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MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: The Youngstown Model Railroad Association 2023 Open House will run noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Dec. 9 and 10, at the club, located at the corner of Raccoon Road and Four Mile Run Road in Austintown.

Entrance is $5 per person. Children 11 and under with an adult may enter free.

For more information about the Youngstown Model Railroad Association, contact Bruce Silvernail at 330-503-5455 or Dean DeMain at 330-507-9295, or email the club at yomodelrrclub@yahoo.com.

LIBERTY HOSTS SENIOR EVENT: The Liberty Schools Board of Education will host a senior citizens dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Liberty High School cafeteria, 1 Leopard Way. The event is open to any Liberty resident 55 and older. The cost is $3 per person with RSVP by Thursday at 330-759-0807.

JA EVENTS: Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio is hosting a bingo, dinner and chance auctions at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Metroplex Event Center in Liberty. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Price of admission includes 15 rounds of bingo, dinner and dessert. Additionally, door prizes, a 50-50 raffle, chance auctions, “Red Hot” Grand Prize purse and a full cash bar will be available.

For information about this event, contact the Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio office at 330-539-5268 or Joanna.Feathers@ja.org.

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SANTA VISIT: A Merry Little Santa Visit will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Ave. Pictures with Santa and other holiday activities will take place.

CHRISTMAS IN VILLAGE: McDonald Village will host Christmas in the Village at 6:30 p.m. Saturday by the municipal building. There will be a tree lighting, cookies, crafts and Santa Claus.

SONG CIRCLE: Dulci-More Folk and Traditional Musicians will present a free Song Circle performance 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library of the Salem Historical Society, 239 S. Lundy Ave. Parking is available in the municipal lot across Lundy. The building is handicapped accessible. There is no charge for this event.

For questions or to let the band know you will be performing or attending the song circle, contact Bill Schilling for Dulci-More at bill@dulcimore.org, or 234-564-3852.

GIFT CARDS TO VETERANS: The Tri-State Detachment Marine Corps League is giving away 200 $40 gift cards to all military veterans 10 a.m. Dec. 10 until all cards are gone at the Sparkle Market Cornersburg, 3623 S.Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Veterans must show proof of eligibility such as county veteran ID card, driver’s license with military designation or DD-214 to receive a free gift card.

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JCC SKATING: The Winter Campus at the JCC of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, will open Friday for skating on its synthetic ice rink and curling lane. The winter campus will be open through Dec. 31.

Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. It is free to skate. Skates are available to rent and snacks are available for purchase at the Ice Shack. The rink does not require below freezing temperatures, which allows it to be open anytime.

Special events include Hanukkah on Ice from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and a “Noon” Year’s party from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 31. These events are free for JCC members and $5 for non members.

For information visit jccyoungstown.org.

SIGN UP FOR CHRISTMAS: The Emmanuel Community Care Center in Girard is taking signups for Christmas assistance. Families who are registered at the center can call 330-545-4301 and register children ages birth to 12. Families can suggest gift ideas for the children. The gift suggestion will be written on tags that will be available at participating churches or by calling the center.

A wish list of gift suggestions for children also can be found at the center’s Amazon link. Donations are needed by Dec. 8. Families will receive a phone call from the center to let them know when to pick up gifts.

HOWLIDAYS FUNDRAISER: Friends of Fido is hosting its 10th annual “Howlidays” vendor show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tippecanoe Country Club, 5870 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield. The public is invited to shop Small Business Saturday while helping save the lives of needy dogs. There will be 40 local vendors, including old favorites and some new, plus a basket raffle.

Friends of Fido uses the funds for the pound dogs’ necessary medical care, veterinary and other expenses to give them a second chance at life.

For information, visit friendsoffidomahoning.org.

TOY DRIVE: Menard’s home improvement store on Elm Road in Bazetta is serving as a toy drive dropoff site. There will be a drop box near the exit door of all stores to collect new, unwrapped toys from now through the end of November. The presents will be distributed by a non profit organization within the community.

MISSION THANKSGIVING: The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley in Youngstown will serve a community Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. No reservations are required and the public is invited.

