Peru VFW Post 309 will conduct its Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25, 2015 11 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Post is located at 710 Route 22B.
Board Agenda Includes “Waste Water System of the Year Award”and Planning for Peruvian Festival II Continues
DRAFT AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING May 27, 2015@ 7:00 PM
- Call Meeting To Order
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Roll Call
- MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the May 11, 2015 Regular Board Meeting.
- Community Input
- DISCUSSION: Teen Anglers Update
- DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Clinton County Snow And Ice Contract
- DISCUSSION: Annual Water Quality Report
- DISCUSSION: Judges’ Chambers
- DISCUSSION: Bear Swamp Water District Extension Application
- DISCUSSION: Wastewater System Of The Year Award
- DISCUSSION: Peruvian International Festival II
- DISCUSSION: Solar Power Meeting With Peru Central School District
- DISCUSSION: LA Trail Fence Update
- DISCUSSION: Insurance Inspection
- DISCUSSION: Unison Tower Proposal
- DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Retirement resolutions
- DISCUSSION: Other Business
- DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only
- DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills
The utility is proposing an increase that would raise average residential electric bills by $8 a month and average residential natural gas bills by $10 a month. The money would be used to enhance maintenance of the company’s 35,000-mile electric distribution system and strengthen overall security and automation of the network.
‘We are in litigation on multiple fronts opposing the relicensing’
Plattsburgh, NY— The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the Mayor’s Cup 2015 Artist Market, where local artists and crafters may display and sell their fine-art work. Registration for vendors is now open for this event, which will take place Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during Mayor’s Cup Weekend on the front lawn of the Macdonough Monument in Downtown Plattsburgh.
The Artist Market is a producer-only event, meaning that the artists have made everything they sell. This includes, but is not limited to, jewelry, photography, metal work, rustic furniture, quilts, handmade stationary, paintings, pottery, and jams & jellies. Read more »
From the office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Glens Falls, N.Y. – On Wednesday, May 20th, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY-21) office will co-host a jobs fair from 2pm-6pm with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) for Lake Placid. We encourage all those looking for part-time, seasonal or full time participants to join us on Wednesday, May 20th from 2pm-6pm.
What: Lake Placid Jobs Fair Hosted by ROOST and Congresswoman Stefanik’s Office
When: From 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20th
Where: 2nd floor of the Conference Center at Lake Placid
For your business to participate, call Bethany at 518.523.2445 or email her at Bethany@roostadk.com with a completed form: LP-JobFair-Application Summer 2015.
It’s school budget voting day across the North Country. Voting in Peru takes place between noon and 9 p.m. in the Junior/Senior High School gymnasium. Voters will vote on a $44,279,643 budget with a 2.09% tax levy increase. Spending will increase by 4.45%.
The School Board candidates for two five-year terms are Jill Folsom and Cynthia Mills, both incumbents.
There is proposition to purchase three school buses at a cost not to exceed $348,000.
By John T Ryan
Peru – On Thursday, May 14th, 350 to 400 students from five area school districts participated in a “Career Connect Showcase” at Peru High School. Over the past school year Beekmantown, Saranac, Chazy, Northern Adirondack and Peru students have researched 16 Career Clusters (groups of careers such as engineering or finance that share common features). Thursday they shared their projects, received words of wisdom from nineteen workforce development, industry and education professionals, participated in a “soft skills” workshop and enjoyed “good and bad” job interview skits presented by the Peru High School Drama Club. Nine college representatives also answered questions about their programs. Champlain Valley Educations Services (CVES) and Mountain Lake PBS worked with the districts to host the program. (Click here to see all our Peru Gazette Photos)
Peru High School English teacher Lindsay Smith described how Peru Central integrated the career connect program into classwork. “In English class, our ninth graders with the help of our business teacher, took an interest survey. That gave the students their interests and how they would match up with the career clusters. They chose the career clusters and got more information about the education required and the local programs and resources pertaining to their career cluster. They also watched videos about local businesses and the types of people they employ. Then they came up with some questions they wanted to ask.”
Asked what he had learned about a career choice, ninth grader Patrick Crowley responded, “I learned that it’s hard to get a job now. You’ve got to prepare for it at such a young age. I saw that robot over there and it looked pretty cool. I might look into it.” Mara Dufrain said, “I learned about how many opportunities there are in the North Country. I want to be a teacher more now. The teachers were so friendly. They want to help people and I want to help people too.”
Business representatives appeared very happy with the program. Josh Dubay, a Peru High School graduate, is a professional realtor at Fesette Realty and owner of Peabody’s Restaurant and Bar in Plattsburgh. He remarked, “I think it’s nice to expose kids to careers they might not have been exposed to by their parents or guidance counselors. There are new opportunities in areas we haven’t even thought of.” Dubay thought ninth grade is a good grade to get students thinking about a career. He said, “I think it’s great to expose them early. If you start thinking about it now by the time you’re a junior or senior you’re looking at what schools are offering and what program you’re interested in.”
