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A fallen tree blocks the road on Woodlawn Avenue in Auburn during a wind storm April 4.

HIT: To the Skaneateles students who earned their way to a global problem-solving and creativity competition later this spring.

At the New York state finals for Odyssey of the Mind held Saturday in Binghamton, the Skaneateles Central School District's State Street Elementary School Team B took first place Saturday in the Division I category titled "Classics ... Mockumentary! Seriously?"

These students can now compete in the Odyssey world championship, which runs this year May 23-26 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The Skaneateles team was one of several from the Cayuga County-area that participated in Saturday's state finals. All of the students who were in Binghamton on Saturday had earned that place in the competition through their performance earlier this year at a regional event held at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus in Aurelius.

MISS: To the way winter keeps hanging on here in central New York.

We don't often see temperatures approaching 10 degrees or snow-covered ground or wind gusts around 50 mph in April, but we had them all over the past several days.

Perhaps April is making up for the mild weather we experienced for part of February. In any case, weather forecasters are saying some relief is in sight by the end of this week, and we sure hope they are correct.

HIT: To the future arrival of Frontier Airlines at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport.

The discount airline last week said it will launch nonstop service from Syracuse to Chicago, Denver, Orlando and Raleigh, starting in July with the Denver and Raleigh service and continuing the next month with the other two cities.

Syracuse has long needed more discount airline competition and more direct service options, so this announcement is welcome news for central New York travelers.

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