Forgive this slip from Lincoln-related news, but I have to mention this. Cortland is about to lose its water tower that has stood over the tiny town for 80 years. It will be replaced by a new tower under construction on the other side of town.
As odd as it may sound, the Cortland water tower is special to me. My grandparents lived in Cortland for decades, and my mom and her brothers were born there. Our family spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house, whether celebrating a holiday or just to say hi. The old water tower, which sits on the north edge of town along Highway 77, was how we kids recognized that the loooooong drive (20 whole minutes!) was almost over. Even our dog Jodi knew to look out for the water tower; she would sit quietly until the tower was in sight, at which point she would begin to whine and dance around the car.
My grandparents and Jodi are long gone, but that water tower brings a smile to my face every time I see it. Its absence will represent the loss of a symbol attached to many happy memories for me and my family. I'd better make the short drive down Highway 77 to lock in the sight of that tower one last time.