Pamela Gomez of Swarovski Lighting, Ltd. informed the students about the opportunities her company offers. Swarovski has 330 employees in Plattsburgh and 28,000 worldwide. She said, “Plattsburgh is the global headquarters for our lighting business. We have opportunities in every discipline you need to run a global business from accounting, to engineering, design, customer service, marketing finance, purchasing, human resources and more. If someone goes away to school there are opportunities right here in their own backyard.”
Participants included Former Congressman Bill Owens, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Probation Department, City of Plattsburgh Engineering, Total Computer, Swarovski Lighting, CV-TEC, Mold-Rite Plastics, Plattco, The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, NinePlatt, Clinton County Dept. of Social Services, Advocacy and Resource Management, Behavioral Health Services North, Workforce Investment Board, Ross Funeral Home, Adirondack P-Tech, Retired Educators Jerry McGovern and Kristine Mulvihill, UVM Health Network, CVES, WPTZ, Twinstate, Mountain Lake PBS, U-First Credit Union, Warren Tire, Saranac Central School, Peru Central School, ETS, U.S. Air Force, Town of Plattsburgh, NYS Police, Fessette Realty, Thunder Crest Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition, Miner Institute, Sullivan Orchards, Murnane Building Contractors, Blair Brothers Construction, Denton Publications, Jeffords Steel and Luck Brothers Inc. Colleges included SUNY Plattsburgh, Clinton Community College, North Country Community College, Paul Smiths College, Clarkson University and Clarkson University Robotics, St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton. Click here to learn more about the Career Choices program.
By John T. Ryan
Fourteen World War II and Korean War Veterans and their escorts are members of today’s North Country Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Peru residents Gary Edwards and John Stafford are serving as escorts while Denis Mousseau is a Flight Leader. The Peru Gazette was honored to be present for this morning’s ceremonies at the Base Oval and at the veteran’s arrival at Clinton County International Airport. A huge crowd was present for the wonderful ceremonies. Click here to view these and several more Peru Gazette Photos (Accompanied by music if viewed on a PC)
- Bazil Burns – Queensbury
- John Carey – Long Lake
- Rudolph Chapola – Champlain
- Charles Filion – Plattsburgh
- John Hansen – Chazy
- Daniel Henry – Massena
- Robert Jerdo – Westport
- Victor Lambert – Plattsburgh
- John Murphy – Plattsburgh
- Robert Noody – Star Lake
- Raymond Plante – Elizabethtown
- John Waldron – Port Henry
- Reginald Wells – Plattsburgh
- Charles Austin – Whitehall
- Pauline Stone – Flight Leader 1
- Denis Mousseau – Flight Leader 2
By John T. Ryan
There will not be a traffic signal installed at the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike intersection in the immediate future. Hope, however, is not lost. If we have four more crashes in a one-year period we’ll qualify! That was the news Town Supervisor Peter Glushko delivered to town board members at the Monday, May 11, 2015 town board meeting. Following a January 31st serious accident, the board asked the Department to conduct a Traffic Control Signal Needs Study to determine if a traffic light is warranted at the intersection. New York State requires that one of nine criteria or warrants must be satisfied to consider a traffic signal installation. The intersection did not satisfy any of the criteria. The NYSDOT accident history report (6/1/2009 to 5/31/14) stated that only three accidents occurred at the intersection over a five-year period. Five or more accidents, of a type susceptible to correction by a traffic signal, must have occurred over a 12-month period in order for a traffic signal to be considered.Click here to view the Signal Needs Study
The report further stated that in 2006 the Clinton County Highway Department and the Town of Peru performed a joint project to lower the elevation of the Military Turnpike for a distance of approximately 1,200 feet to the north of the Brand Hollow road, which considerably increased site distance. In 2009 the Town of Peru created a four-way stop control at the intersection and installed double “Stop Ahead” and “Stop” signs on the Military Turnpike approaches. Since the most recent accident NYSEG has installed a streetlight at the intersection at the town board’s request.
Over the past few months several residents (including this reporter) have witnessed motorists “blowing through” the intersection at high speed. Supervisor Glushko, frustrated with the report’s findings, asked Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell to research the cost of installing solar powered flashing red lights on top of the intersection’s four stop signs. Glushko said, “We need something to get people’s attention.”
In other town news Town Clerk Kathy Flynn told the board she is interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch in her McIntosh Street neighborhood. Flynn said that there have been instances in the last week when young men have been involved in suspicious activity. One young man knocked on her neighbor’s door and asked to use a bathroom. Two young people parked in front of a neighbor’s home and when questioned they said they were waiting for a friend who was behind a McIntosh Street home. Supervisor Peter Glushko told Flynn to contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, which is responsible for coordinating Neighborhood Watch programs.
The board approved a $150 per hour consulting agreement with Public Sector HR Consultants LLC. The board is seeking expert advice on Employee Handbook issues, especially time clock policies.
Repairs to the historic Lyons Road School House will cost $1,200 more than expected. Contractor Donald Bell received a contract to perform $7,600 in repairs to the historic building. In the process of performing the repairs he discovered serious deterioration of a sill plate. The board approved $1,200 in additional work.
At least three individuals and families would like to purchase memorial benches for the Little Ausable River Walking Trail and the Laphams Mills Park. The William Kivett family is purchasing a bench for Laphams Mills Park to honor their father who served as Town of Peru Engineer. Two other families have indicated that they would like to purchase benches for the walking trail.
