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Purple Heart Awarded After 66 Years

Private First Class Ernest LaPine

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

By John T. Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Western Union Telegram to the family

 

Ski Club Registration December 10th

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

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

More info and registration forms can be found at the town website: www.perutown.com

It’s Time to Register for the Turkey Trot

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

Online registration and full event details available at https://www.perulionsclubnewyork.org/turkeytrotregister

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

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

DEC Announces Summer Camp Registrations Open – – The Adirondack Almanack

2018 Town Budget Passes

By John T. Ryan

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

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

Illegal Possession of Landlocked Atlantic Salmon – Essex County

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

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

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

Source: Downtown Plattsburgh eatery closes | Local News | pressrepublican.com

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

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

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

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

Dog Bite Case is Still Outstanding

By John T. Ryan

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

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

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

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

Supervisor-elect McDonald Proposes Major Changes in Town Hall Coverage

By John T. Ryan

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

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

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

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

Special Town Board Meeting Wednesday

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

Kathleen Flynn

Town Clerk

Town of Peru

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Peru Senior Wins Handler Award

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

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

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

Nov. 18 Start of Deer and Bear Hunting in the Southern Zone

Hunters Encouraged to Pass on Shots on Young Bucks

With the start of New York’s most popular big game season slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging hunters to be safe, enjoy the natural beauty of the environment, and consider passing up shots on young bucks.

“New York has some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation, and our ongoing conservation efforts and hunter safety programs are providing ample opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy all New York has to offer,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Deer and bear hunting is also an important tool for New Yorkers to assist our wildlife management efforts and critical for controlling populations especially in areas and habitats where deer overabundance are causing ecological damage. The opening of the Southern Zone regular season is a cherished tradition for many families, drawing friends and relatives together for a weekend afield. I wish all hunters a safe and successful season.”

Deer hunting has been changing in New York, with more hunters opting to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks in favor of letting them grow to be older, larger bucks. DEC is encouraging hunters to make a difference for the future of the deer herd and increase their likelihood of seeing older, larger bucks by choosing to Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow.

Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Begins Nov. 18
The 2017 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 18, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 10. Read more »

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PAFB Will Never be Forgotten

A Fun Place to Be

L-R Linda Baker (Owner), Crystal O’Jida-Blair and Cheryl Rock

The New Impressions staff is #22 in the Peru Gazette’s photo series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live.  Linda Baker opened her business at 6 Mason St. in Peru’s former post office building in 2003. She describes New Impressions as a family salon with all the latest techniques in color, cutting and styling.  Services include spa manicures & pedicures, tanning, waxing and foiling.  She also said New Impressions is a fun place to be. After speaking with Linda, Crystal and Cheryl for a few minutes we’re sure their patrons have reached the same conclusion. Phone 643-0881.

Peru Gazette’s First Community Video

VFW Post 309 Honors Veterans and an Educator

Post Commander Bill Lefebvre, Timothy Butler, Aux. President Judy Lefebvre

Judy Lefebvre, Cynthia Nadeau of N.C. Honor Flight, Bill Lefebvre

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The largest crowd in recent memory attended today’s Veterans Day Service at Peru VFW Post 309. Post Commander Bill Lefebvre was the Master of Ceremonies. Cadets from the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol posted the Colors. Rev. Alan Shnob, Pastor of St. Augustine’s led the opening and closing prayers. Stephanie Pietz, a Peru HS Senior, sang the National Anthem. Tthe U.S. Army Reserve Unit, Plattsburgh Center, conducted a Rifle Salute.

Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and VFW Auxiliary Member Janet Downs were guest speakers.

Other highlights included an almost $1,400 donation from Post 309 to the North Country Honor Flight. Cynthia Nadeau accepted the money on behalf of the Honor Flight. Post 309 earned the money through admissions and donations at the its 4th Sunday October breakfast.

Post 309 also presented its Citizen Education Teacher Award to Timothy Butler, a 5th grade teacher at Keeseville Elementary School. Keeseville Elementary School Principal Kevin Hulbert, nominated Butler for the award and was present to read his nominating letter.

