From the Office of the Superintendent of Peru Central School
Peru Central School District recently received Recognition for Excellence in Environmental Health through The ChildSafe School NYS Certificate Program.
ChildSafe Schools in New York State address health and safety needs, with school policies and practices that ensure reduced exposures and will lead to improved environmental health. Individual schools or school districts that meet or exceed the criteria are eligible to receive ChildSafe School certificates. This recognition program was created by Grassroots Environmental Education and is supported by the New York State Parent Teachers Association (NYSPTA), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.
The ChildSafe School provides a step-by-step framework to help parents, teachers and administrators make their schools as environmentally safe as they can be, by adopting policies that prohibit the idling of school buses and other vehicles, mandate the use of safe cleaning products, and eliminate the use of pesticides on school grounds and playing fields.
Posted: March 24th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Today, my office issued a report detailing regional trends in education funding, enrollment, and conditions across the state. The report analyzes school district financial and demographic information from nine separate regions outside of New York City.
Investments in New York’s public schools are vital at both the state and local level. By examining regional comparisons and trends in school district revenues, expenditures and student demographics, we can better inform the decisions of state lawmakers, education stakeholders and taxpayers.
Some of the key findings in our report include:
In 2014-15, total school district revenues were $37.7 billion, which includes federal and state aid, the STAR subsidy and local revenue. Local revenue, overwhelmingly from property taxes, made up more than half of total school revenues (54.5 percent), an increase of 3 percentage points from 2004-05. Over the same period, federal and state aid (including STAR) each declined slightly, by 1.4 and 1.6 percentage points, respectively;
The median per-pupil spending for school districts in 2014-15 was $22,658. The Mid-Hudson Valley had the highest median per-pupil spending rate at $26,636, while Western New York was lowest at $19,776. This measure varied greatly across the state and can be largely attributed to regional cost differences. The report notes that significant variations in per-pupil spending exist within each region; and
The percentage of students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch was 39 percent in 2014-15, and 17 percent of students were considered to be living in poverty. The regional differences in these measures were significant in the Mohawk Valley with 53 percent of students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches and 26 percent of students living in poverty. Long Island had the fewest students receiving free- or reduced-price lunches at 26 percent and only 8 percent living in poverty.
You can read the entire report on my website, by visiting: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/…/re…/education/pdf/education.pdf
To view the report’s interactive regional map, you can visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/…/educa…/regionaleducationmap.htm
If you have any questions about the report, please contact my Division of Local Government and School Accountability at 518-474-4037 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted: March 23rd, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru/Regional History, State Government News.
Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:45 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing employment history of particular individuals. No other school board or school district business is slated for this meeting.
Posted: March 21st, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru School News.
Posted: March 21st, 2017 under General News.
Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the Assembly’s 2017-18 state budget proposal helps grow the economy, gives North Country communities the resources they need and invests in vital agriculture programs.
“During my recent district tour, North Country residents voiced their concerns with many of the governor’s proposals and local officials made it clear that a shared services mandate was unacceptable,” Jones said. “The Assembly stood up for our towns by rejecting the shared services proposal to protect vital services our families rely on.”
Investing in economic development
The Assembly budget proposal provides $90 million for the Restore New York Communities Initiative. The funding includes $10 million for the Community Restoration Fund to address vacant and abandoned properties that bring down property values and threaten public safety in neighborhoods across the state.
The proposal also provides $10 million for Strategic Investment in Workforce Development initiatives to help ensure employers have access to the skilled workers they need.
Supporting Direct Care Workers
The Assembly’s proposal ensures direct care workers are paid fair livable wages. The Assembly’s budget includes an initial $45 million toward a six-year plan to create a living wage for direct care workers. These professionals care for the state’s most vulnerable populations, yet recent increases in minimum wage, and an overall improving economy, have made service providers unable to compete with other private sector jobs. This critical support will enable these providers to offer compensation that is above minimum wage to ensure that facilities are adequately and safely staffed and can continue to deliver these essential services.
“Direct Care Services are in crisis mode in the North Country,” Jones said. “We need to make sure that we are providing adequate pay and able to stabilize the retention of direct support professionals.”
Small Business boosts, jobs, and tax cuts
The Assembly’s budget proposal reduces the income tax rate for small businesses earning $290,000 or less from 6.5 percent to 4 percent for corporate filers. It also allows personal income tax filers, such as sole proprietors, farmers and partnerships, to deduct 15 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) before the personal income tax rate is applied, up from the current 5 percent deduction.
The proposal would also double all research and development tax credits. Businesses that are personal income tax filers would receive a 14 percent tax credit for qualifying research and development property. Corporate filers would receive a 10 percent tax credit for the first $350 million of investment and 8 percent for anything above that figure.
The plan also expands eligibility for the Excelsior Jobs Program and increases tax credits for certain participants. The program incentivizes businesses to relocate to and expand in New York, as well as make capital investments in local facilities and create jobs. The Assembly proposal would make it easier to participate in the program by reducing the threshold for job creation and capital investment by 50 percent.
