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October 2017

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Meet the Custodians

This week our Featured Staff is our team of Custodians!    Please read the following to learn about them:   Darrell Smith (pronounced Da-REL) is our Custodial Foreman. He is originally from the D.C. area and attended D.C.’s Strayer University. Come football season, Darrell roots for the Buffalo Bills. When...

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Halloween Parade Info!

Lafayette’s famous Halloween Parade is tomorrow!  The parade will start at 1:30 pm. Students will leave the school building in grade order (PreK first, then KDG, then 1st, etc).   Parents are encouraged to watch the parade from the park or the field/track for two important reasons: 1) we want...

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Lafayette Student Council Results in Northwest Current

Read all about the student council elections and outcome in the Northwest Current, written by 5th grader Ian Springer.

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Highlights from Knollwood Trick-or-Treating Event

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Knollwood trick-or-treating last Friday. We had a great turnout, and the residents clearly enjoyed seeing and engaging with our Lafayette students! Please view some wonderful photos of the event taken by Stacy Beck:     Stay tuned for more opportunities to join Lafayette...

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Fall Festival Survey: Let Us Know What You Think!

 Judging by the crowds and happy children, we believe last weekend’s Fall Festival was a success, but we want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts with the organizers via this Google form.     

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Band Brûlée Benefit for Lafayette at Villain and Saint This Thursday Night

Lafayette parent-led Band Brûlée will be playing nearby at Villain & Saint this Thursday night, November 2, at 8 PM to benefit Lafayette! Band members Louis Matza (parent of Freya, 4th grade) and Aura Kanegis (parent of Kai, 3rd grade and Zola, 1st grade) will donate 100% of their proceeds to the Lafayette HSA if...

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Candy Collection For Our Overseas Troops

 Lafayette Gives Back will be collecting any extra candy that your children would like to set aside and donate to our troops serving overseas! We’ll have a donation bin located in the front office of the school from November 1 – November 10th where you or your kids can drop off...

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You’ve Been Leprechaun’d

March 17th is St. Patty’s Day Where the Leprechauns will come and play And yes, it’s also Lafayette Auction day!   So we’ve  have been told,   They will embark on Lafayette And steal and hide some gold   So we are looking for a few tricksters To outwit the...

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Hot off the Press! Cub Facts

Cub Facts is a publication specifically written for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. It is created by 4th and 5th grade students. They really enjoy sharing their creativity through this magazine. We hope to distribute a magazine to the children approximately once a month. Click here to see the first edition of...

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Please Join the HSA and Donate to our Fall Fundraising Campaign!

The money raised by the HSA supplements the budget provided by DCPS. The Lafayette HSA pays for much of the arts, music and mindfulness instruction enjoyed by our students. We support extra learning in science, technology, engineering and math. But we need your help and input.

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The Coveted Best Chili Award Goes To…

Our first annual chili cook off was a smashing success…we sold out of 50 pounds of chili in under an hour!  The entrants did not disappoint either, as our celebrity judge (Councilman Brandon Todd) can attest.  Our winner, Julie Visperas, delighted us all with her Oatmeal Stout Chili –...

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The Award for Sweetest Pie Goes To…

It was a sweet day at the Fall Festival,  so special thanks to all of our bakers who came out and made both the Pie Competition and Bake Sale such a success. We’re not quite sure if there have ever been such picture perfect pies on display and  Dr. Broquard...

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Community Notices 10/23

Lafayette Park Fall Cleanup Help keep Lafayette Park looking gorgeous.  As evidenced by the fun had this past weekend at the Fall Festival, Lafayette Park is a tremendous asset to our community.  What you may not know is that the city provides NO funding for the perimeter gardens, for...

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Meet the 5th Grade Team

Annie Campbell teaches 5th Grade English Language Arts. She is originally from the D.C. area. She attended Elon University and is currently in graduate school. Outside of school she enjoys baking, rooting for the Nationals, and playing with her tiny dog. She knows how to rock a Christmas sweater at...

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Order Your Lafayette Brick

Have you been wondering how to get your child’s or  family’s name on the brick walkway in front of the school?  Are you starting your holiday shopping and interested in giving a brick?   You can order your brick now for installation in the spring using this link   ...

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Volunteers Needed: Biking in the Park for 2nd Graders

2nd Grade Bike Rides Second grade students have been working hard during physical education class in preparation for their culminating bike rides. Students learn how to ride, how to be safe, practice and then go on a 2-7 mile ride around the neighborhood and Rock Creek Park.  We have...

