By John T. Ryan
On August 25th, the Peru Town Board, citing employee and public concern with court proceedings being held in the midst of the Town Hall, voted to move the time Peru Town Court convenes from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a two-month trial period. At the Board’s October 9th meeting, Supervisor Peter Glushko informed the Board that he had received a letter from Jerome J. Richards, Supervising Judge of the 4th Judicial District, advising the Town of Peru that it does not have the authority to set town court hours. Judge Richards wrote the letter in a response to an inquiry from Peru Town Justice James Kirby. Supervisor Glushko responded stating the Town Board still has the authority to allocate space for court proceedings and that space would not be available until the Town Hall is closed for public business at 3 p.m.
At that point Board members began discussing the possibility of moving court proceedings to the Town Hall’s basement level where the JCEO Food Shelf and Town Historian currently conduct business. Counselors Donald McBrayer and Brandy McDonald were enthusiastic about the change both saying, “I think that’s a good idea.” McBrayer, who serves as the Board’s liaison to Town Court added, “I believe every office is starting to bulge at the seams so reallocating space might not just help the court but every office in this building. I’d like to see if downstairs could meet the court’s requirements.” All the counselors expressed agreement and Supervisor Glushko set a goal of getting the move accomplished before Christmas.
Subsequent to the Town Board meeting The Peru Gazette interviewed Supervisor Glushko and Judge Kirby in their respective offices. Glushko said that since the October 9th meeting he had changed his mind on moving court offices stating, “Court proceeding will be downstairs and court offices will remain upstairs. We’d be relocating too many people for the sake of one hour’s court time.”
Judge James Kirby was enthusiastic about moving downstairs but stated that court offices would also have to be moved. Kirby or his clerk often retrieves documents or information during a court proceeding.
Kirby held fast to his contention that the court should convene at 2 p.m. He stated, “2 p.m. works best for both the sheriff’s department and the attorneys. If court convened at 3:30 p.m. we’d be here until 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. waiting for lawyers who represent clients in the Town of Plattsburgh Court. I could be here until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. The sheriff’s department shift change starts at 3 p.m. When we convene at 2 p.m. they can get here and back to the jail by 3 p.m. Then they can get to the Town of Plattsburgh for 4 p.m.”
On Tuesday, October 22, Clinton County Sheriff David Favro told The Peru Gazette that the jail’s shift change takes place at 2:30 p.m. when all inmates are locked in their cells for a head count. Asked about the time that Peru Town Court convenes Favro responded, “I don’t see our department’s shift change as being a deciding factor. We can accommodate whatever is needed. This is more about safety and procedural issues.”
Favro is enthusiastic about the prospect of Peru moving its court proceedings downstairs after having toured the Town Hall last week at the request of the Town Board. He stated, “It makes good sense. There are many dynamics in a courtroom setting. I think having its own space is more conducive to court proceedings.” Discussing the basement’s layout he said, “Inmates could come down the back ramp and into the small room (currently a small kitchen) that could be made into an inmate holding room. It would work better especially when we have a hostile inmate.”
Favro said conducting court in the midst of the Town Hall offices is far from ideal noting the unavoidable interaction with the general public and the presence of glass enclosures immediately adjacent to the Town Hall entrance. Glass located in close proximity to a hostile inmate is not a safe environment for anyone concerned.
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 under General News, Law Enforcement News, Peru News, Town Board News.
From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens
Congressman Bill Owens is hosting a business export event at the Holiday Inn Plattsburgh on Thursday, November 6th titled “Doing Business Across the U.S.-Canadian Border”. The event will feature a practical panel with successful local businesses followed by a discussion of economic relations with the U.S. Consul General in Montreal, Ms. Nina Maria Fite. Businesses from across New York’s 21st Congressional District have been invited to attend.
“Many local businesses are in a position to grow by selling to markets in Canada and around the world,” said Owens. “I encourage business owners throughout the area to join me at this event for a practical conversation about growing through cross-border commerce. This forum is an opportunity to hear from local business owners with direct experience starting and expanding their international sales, and to access trade experts that can help you take steps toward selling your own products and services across the border and beyond.”
This event will highlight commercial opportunities for increasing supply chain activity and trade to stimulate local economic development. The panel will share lessons learned and on-the-ground perspectives from local businesses, and A Conversation with the Consul General moderated by Congressman Owens will provide an update of the U.S.-Canada economic relationship.
Doing Business Across the U.S.-Canadian Border
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10am-12pm
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh
412 State Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY
Mr. Robert DeCamp, Director, Regulatory Affairs and Consulting, Deringer Logistics
Mr. Manna Doyle, General Manager, Tulmar Manufacturing Inc.
Ms. Kathryn Bamberger, International Trade and Investment Specialist, Empire State Development
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 under Business News, Community Events, Congressional News, General News, Northern NY News.
POTSDAM, NY The State University of New York at Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 998 students for the 2014-15 academic year. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements with support for their educational experience.
This year’s recipients included:
- Emily Allen of Peru, NY, whose major is Music Education. Allen was awarded the Helen Woods Cullen 1898 Scholarship and the SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship.
- Keagen Briggs of Peru, NY, whose major is History. Briggs was awarded the SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship.
Last year, SUNY Potsdam awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,067 students, including $821,000 from donor-funded scholarships through the Potsdam College Foundation. For more information about how donors impact the SUNY Potsdam student experience, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/giving.
SUNY Potsdam offers financial aid to more than 80 percent of students, in the form of federal and state aid, as well as scholarships. For more information, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/financialaid.
About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 under Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News.
The Ladies Guild of the Peru Community Church are selling pumpkin and apple pies and pumpkin cream cheese cake rolls. The apple pies are baked or unbaked with instructions to bake them. Pumpkin cake rolls will be frozen and can just be defrosted to use them. The pies are $8 each and the pumpkin cake rolls are $12 each. The orders must be in by Sunday, November 16th at 12:00 noon. The baked goods can be picked up on Tuesday, November 25th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in Fellowship Center. Please call 643-8641 to place an order. All proceeds from this fundraiser are utilized for mission in the community and the church.
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Religious News.
PLATTSBURGH, NY–Representative Bill Owens will be at Peru High School tomorrow to speak to students in the school’s P-TECH program about their future job prospects in the North Country and nationwide as well as answer any questions the students may have. These students began the P-TECH process in 8th grade and were selected based upon their interest and aptitude in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses, academic achievement, attendance and behavior.
