Ag/Environmen

NILES — The Cayuga County Health Department closed two bathing beaches Tuesday because of harmful algal blooms: Camp Y Owasco in Niles and the Owasco Yacht Club in Owasco, both on Owasco Lake. …

Possum or opossum? They’re 2 different orders of marsupial

Is it an opossum or a possum? In North America, it’s the opossum; the Virginia Opossum or North-American Opossum, latin name Didelphis virginiana. The possum is actually a completely different …

Farm revived to house horses, riding facility

A Cortlandville riding school that hadn’t been used that way in nearly 25 years is back in operation following five years of restoration and with a riding school that was a teen-ager’s …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Farm Service Agency, announced Friday its disaster assistance programs are available to help agricultural producers recover from the storms and …

A day at the fair

Consider the ideal day at the fair. Is it the rides? The contests and displays? Is it the midway? The fried dough? Lights, sound, smells — it’s all part of a slice of Americana …

Cortland County homeowners can receive a $100 rebate on septic system maintenance by attending a free workshop on septic systems, the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District announced …

Wright is honored for nearly 60 years of service to Grange

When Eugene Wright joined the board of directors of the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District and Grange, Cortland County had 997 farms. Of those, 628 were dairy farms. That was …

Cow-panions

Cortland County Junior fair ‘gets better as we get older’

The smell of livestock filled the air Tuesday as staff set up rides and vendors set up booths for customers as the Cortland County Junior Fair began five days of festivities. The fair has been …

Feeding kids for the summer

        By KAYLA GUILLEN Staff Intern Kguillen@cortlandstandard.com   Children lined up at Suggett Park in Cortland to get a free …

Sheriff's department seeks owner of stray donkey

If the hee-haws at your home have gone silent, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office might have found the cause. Sheriff’s officers located a donkey or mule around 4 a.m. Wednesday on …

Legislature Chair Kevin Fitch gives State of the County Address

Economic development efforts, infrastructure improvements — like road and bridge repairs — and the expansion of health and social services were highlighted in Thursday’s State of …

Cortland SPCA loses key leaders, seeks donations, may close

  Less than four months after naming two long-time employees to lead the organization, the Cortland Community SPCA has experienced a serious setback with the resignation of one …

Practice firework safety on 4th of July

Here’s your gentle reminder that “legal sparkling devices” are the only type of firework that’s legal in New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a news release. …

Cortlandville comprehensive plan should be ready by end of year

The head of the committee developing Cortlandville’s comprehensive plan for the town’s future said he wants to get a completed plan to the Town Board between September and December. …

First-generation farmers must clear high fences

Casey Knapp of Preble chased geese across the land his family has worked for four generations – he’ll be the fifth. He’ll chase gees, run equipment, milk cows, raise beef, pork …

AURORA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation plan to apply herbicides on the east shore of Cayuga Lake this summer to treat hydrilla, Cayuga …

Trust protects two Lansing parcels, 5 miles apart

LANSING – The two preserves 5 miles apart are about as different as can be, yet their owner says they serve the same mission. The 287-acre Cayuga Shores Wildlife Management Area off Nut …

Trinity Valley a century in the making

Trinity Valley dairy products result from decisions made over the past 100 years by an upstate New York family (now headed by Ken and Sue Poole; Branden and Rebekah Brown). Vision, ambition, …

Families celebrate each other at Cortland's dairy parade

The diverse crowd Tuesday at the Cortland County Dairy Parade shared a common thread – they were there to cheer on kids, grandkids, siblings. Their love of dairy varied, from cheese to ice …

‘We’re proud to be farmers’

Three generations of the Poole family stood together Tuesday as they accepted this year’s Warm Hands award, marking the start of Dairy Month in Cortland County. “It makes us feel …

The parade has had to adapt in many ways over the past few years, but the Cortland County Dairy Parade will return Tuesday in a route that takes it from North Main Street toward the Cortland County …

Lime Hollow receives $250k for building work, solar panels

Lime Hollow Nature Center has been around for more than 30 years. The $250,000 grant it announced Friday will help it for the next 40, its director said. Lime Hollow Executive Director Ilya …

In case of a rainy day

The sun shone Friday in Cortland – the sky a bright blue, only a small spattering of clouds. Birds whistled in tune with the wind; the leaves rustled, cars rumbled in the background. But …

The 33rd annual Cortland Water Festival will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cortland Water Works on Broadway Street in Cortland. Because of construction at Broadway and Neubig Road, get to …

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