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ACBDD

ACBDD 2014

ACBDD2014_654x434.jpgClick here to read this year's Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities special section.

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Introducing: David

David had a dream. David's dream was to work in the clerical field. He has trusted Havar Inc., a residential provider that provides supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, to be his guide throughout his journey, using the Futures Planning Model to realize his dreams and reach his full potential.

ACBDD

Disability Awareness Festival will help community Look Beyond personal differences

"Look Beyond" is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2013. The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related community organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month every March and invite the community to consider the true meaning of this year's theme. Across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability.

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OU and Hocking College volunteers work collaboratively with ACBDD partners

Volunteers serve primarily as peer role models who help guide the individuals we serve in social settings, and assist in understanding safe and appropriate ways to engage in those social settings.

ACBDD

Building Bridges Adult Center

A service of HAVAR, Inc.

Building Bridges Adult Center (BBAC) offer day habilitation in Athens County. Cooking and computer classes; gardening and art; library and farmer’s market outings; book club and current events review – opportunities and more are offered in a relaxed atmosphere with chance for ample time for socialization.

ACBDD

Havar Inc.

Futures Planning through Havar Inc.

Close your eyes. Where are your dreams taking you? Can you see it? What are you seeing yourself doing? Think of anything in the world that you would like to do, being careful not to let anything get in the way of that dream. Now, WAKE UP!

ACBDD

Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio

Goodwill is a non-profit agency that provides employment to individuals with disabilities. 

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The Sech-Kar Company

The Sech-Kar Company was established in 1986 to provide residential services to people who have various developmental disabilities.

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RHDD Alternatives encourage individuals with DD to chase their dreams!

In recognizing all people are of value, Residential Home for the Developmentally Disabled is committed to providing the highest quality of services to individuals with Developmental Disabilities. By building caring, honest and respectful relationships, RHDD creates educational yet fun situations that harbor learning.

ACBDD

Variety of services offered by certified agency providers

The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, through its Service and Support Administration, coordinates funding and services for individuals with disabilities within Athens County.

Accent on Business

Accent on Business 2014

Check out our digital edition to read more.

Accent on Business

Motorcycle racing is a calling for Athens County dad and boys

by David DeWitt

When it comes to motocross in Athens County, Drew Wolfe has been leading the charge for more than three decades.

Accent on Business

‘Sound’ business expands into new territories, and gains acclaim while doing it

by Jim Phillips

Ten years ago, Aaron Thomas was a 24-year-old Ohio University graduate (class of '01), and working at a local sandwich shop, when he started Class A Sounds, a car stereo business, in Athens. Since then, the business has greatly expanded and diversified, and now offers all kinds of high-tech goodies and services for the vehicle, as well as home entertainment equipment.


Accent on Business

A Picasso of motorcycle painting operates just outside of Athens

By Lindsay Boyle, Athens NEWS Contributor

One local motorcycle painter's talents have reached far beyond the Appalachian area.

Accent on Business

Local auto mechanic source of comfort for owners of European cars

By Elizabeth Cychosz, Athens NEWS Campus Reporter

From the front stained-glass window made to reflect the German flag to the lobby couch made from a Volkswagen bench seat, everything about Athens Euroworks screams European cars. And for a good reason: this local auto mechanic specializes in repairing Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.

Accent on Business

Unique, distinctive little car put Athens on the map

By Lindsay Boyle, Athens NEWS Contributor

Cars that were manufactured in Athens more than 40 years ago are still owned by many local residents. While Athens native Sandy Heck has only been back in the Athens area for about six years, her family roots in the city can be traced to the early 1800s. A manager at local property management company Housing Hotlink full-time, Heck uses her spare time for a different hobby.

Accent on Business

2013 Accent on Business focuses on left-field transportation

It's the season for hearing a high-performance engine propelling a sizzling hot car up a rural road, or spotting, in the rear-view mirror a wisp of metallic red disappearing around a corner.

Accent on Business

Accent on Business 2013

Accent on Business 2013 focuses on left-field transportation. Check out our digital edition to read more.

Accent on Business

Athens County full of 'thrifty' businesses

In the editorial component of our annual "Accent on Business" section this year, we chose the theme, "Thrift and ReUse Stores in Athens County." We select a different theme eve

Accent on Business

The Goodwill store – you’re paying for much more than just a product

Local outlet employs numerous individuals with disabilities

By Ashley Evans

Goodwill Industries of Athens is known for providing quality goods at great prices, but it's providing the community with more than a good buy - it's allowing individuals with disabilities throughou

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Commerce

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Commerce" Category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Students Only

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Students Only" Category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Nightlife

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Nightlife" Category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Dining

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Dining" category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Miscellaneous

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Miscellaneous" category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - People

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "People" category.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2014 - Places

Winners in the 2014 Best of Athens' "Places" Category.

Best of Athens

Last chance to vote in Best of Athens 2014

Well, Athenians, this is it. Best of Athens 2014 voting ends midnight Friday night. Click here to make your voice heard. And tell your friends! It will be worth your while.

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2013 - Commerce

In the "Commerce" category for The Athens NEWS Best of Athens Readers' Choice Awards, read on to find the winners...

Best of Athens

Best of Athens 2013 – Miscellaneous

In the "Miscellaneous" category for The Athens NEWS Best of Athens Readers' Choice Awards, read on to find the winners...

Bridal Guide

Love Stories:

Tales of romance in Athens County!

No two couple meet or marry exactly like anyone else.

We asked Athens County couples to send us their tales of how their journey down the altar began.

Join us as we share their stories!

Everything Arts

Everything Arts in Athens County 2014

The Athens NEWS new special section celebrating the vibrant Athens County art community is here. To read more click here.

Everything Arts

Everything Arts in Athens County

The Athens NEWS new special section celebrating the vibrant Athens County art community is here. To read more click here.

