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Porky and Buddy discuss ticks

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was petting my dog Scooby last night and felt this odd little lump thing on his neck.

When I took a closer look, oh gross, it was a tick. I  had never seen one on him before.

I didn’t think they even started before the summer. So I tried putting alcohol on the little bugger to make him back out and that didn’t work at all.

How do you get a tick out?

Darlene

Dear Darlene,

Did you ever wonder what ecological role ticks play in the universe?

Think about it . . . lots of other creatures that some people think of as “gross,”  spiders, bats, slugs, rats, to name a few (not that we agree, we are just speaking in generalities here) do play important roles in the ecosystem, primarily because of what they eat or because of who eats them.

But ticks? As a general rule they don’t even qualify as a snack!

But back to the practical world. It is important to remove ticks promptly. They feed on blood, and while doing that they deposit saliva into the wound they make that can carry any number of serious diseases, including, in this area, Lyme disease.

But first, give up the old myths that alcohol, heat, petroleum jelly or whatever will persuade a tick to back out once it is attached to someone’s skin.

Those substances will only annoy it and may cause it to deposit even more disease carrying saliva into the wound.

Instead, to remove a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments that you can find at any pet store. These devices allow you to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body.

This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet’s (or your own) bloodstream.

Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling. Don’t be worried about the tick head staying in as that rarely happens.

After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. (Ticks are not killed by flushing them down the toilet.) Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant, and apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Then call your vet to find out what form of tick control he or she recommends for Scooby. There are a number of products available, but you need professional advice to choose the most appropriate.

Know that tick season does not wait for the summer; it is starting now, as you have found out.

On a happier spring note, the Oliver Paine Nursery Spring Plant Fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the nursery at 125 South Granby Road, south of Fulton.

A total of 15 percent of your plant purchases will be donated to the Humane Society, but you need the special flyer to take with you. You can download it at www.oswegohumane.org.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com and Website is www.oswegohumane.org

County health clinics for the week of May 12

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of May 12 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

OSWEGO:

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Stone Soup lunch raises money, food for area food pantries

United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.
United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County. Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.

1990 SUNY Oswego grad to emcee Torchlight

Schwartz
Schwartz

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Constance Schwartz, a 1990 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a successful career in marketing and talent management, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Commencement Eve activities at the college Friday, May 16, including the dinner and traditional Torchlight Ceremony.

Since the 1930s, Oswego alumni have ceremoniously passed the torch of learning to graduating seniors with the charge to “dedicate its bright burning to our memories of the light transferred from our school, through us, to others.”

The Oswego Alumni Association will sponsor this year’s Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.

Schwartz is now partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Oswego, she launched her career at the National Football League, where she served as director of programming.

 During her 10 years with the NFL, she also directed the creative and production efforts of NFL Films, securing musical talent for televised events and creating relationships with the music, film and entertainment community.

She went on to Arista Records as vice president of strategic marketing, creating opportunities to market and develop the label’s artists through strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, sports, television and film.

 In 2001, she joined The Firm and led the day-to-day managerial team that oversaw Snoop Dogg’s career. She orchestrated high-profile endorsement deals for such celebrities as Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias.

Since 2011, Schwartz has worked with long-time friend and colleague Mark Sudack and Michael Strahan — well known as a Super Bowl champion, “Live with Kelly and Michael” host and “NFL on Fox” analyst — running SMAC Entertainment. Together, they are building a multi-dimensional talent management and entertainment company and oversee the careers of Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Strahan.

On Commencement Eve at SUNY Oswego, the Senior Sing, featuring musical selections from senior members of State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. The candlelit Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and Schwartz will read the names of faculty, staff and alumni seated in the inner circle.

 Any SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty members who are interested in participating in the Torchlight Ceremony are asked to RSVP to Shaunna Arnold-Plank at shaunna.arnoldplank@oswego.edu in the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, May 9.

Oswego coaches, athletes enter hall of fame

The Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was conducted on Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego Country Club.  In front (left to right) are Howard Mulcahey, Maggie Lester, Alice Reardon and Debbie Mann. In back are representatives of the 1991 OHS boys’ tennis team including Brian Mitchell, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey, Matt Saltalamachia, Bryan Brustch, Jason Walbourn and Coach Bill Fatiga.
The Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was conducted on Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego Country Club. In front (left to right) are Howard Mulcahey, Maggie Lester, Alice Reardon and Debbie Mann. In back are representatives of the 1991 OHS boys’ tennis team including Brian Mitchell, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey, Matt Saltalamachia, Bryan Brustch, Jason Walbourn and Coach Bill Fatiga.

