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North Main Street Proposal Unveiled


By John T. Ryan 

Peru – North Main Street residents will see their street undergo significant changes next year if the plan presented at the Town Board’s September 26, 2016 meeting is implemented.  The planner hired by the town described the Phase #1 changes. “The project would eliminate pavement on the shoulder of North Main Street and replace it with grass and street trees to significantly narrow the roadway which will really improve the visual appearance, provide shade for pedestrians over time and likely slow down traffic as Route 22 won’t feel like a four lane highway.”  

If funding becomes available Phase #2 envisions constructing an eight-foot wide multi-use path to replace the sidewalk on the north side of North Main Street.  It would be usable for both pedestrians and bicyclists.  Phase #3 would include constructing a sidewalk on the east side of the Route 22 Bridge and a path to the Little Ausable River Walking Trail on the TD Bank side of the Route 22 Bridge. 

A $25,000 New York Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant received in 2014 started the planning process.  A Main Street Planning Committee was formed.  In December 2015 a $49,000 grant enabled the town to hire an experienced consultant, River Street Planning and Development, to develop an enhancement plan.  The consultant examined the street and its environs, spoke with local businesses and residents and recommended a three-phase improvement plan.  The Planning Committee concluded that transforming North Main into a tree-lined street could be accomplished within cost and time limits.  It is anticipated that Peru Highway Department personnel will cut the asphalt and lay down the topsoil.  If the project can be accomplished for less than $150,000, money may be available to improve the chaotic Route 22 –Maiden Lane intersection near Stewart’s. 

Peru residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion. A workshop will be scheduled in late October or early November.  Supervisor Peter Glushko stated that an information packet should be sent to every residence, business or institution bordering North Main Street. 

THE PRODUCERS at the Strand Theatre October 21-23

Award-Winning Mel Brooks Musical 

The show has a very Peru flavor. Here are people involved with a Peru connection.

Cast: Bill McColgan, Jamie Roberts, James Matthews, Tony Andrews, Mason Barber, Sophia Defayette, Gabrielle Dion, Brenda McColgan and Sky McColgan. Behind the scenes: Christopher Urban, Judy Akey, Bob Akey, Michael Coughlin, Pam Lavin, Cathy Defayette, Nikki Hilchey, Nate Horn and Amber Arnold.

Adirondack Regional Theatre’s THE PRODUCERS is the hilarious Mel Brooks smash-hit that took Broadway by storm winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. THE PRODUCERS is the first Broadway style musical in the renovated Strand Theatre. Show dates are October 21 and 22 at 7:30pm and October 23 at 2:00pm.

THE PRODUCERS revolutionized Broadway Musical Comedy, this Mel Brooks masterpiece chronicles the side-splitting adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. It’s a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the same time.

Hailed as the funniest Broadway musicals of all time, THE PRODUCERS features a riotous mix of eccentric characters and show-stopping songs including “I Wanna Be a Producer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Prisoners of Love” and of course “Springtime for Hitler,” as well as eye-popping production numbers.

Written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, THE PRODUCERS features Bill McColgan as the infamous Max Bialystock with Andrew Ducharme playing the role of his mousy accountant Leo Bloom. The cast also includes Read more »

779 Telegraph Rd. Minor Subdivision Before Board

AGENDA Peru Planning Board –  WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

  4. APPROVAL of June 8th, August 10th and September14, 2016 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  1. 2 Lot Subdivision with a SEQRA P-2016-023: Karl Scheikert – 2 Lot Minor Subdivision, 779 Telegraph Rd.

Keep Your Vehicles Locked and Be Aware

By John T. Ryan

Peru and several surrounding communities have experienced a rash of recent car larcenies. Nine unlocked vehicles in Peru and Clintonville were burglarized between September 19th and September 23rd. Wilmington residents experienced 19 similar larcenies between August 8th and August 19th. On August 20th, six vehicle larcenies were reported in Keeseville and a chainsaw and a circular saw were stolen from an open garage. Most vehicle larcenies involved opportunity items, typically loose change. In early August there were 3 larcenies in Lewis. One arrest was made in connection with those incidents. No other arrests have been made.

NYS Police Trooper Jennifer Fleishman advised residents to keep vehicles locked and to be aware of people entering their neighborhoods and to call the Plattsburgh State Police Barracks at 563-3761 if they have any information that might lead to an arrest. She said, “People is this area have a sense of security. We feel safe. It’s very upsetting to have that sense of security disrupted.”

Editor’s Note: The Peru Gazette thanks Peru Town Counselor Brandy McDonald for bringing these larcenies to the community’s attention at the Town Board’s Monday, September 26th meeting.


A Historial Moment in Peru’s History


This afternoon is a historical moment in Peru’s history as the Rulfs’ Farmstand staff is moving merchandise and equipment into a beautiful new building. Yesterday afternoon and this morning the Peru Gazette photographed the old farmstead. Since its opening in 1953 hundreds of Peru’s young people and adults have worked in this building and thousands of North Country residents and visitors have enjoyed its array of wonderful farm products.

Most customers have also become a friend of Bob Rulfs who was sitting in his usual spot yesterday striking up a conversation with almost everyone who entered. This afternoon he is at the new store and will undoubtedly be there tomorrow greeting customers. Click here to renew your memories of the old farmstead. 

Bob Rulfs Sept. 27, 2016

Bob Rulfs Sept. 27, 2016


Churches Join to Assist Jamaican Project and Mission of Hope

Annual Pulled Pork Dinner – Saturday October 22nd 5:00 PM-7PM
$8.00/$4.00 12 and under
$6.00 for Walk of Faith participants
$3.00 for Walk of Faith participants 12 and under
Menu- pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans, rolls, salad and dessert
Proceeds to North Country Mission of Hope and The Jamaican Project
Sponsored by:
Peru Community Church, St Augustine’s Parish,
Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Ct St Monica 2598

Mark October 15th on Your Calendar


Peru – October 15th should be an exciting day for Peru as about 450 runners and bicyclists participate in the 6th Annual Octoberfest Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 40K bike event. All proceeds are for a good cause – to fight pulmonary fibrosis, a disease affecting 500,000 Americans including several in our region. Over the past five years the event has raised some $60,000 for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The event is coordinated by Ruth Hamilton LaClair whose father Chip Hamilton passed away after a long battle with the disease.

