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37th Applefest is About To Begin

applefestapplefest 2AUGUSTINE’S APPLEFEST – 37th ANNUAL, 3035 MAIN STREET, PERU NY

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH AND 21ST , 2014

PARADE STARTS AT PERU SCHOOL AT 11:00 AM SATURDAY

GRAND MARSHALLS: WORLD WAR II VETERANS

(North Country Honor Flight)

HUGH CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

(OVER 50 VENDORS PARTICIPATING)!

GAMES OF CHANCE

VINCENT DE PAUL YARD SALE

CRATE & CHRISTMAS HOUSE

FATHER ALAN’S CHRISTMAS ROOMS IN PARISH CENTER

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

SATURDAY

North Country Talent Education String Ensemble

Plattsburgh Pipe & Drums

The Hooterville Express

The Bootleg Band

SUNDAY

North Country Talent Education String Ensemble

The Bootleg Band

SUNDAY CHICKEN BBQ     MERRILOONS THE CLOWN           BAKE SALE             SILENT AUCTION

CHILDRENS GAMES           PLANT SALE     FOOD OF ALL KINDS        SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

 

Pinwheels for Peace to be “Planted” on Friday

smallpinwheel2A Message From Peru Central School

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 19, 2014, Peru Central School District plans to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of the clock tower of the Elementary Building on Route 22B.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st – there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 9), over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, art teachers Tracey Laundry and Greg Badger will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.

Peru Central School will create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc., to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and will “plant” them in front of the Elementary Building clock tower on Route 22B this year, as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 19th keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world! For more information, please contact 643-6400.

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame to Add Five New Members

John Rock, Cameron Riggs, Travis Angevine, Jennifer Goette and Nicky Viti-Duprey will be inducted into the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 27th. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Livingood’s Restaurant in Peru (former Crickett’s Restaurant). The scheduled times are, 6:30 social, and 7:00 dinner @ $20.00 per person. Checks can be sent with the names listed to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996, phone 518-963-7963. Checks should be made payable to the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Rock

John Rock

John Rock graduated from Peru Central School in 1968. During his High school years John played football, basketball, baseball and track playing for Mike Beauvais, Tony Papero, Frank Ruane, Harry Brown, Dan McKillip and Frank White. In 1965 he was on the undefeated football team. In 1966, during the last game of the season, he scored 4 touchdowns against St. John’s at Bailey Ave.   The only JV sport he played was basketball in the 1963-64 seasons.

John held track records in the 220 yd. dash with a 22.7 and 100 yd. dash with a 10 flat.   He was also on the record setting 880-relay team with Joe Furnia, Barney Woodward, and Jeff Norman. The track team won three out of four track Section 7 titles and in baseball the teams won 3 out of the four years with Section 7 titles.

Cameron Riggs

Cameron Riggs

Cameron Riggs, a 1978 graduate of Peru High School, was a three-sport athlete. He competed in football, wrestling, and baseball earning 9 varsity letters: four in wrestling, three in football, and two in baseball. During his high school athletic career, which started as an 8th grader, Cam demonstrated versatility in all areas of athletics. He was an accomplished baseball player/pitcher all four years of high school. During his tenure on the team he displayed his leadership by serving as the team captain and by leading the team in hitting and pitching. He equally shined on the football field as the team quarterback. His speed and ability to orchestrate a play quickly made him a very dangerous thrower and kicker. His accomplishments include leading the CVAC in PATs and field goals. Again his leadership talents had him serving as captain his senior year.

In addition to serving his school in exemplary fashion in the above sports, it was his gift as a “grappler” that led to a career on the wrestling team that few since have surpassed. He began his rise to the top with an early commitment to the sport. He wrestled as a youngster in tournaments around the state throughout the school year and into the summer. His targeted focus earned him many outstanding wrestler awards, acclaims and recognition. His skills increased with age and include placing 6th in the NYSPHSAA meet as a freshman and 3rd as a senior when there was only one division. He was the first Peru wrestler to win four straight titles in the Peru Invitational and he was undefeated in Section 7 during his four years. To add to his fame, he was the first Section 7 wrestler to win over 100 matches. He earned a trip to the State meet every year and represented our area by wrestling for NYS team against Polish National Team.

88 Travis Angevine

Travis Angevine

Travis Angevine, a 1988 graduate of Peru High School, excelled in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball earning 9 varsity letters. Travis was a three-year starter at quarterback from 1985 through 1987. During this time period the team went 26 and 3 winning the CVAC Division 1 championship in 1985 and 1986, runner up in Super Bowl C in 1985 and Super Bowl champions in 1986. Travis played varsity basketball from 1986 through 1988. In 1987 the team was the CVAC Division 1 champion with a 17-2 record. In 1988 the team went undefeated in the CVAC winning the Division 1championship. The team was the Section Seven class B Champions, finishing the year with a 20-2 record. Travis was moved up to varsity baseball in 1985 and started as a pitcher in all playoff games winning the Section Seven championship and state quarterfinal participant. In 1988 the team won the CVAC and Section Seven championships. The team went on to win the New York State Eastern Regional championships and was state runner up in class “B”. Travis was undefeated as a pitcher and won the state semifinal game.

Awards that Travis won during his high school career included: 1988 US Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete, 1988 The Amateur Athletic Union/Milky Way Be an All American Award – given for outstanding athletic performance, 1988 – I.A.A.B.O Flynn Memorial Scholarship Recipient (CVAC Basketball Official Scholar Athlete Award), 1988 player of year in baseball and 1st Team CVAC All-Stars, player of the year CVAC Basketball 1988 & First Team All-Star, Captain Football 1986, Captain Basketball 1987 & 1988, Co-Captain Baseball 1988, 1987 Second Team All CVAC Offense Quarterback / 2nd Team All CVAC Defense – Safety, 1987 CVAC All-Academic Team Fall Sports, 1987 CVAC All Conference Baseball Honorable Mention, WEAV All Star Team Basketball 1986-1987, WIRY All Star Team Basketball 87-88, WIRY First Team Defense Football 1987, 1986 CVAC All Conference Second Team Football, NYS Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic Team for New York State.