P-TECH stands for “Pathways in Technology Early College High School”. Utilizing a school within a school model, P-TECH students begin college early. The first P-TECH school opened in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in September 2011, as a unique partnership between IBM, CUNY-City Tech, and the New York City Department of Education. Its success led to the program’s statewide expansion, with sixteen more schools, including ADK P-TECH, being awarded seven-year grants.
The 2014-2015 inaugural class at ADK P-TECH consists of 30 students from three local school districts: Peru, Beekmantown and Saranac.
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 under Business News, Congressional News, Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru/Regional History, Political News.
NAMI-CV in conjunction with Impeerium Peer Network will be offering a weekly NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group starting Tuesday, October 28th from 1:30-3:00pm. The meetings will be held at the NAMI office in Plattsburgh at 14 Healey Avenue, Suite D. The support group is open to any adult with a mental illness and there is no registration required. This group is designed to connect, encourage and support participants using a structured group model. NAMI Connection group is led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves and is always free and confidential. For more information call Impeerium at (518) 324-6250 or email email@example.com.
Posted: October 18th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Heathcare News.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites you to the most delicious events of the year. Taste of the North Country will be held on November 13th at the SUNY Field House. This event combines an amazing Food/Beverage Tasting experience with an incredible auction. The Auction preview begins at 5:00, followed by the Silent Auction and Tasting from 5:30 – 7:00. Auctioneer Steve Brodie and MC Matt Boire will cap off the evening with the Live Auction at 7:00.
Attendees will enjoy sampling specialties from area restaurants and vendors, while they bid on hundreds of auctions items. Restaurant Gift Certificates, Jewelry, Artwork, Savings Bonds, Greens Fees, Gas Cards, and Gift Baskets are just a few of the many things up for bid. To see a complete list of vendors and auction items, visit www.northcountrychamber.com
Tickets to Taste of the North Country are $12 per person before November 3rd or $18 after that. Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, TD Bank, and Condo Pharmacy, this event is open to everyone. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit www.northcountrychamber.com to purchase tickets for Taste of the North Country.
Posted: October 17th, 2014 under Business News, Community Events, General News.
A message From the Empire State Development Board
The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met yesterday in New York City and approved $19 million in funding for nine projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in New York State. These targeted investments will leverage over $136 million in private and other public funding to support small businesses, community and downtown revitalization, regional tourism, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation. The projects will directly create nearly 120 new jobs and retain more than 380 existing New York State jobs.
“The State’s formula for growing jobs and the economy is working: Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils have made smart suggestions and ESD is taking action to support key projects across the state that are creating economic and employment opportunities for New Yorkers,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “The funds approved by the Board are supporting expanding businesses, infrastructure improvements and helping to revitalize communities from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and are proving to be critical investments in our efforts to strengthen and grow our economy.”
The Board approved the following Regional Council award grants:
Adirondack Historical Association – (North Country Region – Hamilton County) – $130,000 Read more »
Posted: October 17th, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History, State Government News.
Peru – Reverend Bill Edwards, a longtime Chaplain at the Clinton Correction Correctional Facility, will speak on the life of a prison chaplain on Friday, October 24th at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, 3035 Main St. in Peru. A Peru native, graduate of St. Augustine’s School and Peru Central School, Father Edwards was ordained in 1985 at St. Augustine’s Church. He currently serves as a Parochial Vicar at St. John’s Parish in Plattsburgh. All are welcome. St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 and St. Monica’s Court 2598, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, are sponsoring Father Edward’s presentation.
Posted: October 15th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Religious News.
Bob Howard emailed a link to a video Susan Drapeau made of the Little Ausable River Trail. It’s made from a bicyclist perspective as Susan traveled from Heyworth/Mason Park to Sullivan Park. Click here to view the Susan Drapeau video.
Posted: October 15th, 2014 under General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Town Board News.
On Monday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. the Board will hold a public hearing to elicit comment on the proposed extension of water and sewer service on both sides of the Bear Swamp road (State Route 442) from the current terminus of the district immediately west of the Dashnaw Road east to the I-87 right of way. All board meetings are open to the public.
Posted: October 14th, 2014 under Business News, General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
The Peru Town Board will hold a Special Meeting tonight Tuesday, October 13 at 6:15 p.m. at the Town Hall.
The Board will consider a resolution to sponsor a grant application to promote cultural activity within the town. The resolution concerns Lance Falcon, Valley Forges Blacksmith.
Posted: October 14th, 2014 under General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
Come support the Peru Drama Club as Peru students show off their talents on Friday, October 24th! Student performers will be singing, dancing, performing comedy, monologues and playing the piano and guitar. The evening will begin at 7:30 in the Peru Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 per person. The Peru Drama Club has approximately 75 student members.
Posted: October 13th, 2014 under General News.
L-R Kregg Bruno, Jim Douglass, Janet Duprey, Peter Glushko, Adele Douglas, Brandy McDonald, Donald McBrayer
Story by John T. Ryan
Photos by Tim Mitchell
Developing a walking trail in Peru’s hamlet was first suggested in about 2005. On Sunday, October 5, 2014, years of discussions, planning, grant writing, financing, and construction climaxed at a Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony for the Little Ausable River Trail. Click here for individual photos. Click here for slideshow.
An estimated 125 people gathered to begin their 1.25 walk to Heyworth/Mason Park. The ribbon cutting took place at the Route 22 entrance to the trail. At Heyworth-Mason Park Master of Ceremonies Garry Douglas welcomed Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Supervisor Peter Glushko, James Dawson, a Board member of Parks and Trails New York, and Karen Derusha, Clinton County Health Department’s Principal Educator.
Thanks were extended to the generous donations of property easements by landowners Winnfried and Stephanie Holderied, Cortland Forrence, John and Penny Clute, James Clute and Michael Thompson.
The Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, the Federal Recreational Trails Program, Parks and Trails New York and the Town of Peru funded the project. The Peru Lions Club, Stewart’s Shops, The North Country Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund and Peru’s Aubuchon Hardware also gave generously to fund trail amenities. Steven Fuller Excavating constructed the trail. Town of Peru employees put the finishing touches on the project.
Garry Douglas took the occasion to present a bouquet of flowers to his wife Adele who wrote the Town of Peru’s grant applications for the $1.06 million project. Grants funded approximately 75% of the total project cost.
