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Run For Jon is a Great Community and Family Event


2016 Scott Woodward Awards

Peru – The North Country Community united on August 27th to make the 26th Annual Run For Jon a great success. $6,600 was raised to assist families with a child facing medical crisis.

Participants came from many communities and schools including Saranac Central, Peru Central, Chazy Rural School, Saranac Lake Central, Beekmantown Central, Seton Catholic and SUNY Plattsburgh. Almost 400 runners and walkers participated.

Each year it takes about 40 dedicated volunteers to organize and execute the the Run For Jon. The Run started in 1990 when Peru Track Coach Scott Woodward and his lifelong friend Beekmantown Track Coach Mark Elmore organized a run to assist Don and Shirley Evans whose son Jon cancer was battling cancer. Jon passed away just prior to the first event; nevertheless, the run has thrived contributing $80,000 to $90,000 to families in need. This year’s run was dedicated to Scott Woodward who passed away on April 11th. Co-founder Mark Elmore drove to Peru from his residence in Raleigh, North Carolina to volunteer and to honor his friend.

Don and Shirley Evans and all the Run For Jon’s leaders are most grateful to all the volunteers and participants.  Anyone viewing our Peru Gazette photos will see that it is a great family event, an example of families helping families.

Click here to view a slideshow Accompanied by music if viewed on a PC or MAC. 


Sarah Facteau Dunham and Dan Lennon


Sarah Facteau Dunham and Sally Woodward


Sally Woodward and Dan Lennon

By John T. Ryan

The 26th Annual Run For Jon was held this afternoon. There was huge turnout with 253 participants in the 2.5 mile run, plus a great turnout for the 3/4 mile Kids Fun Run. Two of Peru’s legendary runners won the 2.5 race. Dan Lennon won the men’s race with a time of 12:45. Sarah Facteau Dunham won the ladies race with a time of 14.23.

The race was dedicated to the event’s co-founder and former race director Scott Woodward who passed away on April 11, 2016. Scott’s wife Sally presented the 1st place prizes.

Paddles and Balls Available to Learn the Game


The second pickleball net has been installed on the Jenkins Street courts. Adele Douglas posted the following specific information on the Peru Pickleball Facebook page.

Our schedule is currently Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8am. Please join us. We have paddles and balls donated by the CVPH Foundation. When school starts we’ll also add an afternoon time, probably on Mondays. As the group grows we can add more days and times. There are also outdoor and indoor courts in Plattsburgh. Check out the Plattsburgh Pickleball facebook page for their times and locations.

Not a Pretty Picture

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Three hail storms earlier this summer severely damaged apples in several Peru Orchards. This McIntosh apple photo was taken this morning. The apples will be sold for processing into apple sauce or juice. The price will be a fraction of the normal Grade A price.

2016 Run For Jon Dedicated to Scott Woodard


2015 Run For Jon Photo

The  26th Annual Run For Jon is this coming Saturday, August 27th, at Forrence Orchards on Mannix Road in Peru.  Registration is from 3:30 – 4:45. Forms and more information can be found at

Start times have changed. This year the Kids’ Fun Run will start at 5:00PM.  The 2.5 mile runners and the walkers will all start together at 5:20.

Most people are aware that Scott Woodward, our race director, and well-loved longtime cross-country and track coach for Peru High School, passed away on April 11 of this year.  This year’s RUN is dedicated to to Scott’s memory.  The Evans family hopes that as many people as possible will come to remember and celebrate his life and all he did for our community during his lifetime.

Clean-up Our Beloved Ausable River


The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, is hosting a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday, August 27th in Peru. The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the Ausable River. “Volunteers will immediately see the results of their hard work improving the health and beauty of the river, and they’ll enjoy a day paddling and floating downstream through a beautiful location,” says Kelley Tucker, Executive Director of AsRA.

AsRA will be working with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the mouth at Lake Champlain. Read more »

Here’s a Plan for Next Sunday


The Harkness United Methodist Church invites one and all to wrap up Summer with a North Country treasure, and great fellowship!  Bring your family and meet your friends for a great meal at MICHIGANS FOR MISSION on Sunday August 28th from 11AM to 3PM at the Harkness Church Hall, 776 Hallock Hill Road in Peru.

