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Brady Elster takes a blanket out of a crate as a part of his Eagle Scout project at The Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly.

HIT: To helping college students finish what they've started.

Students sometimes find themselves having to consider leaving school because of emergencies such as medical issues, theft or homelessness. The Student Emergency Grant program at Cayuga Community College can help students in need with rent, transportation or child care so that they can continue to focus on their studies.

The program recently got a great deal of assistance in the form of two grants, $27,500 each from the Heckscher Foundation for Children and the Gerstner Family Foundation, gifts that will one day help students through times of crises.

MISS: To an incident of severe violence.

A man who's been held at the Cayuga County Jail since August for allegedly attacking another man with a knife in the town of Victory was back in court this week. The Auburn man was originally charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon but was more recently indicted on a charge of attempted murder. Prosecutors said that the victim in the case lost sight in one eye after having been stabbed in the head, hand and torso.

HIT: To spreading good cheer — and warmth — during the holidays.

As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Brady Elster of Boy Scout Troop 21 in Auburn, recently visited the Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly to deliver handmade blankets and other gifts to residents there. Brady had plenty of support at home along the way, and a team of about 30 volunteers helped put the blankets together. The project put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.