Narrowing this down to top 5 was “wicked” challenging – that’s Maine slang for ya! There are too many neat towns in Maine. Here it goes, small towns in Maine that you MUST visit in your lifetime: Continue reading
In 2019, Maine finally adopted the 2016 voters’ initiative to legalize marijuana, to include recreational use, home cultivation, retail sale and taxation of marijuana, however interpretation is up to each local municipality pursuant to the Marijuana Legalization Act.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine since 1999. Residents who have lived in Maine for 4+ years can apply for a license until June 2021, when the state will begin to allow outside applications.
Marijuana possession remains illegal under federal law, and local police say enforcement won’t change. But Maine’s marijuana friendly initiative provides leniency for recreational pot use in private. It also serve as an intro to a future state sales, dispensaries, and products, and indicates Maine’s appetite for a more liberal allowance of cannabis consumption.
Maine marijuana recreational allowance includes:
-Adults 21+ can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis at a time. Penalties for possessing over 2.5 ounces to 8 ounces can result in up to $1,000 in fines and six months of incarceration. possession of up to and over 20 pounds gets 10 years, $20,000 in fines.
-Adults in Maine may cultivate up to 3 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings.
Portland was the 1st East Coast city vote for pot use in 2013. Colorado and Washington have embraced marijuana tolerant laws statewide. Colorado has truly capitalized on cannabis tourism , 420 shops and pot bakeries have popped up all over. Colorado ski towns and tourist destinations offer mj dispensaries, hemp stores and baked-bakeries. Tourism is up in Colorado because of their weed-leniency. Colorado brought in $34.8 million in marijuana taxes in year one of its pot-friendly policy.To the North Canada is also cannabis friendly, though its heavily texted and packaged in very small doses.
Imagine the pot possibilities in Maine? Our state is already high on taxes, big pot taxation would bring more tax revenue from those getting high. Wouldn’t blueberry baked pot brownies be a hit? How about Maine marijuana-laced maple syrup? Pot stuffed twice baked Maine potatoes from the County?
Will Vacationland change with Maine’s marijuana tolerance? Can you get baked at Maine beaches? Can you light up at Portland Headlight? #Lol. No. Recreational Maine marijuana use needs to be done in the privacy of your residence. There are not pot friendly hotels like Maine has pet friendly hotels. Whether we see Maine 420 tours, Maine marijuana bakeries and pot infused food products in the future remains to be seen and voted by the folks of Maine.
Regardless, Maine marijuana initiatives have brought forth the public dialogue of health and healing benefits of THC and CBD, and about the relative harms of marijuana versus alcohol. Booze is already regulated and taxed lucratively for the state of Maine, along with tobacco and other “sin taxes.”
Maine, the way life should be…pot friendly?
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You don’t find many cities like Portland, Maine. It’s truly a gem and not only a great place to live, but to visit as well. Its just the right size, but full of fun, sights and bites! Situated on the mouth of the Casco Bay, visitors can find lodgings in Portland with ocean views, walking distance to so much, even ferry boats to explore the islands, or just indulge in city life and some of the best restaurants in New England.
There are many things to do in Portland, Maine that only include the typical city scene checking out new boutiques, concerts, bars and restaurants, but there’s tons of outdoor experiences too.
Embark on Casco Bay Ferries and tour the islands of Casco Bay. Some islands also have bike rentals – like Peaks and Long Island – to tour around the island or reach a nearby beach. The ferry ride itself can also be an adventure as the Casco Bay Lines often have events or sunset cruises to enjoy. Summertime, take the ferry to Peaks Island for Reggae Fest on Sundays.
Ride your bike or walk the Back Bay loop. Here, you can also play tennis at the nearby tennis court or pick up some snacks at the Hannaford across the street for a picnic at the park. From the walkway on the I-295 bridge section, you get a great view of the Back Bay area.
Visit Cape Elizabeth for picnicking in Fort Williams park. Here, you can take a walk around the large park estate and visit the Portland Headlight as well.