The Peru Gazette is grateful to Tim Mitchell for his wonderful photos.
Posted: October 12th, 2014 under Business News, Community Events, General News, Highway Dept. News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Planning Board News, State Legislator News, Things to do in & near Peru, Town Board News.
Peru – Approximately 300 runners participated in today’s 4th Annual Octoberfest Half Marathon and 10K Run. Runners departed from the Peru Fire House, ran down the Bear Swamp Road to Main Street, over to the Union Road, back to Elm Street and west on Pleasant Street before arriving at the Peru Gazette’s position at the corner of Pleasant Street and the River Road. We were able to capture a photo of most runners. Congratulations to all the participants! What a great way to assist a worthy cause. The Chip Hamilton family assisted by friends, family and community members started the event four years ago to honor Chip who passed away in 2011, a victim of pulmonary fibrosis. All proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Click here to view our slideshow. Accompanying music will play on a PC. Individual photos can be found on our gallery view and can be downloaded at no charge by placing your cursor in the upper left corner of a photo.
Posted: October 11th, 2014 under Community Events, Fire Department News, General News.
From the Peru Central School
Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School. An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:
• Recognition of Peru CSD as a College For Every Student (CFES) School of Distinction
• Report on community education
• Discussion of a veterans tax exemption survey
Posted: October 10th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
A Message from Brandy McDonald, Chairman of the Peru Democratic Party
The Peru Democratic Party’s “Meet and Greet” will be this Saturday October 11th, 2014 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Livingood’s Restaurant.
Each year in support of the Peru candidates who are running for election, we have a “Meet and Greet”. We feel that this function is a very important and effective way to get to know the candidates. It also serves as a time to get to know and have some quality time with fellow Democrats and neighbors.
There will be an assortment of free tasty snacks and a pay as you go bar available. As usual we will also be having drawings for some very nice and useful door prizes.
I look forward to seeing you at the “Meet and Greet” this Saturday, October 11th.
Posted: October 9th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Political News.
On Sunday, October 12th St. Augustine’s Church and the Peru Community Church will host their 8th Annual Walk of Faith. Registration will be behind St. Augustine’s Church from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. followed by a walk on Peru new walking trail. A pulled pork dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in Paul Calkins Hall at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. The dinner proceeds will be divided equally between the Community Church’s Jamaica Project and the North Country Mission of Hope. Walkers will only be charged $6 for the dinner, walking children 12 and under $3. The non-walker price is $8 and $4. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Click Here for walk and dinner details
Posted: October 9th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News.
Harkness – On Sunday October 19th any time between 4:00 and 6:30pm, bring your family and meet your friends at the Harkness United Methodist Church Hall, 776 Hallock Hill Road, Peru (corner of Harkness & Hallock Hill Roads) to enjoy one of the North Country’s most delicious traditions; the Harkness United Methodist Church’s Chicken & Biscuit Dinner. This is the 107th year that the church has presented this mouth-watering feast for fans who come from far and wide to savor the chicken & biscuit meal, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, peas, cole slaw, beverages and dessert.
Dinners for Adults are $9.00, Seniors pay $8.00, Children ages 6 – 12 are $5.00, and Pre-schoolers eat free. Take-out meals are available and our new system has decreased the wait time considerably! If you are able, please bring a donation of non-perishable food for our Food Shelf collection. We would love to exceed the total that we collected last year. Hope to see you there!
Posted: October 8th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Religious News.
By John T. Ryan
Last Thursday evening, October 2, 2014, the Town Board accepted the Tentative Budget prepared by Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and the process of finalizing a 2015 Town Preliminary Budget is underway. Glushko told the Board that he used $140,000 from the Town’s fund balance to keep the Tentative Budget $53,212 below the estimated 2% NYS imposed tax cap. He emphasized, “Our goal is to not exceed the tax cap, but we can’t guarantee that at this time. We have to examine budget requests and learn the exact tax cap percentage.” Health insurance rates continue to be challenging. Glushko said he anticipates a 12% increase in health insurance costs.
The Board scheduled its budget workshops to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The general public is welcome to attend any and all workshops.
- October 8th (Wednesday) – General portion of budget, which primarily includes the programs and activities originating in the Town Hall.
- October 14th (Tuesday) – Valcour Sewer
- October 16th (Thursday) – Highway Department
- October 20th (Monday) – Water Department
- October 23rd (Thursday) – Salaries
- October 29th (Wednesday) – Only if necessary
Posted: October 6th, 2014 under General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
Northern New York. A serious crop disease called northern stem canker has been confirmed for the first time in Northern New York soybean fields as part of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program-funded NNY Corn and Soybean Disease Diagnosis and Assessment Database building project.
NSC occurs in most Midwestern states and in Ontario, but Cornell Plant Pathologist Gary C. Bergstrom says the finding in Jefferson County in northern NY and in six other counties elsewhere in the state is the first confirmation of NSC in New York or the northeastern U.S.
Reported yield losses to NSC in the Midwest have ranged from minor to in excess of 50 percent.
With additional funding from the New York Soybean Check-off Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE Field Crop Educators Michael E. Hunter and Kitty O’Neil scouted soybean production fields in all six northern NY counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence.
Hunter and O’Neil recorded observations on field conditions and diseases, and collected and sent plant samples to the Field Crop Pathology Laboratory at Cornell University for positive diagnosis of suspected disease problems.
‘One option soybean producers can immediately consider to manage NSC is to plant canker-resistant varieties,’ says Hunter, who works with farmers in Jefferson and Lewis counties. Read more »
Posted: October 2nd, 2014 under Agricultural News, Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News.
PLATTSBURGH, NY Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York announces the 2014 Women of Distinction honorees for Clinton, Essex, Franklin & Hamilton counties: Devi Momot – CEO, Twinstate Technologies – Distinguished Trailblazer; Tonia Finnegan – Materials Operations Controller, Graymont- Distinguished Community Leader; Kaysie Kyler – Distinguished Personal Achievement; Christine Darrah – Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow (age 17-21). These women will receive their recognition at a dinner event at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road in Plattsburgh, NY on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online. The event will include an extensive silent auction with proceeds benefiting Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. For more information, please contact Sandra Grady, Director of Fund Development at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (518-348-1413 x408).
