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Home, Home on the Range. Where the Deer and the Heifers Play?

Home, Home on the Range.
Where the Deer and the Heifers Play?

A real life rodeo took place in the Schuyler Lake Firemen’s Field on Sunday morning, September 18. Left to right on horseback: Joseph Milton, Jacob Rounds, and Steve Batchelder assembled with their dogs left to right: Scooby, Tinsley and Nova, try to capture a few roaming heifers who escaped from down the road. (Photo by Kathleen Peters)
Kathleen Peters

Upstate New Yorkers are used to seeing livestock every day and almost everywhere. Even amid the economic crisis in local agriculture, the Leatherstocking region is rich in farms and farm animals. Take a 10-minute drive in any direction from Cooperstown or Oneonta and you will encounter horses, dairy cattle, beefers, sheep, goats, hogs, llamas, alpacas, and more, usually idling peacefully within the fences, barns, and pastures of their hard working owners.

Sometimes we forget that the livestock are actually “live” and have minds of their own. Such was the case when seven cows went missing about a month ago from a family farm on County Highway 22 in Exeter. Three of them were soon recovered; two adults have been sighted in the vacant fields on Truman Road, and two of the other freedom-loving heifers continued to roam the badlands off Taylor Road, leaving their distinctive tracks and fertilizer patties in their wake.

BERKSON: Talk About Coop d’Etats!
LETTER from TERRY BERKSON

Talk About Coop d’Etats!

Terry Berkson, who has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College, lives on a farm outside Richfield Springs. His article have appears in New York magazine, the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, Automobile and other publications.

Early this spring, my reigning rooster, Geezbrook, who fathered almost all of this year’s egg-laying rookies, was challenged and defeated by one of his sons.

When I arrived on the scene, the old man was cowering in a corner with his back facing his attacker.

I scooted them out into the yard and they went at it again, Geezbrook seeming to have new heart against his son, who got down like an alligator coming through a fan of feathers.
They both drew blood with the old man losing the fight until I slapped them both several times with my red plastic shovel.

Distracted, they headed for cover in a hedgerow.

When I went back to the coop to gather eggs, I noticed that several of the hens had bald spots on their backs caused, no doubt, by the roosters practicing their dominance.

Luckily, Pee Wee, my favorite chicken, hadn’t suffered any damage or I would have gone after the bullies with hatchet in hand. Instead, I tried to catch them, which was no easy task after they had had a taste of the shovel.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 9

5K Fundraiser For YMCA

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5K RACE – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Oneonta Outlaws Race to benefit the Oneonta YMCA. Damaschke Field, James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

DISCUSSION – 5 p.m. New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health leads discussion with the 4-H Junior Livestock Show on safe spaces on the farm. Followed by awards for best posters displayed in visitors tent. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Junior-Livestock-Show

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23

See Ecology With OCCA

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LECTURE SERIES – 6-8 p.m. Go ‘Up The Creek’ with Dr. Orzetti. Learn stream ecology, collect water quality & critter samples. Learn about a new program starting this fall. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/save-date-informed-lecture-series/

BLOOD DRIVE – 1-6 p.m. Help save patients in the hospital. Donate blood and platelets at Main Street Baptist Church, 33 Main St., Oneonta. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 13

CCS Production

‘Into The Woods’

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THEATER – 2 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org

ART EXHIBIT – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drawings “Life on the Family Farm in the 40s & 50s” by Lavern Kelly. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-5327 or email leartgarage@gmail.com or visit the FACEBOOK page.

SOUP! – 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “Second Sunday Soup,” serving homemade hot soup every 2nd Sunday of month. Takeout available. All welcome, donations appreciated. At the Polly House (next to the Fire House), Schuyler Lake. More info at lollywinne.wix.com/littlewhitechurch

FILM SERIES – 9:30 a.m.-Noon. “ Brunch and Discussion with Peter Rutkoff, “The Language You Cry In.” Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events.

FILM SERIES – 12:30-2:45 p.m.. “Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente.)” The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events.

CONCERT – 2 p.m. Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble. First United Methodis Church, 66 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, catskillwinds.com

FILM SERIES – 3-5 p.m.. “All the Time in the World.” Presented by filmmaker Suzanne Crocker. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events.

FILM SERIES – 5:30-7:30 p.m. “The Babushkas of Chernobyl.” Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 12

CSO Concert Features

Tenor Jon Fredric West

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THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org

SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670, www.catskillsymphony.net

CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 11

Art For The Holiday

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Veterans Day.

HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE – 5-7 p.m. Holiday gift giving themed exhibit opening. All pieces by member artists. Village Hall, 22 Main St, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com or (607)547-9777

THEATER – 7 p.m. “Into the Woods.” High School musical. Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org

SEMINAR – 8-10 a.m. “Business Planning.” Registration required. Cost: $35. Otsego Co. Chamber of Commerce session meets at Northern Eagle Beverages conference room, 41 Browne St., Oneonta. Kelly Decker, (607) 432-4500, Ext. 207, kelly@otsegocc.com, otsegocc.com.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

Thinking about the Future

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DINNER – 6:30 p.m. “The Future of Food: A Dinner & Conversation with the Local Youth Food Movement.” Cost: $40. Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, farmersmuseum.org/origins

 

MEETING – 4:30 p.m. SUNY Oneonta College Council meeting. Open to public. rm. 209, Physical Science Building, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy. Oneonta. Info, http://www.oneonta.edu/general/collegecouncil.asp

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