Peter Trzop
June 19, 2017 at 08:44pm

The national children and youth conference is taking place at the end of September, and I want to inquire if anyone is interested in going? KBS sponsors only so many staff to go, but others are welcome to pay and go as well. Drop me a line right away if interested. Thank you. Dr Pete

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Zachary Johnson
June 14, 2017 at 08:32pm

Our Boys State Experience Below you will find many quotes from the 2017 Boys State Alumni about what theirs experiences from the week. If I made any mistakes with names or quotes, please let me know. Also, message me if you would like to add something about your own experience to the list. I would be happy to edit you in. Thank you all. "I had an amazing time creating new friends as well as learning about our state's history and political functions." -Joseph Koelsch "My experience with Kentucky Boys State has been endlessly grateful and eye-opening. Our staff here are truly doing God's work. I am so humble to be a part of the arising attendees who will all go on to lead one day. The challenge of the future may very well be the hardest ever, but with the skills, stories, and people both young and learning, or old and wise, I feel ready for anything. Thank you to KBS, American Legion, and all volunteers both staff and speakers who gave their time to teach and guide. Thank you." -Devon B. Melancon "My experience at Boys State was an interesting one. Though I was not particularly excited to come and was exhausted the first couple of days, as I got more used to it, I began to appreciate it. It was an overall rewarding experience." -Jared Burdette "My experience of Boys State has been a life changing one. I will never forget the people I met and the fun I had during this life changing week." -Cole Frazier "My experience at Boys State has been interesting and unforgettable. I won't forget the people I've met and the activities I participated in." -Damian Garcia "It's been fun. Thanks for the opportunities. Won't forget this week, I don't think." -Duncan J (SP???) "Definitely a good experience, something that I will never forget. Fantastic people and an overall great opportunity to learn and grow as a person and a leader." -Austin McCandless "Friends for life!" -William Wright "One of my greatest feats yet." -Johnathan Patrick "It's just something you have to experience." -Alex Smith "It's a great time from the friends to the lack of sleep." -Ethan Miller "New friends don't replace old ones, you just get as many as you need." -Austin B "My only regret is that we didn't #freetheweed" -Jacob Denton "I won some, lost some, but never lost sight of the support and the friends I had with me." -Matt Payne "We went in as strangers, came out as brothers." -Sam Boggs "A great, special program that has the potential to change your life forever." -Gil Hernandez "I have greatly enjoyed the past week at Boys State. I came here with no idea what to expect, but was certain that I would not be running for office. Several people encouraged me to run saying how great an experience it would be. Even when I did decide to run I never would have imagined becoming Chief Justice of the first Boys State Supreme Court. Thank you to all my peers who voted for me allowing this to happen. In addition I would like to thank the American Legion and KBS staff for time and effort that they put in so that we can have this experience. This has been a week that none of us will soon forget." -Zack Morgan "Boys State was a fun time that I will remember forever and always. I learned so much about politics and even learned some things about myself, I'll never forget this." -Trevor Hornback "Great experience. I was able to meet a lot of new people and experience first hand how state government works." -Isaac Marret "My KBS experience was busy and great. I was a journalist. The capital was a fun trip, because I got to interview a lot of people. I learned about politics and how to write bills." -Brandon Porter "This week has changed my life for the better, I've finally seen the world of politics and I love it. I'm now interested in the political landscape." -Clarence McVoy (SP?????) "I greatly enjoyed coming to Boys State. It was fun, educational, and interesting. When school starts I will definitely recruit so that others get the opportunity I did." -Sam Harney "Incredible experience. Truly changes a life. Would recommend to anyone." -Avery Dietz "Boys State was a phenomenal experience, it served to be a truly beneficial experience, I've meaner so much when it comes to politics as well as leadership." -Jared Smitha "In the first two disappointing days for me, I never thought this trip would become what it has. I'll cherish it forever." -Dawson Gentry "Boys State was a fun experience. Even though I don't give a care about politics, it was cool seeing how everything goes. And the best part was meeting friends that I will never forget." -Gavin Cook "Boys State for me is a week that has changed my life. Meeting so many of Kentucky's best is a great opportunity to network and make wonderful friends." -Jonathan Rust "The best part of Kentucky's Boys State is the people of course. Meeting people from all parts of the state was an amazing experience. Friendships that will last for a lifetime. It was also cool to host students from Guantanamo Bay's Navy Base." -Aaron Reed "This year's Kentucky Boys State was a very extraordinary one. The first Supreme Court, a coin flip to decide the Governor, and the first joint session. I've learned a lot here, it's been a really great experience, and I'm very glad I got to be here. I'll carry this experience with me for the rest of my life." -Jonathan Jernigan "Sleep is for the weak." -Luke LeMaster "The fun never stops. Literally because you don't sleep." -Aaron Aldrich "Boys State was a great experience. The first two days were long, but still entertaining with the comradery that was creating bonds between many of us. As another Boys State attendee put it, 'long days, short nights' where we work all day then get back to the dorms to strengthen friendships and bonds that never would have happened, had it not been for Boys State." -Dillen Sizemore "First of all, many thanks to everyone who played a part in making this program possible. Boys State was one of the best weeks I have ever had. I might have been busier than ever, but I loved the work I was doing. I never believed the saying about how doing something you love will mean you never work a day in your life, but I discovered the truth of this while working for the press team. I enjoyed reporting, I enjoyed the people there, and I enjoyed the unique experiences only available through Boys State. I went into the program not knowing what to expect, yet I still don't know what exactly to expect from the program. I can't say precisely to what extent this program will affect all of our futures, but I affirm that it will have nothing but a beneficial impact. Boys State isn't just about our one week there, it's about our entire lives, about shaping a group of young men into leaders." -Zachary Johnson