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Rugby Club Tournament Oct. 29

Students in 4th and 5th grade have been participating in learning the skills and strategies of flag rugby.  We have been practicing when possible in preparation for an upcoming tournament this weekend.  Students who were interested should have brought home an information sheet with dates and times of practice....

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Band Brûlée Benefit for Lafayette at Villain and Saint

Lafayette parent-led Band Brûlée will be playing less than 10 minutes from Lafayette at one of the area’s best small music venues, Villain & Saint, on November 2 at 8 p.m. Band members Louis Matza (parent of Freya, 4th grade) and Aura Kanegis (parent of Kai, 3rd grade and Zola, 1st grade) will donate 100%...

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DCPS to Test Water for Lead

The health and safety of your child is paramount to DCPS. To ensure the safety of our drinking water, the Department of General Services (DGS) conducts water testing in all DCPS buildings. Last school year, new filtration system were then tested for elevated levels of lead. Per District of...

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Wanted: WordPress Wizard

Are you a WordPress Wizard? Do you know your PHP from your shortcode? If so, the Lafayette communications committee could use your skills. We need someone to serve as a resource for technical issues and to help  maintain the site on a semi-regular basis. If you’d like to flex...

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Ms. Snowden Quoted in WAMU Story

Think there are no native Washingtonians? Think again. Read or hear our own Ms. Snowden, who retired last spring, as part of this article about Washingtonians, perceptions and race.

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What a WONDER-ful Fall Festival!

The Lafayette campus abounded with families and friends on Saturday at the 2017 Fall Festival. Great food, activities and entertainment, coupled with the gorgeous weather, made it a great day to celebrate the WONDER of Fall. Click for a slideshow and more!

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No School Friday, So Come Trick-or-Treat at Knollwood!

Halloween is coming, and so is a chance to enrich the lives of neighborhood seniors, show off your costume, and get some early Halloween treats! Join Lafayette Gives Back for a fun costume parade, talent show and trick-or-treating extravaganza to share the Halloween spirit with the residents at Knollwood Retirement Community from 3:00-4:15 THIS Friday the 27th (it’s...

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Halloween Parade is October 31st

Our annual Halloween parade and parties are right around the corner!  The Halloween parade will step off at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, 10/31. A map of the parade route (which will involve both the track and the upper park) will be forthcoming. Parties will follow directly after classes return...

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Chili Cook-Off Has Celebrity Judges!

Our own Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and Lafayette’s own Mr. Hover will be judging the Fall Festival’s chili cook-off!  Turkey, beef, chicken or veggie; spicy, mild or 5-alarmer – who’s chili will win? Sign up today for the first annual chili-cook off taking place at this year’s Fall Festival. ...

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An Update from the HSA

We are writing with an important update on the improper personal spending of HSA funds uncovered in August. Yesterday, the HSA deposited two checks from our former treasurer that we believe make us financially whole.

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Fall Update from Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – Fall has finally arrived and there is much to share and celebrate. Our students are in full swing with learning, projects, book reports, field trips and ST Math.  While many of you are familiar with Jiji the penguin and ST Math, some of you may...

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Fall Festival Movie “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”

After a full day of games, food and fun, there is no better way to relax and end the day than with a movie and popcorn! Please join us at 3:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room for an oldie but a goodie, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”.  The annual movie feature...

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Friday is Photo Day!

Pull out the hairbrush and wash those faces–students will be taking both class and individual pictures on Friday by FreedSpirit. Clothing Suggestions: solid colors and simple patterns photograph best; avoid shirts with large graphics.    This is our sixth year using Freed. Those of you new to Lafayette will...

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Math Club & Math Team News

From the Math Center: Math Club: We had a great start to Math Club last Wednesday but it’s not too late for students in grades 3, 4 and 5 to join us! We focus on investigations, games and problem-solving and welcome any student with a love for math. This...

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Healthy Schools Month Update

Growing Healthy Schools Month is underway and we’ve had lots of exciting activities to celebrate the month! Last Friday, students attended an assembly led by the Audubon Naturalist Society and learned about recycling and learned about the right place to put their trash.  During the week, Pre-K students came...

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Last Chance for Fall Festival Tickets! Prices Go Up at the Door!

The Fall Festival is Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. So  purchase your tickets today! Remember, the price will go up the day,  so get your tickets in advance.  Also don't forget to sign up for the pie competition or chili cook-off and get ready to volunteer. Your participation is key...

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New Grizzly Gear Items at the Fall Festival

Grizzly Gear will be out in full force at the Fall Festival with several new items to show your Lafayette spirit! The Wonder of Fall: Grizzly Gear Saturday, October 21 11 am – 3 pm Knit beanie hats Flannel pants Drawstring bags And even a sample of an adult fleece vest...