Go to Munjoy Hill to climb Portland Observatory, have lunch or dinner at great local cafes, then walk along the Eastern Promenade. Nearby, you could visit the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum which has affordable ticket rates.
See a Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field. Players like Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Kevin Millar have played at Hadlock Field, a Minor League team for the Boston Red Sox, so you’re likely to see some sluggers at the Sea Dogs
Walk the Old Port and Art District areas in Portland to shop boutiques, antique shops, comic book stores, and craft shops between Commercial and Congress Street.
Portland’s First Friday Art Walk is a must for art lovers.
Night life? Portland Maine has a thriving club scene in the Old Port along Wharf Street for those who want to dance the night away. You can also check out plays or concerts at the State Theater or Port City Music Hall.
What sets Portland Maine apart from most cities like nearby Boston or Manchester is that it still retains a small town atmosphere, quite walkable and friendly, reminding you that you’re not in a place surrounded by strangers, but friends you haven’t met yet. You even feel a sense of safety walking the streets at night. Don’t be surprised if you happen upon a friendly conversation while dining out at one of Portland’s restaurants.
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What could possible look and smell more beautiful than a fresh cut Maine Christmas Tree in your home for the holidays?! After all, Maine is the Pine Tree State. All over our big wooded state are Christmas tree farms and wild fields full of beautiful White or Blue Spruce, Balsam, Fraser or Douglas fir, Norfolk Pine, and many more species of evergreen trees.
Maine pine trees are gorgeous and would make a great addition to your holiday decor. Driving around Maine in late November and early December, you will find fresh cut Christmas trees for sale in every town, at school yard for kids’ fundraisers, at fire departments and even at garden centers and grocery stores. These are local trees, relatively freshly cut. Many Maine trees are shipped to New York City, Florida and elsewhere given Maine’s pine tree abundance.
Did you know LL Bean provides all the wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas time? Made in Maine! Maine is a proud contributor to Wreaths Across America each holiday season.
If you want to assure you get a very fresh Maine tree that well stay healthy in your home through January, you may want to tromp through the forest and cut you own to assure its freshness. The weekend after Thanksgiving and the first Saturday of December are very popular times to get Christmas trees. You may even happen upon holidays festivals in Maine like the Lighting of the Nubble in York and Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport.
Be prepared when you go to cut your own tree down, usually you should bring your own saw, rope and strapping to tie it to your car roof securely, and gloves to handle the prickly boughs. Be sure to measure your ceiling height before you go chop down an 8 foot tree.
As a bonus, you can usually gain us some extra greens and boughs to use as swags after you have trimmed your tree to the right size. You can’t however just hack someone’s tree from their front year. You do need permission or to pay at a local cut your own tree farm.
So we have compiled this list of Maine Christmas Tree Farms, all members of Maine Christmas Tree Association. Some of these Tree Farms are very festive around the holidays, like Holmes Tree Farm in Kennebunk, with horse drawn sleigh rides, serving candy canes and cocoa for the kids, and offering to wrap the tree in twine to make hauling it into your house easier for mom and dad.
