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Dundee names Miller firefighter of the year
Dundee names Miller firefighter of the year

DUNDEE--Past Dundee fire chief Ray Miller was named the department's Firefighter of the Year during their annual awards banquet Friday, Jan. 23. More than 80 people attended the banquet, which took place inside the Dundee Fire Hall. Miller was recognized for his 60 years of active service in the department. Miller's career highlights include serving seven terms as Dundee's fire chief, being named Firefighter of the Year seven times, being named Firefighter of the Year by the North Central Volunteer Firefighter's association in 1999 and being named the inaugural recipient of the Roger Ribble Firefighter of the Year Award in Penn Yan in 1998.

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Schools set football vote for February
Schools set football vote for February

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school boards met and discussed a draft compact to merge their football programs Monday night, Jan. 26 at the Watkins Glen auditorium. The joint workshop was the first between the two boards regarding a potential football merger, but no action was taken by the boards during the meeting. Public comment was not permitted at the workshop to the nearly 40 in attendance, but each board set up a time for public comment. Watkins Glen's public meeting was scheduled for Feb. 9 and Odessa-Montour's is Feb. 12.

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Real estate sales show positive trends
Real estate sales show positive trends

YATES COUNTY--The median sale price of a single family home in Yates County increased 8.3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, despite the price decreasing overall in New York State. The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors (GRAR) reported that the median sale price for a Yates County home was $144,000 in 2014. During the same 12 month period in 2013 the median sale price was $133,000. The number of homes sold also increased. According to the GRAR, 229 homes were sold in Yates County during 2014, compared to 225 homes in 2013. This represents a 1.8 percent increase. Nothnagle Realtor Jim Moon said the 229 homes sold equals a total of $112,209,842.

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How will fiber project affect Yates County?
How will fiber project affect Yates County?

YATES COUNTY--With Yates County's recent decision to work with the Southern Tier Network (STN) instead of Access Ontario (AO) for their fiber network, they plan to be able to begin construction on it this spring. Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy said once the existing design work is transferred from AO to the STN, the legislature plans to approve the agreement in February and begin construction shortly after. "The county legislature here adopted some resolutions in December that pretty much state the intent to join the Southern Tier Network and to complete the necessary agreements to make it possible for us to do so," Purdy said.

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Watkins, Montour boards approve plant
Watkins, Montour boards approve plant

WATKINS GLEN, MONTOUR FALLS--The Watkins Glen village board voted unanimously to approve proceeding with the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant during their board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20. The Montour Falls village board also followed suit by approving the same measure at their Thursday, Jan. 22 meeting. However, Montour Falls Clerk Alyssa Hammond explained the agreement is dependent on whether a petition is submitted forcing a public vote on the project. She explained if village residents want to vote, they would have until Feb. 23 to submit a petition to the board with signatures from at least 20 percent of registered Montour Falls voters. Such a vote could overturn the village board's decision. Watkins Glen Trustee Scott Gibson said this involves all the work that gets the village to the point of constructing the plant, adding this is "a pretty darn exciting time" for the village, which had been working toward this goal for the past three years.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sidle takes 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at Chamber event
PHOTO GALLERY: Sidle takes 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at Chamber event

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce held their 126th annual celebration, The Winter Gala, Friday, Jan. 23 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Three awards were presented during the program: the Community Spirit Award to Tony Fraboni, the Leader in Business Award to Brian McKenzie and the Lifetime Achievement Award to David Sidle Sr. Chamber President and CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux presents Sidle with his award Friday night.

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Yates, Schuyler will share new highway job
Yates, Schuyler will share new highway job

YATES, SCHUYLER COUNTIES--Following a recent agreement to share a weights and measures director position, Yates and Schuyler Counties are now looking at sharing a highway superintendent. The Schuyler County Legislature voted Tuesday, Jan. 27 during a special meeting to share the position with Yates, while Yates will vote on the measure Thursday, Jan. 29 during a special meeting. Yates County Highway Superintendent David Hartman will serve both counties at a $87,000 salary in 2015.

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Milo residents question sewer rate increase
Milo residents question sewer rate increase

MILO--Following a new sewer rate increase for 2015, some Milo residents questioned the increase during the town board's regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Milo town hall. Town Clerk Patricia Christensen said eight residents from East Lake Road questioned the reason for the $20 quarterly increase at the meeting, which puts the current rate at a total of $131.46 a quarter. Christensen said this increase became effective the first of the year.