Women of Distinction (WOD) is a nationwide program of Girl Scouts of the USA that recognizes the achievements of women. Since 1985, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York has been hosting WOD events in different areas of the council from Plattsburgh to Albany. The council covers 15 counties in Upstate New York and serves nearly 11,000 girls. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouts with helping them to build the set of skills that paved their road to success.
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Posted: October 2nd, 2014 under Business News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History.
Architectural drawing of new facility
By John T. Ryan
The Peru Federal Credit Union moved into its current Davey Drive location in 1998. By July 2015, it should be celebrating the opening of a new and greatly expanded facility still on the Bear Swamp road, but closer to the Adirondack Northway. Dignitaries and staff members participated in the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at the new location, directly across from Livingood’s Restaurant and adjacent to the the Peru Veterinary Clinic.
Credit Union Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee
L-R – Staff members Nicole Prentiss, Dianne King, Morgan Kowalowski, Abbey Shay and Maggie Pope assisted by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Credit Union CEO Maggie Pope is enthusiastic about several aspects of the new building. She explained, “With 2,100 members we’ve outgrown our current facility. The new building is built with growth in mind. We’ll be offering additional services including a 24-hour ATM and a two-lane drive-thru. We’ll also have a larger lobby and more office space.” At 3,400 square feet, the new building will be almost 2.5 times larger than the current building.
The Peru Federal Credit Union is comprised of employee groups; all the entities involved in the construction project are credit union members. Pope told those assembled, “Our new building is being built by our members for our members.” The general contractor is Steven E. Fuller Excavating, the engineering firm is AES Northeast, the heating and refrigeration contractor is A. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical, the electrical contractor William J. Murray and the security firm is Security Concepts. Employees from these firms along with employees of the Peru Central School, AuSable Valley Central School and other businesses and institutions comprise the credit union’s membership.
Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko expressed satisfaction regarding the credit union’s expansion. He stated, “The members will appreciate the expanded services and the development along Bear Swamp Road is good for the town. We’re extending the water district to the Northway (I87). I’m hopeful that more businesses will be locating there.”
The Peru Credit Federal Credit Union’s Current Facility
The Bear Swamp Road I87 Exit 35 offers easy access to the credit union, restaurants such as Subway, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Livingood’s and Pasquale’s along with a gift shop, a financial service office, medical offices and insurance agencies. It’s also an often-used exit for Peru, Keeseville, AuSable Forks and Adirondack Region visitors and residents.
Posted: October 1st, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History.
From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens
WASHINGTON—Yesterday Congressman Bill Owens spoke at the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance’s (Can/Am BTA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The event focused on infrastructure improvements, trade facilitation reforms, and the effective management of the U.S./Canada border.
“Our northern border is the backbone of the largest economic relationship in the world,” said Owens. “Investing in improved border services with our Canadian partners and implementing technological innovations in border management encourage the uninhibited growth of secure trade and tourism, growing the U.S. economy and supporting local business communities on both sides of the border.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S.-Canada freight value totaled $55.2 billion in July 2014, a 10.5 percent increase over the previous year. Read more »
Posted: October 1st, 2014 under Business News, Congressional News, General News, Law Enforcement News.
John Bruno on September 25, 2014
John T. Ryan
The Peru Gazette planned to make a phone call to John Bruno this morning to ask a few follow-up questions before publishing an article about his service to our community. Bruno’s Ford tractor pulling his red wagon filled with Valehaven Adult Home and Assisted Living residents has been familiar sight in Peru’s neighborhoods for several years. Unfortunately, John Bruno was not able to answer our questions. The 80-year old Schuyler Falls farmer passed away yesterday. A story about his life appears on today’s Press Republican obituary page.
Valehaven residents accompanied by Living Coordinator Debbie Pierce (3rd on left)
Last Thursday, September 25, 2014, John Bruno was sitting in his truck outside Valehaven while he waited patiently for residents to finish lunch. He pointed out the dog bed on the truck’s front seat and explained how is dog “Georgie” loved that bed. Asked why he came to Valehaven, Bruno responded, “One time years ago I was in the hospital for several weeks. I know how much people need visitors and to get outside. Today I’m taking them through those neighborhoods over there (Button Brook) and then down the Mannix Road.”
John Bruno in the September 20, 2014 Applefest Parade
This morning Valehaven’s Resident Care Coordinator Lindsey Ashline wiped away tears as she said, “It’s heart-breaking. John was here on Saturday. He visited us three times a week. Everyone looked forward to his visits and the residents loved Georgie.” Ashline said staff members and many Valehaven residents plan to attend the celebration of John’s life at his Schuyler Falls home tomorrow afternoon.
John Bruno departs from Valehaven for his last wagon ride for residents
While some people describe John Bruno as being outspoken and not afraid to speak his mind, the people at Valehaven remember him as being soft-spoken, warm-hearted and humorous. He brought a sense of joy each time he visited. When interviewed by The Peru Gazette John Bruno did not boast about many of the things mentioned in his obituary. He appears to have been a man who loved and served his neighbor. His actions spoke louder than his words. He will be missed by many people in this community.
Here is his obituary.
SCHUYLER FALLS – John Albert Bruno, 80, of Route 22B, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born July 2, 1934, in Schuyler Falls, the son of the late Clarence C. Sr. and Florence A. (Brelia) Bruno. Read more »
Posted: October 1st, 2014 under Agricultural News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History.
October 9: Get to Know Alice Morse Earle
Historian Susan Reynolds Williams, author of Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America, will be here on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. to talk about this important figure in the Colonial Revival movement. Earle’s books about Colonial history, domestic life, and material culture were valued resources for collectors like Alice T. Miner.
November 13: Sounds of the Northway
Join us at 7:00 p.m. on November 13 for an evening of song with Sounds of the Northway. One of the North Country’s favorite musical groups, Sounds of the Northway performs a variety of genres, including traditional and contemporary folk songs, historical and contemporary songs about women’s history, and liturgical music.
Posted: October 1st, 2014 under Arts and Entertainment, Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History, Things to do in & near Peru.
Posted: September 30th, 2014 under General News, Opinion.
Posted: September 30th, 2014 under General News, Opinion.
Bernie Steuart (left) and his escort
Larry McSweeney escorted by his step-grandson Tim Mitchell
Ted Soucia escorted by his wife Marie
By John T. Ryan
Longtime Peru residents and military veterans Ted Soucia, Bernie Steuart and Larry McSweeney are Washington D.C. bound today as they are honored for service to our country by the North Country Honor Flight.
