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Friday marks 34 years since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act and local advocates for greater access will celebrate between 1 and 3:30 p.m. in Cortland’s Suggett Park. The …

The reconstruction of the Cortland’s Main Street has been discussed for nearly seven years and actually underway since late March 2023. In that time, we feel like we have talked to everybody we …

After 17 months in Cortland, Mariana Kosarieva and her family — refugees from the war in Ukraine — want to stay here and make a new life. They’re …

Justice delayed is justice denied. It’s a maxim of law that is alternatively attributed to the 19th century British House of Commons, the Magna Carta of 1215, …

The ornate, 110-year-old Cortland fire station on Court Street with a bell tower and tiled roof stands in stark contrast to the bunker-like City Hall building next door that was constructed in …

When members of the Cortland Standard editorial board met Monday morning, we discussed how important it is to be prepared for emergencies — such as the storm last week …

The Cortland Community SPCA has struggled with financial issues and leadership for years, but its situation has become dire and it is reaching out for help. Robert E. Bittner, president of the …

Homer Police Chief Robert Pitman had an interesting comment on the difficulty police agencies across the nation have in recruiting new officers: “Some people aren’t applying for law …

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation saved a Cortland man last week in a rescue that’s astounding, except that it’s happened at least five times in the greater Cortland area in the past six …

The greater Cortland County area has a long and proud agricultural tradition. By far the most common type of farming in the area has been dairy farming, although there has been growing diversity …

The League of Women Voters has long provided practical (and non-partisan) information to help all Americans understand issues, candidates and our rights as voters, and encourages everyone to make …

What’s all this about the Declaration of Independence? Why do we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day? Written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is the basis of our liberty and the foundation …

Forests, parks and other outdoor public spaces in the greater Cortland area offer opportunities to exercise, relax and recharge We were excited to learn recently that the state and non-profit …

During one of the first public engagement meetings for Cortland County’s strategic development plan, attendee Jeffrey Hall of Virgil made a point that’s glaringly obvious these …

In May 2023, Congress — or at least the GOP majority — clowned around with the idea of not raising the federal debt ceiling and forcing the government into default. As part of that, Capitol Hill …

Earlier this year, we printed a reader survey and received an overwhelming response. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the questionnaire and return it to us. Your responses will guide us as …

As much as we like the concept of a land bank — where a municipality takes over an abandoned or nearly abandoned property, fixes it up and sells it — it didn’t escape our notice …

Some members of a Cortland family we know believe a ghost named Bailey haunts their house. In the first interaction, one of the sons was in an upstairs bedroom one morning when he heard a …

Today is officially the first day of summer, although we’ve been roasting for several days already. This might be the weather some of us dream about in the depths of winter, but it can also be …

We stared out over the landscape that has become Cortland’s Main Street and wondered what we might say about Nic Dovi’s pending retirement as the city’s public works superintendent — at …

The World War I monument is one of the oldest in Cortland’s Courthouse Park, but for years it had experienced gradual decay and neglect in its spot on the grassy lawn outside the Cortland …

When the city of Cortland announced it would begin requiring registration and charging a fee for Cortland County residents to use the municipal Wickwire Pool this year, we had some concerns. The urge …

Dan McNeil Jr., a Cortland native who died May 30, paved a path for those who followed over his 101 years. A member of the first graduating class of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, McNeil was a …

United in love

There’s a lot of cynicism about religion — for example, this is actually our third attempt to write the lead paragraph to this editorial, as the previous versions turned out surprisingly …

United in love

There’s a lot of cynicism about religion — for example, this is actually our third attempt to write the lead paragraph to this editorial, as the previous versions turned out surprisingly bitter. …

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