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North Bend Street Home May Be Demolished

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By John T. Ryan

A 39 North Bend Street residence has been deemed in violation of Local Law #2 (UNSAFE BUILDING DEMOLITION LAW). The Town considers the property ot be unsafe as defined in the Local Law. A public hearing has been scheduled for January 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Peru Town Hall. Click here to see Local Law #2

The Town Board passed a resolution authorizing the Public Hearing at its November 28th meeting after Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup informed the Board that several notices mailed to the property owner have been returned as undeliverable. The owner is listed on the tax rolls as Rose Simpson Rodriquez who apparently no longer resides in this area.  Property taxes have been paid. Any demolition costs would be charged to the property’s tax bill.

Dog Park Complete

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By John T. Ryan

Peru’s new Dog Park, equipped with benches, trees, water, a waste station and even a fire hydrant, has been receiving rave reviews. Last week the park was completed when a 24 ft. x 20 ft. small dog/time-out fenced-in area was installed.dsc03179

The Town of Peru expended just over $16,300 to construct the park. Fencing was the major expense at $11,724. The fine gravel and underlaying fiber material cost $3,515. Other expenses included the trees and signage. The Pyramid Corporation donated the benches and the Highway and Water-Sewer Departments installed the water pipe, hydrant, signage and fine-gravel base.

On November 5th the park was dedicated to Ann and Lynn Wilke. Ann conceived the dog park concept, garnered community support and brought the idea to the Town Board.

Dogs aren’t the only creatures enjoying the park. Residents are forming friendships as they chat and watch their off-leash dogs play at high speed.

 

Commemorating Pearl Harbor and Supporting Veterans

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Peru Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary is sponsoring a Pork Loin Dinner in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 two thousand four hundred two (2,402) Americans died and one thousand one hundred and two (1,102) other individuals were wounded. Forty of the people who lost their lives on that beautiful Sunday morning were New York residents. The dinner will be a win/win/win – Great Food, Great Comradeship, Shared Memories and a donation to the North Country Honor Flight.

Cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. $10 per person. EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

The Advent and Christmas Season at the Peru Community Church

The Peru Community Church announces its Advent and Christmas events and services. All are welcome and invited to worship and celebrate the coming of Christmas. Services are held at 8 am and 10:30 am, with nursery care provided, and coffee hour following. Sunday school for all ages (pre-school through adults) is at 9:15 am. Services are in the sanctuary in the stone building at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets in Peru, at the intersection of Routes 22 and 22B. Other events are held in the church Fellowship Center across the street at 13 Elm Street.

The 4-week Advent season sermon themes selected by Pastor Peggi Eller for this year are Watching / Turning / Seeing / Dreaming, Read more »

Find a Unique Gift and Learn About Our Wonderful County

The Clinton County Historical Association will hold a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The CCHA Open House, a holiday tradition, provides a special opportunity to visit the Museum and to find unique gifts for family and friends.

Light refreshments will be available and admission will be free during the Open House. Open House visitors can enter a special raffle for three books about the Town of Clinton and Churubusco, along with a Gibson Brothers bluegrass CD! The raffle will also include breakfast at Filion’s, a t-shirt from Dick’s Country Store and a Carol Sears Hoenig’s book. All visitors each day will receive a free gift, one per family.

In addition, this year there will be two limited-edition Christmas keepsake ornaments available for purchase—one depicting the Old Stone Barracks and the other featuring the Hotel Champlain.

Along with many unique and interesting artifacts, the Museum has an outstanding collection of books about local history written by local authors. The new book, Clinton County Memories, will be on sale for a special price of $29.95 until December 12. After that it will be available for the retail price of $44.95. For a limited time, a special Town of Clinton exhibit is also on display.

For further information, contact the Museum at (518) 561-0340 or by email at director@clintoncountyhistorical.org

Helen Nerska
CCHA President

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos Statement on Shooting of Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey

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The following is a statement from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos regarding the shooting of Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey.

“On the evening of November 29, 2016, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers James Davey and Lieutenant Liza Bobseine were investigating reports of potential illegal hunting activity in the Town of Gallatin in Columbia County when officer James Davey was shot. Officer Davey underwent extensive surgery at the Mid-Hudson Hospital to repair damage from the gunshot wound and is in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition. I had the chance to meet Officer Davey’s wife Nancy, a Forest Ranger at DEC, and other family members last night who were appreciative of the outpouring of support from the DEC family.

“Lieutenant Liza Bobseine who was on patrol with Officer Davey investigating the incident is credited with saving Officer Davey’s life for her quick and heroic actions in the field. Lt. Bobseine was able to quickly apply a compress to the wound while calling for support and keeping the suspects under control 1/2 mile into a field. It’s clear that if it were not for her actions, officer Davey would not have survived. I commend the two officers for their courage in the line of duty and thank them for their dedicated service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded officer and his family.”

An investigation led by New York State Police from the Livingston barracks determined that Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, was responsible for the accidental shooting due to reckless conduct. Blanchard was arrested for Assault in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, arraigned in the Town of Livingston Court, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of no bail. He is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Livingston Court on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

ECO Davey, 39, is a 12-year veteran of the force, having graduated from the DEC Basic Police Academy in 2005. He is currently assigned to patrol Columbia County. Officer Davey is a Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Police Instructor, having recently become a Certified Firearms instructor for the DEC. He is married to a DEC Forest Ranger, Nancy Davey.