What says “I’m going to hold on to the best of summer” any better than a Michigan?!   The cooks of the Harkness Church, known far and wide for their delicious Chicken & Biscuit Dinner, expanded their culinary skills in May with the first-ever Michigan meal. The response was extraordinary and the food was delicious, so the event is “back by popular demand”. There will again be two choices of sauce; Traditional and Sweet.  Which is better?  Try both and let us know which you prefer!

Your meal of a Michigan, chips, pickle, drink and dessert will cost $5; add another Michigan for only $2.00.  Takeouts will be available, there will be Live Music, and proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Mission activities of the Harkness Church. For more information, call 643-8659 or 834-7577. Mark your calendar and bring your appetite; hope to see you there! 

Tonight’s Town Board Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the August 15, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Court Building Purchase Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Dog Park Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Increase in Tax Assessor County Contract.
  1. DISCUSSION: Alltech Camera Purchase. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Parsons Road Repairs. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: AES Term Contract Agreement. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.     

MOTION:    Adjourn

Home Town Cable Visits the Babbie Museum

Pickleball comes to Peru

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By John T. Ryan

The small gate is open, two courts are marked and one pickleball net has been installed at the Jenkins Street tennis courts. A second net should arrive soon. Once everything is in place, a pickleball orientation program will be offered.

The tennis court is not not open for play. There is no net and the surface needs repairs.

A Historic Church Receives Loving Care


The Peru Community Church’s building upgrades continued this week when Lake Champlain Roofing began installation of a new roof on the historic church. The metal clad steeples were painted on Thursday. Trustee Bob LaFountain said water leaks at the steeples’ base made the roof a high priority project. The new roofing has a 50-year guarantee. New carpet is also in the process of being installed in the Fellowship Center.

The Peru Gazette thanks Jim Neyenhouse for his great photo of the steeples being painted.

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New Roofing

Yes, They Are Coming

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Peru – This was the scene on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 as SK Sealcoating applied hot patch sealcoating to the one of the Jenkins Street tennis courts. When the court boundary lines are painted and the nets are installed one former tennis court will become home to two pickleball courts.

Walking Tour of the Plattsburgh Barracks


On Saturday, August 20th, the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) will be partnering with City of Plattsburgh Historian, John Krueger to offer a Walking Tour of the Plattsburgh Barracks. Starting the tour with the 1609 discovery of Lake Champlain, the tour will explore Lake Champlain’s vast military history that led up to the Battle of Plattsburgh, paving the way for what is known today as the Plattsburgh Barracks/Post or, as to most locals, the Old Base. Once housing the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Plattsburgh Barracks is a treasure of information and a monument to the City’s military past.

The tour leaves at 1 p.m. from the Clinton County Historical Museum; located at 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh. The cost of the tour is $5 per person, and is free for children and CCHA members. We encourage those interested in participating to pre-register with the Museum by calling 518-561-0340.


The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 518-561-0340. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students. Members enjoy free admission.


Input please!

A Message from Peru Community Development Coordinator Adele Douglas

The Town of Peru has been awarded funds from the Clinton County Health Dept. to build Fun/Exercise stations along the Little Ausable River Trail. The idea is to offer additional opportunities for exercise and improving balance in a way that’s fun for a wide range of users. For those who wish a more intense workout, signs at each station will list additional exercise options. There will be two stations in Heyworth/Mason Park and four within the easements along the trail. The Town’s Mike Hanlon plans to build the stations in the fall, using local white cedar.

Please read through the station descriptions and look at the draft designs. Click for draft designs FunExercise Stations.

If you have any comments or suggestions to make the stations better please contact Adele Douglas (643-7863 or or Tracy Posada ( or 335-5229).

Stump Jump, a series of stumps of various diameters and heights (from 6” to 20”) to invite kids of all ages to hop from one to the other. More advanced athletes to jump up from the ground with both feet.

Cargo Climb, a 6’wide, 20’ long wide cargo net hung over an 7’ high cross beam, one side with a slight angle the other straight down. For ages 5+.

Push ‘n Pull, a series of three bars, one low enough for push-ups, two for pull-ups: one for those in wheel chairs and children and one for adults. Sign also will show possible stretches.

