The Odd Side – September 26, 2017

Corn Maze Marks 100th Anniversary of Women Voting In New York

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – An upstate New York farm is marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the state in distinctly fall fashion, with a corn maze honoring Susan B. Anthony.

Stokoe Farms’ owner Suzanne Stokoe says she wanted to honor one of Rochester’s most famous citizens with the three-acre maze, which features the activist’s profile and her house, which has been turned into a museum.

This year is the centennial of women’s voting rights in New York. Three years later, in 1920, ratification of the 19th Amendment gave all American women the right to vote.

The maze is open through the end of October.

Koala Survives 10-Mile Australia Trip in Wheel Arch

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) – For a stowaway who made a 10-mile journey squeezed in a wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.

The driver of the four-wheel vehicle was unaware of the extra passenger until they arrived at their destination in the outskirts of Adelaide, Australia, and he heard some unusual cries.

After seeing the koala in the wheel arch, he immediately called animal rescuers, who removed the wheel and eventually extricated the frightened but very lucky animal.

“You think you’ve seen it all. No, I’ve never seen anything like that and it’s absolutely incredible,” said Fauna Rescue worker Jane Brister.

The koala suffered superficial injuries and was covered in grease from under the car.

“She was crying a little bit, she was a little bit shaken. She was certainly in shock, but I rushed her straight to the vet,” Brister said.

The koala was dubbed Kelli, after one of the firefighters who rescued her.

“Kelli’s one of our fine station officers, and she led the rescue crew that day and she was quite excited to have such a good outcome,” said Dave Juniper of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.

After being cleaned up and monitored for a week, the koala was released back into the bush on Saturday.

“After everything she’s been through, she’s had so much stress and trauma, to see her just toddle off and up the tree, and currently she’s found the biggest fork in the tree; she’s snuggled up, she’s fast asleep,” Brister said.

Rescue workers say it’s not unusual for koalas to seek shelter in unusual places.

Vermont Man Attempts to Transform Property Into Bear Refuge

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A Vermont man is trying to turn his property into a wildlife refuge for bears.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that Jim Burke met with the Wilmington Development Review Board on Monday to discuss turning the majority of his 62-acre property into a safe haven for bears and other animals.

Burke says he simply wants the land to provide a safe place for wildlife once he and his wife move. He says there wouldn’t be a fence around the property, and no one would feed the animals.

The board says Burke must transfer development rights to an organization to meet zoning ordinances for a wildlife refuge.

Officials have advised Burke to consult with his attorney as the proposal moves forward.

Michigan Lottery Tickets With Four Zeroes Are Worth $5,000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – When are four zeroes worth $5,000? When four zeroes are the winning numbers in a Michigan lottery drawing.

Officials say 1,079 players had winning tickets in Michigan’s Sunday evening Daily 4 game. Each ticket is worth $5,000.

It’s the first time that four zeroes were drawn in the game, which has been played since 1981.