L-R Photos- Part of the large crowd; James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol; Timothy Butler with Bill and Judy Lefebvre; Judy Lefebvre, Cynthia Nadeau and Bill Lefebvre; Janet Downs; Rev. Alan Shnob; Stephanie Pietz; Peter Glushko

The Peru Gazette will post a You Tube video of the VFW Service as soon as possible.

Peru HS Senior Stephanie Pietz singing the National Anthem

Janet Downs who spoke about her father Ernest Lapine’s Purple Heart

Supervisor Peter Glushko talked on why we honor our veterans

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Peru VFW Post 209, 710 Pleasant St., Peru, NY. Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A complimentary lunch will be served. 

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Town Taxes to Increase Only Slightly

Front Row – Town Atty. Matt Favro, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Dep. Supervisor Donald McBrayer. Back Row – Jim Langley, Brandy McDonald, Jim Douglass, Kathy Flynn

By John T. Ryan

Peru -Youth Director John Flynn, Town Clerk Kathleen Flynn, Secretary to the Board Pam Barber, this reporter and the town board were the only people who attended the November 9th public hearing on the town’s 2018 preliminary budget. Peru’s 2018 town tax rates will remain relatively stable. General fund rates will increase from $2.18 to $2.27 per thousand dollars of taxable value while the highway fund tax rate will decrease from $2.58/M to $2.53/M.  Health insurance cost will increase over 11%. Employees will receive a 2% cost of living pay raise and equipment will be replaced as needed.  A resolution the 2018 budget is on the November 13th board agenda.

The town’s taxable property value increased from $419,719,632 to $422,148,732 .  General Fund revenues and expenses increase from $1,399,541 to $1,491,038 (6.5%). Highway Fund revenues and expenses decrease from $1,641,745 to $1,627,153 (.08%).

Click on the second appearing image for a larger view. 

Click here to view 2018 and previous tax rates

Town of Peru 2018 Preliminary Budget for 2018

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Agenda Peru Town Board Meeting of November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call.

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Special Meeting of October 30, 2017 and the Town Board Regular Meeting of October 23, 2017

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

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Peru Community Church Presentation.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve 2018 Final Budget

DISCUSSION: Highway Culvert Update.

DISCUSSION: Highway Jenkins Street Update.

DISCUSSION: Highway New Hire Update

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Tobacco Free Facilities Resolution.

DISCUSSION: Town Water/Wastewater Projects Update.

DISCUSSION: Sullivan Park Grant Update.

DISCUSSION: Town IT Update.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Peru School Board Regular Monthly Meeting November 14, 2017

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:45 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  It is anticipated that an executive session will take place immediately following the 6:45 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

  • Annual Audit
  • Building Goals
  • Information Technology Update
  • Bid Awards
  • Policy Review
  • Leadership Academy

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

All are welcome.

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You’re Invited to Stop By

L-R Lindsey Ashline, Owner Jim Kane and RN Pam Courtney

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Peru residents can’t help but be aware of Valehaven Home for Adults. It’s on Main Street at the center of our community. How many of us have ever entered its front doors to find out what’s going on?

Owner Jim Kane and administrator Lindsey Ashline want local residents to know they’re welcome to stop by and learn more about Valehaven. Lindsey Ashline said, “I think people sometimes forget us. The residents especially love to see kids. Our residents have great stories to tell. We’re open to the public. We want people to understand what we do here.”

Valehaven has 23 employees, 16 of whom are full-time employees. Jobs include a registered nurse, certified home health aids, certified personal care aids, cooks, maintenance, activities and transport personnel. Residents can receive help taking medications, bathing, dressing and toileting. Residents must have cognitive ability. Valehaven cannot restrict their coming and going.

Lindsey Ashline is excited about Valehaven’s coming facelift. The main room’s lighting is being upgraded and the walls are being painted in cheerful, joyful colors.  The front yard gazebo, the porch area and a storage building are other recent upgrades.

Several local groups and individuals help make the residents’ lives more enjoyable, but more are needed and welcome. Mountain Lake Services conducts a monthly bingo and Peru High School’s P-Tech students do yard work. Residents love the The North Adirondack Chapter’s “Love on a Leash” animals and the Butternut Ridge Farm’s Therapy donkeys. Local musicians stop by at least twice each week, the St. Augustine’s Church religious education students sing Christmas carols, 4-H members do Christmas activities and the Peru Community Church brings holiday gifts.

