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Bethel Community Earth Day Celebration on April 20!

<p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Bethel Community Earth Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20th beginning at 10am with 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗼𝘇𝗮 on the lawn at the Municipal Center lawn!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There are two parts to this year's event:</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗼𝘇𝗮</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Check in on the lawn at the Municipal Center at 10am to get your cleanup route, trash bags, and other supplies.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Use this link to see available cleanup routes: </span><a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fspreadsheets%2Fd%2F18_TkhnyHojI_rL4dNn2IacQLbDnCRgT9%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing%26ouid%3D107843378270416450897%26rtpof%3Dtrue%26sd%3Dtrue%26fbclid%3DIwAR1cjMYW7IZR4N_1RBXc6AVGuvz_Ddes01Bzus3s6BcpK7YKXong289pGu0_aem_ASUgKWLREhqyp4rR-nkklFK3Utb4Y-zs8Obufs-vsKSlt-xVys-DM2bCCeRfhAl_C-1zLiiUbT3lJzI--CSSqhEy&amp;h=AT26Vzh5RWsoCVqjk49-XVs1rfi4bBAjLt4FYpX2-PLFOufKRRDPCN2sg5YxjeDDlRKSa4rM4JIxFVmFDsD87iBcp89bQTGDU6vc98Pgmk6687IklYrfcQq_dJJWHlg&amp;__tn__=q&amp;c[0]=AT0_NNy8xWoPXy5ucZk12hqu30cgVR9DY_tr9qNwzMHLeiNDXMSqhe_I21e2YdCyi7kESiukXez0AKWarxcTYVaxiOrXoy0U09FJlC3Bl8D9do7VQzGnwVPz2BujEy7smP4bIgrvDCwqv3oOodvRRvlXOh_Q" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://docs.google.com/.../18_TkhnyHojI.../edit...</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Email </span><a href="mailto:kmtroy2019@gmail.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">kmtroy2019@gmail.com</a><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);"> to pre-register or come the morning of to sign up for a route.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There will be a rain date of April 21, 2024.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝗿</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">This will be on the lawn at the Municipal Center from 11am to 2pm.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There will be local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, and others who are dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet. Throughout the day there will be live music performed by local musicians and groups, a kid’s activity station, and other fun games. Bethel Community Earth Day will be a day for fun, learning, growth, and community-building for people of all ages.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">In case of inclement weather, this event will move inside the Municipal Center.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">If your organization would like to be involved in any way, fill out the following form: </span><a href="https://forms.gle/ggKFujiBv7mnJpz87?fbclid=IwAR1KwO65lM2ufDgYYpBIBSX5six6KHOu0fRgl1AkASNVGLWml5lbBDNxJ20_aem_ASVt2r87mo7WK2X_F9uYdbZSfog28xfskO6XW4plenxvyh624SR1uXYlTN70bdh_5BGWj4ABFXc1COMnju2GF7-B" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://forms.gle/ggKFujiBv7mnJpz87</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Sponsored by the Bethel Parks &amp; Recreation Department, the Bethel Land Trust, and the Sustainable Bethel Commission.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">For more information email </span><a href="mailto:sustainblebethel@bethel-ct.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">sustainblebethel@bethel-ct.gov</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</span></p>

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Bethel's Broken Symmetry is on tap at the 2024 Connecticut Beer Fest!

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Bethel’s own </span><a href="https://www.brokensymmetrybrew.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwt-OwBhBnEiwAgwzrUnVon9lpo99sN1mIBmYQtWJZtGQRTrpgiWybEu0IDEnxattJ7skn4xoCUDwQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Broken Symmetry </a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">is o</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">n tap at the 2024 Connecticut Beer Fest! Sponsored by CT Brewers’ Guild, the Beer Fest will take place Saturday, April 20 at Connecticut Convention Center, (100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford) with the largest selection of Connecticut’s Craft Beer in the state!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Learn more and purchase your tickets:&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/</a></p><p><br></p>

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Dan Carter's Bethel Community Update: BHS Post Prom, Earth Day, Shoutouts & More