“People looking to start a new business or grow theirs will have more help from the state under the Assembly’s proposal, which is exactly what the North Country needs,” Jones said. “This plan encourages entrepreneurship and cuts the cost of doing business in New York.”
Improving roads and bridges
Most of the roads and bridges in the 115th Assembly District are maintained by dedicated local highway departments. However, despite their best efforts, many have fallen into disrepair. The Assembly is committed to helping the North Country repair its infrastructure. The Assembly’s budget proposal increases funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) to $488 million, a $50 million increase from the proposed executive budget.
“As a rural district, we depend heavily on our roads and bridges,” Jones said. “It’s important that we invest in necessary repairs and continue critical maintenance so children can get to school safely, families can get to work, farmers can do business and visitors can see what we have to offer.”
Further, the Assembly proposal strongly invests in the state Department of Transportation’s five-year plan for non-MTA transit projects with $114.5 million, $30 million more than the executive’s budget proposal. The Assembly proposal also increases upstate transit funding by $3 million.
Keeping local government local
The Assembly’s budget proposal includes $715 million in Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) – $50 million more than the executive’s proposal. AIM funding provides direct state aid to local governments. Further, the Assembly rejects the governor’s Shared Services Initiative proposal that would have tied AIM funding to a consolidation agreement between local municipalities.
“As a former mayor and chairman of the county legislature, I know the governor’s shared services initiative is not the solution,” Jones said. “Instead, the Assembly developed a proposal that puts municipalities first and makes sure they can continue offering vital services.”
Supporting farming communities
Farmers are vital to the North Country –in fact, Clinton County is the largest producer of maple syrup in the state. The Assembly proposal restores millions to fund agriculture programs to ensure farmers can continue to grow in New York.
The budget proposal allocates funds for an array of programs, including child care for migrant farm workers, a tractor rollover protection program, farm family assistance and agricultural research. FreshConnect, a program to make farmers markets more accessible to low-income families, will receive $625,000 in this year’s Assembly budget proposal. The Adirondack North Country Association Farm-to-School program will receive $300,000 to support initiatives that supply local food to schools.
Agriculture of all kinds, which Jones has been a longtime advocate for, will also receive funding to promote and support New York farm products.
“We must invest in programs that help farmers, preserve our farmlands and support innovative uses of agriculture,” Jones said. “These programs play a massive role in the North Country’s success.”
Posted: March 16th, 2017 under General News, State Government News, State Legislator News.
The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, March 21st at 6:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their fourth public session budget workshop. At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:
· Review Budget Timeline
· Host an Encore of the Community Budget Forum
· Receive Overview of Budget Advisory Committee Activity
· Discuss Enhancements, Revenues, and Expenditures
The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.
The meeting is open to all.
Posted: March 16th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Posted: March 16th, 2017 under General News.
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Posted: March 15th, 2017 under General News.
Posted: March 15th, 2017 under General News.
LITTLE, SENATE COLLEAGUES ADVANCE BUDGET PROCESS
Propose tax relief, increased school aid and clean water funds
Senator Betty Little today voted in favor of a budget resolution that outlines the State Senate’s response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget and keeps the Legislature on course for adoption of an on-time budget.
The Senate proposal calls for an increase in school aid, tax relief and workers compensation reform to help small businesses and billions of dollars for clean water and sewer projects throughout New York State.
“Today marks another important step in the budget process, our chance to offer alternatives to the governor’s budget based on what our constituents have told us,” said Little. “From this point, we now negotiate with the Assembly and Governor.”
The Senate Republican plan would reverse changes made last year to the STAR, school property tax relief, program that had created confusion and caused the delay of payments to local taxpayers.
The Senate plan rejects a number of tax-and-fee increases proposed by the governor, including new Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fees, new taxes on internet purchases and a new surcharge on pre-paid cell phones. In addition, to help avoid future tax increases, the Senate’s resolution imposes a statutory cap on state spending.
Little and her colleagues are advancing workers’ compensation reforms sought by small businesses, such as updates to duration caps and schedule loss of use awards.
School aid funding would increase five percent over last year, for a total of $1.2 billion, bringing the total investment in schools to a record level of $25.4 billion.
The State Senate proposes nearly $8 billion to ensure all New Yorkers have access to clean, safe drinking water by addressing extensive water quality issues and infrastructure needs. This includes: creation of a new $5 billion Clean Water Bond Act; support for the proposed $2 billion for clean water infrastructure; establishment of a new Drinking Water Quality Institute; and creation of the Emerging Contamination Monitoring Act.
The budget proposal seeks to make college more affordable for more students, regardless of whether they attend a public or private college in New York State, by increasing the minimum TAP award from $500 to $3,000 and the maximum to $5,500. Income thresholds would also be increased to $100,000 in 2017-18; $110,000 in 2018-19; and $125,000 in 2019-20.