Valehaven is one of six licensed adult care facilities Jim Kane owns under the corporate name Adirondack Manor Home for Adults. The others are located in Ticonderoga, Queensbury, Scotia, Utica and Camden, NY. At one time the corporate headquarters were located in Peru in the building currently occupied by the New Impressions Family Salon at 6 Mason Street.

Peru Voters Shoot Down Constitutional Convention 6.5 to 1

Here are the Town of Peru 2017 election results for the proposals on the back of the ballot.

Proposal #1 for a Constitutional Convention:
1,319 No, 208 Yes

Proposal #2 allowing the complete or partial loss of a public officer’s person if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony. 1,169 Yes, 347 No

Proposal #3 An Amendment authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes. 1,012 Yes, 489 No

McDonald, Douglass and Irwin Win

Here are the 2017 Town of Peru Election results for the contested races, not including any absentee ballots.

Town Supervisor:
Brandy McDonald 819 Votes
James Langley 726 Votes

Town Council (The top two vote getters win)
James Douglass 1053 Votes
Melvin Irwin 968 Votes
Marque Moffett 768 Votes

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Peru Central School Announces Prekindergarten Grant Award

In an effort to support early learning within the community, Peru Central School District has been awarded a grant from the New York State Education Department to support a prekindergarten program.

The Peru Central School District was recently awarded a grant that will allow our district to create a program for forty (40) Prekindergarten students.  The Prekindergarten Program is New York State funded, specifically designed for 4 year olds.  Prekindergarten is not mandatory; parents can choose to participate in the program.  In order to be eligible, children must turn 4 years old before December 1, 2017.  This full day Prekindergarten program is free to district residents chosen for the program.

The 40-student Program will start January 24, 2018.  The Program will first serve twenty (20) students that qualify under Head Start criteria and guidelines, and will be hosted at the JCEO Head Start site in Plattsburgh.  The remaining twenty (20) students will be hosted at the Peru Elementary School.  We will select the remaining students utilizing a lottery system.  Parents who wish their child be considered for this program must complete and submit an application.  The application can be found on the district website: https://www.perucsd.org/Page/5884.

All applications and any supporting documents must be submitted in person to Registrar’s Office on or before 3:00pm Friday, December 1, 2017.

Tops to Honor Veterans and Active Military on Veterans Day

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts announced today that the company will offer military personnel and their immediate families an 11 percent discount off of their grocery bill this Veterans Day.

On Saturday, November 11, Tops Markets will honor an 11 percent discount off of a total order to all veterans and immediate family members in the same household, who shop at any Tops location. Customers should present proof of service that they, or an immediate family member are a U.S. Veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11 percent discount off of their total purchase that day.

“The respect and gratitude Read more »

Please Make Time to Cast Your Ballot Tuesday – It’s a Right and a Responsibility

By John T. Ryan

On Tuesday, November 7th Peru voters will have the opportunity to chose their town leaders for the next four years. This is a so-called off-year election: nevertheless, it’s a very important election. The voters’ choices may determine the future of Peru.  PERU Sample Ballot

The proposals for a Constitutional Convention and amendments to the State Constitution on the back of the ballot are also very important.

Voting takes place in Paul Calkins Memorial Hall at St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main Street, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Voting should take no more than 5 or 10 minutes of your valuable time. You will have the opportunity to decide who serves in the following positions.

Town Supervisor:

Brandy McDonald (Democratic, Conservative, Working Families Parties)

OR

James R. Langley Jr. (Republican Party)

Town Council (Vote for Two Candidates)

Marque Lou Moffett (Democratic and Independence Parties)

James T. Douglass (Democratic and Conservative Parties)

Melvin A. Irwin (Republican and Independence Parties)

The following candidates are unopposed, but they are on the ballot:

Superintendent of Highways
Michael H. Farrell (Democratic, Republican and Independence Parties)

Town Justice
James P. Kirby (Democratic Party)

Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Kathleen K. Flynn (Republican and Independence Parties)

A Regional Favorite

L-R Jerry Johnson chef/owner, Joe Hack, Robyn Lewis, Josh Martin front of the house manager, Sonia Passino, Lauren Prue office manager, Penny Defayette, Kyle O’kusky, Julia Lemieux, Shoben Runyan, David Hamilton chef/owner, Cameron Diman. 

