Niagara Brewing Company Opening In May 2015

NFaerial1113Falls Avenue Resort is pleased to announce that Niagara’s newest microbrewery, Niagara Brewing Company, will be opening its doors this coming May. Located on the corner of Falls Avenue and Clifton Hill, this brand new microbrewery will utilize and showcase locally sourced ingredients in innovative brews that offer a truly unique craft beer experience.

Niagara Brewing Company will be located just steps away from the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and all Falls Avenue Resort hotels, restaurants, and attractions. It will be the only microbrewery operating in the Niagara Falls tourist district, offering guests an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experience.

The Real Maid of the Mist: Niagara’s Famous Legend

CPblog7.jpegNiagara Falls has been around for more than 12,000 years, which means that countless millions from all walks of life have seen and talked about the wondrous sights in the Niagara region. It is understandable, then, that every new culture that has walked the trails around the Falls has imagined different and thrilling tales regarding its creation and existence.

The most fantastic story of them all concerns a young Seneca girl named Lelawala who would become immortalized in the history of Niagara Falls as first and true maid of the mist. When you visit Niagara Falls in 2015, watch the mysterious mists and remember Lelawana’s sad tale.

A Tragedy for the Ages

The traditional Iroquois legend states that Lelawala was immensely saddened by the recent death of her husband. This initial loss started an avalanche of misfortune in Lelawala’s life, and she quickly lost hope of overcoming her current sorrows. Thus, one day, Lelawala boarded her canoe and paddled into the middle of the roaring Niagara River. Singing a time-honored death hymn, the girl allowed the canoe to be caught by the rushing current, and soon Lelawala and her boat were thrown over the edge of the enormous Falls.

However, instead of finding the sweet release of death in the deep waters below, Lelawala was caught mid-descent by Heno, the god of thunder. Heno brought Lelawala to his home behind the Falls, where he and his son nursed Lelawala back to health. Once again happy and confident in her life, Lelawala fell in love with and married Heno’s youngest son, and together the family lived behind the Falls.

CPblog8.jpegYet, Lelawala had one regret in her magical life behind the thundering water: She wished to see the people of her past once more. Unfortunately, she gained this opportunity all too soon. Heno informed the girl that a great snake was traveling down the river with plans to poison the waters from which Lelawala’s people drank. Her people would die, and the great snake would feast on them. Lelawala was granted permission to warn her people, and she was able to save them from disaster before returning to her watery home.

When the snake finally visited the village, it was enraged to find the people fled to higher country. It sought to find them and carry out its devilish deed, but Heno rose up out of the crashing water and struck the beast dead with a single lightning bolt. However, the great snake’s body obstructed the river’s flow, and water began rushing directly into Heno’s home behind the falls. Heno was able to evacuate his family, Lelawala included, before the damage was complete, and they relocated to a new place in the sky. From their new home, Lelawala could watch her people every day, but she never again could visit with the people of her past.

Variations on the Story

The tale of the maid of the mist has changed with each retelling, and many scholars have unearthed different versions that paint a different picture. For example, a European deviation says that Lelawala did not willingly careen over the Falls, but rather that she was given to the gods in human sacrifice. Researchers continue to delve into histories to determine if any portion of the myth is derived from true events; however, no matter its veracity, this bit of Niagara folklore is as fascinating and epic as the three waterfalls themselves.

3 Ways to Celebrate a 50th Anniversary in Niagara Falls

CPblog5.jpegNiagara Falls might be the Honeymoon Capital of the World, but that doesn’t make it any less popular among couples celebrating each and every anniversary. In fact, the romance and excitement of the region make it the perfect destination for couples looking to go big for their golden anniversary. Fifty years together is nothing to scoff at, and couples looking at half a century of wedded bliss have earned a top-notch vacation. Here are all the ways Niagara Falls can make 50th anniversary memories that will last another 50 years.

1. Wine Tasting

Research shows that drinking a glass of wine is amazing for your health, so couples who are looking to double their 50 years together might plan to indulge in some resveratrol (the potentially rejuvenating antioxidant in red wine) in Niagara’s famed wine region.