Everything Arts

Sometimes, it is about the money

By Kaylyn Hlavaty

A county that is one of the poorest in economic resources in Ohio may be one of the richest in cultural and artistic resources.

Everything Arts

Behind the scenes it takes many people to create art

By Jaelynn Grisso

Behind every piece of art, there is an artist. But, behind every artist are the managers, directors and coordinators who helped to make that art known. They act as the bridge connecting the art to the audience. Whether the discipline is dance, sculpture, music or theater, these are the people who work behind the scenes to bring art the artists' work forward.

Everything Arts

Arts integration in the classroom sparks student interest

By Lindsay Boyle

Athens is an art-filled town, and the same can be said for its schools.

Theresa House has been teaching art at East and West elementary schools for 12 years, but last year - when the art teacher from Chauncey started working at West - was the first time she taught arts integration courses at both.

Everything Arts

Local organizations advocate for Athens County arts and artists

By Lindsay Boyle

In Athens, many organizations – nonprofit, endowment-based and otherwise – work behind the scenes to keep the area’s rich art community thriving.

Everything Arts

Athens arts scene brings artists back home

By Kim Corsaro

One of the backbones of the thriving arts community in Athens is ARTS/West. The new director of ARTS/West is Chelsa Peterson, an Athens native and daughter of another icon in the local arts scene, Meigs junior high school music teacher Metra Peterson, who also founded and directs the S.A.T.B. choir. The Athens NEWS talked to mother and daughter together on a recent balmy Sunday afternoon about what it’s been like for them as artists working in the arts in Athens.

Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork 2014

What on earth does "organic" mean? Also the long and the short of the GMO debate, OU's circle garden, and a community group committed to better school nutrition. Plus your complete guide to the everything Farm to Fork! Click here to see this special section.

Farm to Fork

30-Mile Meal Project continues to sprout

By Tracey Maine Clark, Athens NEWS Contributor

As the 30 Mile Meal Project here in Athens County continues to sprout, so does the public’s interest in rediscovering methods of producing, marketing and locating locally grown foods that, according to Director Natalie Woodroofe, until a few generations ago, were commonplace.

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Community Food Initiatives has a plot for Athens County

By Lindsay Boyle, Athens NEWS Contributor

After adding two new community gardens last year — Athens City Eastside and Athens City Southside at Carriage Hill — Community Food Initiatives now coordinates six gardens within Athens County.

Farm to Fork

Local Restaurants – Why Go Organic

By Allison Ricket, Athens NEWS Contributor

The local restaurateurs and foodies of Athens, Ohio know food and philosophy. Many restaurant owners cite a combination of wanting to buy local and wishing to have a positive environmental impact as the two main reasons for serving organic food.

Farm to Fork

9 Tables is creating a recipe for success

By Kaylyn Hlavaty, Athens NEWS Contributor

Open just over a year, fine dining restaurant 9 Tables has crafted a recipe for success. It’s an immersion of culinary entertainment and fantastic food that is grown and cultivated in the farmlands of this region.


Farm to Fork

Athens County Farmers Markets are growing in more ways than one

By Lindsay Boyle, Athens NEWS Contributor

Thanks to two local markets —one old and one new — there’s no shortage of healthy and fresh food in Athens County.

Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork 2013

Check out The Athens NEWS' first annual Farm to Fork special section, which focuses on local food and farms!

Click HERE to read the digital edition.

Good Health

Good Health November 2014

Health Department has plenty of vaccine available

By Fred Kight

Whether it's headline-grabbing Ebola, the annual concern about influenza, or a new drug overdose treatment program, the Athens City-County Health Department is primed to provide services to the community.

Good Health

Good Health August 2014

Live Healthy Kids expands their work in Athens County elementary schools.

Good Health

Good Health July 2014

Medical advance allows paralyzed former OU student to move his paralyzed hand and fingers with his own thoughts. And a European expert teaches community members how to maintain muscle mass

Good Health

Vaccination rates in Athens County are near average or higher

By Lindsay Boyle

Public health workers in Athens County have done an excellent job of vaccinating children. Take a look at our June Good Health section to find out how they did it.

Good Health

Good Health May 2014

Teddy bears help children cope with being in the emergency room, new fetal monitors at O'Bleness allow women more mobility during labor, and how to prevent or minimize the sting of shingles. Click on the image at left to read the digital edition of Good Health.

Good Health

Good Health February 2014

How to get through a breakup

Good Health

Good Health March 2014

The facts about gluten free food

Good Health

Good Health April 2014

The truth about college drinking

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity 2014

It takes a community to revitalize a community!

Habitat for Humanity Southeast Ohio is helping to improve the quality of housing in Athens County. With plans to build two houses per year in Nelsonville, among many other projects, the organization has forged a corporate partnership with Rocky Brands, and engaged the entire community to build homes for qualifying families.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat and Nelsonville join forces to upgrade housing stock in city

By Lindsay Boyle

What started merely as a friendship continues to grow as Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio and the city of Nelsonville work together to remove and replace dilapidated houses. 

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Ohio University branch of Habitat for Humanity gives back

Many Athenians are familiar with the Ohio University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, whose student membership has devoted countless weekends to raising funds for builds and participating in the construction. 

Habitat for Humanity

Ways To Donate or Volunteer

"Life is an echo- what you send out always comes back" - Anonymous

Habitat for Humanity

Nelsonville and Habitat team up to revitalize blighted properties

By Jamie Kropka, The Athens NEWS Contributor

Broken windows. Fading paint. Overgrown grass and trash-strewn yards that scream of neglect. These are familiar sights for many people in high-poverty areas, including Athens County. But luckily for area residents, Athens County Habitat for Humanity and the City of Nelsonville are teaming up to clean up the eyesore of blighted properties that pepper the town's landscape in a collaboration that could involve the demolition of more than 40 houses.

