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Governor Cuomo Announces New Addiction Treatment Facility in the North Country | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New Agreement will Create Jobs and Enable Delivery of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services at Repurposed State Building .Governor Cuomo announces a new agreement to bring detoxification and outpatient substance use disorder services to Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

Source: Governor Cuomo Announces New Addiction Treatment Facility in the North Country | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Free Standing Dunkin’ Donuts Planned for Bear Swamp Road

Dunkin' Donuts Street View

Dunkin’ Donuts Street View

Dunkin' Donuts west view

Dunkin’ Donuts West View

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Pending a few more governmental approvals, by July 1st Peru should have a new Dunkin’ Donuts adjacent to Langley Insurance on the Bear Swamp Road. The Peru Planning Board approved M & W Foods’ sketch plans at its Wednesday, February 10, 2016 meeting. More detailed drawings must be submitted to the planning board prior to final approval.

M&W Foods franchisee Ray Aley told the Peru Gazette that he hopes to break ground by May 1st or sooner and open by than July 1st. He said the restaurant would have about 25 full time equivalent employees.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts will include a drive-thru, a community meeting room and a lounge featuring a see-through linear fireplace visible from the product pickup area and the lounge.

Aley commented, “We’re longtime sponsors of the Peru Half-Marathon. I foresee the marathon’s planning committee meeting in our community room. I’m also excited about the outdoor patio space with its bike rack, tables and umbrellas surrounded by an extensively landscaped rain garden and grounds.”

Considerable planning board time was devoted to discussing the sidewalk requirement in Peru’s new zoning law. The law requires that any new Bear Swamp construction establish a sidewalk; however, at this point in time, the section in front of the new Dunkin’ Donuts would be “a sidewalk to nowhere.” The board decided to ask the Town Board to develop a long range Bear Swamp Road sidewalk plan. Should a sidewalk be required on one or both sides of the highway? What side of the road should it be on if only on one side?

After noting that he loves cycling, Ray Aley said a paved bike path from his restaurant to Rulfs Orchard made good sense to him. He said he would comply with whatever the town requires, a sidewalk or bike path.

Little Pizza Shop Under New Ownership

Little Pizza Shop By John T. Ryan

Peru – Last New Year’s Eve several Peru residents almost went into panic mode. When they phoned their favorite pizza shop, no one answered. There was no reason to panic! An ownership transition was taking place that day. On January 1, 2016, ownership of the Little Pizza Shop at 618 Laphams Mills Road passed from Anne and Steve Soulia to Todd and Amy Clowney.

Todd Clowney stated, “We want to keep Steve and Anne’s legacy going. We also want to keep jobs in Peru.” Todd and Amy have special feeling for those jobs; they both worked at the Little Pizza Shop while attending Peru High School. Amy Clowney said, “We just want to keep it a small, hometown, family-oriented pizza place. We didn’t want the business to close. It’s been a staple in Peru.” The Clowneys haven’t changed the shop’s menu and young children can still look forward to the free Tootsie Rolls and other candies in the countertop yellow cab. Amy said, “We made sure that cab came with the business!”

The Clowneys are inheriting a large customer base from Peru, AuSable Forks and Keeseville. Amy estimates that 80% of the Little Pizza Shop’s customers are repeat customers. She said customers have been very supportive. More than one person has said, “We’re so happy the shop didn’t close. We don’t know what we’d do.”

Amy Clowney has extensive restaurant experience having served as a manager at the Naked Turtle and Olive Ridley’s restaurants in Plattsburgh for several years. Todd Clowney operates Clowney Electrical Services, a 24-hour commercial and residential services company.

The success of any business is dependent on a competent, enthusiastic staff. When Rachael Schweikert said she would stay on as shop manager, it made the Clowneys decision to purchase the business much easier. Her experience is invaluable.

Surprisingly, there isn’t any one chef among the seven person staff. Amy and Rachael prepare the pizza dough and everyone multi-tasks. Amy said, “Our employees are a very tight-knit group. They work very well together. If someone needs help, another just moves over and helps out. They’re team players. No one person does everything.”

The Little Pizza Shop’s 24-slice sheet pizza starting at only $19.00 is one of its most popular items. “THE WORKS” with its multitude of toppings is the most popular pizza. Other major categories include specialty pizzas, calzones, chicken wings, salads, club sandwiches, hot and cold subs, desserts, quesadillas, wraps and a variety of soft drinks. Click here to view menu

New owners Amy and Todd Clowney have added Wednesday as a business day. The Little Pizza Shop is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phone 518-643-0552. The shop has a Facebook page.

Mason Family Presents Historic Painting to Town of Peru

Mason Presents

L-R Kevin Larkin, Rebecca Getman Larkin, Eli and Georgie Larkin, Ann Mason Getman, Carol and Ron Allen, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Douglas MasonPainting

 

By John T. Ryan

“We really feel this painting is coming back to its real home,” commented Ann Mason Getman at the Monday, February 8, 2016 Town Board meeting as she presented a restored historic painting to the Town of Peru on behalf of the Mason Family. Supervisor Peter Glushko accepted the painting on behalf of the town.

