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Text of the Declaration of Independence

This is the final version of the text. Some phrases are different in the first drafts. These are indicated as a link to the first draft. There you can read the original wording.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

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“Historic Preservation: What’s It All About?”

A Talk by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Thursday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.

Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce a talk by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) on Thursday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. “Historic Preservation: What’s It All About?” provides a general introduction to understanding the importance of our nation’s built environment.

Using illustrations from all over the eastern seaboard and from the Adirondack region, it begins by exploring the many reasons that individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments are increasingly involved in promoting historic preservation. Read more »

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces Jumpin’ in July Concert Every Thursday in July! 

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to present its annual Jumpin’ in July concert series. The concerts, which will take place on The Strand Center for the Arts’ front lawn at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh, are free to the public and feature a variety of talented musicians and unique styles. With four separate concerts, there is something for everyone! 

“We’re proud to offer our community access to a strong lineup of talented musicians through our Jumpin’ in July series,” says Joshua Kretser, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director.

The first concert in the Jumpin’ in July series is scheduled to take place on July 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and will showcase Read more »

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces the Opening Reception for the Summer Members Show 2015

Cape Hatteras grow within smPLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce its annual Summer Members Show on view in the Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street from July 3rd to July 31st, 2015. The Summer Members Opening Reception will take place Friday July 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and is open to the public.  Read more »

New Superintendent, Security Protocols Announced At Clinton Correctional Facility –

The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) named a new Superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility and enhanced interim security protocols at the prison.

Source: New Superintendent, Security Protocols Announced At Clinton Correctional Facility –

Plattsburgh Ranked in Top 10 for Millennial Living

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the ranking of Plattsburgh among the “Top Ten Best Towns in New York to Live for Millennials”. The ranking comes from, a website designed to explore and compare places, schools and colleges. Towns are defined as communities with under 100,000 population, with Plattsburgh ranked #7 statewide. Read more »

Empire State Development Announces New Life for Former Pfizer Facility After 6 Years of Vacancy

Quebec-Based Company Opens In Upstate New York And Creates 24 New Jobs 

Empire State Development today announces the grand opening of Northstar, LLC’s multi-use facility, as they welcome their first tenant, Quebec-based Plastitel Products, Inc. The former Pfizer property closed in 2009 and local investment firm Northstar LLC purchased the R&D building in 2013 from the Clinton Industrial Development Acquisition, LLC (CIDA). The sale and completion of the project was made possible by an operation subsidiary grant of up to $1.2 million from Empire State Development (ESD). The grant provided CIDA the funds to maintain and market the facility for two-years and encourage new long-term economic development investments and job growth at the site.

Northstar’s first tenant, Plastitel Products, brings 24 net new thermoforming and advanced technology jobs to Upstate New York. Of the 24 jobs, Read more »

Peru’s Summer Concert Series Begins June 28th



12 Clinton Correctional employees suspended, including superintendent – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Assistant Commissioner for Correctional Facilities James O’Gorman filling Superintendent Steve Racette’s position as new administrative team takes over this week.

Source: 12 Clinton Correctional employees suspended, including superintendent – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

James Langley Seeks Peru Town Council Seat

By John T. Ryan

Former Clinton County Legislator James Langley is reentering the political arena as a Republican candidate for the Peru Town Council in this November’s election. Langley, who chaired the county legislature for several years, commented, “I may be termed out as a county legislator, but I still have a lot to offer the community.” A few years ago the Clinton County Legislature voted to limit legislator terms of office to 10 consecutive years.”

Peru native and resident Dwane Bast is the other Republican candidate. Bast, the owner-operator of Adirondack Coffee Roasters, said, “My heart is really into this. I love Peru and want to work hard to keep it a great community.”

Town Clerk Kathy Flynn nominated James Langley and Town Counselor/County Republican Chairman Donald McBrayer nominated Dwane Bast at the June 25th Republican caucus.

Langley and Bast will oppose Democrat incumbents Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno who the Democrats nominated at their June 24th caucus.  The two top vote getters will win the race.

The Peru Gazette will ask each candidate for an interview prior to the November election.

Bruno Continues to Push for Town Court Relocation

By John T. Ryan

Continuing his effort to move Peru Town Court to the Town Hall’s lower level Counselor Kregg Bruno employed a less strident approach at the June 22, 2015 Town Board meeting. Addressing Town Historian Ron Allen, Bruno stated, “The location of the judges’ chambers all rely on you, sir… you don’t have to move unless you want to. I have a proposal that I’d like you to look at.” Bruno handed Allen a written description of his proposal that he said would result in Allen having added display, storage and cabinet display space. He stated, “It would be a great thing to be able to show your stuff off and we have plenty of help to move anything you want…If you don’t want to move you don’t have to…With all the stuff you collected over the years and everything you’ve done, I think you deserve more than being located in the basement of the Town Hall.” Bruno added that he had never been in Allen’s office until the previous week. He told Allen, “I think it would be great for more people in the town of Peru to see your items.”

