Posts by: Nancy Kotarski

October 2, 2017

October 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Check out the wonderful happenings in October in our community. » Click here to see the Town Center October 2017 Newsletter. » Click here to see the Town Center October 2017 Calendar. » Click here to see The Inn October 2017 Newsletter. » Click here to see The Inn October 2017 Calendar. » Click here […]

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September 25, 2017

Touring Michigan’s Top Rated Brewery

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Michigan is quickly becoming one of the nation’s largest brewing hubs, and Kalamazoo’s Bell’s Brewery tops the list when it comes to popularity. Last week a group of Town Center residents paid a visit to Bell’s main brew station in Comstock to learn a little about the history of the company and process by which beer brewing […]

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September 25, 2017

Kickin’ Up Some Country for an End of Summer Hurrah

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The temperature was nothing we could have expected for the last day of summer, but temps in the mid-eighties couldn’t stop us from having a great time! With a big country lunch buffet, and music by the Kathy Ford Band, we couldn’t ask for a better way to segue into fall.

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September 12, 2017

Power Couponing!

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You never know what valuable lessons you’ll learn by taking one of our Watermark University classes. Last month, Inn and Gardens Program Director, Sarita Alexander wowed us all by teaching us the ins and outs of productive couponing. Not only did she explain how to take full advantage of all of the coupons out there; […]

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September 12, 2017

Japanese Students Share Culture and Conversation

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We were delighted last week to have several students from the International Student Exchange program from Western Michigan University pay a visit to us in the Town Center. Together, we and the students shared conversation and ice cream as we learned a little bit about each other. The students were only here for three weeks, […]

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September 6, 2017

September 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Check out the great programs coming your way this month, including several new Watermark University classes! » Click here to view the Town Center Thrive Newsletter. » Click here to view the Town Center September 2017 Calendar. » Click here to view The Inn Thrive Newsletter. » Click here to view The Inn September 2017 […]

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August 4, 2017

Doug and Tony Rock The Fountains with Magnificent Motown

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The rain outdoors had absolutely no dampening effect on our Motown dance party at The Fountains. Entertainer duo Tony Fields and Doug Davis proved that they know how to do Motown right. As they played and sang song after song from the golden days of the Motown era, residents and guests progressed from tapping feet […]

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August 4, 2017

August 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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The Fountains at Bronson Place is in full bloom as we head into the final stretch of summer! » Click here to view the Town Center August 2017 Newsletter » Click here to view the Town Center August 2017 Calendar » Click here to view The Inn August 2017 Newsletter » Click here to view […]

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July 10, 2017

Another Beautiful Sunset on Lake Michigan

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One of our favorite annual outings is a scenic drive down the beach in South Haven. The sunset over Lake Michigan wows us every time, and this year’s event was spectacular. We began our evening with an after dinner drive into South Haven for some delicious ice cream at Sherman’s Ice Cream Parlour–delish! Then headed to […]

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June 27, 2017

Dancing up a storm!

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If you bring the music, we’ll get up and dance at The Fountains! Recently, two bands played in our courtyard. The first, The Portage Senior Band, withstood near ninety-degree temperatures and high humidity on June 13th to give us a welcomed afternoon treat. Then on June 21st we welcomed the official summer solstice with the big band […]

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June 9, 2017

Town Center Residents Hit the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail

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We are so fortunate to be near so many wonderful wineries down here in Southwest Michigan. Last Friday we took a very scenic drive down the Wine Trail, and found ourselves enjoying spectacular views of a Michigan vineyard outside of Tabor Hill Winery as we enjoyed delicious cuisine at its award-winning restaurant. Following lunch we […]

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June 9, 2017

June 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Check out what’s happening throughout our community this month! » Click to view the June Town Center Newsletter. » Click to view the June Town Center Calendar. » Click to view the June Inn Newsletter. » Click to view the June Inn Calendar. » Click to view the June Gardens Newsletter. » Click to view […]

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May 25, 2017

Beautifying Our Community

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All week long the sun was shining and temperatures were climbing near 80 until Friday, which, of course, was the day our residents had scheduled to plant geraniums at the entrance to our community. Fear not! A little rain and a cold front can’t keep us from seeing our mission through. What a cheery sight […]

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May 8, 2017

Resident Artist Wins Again in Local Art Contest

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For the third year in a row, resident Norm Slack has entered the Portage Recycled Art in the Park Contest. In 2015 he took home both the Sponsors’ Choice and Public Choice awards. Last year, he placed 2nd, and this year… Norm took 1st place with his entry, “Miz Beeatress Bronson”!!  Congratulations on this great […]

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May 2, 2017

May 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Take a look at what we’ve got in store for you during the month of May! » Click here to view the Town Center May 2017 Newsletter. » Click here to view the Town Center May 2017 Calendar. » Click here to view The Inn May 2017 Newsletter. » Click here to view The Inn […]

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April 24, 2017

Centenarians Honored at Exclusive Ceremony

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There are not many people who can claim to have been here on Earth before 1917, but in Kalamazoo County, it appears we have more than sixty centenarians! Fifteen such marvels were honored at a special luncheon at the Kalamazoo Country Club on April 20th, including three ladies from The Fountains at Bronson Place! Adelyn Boyce […]