The staff at Pasquales Restaurant, 2931 Main Street in Peru is #21 in the Peru Gazette’s photo series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live.  Owners Jerry Johnson and David Hamilton are the head chefs, so it’s relatively easy for them to maintain food quality and consistency. Pasquales’ tasty American-Italian food and generous portions have made it a North Country favorite. Its staff members are very busy, friendly, hardworking people. Pasquales is open seven days a week.  Phone 518-643-0799.

Knights Bring Coats to Peru’s Kids 

Photo L-R Peru K-2 School Nurse Kathy Bedard, K-2 Principal Michelle Rawson, St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Deputy Grand Knight Robert Manchester.

By John T. Ryan

Peru – On Thursday, November 2nd, St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Deputy Grand Knight Robert Manchester presented twenty-four new children’s winter jackets to K-2 Principal Michelle Rawson and School Nurse Kathy Bedard. Kathy Bedard commented, “As the weather gets colder we see children, especially at recess, who need the extra warmth. There definitely is a need. The children are very happy to receive them.”

The Knights of Columbus began a Coats for Kids Program during the 2009 recession. Since 2013 the Peru Knights have distributed 120 jackets at the Peru Elementary School. The 2,000 Knights of Columbus Councils in the United States and Canada have distributed nearly 400,000 coats, including 88,000 during the past year.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones to host Annual Santa Sprint to benefit the North Country Honor Flight

From the Office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones will host the Annual Santa Sprint 5K on Saturday November 25, 2017 with a race start time at 9am. Pre-registration is $20 and can be done online at www.adirondackcoastevents.com. Same day registration will be held from 7:30am until 8:30am.

Race start and end will be held at “The Last Resort” Montgomery Street, Rouses Point, NY. Same day registration is $25.

Participants will receive a bonus gift if they bring an unwrapped toy to the registration table on November 25th. Toys will be donated to the local Christmas Bureau.

Funds raised from the event will go to benefit the North Country Honor Flight. First 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will also be awarded to the top female and male runners and walkers. Santa and other holiday attire are welcomed and encouraged! Please send all questions or concerns to mfryan01@gmail.com.

Wreath Workshop

On Saturday, December 2,  the Cornell Cooperative Extension will be holding its ever-popular natural wreath workshop at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office 6064 Route 22 in Plattsburgh from 10:00am to noon.

You will be supplied with a 14-inch grapevine wreath and your choice of pinecones, acorns, nuts, and lots of other found items that nature has provided. The fee for the class is $25 and space is limited so register early.

It’s easy to be creative when you have access to the supplies, so join us for this entertaining workshop and take home your own masterpiece. Contact us at 561-7450 or email Jolene at jmw442@cornell.edu for more information or to register. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to register with a parent or guardian.

What Are the Duties of a Town Supervisor?

What are the duties of a Town Supervisor? The following job description was taken from the Town of Saranac’s website, but it applies to almost all New Your State towns including Peru.

Duties & Responsibilities

A significant and unusual role is filled by the Town Supervisor. In the Town of Saranac, as in all New York State towns, the Town Supervisor serves in three major capacities: Chairman of the Town Board, Town Executive, and Fiscal Officer.

As Town Legislator. The Supervisor is not only the presiding officer of the Town Board, but votes like all other members. Contrary to usual practice for presiding officers who merely break ties, the supervisor goes on record on each matter that comes up.

As Town Executive and Administrator. After Town Board decisions have been made, it is the supervisor who carries them out. He is the administrator of all programs and he has charge of all town offices and buildings. It is usually with him that citizens register their complaints and their suggestions. He disburses funds and has broad responsibility for the entire administration of the budget.

