Mountain Biking at Greek Peak

May 28, Seasonal Opening Party for Greek Peak Bike Park
12-5 pm, Greek Peak. The resort utilizes their Visions Express Quad Chairlift to bring guests and their bikes to the top of the trail and then bikers ride down. In addition to the Cross Country Trail system, green, blue and black diamond trails are open. A mini pump track at the base of the mountain is designed to increase skill levels of all ages. Bike Park lift tickets are $25 per day. Scenic chair lift rides are also available for $10. Rental, repairs, and retail are available at the Advance Cyclery Base Camp, east of Visions Express Quad Chairlift. Fast Trax BBQ will be offering grilled items and cold beverages. Post-ride Bike Park celebration will take place at Trax Pub & Grill 5–11 pm. For more information call 888-353-5707, or visit




Sustainable Cortland

May 27-29, Sustainability Garage Sale

9 am - 2 pm daily, Tomik Gym, Van Hoesen, SUNY Cortland. Many generous students have donated items they did not wish to take home at the end of the semester. All proceeds will benefit the SUNY Cortland Child Care, a not-for-profit Center. For more information call (607) 753-5955 or email

Lime Hollow Nature Center

May 28, Bird Hike

7 am, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Led by Matt Young. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email, or visit

Memorial Day US Flag

May 30, Memorial Day Ceremony

10 am, VFW, 76 Main St. City of Cortland veteran organizations host an annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor and remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.

10 am Old Timers Band plays a patriotic medly

11 am Memorial Ceremony. Presentation of colors opening the ceremony; Invocation; VFW Commander Thomas E. Margrave welcomes guests; Introduction of guest speaker Major Patrick E. Blankenship, U.S. Marine Corps, Executive Officer Cornell MROTC; Honor Guard ceremony (rifles fired, taps played); Closing remarks; Benediction.

12 pm Courthouse Memorial Park ceremony conducted by Cortland County V.A. Services officer, Carl Bullock. Placement of wreaths at the conflict markers and reading of the Mortuary Report; Taps.

1 pm Open reception at the VFW. All are welcome.

For more information call (607) 423-9031, email or visit Facebook.

First Friday Art Event

June 3, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. Cortland First Fridays joins an informal nationwide movement to celebrate the arts in local communities on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information and a list of participating venues, call (607) 753-1188 or visit

Ronny Raindrop - Water Festival

June 4, Cortland County Water Festival and Family Fun Run

9:30 am - 1 pm, Cortland Water Works on Broadway Street. In honor of the 25th Anniversary, a 3K Scenic Trail Course will be set in the City of Cortland Waterworks. There will be an award ceremony after the race during the Water Festival, which will include an assortment of educational, water-related activities and displays, including tours of the aquifer. Kids can also enter the coloring contest, dig for prizes in the sandbox, get their faces painted, go on horse-drawn wagon rides, blow bubbles, participate in a county wide water taste test, join the duck races and play the Water Wizard Game. The Bite Box mobile food truck will have various food items available for purchase. Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District’s mascot Ronny Raindrop® was the first participant to register, come see if you can pass the raindrop. This event is sponsored by the Cortland Water Department, the Cortland County Health Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County, and the Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information on registration on this Family Fun Run please visit or call the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District at 756-5991.

Fishing Derby

June 4, Fishing Derby

11 am, Durkee Pond, Rt. 11, Homer. Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day outdoors and get hooked on fishing! Youngsters 15 years and younger are invited to test their fishing skills and win valuable prizes at the annual fishing derby sponsored by the Cortland Youth Bureau, Izaak Walton League, and the Cortland County Federation of Sportsman. Participants can register throughout the derby. There will be three divisions (Under 8, Under 11, & Under 15) and prizes will be awarded for the longest fish. For more information call the Youth Bureau at (607) 753-3021.

