Fire day two 2

Fire investigators examine the scene at a fire at Page Trucking in Brutus on Monday.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

HIT: To the Syracuse University men's and women's basketball programs, which are off to a stellar start this season.

The Orange women have won their first 11 games, with the most recent victory coming Sunday over Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach. The men have just one loss, and their most recent victory, in overtime over rival Georgetown, was especially sweet for loyal SU fans who always enjoy beating the Hoyas.

Both Syracuse teams have yet to hit the meat of their schedule when Atlantic Coast Conference competition gets underway, but the quality of play thus far is certainly encouraging.

MISS: To a large fire at Page Trucking in the town of Brutus on Sunday.

A garage went up in flames at the company's facilities just off Exit 40 of the state Thruway. The smoke could be seen from several miles away as fire crews from more than a dozen area departments worked to bring the blaze under control. Their fast and effective work, done in sub-freezing conditions, helped keep the fire from becoming much worse.

HIT: To Sean McLeod, the founder of the Auburn- and New York City-based New York Institute for Dance and Education, who was hired to guide a prestigious Midwest ballet company's rendition of "The Nutcracker."

McLeod has spent considerable time this fall in Kansas leading the Wichita Ballet's production of this holiday-season classic.

Ilex Gelpi, the ballet company's president, had high praise for McLeod: "We felt like the expertise and connections and knowledge that Sean brings, with his specific technique he uses with his dancers and also his choreography skills, would expose our dancers to the professional world of ballet. Having New York talent and choreography come in and help has given our dancers a lot of opportunities to grow."

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