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Burned-down cottage the latest personal loss for Lansing Mayor Don Hartill

Village of Lansing Mayor Don Hartill is looking ahead after suffering his second personal loss in a year and a half.

On Thursday, his cottage near Maplewood Road on Cayuga Lake in the Town of Ulysses was destroyed by a fire.

Around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, he received a call from Jodi Dake, clerk/treasurer for the Village of Lansing, saying that Tompkins County Dispatch called trying to get in touch with him.

He called dispatch back and learned there was a fire at 39 Maplewood Road.

“I drove over there as fast I could, arriving around 1:30, and there was still smoke but no visible flames,” Hartill said. “It was a shock to say the least. I lost my wife a year-and-a-half ago. To lose my cottage was not nice.”

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