Counselor Brandy McDonald asked Bruno Read more »

Squabbling, Hesitation and Luck Had Roles in Manhunt for New York Prison Escapees – The New York Times

A week distinguished by DNA discoveries and well-organized sweeps was the final stage of a 23-day slog that was hampered, at times, by missed signals.

Source: Squabbling, Hesitation and Luck Had Roles in Manhunt for New York Prison Escapees – The New York Times

Following the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail | Food + Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont’s Independent Voice

Sweat still in critical condition – Press-Republican: Local News

Captured escapee now at Albany Medical Center.

Source: Sweat still in critical condition – Press-Republican: Local News

Peru Republicans to Caucus Thursday

The Town of Peru Republican Party will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at the Peru Town Hall, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the two Town Council positions up for election this November.

Only registered Republicans who are in attendance and signed in prior to 7PM can participate in this caucus.

Timeline shows manhunt progress – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Monday, law enforcement worked to create a perimeter around Mountain View area where fugitives were thought to be hiding.

Source: Timeline shows manhunt progress – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Peru Community Church and St. Augustine’s Church Recognize Graduates

PCCThe Peru Community Church recognized four of their graduating Seniors on Sunday at the annual Baccalaureate Sunday. From left to right: Benjamin Morgan, Kimberly Wagner, Andrew Thew and Hannah Osborne.

St A 2St. Augustine’s Church recognized Peru High School graduates Nathan Kennedy and Shauna Fliss.

Here’s Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

Peru Democrats to Caucus Wednesday

The Democratic Party of the Town of Peru will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at the Peru Town Hall.

All persons in attendance must arrive and be signed in  prior to 7:00PM. Immediately upon completion of the Caucus, there will be a regular “Peru Democratic Party meeting.” The regular Peru Democratic Party meeting that was previously scheduled for June 25, 2015, has been rescheduled to be held after the Caucus on June 24, 2015.

 I look forward to seeing you at the caucus. Thank you for your support.

Brandy McDonald


Here’s a Healthy and Fun Activity!

WalkCalling all those over 50. Looking for something fun and fit to do this summer?  Think about participating on the Trailblazer Challenge.  Walk the seven accessible trails in Clinton County by October 13, 2015 and get a Trailblazer T-shirt and, if among the first 50, a pedometer and walking journal.  But the real prize is checking out some local trails with your friends and family.

The seven trails are:

  • Hagar Heritage Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Heritage Trail/Karen Fleury Memorial Bike Bath, Plattsburgh
  • Terry J. Gordon Recreational Path, Plattsburgh
  • Point Au Roche Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Saranac River Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Silver Lake Bog Trail, Ausable
  • Little Ausable River Trail, Peru

Two other local trails that can be walked but are not paved and are not part of the Challenge are:

  • New Land Trust Trails, Saranac
  • Cadyville Park Trails, Cadyville

Please see the Registration Form at more detailed information about the trails and the Challenge at

The kick-off will be part of the Clinton County’s Health Department’s Longest Day of Play on Friday June 26th. At 8:15am please join us at the Saranac River Trail at the Angel Street entrance.  You don’t need to be at the kick-off to participate in the Challenge but it would be fun to start this off all together.  So talk to some friends and get ready to be Trailblazers this summer.

For more information call the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department at (518) 562-6860 x 862 or email

Stefanik in Peru Friday to Meet You

Official PortraitCongresswoman Elise Stefanik will host a  “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event at the Peru Town Hall this Friday, June 19th from 1 to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome.

A Chance to Beautify Peru


The planter in the foreground has no flowers at this time. (2014 photo)

By John T. Ryan

If you’ve driven by the Peru Town Hall recently you may have noticed that the planter next to the sidewalk is in desperate need of plants/flowers. The Town Board is seeking a company or a volunteer to take on the project. The plants would definitely beautify our Town Hall entrance area. Please call Supervisor Peter Glushko at 643-2745, Extension 5 if you have ideas.

Public Information Meeting Today on the Jarvis Road Bridge Replacement Project

BridgeThe Clinton County Highway Department will conduct a Public Information Meeting tonight (June 15th) to discuss the proposed replacement of the Arthur Jarvis Road Bridge over the Little AuSable River in the Town of Peru. The meeting will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the Peru Town Hall, located at 3036 Main Street, Peru, New York.

Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe told the Peru Gazette that the project is in the design study phase. Preliminary sketch plans will be presented at tonight’s meeting. State and federal approval should be obtained over the winter months with construction is planned for next summer. The Jarvis Road between Route 22B and the Union Road will be closed for the approximate four-month construction period.

The project is being progressed as Project Identification Number (PIN 7753.53), by the Clinton County Highway Department, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Representatives from the Clinton County Highway Department, NYSDOT and Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. will be available at the meeting to answer questions and obtain comments on the proposed project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Mr. Al Rascoe, Superintendent, Clinton County Highway Department at (518) 565-4040.