A fence still needs to be installed adjacent to the walking trail under the Route 22 Bridge. C&E Fencing submitted a $3,193 installed price for a 150-foot, 5 ft. high fence.
The board approved the purchase of online/cloud computer system backup from Carbonite, an on-line backup provider, at an annual cost of $899. Counselor Donald McBrayer has pushed hard for the off-site back up of town records. If a fire or other disaster occurs, town and court records should be easily retrievable from Carbonite.
Town engineer Peter Gibbs discussed truss corrosion at the Highway Department’s salt and sand storage building. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said that two steel trusses are definitely corroded. Gibbs would like to examine all the trusses. He also noted that the existing structure will not accommodate twenty to thirty percent of the town’s salt and sand stockpile resulting in runoff and environmental concerns.
It appears that problems with the Highway Department’s garage roof will never go away. Moisture has been discovered leaking from the newest roof section. Gibbs said it might need more insulation and/or ventilation. Gibbs will prepare formal proposals for the board’s May 27th meeting.
Planning for the July 19th second annual International Peruvian Festival is continuing.
Supervisor Glushko will be a guest speaker at the VFW’s Memorial Day services. Counselor McBrayer will be is back-up speaker if Glushko cannot attend.
Counselor Jim Douglas thanked Adele Douglas for coordinating and planning the May 2nd Walking Trail tree planting. Volunteers planted 275 trees in about two hours. Douglas had the trees in place, the tools on hand and the tree locations marked making it very easy for the volunteers. It seems that everything Adele Douglas does is extremely well done!
Tax Collector Kathy Flynn reported that she has closed her books on the 2015 tax collections.
Supervisor Glushko and other counselors stated they are still open to having a dog park at Heyworth/Mason Park. Someone just needs to volunteer to put it together.
Retired Army colonel from Peru exploring run against incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik in the 21st District race next year.
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that up to $12 million in Market NY grants, to fund projects that will increase tourism and create job opportunities, are available to businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and other entities through Round V of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. This latest round of Market NY grants, which includes capital grants for tourism facilities, will be awarded to tourism and marketing projects that advance each region’s strategic plan and will help to boost tourism in the region and New York State. Read more »
AGENDA PLANNING BOARD WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU 1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 3. ROLL CALL 4. APPROVAL of March 11th, 2015 minutes. 5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing 6. APPLICATIONS: 1. Site Plan Review: Thomas Caron Site Plan Review for Auto (cycle) Repair Shop 852 Fuller Rd. P-2015-003 2. SEQR & 2 Lot Minor Subdivision: Rhonda Dergham 2 Lot Minor Subdivision 48 Cook Rd. P-2015-004 3. SEQR & 4 Lot Minor Subdivision/Remaining lands: Jeremy Deyo 4 Lot Minor Subdivision/Remaining lands Sullivan Rd. P-2015-005 4. SEQR & 2 Lot Minor Subdivision: David Rock 2 Lot Minor Subdivision 633 Union Rd. P-2015-006
Was injured in accident in South Carolina.
From the office of State Senator Betty Little
The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their jurisdictions. Villages, cities and towns with large populations can do so on their own, but most towns must petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval. “The goal is create a uniform policy and eliminate what is currently an unfunded mandate,” said Little, who has sponsored the bill for numerous years.
The bill (S.1216) would amend section 1622 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize towns to establish maximum speed limits on all town highways that are functionally classified as “local roads. Speed limits would be less than the 55 miles per hour statutory maximum speed limit.
Towns that elect to set maximum speed limits would need to do so in accordance with engineering specifications. Speed limit changes would require certification by a licensed professional engineer specializing in traffic operations. Town boards not wanting to set speed limits could elect for the DOT to maintain jurisdiction to set maximum speed limits on town roads.
The legislation, which passed the Senate by unanimous vote, is supported by AARP.
Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting and annual budget hearing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 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:
· Public Hearing on the Annual Budget Vote
· Public Hearing on the District’s Code of Conduct
· Various Request for Proposal Items
· Capital Project Schedule
The full agenda is available at www.perucsd.org
All are welcome.
After fighting a fire, volunteer firefighters have to prepare for their next call. This was the scene at the Peru Fire Station last night after the 579 Fuller Road fire. “THANK YOU” DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS!
This was the scene at 579 Fuller Rd. Monday after a late afternoon fire destroyed a 12-stall, two-story barn owned by Clement and Kelly Bell. Nine pigs and 5 hens perished in the blaze. Three cars/trucks, a 4-wheeler and a snowmobile were also destroyed. The Peru Volunteer Fire Department was successful in saving the nearby house and garage. (Click here to view more Peru Gazette Photos)
In concert with the Peru Elementary School’s continuing efforts to support health and wellness among students, the school held its fourth annual health fair for kindergarten through 2nd grade on Friday, May 2nd. Students had the opportunity to rotate through seven stations on varying health topics including hand washing, dental hygiene, dance fitness, bike safety, healthy snacks, summer safety, and martial arts skills.
It is the school’s hope by educating our youth on health and wellness choices with real-world settings and local resources that students will continue to make positive choices promoting proper nutrition, exercise, and dental care.
