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Playing a Vital Role in the Apple Industry

By John T. Ryan

The Forrence Orchards packing and distribution staff is #26 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. These are the people who inspect, pack, sell and ship approximately 500,000 bushels of Forrence’s beautiful apples each year. At 40 pounds a bushel, that’s 20 million pounds or about 1,000 tractor-trailer loads of apples leaving our community thanks to the hard work and dedication of these people.

Bottom Row (kneeling) Left to Right – John Jump, Nickey Allan, George Bass, Diana Plummer, Jamie Bombard, Julhash Uddin, Robert Tibbets. Second Row(standing) – Peter Forrence, Petra Shirley, Carolee Furnia, Kathrine Grimet, Patti Chase, Paula Merchant, Michele Belanger, Jennifer Chase, Amber Doty, Laurin Horner, Gayle Wager. Third Row (standing) – Letman Powell, Mary LaBombard, Rachel Owen, Molly Ano, Henry Forrence, Robert Owen, Amy Macey, Brenda Wright. Last Row, (tall man in the back) – Weston Forrest

How to Become an Angel

TD Bank Staff L-R Tammy Rawleigh, Youtha Forrest-Williams, Keri Bashaw, Heather Giuliano & Jesse Decosse.

Stop by the TD Bank and find out how you can be an angel for a Peru High School student or family this Christmas. The TD Bank is assisting the National Honor Society and Student Council to make this a joyous Christmas for 20 kids and 8 families. The tags identify a needed gift. Monetary contributions are also being accepted. All gifts must be made by December 18th. The bank has great hours of operation:
Mon: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Tue: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Wed: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Thu: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Sun: Closed

If you have additional questions you can email Jeanne Caron at or Beth Lozier at

Mexican consulate visits St. Lawrence County, talks dairy farm workers | NCPR News

Town Board Meeting Meeting on Monday


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call.

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of November 27, 2017

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Retention Pond Update.

DISCUSSION; Peru Fellowship Center Plowing

DISCUSSION: Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption.

DISCUSSION: Town Water/Wastewater Projects Update.

DISCUSSION: Sullivan Park Grant Update.


DISCUSSION: Veterans Banners

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Peru School Board Regular Monthly Meeting December 12, 2017

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  It is anticipated that an executive session will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start, and that the school board will reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

  • Budget Challenges & Timetable
  • Policy Review
  • Appointment of Personnel

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

All are welcome.

DEC Announces Plans For ‘Gateway To The Adirondacks’ Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian And Day Use Area

Public Information Meetings Planned for Dec. 11; Adirondack Park Agency Deems Permit Application Complete

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of plans for the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian, and Day Use Area, a new, accessible, public campground proposed at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, Essex County.

The plans for the campground are envisioned in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the Adirondacks” that will link local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolster tourism, and strengthen the North Country’s regional economy. Earlier this year, Empire State Development (ESD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop and operate a world-class tourism destination near the site, linking the concepts and principles proposed in the Master Plan and complementing DEC’s recreational facilities. Responses to the RFP are currently under review, and additional projects anticipated by the Master Plan are expected to be announced early next year. Read more »

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Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity – Sun Community News & Printing

After reshaping the US (and Upstate NY) General Electric is in crisis | NCPR News

Down-Home Food and Service at its Best

Here’s the very friendly Green Acres staff L-R Paul Drake, Danyel Lawrence, Donna Rowley & Cathy Gray

The Green Acres Restaurant staff is #25 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Green Acres is famous for its down-home cooking, daily specials, hearty breakfasts and lunches. It’s hard to believe that in April 2018 Donna Rowley will celebrate her 5th anniversary as the restaurant’s owner. Green Acres is located at 3065 Main St.. Call 518-643-2345.

Plattsburgh detective credited with breaking case of missing Florida teen found with soccer coach

New “Mobile Crisis Team” helps people through mental health emergencies | NCPR News

The Christmas Season Begins

Photos – Jessica Lagree and baby Avery, Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and his wife Karen. Pete will complete his term of office on December 31st.  Lighting the tree was one of his last official duties.