RED KETTLES: Hubbard Christians in Action will take part to raise funds for the Hubbard Salvation Army Unit. The funds all remain in the Hubbard area to provide food, shelter, utilities and other emergency services to those in need. HCA will start the to ring the bell Wednesday and every weekend in December.

LEARNING LUNCHBOXES: The Girard Free Library will host learning lunchboxes from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) kits are filled with STEM activities and science experiments for children ages 5 to 12. Children can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to complete a water experiment with library staff. To sign up, call 330-545-2508.

Board games for teens will be 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday .

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HEALTHY PAWS FUNDRAISER: The Healthy Hearts and Paws Project, which rescues and rehomes dogs in the area, is hosting a reverse raffle with $5,000 grand prize 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at Tiffany’s Banquet Center, 601 Bedford Road, Masury.

Tickets are $65 and include one raffle entry and a buffet-style dinner. Five hundred tickets will be sold and the grand prize is based on the organization reaching that goal.

There will be prizes every 50th ticket pulled, live music, more than 100 raffle baskets, five specialty items, a 50 / 50 raffle, cash sideboards and a cash bar.

Additional dinner tickets are $35 each. There is no cost to enter to purchase raffle tickets.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or by calling the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project at 234-855-5847.

SIP AND SHOP: A sip and shop benefit is being held to support the Melina Michelle Edinfield Foundation.

The event is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Yanni Custom, 1449 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 26, and E.J. Hannah, 1449 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 120, Boardman.

Ten percent of all profits from the event will be donated to the foundation, which is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community.

The food will be provided by Aladdin’s Eatery. For information, call 330-333-3314.

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GROUNDBREAKING SET: Veteran’s Haven, a program of Family and Community Services, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the intersection of West Warren Avenue and Hillman Street in Youngstown. The event will begin the construction of a new container home project for homeless veterans. Neighboring communities surrounding the site as well as local officials and supporters are invited.

The facility has been working out of a temporary shelter on Chalmers Avenue since 2021 and has helped 75 homeless veterans.

THANKSGIVING PROGRAM: The Poland Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Red School House. The program is “Thanksgiving History” by Regina Rees at 7:30 p.m. The Christmas party will be Dec. 19.

GUILD TO MEET: The Western Reserve Knitting Guild meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fair Park Rotary building, 82-84 Fair St., Canfield. A business meeting and an educational program are included.

The guild has been collecting knitted hats for local children for the past decade. The hats are donated by guild members and nonmembers with the specification that they must be machine washable. Marilyn Dunn has been the longstanding organizer for hat collections and deliveries.

For information visit: wrkg.weebly.com/ or email: wrkg.ohio@gmail.com.

FOOD PANTRY: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Austintown will host its monthly food pantry 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the church.

TCGS TO MEET: The Trumbull County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Garfield Room of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. This is a change of venue.

Keith Bowers will speak about the Ancestry.com “leaves” and how DNA affects searches. All meetings are free.

For information, go to: www.trumbullgenealogy.com.

STRUDEL SALE: The Orphanage Mission Ministry strudel sale to benefit Ukrainian orphans will take orders through Tuesday. Pickup is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Orthodox Center, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave. Apple or cherry flavors are $9 and cherry with cheese are $10. Call 330-792-6699 to place an order.

YAFW FUNDRAISER: The Youngstown Area Federation of Women, Inc. hosted a fundraiser at Mr. Anthony’s in October, with a report on the proceeds being discussed at the noon Wednesday meeting / luncheon at Double Bogey’s Bar & Grill at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman. The cost is $25 and reservations are necessary. There will be basket raffles and 50-50 raffle offered, with the meeting starting at 12:15 p.m. and luncheon served at 12:30 p.m.

Patty Summers, founder of the Youngstown Blue Coats, will be the guest speaker.

This meeting also will have an election of the nominators to prepare for a slate of officers to replace those who are term limited, for the 2024-2026 term, which will begin in April.

Forms will be distributed for 2023 Club Woman of the Year and the Community Service Award for members’ consideration.

