New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Indiana Bowler Becomes Oldest to Roll 900 Series

ARLINGTON, Texas – Less than three weeks from his 71st birthday, John Buchanan III of Evansville, Indiana, gave himself an early gift as he connected on 36 consecutive strikes on January 11 to become the oldest bowler in United States Bowling Congress history to record a 900 series.
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Ozio Elected to 2017 USBC Hall of Fame Class

ARLINGTON, Texas - David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, has been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
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Bryan O'Keefe Named Junior Team USA Head Coach

ARLINGTON, Texas – Former Rochester resident Bryan O'Keefe, the director of bowling for McKendree University and a past assistant coach with the Team USA program operated by the United States Bowling Congress, has been named head coach of the Junior Team USA program.
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Funding Teaching Grants
to Hannibal, S.I. Schools

FEBRUARY 9, 2017 – The New York State USBC, through its Youth Education Services program and in conjunction with the International Bowling Campus, is awarding grants to two schools in its ongoing effort to promote the sport of bowling to young people.

In-School Bowling Grants, in the amount of $1,200 each, will be going to Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal and to Public School 11 in Staten Island.

The equipment purchased through the grant consists of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with a teaching curriculum.

Five years ago, the NYS USBC partnered with the Bowling Foundation and YES fund to fund these types of grants for New York schools demonstrating the need.

Three other New York State schools are receiving similar grants via funding by the IBC. They are Tremont Elementary School in Medford, Nathaniel Rochester Community School 3 in Rochester and Andrew Jackson Elementary School 145 in Brooklyn.

CLICK HERE for additional information about the program.

State Tournament Update
360 Teams Signed Up
to Compete in NYS Women;
Still Plenty of Openings

UPDATE -- FEB. 17, 2017

CLICK HERE for a special $99 rate promotion for the April dates -- along with a discount restaurant coupon -- from Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Buffalo -- located in the Walden Galleria Mall area, about 10 miles from the bowling center. Note that the offer ends on Feb. 22.

It's not too late to submit your entry for the 81st NYS Women's Championships in April and May at Tonawanda Bowling Center, not far from Niagara Falls.

Currently, about 360 teams have signed up to participate in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournament, which is scheduled for April 8-9, 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21, 2017. The NYS USBC is hoping for at least 400 teams, and are inviting teams in the Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Buffalo areas that have yet to sign up to do so right away.

CLICK HERE for an updated hotel list, including those in the Niagara Falls area.

CLICK HERE to go to the Niagara USA tourism website.

CLICK HERE for a website listing numerous attractions in Western New York.

Several squads are already full:

April 28, 4:30 p.m.
April 29, 9 a.m.., 1 p.m., 5 p.m.
April 30, 1 p.m.
May 6, 1 p.m., 5 p.m.
May 7, 9 a.m.
May 20, 1 p.m., 5 p.m.
May 21, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

But, there are plenty of openings available for those who wish to bowl. Entries close on March 19, 2017.

An update of the various NYS adult championship tournaments is as follows:


Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott (Binghamton area) will host the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournament, on April 22-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21, 2017. Competition will take place on three Fridays to accommodate the expected amount of participants.

Although hotel rooms are limited on the weekend of May 19-21 (graduation weekend), the NYS USBC has secured rooms in the Binghamton area, and also in nearby Owego and Sayre, Pa.

CLICK HERE for updated hotel information as of 2/16/17.

Directors also approved a change in the average base for handicap purposes from 230 to 240, starting with the 2017 tournament. The handicap percentage remains at 90 percent.

As a result, Team handicap will be based on 1200, Doubles handicap on 480 and Singles handicap on 240.

It's not too early for team captains to contact the NYS USBC office – or 585-343-3736 – to reserve your spots.


More than 30 paid entries have been received for the 2017 tournament in Niagara Falls.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entrants -- updated 2/19/17

The entry fee was upped to $80 this year to offset the loss of a $2,000 contribution from the former NYS USBC Women's Bowling Association. The NYS USBC is hoping to attract a tournament sponsor.

Shannon Sellens of Long Island has won the Open Division for three straight years.

The field is limited to 150 bowlers – with a maximum of 75 bowlers on each squad. Squads will be assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis.

Competition takes place in Open and Classified (194-and-under) Divisions. All competition is scratch.

Entry forms for all the above tournaments and hotel information for the Women's and Open Championships can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

NYS Masters Heading to Long Island

Call the NYS USBC Office Now to Reserve Your Spot
for the March 4 tournament at Farmingdale Lanes;
More Than 100 Signed Up; 80 Spots Remain

UPDATE -- FEB. 22, 2017

The 27th NYS Masters Championship is shaping up to be a very popular event. Through Feb. 22, 110 bowlers have signed up to compete in the scratch singles tournament at Farmingdale Lanes on Long Island.