Thank you to Joanne Kennedy for the photos of tonight’s activities at the Little Ausable River Park Gazebo.  Joanne said the Fellowship Center was filled with kids and parents. The Peru Gazette wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas Season.

Mayor: Amateur bladesmith started massive Cohoes blaze – Times Union

AED (automated external defibrillator) Training


Very special AED (automated external defibrillator) TRAINING has been co-ordinated for our Plattsburgh Group by Town of Plattsburgh Recreation & Youth Director Melanie Defayette. Please let’s pass this good word to those not on Facebook and in memory of Scott Hecoux let’s make every effort to attend.

Mary Breyette from Cornell Cooperative Extension will train:

M O N D A Y J A N U A R Y 8, 2 0 1 8

10 am – at the Plattsburgh City Gym and/or
4 pm – at the Senior Center

Both sessions will be for approx 30 minutes.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arthythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulse-less ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

Defibrillators are currently available at both the Senior Center and City Gyms.

Plattsburgh hospital remains in lockdown; employees are still to come in for shifts | News |

Your Donation Will be Doubled

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Residents, businesses and organizations have been given the opportunity to participate in upgrading the Sullivan Park ice rink into a dual use ice rink – basketball court venue. The Peru Town Board accepted a challenge from the New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program to raise matching funds for the upgrade.

The Healthy Neighbor’s program will match total donations up to $10,000 and individual donations of up to $1,000 when received through the ioby crowd funding platform. When people donate on the ioby website, they immediately see their donation doubled. The board hopes the entire community will get involved in the project. Click here to go the ioby website. 

Town Supervisor Peter Glushko is enthusiastic about the planned upgrade. He explained, “At Sullivan Park we have a water hydrant, very good lighting and plenty of parking. We want people to use Sullivan Park. Many people are getting familiar with it as the beginning of our walking trail. It will be a great place for our kids to have fun and keep busy.”

The project includes: excavation, laying down base materials, applying a tarmac surface, installing a new ice rink liner, benches, two basketball hoops and painting the the tarmac for basketball. Picnic tables and a new Sullivan Park sign will also be included if possible. The highway department has already laid down a level base and the ice rink liner will be installed for use this winter. Volunteers are being sought to design a changing/warming hut. The project should be completed in spring/summer 2018.

Many people recall when Peru’s youth skated on the Little Ausable River Park pond; however, three years ago the pond’s thin ice and sleds sliding down the adjacent hill into the midst of hockey games created a dangerous condition. The town board decided it was time to move the ice rink.

Heyworth/Mason Park was considered as a possible location; however, the board determined that plowing would severely damage the fine dust road leading into the park. There is no convenient water source and the rink would have also meant tearing up a portion of the grassy area in the midst of the park. Town Supervisor Peer Glushko pointed out that the park has been designated as a flood plain making approval of any new construction difficult, it not impossible.

Amish death reminder of buggy hazards on North Country roads | NCPR News

Man Who Shot and Killed Sherman Woman During Hunting Incident Indicted

News from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that the man who shot and killed a woman walking her dogs in a field behind her Sherman home last week has been indicted.

Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, of Sherman, surrendered himself to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Nov. 22 incident in which he allegedly opened fire on what he thought was a deer but turned out to be his neighbor. Jadlowski was arraigned today in Chautauqua County Court on a two-count indictment alleging manslaughter in the 2nd degree and hunting after legal hours.

“Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he fired a shot in the dark, causing this terrible tragedy,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I commend the work of our Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for their professionalism and careful handling of this case. I hope this sends a loud and clear message that illegal hunting after sunset is dangerous and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

On the day before Thanksgiving, DEC ECOs and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s responded to a call of a hunting-related shooting incident just after 5:20 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.

Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, was struck in the hip by a bullet fired by Jadlowski. After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Billquist, Jadlowski called 911. Members of the Sherman Stanley Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department responded within minutes of the shooting to find Ms. Billquist unresponsive about 150 yards behind her home. She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot medical center in Erie, Pennsylvania, but later succumbed to her injuries.

