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Train derails in Harrison County

Train derails in Harrison County

A Wheeling and Lake Erie rail road car line derailed early Friday afternoon just outside of Jewett. Members of Harrison County’s Emergency Management Agency were on the scene as well as an employee of the railroad line. No information was available on the cause at this time. Story developing.

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Car accident in Cadiz

Car accident in Cadiz

A two-car accident occurred at West Warren and Muskingum Streets in Cadiz, Wednesday afternoon approximately 3:30 p.m. A 19 year-old female driving a blue Pontiac Vibe, was traveling north on Muskingum St. when, according to Cadiz Police, her brakes gave way and she ran a stop sign striking a white, Chevy pickup traveling east on Warren. The driver of the pickup, who is employed by National Oilwell Varco, said he suffered a shoulder injury and plans to be treated at the hospital. The female driver appeared to suffer no injuries but was being looked at by EMS personnel. The accident is under further investigation.

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Har. Co. Sheriff nabs alleged sex predator

Har. Co. Sheriff nabs alleged sex predator

On Jan. 22, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year old Robert James Carnes II of Canton, Ohio. On Thursday, Mr. Carnes travelled from Canton, Ohio to Harrison County to meet a 15-year old female and engage in a sexual relationship. Mr. Carnes is alleged to have shared obscene images of himself and was arrested by deputies when he arrived at the meeting location. Mr. Carnes was booked into the Harrison County Jail and is awaiting a court date.

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Outdoor club schedules January hike

Outdoor club schedules January hike

The Outdoors Club of Harrison County will be holding a hike on Sunday, Jan. 25  on the Conotton Creek Trail. Hikers should meet by 1:45 at Custer Crossing, which is between Jewett and Scio (near the intersection of State Route 151 and County Highway 50). If you aren’t familiar with the area, you may find the following link helpful: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.3686651,-81.0263049,17z

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Crowd honors MLK Jr.

Crowd honors MLK Jr.

          For a decade now, the march has continued in Cadiz and today, on a chilly January day was no different. A small but passionate crowd marched from the Harrison County Courthouse to the St. James church honored Martin Luther King Jr.

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Obituaries

Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice, 85, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 25, at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va. He was born June 25, 1929 in Cordova, Ark., a son of the late John and Ann Caseroff Rice. Mr. Rice was a member and volunteer of Valley View Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and a retired groundskeeper at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren and eight brothers. Surviving are his wife to whom he was married June 28, 1958 by Rev. Rothel, Lavina Palmer Rice, 2 daughters, Lula Rice and Sharon Brookins, both of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, 172 S. Main St., Cadiz, Ohio. Rev. Rodney Bowers will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethel Church Cemetery near Hopedale, Ohio. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Beaver Local wins BMC wrestling tourney

Beaver Local wins BMC wrestling tourney

    The 16 team Junior High Buckeye Mountaineer Conference held their annual Wrestling tournament on Saturday at Buckeye Local Jr./Sr. High School. Winning the Big School title was Beaver Local. Edison won the Small School crown. Travis Gorby of Toronto was voted most outstanding wrestler.               The All BMC All Academic Wrestling Team: (front row L to R) Garrett Givens, Christian Lerussi, Darien Louk, Steve Bezak, Jordyn Spencer, Jesse Fulton, Justin Haynes, Max Camilletti, Anthony Taylor, Ryan Burger, and Michael Brinsky. (Back row L to R) Scott Browning, Brooke Hearn, Daniel Yost, Luke McKinney, Hayden Wallace, Albert Taylor, Julian Lamb, Camden Barr, P.J. Morris, Hayden Johnson, and Mitch Wukelic.  

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Harrison East breast cancer awareness walk

Harrison East breast cancer awareness walk

Harrison East emptied its school Thursday afternoon for its second annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser. This year they held a mini-relay where the kids wore pink to help bring awareness, not only to breast cancer, but a drug-free lifestyle.