Six generations of the Mason family and several friends attended the presentation. Harold Lapham (1878-1919), who is believed to have been a mill employee, painted the work in about 1915. It depicts the A. Mason sawmill, the nearby three arch bridge, the waterfall and nearby commercial buildings. Supervisor Glushko said he hopes one day the painting would be displayed in an interpretative center in the stone building at Heyworth/Mason Park. Until then, Glushko said it would be prominently displayed at the town hall.

Anne Mason Getman said that at one time the painting hung in her father Phillip Mason’s office in the Heyworth-Mason building. Phillip Mason and his brother John operated the sawmill from the early 1950’s to 1972. They were the sons of Herbert Mason. Herbert Mason was the youngest of six sons of Albert Mason who founded A. Mason and Sons in 1883 after purchasing the old stone starch factory from the Heyworths. The A. Mason and Sons lumber mill was Peru’s main industry for nearly a century, at one time employing about 100 men.

Peru Town Historian Ron Allen was very obviously thrilled about the Mason’s gift to the town. He remarked, “There is so much of Peru’s history in that picture. The young people growing up today have no idea what things were like then. One building is the Red Front Market. The building to the left was a hotel. You can see part of Peru Hardware. The three arch bridge was probably the centerpiece of the town.”

Senior Citizen Computer Classes Scheduled

Clinton County Computer Club Special Classes
Classes offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
· 7th, and 9th of March: a two session class, dealing with Microsoft Word, tool bars, page layout, borders etc.
· 14th and 16th of March: a two session class dealing with Microsoft Excel and its various uses. It can be used to manage money, addresses and timing for events. Excel is a powerful program that is very versatile.
· 21st and 23rd March: a two session class dealing with Microsoft Publisher and its use to create brochures and newsletters.
· 28th and 30th March: a two session class dealing with Microsoft Power Point and the use of a program called “Movie Maker”. These programs allow one to make presentations and slide shows.
· 4th and 6th April: a two session class dealing with Apple IPads and its various functions and uses.
· 11th and 13th April: a two session class on the Smart phone by Apple, functions and uses will be explained.
There is no need to pre-register for these classes. Our classes are always free of charge. These classes are taught by Len Wood.
Seniors are always welcome at meetings and classes. 
Our meetings and classes are held at the:
Senior Citizens Center
5139 North Catherine Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

How much does your job pay in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, NYC? (Compare 10 regions) | syracuse.com

Minimum wage hike taking bite out of Plattsburgh restaurant biz – Sun Community News & Printing

Local restaurant owners say pay bump could force them to raise prices and lay off workers

Source: Minimum wage hike taking bite out of Plattsburgh restaurant biz – Sun Community News & Printing

Lawmakers, advocates push for ‘aid in dying’ bill – Capitol Confidential

Albina St. Germain is 105 and Going Strong

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L-R Grandson Greg Lombard, Albina St. Germain,                                           Gordy Santor, granddaughter Lu-Ann Santor, Rev. Alan Shnob

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Albina and great, great granddaughter Samantha Watson

Family, friends and St. Augustine’s parishioners celebrated the 105th birthday of Albina Archambault St. German last Saturday, February 6, 2016. Reverend Alan Shnob presented Albina with a dozen roses at the 4:30 Mass. Then five generations of her family, friends and parishioners gathered in St. Augustine’s Parish Center to enjoy fellowship and a meal prepared by the St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus. Mrs. St. Germain attends Mass each week, often shops in local stores and does her own banking.  At Saturday’s party she conversed with almost everyone, especially her great, great grandchildren.  She obviously loves them and they very obviously love her! Click here to view all our Peru Gazette photos.

Farm Transition Planning for Women: Course Starts March 16 in Plattsburgh

Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York Annie’s Project will host the Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Succession, Business, Estate and Retirement Planning for Farm and Ranch Women course starting March 16 in Plattsburgh and March 17 in Canton. Women from any county may attend the programs. 

The Plattsburgh course will be held at Cornell Cooperation Extension Clinton County, 6064 Route 22, from 10 am to 2:30 pm on March 16, 23, and 30, and April 6.

The Canton course will be held at the St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, Route 68, from 10 am to 2:30 pm on March 17, 24, and April 7 and 17.

The cost of the course is $100 per person for 15 hours of instruction. Lunch or light supper and course materials are included in the cost. To register, contact Kimberley Morrill at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 603.568.1404, kmm434@cornell.edu, or register online at  https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/_10512.

Annie’s Project, anniesproject.org, is a nationally recognized educational program now serving more than 12,000 farm women in 33 states. The Managing for Today and Tomorrow curriculum empowers women to be strong farm business managers, to enhance their conservation practices and agricultural sustainability, contribute to rural communities and be a positive influence on family decision making. The course provides participants with tools and resources to help begin the process of farm transitioning to the next generation or owner.

Participants will learn from area professionals and specialists, most of whom serve agricultural clientele in local communities. Discussions accompany presentations and follow-up activities for family members at home.  Read more »

Quebec-based firm expands to Plattsburgh | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Delastek plans to manufacture customized bumpers for Nova Bus, Prevost buses.

