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  • New Past Event - Entiat River Summer Gathering

    Posted on 08/19/20 at 08:53 PM

    Despite all of our antique and vintage snowmobile events getting cancelled, that could not stop us enjoying time together. A group of club members got together to enjoy a weekend of camping along the Entiat River in central Washington. It was a great time, with wonderful weather, great company, and fantastic scenery. Wish we all could have made it. Soon enough we will be together riding our old sleds in a winter wonderland.

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  • WSSA Puyallup Expo and Swap Meet Canceled

    Posted on 07/22/20 at 04:19 AM

    It is official, the 2020 Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) October Expo and Swap meet is canceled.  Wow, what a year:

    Greetings WSSA! 

    This probably won't come as a complete shock, but the WSSA Expo in Puyallup is cancelled for 2020 due to the uncertainty of COVID. 

    After the Puyallup Fair announced their cancellation, the writing was on the wall for our event. It has now been confirmed. We are in the process of securing our dates for the 2021 Expo. 

    On a related note, WSSA's Summer Meeting & Campout at Blu Shastin and October's (Oktoberfest) meeting in Leavenworth have also been cancelled and will be replaced with electronic meetings.

    Matt Mead
    SSA Publicity Secretary


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  • Happy 4th of July!

    Posted on 07/03/20 at 07:15 PM

           We wish everyone a
    Happy 4th of July Holiday!


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  • Whistlin' Jack Lodge Sign Pick Up

    Posted on 06/17/20 at 09:21 PM

    There was still snow in the mountains when Stephen and Kevin spent a couple weekends picking up the directional signs from Taneum Sno-Park by Cle Elum to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge.  Our club sets out the signs to mark a trail to the lodge, and back.  Then we run the same route on our vintage sleds during a two-day, 140-mile round trip ride.  We know that some of the signs will be stolen, or vandalized each year.  Unfortunately this year the loss was worse, but they will be replaced.  By the fall the signs will be ready for us to mark the route again next season.

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  • New Past Event - Snowmobiling in May!

    Posted on 05/16/20 at 10:12 PM

    Ed and Marlane win the Latest Vintage Ride recognition award this year!  They went to the Lone Butte Sno-Park in the Giffford-Pinchot National Forest at Mt. Adams last weekend.  It was 80 degrees but still enough snow to ride the trails, and some off trail.  He got 10-miles on the Ski Daddler. :)  I think he's got a plan for what to ride on next year Whistlin' Jack trip.  

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  • New Upcoming Event - Cool Desert Nights is Cancelled

    Posted on 04/29/20 at 09:34 PM

    To our disappointment, this years Cool Desert Nights event is canceled. We are not sure what events will be allowed because of the covid-19 virus. We will update the website as we know more about this years planned events. Click on the picture to go to their website. There is information on next years event, plus other fun stuff to do in West Richland!


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  • New Past Event - West Yellowstone Roundup!

    Posted on 03/18/20 at 10:05 PM

    Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
    Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

    The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

    While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

    That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

    Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. 

    Paul and Candy decided to participate in this event.  They loaded up and drove down Thursday so they could do some vintage snowmobile riding the next day. Friday turned out to be a wonderful, sunny but a chilly three degrees.  So, they decided to watch the races.  When it warmed up to about twenty they ran their two ‘Yammies’ down the trails for miles they said was a blast!  They quit about three in the afternoon when it was thirty-five degrees.  The sleds were telling them it was making them work a little. They gassed them up and put them back in the trailer in anticipation of Saturday’s events.
    Saturday dawned with a pretty decent snowstorm happening leaving three new inches of snow.  The temperature was in the 20’s so it wasn’t as cold.  There were fifty-one sleds in the vintage snowmobile show, and a great variety. People came from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, and of course Idaho and Montana.

    The winner of Best in Show was Craig Ginder of Kimberly, Idaho for his 1964 Bonham Spartan.  Best Restored was a 1970 Arctic Cat Puma Mod 440 owned by Joel Steffen from Bemidji, MN.  Best Unrestored Original was our own Paul and Candy for their 1974 Johnson JX 400.  Finally the winner of the WSVSA Sled of the Year was Jerry Kallal from Canada for his 1973 ski doo blizzard.  Congratulations to everyone!