Cuomo to Announce Investigation of Prison Escape –

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to announce an investigation by the state inspector general into how two convicted murderers escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.

Source: Cuomo to Announce Investigation of Prison Escape –

Peru Democrats Schedule Caucus

Democratic Party Town of Peru will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 in the Peru Town Hall. All persons in attendance must arrive and be signed in prior to 7:00PM.

Immediately upon completion of the Caucus, there will be a regular “Peru Democratic Party meeting”

The regular Peru Democratic Party meeting that was previously scheduled for June 25, 2015, has been rescheduled to be held after the Caucus on June 24th. 2015.

I look forward to seeing you at the caucus.

Thank you for your support.

Brandy McDonald

Prison Worker Who Befriended Killers Is Accused of Providing Tools for Escape –

Joyce E. Mitchell, a civilian employee at the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York State, brought the men hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and screwdriver bit, according to a criminal complaint.

Source: Prison Worker Who Befriended Killers Is Accused of Providing Tools for Escape –

Congresswoman Stefanik Votes for TPA Legislation

From the office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik  

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation reauthorizes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and establishes a process for negotiating and considering trade agreements that is needed in order for U.S. trade negotiators to get the best deal possible by giving our trading partners confidence to put their best offer forward.

“From day one, my key priority in Congress has been to help our economy grow and to help North Country families find good, high paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. Read more »

Babbie Museum Has an Upcoming Weekend Full of Learning and Activities

Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend at the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum – June 27- 28, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm. Woodcarving demonstrations by Champlain Valley Woodcarvers.  Other demonstrations include the shingle mill, antique chain saw, composting, container gardening, grub control, goat soap making (special demonstration on Sun. at 1pm), and basic chainsaw safety/protective gear (special demonstration at 2pm).  Hands-on activities include using a washboard and vintage ringer washer.  Visit the herbal and vegetable garden.  Picnic area available…bring your own lunch….beverages and chips for sale on site.  Lunch will also be available from Kat’s Katering.

Peru Has a New Business Owner

BonnyBy John T. Ryan

Marge Swain retired on May 19th; nevertheless, a familiar person will still be greeting customers when they enter Swain’s Wine and Liquor in Peru’s Tops Plaza. Longtime employee Bonny Trost is the store’s new owner and operator.

A first-time business owner, Trost is enthusiastic about the opportunity. She explained, “I don’t plan on changing the store’s name or making any major changes. It’s a profitable business in a good location. I’m comfortable here!” Several years ago Marge Swain talked about retiring and asked Trost if she might be interested in buying the business. When Swain finally decided to retire, Trost was ready to make her life-changing decision.

Bonny Russell Trost has many Peru ties. She is Peru High School graduate as is her daughter Vicki Owens and grandson SUNY Plattsburgh student Alexander Owens.

Swain’s Wine and Liquor will maintain the same hours: 10-6 Monday-Thursday, 10-8 Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 on Sundays.

Economic Development Funding Workshop, Thursday, June 11th at CCC

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) will hold a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshop for potential applicants to learn more about Round V of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. 

What:         Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshop

Who:           All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor, and education  representatives from the North Country Region are welcome to attend.

Where:       Clinton Community College, Stafford Center Building, 36 Clinton Point Drive,          Plattsburgh, NY 12901

When:        Thursday, June 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Best Wishes to Marge Swain; We Will Miss Her

MargeBy John T. Ryan

Marge Swain has a broad smile in the accompanying photo and for a good reason. On May 19th, she retired as owner and operator of Swain’s Liquor and Wine Store. She explained, “I decided to sell the store. I’ve been here for almost 42 years. It was time!” Nevertheless, there is one aspect of retirement Marge is not looking forward to. “I’m going to miss all my customers. I miss them already. I just enjoyed them and that’s the truth,” she said.

When Marge and her husband Don purchased the business in August 1973 it was located on Main Street in the building currently occupied by Dr. Thomas Lamar. They had four children at the time and Marge was expecting, so the family needed the extra income. She recalled, “The store helped us financially. If we bought a new chair or something of that nature, it came out of the store.” In 1976, she decided to move the business to its current location at the Grand Union/Tops Plaza.

There have been significant changes in the alcoholic beverage industry over the past 42 years. Marge said, “In 1973 we stocked about eight different wines – ports, Chablis and one German wine for a local family. Now the store stocks over 100 wines.” Peru’s white wine drinkers favor white zinfandel, chardonnay and pinot grigio. Merlot and cabernets are best red wine sellers. As for distilled spirits Marge said, “At one time whiskey was the biggest seller. Today, it’s definitely vodka.”

Marge Swain may have sold the business, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be just sitting back in an easy chair. Her son John and his wife Elaine recently purchased the 22-unit Inn on the Hill Resort in Lake George. Next summer Marge plans to be living in an apartment at the Inn, helping out at the front desk and checking rooms to make sure they’re properly prepared for customers.

