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 The deteriorating LuzerneCounty juvenile detention cen-ter in Wilkes-Barre is only oneexample of county-owned real-estate puzzles facing county council. The county needs a records-storage building, but the floorsof the vacant detention centeratop a hillalong RiverStreet near thecourthousearen’t strong enough tosupport the weight. Thestructure’schoppy, pris-on-like layoutisn’tconduciveto a recordsbuilding orother county uses, officialssay.Demolishing the center and constructing new records building is anotheroption, but it would cost morethan $3 million and requireexcavating several feet off thehilltop to create enough spaceto meet today’s zoning setbacksand fit record-delivery trucks.Council could try to sell theproperty to a private developerinterestedinasmallofficebuild-ing or residential structure, butthe pool of potential buyersmightbelimitedornonexistent.“You would have a great vista of a prison that blocks your viewof the river,” county Chief Engi-neer Joe Gibbons said. The final option, which hasbeen exercised since the centerclosed in 2002: Do nothing. Thefateanddirectionofcoun-ty-owned real estate is expectedto be a major topic of councildiscussionthisyear,largelydriv-en by the goal to reduce liability and get property back into pri- vate taxpaying hands. The county owns three other vacant buildings the formerValley Crest Nursing Homein Plains Township, the for-mer Springbrook Water Co. in Wilkes-Barre and a building indowntown Hazleton that oncehoused a bank.As many as several hundred vacant land slivers also endedup in the county’s name during thepast200years,Gibbonssaid. The county also is semi-liablefor more than 700 repository properties that didn’t sell in pastback-tax auctions.In addition, county officialsare wrestling with ways to stay on top of two county-owned rec-reational facilities — the RiverCommon along the Susquehan-na River in downtown Wilkes-
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 jandes@timesleader.com
 WILKES-BARRE Twomonths after telling a reporterhe already had sent the car of an elderly woman at the heartof price-gouging complaintsto a junkyard, city tower LeoGlodzik III on Saturday re-turned the vehicle to her.City resident Natalie Aleo,82, said Glodzik, of LAG Tow-ingInc.,calledherFridaynightand offered to tow the car toher home at no charge, saying he was tired of all the nega-tive press since allegationshe attempted to charge her torecover the vehicle, which hadbeen reported stolen. The development came asa surprise to Aleo, given thatGlodzik, in a Jan. 24 interview The Times Leader, said he al-ready had taken the car to a  junkyard to be salvaged.Glodzik’s actions came twodays after The Times Leaderobtained information from thestate Department of Transpor-tation thatno “salvage”title hadbeen issuedfor Aleos vehicle. Inan interview Wednesday,PennDOT of-ficials saidany junkyard that takes pos-session of a vehicle is requiredto obtain a salvage title. Thosetitles are typically issued with-in two days after they are re-quested. The newspaper was continu-ing to look into the matter andhad not contacted Glodzikas of Friday to question himabout the lack of a salvagetitle, which indicated the ve-hicle had not been taken to a  junkyard.ContactedSaturday,Glodzikdeclined to comment whenasked for an explanation of thediscrepancy.Aleo said Glodzik did notmention if he had towed thecar, a 1993 Cutlass Ciera, fromhis garage or somewhere else.“He called (Friday) night
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ByTERRIEMORGAN-BESECKER 
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 WASHINGTON An ex-hausted Senate gave pre-dawnapproval Saturday to a Demo-cratic $3.7 trillion budget fornext year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases overthecomingdecadebutsheltersdomestic programs targetedfor cuts by House Republicans. While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49 vote, it al-lowed Democrats to tout theirpriorities.Yetitdoesn’tresolvethe deep differences the twoparties have over deficits andthe size of government.Joining all Republicans vot-ing no were four Democrats who face re-election next yearin potentially difficult races:Sens. Max Baucus of Montana,Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina andMark Pryor of Arkansas. Sen.Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., didnot vote. White House spokesmanJay Carney praised the Senateplan, saying in a statement it“will create jobs and cut thedeficit in a balanced way.” While calling on both sidesto find com-mon ground,Carney didnot hold outmuch hopefor compro-mise withR e p u b l i -cans. Therival budgetpassed bthe GOP-ledHouse cutssocial pro-grams toodeeply, hesaid, and fails“to ask for a single dimeof deficit re-duction fromclosing taxloopholes forthe wealthy and well-con-nected.” The Senate vote came afterlawmakers labored throughthenightonscoresofsymbolicamendments, ranging from voicing support for lettinstates collect taxes on Internetsales to expressing oppositionto requiring photo IDs for vot-ers.Final approval came about 5a.m., capping an extraordinary 
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“I used to care about what people thought of mebut not anymore. Now I push myself. … Anything I’ve ever wanted to do I’ve been able to do.”
