Willard Memorial Chapel

The Auburn Fire Department secured Willard Memorial Chapel Monday morning after a small furnace fire. 

HIT: To the Central New York TomatoFest, which last weekend continued a remarkable roll started in 1985 of helping area food pantries via a large community festival.

The three-day celebration of the tomato ran from Friday through Sunday at a variety of downtown Auburn locations, highlighted by Saturday's daylong street festival.

The festival raises crucial funds and collects food donations for the many pantries that help Cayuga County-area families in their times of need.

Any event that can last more than three decades is doing something right, but it's also evident that TomatoFest organizers have worked hard in recent years to rejuvenate this tradition. The hard work of this all-volunteer organization is a true blessing for the community.

MISS: To a home loss for the Syracuse University football team against a program that, in theory, should not even be competitive against the Orange.

Saturday's defeat at the hands of Middle Tennessee was difficult to watch, which is perhaps why the Carrier Dome crowd was less than 30,000.

The Orange program has too much pride and history to allow this level of play to continue.

HIT: To the excellent response to a fire at a prized Auburn property.

The alertness of staff working inside Willard Chapel to notice a burning smell and quickly contact the fire department, along with the Auburn Fire Department's quick response, turned what could have been a terrible situation into a small inconvenience for visitors at the historic building on Monday morning. A smoldering furnace was the culprit.

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

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