Ruth said it’s very much appreciated when Peru residents cheer the participants along the route beginning at 9 a.m. as they travel down the Bear Swamp Rd., Union Rd.,Jarvis Rd., Elm St. Pleasant St., River Rd., Old Town Rd., Rounds Drive, Winding Brook Rd., Buttonbrook Parkway, School st., Jenkins Street, Main Street and eventually back to the Fire Station. Most runners should travel through the hamlet between 9:15 and 10:30.

Let’s get out and show our spirit and support!  If you’d like to participate or volunteer you can sign up at this website

Six Adirondack Schools Named “Schools of Distinction” – Sun Community News & Printing

Peru Central School is one of the Six

ESSEX – College For Every Student (CFES), a global leader in helping underserved students become college and career ready, is honoring 33 schools in eight states and Ireland as “Schools of Distinction.” Six of these schools are in the Adirondacks.

Source: Six Adirondack Schools Named “Schools of Distinction” – Sun Community News & Printing

Revised Town Board Agenda


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the September 12, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Main Street Plan Presentation

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Clinton County Health Department MOU.

DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Update.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Tom Fusco Appointment to Zoning Board of Appeals.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Budget Meeting Schedule.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Tentative Budget Meeting.

DISCUSSION: Sky Lantern Ban.

DISCUSSION: Zoning and Planning Board Attorney.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Parking Ban on State Route 22B.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.


MOTION: Adjourn

DEC Announces Start of Small Game Hunting Seasons

Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant Seasons
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that several small game hunting seasons open October 1. In addition, there are special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season.

“Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State, and this year we are offering more opportunities for the next generation of hunters to be introduced to this important sport,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Our youth only hunting seasons are an excellent way to connect people to the natural world and teach to become safe and responsible hunters, and I encourage experienced hunters across New York to bring a novice hunter afield this fall.”

Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations can be found in the New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license issuing agent, and on the DEC website (see links below).

Wild Turkey Hunting
Beginning last fall, DEC updated the fall turkey hunting season structure in response to declines in turkey populations and to ensure that harvest opportunities are sustainable. Season dates for fall 2016:

October 1-14 in the Northern Zone
October 15-28 in the Southern Zone
November 19-December 2 in Suffolk County, Long Island
The statewide, season bag limit is one bird of either sex.

The change to the fall turkey season is being evaluated as part of a four-year research program during which DEC staff track hen harvest and survival. This data will be used along with information collected annually on turkey abundance, productivity, and hunter activity and harvest to determine future fall harvest opportunities that are sustainable under current environmental conditions and trends in turkey populations.

Waterfowl Hunting and Youth Waterfowl Days Read more »

Veterans: VA access, jobs pose challenges – Sun Community News & Printing

About 25 area veterans from Essex, Clinton and Franklin County met with Rep. Elise Stefanik for roundtable discussion, citing problems with VA, healthcare access, education and jobs

Source: Veterans: VA access, jobs pose challenges – Sun Community News & Printing

Serve Him With A Joyful Heart

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By John T. Ryan

Len Jozwiak is a friend and brother Knight of Columbus here in Peru. We never talked much about his youth until a few weeks ago when he told me about attending the 80th Jubilee of Sister Mary Augustine, his high school teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. Len said, “Sister Mary Augustine encouraged me to get my grades up and finish high school. I liked to party in those days.” When Sister Mary Augustine (who be 100 years old this coming March) celebrated her 75th Jubilee Len sent her a card and gave her a phone call. At first his former teacher didn’t remember him, but when he pronounced his name in Polish, she instantly recalled her fun-loving former student. This summer she told him, “I still have your card.”

Sister Mary Augustine is a member of the Felician Sisters of North America. The Sisters’ website has a quote, “Jesus wants us to serve him with a joyful heart.” It appears that Sister Mary Augustine lived up to that goal. Please read Sister Mary Augustine’s thank-you card.

Her student Len Jozwiak came to the North Country in 1955 as a U. S. Air Force KC-97 boom operator. He said, “I was on the first plane to land at the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base.” In 1956, he met Peru native and Champlain Valley Hospital nursing student Noela Carte. They were married in 1958 and have five children – Leonard II, Julie, Michelle, Kristie and Carmen. Len retired from Imperial Wallcoverings after 34 years of service.

Peru celebrates new court house, sewer survey results – Sun Community News & Printing

Tiah Dowling has written such a good story, the Peru Gazette will rely on her reporting for the Peru Town Board’s last meeting.  We will be doing follow-ups on the Lyon Road School and the Courthouse.

PERU — Lawmakers had plenty to celebrate during last week’s town meeting.

Source: Peru celebrates new court house, sewer survey results – Sun Community News & Printing

Bharara: Percoco-Kaloyeros charges show ‘systemic problem’ in state government – Capitol Confidential

DEC Announces Start of Early Bow Seasons for Deer


Deer Management Permit Application Deadline Is October 1

DEC Invites Hunters to Help Track Deer Populations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that early bowhunting seasons for deer in New York State will be starting soon.

Early bow season for deer begins in the Northern Zone at sunrise on Tuesday, September 27, and continues through October 21. In the Southern Zone, early bow season for deer and bear begins Saturday, October 1 and continues through November 18.

“Hunting opportunities in New York have never been better and the start of hunting season is an essential economic driver for communities across the state,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Governor Cuomo’s continued commitments to the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative are bolstering our efforts to provide world class hunting opportunities for bowhunters statewide. With mild weather, longer days, and deer in early season feeding patterns, the early bow season is a great time to be in the woods. It’s also a perfect opportunity to introduce new hunters to deer hunting.”

Under rules established by the New York State Legislature, bowhunters may opt to use a crossbow during latter portions of bow seasons: the last 10 days of the Northern Zone bow season (October 12-21) and last 14 days of the Southern Zone bow season (November 5-18). To hunt with a crossbow during these periods, bowhunters must possess a muzzleloader privilege and a qualifications certificate (see the Crossbow Hunting web page on DEC’s website for details).

“We expect that bowhunters will see more deer than in years past,” Seggos said. “With many hunters interested in seeing more older bucks in the field, bowhunters might want to consider passing up shots on young bucks, and in areas where deer populations are larger than desired, to focus their hunting on antlerless deer.”