Maine Christmas Tree Farms
Balsam Meadow Farm Lincoln 207-794-2129
Balsam Ridge Raymond 207-655-4474
Boiling Spring Tree Farm Dayton 207-499-7919
Bond Mountain Acres West Newfield 207-793-4658
Carpenter Tree Farm Springvale 207-324-6869
Carpenter’s Tree Farm Old Town Me 207-356-4862
Cheechako Farms Buxton 207-929-3961
Christmas Tree Bazaar Nobleboro 207-563-5700
Christmas Tree Ranch Amherst 207-409-6488
Dalou Farms St. Albans 207-938-2955
Davis Stream Tree Farm Washington 207-845-2544
Evergreen Farms Choose And Cut Waldoboro 207-832-5385
Fishers Christmas Tree Farm Belfast 207-338-6098
Gooleys Christmas Tree Farm Farmington 207-778-2368
Hanscome’s Tree Farm North Yarmouth 207-831-2311
Heaven’s View Christmas Tree Farm Brooks 207-548-2221
Holmes Tree Farm Kennebunk 207-985-3778
Hummer Tree Farm Bath 207-443-5944
Kings Mountain Christmas Trees Orrington 207-852-6699
Mcclure’s Tree Nursery Kingfield 207-265-4931
Merry Christmas Trees Windham 207-318-2012
Mingo’s Evergreen Products Inc. Calais 207-454-7411
Moose Hill Farm Fayette 207-897-3093
Mystic Valley Farm East Dixfield
North Parish Christmas Tree Farm Turner 207-225-3382
Nutkin Knoll Farm Newburgh 207-234-7268
Old Farm Christmas Place Cape Elizabeth 207-799-0096
Oldfield Farm Vassalboro 207-445-3023
Penobscot Evergreens Bucksport 207-825-8729
Pinkham’s Tree Farm Vassalboro 207-445-4827
Piper Mtn Christmas Trees Newburgh 207-234-4300 Available
Pleasant View Tree Farm Hodgdon 207-532-4769 Available
Rice Tree Farm Durham 207-926-3622
Richards Christmas Tree Farm Mapleton 207-764-6093 Available
Stadig’s Christmas Tree Wallagrass 1-800-338-1587
Staples Christmas Trees South Windham 207-892-7231
Trees To Please Norridgewock 207-522-0545
Vining’s Christmas Trees Cumberland 207-829-5723
Weir Tree Farms Colebrook 603-237-5273
Consider making a fun weekend out of cutting your own Maine Christmas Tree. Stay in Kennebunk or Wells and enjoy the holiday decorations, before bringing your beautiful tree home. Some Maine lodging properties offer a free tree special with your night’s lodging – a certificate to cut your own tree at a local Christmas tree farm nearby. Remember that part of the joy is purveying the not-so-perfect pine tree then transforming into a your own personal thing of beauty with your family ornaments and traditions… just like Charlie Brown. Merry Christmas. Enjoy your Maine tree and may you and your family have a very joyful, pine-scented holiday! – VisitMaine.net
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Fall in Maine means beautiful foliage and harvest of this humble state’s best. Orchards are ripe with fresh apples, farm pastures are loaded with pumpkin and squash that brightly dot the fields, awaiting picking for someone’s table or jack o’lantern carving.
Fall in Maine delivers farmers markets and fairs, like the Fryeburg Fair, where farmers show off their summer’s worth of work, their pride in produce, meat and cheese. Yes Please! Read on about Maine’s best produce and prize harvests, and few recipes from from Vacationland. Fall is a wonderful time to vacation, in Vacationland, a Maine foodie tour with bonus foliage!
Maine is famed for the following food:
Maine’s apples are best picked from late August through early October. Maine is home to 84 apples orchards farms, responsible for producing about one million bushels of apples each year on 2000 acres. Most common varieties of Maine apples grown are McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun and now Honeycrisp Two lesser-known varieties, Black Oxford and Brock.
Maine has an “apple day”. Great Maine Apple Day is a festival October 14, 2018 in Unity Maine that celebrates the apple harvest with cider making, apple pie contests, showcasing the many tasty apple varieties grown in Maine’s orchards.
Maine’s best apple recipes include Apple Crisp, Apple Pie, Apple Chutney, Apple Cider, and Apple Sauce.
Broccoli is abundant in Maine. Despite Kennebunkport’s favorite former-president’s disdain for the bright green veggie (President George H W Bush said he hates broccoli), Maine is a top producer of this cruciferous green vegetable in “The County” – with 6,500 acres in Aroostook county. Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant with numerous health benefits, a big source of vitamins K and C, folate (folic acid), also high in potassium and fiber. Besides, its fun to dip broccoli in ranch or cheese – and pretend their little trees and you’re the Jolly Green Giant.
