The Birds (CRT)

October 12-23, One Act Plays
Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. Get in the Halloween "spirit" with an evening of two thrilling one-act plays! Adults $32, Seniors and students, $30. THE RECEPTIONIST: A dark comedy by Adam Bock. At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleagues' romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts her friendly routine. As the true nature of the company's business becomes apparent, The Receptionist raises provocative questions about truth...and consequences...of secrets! Funny, intriguing and startling, this comedy is a unique kind of Halloween show, like nothing you've ever seen! THE BIRDS: A new thriller by Conor McPherson, from a story by Daphne du Maurier. The short story that was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film is boldly adapted as a gripping, edge-of-your-seat stage play! In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. When another refugee - the young and attractive Julia - arrives, their survival becomes even more in doubt when paranoia takes hold... an internal threat to match that of the birds outside. A fun, exciting thriller! For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit




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City of Cortland Traffic Study

Take Our Survey Now

The City of Cortland has begun a traffic circulation and accessibility study of Main Street between Clinton Avenue and Port Watson Street. The project will include investigation and analysis of traffic circulation and congestion, safety, parking, freight deliveries, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians.

You are invited to attend a Public Information Meeting on Thursday November 3, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY to learn how you can be involved and express your input on the project. We would also appreciate it if you publicized the Facebook event through your social media channels.

The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an overview of the project, share data regarding existing conditions, and discuss the next steps. The meeting is also intended to be a visioning session. Following a brief presentation, the public will have an opportunity to discuss the issues and opportunities that need to be considered and how strategic changes could improve the corridor.

The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. If any members of the public are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to submit comments, you are invited to send ideas and comments by email to the City’s Project Manager, Adam Megivern.

For questions about project: Email Adam Megivern, Executive Director Cortland Downtown Partnership or call (607) 342-6460.

SUNY Cortland Theatre

October 20-23, The Laramie Project

Th-Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Dowd Performing Arts Main Stage, SUNY Cortland. Eight actors portray over 60 residents of Laramie, Wyoming as they discuss, reflect upon and try to make sense of the 1998 murder of one of their residents: a gay college student named Matthew Shepard. Tickets $19 general public, seniors $16, Students $9. For more information email or call 607-753-2831. Online ticket sales.

Chiller Haunted House

October 21-22 and 28-29, 34th Annual Chiller Haunted House

Burch Building, Suggett Park. October 21, 7-9 pm Family Night. No frights, just fun! October 22, 28, and 29, 7-10 pm Scary Tour, "The Collector." $1 admission

The 1890 House

October 21-22 and 28-29, Spirits in the Castle

7 and 9 pm, The 1890 House, 37 Tompkins St. Join experienced psychic Anne Knight and team of paranormal investigators as they seek out the Spirits in the Castle. Must be 12 years old or older, anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced tickets $25, day of event $30. Two tours will be held each night. For more information call (607) 756-7551, email, or visit

Lime Hollow Nature Center

October 23, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email, or visit

Cortland-Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Association

October 23, C-OFOKLA and Ecology: Artists and Their Passions II

3-6:30 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S Main St, Homer. Painting, Textiles, Ceramics, Songs, and Prose. Five extraordinary artists in one beautiful location: In Memory of Ada Jacques, Presentation by Frieda Jacques. Colleen Kattau, Renowned singer, guitarist, composer and activist. Kevin Mayer, Professional landscape artist, teacher and ecologist. Sandra Steingraber, poet, author, biologist and environmentalist. Leigh Yardley, multimedia artist, with “a sense of place.” Donations appreciated, $2 – 5 are suggested. For more information email or visit the Cortland-Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Association on Facebook and at

Lime Hollow Nature Center

October 25, Science and Suds: Mummies

7-8 pm, Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court St. Daniel Warne from Onondaga Community College will speak about Mummies. Free admission. Sponsored by Lime Hollow Nature Center and Cortland Beer Company. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email, or visit

Cortland County Historical Society

October 26, CCHS Lunch & Learn: “Brownell Searching for Browns—A Difficult Family to Meet up With"

12:10-12:50 pm, Suggett House, 25 Homer Ave. Join Dr. Joseph W. Brownell to hear more about how he was able to gain access to members of Grace Brown’s family to learn about her life and the impact her murder had on her family. For more information call (607) 756-6071, email or visit Facebook.

SUNY Cortland

October 26, District Attorney Candidate Forum

7:30 pm, SUNY Cortland, Old Main Room 220, Gerhart Drive. Three student organizations are hosting forums for the two candidates for Cortland County District Attorney: Mark Suben and Patrick Perfetti. Reserve your free ticket now. For more information e-mail

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City of Cortland Free Tree Program Now Accepting Applications

In previous years, applications for the City’s free tree planting program were accepted in the spring of the year in which the trees were planted. NEW THIS YEAR - The City will be soliciting applications THIS FALL for trees to be planted in the spring of 2017. The change in process will allow the City to better administer the Program. More information about the Tree Program, an on-line application, and pictures of the tree species for 2017 are now available. Please note that the City will NOT be soliciting applications in the spring of 2017; so if you want to be considered for the Program, please check back soon and often.

2017 Free Tree Details and Application

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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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