    While the show went on until four, at one p.m. it was described by thirteen somewhat ill prepared souls met to do the vintage snowmobile ride.  There was a Ski-doo Olympique that was using a one gallon Yamalube container for his gas tank.  That sled actually made the whole twenty-eight mile ride which only goes to show yeah about Oly’s.  There was a bit of carnage; two sleds ran out of gas halfway through the ride, another sled had to be towed in for an unknown problem.  Then to top it off the vintage sled pulling the sled with the problem having problems too! They had to send a new sled to rescue both of them.  But for the rest of us it was six inches of new fresh powder!  It was a very “spirited“, and beautiful twenty mile ride around Hebgen Lake that ended back in west Yellowstone with a vintage snowmobile parade through town.  A toast was had by all to a good day of vintage sledding.

    That evening was the “snow rodeo”.  There were reverse races, (yes racing backwards), and the four-person beer chug relay with all four people having to be on the sled for the final lap.  Candy said she didn’t know how they got insurance for that little event.

    Corona virus was barely mentioned all weekend. It was a nice return to normalcy. Click on the picture for more photos:


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  • New Sled Ready for Show Season

    Posted on 03/13/20 at 09:18 AM

    A year ago Paul Kruger bought from the Midwest, then had it shipped to Montana this 1975 Merc Trail Twister.  He has since restored it.  It is now ready for this coming season’s shows.  It was solid but needed a lot of cleaning, engine adjustments and much cosmetic work.  He repainted the hood, polished the tunnel, and cleaned up the engine bay.  She ran well during neighborhood test runs, and is now show and trail ready!


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  • New Past Event - The Last Resort

    Posted on 03/03/20 at 07:21 PM

    The first day three of our members decided to take their newer sleds out to see the local riding area.  Snow was not ideal, they did not make it to where they planned to go, but it was fun. 

    Also in the show area the snow was not ideal, but there was more than enough for the show to go on.  We lined our sleds for folks to see then during the day we rode them around.  Some of our members even gave a few of the folks who stopped a ride.  They really enjoyed hearing, seeing, and feeling how snowmobiling was in the day.  

    Then on Sunday a couple of our members took a ride to an area to view Lake Cle Elum.  It was a blue bird day with mild temperatures.   For most of us it was a great way to finish our riding season.  To see pictures of the show click on the picture:


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  • The Last Resort Event Reminder

    Posted on 02/19/20 at 07:50 PM

    On Saturday February 29 we will have our antique, vintage, and classic snowmobile show.  Antique is any sled 1968 and older, with vintage models start in 1969 to the last years with spring skis, and classic sleds are those manufactured with Independent Front Suspension (IFS) up to 30-years old.   As is our custom we will ask the pubic to vote in our People’s Choice Award contest. 

    Like last year we are going to have a Snow Moxie timed agility course.  Last year we set up a twisty course with plastic cones that included a hill climb.  To keep it simple there will not be any classes, and to enter all you had to do is ‘Run What You Brung’.  Each participant has to ride three timed runs.  The winners were the participants are the ones with the three highest averages.  Last year winners received a trophy and money!  There will be first, second, and third places. 

    Let Stephen know if you are planning to attend: pnwvsc@gmail.com.

    Click on the photo for pictures of last years show and Snow Moxie:


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  • New Past Event - Crater Lake National Park Ride

    Posted on 02/15/20 at 07:56 PM

    The multi-day ride to Crater Lake National Park, and surrounding areas went as planned.  The weather was perfect bluebird days, with cold nights and mild daytime temperatures.  On the first day we stayed at the Willamette Pass Inn by Crescent Lake leaving in the morning for the long ride to view of Crater Lake.  The trails were expertly groomed and well marked.  After we spent time at the Crater Lake we rode to the Diamond Lake Lodge where we spent a couple nights while sledding the local trails, and messing around in the play areas.  On the last day we rode back to Crescent Lake for the evening before returning home.   It is great getting to areas that we normally do not ride, especially areas with such magnificent views like Crater Lake National Park.

