Tru-Quan Scott, 13, dances at the Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn Saturday.

HIT: To the Harriet Tubman Freedom Musical Festival, which brought an enthusiastic crowd to downtown Auburn on Saturday to celebrate and pay tribute to the abolitionist who called this city her home.

Organized by Auburn native and founder of the New York Institute of Dance and Education Sean McLeod, the festival marked its fourth year at a new venue: the new NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center. The site, with Tubman's statue watching over the festivities, was a terrific place to showcase the talented performers who entertained and the contributions to the community and the world of this year's class of festival honorees.

McLeod framed the spirit of the event well when he said: "This is a world-class celebration of what it means to be free. Every person that walks under God's sun has a right to the opportunity for a better moment tomorrow."

MISS: To the news that Wells College has been put on probation by its accrediting organization.

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The small institution of higher education on Cayuga Lake in Aurora is facing major financial challenges. College officials say they are confident they can turn the situation around and get back in normal standing, but it's certainly going to require some difficult changes.

HIT: To Auburn native Jay Roberts, a military veteran who has overcome medical problems to compete in the international Invictus Games and also started a company to support others pursuing similar endeavors.

Roberts is a former Navy nuclear submariner who encountered a series of medical challenges stemming from a brain tumor. Inspired by a man he met selling coffee to raise funds for veterans causes, Roberts decided to form his own company, Sapere Coffee. After considerable travel and research, the business has launched and he's helping others find the same inspiration and healing by being part of events like Warrior Games and Invictus Games.

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

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