Little and her colleagues are also proposing $45 million annually to compensate direct care professionals who care for individuals with disabilities.
The Senate and Assembly will soon convene joint conference committees, which will work to reconcile differences between the budget proposals of both houses with the goal of adopting a new budget by April 1.
Posted: March 15th, 2017 under General News, Northern NY News, Political News, State Government News.
Posted: March 15th, 2017 under General News.
Peru – March 15, 2017 – Today’s Soup Kitchen at Si. Augustine’s Parish Center is cancelled because of the storm.
Posted: March 15th, 2017 under Community Events, General News, Peru News.
A message from the Peru Central School District Office: Peru Central School District will be CLOSED on Wednesday, March 15th.
Posted: March 14th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru School News.
L-R John Bernardi, Marge & Bruce Garcia
At the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Bruce & Marge Garcia, were the recipients of the 33rd Annual Dorothy & Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award. John Bernardi, CEO of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. said, “Bruce and Marge are outstanding people. Their kind and generous spirit is an inspiration to many and they give selflessly to the betterment of the Adirondack Region. They are both fine examples of what it means to be a distinguished citizen and we can all strive to be more like them.” Pictured is Bernardi with Marge and Bruce Garcia.
Posted: March 14th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History.
Posted: March 13th, 2017 under General News.
Due to inclement weather, Peru Central School District will have an Early Dismissal on Tuesday, March 14th as follows:
10:30 dismissal for Jr/Sr High grades 7-12
11:30 dismissal for Elementary grades K-6
Posted: March 13th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
The Peru Knights of Columbus Bingo scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th bingo is cancelled because of the impending storm. Hopefully, bingo will resume on Tuesday, March 21st.
Posted: March 13th, 2017 under Community Events, General News.
Posted: March 13th, 2017 under General News.
Posted: March 13th, 2017 under General News.
Office Returned a Nationwide Record of $452 million in SFY 2015-16 *B-roll video available*
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that his office has over $14.5 billion in unclaimed funds and urged New Yorkers to see if any of it belongs to them. In State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015-16, DiNapoli’s office set a national record for the third consecutive year for the most unclaimed funds returned in one year totaling $452 million.
“We’ve made it easier for New Yorkers to search for and claim money that is rightfully theirs,” said DiNapoli. “Over two million people visit our website every year, and we return $1.5 million a day. But we need people to help spread the word to their family, friends and neighbors. Take a few minutes out of your day and visit our website.”
There are currently more than 35 million unclaimed funds accounts, some dating back to the 1940s. Excluding New York City, the majority of people who are owed money can be found on Long Island, where there is over $326 million in 590,983 accounts owed to Nassau County residents and over $240 million (524,316 accounts) for residents in Suffolk County. Westchester County has over $250 million (448,529 accounts) owed to residents, followed by Erie County (over $113 million owed to 241,221 accounts) and Monroe County (over $82 million owed to 196,890 accounts). Read more »
Posted: March 11th, 2017 under General News, State Government News.
Posted: March 11th, 2017 under General News.
The car wash is underway at the Peru Fire Station this morning (Saturday, March 11) to assist former Chief Bill Downs with cancer related expenses. The fire fighters and Bill’s family are working. It’s going on until noon. Please join as a community to help this very worthy cause. Bill gave to us. Let’s give back now!
Posted: March 11th, 2017 under Community Events, Fire Department News, General News, Peru News, Things to do in & near Peru.
Call Meeting To Order
Pledge of Allegiance
MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Public Hearing for Zoning Board Manning and Town Board Regular Meeting of February 27, 2017
DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)
DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Accept Bid for Parsons Road Culvert.
DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Military Turnpike/Mannix Road Trade Acceptance.
DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Revised Planning and Zoning Fee Schedules.
DISCUSSION: Shared Services Fuel Contract with Peru Central School.
DISCUSSION: Youth Program Background Checks.
DISCUSSION: Annual Town Finance Schools.
DISCUSSION: Internal Controls Audit Update.
DISCUSSION: Adjourn to Executive Session.
DISCUSSION: Return to Regular Session.
Community Input on Agenda Items.
Motion to Adjourn.
Posted: March 10th, 2017 under General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
Please be advised that the car wash to assist Bill Downs is Saturday, March 11th, not Sunday, March 12th. It’s from 8 till noon at the Peru Fire Station.
Posted: March 10th, 2017 under Community Events, Peru News.
Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing employment history of particular individuals. No other school board or school district business will be conducted.
Posted: March 10th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru School News.
Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:15 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 4:15 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. The Board will also conduct their third budget workshop along with a community budget forum shortly after they reconvene at 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:
· Election Services
· Bid Award
· Appointment of Personnel
· 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at www.perucsd.org.
All are welcome.
Posted: March 10th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Bill Downs (Center) after receiving his Water Plant Operator of the Year Award from Supervisor Peter Glushko and Greg Timmons.
