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People at crafts at the Community Bazaar and Craft Show at Cato-Meridian Elementary School and Recreation Center in Cato Saturday.

HIT: To the abundance of holiday-season craft shows in the Cayuga County area.

It seems that every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, community organizations are holding fairs and bazaars featuring local artisans selling their hand-made creations. Two big ones last weekend, shows at Cayuga Community College and the Cato-Meridian Central School District, drew substantial crowds of people looking to find some unique gifts for friends and family.

It's easy to get caught up in the mega-sales and commercials put out by the big-box chains this time of year, but you might want to also think about the plethora of locally made products – and the events and stores that specialize in selling them.

MISS: To a large tractor trailer fire on the state Thruway in Cayuga County.

Westbound traffic a few miles west of the Weedsport exit came to a standstill late Monday morning when a long-haul garbage truck caught fire. Smoke from the intense fire could be seen from miles away, but local fire departments did a terrific job responding to and extinguishing the blaze.

The best news was that no one was hurt.

HIT: To Chris Clapper, an innovative area school principal who has earned a chance to be a district superintendent.

Clapper, who has guided the Emily Howland Elementary School in the Southern Cayuga Central School District for several years, will be leaving at the end of the month for the top administrative post at the Alexandria Central School District.

Readers of The Citizen got to know Clapper a little better earlier this school year in a feature about how he brings his poodle, a certified therapy dog, to the school building to help children behave.

We're sure people are sad to see him go, but we certainly wish him the best in his new venture.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.