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Train derails in Harrison County

Train derails in Harrison County

A Wheeling and Lake Erie rail road car line derailed early Friday afternoon just outside of Jewett. Members of Harrison County’s Emergency Management Agency were on the scene as well as an employee of the railroad line. No information was available on the cause at this time. Story developing.

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Car accident in Cadiz

Car accident in Cadiz

A two-car accident occurred at West Warren and Muskingum Streets in Cadiz, Wednesday afternoon approximately 3:30 p.m. A 19 year-old female driving a blue Pontiac Vibe, was traveling north on Muskingum St. when, according to Cadiz Police, her brakes gave way and she ran a stop sign striking a white, Chevy pickup traveling east on Warren. The driver of the pickup, who is employed by National Oilwell Varco, said he suffered a shoulder injury and plans to be treated at the hospital. The female driver appeared to suffer no injuries but was being looked at by EMS personnel. The accident is under further investigation.

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Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice, 85, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 25, at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va. He was born June 25, 1929 in Cordova, Ark., a son of the late John and Ann Caseroff Rice. Mr. Rice was a member and volunteer of Valley View Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and a retired groundskeeper at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren and eight brothers. Surviving are his wife to whom he was married June 28, 1958 by Rev. Rothel, Lavina Palmer Rice, 2 daughters, Lula Rice and Sharon Brookins, both of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, 172 S. Main St., Cadiz, Ohio. Rev. Rodney Bowers will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethel Church Cemetery near Hopedale, Ohio. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Emolene Louise (Mazeroski) Kovacik

Emolene Louise (Mazeroski) Kovacik

Age 88, of Malvern passed away Monday, Jan. 26, in the Community Care Center in Alliance. She was born April 17, 1926, daughter of Franklin and Mae (Kelly) Mazeroski in Cadiz. She was born and raised in the Cadiz area and attended Cadiz High School. She married Mike Kovacik in 1943. They moved to Malvern in 1950. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club. She was active in the PTA, Malvern Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters when her sons were in school. She was an avid card player and member of the Mayola Card Club for over 60 years, along with playing cards at the Minerva Senior Center. She worked for many years at Krause’s I.G.A. and The Towne Shop Clothing store. She treasured spending time with family and friends; camping and fishing in Canada and nearby lakes and dancing to the big band music with husband Mike. She also enjoyed traveling and sightseeing, bingo, bowling, working with her flowers and her pets. Survivors include two sons, Michael D. and Gloria Kovacik of Minerva and Gary Lee Kovacik of the home; four grandchildren; Steven M. (Roberta Kacenjar) Kovacik of Parma Heights; James M. (Renee) Kovacik of Minerva, Heidi (Todd) Hoffmeyer of Alliance and Curt (Mickell) Gehret of Springville, Utah; seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Kovacik, May 2, 1999 and two brothers, Robert and Donald Mazeroski. Mass of the Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Malvern with Fr. Victor Cinson ascelebrant. Burial will be in Bethlehem cemetery. Calling hours will be 9-11a.m. Thursday prior to services at the church. The family would like to express special thanks to Father Victor Cinson, the staff of the Alliance Community Care Center, the Alliance Visiting Nurses and Hospice, and the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Women’s Club. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Church Hall Building Fund or the Alliance Visiting Nurse and Hospice Assoc. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.