Peru – On Saturday, March 11th Peru and North Country residents will have the opportunity to assist former Peru Fire Chief Bill Downs who is battling Non Hodgkin lymphoma. Bill’s cancer was in remission until January when an aggressive lymphoma was discovered. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and when that’s complete he will undergo stem cell transplant therapy in either Burlington or Boston. Bill and his wife Donna will have to live near the hospital for several weeks. To help out with expenses Bill and Donna’s daughter Taylor, family and friends are running a car wash at the Peru Fire Station between 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday. It’s only $5 a car.
Bill Downs is well known here in his hometown and elsewhere. The Halloween haunted garage at his Main Street home entertained children for many years. As a Peru Water Department employee, he was chosen as New York State Rural Water Association’s Plant Operator of the Year.
For more information contact Taylor Crowningshield at 335-3237.
Posted: March 9th, 2017 under Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments.
TOWN OF PERU YOUTH COMMISSION
**NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION**
(TOWN OF PERU RESIDENTS ONLY)
March 15th to April 15th
You must create an account using parent’s information, then you must add your children as members of the same household. You will receive an email confirmation once your account has been approved. Once approved you can then register your children under the programs tab. A copy of your child(s) birth certificates must be provided at first practice to participate.
Those having difficulties or anyone without internet service will be able to register online at the Peru Free Library with the assistance of a Youth Commission Member. Dates and times will be announced soon.
Softball, Baseball, T-Ball Fall Soccer Arts & Crafts Tennis
Summer Soccer Basketball (See website for dates)
**Due to ongoing scheduling conflicts – The Peru Youth Commission has voted in the best interest of all of the children in our programs to require children choose either the Town of Peru softball/baseball program or City of Plattsburgh Little League softball/baseball program, as they will not be able to participate in both programs.**
Anyone that obtains a waiver from your Town to play in the Town of Peru, must turn it into the Town Offices at 3036 Main Street on or before April 15th to be eligible to play.
John Flynn, Youth Director
Phone: (518)593-0935 (cell)
Facebook: Peru Sports and Youth Program
Posted: March 9th, 2017 under Community Events, Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru/Regional History, Youth News.
Next Wednesday 3/15/17 we will have our Cast-Off Meeting for 2017. All interested youth anglers within the Adirondack Region are welcome to attend. The meeting is at the Peru Town Hall, basement level, 5:30-700pm.
Administrative opportunities are available within the club for area youth interested in learning more about Marketing, Advertising, Sponsorship, and Fund Raising. You do not have to fish to join our club.
Hope to see you at the meeting!!
Posted: March 8th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Education News, Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Youth News.
MORRISVILLE, NY (03/08/2017)– Morrisville State College recently announced that Colin Pope of Peru, NY was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.
Morrisville State College’s curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2017 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.
Posted: March 8th, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments.
Posted: March 7th, 2017 under General News.
Posted: March 7th, 2017 under General News.
Posted: March 7th, 2017 under General News.
Forest Ranger Actions for 2/26 – 3/5/17
Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include:
Town of Coxsackie
Recovery: On Feb. 26 at 6:33 p.m., Lt. Kevin Beiter was alerted that a human skull was found in the Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Coxsackie, just off of Four Mile Point Road. The skull was located by a hiker looking for arrowheads on state land, and was partially buried in a wooded area. A plan was made to assemble the next morning at 7 a.m. with a forensic team to look for additional evidence. On Monday, 12 State Troopers, two State Police K-9 units, four Greene County Sheriff Deputies, five DEC Environmental Conservation Officers, and two Forest Rangers grid searched the area around the location of the skull to look for additional bones and/or evidence related to the skull. The skull was not fully intact and had signs of extensive exposure to the elements. By 3:41 p.m., the search concluded. An assortment of items were collected to be forensically tested, including pieces of clothing that accumulated in the tidal area around the skull. A photo of the skull was sent to an anthropologist, who believes the skull belongs to a male between the ages of 10 to 13. More definitive testing of the skull will provide an accurate estimate of its age.
Town of Keene
Search: On Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was contacted requesting assistance for a 49-year-old male with an ankle injury on Dial Mt. who fell into a spruce trap. Three Forest Rangers responded, accessing the trail via the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) in Keene. Rangers reached the hiker by 7:40 p.m. and splinted his ankle. The hiker was able to continue the hike out with assistance from Forest Rangers and reached the trailhead at 10:40 p.m. The hiker transported himself to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for follow-up treatment.