    To see pictures of the adventure click on the picture:


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  • New Past Event - Whistlin' Jack Lodge Ride

    Posted on 01/28/20 at 06:53 PM

    Our annual overnight trip to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge (WJL) was again a great time.  There were six of us.  Everyone who went made it home healthy and sound.  Of course it would not be a vintage ride if there were not a few of the vintage riding hiccups.  But, it was nothing that our master vintage snowmobile riders could not adjust too.   All of us made the approximate 67-mile trip to WJL under their on our own power.  Coming back was a different story.  One of the Olympics ended up with an engine problems.   It had to be towed back to Taneum Sno-Park.    

    Because it was a vintage ride naturally there were other issues.  The Scorpion had fuel issues because of rusty fuel tank that required multiple fuel filter cleanings, and replacements.  Plus there was a mid trip carburetor teardown to clean the gunk out of the needle-valve.  But it got there and back, and actually ran really well. 

    There were a couple club firsts:

    • First bogie single cylinder sled to make the round  trip under its own power,
    • The most fuel filter cleanings, and changes in one trip,
    • The longest tow.  It was 60-miles from where it stopped to the sno-park,
    • Fastest tow.  They reached speeds over 50 mph.

    For pictures please click on the photo to see other pictures on the club’s Google Photos site:


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  • New Past Event - Lolo Winterfest Event

    Posted on 01/22/20 at 10:06 PM

    It was a great weekend at the Winterfest in Lolo, MT!  The weather was great!  It was a beautiful sunny day.  There was a record 25 vintage sleds on the vintage run.  Everyone who went on the ride got home without incident. 

    Our Dick Fiel won both the People's Choice and Best Unrestored with his 1963 Arctic Cat. That sled was by far and away the favorite sled by everyone and Dick with his coyote fur hat completed the picture.
    Please click on the picture to go to our Google Photos to see more pictures:


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  • East Wenatchee Fun Day Posponed

    Posted on 01/02/20 at 09:50 AM

    We had our fingers crossed for snow with the storms that came through, but the Wenatchee area got mostly rain and warmer temps. We are postponing our Fun Day & BBQ that was scheduled for this weekend due to snow conditions. We will reschedule for a later date and let everyone know. In the meantime, think snow!
     
    Stephen Phillips
    PNWVSC
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  • New Past Event - Winter Knights Snow & ATV Show

    Posted on 11/11/19 at 07:10 AM

    We had a great show at this event!  Thanks to the Winter Knights Snowmobile Club with the help of the Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association, and Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland Northwest for putting on this wonderful event.  Then to top it off the winner for Best of Show was Joyce and Clayton for their rare and awesomely restored 1968 Herter’s with a 372cc JLO.  It was a hard win.  There was an exceptionally large variety of expertly restored, and original sleds on display.  

    The Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo is held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on the second Saturday in November.  Besides all the merchants showing their new sleds, apparel, places to go and stay, and accessories Brent Rasmussen one of the biggest names in the industry held a free question answers session. 

    Click on the photo to see more pictures on our Google Photos page:


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  • New Upcoming Event - Mt Baker Shootout

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 10:32 AM

    We are not the sponsors for this event.  There is a barbeque, and the local dealers have the latest sleds out for us to ride.  We attended this event for the first time last year.  Let President Stephen know if you are interested: pnwvsc@gmail.com.  March TBD, late: Mount Baker Shootout. Hosted by Northwest Glacier Cruisers.


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  • New Upcoming Event - West Yellowstone Vintage Snowmobile Roundup

    Posted on 11/02/19 at 10:23 AM

    While our club does not sponsor this event, our members are are active in it.  Last year Dick won the Snowmobile of the Year award!  March 14th : 17th Annual West Yellowstone Vintage Snowmobile Roundup: Hosted by WSVSA.   The contacts are: http://www.wsvsa.com/, Dustin Sweeten President http://www.wsvsa.com/ (801) 360-2082; Jered Ellis Vice President: (208) 243-9267; Dave Brummer Web-Administrator (208) 755-8334. 


