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.
PITTSFIELD – Donna Leh Black, 72, of Pittsfield passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Born in Oneonta, on June 18, 1949, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Marion (Harris) Keator.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Oneonta. Donna was the President and Office Manager of Van’s Auto Sales & Service in Oneonta. She was the backbone behind this shop and is the reason it ran smoothly for so many years. In her leisure time she enjoyed working in her flower garden and feeding the wild animals. She made pets of them; in particular her cat, Mr. Kitty, who she tamed from the wild. Donna was a strong-willed and compassionate person. Her life revolved around her family, she was always there for us. She was always looking for ways to make our home a better place. Donna liked HGTV with all the home make over shows.
The widely acclaimed TED talks are coming back to Oneonta with the theme of “Changing World.”
The event will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 .
Rebecca Ahmed speaking about the need to eliminate bias in zoom office culture.
Rachel Kornhauser will be giving a talk called “Climate Change and Sustainability in the Age of COVID.”
Gohar Petrossian will be speaking on “Why Justice for Wildlife Affects You.”
The final speaker will be Rosalia Rivera giving a talk on ending rape culture.
“We are thrilled to have TEDx back in Oneonta in 2021. We had to postpone our event for 2020, but we are back with four wonderful speakers ready to inspire us with new ideas,” Dan Butterman, co-founder and executive producer of TEDxOneonta, said in a media release. “We have amazing community support, and can’t wait to share these speakers and ideas with everyone.”
Tickets are $25 until Aug. 27 and $30 afterwards. Go to www.tedxoneonta.com for more information.