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Peter Trzop
June 13, 2017 at 04:45pm

Update on Boys Nation!

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Gavin Sylvia
June 12, 2017 at 09:30pm

I was designated to be the unofficial scribe as a member of the Supreme Court so, finally, I have fished typing up and attached the first of two of the documents released by the KY 2017 Boy's State Supreme Court. The 2017 Supreme Court was Chief Justice Zack Morgan, and Justices: Will Akin, Alex Fitzpatrick, Avery Dietz, Gavin Sylvia

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Alex Smith
June 12, 2017 at 09:08pm

Am I the only one who's sleep schedule is completely off right now??? I swear, I go to sleep at 10 and don't wake up till around dinner time the next night!!!😂😂😂😂😂

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Zachary Johnson
June 12, 2017 at 08:58pm

Former Governor Julian Carroll speaks to Kentucky Boys State At the capitol building, Kentucky Boys State was honored to have Former Governor and current State Senator Julian Carroll as a speaker. He started off by telling about his own Boys State experience. A 1949 graduate of the program, he was elected Governor and had the chance to meet the President and Vice President of the United States at Boys Nation. Senator Carroll is a definite proponent of Boys State, saying that he plans on coming back to future programs as long as his health permits. Senator Carroll has had quite the political career, and therefore had a number of stories to tell about his experience in politics. He has filled a number of government positions, some of those including State Representative, Speaker of the House, State Senator, Lt. Governor, and Governor. He remained in state government because he finds that (in most cases) people's lives are predominantly controlled by their local government. Last year, Senator Carroll was reelected to his fourth term as a state senator. When he completes this term, he will be 89 years old. One of the Boys State students asked him how he still does so much at that age, and he responded by saying that he continues to work and isn't afraid of that work. Senator Carroll has been a public servant for years, and sets a great example for all of us as he continues to serve those that he represents. Senator Carroll had an important question for all of the people present. He asked all of those present where they were heading, which served as reminder to keep our goals in mind so that we can accomplish great things. Kentucky Boys State greatly appreciates Senator Carroll for taking the time to speak with us.