Source: Quebec-based firm expands to Plattsburgh | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Town Board Agenda for Tonight’s Meeting

AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING,  February 8, 2016, 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 January 25, 2016.
  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: Mason Family Presentation of Mill Painting 
  1. DISCUSSION: Babbie Rural & Learning Farm Request. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of Highway Department Pickup Truck Purchase. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Rulfs Building Project Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of Elmore SPCA Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appointment of Bruce Germain to Zoning Board of Appeals. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Change Membership of Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals to Five Members. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appointment of Kayla Martin as Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Renovations.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Rescind Town Cell Phone Reimbursement Policy. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return from Executive session. 
  1. Other Business.
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

Peru Central Budget Advisory Committee Still Seeking Members

For the past ten years, Peru CSD has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets 3-4 times to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district.  Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

The BAC is tentatively scheduled to meet at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 11th, Thursday, February 25th, and Tuesday, March 15th.  In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 22nd during a public budget development workshop.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004.  Thank you.

Section VII Wrestling Championships Coming This Saturday

Sectional Seven Championships are to be held on February 13, 2016 at Northern Adirondack High School. Champions of each weight class will advance to the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships at the Albany’s Time Union Center, Albany, NY on February 26th and 27th.

COST OF ADMISSION TO THE SECTIONALS IS SET BY THE SECTION

ADMISSION:               $5 ADULTS ALL DAY

STUDENTS:                $5 ALL DAY

FINALS ONLY:            $5 ADULTS, $5 STUDENTS 

8:00 TO 9:30      WEIGH-INS- MUST HAVE 1 OTHER TEAM PRESENT TO START

9:00                  COACHES MEETING

9:30                  WRESTLERS REPORT TO THE MATS

10:00                  1ST ROUND BEGINS. (1 MAT)

11:00                  2ND ROUND BEGINS. SEMI-FINALS (2 MATS)

1:30                  WRESTLE BACKS, CONSOLATION FINALS FOR 3RD & 4TH PLACE

2:30                  CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS                 

Zoning Board Meeting to Consider Rulf’s Orchard Application

AGENDA ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU

APPLICATIONS:

1. New Nonconforming Use: Rulfs Orchard New Nonconforming Use 531 Bear Swamp Rd.

ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:

CEO REPORT:

Site Plan Review For a Dunkin’ Donuts Next to Langley Insurance on Bear Swamp Road.

PLANNING BOARD AGENDA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU

APPLICATIONS:

1. Site Plan Review & SEQR: Ray Aley, M&W Foods Site Plan Review Dunkin’ Donuts Bear Swamp Rd. next to Langley Insurance

2. 2 Lot Minor Subdivsion & SEQR: Harney Davey 2 Lot Minor Subdivision for Dunkin’ Donuts Bear Swamp Rd. next to Langley Insurance

3. 2 Lot Minor Subdivision & Merge & SEQR: Rodney Estes and Alberta Estes 2 Lot Minor Subdivision & Merge 533 Reservoir Rd. 7.

 

Indians defend CVAC title | Sports | pressrepublican.com

Indians 2With a key win over Saranac, the Peru wrestling team claimed the conference championship.

Source: Indians defend CVAC title | Sports | pressrepublican.com

 

Peru Co-coach Gary Edwards reports:  Peru was 4 and 0 on the day. Saranac was 3 – 1, Beekmantown was 2 -2 Ausable Valley 1-2 and NAC was 0-4.  Peru was the CVAC winner in a  tie breaker over Saranac.  Peru lost to Saranac earlier in the season by a score of 39 to 33.  We had to win by 7 points more than Saranac to secure the title.

Season record

Peru                  7-1

Saranac             7-1

Beekmantown 4 -4

NAC                    2-6

AVCS                  1-7

Polished From Head to Toe

L-5 Elizabeth Daley, Randi Walton, Lianne Wyckoff

L-R Elizabeth Daly, Randi Walton, Lianne Wyckoff

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Anyone entering Peru’s newest business quickly realizes that the building that previously housed a log home sales company at 3085 Main Street has been truly transformed. Polished From Head to Toe owner Randi Walton describes it as Hollywood glam, rustic cabin atmosphere. A crystal chandelier illuminates the main room, curtains drape from door casings and cedar log colors blend with shades of gray. Walton focused on art at Peru High School and still enjoys portraiture work. She said, “My art background helped me design the salon. I wanted to make Polished From Head to Toe an experience, not just a walk-in…”Girls 2

Randi Walton has over 10 years of hair artistry experience while hair artist Lianna Wyckoff has seven years. Elizabeth Daly joined the staff on February 2nd. Since its October 9th opening, clients have traveled from Peru, Plattsburgh, Keeseville and from as far away as Rouses Point, Willsboro and Potsdam. Walton said, “I didn’t expect the business to grow quite this quickly!”

Staff members are employees, not independent contractors as is the practice at many salons/ day spas. Walton explained, “I want all our employees to feel like they’re part of a team. We have to work together. I want clients to feel comfortable with any hair artist and know that they’ll get the same level of service.” Continuous technique and product training are a high priority.

Polished From Head to Toe offers an array of services for men, women and children including haircuts, makeup, coloring, straightening, manicures and pedicures. A spray tanning booth offers clients what Walton describes as a natural tanning experience. Massage therapy will be offered in the very near future.

Clients arriving early for an appointment enjoy an attractive lounge where they’ll find complimentary coffee, drinks and snacks. Walton said, “We have Rulf’s donuts on most days, but they disappear quickly.” Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Polished From Head to Toe is open from 9 am to 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesdays, 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. It is closed Sunday and Mondays. Call 518-643-0999 to make an appointment. Click here for more Peru Gazette Photos. 