<h3>Town Budget Review</h3><p>While much of our attention has been on the upcoming 2024-2025 annual budget referendum vote on April 23rd, most Town department heads have met with the comptroller and First Selectman over the last few weeks for the final quarterly budget review of the 2023-2024 budget. We are on track to finish the year on budget!</p><h3>Spring Clean-up Efforts</h3><p>We had a complaint this week about an overflowing garbage can on Greenwood Ave. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find who put it there, so our highway department took care of it. Springtime appears to be the time of year that more litter is tossed out on our roads and parking lots. Thank you to the residents who called the mess to our attention and thank you to all who help keep Bethel clean!</p><h3>Scam Awareness Event</h3><p>State Rep Marty Foncello and The Cascades in Stony Hill hosted Connecticut Attorney General William Tong this week to discuss many of the scams that victimize seniors in Bethel. He covered many of the more notable ways criminals separate our seniors from their life savings. The big take-home message is there are resources available from the Elder Justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555. His presentation was fantastic, and we have asked for him to return for another at our Senior Center in the fall.</p><h3>Upcoming Events and Announcements</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Office Hours:</span> Wednesday, April 17th from 7 am to 8:30 am at Town Hall in the First Selectman office.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Public Hearing:</span> Zoning Board of Appeals, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 6:00 pm. Check out upcoming public hearings at <a href="https://bethel-ct.gov/2024-public-hearing" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Bethel-ct.gov</a>.</li></ul><h3>Community Updates</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel Senior Center:</span> With additional grant funding provided by the state, their kitchen and an ADA compliant bathroom were remodeled. The town also replaced their commercial refrigerator in the commercial kitchen. Stop in and take a look.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel High School "Post Prom":</span> An annual alcohol and drug-free event held to keep our kids and community safe on prom night. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated to help with activities, decorations, food, and prizes. Visit Notch 8 on April 29th and mention Post Prom during lunch or dinner, and a donation will be made to the cause. If you would like to contribute, send a check to “BHS PTSO” with “post prom” in the memo to Bethel High School at 300 Whittlesey Drive. Venmo is also an option: <a href="https://venmo.com/u/BHS-PTSO" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Venmo BHS-PTSO</a>. Contact BHSpostprom06801@gmail.com with questions.</li></ul><h3>Upcoming Events</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Annual Bethel Community Earth Day Event:</span> Trashapaloza town-wide cleanup kicks off at 10 am and runs to 12 pm. Berardinelli Services is providing a dumpster behind Town Hall. After dropping off trash, celebrate at the Earth Day Fair on the Town Hall lawn from 11 am to 2 pm.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Annual CT Beer Fest 2024:</span> Our own Broken Symmetry will be participating in this event sponsored by the CT Brewers’ Guild on Saturday, April 20th, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Visit <a href="https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Connecticut Beer Fest 2024</a> for tickets.</li></ul><h3>Registration and Opportunities</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel Parks &amp; Recreation Day Camp:</span> Registration begins on Monday, April 22nd, at 9:00 am. Camp runs from June 24th to August 2nd. Visit <a href="https://bethelct.myrec.com/info/default.aspx" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Bethel Parks &amp; Rec</a> for more info on camp and other opportunities.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Putt FORE Paws:</span> Returns on June 10th to the beautiful Redding Country Club. Join for a day of golf and goodwill at the Joyce Allen Memorial Tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and golfer registration is open. Register or sponsor at <a href="https://e.givesmart.com/events/BM1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Putt FORE Paws</a>.</li></ul><h3>Community Recognition</h3><ul><li>A big shoutout to Hannah Stowell and her Voting Registration Assembly at Bethel High School. Her well-organized Capstone Project registered well over 70 students to vote! Thank you for your civic engagement, Hannah!</li><li>Congrats to Joey O’Hara and Mackenzie Variale, our athletes of the week!</li><li>Girls lacrosse, girls tennis, and Bethel Softball all had wins this week! Outstanding Wildcats!</li><li>A shoutout to the girls track team who registered 13 SWC qualifying times and 12 state qualifying times this week!</li></ul><p><br></p>

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Spring Break Fun: DIY Duct Tape Bracelets & Bookmarks at Bethel Public Library

<p><strong>Spring Break Event for Grades 1-5 at Bethel Public Library</strong></p><p>Duct Tape Bracelets &amp; Bookmarks With Creative Girl Studios</p><p><strong>Grades 1-5</strong></p><p>Monday, April 15</p><p>1:00-2:00 PM</p><p>Join us for a fun Spring Break event to create fashionable bracelets and custom bookmarks using Duct tape! With the help of Creative Girl Studios, we'll have a lot of fun creating these unique designs!&nbsp;</p><p>Register <a href="https://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/xp_newpopevent.cfm?EventID=7515543&amp;sw=1680&amp;zeeOrg=BETHEL" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Bethel’s Byrd’s Books Concludes Spring Poetry Series on May 10th