DEC invites bowhunters to help monitor deer and other wildlife populations by participating in the Bowhunter Sighting Log. The Bowhunter Sighting Log includes a diary of bowhunting activity and the number of animals seen. This data helps DEC track deer and other wildlife populations. To participate, please e-mail DEC ( – specify Bowhunter Sighting Log in the subject line) and provide your name, address, hunter ID (back tag number), the counties where you typically hunt, and whether or not you have participated in New York’s bowhunter log in any previous year.

Deer hunters should also be aware that the application deadline for Deer Management Permits (DMPs) is October 1. Hunters should know which Wildlife Management Unit they intend to hunt before applying. See the DMP Availability and Probability of Selection web page for DMP targets and the chances of being selected by WMU.

Three Variance Requests Tonight

Includes Home-based business at 284 Route 22B

The Peru Gazette apologizes for missing this email containing the agenda of tonight’s Zoning Board Meeting.

.Zoning Board Agenda 092116

Capital Region, say hello to area code 838 – Times Union

Peru Gazette Note: This change will also apply in the North Country.

The state Public Service Commission approved the use of a second area code just last week after several months of debate over the plan, which is needed because phone companies are quickly running out of new 10 digit numbers that can be generated using the 518 area code. With the creation of the new 838 area code, eastern New York is well-positioned to accommodate future growth in this important sector of the economy, and it will ensure that local telephone service remains efficient. Just four months ago, officials with the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, the organization that manages area codes in the U.S., Canada and parts of the Caribbean, predicted that the 518 area code would last until 2019. The key quality, however, of a relief area code is that it doesn’t cause confusion with the existing area code or neighboring area codes. “The idea is to find a relief area code that can reduce customer confusion and potentially avoid dialing similarities with surrounding (area codes),” said John Manning, a senior director at NANPA. Over the summer when the PSC was holding public hearings on the need for a second area code, the biggest debate was whether to split the region into two area codes or do an “overlay” in which new customers get the second number and existing customers get to keep their number.

Source: Capital Region, say hello to area code 838 – Times Union

240th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Valcour Clinton Community College

2nd floor Lobby/Veranda of the George Moore Building October 11th at 4:30-5:30pm

(Plattsburgh) October 11th marks the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Valcour, one of the first naval battles of the American Revolution, fought between the shores of Valcour Island and New York State. A commemoration of this event will be held at the Clinton Community College, 2nd Floor Lobby/Veranda of the George Moore Building from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on October 11th, hosted by the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Clinton Community College. Kyle Page, CCC Professor and local historian, will speak on “The Battle of Valcour: The People Who Were There”. Music is provided by Cathy Davenport, Bill Long and the Police Pipes and Drums. Special guests include Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon and DAR State District IV Director Margaret Scuderi. Colors will be posted by the American Legion Post 20 Honor Guard and the cannonade by Craig Russell of the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. This is the 121st year that the event has been coordinated by the DAR. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information contact:

Diane Parmeter, Event Coordinator and Vice Regent of the DAR – 518-562-4166,

Helen Nerska, DAR Secretary, 513-582-7246,

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday

The Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be on September 24, 2016 at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh. The social hour is from 6 to 7 and dinner at 7. If anyone would like to attend they can make their reservations with Cathy Phillips at Home: 963-7963 or her cell Phone: 572-1235.

This year’s inductees are Sherman Sorrell, Arthur Duprey, Harlen Rock, Kathleen Twining Mion, Matt Berry, Nicky Duprey and Peter Forrence.


Fallen Hero – Sherman Amos Sorrell
Sherman graduated from Peru High School in 1960. Sherman was a four year starter in wrestling, went undefeated his senior year and captured a Sectional Championship. Sherman joined the Army upon graduation and reached the level of Staff Sergeant. Sherman’s tour of duty in Viet Nam started on June 30, 1967. He was assigned as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist to the HHB, 7th BN, 13th ARTILLERY, 41st, ARTY GROUP, I FIELD FORCE, USARV. Sherman was listed as a ground causality due to gun or small arms fire on December 15, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam.


Fallen Hero – Arthur Raymond Duprey
Art was a 1966 graduate of Peru High School. Art was a three sport athlete; awarded varsity letters in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Upon graduation Art joined the United States Marine Corps were he reached the level of Corporal, with an MOS of 3516 Automotive Mechanic. Art’s tour of duty in Viet Nam started on November 24, 1967 and was assigned to H& CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF. Art died on August 16, 1968, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam resulting from fragmentation wounds to the head and body from hostile mortar fire while in a defensive position.


Harlen Rock
Harlan, a 1957 Graduate had a passion for basketball. His accurate two handed set shot was deadly from the floor and the free throw line. He led the team in his senior year with a free throw percentage of 75.9 (66 for 87) and averaged 12.2 points per game as Peru won the league title with a 19-1 record. He was a guard on the varsity for all four years of his high school career. Harland was also an outstanding baseball player for Peru. The highlight of his junior year was a towering 350 foot home run. He helped lead Peru to the League Championship in his senior year as he batted .419 and had a 6-0 record as a starting pitcher. Furthermore, he threw a no-hitter against Northwood on May 7, 1957. Harlan played four years as a forward on the varsity soccer team and also competed on the track team in running events.


Kathleen Twining Mion
Kathy is a 1984 graduate and four sport varsity award winner. A forward in soccer, Kathy was an offensive threat every time she touched the ball. Her scoring prowess resulted in her being named a 1983 Division I All-Star. A co-captain in volleyball, Kathy excelled offensively and defensively. She led the team in hits and kills. As a center forward in basketball, Kathy had a knack for getting open. Amazing hands and a soft touch off the glass she was a leading scorer. A fearless rebounder, she led her team as captain on both ends of the court. In softball, she was known for her excellent glove work at 1st base. Offensively, she was a long ball threat at any time. A four sport all-star, Kathy’s teams won four sectional and four CVAC titles.


Matt Berry
“Athlete” is defined as a person who is skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility and/or stamina. Matt possesses all these qualities and more. As a team captain Matt was known for his tenacity and enthusiasm. Matt excelled in football, basketball and track as well as academically. A three year starter in football, he was a two time CVAC All-star as a linebacker and tight end and 3rd team all-state as a linebacker. A varsity track athlete as a sophomore and junior was a CVAC and sectional champion in the high jump at 6’4” and in shot put with a heave of 53’9”, his ACL tear ended his track career.