Larry McSweeney, a longtime member of the Peru Volunteer Fire Department, was ready to go when two fire trucks, an ambulance and several fire fighters arrived at his Pleasant Street home at 6 a.m. this morning. Ten “Plattsburgh Hog” motorcyclists led the procession to the U.S. Oval.
Clinton County Legislator Peter Keenan is also on the flight. He is escorting Willsboro resident and U.S. AIr Force veteran Thomas Thornton.
Click here to see Larry McSweeney being picked up and the ceremonies at the U.S. Oval and Clinton County International Airport.
Please turn up your speakers to enjoy the music.
Larry McSweeney’s step-grandson Chris Mitchell assists
Posted: September 27th, 2014 under Community Events, Fire Department News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History.
Daisy Jopling will be attending Peru CSD on Friday, October 3rd to work with Mezzo and Avanti String students and Music Teacher Mrs. Fitzsimmons during their regular class meeting times. Daisy’s producer and program administrator will be attending as well.
The String Pulse Experience (https://youtube.com/user/daisyjopling) is a totally free, highly professional, program for music and dance students of the Adirondacks. It will give young artists an opportunity to participate in music and dance training which will last through the spring of 2015 and end with a grand finale onstage at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The students will perform with Daisy Jopling and her band in an original show that features soaring melodies, exciting rhythms from around the world, spoken word and beats, and body percussion written for youth. Daisy has created a spectacular evening that mixes classical music and rock.
Daisy and The String Pulse Experience debuted in Westchester County, NY and performed in April 2014 to a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre in Peekskill. Daisy was born in London, England and now lives in NY State. She has toured the world with the creative string trio, “Triology” (www.triology.cc) and with her own band, the Daisy Jopling Band. Her credits include playing at the opening of the Vienna Festival for 30,000 people (May 2004, 2005), writing music for many films (such as arranging and recording with Triology the music of Hans Zimmer in Hollywood, “Spanglish” and “The Road to El Dorado”), and recorded 7 CDs, two with BMG RCA Victor.
Posted: September 26th, 2014 under Arts and Entertainment, Education News, General News, Peru School News.
A Message From the Town of Peru
Come join us for a walk or run and celebrate our new trail
We’ll meet at Sullivan Park, cut a ribbon to make it official, and then make our way to Heyworth/Mason Park along the Town’s new 1.25 mile trail. At the Park there will be light refreshments, a short program of speakers and fun activities for kids. Music will be provided by Peru’s own Don Yo. After the festivities you can make your way back to Sullivan Park via the trail or road system.
|1:00 – 1:15
||Ribbon cutting ceremony
||Sullivan Park and Rt. 22 Trailhead
|1:15 to 2:00
||1.25-mile trail walk/run
||Rt. 22 Trailhead along the trail to Heyworth-Mason Park
|2:00 to 3:00
||Celebration! Speeches, music, refreshments and fun activities for the kids
|If you have any questions please call Adele Douglas @ 643-7863,Kathy Flynn @ 643-2745 ext 2,
or Kathy Maldonado @ 617-304-2505.
Dogs on leashes are welcome if they get along well with others and if you clean-up after them.
Posted: September 25th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Things to do in & near Peru.
By Adele Douglas
Nancy Miner and Chris Ashley enjoying the view from the summit. This is a very short hike that brings you to excellent views after about 45 minutes of climbing. The drawback is that it’s a very steep climb near the top. The trail is narrow and mostly hard packed dirt, there’s just enough flagging to keep you going in the right direction. The trail starts in Buck Pond Campground (off Rte 30 in Onchiota), it branches off the old railway bed trail that runs past Lake Kushaqua.
Posted: September 25th, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, General News, Northern NY News, Things to do in & near Peru.
The Peru Town Board conducted a moment of silence and reflected on the contributions made to the Town of Peru by former Peru Code Enforcement Officer Keith Matott at its Monday, September 22, 2014 meeting. Keith Matott passed away on September 14th. Glushko said Matott’s experience was invaluable in the formulation of the town’s new comprehensive plan and commended Matott’s service to the town. There were long lines at Matott’s wake and people filled Sacred Heart Church in Chazy for his funeral.
Enforcement of the town’s noise ordinance has proven to be difficult. State Police do not have the time to enforce the law. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department may be able enforce the law if the county collects any fines levied. Supervisor Glushko will be investigating this option.
The Board also:
- Scheduled a Tax Cap Public Hearing for October 9th at 6:30 p.m. Supervisor Glushko said there are no plans to exceed the state-imposed tax cap, but if the 2015 budget necessitates exceeding the tax cap, a public hearing has to have been held.
- Passed a resolution supporting the local effort to purchase and preserve the Old Stone Barracks on the Old Base.
- Authorized Adele Douglas to seek prices from consultants for developing a Main Street improvement plan. All costs will be paid by a previously acquired grant.
- At the request of Supervisor Glushko, the Board delayed passing a resolution regarding the oil trains passing through the region. Glushko said a City of Plattsburgh group is researching the issue. He favors delaying action until that group makes its recommendations on the best course of action.
- Noted that a Disaster Preparedness Seminar will be held on October 2nd at 8 a.m. in the Plattsburgh Office of Emergency Services.
- Encouraged participation in the October 5th Walking Trail ribbon cutting. Speed limits and no-passing double lines for vehicles approaching the walking trail on Route 22 will be pursued.
- Discussed resolving the issues a few employees are having with the newly installed time clocks. The Employee Handbook will have to be updated to include a new time clock policy.
- Approved sale of the Highway Department stone crusher to Peru Sand and Gravel in the amount of $25,000.
- Received an invitation from the Peru Federal Credit Union to attend a groundbreaking for its new Bear Swamp Road building. The ceremony is scheduled for September 30th at 3:30 p.m.
Posted: September 25th, 2014 under Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Town Board News.
Peru town officials learned that it would cost more to keep Town of Peru’s highways safe this coming winter at their Monday, September 8, 2014 meeting. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell informed the Board that salt will cost $73.65 a ton, 27% higher than budgeted and increasing the total cost from an estimated $75,000 to $110,000. Counselors discussed reducing salt usage and other alternatives, but concluded that safety is their highest priority. The salt is especially needed on lightly traveled highways. Salt industry officials attribute the price increase to last year’s hard winter. Inventories have been depleted and communities have placed large orders for this winter. It’s the old supply-demand story.