Plattsburgh colleges prepare for more budget cuts | NCPR News

The two colleges in Plattsburgh are in serious budget crunches. SUNY Plattsburgh is scrambling to save $1.4 million, and Clinton Community College officials say they might have to lay off two full time faculty members.

Source: Plattsburgh colleges prepare for more budget cuts | NCPR News

Malone prison guard charged with felony assault | NCPR News

On Monday New York State Police arrested Thomas Agans, a sergeant with the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Source: Malone prison guard charged with felony assault | NCPR News

Cuomo vetoes more than 70 bills, signs roughly 60 – Capitol Confidential

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved roughly 60 bills late Monday and vetoed more than 70, clearing off his desk 133 bills that were handed up almost two weeks ago. With Cuomo’s actions, only 25 bills …

Source: Cuomo vetoes more than 70 bills, signs roughly 60 – Capitol Confidential

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Peru – St. Augustine’s Parish Annual Craft Fair, Saturday December 3rd 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St., Peru.

Dozens of crafters from all over the North Country , a great bake sale, drawings and even delicious soup and sandwiches for lunch.

Annual Candlelight Ceremony, Tuesday, December 6

The Foundation of CVPH will host the annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. at the Circle of Healing & Hope on the front lawn of the hospital. Like all organizations that have an Angel of Hope, we are holding this annual ceremony on this day to give people an opportunity to remember their loved ones. Music will be provided by SUNY Plattsburgh student Lauren Mueller and special words will be shared by Julie Kramer. We will also be honoring the addition of several new pavers that were recently installed in the Circle.

We are accepting names to be read during the ceremony. To submit a name, e-mail kkalman@cvph.org.

The ceremony is open to everyone and will be held outdoors – please dress weather-appropriate. We hope you can join us!

Planning Board’s Three Item Agenda

AGENDA – Town of Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, December 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

CALL MEETING TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL
APPROVAL of November 9, 2016 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
APPLICATIONS:

1. Site Plan Review: P-2016-025 RL Vallee Inc. DBA Maplefields
Site Plan – Sign
654 Bear Swamp Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. 2 – Lot Subdivision: P-2016-026 Carol Sherman
2-lot Subdivision
92 Denton Road
Schuyler Falls, NY 12985

3. Site Plan Review: P-2016-027 College Auxiliary Services PSU
Site Plan – Hotel/Motel
3714 State Rt. 9
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
CEO REPORT:
ADJOURNMENT

Monday’s Town Board Agenda

AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING – November 28, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the November 14, 2016 Regular Board Meeting and the November 17, 2016 Special Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION: 39 North Bend Street.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Setting of Public Hearing on 39 North Bend Street.

DISCUSSION: Reducing Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Manning.

DISCUSSION: Water/Sewer Rate/Fees Increase

DISCUSSION: HATS Program.

DISCUSSION: New Court Building Update and Hiring of New Court Clerk

DISCUSSION: Military Turnpike & Mannix Rd. Exchange

DISCUSSION: Zoning and Planning Board Attorney Update.

DISCUSSION: Harassment/Workplace Violence Training.

DISCUSSION: Town Hall Christmas Party

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.
MOTION: Adjourn

Body of missing hunter found | News | pressrepublican.com

ELLENBURG CENTER — Officials say the remains of Ira Munn Boardman III were located this morning.

Source: Body of missing hunter found | News | pressrepublican.com

Town Court Announces Move Date

As of December 1, 2016 Peru Town Court will be located at its new building at 22 Davey Drive, Peru, N.Y. 12972.

Phone – 518-643-4187, Fax 518-643-4188

Until December 1, 2016 the Court address is 3036 Main St., Peru, N.Y. 12972.

Phone 518-643-2745 Ext. 1, Fax 518-643-0527

‘Welcome – My Name is Betsy”

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Peru JCEO Coordinator Betsy Ero

By John T. Ryan

Peru – On September 9, 2016 Betsy Ero became the Coordinator at Peru’s JCEO Outreach Program. Ero has years of experience in an array of community service programs and she’s very happy to be working in the community where she resides. She commented, “When the job opened, I immediately applied.” Ero succeeded Coordinator Pat Holmes who is hopefully enjoying a fruitful retirement.

JCEO’s food shelf is undoubtedly its best known program; however, it provides many other services including accepting applications for the Clinton County Christmas Bureau, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), medical transportation and emergency services.

Betsy Ero said providing transportation to medical appointments is a constant need. She explained, “We especially need more volunteer drivers to transport people to medical appointments. The volunteers are paid mileage. Sometimes we provide as many as 15 rides a week. Plattsburgh, Burlington, Saranac Lake and Malone are the primary destinations.”

Donations of healthy food items,  personal care items (toilet paper, shampoo, etc.) and even plastic bags to pack the donated foods are always appreciated. Thirty to sixty Peru families come in for assistance each month.

As temperatures drop, many people are applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This year Ero has to inform applicants about HEAP’s new ID requirements. A social security card and one other valid ID must be submitted. Previously only a social security number was required. The normal household income requirements remain in force.

