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Ice drags 5

Chris Easlick drives at Little Sodus Ice Drags in Fair Haven Saturday.

HIT: To the return of the Little Sodus Ice Drags, a fun snowmobile racing event on the frozen surface of the Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven that drew a crowd on Saturday.

Unlike the past couple of years, this winter has brought conditions that resulted in stable and safe ice for this year's friendly competition among sled owners in the area. And for those not racing, being a spectator to it all was plenty of fun, too.

We all know that central New York winters, especially in northern Cayuga County, can be grueling. Events like the ice drags are a welcome opportunity to get some fresh air and embrace the elements, rather than stay inside and complain about them.

Thanks to the organizers for putting together a safe and successful event.

MISS: To a power outage at a Cayuga County assisted living center that disrupted life for residents.

The Northbrook Heights facility on Murray Street in Auburn lost electricity on Friday due to an internal issue. Fortunately, Northbrook staff and emergency officials worked together to get generators and heaters in place so residents could remain safe and warm while the underlying problem was addressed.

HIT: To a state grant that will help Auburn replace a bunch of lead fixtures within its water system.

The state Department of Health's Lead Service Line Replacement Program Initiative has awarded the city with $689,134. The funds will be used by the city to replace many of the small lead pipe portions that are part of the connections between main lines and the pipes that go into residences. The more lead that can be removed from the public water infrastructure, the better, so this grant is good news for Auburn's water customers.

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