“Like the rest of Chautauqua County, Sherman has many responsible hunters, and having grown up in Sherman myself, I know many families where hunting is a family affair,” DA Swanson said. “Responsible hunting is paramount to the safety of anyone enjoying the outdoors. This incident is a tragic reminder of the importance that hunting laws be followed. This incident was completely avoidable. My sincerest condolences go out to the Billquist and Jafarjian families.”

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rosemary Billquist. This tragic event should never have happened. I am pleased that through the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office, the DEC, and the District Attorney’s Office, we have charged the defendant whose reckless actions resulted in the death of an innocent woman.”

Jadlowski, of Sherman, entered a plea of not guilty in Chautauqua Court in front of Judge David W. Foley. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. Jadlowski is due back in court on Jan. 29, 2018 for motions. The charges carry a potential state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.

Assemblyman Jones’ Bill Codifying the Rural Health Council is Signed into Law

A message of the office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he authored to statutorily establish the state Department of Health rural health council was signed into law (Ch. 419 of 2017). The council advises the state health commissioner on the unique challenges facing rural health care in New York.

“The North Country is New York’s most expansive region with some of the state’s most rural communities, which unfortunately means that there are families here that don’t have transportation to access quality health care,” Jones said. “That’s not right, and this law will help change that by ensuring the council’s work is thorough and truly takes into account our needs.”

The rural health council was established in 1988; the new law strengthens and refocuses the council, requiring that it submits a yearly report to the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) on the status of the health care workforce in rural areas. Additionally, the law requires that the council’s members come from rural areas It will also require meetings to be available to the public via webcast so New Yorkers can stay informed and to encourage transparency and accountability.

“As the largest rural hospital in the region, we strongly support the new rural health council and applaud Assemblyman Jones for his efforts,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of UVM Health Network-CVPH “A council such as this can further support collaboration similar to what we’ve experienced with our family medicine residency which seeks to address limited access to primary care in the North Country.”

“The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) commends Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) for sponsoring the rural health council legislation,” said Jill Furillo, RN, Executive Director of NYSNA. “It gives a boost to the families in upstate New York by creating policies and protocol that will give them access to quality healthcare – something all New Yorkers deserve.”

“As a home health aide for over 30 years, I have seen first-hand the challenges that come with providing care to a rurally populated area such as upstate New York,” said Karla Clark, North Country Home Services. “I commend Assemblyman Jones for recognizing the need to establish a rural health council that will greatly improve health care throughout the North Country.”

Peru Fire Department Facebook Message

Tomorrow night (Friday) we will be bring Santa to the Gazebo after the Christmas tree lighting around 6:45-7:00. We will then kick of our Christmas parade! We will be traveling around the Village of Peru for a little bit after dropping off Santa. We will start our routes next week traveling around on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Planning Board to Consider Four Applications

AGENDA – Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU

APPROVAL of October 11, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-026 Joan Agoney
111 Reservoir Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-027 Paul Irwin
150 Donahue Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

3. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-028 Keith Herkalo
Site Plan Review – Convert a Two Family Dwelling to a Multi-Family Dwelling
38 Pleasant St
Peru, NY 12972

4. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-029 Todd Clowney
Free Standing Sign
618 Lapham Mills Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

8. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Discussion on Maplefields Project

Massena to lose grocery, department stores in 2018 | NCPR News

Today’s Press Republican Editorial Has an Important Message


Local nursing homes need Santa help

Staff at area nursing homes will do their best to make the holidays special for residents who live there. But without public help, it will hard to make sure everyone has something to open on Christmas.

Some nursing-home residents have family members who will visit, brightening a day that is supposed to be all about merriment. A lucky few will even be taken out to enjoy the day with family.

But the sad truth is that many residents don’t have relatives around here — or at least any who care enough to visit on Christmas.

Employees at nursing homes in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties demonstrate their kindness and compassion throughout the year in many ways, and they work extra hard during the holidays to make sure residents feel the festive spirit.

Local schools, church groups and organizations pitch in, sometimes with gifts, sometimes by performing holiday music. And gifts from the public are an essential element of the holiday celebrations.