Travis Angevine went on to play collegiately at Colgate University earning 2 Varsity Letters as a wide receiver and named to Patriot League Academic Achievement Honors 1991.

92 Jennifer Goette

Jennifer Goette

Jennifer Goette graduated from Peru High School in 1992 and was the salutatorian of her senior class. She lettered in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field.

Jennifer was on the cross-country team in grades 8 through 12 and was captain of the team the last three years. She was the first runner to be a five time all conference runner in CVAC history. She won two sectional championships in 8th and 9th grade. The team won five sectional and four league titles during this time and her senior year the team finished as the number 1 ranked team in New York State.

Jennifer was a member of the indoor track team and was captain the last three years of school at Peru and on the Varsity Outdoor Track in grades 7th – 12th and captain of the undefeated league and sectional championship teams in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. She was on the Section Seven record setting team in the 4 X 800 meter relay during her senor year.

Other accomplishments while at Peru were, Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All Star, National Honor Society, and Ray A. Kroc Award.

After high school Jennifer went onto Princeton University where she graduated with Honors in Psychology. She competed in twelve consecutive seasons of Varsity athletics: Cross-Country, Outdoor Track and Indoor Track. In 1992 she was named Most Outstanding Freshman in Cross-Country. In 1995 she was the recipient of the Rosengarten Award in Outdoor Track “awarded annually to that member of the Princeton varsity cross country team who in sportsmanship, improvement and performance has contributed most to the sport.” Jennifer was a 1996 NCAA Division I Finalist in the 5000-meter race and earned Academic All-Ivy the same year.

98 Nicky Viti-Duprey

Nicky Viti-Duprey

Nicky Viti-Duprey graduated from Peru High School in 1998, where she was a three-sport athlete. She participated in soccer, basketball and track and field. She played soccer for four years and was a major contributor to any success the team had. She was captain during her junior and senior year and was named to the Honorable Mention team in 1997 and All-Star team in 1998.

Nicky played basketball from 1993 through 1998. She was named to the Honorable Mention team in 1987 and 1st team All-Stars in 1998 and captained her senior year. Nicky traveled extensively on the traveling AAU team Lake Champlain her junior & senior year. She traveled to Washington D.C. for the Junior Nationals.

In Track and Field Nicky competed from 1994 – 1998. She focused on the 100m hurdles, long jump, and high jump. She won numerous first, second and third places during meets. She was named captain of the team in the 1998 season. 

She went on to play collegiately all fours years of college at Plattsburg State. While playing she earned SUNY All-Academic Teams each semester in her junior and senior year, ECAC player of the week (4 times), Tourney Team Player, Most Valuable Player in the Cardinal Classic, Plattsburgh State Female Athlete of the year in 2002, SUNYAC All-Star Team in 2000-2001. In the 2001-2002 season her team reached the final round championship game during her senior year.

The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery Has Been Repainted Thanks To Generous Donations

News from the Strand

PLATTSBURGH, NY- The last few weeks dedicated staff members and volunteers have been working hard to repaint The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery. The Strand Center for the Arts has gained local notoriety for restoring The Strand Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, but also houses administrative offices, a clay studio, artist studios, classrooms, and a gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street as well.

This painting project would not have been possible without generous donations from community businesses. The Strand would like to thank Denise Duprey from Precious Moments Photography and Meron Properties for their charitable donation of paint and supplies. Gratitude is also extended to Katie Benway and the United Way for helping coordinate volunteers for the project at short notice. Additionally, The Strand deeply appreciates the abundance of support it received from numerous volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts prepping, painting, and cleaning.

As local non-profit, some of the projects and programs held at The Strand Center for the Arts would not be possible without the support of community members and businesses. Repainting the Gallery has not only improved its appearance, but also enables staff to curate a wider variety of exhibitions and provides greater accessibility to both patrons and artists. Since 2000, when it was previously known as the North Country Center for the Arts, The Strand Center for the Arts has always sought to unite the arts and the community; projects such as repainting the Gallery continue to reinforce and strengthen these efforts.

Everyone is encouraged to stop into The Strand Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street and see the improvements. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.

Planning Board Has Three Items on its September Agenda

Planning Board September Agenda

Local Businesses Owner, SUNY Plattsburgh and St. John’s Academy Educator Passes Away

Bill DerrickPeru – Bill Derrick died on August 27, 2014, surrounded by family in his Peru, New York home after a long fight with lymphoma. He was 85. Many knew Bill as the Director of the Campus School at SUNY Plattsburgh, a teacher at St. John’s Academy, and a local businessman in masonry heaters and wood stoves. Others knew Bill as a member of both the St. Augustine’s choir and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plattsburgh. He is probably best known in his retirement as a modern day “Johnny Appleseed” sharing his homemade dried apples and other North Country foods with friends, neighbors, and those in need.

Bill was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of William Wesley and Elizabeth (Meadows) Derrick. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1949-1952, during the Korean War and then went to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where he later took his first job as a teacher, a career that carried him to the U.S. Department of Defense Schools in Europe from 1954-1962. It was in Germany that he met his wife, Virginia Johnson Derrick, also a teacher, from Chisholm, Minnesota. During his last overseas teaching assignment in Paris, he served as President of the US Department of Defense Overseas Teachers Association.

Bill returned to the US in 1962 to continue a career in higher education, which brought him and his family from Chicago, Illinois to Kent, Ohio and next to SUNY Albany, where he earned a PhD in 1973. Bill moved his family to Peru, NY in 1974 to become the Director of the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus School, where he instituted Northern New York’s first bilingual education program. He taught English at St. John’s Academy from 1982-86 before retiring from education to work full time in his wood-heating business.