JCEO also assists people with one-time financial emergencies. Sometimes people need help with a rent, utility or insurance payment. Ero said, “When we grant the assistance, we fill out a budget worksheet and try to put them back on track.”

Given her 16+ years of experience Ero is well-versed in referring people to the agency equipped to meet specific needs. The most common referrals involve Medicare Advantage, Social Security and Food Stamps.

This week Ero will be distributing Thanksgiving meals. A few days ago the Peru Community Church donated all the foods necessary for 35 turkey meals, the Peru Democrats donated 14 turkeys and Boy Scout Pack 49 brought in 686 food items. The Peru office typically provides 80 meals each Thanksgiving.

Betsy Ero’s office is located at the lower level of the Peru Town Hall. It is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 4. Ero is sometimes out of the office so she advised, “Please call before you come.” The office phone number is 643-8455.

Letter to the Editor

Gift Giving
I represent the United Way Campaign Team for the Adirondack Region. United Way funds 44 different agencies in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. I co-lead one of these agencies: The Champlain Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends. This is a self help bereavement support group for families who have had children, grandchildren or a sibling die. This is run by volunteers only. With the funds from United Way we can send out newsletters, run meetings, host a memorial walk and candle lighting ceremony, and also do other fun events for our members.
The United Way Campaign is in full swing this Holiday Season and with everyone hustling around to make sure we check everyone off our Holiday lists, I would like for you to consider giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one to this year’s United Way Campaign. Holiday shopping is exhausting, so why not save some time and drop off a donation to The United Way Office on the Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh. There are always gifts to purchase for those hard to buy for people on our lists. Why not give a gift that will keep on giving. One gift will help 44 partner agencies.
If you have already done your shopping for this season, think about other times of the year when you are invited to anniversary and birthday parties, retirement parties and you just don’t know what to get. A gift to the United Way will take the guessing out of what to get them. Imagine how proud the honoree would feel opening a card with a message inside saying where the gift went in their name. Times are challenging in our world today. Please help our neighbors and together we will reach our goal. Last year alone, our 44 partner agencies helped over 80,000 individuals collectively.
Respectfully submitted,

DaleAnne Wolter
West Chazy, NY

Recent Town Board Actions Reported

  • Town Court to relocate to Davey Drive by December 6
  • 122 Unpaid Water-Sewer bills to be Re-Levied on 2016 taxes
  • Fence for Small Dogs Area at Dog Park Approved 

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Town Board has been concentrating on formulation of a 2017 town budget; however, other actions have taken place at recent meetings.

Board actions at its October 24th and November 14th meetings include:

Received Town Justice Jim Kirby’s report that Peru Town Court will conduct proceedings at its new 22 Davey Drive location beginning December 6, 2016. Judge Kirby said moving will mean closing Town Court from November 30 to December 4th or 5th. A contractor by trade, Judge Kirby has been renovating the building with no labor cost to the Town.

Approved a resolution to re-levy $59,570.64 in unpaid 2016 water and sewer charges – 122 bills have not been paid. The fees, plus interest will be charged on the property owner’s’ 2017 town taxes.

Approved a contract with Freedom Fence Company to erect a 24’ x 20’ fence and install a gate inside the Town’s new dog park. Supervisor Peter Peter Glushko asked for the expenditure saying the fenced-in area would protect small dogs and would be a place for unruly dogs if no small dogs are present. Counselor Donald McBrayer asked if there have been problems. Glushko didn’t cite a specific problem, but he responded, “Let’s do it smart and do it now before there is a problem.” Glushko said every park he’s seen in the NYC area, where there many parks, has a fenced-in small dog area.

Appointed Allison Herbert Bruce to the Planning Board replacing Kim Budwick

Officially dedicated the Town Dog Park to Ann and Lynn WIlke. Ann Wilke brought the dog park concept to the community and organized dog park supporters.

Approved a resolution to expend an amount not to exceed $6.960 for a land survey associated with the Main Street Enhancement Plan.  The Town will be reimbursed by the NYS grant associated with the project.

Approved a resolution approving the expenditure not exceeding $5,000 to hire AES Engineering for consultation on complex problems at the water treatment plant.

Approved expenditure of $5,000 to AES Engineering for mapping, planning and reporting on extension of water and sewer service to Rounds Drive.

Noted that NYS Agriculture and Markets found Dog Control Offer David Drollette’s work to be satisfactory. Supervisor Glushko said, “Dave passed with flying colors!” Drollette told the Board 26 new dog licenses have been issued and 46 licenses renewed over the past month.

Learned that Deputy Court Clerk Christine Hathaway is leaving the area and is resigning from her position. Supervisor Glushko noted, “We will miss Christine. She has done good work!”

Was informed that the Town will receive Tobacco Reserve Fund monies in the amount of $7,880 upon successful completion of the Lyon Street School House roof project. For the next three years the Town cannot apply for any additional Tobacco Fund monies.

Approved a $5,000 five-year guarantee extension contract for the Highway Department’s new Gradall excavating machine. The machine was purchased earlier this year under New York Contract from Vantage Equipment of Albany on a five-year lease-own agreement at a cost of $58,276 per year ($291,380 total). After five years the town will own the machine.

