Horses and donkeys and pigs, oh my!

Spring Farm Cares has been caring for many years. Its web site says the farm has been in the family of co-founder Bonnie Jones Reynolds since 1820, and was operated as a dairy farm until 1980. Reynolds and co-founder Dawn E. Hayman soon were accepting unwanted animals and in January 1991 they incorporated as a not-for-profit animal sanctuary.

Since then it's been full speed ahead.

Their most recent acquisition: Chico, Libby and five of their donkey friends, along with Eloise the pig, rescued in April from a farm in Garrattsville in Otsego County where about 100 animals survived in filth without enough food or care, rescuers said.

Reynolds says that when the donkeys arrived they were too thin and wouldn’t let anyone touch them. Some walked on the sides of their hooves because they didn’t receive proper hoof care, she said.

“They’re all taming down now and wanting to be petted and played with. They’re wonderful when children come,” Reynolds said.

Such is a recurring story at Spring Farm Cares. Here is an animal and nature sanctuary that is home to an average of 250-300 animals including horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and poultry as well as 250 acres of forest, wetland, and grassland with several miles of trails open by appointment and for tours.

Check it out by arranging for a tour. Call (315) 737-9339 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.



Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.

You can lead people to the mountaintop, but apparently you can't make some of them act responsibly.

That seems to be the case with Bald Mountain, the popular Old Forge-area hiking trail that offers a spectacular view of the lower Fulton Chain of Lakes.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials have expressed concern for overuse at Bald Mountain, which also features the topside Rondaxe Fire Tower, and are asking users to follow "Leave No Trace Principles" when hiking. This includes toting out trash and bringing out anything else you may bring in, and leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Climbing Bald Mountain is one of the top things on visitors' To-Do lists when visiting the Old Forge/Eagle Bay/Inlet area, and the 1.7-mile trail is usually pretty crowded. It features an assortment of wild flowers and is rated as a moderate hike by the DEC. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Keep it clean.



Well now, isn't she special!

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but in the case of Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, the mirror was cracked.

Cutshaw was stopped last week by police in Bluffton, South Carolina, after they say she blew through at stop sign doing 60 mph and then said she shouldn't be arrested because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said.


She also told the arresting officer she shouldn’t be jailed because she was a cheerleader, a dancer and a sorority girl who graduated from a “high accredited university.”

We are impressed.

And, finally, she said, her boyfriend is a cop.

Then she should know better, shouldn't she?

All her wonderful attributes didn't do her much good. Cutshaw, 32, who police said had glossy, bloodshot eyes, was slurring her words and a blew a .18 on a breathalyzer (.08 is the cutoff)  was subsequently charged with jailed on charges including drunken driving, speeding and marijuana possession.

So much for white privilege.