Rising above
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Born with a partially formed right arm, Kaitlyn Sledzinski of Scranton plays violin andsoccer and plans to one day work as an occupational therapist.
Minus a limb, she still masters life,learning not to accept limitations
DALLAS TWP. KaitlynSledzinski recalls when hermother asked her to do a cart- wheel. She also remembers fail-ing. And trying again. Insteadof giving up and using her lackof a right arm as an excuse, she was motivated to succeed.And succeed she did.First in gymnastics, whereshe mastered cartwheels and wound up winning 30 medalsin competitions in Pennsylva-nia and beyond through her vault and floor routines.
Sledzinski has played soccer for the clubteam, FC America.
See KAITLYN, Page 14A
ByANDREWM.SEDE
 aseder@timesleader.com
 
NANTICOKE
— Police ar-rested a Nanticoke man whoallegedly attacked his mother while under the influence of drugs on March 16.Police responded to 104 W. Main St. about 12:45 a.m.for a report of a domesticassault.Gloria Dietz told policeshe was talking with herson, Timothy Dietz, abouthis personal problems whenhe began yelling at her andthrowing chairs and punchedher in the face several times.Police said they observedoverturned chairs, the refrig-erator pushed into the hall,dried blood on Gloria Dietz’slip and swelling around herleft eye. Timothy Dietz, 33, wasunder the influence of controlled substances, saidpolice, who charged him withsimple assault and harass-ment. He was arraignedbefore District Judge JamesDixon and was released afterposting $10,000 bail. Hisformal arraignment is sched-uled for 9:30 a.m. May 31 inLuzerne County Court.
WILKES-BARRE
— City police reported the following:
• An alleged robbery 
in Miner Park at HanoverStreet and Old River Road.
A 14-year-old boy reported
an unidentified assailant
took his Droid RAZR mobile
phone, iPad and headphonesabout 2:45 p.m. Friday.Park surveillance camerasrevealed the suspect — a tall, thin black man about 20 years old and with mus-tache — punching the victimnear the swing set. The boy  was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital aftersustaining a bloody nose andswelling above his eye.
• An automobile break-in
 was reported Wednesday in
the Wilkes-Barre Academy 
parking lot at 20 StevensRoad. The complainant re-ported that while she walkedher child into the school, herpurse was taken from hercar. It contained her driver’slicense, mobile phone and wallet.
• Police report a vehicle
 was vandalized Wednesdaon East Jackson Street. The victim reported finding thepassenger-door window
smashed. A large piece of 
concrete was found insidethe vehicle.
• A victim reported that
a light-skinned, black manstole her mobile phone Mon-
day on South Main Street. A
 witness helped to apprehendthe 16-year-old suspect andhis younger brother near theCatholic Youth Center. Bothsuspects were taken intocustody and charged withrobbery.
Police are investigating 
a Monday burglary on CoalStreet when unidentifiedsuspects stole the money inside coin-operated laundry machines.
NANTICOKE
— Aaron
Mulhern, of Mountain ViewDrive, Nanticoke, was ar-rested at a convenience store Thursday after stumbling around the aisles and trying to pay for items with blood-soaked money, police said.Mulhern’s belt was undoneand his pants were falling down when police arrived,they said. He denied drink-ing alcohol and having any il-legal contraband. He emptieditems from his pockets thatincluded small screens policesaid are used for smoking crack cocaine and marijuana.