51st Anniversary Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir Concert

The Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir will be performing two concerts to celebrate its 51st anniversary. The first concert will be Saturday, December 17, 2016, at St. Augustine’s Church in Peru, at 7:30pm. The second concert will be Sunday, December 18, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville at 7:30pm. The choir is directed by Jeanette Woodruff and accompanied by Steve Collier. The 60 member choir will be performing a variety of sacred and secular Christmas music. Admission is free.

Town of Peru – Main St Meeting

Peru – Residents are invited to meet with the Town’s Main St Committee and consultants for a presentation of the Main Street and Hamlet Revitalization Plan and proposed construction projects: Tuesday, November 29th at 7pm in the Town Hall, downstairs. This meeting is supported by funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. For more information contact Adele Douglas at chinadele1@hotmail.com or 643-7863

Click here to see detailed September Peru Gazette Article on the Plan 

Click Here to View Meeting Flyer

The Adirondack Park is about to change. You better chime in. | NCPR News

Peru’s 2017 Tax Rates Stable

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Editor’s Note: The original story stated that the Confidential Secretary to the Supervisor will receive a $2,000 raise. The correct figure is $1,500. 

By John T. Ryan

The Town of Peru 2017 Budget approved at a Thursday, November 17th Special Town Board meeting is under the NYS .68% tax cap. Taxpayers will see a small increase in the general budget tax rate and slight decreases in the highway, water and sewer rates. The owner of a property assessed at $155,000 (Peru’s average assessed value) will experience a slight decrease in taxes – $1,120.65 in 2017 vs. $1128.40 in 2016.

The Town’s General Budget tax rate will increase to $2.18/M of assessed value vs. $2.11 in 2016. The Highway Department Budget will decrease to $2.58/M from $2.62/M. Water District users will see a decrease from $2.30/M to $2.24/M and Sewer District #1 users will see their rate decline from $.26/M to .$23/M.

The General Budget includes the services such as the town board, the town clerk, town court, code enforcement, building maintenance and the highway superintendent’s salary. The 2017 General Budget totals $1,399,541 vs. $1,366,818 in 2016. The Highway Department Budget totals $1,641,745 vs. $1,631,918 in 2016. Staying under the tax cap has severely impacted town road paving. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell would like to pave five of the town’s eighty-two highway miles each year. The budget will permit only three miles to be paved.

Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said dealing with an 8.7% health insurance increase and department requests for increased funding were the most challenging aspects of formulating the budget. The Board wanted to grant employees what they perceived as a just pay increase; however, that was complicated by ongoing negotiations with the unionized Highway Department employees. The Board voted to give most of the Town’s 37 employees a 1.5% pay increase. Highway Department employees will not receive any increase until a contract is negotiated.

There were other exceptions. Town Justices Larry Cabana and Jim Kirby decided to give their 1.5% increases to the Senior Court Clerk Holly Stone. Town Board members did likewise. They gave their 1.5% raises to Supervisor Peter Glushko. The Supervisor’s Confidential Secretary Pamela Barber was granted a $1,500 and Dog Control Officer David Drollette was granted $2,000 raise. Code Enforcement Officer Robert Guynup was will receive a $4,500 increase. Glushko said, “Bob Guynup is doing an outstanding job. When we hired him we promised him we would bring his salary up when we could.”

The Budget passed 4-1 with Counselor Donald McBrayer voting “No.” McBrayer told the Peru Gazette he is satisfied with the overall budget, but he believes a few other items should have been funded such as improving the tennis-pickleball courts, a pay increase greater than 1.5% for Youth Director John Flynn and increased funding for the Peru Free Library.

Elected Official 2017 Salaries:
Supervisor: $24,600.00 up from $23,805
Town Clerk/Tax Collector $24,289.00 up from $23,805
Highway Superintendent $56,105.00 up from $55,275
Town Board (4) $ 7,299.00 (No Increase)
Town Justices (2) $18,292.50 (No Increase)

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The Strand Center and the Foundation at UVM Health Network – CVPH announces a Call to Artists

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce that it is working with The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to broker the purchase of works by local artists. The hospital is purchasing work to install in the waiting room area of the Infusion Center and The Strand Center for the Arts will act as the broker for this purchase.

The area will feature a curated set of artworks based along a great outdoors/nature theme. Approximately 7-10 works will be purchased for this space. Artists of all mediums can apply, including photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. Preference will be given to artists that adhere to the theme and follow the guidelines for submission. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, December 9, 2016 at midnight.

An artist can submit up to three works Read more »

Peru Knights Help Ensure That Peru’s Children Will Be Warm

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L-R Peru K-2 Principal Michelle Rawson, St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Grand Knight Keith Kemp and School Nurse Kathy Bedard

Peru – This morning St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Grand Knight Keith Kemp presented twenty-four new children’s winter jackets to K-2 Principal Michelle Rawson and School Nurse Kathy Bedard. The school will distribute the jackets during teachers conferences and when needed.
The Knights of Columbus launched the Coats for Kids Program during the 2009 recession. Since then approximately 2,000 Knights of Columbus Councils in the United States and Canada have distributed more than 310,000 coats.

It’s Time to Trot

39th Annual John P Adams Memorial Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day,November 24 , 2016.