It's not too late to register to bowl as 80 openings remain for the March 4 event. Qualifying squads are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and there is no re-entry.

The New York State USBC office has been receiving many phone calls and emails from those wishing to compete in the state's most prestigious scratch tournament -- a one-day event that offers a $2,500 first prize and paid entry to the 2018 USBC Masters.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid and/or reserved entrants (through 2/22/17).

Each of the two five-game qualifying squads will have a maximum of 92 bowlers. One in five entrants will advance to the head-to-head finals, with all finalists cashing.

CLICK HERE for the NYS Masters oil pattern -- a special 41-foot pattern with a ratio of 2.52:1.

To reserve your spot, send an email to

Entry forms can be downloaded from this website by going to the Tournaments section. Please send entry forms and checks -- the entry fee is $100 -- to New York State USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020.

Walk-ins will be allowed as long as there is room on the squad(s).


As noted previously on this website, NYS USBC directors voted to allow NYS USBC youth members to compete in the tournament, with any prize winnings to go into their SMART (scholarship) accounts. The same holds true for the NYS Queens Championship on April 22, 2017, at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

Staff at Farmingdale Lanes have put together a three-game scratch singles sweeper for Friday night, March 3, and a special Over/Under Doubles tournament scheduled for Sunday, March 5 -- with the NYS Masters, a one-day event on March 4th, the showcase of an action-packed weekend.

CLICK HERE for information about the Friday sweeper.

CLICK HERE for a flyer of the Sunday tournament.

Hotel information - Mention New York Masters

Days Inn Hicksville Long Island, 828 South Oyster Bay Rd. (I-495), Hicksville, NY 11801 -- $92.65 plus tax -- 516-433-1900

Days Inn Woodbury, 8030 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797-1204 -- $119 plus tax -- 516-921-8500

IBC Launches New Learn-To-Bowl Youth Program

JANUARY 27, 2017 – The International Bowling Campus has launched the USA Bowling Learn the Sport program designed to help develop the next generation of bowlers.

USA Bowling Learn the Sport is a new four-week program that will provide bowling centers, pro shops, and United States Bowling Congress associations the tools to provide basic instruction to new youth bowlers. By teaching the sport, these newcomers not only will learn basic skills while having fun but quickly will see more success on the lanes and will want to continue to bowl.

For more about this new program, go to the Coaching page of this website.

USBC Introduces Tournament
Rerate List to

Tournament Managers Encouraged to Share
Rerate Information for Publication

JANUARY 24, 2017 -- ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress continually looks at ways to strengthen the integrity of the averages used by participants in USBC-certified tournaments. To provide tournaments managers with additional resources, USBC has created a process for tournament managers to share bowler rerate information.

Tournament managers now can submit information on bowlers who have had averages rerated or adjusted per Rule 319c, including the reason for the rerate. USBC will compile a list of bowlers who have been rerated, and the list will be available for other tournament managers.

"We must continue to look for ways to reduce average manipulation so tournament bowlers can be more confident they are competing on a level playing field when they enter an event," USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. "It will be important for those who operate events to share their information on rerates so that all tournament managers can have the tools to make informed decisions when it comes to rerates or adjustments of a bowler's average."

Bowlers who have been rerated are required to report any adjustment under Rule 319c – Average Adjustments (Rerating). The rule states that the average of a bowler may be adjusted upward before participation in any event and if the assigned average is not accepted by the bowler, the entry fee shall be refunded.

The rule further reads that unless the tournament rules state otherwise, in a handicap or classified tournament, a bowler who has had his/her average adjusted/rerated in accordance with this rule is required to report all previous assigned average adjustments/rerates, whether the bowler accepted the adjustment/rerate or not, at the time of bowling.

The following information must be submitted prior to participation for possible average adjustment/rerate:
1. The name of each tournament in which an average adjustment/rerate was assigned
2. The adjusted/rerated average.

Failure to comply with these provisions is cause for a forfeiture of entry fees and prize winnings.

Tournament managers will be provided access to an online form to submit information and also will be provided access to a list of bowlers who have received an adjustment/rerate.

The USBC Rules team will be responsible for updating the information weekly during the tournament season, approximately December through May. During the remainder of the year, the information will be updated at least monthly.