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How You Can Support WRTR

Kroger Community Rewards program helps Women Raise the Roof

You can support Women Raise the Roof and Athens Habitat for Humanity simply by doing your grocery shopping.

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Athens Habitat house goes solar

By Lindsay Boyle, The Athens NEWS Contributor

The first Athens County Habitat for Humanity house build within Athens city limits is also the first to use solar power, thanks to Third Sun Solar.

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Many myths surround Habitat for Humanity

By Bentley Weisel, Athens NEWS Campus Reporter

When you think of Habitat for Humanity, certain assumptions may come to mind regarding how the homes are built, where the money may come from and even who started the organization.

Habitat for Humanity

Youth engagement and volunteer director comes on board at Habitat of SE Ohio

By Jaelynn Grisso, The Athens NEWS Contributor

Athens County Habitat for Humanity is building more than houses. The non-profit organization is growing, which includes hiring more helping hands. Tiffany Tomeo was recently hired as the youth engagement and volunteer director.

Halloween

A journey through the history of Halloween in Athens

by Athens NEWS Staff

Following is the definitive history of Halloween in Athens — that is, modern Halloween in Athens. We really can’t say what those Ohio Company colonists back in the late 1700s were doing on Halloween night. Who needs a costume when you’ve got a cool tri-corn hat, nifty knee breeches, and a cracking muzzle-loader.

Halloween

Halloween in Athens :: A History

by Athens NEWS Staff

The Athens NEWS Definitive History: A journey through more than 30 Athens Halloweens

Following is the definitive history of Halloween in Athens-that is, modern Halloween in Athens. We really can't say what those Ohio Company colonists back in the late 1700s were doing on Halloween night. Who needs a costume when you've got a cool tricorner hat, nifty knee breeches, and a cracking muzzle-loader.

No, this history begins in 1974, when the street takeovers began in Athens on Halloween, and ends in the present day.

One more note: throughout these articles, you'll see mention of various city officials, local personages and students. Many of these people are no longer in the positions they were in when these articles were written. For example: former Police Chief Ted Jones, quoted as the police chief in the early years of the party, eventually became chief of OU Campus Safety, and Joel Rudy, former Dean of Students at OU, left. From here on out, please enjoy the history:

Holiday Historic Homes

First United Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church had its beginning in 1800 when Rev. Mr. James Quinn, a Methodist circuit rider, held a service for several families in their cabins. In 1806, Rev. Peter Cartwright, a major force in frontier Methodism, organized a Methodist Society in Athens Township. In 1812, the Athens Methodist Society was recognized as an established religious entity by the Ohio Legislature when it directed the Ohio University Board of Trustees to "lease a piece of the public commons" to the Society to build its church.

Holiday Historic Homes

Saint Paul Catholic Church

The first Irish family to settle in Athens County was that of Peter Fagan in 1834. The first land purchase had been made by Edward Sheridan in 1826 when he worked in New York City. In 1838, Edward and his family moved to his Canaan Township land. In 1848, the Fagan and Sheridan families were joined by James Walsh, Patrick Mulligan, the Browns, and the John Fagan family. They were from the same or neighboring counties in Ireland.

Holiday Historic Homes

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Black Athenians also joined in the effort to establish a church. In 1872, a group of Baptists met to worship in the home of Joseph and Henrietta Miller. In addition to the Millers were Frank Hall, Martha Hall, Thomas Howell, Sarah Fisher, and Horace Goins. With the help of Rev. Butler Harper, Portsmouth, Ohio, the group moved to a building on the Hall property to worship. Here, they organized and became The Mount Zion Baptist Church. By 1876, Mount Zion Baptists began building their first church at 21-23 South Lancaster Street. They reached out to the entire community for help and many responded at community suppers, services on the College Green, and Fairground Camp Meetings. By 1882, the church building was completed and paid for. During the late 1800s, the church membership grew as did the need for a larger church.

Holiday Historic Homes

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

After the Civil War, Disciples of Christ minister, A. P. Frost, began evangelical outreach in Athens. Early converts were prominent citizens Harvey Roach, The Colers, Mrs. E. J. Jones, the Van Pelts, the Resolved Fullers, and the Earl Woodworths. They were joined by additional converts under Rev. Benjamin Franklin. Organizational efforts were unsuccessful.

Holiday Historic Homes

First Presbyterian Church

In 1808, Presbyterian minister, Jacob Lindley, Waterford, Ohio, was invited by the Trustees of Ohio University to become first president of the University. In 1809, he organized the First Presbyterian Society of Athens and served as pastor until 1827. Original Society members were: Joshua Wyatt and wife, Josiah Coe, Arthur Coates, Dr. Eliphaz Perkins, Alvin Bingham, Sally Foster, Mrs. Lindley, and James Weir. By 1820, membership reached 177.

Holiday Historic Homes

2014 Holiday Historic Church Tour

Event takes place Dec. 7

This year's tour features five churches in uptown Athens. They are listed here as they are known today in order of the date established: First Presbyterian, 1809; First United Methodist, 1812; Saint Paul Catholic, c. 1845; Mount Zion Baptist, 1872; and First Christian, Disciples of Christ, 1886.

Holiday Historic Homes

196 E. State Street

Will and Maria Lamb Home

This two-story frame American Foursquare home was built in 1905. It has eight rooms including four bedrooms. Despite dramatic alterations to its porch in 1966, it is a contributing structure in the East State Street/Elmwood Place Historic District. Alterations to a structure do not prevent its inclusion in an historic district if it is possible to remove changes and return the structure to its original construction.