Event includes: 5K and 10K – $20 Registration

1 M Fun Run/Walk – $7.50 Registration

Start Location: Peru Central School

Start Times: 8:45 AM SHARP! for 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk & 9:15 AM SHARP! for
All Other Events

Online registration is available at www.adirondackcoastevents.com and will
remain open until 6:59 a.m. the morning of event.

Preregistered participants can pick up their RFID timing chip & bib:
Wednesday, November 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.
or Thursday, November 24 from 7:30a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the Peru Elementary
School cafeteria.
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As participants cross finish line, the RFID Chip technology will
immediately assembles data according to time, age, and gender.

For any additional information on pre-registration, bib/chip pickup time,
log on to our our website at www.perulionsclubnewyork.org.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Peru Lions Club
Email: info@perulionsclubnewyork.org
www.perulionsclubnewyork.org

Dannemora prison on lockdown after fight, threat to staff | Local News | pressrepublican.com

One CO injured, tear gas used at Clinton Correctional Facility.

Source: Dannemora prison on lockdown after fight, threat to staff | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Peru Tree to Bring Christmas Cheer to Philadelphia

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – Don and Linda Covel have sold thousands of beautiful Christmas trees since the early 1970’s, but this week they sold a very special tree – a Colorado Blue Spruce that will be seen and admired by thousands of people. It’s being erected in Philadelphia, Pa. as a centerpiece for the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. A tree lighting ceremony will take place December 2nd. While the tree will be a plus for Philadelphia, it will be a loss for the Covels. It’s been growing in their front yard for 40+ years. Linda said, “It’s gone, but there’ll be another one planted there in the spring.”

Selling a tree this large was a learning experience for the Covels. They discovered that preparing a 43 ft. tree for shipment isn’t an easy task. They had to use a specialized tree wrapping apparatus and a very high crane to gradually wrap the massive tree with its dense branches. It was a slow process requiring skill and almost supernatural patience.

Don and Linda planted their first Christmas trees in 1968. Today their many customers can choose from an array of Balsams, Frasers, White Pine and Scotch Pines spread over 65+ acres of scenic farmland. Customers are already arriving daily to tag trees. When they come to pick up the tree, Covels will cut it, put it on a shaking machine to remove any loose needles, wrap it and even help load the tree. Pre-cut trees will be on sale the day after Thanksgiving.

Located at 843 Mannix Road, Covels’ Tree Farm is open from 9 a.m. to sunset daily. The phone number 518-643-8723. Click here to see more photos. tree-to-philadelphia-6

Exhibit and Sale Opens Friday

Peru Free Library
Annual Potter’s Guild Holiday Exhibit and Sale
Opening reception Friday, November 18 from 5-7

A great place to do your holiday shopping and
support our local potters and the library.

No pay raises for state legislators, commission says – Times Union

The situation developed after Cuomo appointees on a special pay commission withheld their votes for an increase as the Nov. 15 deadline passed. Barring a last-minute decision to return to the Capitol in a special session — which Cuomo wants, but lawmakers appear to reject — legislators will start their next session in January earning the $79,500 annual base pay they’ve received since in 1999. At a New York City meeting of the State Commission on Legislative and Judicial Compensation, the word that the governor’s appointees to the commission would abstain from voting was delivered forcefully by Fran Reiter, a former Cuomo administration official who said legislative leaders had failed to effectively make their case for a raise. The Senate and Assembly could conceivably return to the Capitol and cut a deal in which they would secure a raise by passing it themselves, and agreeing to a ban or sharp limits on outside income in order to secure Cuomo’s signature. A similar deal was reached by the Legislature and former Gov. George Pataki, who extracted state support for charter schools in exchange for the 1999 raise. If lawmakers found voting for a legislative pay raise too politically perilous, the Legislature could conceivably return to pass a bill extending the panel’s deadline as part of a larger deal — though that tactic, which again would require Cuomo’s participation, could invite legal challenges to any resulting raise. Legislative leaders on Tuesday blasted the governor for linking a desired legislation to a pay hike.

Source: No pay raises for state legislators, commission says – Times Union

A Chance to Give Thanks

On Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30pm, the Peru Community Church along with St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Worship Service at 6:30pm at the Peru Community Church. This will be a service of celebration for the abundant harvest and the many blessings in the Peru community. Rev. Peggi Eller, Pastor of the Peru Community Church, will be offering the message. All are invited to join us in celebration and worship.

Donations will be accepted for the Elmore SPCA and the JCEO Food Pantry. A free will offering will also benefit these organizations, remembering that we are all God’s creatures.

Anyone interested in singing in a community choir should meet at the Peru Community Church at 6:10pm to review the music. Mrs. Carol Gallagher will be leading the choir.preview2

Special Town Meeting Scheduled

The Peru Town Board will hold a Special Meeting to finalize the 2017 town budget at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th.
The Board did not vote on the budget at the Monday, November 14th became negotiations with the unionized Highway Department have not been concluded.

Community Honors Veterans

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Carson Larrow and Lynn Wilke performed Taps

At the Veterans Day Peru VFW Post 309 Commander Rick Cornish introduced Peru Town Counselor Donald McBrayer, Clinton County Legislator Rob Timmons and Rev. Shnob. A Rifle Salute was conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve Unit of Plattsburgh Center. Taps was performed by Lynn Wilke and Carson Larrow.