The Peru Gazette wishes Marge Swain a happy future. She has been a businesswoman who adapted to changing industry trends and who always focused on her customers. She obviously possessed the formula for business success!

The Peru Gazette is preparing a story on Bonny Trost, the store’s new owner and operator.

A Good Reason to Visit Lyon Mountain

M 1The Peru Gazette took advantage of the June 7th Museum Day to visit the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum. The museum is interesting, especially to someone who is familiar with people who have lived or worked in Lyon Mountain. The people staffing the museum were very welcoming.

Click here to view our photos 


Female worker probed as possible accomplice in prison break | New York Post

Peru Student Angler Open Meeting

SAFPeru Student Angler Open Meeting: For anyone age 11 years to 17 years who is interested in fishing competitively on a team. Must still be in high school in order to join.

Meeting is at the Peru Town Hall on Thursday, June 11th from 7 pm to 8 pm.

There is a fee of $30.00 annually plus a club fee that will be established by the members of the club. The NYS State TBF President, Bobby Williams, will be in attendance at the meeting to answer questions and assist with the formation of the club.

The Student Angler Federation is the high school division of fishing that falls under the umbrella of FLW Outdoors. If anyone has questions, they may call or text Laurie Marvin at 518 534-4878.

Emergency Preparedness Training at Northeastern Clinton Central High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11

New York National Guard troops will be giving free disaster preparedness classes at Northeastern Clinton Central High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

The training will be in the high school’s Frances “Bud” Moore Auditorium. Citizens should register for the event at Read more »

Enjoy a Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner at the Peru VFW

Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner with baked potato, cole slaw, fresh vegetables and dessert.
Only $20.
Music for listening & dancing by Pure Country 1-4 p.m.
June 21, 2015 Noon – ????

Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, New York

Monday’s Board Agenda Includes Location of Judges’ Chambers

               AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING, June 8, 2015,  7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of May 11 2015 and the Town Board Regular meeting of May 27, 2015.
  1. 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)
  1. Community Input 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Sidewalk Repair Agreement.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Guardrail Proposal. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Single Audit Engagement Letter 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Engineering Ventures Highway Dept. Proposals 
  1. DISCUSSION: Holden Avenue Repairs. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Jarvis Road Repairs. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Employee Handbook Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: JP Morgan/Chase Accounts. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Judges Chambers. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Fireworks Sales. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Unison Consideration. 
  1. DISCUSSION: International Peruvian Festival II Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Front Steps Area. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Peru Youth Program Opening Festivities.
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

History of Clinton Correctional Facility – NYS’ largest & 3d oldest prison

With Power Tools and a Ruse, 2 Killers Escape New York Prison –

The New York State Police said the inmates had escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, a maximum-security prison about 170 miles north of Albany near the Canadian border.

Source: With Power Tools and a Ruse, 2 Killers Escape New York Prison –

Here’s how the Business First school rankings are generated – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First

This is the methodology for the school rankings — a complete explanation of the formulas for all district, school, subject and specialized ratings.

Source: Here’s how the Business First school rankings are generated – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First

Here is a quick rundown of the 2015 Plattsburgh Area school district rankings – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First

Here’s a bottom-to-top slideshow of the 22 school districts in the Plattsburgh Area.

Source: Here is a quick rundown of the 2015 Plattsburgh Area school district rankings – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First

Plant Walk on Little Ausable River Trail

flowerOn Sunday, June 7th join SUNY Plattsburgh Biologist Michael B. Burgess for a casual walk along Little Ausable River Trail in search of blooming wildflowers and other botanical highlights. The walk will emphasize identification of common plant species and discussion of the various habitats found along the trail. All ages are welcome. Meet at Heyworth/Mason Park at 1:30 p.m. The walk should conclude about 3:30 p.m.

Peru Town Court Location Under Discussion Once Again

town hall

Peru Gazette File Photo

By John T. Ryan

A location for Peru Town Court is on the Town Board’s Agenda again after Councilman Kregg Bruno raised the issue at the Monday, May 27, 2015 Town Board Meeting. Bruno said, “Before I left (Bruno was excused from all meetings beginning December 31st through April 27th) we talked about moving the judges’ chambers and I wonder where we stand on that? I know there were sixty people in this room the other day for court. There are twenty here tonight and we’re packed… We said we would look at it again after the holidays.”

In late 2014, the Board discussed moving town court to the Town Hall’s lower level and relocating the Town Historian’s office to the judges’ chambers on the main floor. Overcrowding was not the primary issue in previous discussions; holding court in the midst of the Town Hall’s main room while it was open for public business was the primary concern. After reviewing renovation costs and after learning that Town Historian Ron Allen did not believe that the judges’ chambers would meet his needs, the Board decided against making any changes. At the Board’s December 22nd meeting Mr. Bruno stated, “The taxpayers I’ve spoken to are not happy over having to spend money on this.” At a December 31, 2014 meeting the Board decided to close the Town Hall for public business at 1 p.m. on the Tuesdays when court is in session.

