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Promontory Director of Golf Wins PGA Award

The Utah Section PGA, experts in the game and business of golf in Utah, recently announced its annual awards. Ryan Kartchner, Promontory’s Director of Golf won the prestigious Professional of the Year category. Winners of the annual awards are nominated by Utah Section PGA Professionals. Award winners are dedicated to their profession by working to improve the quality of golf in Utah, including growing and teaching the game.

Kartchner has been with Promontory since 2017 where he has overseen the luxury vacation home community’s two signature golf courses – the Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Golf Course and the Pete Dye Canyon Course. Ryan is very active in the Utah golf scene, serving on numerous boards and committees related to the sport. He has also served as the President of the Utah Section PGA and works closely with the national office and leadership of the PGA of America. Ryan works with all of the Allied Associations in the State to help grow the game, especially Junior Golf and has scheduled PGA events for Juniors in Utah.

 “Leading Promontory’s golf program and working with our incredible members from all over the country has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by industry peers, many of whom are my mentors who have inspired me and shaped my career as a golf professional. I’m truly honored to have received this award from the Utah Section PGA,” Ryan Kartchner says.

In addition to making a visible impact on the Utah Section PGA, Kartchner has enhanced the Promontory experience by focusing on the enjoyment of the game for the members he enthusiastically serves.

“We are so proud of Ryan for winning this Utah PGA award and are grateful for his tremendous contributions to our golf offerings,” says Robin Milne, General Manager of Promontory. “Ryan has launched amazing junior golf programs at Promontory, including the AJGA’S Rolex Girls Junior Championship last summer. We also hosted the Sub Regional for the national ‘Drive, Chip & Putt’ competition that finishes at Augusta National the Sunday before the Masters.”

Under Kartchner’s leadership, Promontory continues to introduce new golf programs and events for members in an effort to maintain its status as one of the leading private communities for golf in the U.S.

Utah Section PGA officers present Promontory Club Director of Gold Ryan Kartchner with the Professional of the Year Award/
Photo Caption: Utah Section PGA officers (From Left) Jeff John, Dustin Volk and Kent McComb present Promontory Club Director of Golf Ryan Kartchner with the Professional of the Year award.







Photo Credit: Fairways Media/Jesse Dodson

Maki Film Screenings in Park City

La Jolla Santa Pub Crawl on December 15

INAUGURAL LA JOLLA SANTA PUB CRAWL ON DECEMBER 15 TO COLLECT TOY DONATIONS FOR RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Four Participating Restaurants and Bars Encourage Revelers to Bring Unwrapped Toys

La Jolla Santa pub CrawlSpearheaded by the co-founder of the hugely successful Park City Santa Pub Crawl in Utah which now draws 2,000 revelers each year, the first-ever La Jolla Santa Pub Crawl will be held on Saturday, December 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It is designed to be a fun opportunity to eat, drink and be merry, San Diego-style. The pub crawl is open to the public, ages 21 and over. It is free to attend, but participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to Hennessey’s anytime during the evening. The donations will be delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital to distribute to their patients. Participating bars on the pub crawl are George’s at the Cove Level 2, The Spot, Jose’s Courtroom, and Hennessey’s. Crawlers are invited to be creative and wear festive, holiday-themed costumes.

“The Park City Santa Pub Crawl began eight years ago with about 20 participants, and it has since grown to about 2,000 people, taking over the town and traveling from all over the country,” says Hilary Reiter of Redhead Marketing & PR, organizer of both La Jolla and Park City Santa Pub Crawls. “Given how many people from San Diego visit Park City and vice versa, it makes so much sense to replicate the event in La Jolla with all the great venues and walkability there. Each year, we see amazingly fun and creative costumes, and a vast age range from early 20s to those in their 70s. Everyone has a blast, we collect thousands of toys, and the local economy gets a great boost as well.”

Below is the pub crawl schedule for December 15. Participants are welcome to join for all or some of it.6:00 p.m.