There are pre-organized tours eager to guide you through the region to show off Niagara’s best vineyards, but selecting your own path through the vineyard land can be even more rewarding for adventurous and sporting revelers. Here’s a short list of the top winemakers in the region.

  • Innskillin Wines
  • Peller Estates Winery
  • Reif Estate Winery
  • Ravine Vineyared Estates Winery
  • Trius Winery at Hillebrand
  • Chateau des Charmes

Almost every Niagara vineyard has won an award for excellent winemaking, but no matter where you sample wine, be sure to get a taste of Niagara’s signature varietal, icewine. Novel and unparalleled in the world of wine, this varietal is sure to surprise and excite any budding connoisseur.

2. Spa Lounging

Even if the past 50 years have been happy ones, no marriage is without its points of tension. However, Niagara Falls wants to ease away those stresses in its fabulous Christienne Fallsview Spa. With dozens of packages designed to foster tranquility by soothing away all anxiety, couples can find within themselves the energy to work through another 50 years of marital pleasure.

The various massages, facials, and other treatments will surely rejuvenate the mind and body to a youthful vigor, but the real highlight of Christienne Spa is its spectacular hydrotherapy infinity tub. As waves of warm, gentle water encourage total relaxation, your eyes can watch the powerful beauty of Horseshoe Falls just outside. Plus, if after 50 years you just can’t stand to be away from one another, the spa offers a handful of couples’ packages so you can experience total relaxation hand in hand.

CPblog6.jpeg3. Cultural Opportunities

Niagara Falls may be popular among boisterous tourists, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a haven for culture of all kinds. In fact, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a short drive from Niagara Falls proper, is full of art and sophistication for any worldly couple. The town is proud of its long history, and the pleasure shows in the preservation of architecture and parks dating back to Colonial times. Shops all over the town are charming in their bygone simplicity; in truth, the whole experience of the town feels like a trip back in time.

The most famous event in Niagara-on-the-Lake is certainly the Shaw Festival, which is a year-long celebration of the enchantments of theater. A handful of theaters around the city regularly present magnificent works that highlight the art and wonder inherent in stage production. And after 50 years of married life, what couple couldn’t use a little magic?

Niagara Falls’ Favorite Award-Winning Wines

CPblog3.jpegWhat could possibly be more satisfying than a nice glass of wine at the end of a rough day of work? What about multiple excellent glasses of wine from some of the best vineyards on the continent during a relaxing, week long vacation?

A vacation to Niagara Falls has emerged as an oenophile’s dream due to the hundreds of outstanding wines that come from grapes grown in the region’s superior soils. Connoisseurs from all corners of the globe flock to the area, as Niagara’s wineries continue to establish themselves as on par with new and old world vineyards alike. On your next trip, stop in at any of these six vineyards to learn more about wine culture in the Niagara region.

1. Flat Rock Cellars

This is a huge, 98-acre property with a huge tasting room that overlooks gorgeous Lake Ontario. Flat Rock has won awards for its chardonnay, riesling, and pinot noir, and the master winemakers here pride themselves on their versatility and innovation. Plus, the owners, a father-son team with the shared name Ed Madronich, bring in food trucks on the weekends, so you can fill your stomach on more than wine without interrupting your tasting.

2. Five Rows at Lowry Vineyards

This is one of the smallest and newest winemakers in the valley, but most critics agree that Five Rows produces wines that could already go head-to-head with many of their French-made counterparts. The tasting room is humble, to put it quaintly, but the service is excellent and the descriptions are on-point.

3. Ravine Vineyard

If you are traveling with a companion who isn’t much for wine — but you are — you should set your sights on Ravine. This winemaker is one of the oldest in the region, with farmland dating back to 1802, and time and time again Ravine has paved the way for other wine crafters in Niagara. However, the real gem of Ravine is its unparalleled Bistro, which serves up exquisite food pairings to go with tastes of the vineyard’s signature wines. So while you enjoy the wine, your partner can enjoy the meal.

CPblog4.jpeg4. Inniskillin

This winery may have a funny name, but the master winemakers here are serious about their craft. In fact, Inniskillin is one of the foremost vineyards in the region devoted to Niagara’s favorite wine: icewine. With a carefully honed growing and treating process, icewine can be difficult to create, but Inniskillin has built the unknown varietal into an eagerly sought treat. If you love sampling rare or exotic flavors, you can’t miss Inniskillin’s line of icewines.