A more thorough search at
the police station after Mul-hern was taken into custody revealed he possessed a pilland more drug parapherna-lia, police said.Mulhern, 22, was charged with possession of a con-trolled substance, posses-sion of drug paraphernalia,disorderly conduct andpublic drunkenness. He wasarraigned before DistrictJudge Martin Kane and,unable to post 10 percent of $10,000 bail, was jailed at theLuzerne County CorrectionalFacility. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.
NANTICOKE
— City police reported the following on Friday:
• Dataima Cabble, 26,
of South Market Street,Nanticoke, was taken intocustody and cited with publicdrunkenness and disorderly conduct after a neighbor re-ported an intoxicated female was banging on her door,police said.
• Joseph Dannheimer of 
 West South Street, Nan-ticoke, reported someonekeyed the side of his Jeep while it was in front of hishouse.
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 WILKES-BARRE The
Big Brothers Big Sisters of TheBridge, based in the city, spon-sored its annual “Bowl for Kids’Sake” fundraiser at Stanton Laneon Saturday to a packed house.
About 250 teams, involving 
more than 1,100 participants, en- joyed the bowling, refreshmentsand fun atmosphere while rais-ing money for the region’s Big Brothers Big Sisters network.Frankie Warren, of Magic 93,and Tom and Noreen Clark, of  WNEP-TV, were the community chairpersons for this years’ fund-raiser.“This is our largest fundraisereachyear,”saidBigBrotherspro-gram director Tanya Olaviany.“We raised a little over $94,000last year, and we hope to raise asmuch today.” The money raised by the bowl-ers will help facilitate a majorportion of the organization’s youth mentoring work through-out the coming year, which helpsmore than 400 children in North-east Pennsylvania, she said.“IstartedvolunteeringasaBig Brother a few months ago,” said TonyMatreselvaofWilkes-Barre, who attended the event with his10-year-old “little brother” John.“I spent some time in social work, so this was a natural ex-tension. I wanted to volunteer insomething that would be person-
ally rewarding. And it has been.”
Organizers said all levels of bowlers are welcome at theevent and each team must col-lect donations before it registersto bowl.“I really have a lot of fun withBig Brothers,said one young bowler. “Since I’ve been a littlebrother, I’m much happier thanI was before all this. It’s really great.”Big Brothers Big Sisters staff-ers expressed their gratitude toarea sponsors who donated timeand money to make the eventsuccessful.
FunforKidsSake
ByStevenFondo
Times Leader Correspondent
EDWARDSVILLE A
three-alarm fire late Saturday afternoon heavily damaged anunoccupied house on GreenStreet and drew nearly 50 fire-
ghters from the West Side. A
Pennsylvania State Police firemarshal was called to investi-gate.Edwardsville Fire Chief Ray King said no one was home atthetimeandthattherewerenoinjuries among the firefighters. The alarm came in at 4:28p.m., and firefighters arrived tofind smoke billowing from thehouse, King said.“It was a cellar fire,” the firechief said. “We could see fromthe smoke pouring out of thechimney that usually indicatesa cellar fire to us.”Fromthere,thefireextendedup into the walls.“Itwasatoughfiretogetat,King said. There were no openings inthe front of the house, forc-ing firefighters to work on the
sides and back. Add-ons from
remodeling also made it toughfor firefighters, the chief said. The people who had livedthere are deceased and werethe parents of a woman wholived in a neighboring house,the chief said. Her name wasnot available. The house had working utili-ties, and King said the fire ori-gin was in a front corner nearthe electrical box and naturalgas meter. Thefirehadbeenburningfora while, he said.“The floor burned throughin the living room,” King said,adding, “so it had a good startunderneath.”Firefighters knocked downthe fire within 20 to 30 min-utes, but it flared up while they  were disconnecting hoses andloading gear onto trucks. “It was a closet, a first-floor closetthat we hadn’t even opened,”King said. “There was somedebris in front of it, and they opened the door and it lit rightup on them.”It sent heavy smoke out the windows and openings fire-fighters had made in the alu-minum siding. It was quickly extinguished.Firefighters from Edwards- ville, Kingston, Larksville,Plymouth, Courtdale and therapid-intervention team fromHanover Township responded.