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John Edwin Ford  

John Edwin Ford  

John Edwin Ford, 93, of Cadiz, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Harrison Community Hospital after a brief illness. Born January 10, 1922, in Doddridge County, W.Va., to Lily Gay (Conwell) and John Samuel Ford, John Edwin, along with his four brothers and five sisters, he spent his youth on the family farm tending crops, hunting squirrel, and digging out groundhogs in mountainous West Virginia. Entertainment there and then was homespun and family centered; so, at a young age, John (known to his family as “Icky”) taught himself to play the fiddle, sing, and dance. At the age of fourteen he won a local talent contest winning his mother a half-barrel of “Pure as Snow” flour – a significant contribution to the family larder. A member of the West Virginia National Guard’s Calvary, John was honorably discharged in 1941 and relocated to the Baltimore shipyards where he and his fellow patriot workers constructed over 1900 liberty ships in support of the nation’s war effort. In 1944, John actively courted and married the lovely Bettie June Benedum of Salem, W.Va., and they moved to Pennsylvania. After welding in heavy industry and the steel mills, John took a job with Hanna Coal in Ohio. He and Bettie moved permanently to Cadiz in 1949 where they raised two boys and a girl. Supporting a family during the post-war years was not an easy task. Drawing upon his mountain childhood skills John Edwin regularly graced his family’s table with wild game. Tired of skinning bunnies, he took up competitive rifle marksmanship and brought home the bacon – literally the bacon – as well as hams, turkeys, and assorted canned goods. His children eagerly awaited his return. Once the children were old enough to embarrass, “Icky” and Bettie created a satirical hillbilly comedy routine and went “on the road” entertaining at local festivals and community gatherings. With John strumming the guitar in his Sunday go-to-meet’n bibs and stammering out the vocals, Bettie, front teeth blackened out and attired in tattered gingham, would deliver one-line zingers on a variety of topics. Audiences eagerly attended the performances; yet, the local sophisticates were never quite sure if they were witnessing comedic genius or the fall of western civilization. The children hid in the car. Having helped build the giant stripping shovels (the Mountaineer, Silver Spade, and Gem of Egypt), John retired from Consol in 1985 and began a second career teaching the violin and playing guitar with Roger’s Orchestra. He lost Bettie to lung cancer in 1995 and their youngest child John Grover Ford (Dawn (John) Alkire Ford-Cramer) to heart disease in 2001. John is survived by a younger brother, Ora Edgar Ford and his wife Mary Jane (Currey) of Davis, W.Va.; a son, Rodney Lynn Ford and daughter-in-law Jeanne (McAllister) of Hopedale; a daughter, Karen Kay Dowdell and son-in-law James of Adena; four grandchildren: Erika (Eric) Whiting of Beavercreek; Kelli Dowdell of Muncie, Ind.; Jessica (Jose) Ford-Mustre of Kansas City, Mo.; Kristi Nicole Ford of Columbus; four great grandchildren, Brandy Gardner, Brock Gardner, Alex Whiting and Piper Mustre Ford; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A member of the Big Battle (W.Va.) Baptist Church, the United Mine Workers of America local 7690, and the Harrison Lodge #219 F&AM, John Edwin will rest beside his youngest son, John Grover, in Long View Cemetery. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of his family. John Edwin’s family would like to thank the Harrison County Home for the kindness and care afforded to him during the past year and the Harrison Community Hospital for the special attention they provided during his final hours. Memorial contributions can be made to the Harrison County Home, 41500 Cadiz Dennison Road, Cadiz, Ohio 43907. The family is being assisted by Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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John Sefsick

John Sefsick

John S. Sefsick, age 77 of Harrisville-Adena Road, Adena, Ohio died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born August 10, 1937 in Adena, Ohio to the late Joseph SR. and Stella Kobus Sefsick. John was a retired coal miner with Y&O Coal Company and Harrison Mining for 12 years; an army veteran; member of St. Casimir’s Catholic Church in Adena, Ohio; Polish club of Fairpoint, Ohio; and enjoyed NASCAR racing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Sefsick Jr. He was a devoted husband of 53 years to Rose Battiluchi Sefsick. Also surviving are a son, Douglas (Robin) Sefsick of Adena; a sister, Joan (Charles) Brown of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Drew and Paige Sefsick. Friends will be received to pay tribute to John and celebrate his life Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Borkoski Funeral Home, Adena, Ohio. Wake service will be Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Casimir’s Catholic Church, Adena. Mayor John Kolesar is the Celebrant. Entombment will be at Holly Memorial Garden’s Mausoleum, Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Full military honors will be conducted by the Adena American Legion at the mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Casimir’s Catholic Church in Adena or the American Cancer Society.

