Stroke support

Auburn Community Hospital's Hope After Stroke Support Community meets.

HIT: To a place to share common experiences.

People who have suffered a stroke sometimes find themselves feeling alone and misunderstood, but a new meeting place in Auburn has helped change that. The Hope After Stroke Support Community at Auburn Community Hospital is for people to share their experiences and offer their support. Family, friends and caregivers are welcome, too.

There is strength in numbers, and we hope this meeting place gives people the strength they need to keep going. The group meets at 2 p.m. the last Friday of every month at the hospital's Veterans Affairs Clinic.

MISS: To an Auburn woman prosecutors called a "busy" drug dealer.

The woman was sentenced this week to three years in prison for selling cocaine. The drug dealing was just the most recent chapter in the woman's life of crime. She was convicted of two counts of robbery in 2008 and convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in 2012.

Only time will tell if this third conviction will convince her to change her ways or whether she'll appear, once again, in a courtroom.

HIT: To an Auburn man being recognized for heroics.

John Exner was among the honorees at this week's American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast in Syracuse. The Red Cross of Western and Central New York said that most of its guests were ordinary people who came to the aid of someone in distress. In Exner's case, it was an ordinary day at Hunter's Dinerant when a woman began choking. Exner calmly told the elderly woman that he could help and then performed the Heimlich maneuver, successfully saving the woman's life.

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

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