Holiday Historic Homes

19 Park Place

George Weckman Home

Although a privately owned residence, the Park Place Weckman home is a contributing structure in the Ohio University College Green Historic District. In-Lot 165, upon which the home is constructed, was leased to a series of people by Ohio University. They include John Nicholson Dean, 1851: Charles S. Dickey, 1860; Thomas Hanshaw, 1860; and Ada Crippen, 1871. The leases were for 99 years and were renewable forever. Leaseholders could sell leases to others, but purchasers never secured fee simple title to the land. The money from leases of land in Alexander and Athens Townships was used to support the University.

Holiday Historic Homes

52 University Terrace

General Charles H. Grosvenor, Ohio University Konneker Aumni Center

Early in 1900, Charles Grosvenor had his architect cousin, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, design a family home on University Terrace to join the elegant houses of well-to-do Athenians surrounding the Ohio University College Green. The Georgian Revival home was completed in 1901. According to Ohio Historic Inventory forms, the building has "wooden ionic columns which support the entry portico; Greek fretwork lintels; a wrap-around veranda; and seven fireplaces."

Holiday Historic Homes

60 Elmwood Place

Andy and Kristina Snow Home

This attractive red brick Craftsman Bungalow is a part of the newly established East State Street/Elmwood Place Historic District. It is one of five homes constructed on Elmwood Place from 1920 to 1926, a period of growth for both Ohio University and the McBee Binder Company.


Humor

Humor Issue 2014

Each year The Athens NEWS produces a satirical special section: The HUMOR Issue. To read the digital edition of this story along with the rest of the HUMOR special section, click here.

Humor

OU president reveals hidden budget

Ohio University President Roderick McDervish revealed some shocking aspects of the university's budget in a public presentation on Thursday, revealing that one-third of the current budget goes toward concealing the rest of the university's expenditures.

Humor

Athens code inspectors get the ‘Deliverance’ routine after trying to enforce 20-mile fracking zone

No, not THAT ‘Deliverance’ routine!

Athens Police on Saturday arrested two men found wandering naked, covered in oil and muttering incoherently, on the city's north side. Police soon released them, however, after realizing they were city code inspectors sent into the county's rural back-country to enforce the city's 20-mile fracking ban.

Humor

North Korean nut-job tabs dear, lovable A-town for military strike

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a statement on Thursday identifying Athens County as a primary target for an imminent military strike by North Korean forces.

Humor

OU student claims infidelity due to continued economic turmoil

Ohio University senior Erich Mannowitzy is sticking to his story that he forgot his girlfriend's birthday and slept with her cousin because he's mad about the economy.

Humor

OU Trustees explore ‘sugar daddies’ as potential funding source

If you believe this, you'll believe anything

In the wake of news reports suggesting that a growing number of financially strapped female college students are hooking up with "sugar daddies" to help pay their bills, Ohio University officials last week announced a new program to cultivate affluent, libidinous middle-aged men as financial donors, by placing selected students in internships to serve as their concubines.

Humor

City of Athens attempts coup d’état over Athens County

‘I don’t understand; I don’t understand,’ one county official declared way too much

Teeming hordes of Athens city officials and employees stormed county offices early Friday morning declaring political sovereignty over all of Athens County.

Humor

‘Urban chickens’ plan 1st annual “Buk Buk Buk Fest”

Barely a month after Athens City Council voted to loosen restrictions on allowing chickens inside city limits, chickens living in a near east-side neighborhood have announced plans to hold a "totally squawkin'" spring block party next weekend in the Hudson-Elmwood area.

Humor

County paralyzed with fear as girl won’t leave playground

Athens County plunged into more than five hours of shuddering, white-knuckle panic Saturday afternoon, after a 6-year-old girl at the Albany Community Park, reportedly seeking to draw attention to what she called the unfair monopolization of the slide by “stinky big boys,” announced that she had locked herself to the swing set and would never, ever leave.

Humor

Humor Issue 2013

Each year The Athens NEWS produces a satirical special section: The HUMOR Issue. This year's lead covers those meddlesome urban chickens. To read the digital edition of this story along with the rest of the HUMOR special section, click here.

My Sister's Place

My Sister's Place 2014

Click here to view the 2014 My Sister's Place Special Section.

My Sister's Place

Shelter Wish List

Check the updated Wish List Here.

Please note that items with an * next to them must be new and in original packaging.

Also not that the bold items are an URGENT NEED. 

My Sister's Place

10 things men can do to end mens violence against women

By Ohio Domestic Violence Network

1. Acknowledge and understand how sexism, male dominance and male privilege lay the foundation for all forms of violence against women.

My Sister's Place

Project LAUNCH to provide a place to play for children at MSP

By Lindsay Boyle, Athens NEWS Contributor

Thanks to Project LAUNCH, children staying at My Sister's Place will soon be able to enjoy a brand new backyard play set.

My Sister's Place

The six big lies

If you hear your partner making statements like these while he is in DVIP, you should understand that he is lying to himself-and to you.

My Sister's Place

O'Bleness adopt new sexual assault forensic evidence collection training program

By Elizabeth Cychosz, Athens NEWS Campus Reporter

After a sexual assault, survivors are faced with the choice of how to move forward. They can try to suppress what has happened. However, that can lead to unresolved psychological and medical trauma. Alternatively, they can go to a hospital, where not only can they receive medical attention, but also forensic evidence of the crime can be swabbed for use in future prosecution.

My Sister's Place

OU students learn how to advocate for student victims of DV

By Jaelynn Grisso, Athens NEWS Contributor

Survivors of domestic violence at Ohio University can find help from fellow students because of a semester-long class called Peer Advocacy Training.

My Sister's Place

State advocate Lesley Ashworth leads movement to provide care for animals of domestic violence victims

By Allison Ricket, Athens NEWS Contributor

Lesley Ashworth has spent 27 years assisting victims of domestic violence. During her term working for the Columbus City Prosecutor's Office, she and her staff noticed an alarming trend. They saw many women forced to leave safe houses and shelters, returning to abusive situations because abusers threatened or harmed family pets.