Nicole “Nicky” Duprey
Nicky graduated in 1995 and was a five year varsity letter winner in two sports and a four year letter winner in another for a combined 14 varsity letters! Nicky played soccer for five years and was captain for three of these years. She was a Division I All-Stars four consecutive years from 1992-1995. Nicky played volleyball for four years and captained the team for three of them. In those three years the team compiled an amazing 44 and 5 record with two section titles and one CVAC championship. Nicky’s varsity softball career at Peru spanned five years, the final two of which she was elected captain. In 1993 she was named both outstanding offensive player of the year and outstanding defensive player of the year by her teammates. In 1995 she was voted the team’s most valuable player. Nicky was a two time CVAC softball all-star as well. Her five year career batting average was a stunning .540. Nicky’s leadership abilities were also on display in the classroom. She was part of eight NYSHPSAA Scholar athlete teams during her athletic career. She was also a member of the 1993 New York State Scholar athlete champion team with a combined academic average of 93 for softball.


Peter Forrence
Peter was an outstanding athlete during his four years at Peru from 1967 to 1971. He was a four year varsity participant in four sports; football in the fall, Basketball in the winter and Baseball and Track & Field in the spring. Peter was named to numerous league all-star teams throughout his athletic career and was voted a co-captain of the 1971 varsity football team. Peter was an exemplary student-athlete at Peru as he attained a grade point average sufficient to gain him admission to Princeton University where he graduated in 1975.

What a Parade!


Peru High School Marching Band was definitely a PARADE HIGHLIGHT

Peru – There was a wonderful turnout for the Saturday, September 17, 2016 Applefest Parade.  Click here to view a few of the highlights. 

Accompanied by music if viewed on a PC.

Community Forum to Discuss Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Prescription Opiate, Heroin Addiction and opiate-related overdoses continue to increase in the North Country. Several local professionals and concerned citizens joined forces to form a coalition, namely, Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC). This coalition is comprised of people in recovery, concerned citizens, treatment providers, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, and community organizations. The coalition aims to raise substance abuse awareness in our community and address the issues associated with substance abuse. Our mission is to foster community health through education, prevention, treatment and recovery of substance abuse.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m., SPARCC is hosting a free Community Forum called Understanding Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse at the Strand Theatre for the Arts located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh. This forum will be SPARCC’s first step toward raising awareness of the impact of the heroin crisis in our community as well as educating our community about the resources available to combat this issue. Read more »

United Way Kicks Off Campaign


The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its kick off breakfast on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Butcher Block-Adirondack Room in Plattsburgh. A record crowd attended with supporters and partners being represented from throughout the three county region. John Bernardi, Executive Director/CEO said, “This crowd is representative of the incredible generosity and caring nature of our north country community”.

The campaign video was debuted and drew applause from approximately 200 attendees who represented supporters, pacesetters, community partners, elected officials, board members and volunteers. Amy L. Kretser, this year’s campaign chair, spoke on how the United Way of the Adirondack Region has touched the lives of people in the community, including her family and the commitment she has on making the $725,000 goal set this year.

The guest speaker this year was John Zurlo, County Clerk, Clinton County Government. He spoke of how the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its partner agencies have touched him personally and highlighted services United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its partner agencies offers the Adirondack Region. Kathy Snow, Director of Development and Marion Daniels, Director of Finance then announced the pacesetter results (enclosed). Pacesetters are businesses and organizations that conduct their campaign before the kick off. They concluded with an announcement that with all of the pacesetter results in, the campaign was at 23.6% of the goal. The campaign runs until February 10, 2017.

The 44 partner agencies of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. collectively served 80,000 people in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties last year. Our mission is “To be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.”

United Way of the Adirondack Region,Inc. 9/16/16 23.6%

Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPA’s 100% Participation 2,638.00
Architectural & Engineering Design Associates (AEDA) 1,000.00
Behavioral Health Services North 7,515.00
Booth, Alan & Jenny 3,750.00
Brown Funeral Home 500.00
Champlain National Bank 15,000.00
Child Care Coordinating Council NC 4,020.00
Donlan & Barcomb 1,000.00
ETS, Inc. 100% Participation 5,700.00
Eye Care for the Adirondacks Partial 5,300.00
Fesette Realty, LLC 1,000.00
FirstView Eye Care (Drs’. Paepke & Staff) 1,000.00
Georgia Pacific Partial 25,000.00
Key Bank Partial 5,000.00
Landrock E & S Consulting (Bruce & Kathleen Gray) 1,000.00
Martindale Keysor & Co, PLLC 750.00
Murnane Building Contractors Partial 2,000.00
NBT Bank Partial 5,994.00
Niles & Bracy, Attnys. 1,000.00
Nine Platt Hospitality Group 16,558.00
Northeast Group Partial 9,000.00
Northern Adirondack Central School Partial 750.00
Northern Insuring Agency 13,500.60
Plattsburgh City School District Partial 5,900.00
Plattsburgh Ford Partial 2,000.00
PrimeLink Partial 250.00
State Farm Insurance/J. Kerley 600.00
United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. 100% Participation 1,100.00
UPS – SCS, Champlain Partial 3,252.00
UPS – Ground, Banker Rd. Partial 12,922.00

+ Miscellaneous (Individuals & Organizations) Additional 15,993.65

A Truly Rural School: The Origins of Chazy Rural School

Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) on Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30 pm at the Plattsburgh Public Library for Dr. Ellen Adams’ presentation examining the historical context of the Chazy Rural School’s founding in 1916. Many innovations combined with William H. Miner resources and community support came together to build the innovative educational institution that is still going strong today. Dr. Adams is Director/Curator at the Alice T. Miner Museum and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in US History from the College of William and Mary.

CCHA’s Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. This program is funded in part by Clinton County.

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

Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it might fall off sooner than normal.

Source: Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

Chamber Benefits Breakfast Highlights Opportunities For Your Business

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Breakfast on September 22nd from 8:00 – 9:00am at the Chamber office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh. This informational meeting will cover the many benefits and services offered by the Chamber, including cost saving opportunities, ways to meet potential customers, and more. You’ll also get an overview of Chamber activities regarding tourism promotion, government affairs, small business support and economic development.