Teresa Lemieux of Evergreen Valley Nursing Home in Plattsburgh tells us preparations have already started for those events.

“With the holidays quickly approaching, in nursing homes we have to start thinking about Christmas now,” she explained. “It takes a lot of work to be able to provide a special Christmas for all of our residents.

“One of the things that we truly rely on to make all of our residents’ wishes to come true are community donations. So as the Christmas season is approaching, I ask everyone to take a moment and consider the residents who have to live in nursing homes.”

Her suggestions, which are the same kinds of items all nursing homes are looking for, include: body wash, lotion, shampoo, perfume, body spray, cologne, pajamas, hats, scarves, calendars, puzzles, games, decks of cards, socks, slippers, candy, blankets, deodorant, watches, radios, MP3 players, headphones, DVDs and CDs.

“As you can see, most of what they are looking for are small items, but these small items mean so much to someone who can’t get out and purchase them on their own,” Lemieux said. “Thank you in advance for your kind donations.”

She said donations of wrapping paper and gift bags are also welcome and noted how much visitors mean to the residents.

“Consider giving your time,” she wrote. “Residents love visitors, carolers and visits from children.”

Each year, when we encourage giving to nursing homes, we are reminded of Dr. Angelo LaMariana, a SUNY Plattsburgh professor who died in 2009, just before his 95th birthday.

He lived independently until the end, but he knew many older people weren’t as fortunate. He would show up at the Press-Republican every year around the holidays to make sure we planned to write an editorial urging people to donate Christmas gifts to area nursing homes.

So we ask you, for the residents and in memory of Dr. LaMariana, to deliver some happiness to a local nursing home.

An Inspiring Message from Sister Debbie of the North Country Mission of Hope

Good morning everyone,

I would like to begin by welcoming a significant number of new readers to these mission news/notes.

Just to bring all our readers up to speed, these news and notes are designed to share key weekly news regarding the Mission, giving key dates and events and usually ending with a “Thought for the week”.  In those brief reflections, I try to share HOPE by taking ordinary or “not so ordinary” events and experiences and share my perspective on what that means in my faith life and in the life of the Mission and perhaps some of us as well.  Regular feedback on the “thoughts” seem to indicate that folks do read and appreciate my feeble efforts to share ordinary faith experiences.

Read more »

Zoning Board Leaders to be Elected


APPROVAL of September 20, 2017 minutes
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Election of Board Members

Vice Chairperson
Reappointment of Timothy St. Pierre for another 7 year term.


Pursuing a Dream

Aaron Ishmael following his visit with the Peru Gazette

By John T. Ryan

Peru – It’s a safe bet that very few people know that Peru, NY has three new radio stations operating within its boundaries. 103.7 FM and 1070 AM (WPLB) are operating out of the old WEAV building on the Lake Shore Road and 97.9 FM “The Moose Real Country” is transmitted from the Terry Mountain tower once utilized by WPTZ television. Aaron and Jessica Ishmael are co-owners of all three stations. When the Peru Gazette spoke to Aaron today, he and his wife Jessica were loading a truck at their Bristol, Connecticut home. In a few days the Ishmaels and their 3-year old son Henry will be North Country residents.

Aaron Ishmael is pursuing his lifelong dream of being a radio station owner. His father, a program director at a northeastern Colorado radio station, exposed him to all phases of broadcasting ranging from being a D.J. to news and engineering. He finally concluded that the best career opportunities would be in broadcast engineering. Starting out in Denver, Aaron’s career has taken him to the States of Washington, Georgia, Wyoming, New York and Connecticut. His last two jobs were with ESPN, first as chief engineer at WEPN in New York City and then as chief engineer for the ESPN Radio Network headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut.

The Ishmaels are coming to a very competitive radio market. Thirty-five stations serve northeastern New York. Aaron Ishmael believes that his stations can find a niche. He explained, “I believe in radio as a medium. I’ve seen too many cases of it not working for the people. I want to see it work for the people. We will emphasize the Champlain Valley with a focus on Plattsburgh and Burlington.” Ishmael has signed a lease for studio space at 29 Clinton St. in Plattsburgh. He said, “ Even though today’s stations are very automated, I want people to walk by and see the station in operation.”

