October 18, 2021

Longtime hospital staffer retires

October 8, 2021

Debbie Hill joined the candy striper volunteer program at what was then Cortland Memorial Hospital as a high school student in the early 1970s. Only a week into the program, she was asked to join […]

From captain to chief

July 15, 2021

Capt. Robert Derksen folded his Cortland County Sheriff’s Office uniform for the last time Wednesday, preparing to wear a new uniform as the police chief for the Lanesborough Police Department in Massachusetts. Derksen said good-bye […]

Diving into retirement

July 14, 2021

Cortland Police Officer Jesse Abbott grew up as a child swimming at Wickwire Pool in Cortland. On Tuesday, after a child counted down “three, two, one,” Abbott and Police Chief Paul Sandy ran and leapt […]

Staying close to the written word

April 25, 2021

Kitty Jones has reinvented her life in retirement. The 32-year owner of Spirit and Life bookstore on Main Street, Cortland, has discovered book editing, working with clients in England, Holland and Africa, and has completed […]

Longtime coroner retires

April 23, 2021

The position of county coroner demands one to be on-call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless scheduled otherwise, said Kevin Sharp, who recently resigned as Cortland County coroner. Sharp has missed birthdays […]

CFD deputy chief Pierce retires after 33-year career

April 17, 2021

Rows of volunteer and career firefighters and police officers lined the east side of the Cortland Fire Department parking lot Friday afternoon to send Deputy Fire Chief Duane Pierce off into retirement. Pierce retired Friday […]

Cortland police chief to retire in March

February 12, 2021

Cortland Police Chief F. Michael Catalano announced Thursday he will retire in March after serving almost 40 years with the department. His last day will be March 19. “I just feel I’m ready,” he said. […]

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