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Ava Pinckney

Ava Pinckney, 12, is going to the World Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month.

HIT: To taking her talent all the way to the top.

Ava Pinckney, 12, of Auburn, has been taking Irish dance lessons for about as long as she can remember, and she doesn't envision stopping any time soon. She has her sights set on becoming a dance teacher one day, but for now she is enjoying competing — and competing at the highest level.

Ava did so well at a competition in Philadelphia in the fall that her next stop will be the World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of March. We hope the experience is everything that Ava has dreamed it will be.

MISS: To a retail worker who reportedly took merchandise home rather than sell it to customers.

Police said a Port Byron man who works at Walmart in Auburn began making it a habit of stealing electronics, allegedly making off with two helpings of the latest iPhone and other electronics with a total value of more than $3,500. In addition to facing two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, we presume he is also out of a job.

HIT: To a unique way to add another chapter to the history of Auburn.

The Auburn Community Orchestra recently celebrated in music the contributions of three people who left big imprints on the city — and the country. The Tribute to History's Hometown concert touched on the life and times of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, statesman William Seward and inventor Theodore Case, three Auburnians whose accomplishments are surely worthy of a musical celebration.

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