The stations can be streamed online at and The Moose 97.9 has a 80s and 90’s “real country’ format while WPLB 1070 AM/103.7 FM features late 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, early country and early R&B. 1070 AM and 103.7 FM also broadcast SUNY Plattsburgh women’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball. Local marketing consultant Herman Downer has also been doing live remote broadcasts from local businesses and events.

The Ishmaels are seeking more local sales representatives. Aaron can be reached at 518-490-9790. Anyone who would like to learn about advertising on the stations should contact Herman Downer at 518-257-0716.


Editorial: Invaluable service for local seniors | Opinion |

This editorial is very informative for anyone with Medicare questions. 

Source: Editorial: Invaluable service for local seniors | Opinion |

Federal tax-code changes could force New York to adopt lean spending plan | Local News |

Local family shattered by immigration crackdown – Sun Community News & Printing

Police seek help in solving Peru cold case murder – Sun Community News & Printing

Canadian company expanding in Plattsburgh | Local News |

Town to Change Software Providers

Click here to view a video of this meeting.  The video has two brief gaps because of technical issues and the video inexperience of your editor. 

2018 Organizational Meeting Scheduled

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled their Organizational Meeting for 2018 for Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM.  The Meeting will take place at the Peru Town Hall.

Kathleen Flynn

Town Clerk

Town of Peru

Town Christmas Tree Lighting December 1st

Outgoing Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and his wife Karen will have the honor of lighting the Town Christmas Tree at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Little Ausable River Park Gazebo. The Peru Fire Department will transport Santa Claus to the Community Church Fellowship Center following the tree lighting.  Everyone is invited to participate in this joyful community celebration.

52nd Anniversary Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir Concert

Exciting traditional opening hymn when the choir surrounds the audience.

The Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir will be performing two concerts to celebrate its 52nd Anniversary. The first concert will be Saturday, December 16, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville at 7:30pm. The second concert will be Sunday, December 17, 2017, at St. Augustine’s Church in Peru at 7:30pm. The choir is directed by Jeanette Woodruff and accompanied by Steve Collier. The choir will be performing many selections by John Rutter. Admission is free.

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, Jonas’ community prides itself on sameness. Yet when he is chosen to become the next Receiver of Memories, his world will be upended forever. What he learns will leave him questioning everything he has ever known.

Presented in the Peru Jr/Sr High Auditorium on December 1st and 2nd at 7:30 PM. The show runs approximately 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. Admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information and ticket reservations, please e-mail or call (518) 551-0811. Tickets are also available at Kinney’s Pharmacy in Peru.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Arrives in Plattsburgh at 7:15 tonight.

Plattsburgh ​​Amtrak Station 2017-11-27 @ 7:15 PM 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Performers – Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott

Striving For the Personal Touch

Dr. Anne-Marie B. Spear, Mary Turgeon – Dental Assistant, Jaime Frenyea – Front Desk, Deb Rix – Dental Assistant, Kim Poirier – Hygienist

By John T. Ryan

The staff at Boule’/Spear Family Dentistry is #24 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Asked to describe her dentistry practice Dr. Spear thought for a moment and responded, “I’d describe it as caring, good quality, with a relaxed family atmosphere. We try not to lose the personal touch.”

Dr. Spear and her staff can be found in the Peru office at 2993 Main Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Mondays and Wednesdays they work at the Boule’/Spear Family Dentistry office at 263 Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh. Call 518-643-8015 or 518-563-3090 for information.

Town Board Agenda


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the November 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting and the November 15, 2017 Special meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Schedule 2018 Organizational Meeting.


DISCUSSION: County Computer Sale.


DISCUSSION: Water/Wastewater Grant Update.


DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Cold War Veteran Tax Exemption.

