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YMCA open house

Visitors skate at the new rink at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center.

The Citizen file

HIT: To taking an important community resource to the next level.

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center held an open house recently to celebrate its latest updates. A $4.5 million project completed in November brought to the facility a remodeled lobby, a new member services desk, a new gymnasium, cycling room and skating rink.

Executive Director Dorothea Hughes pointed out that the Y is about "much more than a building" and that all the work would be for naught if not for "the people who come through the door."

MISS: To an Auburn man's actions that prosecutors said make him "extremely dangerous."

The man was sent to prison in 2012 after injuring two people in a drunk driving crash while he was out on bail for a drug conviction. Still on probation, he was arrested again last fall after a drunken brawl at a tavern in Elbridge. He has now been sentenced to nine months in the Cayuga County Jail for violating probation and faces additional charges in Onondaga County.

HIT: To a local writer for diving into his passion.

Going back to college a few years ago changed everything for Alex Johnston, of Auburn, when writing classes at Cayuga Community College instilled in him a passion for literature — especially poetry. Since then there hasn't been anything Alex would rather do than write poetry. Next month, his book "On Fire and Roses" will be released by Lummox Press. As for the future, Alex can see himself becoming a college professor, teaching other people the art of poetry.

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