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‘You can and will’

March 11, 2019

As Garrett Meriwether raced through the 3-mile course Saturday, he pushed himself to make it up the hills and other obstacles. “Mainly, I just kept telling myself that ‘you started this, you can and will […]

Virgil plans vote on uses for elementary school

February 14, 2019

Virgil residents may vote on the town taking over the local elementary school — the latest development as two municipalities faced with the closure of their neighborhood schools figure out what to do. The Cortland […]

Adding flexibility

October 16, 2018

Flexibility isn’t just for gym class, anymore. Teachers across all areas of study are thinking about it in terms of their seating arrangements. At Virgil Elementary School in the Cortland School District, sixth-grade teacher Sylvia […]

Virgil’s last first day

September 6, 2018

Three muted kids sat on their nervous energy around the dining room table shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Barber household in Virgil — the first day of school and the last first day […]

Cider mill heats up

July 6, 2018

VIRGIL — People may be used to getting doughnuts, pies and other goodies from Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill in Virgil during the fall. Well, now they’re in luck because the business is now open for the […]

Closings hit home

June 7, 2018

Matt Lowie was dropping his two daughters off at Parker Elementary School on Wednesday morning, the day after a vote by the Board of Education to close both Parker and Virgil schools. As he watched […]

More schools closing?

April 5, 2018

CORTLAND — Cortland City School District leaders had been considering closing a school to save money. Now they may close two, and parents and residents can comment on the idea at a public hearing April […]

Making ag elementary

March 22, 2018

VIRGIL — Second-grader Tegan MacDowell made his classmates laugh Wednesday morning, clucking like the chickens on his family’s farm, birds he calls the “Chicken Squad” because of how fierce they are when they warn of […]

In the Olympic mood

February 14, 2018

VIRGIL — Kassandre Murdock followed her skiing instructor’s lead in digging her ski poles into the snow, going up a moveable walkway back up to the top of the small slope to go down again. […]

Virgil teens give Nativity new life

December 24, 2017

VIRGIL — Jazmin Barber got a good scare when the lamb she was carrying lost its head. And then there was the camel. “Both of the ears fell off its head,” said the 17-year-old. She […]

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