Monday night Bruno strongly advocated moving Town Court downstairs and maintained that the current judges’ chambers would be a larger and more visible location for the Town Historian. Judge James Kirby, who favors relocating court to the lower level, suggested that volunteers would probably be willing to move the historical records and artifacts upstairs. Mr. Allen would not have to do the hard lifting. Counselor Bruno said Allen might like being upstairs after he moves into the new office and sees increased interest in his historical materials. He remarked, “It will be easier access for him and people will actually be able to see his stuff.” Counselor Bruno said he would talk to Ron Allen. He emphasized that the relocation decision is up to the Town Board.

NY S Water Association Waste Water Award

L-R Mike Hanlon, Courtney Tetrault, Councilman Don McBrayer, Greg Timmons, Councilman Brandy McDonald, Supervisor Peter Glushko

Greg Timmon’s department has received another award. The New York State Rural Water Association awarded the Peru Water and Sewer Department its Waste Water System of the Year Award. Supervisor Peter Glushko, Councilman Donald McBrayer, Water Superintendent Greg Timmons and operators recently attended a two-day training and awards meeting at the Turning Stone Convention facility. Counselor Don McBrayer said, “Greg Timmons is known as the godfather of water.” He is respected by the other towns and vendors. Peter Glushko remarked, “Everyone told us how lucky we are to have Greg.”

Town Clerk Kathy Flynn said she is pursuing the Neighborhood Watch program in her McIntosh Street neighborhood following a few sightings of unknown individuals in backyards and knocks on an elderly  neighbor’s door by an individual asking to use the bathroom. She spoke with Sheriff David Favro who said grant funding might be available to help finance the program that would include increased patrols, signs and training.

The Clinton County Highway Department will be replacing the Jarvis Road Bridge this summer. The Adirondack Farms manure trucks will have to travel through the hamlet during the construction period. A Town Hall informational meeting will be scheduled.

Laurie Marvin told the Board that Peru’s teen anglers have received tremendous community support. Marvin’s son Perry and Alec Morrison, both Peru High School students, will be competing in national championships in Alabama this summer. They set a $4,500 fund-raising goal, of which 75 to 80% has been raised. Forty to fifty businesses have contributed, a bottle drive was conducted and a spaghetti dinner at Murphy’s was very successful. Another bottle drive was scheduled for Saturday, May 30th. Mrs. Marvin said interest is growing with seven local youth becoming paid members of the Student Angler Federation. She has also contacted several area schools and a June 11th, 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Peru Town Hall to answer questions and develop more interest.

The Peru Youth Commission’s summer season will began on Saturday, May 30th at 10 a.m. A bench donated by the Bill Kivett family was dedicated to the former Town of Peru Engineer.

In other actions the Board:

Agreed to purchase a Dell Server at a cost of $10,852.53 including a three-year guarantee with a 24 hour, seven day, four hour response time. The cost had been estimated at $8,150 but increased because of software loading requirements.

Approved a three-year snow removal contract with Clinton County. Peru plows and sands about 30 miles of Clinton County highways in addition to its own 82 miles. The Town will be paid $112,720 in 2015-16, $114,407 in 2016-17 and $116,116 in 2017-18.

Continued planning for the 2nd Annual Peruvian Festival scheduled for July19th. Supervisor Glushko said it would include ceremonies, good food and entertainment. Glushko is asking people to take Peruvian visitors in for the weekend. Last year he found the Peruvians to be delightful and informative guests. Having them as a guest offers a host a great opportunity for cultural exchange.

Approved installing a fence along the Walking Trail under the Route 22 Bridge by C& E Fencing at a cost of $3,193.17.

Noted the annual insurance inspection. Supervisor Glushko stated that no major problems were found, but minor corrections were needed in almost all departments.

Passed resolutions relating to the standard workday for NYS retirement for elected employees and appointed officials.

Noted that there is a “Friends of the Little Ausable River Trail” Facebook page. Comments are invited and welcome.

Discussed the Unison site management proposal for the town’s water tower. Unison claims it has the marketing experience to bring additional revenue to the town for rental of space for cell antennas and other communication systems. The Board plans to make a decision at its next meeting.

Clinton County Legislature candidates line up – Press-Republican: Local News

Democrats and Republicans field team of hopefuls for races in odd-numbered areas of the legislature.

Source: Clinton County Legislature candidates line up – Press-Republican: Local News

The Strand Center for the Arts and Adirondack Regional Theatre Present the Powerful and Intimate Musical, THE LAST FIVE YEARS

PLATTSBURGH  (May 10, 2015)  –Adirondack Regional Theatre (ART) and The Strand Center for the Arts are thrilled to  present Tony  Award winning  composer Jason  Robert  Brown’s powerful  and  intimate musical, The  Last  Five  Years as part of The Strand Presents Series.