As Town Fiscal Officer. Act as the treasurer and demand, receive, and have custody of and be responsible for all money belonging to or due the town. Deposit all moneys within ten days after receipt in the official town bank account.
Temporarily invest idle moneys and proceeds of obligations issued. Pay moneys on warrant of the Town Clerk after audit and allowance by the town board. Pay principal of an interest on indebtedness; fixed salaries; regular or stated compensation of officers and employees; amounts becoming due upon lawful contracts. In addition, so authorizes, makes payments in advance of audit of claims for public utility services, postage, freight and express charges. Disperses moneys only by checks payable to the person entitled to the payment. Keep an accurate and complete account of all moneys received and disbursed in accordance with the New York State Uniform Systems of Accounts for Towns. Keep a separate account for every appropriation; allow no appropriation account to be overdrawn at any time; do not draw upon one fund or appropriation account to pay a claim chargeable to another. Render each month a statement of all moneys received and disbursed for such month. Prepare and file an annual financial report with the State comptroller within sixty days after the close of each fiscal year on forms furnished by the State Comptroller. Shall be budget officer unless he appoints someone else. Prosecute, in the name of the town, for all moneys or property due the town. Lease, sell, and convey town property when and in the manner authorized by law. Prepare printed agendas for the town board meetings. Distribute these agendas along with related material and minutes of previous meetings to councilmen at least two days in advance of each meeting. Collect material for the Town Crier and Town Website. Stay abreast of current state and federal legislative procedures that affect our town. Have a current, accurate knowledge of various grants, loans, and special funding programs including eligibility criterion and deadlines that would be beneficial to the Town of Saranac. Attend and participate in meetings, workshops, and conferences sponsored by Clinton County Supervisors and County Legislators and New York State Association of Towns.

Town Supervisor Candidates Respond to a Follow-Up Question

By John T. Ryan

Peru – A few weeks ago the Peru Gazette asked the candidates for town council and town supervisor to respond to several questions. They all responded and we thank them for their willingness to inform voters.

In light of Letters to the Editor published in the Press Republican and rumors circulating in the community, the Peru Gazette asked town supervisor candidates Jim Langley and Brandy McDonald to provide a more complete answer to one of our previous questions.

If you are elected Peru Town Supervisor what hours will you be at your desk in the town hall Monday-Friday, i.e. from when to when?

Jim Langley responded:
I will be in the Town Hall between the hours of 7:00 AM and Noon Monday – Friday. I will further extend my hours on a daily basis by being available on an as needed basis from noon until 5.

Brandy McDonald responded:
“My availability to perform the Supervisor position if elected, will be conducive to the current town hours and extended when required.  As most of you are aware, the position of Peru Town Supervisor hour requirement is part-time.  As Deputy Supervisor, I have performed the duties of Supervisor at all various hours during my 8 years in this position. This work has involved long and irregular hours with occasional call outs to respond to emergencies.  I fully understand and accept these responsibilities and necessary hours to successfully perform the position of Supervisor.  If I am elected, I will make a proper assessment and announce my hours at that time, so not to misinform the residents.  However please keep in mind, most often the Supervisor hours must be subject to change when the position requires it, but I am always obtainable by cell phone 1-518-593-3078 and my number is consistently listed on the Peru Town Website.”

Editors Note: There is no law or regulation requiring a specific number of work hours by a town supervisor. Supervisors historically set their own office hours and determine the number of hours they must work to get the job done.

McDonald’s previous responses.  Langley’s previous responses. 

Babbie Museum – A Hands-On Successful Experience

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Babbie Museum Volunteer Carol Rock presented an uplifting museum report to the Peru Town Board at its October 23rd meeting. Over the museum’s 83 days of operation in 2017 it entertained about 2,000 visitors. It enjoys the support from almost 50 local sponsors/donors and visitors give the museum 4.8 out of a 5 star online rating. Its Facebook page has almost 800 followers.

Almost 1,000 of the season’s visitors were students and parents from ten area schools participating in the the museum’s School Tour Program. Peru Elementary School’s 2nd graders participated. K-2 Principal Michelle Rawson commented, “Our students love the museum. It’s a hands-on experience with a variety of things to do. The students become immersed in the experience and they build knowledge.”

