HIT: To a well-known local official being named to a national commission.

Karen Hill, president and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home, will be one of 14 people on the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, a group charged with planning programs celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.


In addition to being a great honor for Hill, she is well aware of the fact that her voice on the panel will draw more attention to Tubman's legacy and the associated historic sites in Auburn. Hill also said she is happy for the opportunity to bring more attention to the A.M.E. Zion Church and "the need for active programming to make sure we're embracing freedom as a fundamental element of our rights as American citizens."

MISS: To the loss of a beloved Auburn priest.

The Rev. Stephen Mack, pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, died Sunday of cancer. Associates said that even some people who knew Mack were unaware that he had been sick for the past five years, because he never brought it up.


Mack was ordained into the priesthood in 1984 and had spent every year since at St. Nicholas, becoming the church's longest serving pastor. Parish priest the Rev. Michael Speck said that it will be difficult moving forward without Mack's leadership. "Because of his optimism, everyone else was always very optimistic as well," Speck said.

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