Submitted by Oswego schools

The “Class of 2013” was inducted into the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, April 26 at the Oswego County Club.

 This year’s class included athletes Maggie Lester and Howard Mulcahey with veteran coach and contributor Alice Reardon and swimming coach Debbie Mann.  

Also inducted was the 1991 Section 3 Class A championship tennis team coached by Bill Fatiga. The team consisted of Brian Mitchell, Jason Walbourn, Dan Lapus, Brian Cole, Anuj Agrawal, Bryan Brutsch, Matt Saltalamachia, Matte Lindgren, Anders Dalmean, Drew Narayan, Kevin Moore, Jeff DeSantis, Matt Weber, Steve Babcock, Nate Morey and Joe Deal..

Nearly 100 people were present at the event that was marked by emotional and sincere speeches from the newest  inductees.

The Oswego Buccaneer Boosters Club continues its support of the Hall of Fame as the sixth class will be introduced and inducted as members will have their plaques placed on the “Wall of Fame” in the Oswego High School lobby.

 Since its inception the Oswego High School Athletic Hall of Fame has recognized deserving teams, athletes, coaches and contributors.

Maggie Lester was an outstanding Buc golfer who went to continue her success at Penn state and in competition.  She is a 2003 graduate of OHS and was first team all league five times as well as a five time team most valuable player.

Alice Reardon was instrumental in the implementation of Title IX within the Oswego City School District. She started the Girls Athletic Association which fostered fair competition, fellowship and sportsmanship and provided clinics to teach skills and rules. She made substantial contributions to the growth of women’s sports in the district.

Debbie Mann guided the Bucs in the late 1990s through 2003.  Her teams accounted for tremendous success including a 45 meet winning streak.

 Howard Mulcahey was a 1974 graduate of OHS and was most accomplished in football and wrestling.  His honors included the 1974 Onondaga League Tournament championships and he was a two way lineman on the gridiron as he played four seasons of football.

 The 1991 boys’ varsity tennis team is the only Oswego squad that won the tournament and Section 3 titles. 

Auditions today for “Great Rope” play

The H. Lee White Marine Museum will present the play “The Great Rope,” written by Rosemary Nesbitt and directed by Jonel Langenfeld, at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Fort Ontario parade grounds. 

This production is a collaboration between the maritime museum, Fort Ontario State Historic Site and CNY Arts Center.

 The play is part of the commemoration of the War of 1812, in which Oswego played a major role historically.

An information meeting and informal auditions for characters and technical positions for this production will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday May 7 (today) at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego.

Children ages 6 and above and adults interested in being involved should attend. Those interested in performing should be prepared to read from a script.

 “Jonel has made a point to involve local talent in all her community productions. She brings a rich history of performance and professionalism to these shows,” said Richard Bush, president of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, board of trustees.

The play is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, Richard S. Shineman Foundation and CNY Arts.

For further information call 342-0480 or info@hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or visit hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or facebook.com/hlwmm.

Marie E. Lake, nurse, fitness instructor

marie lakeMarie E. Lake, 83, of Scriba, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Friday morning May 2.

A lifelong resident of Oswego, born March 7, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Zell and Doris Hall.

Marie graduated from Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Delaware in 1951. She went on to obtain her master’s degree and graduated in one of the first nationwide nurse clinician programs in 1975.

She started her career at Oswego Hospital and went on to teach nursing in Georgetown, Delaware and Oswego County BOCES.  After a life changing event, Marie devoted herself to teaching fitness and opened Lake Fitness Studio in Scriba.

She was a very spiritual person and a Master Reiki practitioner. She also taught yoga and tai chi classes.

She was an active RSVP volunteer and taught line dancing classes throughout Oswego County. She and her husband were members of the Shirts and Skirts square dancing club, in which she hand crafted their costumes.

Surviving are her loving husband, Elijah “Laker” Lake, Jr.; children, Victoria Agosta, Melissa Dawson, Benjamin (Lesa) Ellerd and Christopher Ellerd; step-children, Eli (Ann) Lake, Peter (Madonna) Lake, Loraine (Don) Titus and Jason Lake; grandchildren, Vincent (Becky) Agosta, Kimberly (Mark) Salerno, Melanie Cabrera, William Dawson, Kelly (Kerry) Maguire and Mackenzie Ellerd as well as eight great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her beloved dog, Mary and her dearest friends, Michelle Parrish and Betty Murphy.

Marie was predeceased by her sisters, Jean Giambo and Ann Lamphear and her grandson, Benjamin Ellerd IV.

A memorial service was held May 6 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oswego County Animal Welfare League (OCAWL) at www.ocawl-spca.org  or P.O. Box 442 Fulton, NY 13069.