In addition to selling wood stoves, tending 10 grandchildren, and hosting “gentlemens’ lunches” for other members of the Peru community, Bill’s other passion was riding his bicycle, regularly logging over 1000 miles each summer on the North Country and Quebec back roads, right up until last summer at the age of 84.

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia; son William Michael Derrick, his wife Kathy and their children, Ryan, Kaitlin, William and Henry of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter Mary Beth Peabody, her husband Michael and their children, Hannah, Maeve and Asa of Keene, New York; and son Timothy Kent Derrick, his wife Veronica and their children, Charlotte and Aurora of Mill Valley, California.

Calling hours will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 from 3 to 5 pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A memorial service will follow at 5 pm at the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Philip T. Allen and Msgr. Peter R. Riani celebrating.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Bill’s memory to the Peru Free Library or Hospice of the North County.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Bill Derrick please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com

Peru Town Court Hours Change and Temporary Pay Raise for Judge Denied

By John T. Ryan

“It’s a space issue, isn’t it?” remarked Peru Town Attorney Donald Biggs at the Peru Town Board’s August 25, 2014 meeting following a contentious discussion between town counselors and Judge James Kirby. The counselors voted to change the time Peru Town Court convenes disagreeing with the points made by Judge Kirby. A temporary pay increase for Judge Kirby was also on the Board’s agenda. The increase was not approved.

Peru Town Court proceedings have been convening at 2 p.m. with defendants, attorneys and family members often entering the room at about 1:30 p.m. At the same time, members of the public come into the Town Hall to pay water/sewer bills, taxes or to transact other business. Some residents have been uncomfortable when they have encountered inmates in handcuffs and town employees have had to contend with court being conducted just a few feet from their workspace. Changing the time when court convenes has been discussed in the past but no action was taken previously because Peru’s Court is held at the same time as the Town of Plattsburgh Court. According to Judge Kirby some attorneys represent clients in both courts and convening court at 2 p.m. was begun to assist them. Attorneys typically come to Peru first and then go to the Town of Plattsburgh to represent other clients.

Supervisor Glushko suggested convening court at 3 or 3:30 p.m. Judge Kirby responded that the August 25th meeting was the first time he had heard about the Board’s concern about court hours. He said convening court at 2 p.m. has worked well and that a later start time could mean court ending at 9 p.m. or later. After some discussion the Board decided the Court would convene at 3:30 p.m. for a two-month trial period. Kirby told the Board that in the future he wanted to be directly informed of any matters concerning his office.

A second spirited discussion involved a proposed local law which would have given Judge Kirby a 50% temporary pay raise for the period October 1, 2014 to December 31st. Read more »

Empire State Development Approves $20 Million To Fund Projects Including $3.6 Million for Trudeau Institute

The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met today in New York City and approved $20.4 million in funding for 30 projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in all 10 regions of New York State. The projects will directly create 30 new jobs and enable the creation of hundreds more while also retaining more than 2,200 existing jobs. These targeted investments will leverage over $41.3 million in private and other public funding to support business expansions and regional tourism efforts, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation.

“The funding approved today stimulates local communities from Long Island to Western New York – carrying momentum that initiatives like the Regional Economic Development Councils and Buffalo Billion started just three years ago,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “By investing in these projects, we are fostering opportunity for New Yorkers by providing essential tools to improve business operations and create new jobs. With more than 17,000 new private sector jobs created in July alone, New York’s economic progress continues to move in the right direction, supported by the lowest business and middle class tax rates in a generation and important State investments that are working.”

The Board approved the following Regional Economic Development Council award grants: Read more »

Peru Fire Department Recognizes Its Outstanding members

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L-R Johanna Meyer, Sam Perkins and Brenda Brelia

By John T. Ryan

Shawn Perkins is a man of many qualities. His peers recently selected him as the Peru Volunteer Fire Department’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Ironically those same peers also presented him with their annual Goat Award, an award which recognizes “silly” things such as forgetting to shut of a blue light, losing a pager or being absent-minded. Obviously Perkin’s outstanding qualities predominate. He has been a Peru firefighter for just over 4 years.

Former Chief Brian Westover presented Brenda Brelia with the 2014 Chief’s Award in recognition of her dedication to the department. Brelia has belonged to the Peru Department for three and one-half years.

Johanna Meyer was chosen Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider of the Year. She is a three-year member of the department.

Control of cable at issue – Times Union

Hard Work Paid Off

cycle graphicIn case you haven’t heard the August 2nd RIDE FOR THE ROOF and PIG ROAST to benefit the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center’s maintenance update program was a tremendous success raising $5,225. Congratulations to Faith Long, Rick Lawrence, Kathy and Phil Madore, Pete and Polly Lake and all those who supported this very important effort. Click here to read the Peru Gazette’s original story about the rebuilding effort. 

Public Hearing Tonight at 6:30 on Temporary Town Justice Pay Increase

Project Planned for Peru May Move to Plattsburgh

City Police investigating stabbing death – Press-Republican: News

Here’s Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

Here’s a Great Place to Take the Kids

Babbie4th Annual Kids Fair and Festival at the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum– September 6-7, 2014 – Hours 10am – 4pm. Old time games including hopscotch, sack races, corn box, bobbing for apples, egg races; stagecoach rides; pony rides; face painting; catch a fish. Kat’s Catering will be present
518-643-8052 http://www.babbiemuseum.org/

Make Reservations Now

Peru Central School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at Livingood’s Restaurant on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This year’s nominees are John Rock (68), Travis Angevine (88), Nicky Viti-Duprey (98), and Jennifer Goette (92).