5. Peller Estates

This massive winery specializes in almost every varietal you could name, and it has become famous in the region for producing jaw-dropping vintage after jaw-dropping vintage. The restaurant on-site is internationally renowned for celebrity chef Jason Parsons’s impeccable palate, and the Reserve Boutique, a secret tasting room secluded away from the hubbub, is invitation-only due to the high demand of entry from global expert sommeliers.

6. Tawse Winery

One of the newest contenders in the Niagara area, Tawse only opened in 2005. However, the winemakers here have a reputation for producing consistently high-quality wines equal to the products coming from the winery’s long-lived neighbors. Connoisseurs note the wines’ purity and devotion to the distinct grape varietals, which is especially impressive considering the wines range from light rieslings to rich cabernets.

The 6 Best Songs to Get You in the Niagara Falls Мооd

CPblog1.jpegThere is nothing quite like a playlist to set the tone for a vacation. Whether it’s ukulele music preparing you for an imminent trip to Pacific Islands or European EDM getting you ready for a tour of progressive cities on the continent, the perfect playlist with make you appropriately psyched to begin your next travel experience.

Niagara Falls has been a top tourist destination for centuries, which means that while it isn’t necessarily foreign or exotic, the vacation spot certainly has more than its fair share of devoted tunes. Before you head to Niagara Falls on your next trip, compile these six excellent tracks into the perfect Niagara Falls playlist guaranteed to get you into just the right mood.

1. “Niagara Falls” by Chicago

The iconic rock band Chicago is proud of everything Midwest, which is probably why their tribute to Niagara Falls hits the tone of the destination perfectly. The lyrics speak of the singer’s everlasting commitment to his love and compare his unwavering feelings to the permanence of Niagara Falls. While the song is an excellent ballad, Chicago probably should have checked their facts: Niagara Falls is actually shrinking, and in fact, one day the natural wonder will disappear entirely. However, that won’t be for a long time yet.

2. “Niagara Falls” by Sufjan Stevens

Delicate and haunting with simple acoustic instruments and a beautiful whispering voice found in all Sufjan Stevens’ songs, “Niagara Falls” paints a musical picture of the excellent sights all around the Niagara area, which you can find in any of the fantastic Niagara parks. This tune should please every folk-lover in your travel party.

3. “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” by TLC

This pop anthem equates our favorite natural water features to wondrous and fantastic ideals only obtained by a select few. The women beg listeners to “stick to the rivers and the lakes like you’re used to,” because waterfalls are so rare and perfect that you will likely be searching for your entire life. While we agree with the trio’s feelings about the uncommon beauty of waterfalls, we assert that you should chase them, especially when you know exactly where the best one is: Niagara Falls, Ontario.

CPblog2.jpeg4. “Waterfall” by Carly Simon

Carly Simon was unparalleled in her ability to turn an amazing track, and “Waterfall” is no deviant in its catchy singability. In this song, Carly croons about the end of her relationship, as her love pulls her down like the water of a waterfall.

5. “Waterfall” by 10cc

This classic ballad devoted to love and escape, “Waterfall” tells mournfully of the singer’s desire to bring his love into the splendor of the country, where their solitude will finally engender peace and passion. This tune will get you in the mood for the stunning natural scenery of the Niagara region; everything from the forests of the Niagara Escarpment to the carefully tended vineyard land is perfectly picturesque.

6. “Great Lakes Song” by Bob Gibson

Finally, because Niagara Falls is inseparable from the rest of the Great Lakes — indeed, the Niagara River feeds directly into Lake Ontario — it is an absolute must that your playlist pay tribute to the world’s largest single collection of fresh water. This song is one of only a couple in the world’s discography that lists every Great Lake; your kids might enjoy the educational opportunity every time they hear the first few bars of the track.