Town of Poestenkill
Recovery: On Feb. 25, a white male subject was free climbing the rock wall just below the cookie factory at the Poestenkill Creek when a bystander in the area witnessed the climber fall into the creek. He never surfaced. The water flow was high and turbulent due to the warm weather and snow melt. The bystander called 911 and local fire and police department personnel responded to the scene. The turbulent water conditions limited the scope of search operations until March 1, when Troy Fire Department personnel surveyed the shoreline and first responders used underwater cameras. There were no findings. Forest Rangers were requested to assist in a swift water search and recovery effort lead by the New York State Police and Troy Fire Department. On March 2 and 3, Rangers set up the swift water raft utilizing a technical rope system to allow State Police divers and an underwater camera to check two large pools immediately below the falls, where the subject had fallen. Five Rangers with the Troy Fire Department walked the creek from the second pool to the Hudson River and found nothing. A New York State Police helicopter did a fly-over to search the Poestenkill Creek and the Hudson River. State Police also used their boat with sonar to check the Hudson River. Forest Ranger involvement was suspended on March 3.
Town of Keene
Search: On March 1 at 6:37 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a direct call from a mother who said her daughter went for a walk and got lost in the woods off Beede Road in Keene Valley. Two Forest Rangers responded, one starting from the front of Levi Lamb Road and the other from the end of the road. Through the use of coordinates provided by Essex County 911, Forest Rangers were able to establish voice contact with the 15-year-old girl. She was located in good health and assisted out of the woods. She was then escorted back to her home by Forest Rangers. The incident concluded around 9:25 p.m.
Town of Chateaugay
Recovery: On March 2 at 8:26 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the New York State Police requesting assistance with a female who was seen jumping off the bridge on Route 11 into the Chateugay River in Chateugay. Other agencies coordinating with the recovery included the Franklin County Technical Rescue Team and Chateaugay and Burke fire departments. The agencies worked together to locate and remove the subject from a log strainer on the river. The Franklin County coroner pronounced the subject deceased, and all units were back in service around 12:51 p.m.
Town of Lloyd
Wildland Fire: On March 2, Forest Ranger Kevin Slade responded to a 0.8-acre wildland fire on Illlinois Mountain that was the result of an escaped debris burn. The area burned consisted of hardwood litter.
Town of Amity
DWI and Heroin Arrest: On March 3 around 9:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Justin Thaine rendered aid to an individual with a vehicle stuck in a ditch. Shortly after clearing the motorist, Ranger Thaine encountered a vehicle partially obstructing the roadway on State Rt. 19, with the operator asleep at the wheel. Ranger Thaine engaged the subject, who appeared intoxicated and requested assistance. Upon arrival of the New York State Police, a search of the subject’s vehicle was conducted and yielded 10 bags of heroin. The subject was turned over to State Police custody, with Ranger Thaine assisting with the subsequent arrest process at the Amity State Police barracks.
Town of Wilmington
Rescue: On March 4 at 10:46 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from Essex County 911 for a 26-year-old male from St. Huebert’s, Quebec, who, while descending Whiteface Mountain, lost his footing, slid off the trail, went through the woods about 30 feet, then fell off a 25-foot vertical cliff to the Whiteface Highway below. The subject required medical assistance for serious injuries. Rangers arrived at a staging area on the Whiteface Highway at 11:45 a.m. Snowmobiles were taken up the highway to the injured subject along with Wilmington EMS. The subject was reached at 12:08 p.m. After a medical evaluation, he was packaged and brought down the Whiteface Highway at 12:36 p.m. Wilmington Ambulance transported the subject to a landing zone, where he was loaded into a Medivac Helicopter and flown to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont. The incident concluded at 1:35 p.m.
Town of Keene
Search: On March 5 at around 10:15 p.m., the girlfriend of a hiker called DEC dispatch concerned that her boyfriend was overdue from a solo hike up Mount Colden’s Trap Dike after not hearing from him at the planned arrival time of 4:30 p.m. The 62-year-old experienced hiker was well equipped for the night, but did not carry a cell phone. His spot locator was not working properly. At 10:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Scott VanLaer and Lake Colden caretaker Katie Tyler began searching trails and trailheads in the area. Ranger VanLaer met up with the hiker at the trailhead around midnight. He had found his own way out of the woods and was uninjured.
Town of White Creek
Wildland Fire: On March 5, Forest Ranger Mike Bodnar responded to a half-acre wildland fire on private property. The burned area consisted of grass fuel that had been the result of debris burning.
Forest Rangers would like to alert the public that conditions exist for wildland fires this week. March, April, and May are often the months of highest wildlfire occurrences, and the annual brush fire burn ban will being March 16 and run through May 14. The burning of leaves, grass, and garbage is prohibited at all times throughout the State during this period.
Posted: March 6th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Crime News, Environmental News, General News, Law Enforcement News, Northern NY News, State Legislator News.
Posted: March 6th, 2017 under General News.
Despite Four Fatalities, DEC Records Lowest Number of Hunting-Related Shooting Incidents on Record
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958.
“Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State that continues to be safely enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “The trend of declining hunting accidents is proof that our Sportsman Education Program is working thanks, in large part, to the efforts of the 3,000 volunteer instructors that teach our hunter safety courses every year.”
Of the 13 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal.
Despite these low numbers, there were four fatalities in 2016 – two two-party incidents and two self-inflicted incidents. Read more »
Posted: March 6th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, Education News, Environmental News, General News, Law Enforcement News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History, State Government News.