My Sister's Place

Types of abuse

There are many types of abuse and they are all difficult to experience. Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any form of it.

My Sister's Place

A survivors story:

Domestic abuse affects animals too

By Tracey Maine Clark, Athens NEWS Contributor

My Sister's Paws is a non-profit program, created in coordination with My Sister’s Place, designed to protect the pets of residents currently in a shelter due to incidents of domestic violence. This combined effort to protect both humans and pets in abuse situations has inspired Athens resident Tabitha Cox, herself an abuse survivor, to share her personal story.

Nelsonville Music Fest

10th annual Nelsonville Music Festival expected to be among the best ever

More than 50 music acts, four stages, four days

By McKenzie Powell

As should come as no surprise at this point, Stuart's Opera House is presenting the 10th annual Nelsonville Music Festival from this Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1 at historic Robbins Crossing in Nelsonville.

Nelsonville Music Fest

Nelsonville Music Festival Schedule

May 30-June 2, 2013

Nelsonville Music Festival Schedule

*Subject to change!

Nelsonville Music Fest

Athens Ear Buds makes a triumphant return!

If you're not sure about what acts to check out at this year's NMF, this should rectify that situation!

Nelsonville Music Fest

Each night of music festival packs a headlining punch

By Alexander Card, Athens NEWS Contributor

Here's a quick run-down of the headlining bands for the Nelsonville Music Festival.

Nelsonville Music Fest

Festival lineup features big names, cult favorites and hidden delights

by Jim Phillips

Over the years, the Nelsonville Music Festival has become known for offering a show with a wide variety of musical styles. But for the ninth installment of the festival this year, the organizers appear to have outdone even themselves in the sheer range of acts they've booked to play. There truly does seem to be something for nearly everybody this time around, from folk to rock to alt-country to gospel to noise and all points in between.

Nelsonville Music Fest

Tons of quality music on tap in Nelsonville

Exclusive info on the big acts and the hidden gems at this 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival

The ninth annual Nelsonville Music Festival continues today (Sunday, June 2). Dozens of acts - ranging from top indie-rock attractions to a legendary folk-country singer, with everything in between – have been performing during the four-day fest. Our NMF content includes a festival overview, a piece about the headlining acts, a complete schedule, and a special edition of Athens Ear Buds.

View the digital edition here

Planned Parenthood

PPSEO is about empowering women to control their own futures

by Athens NEWS Staff

Thirty-eight years ago Planned Parenthood began operations in Athens as Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio (PPSEO), serving the nine-county southeast Ohio region (including Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Ross, Vinton and Washington counties). Since then, many thousands of women (and some men, too!) have received reproductive health care through PPSEO clinics.

Currently, the clinic in Athens offers gynecological exams, birth control, pregnancy testing, pregnancy options education, sexually transmitted infection testing and prevention, HIV testing, male reproductive health services, and education and outreach services. In 2008, 1,136 patients were served at the clinic - 816 received birth control, 703 received annual exams, 359 tests were administered for sexually transmitted infections, and 520 students at five schools received education presentations.

Planned Parenthood

The mission of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio

by Athens NEWS Web Editor

The mission of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio is to make every child a wanted child by:

Providing confidential reproductive and complementary health care for women, men and teens;

Offering education that enhances each person's ability to make responsible reproductive health decisions;

Advocating public policies that support comprehensive reproductive health education and guarantee the rights and access of each individual to complete and confidential reproductive health services.

Planned Parenthood

From the medical director of the area's Planned Parenthood

by Athens NEWS Staff

Not your old Athens Planned Parenthood " Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio [PPSEO] now offers new services and better care. Since the summer of 2007 and our move to a new location, 1005 E. State St., PPSEO has provided improved access to reproductive health services " family planning, contraception, and the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. All services are confidential. Information and education are available for individuals to make responsible reproductive health decisions.

Planned Parenthood

Chocolate-champagne event headlines PPSEO's yearly fundraising calendar

by Athens NEWS Staff

This past year has brought many exciting events for Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio. Most recently was the 21st annual Chocolate and Champagne Affaire held Feb. 21 at the newly renovated Eclipse Company General Store in The Plains.

Some 175 of PPSEO's dedicated supporters enjoyed an evening of decadent desserts, savory hors d'oeuvres, champagne, music and a spirited live auction, silent auction and "choice" raffle.

Planned Parenthood

Women's rights veteran continues pro-choice fight, takes part in recent lobbying day in Columbus

by Corey Ryan

Pro-choice activist Lois Whealey's life hangs around her neck and decorates her bright red jacket.

The charms laced around her silver chain include emblems from her three alma maters " Stanford, University of Michigan and Ohio University " and for each of her three children and three grandchildren.

Below the crowded charm necklace are scattered Whealey's buttons. One button reads "Pro Child, Pro Family, Pro Choice," from her Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) group. Whealey is also active in the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters and the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio.

"It has always been important in my family to have strong women," Whealey said. "That's why I have always felt so strongly that a woman's political, social and economic rights need protecting."

Planned Parenthood

Local women testify to the benefits of Planned Parenthood

by Athens NEWS Staff

Without Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio, my life would be less than it is today. First, I have been enriched by working with all the amazing volunteers, staff and my fellow Leadership Council members. Through my involvement with Planned Parenthood, I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of important activities, such as canvassing Columbus neighborhoods for the Barack Obama campaign and lobbying state representatives for the Ohio Prevention First Act. I have seen these efforts make positive change in my communities, both large and small.

Planned Parenthood

Get yourself tested: Planned Parenthood, MTV, Kaiser Family Foundation use multimedia approach to promote STD testing for young people to reduce alarming STD infection rates

by Athens NEWS Staff

Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio is proud to participate in a nationwide campaign with MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation and to officially unveil "GYT: Get Yourself Tested," a campaign to increase testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years of age.