The  Last  Five  Years won two Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics .The score is beloved among contemporary musical theatre fans, becoming an iconic piece that has defined a new generation of theatre lovers and artists.

Show dates are Friday June 5 at 7:30pm and Saturday June 6 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm at Plattsburgh’s Historic Strand Theatre. Ticket prices are $18 General Admission, $15 Strand Center for the Arts members, seniors, students and military. Read more »

Hunting season changes proposed – Times Union

The agency is proposing to adjust fall turkey hunting seasons by limiting the season to two weeks with a bag limit of one bird of either sex for the season. DEC is proposing modifications of antlerless deer hunting seasons in portions of western and southeastern New York and Long Island, and changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program procedures statewide.

Source: Hunting season changes proposed – Times Union

You’re Invited to the Memorial Day Services at the Peru VFW

Peru Gazette File photo

Peru Gazette File photo

Peru VFW Post 309 will conduct its Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25, 2015 11 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Post is located at 710 Route 22B.

Board Agenda Includes “Waste Water System of the Year Award”and Planning for Peruvian Festival II Continues


Peruvian Festival I

NYS Rural Water Association Waste Water Award


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the May 11, 2015 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Teen Anglers Update 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Clinton County Snow And Ice Contract 
  1. DISCUSSION: Annual Water Quality Report
  1. DISCUSSION: Judges’ Chambers
  1. DISCUSSION: Bear Swamp Water District Extension Application
  1. DISCUSSION: Wastewater System Of The Year Award
  1. DISCUSSION: Peruvian International Festival II 
  1. DISCUSSION: Solar Power Meeting With Peru Central School District 
  1. DISCUSSION: LA Trail Fence Update 
  1. DISCUSSION: Insurance Inspection
  1. DISCUSSION: Unison Tower Proposal 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Retirement resolutions
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills     

MOTION:    Adjourn

NYSEG asking state officials for rate hike – Times Union

The utility is proposing an increase that would raise average residential electric bills by $8 a month and average residential natural gas bills by $10 a month. The money would be used to enhance maintenance of the company’s 35,000-mile electric distribution system and strengthen overall security and automation of the network.

Source: NYSEG asking state officials for rate hike – Times Union

Energy czar: New York State actively working to shutter Indian Point | Capital New York

‘We are in litigation on multiple fronts opposing the relicensing’

Source: Energy czar: State actively working to shutter Indian Point | Capital New York

May 21, 2015 – 9AM at St. Patrick’s Church, Peru, NY.

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The Strand Center for the Arts is Seeking Artist Vendors for the Mayor’s Cup 2015 Artist Market

Plattsburgh, NY— The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the Mayor’s Cup 2015 Artist Market, where local artists and crafters may display and sell their fine-art work. Registration for vendors is now open for this event, which will take place Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during Mayor’s Cup Weekend on the front lawn of the Macdonough Monument in Downtown Plattsburgh.

The Artist Market is a producer-only event, meaning that the artists have made everything they sell. This includes, but is not limited to, jewelry, photography, metal work, rustic furniture, quilts, handmade stationary, paintings, pottery, and jams & jellies. Read more »

Congresswoman Stefanik Co-Hosts Lake Placid Job Fair with ROOST on Wednesday

From the office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Glens Falls, N.Y. – On Wednesday, May 20th, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY-21) office will co-host a jobs fair from 2pm-6pm with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) for Lake Placid. We encourage all those looking for part-time, seasonal or full time participants to join us on Wednesday, May 20th from 2pm-6pm.

What: Lake Placid Jobs Fair Hosted by ROOST and Congresswoman Stefanik’s Office

When: From 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th

Where: 2nd floor of the Conference Center at Lake Placid

For your business to participate, call Bethany at 518.523.2445 or email her at with a completed form: LP-JobFair-Application Summer 2015.

Don’t Forget to Vote Today

It’s school budget voting day across the North Country. Voting in Peru takes place between noon and 9 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School gymnasium. Voters will vote on a $44,279,643 budget with a 2.09% tax levy increase. Spending will increase by 4.45%.

The School Board candidates for two five-year terms are Jill Folsom and Cynthia Mills, both incumbents.

There is proposition to purchase three school buses at a cost not to exceed $348,000.


Students Contemplate Career Choices and Connections

Amanda Clapper, The Robot Zone Inc.

Amanda Clapper, The Robot Zone Inc.