4 Activities for a Delightful Day in St. Catharines

CP7.jpegNiagara Falls has enough attractions to fill months of vacation fun, but if this isn’t your first trip to this particular natural wonder of the world, you may start to wonder what’s waiting just down the river. In fact, just a short drive down to Lake Ontario is one of the most rewarding day trips from Niagara Falls, as long as you visit the charming community of St. Catharines.

1. Explore Downtown

While not nearly as quaint as Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines is a cute town, and downtown is filled with stylish and darling shops as well as fun pubs and restaurants. St. Catherines’ main street, Jordan Village, is packed with boutiques peddling antiques, vintage clothes, superb art, and more to fill countless hours of shopping. Then you can stop in the renowned Inn on the Twenty Restaurant for lunch and Cave Spring Cellars for a wine tasting at happy hour.

2. Watch the Ships

St. Catherines is home to one of the many platforms for trading located around Lake Ontario, and as such gargantuan ships regularly make port in town. The careful guidance of these colossal crafts is a fascinating procedure, and tourists and locals alike regularly gather to watch the methodical and artful movement of these metal behemoths. The best viewing platform is near Port Dalhousie, but you can get even closer to the ships just off Lock 3 on the Welland Canal while they’re traveling in and out of the lake.

3. Traverse the Escarpment

CP8.jpegThe Niagara Escarpment is the huge ridge off which the Niagara River careens to create the Niagara Falls, but it extends hundreds of miles in either direction. Just outside of St. Catharines, you can explore an entirely different section of the escarpment.

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s most thrilling trek that extends all along the escarpment, but rather than endure a month’s worth of backpacking, you can take a hike for an hour or two on the trail. Alternatively, you can wander around the Balls Falls Conservation Area, which has a couple water falls of its own as well as historic buildings and beautiful picnic spots.

4. Learn St. Catharines History

Most Americans are familiar with the plight of African Americans enslaved in the South and struggling for freedom and equality throughout the 1800s. Many black slaves escaped from their white masters and attempted to flee to Canada, where slavery was already illegal, with the aid of white sympathizers and freemen along the Underground Railroad. Most Americans don’t realize that this historic secret trail terminated in the Niagara region, which subsequently developed a rich black community and culture that has left its mark even today.

The BME Church of Salem Chapel is National Historic Site that commemorates the plights of black Americans throughout the continent. Additionally, the St. Catharines Museum boasts a permanent exhibit on Niagara’s role in the Underground Railroad and the greater abolitionist movement.

In between activities in Niagara Falls, branch out to the surrounding communities, like St. Catharines, to discover what they offer interested visitors. The Niagara region is rich in culture and history — not to mention natural beauty — and devoted travelers would do well to explore.

Going Stag: Celebrating Your Bachelor Party in Niagara

CP5.jpegYou’re getting married, but before you get to “I do” you need one more weekend of debauchery. Sate all your bachelor party desires in Niagara Falls, where a pack of dudes has complete freedom to fully enjoy the last moments of bachelorhood. Check out what the city has to offer, and plan your Niagara trip like it’s the last night of your life.

World-Class Golfing

Course designers flock to any region that has immense natural beauty, which is why Niagara is rife with so many excellent golfing opportunities. Spend a few days exploring the great Niagara Golf Trail, which boasts seven of the world’s top courses. Here are a handful of the courses you absolutely can’t miss:

  • Seneca Hickory Stick. Because of the presence of the rare Seneca hickory tree, this course more than any other integrates elements of the natural landscape, including native plants and ancient trees. Well-groomed and pleasing, though quite a challenge to any player, this course is simply the best in the region.
  • Thundering Waters. Adjacent to the Falls, you can hear the roar of rushing water throughout your game. However, don’t let the serene atmosphere trick you — this course is the toughest in the region, filled with sand traps, thick woods, and rolling greens.
  • Legends on the Niagara. If you’re more interested in variety and community than landscaping, this is the place for you. Comprised of three different courses (Battlefield, Usher’s Creek, and Chippewa) this complex has excellent bar and restaurant facilities to refresh you after a few hours’ play.

Old Fashioned Gaming

Much of what you’re looking for during your bachelor party is good, old-fashioned fun, which is why the arcade is such a draw. The Great Canadian Midway at Clifton Hill has all the games you’ve missed from your childhood — Skee-ball, Whack-a-Mole, etc. — complete with blinking lights and chiming bells. You can make the arcade more interesting with a challenge to collect the most tickets; the loser must buy dinner or drinks for the rest of the night.