To provide USBC members with the information they need to report their proper entering average, they should go to Find a Member on

NYS USBC to Award
$15,250 in Scholarships;
Deadline is Feb. 1

JANUARY 18, 2017 -- The deadline to apply for a New York State USBC scholarship is approaching fast.

Graduating scholar-athletes have until Feb. 1 to apply for one of the seven scholarships to be awarded by the state association. All told, the New York State USBC will be awarding $15,250 in college scholarships this bowling season, with the top award being a $4,000 scholarship in memory of Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville, the late NYS USBC president.

"We are proud to be able to provide scholarships at various grade levels this season," said Roger Buckman, NYS USBC president. "All New York State USBC youth members are eligible to apply."

The $4,000 top scholarship award is a $1,000 grant, renewable for up to three additional years. The state association also will be awarding $3,000, $2,000 and four $1,000 grants.

Scholarships also are available for students in grades 8-11 and K-7.

The NYS USBC has set up a user-friendly online application process on this website. Students can go to the Youth Bowling page to click on links to a welcoming letter and the online application.

BOWLING CENTER BANNER: This banner at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott is calling all NYS USBC adult members to sign up for the 93rd NYS Open Championships, which are scheduled for April 22 through May 21. Team captains are encouraged to contact the NYS USBC office to reserve their dates and squad times for the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition. Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

Around NYS – January 2017

New Yorker Among 'Fabulous Four' Essay Winners

The four women who will experience an outstanding bowling adventure through the Bowl for the Cure® Fabulous Four essay contest have been determined.

Donna Angstead of Longmont, Colorado, Jackie Cluxton of Manchester, Ohio, Regina Owens of Jacksonville, Florida, and Dawn Paolillo of Staten Island, New York, were selected as the Fabulous Four winners based on their submitted essays.

The Fabulous Four essay contest is part of Bowl for the Cure®, a year-round fundraising initiative sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress in partnership with Susan G. Komen®.

The contest was started three years ago to raise awareness about breast cancer and to honor four women who either have gone through a breast cancer diagnosis or have been instrumental in helping support the cause and finding a cure.

Winners of the fourth installment of the Fabulous Four essay contest were determined by a special selection panel that included previous Fabulous Four winners, along with Susan G. Komen® and USBC staff.

The Fabulous Four winners receive a five-day trip that will start in the Dallas area with a special day at Komen headquarters. The group then will head to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, to tour the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame before receiving lessons from the Team USA coaching staff and PWBA stars at the International Training and Research Center.

The Fabulous Four will complete their trip in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they will help kick off and compete in the 2017 USBC Women's Championships.

Please visit to learn more about the Fabulous Four essay contest.

Staten Island USBC Raises $36K for Cancer Research

The Staten Island USBC's annual campaign to benefit local breast cancer research raised a whopping $36,853.14 in 2016 – increasing its 13-year total to more than $500,000.

According to Frank Wilkinson, the local association's campaign co-chair, money raised has helped the local American Cancer Society chapter provide services to Staten Island residents, along with assisting in their research efforts.

"Our campaign also has been instrumental in the fostering of the new Florina Rusi-Marke Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwell Health's Staten Island University Hospital," Frank said.

Furthermore, the Staten Island group sent a check for $500 to the New York State USBC to assist the state bowling association's Pathways fundraising efforts in 2016-17.

Elmira Bowling Center to Host PBA Regional Event

Rossi Lanes in Elmira will host the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open from March 24-26, 2017.

The tournament is open to PBA members (and guests) age 50 and over.

For more information, contact Russ Mills, East Region manager, at

Liz Kuhlkin's Final Shots of 890 Series are on Video

On Oct. 17, Rotterdam native Liz Kuhlkin set a national record for the highest three-game series by a woman with a 35-strike, 890 performance in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial League at Towne Bowling Academy in Schenectady.

The 23-year-old right-hander posted 300, 300, 290, leaving only a solid 8-pin in the first frame of the third game.

CLICK HERE to view a video of the final frames of the historic feat.

Kinyon, DiFlorio, Sheridan,
Ashby to be Inducted
into NYS Hall of Fame

DECEMBER 19, 2016 – Three Central New Yorkers and a Western New Yorker have been deemed worthy of induction into the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame.

In voting by the NYS USBC awards committee, Gary Kinyon of Lockport and Roseann DiFlorio of Syracuse were selected in the Superior Performance category while Peter Sheridan of Cortland and Joan Ashby of Auburn were chosen in the Meritorious Service category.

They will be inducted at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Corning, 125 Denison Pkwy E., Corning, NY 14830.