George’s at the Cove Level 2
7:00 p.m. The Spot
8:00 p.m. Jose’s Courtroom
9:00 p.m. Hennessey’s (Toy drop off)

Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at Hennessey’s at the beginning of the night for convenience or anytime thereafter during the evening. To view the Rady Children’s Hospital toy wish list and the items that cannot be accepted, visit https://www.radyfoundation.org/toys

More info and the option to RSVP and invite others is at: https://www.facebook.com/events/686701785058517/

Promontory Pets Celebrate Dog Park Improvements

PARK CITY’S MOST PAMPERED PETS CELEBRATE A NEW AND IMPROVED PLAYGROUND AT PROMONTORY

A Ribbon-Cutting Event Was Held for Dogs and Their Owners

Promontory Park City

Luxury living just became more enticing for Promontory’s four-legged members with a new and improved dog park where a ribbon-cutting celebration was held on Friday, November 16. Not only has the dog park doubled in size, but there are separate areas for large and small dogs for those who prefer to play with their own. For others who opt for an integrated playtime, there is a gate between the two areas, so dogs of all sizes can mingle. A designated off-leash trail leads to the park where grass, landscaping, and shaded seating are additional, new features to the dog park, which is open year-round. A full-fledged pet playground with various agility equipment is also being planned.

“As a community created for multi-generational families, Promontory includes pets in that mission,” adds Francis Najafi, CEO of Pivotal Group, the developer of Promontory. “We enjoy debuting new amenities to keep Park City’s most luxurious and innovative private community on the cutting edge.”

Several Promontory members and their furry friends joined the ribbon-cutting, and a selection of gourmet treats was offered for the private community’s discerning dogs who came out in full force with tails wagging.

“We recognize that pets are an integral part of the lifestyle our members enjoy at Promontory, so we are excited to elevate the amenities for these ‘fetching’ members as well,” says Robin Milne, Promontory’s General Manager, who attended the event with her own dog. “Like all of our amenities, the dog park takes advantage of stunning views for the entire family to enjoy.”

ABOUT PROMONTORY

Promontory is an award-winning 6,400-acre recreational second home and private mountain community in Park City, Utah. Promontory’s expansive mountain setting offers diverse year-round amenities and activities for the multi-generational family. The community consists of 1,674 homesites with stunning mountain views. More than 560 homes have been built, and approximately 682 homesites are currently available. Six of Promontory’s 24 distinct neighborhoods feature developer-built homes, known as Promontory Homes. These include the new, modern Nicklaus Villas on the Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Golf Course. For more information, visit www.promontoryclub.com.

SLC Foodies Unite for Food and Wine Fest

2nd Annual Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to Be Held September 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

Following a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at slfoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here.

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $95, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.slfoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

Media interested in previewing the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest or covering specific events may contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

Alpine Spur Whiskey Wins Drammie

ALPINE SPUR WHISKEY WINS DRAMMIE AWARD FOR MOST INNOVATIVE NEW WHISKEY

Spur WhiskeyWhiskey enthusiasts have honored Alpine Distilling’s Spur Whiskey with a 2018 Drammie Award for Most Innovative New Whiskey Release in 2017. The annual International Drammie Awards sends out a call for nominations to ForWhiskyLovers.com email subscribers, members of whiskey clubs, and the general whiskey-consuming public. After nominations are closed, the top five nominations for each category are posted on ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and voting then commences to select the category winners. The Drammie Awards have become among the most important and prestigious means of recognition for those in the whiskey industry.

“This award is especially gratifying because we are being recognized by actual whiskey drinkers and enthusiasts. As a Kentuckian, the responsibility of Bourbon stewardship is important. Finding a way to innovate a flavor profile that so many people enjoy is deeply satisfying,” comments Rob Sergent, Distiller and Founder of Alpine Distilling. “We know the market is crowded with many excellent products, giving individuals seemingly unlimited choices in what to consume, so earning this award from hundreds of worldwide whiskey enthusiasts is quite an honor.”