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Purchase Your Fall Festival Tickets Now! Prices Go Up at the Door!

We are one week away until the bigger-than-ever Lafayette Fall Festival. So  purchase your tickets today! Remember, the price will go up the day,  so get your tickets in advance.  Also don't forget to sign up for the pie competition or chili cook-off and get ready to volunteer. Your participation is key...

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Trick-or-Treating at Knollwood Retirement Home – Oct. 27th

Want another opportunity to show off your costume, get some early Halloween treats, AND enrich the lives of neighborhood seniors? Join Lafayette Gives Back for a fun costume parade, talent show and trick-or-treating extravaganza to share the Halloween spirit with the residents at Knollwood from 3:00-4:15 on Friday the...

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Walk to School Day Another Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who left the car behind and got onto 2 wheels or 2 feet to walk or bike to school last Wednesday! We had another terrific turn-out, and did the world and our bodies some good in the process. A huge thank you to everyone who...

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Fall Festival Is Around the Corner

We are only 11 days until the Lafayette Fall Festival- our amazing autumn celebration with fun for all ages. Bring your friends, your neighbors and out of town guests– everyone will enjoy it! If you haven’t yet, be sure to buy your tickets, sign up to help bake a...

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Recycling for the Sake of Art-Lafayette’s Art Room Needs You!

Please save and send in the following: Old costume jewelry (metal and plastic as we are creating art for the garden) Take out containers and yogurt containers- clean please (lids optional) Large pieces of cardboard (for a fall festival installation- need ASAP) Acorns, acorn caps and small dried seed...

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Help Spruce Up Our School Gardens

Come out and help the Bear’s Garden and the school grounds on Saturday, October 14th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We’ll be weeding, pruning, and harvesting sweet potatoes from the garden, as well as sprucing up the area by the Lafayette Elementary school sign.  Please RSVP to *protected email*  if you’d...

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Student Council Elections on Friday Oct. 13

Student council elections will be held on Friday October 13 at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria.  The assembly will also be streamed on the Lafayette Homepage. Thank you, Stephanie Moore, M.ED Special Education Teacher / Case Manager Lafayette Elementary School 202-282-0444

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Fall Festival Face Painters Needed

Fall Festival needs parents, grandparents, caregivers, or big kids to help paint faces! Simple designs and all skill levels are welcome. Community service credit is available. If interested, sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact *protected email*  For more information on the Lafayette Fall Festival click...

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4th and 5th Grade Basketball Tryouts

Are you ready for some Lafayette basketball? This school year the Lafayette basketball tryouts will be held on October 17 – 19 (girls) and October 24 – 26 (boys) at 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Boys and girls will report to the Lafayette gymnasium prepared to tryout ( athletic...

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Volunteers Needed: Biking in the Park for 2nd Graders

Second grade is in the middle of their biking unit and we are in need of volunteers for the bike rides. While we rely mostly on the parents of second graders we would gladly welcome any parent volunteers. If you are interested in a bike ride of between 2...

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Fall Festival Tickets on Sale: Special Sale Oct 12

If you are at pickup after school on Thursday,  October 12th,  look for the Fall Festival table to purchase your tickets in advance.  You can also pick up tickets online, save time and avoid the lines (credit cards preferred).  Remember Golden L families get in for free,  so sign up to be...

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Get Your Bake On! Pie Competition

Love the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through your kitchen? Then help make some special treats for the Lafayette Fall Festival or challenge yourself against fellow neighbors at the Lafayette Fall Festival Pie Competition! The Wonder of Fall: Pie Competition Saturday, October 21, 2017   Rules: Pie must...

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Feeling Hot hot hot! Chili Cook-Off

Sign up today for the first annual Chili-Cook off taking place at this year’s Fall Festival.  Get your chilis ready as you compete to win the coveted Best Chili Award of Lafayette Elementary School.  DC Councilmember Brandon Todd will be judging this year’s best chili!  See below for details....

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Calling All Bakers

Is your kitchen full of sugar and spice and all that’s nice? If so, please share some of your goodies with us at the Fall Festival Bake Sale. ANY parent can bake for the bake sale and help us ensure that we don’t run out of treats.  Sign-up to...

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Community Notices 10/10

Tonight! Eat Out at Chipotle and Support Wilson HS’s Cross Country & Track team On Tuesday, October 10th, forget about cooking dinner! Come eat at Chipotle at 4301 Wisconsin Ave NW Unit B in Washington, DC from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, and the restaurant will donate 50% of their fundraising proceeds to...

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Picture-Day Volunteers Needed

We’re looking for three hearty souls brave enough to comb hair, keep lines straight and help shuttle more than 800 kids through the class-and-individual picture-day process on Friday, Oct. 20.    We’ll need you from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you will receive a coupon from Freed for your day or...