DISCUSSION: Town Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

MOTION: Adjourn

Devoted to Health and Personal Care

L-R Yolanda Agnew, Betty Furnia, Brooke Vaughn, Christina Vassar, Breanna Vance, Lindsey Ashline (Administrator),  Anita Sachs, Deb Hancock, Tina Parker, Jenny Blake, Pam Courtney, Colt Hicks & Tim Trayah.

The Valehaven Home For Adults’ staff is #23 in the Peru Gazette series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live.  They provide 24-hour, 7-day a week care for up to 40 residents.  At a time of year when we give give thanks, the Valehaven residents the Peru Gazette spoke to were very thankful for the care they receive from the Valehaven staff. Providing personal and health care to others is a very high calling!

Shop for Christmas Gifts and Enjoy a Hot Lunch

Peru—Fall Into Winter Craft Fair will be held at St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St., on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Hot lunch, baked goods and basket raffles will also be available.

A Time to Give Thanks

Peru – The Peru Community Church invites everyone to a Community Thanksgiving Service to be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Purple Heart Awarded After 66 Years

Private First Class Ernest LaPine

L-R Madeline LaPine, Janet LaPine Downs, Ernest LaPine

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Veterans Day has a special meaning for Janet Downs. Her father Private First Class Ernest LaPine was in a hospital in France recovering from combat wounds on the first Veterans Day, November 11, 1918. On Veterans Day 1984, 66 years after being severely wounded, Private Lapine was awarded a Purple Heart.

Janet Downs related her father’s story at this year’s Peru VFW Post 309 Veterans Day Service. A Westport, NY native and longtime Keene Valley resident, Ernest LaPine enlisted in the U.S. Infantry on April 25, 1918 at age 22. On May 19, 1918, less than 30 days after entering service, he departed for England. On June 2nd, he was assigned to duty in France transporting goods by horse and wagon from the coast to the French interior. Just over 90 days later, on September 17th he was severely wounded and hospitalized with shrapnel in his left shoulder. His family wasn’t aware of his injuries until October 8th when they received a telegram from Washington, D.C. On March 10, 1919 Private LaPine was discharged from military duty. He brought home a reminder of his service to our country – the piece of the shrapnel that had been lodged in his shoulder. He carried that shrapnel in a change purse in his pocket for the rest of his life.

World War I veterans didn’t talk much about their war experience. Even though Lapine had suffered severe wounds, he didn’t complain about not having received a Purple Heart. However, as Janet Downs related, her parents were loyal fans for the television series Mash where Purple Hearts were awarded almost weekly. Janet’s mother Madeline started saying, “If they can get one, Ernest certainly deserves one.” She soon discovered that getting one would take persistence.

On April 18, 1983 an application for the award was submitted at the Veterans Administration office in Elizabethtown. The discharge records documenting Ernest LaPine’s wounds and the telegram informing his family of his wounds accompanied the application. Ernest even submitted a photo of the shrapnel.

Janet Downs said, “That’s when the fiasco began.” One government office quickly responded, “We’re all out of Purple Hearts.” Then a government official stated that Private LaPine’s records may have been housed in a St Louis, Missouri warehouse that had been destroyed by fire. Finally, after a year had passed, someone in Washington advised the family to contact their Congressman.

In July, 1984 the documents Ernest LaPine had preserved were sent to Congressman David O’B. Martin’s office in Washington D.C. The Congressman soon assured the family that the award would be received within the next six weeks. Finally, on Veterans Day 1984, Jim Lloyd of the Elizabethtown Veterans Administration office presented the Purple Heart to Private First Class Ernest LaPine at CVPH Medical Center where he was a patient. He passed away a little over 30 days later on Christmas Day 1984 at age 88, the proud recipient of the Purple Heart. The family also learned that the telegram informing them of his wounds was the document that made the award possible.

Western Union Telegram to the family


Ski Club Registration December 10th

The Peru Ski Club will be holding a registration on December 10th from 6pm to 7pm at the Peru Town Hall, downstairs.

– Participants must bring a birth certificate.
– The child participating must be present
– Payment in full is required at registration.
– This program is Non-refundable once payment is made.

