National Cowboy Day

July 23 & 24, National Cowboy Day Celebration
Saturday 9 am - 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 3 pm, CNY Living History Center, 4386 US Rte 11. Shadows of the Old West and Ghost Ryders, with horses, Big Red & Rebel Yell, will provide an educational glimpse of life in the Old West through skits and demonstrations. Doug Corey & his Circle C Chuck Wagon and Cowboy singer Robert Brown will also participate. We’ll have a Chili Cook-off on Saturday with judging at 12:30 pm. Events are fun for all ages and accompanied by Cowboy historians to answer questions about life in the Old West. Food, drink & vendors on site; museum will be open. Admission is: $10 for adults; $9 for Senior Citizens and AAA members; $5 for students 6-18; and free for children 5 & under, active duty military and CNY Living History Center members. For more information call (607) 299-4185, email, or visit




Cortland YMCA

July 23-30, Bon Ton Roulet

Week-Long Finger Lakes Bike Tour. The Cortland YMCA partners with Auburn YMCA's for their largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteer opportunities abound - email if you are interested in helping out.

Cortland County Historical Society

July 27, CCHS Lunch & Learn: "The Story of Ray Smith: Following the Thread from Silk Shirts to Silk Lines"

12:10-12:50 pm, Cortland County Historical Society, 25 Homer Ave. Join Doug Bentley to learn more about the history of Cortland Line Company. Bring your own lunch to enjoy while you listen and we will provide dessert and beverages. For more information call (607) 756-6071, email or visit us on Facebook.

Cortland Area Communities That Care

July 27, Community Forum on Prescription Drugs and Heroin

6:30-8 pm, Cortland Elks Lodge, 9 Main St. Hosted by community partners from across Cortland County. The Forum will allow parents and concerned community members to come together and learn about the realities of prescription drug abuse and heroin use and leave with tips on how to address the issue. The event will include a resource fair, speaker line-up, NARCAN training and refreshments. For more information call (607) 299-4910, email or visit

Cortland Area Agency on Aging

July 28 - 29, Training for Volunteer Coaches for "A Matter of Balance" classes

8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Cortland County Office Building, 60 Central Ave. Cortland County Area Agency on Aging and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are hosting a training for volunteers interested in co-leading “A Matter of Balance” eight weekly classes designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Volunteer Coaches are required to complete this 8-hour training. To volunteer or to learn more about becoming a volunteer Coach, call RSVP at 753-5057 or email

Courthouse Park

July 28, Grit N Grace

7 pm, Courthouse Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Free and open to the public. For more information call the Youth Bureau at (607) 753-3021.

Rt 90 Fifty Mile Garage Sale

July 29-30, Route 90 Fifty Mile Garage Sale

Rt. 90, Montezuma to Homer. Items may be dropped off at the Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer, Monday through Friday 10 am - 5 pm, or schedule a pickup by calling (607) 749-4900.

Cortland Public Education Foundation

July 29, 11th Annual Golf Tourney

11:45 am-5 pm (12:30 pm shotgun start) at Willowbrook Golf Club. A fun Friday outing of 18 holes of golf with dinner, prizes and more, to raise funds for a good cause. CPEF is a not-for-profit organization; donations are tax deductible, W-9 forms provided upon request. $75/person includes 18 holes, cart, dinner and prizes. To purchase tickets contact Tom Avery, Golf Committee Chair at or Andrew Polley, CPEF President, at or visit for registration forms. For more information call (607) 842-6843 (Anne Sabach, Vice President), e-mail or visit

Main Street Music Series

July 29, Hypnotic Clambake with Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys (Main Street Music Series)

5:30 gates open, 6 pm music begins, between the Marketplace Mall at 64 Main St. and the VFW at 76 Main St. Free concert. Beverages and food available. No coolers please. For more information visit us on Facebook.

Cortland Repertory Theatre

July 13 – 30, A Chorus Line (CRT)

Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood, music by Marvin Hamlisch and Nicholas Dante, and lyrics by Edward Kleban. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and celebrating its 40th anniversary, this dazzling musical tells the story of the unsung heroes of the Broadway stage - the dedicated, talented and overworked chorus dancers. A nine-time Tony-Award winner, this musical and dance spectacular brings to life the dream, the thrill and the hope of the Broadway audition. With one captivating song and dance after another, this show is also a brilliant metaphor for all human aspiration. It features the classic songs What I Did For Love, I Hope I Get It, and the show-stopping finale One! CRT cautions that this show does contain adult language and situations. For more information call (607) 756-2627, email, or visit

Cortland Free Library

July 18-30, Adult Coloring

9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street. Coloring books and colored pencils will be available to any adult that would like to join us for some coloring. Sit down; relax your mind and color. No charge. For more information call (607) 753-1042, email or visit

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City of Cortland Small Business Assistance

Do you want to open a small business? Do you need to expand your small business? This may be your chance to be in business for yourself! The City of Cortland will be applying for NYS funding for a city-wide Microenterprise Program to assist small businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owners. For more information contact Laura Meagley at Thoma Development Consultants immediately at (607) 753-1433 or download guidelines and pre-application. The city must apply for this opportunity to assist small businesses no later than July 29. Act soon so this opportunity doesn't expire!

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HOME Program Funds Available

NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $304,000 from New York State to administer a new HOME Program in the City.  Home funds will be used for the rehabilitation of single-family homes in the City that are owned and occupied by low-to-moderate income persons. READ MORE >>

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Income Property Program Funds Available

ATTENTION INCOME PROPERTY OWNERS - NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $400,000 to administer an Income Property Program in the City.   The funds will be used for the rehabilitation of substandard, one to three unit income properties in the City where at least 51% of the tenants are low-to-moderate in income. READ MORE >>

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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