Cortland Breakfast Rotary

June 4, Cortland Breakfast Rotary Emergency Services Day and Ride for Rotary

1-4 pm, (registration begins at noon) Homer Fire Station 45 S. Main Street, Homer. For Motorcycles, Classic and Muscle Cars and Road Bike riders. The ride benefits the Cortland County Regional Training Center, the sole center for training Cortland County's Emergency Responders. In conjunction with ride, bring your family and learn what the first responders in Cortland County do! Learn what happens when you call 9-1-1, participate in demos with the Cortland County Hazmat Team, 9-1-1 Center, take on the young firefighter obstacle course and more. Tickets for the ride are $25 and include the ride, t-shirt and dinner. Emergency Services Day event is free. For tickets go to For more information call Don Richards at (607) 745-7779 or email

Center for the Arts, Homer NY

June 4, Alo Brasil

7 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Alô Brasil, a Philadelphia-based Brazilian band, was born out of a passion for Brazilian music. Accompanied by stunningly costumed dancers, the band draws audiences into a "tornado of rhythm and sound." Not just performers, Alô Brasil’s artists are dedicated and experienced teachers whose mission is to communicate the energizing joy, the mind-boggling diversity, and the historical and cultural significance of Brazilian music. Through hands-on work with members of Alô Brasil, students of all ages and backgrounds begin to appreciate the uniqueness of Brazilian music and dance, as well as the underlying commonalties shared with North American popular styles. Alô Brasil transforms audiences into enthusiastic participants, and ordinary events into joyful celebrations! General Admission $33, Adult Members $30, Senior (60+) $28, Senior Members $25, Students $20, and Free for Children (Under 18 years old) and Active Military or Veterans with ID card. For more information call (607) 749-4900 or visit

May is Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month

In an effort to encourage the maintenance of buildings and City wide residential housing rehabilitation, the Cortland City Council has suspended building permit fees until December 31, 2016 which includes repair work, alteration, or renovation with a maximum construction value of $20,000 dollars or less associated with owner occupied residential dwellings.

Building permits are still required. Work plans are still subject to Zoning, and review for Building Code compliance. Given the application's thoroughness, a permit of this type can normally be issued within 3-5 days.

Applications can be obtained online or at the Code Enforcement office at 25 Court Street. Call the office for assistance at 753-1741.

In addition to this financial incentive, some residential properties may be eligible for other assistance through a Community Development program.

Building Permit Approved

Emergency 911 Address

Can the City of Cortland Find You Quickly in an Emergency?

Emergency 911 Address & House Number

The following guidelines will assist you in correctly posting an emergency 911 address number. If you have a question in reference to posting your house number, call the Fire Station at 758-8380, or Code Enforcement at 753-1741.

1. The number shall be displayed in a location visible from the road on which the number is assigned, such as a mailbox easily identifiable from the street.

2. The number should be placed on the house or dwelling unit in an area immediately adjacent to the front door. Numbers must be readily visible from the street and the view of the numbers should not be blocked by trees or shrubs.

3. Numbers may be placed on a sign or post at the entrance to a right-of-way or shared driveway. If the sign serves multiple buildings, the address to each house or unit served by that right-of-way or shared driveway shall be affixed. If the house or unit is not visible from the point at which the individual driveway breaks from the right-of-way or shared driveway, the address number must also be posted on the house or dwelling or unit.

4. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high.

5. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers.

6. Numbers shall be set on a background or contrasting color, preferably white or black. It is recommended that a retro reflective material be used.

7. Do not place number on utility poles, road signs, or anywhere within the road right-of-way (except mailboxes).

8. Temporary display of addresses for new structures shall be maintained during construction.

If you receive your mail at a Post Office Box you must still post the Emergency 911 Address on your property so that it can be located by emergency vehicles.

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Energy ChallengeEnergy Challenge Program

The typical household in Central New York wastes about 30 percent of its energy consumption. The Challenge Team program is designed to reduce that energy waste.

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