Special 2017 events included a Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend; a Hay, Harvest and Antique Tractor Weekend; a Kid’s Fair and Festival; and a Harvest Weekend. The museum volunteers participated in the Mooers Fire Department Labor Day and the Peru Applefest parades. Its float won a 1st First Prize Award in the Applefest Parade.

Other significant 2017 achievements included:
Beginning construction of pubic restrooms
Receipt of grants from the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the Stewarts Holiday Match
Weekly assistance from ARC and YMCA volunteers
Opening a garden shed display
Continued progress on restoring the Goshen Store

Click here for more photos 

Click here to visit the Babbie Museum Website 

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Reviewing Computer System Operations

The Town of Peru, Town Board has schedule a workshop to be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30.  The purpose of the Workshop is discuss the Town Computer System.

Lake Champlain International Film Festival Returns to Plattsburgh Nov. 1-5

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. Films made as part of a cell-phone film contest are among those featured at the fourth annual Lake Champlain International Film Festival, taking place Nov. 1 to 5 at the Strand Center for the Arts, 25 Brinkerhoff St., in downtown Plattsburgh.

In addition to films submitted from around the world that include topics such as refugees, gender equality and homelessness, SUNY Plattsburgh students, faculty and the community were encouraged to sign up for a 72-hour cell phone film contest, where competitors on teams of three to five members had three days to create film shorts using only their cell phones. The results will be screened at the Strand Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Winning films will be announced and screened during the festival’s Gala Night, Friday, Nov. 3.

Additionally, the 1924 silent film, “Hot Water,” will be kick off opening night with live organ accompaniment at 7 p.m. Afterward, two experimental films, “Panic Attack!” and “Melodrama,” will be shown from 8:10 to 10:10 p.m, followed by a Q&A with director Jason Andrew Torrance.

The film, “Good Funk,” by Adam Kritzer, will also be shown the night of the gala, followed by a Q&A with Kritzer and cast members.

The “Big Day” will showcase a series of family-friendly, short and refugee films, with a special presentation by Vietnamese-American novelist Le ly Hayslip.

Hayslip is an activist and founder of the Global Village Foundation, which promotes literacy and the arts throughout rural Southeast Asia. Her memoirs, “When Heaven and Earth Changed Places” and “Child of War, Woman of Peace,” are the subject of Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone’s 1993 film “Heaven & Earth,” which will be screened after her presentation Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:10 p.m.

To wrap things up, documentaries and a closing film by director John O’Brien, titled “Man with a Plan,” will be shown. A closing ceremony with an awards presentation will conclude the five-day festival Sunday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.

An all-access pass costs $10 and can be purchased at the box office. Students get free admission with their school ID.

For more information, contact Julia Devine, coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, at 518-564-3022 or jdevi002@plattsburgh.edu. For the complete program schedule, visit: www.lcifilmfest.com/schedule.

 

Your Chance to Comment on Peru’s 2018 Budget

The Town Of Peru, Town Board will be holding a Public Hearing on the 2018 Preliminary Budget on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM, at The Peru Town Hall. The proposed schedule of salaries for elected Town Officials are as follows:

Supervisor:                              $24,600.00

Town Clerk/Tax Collector      $24,897.00

Highway Superintendent        $57,509.00

Town Board    (4)                    $  7,299.00

Town Justices (2)                    $18,658.50

 

 

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Kathleen K. Flynn

Town Of Peru

Town Clerk

Highlights of Town Board’s November 23, 2017 Meeting

By John T. Ryan
 
Buttonwood resident Michael Blaine addressed the board regarding the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Peru and Buttonwood developer Donald Swain. Blaine called the agreement improper and asked counselors to look at it more closely. He said, ”Hold Swain to the same standards that you have held other developers.”
 
Board members have indicated that according to the MOU, Swain would deed land to the town of sufficient size to construct a new sewage lift station to service his subdivision. He would also provide subdivision walking access to Sullivan Park. In turn, the town would not require sidewalks when Swain develops his 20 lots north of Winding Brook Drive. Contacted last Friday, Supervisor Peter Glushko said Swain has not signed the MOU. He said if Swain signs the MOU, it would be a board meeting agenda item and would not be made available for public review until that time. Click here to view a more detailed Peru Gazette story on the issue. 
 
