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Introducing the Top 40 under 40!!

Jim Parsons, 33, Corner Brook
Meghan Greeley, 22, Corner Brook
Daniel Payne, 33, Cow Head
Bruce Bryne, 36, Corner Brook
Peter Ollerhead, 28, Corner Brook
David Maggs, 33, Corner Brook
Judy Bond, 38, Corner Brook
Sheldon Peddle, 35, Corner Brook
Peter Antle, 39, Corner Brook
Scott Sheppard, 27, Corner Brook
Jamie-Lee Cormier, 25, Corner Brook
Sherman Downey, 36, Codroy Valley
Neil Targett, 31, Corner Brook
Patti MacIsaac, 37. Corner Brook
Melissa Young, 36, Corner Brook
Rhea Hutchings, 32, Corner Brook
Sherry Lynn Butt, 29, Corner Brook
Julie Payne, 27, Corner Brook
Janet Man, 21, Corner Brook
Valerie Simms-Anderson, 35, Corner Brook

Nora Fever, 30, Deer Lake
Juanita Brake, 35, Corner Brook
Ian Richardson, 29, Cormack
Suzanne Carey, 34, Corner Brook
Susan Pottle, 32, Corner Brook
Angela Carter, 31, Corner Brook
Martin Flynn, 28, Corner Brook
Andrew Parsons, 30,Port aux Basques
Simon Jansen, 32, Corner Brook
Marc Bennett, 35, Corner Brook
Jason King, 28, Corner Brook
Glen Seaborn, 27, Corner Brook
Amy Andrews, 32, Corner Brook
Stephen Barker, 27, Corner Brook
Keith Goulding, 38, Meadows
Steve Churchill, 38, Corner Brook
Keith Watton, 34, Corner Brook
Brandon Hynes, 17, Norris Point
Steve North, 29, Corner Brook
Scott Burden, 38, Corner Brook

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Jim Parsons, 33, Corner Brook
Jim is a graduate from Harvard University in Cambridge, with an MA (Biology).

He owns an information technology consulting firm, Thought Nest Consulting.

He is an avid participant and patron of the local music and theatre scene.

He is the former chair of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and currently a director of Gros Morne Summer Music.

He is heavily involved with local theatre troupe, the Off-Broadway Players.

Meghan Greeley, 22, Corner Brook
Greeley landed the lead role in "Crackie," a feature film written and directed by Sherry White of Stephenville, which was showcased at the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2009.

Greeley, who is in her fourth year at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College theatre program, played the role of Misty, a 17-year-old girl raised by her harsh grandmother from the age of four.

The Corner Brook native said she could sort of sympathize with Misty -- growing up in a small town and facing various obstacles. She said she could relate to the feelings of loneliness and the desire to have a pet growing up.

Greeley's talent was also featured in an edition of Elle Magazine, which touts her as "one of Canada's hottest new actresses."

Daniel Payne, 33, Cow Head
Moving and shaking is something Daniel Payne does on a regular basis -- literally.

When he's not tapping his toes while playing his accordion, violin or any number other instruments, the 33-year-old Cow Head resident is out promoting traditional Newfoundland music and culture.

He's also an accomplished actor of stage and film. He appeared in the mini-series Random Passage.

He also heads up DOP Productions, a company that has the purpose of revitalizing traditional music in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bruce Bryne, 36, Corner Brook
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but Bruce Bryne could be its local father.

The 36-year-old Corner Brook man earned his bachelor of fine arts in from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College after he showed an aptitude by churning out a couple of wooden wheels on a table saw. He came back to become shop foreman at the School of Fine Arts where he's a master carpenter.

In his spare time he helps Western Health's occupational theraphy department with devices to help people who have trouble doing various tasks. He's designed ergonomically correct laundry carts adaptive easels for disabled artists.

Peter Ollerhead, 28, Corner Brook
The 28-year-old Corner Brook entrepreneur's love affair with bicycles started early and blossomed after his family moved to New Brunswick. He and his family moved back to Corner Brook when he was 15, but bikes weren't a big item in the Corner Brook landscape, so he set about changing that.

