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Enjoying the lake during the 4th of July celebration at Emerson Park.

HIT: To the many Fourth of July community events held throughout the Cayuga County area.

From the big symphony concert and fireworks show Wednesday night at Emerson Park to the small parade Thursday on the streets on Owasco, there was no shortage of opportunities to celebrate the birth of this nation with friends, family and neighbors.

The Independence Day holiday spirit was also on display throughout the region as people proudly flew their American flags outside their homes and on their vehicles, and many donned patriotic clothing. It was all a great reminder of those words from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

MISS: To a reported increase of people trespassing along railroad tracks in the Cayuga County area.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office announced recently it will be increasing patrols around tracks, which are private property and potentially dangerous areas to be near.

Hopefully people get the message and stay away this summer.

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HIT: To the appointments made for the new Cayuga County Veterans Advisory Board.

The county Legislature last week approved a terrific slate of men and women who have served in the military and will now work to help represent veterans who work with the Cayuga County Veterans Service Agency.

The idea to create the advisory board was a good one, and it's exciting to see that idea move forward with the formal establishment of the board.

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

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