Eli Hernandez, president of the Auburn/Cayuga Branch of the NAACP, speaks at the 2019 Freedom Fund Banquet at the Springside Inn in Fleming Friday.

HIT: To the honorees at this year's annual Freedom Fund Banquet put on by the NAACP Auburn/Cayuga Branch.

Friday evening's event gave special recognition to Dia Carabajal (Dale Post Educator Award), Lisa Coward (Reverend John C. Humphrey Jr. Religious Service Award), Kayleandra Nyiera White (Dr. Jerome H. "Brud" Holland Youth Leader Award) and Erin Humphrey's Genesee Street Voices (Business/Organization Award). The chapter also announced its William and Helen Jackson College Assistance Stipends Awards recipients: Angelique Marie Brown, Lauren Emma Dupre, Zhané Nazee Greene, Briance Thomese Love, Felicia Ann Mcllvain, Kasquana Desheté Mitchell, Ariez Ahmir Vanderpool and Kaylendra Nyiera White.

Congrats to all the honorees, and kudos to the NAACP volunteers for putting together another terrific program.

MISS: To this stretch of cold, wet weather that has blanketed much of upstate New York.

Aside from an occasional nice day, the default weather pattern in central New York of late seems to be clouds, rain and below-average temperatures. Through Monday morning, the National Weather Service reported that the average high temperature in Auburn for May has been 60.9 degrees, more than five degrees below normal. Precipitation, at 2.59 inches so far, is nearly 1.2 inches ahead of normal.

Let's hope for a string of some warm, dry days in the near future.

HIT: To John Beilein, a former central New Yorker who's made it to the highest of level of coaching in basketball.

Beilein has been the highly successful head coach at Michigan for the past 12 years, but prior to that, he worked his way up through all levels of basketball coaching. That included a stint from 1983 to 1992 as the coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. On Monday, news broke that he's going to be the next coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Citizen editorial board includes interim publisher Thomas Salvo, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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