The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host its Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition this April and is looking for student artists. This year’s exhibition will be held at The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. The exhibition will open on April 7 and run through April 28, 2017 with the opening reception on Friday, April 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Homeschooling parents and local art teachers in Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties are invited to submit their student’s works in this juried show. The HS/MS Exhibition features work from local students in 6th through 12th grades.
Awards will be given to students winning first, second, and third places in the media categories of drawing, painting, sculpture (3D), ceramics, mixed media (2D), photography, graphic design, and printmaking.
Artwork drop-off dates for teachers start on March 23 until March 31 and entries must be registered before this deadline. Interested homeschooling parents and local art teachers are encouraged to review the submission guidelines at www.strandcenter.org under Exhibitions and Upcoming for details. Contact The Strand Center Gallery Director, David Monette, to register at email@example.com or by calling 518-563-1604 ext. 103.
The High School & Middle School Exhibition will be on view in The Strand Center Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from April 7 to April 28, 2017. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, April 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts, please call 518-563-1604 or visit www.strandcenter.org. Read more »
Posted: March 6th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Arts and Entertainment, Community Events, Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Regional NY-VT. News.
Posted: March 4th, 2017 under General News.
From the office of NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
The state Department of Health (DOH) could have saved the Medicaid program as much as $146 million over a six-year period if it had helped Medicaid patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) who meet certain eligibility requirements get the Medicare benefits to which they are entitled, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Auditors estimate those efforts, if implemented, could save another $69 million from 2016 to 2018, which includes $17 million in savings for counties and New York City.
“New Yorkers dealing with kidney failure and struggling with day-to-day life should be informed of their Medicare eligibility, which could reduce their out-of-pocket expenses and may provide them with more options for care.” DiNapoli said. “The state has an obligation not just to patients, but to taxpayers. With the looming uncertainty over Medicaid under the new administration in Washington, states need to take every initiative to defray Medicaid program costs.” Read more »
Posted: March 4th, 2017 under General News, Heathcare News, State Government News.
By John T. Ryan
Monday, February 27, 2017 Peru Town Board meeting highlights included: a highway exchange agreement, equipment purchases and potential background checks for youth commission coaches. The meeting began with a moment of silence as a sign of respect for former town tax assessor Alan Brault who passed away on February 26th.
- Received notification that the Clinton Highway Department has agreed to exchange ownership of a 2.2 mile portion of the Military Turnpike currently maintained by the town for a 1.54 mile portion of the Mannix Road currently maintained by the county. The Mannix Road portion is between Route 22B and the Clark Road. The Military Turnpike portion extends from Route 22 to the Town of Schuyler Falls line. A resolution to approve the exchange will be drafted for the March 13th meeting.
- Agreed that the town will not plow the dog park or its entrance trail/road during the winter months. A sign will be posted stating that users enter at their own risk. Plowing would damage the stone base material.
- Approved purchase of a 2017 Ford F350 Truck under NYS contract for the Parks Department at a cost of $28,550. The department will sell the oldest of its trucks.
- Approved the Highway Department purchase of a Woods Batwing roadside mower at a cost of $12,202. It will be purchased from the Peru Farm Center.
- Approved a $1,271 alarm system monitoring contract with Tyco Integrated Security.
- Learned from Counselor Donald McBrayer that several interested residents met to discuss future uses for the historic stone building at Heyworth/Mason Park. It was learned that the building is not in a flood plain; however, since the surrounding property is in a flood plain it would be difficult, if not impossible, to insure the building. Discussions will continue.
- Learned that the town’s insurer asked if background checks have been conducted on Youth Commission employees and coaches. The board will investigate the required extent and cost of background checks.
- Resident Jane Alexander told the board that the Town of Peru should promote Battle of Valcour Anniversary celebrations since Valcour Island is mostly in the Town of Peru. The Battle took place from October 11-13, 1776.
- Youth Commission Chairman Greg Mills told the Board that the Youth Baseball Opening Tournament will take place on June 3rd. Summer Activities will begin on July 3rd. The Soccer Kick-off will take place on September 9th.
- Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reported that repairing the Parsons Road culvert is going to be expensive. Concrete will cost approximately $25,000 in addition to the stud welding charge.
Posted: March 3rd, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Town Board News.
The Peru Community Church invites all to worship, pray and study during this holy season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday on March 1 and concludes Easter Sunday on April 16.
The Reverend Peggi Eller, Pastor, will be preaching each Sunday in Lent about the churches in the Book of Revelation, and how Jesus’ message then relates to the church today. Worship services are held each Sunday at 8 AM and 10:30 AM in the sanctuary in the stone building at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets in Peru. Both services include a Children’s Sermon, and childcare is available for those 2nd grade and under. Coffee hours follow each service.
