moravia football

The Blue Devils work on a one-on-one blocking drill Wednesday at Moravia High School

Justin Ritzel, The Citizen

HIT: To the start of college and high school football seasons.

Throughout the Cayuga County-area this weekend, teams will take to the gridiron for their first games of the 2016 campaign. In addition, the Syracuse University football team will open its season tonight when it hosts Colgate University at the Carrier Dome.

While many of us probably have some mixed feelings about summer winding down, the excitement that comes with the arrival of football is certainly something to cherish every year.

MISS: To reports that wild water chestnut plants have been especially abundant and destructive this year in local waterways.

Officials at the monthly Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency's meeting this week reported on numerous cases of the invasive aquatic weed's heavy presence. At the same time, they also cautioned against people attempting to harvest weeds in their own makeshift manner, because sometimes that can actually cause the plants to spread even more.

The discussion was a good reminder that we must always be vigilant and careful when it comes to dealing with invasives in our precious waterways.

HIT: To new life for the former site of the Social Security Administration office in Auburn.

St. John Paul II Academy was in need of new space after its previous Pulaski Street location lease wasn't a good financial fit, and one of the school's board members came across the old SSA space on Corporate Drive.

The small private school, which opened in 2013 in Sennett in the wake of the closure of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic School, is getting its new home ready for classes to start next week. We wish them — and all returning students, teachers and staff in all of our local school buildings — good luck in the new academic year.