Tire Trot, 10 large tires lying flat in rows of two so people can do a typical football run from tire to tire. Sign to describe other hopping options too.

Balance Logs, 3 – 12’ logs in a crooked line, top shaved for better grip, making about a 4” wide flat surface. The first log will be on grade, the second on the first one (so about 8” above grade) and the 3rd log will be back at grade. More intense exercises include two leg hopping from one side of the log to the other, hands on raised log or hands off.

Log Leap, a series of 4 raised horizontal logs about 3’ high to get over however possible, and for young kids, under (spaced too far to jump from log to log). Sign will list other exercises and stretching options.

Great Progress on Rulfs’ Farm Stand – August 17, 2016

Opening is only a few weeks away. The Peru Gazette will keep you advised! DSC08881 DSC08885 DSC08886

Good News for Dunkin Lovers



Groundbreaking this morning, August 17, 2016, at new Dunkin Donuts adjacent to Langley Insurance on the Bear Swamp Road.

Attention! Peru Sewer System Users


Undersized pumps in Maiden Lane Lift Station


Exposed Main Sewer Pipe adjacent to Little Ausable River

By John T. Ryan 

Peru – America’s aging infrastructure is constantly in the news and Peru’s infrastructure is no exception.  A Town Board commissioned study completed in March 2015 revealed that Peru’s sewage delivery system needs repairs and upgrades estimated to cost more than $4.5 million. Improvements of this nature are typically paid for by rate increases, borrowing, grants or a combination thereof. Depending on funding, the project would be completed in one or more phases. 

Fortunately, sewer district users can have a significant role in qualifying their sewer district for New York State grants. In a few days a Household Characteristics Survey will be mailed to Peru Sewer District users. People are requested to accurately complete the survey and return it to the town’s grant consultant by September 1, 2016.  If the survey reveals the district’s median household income falls below a certain level, the town will be eligible to receive state grants and no or low interest loans. If a sufficient number of surveys are not returned by the September 1, 2016 they will be hand-delivered to district users. Specific income information will be held in strict confidence. The consultant will compile a report and submit only aggregate figures to the town. Click here to view a Household Survey

Four sewage main pipes carry effluent from approximately 650 users to the Sunrise Drive Water Pollution Control Plant.  Upgrading a pipe installed in the 1930’s is the immediate need. This pipe transports effluent from users on and near the Elm Street, Pleasant, Jenkins, McIntosh, Holden, McDonald, Lafleur and Washington Streets. After passing under Route 22 it traverses a steep bank adjacent to Little Ausable River. Portions of this pipe have shifted above the surface. Engineers are very concerned that hillside erosion could result in a shifting, broken pipe and consequent severe river pollution. They have described the pipe as “hanging on a thread.”  The proposed plan includes installation of a pump/lift station to transport this effluent to an enlarged main pipe along North Bend Street. 

A lift/pump station at the intersection of Buttonbrook Parkway and Maiden Lane needs to be increased in capacity and moved across the street. Several manholes also need to be replaced or upgraded. 

A Creative Project to Assist Bicyclists


By John T. Ryan

In June Peru Troop 8049 Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Banker asked the Peru Town Board for permission to install two bike repair stations along the Little Ausable River Trail. At the Board’s Monday, August 15, 2016 meeting Banker returned to thank the counselors and to tell them that the stations have been installed. Each station includes eight tools tethered to a metal post by steel cables.

Asked how he got the idea for the project Banker said, “During the summer there are a lot of people riding bikes in Peru. I know it’s difficult when you’re riding and your chain falls off or have another problem.” Banker raised funds for his Eagle Scout project by conducting a car wash, collecting refundable bottles and donations.

Banker (18), the son of Dan and Selena Banker, is an incoming senior at Peru High School. Following graduation he hopes attend SUNY Oswego and to ultimately become a technology education teacher.

Banker told the counselors that he still has one more repair station and asked for ideas on the best place to install it. The counselors suggested that he speak with Peru Central School officials.



Soccer Coaches Needed

Please share!