GYT kicks off with a mix of promotions on-air, online and in the real world that will unfold throughout this month in recognition of National STD Awareness Month.

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Local artists raise money for PPSEO

by Athens NEWS Staff

Jewelry for Choice (JfC) is a local group of jewelry artists committed to the pro-choice cause. The group began in 2006 with its first show at founder Tara's house. Since then, they have held regular shows around town including at Union Arts, Bella Vino, the Athens Public Library and currently at Moku Espresso and Café.

This group of about a dozen artists make jewelry as individuals and also collaborate on a line called NEVER AGAIN. The NEVER AGAIN line of jewelry makes a political statement using hangers as a reminder that before abortion was made legal, many women tried this method to end a pregnancy, often with serious complications or death.

Each artist has a unique style to his or her jewelry, making the sales a great place to find the perfect piece of jewelry for yourself or a friend. Jewelry for Choice donates 25 percent of their sales to a local pro-choice organization. To date Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio has received more than $2,500 in donations from JfC.

The artists feel empowered to raise money for a cause they each believe passionately in, and are grateful to have a way to give back to an organization that has been there for them in various ways. "The people who come to our shows really like that they can pick a unique, handmade piece of jewelry that supports local artists and a great cause," says Audrey Yane, jewelry artist and a key organizer for the group. "It makes a more meaningful gift for friends and family who support women's health and reproductive rights."

The next Jewelry for Choice show will be May 2 at Moku Espresso and Café located at 540 W. Union St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can view the artists involved and their work at www.jewelryforchoice.com.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Italian restaurant/ comedy venue making itself known on Athens' east side

by Athens NEWS Staff

Mixing comedians, pizza and pasta, Abrio's Brick Oven is one of the latest additions to East State Street's lunch and dinner offerings.

The restaurant opened Oct. 17, 2008, and created 44 local jobs. Many of its cooks are from Hocking College's culinary arts program, serving handmade pizzas as well as Italian entrees like pasta and homemade lasagna. The restaurant also features comedians from the nationally touring Comedy Caravan every other Saturday, and general manager Nicole Essman said the comedy nights usually sell out.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Full circle of food

by Athens NEWS Staff

New agricultural business hopes to promote a completely local food system

In their hit song "Mr. Sluggard," the Jamaican reggae band Culture asks Mr. Sluggard, "Tell me where you get your bread?" Millfield residents Brandon Jaeger and Michelle Ajamian have adopted the phrase as their slogan, and now they are asking the residents of southeast Ohio to consider the same question.

Jaeger and Ajamian are pioneering a local food system based on a traditional idea: staple foods like grains and beans should be processed, milled and consumed in the same area in which they are grown.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Businesses works with some unique crops

by Athens NEWS Staff

Michelle Ajamian and Brandon Jaeger have received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program to grow plots of staple crops. They're planning to open the Shagbark Seed and Mill Co. in October to process their seeds and mill flours from the harvest, and are encouraging other staple crop entrepreneurs to start growing and milling with them.

Ajamian and Jaeger have selected some unique staple crops. Here's a look at some examples and why they were selected.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Local brew-pubs expansion carries some green benefits

by Athens NEWS Staff

After a year of negotiations, planning and setbacks, Jackie O's expansion into the space previously occupied by Skippers Bar and Grill is moving forward.

Owner Art Oestrike said that he's hoping the new section can open next month.

"I really wanted to open in August and have a private, community opening," Oestrike said. "I did everything in my power to open before students came back, but things are just taking longer than I expected."

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Coffee shop to fill space left formerly occupied by long-time men's shop

by Jim Phillips

Just in case you're worried about running out of places to score caffeine uptown, a local woman and her husband are hard at work putting a new coffee shop in the vacant South Court Street storefront that once held Baron Men's Shop.

"This is my encore career," explained Debby Fulks, who has worked as a dental hygienist for the Athens City/County Health Department for years, and is planning partial retirement.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Grocery chain seeks to cut energy use

by David DeWitt

The produce section isn't the only place to go "green" at ALDI Foods these days. The grocery chain has been making a concerted effort to develop new stores that are energy efficient, as well as making some changes to older locations to do the same.

Aldi Foods has a store at 932 E. State St. in Athens, though it lacks some of the "green" innovations of some of the chain's newer stores.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Two local businesses ride the alternative-energy wave

by Athens NEWS Staff

Traditionally when it comes to energy sources, southern Ohio and the Appalachian region have been known for their contributions to coal mining. However, should the Athens Solar Initiative receive necessary "seed money" from government sources, and then be adopted by Athens City Council, southeast Ohio will have the chance to pave the way for alternative fuel sources and to make an impact on the environment by reducing the impacts of fossil fuels.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Farm op takes organic farming seriously

by Athens NEWS Staff

The staff at Green Edge Organic Gardens, an organic farm in Amesville, consists of individuals who have an innate interest in the techniques and effects of organic farming.

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques that use green manure, compost and crop rotation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, with very little or no use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.

Progress/Entrepreneurs

Local green-energy firm helps NASA shoot for the stars

by David DeWitt

When NASA travels into space, Athens has got a hand in it, or at least an engine. The city of Athens is home to a world leader in engine technology and one of only a couple companies that can supply NASA with the engines it needs for missions into space.

Sunpower in Athens was incorporated in 1974 by former Ohio University professor William Beale, who invented the free-piston Stirling engine, now used for those missions and more.

Reflections of the Past

Athens County sent large contingent to fight in Civil War

by Jim Phillips

Cyrus Moore III first took an interest in things military because he bears the same name as a veteran of the Civil War. As a volunteer for the Athens County Historical Society and Mus

Reflections of the Past

Archaelogists help uncover hidden aspects of area's past

by David DeWitt

For years Athens residents have debated why a number of headstones at a cemetery on The Ridges property were arranged in a circular pattern.