Cuomo expands Zika virus testing – Capitol Confidential

Lawmakers question prison security, safety – Times Union

[…] they plan to cut the use of canned goods in prison commissaries, thus denying troublemakers the use of sharp metal lids that can be turned into weapons. Another move: showing correctional officers a video dubbed Games Inmates Play” alerting them to efforts that prisoners may use to manipulate guards. Prison guard Gene Palmer was charged with two felonies for inadvertently helping the pair and a civilian employee, Joyce Mitchell, was convicted of helping Matt and Sweat. […] came a series of newspaper reports in The New York Times about mistreatment and beatings of prisoners, followed by a Times Union exposé of corruption and mismanagement in the prison system’s own internal affairs or Inspector General’s office.

Source: Lawmakers question prison security, safety – Times Union

Clinton County approves grant to help first-time residential home buyers – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — There’s no place like home, especially your first.

Source: Clinton County approves grant to help first-time residential home buyers – Sun Community News & Printing

2016 Food from the Farm Tasting Event in Plattsburgh March 5

TastePlattsburgh, NY.  Are you ready to shake off cabin fever with the crisp taste of a locally grown apple, the purchase of an array of farm raised rutabagas and other root vegetables, or a sampling of delicious cheese, cider, and wine produced locally?

The Saturday, March 5 Food from the Farm event from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Plattsburgh Recreation Center gymnasium on the US Oval in Plattsburgh, NY, is a celebration of local foods and North Country farmers, wine and cidermakers, food processors, and chefs.

This family-friendly event, organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, Adirondack Harvest, and the Master Gardeners program features:

. .  tasting and sampling at dozen of booths, including tasting stations created by four chefs who highlight local products on the menus at Blue Collar Bistro, The Hungry Trout,  Latitude 44 Bistro, and the Pepper; Read more »

Here’s the Tuesday, February 9th School Board Agenda

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

·         Budget Process Overview

·         Policy Review

·         Coaches

·         Appoint Personnel

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at www.perucsd.org.

All are welcome.

Peru’s Median Teacher Pay Ranks in Lower Third in Region

Buffalo’s Business First magazine computed the median classroom teacher pay for 451 Upstate New York school districts. Peru Central ranks 221st overall and in the lower third of regional schools. Click here to view the entire Upstate  New York ranking 

A median is a midpoint, with half of the teachers in a given district being paid more than the median, and half being paid less.

 Rank – District – Median Pay

  • 26 – AuSable Valley – $70,161
  • 34 – Northern Adirondack – $68,719
  • 61 – Plattsburgh – $64,568
  • 73 – Keene – $63,623
  • 78 – Beekmantown – $63,353
  • 93 – Ticonderoga – $62,440
  • 107 – NCCS – $61,516
  • 126 – Saranac – $60,504
  • 134 – Willsboro – $60,225
  • 137 – Westport – $60,116
  • 191 – Malone – $58,154
  • 221 – Peru – $57,159
  • 267 – Lake Placid – $55,234
  • 340 – Chazy – $52,507
  • 345 – Moriah – $52,283

A First in Section 7 Wresting

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Peru Gazette file photo

Admission charge change received Feb. 4, 2013 

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 the Section Seven Wrestling Duals will take place at Peru High School. This is the first time in 58 years that Section Seven has used this format. Each school will wrestle the other four schools. There will be five rounds of wrestling on two mats. The league champion will be crowned at this tournament. Admission is $ 5 for adults and school age children.

9:00 AM START TIME

ROUND 1

BYE SCS

MAT 1

PCS VS AVCS

MAT 2

NAC VS BCS

10:30 AM START TIME ROUND 2

BYE NAC

MAT 1

PCS VS BCS

MAT 2

AVCS VS SCS

12:30 PM START TIME ROUND 3

BYE PCS

MAT 1

NAC VS SCS

MAT 2

AVCS VS BCS

2:00 START TIME ROUND 4

BYE BCS

MAT 1

PCS VS SCS

MAT 2

NAC VS AVCS

3:30 START TIME ROUND 5

BYE AVCS

MAT 1

PCS VS NAC

MAT 2

SCS VS BCS

Property tax rebate checks should be all done this month – Times Union

The credit would cover half of their Thruway toll costs, and the Cuomo administration estimates more than 911,000 motorists would save $97 annually. If the toll credit is the solution, what exactly is the problem?” asked E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank. “The Thruway is a vital artery for commerce and transportation throughout Upstate, so we are going to deliver major toll relief to New Yorkers,” Cuomo said when he announced the plan. […] at the hearing, legislators were told that about half of the estimated 2 million property tax rebate checks going out to homeowners for this year have already been sent and state tax officials think they can finish sending the rest by the end of February. The checks are available for homeowners with incomes below $500,000 and cover the year-to-year increase by the given taxing district, as long as it remains within the state cap of 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is lower.

