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A Child’s Christmas Memory

By Kim Hubbard For a child of single digits, (I was eight years old at this time.), the idea of Santa Claus, as the single gift-giver for all those wonderful presents beautifully wrapped under our family tree, had already been thoroughly wiped out by my elder brother Mike.  He had […]

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Homer: Supplier of Milk to New York City Through the Years

Homer: Supplier of Milk to New York City Through the Years

By Martin Sweeney This is the first of three installments by Joshua K. Blay, a former student of Martin Sweeney and a returning guest columnist. It is proof that a column in a local newspaper on local history can motivate others to do research, to add to the municipal archives, […]

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Slumbering Souls: Lisle Cottrell

Slumbering Souls: Lisle Cottrell

Slumbering Souls:  The Lives That Built Homer By Tabitha Scoville, Cortland County Historical Society Director This column seeks to honor the lives of those residents who came before us and built the Homer we know today. There is a collection of well-worn binders in the vault at Cortland County Historical […]

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Slumbering Souls: Clayton Atwater

Slumbering Souls: Clayton Atwater

By Tabitha Scoville, Cortland County Historical Society Director This column seeks to honor the lives of those residents who came before us and built the Homer we know today. Joseph Clayton Atwater was born in Scott on March 8, 1837, the second child of Joseph Atwater and Lucy Brown. He […]

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Sig Sautelle and a Silent Serial

Sig Sautelle and a Silent Serial

by Martin Sweeney For some time now I have been a member of the Association of Public Historians of New York State. This organization hosts informative regional gatherings and an annual conference. This year I attended the conference held on September 18, 19, and 20 in Ithaca, NY. The keynote […]

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The Homer Science Teacher Who was a Doughboy

The Homer Science Teacher Who was a Doughboy

By Martin Sweeney In a few days, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day. Originally, it was called Armistice Day, as derived from the “armistice” or cease-fire called on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, thus ending the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Veterans […]

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Daylight Savings – When and WHY?

Daylight Savings – When and WHY?

Daylight Savings Time On the first Sunday of November, at 2 a.m., clocks fall back an hour to standard time. Turn your clocks back on November 5, 2023 at 2:00am Whose idea was this national nightmare anyway?!  Some have attributed it to non-other than Benjamin Franklin, but that attribution is […]

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Mary Alice Bellardini (1933 – 2023)

Mary Alice Bellardini (1933 – 2023)

Mary Alice (McAuliff) Bellardini, aged 90, peacefully passed away on October 7th, 2023, in her home in Matthews, North Carolina. Mary Alice was born in 1933 to the late Dr. John L. McAuliff and Regina (Seubert) McAuliff and was a lifelong resident of Cortland County. Mary Alice’s beloved husband of […]

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Subscribe to The Homer News

The Homer News is published in Homer, New York and printed by Towanda Press, and published every other Thursday. The Homer News delivered directly to your mailbox! Subscriptions are available for $42 per year. (First Class) Payable in advance. Send check or money order to: The Homer News 72 S. […]

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Slumbering Souls: Lester Pratt Bennett and Alice Ruth Watson

Slumbering Souls: Lester Pratt Bennett and Alice Ruth Watson

Slumbering Souls:  The Lives That Built Homer Lester Pratt Bennett and Alice Ruth Watson By Tabitha Scoville, Cortland County Historical Society Director This column seeks to honor the lives of those residents who came before us and built the Homer we know today. Revolutionary War soldier Asa Bennett had two […]

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