The Peru Youth Commission needs two mite coaches for its Fall Soccer Program. The mite age group is (6,7 and 8 ). If you can help please contact John Flynn at

Mason St. and Twin Creek Drive Zoning Variances Sought

AGENDA Town of Peru Zoning Board of Appeals 

WEDNESDAY, August 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM at Peru Town Hall 

  4. APPROVAL of July 20, 2016 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  1. Area Variance: Paul Schlitt

Area Variance – Pool House

11 Mason St.

  1. Area Variance: Julio Lemos

Area Variance – Continued discussion for construction of a retaining wall

28 Twin Creek Drive


DEC Announces Approval of the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has approved the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment. The Amendment provides for rerouting some trails, developing 4.8 miles of new mountain biking trails, and constructing two additional parking lots.

Other provisions in the amended management plan include:

  • Reroute and improvement to the Cooper Kill Trail, a multi-use trail classified as a class I (secondary) snowmobile trail to better protect natural resources;
  • Reroute of the Marble Mountain hiking trail to better protect natural resources;
  • Construction of .7 miles of accessible trails providing access to scenic areas; and
  • Improvements to existing parking areas.

The Wilmington Wild Forest consists of 16,900 acres of state forest preserve lands in towns of Wilmington, Jay, Saint Armand and Keene in Essex County and the town of Black Brook in Clinton County.

There are currently more than 20 miles of mountain biking trails in the unit, making biking one of the more popular outdoor recreational activities in the unit.

The unit also offers numerous other recreational opportunities, including snowmobiling, fishing and hunting, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, rock & ice climbing, and trapping.

Board Revises Tonight’s Meeting Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the July 25, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  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: PFCU Building Purchase Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Dog Park Update.


  1. DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Sealing Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Christmas Tree Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Lapham Mills Fencing. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Dog Incident Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Zoning Board Member Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Income Survey Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: AES Term Contract Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.  


MOTION:    Adjourn

Town Board Watchers Please Note

The Peru Town Board Regular August 1st meeting date has been changed from August 8th to August 15th at 7 p.m.

Peru School Board Regular Meeting August 9, 2016

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:30 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 6:30 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

 A Public Hearing on Smart Schools Investments

Approval of a Smart School Investment Plan

Regents Testing

Setting of a tax levy and tax rate 

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

Trump cancels Plattsburgh visit | News |

Hay & Grain Harvest and Antique Tractor Weekend


Grab the family and come for a fun day at Babbie Museum.  Watching harvesting of buckwheat & oats with antique equipment; try your hand using the hayfork to lift hay to the loft; watch a real blacksmith at work; help grind corn & grain in the granary; decorate a horseshoe; come see a 1929 Model T.  Get your prize tractor out and show it off at the museum.  Then take it for a ride to the big village of Peru for our 1st Annual Antique Tractor Ride.  For the kids:  visit the animals; play in the corn box; take a hayride or ride on a real stagecoach or on Thomas the Train.  Buy hotdogs, chips and drinks or bring you own lunch and enjoy our picnic area.  Guaranteed to be FUN!!!

PSC Class of 65 Reunion

Trump targets Plattsburgh for ‘town hall’ session | News |

Campaign discussing contract for use of Crete Memorial Civic Center, where presidential candidate also appeared in April.

Source: Trump targets Plattsburgh for ‘town hall’ session | News |


Peru Gazette Note – That’s this coming Monday!

Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

WESTPORT — It’s late-July, and the Essex County Fair is primed for takeoff.

Source: Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

Twin brothers from Peru become Eagle Scouts

PERU — A pair of twin brothers have earned their wings.

Source: Twin brothers from Peru become Eagle Scouts

Dog Park and Pickleball on Board Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the July 11, 2016 Regular Board Meeting and the Minutes of the July 19, 2016 Special Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Dog Park Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Water Billing Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Highway Truck Disposal Approval. 
  1. DISCUSSION: CSEA Meeting Scheduled for August 17, 2016. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Jury Trial August 3, 2016.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.

MOTION:    Adjourn

Vacation Bible School to be held at Peru Community Church



A summer bible event called Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace will be hosted at Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru from Monday, August 1st to Friday, August 5th.

Step back in time, exploring the life of Joseph. Kids participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Egyptian eats, visit Joseph in prison and then in his palace home. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

Egypt Vacation Bible School will run from 9am to 12pm each day.

