along with Brandon and Groveland townships. A parade will begin at the Old Town Hall on the corner of Church and Mill streets, and will march to the Ortonville Cemetery on M-15....more >>
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Board expected to vote on privatizing busing, custodians Monday

Goodrich- In May 2011 the Goodrich School Board voted 6-0 to OK a labor contract with the Custodians, Maintenance, Para-Pros and Transportation (CMPT) group that included a 5.5 percent reduction in compensation for the employees, saving the district about $120,000....more >>

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Brandon elementary school changes studied

District officials are continuing to look at proposed plans to reconfigure the elementary schools in the district. At a special meeting May 10, Superintendent Lorrie McMahon offered two restructuring options that differed from initial changes proposed at an April 24 finance committee meeting....more >>
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Count them out

Brandon Twp.- Students protested in front of Brandon High School Tuesday morning, carrying signs denouncing recent decisions by the school board to privatize custodial services and pink slip 28 teachers....more >>

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Teacher pink slips loom for Goodrich

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board is expected to vote on pink slips for 17 district teachers. "We're actully looking to reduce the staff by 8.5 (teachers)," said John Fazer, district superintendent....more >>

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Candidates set for Aug. primary

Voters will have several candidates to choose from for township board races in Atlas and Brandon this August, while in Groveland Township, the supervisor, clerk, and treasurer are running unopposed....more >>
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Brandon Township law enforcement honored by county

A man who assisted police in capturing a criminal in Bald Eagle Lake and two deputies and a detective from the Brandon Township substation were recently honored by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>

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Caregiver wins Angels Award

By Curtis Pulliam Leader Intern Sometimes in life, the best things that happen are those that are unexpected. "I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do once I got out of high school," Megan Murphy, who graduated in 2008 from Oxford High School, said....more >>

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Council adopts amendments to skateboard ordinance

After months of discussion, public input and revisions, the Oxford Village Council last week finally amended the municipality's ordinance regulating skateboards, scooters, rollerblades and bicycles....more >>

Looking for a place to volunteer

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Oakland County is seeking volunteers who are 55 years of age and older. Senior volunteers choose from a variety of volunteer positions in their community....more >>

Lake Orion Village Consent Agenda

Road repair from water main breaks-Last fall the Village took bids for asphalt road repair to be done within the village of Lake Orion. Those repairs were needed based upon the several watermain breaks that occurred over the last several years....more >>

Lake Orion Village Consent Agenda

Village swim lessons-The intergovernmental agreement was adopted by Orion Township at the meeting on May 7. The agreement sets forth the terms and conditions for the township to pay the village $2,000 to allow township residents to participate in the swim program run by the village....more >>

Opinions

Good Times Euchre tournament

Dear Editor, May 4, 2012 Good Times in Goodrich "Beertopia" Euchre Tournament A Huge Success! Many thanks to everyone who attended the Friday, May 4, 2012 "Beertopia" Euchre Tournament held at the Bull Ring Sports Grill and Lounge....more >>

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CreekFest no carnivals, midways

(In response to "CreekFest carnival set for Lane Car Co. location," The Citizen, May 5, page 5.) Dear Editor, A festival that is part of a state appreciation day for all of our Michigan waterways; a carnival is the last thing we need and defeats the purpose of Creekfest....more >>

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Battle of the bands From 5:30-9 p.m., May 18, at the Brandon Township Public Library, 304 South St., Ortonville, the Battle of the Bands will be held. There will be vendors selling food, and the event is appropriate for all ages....more >>
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BFIS school song debuts

Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School has a new school song. The sixth grade band, under the guidance of band director Russ McMartin and Lori Smithling, have been working on the song with their students, which is now the official song of the school....more >>
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GOB Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading—Scramble

On April 21, GOB Gymnastics, Dance and Cheerleading hosted the twelfth annual Scramble competition. GOB received first place in level four. Jessica Larson of Ortonville was first overall in level five, Michelle Clever of Ortonville second place overall in level five, and Lydia Kahler of Clarkston first place overall in level five....more >>
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Lady Blackhawks set for regionals