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A three-alarm fire heavily damaged an unoccupied house onGreen Street in Edwardsville late Saturday afternoon. Thecause is under investigation.
LEARNING TO EGG HUNT
AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER
M
acey Westforth, 1, hasn’t quite gotten the hangof an Easter egg hunt yet. The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association organized its annual huntSaturday on Public Square. This year’s holiday eventincluded activities at other downtown locations. Op-tions included egg-coloring at Anthracite Newstand,face-painting at Thai Thai Restaurant, a storytime atBarnes & Noble bookstore and a craft and puppet showat the Osterhout Free Library.
AIMEE DILGER PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER
Lucas Wunner, 4, bowls at the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event held at Stanton Lanes on Saturday.
Big Brothers Big Sisters raises funds for mentoring 
Pat Haney and Rita Stedner, 15, celebrate after Stedner bowls.The two have been a Big Sister match for eight years.
 
 WILKES-BARRE Members of theUniformed Units of the Irem Shrine worked Saturday morning to prepare forthe upcoming 64th annual circus. Many of the volunteers had hammers in hand,and all seemed to have smiles on theirfaces, knowing their efforts would ben-efit members of the community, young and old. Thisyearthecircus,withperformanc-es starting April 1 by the Hanneford Cir-cus, will include tigers, elephants, mo-torcycles and a refreshed grand finale.Glen Kraft is delighted to be able toserve as a clown for the event. “I con-sider the circus a holiday,” Kraft said,“and everyone here is a kid, no matter what age.”Shriner Hank Gordy, 93, who wasseated in the middle of all the activity at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, hasparticipated in the event throughoutits history. “The circus has changed insome ways, and in some ways it hasstayed exactly the same,” Gordy said.“But everyone every year always has a good time.”Noel Conrad, the group’s circus chair-man, said Saturday morning’s prepara-
I R E M S H R I N E C I R C U S
Showtimes:
April 1 — 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.April 2 — 6:30 pmApril 3-5 — 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.April 6 — 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
Ticket prices:
General admission, $6; reserved seating:$11, $15 and $20; and family package forfour on Tuesday night, April 2: $25Tickets available at the 109th Field Artil-lery Armory, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre
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Holistic Moms offer seminar
 The Holistic Moms Network of the Wyoming Valley is presenting an April 6seminar titled “Boosting Children’s Self-Esteem.” The event, which will run from 10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoyt Library, 284 WyomingAve.,willincludeguestspeakersJill Price and Susan Doty.Participants will hear about tips andtricks of encouragement for children froma community organizer and an experi-enced grandmother.Meetings are for members only, butnewcomers are welcome to join one freemeeting. The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit support and resource network forparents interested in holistic health andgreen living. Fathers and children alsoare invited . A tax-deductible member-ship is $45 per year. For more information,contact Nicole at 466-1347 or hmnwyo-mingvalley@hotmail.com or visit www. wyomingvalleypa.holisticmoms.org.
SUGARLOAF TWP.
Poet Ulerio to give reading
 The Penn State Hazleton Spanish Cluband Faculty Lecture Committee will wel-come Dominican poet Eddy Ulerio, who will read from his recently published bookof poetry during a book signing and read-ing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Penn StateHazleton. The free event will take placein Room 115 in the Evelyn Graham Aca-demic Building.Ulerio’s book, “Travesía: Estacionesdel alma,” is a collection of 63 poems inSpanish about life, the Dominican Repub-lic, love and family. The book is availablethrough Amazon.com.For more information, contact BeatrizGlick at 450-3059 or Máximo Toribio atmaximot@hotmail.com.