The long-awaited NYS Department of Transportation response to Peru’s Main Street Plan has been received. The voluminous document was referred to Counselor Donald McBrayer for review. McBrayer is board liaison to the Main Street Planning Committee.
 
Carol Rock, of the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum, reported on the museum’s many successes during its 2017 season. The Peru Gazette will publish a detailed account of her report later this week.
 
Supervisor Peter Glushko will be meeting with Clinton County Tobacco Free officials to discuss implementing a tobacco free policy on all town properties.
 
Water-Sewer-Parks Superintendent Courtney Tetrault reported that grant consultant Liz Tedford is moving forward in applying for a USDA water-sewer system improvement grant. A USDA grant would cover 45% of a project’s cost vs. New York State’’s 25%. If a USDA grant is awarded it would slightly reduce the town’s recently awarded $1,006,000 grant. 
Tetrault also proposed participating in an “In Our Backyards” (www.ioby.com) fundraising program for the planned dual purpose ice rink – basketball court at Sullivan Park. Converting the ice rink to dual purpose use has been estimated to cost approximately $20,000. Tetrault’s proposal will be researched.
 
Highway Department Superintendent Michael Farrell asked the board to initiate hiring a replacement for Scott Houser who will be retiring effective January 5, 2018. Houser is a heavy equipment and truck operator. Farrell refers to him as a “jack of all trades.”
 
Farrell also reported that vandals removed two manhole covers in the vicinity of the Peru Gazebo. The covers have not been located. He will purchase locking grates to secure the new covers.
 
Michael Farrell stated that he will examine the Jenkins Street storm water build-up when the next rain storm hits. In an October 30th conversation with the Peru Gazette, Farrell said he has concluded that the drainage problem is primarily caused by a non-functioning water catch basin on the Peru school grounds behind the tennis courts. Piping placement and water absorption appears to be the problem. Farrell met with the school’s buildings and grounds superintendent who agreed to meet with school engineers to discuss the issue.
 
Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup recently attended training on dealing with homes that the homeowner has abandoned, so-called zombie houses. The Peru Gazette plans to do a feature story on this problem.

Polished From Head to Toe

L-R Nerea Irazoqui, Leighann Valachovic, Owner Randi Walton, Alicia Darling Yu, Lindsey Aubrey

The staff at Polished From Head to Toe Salon and Day Spa at 3085 Route 22 is #20 in the Peru Gazette’s photo series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live.

Owner/Stylist Randi Walton describes her business as having an elegant flair. She’s added many services since opening in 2014 and has more changes planned. Along with hair styling Polished From Head to Toe offers hand and foot treatments, facials, permanent cosmetic make-up and skin classic revision treatments. Phone 518-643-0999.

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Tuesday, November 7

Peru Lions Club Annual Election Day Spaghetti Dinner. Serving 4:30 PM to 7 PM. at Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. $7 Adults; $4 Children 6-12; Children 5 and under Free.

The Peru Central School Chorus perform again this year at this event.

All proceeds benefit Peru Lions’ sight preservation goals and the Clubs’ support of numerous projects that benefit the residents in the area “WE SERVE.”

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Adirondack Life Article – From Jamaica to Peru – Adirondack Life

Source: Adirondack Life Article – From Jamaica to Peru – Adirondack Life

Absolutely wonderful Adirondack Life story about the Jamaican apple pickers at Forrence Orchards. Another story appeared a few weeks ago in the New York Times. This story has additional information. It’s enjoyable to read.

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Enjoy a Local Brew and a Great Meal

L-R Troy Ouelette, Ron Forget, Nick Furnia, Jaime Thwaits, Marc Daly, Talia Lynch, Matt Ray, Gary Morette, Jody Renaudette, Brandon Way, Stephanie Lawrence, Joey Ormsby

The Livingoods staff is #19 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Livingoods had been popular in downtown Plattsburgh since 2005, but fortunately for us, owners Matt and Jess Ray opened their casual dining brewery at 697 Bear Swamp Road in 2013. Livingoods features a full service bar, restaurant and banquet facilities.

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