I’ll keep an up to date post here, but the last I heard, yesterday at about 3 p.m. was ‘the show will go on’ in the Baptist Church across from Veterans Park.
The latest report as of 1:21 p.m. straight from Mayor Jay Niles said they’re shooting for holding the show in the park because they have seen indication on the weather that it will clear before show time. Unconfirmed reports have the sun shining in Fort Edward.
With the last storm blowing through and dumping lots of rain the show remains headed for the park. Skies were beginning to clear up although it might be a little cool this evening the Satin & Steel concert will proceed.
Chicken will go on as planned unless the rain gets really intense
Chicken preparations were delayed a bit by the downpour that happened about 2 p.m. but the fire fighters were ready for it and tarps kept the coals cooking along. Slowed, but not stopped the birds are expected to finish a bit later; probably 5:30 p.m.
Missing child update
The missing Factory Street two-year-old was located in less than an hour after a search of the boy’s house.
Police Chief Ernie Bassett said the child was discovered upon a second pass through the residence by fire fighters Mike McKeighan and Jim Shaw.
Bassett said he had made a pass through the home with the child’s mother, but failed to locate the child beacuse he was hiding and thought he was playing a game.
"He thought he was Batman," one search team member said because the boy was found wrapped in an upstairs set of curtains. The boy was missing for 15 minutes before police were called and for about another 30 minutes after police arrived on scene.
Granville EMS, firefighters, DPW and police were on the scene and a Vermont State Trooper’s canine unit arrived after the child was found.
Bassett said that after recent heavy rains the Mettowee River was his primary concern. He said the boy had gone to the street to get water for a pet turtle recently, leading to fears the boy may have headed for the rushing stream less than 50 yards from the home’s front door. As many as 30 searchers went door to door combing the neighborhood.
One rescuer, possibly John Labas, even got down into short and took to the river floating from upstream of the home to the end of the Little League to the swimming hole.
The child’s mother declined to be interviewed.
All’s well that ends well. Very scary for everyone involved, but I heard the little guy got a kick out of it and was smiling away like he got an extra cookie from the cookie jar.