More info and registration forms can be found at the town website:

It’s Time to Register for the Turkey Trot

The Peru Lions Club will host it’s 40th Annual John P. Adams Memorial Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 23, 2017.  5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk start time is 8:45 AM at the Peru Elementary School.

Online registration and full event details available at

Bib/Chip packet pick-up at Peru Elementary School cafeteria 4-7PM on Wednesday, 11/22 and 7:30am to 8:15am on Thursday, 11/23

All proceeds from this event, used only in this local area to support Peru Lions Club sight preservation projects, provide aide to the blind and visually impaired, and to assist other local service organizations in meeting needs of residents in this area “We Serve”.

DEC Announces Summer Camp Registrations Open – – The Adirondack Almanack

2018 Town Budget Passes

By John T. Ryan

November 15, 2017 – The Peru Town Board unanimously approved the town’s 2018 budget at tonight’s Special meeting. The budget did not include the resolution proposed by Supervisor-elect Brandy McDonald at the board’s November 13th meeting. That resolution would have lowered the supervisor’s salary by $3,690 and raised the deputy supervisor’s salary by an equal amount. McDonald stated that office coverage would be provided by Deputy Supervisor Jim Douglass while he was working at his full-time job and that he would be in the town hall as soon as possible at the end of his workday. He works until 3:30 p.m. He also said he would be available as needed at night and on weekends.

Questioned after tonight’s brief meeting as to why he withdrew his resolution McDonald responded, “I don’t need the controversy. When asked what what his office hours would be, he responded, “I’ve already answered that question. I’ll be available on my cell phone.” Click here to view a video of the meeting. 

Illegal Possession of Landlocked Atlantic Salmon – Essex County

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

On Oct. 27, ECOs Jeremy Fadden and Jeff Hovey were on patrol near the Port Douglas boat launch on Lake Champlain in Chesterfield when they saw a fishing boat returning with three fishermen aboard. The fishermen held valid Vermont fishing licenses, but their catch of landlocked salmon drew the officers’ attention. The subjects were in possession of eight landlocked salmon fillets with no fish carcasses aboard the vessel. The officers explained to the fishermen that landlocked salmon cannot be filleted and possessed on the waters of the State, as there is no way to ensure the actual legal length of the fish once filleted. The fish fillets were seized as evidence and two of the fishermen were issued appearance tickets for possession of salmon dismembered beyond the gills and viscera being removed.

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Peru native Cindy Snow battling MS. I have loved her restaurant’s food.

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Plattsburgh Housing Authority hopes to rehab, reuse dilapidated properties | NCPR News

Tri-County ARTSMAP Preview Party at Strand Center for the Arts November 18th, 2017

The Strand Center for the Arts is holding a Preview Party for the Tri-County ARTSMAP – a web-based interactive map of the region’s artists, individuals and cultural organizations.  The ARTSMAP Preview Party will be held on the Strand Center for the Arts’ lawn from 1 – 4, Saturday, November 18, 2017. The ARTSMAP will be on display for public preview with a reception and remarks in the Gallery at 1:00 – 1:30. Community members are invited to participate throughout the afternoon with the creation of an art installation on the Brinkerhoff Fence.  The installation “Oculi” by Beverly Eichenlaub is envisioned as the first in a series of art installations featuring local artists invited to embrace and promote the existing fence as a community asset.

Artist, individuals and cultural organization can elect to be located on the ARTSMAP as part of completing the ongoing information surveys available at  The Tri-County ARTSMAP Arts and Cultural Asset Mapping Project is being conducted by the Strand Center for the Arts, in partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh.  The project is funded by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts, managed by Premises Architecture PLLC, and supported by the City of Plattsburgh and North Country Chamber of Commerce.  For information, visit or contact

Dog Bite Case is Still Outstanding

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The charges against Michael James of Peru remain outstanding. James appeared in Peru Town Court on Tuesday, November 14th represented by his attorney David Albers. Assistant Clinton County District Attorney Tim Blatchley represented the people. Judge Lawrence Cabana set the next court date for December 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. and told the Albers and Blatchley that if a settlement is not reached by December 12th, he will set a trial date.