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Villages will vote on regional plant
Villages will vote on regional plant

MONTOUR FALLS--Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton and Montour Falls Mayor John King said their boards will vote on whether to approve the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) this week. The Watkins Glen village board met to vote on the issue after press time Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, while the Montour Falls village board will meet Thursday, Jan. 22 to decide on the matter. Both mayors expressed confidence the issue would be approved during each of the meetings. The mayors made this announcement to some 50 people at the Montour Falls fire hall during the fourth public information session on the regional wastewater treatment plant Wednesday, Jan. 14.

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Penn Yan names Dennis superintendent
Penn Yan names Dennis superintendent

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Central School District board of education (BOE) named Howard Dennis to the superintendent position during their meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14. Dennis has been serving as the interim superintendent, filling in after former superintendent David Hamilton left the district in June of last year. "I plan to continue the work that we have begun here in the district," Dennis said. "We have an overall goal of becoming a leader in the region. We have met that goal in some areas while we still have work to do in others."

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Groups prepare for DEC meeting Feb. 12
Groups prepare for DEC meeting Feb. 12

FINGER LAKES--Four separate entities announced filings for party status and amicus briefs (friend of the court) as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Issues Conference on a proposed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage project Friday, Jan. 16. The groups wish to attend the issues conference, slated for Feb. 12 in Horseheads, to oppose the project. The four groups include the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA); a group representing 12 municipalities throughout the Finger Lakes Region; Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition, consisting of more than 100 wineries and related businesses (FLXWBC) and Gas Free Seneca, a grassroots coalition residents and more than 260 local businesses.

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Attorney General settles with Five Star
Attorney General settles with Five Star

ROCHESTER--Five Star Bank will see several penalties as the result of the attorney general's findings claiming it has instituted discriminatory mortgage practices. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Monday, Jan. 19, an agreement requiring Five Star Bank to end discriminatory mortgage practices that excluded all predominantly minority neighborhoods in the Rochester area from the bank's mortgage lending business. The attorney general's investigation found Five Star excluded predominantly minority neighborhoods from its lending area, deemed loans secured by property outside of the bank's lending area to be "undesirable" and imposed a minimum mortgage amount requirement that made many of the bank's mortgage products effectively unavailable in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

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Students extend date for fundraiser
Students extend date for fundraiser

WATKINS GLEN--Since November, seventh-graders at Watkins Glen high school have raised more than $10,000 to build a well for a village in South Sudan through the Water for South Sudan charity. The students were hoping to raise the entire $15,000 for the well before the holidays, but have decided to extend their fundraising until they reach their goal. During the fall, seventh-graders read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, which tells the story of Nya, an 11-year-old girl in South Sudan who must travel two hours from her home twice a day to get the only water available for her family. The book also tells the story of Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan.

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O'Mara issues an apology for outburst
O'Mara issues an apology for outburst

FINGER LAKES--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C--Big Flats) issued an apology once a video emerged online of him explicitly yelling at a man who approached his vehicle, following a mostly civil discussion. The incident occurred Dec. 13 and the video was posted last week showing the senator's profanity-laced argument with a man, following approximately four minutes of calm discussion about gas storage in the region. The video shows an unidentified man approaching the senator and his wife in their vehicle in a dark parking lot. The unidentified man appeared to be recording the encounter without the senator's knowledge. O'Mara calmly engaged in civil conversation with the man for several minutes about the storage of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the Finger Lakes.

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Attorney asks for Reading court intervention
Attorney asks for Reading court intervention

READING--Attorney Raymond Schlather is requesting an intervention by the Office of Court Administration to investigate the decisions and actions of the Reading town court. This action follows a Wednesday, Jan. 7 court session, where some 60 people were denied access to the Reading town court due to occupancy limits and kept outside the building in cold temperatures at night. Schlather, an Ithaca attorney representing Christopher Tate, contends the courtroom was filled to capacity during the arraignment of 24 defendants, the people who could not fit in the courtroom were locked out of the building entirely.

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School board rejects veterans tax break
School board rejects veterans tax break

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board voted against approving a school tax exemption for veterans during their regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 8. The decision came in a four to two vote against the resolution, which would have granted veterans different degrees of exemption qualifications for combat zone, non-combat and disabled veterans. Board members Paul Brown and Jared Webster were the only votes in favor of the resolution. Board member Matthew Camacho did not attend the meeting. "Although I do support it, as a veteran, I can't vote for it," board member John Frederick said. "I think we are burdening our current taxpayers more and more each time."