<p>Bethel’s Byrd’s Books will conclude its annual Spring Poetry series&nbsp;on Friday, May 10th, at 7:00pm,&nbsp;hosting three award-winning writers: Barbara Jennes, Kateri Kosek, and Sydney Eddison. “<span style="background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">I think most of you know our fondness for poetry in all&nbsp;its&nbsp;forms and we are happy to end the series with this trio of note,” says Byrd’s Books owner, Alice Hutchinson, “But, we’re already looking forward to next year.”&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;To get information on the poets and their books on purchase, and to save your seat for this free in-store evening of live readings, go to&nbsp;<a href="ByrdsBooks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">ByrdsBooks.com</a></p><p>Barbara Jennes,&nbsp;poet laureate emerita of Ridgefield, CT,<strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">CALYX</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">,&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Comstock Review</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">,&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Rust and Moth,</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Tupelo Quarterly.</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;Her collection&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Blinded Birds</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;received the 2022 International Book Award for a poetry chapbook.</span></p><p>Kateri Kosek&nbsp;is the winner of the 6th annual Three Mile Harbor Poetry Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in&nbsp;<em>Orion, Terrain, Catamaran, Rosebud, Southern Poetry Review&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Northern Woodlands Magazine.</em>She&nbsp;teaches English and mentors in the MFA Program at Western Connecticut State University.&nbsp;</p><p>Sydney Eddison&nbsp;is the author of seven books on gardening, including&nbsp;<em>Gardening for a Lifetime, A Passion for Daylilies&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>A Patchwork Garden.&nbsp;</em>Her newest book is<em>The Sacred Ground of Home: Poems from a Country Life.&nbsp;</em><span style="background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">&nbsp;She&nbsp;lives in a yellow farmhouse surrounded by a 2-1/2-acre garden of her own creation in Newtown, CT.</span></p><p>Byrd’s Books is located at&nbsp;178 Greenwood Avenue&nbsp;across from the Bethel Public Library. Author discussions and Book Group gatherings are regularly added to Byrd’s Books’ calendar of events at&nbsp;<a href="ByrdsBooks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 122, 255);">ByrdsBooks.com</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;Hours are&nbsp;Tuesdays to Saturdays10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays&nbsp;12:00 noon&nbsp;to 4;00pm, Closed Mondays.&nbsp;For directions to the store or more information, call Byrd’s Books at&nbsp;203-730-2973. To review the shop’s expanded catalog of new titles, go to&nbsp;<a href="ByrdsBooks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 122, 255);">ByrdsBooks.com</a></p>

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WCSU Earth Day event are open to the public!