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April 3, 2017

April 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Take a look inside our April Calendar & Newsletter to learn more about what’s going on at The Fountains at Bronson Place this month! » Click here to view the Town Center April 2017 Newsletter » Click here to view the Town Center April 2017 Calendar » Click here to view The Inn April 2017 […]

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March 20, 2017

St. Paddy’s Day – All Day at The Fountains

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Irish or not, nobody shared more Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day than we did! We started out the morning with a fantastic performance by students of the Erin Quinn School of Irish Dance. Later in the day the holiday fun continued with a multitude of parties going on all over our campus. In The […]

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March 6, 2017

Mardi Gras Was a Blast!!

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Fat Tuesday was done right throughout our community this past week. From masks, beads and decorations to the food–including New Orleans style Jambalaya and fresh paczkis from Sweetwater Donuts (a local polish favorite), music and more! Residents wined (well, “hurricane”) and dined and had a ball.

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March 2, 2017

March 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Check out the great programs and events in our March calendar! » Click here to view the Town Center 2017 Newsletter » Click here to view the Town Center March 2017 Calendar » Click here to view The Inn March 2017 Newsletter » Click here to view The Inn March 2017 Calendar » Click here […]

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February 28, 2017

Residents Contribute to Loaves & Fishes of Kalamazoo

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The residents of The Fountains at Bronson Place display their generosity in many ways. One standing commitment we have is to take part in an annual holiday food drive to assist Loaves & Fishes of Kalamazoo in their efforts to feed our local community. Last November our collection yielded a donation of 232 pounds of […]

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February 24, 2017

Sharing the Love with Others

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Gardens residents certainly enjoyed the festivities surrounding Valentines’ Day this month. However, they found sharing some kindness with others was even more rewarding than indulging in the sweet pleasures of the holiday. Together, residents put together more than 30 bags of Valentine treats to share with residents across the street at The Fountains at Rose Arbor Hospice Center. […]

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February 24, 2017

Our Residents Have Heart

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We really felt the love this month as we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party featuring wonderful food, festive decorations and a special musical performance by Double Play Flute and Tuba Duo. The event marked the midpoint of a month filled with heart. We began February with a Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health day, complete […]

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January 10, 2017

Residents Rock to the Sounds of Dixieland on New Year’s Eve

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We took our annual New Year’s Eve celebration down to New Orleans this year with a Mardi-Gras inspired party to move us into 2017. The evening began with a champagne cocktail and then we moved into the dining room for a delicious buffet, featuring jambalaya and other Louisiana-inspired favorites. Then at 7:00 p.m. the real […]

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January 6, 2017

January 2017 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » Click here to view the Town Center January 2017 Newsletter. » Click here to view the […]

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January 3, 2017

Dinner and Holiday Lights

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Our Town Center residents enjoyed a dinner outing last week at Clara’s on the River in Battle Creek. Not only was the food delicious and the company delightful, we were treated to some wonderful holiday light displays both in and out of the restaurant, as well as throughout the cities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. We’re certainly in […]

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January 3, 2017

Bears on Parade

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Residents Ed and Jane Thornburg have once again made our season merry by sharing their bear collection in our Art Gallery. Come up to the 2nd floor and experience this delightful display of bears through January 15th.

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December 13, 2016

Residents and Associates Mingle at Annual Event

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Our generous residents collect money each year to provide thank you gifts for our associates during an evening of merriment. This year’s party was a huge success, with delicious appetizers and desserts served throughout the building and the follow-up ceremony with our gracious Resident Association representatives handing out gifts to each individual associate. Of course, […]

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December 12, 2016

Reminiscence Writing Shared

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This month our Books & Ideas program featured resident writers from our Reminiscence Writing Watermark University class. From inspiring and humorous personal accounts, to keen observations of items from our everyday lives, the class delivered spot-on readings of their carefully crafted work. While many of the class members have been learning and growing in the […]

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December 9, 2016

Silvertones Ring in The Holidays

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Our resident tone chimes ensemble, The Silvertones, never fail to put us in the holiday spirit, and this year was no exception. Last Wednesday the group gave one of their finest concerts, filled with classic melodies and holiday favorites, director Phil Marsceau and his ensemble another memorable evening of music.