The Peru Gazette is grateful to Jim Neyenhouse for his great photos. To see these and more photos click here.
Peru – Alexis Hanson celebrated her 8th birthday on April 26, 2015, just four days after Earth Day, a day of worldwide support for the earth’s environment. When her mom Kristin asked her what she’d like for a party Alexis responded, “I’d like to do something for Earth Day.” What better way to do support Earth Day than to help plant trees at today’s “Trees Along the Walking Trail” event. This morning Alexis, her mom Kristin and her friends Eliza Young and Olivia Bell worked with the other volunteers to plant 250 trees to help beautify the trail and preserve our earth’s environment. Kristin Hanson was obviously very proud of the girls. She said, “They were real troopers. They did a great job.” Kristin said the girls have learned a lot about preserving the environment in Mr. Michael Francia’s second grade class at Peru Central School.
Posted: May 2nd, 2015 under Community Events, Education News, Environmental News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News, Town Board News.
Adele Douglas and her daughter Emily
An enthusiastic group of volunteers turned out this morning at 10AM for the TD Bank sponsored Trees Along the Trail Event. TD Bank donated 275 trees of 9 species to the town for placement along the Peru’s beautiful new Walking Trail. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko welcomed the volunteers including Town Counselor Donald McBrayer, Town Clerk/TaxCollector Kathy Flynn, County Legislator Peter Keenan and Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas. He extended special thanks to TD Bank for its company-wide tree donation program. Several TD Bank personnel and their families along with other community members were volunteers at today’s event. The trees were planted within the first half-mile of Route 22 side of the trail. Click here to see larger versions of these photos and more.
Posted: May 2nd, 2015 under Business News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Town Board News, Youth News.
Peru – Town Board Meeting, Monday, April 27, 2015 – A four-year long court case has been expensive for both the Town of Peru and for Henry and Kevin Dashnaw, owners of the Adirondack Golf and Country Club. The Town of Peru has spent in excess of $65,000. The Dashnaw’s attorney Matthew Norfolk has stated that his clients have spent thousands and thousands of dollars because the town denies that the Brand Hollow Road or any other road ever existed east of Interstate 87 where Fairway Drive now exists. The Dashnaws contend that Fairway Drive, which is adjacent to their golf course, is a town road that should be repaired and maintained by the town. The town contends that Fairway Drive was never a town road and that if the Dashnaws want to develop a subdivision there, it is their responsibility to bring the road up to the town’s standard prior to the town taking over the road. In 2012, a Supreme Judge dismissed the Dashnaw’s lawsuit. They appealed and in 2013 the New York State Appellate Division ruled that the Supreme Court Judge erred when he dismissed the case. Now both parties have asked the court to issue a final judgment in their favor.
Bob Manchester’s comments to the board were doubtedly music to Town Supervisor Peter Glushko’s ears at the Monday’s board meeting. Manchester told the board, “Peru water is wonderful. I can actually drink the water out of my faucet! I can throw away my Breta filter.” Supervisor Glushko has been praising town water for several months. He commented, “People can stop buying bottled water. Our water tastes good and it’s safe to drink.” Glushko said several Clinton County Health Department tests have verified the water’s safety. Last year the Town of Peru completed a $3.2 million water system upgrade.
Bob Manchester also mentioned what he considers to be excessive school bus traffic on McIntosh Drive. He said six buses travel to the school daily via McIntosh Drive. He asked if buses could be directed to use state highways and mentioned that he had been a bus driver several years ago and at that time, it was school policy that the school buses travel on state highways whenever possible. Supervisor Glushko promised to communicate with Peru School Superintendent Grinstein regarding the matter.
Peru residents are going to be better informed when a zoning or planning hearing is scheduled related to a neighboring property. Counselor Donald McBrayer told the board that Town Code Enforcement Officer Frank Slycord would be posting a sign on applicants’ properties for the purpose of informing neighbors that a Zoning Board or Planning Board action is pending. For the past few years, the town has satisfied the minimum legal requirement by publishing zoning and planning board agenda items in the Press Republican’s legal page. Slycord’s office has also informed the Peru Gazette. The signs should make neighbors more aware of any proposed changes to nearby properties.
Maintaining and updating the town’s computer technology is being prioritized now that the town has hired Simon Moore as its contract IT provider. Counselor Donald McBrayer, the board’s IT liaison, told the board, “We’re approaching this from the point of view of what it will take to get the system up to snuff.” The existing system includes a server, 15 personal computers and a wireless Internet system. McBrayer said purchasing a new server at a cost of $8,150 (including software transfer) is the #1 priority as is off-site or cloud back-up for the new server. An on-site tape machine backs up the current server; however, if a fire or other damage severely damages the server, all town financial records would be lost. Off-site/cloud backup would cost $899 annually. McBrayer and Moore also recommended a computer replacement schedule. Three computers would be retired annually, meaning every computer would be replaced after five years of use which McBrayer stated is the generally accepted computer lifetime. The town hall’s wireless system also needs to be replaced with a more capable system.