Click here for a video of proceedings. 

City rec department explores alternative leadership – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is exploring the idea of restructuring their department, a process that would place more of a regional emphasis on sustaining infrastructure.

Source: City rec department explores alternative leadership – Sun Community News & Printing

CCC main building to receive makeover – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The oldest building on the Clinton Community College campus will be soon be getting a much needed makeover.

Source: CCC main building to receive makeover – Sun Community News & Printing

Grateful to our Nation’s Veterans

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Photos from today’s Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 Veterans Day Service. The program included a welcome by Post Commander Rick Cornish; Posting of the Colors by the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad Color Guard Civil Air Patrol; Opening Prayer by St. Augustine’s Pastor Rev. Alan Shnob; Addresses by the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Contest Winner Matthew Fall, Peru Town Counselor Donald McBrayer, Clinton County Legislator Rob Timmons, Benediction by Rev. Shnob, a Rifle Salute by the U.S. Army Reserve Unit Plattsburgh Center, and Taps by Lynn Wilke and Carson Larrow.

Click here to view view. 

150 SUNY Plattsburgh Scholarships for Local Youth

group-shot-with-janet1SUNY Plattsburgh freshman, their families, and members of the local community filled the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall Friday, Oct. 21 for the North Country Scholarship reception that celebrated 150 recipients who received the North Country Scholarship this year.
“This event allowed local scholars and their families to meet the benefactors who support this growing scholarship program,” said Faith Long, director for development at SUNY Plattsburgh. “For students, it’s a great opportunity to thank generous donors and also to network and meet business and community leaders who offer both scholarship support and mentorship for our North Country students.”
Funded by area businesses and individuals, as well as the Plattsburgh College Foundation, the North Country Scholarship program aims to retain local youth.
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“Although the program has been around for eight years, this was the first time that we were able to offer free tuition,” said Anne Whitmore Hansen, vice president of institutional advancement. Read more »

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Tax Rates and Budget Subject of Public Hearing

By John T. Ryan

The Town of Peru’s Preliminary 2017 Budget will be open for public comment at a Thursday, November 10, 2016 Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Peru Town Hall.  The budget increases are under the New York State imposed .68% tax cap. Some rates increase, while others decrease.  Health care costs are a major budget item. Taking all offices and departments into consideration Peru’s health care expense is budgeted at $237,504, a 8.7% increase over this year.

Click below to review the historic and projected tax rates for the various town functions.

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Trump, Schumer, Lawliss, Stefanik, Little, Mulverhill, Bruno and Favreau Carry Peru

Peru’s 2016 Unofficial Election Totals are as follows not including any absentee ballots:
President of the United States
Hillary Clinton – 1183
Donald J. Trump – 1352
Jill Stein – 42
Gary Johnson – 134
U.S. Senator
Charles E. Schumer – 1506
Wendy Long – 1100
Robin Wilson – 23
State Supreme Court Justice
Mark L. Powers – 706
Timothy J. Lawliss – 1975
Representative in Congress
Mike Derrick – 1126
Elise Stefanik – 1571
Matthew Funiciiello – 44
State Senator
Betty Little – 2220
Stephen Ruzbacki – 216
Member of Assembly
D. Billy Jones – 1223
Kevan A. Mulverhill – 1472
County Court Judge
Keith M. Bruno – 1736
Mark E. Anderson – 965
Surrogate Court Judge
Catherine M. Paul – 1235
William A. Favreau – 1470

Town of Peru 2017 Preliminary Budgets for Your Review

The Peru Town Board has scheduled a Public Hearing on the 2017 Town of Peru Budget for Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m.  The Preliminary Budgets for General, Highway, Peru Sewer, Valcour Sewer and Peru Water appear below.  It is our understanding that the budgets stay below the NYS imposed tax cap. The Peru Gazette will be analyzing the budgets and hopefully interviewing Supervisor Peter Glushko tomorrow. Please attend the Public Hearing if you have any questions.

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Peru Voting is Steady

Peru – As of 3:50 p.m. 1,883 or 42.8% of Peru’s 4,306 registered voters had cast ballots at St. Augustine’s Parish Center. In 2012, the last Presidential Election year, almost 63% of Peru’s voters cast ballots either at the polls or by absentee ballot. The polls close at 9 p.m.

2017 Preliminary Budget Ready for Review

Public Hearing on 2017 Town of Peru Budget scheduled for Thursday, November 10th at 6:30PM at the Peru Town Hall.

2016 Elections Are Underway

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As of 8:15 this morning Peru’s voting was proceeding normally at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St. The polls will close at 9 p.m. The Peru Gazette will post Peru’s results as soon as possible after the polls close.

Town of Clinton Exhibit Opening and Behind Closed Doors Museum Open House

[Plattsburgh]- Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) in celebrating New York History Month on Saturday, November 12th, 10 am to 3 pm with the opening of the Town of Clinton Exhibit and special Behind Closed Doors Museum Tours. Learn about the history of the Town of Clinton. See museum volunteers at work behind the scenes. Free gifts for the first 50 visitors. Light Refreshments. Free Admission. 98 Ohio Avenue, Old Base, Plattsburgh. For more information call 561-0340.

