A cow controversy is causing a beef with some New York State farmers and a animal sanctuary. A couple of cows in Niagara County heard a rumor that they were being sent to slaughter and they wanted to seek sanctuary.

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Ok, it probably didn't happen like that exactly, but that makes for an interesting story. According to a report from WIVB, two cows in Newfane over in Niagara County found their way to Asha's Farm Sanctuary earlier this month. McKee Farms is just down the road and owner Scott Gregson says that the cows are his.

Tracy Murphy owns Asha's Farm Sanctuary and she basically said, "finders keepers" and does not want to give the cows back. Farmers in the area are understandably upset with the sanctuaries decision too.

Two Cows Seek Asylum At Farm Sanctuary

Ed Petitt believes that this is an udderly ridiculous situation...my words not his. He was holding a sign out front of the sanctuary saying "Return the cows. The only thing missing is for the two cows to be holding their own sign from Chick-fil-A saying "Eat Mor Chikin."

Gregson from McKee Farms will not comment on the case while police investigate but is thankful for everyone's support. We'll keep you up to date as moooooore details become available.

Number Of Cows In The Southern Tier

This got me thinking, how many cows are there in the Southern Tier? We went to the New York cow counters (NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets) and asked for a cow census. This is what we learned.

  • Broome: 4,700
  • Chenango: 11,200
  • Cortland: 12,100
  • Delaware: 6,900
  • Otsego: 7,700
  • Tioga: 5,600
  • Tompkins: 10,200
I'm not sure how we got the cows too stand still long enough to count them but I'm glad they weren't sheep because it would have been hard to stay awake.

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Typically the heart of any community is its Main Street. Upstate New York is no different. While big box stores, strip malls, and franchise restaurants can now be found at the outskirts of most towns, here are a dozen really nice small town Main Streets that would make for a perfect afternoon stroll. Check them out!

10 More Great Upstate New York "Main Streets" For You To Explore!

Several months ago we published a gallery of a dozen great Upstate New York Main Streets. It was wildly popular, so we have added to that list with ten new ones. Again, we use the term "Main Street" loosely. Several of these streets are not even called Main Street, but rather Church Street, State Street, or Broadway, etc. Still, these streets are the heartbeat of each community and they all deserve a visit from you this summer!

RANKED: Top 25 Golf Courses in Upstate New York

There are numerous "best golf course" lists circulating. These are proposed by popular golf magazines, websites, golf professionals, and others. Surprisingly, almost all of them agree on the best New York courses, with some moving one particular course up or down slightly in their rankings.

I like this list of Top 100 Golf Courses online in association with sports company TaylorMade. I like it because for each entry they also put a bit of course history in their comments section. Each of the top 25 golf courses in Upstate New York (in this gallery) have a link "to the list" so you can see other courses, not in Upstate, and where they ranked.

Note: This featured gallery includes just the top 25 for Upstate New York, but there are others, so be sure and check "the list."

Have you played any of these great golf courses?

21 Famous Literary Giants With Deep Roots in Upstate New York

This is a list of 21 literary legends who have deep connections with Upstate New York. Some were born here, some went to school here, some are buried here. The list is is amazing! How many of these authors' books have you read?

A Fun Night at The Drive-In Theatre is Still Possible at These 21 Nostalgic Outdoor Movie Venues

In the 1950s there were more than 4,000 drive-in theatres popping up all over the United States. The decline of their popularity came in the late 1960s and early 1970s when their numbers dropped to about 350 nationwide. Later, with the advent of the "everything retro" movement, outdoor movie theaters made a comeback and today there are more than 500 in the United States.

We all have fond memories of jamming our cars full of kids on "one price per car" night, the buggy yellow fluorescent neon lights at the concession stand, the greasy and oh-so-satisfying drive-in food, and those awkward in-window car speakers.

Today, everything is modernized. But still a lot of fun. There are more than 50 drive-ins in New York State. Here is a list of 21 favorites.

Let us know if your own favorite didn't make the list!

For a complete list visit http://cinematreasures.org/

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