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Gavin Sylvia
June 12, 2017 at 09:29pm

Here I have attached the second of two documents from the first ever Boys State Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Zach Morgan

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Zachary Johnson
June 13, 2017 at 12:47pm

South Carolina Boys State Alumnus Encounter While visiting the capitol building with the rest of Kentucky Boys State, I had the opportunity to speak with statehouse correspondent Adam Beam. He is a graduate from South Carolina University, where he majored in print journalism. His current job with the Associated Press entails reporting on various events concerning government and politics in Kentucky, along with reporting on the state legislature and elected officials. As we began speaking, Adam explained that he too had attended a Boys State program in his home state of South Carolina. At first, he was a little reluctant in going to the program as it was held at The Citadel, a military college that Adam and others had heard rumors that it was essentially a prison. Fortunately these rumors didn't really hold true, and he had a fantastic time working as a reporter during the week. As this was 2000, they did not post whatever they wrote to Facebook and such like we have been doing with our Kentucky Boys State press team. Instead, they made daily papers to pass out to the couple hundred attendees about whatever events had recently occurred at their program. In one case, they even had two papers ready to go for whichever candidate for governor won the election. Adam also shared an interesting and humorous tradition that happened during their visit South Carolina's capital, Columbia. While there, those in Boys State and those in Girls State traded their shirts with each other. He said it was a big deal to have a Girls State shirt during his senior year. I would like to thank Adam for taking time out of his schedule to speak with me. It was very interesting to hear about his job at the capitol building and his own Boys State experience. Adam helped me further realize the positive impact from Boys State programs all across the country. Again, many thanks!

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Chris Gootee
June 11, 2017 at 06:53pm

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Chris Gootee
June 11, 2017 at 06:43pm

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Alexander Fitzpatrick
June 12, 2017 at 05:53pm

Kentucky Boys State Supreme Court discussed two cases that were very controversial that appeared in the actual Supreme Court in Frankfort. Based upon the facts of the cases we decided whether each case deserved an appeal to a higher court. The findings and beliefs of the KY Boys State Supreme Court is below and was written by Galvin Sylvia and peer edited by each Supreme Court Justice. Daniel Lee Moss v. Commonwealth of Kentucky In the case of Moss v. Commonwealth, it is our opinion that the accused’s decision to refrain from fully answering and remaining silent before and during the trial cannot be construed as an inadvertent admission of guilt, an adoptive admission of guilt. The Section 11 of the Kentucky State Bill of Rights ensures that “He cannot be compelled to give evidence against himself, nor can he be deprived of his life, liberty, or property…” To further demonstrate that each individual civilian has a specific right to silence is explicitly stated in the Miranda Rights, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…,” which are read to each accused party during an arrest. Civilians are also aware of their Miranda Rights from the constant publication of real or fabricated law enforcement procedures through today’s media. Based on the lack of enough significant evidence it is the opinion of this Court that the Daniel Lee Moss decision be reversed and remanded to the Simpson Circuit Court. Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jeffery Dewayne Clark and Garr Keith Hardin, Jr. In the case of Commonwealth v. Clark and Hardin, it is the opinion of this Court that the accused were not subject to a fair trial during the original 1995 case. A retrial is justified through Hardin’s claim that the defense attorney neglected to inform his clients of the benefits of a guilty plea. The accusation of perjury, in a completely unrelated case, by Louisville Det. Mark Handy, the detective who both questioned and testified for the Commonwealth v. Clark and Hardin case, throws all of the Detective’s testimony under severe suspicion of additional perjury. The unashamed usage of both the religion and religious objects of both Hardin and Clark to incense and inflame the passions of the jury also contributes to the unfairness of the trial. In conclusion, defendants’ confession of ignorance of the accused ability to plead guilty for a reduced sentence, the likely perjury of Det. Mark Handy, and the purposeful reiteration of the defendants’ religion to elicit a negative response from the jury, all further demonstrate the desperate need for a retrial. It is the opinion of this Court to vacate and remand for a new trial to ensure that the defendants receive a fair and unbiased trial.