Peru Associate Principal Cheryl Felt and CCC Admission Advisor Martha Hewitt

Peru Associate Principal Cheryl Felt and CCC Admission Advisor Martha Hewitt

By John T Ryan

Peru – On Thursday, May 14th, 350 to 400 students from five area school districts participated in a “Career Connect Showcase” at Peru High School. Over the past school year Beekmantown, Saranac, Chazy, Northern Adirondack and Peru students have researched 16 Career Clusters (groups of careers such as engineering or finance that share common features). Thursday they shared their projects, received words of wisdom from nineteen workforce development, industry and education professionals, participated in a “soft skills” workshop and enjoyed “good and bad” job interview skits presented by the Peru High School Drama Club. Nine college representatives also answered questions about their programs. Champlain Valley Educations Services (CVES) and Mountain Lake PBS worked with the districts to host the program. (Click here to see all our Peru Gazette Photos) 

Peru High School English teacher Lindsay Smith described how Peru Central integrated the career connect program into classwork. “In English class, our ninth graders with the help of our business teacher, took an interest survey. That gave the students their interests and how they would match up with the career clusters. They chose the career clusters and got more information about the education required and the local programs and resources pertaining to their career cluster. They also watched videos about local businesses and the types of people they employ. Then they came up with some questions they wanted to ask.”

Asked what he had learned about a career choice, ninth grader Patrick Crowley responded, “I learned that it’s hard to get a job now. You’ve got to prepare for it at such a young age. I saw that robot over there and it looked pretty cool. I might look into it.” Mara Dufrain said, “I learned about how many opportunities there are in the North Country. I want to be a teacher more now. The teachers were so friendly. They want to help people and I want to help people too.”

A good handshake - A "Soft Skill"

A good handshake – A “Soft Skill”

Business representatives appeared very happy with the program. Josh Dubay, a Peru High School graduate, is a professional realtor at Fesette Realty and owner of Peabody’s Restaurant and Bar in Plattsburgh. He remarked, “I think it’s nice to expose kids to careers they might not have been exposed to by their parents or guidance counselors. There are new opportunities in areas we haven’t even thought of.” Dubay thought ninth grade is a good grade to get students thinking about a career. He said, “I think it’s great to expose them early. If you start thinking about it now by the time you’re a junior or senior you’re looking at what schools are offering and what program you’re interested in.”

Pamela Gomez of Swarovski Lighting, Ltd. informed the students about the opportunities her company offers. Swarovski has 330 employees in Plattsburgh and 28,000 worldwide. She said, “Plattsburgh is the global headquarters for our lighting business. We have opportunities in every discipline you need to run a global business from accounting, to engineering, design, customer service, marketing finance, purchasing, human resources and more. If someone goes away to school there are opportunities right here in their own backyard.”

A good interview presented by the Peru Drama Club

A good interview presented by the Peru Drama Club

Participants included Former Congressman Bill Owens, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Probation Department, City of Plattsburgh Engineering, Total Computer, Swarovski Lighting, CV-TEC,  Mold-Rite Plastics, Plattco, The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, NinePlatt, Clinton County Dept. of Social Services, Advocacy and Resource Management, Behavioral Health Services North, Workforce Investment Board, Ross Funeral Home, Adirondack P-Tech, Retired Educators Jerry McGovern and Kristine Mulvihill, UVM Health Network, CVES, WPTZ, Twinstate, Mountain Lake PBS, U-First Credit Union, Warren Tire, Saranac Central School, Peru Central School, ETS, U.S. Air Force, Town of Plattsburgh, NYS Police, Fessette Realty, Thunder Crest Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition, Miner Institute, Sullivan Orchards, Murnane Building Contractors, Blair Brothers Construction, Denton Publications, Jeffords Steel and Luck Brothers Inc. Colleges included SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College, North Country Community College, Paul Smiths College, Clarkson University and Clarkson University Robotics, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton. Click here to learn more about the Career Choices program. 

Future Business Leaders of America members served as guides

Future Business Leaders of America members served as guides

The North Country Honor Flight is Airborne

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Veteran Bazil Burns received his Orders of the Day

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Gary Edwards is escorting Charles Filion of Plattsburgh

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John Stafford is escorting Ruldolph Chapola of Champlain

By John T. Ryan

Fourteen World War II and Korean War Veterans and their escorts are members of today’s North Country Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Peru residents Gary Edwards and John Stafford are serving as escorts while Denis Mousseau is a Flight Leader. The Peru Gazette was honored to be present for this morning’s ceremonies at the Base Oval and at the veteran’s arrival at Clinton County International Airport. A huge crowd was present for the wonderful ceremonies. Click here to view these and several more Peru Gazette Photos (Accompanied by music if viewed on a PC) 

  • Bazil Burns – Queensbury
  • John Carey – Long Lake
  • Rudolph Chapola – Champlain
  • Charles Filion – Plattsburgh
  • John Hansen – Chazy
  • Daniel Henry – Massena
  • Robert Jerdo – Westport
  • Victor Lambert – Plattsburgh
  • John Murphy – Plattsburgh
  • Robert Noody – Star Lake
  • Raymond Plante – Elizabethtown
  • John Waldron – Port Henry
  • Reginald Wells – Plattsburgh
  • Charles Austin – Whitehall
  • Pauline Stone – Flight Leader 1
  • Denis Mousseau – Flight Leader 2

Intersection Doesn’t Meet Traffic Signal Criteria, Neighborhood Watch Being Considered