Endless Gambling

CP6.jpegCasinos are more than gaming tables and slot machines — but that doesn’t mean you have to waste time watching shows and shopping. Fallsview Casino is massive, bigger than three football fields combined, and contains more tables and slots than even we can count. If the floor is too busy or you can’t find your lucky game, head to the Poker Room with tables devoted to Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha. Alternatively, if you like the exclusive feel of high-limit games, reserve a place in the Salon Prive. Then, if all else fails, the forest of slots should keep you busy for hours on end.

Quality Drinks

To round out the weekend, pay a few visits to the world-class vineyards, distilleries, and breweries around Niagara Falls. The nearby town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is dotted with wineries that offer free tastings and inexpensive meal pairings. There are also plenty of micro-breweries in Niagara Falls where you can find excellent pub food to match the ales and lagers. However, when whiskey is warranted, you can’t find better Canadian flavors than at Forty Creek Whisky and Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery.

Niagara Falls is more than a family and honeymoon destination; in fact, there is plenty for a footloose group of dudes to do. You certainly won’t regret a bachelor party spent in Niagara Falls.

Amazing New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Niagara Falls



Ring in 2015 right at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview! Guests can stay in a beautiful Fallsview room that offers sweeping views of the Niagara Falls, New Year’s Eve fireworks shows, and the dazzling excitement of the city. Staying at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview will also put you close to the excitement of ET Canada’s televised New Year’s Eve celebration, which will feature performances from Grammy award-winning artist Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Lights, and Shawn Mendes.

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra Dining Package is also available, which offers one or two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel and a table d’hote dinner at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Dining only options are also available and guests will have access to an incredible view of the city’s celebrations and fireworks shows.

Book your stay now to be a part of the excitement of New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls!

Niagara Dreaming on Such a Winter’s Day

CP3.jpegWith this winter chill in the air, there is nothing more exciting than planning a spring vacation. Niagara Falls is a stunning winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and glittering icicles. However, visitors looking forward to Niagara’s warmer temperatures may enjoy ruminating on the spectacular spring scenery soon to appear.

1. Niagara Parks

Queen Victoria Park is on the edge of the bustling tourist district of Fallsview, and it looks out on the most dazzling view of Horseshoe Falls you’re likely to see anywhere. The park itself is lovely, with hanging baskets filled with blooms, a serene rock garden, and perfectly kept lawns ideal for picnics and lounging.

Currently, the dark, bare trees and shrubs are striking against the bright white landscape of Niagara, but in the spring, the city decorates Queen Victoria Park with 500,000 daffodils, as well as countless tulips, and other flowers. As a bonus, at the entrance to the park, concerts, shows, and other events are held throughout the spring and summer, so you can get some culture to go along with your beautiful scenery.

The Niagara Botanical Gardens is open to the public year-round with rotating beds of seasonal buds, but it is especially stunning during the spring when the brightest and most fragrant flowers are in bloom. The rose garden is world-class, with almost 2,500 elegant roses, but along every pathway you’ll spy perennials and annuals sure to make your day. See the famous Floral Clock — a timepiece crafted entirely out of plant life — and experience the Butterfly Conservatory, where thousands of winged insects flitter about every day.

2. Lake Ontario

If you rent a car (maybe a convertible?) you can take a few day trips to visit more beautiful scenery in the greater Niagara region of Canada. Just a quick trip down the highway will take you to the gorgeous shores of Lake Ontario, where the Niagara River empties its waters. Along the drive, you’ll see a patchwork of orchards and vineyards making use of the abundantly fertile soils; you can stop and enjoy a tasting and lunch.

However, looming deep blue in the distance, Lake Ontario beckons with its whitecap waves. Surrounding the lake are parks and beaches perfect for picnics and sightseeing. On the south shore of Lake Ontario you can find Grimsby Beach, which is dotted with whimsical cottages of bright colors, transforming the world into a fairytale landscape. There is certainly plenty to explore in this region of Niagara.