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Jennifer Lanham
June 10, 2017 at 10:24am

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Dr. Pete and the crew of volunteers who gave their time, support and knowledge to the boys this past week. You all have made a significant difference in their lives. This program is a great opportunity to mold our future leaders of America! I know you have made a life changing impact on my son Jacob Lanham. He is overwhelmed with joy for being chosen as Mr. Kentucky Boys State. He told me he felt " more knowledgeable and perspicacious". He enjoyed his week tremendously and is already looking forward to returning to be a junior counselor.

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Peter Trzop
June 10, 2017 at 05:27pm

Lengthy Video, but one that updates everyone on various aspects of Kentucky Boys State 2017!

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Zachary Johnson
June 11, 2017 at 03:18pm

Getting to know Veteran Mike Moses Earlier in the week during Boys State, I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Michael (Mike) Moses. Mike Moses is the Area B Vice Commander of The American Legion Department of Kentucky. Along with this, Mike is also the Public Relations Director and the Conference and Convention Chairperson. Mike was born in Baltimore, Maryland. From there, he moved to Ohio where he enlisted in the army in 1968. After completing training, Mike did a tour in Vietnam. Upon returning to the United States, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. Mike remained in the reserves until 1995. After Vietnam, Mike worked as a mechanic until he hurt his back. If not for this, he might not have went to work for the government. This work entailed the management of motor pools in Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Washington, DC. Upon transferring to the Office of Governmentwide Policy, he assisted in the management of over 700,000 motor vehicles. Some reforms Mike contributed to during his time in this department were focused on changing the license plates of federal vehicles for improved security. Before this change, license plates on federal vehicles did not have an expiration date and, therefore, could be easily reproduced. Mike worked to institute expiration dates to improve their safety. Along with this, other changes to plates included security like shadow printing on the entire plate and holograms through the center. Mike also revised the titles for government motor vehicles by making the form more secure with intaglio printing (raised lettering), watermarks, and other features. Another project Mike worked on for the Department of Motor Vehicles was making a website for the motor vehicle office sometime in the late ‘80s. He was sent to school for three days to learn how to code this type of website, and then went to work. Mike said making this website in a time when the internet was just starting up was a lot of fun. Losing attention the the time, there was one day in which Mike had spent a number of hours after he got off work continuing to code away for the website. By the time of his retirement, Mike was the Government's Senior Fleet Manager in the Department of Motor Vehicles. He assisted all federal agencies with the management of their fleets. Mike came back to Kentucky in 2008 for retirement as his wife is from Bellevue, Kentucky. Mike’s wife, Nancy, works for the government, specifically managing a computer program that controls all of the excess personal property for the federal government and Department of Defense. Excess property is offered to other federal agencies, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and ultimately put up for sale to the public. As for the rest of his family, Mike has raised ten children (some of these being biological, some of these being stepchildren). For 31 years, Mike has been a legionnaire in the American Legion. As previously mentioned, Mike is currently the Area B Vice Commander. Area B covers the central part of Kentucky, including about 80% of the posts in the state. As Vice Commander, Mike does a lot of training along with helping with whatever the legions needs. At their annual convention in one week, he hopes to be elected as Senior Vice Commander for the Department of Kentucky. Mike is also the Public Relations Director for the Legion. One of his biggest challenges in this position is getting people to write about the great things their posts are doing for the community. Writing and publishing what takes place at posts from around the state is very important, as it gives other posts ideas on how they can further their positive impact in their communities. Mike often writes for the American Legion’s newsletter. Next year in June, Mike will be running for the high office of Department Commander. I would like to personally thank Mike for his service and for a great interview! He had so many interesting experiences that I was able to learn a lot from. Speaking with and writing about him were both very enjoyable. Everyone has a story, and hearing those stories brings us all closer together as individuals. Once again, a huge thanks to Mike.