Pre-registration is ENCOURAGED but not required (Pre-K and Kindergarten fill up fast!)

For more information or to register your child(ren), call 518-643-8641.

Questions? Please call the church office at 518-643-8641. Our website is

Peru collars rogue golf cart driver – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — “Mad Maxine” has been apprehended.

Source: Peru collars rogue golf cart driver – Sun Community News & Printing

Pickleball courts ready in Minerva, teams being organized – Sun Community News & Printing

MINERVA — The lines are painted and Town Councilman Keith Iversen is ready to bring a new sport with a funny name to Minerva — pickleball.

Source: Pickleball courts ready in Minerva, teams being organized – Sun Community News & Printing

Town Board Agrees to Purchase Credit Union Building


By John T. Ryan

At a July 20, 2016 Special Meeting, the Peru Town Board took a major step in resolving the Peru Town Court location issue when it unanimously voted to purchase the property formerly occupied by the Peru Central School Federal Credit Union at 22 Davey Drive. The agreed purchase price is $115,000, plus the Town will pay $5,000 to $6,000 in 2016 taxes. The purchase agreement is contingent on the property being appraised at a value at or above $115,000. (The real estate agent listed the property at $155,000 and it is assessed at $188,900). Once the Town of Peru acquires the property it will be removed from the tax rolls.

The Town Board has been discussing Peru Town Court location issues since August of 2014. Changing court hours, moving the court to the Town Hall’s basement level and renting space at Glenwood Plaza have all been considered. Town Justice James Kirby brought the issue to a head in the May 25th meeting when he told the Board that grants are available to upgrade court security; however, the Town would not be able to apply for a grant until a location decision was made. At the same meeting Town Justice Larry Cabana told the Board, “Defense attorneys consider this the worst courtroom in the county.” Shortly after that meeting the Board toured the Peru Federal Union Building and concluded that it would be an excellent court location.

Peru Central School District Public Hearing

Peru District Allocated $2 million+ 

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-15 NYS budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on Nov. 4, 2014.  The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities for students throughout the state.

Peru Central School District was allocated $2,129,269.00 under the SSBA.  The State will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Peru Smart Schools Investment Plans submitted. The initial plan earmarks 59% of the allocation for infrastructure that will support technology-enhanced instruction and security upgrades in alignment with our Strategic Planning process and long range Facilities Plan. The district plans to implement this first plan during the summer of 2017.  Smart Schools bond funds remain available until a district has used its entire allocation. 

There is no local cost associated with the initial purchase.

On August 9, 2016, the Board of Education will hear an overview of the proposed plan and on August 9, 2016, the Board will be asked to approve the plan.

The Peru Board of Education will conduct a public hearing as a part of its August 9, 2016 Board meeting (anticipated to begin around 7:00 PM). The plan requires a vote by the board for approval.

Additional information is available at 

All are welcome to attend on August 9th.

National Guard Recruiters on Hand at Clinton County Fair

MORRISONVILLE, NY Visitors to the Clinton County Fair will be able to learn about opportunities in the New York Army National Guard by stopping by the recruiting station which will be set up at the fairgrounds during the run of the fair.

Recruiters from the New York Army National Guard will be on hand at the fair in building 16 until closing day on July 24.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers will be on hand to talk about their service and the opportunities the National Guard offers.

Members of the press are invited to visit the New York Army National Guard recruiting station for a different take on fair activities.

For more information contact Staff Sgt. Alex Williams at 518-598-7135

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Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

The state Department of Financial Services has approved an average 9.3 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates starting in October, highlighting an issue that the state’s business community has long hurt New York’s competitiveness but which employee advocates say is still plagued with problems for the injured. Among the reasons for the approval by DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo: testimony by insurance carriers that they might leave the state if they couldn’t raise prices to cover claims, and testimony by the state Business Council saying that the hikes, while unwelcome, were needed given the rising costs associated with worker’s injuries and the compensation system. The proposed 9.3 percent increase in loss-cost is obviously not the outcome that The Business Council had hoped for, but these numbers unfortunately reflect the true costs of New York’s deeply troubled workers’ compensation system; now significantly more expensive than before the 2007 reforms,” Business Council Government Affairs Director Lev Ginsburg said in a recent email about the increase. […] Robert Grey, a Long Island-based workers’ compensation lawyer who heads an organization that advocates for injured employees, said he believed insurance companies didn’t make a strong enough case to warrant the increase. […] he fears that reforms being pushed by business and insurance interest could simply be a way to cut workers compensation benefits to injured employees.