 WILKES-BARRE
Taxpayers group will gather
 The Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers Associa-tion will have its monthly meeting at 7:30p.m. April 2 at St. Andrew Church, 316Parrish St. Residents are invited to attendand sign the petition for “The Property  Tax Independence Act.” The public is wel-come.
NANTICOKE
Meet new library director
Jennifer Moran, the new director of theMill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St.,invites the community to “Meet the Direc-tor Night” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday todiscuss the changes and events planned atthe library. Refreshments will be served.Events scheduled for April include Am-nesty Month, in which any patron can re-turn an overdue item from the library andhave the fine waived, and Face-Off for theMill Library in conjunction with the Wil-kes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on April 6.Order forms to buy tickets to that eventare available at the library, with a portionof proceeds from each ticket sold benefit-ing the library.National Library Week is April 14-20,anda“communityconversation”hostedby the United Way will take place from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 16. The Friends of the Mill Memorial Library will have its an-nual “Book and Bake Sale” from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. April 17 and 18. Paul Miller of FlowCircuswillbeatthelibraryat10a.m.April23. Storytimes take place at noon Wednes-days and at 11 a.m. April 4 and 18. The library will have registration for the“GroundbreakingReads”bookclubduring National Library Week. The club will be-gin in May with the “The Great Gatsby”by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
 WILKES-BARRE
Eleanor Roosevelt discussed
Kathleen Durham, executive director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, will speak about “Achieving Equity in the21st Century” in a 4 p.m. lecture Tues-day at Wilkes University. The free publiclecture will take place in Gies Hall in theDorothy Dickson Darte Center. Durham’stalk will address the legacy of EleanorRoosevelt, the center’s leadership training initiatives and the importance of empow-ering women and girls to become full par-ticipants and active citizens of the world.Durham, a graduate of Howard Univer-sity, holds a law degree from PepperdineUniversity.Durham’s talk is part of a collaborationbetween Wilkes and the United Nations.Presented in partnership with the HigherEducationAlliancefortheUnitedNations,the program brings U.N. officials to cam-pus throughout the year for lectures andinformal meetings with students. Wilkesis the only Northeastern Pennsylvania col-lege participating in the program.
IN BRIEF
See CIRCUS, Page 8A
TL products win 27 state awards
 WILKES-BARRE The Times Leader and associatedcommunity publications won27 Keystone Press Awards this year in a number of categories,including investigating report-ing, page design and sportsevent coverage. The Times Leader garnered11 awards, The Sunday Dis-patch received three awards, The Abington Journal won 12awards, and The Dallas Post won one award. The AbingtonJournal also was named the“sweepstakes winner” for itsdivision.“Onceagainthestaffatallof our publications showed why they are considered the bestin Northeastern Pennsylva-nia,” said Joe Butkiewicz, vicepresident and executive edi-tor. “The Times Leader wonfirst-place awards for investiga-tive and ‘spot news,’ areas of news gathering crucial to ourreaders but not a high priority for other papers. The sports- writers and news and featurepage designers at The TimesLeader do terrific work every day,andit’sgreatthathasbeenrecognized.“The Abington Journalcontinues to prove that ourattention to community newsis worth the effort,Butkie- wicz said. “For the fourth con-secutive year the staff at theJournal won the sweepstakesaward for the best paper of itscirculation size in all of Penn-sylvania. I’m proud to work with such talented and hard- working journalists.” Winners of the contest willbe honored at the Pennsylva-nia Press Conference on Satur-day May 18 in Harrisburg. Times Leader reporter Ter-rie Morgan-Besecker won firstplaceininvestigativereporting foraseriesofarticlesrevealinattorney Angela Stevens had
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 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Why do so few run for schoolboard? Maybe because eitherway you lose, a professor says.