Maine’s Aroostook county has potatoes aplenty. Maine is a top producer of spuds, not as much as Idaho, but still – over 70,000 acres of land in northern Maine is proliferated with potato farms. 25 percent of Maine’s potato production supplies the East coast, 45 percent is used for frozen French fries- like McCain, 20 percent for (my personal favorite) potato chips – Humpty Dumpty, Frito-Lays, Utz, and 10 percent go to fresh market for Maine’s best restaurants and local consumption. Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield in July is a 70+ year tradition to celebrate the spud! The Maine Potato Board, yes that’s a thing, has pages of potato recipes from mashed to home fries to Shepard’s pie! Oh, and Cold River Vodka is made from Maine potatoes- gluten free!
With all eyes on pie and Halloween jack o’lanterns, Maine’s pumpkin patches are prolific. A fun family activity is to go to a Maine pumpkin patch and PYOP: pick your own pumpkin. Pumpkins are a fun, feel good, do good squash plant, most popular from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Traditions aside, Pumpkins have high nutritional value: high in fiber and low in calories, pumpkin packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. Even pumpkin seeds carry nutrition, like protein, potassium, magnesium and fiber. So pick your own Maine pumpkin, carve your trick-or-treat face, keep the inside for pie, and roast the seeds with Maine sea-salt for a powerful tasty treat.
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What’s the most beautiful time of year in Maine? We love Fall on the southern Maine coast and in the Lakes & Mountains. You can still walk the beaches along the southern Maine Coast, kayak, bike and hike, golf, and explore. The summer beach crowds have diminished and the temperatures are ideal. Fall brings cool crisp evenings, while you still have warm sunny summer-like days. The temperatures in Maine in fall are splendid, 70-s by day and 50’s at night – perfect for sitting by a fireplace and sleeping under a down duvet at a cozy bed and breakfast.
Fall in Maine brings a bounty of festival and events – and of course a harvest of delicious fresh Maine foods. Apple picking is a Maine tradition not to be missed. Farmer’s markets are abundant with squash, kale, pumpkins, and corn stalks for your Halloween decor.
Maine fairs are among the best in the world with the big daddy being The Fryeburg Fair now in its 167th year. This agricultural, carnival, farm, food, craft and music festival is early October, peak foliage. Don’t miss the hilarious Pig Scramble, Harness Racing, Tractor Pulls and and the Skillet Throw.
Columbus Day Weekend is typically the height of fall foliage colors in Maine. Its also the Fall Festival at Sunday River, a great time to peep leaves as you ride the Chairlift. This weekend at Sunday River also marks the 19th annual Wife Carrying Championships. See couples compete, as husbands carry their wives over obstacles, under logs, through the mud, to win their wife’s weight in beer! Yup, its down and dirty and a sure road to divorce or a full fridge or Budweiser. Sunday of Columbus Weekend is Sunday River’s 5th Annual New England Corn Hole Championship and a Blue Mountain Craft Fair plus Chondola Rides.
Acadia’s Invitational Oktoberfest includes an annual Wine tasting Festival and a Brewfest, part of a 10 day celebration in Southwest Harbor – the quiet side of Acadia National Park.
Boothbay Harbor celebrates its Fall Foliage Festival October 7-8. That same Columbus Weekend Sugarloaf hosts its Homecoming Weekend when skiers can get their season pass, see their ski buddies, buy ski gear at the CVA Used Ski Equipment Sale and compete in the Infamous Uphill Climb race, then enjoy the Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
October 14 in York is Harvestfest at York Beach with games, crafts, music and prime foliage near Nubble Light.
Ogunquitfest is October 21-22 with the funny high heel race, pumpkin decorating, craft shows, wagon rides, culinary and wine tastings, and a classic car display.
Camp Sunshine’s Maine Pumpkin Festival is October 21, a tradition that started in Maine in 2003, takes place at LL Bean in Freeport with over 10,000 jack o lanterns illuminated for this important Maine charity provides sick children and their families a respite and vacation in Maine at Point Sebago Resort.
Portland’s best food and wine fest is Harvest on the Harbor October 17-22 where Maine’s best chefs compete for the top title and Maine wineries and breweries tap their best vintages for foodies at avenue overlooking Portland Harbor.