Call Pat Marsico at 330-518-7441 or vice president Betty Cmil at 330-506-6979 with reservations or questions.

COAT DRIVE: A coat and winter gear collection will take place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Roosevelt Park in Campbell at the bandstand. New and gently used coats, jackets, hoodies, gloves, scarves, mittens and socks will be collected and given to the Youngstown Blue Coats for distribution.

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DONATIONS FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: Thrift & Thrive at the Farm, a resale store located at 3279 E. Western Reserve Road in Poland, has selected Potential Development as their charity of choice during the month of November. The organization chooses a charity each month to provide a portion of their proceeds.

Potential Development food pantry will benefit from Thrift & Thrive’s support. Thrift & Thrive accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Potential Development is a Pre-K through 12th grade school for children with autism. It provides children with autism a safe, structured educational environment with supportive services that give students the necessary skills and independence to lead a productive life.

HEALTHY HEARTS/ PAWS PROJECT: The Healthy Hearts and Paws Project Adoption Event is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fred Martin Ford in Austintown.

The volunteers at HHPP will be there with dogs that are in need of a home. There will also be an information table set up where people can learn more about the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project and how they can become involved. For information regarding the event or HHPP, contact: Jason Cooke at 234-855-5847 or email at jcooke858@gmail.com.

MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: Youngstown Model Railroad Association 2023 Open House is scheduled to run noon until 6 p.m. the weekends of Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 2-3, 9 -10, at the club, located at the corner of Raccoon Road and Four Mile Run Road in Austintown.

The Association is one of the few clubs in the country that has two complete displays, ‘O’ scale and the smaller ‘HO’. Both extensive layouts feature over 100 scale miles of track each. The steel mill complex is being completed and the locomotive roundhouse area is being completely redone, along with track work and several upgrades.

Entrance is $5 per person. Children 11 and under with an adult may enter free.

For information about the Youngstown Model Railroad Association, contact Bruce Silvernail at 330-503-5455 or Dean DeMain at 330-507-9295, or email the club at: yomodelrrclub@yahoo.com.

OPEN HOUSE: The Moss Ancestral House will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Mineral Ridge Historical Society will showcase items on the history of Mineral Ridge. Admission is free but donations are welcome. There will be an old fashioned Christmas theme, tree lighting, candle lighting and singing at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The house will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. The home is a Pennsylvania bank style home from the 1830s and is located at 1499 Burnett Street.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS DAY: Cornerstone of Hope will host its 3rd annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event, to honor and support those who have lost a loved one to suicide, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov.18, at the church, 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence.

The annual event commemorates International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day designated by Congress in 1999 as a day for those affected by suicide to come together for healing and support. It falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year. Stories and experiences will be shared, along with a special memorial tribute to loved ones who have passed from suicide. Lunch is provided. The program is free but registration is required. Those interested in attending must register by Sunday at: cornerstoneofhope.org/info/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day.

VOLUNTEER TEAM: The Oakhill research volunteer team is seeking volunteers to help record data and do research at area cemeteries. For information call 330-301-7365.

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TREE PLANTERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed for the Youngstown State University Legacy Forests tree planting noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16. Plans are to plant 1,600 trees that day as part of the YSU-related environmental project.

The event will be at the Collier Preserve at Mill Creek MetroParks, 2668 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. Look for the Collier Preserve parking area sign on West Western Reserve, east of Tippecanoe. There will be a registration table to sign in and receive planting instructions and plot assignment.

Each team of three persons will get a bucket of 50 trees. One person will serve as a digger, one as a planter and one as a tree tube installer. They will be planting 1,600 trees. Planting equipment will be provided, except extra hammers for pounding the wooden tree stakes. If possible, volunteers should bring a 2-pound hammer clearly labeled with their name.

Guests should dress for the weather. Contact Catherine Cala via email or phone / text to sign up at 330-207-3103 or cacala@ysu.edu. Advance registration preferred no later than Monday. If texting, don’t forget to include your name and email address.