Sunday School for pre-school through adult is held each Sunday at 9:15 AM in the Fellowship Center. The Adult Lenten study is called ‘The Jesus Fatwah’ – a 5-week study presented on video by Islamic and Christian scholars providing reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith. Discussion led by Pastor Peggi follows each video clip, and is held in the Chapel in the Fellowship Center.
During Lent, Communion will be served every Sunday at the 8 AM service, and, at the 10:30 AM service, on the first Sunday of each month. A service of Communion and Prayer is also offered each Friday morning at 8 AM in the Fellowship Center as 13 Elm Street – across from the sanctuary.
The Peru Community Church welcomes all to worship. Questions? Please contact the church office / Pastor Peggi Eller at 518-643-8641. Our website is www.perucommunitychurch.com.
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Religious News.
United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is planning our 17th Annual Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic and we would like you to be a part of the day-long festivities. The event will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017. This year the tournament will be at the Lake Placid Club, 88 Morningside Drive in Lake Placid. Like the Golf Classics of the past, each three member team will be paired with an Olympic Celebrity. After the round of golf, there will be a Barbeque and drawings for prizes. This event benefits United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its’ partner agencies. You can find the registration form on our website, www.unitedwayadk.org (click on the tab for special events) or you can call 518-563-0028 to have one mailed.
The cost is $500.00 for a 3-person Team which includes greens fees, cart and dinner. The team will be joined by a Celebrity guest. Prizes are awarded to: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners, skins, longest drive, closest to pin, hole in one & raffle winners.
If you cannot put in a team there are other sponsorship opportunities available.
Tee Box Sponsorship for $200.00
Hole Flag Sponsorship for $100.00
Advertising space in the Golf Classic Program,
Back Cover $500.00
Inside Cover $450.00
Full Page $400.00
1/2 page $200.00
Business Card $100.00
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Regional NY-VT. News.
BEWARE Peru and possibly regional electric and gas users. A VERY high pressure representative of Just Energy, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), is in town trying to sign people up to very high fixed green energy electric and gas rates. Personal opinion: DO NOT sign-up without extensive research. I called the NYS Public Service Commission. They recommended going to nypowertochoose.com to compare rates. The electric rate I was quoted was 20% higher than we are currently paying. The gas rate was 60% higher. BEWARE and please advise your neighbors, especially elderly neighbors.
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, State Government News.
October 6th, 7th, 8th of 2017 this Fall!
The Peru Central School graduating Class of 1977 will be reunited in the North Country! Look Out locals!
Friday afternoon/evening meet @ The Valcour Brewing Company at The Old Stone Barracks formally known as the old base.
49 Ohio Street
Plattsburgh , NY
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he co-sponsored, to reform the state’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program to fix changes made in last years’ budget and remove barriers to prompt tax relief (A.5969) has passed the assembly.
“The changes made last year hurt middle-class families the most,” said Jones. “Homeowners in the North Country struggled to pay their local taxes while waiting for a rebate check that in many cases has still not arrived. That is why I fought for this legislation to pass quickly, so we can keep money into the pockets of hardworking residents.”
Before last year, all eligible homeowners saw a yearly reduction in their school tax bill. Now, all new homeowners – those who bought their first home and those who moved to a different home – have to pay a higher school tax bill then register for a rebate check from the state, which they are supposed to receive each fall. Although the amount of the benefit is the same, the new system is incredibly inconvenient for the affected homeowners, noted Jones.
In the last couple of months since taking office, Jones has received numerous phone calls from constituents who have not received their rebate checks or received it months late. Read more »
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, General News, Northern NY News, State Government News, State Legislator News.
ROCHESTER, NY (03/01/2017)– The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for fall semester 2016-2017:
Benjamin Morgan of Peru (12972), who is studying in the game design and development program.
Avery Torrance of Peru (12972), who is studying in the applied mathematics program.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours
Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.
The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.
Posted: March 2nd, 2017 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News.
Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing employment history of particular individuals. No other school board or school district business is slated for this meeting.
Posted: March 1st, 2017 under General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Climate Change in the North Country
with Dr. Curt Stager
Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Climate change is about more than distant polar bears and rising sea levels. It is happening here, too. What changes are already under way, how do we know, and what changes may be coming in the future? Taking the long view with the help of geologic history and local records from our own home turf can help to answer such questions. It’s not all doom and gloom, fortunately, but one thing is certain: global warming has come to the North Country.
Dr. Curt Stager is a climate scientist, educator, and author whose research deals with the climatic and ecological histories of Africa and the Adirondacks. Since 1987 he has taught natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, where he holds the Lussi Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleoecology.
Posted: March 1st, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Community Events, Environmental News, General News.
Posted: February 28th, 2017 under General News.
AGENDA – ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
TOWN OF PERU
CALL MEETING TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL of January 18, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
Use Variance & Area Variance: Z-2017-018 Nicholas Zagrodzki
Use Variance & Area Variance-
8 Oakdale Dr.
Peru, NY 12972
Continuation of a Public Hearing Z-16-0016 Julio Lemos
Continuation of a Public Hearing –
Appealing the decision of the CEO to allow a structure
28 Twin Creek Dr.
Peru, NY 12972
ANY FURTHER BUSINESS
Posted: February 27th, 2017 under Agricultural News, General News, Peru News, Zoning Board News.