He got involved in the Mudslide mountain bike racing series in 1998 and hasn't looked back.

In 2002 he founded Cycle Solutions, which moved to a building he bought on West Street in 2006. Cycle Solutions shares the building with Brewed Awakenings, his coffee shop that roasts its own 100 per cent organic certified coffee.

David Maggs, 33, Corner Brook
Bringing art and the environment together is a passion for David Maggs.

The 33-year-old Corner Brook resident is currently working on his PhD at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. He's looking at the intersection between cultural activities and sustainability challenges.

That's only his latest latest foray into the world of art and environment.

He founded Gros Morne Summer Music in 2002 with the first concert series happening a year later.

Judy Bond, 38, Corner Brook
Taking care of her community has been a way for Judy Bond to have fun and make a living.

The 38-year-old Corner Brook resident has been working as the service centre co-ordinator for western Newfoundland with the Canadian Red Cross since November.

Before that she spent a couple of years working for the Western Destination Marketing Organization as the marketing co-ordinator. She also organized the Newfoundland and Labrador Envirothon for the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. For the Valuing Nature Conference, she was the sponsor, delegate and volunteer services co-ordinator.

Sheldon Peddle, 35, Corner Brook
Look at almost any committee in the Corner Brook area and Sheldon Peddle has had his hand in.

The 35-year-old executive director of ACAP Humber Arm has been in that role since 1997.

The two years before that he was a summer student with the program.

He's chair of the Corner Brook Stream Trail Development Corporation and is on the board of the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador -- an organization his association with started in 1997.

Peter Antle, 39, Corner Brook
Whether working, volunteering or being a dad, Peter Antle hardly ever stops moving and shaking.

The 39-year-old Corner Brook native has been the general manager of the Greenwood Inn and Suites since 2006 and serves on a number of business, tourism and hospitality boards and committees.

The married father of two boys is the Rotary Club of Corner Brook's public relations co-ordinator among other roles.

As a director of Wreckhouse Entertainment Inc., Antle has helped organize Ironman triathlons, extreme adventure races and MuchMusic SnowJob in 2002.

Scott Sheppard, 27, Corner Brook
He's worked for the banks, but these days Scott Sheppard is his own boss.

The 27-year-old Corner Brook native is an honours graduate of the bachelor of commerce degree program at St. Mary's University in Halifax, majoring in finance and economics.

Now the owner and operator of Blomidon Financial in Corner Brook, Sheppard has been writing financial plans for clients since 2005.

The avid weekend golfer who enjoys travelling has been involved as a volunteer with Junior Achievement in the past and is currently a director with the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.

Jamie-Lee Cormier, 25, Corner Brook
Even from her days as an arts student, Jamie-Lee Cormier had a knack for the business side of her life's passion.

Cormier would organize art shows in between semesters so she and some of her fellow students from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College's fine arts program could sell off their work.

Having graduated in 2007, she opened up her own studio, JL Gallery, in her hometown of Corner Brook in 2008. Besides Cormier's own work, JL Gallery focuses on showcasing local up and coming talents and many pieces there are the work of graduates or current students of the Grenfell program.

Sherman Downey, 36, Codroy Valley
He hails from Codroy Valley, now makes his home in Corner Brook and is taking a break from his high school teaching career to try and make a name for himself on the music scene across the province and far beyond.

Sherman Downey has quickly become a household name lately after plying his trade in relative obscurity for years as the frontman for a punk band and a busker in Asia.

More recently, Downey and his band The Ambiguous Case have released a new CD called "Honey for Bees" which has received great reviews.

Neil Targett, 31, Corner Brook
Anyone who regularly attends live music shows in Corner Brook likely has Neil Targett to thank for arranging many of the shows which feature acts from outside the region.

