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Hits & Misses: Cayuga County-area 9/11 tributes, football weekend, Prison City honors

Hits & Misses: Cayuga County-area 9/11 tributes, football weekend, Prison City honors

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Maureen Kierst holds her father's, Paul Kierst, helmet in tribute to all firefighters during a 9/11 wreath laying ceremony at Memorial City Hall in Auburn. Firefighters hold a special place in Kierst's heart as her father and grandfather both served and retired as Auburn firefighters.

HIT: To all of the people who organized and participated in 9/11 remembrance ceremonies in the Cayuga County-area.

From assemblies at local schools last week to the police and fire department service at Auburn's Falcon Park on Saturday night, there were several poignant tributes and gatherings on the 20th anniversary of that terrible day in American history.

While a major anniversary such as this one generates extra attention, it's important that communities large and small continue every year to remember the victims of 9/11 and summon the spirit of unity and selflessness that the nation showed in response.

MISS: To a very forgettable weekend for New York college and professional football fans.

The Syracuse University football team fell to Rutgers in its home opener Saturday, the first game at the renovated dome in front of fans.

A day later, all three NY pro football franchises dropped their season openers: the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants.

HIT: To more national honors for a Cayuga County craft brewery.

Prison City Brewing won two medals at the world's largest commercial beer competition, the Great American Beer Festival. The Auburn brewery won a bronze in the Belgian Fruit Beer category and a silver in the Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category.

Prison City, which has earned numerous other state and national accolades for its beers over the years, previously earned a silver at the Great American festival in 2015.

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


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