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  • New Past Event - WSSA Puyallup Power Sports/Swap Meet

    Posted on 10/22/19 at 08:55 PM

    What a great and busy weekend it was at the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) Snowmobile & Power Sports Expo/Swap Meet!  This was our 20th year.   We had our display up and running well before it was time for the gates to open.  The best part of the Expo was when the public stopped to see our old machines, and swap riding stories when they were the hottest and newest sleds on the trails.  

    First a-special thanks goes to all those who voted for our first and second place People’s Choice Award, and Homeliest Snowmobile.  Without them the awards are not possible.  This year the public decided first place winner for Best of Show was Vinnie Pagliaro for his two beautifully restored 1969 Polaris Playmates.  Coming in a very close second with just five-votes short was Dick Feil for his 1966 Arctic Cat 560D.  All of the sleds were skillfully restored.  Then there was the winner for the Homeliest Snowmobile.  They decided Dick Fiel won the trophy for his original 1964 Fox Trac 140.  That model of sled was voted the ugliest snowmobile in North America about 5 years ago by national vintage snowmobile groups. 

    Click on the picture to our Goggle Photos site:

      


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  • New Past Event - Cool Desert Night Show

    Posted on 06/23/19 at 07:47 PM

    It is hard to believe, but this was our 9th year at the Cool Desert Nights show.   In the years past we heard from folks walking through that our display is one of the main reasons they go to the show.  This year we heard it said even more.  And I have to admit it was a good display.  We had a nice mix of antique restored, vintage original, and vintage restored snowmobiles on display.  To make the day even better the weather was near perfect; warm but with a good breeze all day.

    For this year’s People’s Choice Award there were over 165 votes cast by the public for their favorite sled.  This year it was a close right up to the end between first and second place finishers.  In the end it was Dick Feil’s 1966 Arctic Cat 460D that came out on top to win a trophy and a cash award.  This is the same sled that won the Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association’s (WSVSA) Vintage Snowmobile of the Year award for 2018.  Dick needn’t had to worry too much about winning People’s Choice award.  It was his 1966 Penney’s Foremost that was the close second place finisher with only 5-votes behind.  Congratulations Dick!  Those are both great sleds worthy of all the attention and recognition.


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  • Whistlin' Jack Signs Collected

    Posted on 05/19/19 at 07:47 PM

    The directional signs pickup from Taneum Sno-Park to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge and back pickup is done!

    The weekend of May 11 Ed, Marlane, and Kevin started collecting signs from Whistlin’ Jack Lodge to the top of the hill climb.  They camped in the meadow that is eleven-miles from the lodge for two nights.

    The roads were mostly clear, but to get two of the signs at the highest elevations they had to hike in because the road was still snowed in.  One was a four-and-a-half mile round trip, the second about a mile.  All the signs were there.  No one used them for target practice, or stole them.  They collected ten signs.

    The on the weekend of May 18 Stephen, his wife Melodie and here three corgis started at the Taneum Cabin Sno-Park and Campground around 11:30 a.m. and picked up the first sign at the Sno-Park area. That sign had no map on it, just the backer board and post.  One of the other signs had fallen or been pulled out of the bucket and laid down but everything was in good shape. All the rest were still up and looked good.  They collected seven signs total.  During their trip they saw some elk, and a boat that was flipped over in the road.

    In other news, a local resident stopped me at the "Lunch Spot" and said he liked the signs. He also mentioned that the Manastash Sno-Park was moving next season up the road to that location, vs further down where the groomer lives.  Shouldn't affect us, just means the lunch spot will be a sno-park.

    Click the picture for a link to our photo album:


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  • Some of Our Members are Still Sledding!

    Posted on 04/21/19 at 08:08 PM

    While I spend the weekend putting my sleds away for the summer, some in our club were out enjoying the last days of the season.  Ed and Marlane went to Lone Butte Sno-Park at Mt Adams Wilderness on Friday.  He said the snow is still pretty good, considering it is the end of April!

    Ed ran his Arctic Cat Cheetah around a little Saturday morning, then went to Goose Lake in the afternoon on his 2014 Ski-doo Summit.  It was a twenty five mile one way trip with no gravel patches on the trails! He also went to Atkisson Sno-Park from there.  Going that way there were some bare spots on that side of the mountain.  He was cautious though since he was alone he stayed on the main roads where there were other people.

