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Multiple injuries reported after crash in Cayuga County town of Fleming
At least three people were hurt in an accident at the traffic circle on Route 38 in Fleming Thursday night.
The accident was reported just before 9 p.m. and multiple ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
Route 38 was temporarily closed to traffic at the Auburn city line and on White Bridge Road in Owasco.
Two ambulances were later reported to be taking two people to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
Additional details were not available.
Auburn woman ticketed in Thursday night Fleming crash
An Auburn woman was ticketed in a crash at the traffic circle on Route 38 in Fleming Thursday night, state police said.
The incident was called in at 8:50 p.m., Cayuga County 911 dispatchers said. State police said Brooke A. Joy, 21, of Greenview Circle, was driving south on Route 38 and failed to yield for the vehicle driven by Shawn M. Garrigan, 45, of Auburn.
State police said Joy's vehicle hit Garrigan's vehicle, causing it to roll over. Garrigan and a passenger, whom state police did not identify, were transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for non-life threatening injuries, state police said.
Joy was ticketed for failure to yield the right away and was given an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana, both returnable to the Town of Fleming Court March 19.
Route 38 was temporarily closed to traffic at the Auburn city line and on White Bridge Road in Owasco due to the incident.
New logo, same ethos: Auburn company redesigns itself as founder takes new role
The work of Coburn Design is all around Auburn. For more than 25 years, its clean, bold imagery has been integral to the brands of hundreds of clients. But joining the list of Coburn's current design projects is its own logo. Because after founder Laura Coburn took a position with The Inns of Aurora in September 2017, she and her trusted team felt it was time to do their own rebranding.
Speaking Monday at their Genesee Street office, Coburn, Creative Director Chris Madden and Senior Designer Natalie Kimbrough said their organizational structure has changed since Coburn stopped working there full-time. She still owns the company, she said, but her work is limited to weekly check-ins. She's also available to provide advice and ideas at any time.
When it comes to creative direction, though, it's Madden and Kimbrough at the helm, handling everything from Prison City's beer labels and the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York's website to the graphics adorning the city of Auburn's Showmobile stage. And Coburn couldn't be any more confident in her team's ability to take the company through its next 25 years, she said.
Coburn started Coburn Design in her Orchard Avenue home in 1992. The Citizen's creative director at the time, she had started doing freelance design work for her clients that she couldn't do through the newspaper. She left The Citizen to focus on her new company full-time that November. After years of using part-timers, she hired her first full-time employee. Eventually, Coburn Design swelled to a staff of five. One of them was Madden, who came to the company from Scotsman Press in 2007. Then, about five years ago, Coburn and Madden decided to scale the team down, she said.
"Rather than being all things to all people, we've looked at what we're really great at," Coburn said. "And we really excel at illustration and web design."
With Madden handling the former and Coburn the latter, the two were able to take only the clients they were passionate about. The company maintains about 20 active ones at any given time, Coburn said, though it's worked with closer to 100 within the last three years. And because its services can be provided remotely, that client list reaches as far as California and Minneapolis.
Coburn landed the Minneapolis one, she said, when a former Merry-Go-Round Playhouse intern working there found local designers too imposing. Remembering her work with the Auburn company on the theater's show logos, she contacted Coburn. Other times, Madden said, the company uses social media to tout its talents to remote clients, and Skype to stay responsive to their needs.
Most of Coburn's clients, however, remain in the community. That local support has led Coburn to make giving part of the company's mission, she said. When funding fell through for a logo the King Ferry Food Pantry requested last holiday season, Coburn waived the fee. The company also feels strongly about the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY — Madden's Boston terrier, Ruby, shares his office space — so Kimbrough built its website for no charge. And Coburn uses gifts to express gratitude for the longtime support of the Merry-Go-Round and, later, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.
In 2014, the company began working with what, along with the festival, Kimbrough called one of Coburn's most exciting and high-profile clients: Prison City.
Since before Dawn Schulz opened the State Street brewpub that December, Prison City has sourced almost every one of its designs from Coburn, such as menus, glassware, beer labels and more.
"They have a really good knowledge of what our brand is," Schulz said. "Branding, especially in the competitive craft beer market, really makes a big difference. It makes people recognize you."
Schulz also praised the clean lines of Madden's work, which demonstrates one aspect of Coburn's approach to design. All the company's visuals are easy to read and reproducible across a variety of formats, Madden said, from small website icons to large theatrical posters. Coburn added that the cleanliness and organization of those designs can inspire confidence in the people who see them.
"If you're not a designer, you don't necessarily know why it's great," she said. "But there's something about it that just makes you feel a certain way."
Whether it's Schulz, Brett Smock of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival or other clients, Coburn also follows a collaborative process with them. Most give the company room to generate ideas, and as it does, clients chime in with theirs. Coburn said the company has to remain assertive, though, as sometimes clients may lack their audience's perception of the brand. The way colors work can also be misleading: A client who wants lime green, for instance, may not understand how yellow it will look on a website across Apple, Samsung and other platforms, Coburn said.