Over the past 27 years, Greg Hyde has coached some pretty good teams. "This is simply the best team ever," said Hyde, Brandon High School girls track team coach. "There's just some great sprinters on this team and outstanding work ethic....more >>
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Brandon Blackhawks Auto Repair

Brandon Twp.- If it has an engine and four tires, chances are David Riley can make it run. From air bags to ABS (anti-lock braking system) to the high tech electronic systems in today's cars—whether foreign or domestic, gas or diesel—Riley has built a career spanning more than three decades of auto mechanics....more >>

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Enbridge Energy pipeline repair concerns residents; meeting set

Dave Brock, a Brandon Township resident, likes living in the country. But he is concerned that he will soon lose what is integral to any rural landscape— trees. Brock, whose home is located off Reese Road, is one of several property owners in both Brandon and Groveland townships who will be affected by Enbridge Energy's plan to replace segments of a crude petroleum pipeline....more >>

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School locked-down after parolee walks away

Goodrich-District students were on soft-lockdown Tuesday afternoon after receiving notification a parolee escaped from a work detail at Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer. During soft lock-down students remain inside and access to the building is restricted....more >>
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Goodrich Soccer Club opens township field

Atlas Twp.- On Saturday morning the rain finally stopped just in time to kick off a new era of local sports. Coaches, parents and players, along with township officials, gathered for the first game on the Goodrich Soccer Club field adjacent to the Goodrich Middle School....more >>
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Out of the ashes

Groveland Twp.- On top of Gina and Brian Muzzarelli's mailbox is a metal sculpture of a phoenix. The mythical bird is a fitting symbol for the Muzzarellis. Fifteen months ago, their township home burned to the ground....more >>
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Local named alternative education teacher of the year

Patricia Hillaker has been named 2012 Alternative Education Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Alternative Education Organization. Hillaker received the designation during the MAEO's annual spring conference April 26 at the Bay Valley Resort in Bay City....more >>
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Community dries out after storm; aid may be available

Village of Goodrich and Atlas Township residents that may have suffered damage and/or losses due to the storm that dumped more than six inches of rain in the area on May 3 and May 4, are encouraged to contact the township and village to complete a Damage Survey Assessment Form....more >>

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District building project more than $1 million over budget

Board pushes contractor, architects for answers

Goodrich- An apparent error in accounting has drawn the ire of several school board members. On Monday night the school board and administration gathered for a work session to discuss an alleged error that put the district $1....more >>
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Quilt crazy

Ortonville- Ruth Ann Sheffield has a need to "fix things." It was that trait that drove her to create a duplicate of an old family quilt. "It's somebody's family and someone loved that quilt to death," said Sheffield, who was given the quilt by an antiques dealer several years ago....more >>
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Miss Shae says goodbye

For almost 15 years, she was the friendly face at the Oxford Public Library who recommended books that stirred children's imaginations, read entertaining stories filled with colorful pictures to wide-eyed wee ones and helped kids pick out silly puppets to play with....more >>

OLHSA announces affordable assistance

Fee-for-service program gives back to nonprofits

OLHSA, a Community Action Agency, is a nonprofit that helps struggling families in Oakland and Livingston counties improve their quality of life. We work with residents of all ages to create meaningful change and real opportunities for success....more >>
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Scout paints concession stand at park

Oxford High School student and Life Scout Michael Morski conducted a project with the help of Oxford Parks and Recreation this past weekend at Seymour Lake Park. Morski painted the concession stand as part of his efforts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout....more >>
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Smile of the Week

Poster earns Parkhurst many awards

Jillian Parkhurst combined her love of country and her love of art to create a thought-provoking poster that's earned her four awards, ranging from local to national. The 10-year-old Oxford resident used her considerable talents to create a poster for the Junior American Citizens Art Contest, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)....more >>
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Super hooper