Reflections of the Past

Book recounts state wildlife officer's years of infiltrating poacher rings

by Jim Phillips

From TV shows and movies, most of us are familiar with the figure of the police officer who goes undercover to bust drug dealers or gangsters. A new book, however, recounts the adventures

Reflections of the Past

Library records help to debunk some of Athens area's spookier legends

by David DeWitt

Any new arrival at Ohio University will inevitably hear some variation on the more infamous legends of haunted Athens.

Reflections of the Past

Rebuilt lodge keeps Lake Hope legacy alive

By Megan Moseley

There's something awe-inspiring about the recently reopened Lodge at Lake Hope State Park. From the Zaleski State Forest wood that holds together the $5 million establishment to the framed

Reflections of the Past

New restaurant co-owner has long local history

By Brittany McIntire

There are a lot of reasons why people come back to Athens, though family history isn't usually at the top of the list. And for Jim Wahlstrom, new co-owner of Abrio's Vera Cucina on East State Street, it really wasn't "coming back" at all, since he had never lived here previously.

Reflections of the Past

Local jewelry store celebrates founding 180 years ago

Cornwell Jewelry is celebrating 180 years since its founding in 1832. This photo shows some artifacts from the business' early days including old eyeglasses and an old jewelry case for a diamond ring

Reflections of the Past

War breaks out in uptown Athens

Plus armed labor-related conflict explodes in Chauncey

by David DeWitt

Athens wasn't always the peacenik enclave that it is today. OK, so maybe it isn't exactly that today either, as evidenced by some much-publicized rowdy behavior around town in recent years. But there sure aren't any gunfights going down on Court Street.

Reflections of the Past

Longtime co-owner recalls 30 years at The Athens NEWS

by Jim Phillips

In 1977, Guy Philips started as a freshman at Ohio University. Coincidentally, that was also the year that The Athens NEWS started publication. While still in college, Philips took a job selling advertising space in The NEWS. Today, 30 years later, he is still an ad salesman for the paper. He is also, however, a part owner of the business, and has been so for many years.

Reflections of the Past

Mainstay uptown business to close after owner's death

By Austin Verrilli

An Athens business that's been a constant for over 50 years will soon disappear from the city. It's a small, utilitarian place. It was open later than most bars. It had wall-to-wall merchandise, cheap cigarettes and a calm, weary dog. A half-lucid voice at the counter never failed to ask, "You want matches?" If you haven't already guessed, it's the Campus Sundry on West Union Street, and by 2012 it will be a memory.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide October 2014

How to create a pleasant home space without ticking off the landlord

By Hannah Yang

Trying to make an apartment or house look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens without ticking off your Athens landlord is actually possible.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide October 2014

How to make the most of a small kitchen.

By Nadia Kurtz

Walking into a new apartment can seem pretty daunting. Blank walls and empty countertops make decorating and organizing seem like a major task, and it also seem impossible to pile everything into a small space and make it look presentable. Find handy tips on how to make the most of your small kitchen in this month's Rental Guide.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide August 2014

Fire Safety for off-campus living

By Lt. Dan Riley

Being a student living in off-campus housing can be an exciting experience. However, with the fun comes more responsibility. Since off-campus housing presents higher fire risks, it's important for students to possess basic fire safety awareness, and familiarize themselves with their new home.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide September 2014

When renting, what are students seeking and avoiding?

The Athens NEWS asked OU students what they are looking for and what they are trying to avoid when searching for rental housing in Athens. Take a look at some of their responses.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide January 2014

How to handle a problem neighbor

By Allison Ricket

It’s hard not to react with passive–aggressive 
anger. When the neighbors throw a 
noisy party on a Tuesday night, you might 
want to react by turning up your most annoying 
music at 7 a.m. on Wednesday – right 
before you leave for your early morning class. 
But to deal with a problem neighbor in a way 
that’s more likely to yield positive results, 
passive–aggressive “anonymous” notes and 
pounding on the walls won’t cut it.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide February 2014

Green ways to embrace shorter, colder days

The arrival of autumn ushers in cooler
days and less hours of sunshine. As
much of the country turns its clocks
back an hour, night descends that much
earlier, prompting a greater reliance on
artificial light and electricity. When the time
comes to turn clocks back, eco-conscious
men and women can employ various strategies
to conserve energy.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide March 2014

Nine ways to legally host a party

March in Athens is a month full of
parties, which can be lots of fun.
However, if you happen to be the
unlucky sucker who decides to host a party
during this festive time of the year, take a
look at this list, because you are legally liable
for what happens at your party.

Rental Guide

Rental Guide April 2014

Says city had 9.7 percent growth in ‘effective rent’ in February

by Jim Phillips

Anyone who's paying even slight
attention knows that a big part of
the Athens economy is the local
rental market, driven by the looming
presence of Ohio University with its
thousands of students living off campus.

Data from the U.S. Census' American
Community Survey, covering 2008-12, show
that nearly one in every three occupied
homes in the city of Athens was a rental.

Rental Guide

Rid your home of drafts

Think about what it might be like if you turned up the heat and then opened all of the windows in your home. All of that warm air would rush right out, and you would be left with a cold home and a hefty heating bill.

Rental Guide

Did you know?

Space heater safety and Ductwork and energy loss

Revitalizing Athens

Should Athens revive tax breaks to beautify uptown?

by Jim Phillips

Way back in the day – to be a bit more exact, we're talking about pre-2006 – a local civic group in Athens was working to achieve a uniform, attractive look for uptown Athens buildings.

Revitalizing Athens

City looks at updating 33-year-old architecture plan

by David DeWitt

In 1978, the city of Athens adopted a plan outlining revitalization guidelines meant to maintain the historical integrity of the buildings uptown and encourage restoration.

Spotlight on Kids

Spotlight on Kids 2014

The Athens NEWS Spotlight on Kids, our annual lead up to KidFest. Check out our digital edition to read all the articles.

