Saturday, October 13, 2018

BTLN UPDATE - SERGEANT INDUCTION NIGHT



Congrats to Isaac Holitzki, the 31st Sergeant of Btln 3739! Isaac officially became Sergeant this Wednesday night at Btln! Bruce Jepsen (1984), Lance Martens (1990), Jason Hayashi (2007), Sam Jepsen (2010), Zach Gobbett (2012), Gerrald Nicholson (2013) and Luke Martens (2018) were there to present Isaac his Jersey! Isaac is the 19th Sergeant to receive his jersey.

Congrats also to Dolan on his first Helmet of the Btln Season! Keegan was in the middle for Bulldog, making difficult for anyone to make it across the gym! It was so good to have Keegan, Kaylon amd Bryce at Btln again!

This week we played Mike for the first time this year. Often times the scores are close when we play Mike, this time it wasn't even close. Nathan's Team were ahead early and never gave up the lead, winning big!

Mike Final Scores
Nathan's Team - 94
GeRRald's Team - 79
Mike's Team - 71
Jason's Team - 67

In Bible Study this week our topic was Thanksgiving.

1 Corinthians 15:57   But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14   But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15   Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Ephesians 5:19b-20   Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


God has done so much for us, we have so much to be thankful for! We have victory through Jesus Christ!



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Saturday, October 06, 2018

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Caleb! This was Caleb's first Helmet ever! I never get tired of watching guys win the Helmet for the first time! Bryce was there at the end with Caleb, but Caleb would not be denied his first Helmet!

This week we played Mike 23! In Mike 23 the lead changes from round to round. The team that has the lead gets picked on the next round. I didn't share the scores for the last two rounds so that the teams would not know who to pick on. Isaac's Team coming up big in the last round to take the win!

Mike 23 Final Scores
Isaac's Team  12
GeRRald's Team  10
Luke's Team  5
Jason's Team  -4

In Bible Study our topic this week was Freedom.

Where can we find Freedom?

John 8:34-36   Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17   Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Only Jesus can set us free!

What have we been set free from?

Romans 6:17-18   But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:22   But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Hebrews 2:14-15   Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the deviland free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

We have been set free from sin and everything that is a result of our sin, like guilt and shame. We have also been set free from the fear of death. Freedom from sin means that we have inherited eternal life!



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Monday, October 01, 2018

BTLN UPDATE




Congrats Neighbour! This is Isaac's first Helmet of the Btln Season! We now have a four way tie for first in the race for Winston!

This week we played Stickball for the first time this year. I think that we will be playing Stickball more this year. I love the strategy involved with Stickball. The more that we play Stickball, the better the games will be. This week Isaac's Team tied Dane's team so we broke the tie with a round of rock/paper/scissors. Isaac winning two out of three!

Stickball Final Scores
Isaac's Team - 7
Dane's Team - 7
Ben's Team - 5
Ryley's Team - 4

In Bible study this week our topic was Contentment.

1 Timothy 6:6-8   But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

It is hard to imagine being content with just food and clothing. In reality that is all that we need.

Philippians 4:12-13   I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

In this passage Paul tells us that he knows the secret of being content in any and every situation. The secret is to allow Jesus to have control of our lives in any and every situation. Only Jesus can give us true and lasting contentment.

Read: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul and Silas are content after being falsely accused, flogged and thrown into prison!)



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Sunday, September 30, 2018

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - SEPTEMBER



It is the last day of September and past time for the birthday post! What an amazing group of men! I am so blessed to know these men and to be able to call them friends!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


Nathan Klassen - September 1
Zach Gobbett - September 3
Jonathan Fojt - September 9
Lance Martens - September 13
Ryley Heppner - September 16
Sam Jepsen - September 17
Noah Makortoff - September 17
Charlie Langis - September 20
Sam Podmoroff - September 23
Bruce Jepsen - September 24
Cam Tyssen - September 25
Cam Thompson - September 25
David Podovinikoff - September 26
 
 
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

BTLN UPDATE - POOL PARTY




Congrats Caleb! Caleb is the Btln Belly Flop Champion! Caleb is the first Champion to win the Btln Belly Flop Competition three years in a row! Isaac, Josh, Alexei and Charlie joined Caleb in the Belly Flop Final with awesome flops in the first round. Isaac and Josh both had good flops in the second round, but Caleb would not be denied, winning for the third year in a row!
There was Menno on the BBQ and ice cream cake from DQ, chips and pop in the basement after we were done swimming.