The Peru Central School has invited the Town of Peru to participate in a joint solar energy venture. Five acres of open land would be needed for the solar panels. The town does not own five open acres; therefore locating the panels in multiple locations is being explored. Counselor Brandy McDonald was dubious about the school proposal saying he showed the school’s plans to a solar energy expert who questioned several of the plan’s assumptions and projected costs.
Supervisor Glushko informed the Board that Peruvian International Festival II has been scheduled on July 19th. He said the format would be similar to last year’s.
The Board passed three resolutions relating to oil train safety recommended by the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force. They will be mailed to various legislators, government bodies, agencies and the railroad. Oil Train Resolutions
The $500,000 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG) related to the recent upgrade of the town’s water system has been received. It could be used to retire water system bonds or dispersed over time to reduce the water tax rate. Supervisor Glushko asked board members to think about the best course of action.
The Highway Department has completed its springtime street sweeping in the hamlet. Now they will move to outlying subdivisions.
Pam Barber reported that bands have been booked for the all the town’s summer concerts. Nine concerts have been scheduled between June 28th and August 23rd. Fund availability determined the number of concerts. The names of the interested bands were put in a hat and drawn. Six interested bands were not lucky enough to be chosen.
Counselor Brandy Donald mentioned the large number of stray cats in the hamlet.
Counselor Kregg Bruno was absent for the 8th consecutive board meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
- JUNE 28 – LARRY LEE EBERE – CLASSIC COUNTRY, COUNTRY ROCK, NEW COUNTRY
- JULY 5 – THE BACKROADS BAND – NEW & CLASSIC COUNTRY, 60’S & 70’S ROCK
- JULY 12 – FROZEN SUNSHINE – CLASSIC ROCK
- JULY 19 – incaHOOTS – ROCK, SOUTHERN ROCK, NEW COUNTRY
- JULY 26 – THE K.T.K BAND – CLASSIC THROUGH CONTEMPORARY ROCK
- AUGUST 2 – BOOTLEG BAND – COUNTRY, TOP 40 VARIETY, 60’S ROCK- PRESENT
- AUGUST 9 – JAM HONEY – ROCK AND POP, 70’S TO TODAY
- AUGUST 16 – TOWNE MEETING – FOLK, COUNTRY TO ACOUSTIC ROCK
- AUGUST 23 – TOO TALL STRING BAND – ADIRONDACK, CELTIC, COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS
- IN CASE OF RAIN, CONCERT WILL BE HELD @ THE PERU COMMUNITY CHURCH FELLOWSHIP CENTER (EXCEPT FOR AUGUST 2)
- **BRING CHAIRS & BLANKETS, NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED**
- BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE TOWN OF PERU 643-2745 x 7
PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the new exhibit opening in May, “Clairvoyance II: Art of the Visually Impaired.” This exhibit features artwork from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS), Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), and the North Country Association of the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI). The exhibit will be on view May 1st to 29th, 2015 at The Strand Center for the Arts, located at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh. The opening reception will be held May 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, is free to the public, and is part of the First Weekends in Plattsburgh Art Walk.
The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery Coordinator, Christina Elliott, stated “The primary motive behind the exhibit “Clairvoyance II” is to educate the public about artists with disabilities, particularly how those with visual impairments interact with and produce art.” This exhibit was originally curated by The Strand Center in July of 2014, but on a smaller scale. Not only did the exhibit educate the public, but created more accessibility to those with disabilities, as Braille catalogs and posters were available. Read more »
Bailey Wind will be speaking to the Peru Jr/Sr High School student body on May 12th at 9:30 am. Bailey had just signed her letter of intent with the University of Tennessee’s Swimming and Diving team when on December 1, 2012, at the age of 17 and a senior at Shaker High School in Latham, New York, Bailey was one of two survivors in a fatal, highly published crash on the Northway. The SUV Bailey was traveling in was hit from behind by a drunk, high, texting and speeding driver and skidded across three lanes of the Northway, flipped multiple times, crashing roof first into two trees in the median. Bailey was trapped for over two hours in a fetal-like position with a broken neck, broken jaw, knocked out teeth, bilateral pulmonary contusions, and bleeding on the brain. Bailey’s boyfriend and good friend, who were also traveling in the SUV with her, were killed on impact.
By John T. Ryan
Peru’s newer residents probably know Lynn Wilke as the gentleman riding about town in the small black Hyundai with the yellow flashing light on the top. Longtime Peru residents know Mr. Wilke as the former Peru High School music teacher and band director (1952-85). Others know him as a Plattsburgh College Community Orchestra member, a hunting safety instructor, a Civil Air Patrol Commander, the man who proudly sounds taps at patriotic ceremonies, the ham radio operator or a Battle of Little Big Horn – George Custer expert. St. Augustine’s parishioners know Lynn as their Organist Emeritas who retired in 2008 after 55 years of service, but who still plays the recessional hymn at Sunday Mass. When Lynn Wilke celebrates his 85th birthday on June 6th, he can be assured that he has won the respect of many people.