This year, ForWhiskeyLovers.com received more than 300 nominations for its 25 Drammie Award Drammie Awardcategories, with 2,000-plus people from around the world casting their votes for the finalists.

In 2017, Alpine Spur Whiskey was inspired by The Spur Bar & Grill, a classic and popular establishment on Park City’s Historic Main Street. Spur Whiskey blends just the right balance of Alpine Distilling’s Double Gold & Gold Medal-winning Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey and a Kentucky Bourbon. The French Oak-aged single malt has a banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice, while the Bourbon contributes corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with subtle rye spice. This blend creates a spirit that excels as a sipping whiskey or in classic American cocktails.

Alpine Spur Whiskey is available by the bottle at the distillery, in Utah State Liquor Stores, online at ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and through distribution partners in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, and California.

As a young distillery, Alpine Distilling is pleased to add this Drammie Award to its collection of Awards – Preserve Liqueur (SIP Awards -Platinum medal, 2016), Lafayette Spiced Flavored Bourbon (SIP Awards- Gold medal, 2016), Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey (“50 Best” -Double -Gold, 2018; SIP Awards -Gold medal, 2017), and Persistent Vodka (SIP Awards – Silver medal, 2017).

For Whiskey Lovers is the largest online retailer of whiskey in the United States, shipping spirits to 29 countries and 35 states.

For more info, visit www.alpinedistilling.com.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING
Founded in 2016, Alpine Distilling is an award-winning craft distillery based in Park City, Utah. We produce the highest quality premium spirits for the active, creative, and mindful individuals who are drawn to the mountain lifestyle. All products are certified Kosher. As a socially conscious brand, Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

UDOT DENIES VOTE TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DENIES ELIGIBLE VOTERS THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON PROPOSED I-80 NOISE WALL IN SUMMIT COUNTY

Local Activist Group Continues Its Appeals to UDOT and Governor Herbert

sound wall

The sound wall along I-80 in Summit County between Parley’s Summit and Jeremy Ranch

As the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) moves forward on plans for its proposed, 3,200-foot long sound wall on I-80 from Parley’s Summit to Jeremy Ranch, homeowners excluded from the balloting process are now petitioning Governor Herbert. Residents of Jeremy Pointe were denied the right to vote despite being in closer proximity to the highway than the homeowners behind the Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club who were invited to cast votes. According to UDOT, the existing noise level for some of these homes is as high as 70 dBA, well above the UDOT noise abatement criteria (NAC) of 66 dBA.

“It is disappointing enough that UDOT has ignored the concerns of the majority of the residents in the area, but it is a violation of state law to deny eligible voters their right to vote,” explains Tom Farkas, one of the founding members of Citizens Against the Wall. “Not only has UDOT committed this egregious violation, but they did so in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”

This right to vote is in complete accordance with UDOT’s policy requirements, which provides:

UDOT Noise Policy C.2.c.1, Balloting b) “Receptors that border or that are directly adjacent, or both, to the end of a proposed noise wall that are not, by definition, benefited by the wall, will be allowed to cast a ballot.”

Dan Bass, President of the Jeremy Pointe Homeowners Association and a founding member of CATW, says, “UDOT should abide by its own rules given the other residents who voted were required to do so. We have suggested alternative, more effective methods of noise mitigation to UDOT, but they are proceeding with the project, taking down wildlife fencing, and have given no indication that any other noise measures will be used.”

The proposed noise barrier would be 17 to 20 feet in height and approximately 3,200 feet long, which would impact the views of many while detracting from the scenic beauty and open space visitors and locals have long appreciated when entering Summit County.

UDOT balloted only two-dozen Jeremy Ranch homeowners, while the greater community, including these 24 residents, would be adversely impacted by a permanent visual stain on the area’s natural beauty.

For more info, visit https://www.citizensagainstthewall.org/.

Members of CATW are available for media comment. Please contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR to schedule interviews, Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com or 435.901.2071.