This free breakfast is open to everyone who would like to learn more about the many services available to businesses in our region. RSVP or learn more – call the Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit  

Study finds New York losing the most tax payers – Times Union

The drumbeat of people leaving New York state goes on, a new finding shows, with the equivalent of the populations of Columbia and Washington counties heading for warmer, less costly and lower-taxed Sunbelt states in 2014. Out-migration is nothing new, but two demographers recently updated the statistical portrait of the trend, and it’s eye-opening. The Empire State lost 126,000 tax filers in 2014 to other states, the largest number among all 50 states, according to Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin, who published their findings in, a website devoted to demographic, economic and political trends. Rather than simple inflation or supply-and-demand, Cox is critical of what he says are overly restrictive zoning laws in many suburban communities, which discourage density and drive up the entry cost for a home. Business groups say an extension of the surcharge would further drive out wealthy taxpayers, while groups like the Fiscal Policy Institute argue that income taxes aren’t necessarily the reason that millionaires decided to stay or leave the state. The fact is that under this administration, New York has a record number of private sector jobs, an unemployment number below the national average, and passed reforms that led to the lowest middle class taxes in 70 years, the lowest corporate tax rates since 1968 and the lowest manufacturing tax rate since 1917 and a property tax cap.

Source: Study finds New York losing the most tax payers – Times Union

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Register Now for Cornell Cooperative Extension After School or 4-H Club Programs

Northern New York. The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are inviting youth, ages 5 to 19, to register for fun learning activities through After School programs and 4-H clubs. The new year for the programming begins October 1.

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff work with school districts, volunteers, small family groups, and corporate supporters to provide a diverse range of learning experiences.

After School programs engage nearly 1,000 students across the region. Programs at 23 schools include a focus on mandated STEM: science, engineering, technology and math education, and healthy living.

More than 125 4-H clubs with more than 2,000 members focus on everything from the traditional dairy, horse and small activities to babysitting, birding, music, robotics, and woodworking interests.  

Extension initiatives for youth in 2016 include: Read more »

Peru Primary Results

County Court Judge: Keith Bruno 21, Mark Anderson 10.

Surrogate Court Judge: Catherine Paul 20, William Favreau 12.




Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Ahead of primary, hundreds of political campaigns for Devi Momot have been reported stolen, reported the candidate on Tuesday

Source: Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

Expanding Interests

Dick Brogowski and his photo "Pride of the Adirondacks"

Dick Brogowski and his photo “Pride of the Adirondacks”

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Most people know Dick Brogowski as Ausable Valley Central’s longtime Athletic Director (1977-1999). Others know him as the husband of longtime Beekmantown physical education teacher and Girls Track Coach Connie Brogowski. Since his appointment last August, others know him as the Town of Plattsburgh Historian. This month people who visit the Peru Free Library will come to know him as an accomplished photographer. Many of his photos are on display and available for sale framed, matted or as greeting cards. Twenty-five percent of each sale will benefit the Peru Free Library.

Dick Brogowski

Monet’s Water Garden, Giverny, France

Dick Brogowski’s interest in photography has grown since his retirement in 1999. He explained, “Now when I see something of interest, I’ll take ten shots. Sometimes I’ll just stop and wait for the right moment to take the picture. I especially like scenic or landscape photos.” The photos on display were taken as far away as France and New York City or in such nearby locales as Montreal, Vermont, Plattsburgh and Peru. Many people who attended last weekend’s Battle of Plattsburgh celebration undoubtedly saw Dick with his camera looking for the perfect photo opportunity. He said, “Yes, I took hundreds of photos there!”

The Peru Free Library is open Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 10-7, Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-4 Saturday 10-3. Closed Sunday & Monday.

SUNY Plattsburgh makes ‘Best Colleges’ list

Recognition is latest in string of favorable reviews.

Source: SUNY Plattsburgh makes ‘Best Colleges’ list

Stock Up On Good Clothing

Peru – St. Vincent’s Tent Sale, 302 Main St., Peru, NY
Gently used fall & winter clothing. Large Bag $6.00

Thursday 9/15 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday 9/16-Sunday 9/18 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A new face at Westport school: Mr. Osborne – Sun Community News & Printing

WESTPORT — One of the new faces at school here this year is the school superintendent.

Source: A new face at Westport school: Mr. Osborne – Sun Community News & Printing

Why Not Attend the School Board Meeting Tuesday Evening

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include: 

Recognition of new & recently appointed employees

Overview of student information system

District Intervention Plan

Instructional Technology Plan

Peru 2020 committees

The full agenda can be viewed at

Interesting Items on Monday’s Board Agenda

AGENDA – TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING,  September 12, 2016, 7:00 PM

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of August 22, 2016.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Babbie Farm Museum Presentation.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: AES Contract Approval.
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Park Christmas Tree Replacement Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Pickleball/Tennis Court Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Dog Park Fence Purchase.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Laphams Mills Field Fencing Purchase. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Board of Assessment Review Member Reappointment.  
  1. DISCUSSION: Parsons Road Repairs Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Building Purchase Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Lyons Road Schoolhouse Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Sewer District Income Survey Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Letter of Support for Towns of Ellenburg and Plattsburgh Regarding Mortuaries. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Budget Update. 
  1. Other Business. 
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

Corn Harvest Underway

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Peru’s farmers began harvesting cow corn this week. This morning seven Adirondack Farms trucks were hauling corn from a field along the Military Turnpike to Adirondack’s Brown Road farm. The massive 10-row, 775 horsepower forage harvester will chop 100 acres or more daily daily. The harvest will take about 30 work days.

Youth Commission Soccer Begins Saturday

The Peru Youth  Commission will be holding its annual Soccer Kick Off Classic this Saturday at Laphams Mills Recreational Facility . There will be 24 teams opening up the season with each team playing 3 games. Opening Ceremonies will start at 10:00 and there will also be a concession stand. For more information please contact John Flynn Youth Director  at 320-2207.

Upcoming Events at Peru Community Church

The Peru Community Church is pleased to announce special celebrations and events over the coming weeks.  All are cordially invited to join with us in worship and special events.  