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Sharon DeCaminada

Sharon DeCaminada

Sharon L. DeCaminada, 65, of Hopedale, died Friday, Jan. 23, at Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz.  She was born Oct. 6, 1949 in Steubenville, a daughter of the late David and Anna Leone DeCaminada. Sharon attended the Hopedale Church of Christ and was a Secretary at Polen Insurance Agency and the Cadiz Insurance Agency. She was an avid knitter, collected jewelry, and enjoyed traveling, making trips to Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and Hawaii. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin DeCaminada. Surviving are two sisters, Bea (Ernie) Tipton of Jewett and Phyllis DeCaminada of Cadiz; two nieces, Elizabeth and Anna Tipton and a nephew, Anthony DeCaminada, all of Jewett. Friends may call Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 12 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz. Dean Blythe will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery near Hopedale at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Elizabeth or Anna Tipton, 86700 Tipton Rd., Jewett, OH 43986. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Ruth Liggett

Ruth Liggett

Ruth Autumn Liggett, 88, of Dennison, passed away on Jan. 23, at her home after a period of declining health. Born September 15, 1926 near Tappan Lake, she was a daughter of the late Earl William and Mary (Cramblett) Reed. Ruth graduated from Dennison High School in 1944 and continued her education by attending Muskingum College to attain her Bachelor’s degree in teaching. She taught for both Dennison and Claymont schools. Ruth enjoyed singing and cooking, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Dennison. On July 12, 1947, she married Willard C. Liggett who preceded her in death on July 21, 2014. They are survived by their children: Richard (Anita) Liggett of Dennison, Robert (Marcia) Liggett of Bolivar, Randy Liggett of Midvale, Marilyn Sue (Duce) Carlisle of the home, and David (Joni) Liggett of New Philadelphia; grandchildren: Mathew (Ruthie), Stephanie (Jai), Brian, Brett (Jamie), Melissa (James), Stacey, Kristi, Nikki (Shawn), Christopher (Kendra), Clantz, Colt (Molly), Jennifer (Tom), and Allison (Erick); 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean (Donald) Watson; nieces, Karen (Bob) Wilson and Linda Simpson; and many other extended family members. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Scott Liggett; daughter-in-law, Vicki Liggett; sister- and brother-in-law, Ina Pearl and Jasper Simpson; nephew, Robert Simpson; and step-mother, Mildred Hauk Reed. Services for Ruth, officiated by Pastor Brian Flood, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison, with interment following at Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery beside her beloved husband. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Those wishing to honor her memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Community Hospice.

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Katherine Whinnery

Katherine Whinnery

Katherine Furbee Whinnery 99, of Adena, went to be with the Lord Saturday Jan. 24, at Liza’s Place, Valley Hospice South, Wheeling, W.Va. She was born April 25, 1915 in Martins Ferry, the daughter of the late John N. and M. Agnes (Baiker) Furbee. Katherine was a retired Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. She was also a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder. She was on numerous committees of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, and served as president of the Presbyterian Women. Katherine was a 1933 graduate of St. Clairsville High School, after which she began her long, productive career in the OSU Cooperative Extension Service. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Home Economics from The Ohio State University in three years and later in life earned a Master of Science Degree in Family Life Education. Katherine served as the OSU Extension Home Economist for Harrison County from 1962 to 1984. Prior to her service there, she was employed as a Home Economics Instructor at Dillonvale High School. In 1960 she taught at the new Union Local High School in Morristown, where she set up their Home Economics Department and established curriculum. Katherine continued serving others as a member of the Community Mental Health Services Board of Directors, with many years as board president. She served on the board of directors for the Ohio University Eastern campus, establishing the Whinnery Family Scholarship for high school graduates from Harrison County. Her commitment to 4-H youth education fostered the development and growth of  many young people in rural Harrison County. Katherine also established Homemaker Clubs as part of her commitment to women’s education and community involvement, which provided an avenue for local participation in the planning and establishment of Harrison Community Hospital.  Beyond her local commitment, Katherine held membership in The Associated Country Women of the World and experienced a number of rural cultures in other countries. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis Jesse Whinnery in 1957 and  brothers Austin C. Furbee, and Jack D. Furbee.  Katherine is survived by her six children John T. (Gerry) Whinnery of  Delaware, Ohio;  Karen S. (Joseph) Borst of  St. Mary’s Ohio;  Eleanor L. (Geoffrey) Henrietta of  Louisa, Virginia;  Joseph A. (Karen) Whinnery of  Philomath, Oregon;  Robert B. (Vickie) Whinnery of Adena;  Russell B. (Debra) Whinnery of Colerain; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Wilson Funeral Home 154 Second St., Dillonvale on Friday Jan. 30, from 2 to 9 pm. And then on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon at the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Dr. M. Lorraine Dill, Rev. Byron McElroy, and Rev. Lloyd Smith officiating. Interment in Highland Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice 10686 St. Rt. 150 Rayland, Ohio 43943. To leave the family a condolence please visit www.wilsonfuneralhomes.com.