Targett, 31, got into voluntarily promoting shows years ago when his former band, Kuroda, began arranging shows in Corner Brook for bands from St. John's looking for venues to play original music.

The self-professed lover of vinyl LPs has a day job with his family's trucking business, but he still plays live music himself. Targett is currently the bassist for Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case.

Patti MacIsaac, 37. Corner Brook
Patti MacIsaac would like to nothing more than to see female hockey flourish in the Corner Brook area and she's doing her part to help the cause.

Inspired by her 15-year-old daughter Amanda Parsons' participation in the sport, MacIsaac served as the vice-president for female hockey with the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association for two years before taking on the role of the Corner Brook female hockey team's general manager this past season.

As if arranging games, practices and travel for the team isn't enough, MacIsaac, 37, is also the owner of Freestyle Sports in Corner Brook.

Melissa Young, 36, Corner Brook
Melissa Young is proving herself as an up and coming business mind in western Newfoundland.

Armed with a bachelor of business administration degree from Acadia University and her master's degree in business from Dalhousie, Young stepped into the administration of her father's company, Humber Motors Ford in Corner Brook.

She has risen through the ranks to become the automotive dealership's general manager.
Young has held positions with the Humber Community Development Corporation and is a member of the chamber's current incarnation, the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.

Steve North, 29, Corner Brook
A 10-year veteran with the Corner Brook Royals, he now serves as captain of the West Coast Senior Hockey League club and provides leadership for the young players.

After graduating from the bachelor of business administration program at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, North returned to the city and has transformed into a community-minded family man, working full-time with the Business Development Bank of Canada as an account manager.

He took on the challenge of chairperson for sports and officials committee for the 2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in the city, mostly because he realized all the effort people had put into helping him with his sporting endeavours and felt the need to give something back.

Rhea Hutchings, 32, Corner Brook
For the past two years Rhea Hutchings has been playing a significant role in ensuring Corner Brook has a sustainable future.

Born in Cow Head, Hutchings came to Corner Brook for her post-secondary education and was hired as the City of Corner Brook's first-ever sustainable development officer in July 2008.

She came to the job with good credentials, having won a president's medal from College of the North Atlantic for her academic work in the environmental technology program she was studying.

Sherry Lynn Butt, 29, Corner Brook
Sherry Lynn Butt is originally from Red Bay, Labrador but currently resides in Corner Brook. The 29-year-old brought her charisma and flair into the spotlight in 2003 when she represented the province as Miss Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the current reigning Miss Canada for 2010 and will be representing Canada this summer at the international level.

Butt is a member of Rotary International and Toast Masters International. She volunteers with Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Children's Wish Foundation, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Julie Payne, 27, Corner Brook
Julie Payne has lived in Corner Brook all her life, is passionate about her community and said she tries to get involved as much as she can.

"I get satisfaction out of volunteering and knowing that I'm helping something grow in the community. I'm very community-focused and like the idea of getting people in Corner Brook a little bit more involved," said Payne.

The 27-year-old is involved with the ALS Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and is also an active member of the board of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the fundraising committee.

Janet Man, 21, Corner Brook
Janet Man is originally from St. John's but has been making waves during her time at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook. She has been working with the college's Environmental Policy Unit as one of the student liaisons for the student body.

She is a student representative with the Principal's Advisory Committee on sustainability and a sub-committee chair of the student union's Environmental Affairs Committee.

The 21-year-old has spoken at organic gardening workshops about food projects and security in the province and participates in community groups such as the Western Environment Centre, Oxfam and SIFE (Students in Free Entreprise).

Valerie Simms-Anderson, 35, Corner Brook
Valerie Simms-Anderson was vice-president of programs with Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, project co-ordinator of the Corner Brook Community Youth Network and community facilitator with the Community Collaborations Steering Committee.

The 35-year-old volunteers with the Corner Brook Status of Women Council and is a member of the Community Planning Advisory Committee on Housing and Homelessness.

Simms-Anderson has been a host parent for three international students, who have all come back to visit since they left.