The Fall/Winter/Spring worship service schedule is now in effect.  Worship services are at 8 am and 10:30 am in the sanctuary, Elm and Pleasant Streets, at the intersection of Routes 22 and 22B in the town of Peru.  A coffee hour immediately follows each service in the church’s Fellowship Center across the street at 13 Elm Street.    Communion is celebrated during worship on the first Sunday of each month.  October 2 is World Communion Sunday, celebrating our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. 

Sunday, September 11th marks the start of Sunday School for all ages, from pre-school to adult, from 9:15 -10:15 am.  The all-church picnic and celebration on the church grounds follows the 10:30 am service, featuring hot dogs and more.   All are welcome — bring a dish to pass / donation.    Youth groups will start soon too; more information to follow. 

On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, starting September 14th, join Pastor Peggi Eller in the Chapel for a video series of leading Christian voices discussing topics of religion and faith in an honest and understandable manner.  Call the church office, 518-643-8641, to sign up; no preparation necessary, just a willingness to listen and participate; limited to ~15 to encourage conversation.  Starting questions include – Why Church anyway?  Can’t I just be Spiritual?  Why does God matter?  Why are so many religious people judgmental?  How do I find calm in the midst of my stormy life? What about the Cross and Resurrection? 

Ladies Guild begins their Fall schedule, meeting at 7 pm on Monday September 12th, October 10th, and November 7th.  Baking days are set for November 16th and 22nd, for the Apple & Pumpkin Pie/Pumpkin Roll fundraiser (with pickup Tuesday November 22nd).    Be ready to place your order in October for these yummy treats! 

Come join us for worship on Sundays, as well as other events held in the church and its Fellowship Center. Questions?  Please call Pastor Peggi Eller at the church office at 518-643-8641.  Our website is     Sermon selections are available for download from the website.

Last North Country Honor Flight of 2016

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Among Honorees

A Message from North Country Honor Flight Director Barrie Finnegan

North Country Honor Flight will have its last flight of the year on September 10th. The send-off ceremony begins at 7am sharp at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center. We expect a large crowd due to the last surviving Mohawk Code Talker being on board. Mr.Levi Oakes and his Congressional Medal of Honor will be one of the 14 veterans going for a trip they have deserved for over 70 years. There will be 10 WWII and 4 Korean War heroes on this flight, each esteemed veteran is as important as the other and all are overdue this show of thanks and gratitude.

The aircraft take-off can be viewed from a reserved spot in the parking lot. After arrival at BWI airport, a chartered bus will take our heroes to the WWII and Korean War memorials . Then it’s on to Arlington Cemetery for the changing of the guard. A stop at the Iwo Jima memorial and time permitting the Air Force memorial rounds out the day. After a relaxing dinner put on by the American Legion post 276 in Severn Maryland it’s back to BWI. A welcome home reception is planned for 10:00pm back in the parking lot at the City Recreation Center.

Many of our Veterans come home and say ” this was the best day of my life”

Please come be a part of any or all of their special day.

Barrie Finnegan


North Country Honor Flight


All Dancers Welcome

The North Country Ballet Ensemble will hold auditions in September for the 31st Annual Nutcracker. Performances take place at Hartman Theater of SUNY Plattsburgh and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, in November and December. Dancers of all styles and abilities are invited to attend. All dancers are invited to audition in Plattsburgh at the Strand Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY, on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.

Auditions are divided by age and level:

Saturday, September17th  (boys & girls)

1:00pm                                  Girls Ages 5-6

1:15pm                                  Girls Ages 7-9

1:45pm                                  Girls Ages 10-12

2:30pm                                  Boys (all ages)

2:45pm                                  Girls Ages 12+

Girls who have been en pointe for at least 2 years, please bring pointe shoes

Please arrive 15 minutes early to process completed paperwork.

All dancers who audition will be cast. 

Non-Refundable fee of $20.00 is required at the audition. Participation fees vary by age, and will be explained at the mandatory Parent meeting.

For more more information and to register, please contact NCBE at:   518.572.1224 or Alice Schonbek at:

A New Pastor with a Unique Background


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Peru – On July 1, 2016 Reverend Peggi Eller become pastor of the Peru Community Church succeeding Interim Pastor David Svenson (2015-16) and Pastor Robert Svenson (2003-15). Pastor Peggi’s appointment is of historical note in that she is the church’s first female pastor and its first Methodist pastor since 1962. The Peru Community Church includes both Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. From 1962 to 2016, the pastors were ordained Presbyterian ministers.

Pastor Peggi is accustomed to change. Educated as an electrical engineer, her 2009 ordination followed a twenty-seven year defense industry career. She didn’t become a Christian until her early 40’s. She said, “I was not churched as a child or young adult. In 1998 I was working for IBM in Owego, NY. I wanted to enroll my two children in a Catholic School. They said the children had to be baptized, so I began to explore religion. The Methodist Church was the most closely aligned with my outlook. Then God started to work very quickly.” Over the next few years Peggi became active in her local church and by 2006 she recognized a call to the ministry. Prior to being assigned to the Peru Community Church she pastored two churches in Oneonta.

Introducing young people and families to Christianity and the Peru Community Church will definitely be one of Pastor Peggi’s priorities. She explained, “I will try to reach people who are unchurched. About 30% of Peru’s residents label themselves as unchurched. I hope to focus on junior and senior high kids and families with teens.”

Not long after arriving in Peru the pastor struck up a conversation with four teenage boys who were playing Poke ‘man Go at the nearby Little Ausable River Park Gazebo. Before long they asked questions about what goes on in the old stone church. She explained, “We need to go where people are and not expect them to come to us. Bringing people to church typically starts with relationships, with people asking, ‘Why don’t you come to church with us?’ Coming to church is a scary thing for many people.” An evening worship service focused on the unchurched is definitely on her agenda. It hasn’t been scheduled yet, but Pastor Peggi said, “Stay tuned!”

Pastor Peggi has been with impressed the Peru Community Church’s longtime service programs including the Jamaican Mission, Senior High Youth Group, Vacation Bible School and its partnership with the St. Augustine’s Parish community on programs such as the soup kitchen. She said, “I’ve found Peru’s people to be thoughtful, understanding and patient.”

Unfortunately, the Indiana native does have one reservation about the North Country – the Michigan Red Hot! She’s tasted Michigans at two of the local favorite Michigan stands, but hasn’t fallen in love with them. But, as she said, “It takes time to build a relationship.”