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Austin Fitzgerald
June 10, 2017 at 11:48pm

This week at kbs has been truly a life changing experience. First of all I wanted to thank Dr. Pete for allowing me to come and American Legion Kentucky post 82 for sponsoring me. At the beginning of this week I had no clue what I was walking into, and had only a little interest in government and politics. Going on throughout​the week as my knowledge kept growing, I began to become more passionate about our government and how it was ran. I feel so honored to have been​ a part of this program and can't wait to see how it grows in the future. I also want to thank Dr. Pete for allowing me to sing the star spangled banner at graduation.

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Zachary Johnson
June 10, 2017 at 10:05pm

Lieutenant Governor Hampton speaks to Kentucky Boys State During the trip to the capitol building, Kentucky Boys State was honored to have Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton as a speaker. She began by telling her story, including how she grew up poor in Detroit as one of four daughters. From an early age, Lt. Governor Hampton learned that nobody could put her in a box. As she went on in life, she talked about how important her curiosity was. This curiosity caused her to rise to supervisor level when she worked in the boxing industry because she was constantly improving processes and building meaningful relationships. Throughout much of what she said, she put a very important emphasis on building relationships with other people. She also told the story of how her involvement with the Tea Party caused her to connect with Governor Matt Bevin, her running mate for the 2015 election. Lt. Governor Hampton also explained some of what she does in the office of Lieutenant Governor. Of course, she fills in for the governor whenever necessary. She also supports entrepreneurship in the state with the Lieutenant Governor's challenge, a program that gives out thousands of scholarship dollars. Lt. Gov Hampton also overlooks some logistics. Specifically, she explained how she was making sure counties in affected areas are prepared for the future visitors due to the solar eclipse this August. Lastly, she said that her biggest arena is education, as she has gone to schools throughout the state to tell her story to students there. Kentuckys Boys State is very thankful that Lt. Governor Hampton took the time to speak with us.

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Zachary Johnson
June 10, 2017 at 10:06pm

Auditor Harmon speaks to Kentucky Boys State While at the capitol building, Kentucky Boys State was privileged to have Auditor Mike Harmon as a speaker. Auditor Harmon started off with some background information, including how he graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a triple major in math, statistics, and drama. From the beginning of his speech, Auditor Harmon emphasized how failure can provide focus. To further prove this, he gave details of his determination in running for offices, since there was a time when he had consecutively lost some elections. Auditor Harmon was eventually successful and became a Representative in 2002. Much later, he assumed the office of Auditor in 2016. Lastly, Auditor Harmon emphasized the importance of meeting many different people during his campaigns. He explained how people love when you take the time to talk with them, so talk he did, telling as many people as he could to keep him in mind when they castes their vote Kentucky Boys State is grateful that Auditor Harmon took the time to speak with us.

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Peter Trzop
June 10, 2017 at 03:12pm

The question was asked, so I will share here.....please FEEL FREE to contact your local media with pictures and write ups with graduation and awards from Kentucky Boys State. If they need a quote or information, give my number 502 233 4585, great question!!!

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Zachary Johnson
June 10, 2017 at 12:30pm

Pictures from the Capitol Trip

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Austin Fitzgerald
June 10, 2017 at 10:50am

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Alexander Fitzpatrick
June 10, 2017 at 01:11pm