Nora Fever, 30, Deer Lake
Nora Fever of Deer Lake is very active in tourism and marketing, being a great promoter of the City of Corner Brook. Through her volunteering and her position with the Corner Brook Port Corporation, Fever embraces and showcases what the western region has to offer.

"I think this region has got so much to offer ... I think it's a very well-rounded destination," she said.

The 30-year-old is a board member for the Deer Lake Regional Airport as well as Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador. Fever also volunteers with the Relay for Life event every year.

Juanita Brake, 35, Corner Brook
Juanita Brake from Corner Brook, is a self-proclaimed feminist which shows through her paid employment, her volunteer work and her political action.

The 35-year-old has been involved with the Women's Centre for a number of years, holding the position of co-chair for much of her time. Brake also was with the Women and Resource Development Committee for 10 years.

Along with her interest and involvement in women's issues, Brake has brought her passion for change to politics, having been the local representative for the NDP in Corner Brook as well as campaigning for NDP Mark Kennedy during the 2008 federal election.


Ian Richardson, 29, Cormack
Ian Richardson has owned his own dairy farm in Cormack since 2001. The 29-year-old is originally from P.E.I. where he working on his parents' hog and beef farm.

Richardson was recently returned as chair of the Canadian Young Farmers' Forum, a group for farmers aged 18 to 40, for his third term. The organization allows young and beginner farmers to collaborate and communicate ideas and strategies across the country.

He has been a part of the forum for six years and is involved in three or four different boards representing young farmers.

Suzanne Carey, 34, Corner Brook
Suzanne Carey was born and raised in Corner Brook and grew up enjoying many sports and other outdoors activities, with a true love for soccer and downhill skiing.

Suzanne has been involved as a volunteer and a staff member for several popular local events such as the Corner Brook/ITU Triathlon, the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and more recently the 2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games. She is currently a member of the Corner Brook Ladies' Soccer League and is on the executive.

She joined the Western Regional Hospital Foundation as the executive director in June 2007.

Susan Pottle, 32, Corner Brook
Since the time Susan Pottle moved to Corner Brook she has been all about enacting change.

The 32-year-old, who born St. John's and grew up in St. Philips, began instilling environmental awareness in the community while in a position with the Conservation Corps/City of Corner Brook developing a climate change action plan and at the College of the North Atlantic researching eco-industrial opportunities for western Newfoundland.

She is currently a research assistant with the Environmental Policy Unit at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

She has been on the board of the Western Environment Centre since 2007, helping to move the Corner Brook Farmers' Market and Community Garden projects forward.

Angela Carter, 31, Corner Brook
After years of moving from place to place for undergraduate and graduate work, Angela Carter seems to have found a home in her birthplace.

The 31-year-old has secured the assistant professorship in the environmental studies program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. That position entails being the facilitator of the developing Environmental Policy Institute and of the proposed master of arts in environmental policy.

Carter volunteers with all things environmental in Corner Brook -- film showings, Earth Hour, the Farmers Market, to name a few. She is a member of the Regional Advisory Council on Oil Spill Response for the Newfoundland and Labrador Council and also serves as a steering committee member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network.

Martin Flynn, 28, Corner Brook
He has been throughout North America, as far north as Alaska and south to Acapulco, but it was western Newfoundland that captured Martin Flynn's heart.

The 28-year-old Corner Brook man turned a childhood thrill into a business when he was part of building the first zip line in Atlantic Canada. Marble Zip Tours is now one of the largest zip lines in North America, with six zip lines and nine platforms taking people across waterfalls and canyon and overlooking the scenic Humber Valley.

He is a member of the Corner Brook Board of Trade, Western Destination Marketing Organization and Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. He was a volunteer at the 2010 Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Summit committee and was presented the 2009 Tourism Atlantic Technology Award and a 2009 nominee for innovator of the year by Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. He also organized Rocktober Fest held at Marble Mountain

Andrew Parsons, 30, Port aux Basques
For Port aux Basques lawyer Andrews Parsons, life is a constant juggle.