In other actions the Board:
- Reappointed Deborah Witherwax to the Board of Assessment review.
- Approved renewal of the Cable Franchise Agreement with Charter Communications. The Town of Peru receives approximately $60,000 annually as a franchise fee.
- Set the Walking Trail Official Opening Ceremony for October 5, 2014. The ribbon cutting will be held at Sullivan Park at 1:00 p.m. Participants will walk the 1.25 mile trail to Heyworth-Mason Park for light refreshments, children’s activities and a brief program. Interpretative signs and a safety sign on Route 22 will be erected. The trail has been deemed ready for final inspection.
- Counselors emphasized that the walking trail is not a dog park. Dogs are to be on leashes and users must clean up after their animals. It will be a wonderful community resource if all users follow the rules.
Posted: September 24th, 2014 under Business News, General News, Highway Dept. News, Peru News, Town Board News.
Here’s a great way to meet friends, enjoy a great meal and help a good cause. On Saturday, October 11th from 4 to 7 p.m. the Keeseville Knights of Columbus at their 1435 Route 9 hall will serve a harvest turkey dinner and all the trimmings with all proceeds benefitting the United Way of the Adirondack Region. It’s only $10 a meal with children 5 and under free. Take-outs are available. Call 834-4689. The Knights of Columbus have served this meal for several years. It’s a great meal!
Posted: September 23rd, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Northern NY News.
From the Office of Elise Stefanik
Stefanik Set to Appear on Republican, Conservative and Independence Lines in November
Glens Falls—Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik today officially accepted the nomination of New York’s Independence Party.
“I am honored to accept the Independence Party nomination,” said Stefanik. “I’m committed to working with leaders across our District to unite the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party to ensure a new generation of leadership representing the North Country in Washington.”
“I also want to thank Matt Doheny for providing the Republicans a great opportunity to win back this seat serving the people of the 21st District,” added Stefanik.
“We are proud to support Elise’s candidacy for the 21st District,” said Tom Connolly, Vice Chair of New York’s Independence Party. “Since announcing her campaign, Elise has worked tirelessly to earn the trust of voters district wide, and we are pleased she will be appearing on the Independence line this November.”
Posted: September 23rd, 2014 under Congressional News, General News, Political News.
Peru – Come enjoy an evening of great entertainment and learn about the life of Patsy Cline. Patsy Cline impersonator Courtney Shayne will perform of the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center on Saturday, September 27th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For advance sales contact Howard Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Bell at 643-2261. Tickets are also available at the Community Church office in the Fellowship Center.
All proceeds will benefit the Peru Community Church Capital Fund Campaign.
Posted: September 22nd, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Things to do in & near Peru.
Plattsburgh, NY, September 10th, 2014 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley is pleased to announce that we will sponsor and host the first ever Keys to Recovery Conference on October 9th, 2014, at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
The conference is an opportunity for peers (those who utilize mental health services), families, providers and interested community members to come together to learn about, discuss and celebrate mental health. Topics include: Mental Health Recovery, Homelessness, Trauma, Creativity and the Arts etc.
Keynote speaker is Jennifer Ayers-Moore whose brother was portrayed in the movie “The Soloist” featuring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The film depicts the life of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers who is a cello prodigy who develops Schizophrenia and becomes homeless. The story is an inspiration; and Jennifer’s plan is to inspire the community.
For more information, and to interview Jennifer Ayers-Moore, please contact NAMI:CV.
Posted: September 22nd, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Heathcare News.
AUGUSTINE’S APPLEFEST – 37th ANNUAL, 3035 MAIN STREET, PERU NY
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH AND 21ST , 2014
PARADE STARTS AT PERU SCHOOL AT 11:00 AM SATURDAY
GRAND MARSHALLS: WORLD WAR II VETERANS
(North Country Honor Flight)
HUGH CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
(OVER 50 VENDORS PARTICIPATING)!
GAMES OF CHANCE
VINCENT DE PAUL YARD SALE
CRATE & CHRISTMAS HOUSE
FATHER ALAN’S CHRISTMAS ROOMS IN PARISH CENTER
North Country Talent Education String Ensemble
Plattsburgh Pipe & Drums
The Hooterville Express
The Bootleg Band
North Country Talent Education String Ensemble
The Bootleg Band
SUNDAY CHICKEN BBQ MERRILOONS THE CLOWN BAKE SALE SILENT AUCTION
CHILDRENS GAMES PLANT SALE FOOD OF ALL KINDS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Posted: September 18th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News.
A Message From Peru Central School
In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 19, 2014, Peru Central School District plans to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of the clock tower of the Elementary Building on Route 22B.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st – there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 9), over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, art teachers Tracey Laundry and Greg Badger will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
Peru Central School will create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc., to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and will “plant” them in front of the Elementary Building clock tower on Route 22B this year, as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.
On September 19th keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world! For more information, please contact 643-6400.
Posted: September 18th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
John Rock, Cameron Riggs, Travis Angevine, Jennifer Goette and Nicky Viti-Duprey will be inducted into the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 27th. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Livingood’s Restaurant in Peru (former Crickett’s Restaurant). The scheduled times are, 6:30 social, and 7:00 dinner @ $20.00 per person. Checks can be sent with the names listed to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996, phone 518-963-7963. Checks should be made payable to the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame.
John Rock graduated from Peru Central School in 1968. During his High school years John played football, basketball, baseball and track playing for Mike Beauvais, Tony Papero, Frank Ruane, Harry Brown, Dan McKillip and Frank White. In 1965 he was on the undefeated football team. In 1966, during the last game of the season, he scored 4 touchdowns against St. John’s at Bailey Ave. The only JV sport he played was basketball in the 1963-64 seasons.
John held track records in the 220 yd. dash with a 22.7 and 100 yd. dash with a 10 flat. He was also on the record setting 880-relay team with Joe Furnia, Barney Woodward, and Jeff Norman. The track team won three out of four track Section 7 titles and in baseball the teams won 3 out of the four years with Section 7 titles.
Cameron Riggs, a 1978 graduate of Peru High School, was a three-sport athlete. He competed in football, wrestling, and baseball earning 9 varsity letters: four in wrestling, three in football, and two in baseball. During his high school athletic career, which started as an 8th grader, Cam demonstrated versatility in all areas of athletics. He was an accomplished baseball player/pitcher all four years of high school. During his tenure on the team he displayed his leadership by serving as the team captain and by leading the team in hitting and pitching. He equally shined on the football field as the team quarterback. His speed and ability to orchestrate a play quickly made him a very dangerous thrower and kicker. His accomplishments include leading the CVAC in PATs and field goals. Again his leadership talents had him serving as captain his senior year.