YSU Legacy Forests is to plant one tree for every incoming YSU freshman. The annual project is part of YSU’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases by planting micro-forests in the Mahoning Valley, and this is the fifth planting.

HOME TOURS: The Town and Country Garden Club of East Palestine will host its 2023 Home Tours, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $12 each and can be purchased in advance at T & M Hardware, Fuller’s Hardware, Flowers Straight From the Heart, 1820 House, Bea’s Insurance and Pewter Peddler (Columbiana). They can also be purchased at any of the homes on the days of the tour.

There will be other events held by the Friends of the Library, East Palestine Log Cabin, Unity Grange (soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and a tree display at Beas Insurance. For information, visit The Town and Country Garden Club of East Palestine on Facebook.

FOOD GIVEAWAY: Bethel Church of God in Christ will host a food giveaway at noon today at the church, 3147 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

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ABWA ANNIVERSARY: The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will celebrate its 61st anniversary at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. A sit-down dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by singer Kevin Lawson. Reservations may be made by calling Liz at 330-550-2549 by Tuesday. Standing reservations apply for the association.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: Holocaust Survivor Art Gelbart will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave. The event is part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s anti-hate and educational opportunities initiative.

Gelbart was held in Blechhammer forced-labor camp for two years before being forced on a death march to Buchenwald, where he was liberated. Gelbart will share stories of his life in Poland before his family was taken to work and concentration camps, and how his life was changed during the Holocaust.

To register, call Melissa Bateman at mbateman@jewishyoungstown.org or 330-746-3251, Ext. 159.

MEETING CANCELED: The weekly meeting of the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission for this week is canceled. The next meeting will be Nov. 14. Contact Susan Krawchyk, executive director, with questions at 330-740-2450.

ROTARY AUCTION: Hubbard Rotary Club will host its 67th annual Rotary Auction on Thursday at Tiffany’s Banquet Center, 601 Bedford Road SE, Brookfield. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bidding begins at 6 p.m. There will be a chance auction, bake sale and raffle.

Guests also may place bids by registering online at GeorgeRomanAuctioneers.com prior to the auction date. The online listings also allow a view of items ahead of time. You also can see items by checking the Hubbard Rotary Facebook page where photos will be added daily.

The auction supports Hubbard Rotary projects, including the Hubbard Rotary van, third-grade dictionary project, Hubbard High School foreign language and vocation scholarships, the Sandman Project and Rotary Youth Leadership Conference.

CLUB TO MEET: SETON III will meet at noon Thursday at A La Cart Catering in Canfield. Speaker will be Joan Lawson, archivist for the Diocese of Youngstown. Hostesses will be Mary Rite Carney (chairperson), Patricia Sullivan and Claranne McCloud. Money and gift cards will be given to families for Thanksgiving.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY: The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter will honor the 2023 honorees at the local National Philanthropy Day at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at Eastwood Event Centre in Niles. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to acknowledge the impact of philanthropy and to recognize people and organizations that have embraced philanthropy as a way of life. The local celebration will recognize individuals, businesses and organizations in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

WILD TURKEYS: Amy Reheer of the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District will present a program on the history and habitat of wild turkeys at 6 p.m. today at the Girard Free Library. There will be take-home information for those who attend.

BOOSTER FUNDRAISER: The Girard FIRST Robotics Boosters will host a designer bag bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the Avon Oaks Ballroom. Presale tickets are $30 and tickets at the door are $40. The event is for ages 18 and older. There will be a basket raffle.

SUPPORT FOR PROJECT: Struthers Unleashed has received support from the Marjorie Hartman Foundation to establish a free community dog park next spring. The foundation is now a primary donor for fundraising for Struthers Unleashed, matching donations up to $50,000 from now through April.

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MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: The Youngstown Model Railroad Association 2023 open house will be noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4-5 and 11-12 and Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 at the club at the corner of Raccoon Road and Four Mile Run Road in Austintown. The association is one of the few clubs in the country that has two complete displays, ‘O’ scale and the smaller ‘HO’. Both layouts feature more than 100 scale miles of track each.