Of course shopping in Maine’s Freeport, Portland and Kennebunkport are great fall pastimes as you prepare for the upcoming holidays. Fall brings post-summer sales to Kittery Outlets and The Boothbay Harbor boutiques. What could be better than poking around the shops then lunching on Maine clam chowder or a Lobster Roll.
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Spring in Maine means many things to many people. For some its the best part of a pretty fantastic ski season – ski resorts Sugarloaf, Sundy River, and Saddleback stay open into early May with phenomenal snow conditions.
But for others, completely tired of the snow and Maine’s long winter, spring means beach walks, biking, golf, and getting your boat ready for summer. The Maine whitewater rafting season should be epic this year too!
Spring is also a time to get outdoors and active, in the event you packed on a few pounds hibernating in January and February. As the roads are clearing, and snow banks are melting, road bikes and Maine cyclists are appearing. Trail riding and mountain biking would be premature, read: muddy, still until the grounds thaws and dries out from the winter’s snow pack.
As tree blossoms bud, and the grass turns green, Maine becomes refreshed and beautiful. Spring is also a great time to escape to Maine and get a great deal on lodging and dining in seaside towns like Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and Wells Beach Maine.
Plan a spring getaway to the southern Maine Coast, Kennebunk has a wonderful Farmer’s Market every Saturday, Maine’s best waterfront restaurants are open with decks and patios – just bring a jacket. You can hit the greens at Maine’s golf courses, too – even though they may not be perfectly green yet. It’s a confusing time of year, anything goes – bike, ski, walk the Maine beaches, or get your boat ready for Maine boating season…but be sure to Visit Maine.
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We love all things Maine, that’s why we have this Maine website dedicated to guiding visitors, and locals too, on the best of Maine, and the latest news from Vacationland, the way life should be, land of lighthouses, lobsters and wicked laughs (Maine humah)…
Have you seen the latest Maine meme gone all HGTV? Maine Cabin Masters…it’s actually a home show on DIY & Great American Country Network – GAC. It’s hilarious, but homey, clever but constructive. So Maine…
Its fix it and flip it gone backwoods, back roads, down east and down home Maine. This show features a Maine building crew that renovates cabins, cottags and camps in Maine… this group of genial guys are legit, lovable, working hard, logging long day with a strong work ethic, and they’re funny from their ayuh accents, to their Carhartts paired with crocs, LL Bean fleeces, and quirky Yankee work style. So Maine… and so are the cabin projects they tackle in each episode…
These Mainahs drive trucks, ATVS, snowmobiles, 4x4s, whatever it takes to get to remote cabins that need a redo, they bring supplies in on a skidder, or a Skidoo, they shop local for woods and goods, all the while chatting and cussing and cajoling each other with classic Maine colloquialisms. Its worth watching just for the vernacular, but they manage some wicked cool cabin transformations too- on lakes, the coast, upta hunting camp.
The premise, Chase Morrill, and his family, his sister Ashely Morrill, Ryan Eldridge, Lance Gatcomb, Jared “Jedi” Baker and Matt “Dixie” Dix take on funky old cabins in disrepair, or cottages and camps that need to be moved out of the way that they take away and repurpose. Chase resembles a Kris Kringle or a young ginger haired Grizzly Adams.
One Maine Cabin Masters episode they take an old potting shed cabin, shuffle it piece by piece off the property, including manually lifting and carrying away the roof, and remodeling it as a romantic Maine wedding gift…
Our family’s camp on Little Sebago Lake would be perfect, love to see them redneck re-do, remodel this century old camp into something special… but it has its real challenges since its an island, connected only by a 50’ footbridge. The property is spectacular, surrounded by water (duh, its an island) but the centerpiece camp is showing its age and needs some reno. Their mantra is “no cabin reno is too tough.” Together they rescue, revitalize treasured homes across the Pine Street State.
Catch a Maine Cabin Masters episode on DIY network Mondays at 10 EST, between Treehouse Guys and Love Yurts. Its like Extreme Home Makeover but without Hollywood actors, its hometown Maine locals doing the heavy lifting, bringing the laughs and love of building Down East style to this TV series.