Source: Property tax rebate checks should be all done this month – Times Union

Biz group pleased, labor upset with Cuomo’s reforms to workers’ comp | Crain’s New York Business

But the Business Council of New York State says its top priority has yet to be addressed

Source: Biz group pleased, labor upset with Cuomo’s reforms to workers’ comp | Crain’s New York Business

Air Force finds chemicals in groundwater near former Plattsburgh base | NCPR News

Board Learns About New Programs and Attempts to Control Spending

TBBy John T. Ryan

Highlights of the Peru Town Board meeting of January 25, 2016 included: The possibility of more youth activities, highway department expenditures, Main Street planning, cell phones for department heads, high praise for a town employee, zoning and planning board leadership, dog identification and other matters.

Counselor Donald McBrayer reported that the Peru Youth Commission is considering participation in a Clinton County program directed at children who are not involved in the popular competitive sports. The program could include activities such as dancing, archery, soccer golf/foot golf, karate and pickle ball.

This winter’s changeable and warm weather has hampered youth commission efforts to activate a skating rink near Sullivan Park. A plastic barrier will have to be installed beneath the ice surface. The rink’s future largely depends on Mother Nature.

A highway department employee backed a truck into a highway garage door. The new door including installation will cost approximately $4,000. The loss will not be covered by insurance because it falls within a $5,000 deductible policy provision.

Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell indicated he plans to lease a Gradall excavator for five years annual lease price of $58,000. Counselor Jim Langley asked if he considered a used machine noting that Elmer Duprey had purchased a used machine and it had lasted about 17 years. No decision was made.

Mike Farrell did have a bit of good news. Asphalt prices purchased through the Clinton County contract have fallen from $54.20 a ton to $48.62.

Counselor Donald McBrayer reported that River Street Consulting representatives recently toured Main Street and Bear Swamp Roads. By mid to late February they should issue a report recommending upgrades to Peru’s main streets and business corridor. McBrayer said, “They will be incorporating our ideas and ideas they’ve seen work in other communities.” The Main Street Planning Committee will then consider the consultants’ recommendations and seek more community input. The consultants’ fee and approximately $150,000 in upgrades will be paid by a NYS grant.

The town will be purchasing cell phones for each department head. Currently department heads use their personal phones for town business for which they are reimbursed.  Supervisor Glushko said the current practice contradicts written town policy.

Counselor James Langley submitted an internal audit of Peru Town Court. Langley praised Court Clerk Holly Stone for her exceptional accuracy and organizational skills. He was impressed!

Zoning Board members chose Rob Bashaw as 2016 board chairman and Jim Falvo as vice-chairman. Planning Board members chose Richard Williams as chairman and Benjamin Wright as vice-chairman.

Town Clerk Kathleen Flynn will be furnishing a list of licensed dogs to the Elmore SPCA. On a few occasions the SCPA has detained dogs pending verification of an active license. Supervisor Peter Glushko urged residents to place a license and an owner identification tag on their dogs. Dog Control Officer David Drollette said he would return any identified dog to its owner rather than taking it to the SPCA. Dog owners must pay a boarding fee prior to redeeming a dog at the SPCA.

The town will not be plowing the road into Heyworth-Mason Park beyond the gate located about one-half way to the parking lot. In response to a question from resident Les Bradford, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said plowing would tear up the stone road. Supervisor Peter Glushko said anyone desiring to use the walking trail for cross-country skiing should park either at Little Ausable River Park or at Sullivan Park.

The 2016 salaries for the water and sewer superintendent and the assistant court clerk were incorrectly stated at the 2016 organizational meeting. The published salaries did not include the approved .5% pay raise. The board voted to correct this error retroactive to January 1, 2016.

Peru has the third highest assessed property values in Clinton County, behind the City and Town of Plattsburgh. Sales tax distributions to cities and towns are tied to assessed values.

Budget Workshop Tuesday – All are welcome

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, February 2nd at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their first public session budget workshop.  At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:

  • Receive a budget overview brief.

·         Examine a budget timeline.

·         Receive a general Executive Budget impact statement.

·         Examine forecasted 2016-2017 tax levy limit.

·         Define initial budget parameters.

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.

The meeting is open to all.

Sea lamprey control treatments announced for Lake Champlain

LAKE CHAMPLAIN — Efforts to control sea lamprey populations in Lake Champlain tributaries proved successful in 2015 and improved conditions for landlocked Atlantic Salmon and Lake Trout, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DE

Source: Sea lamprey control treatments announced for Lake Champlain

January Peru Democratic Party Meeting Cancelled

Democratic Party Town of Peru

Officers; Chairman- Brandy McDonald

Vice Chairman – Kregg Bruno

Treasurer- Jean Schiffler 

·       Due to conflict in my schedule the meeting that had been scheduled for January 28th has been cancelled.

·       The next meeting will be held on February 25th, 2016 at 7;00 pm, the location will Peru Town hall 

The response to raffle ticket sales has been doing well, please turn in money for tickets sold to Jean Schiffler.

Contact with me regarding Democratic Party should be sent to:  brandyl2008@yahoo.com  

Your support is appreciated and I look forward to seeing you at the February 25th, meeting. 

Brandy McDonald

Chairman

 

Plattsburgh medical-marijuana dispensary opens – Press-Republican: Local News

Columbia Care site at 345 Cornelia St. is now accepting state-registered patients.

Source: Plattsburgh medical-marijuana dispensary opens – Press-Republican: Local News

Commons at Plattsburgh Bay project progressing – Press-Republican: Local News

Local developers have acquired former Lakeside Apartments property, plan to start demolition soon.