<p>DANBURY, Connecticut —Western Connecticut State University&nbsp;will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of public events on Monday, April 22. Events will be held at both the Ruth A. Haas Library, WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and the Robert S. Young Library located in the Westside Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The dinner and movie at 5 p.m. require a fee and reservation at <a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>. The rest of the activities are free.</p><p>Planned events include:</p><p><strong>All day – Food Pantry Donations </strong></p><p>Support the WCSU food pantry by bringing shelf-table items to the libraries. For each item you bring, you’ll receive one ticket to enter a drawing to&nbsp;win four tickets to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>All day – Seed Balls</strong></p><p>Create seed balls to toss in your garden. Using a bit of clay, some dirt, a pinch of compost starter, and a packet of wildflower seeds, create a couple of seed balls to help our local pollinators out this year.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>All day – Up-Cycled Origami</strong></p><p>Create some beautiful origami flowers and animals using paper we’ve recycled from discarded books.&nbsp;Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>9 to 11 a.m. – Electronics Recycling</strong>.<strong> </strong>Organized by Property Management.</p><p>Drop off your used electronics for recycling. For each electronic item you drop off, you’ll receive one ticket to enter a drawing to&nbsp;win four tickets to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.&nbsp;For a list of allowed and disallowed items, visit <a href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibguides.wcsu.edu%2Fld.php%3Fcontent_id%3D76123681&amp;data=05%7C02%7Chills%40wcsu.edu%7C922de40d8a214f1b988f08dc596be442%7Ce1622dbc94ba48ad87bba7f28074ee3d%7C0%7C0%7C638483567175285578%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C0%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=xteSZT2O2Xdbni74g%2BxLMzxD3PY%2F1jvFzSf7%2BkbPv2o%3D&amp;reserved=0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://libguides.wcsu.edu/ld.php?content_id=76123681</a>. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus, and Young Library, Westside campus.</p><p><strong>9 to 11 a.m. – Plant Swap</strong>. Organized by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rainydaypaperback.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Rainy Day Paperback Exchange</a>.</p><p>Come pick up a plant and maybe a mystery read. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>11 a.m. to noon – “Climate Science – How we will survive on a warming planet” </strong>presented by Professor of Biology Dr. Mitch Wagener.</p><p>Location: Haas Library, 1st floor, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>Noon to 2 p.m. – Permaculture Garden Tours</strong>.<strong> </strong>Hosted by Roots &amp; Shoots.</p><p>Did you know we have a Permaculture Garden on the Midtown campus?&nbsp;The mission is to&nbsp;reconnect our community with the land, understand where our food&nbsp;comes from and how it gets to our plates, and learn about healthy and humane eating.&nbsp;Location: Meet at Haas Library and walk over to Science Building, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>2 to 3 p.m. – “Jane Goodall Center” </strong>with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Hannah Reynolds, who will speak about the work of the Jane Goodall Center, the Permaculture Garden, and challenges facing home gardeners. Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.</p><p><strong>3 to 5 p.m. – Seedling Kit Giveaway</strong>. Hosted by Roots &amp; Shoots.</p><p>Location: Haas Library, Midtown campus.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5 to 7 p.m. – Dinner</strong> <strong>– </strong>Sustainably sourced meal by Sodexo.</p><p>Join us in the newly renovated Berkshire Dining Hall for a special Earth Day dinner prepared by our campus food service, complete with “dirt cups” for dessert.&nbsp;Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus. Cost: $11.50 for faculty, staff and community; WCSU students are free. Price includes documentary viewing.&nbsp;Registration is required at <a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5 to 7 p.m. – Documentary</strong> <strong>– </strong>“Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science.”</p><p>Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus.&nbsp;Registration is required at <a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/celebrate-earth-day-with-the-wcsu-libraries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<strong>5 to 7 p.m.: Climate Discussion – “Tesla won’t fix climate change” </strong>with Associate Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Manoj Misra. Location: Berkshire Dining Hall, Midtown campus.&nbsp;</p>

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Bethel’s Byrd’s Books  Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on April 27

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>This year, Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated&nbsp;on Saturday, April 27th.&nbsp;This National one-day party joins bookstores across the country, both online and in-store, in recognition of their shared belief in the intrinsic value of books. In its 11th year, Independent Bookstore Day is the day on which Bethel’s Byrd’s Books takes a moment to applaud itself and its community.&nbsp;</p><p>”Independent&nbsp;bookstores are vital hubs of creativity and community,” says Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. “They are the true modern-day town square, the beating heart of our communities, and a place for meaningful interaction and human connection.”</p><p>On this special day, Bethel’s Byrd’s Books, located at&nbsp;178 Greenwood Avenue&nbsp;across from the Bethel Public Library, will have IBD merchandise available on that day only, a “blind date” book basket with $2 deals all day, free advanced reading copies available with any in-store purchase (while supplies last), and you’ll get a raffle ticket with any purchase for bookstore prizes. It’s a party not to be missed!</p><p>And there’s more! The Connecticut Bookstore passport is back! Visit all 21 participating bookstores in two days and you’ll be eligible for a Grand Prize of $50 to spend at each bookstore, a total of $1,050. Or, visit all 21 bookstores by Labor Day for a chance to win the Slow &amp; Steady Prize of $25 to spend at each bookstore.&nbsp;</p><p>Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only&nbsp;<strong>new</strong>&nbsp;titles, with a special focus on Bethel authors, Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. A proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association, and its division Indiebound, allows Byrd’s Books to participate in the larger community of book selling&nbsp;nationwide.</p><p>Author discussions and Book Group gatherings are regularly added to Byrd’s Books’ calendar of events at&nbsp;<a href="ByrdsBooks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">ByrdsBooks.com</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;Hours are&nbsp;Tuesdays to Saturdays10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays&nbsp;12:00 noon&nbsp;to 4;00pm, Closed Mondays.&nbsp;For directions to the store or more information, call Byrd’s Books at&nbsp;203-730-2973. To review the shop’s expanded catalog of new titles, go to&nbsp;<a href="ByrdsBooks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">ByrdsBooks.com</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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