Owners of redesigned Cortland Diner dedicated to serving customers


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Bob Speer peeked his head around the corner of the entrance to the back dining room at the Cortland Diner recently to ask his wife, Gail, if they had any stamps.

“Who needs stamps?” she said.

“Never mind. Where are they?” he replied.

Stamps might seem like an unusual request at a place that serves meals but to the Speers, who have owned the Cortland Diner since 2005, finding stamps for a customer is just the neighborly thing to do.

Gail Speer said at the Cortland Diner, which recently underwent a rejuvenation of sorts, everyone who stops by is a neighbor. And whether it’s stamps, bait, transmission fluid, enough sugar to finish a pie, nine times out of 10 Gail has it at the diner and will bag it for you.

“It’s like being everybody’s neighbor,” she said. “You have to help your neighbor.”

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