Land in the town of Niles recently acquired by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Bill Hecht

HIT: To the preservation of more Cayuga County land.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced this week that it has purchased 74 acres — including 1,100 feet of shoreline — on Owasco Lake in the town of Niles. According to a news release, the site features forested bluffs overlooking the lake as well as meadows, hay fields and a rugged gorge. A hiking trail will one day provide easy access for people to explore the property.

The land trust said that it intends to manage the site as a public conservation area and undertake wetland restoration to filter runoff to the lake.

MISS: To more severe winter weather.

It seems that not a week goes by this winter without another storm or a bout of single-digit temperatures, and this week was no exception as heavy snow fell throughout the day on Wednesday. Schedules were disrupted as schools and offices closed, and travel once again became a slow, slippery and dangerous endeavor. We would like to believe that each week closer to spring means a lesser chance of snow — but we're not holding our breath.

HIT: To quick work by police to catch a suspected purse snatcher.

The Auburn Police Department began searching Tuesday afternoon after a man grabbed a purse out of a shopping cart in the parking lot at Wegmans and ran off toward city hall. A man matching the description of the thief was found in the neighborhood and questioned by officers. He was said to have some of the contents of the purse in his possession, and the pocketbook was found abandoned nearby.

The APD said that the New York State Police assisted in the case, and we tip our hat to all for a job well done.

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