Gallery: The Citizen community photos from December 2018 Jan 2, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Here are the latest community-provided photos to be printed in The Citizen's Lake Life section. Warm gift Bob Edmunds, of Jonathan's Furniture, left, and Ed Helinski, right, both of the Auburn Rotary Club, present a check for $5,000 to The Citizen Publisher Rob Forcey to support Warm the Children. The annual program provides winter coats, hats and gloves to local families in need. The club raised the money at its annual Jim Balloni Memorial Pancake Breakfast in November. Provided Haunted help Ailish and Connor Cuthbert donate proceeds from their annual Nightmare on Anna Street haunted house to The Citizen Publisher Rob Forcey, representing Warm the Children. The annual program provides winter coats, hats and gloves to local families in need. Provided Kind knits Volunteers from the Scarf Project decorated Seymour Public Library's front gates with handmade scarfs and hats. People in need are invited to take them. It is the third year the Scarf Project has provided the service to the Auburn community. The library is located at 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn. Provided 'Wonderful' housewarming Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County partnered with actors in Seneca Falls for the "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival to present housewarming gifts to a Habitat partner family. The actors, known as "the Bailey kids," delivered bread, wine and salt, just as the Bailey family did for the Martini family in the classic holiday movie. Provided Lending a hat Cheri Farrington spends her spare time knitting winter hats for area children. She brings them to Dickman Farms Garden Center and the Auburn Salvation Army. Farrington, who also works part-time at local churches, has given away 175 hats so far this year, she said. Provided del Lago donates Del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre recently donated $1,000 to Vera House, of Syracuse, through a month-long social media campaign in honor of the holiday season. Followers were asked by del Lago to nominate a local nonprofit to receive the donation, and Vera House was randomly selected. From left is del Lago Community Outreach Coordinator Joell Murney-Karsten, Vera House victim advocate Julie Lovenberg and del Lago Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Juliano. Provided Open by design Tracy Verrier, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracy Verrier, left, and chamber Manager Amy Fuller, right, hold the ribbon as it's cut by Junior Designer Ching-Hui Wang, owner Jessica Franklin Benedict and her husband, Steve Benedict, during a grand opening event at new interior design business Sixty55 Design in Fleming Dec. 10. Provided Fostering funds Members of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office who participated in No Shave November raised $1,350 for the Cayuga County Foster Care Program to buy Christmas presents and needed items for local foster children. From left is Officer Jason Morrell, Detective Rob Franklin, Cpl. Joe Marventano, Sgt. Shane Perkins, Wendy Armstrong of Cayuga County Foster Care, Sgt. Dennis McNabb, Officer Josh Hinman, Deputy Rob Brown and Detective Sgt. Fred Cornelius. Provided Del Lago Drive Del Lago Resort & Casino donated toys, gifts and household essentials to the Seneca Community Christmas Project for the second year and a row. The items were collected through an employee drive. The Seneca Community Christmas Project serves 500 to 600 families faced with challenging times during the holiday season. From left is Seneca Community Christmas Project Vice President of Human Resources Blair Morgan, del Lago Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Juris Basens and del Lago Community Outreach Coordinator Joell Murney-Karsten. Provided Jolly trolley The second annual Auburn Christmas Caroling Trolley visited the Edward T. Boyle Center, Schwartz Towers, Restmour House, Auburn VFW No. 1975, Chapel House and Stryker Homes Dec. 14. The event concluded with music by Private Property at Next Chapter Brewpub. Provided Holiday home The home of Jim and Alyssa Zmarthie at 26 Melrose Parkway in Owasco is all lit up for Christmas. Provided Criminal justice scholarship awarded Cayuga Community College student Alexa Smalley received the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship from Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould this semester. Pictured are college Vice President of Student Affairs Jeff Rosenthal, Gould, Smalley and criminal justice Professor Theresa Misiaszek. Smalley is scheduled to graduate from Cayuga in May and is considering transferring to SUNY Cortland or SUNY Oswego to continue her education. Misiaszek nominated Smalley for the scholarship. “Miss Smalley is just the type of student we had in mind when we started our scholarship program,” Gould said in a press release. “She has let nothing deter her in her pursuit of her goals, and she exhibits all the qualities we look for in our scholarship recipients. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is proud to recognize and reward Miss Smalley for her efforts.” Provided Kind wolves The Union Springs Wolves travel basketball team volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army at Tops in Auburn from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in an effort to make a difference in the community. The Wolves team is a newly formed, nonprofit youth travel basketball club consisting of Union Springs students in grades three through five, organized and coached by Dan Pantoliano. 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