Btln 3739 Belly Flop Champions
Jordon Walsh - 2005
Jordon Walsh - 2006
Drew Brown - 2007
Andrew Eyre - 2008
Sam Schiesser - 2009
Ben Nicolson - 2010
Zach Gobbett - 2011
Dartagnan Butcher - 2012
Maxwell Nicholson - 2013
Jonathan Fojt - 2014
Nathan Mckenny - 2015
Caleb Hiebert - 2016
Caleb Hiebert - 2017
Caleb Hiebert - 2018



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Friday, September 14, 2018

BTLN UPDATE



Congrats Josh! Josh was second last week and this week he has the Helmet! Back to back final two finishes for Josh!


Our game of the week was Handball. Playing Handball without the lines on the gym floor is a challenge. This week we tried playing with a triangle key to make it easier and quicker to set up for the game. We played without a defenseman in the key because the triangle key was smaller. When the game was tied at 11 we went to next goal wins, and my team got the winner taking the game 12-11!


In Bible Study we looked at God's Availability.


In the Story that we looked at, Elijah was making fun of the baal and the prophets of baal. Elijah basically told the prophets of baal that baal was unavailable. This should have been obvious, since baal was nothing more than a statue. (1 Kings 18:16-39)
However, the God of the Bible is always available to us! We can pray to God anytime. We can also read and study the Bible whenever we want to and God will always be ready to give us incite into what we are reading.


Psalm 121:1-4
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

We have a God that doesn't sleep or get tired, he is always available!

Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.

We have a God that always hears us and is everywhere!


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Monday, September 10, 2018

BTLN UPDATE - FIRST NIGHT




Congrats Deshawn! Deshawn has the first Helmet of the 2018/19 Btln season! Josh was there at the end with Deshawn, but was not able to gain as much yardage as Deshawn on the last round.

I'm not sure if we have ever played anything other than Murderball on First Night and this year was not any different! After five rounds the score was tied at two games a piece. My team won the final game winning the series 3-2! I love winning, and winning on First Night is even better.

In Bible Study we started the year with a study on Hope. I want Battalion to be a place where we can all come to find Hope!

1 Peter 1:3-4   Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,


We have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! But what is our hope?


Colossians 1:26-27   The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.


Titus 3:4-7   But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


1 Thessalonians 5:8   But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.


So the Hope that we have is Salvation from sin, Eternal Life and Christ living in us!


Hebrews 6:17-19   Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.


This hope is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure!




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Friday, August 31, 2018

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST



It is the last day of August and I am finally getting the birthday post done! Next week the new Btln Season starts! I can't believe that the new year is finally here!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Owen Knopp - August 1
Isaac Holitzki - August 10
Steven Feenstra - August 13
Ryan Floesser - August 22
Alan Martens - August 25
Mike Hughes - August 25
Mike Walkus - August 25
Logan Cunningham - August 28
Austin Scow - August 30
Caleb Tomlin - August 30

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Monday, July 30, 2018

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JULY




July is almost over and I am finally getting the birthday post done for July. I was going to do it earlier in the month, and then I realized that Aaron has his birthday in July. I wasn't sure what to do at first, then I decided that we needed to continue to remember Aaron's birthday. Aaron is no longer with us on earth, but he lives in Heaven with Jesus and all the rest of the Saints that have also died!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.


Dan Neufeld - July 7
Blake Chursinoff - July 14
Nathan Mckenny - July 22
Aaron Friesen - July 24
Jordan Hammett - July 27
Jake Hachey - July 29


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

JUNE BIRTHDAYS


June is almost over and I am finally getting the birthday post done! There are so many amazing guys having birthdays this month! It is getting hard to keep track of all of the guys. I feel so blessed to know all of these men!


1 Thessalonians 5:11   Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Landon Condruk - June 2
Joe Kraftchick - June 5
Jacob Bolster - June 7
Cameron Walt - June 8
Dolan Weltz - June 14
Parker Steadman - June 16
GeRRald Nicholson - June 20
Nathan Klassen - June 21
Stephen Kalnin - June 21
Jacob Speta - June 26
Jordon Walsh - June 27


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Monday, June 11, 2018

BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS


Congrats to Luke, Jakob, Dolan and Josh! All four completed the Memory Work! After Creation Fest 2018 was canceled, Btln 3739 had to find a different venue for our Memory Work Trip. We decided to try Silverwood, and it did not disappoint! The weather did not cooperate, but with the rain we were able to ride more roller coasters than if it had been sunny out. We rode each coaster three times, it was amazing! We ate at Applebee's, Outback's and Five Guys, it was some of the best food we have ever had on the Btln Memory Work Trip!

Luke has tied Maxwell Nicholson with a perfect six out of six years completing the Memory Work! We here at blog salute you Luke! Great work!