Bill Fortino and Brad Buckert, both of Rochester, also will be honored that evening. Fortino, general manager of Bowl-A-Roll Lanes, was selected to receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award while Buckert, coach of the Rochester Institute of Technology bowling team, was selected to receive the Service to Youth Award.

Kinyon is a two-time NYS tournament champion – having won the Open scratch all-events title in 1989 and the Open Senior Class E doubles title in 2013, and has compiled numerous tournament victories, league awards and honor scores over 40-plus years as a USBC member.

His tournament titles include the Tri-City Masters three times, the Western New York Senior Masters four times, and singles wins in the Domm's Open, Mancuso's Open, Mount Morris Lanes Open, Oak Orchard Open, 60-and-Over Tour and Cascio's 40-and-Over Tour. He also has many Greater Buffalo, Lockport and Tonawandas USBC association tournament titles.

A Greater Buffalo and Lockport USBC Hall of Famer, Kinyon has recorded 59 300 games, a dozen 299 games and 35 800 series, including a high of 288-280-300—868 in January 2006 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls. He also has a 300-300-256--856 series, highlighted by the first 31 strikes.

He has averaged 200 or better every year since 1984, with a high average of 238 in 2009-10.

Kinyon is a regular participant in NYS championship tournaments and has competed in 37 ABC/USBC Open Championships, starting in 1977 and continuing to this day.

DiFlorio has two NYS Women's Championship victories to her credit as a member of the first-place team in 1992 and 2101, and has placed in the top 20 at the state tournament at least 10 times in team, doubles, singles and all-events. She also has a fifth-place finish in the NYS Queens Championship.

A Syracuse USBC WBA Hall of Famer, she won that association's Queens scratch tournament four times (1990, 1993, 2011 and 2014). Her league titles include the Tbird Ladies Classic, Bowl-Mor Doubles and Erie Ladies Classic.

Bowling with partner Tina Fabrizio, DiFlorio placed second in the nation with a 536 two-woman team game in 2011 and set a Syracuse city record for two-woman series of 1,567 – with DiFlorio posting 789.

DiFlorio has compiled five perfect games, four 299 games, and three 800 series – with a high of 813 in December 2015 -- and has carried an average of 200 or more for more than 20 years, with 226 (2003-04) being her best.

Sheridan has been involved in the Cortland (now Seven Valley USBC) bowling scene for more than 50 years as an active league and association officer and director, proprietor, tournament promoter and youth program coordinator.

For his tireless efforts, he was honored by a half-dozen league sportsmanship awards and, in 1976, received the association's prestigious Rol Randall Award.

A member of the Cortland and Seven Valley Halls of Fame, Sheridan served as president of the bowling council for eight years and was honored by having the Junior Bowler of the Year award named after him.

As proprietor of Recreation Lanes, he hosted several PBA Senior Regional tournaments, along with state BPA and VFW events. He is credited with building the local association's Hall of Fame ceremony through attracting notable guest speakers and the inception of a program book to cover expenses.

Today, he continues to bowl in a weekly senior men's league.

Ashby has been a key figure in Auburn women's bowling for more than 30 years, including the past six as president of the Auburn USBC WBA.

Her credits include being a life member of the Les Dames de 700 Bowling Club, charter member of the NYS 700 Club (she is the current vice president), member of the NSY Bowling Writers Association, tournament director of the Auburn Citizen Masters and secretary of the Auburn women's classic league.

A former WIBC national teller's committee member, Ashby has attending more than 30 ABC/USBC conventions, and just as many New York State annual meetings.

Ashby was inducted into the Auburn Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994. She has a high game of 296 and high series of 747.

Fortino has been a "friend" to the NYS USBC for four decades as host of state tournaments, and meetings (at no charge) and as a proponent of the importance of USBC certification.

His efforts at last year's NYS Women's Championship (doubles & singles) – including his work with the Rochester visitors' bureau and local hotels -- were well received by NYS USBC leaders and by the bowlers.

A Syracuse native, Fortino places a high priority on customer service, and makes it a point to know all of his bowlers by name. He runs numerous programs for youth and open bowlers, including nightly specials and discounts.

Buckert, owner of Begin'rs to Pro's pro shop with two locations in Rochester, has devoted much of his time to youth bowling over the past 20-plus years, starting as a youth coach at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes and progressing to the coach of the intercollegiate bowling team at RIT.

He and Jack Moran, proprietor of Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, started the Youth Bowlers Tour in the Rochester area and have coordinated a program that has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships over the past 10 years.

Buckert has served as assistant coach at Greece Athena High School (which won the state championship in 2004), organized the first Junior Sport League in the nation at Clover Lanes, earning recognition from Bowlers International magazine, coordinated the Junior Gold tournament, served as a Rochester USBC Youth Association director, and coordinated the New York State Teen Masters qualifiers.

