October 22, 2021

City rings in 2020 with upbeat resolutions

‘Just have a good year’

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Avery Fenton, left, takes a selfie with Kelsey Block, both from Cortland, during the first minutes of 2020 Wednesday at Cortland’s First Light event.

For the Wilson family of Cortland, 2019 was a “fabulous” year, said Louis Wilson. He’s hoping for more of this same in 2020.

Ella Wilson, Louis Wilson’s daughter, started her freshman year at Kenyon College in Ohio, Louis Wilson said Tuesday night in downtown Cortland, waiting for the ball to drop at Cortland First Light.

“We don’t have to drive carpool anymore,” said his wife, Nance Wilson.

The family had a simple New Year’s resolution going into 2019 they were able to keep.

“Just have a good year,” Louis Wilson said.

Their resolutions for 2020 are to “stay good” and have “kindness,” Lewis Wilson and Nance Wilson said, respectively.

Hundreds of people cheered, kissed and hugged to celebrate the start of a new year at First Light. Before the ball dropped from the clock tower building on Main Street, music played from speakers and videos from city officials described what work had been done in the city.

After the ball dropped and the ritual public display of affection, fireworks lighted the night sky.

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Ed Long, of Cortland, said his 2019 was “average” with ups and downs. He also said that he doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions.

“The only thing I want is just everybody to have a better year,” he said.

The Zavaski family came to see the ball drop, listen to music, and dance, said Nicole Zavaski, Sydney Zavaski and Hadley Zavaski, respectively.

The Zavaski family had a good 2019, highlighted by going on a cruise to the Bahamas, Sydney Zavaski said.

Nicole Zavaski said she didn’t have any New Year’s resolutions but “to stay healthy” in 2020.

“I hope she starts doing better in school,” Sydney Zavaski said about her sister, Hadley Zavaski.

Kyle Jackson kept his 2019 New Year’s resolution simple by being happier than in 2018.

For 2020, his New Year’s resolution is to be healthier by “not eating out as much,” he said. His hopes for the new year, though, are a little more difficult.

“I hope I win the lottery,” he said with a laugh.