3. Panoramas

CP4.jpegJust a few minutes outside Niagara Falls proper, visitors can gain some altitude for excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Queenston Heights Park is the most popular place folks go to see far and wide, mostly due to its proximity to the city. After just a short climb on the infamous Bruce Trail, you’ll catch sights of Niagara Falls, the snaking Niagara River, and Lake Ontario in the distance.

However, the best birds-eye you’re likely to get in the region is at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, which offers true panoramas of the region, including the mountains, escarpment, Falls, river, and lake. Take your camera, and you might bring home a masterpiece to hang above the mantle.

The cold weather of December might bring winter blues, but you can banish chilly thoughts by thinking about your warm spring trip to Niagara Falls. The birds will be chirping, the flowers will be blooming, and you’ll be soaking up the sun in the most magnificent scenery in North America.

The Majesty of Marineland

CPblog7.jpegIf you are planning a trip to Niagara Falls, there is one attraction you absolutely cannot miss: Marineland Canada. This magical place houses countless marine and land animals, but it is so much more than zoo or aquarium. You could easily spend your entire vacation exploring everything Marineland has to offer, from its exhibits, to its shows, to its thrilling rides. Read on for more information about this winning attraction in Niagara Falls.

Beluga Whales

These beautiful arctic mammals are one of Marineland’s most popular exhibits, and it’s easy to see why. Beluga whales are spotless white, huge, and extremely friendly; they love meeting guests and playing in their tanks, which makes for excellent viewing. Marineland Canada has more beluga whales than anywhere else in the world, largely due to the abundant wild population in and around Canadian shores.

In Marineland, you’ll have the opportunity to learn everything and more about belugas, and for an additional fee, you can get up close to feed and interact with them. Guided by a trainer, you may have the opportunity to perform tricks with the whales — a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Killer Whales, or Orcas

The recent documentary “Blackfish” showed Sea World’s poor treatment of their orcas, but in Marineland, the animals are treated with much more reverence and respect; in fact, researchers at Marineland continue to study these important creatures to learn more about their unique social behavior and requirements. Killer whales have an especially developed emotional system in their brains, which means they are intensely social animals. You can observe Marineland’s orcas interact with one another in their tanks, and see for yourself how emotionally advanced and friendly these sometime fearsome creatures truly are.

The King Waldorf Stadium Show

You can watch and be amazed as Marineland’s marine mammals put their intelligence to work during this entertaining and awe-inspiring spectacle. Dolphins and whales jump, swim, and execute other feats impossible to humans, and sea lions and walruses perform hilarious acts that will see you doubling up in laughter. The show occurs many times during the day, so if you miss one while you’re oohing over the exhibits or rides, you can easily wait around for the next one.

Amusement Rides

CPblog8.jpegAfter being inspired by the high-flying mammals of the sea, you can see yourself soaring through the air on any of Marineland’s myriad thrill rides. However, all rides aren’t built the same; you’ll get the most out of your experience if you know your limits when it comes to death-defying acts.

Visitors who prefer gentle rides or who are accompanying small children shouldn’t miss:

  • Trivioli Wheel. A unique and exciting Ferris wheel designed with any and all guests in mind.
  • Boat Carousel. A sea-themed merry-go-round to entertain kids of all ages.
  • Lady Bug Coaster. A short and moderate coaster suited to younger children
  • Space Avenger. A self-controlled whirling ride where you decide when to go up and down.

Those who can tolerate a bit more adventure may enjoy:

  • Ocean Odyssey. Another whirler to amuse all family members.
  • Viking Adventures. A rocking Viking ship that will throw you around like the high seas.
  • Orca Screamer. A tower ride for those not as tolerable of heights.

Finally, adrenaline junkies can’t miss out on these world-class thrills:

  • Skyhawk. A ride that takes you well into the atmosphere for excellent views of the park and surrounding areas.
  • Flying Dragon. A coaster to scare even the stoniest of thrill-seekers.
  • Dragon Mountain. The world’s largest steel roller coaster, spanning 30 acres and traveling through countless tunnels.
  • Sky Screamer. The highest triple tower ride in the world, moving at breakneck speeds and jaw- and stomach-dropping heights.
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