Source: Commons at Plattsburgh Bay project progressing – Press-Republican: Local News

“Call for Artists” for Strand Center Off-Site Gallery Program

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is currently accepting artist applications for their Off-Site Gallery Program. There are currently eight Off-Site Gallery locations that feature local artists booked through the Strand Center: Best Western Plus the Inn at Smithfield, Valcour Imaging, The Development Corp, Clinton Community College, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, The UVM Health Network at CVPH (on both the first and second floor) and the Plattsburgh Public Library.

The Off-Site Gallery Program is offered as a service to area businesses in an effort to diversify the visual environment of their offices and give local artists a different level of exposure than a typical gallery audience. Galleries are rotated on a quarterly basis, so businesses and their clients enjoy a different collection of artwork every three months.

Artists can apply for either a half show (12 pieces) or a full show (24 pieces) of two dimensional artwork and artists of all mediums are welcome. Read more »

N.Y. Senate report shows surge in synethic marijuana abuse – The Pulse

AuSable Forks Graves Mansion Explored

By Ed Schiffler

Long time Clinton County Senior Computer Club member John Gillen, who now lives in Pennsylvania, sent me this interesting link to the “Graves Mansion”, AuSable Forks, NY. The construction of this mansion is an interesting story and the wood work in the interior is nothing less than amazing and unbelievable. The quality and design is unsurpassed. It takes about two hours to view the video; however it can be broken down into smaller sessions by using the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen. Just remember the amount of minutes viewed and set the time at that spot the next time you log on. I’ve watched it for about thirty minutes at this time and I’m excited to get back to it. It is a very well narrated with historical information about the Mansion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOt1KfLbyiI

Learn to Use Computers in Genealogy

The Clinton County Senior Computer Club will meet on Monday February 1st, 2016 1:30PM at the Senior Center. The presentation will deal with “Genealogy”. The presenter, Jean Schiffler will discuss and demonstrate using the internet to do research using Ancestory.Com and Family Search .Com. There is a great deal of family information available at these sites, it’s just matter of knowing the way to navigate around to get the information one needs. Jean, will also do an overview presentation on “Family Tree Maker” which is a user friendly program that one can use to save family information to your computer.

All seniors are always welcome to attend our meetings. Our meetings and classes are held at the Senior Citizens Center, 5139 North Catherine Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901ccs

Town Tax Collection Hours Extended

The Town of Peru Tax Collection Office will be extending the hours of operation on Friday January 29th to 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and Saturday January 30th from 9:00 AM- Noon.  Please direct any questions to Kathleen Flynn at 643-2745 ext.#2.

Stefanik moves confidently in first year, but questions linger | NCPR News

EAT OUT & GIVE BACK, DINE UNITED on January 28, 2016

UW LogoThursday, January 28, 2016, will mark the 6th Annual Dine United for the Adirondack Region. There will be a wide variety of restaurants throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties participating.

Every patron that visits a participating restaurant on January 28, 2016 will be giving back to our region, as well as supporting local restaurants. Each restaurant has agreed to donate to United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. “With their donations and our 42 partner agencies, we will be able to help fellow residents with critical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, child care, safety from domestic violence, and much more”, stated the Executive Director/CEO, John Bernardi, of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc.

The Director of Development, Kathy Snow, suggested starting your day with a breakfast treat and then visiting one of your neighborhood restaurants for lunch. Finally, go home and grab the family for a delicious dinner at any of the participating restaurants. Mention to the restaurants that you are there for DINE UNITED and enter the drawing for raffle prizes. It is a day to have fun and give back to the community!

Participating restaurants include: Read more »

A Welcome to SUNY Plattsburgh Freshmen and Transfer Students

According to an editorial in today’s Press Republican all SUNY Plattsburgh incoming freshman and transfer students receive a text connecting them to this welcome video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFgGq_ofuuI&feature=youtu.be

Town Board Agenda for Monday, January 25, 2016

DRAFT AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING January 25@ 7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the January 11, 2016 Town Organizational Meeting and for the Minutes of the January 11, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Acceptance of December 2015 Dog Control Officer Report. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Health Insurance Policy. 

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Board Elects Officers and Receives 2016 State of the Library Report

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L-R Pat Andrews, Rocky Divoll, Becky Pace, Tracy Orkin, Kara McBrayer, Sandy Divoll

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L-R Kara McBrayer, Sandy Divoll, Holly Heller-Ross, Diane Haight

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Free Library Board of Trustees chose Diane Haight as a new member and elected its 2016 officers at its Wednesday, January 20th meeting. Board Vice-President Kara McBrayer, who chaired the meeting, submitted her resignation after serving on the board for six years.

Holly Heller-Ross was elected as 2016 board president, Sandra Divoll was reelected as treasurer and Merry Gwynn was elected vice-president. Diane Haight was elected secretary. The other board members are Tracy Orkin, Patrick Andrews and Rocky Divoll. Kara McBrayer said more community members are welcome to serve on the board. New ideas and assistance are always welcome.

Librarian Becky Pace’s State of the Library Report noted that 2015 was the library’s centenary year. Highlights included front room renovations, the gift of a Schonbek chandelier, new all-in-one computers and adoption of a contemporary library logo. Library logoThe logo symbolizes the library’s progressive energy conservation initiatives. Other notable changes included introduction of an electronic newsletter and the employment of Stacey Bousquet as assistant librarian. Numerous events were held in celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary including art exhibits, children’s programs and a memorial concert.