Dominique Michaelis demonstrates her skills with three hula hoops at the Independence Township Kids Day at Clintonwood Park, May 12....more >>

Frack plan moves forward for Bay Court

When the hammer fell, Jordan Development Company Vice President Ben Brower had lease to oil, natural gas, and other mineral resources beneath Bay Court Park. He bid $444 for mineral leases in Independence Township, and other sites in Oakland County, for $12 per acre during an auction in Lansing, May 8....more >>
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Walking for a Cystic Fibrosis cure

Timothy Herbert Financial Group is proud to announce their fourth annual partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation GREAT STRIDES Walk, where the group will walk in honor of a special young girl....more >>
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Chevrolet dealer John Bowman passes

Last Friday the business of running a car dealership continued. The sun shone brightly through the walls of plate glass windows; salesmen showed new cars to customers; service continued and transactions transpired, but something was different....more >>

Retailers pay to change sign law

To brighten up the downtown, Clarkston Retailers Group may have to pay $3,750 to amend the city's ordinance on illuminated signs. Since their talk with the City Council about amending city ordinances to allow lit signs, April 9, business owners have been weighing their options....more >>
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Advocates move forward after vote

In the wake of the overwhelming defeat of Clarkston Schools' $20 million bond proposal, leaders for and against called for a combined effort to improve schools. "We need to remember what makes the Clarkston area and our schools great and come together in support of both," said Mary Herzenstiel, member of Clarkston Kids First....more >>

Burns at park to curb shrubs

If you've driven near the intersection of Sashabaw and Oak Hill road recently, you may have noticed some burnt trees and shrubs in Independence Oaks North. That's because on March 17 and April 2, Dave Borneman LLC and the Parks and Recreation department started a controlled fire there to destroy invasive species....more >>
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Birthday partiers raise $1,000 for SCAMP

On his ninth birthday, Andrew "Drew" Roeser decided to collect donations for SCAMP instead of opening presents. He invited his whole third grade class from Andersonville Elementary to a party where he was able to raise $1,000 to support his school during SCAMP's Walk and Roll event, which took place on May 6 in Depot Park....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Games for a cause

Lacrosse teams from Clarkston and surrounding areas joined together on Saturday for the annual Game for a Cure. Money raised from T-shirts, bake sales and donations went to cancer research at St....more >>
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Ruby Ball raises over $46,000 at event

The community gave a healthy boost to Helping Hearts Helping Hands, May 5 at Deer Lake Athletic Club. The grand total donated during the non-profit group's Ruby Ball fund raiser was $46,400....more >>
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Celebrating mothers

Kindergartners at Springfield Plains Elementary invited their mothers and grandmothers to tea last Thursday. Along with tea, the students sang songs, read books with their loved ones and gave hugs and kisses....more >>
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The wines of spring

Red or white? Dry or sweet? These were the questions facing wine tasters at the Clarkston Rotary Spring Wine Tasting event, May 3. Vintners from all over Michigan poured Chardonnays and Cabernet Francs for eager patrons at the Fountains Golf and Banquet Center....more >>
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Optimistic and proud

Junior Optimists from Andersonville Elementary School show their group spirit at the Clarkston Area Optimists Club appreciation event, May 1 at Clarkston Junior High. Optimists Vice President Robin Brose, overall coordinator Sandy Diederich, and other club members treated the youth groups to pizza dinner, and each group presented what they've been up to during the year....more >>

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News in Brief

Community awards Clarkston Community Church hosts the 27th Annual Clarkston Community Awards Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at the church, 6300 Clarkston Road. Awards include Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Adult-Youth Volunteer, Business Person of the Year, Community Beautification, Community Enhancement, and Community Collaboration....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Spanning the globe" Sarah Maesch of Clarkston, 11, won a $5,000 grant for her school with her drawing of the state of Michigan. Her drawing was painted on Northwest's WorldPlane 747....more >>
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1883: Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.
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