In addition to serving his school in exemplary fashion in the above sports, it was his gift as a “grappler” that led to a career on the wrestling team that few since have surpassed. He began his rise to the top with an early commitment to the sport. He wrestled as a youngster in tournaments around the state throughout the school year and into the summer. His targeted focus earned him many outstanding wrestler awards, acclaims and recognition. His skills increased with age and include placing 6th in the NYSPHSAA meet as a freshman and 3rd as a senior when there was only one division. He was the first Peru wrestler to win four straight titles in the Peru Invitational and he was undefeated in Section 7 during his four years. To add to his fame, he was the first Section 7 wrestler to win over 100 matches. He earned a trip to the State meet every year and represented our area by wrestling for NYS team against Polish National Team.
Travis Angevine, a 1988 graduate of Peru High School, excelled in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball earning 9 varsity letters. Travis was a three-year starter at quarterback from 1985 through 1987. During this time period the team went 26 and 3 winning the CVAC Division 1 championship in 1985 and 1986, runner up in Super Bowl C in 1985 and Super Bowl champions in 1986. Travis played varsity basketball from 1986 through 1988. In 1987 the team was the CVAC Division 1 champion with a 17-2 record. In 1988 the team went undefeated in the CVAC winning the Division 1championship. The team was the Section Seven class B Champions, finishing the year with a 20-2 record. Travis was moved up to varsity baseball in 1985 and started as a pitcher in all playoff games winning the Section Seven championship and state quarterfinal participant. In 1988 the team won the CVAC and Section Seven championships. The team went on to win the New York State Eastern Regional championships and was state runner up in class “B”. Travis was undefeated as a pitcher and won the state semifinal game.
Awards that Travis won during his high school career included: 1988 US Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete, 1988 The Amateur Athletic Union/Milky Way Be an All American Award – given for outstanding athletic performance, 1988 – I.A.A.B.O Flynn Memorial Scholarship Recipient (CVAC Basketball Official Scholar Athlete Award), 1988 player of year in baseball and 1st Team CVAC All-Stars, player of the year CVAC Basketball 1988 & First Team All-Star, Captain Football 1986, Captain Basketball 1987 & 1988, Co-Captain Baseball 1988, 1987 Second Team All CVAC Offense Quarterback / 2nd Team All CVAC Defense – Safety, 1987 CVAC All-Academic Team Fall Sports, 1987 CVAC All Conference Baseball Honorable Mention, WEAV All Star Team Basketball 1986-1987, WIRY All Star Team Basketball 87-88, WIRY First Team Defense Football 1987, 1986 CVAC All Conference Second Team Football, NYS Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic Team for New York State.
Travis Angevine went on to play collegiately at Colgate University earning 2 Varsity Letters as a wide receiver and named to Patriot League Academic Achievement Honors 1991.
Jennifer Goette graduated from Peru High School in 1992 and was the salutatorian of her senior class. She lettered in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field.
Jennifer was on the cross-country team in grades 8 through 12 and was captain of the team the last three years. She was the first runner to be a five time all conference runner in CVAC history. She won two sectional championships in 8th and 9th grade. The team won five sectional and four league titles during this time and her senior year the team finished as the number 1 ranked team in New York State.
Jennifer was a member of the indoor track team and was captain the last three years of school at Peru and on the Varsity Outdoor Track in grades 7th – 12th and captain of the undefeated league and sectional championship teams in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. She was on the Section Seven record setting team in the 4 X 800 meter relay during her senor year.
Other accomplishments while at Peru were, Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All Star, National Honor Society, and Ray A. Kroc Award.
After high school Jennifer went onto Princeton University where she graduated with Honors in Psychology. She competed in twelve consecutive seasons of Varsity athletics: Cross-Country, Outdoor Track and Indoor Track. In 1992 she was named Most Outstanding Freshman in Cross-Country. In 1995 she was the recipient of the Rosengarten Award in Outdoor Track “awarded annually to that member of the Princeton varsity cross country team who in sportsmanship, improvement and performance has contributed most to the sport.” Jennifer was a 1996 NCAA Division I Finalist in the 5000-meter race and earned Academic All-Ivy the same year.
Nicky Viti-Duprey graduated from Peru High School in 1998, where she was a three-sport athlete. She participated in soccer, basketball and track and field. She played soccer for four years and was a major contributor to any success the team had. She was captain during her junior and senior year and was named to the Honorable Mention team in 1997 and All-Star team in 1998.
Nicky played basketball from 1993 through 1998. She was named to the Honorable Mention team in 1987 and 1st team All-Stars in 1998 and captained her senior year. Nicky traveled extensively on the traveling AAU team Lake Champlain her junior & senior year. She traveled to Washington D.C. for the Junior Nationals.
In Track and Field Nicky competed from 1994 – 1998. She focused on the 100m hurdles, long jump, and high jump. She won numerous first, second and third places during meets. She was named captain of the team in the 1998 season.
She went on to play collegiately all fours years of college at Plattsburg State. While playing she earned SUNY All-Academic Teams each semester in her junior and senior year, ECAC player of the week (4 times), Tourney Team Player, Most Valuable Player in the Cardinal Classic, Plattsburgh State Female Athlete of the year in 2002, SUNYAC All-Star Team in 2000-2001. In the 2001-2002 season her team reached the final round championship game during her senior year.
Posted: September 17th, 2014 under Community Events, Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News, Peru/Regional History.
News from the Strand
PLATTSBURGH, NY- The last few weeks dedicated staff members and volunteers have been working hard to repaint The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery. The Strand Center for the Arts has gained local notoriety for restoring The Strand Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, but also houses administrative offices, a clay studio, artist studios, classrooms, and a gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street as well.
This painting project would not have been possible without generous donations from community businesses. The Strand would like to thank Denise Duprey from Precious Moments Photography and Meron Properties for their charitable donation of paint and supplies. Gratitude is also extended to Katie Benway and the United Way for helping coordinate volunteers for the project at short notice. Additionally, The Strand deeply appreciates the abundance of support it received from numerous volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts prepping, painting, and cleaning.