These are pastors, interim pastors and parish associates of the Peru Community Church:

The Rev. Paul Hydon – Founding Pastor (United Methodist) 1938-42

The Rev. Robert Thomas – (Methodist) 1942-47

Major William Malpass (Salvation Army) Interim 1947-48

The Rev. Dr. George Morgan (Presbyterian) 1948-52

The Rev. Dimiter Wassen – Interim Pastor 1952-54

The Rev. George Morgan (Presbyterian) 1954-56

The Rev. Melvin McGaughey (Methodist) 1956-62

The Rev. Donald Buddle (Presbyterian) 1962-69

The Rev. Kenneth N. Parker (Presbyterian) 1970-2003

The Rev. Noel Butler (New Zealand Presbyterian) Exchange 1980-81

The Rev. J. David Jones (Canadian Presbyterian) Associate Pastor 1988-93

The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Svenson Presbyterian) Associate Pastor 2003-2003

The Rev. Robert E. Svenson (Presbyterian) Pastor 2003 -2015

The Rev. Jessie Doerrer – Parish Associate (Presbyterian) 2012 -13

The Rev. David Svenson Interim Pastor (Presbyterian) 2015 -2016

The Rev. Peggi Eller (United Methodist) 2016 –

Highly touted START-UP economic program creates just over 400 N.Y. jobs – Times Union

At the state fair last summer, employees from the small company staffed a START-UP NY booth and helped tout the state’s plan to create jobs through tax breaks and utilizing businesses resources in the state university system. In recent months, START-UP NY, a central part of Cuomo’s massive economic development arsenal, has been vilified by some state legislators and conservative think tanks after it was reported the program created just 408 jobs across the state since 2014, leading the critics to question whether the $53 million spent on advertising and marketing was worth it. […] critics say the 162 jobs were assisted by other incentives — including six START-UP companies that received cash awards through 43North, a part of the governor’s “Buffalo Billion” development program that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Democrat from the Buffalo suburbs, questioned Empire State Development Corp. CEO and fellow western New Yorker Howard Zemsky about what the legislator has claimed is misleading reporting in the job-creation numbers. The legislative showdown was the latest in a series of attacks on the state’s economic development policies, which included a scathing report last month from the state comptroller’s office that said ESD couldn’t document whether companies met goals tied to tax credits provided through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Zemsky counters that Buffalo’s higher participation is likely the result of the State University at Buffalo’s designation as one of the highest federally funded research institutions in the SUNY system — and a fuel for research-inspired businesses. The state Legislature approved START-UP NY in 2013, allowing new or expanding businesses to be free of sales and income taxes for 10 years — provided companies are not on the long list of unauthorized uses like hotels, restaurants, retail and wholesale distribution centers. The program also requires companies to locate on college campuses, or an approved building nearby, so they can benefit from tax-free leases, faculty knowledge, student interns and equipment. The Mohawk Valley, where SUNY Cobleskill sits, reported one job created between 2014 and 2015 — from a Canadian aviation company that, according to Mohawk Valley Community College, set up in a trailer near one of their school buildings that is under construction in Rome, Oneida County. […] state Assemblyman Peter Lopez, a Republican who represents Schoharie County and voted for the START-UP legislation, said colleges have been provided little support or guidance from the state about how to integrate economic development into their educational mission. The Mid-Hudson region’s only business that claimed job creation by the end of 2015, Sustainable Waste Power Systems, has an office at the sprawling former IBM campus near Kingston and qualified for START-UP in part because Ulster Community College declared the IBM campus an off-shoot of its institution. […] Sustainable, which is working on a system that turns animal or plant waste into fuel to power equipment, is doing all its construction and testing at space its leasing from a power tool company in Saugerties.

Source: Highly touted START-UP economic program creates just over 400 N.Y. jobs – Times Union

Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Robert Schusteritsch allegedly stole over $180K by impersonating deceased brother.

Source: Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Ausable River Clean-up Successful

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By John T. Ryan

Last Saturday the Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, hosted a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday in Peru. AsRA worked with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the mouth at Lake Champlain.

AsRA’s River Steward Nicole Pionteck commented, “The clean-up was a great success! We had 25 volunteers and pulled over 150 tires, 13 40-gallon trash bags, and scrap metal (including a huge cement mixer) out of the river.”

The Peru Gazette praises the volunteers and condemns the people who dump these materials in our beloved and vital river. Nicole Pionteck and Peru Gazette Contributor Joanne Kennedy photographed Saturday’s clean-up. Joanne Kennedy’s copyright is in the lower right of her photos.

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Some of the Reasons for Jim Champagne’s Fine Reputation


Jim Champagne and Nora Pinkman – August 2005

The following is an article on Liberty’s Garage and Jim Champagne that I wrote for Denton Publications in August of 2005. Reprinted with Denton’s permission.

Liberty’s Garage
By John T. Ryan

It doesn’t seem possible ten years have passed, but on July 1st of this year Jim Champagne celebrated the 10th anniversary of his ownership Liberty’s Garage in Peru. Jim and his wife Karen purchased the successful business from Jack Liberty on July 1, 1995. Jack Liberty had established an excellent reputation during the 25 years he operated the service station. Jack’s customers asked who this new owner was and they wondered if he would provide the same quality service. From all accounts, Jim Champagne and his fine staff have met the challenge. The garage’s four service bays are always full and Jim’s gas pumps are nearly always busy.

Jim Champagne says he dreamed about operating his own garage for several years. After graduating from Chazy Central High School he went to work at the Church Oil service station in Plattsburgh and stayed until he bought Liberty’s twenty-two years later. Jim said, “I was looking for a business and one day I just happened to look in the paper.” Jim and his wife Karen had saved up money over the years in anticipation. He said the folks at Church Oil were surprised when he told them he was leaving. However, since he bought Liberty’s, Jim says, “They’ve been very good to me.” Church Oil is Jim’s Mobil supplier.

The day Denton Publications visited Liberty’s garage Pete Corral of Peru had his pick-up in for service. Asked why he does business at Liberty’s Pete said, “I’ve never had a bad experience. I think they’re fair and they do good work. When they give you an appointment they live up to it and you don’t have to check your car or truck seat for grease.”