I began the week at Kentucky Boys State wondering what the camps purpose was and how it applied to me. The first day we shuffled into the building to receive our room keys, the name of the party we were elected to (Nationalist for me!), the name of our assigned Senior and Junior Counselors (Jack and Marty), and T-shirts that we wore to represent KBS throughout the week. We then got acquainted with our fellow Boys State Members, with whom I had no knowledge of. These young gentlemen are top notch citizens and students while being even better friends! Dinner was simply amazing and enjoyable with the ability to sit by cities given. During this time we got the ability to to converse with other city members (Tangville was my city) and get to know one another. Out of my city those who influenced me and those who I grew closest to waa probably Caleb, Justin, and my roommate Noah. This week wouldn't have been the same without them. After dinner we went and elected city and party representators. I was fortunate enough to be elected to the office of Secretary of our Nationalist Party! The next few days went quickly with the dozens of officials who gave speeches of the importance of us becoming the next generation to help lead this state and country. Many of these officials were state senators and representatives who also originated in Boys State, as well. Their messages will forever be engraved into my mind. During these days I was allowed the opportunity of becoming one of the first few members that we elected to become a Supreme Court Justice in the entire country! Definitely represented this Boys State and my l school well! It is amazing how I was a part of the first Boys State in the country to form a Supreme Court! To get to this spot I had to give a speech over a debatable topic and then another speech over what I believed I needed to to truly discuss what the Supreme Court Justices did and why. By the way of campaigning to every member who attended, I elected by way of ballot to the position I desired. Thanks everyone! The day in Frankfort was probably the best day ever! We convened in the House and Senate rooms of the Capitol to hear more speeches. The Supreme Court Justices even got to see murder cases applying for an appeal as well as meeting the actual Justices! We then acted as an actual government and created bills, passed them to the other house, got then approved by Constitutional Offices, and declared them constitutional or not. It was an action filled day that was the coolest ever! I also dislocated my knee on this day.... Which kinda stunk. The last day was the worst. Not because of the dislocated knee or the fact that sleep deprivation was common among is all, but for the fact that we had to say good bye. We had all become friends and didnt want to leave each other or this amazing program! As we crossed the staged and received our diplomas and awards (I got Superior Performer!) we prepared ourselves for the inevitable departure that was to take place. As they told us we could leave the sadness was apparent to everyone. I will miss all those who was a part of this program, including the amazing staff and counselors! Special shout out to those who took me to the hospital Gavyn, Marty, and Harrison. Thanks to Dr. Pete for allowing me to go as well! You all are the greatest and thank you for everything you for everything you do! God Bless!

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Peter Trzop
June 09, 2017 at 08:33pm

Some KBS updates

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Zachary Johnson
June 09, 2017 at 12:44am

Boys Nation Election Results Congratulations to those listed below. 2nd Alternate: Jacob Lanham 1st Alternate: Matt Payne 2nd Place Boys Nation Attendee: Jameson Bizzle 1st Place Boys Nation Attendee: Gil Hernandez Also, congratulations to all of these boys chosen by their cities and senior counsellors as candidates for Boys Nation: Jonathan Rust, Sam Harney, Grayson Stinger, Jacob Lanham, Jameson Bizzle, Bryce Richardson, Gil Hernandez, Matt Payne, Coy Merry, and Spencer Lett. Our 2nd place choice for Boys Nation, Jameson Bizzle (Biz), has stood out in ways that make him a great choice for the national program. After working hard in his campaign, Biz was elected to be our Kentucky Boys State Treasurer. He was instrumental in pushing the hemp bill today at our state capitol. We are proud to send Biz to Boys Nation. Our other selection for Boys Nation, Gil Hernandez, was voted to attend this exclusive program by an almost unanimous vote. After telling his emotional story, Gil was an obvious choice for many of us. He is someone who has sacrificed so much and gone through so many risks and dangers to be able to live under the freedoms the United States has to offer. Like Dr. Pete said, Gil's story is why veterans put on their uniform. Gil has touched all of our hearts by sharing his experiences, and we are especially proud of him.

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Duncan A. Taylor
June 09, 2017 at 09:33pm

1st KY Boys State Supreme Court

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Peter Trzop
June 09, 2017 at 09:25pm

Just got in mail!!!

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