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Sheriff’s deputies looking for missing Granby resident

Joseph T. Steadman

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing persons complaint.
Joseph T. Steadman, 34, residing at 126 County Route 85 in the Town of Granby, was last seen in the Granby area July 5.

Steadman is described as a white male, weighing approximately 250 pounds, standing approximately 6’4” with brown hair and brown eyes.

He has a dragon tattoo on his left bicep.

Steadman may be operating a brown 2002 Pontiac Montana with NYS License Plate FTM5993.

Steadman is considered endangered due to ongoing personal issues.

Anyone with information leading to Mr. Steadman’s whereabouts should contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at 349-3411 or 1(888) 349-3411.

No-cost EEE horse vaccine clinic to be held Friday in New Haven

State Senator Patty Ritchie said she is sponsoring two no-cost EEE vaccine clinics for horses this week.

The clinics are aimed at raising public awareness and preventing the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne disease that killed at least 12 horses in Central and Northern New York last summer. EEE also claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

The clinics — to be held Thursday evening in Heuvelton and Friday evening in New Haven — are funded by a special grant Senator Ritchie obtained through the state budget and in cooperation with local veterinarians. Horse owners wishing to participate should pre-register at Senator Ritchie’s web site at

“EEE is a very serious disease that is nearly always fatal in horses — and nearly 100 percent preventable, if horses are vaccinated,” said Ritchie. “Yet many horse owners, farmers and others are still unaware of the danger both to their families and to their farm animals. These clinics aim to educate farmers and horse owners, and protect a very valuable investment.”

Assemblyman Will Barclay, who is co-hosting the New Haven clinic, said, “Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves from EEE, including horse owners. We’ve got to do all we can to prevent EEE and vaccinating our horses is an important step.”
There is no human vaccine for EEE, but the horse vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective.

The clinics are being conducted by two licensed veterinarians — Dr. Jack Zeh in Heuvelton and Dr. Reid J. Oliver in New Haven — who have agreed to waive any additional fees for their services.

The New Haven clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town of New Haven Highway Department, N.Y.S. Route 104.

Fulton to begin summer concert series tomorrow

The City of Fulton will once again present free summer concerts beginning tomorrow, June 28 with the Fulton Community Band at Bullhead Point pavilion at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 29, the Sounds of Brass will be playing at the Canal Landing Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Fulton.

Schedules for the summer concert series are available at the Fulton Parks and Recreation Office and the city clerk’s office at 141 S. First St., Those seeking more information may call 592-2474.

Extreme heat! Health department wants you to stay cool

Each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

On average, about 300 people die each year from exposure to heat.

The Oswego County Health Department recommends that everyone understand the warning signs of heat-related illness and take special care of those at risk.

“The elderly and young children are at a higher risk for heat illness,” said Inga Back, acting public health director. “People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies cannot properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating.

“When humidity levels are high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly,” Back added.

Heat-stroke is a serious illness that occurs when the body cannot regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.

Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. This type of heat-related illness can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Warning signs of heat illness could include extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit); red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); throbbing headache; dizziness, nausea and confusion; and unconsciousness.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after many days of exposure to high temperatures without proper fluid intake. If left untreated, it can progress to more serious heat stroke.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion could include heavy sweating; paleness; muscle cramps; tiredness, weakness or dizziness; headache, nausea or vomiting; and fainting.

“It’s important to take precautions during hot weather,” Back added.

The Oswego County Health Department recommends the following:

• Take a cool shower or bath.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Try to avoid liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

• Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, senior center, or public library — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

If you must be out in the heat:

• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

• Cut down on physical activity.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Try to rest often in shady areas.

• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a ventilated hat and sunglasses, and put on sun screen.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

• Never leave anyone alone in a parked vehicle.

Food and music at Tunes in June in downtown Fulton

Tunes in June continues tomorrow in downtown Fulton

Food and music at Tunes in June in downtown Fulton

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will continue its Tunes in June series Wednesday at the gazebo in downtown Fulton.

Each week, a featured restaurant will be on site at the gazebo from noon to 2 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Kimo & Friends.

Tomorrow, the Blue Moon Grill will be the featured restaurant.

DOT to hold meetings about safety improvements to Route 481 intersections

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold an open house meeting Tuesday, June 12, regarding safety improvements to three intersections along New York State Route 481 in Oswego County.

Two intersections are in the Town of Scriba: where Route 481 meets Churchill Road and where Route 481 meets County Route 57. The other intersection is in the Town of Volney, where Route 481 meets County Route 45.

The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Volney Town Hall, located at 1445 County Route 6, Fulton.

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Kami’s Kix Dance Studio performed its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave it on the Dance Floor” yesterday at Hannibal High School. The show was sponsored by the Key Club. Pictured from left are Mackenzie Malone, Amanda St. Onge, Suzanne King, and Meghan Gillen.

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio to perform annual recital tomorrow

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio performed its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave it on the Dance Floor” yesterday at Hannibal High School. The show was sponsored by the Key Club. Pictured from left are Mackenzie Malone, Amanda St. Onge, Suzanne King, and Meghan Gillen.

Kami’s Kix Dance Studio will perform its 13th annual spring recital, “Leave It on The Dance Floor,” tomorrow, June 8

The recital will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hannibal High School’s auditorium. It is sponsored by the Key Club.