Jim’s competent and friendly staff undoubtedly plays a major role in the station’s success. Nora Pinkman waits on customers, makes service appointments, picks up parts coming to and from work and does the station’s bookkeeping. This September she will celebrate her 35th year at Liberty’s. Mechanic Roger Duprey has worked there for 30 years. Jim’s four other mechanics Robert Desotell, Ray Price, Tim O’Neill and Leo Wood have been there two to five years. Matt McCarrell works when he’s not in school. The staff members personally greet customers and create a welcoming atmosphere. Customers also can’t help but notice the station’s appearance. Tools are returned to their chests after being used and the garage and offices are cleaned every night before anyone goes home. A beautiful flowerbed is maintained in front of the station.

Asked to explain his business philosophy Jim responded, “Treat the customer properly and make sure everything’s right before they leave.” Jim also likes to get to know his customers. He’s resisted installing credit card machines on his gas pumps saying, “It’s important to see who is buying your product.” After spending some time with Jim Champagne, it’s easy to explain why his sales are consistently increasing and why long-time customers have been able to relax in the knowledge that Liberty’s Garage is under competent, professional ownership.

CCRS lands over 300k for tech expansion – Sun Community News & Printing

CHAZY — Chazy Central Rural School is one step closer to merging the latest developments in the teaching and tech fields.

Source: CCRS lands over 300k for tech expansion – Sun Community News & Printing

Liberty’s Service Station Owner Passes Away

James’ Story

James E. “Jim” Champagne, 60, of the Lake Shore Road, Chazy, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH, Plattsburgh. He was born in Plattsburgh, Nov. 1, 1955, the son of Elvey L. and Audrey M. (Neverette) Champagne.
Jim worked for Church Oil for 22 years prior to purchasing Liberty’s Garage in Peru on July 1, 1995. He absolutely loved going to work every day and cherished his customers and employees. He enjoyed nature and was fond of his pets.
Left to cherish the memory of Jim are: his loving wife of 38 years, Karen S. Champagne; mother-in-law, Ruby E. Hughes; sisters-in-law, Karla Seymour and husband Edmund, Kathy Trahan and husband Mark, and Kristie Wetzel; nieces, Bailey Trahan, Lindsay Grindle and husband Michael, Meagan Giroux, and Nicole Fisher and husband Charles; and nephews, Ryan Seymour, and Jeffrey Langlois. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard D. Hughes and Kim L. Sykora.
Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 3, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Memorial Service will follow at noon in the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Dr. Robert Svenson officiating. Committal prayers and burial will follow in the Ingraham Cemetery in Chazy.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Elmore SPCA, PO Box 686, Peru, NY 12972 and/or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center, 212 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Jim please visit

September Events at the Alice T. Miner Museum


Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce the return of one of their most popular programs as well as two new events during the month of September. These programs are free and open to the public.

In what has become a fall tradition, Sounds of the Northway will perform at the museum on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. Sounds of the Northway has been performing for over 15 years for many kinds of audiences at venues all over the North Country. While the composition of the ensemble has changed over its 15-year history, two stalwarts remain as the centerpiece of the group: Ann Hope Ruzow Holland, Ph.D. playing guitar, piano, and singing; and Cathie Davenport playing flute and singing. Patricia Nelson and Vickie Putman of Willsboro recently joined the group to enhance vocals and add violin and percussion to the ensemble.  Read more »

Sign, Signs, Signs

AGENDA  – Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM


  4. APPROVAL of August 10, 2016 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  1. Site Plan Review P-2016-020: Dave Passino

Site Plan – Sign

634 Route 22B

  1. Site Plan Review P-2016-021: Dunkin Donuts

Site Plan – Sign

729 Bear Swamp Rd.

  1. Site Plan Review P-2016-022: Rulf’s Orchard

Site Plan – Sign

531 Bear swamp Rd.

  1. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Orchard view Update


Dog Park Construction Underway

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Facebook comments from Peru Town Counselor Donald McBrayer:

“I want to send a HUGE shout-out to Peru’s Highway & Water/Sewer Departments, and their respective Supervisors, Mike Farrell & Courtney Tetrault for making such great progress on the dog park in Heyworth Mason Park, the Connector Trail upgrade, fixing up the Gazebo, and keeping the pond area so tidy. This requires real dedication and hard work. Great Work by all.”

A date for opening the dog park has not be set. The Town Board still needs to give final approval for the fence purchase and the fence installation must be scheduled.

It’s Applefest Time


Peru – The 39th Annual St. Augustine’s Applefest will be held on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday September 18th. Saturday’s huge parade begins at 11 a.m. Enjoy live music, a giant craft fair, food, games, rides and a Sunday afternoon chicken BBQ.

Saturday’s music features the Plattsburgh Pipe and Drum Corps, The SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir and the Bootleg Band. Sunday the Movin’ On Band will perform.

Brogowski Photo Exhibit

Dick Brogowski

“Monet’s Water Garden” Giverny, France

Retired Ausable Valley Athletic Director Dick Brogowski will have his wonderful photos on exhibit at the Peru Free Library from 5 p.m. Friday, September 9 through October 1st. Opening reception Friday, September 9 from 5-7 pm.

New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Wednesday: Prize-winning milk and cheese at the State Fair, snakes on a train, and Gene Wilder’s New York.

Source: New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Peru woman wins $100,000 – Sun Community News & Printing

MORRISONVILLE — When the Trudeaus entered the American Legion to put their names into the mix for the highly anticipated Queen of Hearts raffle, an annual contest sponsored by the American Legion, the family didn’t think much of their odds of winning

Source: Peru woman wins $100,000 – Sun Community News & Printing

Schluter Systems expanding in Plattsburgh – Sun Community News & Printing

Additional facility to create 46 new jobs in Clinton County

Source: Schluter Systems expanding in Plattsburgh – Sun Community News & Printing

Happy Birthday Dorothy



Peru – The Peru Knights of Columbus helped Dorothy LeClair celebrate her 95th birthday tonight at the council’s Tuesday night bingo. Dorothy and all the other bingo players were presented with cupcakes celebrating Dorothy’s special occasion. Dorothy is a North Country Honor Flight World War II veteran who served as a U.S. Army nurse.

Run For Jon is a Great Community and Family Event


2016 Scott Woodward Awards

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Facteau Dunham and Sally Woodward


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By John T. Ryan

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

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

Paddles and Balls Available to Learn the Game


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

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

Not a Pretty Picture

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

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