As local non-profit, some of the projects and programs held at The Strand Center for the Arts would not be possible without the support of community members and businesses. Repainting the Gallery has not only improved its appearance, but also enables staff to curate a wider variety of exhibitions and provides greater accessibility to both patrons and artists. Since 2000, when it was previously known as the North Country Center for the Arts, The Strand Center for the Arts has always sought to unite the arts and the community; projects such as repainting the Gallery continue to reinforce and strengthen these efforts.
Everyone is encouraged to stop into The Strand Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street and see the improvements. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.
Posted: September 17th, 2014 under Arts and Entertainment, Business News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News.
Peru – Bill Derrick died on August 27, 2014, surrounded by family in his Peru, New York home after a long fight with lymphoma. He was 85. Many knew Bill as the Director of the Campus School at SUNY Plattsburgh, a teacher at St. John’s Academy, and a local businessman in masonry heaters and wood stoves. Others knew Bill as a member of both the St. Augustine’s choir and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plattsburgh. He is probably best known in his retirement as a modern day “Johnny Appleseed” sharing his homemade dried apples and other North Country foods with friends, neighbors, and those in need.
Bill was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of William Wesley and Elizabeth (Meadows) Derrick. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1949-1952, during the Korean War and then went to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where he later took his first job as a teacher, a career that carried him to the U.S. Department of Defense Schools in Europe from 1954-1962. It was in Germany that he met his wife, Virginia Johnson Derrick, also a teacher, from Chisholm, Minnesota. During his last overseas teaching assignment in Paris, he served as President of the US Department of Defense Overseas Teachers Association.
Bill returned to the US in 1962 to continue a career in higher education, which brought him and his family from Chicago, Illinois to Kent, Ohio and next to SUNY Albany, where he earned a PhD in 1973. Bill moved his family to Peru, NY in 1974 to become the Director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus School, where he instituted Northern New York’s first bilingual education program. He taught English at St. John’s Academy from 1982-86 before retiring from education to work full time in his wood-heating business.
In addition to selling wood stoves, tending 10 grandchildren, and hosting “gentlemens’ lunches” for other members of the Peru community, Bill’s other passion was riding his bicycle, regularly logging over 1000 miles each summer on the North Country and Quebec back roads, right up until last summer at the age of 84.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia; son William Michael Derrick, his wife Kathy and their children, Ryan, Kaitlin, William and Henry of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter Mary Beth Peabody, her husband Michael and their children, Hannah, Maeve and Asa of Keene, New York; and son Timothy Kent Derrick, his wife Veronica and their children, Charlotte and Aurora of Mill Valley, California.
Calling hours will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 from 3 to 5 pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial service will follow at 5 pm at the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Philip T. Allen and Msgr. Peter R. Riani celebrating.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Bill’s memory to the Peru Free Library or Hospice of the North County.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Bill Derrick please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Posted: August 31st, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History.
By John T. Ryan
“It’s a space issue, isn’t it?” remarked Peru Town Attorney Donald Biggs at the Peru Town Board’s August 25, 2014 meeting following a contentious discussion between town counselors and Judge James Kirby. The counselors voted to change the time Peru Town Court convenes disagreeing with the points made by Judge Kirby. A temporary pay increase for Judge Kirby was also on the Board’s agenda. The increase was not approved.
Peru Town Court proceedings have been convening at 2 p.m. with defendants, attorneys and family members often entering the room at about 1:30 p.m. At the same time, members of the public come into the Town Hall to pay water/sewer bills, taxes or to transact other business. Some residents have been uncomfortable when they have encountered inmates in handcuffs and town employees have had to contend with court being conducted just a few feet from their workspace. Changing the time when court convenes has been discussed in the past but no action was taken previously because Peru’s Court is held at the same time as the Town of Plattsburgh Court. According to Judge Kirby some attorneys represent clients in both courts and convening court at 2 p.m. was begun to assist them. Attorneys typically come to Peru first and then go to the Town of Plattsburgh to represent other clients.
Supervisor Glushko suggested convening court at 3 or 3:30 p.m. Judge Kirby responded that the August 25th meeting was the first time he had heard about the Board’s concern about court hours. He said convening court at 2 p.m. has worked well and that a later start time could mean court ending at 9 p.m. or later. After some discussion the Board decided the Court would convene at 3:30 p.m. for a two-month trial period. Kirby told the Board that in the future he wanted to be directly informed of any matters concerning his office.
A second spirited discussion involved a proposed local law which would have given Judge Kirby a 50% temporary pay raise for the period October 1, 2014 to December 31st. Read more »
Posted: August 30th, 2014 under General News, Law Enforcement News, Peru News, Peru/Regional History, Town Board News.
The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met today in New York City and approved $20.4 million in funding for 30 projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in all 10 regions of New York State. The projects will directly create 30 new jobs and enable the creation of hundreds more while also retaining more than 2,200 existing jobs. These targeted investments will leverage over $41.3 million in private and other public funding to support business expansions and regional tourism efforts, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation.
“The funding approved today stimulates local communities from Long Island to Western New York – carrying momentum that initiatives like the Regional Economic Development Councils and Buffalo Billion started just three years ago,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “By investing in these projects, we are fostering opportunity for New Yorkers by providing essential tools to improve business operations and create new jobs. With more than 17,000 new private sector jobs created in July alone, New York’s economic progress continues to move in the right direction, supported by the lowest business and middle class tax rates in a generation and important State investments that are working.”
The Board approved the following Regional Economic Development Council award grants: Read more »
Posted: August 27th, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History, Political News, State Government News, State Legislator News.
L-R Johanna Meyer, Sam Perkins and Brenda Brelia
By John T. Ryan
Shawn Perkins is a man of many qualities. His peers recently selected him as the Peru Volunteer Fire Department’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Ironically those same peers also presented him with their annual Goat Award, an award which recognizes “silly” things such as forgetting to shut of a blue light, losing a pager or being absent-minded. Obviously Perkin’s outstanding qualities predominate. He has been a Peru firefighter for just over 4 years.
Former Chief Brian Westover presented Brenda Brelia with the 2014 Chief’s Award in recognition of her dedication to the department. Brelia has belonged to the Peru Department for three and one-half years.
Johanna Meyer was chosen Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider of the Year. She is a three-year member of the department.
Posted: August 26th, 2014 under Fire Department News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History.