Entry is $5 per person. Children 11 and under with an adult may enter free.

TRASH AND TREASURE: Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmount Drive, Youngstown, will hold the 34th annual trash and treasure sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with half price after 2 p.m.

CRAFT / VENDOR SHOW: Legacy Events Mahoning and Trumbull Counties will host a craft and vendor show Saturday at the fire hall in Brookfield to assist with their “Giving Tree” project. This is the first year for the project that aims to help a few less advantaged local children receive something special for Christmas.

Names will be gathered anonymously from local schools each year starting this year. Each child will be assigned a number, and a card will be placed on the tree at the craft show indicating the corresponding number, child’s age and gender. There will be two ways to donate to the cause. Silent auction proceeds will go toward the tree, or attendees may take a card from the tree, purchase for the child / children listed, and turn items in to Legacy Events to be distributed to the schools no later than Dec. 9.

For more details, contact Legacy Events at 330-619-2621 or email at legacyevents@myyahoo.com.

STRUTHERS UNLEASHED: Struthers Unleashed is hosting a basket raffle, 50-50 drawing and dinner 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 250 Sexton St., Struthers. To purchase tickets, call John at 234-223-7157.

WELLS TO SPEAK AT AAUW MEET: The American Association of University Women of Youngstown will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at Boardman library. Penny Wells of Sojourn to the Past will speak and she will bring several of her students.

Sojourn to the Past takes high school students on a leadership development, life changing, history immersion journey to the Civil Rights sites of the South.

AAUW is a nonpartisan organization that supports and educates girls and women in STEAM programs, works against trafficking and domestic violence, and promotes fair and equal pay and gender equity for women.

For information email youngstownaauw@gmail.com or call 330-757-7212.

FRIENDS GIVING: Angels of Easterseals Friendsgiving will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tippecanoe Country Club, 5870 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield.

The cost is $80 per person and includes sounds of Stan Miller, food stations, special raffles and silent auction and more. Tickets are $10 each and winner need not be present.

Call Geri Kosar at 330-509-8497 to RSVP. Tickets available from Susan Berny, Carol Lumsden, Jacie Ridel or at the center. For information, visit www.mtc.easterseals.com or call 330-743-1168.

BREW HA HA: The Friends of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the Flight Crew will host this year’s ‘Tis the Season for a Brew Ha Ha’ from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, to benefit the children’s programs.

Tickets cost $50 per person or $90 a couple. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/tis-the-season-brew-ha-ha-tickets-718124047357 or by calling 330-740-6086.

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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Shop in the Gardens at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., will host its annual Holiday Open House.

The weekend kicks off with a “members only night,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. today, featuring 20% off everything in the shop and a cocktail party. Memberships can be purchased at the door.

The weekend continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers will receive a 20% discount on all Christmas merchandise.

Photographer Scott Lanz will display his 2024 Mill Creek calendar and holiday cards.

Added this year is the raffle of a full size Santa, beginning in December. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Purchases help support Fellows Riverside Gardens and Mill Creek Park.

DARE SCHEDULE: Divorce / Death Aren’t Really the End Singles Group, meets 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, at the Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Youngstown. For more information, call 330-29-0127.

November 2023 Calendar

• Sunday Breakfast is at 10 a.m. each Sunday at Charly’s Family Restaurant, Kirk Road in Austintown. (No breakfast on Nov. 19).

• Today — New Member meeting, 7 to 9 p.m.

• Friday — Movie Night to be announced

• Saturday — Bowling, 7 p.m. at Boardman Lanes

• Nov. 9 — Speaker Night, 7 to 9 p.m. at the church

• Nov. 10 — Card Night, 5 p.m. at Perkins in Boardman

• Nov. 16 — Speaker Night, 7 to 9 p.m. at the church

• Nov. 17 — Racino Night in Austintown, meet in food court at 6 p.m.

• Nov. 18 — Bowling, 7 p.m. at Boardman Lanes

• Nov. 20 — Meet 7 p.m. at DQ on Market Street, for dessert

• Nov. 30 — Birthday Night, 7 p.m. at the church


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