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December 9, 2016

A Collection of Crèches

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The crèche, depicting the Nativity of Jesus, is a symbol found in many homes during the Christmas season. This month the curio cabinet in our lobby holds several crèches borrowed from our residents. Each one of these is unique, either in materials used to make them, the artistic design, or the culture from which the […]

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December 9, 2016

Beware of Scammers this Holiday Season

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We were fortunate this past week to have one of our drivers, Jim Jenkins (who is also a retired police officer), deliver a presentation for our residents and some guests about the realities of scams and fraud in our community. Jim pointed out several of the scams circulating presently, and also provided some great tips […]

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December 9, 2016

Another Fabulous Art Piece for Our Lobby

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Our resident “recycled art” artist, Norm Slack, has been hard at work for the past couple of months creating a very unique piece for our lobby for the holidays. Norm’s life-sized sculpture of the Holy Family at the Nativity is truly eye-catching as one walks into our building through the main lobby. Created entirely out […]

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December 9, 2016

Decking the Halls with Handmade Holiday Wreaths

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Resident Caroline Gray helped us get our decorating on with a class teaching others how to create simple, but beautiful holiday wreaths. Using fresh boxwood from the garden at her previous home, a little wire, some bits of berry clusters and tiny pine cones, we were able to replicate her gorgeous sample. Thanks Caroline, for […]

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December 9, 2016

Manheim Steamroller Live Outing

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Our holiday season kicked off this year with an outing to see the incomparable Manheim Steamroller at Miller Auditorium. Some comments from the residents seeing and hearing this popular group that has been around for over 30 years included, “That wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. Fantastic!” “What an amazing show!” “I […]

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November 22, 2016

KIA ARTbreak at the Fountains

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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has partnered with The Fountains at Bronson Place for several years, and as part of that partnership, the KIA brings unique and interesting artists into our community for presentations. This month we were delighted to hear from Aerial Photographer, Jim Ratliff. What makes Mr. Ratliff’s photography so special is the […]

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November 22, 2016

Bronson Place Directors Wrap Up the 2016 Talent Show

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You never know what amazing talent (or just plain silliness) will happen at the Bronson’s Got Talent review. This year featured a balance of comedy, music, theatre and dance. Thanks to all of the residents who worked so hard to prepare for this year’s show. Playing to a full house in our auditorium last Wednesday […]

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November 22, 2016

Readers Theatre Troupe Rehearses for Talent Show

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Our resident Readers Theatre Troupe is at it again, preparing for this years talent show with a scene from Steel Magnolias. It was so much fun when they hit the stage for “showtime” last Wednesday night as Shelby, M’Lynn, Truvy, Annelle, Clairee and Oiser. Thanks for making us laugh, ladies!

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November 2, 2016

November 2016 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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There’s plenty coming up as we enter the holiday season at The Fountains at Bronson Place. Take a look and join us for any and all programs and events in November! » Click here to view The Town Center November 2016 Newsletter » Click here to view The Town Center November 2016 Calendar » Click […]

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November 1, 2016

Never Too Old For Halloween Fun!

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Halloween eeeeeked out of every corner of The Fountains at Bronson Place campus this year, with parties and all day fun wherever you looked! Take a peek at these pictures of parties that took place in The Gardens, The Inn, and The Town Center. Directors, associates and family members joined residents in creating a festive atmosphere for a day filled with […]

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October 31, 2016

Barktoberfest! A Doggone Good Time!

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This past Saturday dogs and dog owners from throughout the Kalamazoo area took part in a fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Humane Society. The Fountains at Bronson Place was delighted to host its first Barktoberfest, which consisted of a three-part contest for dogs and their owners, snacks, beverages, and lots of cuteness! Enjoy these photos depicting some of […]

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October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Decorating Fun!

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We’re gearing up for Halloween at The Fountains! Today associates and residents began creating their entries for our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pumpkins will be judged on Friday, and winners will be announced at our Happy Hour Friday afternoon. We’ll then move on to Barktoberfest! — A festival of dogs, and also a fundraiser for the […]

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October 26, 2016

A Visit from The Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Some of our most beloved Books & Ideas Programs are those that involve visits from the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Early this month the Center brought several Birds of Prey to share with us. The presenter was so informative and animated that those in attendance couldn’t help but share her passion for these interesting creatures. Of course, […]

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October 26, 2016

Crafting Mums

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Our residents have been enjoying making some delightful new table decorations for the various dining areas and their homes. From simple items, including pine cones and paint, our residents have had a ball painting away. It’s amazing how creative some of us became, and we love how our labor bloomed right before our eyes!

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October 6, 2016

Delightful Musical Performance by Resident and Professional Opera Singer

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Resident Richard Kozbial graced us once again last weekend with a personal vocal performance, as well as a complimentary professional performance by friend and international opera singer, Hugh Smith. Added to that were piano solos by local pianist John Chamberlain, this made for a delightful Sunday afternoon concert that was enjoyed by an audience of nearly […]

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October 3, 2016

October 2016 Newsletters & Activity Calendars are in!

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Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » Click here to view the Town Center October 2016 Newsletter » Click here to view the […]

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September 29, 2016

Springs Residents Ride The Grand River

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Residents of The Springs at The Fountains at Bronson Place had a great time this month when they took a lunch cruise on The Grand Lady Riverboat. The weather was perfect, and the crew of The Grand Lady were so cordial and accommodating. They treated us by grilling burgers right on the boat and dressing […]

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September 29, 2016

Pig Roast in the Courtyard!

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A beautiful day surrounded our first ever courtyard pig roast, and what a success it was! The pig, (roasted by our own Dining Services department), was succulent and delicious, as were all of the sides and desserts that accompanied it. The beer and cider were cold and refreshing, and the band… yes, they were called […]

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