Last April the community demonstrated its respect for Lynn by filling the high school auditorium for “Mr. Wilke’s Opus.” Alumni and current students performed operatic duos, classical music, and the music of America that Mr. Wilke loves. They recalled marching in the 1964 World’s Fair Parade, at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics groundbreaking and awards ceremonies and at the Quebec City and Saranac Lake Winter Carnivals. Other alumni, many of whom are professional musicians, wrote letters referring to Mr. Wilke as their uncle, father, friend and mentor. Mr. Wilke played his saxophone, joked with the audience and expressed his heartfelt thanks. The band members smiled broadly as they observed the playful, energetic and spirited former teacher who has influenced so many lives. As Lynn Wilke told the Peru Gazette, “I wanted to do something different than all the other schools and not be afraid of doing it.”
Henry “Hank” Fordham, an East Rockaway High School band director and guidance counselor, was the most influential person in Lynn Wilke’s life. His second grade teacher told him, “You’ll never make anything of yourself.” Lynn explained, “I see everything backwards. I have dyslexia.” Mr. Fordham apparently noticed Lynn’s potential. One day he knocked on the door of Lynn’s boyhood home and asked if Lynn would like to play a musical instrument. After briefly trying to play the violin, Lynn transitioned to the saxophone. He recalled, “I took to the sax quickly.” When Lynn reached the 9th grade Mr. Fordham asked if he would like to take the 12th grade music regents exam. He got a 92, the highest grade in the school. That success must have built his confidence; Lynn was eventually inducted into the National Honor Society. When the Peru Band was in New York for the World’s Fair Parade, Henry Fordham was there cheering Lynn and the band on.
Lynn Wilke also had other role models including his mother, Mildred Roemer, who was an artist and avid Metropolitan Opera devotee. His grandmother, Mimi, was a concert pianist. His maternal grandfather, Jack Allison, was an inventor, cellist and mandolinist. His father, John “Jack” Wilke, was a catalog proofreader, a ham radio operator and hunter. During World War II, as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jack Wilke would board a small boat in the early evening to venture into the Atlantic Ocean to search for the German submarines that were ravaging American supply and troop ships.
The Wilke and Allison families have served their country in each generation beginning with the Civil War. Asked what he believes to be the most important personal quality, Mr. Wilke responded, “Respect for the country. That’s the most important thing.” Then he added, “I love people. I love this country and I love Peru.”
Mr. Wilke also mentioned another personal quality as being very important. He said, “Honor women!” He may have been recalling his good fortune in having married two wonderful ladies. Not long after arriving in Peru, he was introduced to music teacher Joanne Coffee. It didn’t take Lynn long to ask Joanne, “Do you play the piano?” Those words foretold the next 43 years as the couple, who married in 1954, collaborated to produce beautiful music. Their two children are music professionals. Kirk is a respected conductor in the Washington DC region. Carol is a professor at the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music.
Joanne Wilke passed away in September, 1997, only a few months prior to the North Country’s historic ice storm. Ann Sears Robbins had raised a family and knew Lynn as one of her children’s teachers. When the ice storm disabled many of the region’s phone lines, many people were unable to communicate with family members including one of Ann’s friends. Knowing that Lynn was a ham radio operator, she called to ask for his assistance. A dinner date followed and, as they say, the rest is history. Ann and Lynn were married on October 12, 1998. Since then they have enlarged Lynn’s School Street home, traveled, enjoyed good times together and supported each other as health challenges have arisen. Click here to view these photos and more.
Dedicated in a yearbook and in life!
Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing employment history of a particular individual. No other school board or school district business is slated for this meeting.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. will have their 15th Annual Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic on Thursday, June 11, 2015. This year the tournament will be held at the Lake Placid Club Mountain Course in Lake Placid.
This unique event randomly pairs an Olympic athlete or other Celebrity with a registered three person team. The cost is $500.00 per team which includes greens fees, cart, free raffle gifts, and Barbeque dinner. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go to support the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its partner agencies which serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
There are other sponsorships available also. You can take an ad in the program, a Tee box or a Hole flag.
Registration for a team and sponsorship forms are available at the United Way office located at 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, on the United Way web-site www.unitedwayadk.org, under the special events tab, or call 518-563-0028 to have one mailed and for more information.
By John T. Ryan
Peru – It’s unusual for a 10th grader to have made a career choice, but two Peru High School students have decided; they want to be professional fishermen. Perry Marvin Jr. (16) and Alec Morrison (15) have reason for optimism. Over the past several years both boys have won numerous state and world bass fishing competitions. In 2014 Perry Marvin was the Bass Federation (TBF) Junior World Champion while Alec Morrison was the 2013 and 2014 Student Anglers Federation (SAF) High School Team Champion and the 2010, 2011, and 2013 NYS Individual Champion. Last June the boys teamed up to win the SAF State Championship Tournament in Clayton, NY with a 21.6-pound bag of bass. Perry Marvin Jr. is the son of Perry and Laurie Marvin. Alec Morrison is the son of Andrea Osborne and Robert Morrison.
On Monday, April 13, 2015 Perry and Alec appeared before the Peru Town Board. They’ve also spoken to Peru High School administrators. Perry Marvin commented, “We’re trying to raise awareness, trying to interest youth in TBF’s High School Fishing Program. You can join as early as 12 years of age.” The program is helpful to young people because it connects them with advanced fishermen who are willing to mentor them, bring them fishing and develop their appreciation of the sport.