James was arrested in connection with the September 20th dog attack on his neighbor Mrs. Loretta Timmons. Mrs. Timmons suffered severe injuries when attacked by James’ three dogs. In 2016 the Town Of Chesterfield Town Court found one of those dogs to be dangerous and ordered James to permanently confine the dog. That dog was euthanized the day after the Timmons incident.

James is charged with Class A misdemeanor charges of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree and an unclassified misdemeanor under the NYS Agricultural and Markets Law. He also faces nine town law violations related to the September 20th incident.

At a previous hearing Judge Cabana issued an Order of Protection directing James to stay away from Mrs. Timmons at her home or at any other location. He further directed that James not walk his dogs south in view of Mrs. Timmons’ property. He released James on his own recognizance.

Supervisor-elect McDonald Proposes Major Changes in Town Hall Coverage

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Based on Supervisor-elect Brandy McDonald’s statements at the Monday, November 13, 2017 town board meeting, Peru residents will not find McDonald at his town hall desk until about 4 p.m. most weekdays. McDonald said that he completes his full-time job daily at 3:30 p.m. and will report to the town hall immediately thereafter. He stated that he plans to appoint town counselor Jim Douglass as deputy town supervisor and asked that the supervisor’s salary be decreased by $3,690 (from $24,900 to $20,910) and the deputy supervisor’s salary be increased by $3,690 (from $1,310 to $5,000). McDonald said, “We will have better coverage. Everyone knows I have a full-time job. That was no secret during the election. I’ll be here right after I get done work and as needed after work and on weekends. There’s no set time for a supervisor.”

In mid-October McDonald responded to a Peru Gazette questionnaire stating, “My employer is fully aware of my political position and potential increase in responsibilities if elected. To make sure I was accessible, I have continually listed my personal cell phone number on the Town of Peru’s website. I pride myself in having a proven record of availability and approachability.” Since McDonald did not specify what hours he would be in the town hall, the Peru Gazette followed up by asking exactly what hours he would be at his town hall desk. McDonald responded, “My availability to perform the Supervisor position if elected, will be conducive to the current town hours and extended when required…” The town hall is currently open to the public from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Responding to McDonald’s proposal, Supervisor Peter Glushko asked, “Why didn’t you bring this up during the budgeting process?” McDonald responded, “Why would I bring it up when we didn’t know who was going to win the election?” Glushko was clearly skeptical about an appointed person (the deputy supervisor) conducting traditional town supervisor duties. He said, “A deputy supervisor takes over if the supervisor is unable to function as supervisor.” Glushko also related how many years it took for the board and the public to accept increasing the supervisor’s salary rate to its current level. He did not want to see the salary decreased for McDonald’s successor. Counselor Jim Douglass agreed that a fair salary is necessary to attract people to the supervisor’s position. He proposed modifying McDonald ’s resolution to include a statement that the the supervisor’s salary will return to the current level, plus any cost of living increases, at the end of McDonald’s term of office.

When councilman Donald McBrayer asked town attorney Matt Favro for his opinion, Favro suggested that the budget approval be delayed to give him time to do additional legal research and to give the board time to think about the issue. The board responded by scheduling a special board meeting for Wednesday, November 15th at 7 p.m. NYS law requires that the budget be approved by November 20th.

Special Town Board Meeting Wednesday

The Town of Peru will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to accept the final budget for 2018.

Kathleen Flynn

Town Clerk

Town of Peru

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Peru Senior Wins Handler Award

L-R Judith C. Kelsey, AKC Judge, Maggie Pyne with her dog Am/Can Champion Cimmaron Northern Lights aka “Mario”

Maggie Pyne, a senior at Peru High School, won “Best Junior Handler” at the annual Central New York Shetland Sheep Dog Club Show held this past weekend in Syracuse, NY.

As a seasoned Jr. Dog Handler, Maggie has won numerous titles in the US and Canada including the 2015 NYS Fair 4-H Grand Championship. Her years of experience in the dog show arena helped her edge out her competition this year which included other juniors that will be competing at the upcoming Westminster Dog Show.

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