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March vote will include village contests
March vote will include village contests

FINGER LAKES--The villages of Dundee, Dresden and Hammondsport will each have mayoral and trustee positions up for grabs during the upcoming village election. The election date is March 18, and the petition deadlines are Jan. 29 for party candidates andFeb. 10 for independent candidates. Nominating petitions can be filed for party candidates beginning Jan. 22, while independents can begin filing nominating petitions Feb. 3.

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Odessa-Montour names superintendent finalists
Odessa-Montour names superintendent finalists

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour Central School District's Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the district's next superintendent. The finalists are Christopher Wood, Ann Fuller-Sincock and Lynn Rhone. Robert Halpin, president of the Odessa-Montour Central School District's BOE, said he is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer. "Choosing the best superintendent for our district is the board's main priority," said Halpin.

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Lady Scots win against South Seneca
Lady Scots win against South Seneca

DUNDEE-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team defeated South Seneca, 59-55, Thursday, Jan. 29. Megan Howell led with 19 points and three steals. Demi Battin added 15 points, while Brooke Howell scored nine and Tayler Morrison eight. Paige Easling had four points. Casie Farrell and Elayna Eldridge added two points each. With the win, the Lady Scots' record advances to 13-1.

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Lakers lose to Avoca
Lakers lose to Avoca

HAMMONDSPORT--The Hammondsport girls varsity basketball team lost to Avoca, 51-32, Thursday, Jan. 29. Olivia Makarick led with 13 points and eight rebounds. Lahra Weber contributed 10 points and had 15 rebounds. Emily Eckel added five points and five rebounds.

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Watkins boys move to 10-0
Watkins boys move to 10-0

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team defeated Waverly, 65-35, Friday, Jan. 23. The win now brings them to 10-0. Colin Gates scored 20 points for the Senecas. Joe Palumbo recorded 14 and Luke Flahive 13. Matt Estes added seven and Keith Rekczis five. The Senecas will now take on Spencer-Van Etten, Friday, Jan. 30.

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Penn Yan boys beat Waterloo, girls lose
Penn Yan boys beat Waterloo, girls lose

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity bowling team blanked Waterloo, 7-0, Thursday, Jan. 22. Nick Johnson led with a 616, followed by Bryce Johnson with 590. Jacob Whitford added a 537. Victor Sutton bowled 376 and Steven Ottaviano had 358. The girls fell, 4-3. Courtney Ottaviano bowled a 567, while Kari Ayers had 508 and Emily Snyder had 425. Stephanie Ayers recorded 408. Emilie Thomas bowled a 370.

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Indians top Edison, 38-22
Indians top Edison, 38-22

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team beat Edison, Wednesday, Jan. 21. The final score was 38-22. Olivia Grover led with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Addi Rhodes and Gillian Clark each added 10 points. Hailie Searles scored four points, 10 rebounds. and eight steals. Callie Stillman had two points. "Olivia Grover really stepped up in the second half and gave us some energy on the defensive end and scored nine of her points in the second half," said Coach Greg Gavich. "We won the game with our defense to overcome some not so hot shooting." Odessa's record is now 7-4.

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Dundee boys defeat Bloomfield
Dundee boys defeat Bloomfield

DUNDEE-The Scots' boys varsity basketball team topped Bloomfield, 65-46, Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Andrew Clark scored 17 points. Jarrett Butler added 12 points, while Tyler Kelly had 11 and Geordan Conyers contributed 10. With the win, Dundee's record is 10-2.

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Dundee beats Red Jacket
Dundee beats Red Jacket

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity wrestling team beat Red Jacket, 54-18, Tuesday, Jan. 20. Thomas Fiorilla (145) won by decision, 4-3. Brennan Krall (152) also won by decision, 5-0. Forfeit wins were awarded to: Jorge Marusarz (113), William Bowers (126), Damon Empson (132), Luke Snyder (138), Robert Petro (160), Dakota Hanes (195), Bradley Smith (220) and Lance Irwin (285). Dundee's Michael Gee (106) lost by a pin at 4:22. Dominic Lyons (170) was pinned in 1:15. Patrick Sipley (182) was disqualified.