A 6:30 p.m. social will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. The cost is $20 per person. Checks should be sent to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996. Phone 963-7963. Make checks payable to Peru Athletic Hall of Fame and please include the names of the people coming.

Run For Jon Brings the North Country Community Together

Brady MedieumThe annual Run For Jon was held on Saturday, August 23rd at Forrence Orchards on the Mannix Rd. in Peru. There was a great turnout for this wonderful charitable and family event. Congratulations to the Evans family and everyone who work so hard each year to make the run a success.

scottIn 1990, 13 year-old Jon Evans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, two long time friends of the Evans family, Mark Elmore and Scott Woodward, organized the first Run for Jon to raise money to help pay for expenses. Just two weeks before the 2nd Run, Jon passed away. Since Jon’s passing the money has been used to assist families of local children with serious medical problems and to honor the memory of Jon Evans. Last year the Run For Jon raised $5,000. Click here for our Peru Gazette Photos in a slideshow format with music.  Unfortunately we had to leave immediately after the start of the last run category, so we don’t have photos of the closing festivities. Click here for a photo by photo view.

Should Dogs Be Permitted During Town Park Sporting Events

The presence of dogs may be a thing of the past at sporting events at Laphams Mills and Sullivan Parks. In response to a serious July 30th dog-biting incident at Laphams Mills Park, the Peru Town Board directed Town Attorney Donald Biggs to draft a local law that would prohibit dogs, even on a leash, during sports events at town parks. Dogs would be permitted at other times. The Board will schedule a public hearing prior to enacting the local law. Counselor Donald McBrayer did not agree with this approach. McBrayer favored enforcing the existing dog ordinance that requires that dog owners always have their animal under control. Personal safety, especially child safety, was the counselors primary concern. Other counselors expressed the viewpoint that outright prohibition would be the best way to guarantee safety. The dog involved in the July 20th incident was on a leash.

No matter what the Board decides to do Peru resident David Drollette will be involved. He is the Town of Peru’s Dog Control Officer effective August 12th. His pay rate will be the same as his predecessor Kelly Allen who resigned from the position – $817.00 per month. Drollette will be subject to a 90-day probationary period. He can be reached at 643-5076 (home) or 578-2217 (cell). Five individuals applied for the position.

It appears certain that Comcast will be replacing Charter Communications as Peru’s cable television provider. The Board passed a resolution approving the transfer of service from Charter to Comcast with the provision that Comcast will maintain all existing services. The Board does not have many options in the matter. The switch would include all of Charter’s Clinton County customers.

In other actions the Town Board:

Established 9 a.m. as the official opening hour for the Town Hall. Doors will be open to the public at that time.

Rescinded their July 28th resolution to give Town Justice James Kirby a temporary 50% pay raise. Kirby has been handling the Town’s entire court workload since illness forced Judge Jack Lawliss from the bench. The Board still intends to give Kirby the pay increase, but the action will require a public hearing and passage of a local law. The public hearing is scheduled for August 25th at 6:30 p.m.

 

Oil Train Community Forum August 28th

City Hall Auditorium, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Free Admission: Co-sponsored by the Lake Champlain Committee, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Experts will discuss risks to the environment, schools and communities from transport of explosive Bakken crude oil on rail lines between Montreal and Albany.

Hear about federal spill-response plans; threats to fisheries and drinking water; risks to local schools, homes, and businesses; and the potential for additional risks if trains start shipping tar-sands crude as well as Bakken oil.

Find out what you can do to help local, state and federal officials protect our communities, farmland, tourism, wildlife and water. Lake Champlain, local rivers including the Saranac, Ausable and Boquet; and, the Adirondack Park, which contains 100 miles of rail corridor, are all in harm’s way.

The Champlain Valley has become a conduit for trains laden with explosive Bakken crude oil. How well are our communities prepared to deal with a tragedy on the scale of that which devastated Lac Megantic, Quebec just over a year ago? What ecological impacts would result from a derailment on the shores of Lake Champlain?

Learn more about the risks oil trains pose to the North Country and steps community, state and federal governments need to take to respond to and prevent disasters.

It’s Time For The “Run For Jon”

RunThis Saturday at 5 p.m., you can have some great family fun, get some exercise and support an important cause. The Run For Jon at Forrence Orchards on Mannix Road in Peru (off Route 22B) is a wonderful community event celebrating its 24th year helping families who have children with serious medical needs.

Each year, the run draw hundreds of spectators and participants of all ages: running, walking or pushing baby joggers. Anyone can participate. There is a kids fun run, a 1.25-mile walk and a 2.5-mile cross-country race. There are team, baby jogger and individual awards (ages 0-70+) and numerous door prizes for participants. Over the 24 years of this event, literally raised tens of thousands of dollars for these deserving and needy families. Last year’s race raised nearly $5,000. Registration begins at 3:30 pm. Due to health regulations, pets are strictly prohibited from the site.

The event started out as an effort to help the family of Jonathan Evans, who died of cancer after a long struggle, deal with the overwhelming expenses associated with their son’s care. The Evans family and many volunteers have continued the event to assist other families in similar circumstances.

The 2.5-mile run is a really great race, sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The course is challenging and beautiful. Some past participants have gone on to the Olympics, national rankings and state championships.

 

Saturday Car Show Will Benefit St. Patrick’s Church and Mother Cabrini Shrine

Car Show

Bids Rejected, Higher Roof Costs and Temporary Higher Pay For Judge

By John T. Ryan

Additional Highway Department garage roof repairs, a delay in Safe Routes to School upgrades, appreciation to Town Justice James Kirby, a land offer, dead trees and comments about the new Town Hall steps were the primary subjects at the Monday, July 28, 2014 Peru Town Board meeting.

In summary the Board:

Approved additional repairs to the Highway Department Garage roof in the amount of approximately $19,000. Several roof panels will be replaced and new screws and washers will be installed in another roof section. These repairs are in addition to the already approved $145,000 roof repair project.