    All-in-all he ended up putting on sixty-miles that day on the Summit, and about seven on the Cheetah.  Not bad for this time of year.


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  • New Past Event - Mt Baker National Recreation Area Trip

    Posted on 03/31/19 at 04:47 AM

    Stephen, Paul and Kevin met at the Mt Baker Recreation Area (NRA) to ride vintage and modern sleds.  The plan was to ride to an area the Northwest Glacier Cruisers where hosting their annual Mt Baker Shoot Out event that had barbecue, big raffle, and riding.  Kevin arrived a day early to camp at the sno-park, and save parking spaces for Stephen and Paul.

    As we all know too well this being a winter sport we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  On the day of the event the snow level had dropped three-feet from the weekend before.  Warm weather and rain melted two-miles of the trail exposing gravel.  To make it worse for the liquid cooled sleds there was no snow along the edges.  That was no issue for the bogie air cooled sleds, but since Stephen was riding a liquid cooled they had to cancel their plans riding to where the Shoot Out was being held.

    Not to worry!  There was another trail that split off before they got to the large gravel area.  So off they went to ride in an area and spend time at the Northwest Glacier Cruisers warming hut.  Despite the disappointment, it ended up being a great day of vintage snowmobile riding.  

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  • New Past Event - West Yellowstone March 2019

    Posted on 03/19/19 at 07:23 PM

    On Friday March 15th several members of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club (PNWVSC) converged on west Yellowstone Montana for the 16th annual Western States Vintage Snowmobile Association (WSVSA) Snowmobile Round up. Vintage snowmobilers started their busy weekend Friday night at 6 pm for event registration and visiting.  During registration Jim Langly was retelling his story how he rode a 1967 Polaris colt from Vancouver Canada to Portland Maine over 23 days.  He had great stories and was delightful to listen to.

    Saturday morning was show day.  It dawned bright and sunny, but was a bitter -3° below zero.  It was a bit nippy setting up sleds for the show, but the sun quickly warmed up the show area to a high of 40° making it a wonderful day. Besides looking at all the great vintage sleds, there were snowmobile dealers on hand for demo rides on all the new sleds for next year.  There were also numerous vendors with gear to shop for.  While all this was going on the Snocross, and vintage snowmobile races went on all day.  Both were great fun to watch.

    Many of the spectators were camped on lawn chairs on the hill above the races enjoying the sun and the fast racing action.  Later in the afternoon many of the vintage sleds went out in a large area to ride and race around the venue.  It was fun to see the different vintage sleds run.

    All too soon the day was over, and the vintage sledders were slow to leave. Everyone went to the Holiday Inn to attend the evening awards banquet where all the weekends’ awards were announced.  PNWVSC member Dick Fiel took the WSVSA prestigious Sled of the Year award with his beautiful restored 1966 Arctic cat 460D.  Other PNWVSC members Paul Kruger took second place in the vintage unrestored 1974-1979 category with his 1977 Yamaha Exciter 440.  Then Clay and Joyce Bush won the People's Choice Award with their impeccably restored 1971 Moto Ski Grand Prix 399.  

    It was a great weekend with a lot of successes for the members of the PNWVSC. 

    Clink on the WSVSA logo to go to their website for pictures: 


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  • Welcome New Member Billy Thorson

    Posted on 03/07/19 at 07:52 PM

    The PNWVSC would like to welcome our newest member, Billy Thorson! Billy has an impressive collection of John Deere sleds, some of which can be seen below. He is looking forward to riding and showing them with us, and we can't wait to see then on the snow! 


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  • In Memoriam......

    Posted on 02/08/18 at 06:32 PM

    A sad day. Our good friend and founder of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club Arthur Bonenfant passed away this week in Portland, Oregon.  Arthur had the best collection of Arctic Cat race sleds in the west.  He was always ready to lend a hand at our shows, had a big wonderful smile, great stories, and was always ready and easy to make laugh.  He will be missed. A memorial service will be held on the 17th, details below.


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