Source: Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

Major security operation underway at Clinton Dannemora prison | NCPR News

Several Building Permit Fees to Increase

By John T Ryan

Peru – Peru’s residential and commercial building permit applicants will be subject to a new fee schedule as of August 1, 2016. The Town Board unanimously approved the new schedule at its Monday, July 11, 2016 meeting. The Board asked Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup to recommend a fee schedule that better reflects the work the code enforcement office expends on a permit.

Permit fees for new residential and commercial buildings, additions and garages will be increasing, while permit fees classified as “miscellaneous” such as oil tanks, wood stoves, fences, signs, etc., will not increase.

CEO Guynup explained, “I tried to be fair. The fees are priced by square foot.” Some projects require as many as ten or more inspections/re-inspections over the construction phases, i.e. footings, framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, etc. Guynup canvased the fee structure in other towns prior to making his recommendations only to discover that schedules vary from town to town.

As an example of the changes, Peru’s current permit fee for a new 2,000 sq. feet residence with a basement and attached garage would be $235 (base fee of $185, plus $25 for the basement and $25 for a 576 sq. ft. attached garage). The new permit fee will be $615 based on $.25 per square foot for the residence and $.20 per square foot for the garage.

The current fee for a 2,000 square foot commercial building is $175 ($150 up to 1,500 sq. ft., plus $2 for every 50 sq. ft. over 1,500). The new fee will be $700 based on $.35 per square foot.

Peru’s Code Enforcement Office is busy at this time of year issuing 37 permits in June. 106 permits were issued from January 1 – June 30.

Click here for Fee Schedule – Effective 8/01/16

Fees in effect through 7/31/16

Seeking Stray Dog Owner

Lost Dog

A message from Angel Rose – July 18th

Hi, I found a lost pup this morning on Fox Farm rd. Is it possible to share her here so local residents can see and hopefully get her back home. She looks like she has just had puppies. My contact info…572-9955 or 643-2237

Lower Speed Limit Denied

The Jabez Allen Road speed limit will remain at 4o miles per hour.  Last November, at the behest of Jabez Allen Road residents, the Peru Town Board asked to NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider reducing the speed limit. At the Town Board’s July 11th meeting Town Supervisor said the DOT has determined that a reduced speed limit is not warranted. The DOT did order that the appropriate number of 40 MPH signs be installed on the road. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell will request the additional signs from the Clinton County Highway Department.

Pickleball May be Coming to Peru


Filling the sinkholes has already begun

By John T. Ryan

Peru’s pickleball enthusiasts may have a place to play in the very near future. No vote was taken, but the Town Board moved in the direction of opening the Jenkins Street tennis courts for pickleball play at its July 11, 2016 meeting. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko stated, “I’ve of the opinion right now, let’s fill up the holes, patch the cracks and pull the weeds and see how many people really use it. Let’s get some realistic idea of how many people will use it.” Counselor Donald McBrayer, who has consistently advocated for pickleball on Jenkins Street, quickly expressed his agreement. Over the next two weeks the cost of pickleball nets, patching the cracks and cutting the vegetation will be determined. At the end of the discussion Supervisor Glushko said he still favors investing in a dual use ice skating – tennis surface at Sullivan Park, but he wants to be fair about the issue.

Peru Town Counselors have been discussing pickleball options for several months. A dual use Sullivan Park location mentioned by Glushko was one option. Repairing the Jenkins Street court surface was discussed; however, resurfacing costs mentioned at previous Board meetings have ranged from $50,000 to the six figures. The actual resurfacing cost has not been determined.

At its June 27th meeting, the Board asked the town’s contract engineer Peter Gibbs to examine the Jenkins Street courts. At the July 11th meeting Gibbs commented that Glushko’s proposal sounded reasonable and reported that the court subsurface is made up of sand-rock fill and burnt woody debris. A deteriorating south retaining wall would not impact any future use.

Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

AU SABLE FORKS — Local producers have their fingers crossed for a bumper crop of blueberries this summer.

Source: Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

Special Town Meeting Tuesday

The Town of Peru, Town Board is holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at the Peru Town Hall.  The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to discuss and act upon property search.

Peru Gazette Note:  The Town Board has been searching for a new location for Town Court.

A Voter Registration Drive is Coming to Peru


Dates and times changed 7/14/16. 

By John T. Ryan

Have you or someone you know not registered to vote in the important Presidential election scheduled for November 8, 2016? October 14th at 5 p.m. is the last day to register at the Clinton County Board of Elections at the Government Center in Plattsburgh; however, thanks to Federal Election law and the Clinton County Board of Elections, Peru and five other local communities will be offering two opportunities to register without having to travel to Plattsburgh.

The Peru Voter Registration Drive dates are Saturday, October 15th from 2  to 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the basement level of the Peru Town Hall. An eligible person can also print out and mail in a New York State Voter Registration Form located at the Clinton County Board of Elections website

If an individual would like to change their party of registration for the 2017 elections or primaries they must do so no later than October 14, 2016.


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Plattsburgh’s Norsk Titanium facility to be world’s first aerospace additive manufacturing plant | Local News – WPTZ Home

Norsk Titanium announced new details Monday about its planned facility in Plattsburgh.

Source: Plattsburgh’s Norsk Titanium facility to be world’s first aerospace additive manufacturing plant | Local News – WPTZ Home

Norsk Titanium: We are coming to Plattsburgh

New plant will launch “manufacturing revolution” with 3-D production of aerospace parts, official says from London air show.

Source: Norsk Titanium: We are coming to Plattsburgh

North Country Honor Flight Unveils Bus

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Thanks to the generosity of the Ausable Valley Central School District the North Country Honor Flight has a vehicle dedicated to transporting veterans to Honor Flights. The bus was unveiled today at the Precision Auto Center in Plattsburgh where Precision experts converted a yellow school bus into a vehicle that will become and important part of local history. Numerous other local businesses and individuals supported the effort.

The event was celebrated with a parade through downtown Plattsburgh accompanied by police, motorcycles and classic cars.

Meet Your Farmer

DSC02542Cornell Cooperative Extension and Adirondack Harvest are sponsoring Meet Your Farmer on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-2:00. Several local farms in Clinton County will be opening their doors and encouraging the public to come see their operations. The farms will be holding tours and/or farm activities at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm and will answer questions from the public. For details about each farm and a map visit or call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 561-7450. Free and open to the public.

Participating farms are Conroy’s Organics in West Chazy, Country Dreams Farm in Beekmantown, Parker Family Maple & Gifts in West Chazy, Rehoboth Homestead in Peru, Shady Grove Farm in Schuyler Falls, Souza’s Farm Stand in Champlain, and Underwood Herbs in Plattsburgh.

Fun Run Results

Peru Fun Run Results The Town of Peru Recreation Department had the third of five fun runs on Tuesday, July 5th. Seventeen runners braved the heat at the Peru Central High School track. Tori LaValley won the ¼ mile with a time of 1:42, while Margaret Rock finished first in the ½ mile with a time of 3:42. The 1 mile race was won by David Rock with a time of 7:33. Results ¼ mile: 1. Tori LaValley 1:42, 2. Paige Greenhaw 1:51, 3. Taylor Greenhaw 1:53, 4. Ricardo Dansbury 1:59, 5. Mark Perez 2:05, 6. Elianna Nephew 2:13, 7. John Rock 2:21, 8. Allison Rock 2:50, 9. Korynn Passino 3:03, 10. Jennifer LeMay 3:14 Results ½ mile: 1. Margaret Rock 3:42, 2. Maddison Mero 4:09, 3. Ricardo Dansbury 5:28 Results 1mile: 1. David Rock 7:33, 2. Helena Matthews 7:56, 3. Harrison Matthews 7:58, 4. DeJaun Dansbury 8:04, 5. Robert Rock 9:45