A 115,000-volt line went down in snowstorm Saturday night, killing electricity to entire village.
Source: Lake Placid power restored; storm left mess | News | pressrepublican.com
Posted: February 26th, 2017 under General News.
Coyote photographed in a field near Peru
By John T. Ryan
Peru – Oftentimes the most interesting part of a Peru Town Board meeting comes up under “Other Business” when Counselor Brandy McDonald reports on what’s going on in and about town. At the Monday, February 13th meeting his subject was coyotes. McDonald reported that about seventy coyotes have been shot in the area and that a security camera photographed a coyote behind his Washington Street house. A coyote also reportedly snatched a small dog from one person’s backyard.
Not being a hunter and knowing very little about coyotes, this reporter decided to investigate. McDonald was correct! There is a significant coyote population in almost every part of New York State. About 30,000 New Yorkers participate in coyote hunting each year and about 3,000 participate in coyote trapping. While few people actually have a problem with coyotes, there are safety concerns especially regarding children, cats, small to medium-sized dogs and livestock.
Bert Owens of Plattsburgh is an experienced and very successful coyote hunter. He shot seventy-eight last year and forty-two so far this year. Last October he shot ten coyotes in the vicinity of the Mannix Road over a two-week period. Owens said he got interested in hunting coyote after witnessing several coyotes eating a doe not far from his hunting camp. Owens said, “We considered that doe off-limits. There’s a need for coyotes, but they have to be managed.” Owens thinks coyote numbers are down this year. Six or seven of the animals he shot have been infected with mange.
Wes Dermody of Peru characterizes himself as a lifetime, avid hunter. He described why he began coyote hunting. “What triggered me was something that happened a few years ago. I live on the River Road. It was early in the evening and my boys were outside playing. I was working in the garden. When I went back in the house I could hear snarling and growling outside. It was coming from about 100 feet away from my kids.” It wasn’t long before Dermody took up coyote hunting. He got permission to hunt on a nearby farm and has killed up to thirteen coyotes in a year.
Do coyotes have positive value? According to DEC, some people actually enjoy hearing coyotes’ evening “serenades.” Animals such as foxes, fishers, ravens and even golden eagles benefit from coyote-abandoned deer carcasses and farmers definitely appreciate reduced numbers of woodchucks.
Competition is an important part of many sporting activities and predator hunting is no exception. X-PLO Firearms and Ammunition Shop at 1080 Military Turnpike in Plattsburgh has been sponsoring a Predator Derby that ran from February 1 to today. Owner Ronda Barber said, “Our customers were asking for one. They’re popular in other parts of the state. Our derby also includes bobcat and fox. People make new friends and have a great time.”
Barber said the derby’s proceeds are given to the North Country Honor Flight and the Veterans Assistance Bureau. Last year $1,200 was contributed. As of this Wednesday, 75 entrants had taken over 70 coyotes, the largest weighing 52.4 pounds. Adult coyotes typically weigh 35 to 45 pounds, though the hunters say the coyotes this region are gradually increasing in size.
A DEC webpage offers several safety recommendations:
The Eastern coyote is firmly established in New York. They live in New York as an integral part of our ecosystems. People and coyotes can usually coexist if the natural fear of people that coyotes have is maintained. Pets and young children are typically most at risk.
Below are steps you should take to reduce and prevent coyote problems from occurring.
• Do not feed coyotes and discourage others from doing so
• Unintentional food sources attract coyotes and other wildlife and increase risks to people and pets. To reduce risks:
◦ Do not feed pets outside.
◦ Make any garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals.
◦ Eliminate availability of bird seed. Concentrations of birds and rodents that come to feeders can attract coyotes. If you see a coyote near your bird feeder, clean up waste seed and spillage to remove the attractant.
• Do not allow coyotes to approach people or pets.
• Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance.
• If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior – stand tall and hold arms out to look large. If a coyote lingers for too long, then make loud noises, wave your arms, throw sticks and stones.
• Do not allow pets to run free. Supervise all outdoor pets to keep them safe from coyotes and other wildlife, especially at sunset and at night.
• Regulated hunting and trapping increases the “fear” coyotes have towards people.
• Fencing your yard may deter coyotes. The fence should be tight to the ground, preferably extending six inches below ground level, and taller than 4 feet.
• Remove brush and tall grass from around your property to reduce protective cover for coyotes. Coyotes are typically secretive and like areas where they can hide.
• Contact your local police department and NYSDEC regional office for assistance if you notice that coyotes are exhibiting “bold” behaviors and have little or no fear of people.
• Ask your neighbors to follow these same steps.
Posted: February 26th, 2017 under Adirondack Region News, Agricultural News, Education News, Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, State Government News, Town Board News.