Becky Pace ended her report stating, “Our library has never been as healthy or as well used as it is today. Our children’s room is busy with preschoolers and their moms and dads. Homeschool families visit on a weekly basis. Our computers are frequented by young adults retraining through on-live courses to advance their careers.” She also stated that the library is being used for tutoring sessions on an almost daily basis and that its circulation is one of the highest in the three-county area. Her complete report appears below.

State of the Library Report 2016

 

The Flag is Flying High

DSC00421By John T. Ryan

As of 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016, the American Flag was once again flying high on the Peru Free Library flagpole. Town Councilman/Town Board Liaison Donald McBrayer and 23-year U.S. Navy Veteran David Drollette braved cold temperatures this morning to raise the flag following last evening’s Peru Free Library Board of Trustees decision to fly the flag on the flagpole.

Several years ago the flag was flown; however, the practice was discontinued after a series of flag thefts in the area. Dave Drollette, Rich Tarabula and Rocky Divoll have volunteered to raise and lower the flag each morning and evening until a night-time spotlight illuminates the flag.

Story edited at 1/21/16 at 12:48 p.m. to include the names of Rich Tarabula and Rocky Divoll. DSC00412DSC00415

Prevost Cars files notice of potential layoffs – Press-Republican: News

But company officials say April 15 cutback plan is preemptive, and plant hopes to win OK on new contract next week.

Source: Prevost Cars files notice of potential layoffs – Press-Republican: News

East Coast Snocross coming to Plattsburgh – Press-Republican: Local News

Event at the Clinton County Fairgrounds Jan. 23, 24 is presented by Taylor Rental.

Source: East Coast Snocross coming to Plattsburgh – Press-Republican: Local News

Tonight’s Zumba Class Cancelled

The Tuesday, December 19th Community Education Zumba Dance Class, originally set for 6-7 PM in the Peru Elementary building, has been cancelled.

PCS Budget Advisory Committee Welcomes Members

From the Office of the Peru Central School Superintendent

For the past ten years, Peru CSD has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets 3-4 times to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district.  Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

The BAC is tentatively scheduled to meet at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 11th, Thursday, February 25th, and Tuesday, March 15th.  In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 22nd during a public budget development workshop.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004.  Thank you.

Peru Farm Center Has a New Owner

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – On Wednesday, January 6, 2015 one of the area’s longest-operating businesses was passed on to new ownership. New owner-operator Chris Akey said, “The Peru Farm Center is a 65-year old local business that we want to continue through the 100 year mark. We are very excited to be joining the Peru business community.” Akey purchased the business from longtime owners Mark Jarvis and Don McNulty.

The Akey family is known for its many business interests along Route 3 in Plattsburgh. At one time Chris Akey’s late grandfather, Frank Akey, operated a Case farm equipment dealership competing with the Peru Farm Center. Today Chris Akey operates the Taylor Rental stores on Route 3 and in Saranac Lake. The building Anthony’s Restaurant occupies was once the Akey family farmhouse and location for Frank Akey’s farm equipment dealership.

Chris Akey, his wife Ashley and their two children live in the Peru School District. Ashley will be the Peru Farm Center’s bookkeeper and Chris’ brother-in-law Jordon Keleher will be the general manager. Four to six new employees are to be hired.

Anyone stopping by the Peru Farm Center will get a taste of the changes to come. This morning the building’s interior and roof were in the midst of renovations. New Holland hay, forage and industrial equipment such as skid steers, mini excavators and compact wheel loaders will soon be on display in an elevated display area adjacent to Route 22. The Husqvarna power equipment lineup will be expanded and Ferris Zero Turn mowers will be introduced to the North Country. The redesigned interior display room will be stocked with a large inventory of consumer hardware and power equipment.

A grand opening is being planned once renovations are completed and the expanded inventory is in place.

Town of Peru Public Notice

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a workshop for Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss town employee cell phone policy,  and employee insurance.

Peru Gazette Note: All workshops are open to the public and are conducted at the Peru Town Hall.

Peru Property Owners Have Been Receiving Tax Freeze ‘Rebate’ Checks

A few days ago Town of Peru property owners started receiving tax freeze ‘rebate’ rebate checks which range from $100 to $200 and higher thanks to the Town of Peru and the Peru School District staying under the state-imposed tax cap. The school district also had to submit a plan detailing how it would shrink property tax collections by 1%.

A person must have applied for the School Tax Relief Program (STAR) and be a property owner in order to qualify.  Renters do not qualify. If you’re unsure if you qualify or if you have not received a rebate check State Senator Betty Little has published a number for you to call at the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance – 518-453-8146.

IMG_7758 IMG_7759James Langley, former Chairman of the Clinton County Legislature, took his seat as a Town of Peru Councilman at the Monday, January 11, 2016 Town Board meeting. 

Town Board Rules of Order Approved

The Monday, January 11, 2016 Town of Peru Organizational Meeting included approval of the 2016 Town Board Rules of Order.

TOWN OF PERU

JANUARY 11, 2016                                                                                                                                                          

2016 RULES OF ORDER

Pursuant to Section 63 of the Town Law.

