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Dale Elster

Author Dale Elster, of Auburn, placed third in the Narrate Your Own "Twilight Zone" contest.

The Citizen file

HIT: To a rescue on Owasco Lake.

When a duck hunter fell out of a kayak Sunday near Fleming, another person was able to grab a canoe and go out and help the floundering Wayne County man to shore. Emergency responders said that the man had become hypothermic but was going to be OK.

At the risk of adding insult to injury, we have to also give a MISS to the apparent unpreparedness of the hunter. Authorities said that not only was he not wearing a life jacket, he did not bring one along in his kayak. Water can be dangerous at any time of year, but going out in cold weather requires an extra level of safety preparation.

MISS: To reports that some propane suppliers took advantage of customers.

The state Attorney General's Office is investigating numerous complaints from New Yorkers who said that fuel suppliers ignored their calls for service, forced them to purchase new propane tanks, or deliberately delivered on weekends so they could charge a higher fee. The complaints were lodged during the recent bout of extremely cold weather, when people found themselves in urgent need of propane to heat their homes.

HIT: To writer from another dimension.

When Dale Elster heard about a writing contest sponsored by the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, he quickly got down to work, writing the introduction and ending narrations for a fictional story in the theme of "The Twilight Zone."

The Auburn author is a fan of Serling's work, so he came up with a story similar to something Serling himself might have written. And the result was quite good — garnering a third-place award in the contest.

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