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Maine may be the pine tree state, but it also has its fair share of maple trees, which is why everyone knows Maine’s Maple Syrup is the top of the line, mouthwatering sugary treat. With the advent of Spring, everyone knows maple trees are ready to be tapped for syrup. Or as us Mainers like to call it: liquid gold. Maine Maple Sunday is an annually celebrated event throughout the state and marked on every Mainer’s calendar.
Maine Maple Sunday typically is held Sunday of March following the first day of Spring. Usually, you will find farms offering free syrup samples, treats, tours of the farm or sugar house where you’ll learn about the process of sugar-making. Many towns throughout Maine celebrate Maine Maple Sunday including Skowhegan in Kennebec Moose River Valley. The Maple Festival hosted in Skowhegan features a week-long event with talent shows, pub crawls, sap collection, concerts, and more; but most importantly: maple treats galore!
You’ll find most farms and towns celebrating the event are located largely in the Southern half of the state including Southern Maine, Mid Coast and the Western Lakes and Mountains region. Maple Sunday is a great time of year to visit Maine while the surge of summer tourists have yet to come… uncrowded and beautiful with the hint of the spring flora green.
Join us for Maine Maple Sunday–tap your own tree, or bring home some of Maine’s homemade maple syrup!
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Mainers know how to celebrate winter, and February is the high point in the season for fun, frozen festivals and romance in seaside towns like Kennebunkport and Oqunquit. See these fun February events and festivals in Maine you have to “sea” to believe.
Kennebunkport is “New England’s Most Romantic Town” in February – with month long celebrations of love – red hearts, lights and “red tag” specials at boutiques and “red plate” specials at restaurants. Kennebunkport hotels offer romance packages including chocolates, flowers, and late check outs. The whole town lights up in red as part of Paint The Town Red. Ice bars, wine tastings and Apres Ski Parties (and you don’t even have to ski) in Kennebunkport warm things up. Kennebunk celebrates Winterfest early February with ice skating and a chocolate and chili fest.
Camden Winterfest is first weekend in February when the midcoast town of Camden becomes a winter wonderland hosting the US National Toboggan Championships at Camden Snowbowl, Ice Sculpture Competitions, Maine’s Mardi Gras, plus skiing at Camden Snow Bowl, ice skating parties and festival decorations.
Biddeford WinterFest is mid February with a Heart Dance, Chili Fest, sledding and skating parties, plus art and comedy shows, and restaurants specials.
Freeport Maine celebrates February with a Flavors of Freeport event with local tastings, an Ice Bar, Ice Luge, firepits, plus the usual shopping at LL Bean and the Outdoor Discovery School classes on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Portland hosts a Fire & Ice event mid February!
Acadia’s Winter Fest is late Feb to early March celebrating winter on Mount Desert Island and the centennial of Acadia National Park, with a week of fun events in Bar Harbor and the Park – where you can cross-country ski and snowshoe, even snowmobile.
Captain Lord Mansion has romantic packages in February with full breakfast, a split of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered cherries and chocolate-chip cookies, a dining coupon to On The Marsh Bistro or The Village Tavern, afternoon snacks, and chocolate dessert wine each evening.
Rhumb Line Resort celebrates February with lodging, daily continental breakfast, and use of the indoor hot tub, pool, and outdoor hot tub. You can walk the calm quiet cool beach. Kennebunkport has Red Tag Sales and Red Plate Specials at Kennebunkport restaurants! Since the Rhumb Line is Kennebunkport’s affordable family resort, you can also bring the kids – they stay free, they will love the indoor heated pool and free Wi-Fi.
The Seaside Inn located directly on Kennebunk Beach has a Romance Package, 3 nights, Champagne, chocolates and flowers in your room, stuffed French Toast Breakfast for two, beach walks and their ocean view hot tub are included too!
Cliff House Resort has superior suites with ocean views, a gorgeous Spa, and a dramatic cliff hanger setting just a short drive to Ogunquit village.
Rockere Lodge is a cozy BnB in Ogunquit on the Marginal Way, a perfect location and charming hosts that make a delightful breakfast.
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