DEC Seeks Assistance to Locate Black Bear Dens

This winter, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wildlife biologists are seeking the public’s help to learn about new black bear dens throughout New York.

As part of DEC’s ongoing monitoring of black bears in New York, wildlife biologists periodically check on black bears during the winter den season. The bears may be fitted with a radio collar to help biologists track the bears’ activities throughout the rest of the year and to relocate dens in subsequent years for monitoring cub production, condition, and survival.

Bears may den in a rock crevice, tree cavity, or under heavy brush or fallen trees. Since female bears generally give birth in January or early February, a high-pitched squeal from the cubs may be audible if near a den. New York hikers and hunters typically cover countless miles of wooded terrain each year. DEC urges anyone who finds a bear den to not approach or disturb the den, but simply to note the location and move away from the den site.

DEC requests that anyone locating a bear den contact their local DEC Wildlife office with specifics about the den location, including GPS coordinates if possible. A list of regional wildlife offices is available on DEC’s website.

More information about black bears in New York is available at DEC’s Black Bear web page.

Honor Our Veterans

The Peru VFW Post will host a Veterans Day Service On Friday, November 11th at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited. A free hot lunch will follow.

NCURHA Annual Meeting

The North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association invites you to the 11th Annual Meeting, which will be held November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, 1131 Mace Chasm Road, Ausable Chasm, New York. Come and learn about activities at the museum over the open season for 2016 and to see a short video on Human Trafficking, which is slavery under another name today. Members will be elect Trustees and honor our Lantern Light Awardees. If you are not a member, you can join.

There will also be a raffle of beauty baskets and a $500.00 visa card. Tickets will be $3.00 each or 2 tickets for $5.00 for the beauty baskets and the visa cards. Tickets for the card can be purchased from any Board member. A list of members can be found on our web site.

Members are encouraged to bring a dessert and snack. We will have drinks available. Guests are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum on November 12 at 4:00 pm. Our address is below. If you have questions or need directions, please contact us.

Bingo Cancelled this Week

Peru – The Peru Knights of Columbus Tuesday night bingo will not be conducted on Tuesday, November 8th because Peru’s Election Day voting takes place in the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Bingo will resume in the Parish Center on Tuesday, November 15th. The Knights encourage everyone to vote on Election Day.

Dog Park Dedicated to Ann and Lynn

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By John T. Ryan

November 5, 2016 – Peru’s new dog park adjacent to Heyworh/Mason Park was officially dedicated this morning. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko read a Town Board Resolution officially dedicating the park to Ann and Lynn Wilke. Glushko also thanked Peru residents, the Town Board, town employees and everyone who has supported establishing the park.

Ann Wilke explained, “Until they passed the dog leash law everybody had their dogs running loose. It became obvious that there were a lot of dogs that were not real happy with having to be tied up. That’s when I got the idea for the an off-leash dog park. The Town weren’t using this location and it seemed like the perfect spot.” Ann approached the Town Board and after a few years of discussions the park is a reality. Lynn commented, “I love the park!”

The dog park has been a big hit since its unofficial opening a few days ago. Dogs appear to love it and users are striking up friendships with other dog owners. Glushko has asked the Town Board to purchase additional fencing so that a small area within the park can be reserved for smaller dogs. Exuberant large dogs can cause injury to the small dogs. A few dogs were present during the brief dedication ceremony. All was peaceful!

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Public Hearing Scheduled

The Town of Peru, Town Board will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING on the 2017 Preliminary Budget on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM, at the Peru Town Hall. The proposed schedule of salaries for the elected Town Officials are as follows:

Supervisor: $24,600.00
Town Clerk/Tax Collector $24,289.00
Highway Superintendent $56,105.00
Town Board (4) $ 7,299.00
Town Justices (2) $18,292.50

Attempting to Minimize Environmental Impact

 

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By John T. Ryan
Peru – Dairy farming has undergone a worldwide revolutionary change over the past half-century including here in Peru. Manure disposal is the change most evident to local residents. Huge trucks and spreaders transport manure on rural roads to distant fields and when the manure is spread the odor can be considerable. If things go as planned over the next several months Adirondack Farms, Peru’s largest dairy farm with some 5,000 head, will be significantly reducing its manure odor and the farm equipment travel associated with its disposal.

Adirondack Farms co-owner Jon Rulfs explained, “We’re doing this for two reasons – environmental and community relations. We’ll be significantly reducing the odor.” The odor reduction will be accomplished by an anaerobic digester and introduction of a draghose manure application system.

Anaerobic digestion takes advantage of decomposition of organic matter (manure) by bacteria in the absence of oxygen. Fermentation occurring in a digester’s controlled environment transforms manure into a liquid effluent and biogas. The digested liquid emits significantly less odor. The biogas can power an electrical generator or can be converted into natural gas. At this point in time all the electrical power generated at Adirondack Farms will enter the NYSEG power grid. The heat generated in the fermentation process can also be put to multiple uses on and off the farm and the manure solids can be used as an animal bedding material.

Rulfs said, “There’s been a tremendous focus on solar and wind energy. This digester will run 24-7, 365 days a year.” Adirondack Farms has a tremendous supply of raw material. A mature cow produces approximately 120 pounds of manure daily.

