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Snowmobile safety

Cpl. Glen Dudley of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office teaches snowmobile safety at the Ira Fire Department Jan. 21.

HIT: To starting young snowmobilers out on the right path.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office recently held a class in Ira where children could obtain snowmobile safety certificates, necessary for going out riding without an adult. Deputies said that while accidents are not a common occurrence in the county, education can help reduce the risk of mishaps — and injuries.

Another safety course is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Moravia. For more information, contact Cpl. Glen Dudley at (315) 253-4905 or

MISS: To an increases in flu cases in Cayuga County.

The health department reported this week that there have been nearly 400 cases of influenza so far this season compared with 48 at the same point last year. And a big problem is how easy the virus spreads. People can infect those around them from a day before they begin feeling sick and for seven days afterward.

Officials are advising the public that it isn't too late to get a flu shot, especially considering that the flu typically peaks in February. For more information, call the health department at (315) 253-1560 or visit

HIT: To a rising talent in the art world.

Jazmen Richardson, of Elbridge, was recently recognized for drawings she submitted in the Illustrators of the Future Contest. Presently working out of the Sunshine State, Richardson said she still hasn't narrowed down her options for the future, but the recognition for her art might help steer her toward a career creating book covers.

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