 

 

Junior Golf Championship at Promontory

American Junior Golf Association Promontory Club Park City Utah

AJGA’S ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT PROMONTORY CLUB IN UTAH

Park City’s Exclusive Private Community to Host World’s Top 72 Girl Players on Its Award-Winning Pete Dye Canyon Course

For the first time, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will hold the Rolex Girls Junior Championship golf tournament at Promontory Club, a private second home community in Park City, Utah. The invitational tournament will feature the top 72 young women players from around the world competing on Promontory’s award-winning Pete Dye Canyon Course, June 11 to 15, 2018.

“It has been more than a decade since we held a tournament of a similar caliber in Utah, and we feel so fortunate to have Promontory as an enthusiastic partner,” says Blair Thompson, AJGA Tournament Director for the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. “This will be an incredible chance for Utah golf fans and college recruiters to witness the sport’s rising stars playing on one of the state’s most renowned courses. It’s also exciting for the young women to compete in a world-class destination like Park City.”

Pete Dye Canyon Golf CourseThe event kicks off Monday, June 11 with a Junior-Am fundraising tournament, giving sponsors the unique opportunity to play with one of the top junior girls on each team. The tournament will raise money for AJGA charities like the Ace Grant, local junior golf organizations, and the Promontory Foundation, which is dedicated to donating funds to Park City’s non-profit organizations. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Lisa Hardy, Tournament Chair at 801.372.4488 or lisa.c.hardy@gmail.com.

Official championship play starts on June 12 and concludes June 15 with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at The Shed amphitheater. For the complete tournament schedule, visit https://www.ajga.org/microsite/index.asp?tn=2018049 Public access is limited, please call Cole Carlson at 435-333-4720 if interested in attending.

Promontory General Manager Robin Milne remarked, “Promontory GOLF, led by Utah’s Section PGA President, Ryan Kartchner, is honored and excited to host the world’s best Junior Girls as they compete for the coveted Rolex Championship! As a multi-generational private club ranked the “The BEST of Utah 2018”, supporting the game of golf at all ages aligns perfectly with our community’s lifestyle!”

Tournament Chair Lisa Hardy adds, “I have been trying to get an AJGA event to Utah for years and am thrilled to finally have one of such high caliber and am thankful to Promontory for hosting the event. Having had the opportunity to play in this tournament as a high school student, I am pleased to support these young ladies and to give back to the AJGA. While showcasing these players’ tremendous talent to help them secure college scholarships, the AJGA instills integrity, sportsmanship, honesty and respect – great lessons for life itself. “

Tribute to a Great Mentor

Everyone should be so fortunate to have one amazing, influential mentor during the course of his or her career. For Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter, it was her last boss prior to launching this business in 2010. Here is the story…

Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter with mentor Conrad ElliottConrad Elliott, who passed away tragically and suddenly from Creutzfeld Jakob Disease (a rare prion brain disease) on March 25th was my former boss at Dering Elliott & Associates, mentor, and friend. What made this true creative genius the ultimate mentor was he didn’t even know he was being one. Just a couple of months ago, C (as I always called him) gave me sound business advice regarding a client that I am grateful to have followed. We were supposed to be working together now for some of Redhead’s clients. His absence as the creative engine for these projects has been profound.

In 2007, Conrad hired me to manage public relations for DEA’s luxury real estate development clients in various destinations. This was new territory for him as the advertising agency never before had a PR department. He let me do my thing and always seemed pleased with the resulting media coverage. C was the absolute most brilliant and perfectionist writer I have ever had the privilege to know and work with. His mastery of the English language was remarkable. He had an uncanny ability to come up with the catchiest tagline or advertising headline in a fraction of a minute…and with great finesse. Whenever I handed him a draft press release to review, he would redline it to death – even if I had been convinced it was the most fabulous release ever written in the history of public relations. This was always a humbling, yet educational experience.