Rejected bids for upgrading pedestrian and bicycle access to the Peru Central School campus. Bids on the federally funded Safe Routes to School project came in $45,000 higher than projected. Over the next several months the Board will confer with the Peru Central School Board of Education to ask if they might be able to help fund the project. Reducing the scope of the project will also be explored.

Approved a salary 50% stipend for Town Justice James Kirby for the months August through December 2014. Kirby has been the Town’s only Town Justice since Judge John Lawliss resigned in late June. Subsequent to this meeting Supervisor Peter Glushko learned that passage of a Local Law was required for such a stipend.  Scheduling a public hearing for a Local Law will be voted on at the Board’s August 11th meeting.

Listened to Winfried Holdereid who was present to offer the Town of Peru 23 acres of property in the vicinity of the town’s sewage treatment plant. Holdereid was willing to sell or gift the property to the town. Holdereid is the owner of the Tops Plaza, Peru’s primary retail shopping area.

Discussed a complaint from a property owner residing at the corner of Pleasant and School Streets who alleged that the work done to the School Street sidewalk damaged four trees on his property. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell will investigate. Farrell reminded the Board that the town has a fifteen-foot right away from the edge of any town highway.

Board members expressed general satisfaction with the recently completed Town Hall entrance steps. Counselor Brandy McDonald was concerned with the slope of the top step, while Counselor Kregg Bruno didn’t think the steps were deep enough. Everyone appeared to be satisfied with the steps’ overall appearance. The project cost approximately $95,000.

Supervisor Gluhsko reported that five individuals were interviewed for the Dog Control Officer’s (DCO) position.  The Board’s decision will be announced at its August 11th meeting.

Democrats Nominate Karen Glushko for Town Justice

By John T. Ryan

It appears the Town of Peru will have a race to fill its open town justice position in the November elections. The Democratic Party caucused on July 31st and unanimously selected Karen Glushko as their candidate for the position. On August 8th the Town of Peru Republican Committee announced that it unanimously endorsed Larry Cabana for the position. The Republicans will caucus on Tuesday, August 19th at 7 p.m. If Cabana is successful at the caucus, he will face Glushko in the November 4th election.

The town justice position opened when Town Justice John Lawliss resigned in late June citing health reasons. Lawliss served nine years in the position. Judge James Kirby has been handling the court workload for several weeks.

Peru School Board Regular Meeting August 12, 2014

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6 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 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:

  • An update on summer projects
  • Appointment of various personnel
  • The tax levy and tax rate
  • Community calendar

Walking Trail is Bridging the Gap

By Adele Douglas

The crane was late and the weather threatening but despite those challenges Fuller Excavating did a great job of placing the bridge over the Little Ausable River, as part of the Town’s Little Ausable River Trail project. Watching the whole operation unfold, from the set-up of the crane, to the maneuvering of the large trucks transporting the bridge, to the pinpoint placement of the structure was a lesson in organization, efficiency and precision.

The project is wrapping-up nicely. The trail should be paved starting the week of August 18th and will hopefully open to the public in mid-September. Stay tuned!

IMG_0008Setting up the crane at the site of the bridge crossing. From CCS of Vermont, the crane can lift 275 tons.

img 004The second of two 50’ bridge sections is raised off the truck that brought them up from Pioneer Bridges in Alabama.

img 15The two bridge sections have been bolted together and make their way into place as the bolts on the abutment are cleaned-up. The bridge weighs about 19 tons.

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Operations Manager Doug Hesseltine asks the crane operator to lower the bridge. It’s a perfect fit onto the bolts of the abutment.

 

img 034On the bridge Site Superintendent Noah Rounds, Foreman Alan Fuller and Doug Hesseltine prepare to remove the crane cables. From start (when the crane arrived) to finish the placement of the bridge took 5 hours.

img 039The boardwalk approach over wetlands to the bridge from the Route 22 side of the trail.

Bible School Theme Portrayed in Beautiful Artwork

LaurenBy John T. Ryan

Over the past few days The Peru Gazette received two phone calls asking if we had seen the beautiful work done by Lauren Lawliss for this week’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). When the program’s 162 students descended the Peru Community Church’s Fellowship Center stairs to the VBS classrooms, they passed through a multitude of Lauren Lawliss’s artwork that traces the life of Moses through the Bible. Manna and the quail, the Passover, the parting of the Red Sea, Moses and the Amalekites and receiving the Ten Commandments are beautifully depicted.

lau 1The daughter of Michael and Lisa Lawliss and soon to be a Peru High School 10th grader, Lauren Lawliss illustrated the VBS theme for the 3rd consecutive year. She began working in June and estimates that it took her over 100 hours to reach her goal. She explained, “I attended the Vacation Bible School from Pre-K through the 6th grade and I loved it. I want to give back to the community and I love seeing the faces of the children when they walk down the classroom hallway.”IMG_3996

Lauren Lawliss also volunteers to assist in the VBS classroom. Today she was working with 1st graders. She’s just one of 82 volunteers who are working to make the program a success. Students return year after year because the program is focused on being educational and fun.

St. Augustine’s Church and the Peru Community Church jointly sponsor the Vacation Bible School. Children from many faith traditions participate in the five-day program.IMG_3994 IMG_3993 IMG_3991

Charles Remillard Earns Spring Academic Honors From SUNYAC

Charles Remillard, of Peru, NY, was one of 50 SUNY Oneonta student-athletes named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s List for the Spring 2014 season.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student must be varsity athlete who has completed the entire season and earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 for the semester in which they competed. In addition, to be named to the Commissioner’s List, the student athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 based on three semesters at the institution. (Does not have to be consecutive semesters). Remillard, who is majoring in Secondary Education, was a member of the Track & Field team.

A liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus, SUNY Oneonta features outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to academics and community service, exceptional technology, a modern Field House and athletic facilities, and a beautiful campus. The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate programs. Athletes compete on 21 teams at the NCAA Division III level, and the college is a member of the SUNYAC conference.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger’s list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for eight consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 on the 2014 Kiplinger’s list of “10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation” and sits at No. 16 on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region.The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.

Emily Bousseau and Grace Mayhew Named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

The following Peru, NY students were named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2014 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction:

Emily Brosseau of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in hotel, resort and tourism management.

Grace Mayhew of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in environmental sciences.

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SUNY Potsdam Athlete Rob Duquette Earns SUNYAC Spring All-Academic Team Accolade

Rob Duquette, a resident of Peru, N.Y. was one of 93 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Academic Team for the spring semester, the conference announced Tuesday, July 29.

Duquette is a Senior member of the SUNY Potsdam Men’s Basketball team. Players named to the all-academic team have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA for the Spring 2014 semester.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.

Emma Altizer and Sarah Connelly Named to Le Moyne College Dean’s List

Emma Altizer and Sarah Connelly of Peru were named to Le Moyne College’s  spring semester Dean’s List.  Altizer, who recently completed her junior year, is majoring in Biology. Sarah Connelly completed her senior year and majored in Psychology.

Located in a suburban setting on a picturesque 160-acre campus in Syracuse, N.Y., Le Moyne College is one of only 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Offering more than 30 majors, Le Moyne provides a values-based education that helps students explore their potential through academics, experience and service. In 2014, for the first time ever, Le Moyne was ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to “The Best 378 Colleges.” A Le Moyne education provides students with the intellectual skills necessary to succeed in the world and the will to use their abilities to promote a more just society.

Peru resident Megan M Tedford named to Binghamton University Dean’s List

Megan M Tedford of Peru, NY, received academic honors from the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University by making the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Hay & Grain Harvest Plus Music Weekend at the Babbie Museum August 16-17

babbieWatch harvesting of buckwheat and oats using antique farming equipment and loose hay being gathered and stored at the Hay and Harvest Plus Music Weekend August 16th and 17th at the Babbie Farm and Rural Leaning Museum. Enjoy the demonstrations in the granary. Music by Flashback (50’s music/classic country) on Saturday at 2:30. Sunday is Irish Day with performances by Champlain Valley Irish Dancers at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also wheat weaving and making corn husk dolls. Picnic area available…. bring your own lunch or hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available for purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call 518-643-8052 http://www.babbiemuseum.org/

You Have All Afternoon to Enjoy The Pig Roast

2014-08-02 09.51.522014-08-02 09.50.54 2014-08-02 09.53.45 2014-08-02 09.55.34 2014-08-02 09.56.16 2014-08-02 09.56.58 IMG_3870 IMG_3872The “Ride For The Roof” is taking place and Randy Furnia is at home roasting delicious pork for this afternoon’s great meal at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. All proceeds will be donated to install a new roof on the Fellowship Center. Experienced Road Captain Rick Lawrence is leading the cycles on a 100-mile ride through the Adirondacks. Community members and riders are invited to the pig roast dinner which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Fellowship Center. You do not have to ride to attend the pig roast.

At this morning’s registration at Livingoods Restaurant Rev. Robert Svenson and Rev. Alan Shnob conducted a “Blessing of the Bikes” before kickstands went up at 10AM. The 1 to 5 PM pig roast will include music by Peru’s own DJ Don “Yo” McBrayer, raffles and a silent auction. The pig roast is $25 for passengers and non-riders. The Peru Gazette thanks Don McBrayer for the cycle photos!

Frustration With Engineering Cost Estimates Dominates Board Meeting

townBy John T. Ryan

The Town Board meeting of Monday, July 14th adjourned at 10:15 p.m. following a 40-minute Executive Meeting on personnel issues and long discussions of several other items.  Town Counselors’ frustration with inaccurate engineer cost estimates dominated the meeting as bids came in higher than expected on yet another project. In January 2013, the Town of Peru received a $235,000 Safe Routes to School Program grant. To date planning and engineering costs total $45,000 with more costs to be incurred for supervision and inspection. Equipment and construction costs were estimated at $145,000, but when the bids were opened on July 3rd, the lowest bid meeting specifications totaled $195,618. While the Town is not at financial risk since the program is 100% federally funded, counselors no longer trust engineer cost estimates. Counselors asked how they could make engineering firms more accountable.

Counselor Jim Douglass was in favor of rebidding the project. Counselor Kregg Bruno suggested asking the Peru Central School to assume a great share of the cost since most of the improvement will take place on the school campus. He said, “The Town has gotten the grant. I think the school should come up with some money.” Prior to the Board’s July 28th meeting, the Board will look into reducing the project scope or delaying the project until a time when construction companies have less work. It appears to be a seller’s market at this time.

The Safe Routes to Schools Program is designed to improve safety of the crosswalk on 22B; build sidewalks where needed on campus to keep students from walking where cars and buses are driving; install bike racks at all entrances and; an educational, in-school component, to raise awareness and encourage walking and biking to school safely.

The Board’s frustration with engineers virtually exploded when Glushko reported that repairs to the Highway Department Garage roof could cost $33,000 more than estimates. The contractor performing the work observed additional roof panels in need of replacement and many loose panel screws. Waterproof insulation was also recommended. Counselors Kregg Bruno and Brandy McDonald said all these issues were thoroughly discussed with engineers during the bid formulation process. Bruno said members expressed skepticism at the insulation proposal stating that keeping water out was the reason the roof was being repaired. Installing screws and replacing needed panels appeared to be absolutely necessary. A decision will be made at the Monday, July 28th meeting. 

Code Enforcement Officer Frank Slycord reported that he has issued building permits for twelve new single-family homes since January 1st. Seven homes are site-built homes, three are modular homes and two are doublewide homes.