 When it comes to schoolboard races in Luzerne County,competition can be a rare com-modity.Voters in four districts haveno real choice. Hanover Areand Lake-Lehman have fouropenseatsandfourcandidates,according to the primary-elec-tion slate recently released by the county Election Bureau.Northwest Area and Wyo-ming Valley West are even lesscompetitive: Each has onlthree candidates for four seats. Two other districts — Crest- wood and Dallas have only one candidate more than thereare open seats. Why such a scarcity of con-tenders?In Lake-Lehman and Wyo-ming Valley West, the answermight stem from the electionof members by region, saidKing’s College political scienceprofessor David Sosar, who hasserved on Hazleton City Coun-cil in the past and is running for that post this spring.“I think electing by regiondoes take a bit of the competi-tion out of races,” Sosar said.“You really narrow your scopeof potential candidates when you talk about regions.”At Lake-Lehman, three in-cumbents are running on bothparty tickets unopposed: KevinCary in region one and AndrewSalko and David Paulauskasin region three. Region 2 in-cumbent Bo Keller opted notto seek re-election, and only one person, Robin Wesley, filednominating petitions. Unlesssomeone makes a strong write-in showing or popular indepen-dents enter the general elec-tion in November, that meansthe district’s race is over beforeit starts.At Wyoming Valley West,incumbents from regions two,five and six — James Fender,Gordon Dussinger and Gary Evans, respectively — are thesole candidates on both party tickets. According to the coun-ty’s candidate list, no one filedto fill the open region 8 seat.
Fielding candidates
Sosar suspects the same dy-namics — small pools of eli-gible voters available to begin with might be one reasonsmall districts have troublefielding much of a slate. AtNorthwest Area, the county’ssmallestdistrictbyenrollment,fouropenseatsdrewonlythreeincumbents:PeterLanza,Alton
Bloomin’ cold weather no barrier to flower sales
 Temperatures barely crawled above freezing Sat-urday, but The Flower Tentdelivery truck drivers madetheir rounds for those shop-ping for a sure-fired indica-tor of spring.Display tables weresparsely stocked at TheFlower Tent on BlackmanStreet, Wilkes-Barre, in themorning, but one operatorsaid they will be filled withblossoms and emptied againby Easter.“By Wednesday, it’s go-ing to be full in here and by (Easter) Sunday, everything  willbegone,”saidKimiReis-inger, a longtime flower ven-dor who is just returning tothe seasonal business after seven-year sabbatical.Like nearly a dozen or soother striped-yellow tents inthe area, Reisinger receivedher first shipment of flowersfrom Wyoming Greenhous-es, The Flower Tent’s parentcompany, Saturday morning. With only three flower va-rieties avail-able now atthe Wilkes-Barre tenton Black-man Street,customersstill showedup to gettheir blos-soms evenastheywerebeing un-loaded fromthe truck.Holding outfor warmertempera-tures, Re-isinger said she will get an-other shipment Monday andagain on Wednesday withthe anticipated Easter lillies,mums and hydrangeas.Reisinger began working  with The Flower Tent ven-dors when they started withtwo tents, one in Wyoming and the other in Kingston
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Maria Ansilio of Dallas handles flowers Saturday in thesales tent operated by her father and uncle, Tim Ansi-lio and Tom Ansilio, across from the Midway ShoppingCenter in Wyoming.
ByJONO’CONNELL
 joconnell@timesleader.com
Roadside tents brace forshoppers seeking Easter,spring merchandise.
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Members of the Irem Shriners erected bleachers Saturday morning in preparation for the 64th annual circus, whichwill take place April 1-6 at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.
Suiting (and seating) up for a circus
ByGERIGIBBONS
Times Leader Correspondent
The Irem Shriners’ Eastertimetradition, which this ear will boastbears, is all about service.
E L EC T I O N 20 1 3
See AWARDS, Page 8ASee FLOWERS, Page 11ASee SCHOOL, Page 8A
“BWednesda,it’s goingto be fullin here andb (Easter)Sunda,everthingwill begone.”
Kimi Reisinger
A longtimeflower vendor

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