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Garrattsville

EXCLUSIVE! Photos, Details Of Distressed Farmstead Near Garrattsville

EXCLUSIVE!

Photos, Details Of Distressed

Farmstead Near Garrattsville

Only Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal had a reporter/photographer at the scene over the weekend as sheriff’s deputies and local veterinarians sorted out what to do with more than 100 distressed animals discovered on a farm near Garrattsville. Exclusive photos and details in this week’s newspapers, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Samaritans Rescue 100+ Farm Animals At New Lisbon Farm

Samaritans Rescue

100+ Farm Animals

Near Garrattsville

Man, Woman Who Resided There

Facing Neglect, Marijuana Charges

Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stalter shines his flashlight at the pen where a large dog, perhaps a Pyrenees, was found without food or water. The dog was on a foot-thick layer of feces. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Wilkens helps a team from Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin, nudge remaining pigs into a tractor-drawn trailer to remove them from the scene.

GARRATTSVILLE – An electrified goose dead on the front lawn set the scene for horrors to follow at a 166 Backus Road farm about a half-mile from this hamlet:

• A dead goat’s carcass, fed on by nearby fenced-off pigs to stay alive.

• Pens where hens were packed so tight their feathers were rubbed off.

• A basement room where feces were piled so high deputies could barely force open the door to rescue the five dogs inside.

“This didn’t happen in days, or even months,” said Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stalter, the department’s information officer, who this evening had been at the scene for almost 24 hours.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered all this and more after being called to the 26-acre Town of New Lisbon farm plot at 7 p.m. Friday after a passerby spotted the goose caught in the electrified fence.

Marjorie C. Lasher, 83; Nurse’s Aide, New Lisbon Tax Collector

IN MEMORIAM: Marjorie C. Lasher, 83;

Nurse’s Aide, New Lisbon Tax Collector

GARRATTSVILLE – Marjorie C. Lasher, 83, a retired nurse’s aide who was active in Garrattsville civic life, passed away Thursday April 6, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing at Otsego.

Marjorie was born in New Lisbon, the daughter of the late Stewart and Alice Eldred Card. She spent her adult life in Garrattsville after marrying Ralph H. Lasher on June 10, 1959, on the family farm.

Garrattsville Student Studies How Robots May Ease Autism Challenges

Garrattsville Student Studies How

Robots May Ease Autism Challenges

SUNY Oneonta studeny Mark Crosby interfaces with Ricky the Robot, who is helping develop communication skills of children with autism. (SUNY Oneonta photo)
SUNY Oneonta studeny Mark Crosby interfaces with Ricky the Robot, who is helping develop communication skills of children with autism. (SUNY Oneonta photo)

ONEONTA – Mark Crosby of Garrattsville is on a three-member SUNY Oneonta research team studying how robots could help children with autism to develop communication skills. 

The team is collaborating with a speech pathologist from the Broome-Tioga BOCES to observe how children with autism interact with humanoid robots they have programmed.

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