Both Laurie Marvin and Andrea Osborne say the fishing competitions are “family-oriented” and have been “confidence-building” for their sons. Perry and Alec’s achievements have given them the opportunity to appear before the media and large groups to answer questions about strategy, fishing conditions, bait and equipment. Their speaking ability and confidence were very evident at their presentation to the Peru Town Board. All this success has not come with out hard work and family support. During the summer months both Perry and Alec are typically out on the lake at 6 a.m. where they fish until mid or late afternoon. Last summer Perry had to stop at 2 p.m. in order to make it to his summer job.
This summer Perry and Alec will compete in state, regional and world competitions in New Hampshire, Alabama and downstate New York. They’ll be representing New York State and telling people about our wonderful fishery – Lake Champlain. Lodging, fuel, licenses, meals and other expenses will total almost $4,500 so the students have been contacting local businesses and organizations asking for monetary support and sponsorships. Anyone interested in contributing, sponsoring or learning more about the student bass fishing program is welcome to call Laurie Marvin at 518-534-4878.
Posted: April 20th, 2015 under Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News, Peru/Regional History, Regional NY-VT. News, Things to do in & near Peru, Youth News.
Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will have a brief, special meeting on the morning of Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 AM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room.
Thursday morning’s brief special meeting will focus exclusively on consideration of the
BOCES administrative budget for the 2015‐2016 school year and consideration of candidates running for seats on this region’s BOCES.
No other school board or school district business is slated for Thursday morning.
The full agenda is available at www.perucsd.org.
4th Sunday Breakfast
April 26th, 2015 9 a.m. – Noon
Peru VFW & Ladies Auxiliary
710 Pleasant St, Peru, NY 12901
Bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy, corned beef hash, pancakes, juice & coffee. ONLY $8.00
All proceeds to benefit veterans and their families.
LAST BREAKFAST of the SEASON.
Children, parents and staff walking or biking to the Peru Central School should have a safer route to travel in a few months. On Monday, April 13, 2015 the Peru Town Board approved a $143,729 bid from Branon Construction Company Inc. of Plattsburg to implement a second Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Project. Work will begin as soon as summer vacation begins and should be completed by September 5th.
The objective is to improve walking and biking safety to school, with a focus on students in grades K to 8. There are 5 components to SRTS projects: encouragement, education, enforcement, evaluation and engineering (the 5 “E”s).
For the construction (Engineering) part, Branon Construction will install a new crosswalk across route 22B with push button activated flashing crosswalk beacons. They will also install additional sidewalks to improve the walkability of the campus on both the Route 22B side and the School Street side of the campus.
The encouragement, education and enforcement components are being coordinated by the elementary school’s physical education teacher Nancy Thompson and the School’s Wellness Committee. Christa Vancour of the Clinton County Health Dept. and Sergeant Frank Mercier of the Clinton County Sheriffs Dept have given them additional support. The Health Department funded bike racks to help the Town stay within budget for the project and the Sheriff’s Department conducted assemblies about pedestrian safety and set-up speed read-out equipment along Route 22B. A previous $85,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant financed the School Street sidewalk.
Dog owner respect for their neighbors continues to be an issue. The board asked Dog Control Officer David Drollette to step up enforcement of the dog waste disposal provisions of the Dog Control Law. Supervisor Peter Glushko and Counselor Brandy McDonald both reported seeing significant waste adjacent to sidewalks and roads in the hamlet. Counselor McDonald stated that a few residents appear to pick up waste when being observed, but they do not pick up waste when they believe they are out of sight. Dog Control Officer Drollette will offer these offenders a choice of accepting and using a free waste bag or being issued a ticket.
The board accepted the AES Engineering’s comprehensive grant-funded sewer system report. AES analyzed the system north of the Little Ausable River, much of which was constructed during the 1930’s. There are several reasons for upgrading the system. The 2013 NYS “Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law” requires that any sewage overflow be reported and published. Over time the sewer pipes and manholes have deteriorated, the pumping station is overtaxed and some trunk lines do not have sufficient capacity to accommodate community growth. AES estimated the total cost at $4 million, but Supervisor Glushko said that the project would probably be done in phases. The town will submit applications for grant monies or low interest loans. The extent of the project will be determined once fund availability is determined.
Peru’s walking trail should be even more attractive thanks to TD Bank’s tree planting program that has donated 275 trees of various species to the town. On May 2nd beginning at 10 a.m. volunteers are invited to help plant the trees along the walking trail. If would like to volunteer Adele Douglas would appreciate if you call her at 643-7863. She would like to know beforehand how many volunteers she will have on hand.
Personal safety is also a primary concern for everyone utilizing the walking trail. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reminded the board that a fence should be erected adjacent to the trail beneath the Route 22 Bridge. Farrell pointed out that someone could fall a considerable distance from the trail to the rocks along the Little Ausable River. He recommended that the fence be elevated to a high priority item.
A few weeks ago town representatives traveled to Albany to lobby for increased highway paving monies (CHIPS). They were optimistic when they returned, but their optimism appears to have been misplaced. Highway Superintendent Farrell said the town would only be receiving about $25,000 in additional CHIPS monies. He said, “That’s not even a half-mile of blacktop.” This summer Farrell plans to pave part of the Dashnaw Road, part of the Laphams Mills Road to Route 22 and the newer part of Washington Street. Holden Avenue might be paved, but only if funds are available.