Madden, who has an M.S. in graphic design from SUNY Oswego, is there to navigate clients through that part of the process. A year and a half ago, he and Coburn added a third part-time employee in Kimbrough. After interning there 10 years prior, she returned with a BFA in visual communication and design from Kent State University, plus three years of experience designing for the University of Arizona. But it was her project management background, in particular, that combined with Madden's design skills to give Coburn the confidence they could carry on the company she started.
The Inns of Aurora felt the same way, Coburn said. The Aurora company had been making overtures to her for more than a year, she said, but she worried how Coburn Design would continue without her. And the Inns of Aurora, a longtime client, didn't want her at her company's expense. But the week Kimbrough arrived, the Inns of Aurora made another offer. She felt ready for a second career, Madden felt ready to lead the company and Kimbrough felt ready to go full-time. So they made the transition. And, naturally, they began working on a new logo, still in progress, to communicate it.
"It was a really wonderful, natural, very smooth transition," Coburn said. "The universe provides, I've always believed. Doors open when they're meant to open."
Mother-daughter duo from Auburn charged with selling heroin
A mother and a daughter from Auburn were arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling heroin to undercover officers with the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, according to the Auburn Police Department.
Auburn Police Department Deputy Chief Roger Anthony said Patty J. Waldby, 56, of 7 Barber St., had sold heroin in concert with her daughter, Samantha A. Dixon, 30, of the same address, to an undercover task force agent sometime between January and March 2018. Dixon had also sold heroin to agents on three other occasions within that same time frame, Anthony said.
Waldby was picked up on an indictment warrant at 5:10 p.m. at 70 Arterial East and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy.
Dixon was picked up on an indictment warrant at 6:45 p.m. at 46 North St. and charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fourth-degree conspiracy.
Both were arraigned at Cayuga County Court Wednesday. Dixon was sent to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash and $5,000 bond. Waldby was being held with no bail or bond.
Land of the Lakers: Skaneateles hockey beats Queensbury to capture state championship
BUFFALO — In the waning minutes of the state championship game, Skaneateles hockey’s Ryan Gick looked to his head coach Mitch Major and asked a simple question.
“Are we good enough yet?”
Even after a near-perfect regular season, a sectional title and a late lead in the state title game, the answer from Major was always no.
Once the final horn sounded, however, Major finally reversed his response. As the Lakers clinched the state title, the answer to Gick’s question was ultimately a resounding yes.
Skaneateles defeated Queensbury 6-1 Sunday in the NYSPHSAA Division II championship game at the HarborCenter in Buffalo to capture the program’s fourth state title and first since 2015.
“At the beginning of the year, coach said we’re not good enough, and all year he kept saying it,” Gick said. “With 30 seconds left I looked up and said, ‘Coach are we good enough?’ and he said no, and threw me out there for the last 15 seconds.
“I was actually playing defense which I never play. When the puck came to me I took a slap shot in panic, and I looked over at coach and yelled, ‘Are we good enough?’ ‘Yes, yes we are.’”
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Returning to the state title game after a two-year absence, Skaneateles made the most of its opportunity, outscoring and outplaying almost every team that crossed its path in 2018-19. The Lakers were the state’s top-ranked team from the start of the season to the end and validated that standing with a dominant performance over Queensbury.
“There’s been the ups and downs to it, but we fought through them,” said Bauer Morrissey, the state tournament’s most valuable player. “Coach has a saying that there’s a storm and we have to embrace it and go over it. I think we did that really well this year.”
Gick’s goal only two minutes into the second period was the beginning of another stellar performance for the winger and his two linemates, Luke Lynn and Cole Heintz — both Heintz and Lynn added tallies later in the second to put Skaneateles ahead 3-0 after two periods. Lynn, Garrett Krieger and Jack Henry each tacked on another goal in the third to secure the championship.
While Skaneateles boasts a deep forward lineup, it was the combination of Gick, Heintz and Lynn that carried the offense throughout sectionals and the state tournament. In the Lakers’ final two games, the trio combined to score eight goals.
“They just like each other and sometimes just liking each other helps,” Major said. “They just got better and better. Halfway through the year they weren’t really producing, but they were our leaders and they stepped up. Sometimes people quit on their goals and get frustrated, and I just told them I’m so proud of the fact that they never quit.”
Lynn, the team’s captain, described the line like it’s a brotherhood.
“We’re really close. We’re like brothers,” Lynn said. “Friends off the ice and on the ice. It’s just been awesome to do it with those two. I couldn’t be happier playing with them.”
While each season and each team, good or bad, takes on its own flavor, this moment is particularly special for Major. Now a three-time state champion — once as a player and twice as a coach — Major was able to celebrate this one with his son, Charlie, an eighth-grade forward who was far too young to be on the 2015 championship team.
“It’s a special moment … a different special,” Major said. “The whole team is special to me and they’re all like my kids, but obviously Charlie's effort tonight and his grit — he played like a warrior and as a dad I was very proud."
Now the Lakers will return home to Skaneateles, welcomed back as champions.
“I grew up in Skaneateles. My whole family was here," Major said. "It’s just awesome to be able to bring another state championship back to Skaneateles and say, ‘Hey, we’re still on the map here.’ This is important to the community and it’s been important to me since I was born. It’s definitely a special moment.”