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Addison Lange

Addison Lange organized a fundraiser at Herman Avenue Elementary School in Auburn.

HIT: To supporting a fun and important fundraising effort.

Addison Lange, a sixth-grader at Herman Avenue Elementary School in Auburn, recently spearheaded an effort to raise money for Paige's Butterfly Run, which supports pediatric cancer patients. With the support of her family and school administrators, Addison encouraged her fellow students to donate money and got permission for them to be allowed to wear pajamas during a recent school day.

The fundraiser was a great learning experience for Addison and her classmates, and the effort far exceeded Addison's expectations, with more than $450 being raised.

MISS: To the death of a man injured in a Cayuga County crash.

Stephen H. Zelsnack Jr., of Marathon, passed away last week at a Syracuse hospital where he had been undergoing treatment since a Nov. 30 collision at the intersection of Route 41A and Sayles Corners Road in Sempronius.

Stephen was a farmer and longtime member of the Cortland Fire Department.

HIT: To another business opening in downtown Auburn.

After having lived in New York City for several years, Auburn native Erin Campagnola came back home and decided that the many yoga studios and coffee shops she saw downstate might also become more popular here. That idea has now become a reality with Zen Den, a yoga studio and cafe opening Saturday at 16 Genesee St.

The combination of specialties, Erin said, invites people who may be curious about yoga to try it out, and for anyone else to simply spend some time enjoying a smoothie in a relaxed atmosphere. It may be just the new-year change of pace that people are looking for, and we hope the venture thrives.

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

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