The Board adjourned to Executive Session to discuss the ongoing Dashnaw vs. Town of Peru lawsuit and the work history of two employees.
Counselor Kregg Bruno was excused from the meeting. Since January 1, 2015, Bruno has been excused from at least seven town board meetings.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation that Congresswoman Stefanik cosponsored would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer tax, commonly referred to as the “death tax”.
“Whenever I travel throughout our district, one of the key tax issues that I have heard about from small businesses and the agriculture community is the negative impact that the Death Tax continues to have on our economy,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I remain committed to working to achieve comprehensive tax reform to make our tax code flatter, fairer and simpler, and repealing the death tax is one commonsense reform we can make to protect North Country small businesses and family farms.”
Under current law, the Federal Government takes 40% from taxable estates when a person dies. The death tax is a major reason why family farms and businesses are not able to be passed down from generation to generation. Repealing this tax would allow more North Country farms and businesses to stay in North Country families. This legislation passed the House by a vote of 240-179 and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
Each year our weather transition seems to be from winter to summer; spring no longer exists or if it does only very briefly. Last Thursday morning, April 9, 2015 Peru had about 4″ of snow on the ground. Yesterday, the Peru High baseball team was playing a home game against Saranac in 74 degree temperatures. The Indians won 9-2. Thanks to Jim Neyenhouse for submitting these great photos. Click here for larger photo version.
By John T. Ryan
Spring Break is a time for many North Country residents to travel south to enjoy the warm of sun. Each year the Peru Community Church Senior High Youth Group also travels, but not quite as far south as most people. The group stops in Washington D.C. where they serve the homeless and take some time to experience the sites of Washington D.C. Based on the photos, this year’s trip appears to have been five days of hard work, fun and learning! (Click here on a PC for a slideshow with music. Thanks to DonYo (Donald McBrayer) for compiling the music)
Each day the students worked at a different site preparing and serving lunches or evening meals. One day they set-up tables along sidewalks and parks for Mckenna’s Wagon, a program that serves the homeless from vans parked near sidewalks and parks. At Martha’s Table they chopped vegetables and mixed huge batches for muffins for the evening meal. At the Capital Area Food Bank they sorted and packaged over 15,000 pounds of food during their shift. At SOME (So Others Might Eat), a soup kitchen that serves over 1,000 meals daily, they served 700 lunches and participated in a social justice exercise where they put themselves in the place of a person who is facing the prospect of being homeless. Faith Long, one of the chaperons said, “Our group is always invited back each year because they are hard workers with a great attitude.”
The Youth Group is a mix of students from the Peru Community Church, St. Augustine’s Church and other churches including the Christian Alliance Church and St. John the Baptist Churches in Keeseville and Plattsburgh. This year’s Youth Group members include Abigail St. Louis, Alaina Bazzano, Andrew Thew, Benjamin Morgan, Brady Terry, Brooke Desautels, Cole Ives, Connor Douglass, Devin Wood, Erika Cross, Fabian Dopping, Gabrielle, Dion, Grace Sullivan, Hannah Osborne, Jack Dubay, Lucas Frenyea, Megan Zmijewski, Nathan Kennedy, Shauna Fliss, Tyler Andre. Chaperones included Cheryl Remillard, Faith Long, Brian Raymond, Lisa Zmijewski and Patrick Knight.
Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 18th at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. “ALL YOU CAN EAT” spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and a delicious dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM for only $7.50 per person, $2.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under and a $20 per family maximum. Take-outs are available.
St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 donates to St. Augustine’s Parish and numerous local organizations each year including the North Country Mission of Hope, The Peru Community Church Youth Group trip to assist the homeless in Washington D.C., the Peru Youth Commission, the Ecumenical Choir Choir refreshments, “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contests, and many more. Community dinners are a very important part of its fund-raising program.
Do you or anyone you know possess a photo of the Peru Grange Hall which once located at the site of current Peru Town Hall? Town Historian Ron Allen needs the photo to complete the town’s historical collection and to include it on one of the historical signs to be placed along Main Street. Ron can arrange to copy the photo or he would be happy to add the photo to the town’s collection. Ron Allen can be reached at 561-0038.
Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School. An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 5:30 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:
· 2015-2016 budget for voter consideration in May
· Athletics handbook
· Acceptable use policy
· 2015-2016 academic calendar
The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at www.perucsd.org.
All are welcome.
Both seats are at large for a five-year term from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2020.
The ‘Petition for Nomination of Candidate’ is available in the District Office at 17 School Street on Mondays through Fridays, except school holidays, or via the web at http://www.perucsd.org. Petitions must be directed to the School District Clerk, shall be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District, and shall state the name, residence and phone number of the candidate. Petitions must be returned no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, April 20, 2015.
The School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING, April 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
- Call Meeting To Order
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Roll Call
- MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of January 26, 2015 and for the Regular Board Meeting of March 23, 2015.
- DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)
- Community Input
- DISCUSSION: Student Angler Federation Presentation.