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Harold M. Willard

Harold M. Willard

Harold M. Willard, 100, of Uhrichsville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia following a period of declining health. Born Jan. 6, 1915 in Dennison, he was a son of the late Marion R. “Ray” and Lucy Jane (Parks) Willard. On Sept. 5, 1936, Harold married the former Edna Eileen Stevenson, and they enjoyed 49 years of marriage until her passing on Oct. 21, 1985. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark R. and Melinda S. (Vanfossen) Willard of Tappan Lake; grandsons, Dr. Steven M. and wife Melinda (Culpepper) Willard of Canton and David M. Willard of Tappan Lake; a great-grandson, Hudson S. Willard of Canton; a sister, Evelyn Fisher of Dennison; and several nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Steven Willard; granddaughter, Stephanie Rae Willard; brother, Rodney E. Willard; and sister, Edna P. Willard. Harold was a lifelong resident of the Twin City area, a graduate of Dennison High School in 1933, and a longtime member of Uhrichsville First Christian Church where he was an Elder Emeritus of the church. He proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Harold worked in the local clay industry for 45 years, and his company affiliations included The Clay City Pipe Company, Evans Brick & Pipe, Evans Clay Products, and Whitacre Greer Fireproofing Company from which he retired in 1980. He served as Vice-President of Administration for Evans Clay Products for many years. Harold served on the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary for The Clay City Pipe Company and The Bowerston Shale Company until age 92 when he was elected Director Emeritus. He was very active and energetic, and was always a gentleman. He loved working and spending time at the family farm. He also enjoyed time spent at Tappan Lake where he and his wife, Edna, owned a cottage for 40 years. Harold loved the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, hiking, or just observing nature. He loved to take family vacations, particularly to Western Montana and the Yellowstone Park area. At age 95, he took a raft trip on the Yellowstone River with family and friends, and enjoyed his final trip to the area this past summer at the age of 99. His greatest joy in life was his family. Affectionately known as “Pop” to family and friends, he had a genuine interest in the many young people that adopted him as a surrogate grandfather, enjoying their stories and encouraging them in his kind and gentle manner. His dear friend and neighbor, Rev. Mark Unrue, will officiate Harold’s funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow beside his beloved wife and son in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The family would like to kindly acknowledge the special care and kindness Harold received in his later years by the staff at New Dawn Retirement Community, Trinity Hospital Twin City, Union Hospital, and Community Hospice, as well as Shirley Vanfossen, Blanche “Babe” Morris, Glenda Morris, and Rev. Mark Unrue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harold’s memory to the Trinity Hospital Twin City Foundation, Uhrichsville Clay Museum, First Christian Church of Uhrichsville, Uhrichsville Presbyterian Church, and Community Hospice.

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