Agenda Town Bard Regular Meeting – July 11, 2016 at 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 June 27, 2016 and the Minutes for the Town Board Special Meeting of June 30, 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: Town Dog Park. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Tennis Court. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: New England Waste Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Building Permit Fee Increase. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Election Registration Drive Day Changes. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Water Meter Issue on Reservoir Road. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Codes/Zoning Secretary Hire. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Golf Cart on Walking Trail. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Walking Trail Maintenance. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Roof and Ceiling. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session. 
  1. Other Business. 
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

School Board July 12 Agenda

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  At approximately 6:15 PM, it will continue on with its regular monthly meeting.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:15 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  

Anticipated Topics Include: 

Public Hearing on the Smart Schools Investment Plan

Approvals of CEWW BOCES/CVES services

School Meal Prices

Section VII Sports Merger

Athletic Handbook Review 

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at

All are welcome.

This Week’s Sunday Mass is at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine


The parishioners of St. Augustine and St. Patrick will gather at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine this Sunday, July 10, 2016  to celebrate Mass at 10:30 AM followed by the annual parish picnic. Please bring a chair and a dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgers plus beverages will be provided.  In case of rain, there is a large tent, so everyone will be covered. The picnic will also have music provided by DJ Don Yo and a train ride along with Ellie the Cow for the kids!

There will not be a 9:30 AM Mass at St. Augustine’s Church.

Towns discussing Morrisonville Bridge dedication to North Country icon – Sun Community News & Printing

SCHUYLER FALLS — The towns of Plattsburgh and Schuyler Falls are currently discussing the possibility of dedicating the Morrisonville Bridge to Gordie Little, the famed local broadcaster who passed away unexpectedly last month.

Source: Towns discussing Morrisonville Bridge dedication to North Country icon – Sun Community News & Printing

Art and the National Parks


Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce that former director/curator Amanda Palmer will be returning on Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m. to the museum to share with us her campaign to encourage artists and people of all ages to find their park through art! She will give a presentation during which she will discuss her several artist residencies in the National Parks, reveal some of her many inspirations, and explore a few of her creative methods. Amanda’s artwork will be on exhibit for the following week and will be available for sale.

Amanda has completed artist’s residencies at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana. She also has been awarded residencies at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. She has been invited to give her Find Your Park Through Art talk this fall at Zion National Park, where she will also teach a relief printing workshop.

In celebration of its 100th birthday, the National Park Service launched the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. Find Your Park also encourages people to explore state parks, local parks, trails, museums, historic sites, and the many ways that they can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries.

United Way Helps Grant a Child’s Birthday Wish


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“The mission of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is To be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another” stated Kathy Snow, Director of Development, and that’s why we help bring people together to do amazing things in the community.” Colleen Blair sent a message to Kathy asking if United Way could help her fulfill her daughter Tess’s 10th Birthday Wish.

Tess along with her 4th grade teacher, Ashley Kollar, organized a band at her school. All Tess wanted for her Birthday was to do a fundraiser for disabled children by performing with her band. Kathy Snow sent out an email to all the 44 partner agencies to see who could help fulfill this wish. Many stepped up and wanted to help, including Kevin Killeen, Executive Director, of Plattsburgh YMCA. Tess chose to be the opening act at the “Rocking the Y” event on June 12, 2016. Her band “Pop Rockers” that consisted of the following members: Tess Blair, Ava Glorer, Emma Langlois, Gabriella Conti, Arden Pearl and James Burnham performed at the “Rocking the Y” event. They raised $500.30.

Colleen then reached out to Kathy again to see what agencies served children with disabilities could benefit from the funds raised.  Kathy gave her a few options of agencies that served local children. Tess chose to give the funds to North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. to help children that are visually impaired get the needed equipment to help make life easier for them. “United Way brought Tess and her band along with the YMCA and North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. together for an act of kindness in our community” stated Kathy Snow, a true representation of community spirit.” Tess and a few members of the band presented Amy L. Kretser, NCAVI Executive Director, with the check on June 30, 2016.

$10 million coming to city downtown | News |

Governor in Plattsburgh to announce winning application.

Source: $10 million coming to city downtown | News |

‘Woods and Wild Things’ unveiled – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Mayor James Calnon directed the crowd to count down from three to unveil the “Woods and Wild Things” mural on Corner-Stone Bookshop.

Source: Woods and Wild Things’ unveiled – Sun Community News & Printing

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