The Board interviewed five candidates for the Dog Control Officer’s position. The Board is expected to announce its choice at its Monday, July 28th meeting.

The Board approved the installation of three fingerprint-based time clocks. Wells Communications will train personnel and install the clocks in the Town Hall, the Water Department and the Sewer Department at a cost of $3,188. The clocks should result in more accurate computation of regular and overtime hours worked.

Supervisor Peter Glushko addressed the Board regarding the July 20th International Peruvian Festival. Plans are in place for 11 a.m. ceremonies at the Town Hall followed by food and entertainment in Calkins Hall at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Only two local residents have stepped forward to house the visitors (Glushko and Counselor Donald McBrayer); therefore, the Town will be assuming the cost of some housing and the food to be served.

New Peru resident Judi Grant addressed the Board stating that she would like to serve on town committees. She said, “I would like to invest my time in the community.” After some discussion, the Board asked Grant to do fact-finding on instituting a farmer’s market at Heyworth/Mason Park next summer.

Owens Announces $411K in Preparedness Funding for Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Bill Owens announced new funding allocations for local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) state and local preparedness grant program for Fiscal Year 2014. OPSG provides funding to support operational preparedness along the northern and southern U.S. borders and to improve coordination among Federal, state, territorial and local law enforcement agencies.

This allocation includes $102,392 for organizations in Jefferson County, $103,860 in Clinton County, $103,860 in Franklin County and $101,613 in St. Lawrence County.

“This funding will give emergency preparedness officials and first responders the necessary support to ensure North Country border communities are safe,” said Owens. “With significant rising demand at our region’s border crossings and land ports, this funding will encourage legitimate trade and tourism while preventing illegal trafficking, keeping local communities secure and economies growing.”

Congressman Owens sits on the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee which oversees funding allocations. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and has led numerous efforts to create a safer, smarter northern border. Owens previously proposed legislation (H.R. 4747) to increase the penalty for people caught trafficking through tribal lands, and (H.R. 4748) to improve coordination between the Office of National Drug Control Policy and DHS.

Law enforcement agencies in New York’s northern border communities have received funding through the OPSG program since 2008.

 

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Citizen Soldier Youth Camp Open to Youths 9 to 13

During the summers of 1916 and 1917, the Plattsburgh Barracks was a place of action and adventure. This summer, Clinton County Historical Association campers will re-live that electric excitement as participants in the Citizen Soldier Youth Camp. During the course of the week, students will explore the socio-political events that led to the Plattsburgh Barracks becoming a central part of America’s military organization. Campers will be immersed in what life was like at the Barracks for new officer candidates. Campers will learn drill from that period with replica training rifles, and will discover the art of trench warfare as was taught at Plattsburgh in 1917. Campers will receive period-enlistment paperwork, pay and enjoy period-food rations. In the course of a week campers will come to have a new-found appreciation for the pivotal role that Plattsburgh played during America’s involvement in World Ware I, as well as a deep respect for the courage and bravery of every man, woman, and child who lived through and experienced the “war to end all wars.”

The Camp is instructed and designed by well-known re-enactor and educator, Matthew T. Hewson. It will be held at the Clinton County Historical Association located at 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh from Tuesday, August 12th through Friday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Camp is recommended for youth between the ages of 9 and 13. The cost is $50 per camper. Please call the Museum at 518-561-0340 to register your camper today! Spaces are limited.

Funded in-part by the Chapel Hill Foundation and Clinton County.

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Fall Soccer Program Registration at the Town Hall

soccerThe Town of Peru is holding ongoing registration for its fall soccer program. Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Town Hall. The last day to register is July 31. Teams will be selected the first week of August.

For more information call john Flynn at 593-0935.

House Approves Expedited Honor Flight Screenings For Veterans

Legislation requires TSA to provide dignified screenings for veterans visiting D.C. memorials
WASHINGTON—Last night the House of Representatives approved the Honor Flight Act, H.R. 4812, by voice vote requiring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator to establish a process that provides expedited and dignified passenger screening for veterans taking Honor Flights to visit war memorials that honor their service.
“Our nation’s veterans have served this country faithfully,” said Owens. “Subjecting them to an invasive screening before they get on an Honor Flight is unnecessary and jarring to the experience. Honor Flights require a different security standard and this legislation will ensure our screening procedures reflect that.”
Honor Flights were first established almost a decade ago to bring U.S. military veterans to Washington D.C to visit war memorials honoring their service. The first Honor Flights took off in May 2005 with six small planes flying 12 veterans to Washington. The service was so popular that 137 veterans had made the trip by the end of that year.
The first Honor Flight from Plattsburgh took place in May 2013 with more than 70 veterans making the trip that year. Last month a North Country Honor Flight brought 15 WWII veterans and their guardians to Washington to visit the WWII memorial. Participating veterans are also often recognized with a ceremony prior to departure to honor their service.
“I am proud to have seen local veterans off on several Honor Flights myself,” Owens added. “These flights are an important opportunity for us to recognize these veterans for their invaluable service and sacrifice. They deserve to be treated with the utmost respect.”

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces the Opening Reception of the Art Exhibition “Gail & Clay Morris”

Gail Morris 3APLATTSBURGH, NY— The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the upcoming August exhibit which features works by Gail and Clay Morris on display in our Main Gallery from August 1st to the 23rd, 2014. The combination of Gail’s plein air painting with the photographic work of her husband Clay produces a complement in landscapes, emphasizing color and space. The opening reception will be held August 1st from 5:30-7:00 PM and coincides with the First Weekends in Plattsburgh August Art Walk. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Gail Morris was the winner of the 2013 Juried Show held at the Strand Center for the Arts last year, part of the prize was being given her own solo show. Gail states that “For me, the art in nature is invigorating and gives pause to observe the world around us. I averaged one or two paintings a year until my husband, Clay, coaxed me into entering three paintings in the NCCCA Juried Art Show. Surprisingly, my painting, “Country Road Bouquet” took first place.” Gail had taken painting and drawing classes in college, but after 37 years teaching grade school students and raising her own children she has once again turned her attention to painting. With the support of her husband Clay, who will also be showing a selection of his photographic works, Gail has re-entered the art scene.

