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Firefighters battle a brush fire on Benham Road in Aurelius in 2015.

HIT: To a timely reminder to use common sense.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has imposed a brush burning ban from March 16 through May 14 because of the high risk of wildfires in early spring. It may not feel like springtime yet, but people will soon be out cleaning up their property, and some will be tempted to get rid of the debris they collect by setting it aflame.

The DEC says that brush burning is the leading cause of spring wildfires in New York, and violators can be fined as much as $500.

MISS: In what may be a case of "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree," a mother and daughter from Auburn have both been accused of selling drugs.

The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force had evidently been keeping an eye on the pair for quite some time, and undercover officers allegedly made several purchases of heroin from them. The mother now stands accused of conspiracy and possessing and selling a controlled substance. The daughter has been charged with similar crimes but has additional counts of alleged drug sales that she will have to answer to in court.

HIT: To training that can save a life.

A Narcan training event is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Cato-Meridian Middle School in Cato to show people how to effectively respond to an opioid overdose. Attendees will learn how to obtain free or low-cost naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The free training is ideal for first responders and others likely to witness an overdose. For more information, call (315) 626-3317 or email

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

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