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Jerry Czyz moves through flood waters at Hoopes Park in Auburn after a storm ripped through Cayuga County on Saturday.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

HIT: To the local celebrations, big and small, of America's birthday.

The Fourth of July is a day to honor the inspiring leaders and brave citizens who fought for our independence more than 240 years ago, and there's been many events this holiday weekend in the Cayuga County area that do just that.

Enjoy time with friends and family, and of course, celebrate safely. But also be sure to reflect on what the holiday stands for, and share your knowledge with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

MISS: To the flooding that slammed many parts of upstate New York on Saturday, including southern Cayuga County.

Powerful storms, including one that dumped an inch of rain in roughly 20 minutes, swept through the area for much of the day, one after the other. Several residents in southern Cayuga County, including those living in a Moravia apartment building, had to be evacuated.

It was the latest case of extreme wet weather in upstate New York this summer and spring. Hopefully we can get a sustained period of stable conditions going soon.

HIT: To the kickoff of the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

The yearly multi-weekend event in northern Cayuga County began its summer run on Saturday at the soggy fairgrounds. The festival is a terrific tourism draw for that area of Cayuga County, and it's also a fun way to spend a summer day or two for many local residents.

For those going to the festival this year, consider incorporating a visit to the nearby village of Fair Haven into your plans. The village has had its busy summer season disrupted by high Lake Ontario waters, so some extra visitors during the rest of the summer would be helpful to local businesses.

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