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Got Books? We Need Them for the Fall Festival Book Sale

We are collecting books of all kinds to be sold at the used Book Sale at the Lafayette Fall Festival on Saturday Oct. 21!  Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. DVDs (please no VHS tapes), audiobooks, music CDs and video game cartridges are also accepted. Thanks in advance...

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Last Call for FarmRaiser: Sales Close Monday

The Wonder of Fall: FarmRaiser September 25 – October 9, 2017 Last call for FarmRaiser! Get your Halloween pumpkins, orchard fresh apples and cider, fall veggies and beautiful mums – all while supporting the Lafayette HSA. Sales close on Monday, so place your orders here now, and pick up your products...

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Help Keep Full-Time Nurses at Lafayette; Calls Needed ASAP!

Please take action! As some of you may have heard, this week DCPS is reviewing how nurses are assigned in every public school across the city, including Lafayette. We need your voice of support heard ASAP. On Thursday the DC Committee on Health will review and mark-up the Public School Health Services Amendment Act...

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October Is Growing Healthy Schools Month!

Growing Healthy Schools Month is a DCPS-wide celebration of nutrition, the environment, and being active. At Lafayette, the GROW (Greening, Recreation, Outdoor Learning & Wellness) Committee is organizing grade-level activities aimed at educating students about the importance of recycling, making healthy food choices, and getting outdoors. Farm field trips, a...

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TOMORROW Is Walk (or Bike) to School Day!

Be green, be healthy, be social! Get free snacks! How to participate: Walk or bike your own route to school, or join one of the Walking School Buses (please plan to accompany your children who are in first grade or younger): At the corner of Tennyson and 32nd Streets, departing at 8:15 a.m. At the corner...

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The Social Emotional Learning Team Corner

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Lafayette Elementary Jillian Diesner, Counselor, Peace teacher (PK-K) Linda Ryden, Peace Teacher (1st-5th) Rashida Mosby, Counselor (1st-5th) Sophia Carré, LICSW School Social Worker Ashlee Adams, School Psychologist We Are: Advocates for every student, certified, specially trained professionals, resources for supports and interventions, parents, staff and community partners SAMM Kick-Off Assembly...

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New Kindergarten & 1st Grade Cubbies

A big thank you to all Lafayette HSA members for funding cubbies for the new kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. As you can see from the photos, they are already being put to good use. These small additions continue to help make our large new building have customized spaces for all...

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Message from the HSA

At last month’s HSA general meeting, we discussed the status of the ongoing investigation into the misuse of HSA funds by a member of our Lafayette parent community. For those of you unable to attend, please be aware that the HSA continues to undertake a thorough financial accounting of...

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Get Ready for Fall Festival 2017

The Lafayette Fall Festival is the major fall event for the Lafayette community and neighborhood. Don’t miss this day of awesome fun that supports the enrichment of every young Lafayette mind! Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Purchase Your Fall Festival Tickets

It’s October and that means Fall Festival at Lafayette! Don’t miss out on the festival event of the year, which is not only awesome fun but supports the enrichment of the academic and extracurricular experience for every young Lafayette mind. The Wonder of Fall: Lafayette Fall Festival Saturday, October...

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Get Your Bake On!

Love the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through your kitchen? Then help make some special treats for the Lafayette Fall Festival or challenge yourself against fellow neighbors at the Lafayette Fall Festival Pie Competition! The Wonder of Fall: Pie Competition Saturday, October 21, 2017   Rules: Pie must...

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Feeling Hot hot hot..

Sign up today for the first annual Chili-Cook off taking place at this year’s Fall Festival.  Get your chilis ready as you compete to win the coveted Best Chili Award of Lafayette Elementary School.  See below for details   The Wonder of Fall: Chili Cook-Off Competition Saturday, October 21,...

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Math Club & Math Team

From the Math Center Math Club: Math Club will be for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. We focus on investigations, games and problem-solving and welcome any student with a love for math. This year we will be meeting on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:40 A.M. The...

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Chipotle Gives Back!

Thanks to everyone who headed out to Chipotle two weeks ago.  It was fun seeing all the families there for dinner, showing their Lafayette support.  Chipotle gave 50% of the proceeds back to Lafayette Elementary School and so we received about $424.00 back!  Special thanks to Janine Boyle who...

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Volunteer for Biking in the Park

Second grade is in the middle of their biking unit and we are in need of volunteers for the bike rides. While we rely mostly on the parents of second graders we would gladly welcome any parent volunteers. If you are interested in a bike ride of between 2...

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