Parsons, who spearheaded the Kraft Hockeyville effort that may have put Port aux Basques on the Canadian map in 2008, is a general practice lawyer at the law firm Marks and Parsons.

He has been president of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association for the past three years and was second vice-president two years before that. The long-time puckstopper, who has been on the shelf with a torn knee ligament this past year, has been committed to youth hockey in the area since he came home to start his law practice in 2005.

Simon Jansen, 32, Corner Brook
His voice mail asks to leave a message for "Simon the tutor," yet Simon Jansen brings more to the community than anyone can ever read in a book.

The 32-year-old can be seen pedalling his bicycle, with his backpack, through the streets of Corner Brook, and there is a good reason why he always looks like he has places to go. As a tutor he teaches math and physics to high school students.

Jansen chairs the Western Environment Centre, an organization that champions many of the environmental initiatives that take place in this area. The organization as created such programs and initiatives as the farmers' market and the community garden.

Marc Bennett, 35, Corner Brook
Marc Bennett can be considered the consummate businessman, successful in many ventures and not afraid to venture into different fields, but also not wavering from his contributions to the community as a whole.

While the three Marc's Confectionary outlets are well-known, Bennett also owns a multitude of residential apartments and commercial buildings and a pre-school.

Through his businesses, Bennett provides community sponsorships and contributes to various fundraising activities of different organizations. He also offers his time to coaching minor hockey at the Timbit level, has been a sea cadet officer, and coaches karate at Markus Karate School.

Jason King, 28, Corner Brook
The former Vancouver Canucks prospect and former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring star is still filling the net, only now it's of a European flavour.

The Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association graduate averaged a point per game this season with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

While the Freezers failed to make the playoffs this year, King racked up 25 goals and 48 points.

The good news for the Freezers is that the team is making strides to put a better product on the ice next year and King is a big piece of the puzzle.

Glen Seaborn, 27, Corner Brook
Glen Seaborn followed in his dad's footsteps by becoming a lawyer in his hometown of Corner Brook.

He also embraced the sport of baseball, just like his dad -- Judge Alan (Tex) Seaborn.
Seaborn spends a fair amount of time on the baseball diamond as an avid supporter of the Corner Brook Baseball Association.

He helped the Town Aces end a long drought by capturing the senior baseball crown last summer and also helps guide the Corner Brook Senior Barons in provincial senior baseball circles.

Amy Andrews, 32, Corner Brook
In a province known for its abundance of talent in music and dance, Amy Andrews has become a household name for those with a passion for entertaining on stage.

Andrews, a Corner Brook native, runs the city's only dance studio -- Dance Studio West.
Some of her students have gone on to pursue dancing careers, while others have took the lessons learned and became contributing members of society.

An actress with Off-Broadway Players -- the city's theatre company -- Andrews has choreographed and directed a number of plays for the stage for the group.

Stephen Barker, 27, Corner Brook
Stephen Barker is always willing to lend a helping hand to those with an interest in business in Corner Brook.

Barker, a 27-year-old Corner Brook native, is the commercial account manager with Business Development Bank of Canada.

He is responsible for small and medium business, planning for existing businesses and new ones from the Northern Peninsula to Port aux Basques and Labrador as well.

He is currently a director with the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, and is a former committee member with Junior Achievement of Newfoundland.

Keith Goulding, 38, Meadows
Keith started working with Academy Canada in November 1998 as admissions officer, was promoted to the role of vice-principal in 2003 and was chosen principal of the University Drive campus in 2006.

Keith is actively involved in the business community through the Business Support Agency Network and was elected director-at-large of the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade in 2008 and subsequently first vice-president of the board in 2010.

He also gives to his local community as a member of the Freemasons, Treasurer of the Masonic Hall Co. Ltd, on his church vestry committee in Meadows and as a member of the Holy Trinity Parish Council.

