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“Construction season,” otherwise known as “summer,” is nothing new. Whether repairing the frost-heave damage that winter left behind, or conducting periodic, scheduled maintenance and …

For years, Carter’s Tree Service has used a plot on Route 215 in Cortlandville illegally, storing vehicles and equipment for the business on land that’s zoned R-1 residential. It was cited in …

The effect of the decision won’t be felt for a decade or more, but Cortland County legislators have just a year to make a decision that could help — or harm — for the next …

Help smokers quit

We’ve had a front row seat to the efforts of friends and family to quit smoking or other tobacco products. It’s hard. Really hard. If you’re a smoker, chances are you want to …

For decades, the land sat festering across the Tioughnioga River near Homer, a former scrap yard. For even longer, 40 years, the Caswell Road landfill in Dryden sat vacant, of use to nobody …

People who attended a Homer Town Board meeting May 8 overwhelmingly opposed a proposal by a local entrepreneur to install four billboards along Interstate 81 in the town. Twenty spoke against …

We often use this space to tell our readers that we’re proud of a community member’s accomplishments. You’ll have to excuse us, because today we’re proud of our colleagues …

If $8 million to create housing for 14 people at a time over five years sounds like a lot, this project comes with a bit more than a two-car garage, a swimming pool, a fireplace or a Juliet balcony. …

Cortland’s Main Street looks a bit naked these days. The street looks a bit lifeless, despite the hustle and bustle of cars and people. With the street trees removed to facilitate the …

Those roughly 9,000 yellow rubber duckies bobbing and spinning Saturday morning along Dry Creek in Cortland’s Suggett Park carried more than the hopes of many on their wet backs. In addition to …

It’s May. The weather is warming. We’ve come to have more than a passing acquaintance with the sun. A lovely time of year. But the clock is ticking. In six months, the weather will turn …

The Dryden Town Board decided last week to expand its growing municipal broadband system into the neighboring town of Caroline to the south. While we appreciate the network is spreading south, …

One particular quote stands out from our interview of Lisa Hoeschele, this year’s recipient of the Zonta Club’s Woman of Achievement award: “I don’t think we have time to be gentle when …

We were surprised by Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms’ decision to step away from a partnership with the Rural Health Institute of New York, formerly Cortland Area Communities That Care. The …

This week, the Cortland Standard published a six-part series about the many ways other communities have tried to address a burgeoning population of people who are homeless. Nobody else in the world …

The time was 8:10 a.m. April 16. Early in the day, but well past dawn. The weather was mostly clear. The kids were on the side of the road — Route 90 in Locke. They wouldn’t be difficult to …

As Mother Nature finally tries to drag herself out from the chill of winter’s white blanket — which seems to take forever in Central New York — it’s time for spring cleaning, a time to …

It’s happening. With the support of the federal government, the greater Cortland area is about to be smack dab in the middle of a high-tech manufacturing corridor that will transform Central New …

The tree over the rail tracks on Delaware Avenue in Cortland tells the whole story. It grew there, and fell there, and spread across the tracks and nobody ever noticed. Certainly not a passing train. …

The tree over the rail tracks on Delaware Avenue in Cortland tells the whole story. It grew there, and fell there, and spread across the tracks and nobody ever noticed. Certainly not a passing …

The soil of a hillside around a mausoleum in Cortland Rural Cemetery has been dug out in recent weeks, some of it covered in blue tarps. It reveals what has become a mystery to passers-by …

Johnny Ramone had a great career — guitarist in one of the most influential punk bands ever. Of that career, he said: “It was a job, and I was just doing my job.” The job …

You have a place in the food system. No no, not whether you’re an apex predator or a primary producer — that’s the food chain. We’re discussing the food system. Richard Ball, the …

Heavy burdens

The cameras clipped to the front of a Cortland police officer’s kit are, at heaviest, a couple of ounces. In some ways, they’re the best protection police have from harm. Cortland …

Heavy burdens

The cameras clipped to the front of a Cortland police officer’s kit are, at heaviest, a couple of ounces. In some ways, they’re the best protection police have from harm. Cortland police began …

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