The opening reception will be held August 1st from 5:30-7:00 PM and is free to the public. The Arts Center will also be providing refreshments. For more information on the artists, exhibition or First Weekends Art Walk contact SCA at 518-563-1604, email gallery@plattsburgharts.org, or visit Plattsburgharts.org.Gail Morris 1A

 

Owens Announces $551K in FAA grants for Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports

Funds will be used to clear obstructions from runways and transitional surfaces

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Bill Owens announced $475,000 in grant funding that has been awarded to Ogdensburg International Airport and $76,000 to Plattsburgh International Airport. The funds will be used to clear obstructions including trees and tree cover from runways and transitional surfaces.

“Maintaining these airport runways is critical for their continued service to the region,” said Owens. “This funding supports the basic upkeep that allows these facilities to continue uninterrupted service for business people, residents and tourists who travel here. These transportation resources are vital for future economic development and growth in the North Country.”

According to Wade A. Davis, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, “this project will support the Northern New York air traveler by implementing critical infrastructure improvements.” “Every bit of federal support for Plattsburgh International is helpful and welcome,” noted Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to Congressman Owens and our Senators for their reliable assistance, and to Clinton County for earning the continued confidence and commitment of the FAA. Onward and upward!”

The Ogdensburg International Airport is a public airport spanning 500 acres and maintains 5,200 feet of asphalt runway. Plattsburgh International Airport is a public airport covering 1,912 acres with 11,758 feet of asphalt runway.

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International Peruvian Festival Entertaining and Educational

DSC_0210 DSC_0214The Peruvian International Festival came to the Town of Peru, NY on Sunday, July 20th.  Festival, Peruvian diplomatic and local officials celebrated the connection between the people of Peru, South America and the people of Peru, NY. Many friendships and ideas came forth, notably student and teacher exchanges, future festivals and possible economic ties. The Peru Town Board, especially Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and the Peruvian International Festival officials, were responsible for a memorable and entertaining day.  DSC_0325

The celebration began with a 9:30 Mass at St. Augustine’s Church followed by flag raising ceremonies and speeches in front of the Peru Town Hall.  Following the ceremonies the good crowd walked to Calkins Hall at St. Augustine’s Parish Center where they learned about Peru S.A.’s long history and culture and enjoyed entertainment, Peruvian food and beverages. Click to view our Peru Gazette photos.  Click here for Press Republican story. 

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Peru, NY – Our Hometown

 

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The Peru Gazette compiled a 6.5 minute slideshow featuring photos we have taken of people and scenes in the Town of Peru. Whenever anyone asks why you love living in or visiting Peru, NY you might consider referring them to this You Tube presentation. The Peru Gazette thanks Don McBrayer http://www.donyo.com/ for compiling the music.

Bruce and Marge Garcia to Chair United Way Campaign

CAmpaign Chairs 003The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is in the early stage of planning for the 2015 campaign. The volunteer campaign team is being led by Bruce and Marge Garcia of Keeseville, NY. Bruce is the CEO of Joint Council For Economic Opportunities, Inc. (JCEO) and Marge is a long time employee at Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) as the Development Coordinator. They both have had a long career in the Health and Human Service field and have been affiliated with the United Way for many years.

The Garcia’s are leading a committed volunteer campaign team that includes the following: Amy Kretser, Jamie Basiliere, Betsy Senkowski, DaleAnne Wolter, Dan Alexander, Deena McCullough, Gayle Alexander, Gerry Morrow, Ellen Gordon, Bruce Gray, Julie Kramer, Lisa VanNatten, Maria Burke, and Tony Searing. “We are excited to be co-chairing the campaign and are looking forward to working with the team and our community to meet our goal” said Bruce and Marge Garcia. Read more »

Town Hall Steps Are Complete

IMG_3706 IMG_3708The Peru Town Hall’s new entrance steps were completed this week and the entrance door was reinstalled today, July 17, 2014.  The handicapped entrance is at the rear of the building.

A Reminder: Don’t Forget to Come to Peru on Sunday for The International Peruvian Celebration

fullThe Town of Peru, New York is privileged and honored to have government representatives from the Republic of Peru, South America visiting Peru, New York. This historic, first-time festive ceremony will occur on Sunday July 20th, 2014. This event has been arranged and coordinated by the Town of Peru Supervisor, Mr. Peter Glushko and Mr. Rodolfo Flores, Executive Director, International Peruvian Festival.

· 9:30 AM Mass Celebration at St Augustine’s Church (located across the street from the Peru town hall)
· 10:30 AM Welcoming remarks by the Peru Town Supervisor and the Peruvian Consulate from New York City.
· 11:00 AM Raising of the Peruvian and American Flags, followed by honor toasting of the Republic of Peru celebrating their national Anniversary
· Artist performances and light Peruvian refreshments follow.

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Annual Parish Picnic Included Baptism

BaptismThe Catholic of St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s celebrated its annual parish picnic on Sunday, July 13th at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine. The day began with a 10:30 AM Mass celebrated by Rev. Alan Shnob.  During the Mass Deacon George Benson baptized Aurelia and Brynlei, the daughters of Richard and Kristen Carnahan. The godparents were Jason and Amber Keable.  An enjoyable picnic and fun for the children followed. Rain was reported in the Peru hamlet, but only a few light sprinkles at the shrine. Click here to view our slideshow. Must be viewed on a PC to enjoy the accompanying music. 

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