Steve Churchill, 38, Corner Brook
Steve learned his skills in the telecommunications industry while working in Kingston, Ont.

Upon returning to Corner Brook with his wife and daughter in 2004, he decided to have try at his own business and set up PhoneTech Voice and Data Limited. PhoneTech Voice and Data Ltd. is a small telecommunications service, sales and installation company in Corner Brook.

PhoneTech Voice and Data Limited has grown from a one-man operation in 2004, to a company employing eight full-time employees in 2010.

Steve is involved in the community as an active member of the Corner Brook Kinsmen Club.
He won the Kinsmen Rookie of the Year Award in 2005/06 and Kinsmen of the Year Award in 2007/08.

Keith Watton, 34, Corner Brook
There was a time when Keith Watton was, by far, the youngest member of the Downtown Business Association, but since he's become chair, there has been a veritable youth movement within.

The Bell Aliant employee, who was born and raised in Corner Brook, joined the association when he was just 22, not long after he started his job.

A graduate of the bachelor of commerce program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, he always knew he'd wind up back in the city one day, he just didn't think it would happen so quickly for him.

Watton is also involved with the Kids Day in the Park festivities for the Corner Brook Winter Carnival.

Brandon Hynes, 17, Norris Point
Since he was old enough to hold a stick, Brandon Hynes has always taken great pleasure in blasting pucks, one after another, outside his parents' house in Norris Point.

By 16, Hynes became one of the highest Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft picks out of Newfoundland, going third overall to the Victoriaville Tigres.

After seeking out his former coach for help with his fitness over the summer, Hynes has taken the Q by storm this season, leading his team in goals and shots as a 17-year-old and cementing his status already as one of the top offensive forces to ever come from the west coast of this province.

He's currently projected as the 122nd-best North American draft eligible player.


Scott Burden, 38, Corner Brook
Scott Burden became a lawyer because his teachers always told him he was very argumentative.

Burden didn't always picture himself living in Corner Brook his whole life, but when he left the city to go to university -- four years at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's and three years at Dalhousie in Halifax, he realized he wanted to be back near his family and friends in a close community.

A coach of various teams under the umbrella of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association, this year Burden also took on the role of association president, believing you can't complain about the way things are done unless you do something to change them first.

Organizations: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook Board Harvard University Elle Magazine Junior Achievement Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association School of Fine Arts Western Health Memorial University of Newfoundland Cycle Solutions University of British Columbia Institute for Resources Western Environment Centre Western Destination Marketing Organization Newfoundland and Labrador Envirothon Business Development Bank of Canada Corner Brook Stream Trail Development Greenwood Inn Rotary Club of Corner Brook Wreckhouse Entertainment St. Mary's University in Halifax Blomidon Financial Freestyle Sports Acadia University Humber Community Development West Coast Senior Hockey League Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador Summit committee Rotary International Research Foundation ALS Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Affairs Committee Oxfam Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Free Entreprise Community Collaborations Steering Committee Women Council Community Planning Advisory Committee on Housing Corner Brook Port Deer Lake Regional Airport Women and Resource Development Committee NDP Soccer League Western Regional Hospital Foundation Conservation Corps/City of Corner Brook Community Garden Environmental Policy Institute Regional Advisory Council on Oil Spill Response Newfoundland and Labrador Council Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network Kraft Hockeyville Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association Markus Karate School Vancouver Canucks Deutsche Eishockey Liga Corner Brook Baseball Association Corner Brook Senior Barons Academy Canada University Drive Business Support Agency Network Masonic Hall Co. Holy Trinity Parish Council PhoneTech Voice and Data Corner Brook Kinsmen Club Downtown Business Association Bell Aliant North American

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Cow Head Port aux Basques Codroy Valley Deer Lake Atlantic Canada Cambridge St. John's Stephenville Cannes New Brunswick Mudslide mountain West Street Asia North America Red Bay P.E.I. Alaska Acapulco Humber Valley Marble Mountain Kingston Norris Point Victoriaville

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