October 22, 2021

9/11: 20 years later

September 8, 2021

Almost 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy remains a bit emotional. “It brings up some horrific memories of the newscasts that were going on that day and […]

‘No construction yet’

September 2, 2021

When the village of Homer began planning to build a bus shelter at 53 Main St., the project was to be completed by the end of the summer. Now, delays are making it unclear whether […]

Homer to host torch run for Special Olympics

June 10, 2021

The Homer Police Department is hosting a Special Olympics torch run this weekend to raise funds and awareness for athletes, a representative said. Athletes and police are encouraged to run together, while officers carry the […]

Hayes promoted to Homer fire chief

May 13, 2021

When Steven Hayes heard firefighters had pulled his younger brother out of a motor vehicle accident when they were younger, he knew he wanted to pursue a career as a firefighter. The fire department in […]

Bunny makes special run

April 5, 2021

Parades involving police and fire personnel are typically reserved for very important people and in Homer on Saturday afternoon, that important person — or animal in this case — was the Easter Bunny. The bunny, […]

Cooking up a fundraiser

February 8, 2021

For years, Homer’s Winterfest would draw crowds from all around Cortland County and beyond, including the Homer Fire Department’s pancake breakfast. “The pancake breakfast is one of the biggest fundraisers for the department,” Capt. Chad […]

Task force to study volunteer firefighter recruitment

November 17, 2020

Homer Fire Chief Mahlon Irish can list a myriad of reasons why his department sees fewer new firefighters than when he joined in 1974: longer training hours; more community wide competing volunteer opportunities; busier lives. […]

Homer fire chief Irish set to retire in spring

November 3, 2020

Mahlon Irish popped his head from around the American LaFrance fire truck parked in his garage and walked toward the front of the building holding another part for the 1950 Brockway fire engine he was […]

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