33 Btln Members have completed the Memory Work a combined 89 times! I am so proud of everyone that has completed the Memory Work!

Btln Memory Work Legends and number of times completed the Memory Work


MAXWELL NICHOLSON - 6
LUKE MARTENS - 6
JONATHAN FOJT - 5
BEN NICOLSON - 5
DEVAN ENGLAND - 4
BEN JEPSEN - 4
DEVIN CHURSINOFF - 4
ZACH GOBBETT - 4
GERRALD NICHOLSON - 4
NOAH MAKORTOFF - 4
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 4
DOLAN WELTZ - 4
JASON HAYASHI - 3
CHARLIE LANGIS - 3
JOSH MARTENS - 3
JOE KRAFTCHICK - 2
OWEN SPISAK - 2
BRAD PAULS - 2
DREW BROWN - 2
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF - 2
SAM JEPSEN - 2
STEPHAN KALNIN - 2
TYSON TILLER - 2
JUSTIN BEKKER - 1
CALVIN PETERS - 1
TYLER FRANCIS - 1
NATHAN BALL - 1
CAMERON WALT - 1
JAKE HACHEY - 1
NATHAN KLASSEN - 1
LUKAS BOSCHMANN - 1
ALEX ST ONGE - 1
DYLAN WARWARUK - 1
 


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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MAY




It is May again and that means that it is almost time for the May Long Campout! It is also Birthday time on the blog! I can't believe how many guys are having birthday this month!

Romans 12:11-13   Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


James Podmoroff - May 1
Zac Thomas - May 2
Tyler Hanson - May 7
Derek Taylor - May 7
Brad Pauls - May 9
Jakob Boschmann - May 9
Ben Nicholson - May 14
Dalton Shore - May 19
Keegan Kenyon - May 19
Joel Feenstra - May 21
Tyson Tiller - May 21
Rik Brown - May 23
Gabe Glas - May 24
John Van - May 28
Cody Harp - May 29
Sam Schiesser - May 31



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Thursday, May 03, 2018

JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 2018 BTLN 3739 WINSTON CHAMPION






Congratulations to Jakob! Jakob Boschmann is the 2018 Btln 3739 Winston Champion! Just like last year, Jakob won 4 of 28 Helmets available this year! Jakob is the second Winston Champion to win in back to back years! Isaac was tied with Jakob, but had one less Btln Major than Jakob, giving Jakob the tie breaker. Congratulations to everyone that won a Helmet this year!
 

BTLN WINSTON CHAMPIONS
 
2008 - DREW BROWN
2009 - DREW BROWN
2010 - SAM SCHIESSER
2011 - CHRIS HENDERSON
2012 - ZACH GOBBETT
2013 - GERRALD NICHOLSON
2014 - MAXWELL NICHOLSON
2015 - LUKAS BOSCHMANN
2016 - NOAH MAKORTOFF
2017 - JAKOB BOSCHMANN
2018 - JAKOB BOSCHMANN


2017/18 BTLN MAJOR CHAMPIONS

LUKE MARTENS - Royal Rumble (Wrestling)
LUKE MARTENS - Btln Olympics
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - Winterslam (Boxing)
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - Btln Ping Pong
ISAAC HOLITZKI - Btln Masters (Golf)


2017/18 FINAL WINSTON STANDINGS

JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 4 Helmets and 2 Majors
ISAAC HOLITZKI - 4 Helmets and 1 Major
LUKE MARTENS - 3 Helmets and 2 Majors
KEEGAN KENYON - 3 Helmets
DESHAWN DENNIS - 2 Helmets
CALEB HIEBERT - 2 Helmets
MIKE WALKUS - 2 Helmets
KAYLON SIEBEN - 1 Helmet
ALEX ST ONGE - 1 Helmet
DANE VOIKEN - 1 Helmet
DYLAN WARWARUK - 1 Helmet
JOSIAH DUNHAN - 1 Helmet
RILEY LEIGHTON - 1 Helmet
DOLAN WELTZ - 1 Helmet
JOSH MARTENS - 1 Helmet



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Monday, April 30, 2018

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - APRIL




It is the last day of April and again I am finally getting around to the birthday post. So many good pictures and so many good memories!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

2 Corinthians 13:11   Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.


KALEB HORKOFF - April 4
JUSTIN THOMPSON - April 7
LANDON WARWARUK - April 11
SKYLER MYER - April 12
CHRIS HENDERSON - April 13
ALEX ST. ONGE - April 13
RYELEE BROOKS - April 19
UZZIEL COCHRAN - April 24
DAN DIMOCK - April 29
SAM ANDERSON - April 30
 
 
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Friday, April 27, 2018

BTLN UPDATE - LAST NIGHT OF 2018





This was the thirteenth year in a row for the year end Btln "Last Night"/ Grad party! 53 guys showed up for the "Last Night" of 2018! We started the night with the Btln favourite, Murderball! Last year we played four games and the year before we played five. This year we only managed to fit in three games because the games were longer and more competitive. This year my team lost the first game, but came back to win the final two games to win the series 2-1!