Spotlight on Kids

Did you know?

Reality TV

Reality television has garnered its share of devoted viewers, many of whom happen to be young females. Statistics indicate the number of tween and teenage girls tuning into to see their favorite reality TV is on the rise.

Spotlight on Kids

How to help kids prepare for college life

Many of this year's high school graduates will be leaving home for a college campus in the fall. Such a departure is often bittersweet for kids and parents alike.

Spotlight on Kids

Athens County 4-H offers local youth life skills mixed with fun

Most people have heard of 4-H. However, unless you've participated in it, you may have no idea the aim or range of activities that it encompasses.

Spotlight on Kids

Banish bedtime woes

Although many parents anticipate their child's bedtime as a point in the day when they can finally enjoy some peace and quiet, there are those moms and dads who dread bedtime, which can be frustrating for even the most level headed parents. 

Spotlight on Kids

Don’t miss Kidfest 2013!

Kidfest 2013 will take place at the Ohio University Convocation Center on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spotlight on Kids

Spotlight on Kids 2013

The Athens NEWS Spotlight on Kids, our annual lead up to KidFest, highlights many ways to keep your children healthy and having fun. Check out our digital edition to read all the articles.

Spotlight on Kids

Ways Children Can Be Philanthropic

In a world where it seems more emphasis is placed on receiving gifts than doing much giving, children can learn the benefits of doing work that benefits others. Volunteering or other philanthropic endeavors can teach important life lessons and help kids feel good about themselves in the process.

Spotlight on Kids

Safety tips for young Web surfers

Parents have worried about their children since the beginning of time. Such worry is part of being a parent, and parents will worry about things both large and small.

Spotlight on Kids

Dispelling myths surrounding ADHD

There is still much that doctors, parents and caregivers can learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While answers are constantly being investigated, it should come as no surprise that certain myths abound about ADHD.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2014 2 of 5

The Athens NEWS Tax Guide Series features tax resources and articles to help with tax season. To read the digital edition of the second in the five part series of Tax Guide special sections click here.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2014 3 of 5

The Athens NEWS Tax Guide Series features tax resources and articles to help with tax season. To read the digital edition of the third in the five part series of Tax Guide special sections click here.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2014 4 of 5

The Athens NEWS Tax Guide Series features tax resources and articles to help with tax season. To read the digital edition of the fourth in the five part series of Tax Guide special sections click here.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2014 5 of 5

The Athens NEWS Tax Guide Series features tax resources and articles to help with tax season. To read the digital edition of the fifth in the five part series of Tax Guide special sections click here.

Tax Guide

Take the stress out of tax season

By Lori Crook, Athens NEWS Special Project Manager

If you hate filling out forms, you probably dread tax season every year-not necessarily because you will owe money to the IRS, but rather because the prospect of organizing your documents, calculating deductions, and filing your taxes makes you want to crawl under the covers and take a nap. But it's kind of like cleaning out your refrigerator: the longer you wait, the more terrible it becomes.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2014 1 of 5

Check out the first of five Athens NEWS Tax Guides! To see the digital edition, click here.

Tax Guide

Simplified option for claiming home office deduction begins in 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has announced a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes.

Tax Guide

IRS has $917 million in 2009 unclaimed refunds

Returns must be filed by April 15 to claim

Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.

Tax Guide

Tax Guide 2013

Part 5 of 5

The Athens NEWS Tax Guide Series features tax resources and articles to help with tax season. To read the digital edition of the fifth in the five part series of Tax Guide special sections click here.

Tax Guide

Important reminders about tip income

If your pay from your job includes tips, the IRS has a few important reminders about tip income.

Women in Athens

Women In Athens County 2014

For the 22nd year, The Athens NEWS presents its "Women in Athens County" section. This special section gathers responses from women throughout Athens County to questions about important - and some more humorous - issues. Once again our staff put a list of 13 questions online during much of September and called upon our female readers, athensnews.com users and Facebook friends to offer their point of view.

Women in Athens

Women In Athens County 2014 Survey Responses 1 of 2

Click to view all of the 2014 Women In Athens County survey responses!

Women in Athens

What is the most sexist situation you’ve encountered or heard of?

"Twenty years ago when I was in private practice, male attorneys would call me 'honey' and 'dear.' Even though I was the lead attorney on a case, the male attorneys would ask to negotiate with the senior male partner. I have not had the same experiences in this position. I knew I was on the same playing field with a male attorney when he and I were discussing old TV shows and he said "remember when we were little boys?" He had looked past gender and was talking to me as his equal."

Lisa Eliason

- 59, Chief City Prosecutor from Athens

Women in Athens

What are examples of when, if ever, cosmetic surgery is inappropriate?

"I don't think I can tell someone else what is and isn't appropriate. Where do you draw the line? People can do what they want with their own bodies."

Natalie Eskey

- 30, a business owner/baker from Chauncey

Women in Athens

If you could be the best friend of an historical figure who would they be?

"Lucille Ball - even though I think she would be the friend who entertains but exhausts you at the same time."

Lauren Borovicka

- 30, An AmeriCorpsprogram coordinator from Athens


Women in Athens

What would you do to make positive changes in Athens County?

'I think we all have a responsibility to be role models for those growing up. We need to do the very best we can do be positive, be thankful for what we have, and look for opportunities to give back."

Aubrei Krummert

-38, a professional organizer from Athens

Women in Athens

What do you want, or would you want, your sons to know about women?

"That communications is the key to every good relationship and women want a partner, not another person to take care of."

Dawn Deputy

- 39, a business owner from Albany

Women in Athens

What challenges do we face as a woman in Athens County?

"While the scenery is beautiful and the area draws you in, the amount of employment other than entry level positions are slim to none."

Clarissa

- 31, an assistant director from Shade

 
 
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