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Peru Gazette File Photo

By John T. Ryan

There will not be a traffic signal installed at the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike intersection in the immediate future. Hope, however, is not lost. If we have four more crashes in a one-year period we’ll qualify! That was the news Town Supervisor Peter Glushko delivered to town board members at the Monday, May 11, 2015 town board meeting. Following a January 31st serious accident, the board asked the Department to conduct a Traffic Control Signal Needs Study to determine if a traffic light is warranted at the intersection. New York State requires that one of nine criteria or warrants must be satisfied to consider a traffic signal installation. The intersection did not satisfy any of the criteria. The NYSDOT accident history report (6/1/2009 to 5/31/14) stated that only three accidents occurred at the intersection over a five-year period. Five or more accidents, of a type susceptible to correction by a traffic signal, must have occurred over a 12-month period in order for a traffic signal to be considered.Click here to view the Signal Needs Study

The report further stated that in 2006 the Clinton County Highway Department and the Town of Peru performed a joint project to lower the elevation of the Military Turnpike for a distance of approximately 1,200 feet to the north of the Brand Hollow road, which considerably increased site distance. In 2009 the Town of Peru created a four-way stop control at the intersection and installed double “Stop Ahead” and “Stop” signs on the Military Turnpike approaches. Since the most recent accident NYSEG has installed a streetlight at the intersection at the town board’s request.

Over the past few months several residents (including this reporter) have witnessed motorists “blowing through” the intersection at high speed. Supervisor Glushko, frustrated with the report’s findings, asked Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell to research the cost of installing solar powered flashing red lights on top of the intersection’s four stop signs. Glushko said, “We need something to get people’s attention.”

In other town news Town Clerk Kathy Flynn told the board she is interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch in her McIntosh Street neighborhood. Flynn said that there have been instances in the last week when young men have been involved in suspicious activity. One young man knocked on her neighbor’s door and asked to use a bathroom. Two young people parked in front of a neighbor’s home and when questioned they said they were waiting for a friend who was behind a McIntosh Street home. Supervisor Peter Glushko told Flynn to contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, which is responsible for coordinating Neighborhood Watch programs.

The board approved a $150 per hour consulting agreement with Public Sector HR Consultants LLC. The board is seeking expert advice on Employee Handbook issues, especially time clock policies.

Repairs to the historic Lyons Road School House will cost $1,200 more than expected. Contractor Donald Bell received a contract to perform $7,600 in repairs to the historic building. In the process of performing the repairs he discovered serious deterioration of a sill plate. The board approved $1,200 in additional work.

At least three individuals and families would like to purchase memorial benches for the Little Ausable River Walking Trail and the Laphams Mills Park. The William Kivett family is purchasing a bench for Laphams Mills Park to honor their father who served as Town of Peru Engineer. Two other families have indicated that they would like to purchase benches for the walking trail.

A fence still needs to be installed adjacent to the walking trail under the Route 22 Bridge. C&E Fencing submitted a $3,193 installed price for a 150-foot, 5 ft. high fence.

The board approved the purchase of online/cloud computer system backup from Carbonite, an on-line backup provider, at an annual cost of $899. Counselor Donald McBrayer has pushed hard for the off-site back up of town records. If a fire or other disaster occurs, town and court records should be easily retrievable from Carbonite.

Town engineer Peter Gibbs discussed truss corrosion at the Highway Department’s salt and sand storage building. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said that two steel trusses are definitely corroded. Gibbs would like to examine all the trusses. He also noted that the existing structure will not accommodate twenty to thirty percent of the town’s salt and sand stockpile resulting in runoff and environmental concerns.

It appears that problems with the Highway Department’s garage roof will never go away. Moisture has been discovered leaking from the newest roof section. Gibbs said it might need more insulation and/or ventilation. Gibbs will prepare formal proposals for the board’s May 27th meeting.

Planning for the July 19th second annual International Peruvian Festival is continuing.

Supervisor Glushko will be a guest speaker at the VFW’s Memorial Day services. Counselor McBrayer will be is back-up speaker if Glushko cannot attend.

Counselor Jim Douglas thanked Adele Douglas for coordinating and planning the May 2nd Walking Trail tree planting. Volunteers planted 275 trees in about two hours. Douglas had the trees in place, the tools on hand and the tree locations marked making it very easy for the volunteers. It seems that everything Adele Douglas does is extremely well done!

Tax Collector Kathy Flynn reported that she has closed her books on the 2015 tax collections.

Supervisor Glushko and other counselors stated they are still open to having a dog park at Heyworth/Mason Park. Someone just needs to volunteer to put it together.

What drivers saw as they entered Peru heading north on I87 today at about 4:40 p.m.


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Audio portrait for century-old library – Press-Republican: News

Democratic challenger for Congress may emerge – Press-Republican: Local News

Retired Army colonel from Peru exploring run against incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik in the 21st District race next year.

Source: Democratic challenger for Congress may emerge – Press-Republican: Local News

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