He also worked for the USBC at the 2012 Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, and organized the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo at Clover Lanes in 2014.

2017 Annual Meeting
to Take Place June 3
at Radisson Hotel Corning

The New York State USBC is heading to the Crystal City for its 6th Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman announced today that negotiations with the Radisson Hotel Corning have been finalized, and that the yearly gathering of state and local association leaders will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the Steuben County city.

"We're thrilled that our Annual Meeting will be in Corning, at the Radisson – just a 15-minute walk from the world-famous Corning Museum of Glass, and a stone's throw from historic Market Street," Buckman said. "We're confident that our stay at the Radisson will be delightful and that everyone will have a great time."

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The Radisson Hotel Corning also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, June 2, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 3.

It is located at 125 Denison Pkwy E., Corning, NY, 14830, and the phone number is 607-962-5000.

Room rates are as follows, plus 12 percent tax:
Room with 1 Queen Bed: $125
Room with 1 King Bed: $135
Room with 2 Double Beds: $135
Room with 2 Queen Beds: $145

Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

In November (and again in December), the NYS USBC office emailed delegate forms to local association managers, who were asked to return these forms with a list of their representatives to the Annual Meeting no later than Jan. 15. 

Other attachments to the email included:

-- A letter about the Annual Meeting and about serving on the NYS USBC Board of Directors.
-- A chart indicating the number of delegates each local association can send to the Annual Meeting. This chart has been posted on the Associations page of this website.
-- A resume form for those interested in running for a position on the NYS USBC Board of Directors. This form also can be downloaded by going to the Officers page of this website.

All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC Championship Tournament Posters

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Adult tournament lineup

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Youth tournament lineup 

NYS USBC to Establish
'Pat' Zonneville Scholarship
Bequest from Late President
to Advance Youth Bowling

SEPT. 27, 2016 – The New York State USBC's top scholastic award will be renamed the Priscilla M. "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship as a result of action taken by the state association's Board of Directors over the weekend.

Directors, at meetings on Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton, gratefully accepted a bequest of $20,000 from the estate of the late Zonneville, who passed away on Sept. 6, and agreed to use those funds to support youth scholarships per her request.

Zonneville was elected as the first president of the New York State United States Bowling Congress in 2011, and served for four years.

Before that she was president of the New York State USBC Women's Bowling Association for more than a decade and, all told, she served in various capacities at the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years.

"Pat had a heart for the sport of bowling, and this generous gift will serve to perpetuate her desire to see young people who have taken a keen interest in the bowling achieve their personal goals," NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said.

Buckman said that $2,000 of the bequest will be allocated annually for 10 years to support the NYS USBC's maximum scholarship of $4,000 ($1,000 each year up to four years) to a graduating senior based on academics and bowling accomplishment. The NYS USBC will be funding the rest of that scholarship, along with other scholarships for graduating seniors (see below).

He also noted that local associations and individual bowlers will be able to donate to a fund is being set up in Zonneville's name.

The board also voted to award a pair of $250 scholarships at the 2017 NYS Youth Team Championships in Syracuse in memory of Zonneville.

In related action, the board:

-- Approved recommendations by the Youth Education Services (YES) Committee to support these additional scholarships for the 2016-17 season – $3,000 ($750 renewable annually up to four years), $2,000 ($500 renewable annually up to four years) and four $1,000 awards for graduating seniors; three Spirit Awards totaling $1,500 for grades 8-11, and five Future Stars Awards totaling $750 for grades K-7.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships will be posted in the near future on the Youth Scholarships page of this website.

-- Approved recommendations from the Finance Committee to send contributions of $10,000 to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, $1,500 to Bowlers to Veterans Link and $2,000 to the YES Committee for scholarships as a result of member donations at state tournaments and at the Annual Meeting during the 2015-16 season.

-- Approved a recommendation from the YES Committee to allocate up $7,400 in 2016-17 to fund up to two High School Assistance Grants and up to two In-School Bowling Kits, both programs of the International Bowling Campus Youth Development Team.

Last season, the NYS USBC awarded $2,500 to Sachem East High School in Farmingdale to assist its scholastic bowling program and $1,200 to Lockport City School District for an In-School Bowling Grant consisting of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with teaching curriculum.

-- Forwarded a Bylaws amendment stating that qualifications (resume) of those wishing to run for a spot on the NYS USBC Board of Directors must be submitted, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting. The current bylaw reads that the resume must be submitted at least two weeks prior.

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