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Mustangs defeat East Rochester, 55-30
Mustangs defeat East Rochester, 55-30

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity wrestling team beat East Rochester, 55-30, Saturday, Jan. 17. Gage Ponsetti (170) pinned Jacob Peterson in 1:56. Jarred Calice (113) beat Jack Bates by decision, 9-5. Michael Peacock (120) pinned Bailey Calabria in 3:58. Cole Kirch (138) won with a pin over Raider Llaorado in 1:18. Noah Hullings (145) pinned Jesse Garcia in 3:40. Coty Bailey (152) beat Cory Pacher by decision, 9-1. Cassie Lafler (99), Courtney Lafler (106), Nate Elliott (126), and Dakota Miller (132) all won by forfeit.

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Watkins boys top Odessa, 64-47
Watkins boys top Odessa, 64-47

ODESSA-The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team beat Odessa-Montour on the Indians' court, Friday, Jan. 16. The final score was 64-47. Colin Gates led Watkins with 19 points, while Justin Kelly scored 13 points and Joe Palumbo 12. Keith Rekczis added seven. Matt Estes recorded six points, followed by Justin Duane with four and Luke Flahive with three.

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Watkins beats Odessa 47-24
Watkins beats Odessa 47-24

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team hosted Odessa-Montour, Thursday, Jan. 15 and won 47-24. Leading the Senecas was Allison Teed with 17 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Amanda Pike recorded 10 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Mariah Gonzalez added eight points and eight rebounds. "We came out slow but picked it up in the second quarter," said Watkins Glen Coach Alicia Learn. "The girls played hard. I was proud of how my girls played together and took control of the game." For Odessa, Gillian Clark had 10 points, while Callie Stillman contributed six.

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Dundee moves to 9-2
Dundee moves to 9-2

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team improved to 9-2 with a win over Honeoye, Thursday, Jan 15. The final score was 85-57. Geordan Conyers and Cole Hartman both had 19 points in the game. Jarrett Butler scored 12.

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Lady Scots beat Romulus, 58-35
Lady Scots beat Romulus, 58-35

DUNDEE-The Dundee girls varsity basketball team topped Romulus, 58-35, Wednesday, Jan. 14. Megan Howell and Brooke Howell both scored 13 points for the Lady Scots. Cara Booth added 11 points, while Demi Battin had nine. Casie Farrell scored six points, Elayna Eldridge had four, and Tayler Morrison two. With the win, Dundee's record is 9-1. This was the first loss of the season for Romulus, they were previously the unbeaten defending Class D state champions.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Gould, Chedzoy and Rorick take Watson titles
PHOTO GALLERY: Gould, Chedzoy and Rorick take Watson titles

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen field house hosted the 30th annual Mike Watson Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Friday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 10. Watkins Glen had two champions, Brandon Gould (126) and Ian Chedzoy (182). Gould faced Zach Reyes of Vestal in his final match while Chedzoy battled Ryan Anderson from Waterloo. Gould was also voted Most Outstanding Wrestler. Odessa-Montour's Joe Rorick claimed a championship at 120 pounds. He defeated Derek Osman of Vestal. Also reaching the finals but finishing second were: Watkins Glen wrestlers Nick Cocola (152), Josh Burge (170) and Dustin Goltry (220). Taking third place were O-M's Billy Bacon (126) and WG's Jon Brown (145). The Senecas were second overall in the tournament.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

DUNDEE--Listed is Dundee's winter sports schedule:

Boys basketball
Jan. 29 ... @ South Seneca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... Naples, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 27 ... Hammondsport, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... South Seneca, 7 p.m.

Cheerleading
Jan. 27 ... Hammondsport, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... South Seneca, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 2 ... @ Bloomfield, 4 p.m.
Feb. 11 ... @ Singles tournament, TBA.

Wrestling
Feb. 6-7 ... @ Sectional championships, TBA.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 30 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... @ Elmira, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 30 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... Elmira, 7 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 30 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 ... Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 31 ... IAC Championship, 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Class "C" Tournament, 9 a.m.

Bowling
Feb. 3 ... @ Groton, 4 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Indoor track
Feb. 6 ... @ Ithaca College, 5 p.m.
Feb. 14 ... @ Sectional championship, 9 a.m.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 29 ... Bradford, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... @ Candor, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 30 ... Candor, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 3 ... Lansing, 4 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ IAC Championship, 1 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 30 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 31 ... @ IAC Championship, 9 a.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Class D Championship, TBA.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 30 ... @ Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 30 ... Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 ... @ Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 5 ... @ Lyons, 4:15 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 29 ... @ Geneva, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Girls basketball
Jan. 27 ... @ Dundee, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... Avoca, 7 p.m.

Boys basketball
Jan. 27 ... @ Prattsburgh, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 30 ... Whitesville, 7:15 p.m.

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