RESOLVED, that the Rules of Order of the Town Board of the Town of Peru for the year 2015 shall be as follows:

RULES OF ORDER

OF THE

TOWN OF PERU TOWN BOARD

The Town Supervisor shall chair all meetings. If the Town Supervisor is not present then the Deputy Supervisor or Chairperson pro tem shall chair the meeting as outlined in Rule 6.1 below.

RULE 1.          REGULAR MEETINGS 

1.1       Regular meetings shall commence at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month except where specifically changed by the Town Board.

RULE 2.          SPECIAL MEETINGS 

2.1       Special meetings hall be at the call of the Town Clerk upon the direction of the Town Supervisor provided that upon convening, a majority of the members of the Board pass a resolution ratifying such call, or upon written request signed by Board members representing a majority of the Town Board.

2.2       Only business specified in the notice may be transacted at a special meeting. Read more »

2016 Town of Peru Procurement Policy Adopted

The Monday, January 11, 2016 included adoption of the town’s 2016 procurement policy. The policy includes criteria when prices from more than one vendor are required and when formal bids are required.

TOWN OF PERU
2016 PROCUREMENT POLICY

ADOPTED: 1.11.2016

WHEREAS, Section 104b of the General Municipal Law requires every town to adopt internal policies and procedures governing all procurement of goods and services not subject to the bidding requirements of the General Municipal Law or any other law; and

WHEREAS, comments have been solicited from those officers of the Town involved with procurement;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Peru does hereby adopt the following procurement policies and procedures:

Section 1.       Every prospective purchase of goods or services shall be evaluated to determine the applicability of General Municipal Law. Every town officer, department head or other personnel with the requisite purchasing authority (hereinafter Purchaser) shall estimate the cumulative amount of the items of supply or equipment needed in a given fiscal year. That estimate shall include the canvass of other town departments and past history to determine the likely yearly value of the commodity to be acquired. The information gathered and conclusions reached shall be documented and kept with the file or other documentation supporting the purchase activity.

Section 2.       All purchases of (a) supplies or equipment which exceed $20,000.00, in the fiscal year, or (b) public works contracts over $35,000.00 shall be formally bid pursuant to General Municipal Law Section 103.

Section 3.       All estimated purchases of:

  • Greater than $10,000.00 but no more than $20,000.00 requires a written or faxed quote from three (3) vendors.
  • Greater than $1,000.00 but no more than 10,000.00 requires a written or faxed quote from two (2) vendors.
  • Any amount up to $1,000.00 is left to the discretion of the Purchaser.

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Organizational Meeting Sets Salaries, Department Liaisons, Mileage Rates and More

These are the approved resolutions at the Monday, January 11, 2016 Town of Peru Organizational Meeting involving: salaries, appointees, department liaisons, meeting dates, approved annual contract information, mileage rates, official depository, and official newspaper.

Resolution #1 

Resolution Establishing 2016 SALARY AND PAYMENT OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

BE IT RESOLVED that 2016 salaries for Town of Peru Elected Officials be set as follows:

Town Council Members                                 $7,299.00 /Annually, Paid Monthly

Town Supervisor                                            $23,805.00/Annually, Paid Monthly

Town Clerk/Tax Collector                              $23,930.00/Annually, Paid Monthly

Town Justices                                                 $18,292.00/Annually, Paid Monthly

Highway Superintendent                                $55,275.00/Annually, Paid Bi-weekly Read more »

Stefanik Announces State of the Union Guest: Brigadier General Diana Holland, First Female Commandant of U.S. Military Academy at West Point

holland1Washington, D.C.–Yesterday Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced that Brigadier General Diana Holland would be her honorary guest to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 12th. Brigadier General Holland served as the 10th Mountain Division’s deputy commanding general for support. She was the first female general officer at Fort Drum and the first woman to serve as a deputy commanding general in one of the Army’s light infantry divisions.

“I am privileged to announce that my special guest to the President’s State of the Union address this year will be Brigadier General Diana Holland,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Brigadier General Holland has served with distinction at Fort Drum and has now moved to a well-deserved appointment at West Point. I know Brigadier General Holland from my work on behalf of Fort Drum, most recently during a CODEL to Afghanistan and I am pleased that she will be able to join me in the House Chamber for this historic occasion.”

Brigadier General Holland is currently serving as the first female commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. BG Holland assumed command as the 76th commandant of cadets during a ceremony at West Point on January 5.

Town Board Sets Its 2016 Meeting Schedule

2016 REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE 

Monday                                  January 11, 2016                                7:00 PM

Monday                                  January 25, 2016                                7:00 PM

Monday                                  February 8, 2016                                7:00 PM

Monday                                  February 22, 2016                              7:00 PM

Monday                                  March 14, 2016                                  7:00 PM

Monday                                  March 28, 2016                                  7:00 PM Read more »

Bharara: Not enough evidence to bring charges after Moreland Commission shutdown – Capitol Confidential

Spaghetti Dinner Proceeds will Assist Local Charities and Programs  

Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. “ALL YOU CAN EAT” spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and a delicious dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM for only $7.50 per person, $2.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under and a $20 per family maximum (parents and children). Take-outs are available. The dinner’s profits will assist the Peru Council’s many local charities and programs.

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