When DEA was adversely impacted by the recession beginning in 2008, I was one of the few employees he kept on as long as possible. Even when I had little work to do for several months, C let me hang out and collect a paycheck while he more than generously sacrificed his own income. He also turned a disapproving blind eye when I would “sneak” my dogs (Redhead’s future canine interns) into my upstairs office. Conrad actually turned down an offer to do marketing for a mayoral candidate because I was volunteering to manage the opponent’s campaign. How many bosses would do this?

Eventually, he had to let me go in 2010. A blessing in disguise, this departure propelled me into starting my own business. I picked up a few freelance projects which led to the founding of Redhead Marketing & PR.  As someone who had been limited to the realm of public relations, I absorbed a great deal about branding and developing marketing campaigns from Conrad that I could offer my own clients.

An integral force that helped drive Redhead’s success, C sent us his clients who needed PR services. We collaborated on businesses like Carlton Landing, Oklahoma and Conestoga Ranch. I was elated when he agreed to lend his branding magic and writing prowess to some of Redhead’s clients. Then he became ill. He called on a Sunday afternoon in February to notify me of his CJD diagnosis and profusely apologized for not being able to meet his commitments. That was the absolute least of my concerns. It was devastating to think that this man – as healthy and fit as he was intelligent – would likely soon be gone.

Conrad Elliott marketing genius and mentor

Conrad Elliott, photo courtesy of Christy Grant

When I met Conrad, my admiration for him was instantaneous. And he was a bit intimidating. A handsome, cerebral silver fox, he was articulate, witty, and seemed to know an enormous amount about absolutely everything. Each conversation left me feeling enlightened. We brainstormed proposals and campaigns for clients, and discussed politics, current events, film, and skiing at Deer Valley. Every time I write, I ask myself how Conrad would wordsmith it to an infinite degree with 15 revisions. I know he is on the other side rewriting this tribute as I type (according to WordPress, I am at just 14 revisions for this post). Ironically, what could be his most annoying trait is probably what I will miss and crave the most.

Conrad will continue to be an inspiration; much of my success can be attributed to his guidance, support and belief in my abilities. I hope this longtime, affable Park City local is enjoying eternal skate skiing, alpine skiing, and running amidst breathtaking, otherworldly scenery. And I’m sure he’s penning a few brilliant marketing headlines as well. Thank you, C, for everything. You will be forever missed by those you touched during your amazing life.

Alpine Distilling Single Malt Earns Top Honors

TRAVELER’S REST AMERICAN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY BY ALPINE DISTILLING NAMED A TOP AMERICAN MALT WHISKEY BY THE FIFTY BEST

The Fifty Best, an online guide that rates the finest wines and spirits, recently hosted an American Malt Whiskey Tasting of 20 products evaluated for the distinguished “Best American Malt Whiskey” awards for 2018. Alpine Distilling’s Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey was awarded a Double Gold medal, the highest honor. The Park City, Utah-based craft distillery was founded in 2016.

Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the American malt whiskies and rated them individually on a 1 to 5 point scoring system with five being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges’ impressions.

“We are honored to have Traveler’s Rest Single Malt receive such high accolades from experts in various disciplines of the spirits industry,” says Rob Sergent, Alpine Distilling’s managing director. “Alpine Distilling is committed to producing the finest spirits using traditional distilling techniques to create distinctive flavor combinations.”

To create this rich, nutty single malt whiskey, North American high protein, high enzyme 100% malted barley is aged first in used Jack Daniels barrels and finished with new, toasted French Oak.

Additional, award-winning craft spirits from Alpine Distilling include Lafayette Spiced Flavored Whiskey, Preserve Liqueur, Persistent Vodka, and Spur Whiskey.

TheFiftyBest.com is a digital guide to wines and spirits, featuring rated listings from proprietary blind tastings judged by wine and spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING

Founded in 2016, Alpine Distilling is an award-winning craft distillery based in Park City, Utah. We produce the highest quality premium spirits for the active, creative, and mindful individuals who are drawn to the mountain lifestyle. All products are certified Kosher. As a socially conscious brand, Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits Park City Community Foundation and Swaner Nature Preserve. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

 

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