The draghose manure application method is feasible because digested manure is more liquified than raw manure making it easier to pump long distances. In a few months Adirondack Farms will be installing 12 inch pipes to transport liquified manure up to two miles from its Brown Road barns and from other satellite storage pits. Rulfs said, “We’ll be eliminating spreaders and will be pumping manure directly to the fields where we can.”

Once liquified manure reaches the field it is pumped via flexible hose to a tractor equipped with an implement that immediately incorporates the manure in the soil. Very little manure is exposed to air resulting in significant odor control.

Hopefully, this significant Adirondack Farms investment will result in sweeter smells in and around Peru.

Draghose Benefits Outlined

EnviTec Biogas Video explains the fermentation process. Adirondack Farms will not be utilizing corn/maze. 

Report: Almost a quarter of New Yorkers are immigrants – Times Union

Numbering 4.4 million, these newcomers make up 22 percent of the state’s population, placing the Empire State well above the national average of 13 percent and making it the nation’s second-largest destination behind California for new arrivals, according to a report released Wednesday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. […] while New York City has long been known as a magnet, the report notes that immigrants have helped stabilize the population size of a number of struggling upstate cities, from Buffalo to Albany. In Schenectady, they make up 13.3 percent of approximately 66,000 residents. […] while the population overall dropped in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, as well as in Syracuse and the Utica-Rome region, the drops would have been steeper if not for the immigrants coming to those locations. In many cases, immigration is filling the population gaps that would open when longtime residents move away, often to warmer, lower-tax locations like Florida. Immigrants include both those who have been recruited to work in the region’s growing tech sector such as in nanotechnology research or at the Global Foundries microchip plant, as well as refugees who in some cases bring little more than the clothing on their backs. Some old-line Catholic churches are being re-purposed for immigrant groups, and several new mosques have gone up in recent years.

Source: Report: Almost a quarter of New Yorkers are immigrants – Times Union

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Mark Your Calendar – A Great Meal for a Great Cause

The Peru Lions Club is holding its 15th annual Election Day Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, November 8th 2016 at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center where it has been held in for the past 14 years. We have had an average attendance between 160 and 200 people.  This year Peru Central music students will entertain.

The Lion’s primary goal is sight related and supports those in need of visual assistance. The money that is raised from this event helps many local individuals with eyesight issues. However, providing eyeglasses is just one of the many things that our club does for the community. We continue to perform vision screenings to preschool children (The Lions SEE program), support of the Clinton County Christmas Bureau, Peru Boy and Girl Scouts, The Peru Youth Commission, Hospice of the North Country, ALS, Literacy Volunteers of the North Country, North County Honor Flight, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta (a camp for children with cancer), CVPH, the JCEO/Outreach food shelf, Peru and Keeseville Libraries, North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Guide Dog Foundations, and provide student scholarships, and other community and state projects.

If you would like to see other fund raisers or contributions we’re involved with, please visit us online at www.perulionsclubnewyork.org.

DEC and State Police Cooperate in Law Enforcement

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On Oct.16, ECOs from Region 5 and 6 (Franklin and St. :Lawrence Counties) and New York State Troopers conducted a joint checkpoint on Route 3 at the county line. The focus of the checkpoint was to identify hunting and deer violations. A large volume of hunters were checked, and three loaded firearms in motor vehicles were discovered. Several deer were checked and found to be in compliance with tagging requirements. In addition to the firearms violations, Penal Law, Public Health Law, and ABC Law violations were also discovered. State police made several arrests for violations ranging from criminal possession of a controlled substance to unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by persons under 21, and possession of controlled substance not in its original container.

Sample Ballot for the November 8th Election

Voting in Peru for the 2016 General election will take place on Tuesday, November 8th from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St.
Click below to see a sample ballot.

Click here to see a sample ballot. 

For more information on voting go to the Clinton County Board of Elections Website

Clinton County to replace bridges in Mooers, Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

MOOERS — Clinton County is preparing to go out to bid to replace two bridges in Mooers and Peru.

Source: Clinton County to replace bridges in Mooers, Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

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Fall Happenings at Peru Community Church

New and exciting things are happening around the church! Pastor Peggi Eller has been with us since July 1, and we are all learning together, sharing ideas, and visioning for the future. We invite you to join in worship Sundays at 8 – 8:40 am (a streamlined, slightly shorter service) or 10:30 -11:30 am (with choir and additional hymn). Fellowship time follows both services, with Sunday School classes for all ages from 9:15-10:15 am. The adult study, led by Pastor Peggi, covers a unique topic each week.
The Jamaica team is finalizing plans for the mid-January mission. We are readying for the holidays by assembling Thanksgiving baskets and pie baking/selling – order by Nov. 13 (Ladies’ Guild), sharing a Veterans’ Day/Nov. 11 potluck supper (all invited, hosted by the Christian Fellowship committee), the annual fruit sale for Texas-grown oranges and grapefruits – order by Nov. 20 for delivery before Christmas. Special Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Singers are practicing for community Christmas caroling on Dec. 4 and the choir’s Christmas Cantata on December 11th at the 10:30 am service.

All are invited to join with us during this blessed holiday season. Questions? Please contact the church office or Pastor Eller at 518-643-8641, pcc8641@verizon.net, or www.perucommunitychurch.com. Like us on Facebook!

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