After Murderball it was time to eat the nine foot party sub from Subway! It is amazing how fast all that food can disappear! In a little more than ten minutes the entire sub was gone! Last year I forgot the cookies in the bus, this year we handed them out with the sub.

Next we had the Btln Grad ceremony. This year we set a record for the most Grads at a Btln Last Night! There were fourteen Grads for 2018! Our previous record was eight Grads back in 2014. There were so many Grads that I was not prepared for them all! I had twelve Bibles and fourteen Grads! The Grads received their Bibles and a dog tag. It is always a privilege to give the Grads their Bibles! We also gave them a piece of paper with the English translation of the Hebrew writing that is on the back of our shirts! Keeping with Btln tradition, the Grads ate the piece of paper after reading the translation.

We took the group picture and then it was time for Bulldog! There isn't anything quit like Bulldog on "Last Night". So many guys and so much extra energy! Keegan was our final Helmet winner of the 2017/18 Btln Season! Congrats Keegan!

For the second year in a row Jakob Boschmann is the Winston Champion! Jakob is the second two time Winston Champion! (Drew Brown was the Winston Champion in 2008 and 2009) Congrats Jakob! You are a worthy Champion!

After closing the year with the Brigade Watchword the grade 11's and 12's went to the Station for the After Party! This year we had 31 guys at the After Party! The energy in the room was awesome! It was so good to see all the guys having such an amazing time!

During the After Party the Grads received their Btln Medallion. It is so much fun to watch the guys pick out their Medallion. Welcome to the world of gentlemen, gentlemen.

Thanks to all of the Alumni that came out to "Last Night"!

Special thanks to the leaders that helped out all year long!

Dan Trithardt
Ryley Heppner
Jason Hayashi
Devin Chursinoff
Noah Makortoff
Cameron Walt


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

LAST NIGHT PICTURES



It is year fourteen for the Btln "Last Night" party! I feel so blessed to have been a part of this!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.

Remember, Battalion is like Heaven, there is always room for one more! So bring a friend!



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Friday, April 20, 2018

BTLN UPDATE - THE 13TH BTLN MASTERS



Congrats to Isaac Holitzki! Isaac is the 13th Btln Masters Champion! Isaac was the Champion two years ago and was second last year. Isaac now has two Green Jackets and has a chance to win a third next year!

35 guys packed into six vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par Three for the 13th Btln Masters! I haven't checked my records, but 35 guys has to be close to a record for the Btln Masters! Last year we played seven holes instead of nine, and this year we only played six so that we could be back a little sooner. We will definitely be doing that again next year.


THE 13TH BTLN MASTERS
Top five final scores
1) Isaac Holitzki - 24
2) Dylan Warwaruk - 29
3) Bryce Peterson - 29
4) Josh Nickiford - 29
5) Silas Asling - 29


Special thanks to all the leaders that helped make this happen!
Dan
Ryley
Ben
Jason
Cam
Noah

Thanks also to Gene and Vicki of Cascade Par three for hosting the 13th Btln Masters!



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Monday, April 16, 2018

BTLN PREVIEW - THE 13TH BTLN MASTERS


This week we will be having our 13th Btln Masters at Cascade Par 3! Last year we had two Btln Masters Champions competing for the Green Jacket and this year we will have three! Will Dylan win for the second year in a row? Can Isaac or Deshawn take back the jacket? Is there someone else that can win? I can't wait to find out!


BTLN MASTERS CHAMPIONS
Jordon Walsh - 2005/06
Jordon Walsh - 2006/07
Parker Steadman - 2007/08
Drew Brown - 2008/09
Rik Brown - 2009/10
Rik Brown - 2010/11
Rik Brown - 2011/12
Rik Brown - 2012/13
Rik Brown - 2013/14
Deshawn Dennis - 2014/15
Isaac Holitzki - 2015/16
Dylan Warwaruk - 2016/17
 
 
We are meeting at the church at 6:45 p.m. and will be leaving for Cascade Par 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Don't be late! Bring your clubs (If you have clubs.) and ten dollars. If money is a problem come out anyway! (We will cover the cost!)
 
 
 
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