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Public hearing 6:30 and Town Board Meeting 7:00

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015 the Peru Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on a new Town Law which would prohibit vehicle parking on the Laphams Mills Road between Route 22 and the Dasnaw Road (adjacent to Laphams Mills Park). The Board has received complaints from property owners and is concerned about the safety of children who have been seen darting into traffic when vehicles have been parked adjacent to the highway. The Board believes that there is sufficient off-road parking for all vehicles.

At 7 p.m. Board’s regular meeting will begin. It was rescheduled from Monday, October 12th because of Columbus Day.

Looking to the Future


Roger’s House Panels


St. Vincent’s Thrift Store panels

By John T. Ryan

Many of the thousands of people who crowded the St. Augustine’s Parish Center grounds during the Applefest were surprised to find solar panels behind the St. Vincent’s Thrift Store and Roger’s House. If they looked across Main Street behind St. Augustine’s Cemetery they saw a much larger solar panel array being erected. When fully operational the system will supply most of the power needs of St. Augustine’s Church, the parish’s maintenance garage, the former St. Vincent’s Thrift Store, the rectory, the current St. Vincent’s Thrift Store and Roger’s House.

St. Augustine’s Pastor Reverend Alan Shnob explained, “I started thinking about solar panels when Bishop LaValley installed a solar system at his residence in Ogdensburg. I think they confirm the Holy Father’s call to conserve the world’s resources. They’re also about more than saving energy. They’re a sign that our parish is looking to the future. We’re looking to future generations. We’re passing on a legacy to them.”

The project is financially feasible thanks to the generosity of St. Augustine’s parishioners, parish savings, a $30,000 New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant and a $20,000 gift from St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273. Edge Design and Consulting in Plattsburgh is the project designer and installer.

On Saturday, October 3rd, Bishop Terry A. LaValley will bless the panels following the 4:30 p.m. Mass where Bishop LaValley will assist in the initiation of a Junior Catholic Daughters Court in the parish; another indication the parish is looking to the future.


Panels being erected behind St. Augustine’s Cemetery


Panels being erected behind St. Augustine’s Cemetery.


A Great Family Activity – Harvest Weekend at the Babbie Museum

Harvest Weekend – October 10-11, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm.

$1.00 off admission if you bring a nonperishable item for the Interfaith Foodshelf.  Demonstrations of corn harvest, granary, hit and miss engines and blacksmith shop.   On Sat. Oct. 10, come and watch as flax is spun into linen (Brook Sylvan Spinnery).  For the kids – make a corn husk doll, play pumpkin tic tac toe, paint a pumpkin, visit the animals and take a ride on the stagecoach, the hay wagon and Thomas the Train.  Special guest authors Katherine Cal-Morin (Saturday) and Gordie Little (Sunday) will be here to share their stories. Lunch will be available from Kat’s Katering.

Town Board Agenda for Monday, September 28th

Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser Set for Sunday, October 11th

pulledPeru – A Pulled Pork Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 11th from noon until 2 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Corn on the cob, baked beans, salad, rolls and a beverage will accompany the pulled pork. The cost is $8 ($6 for Walk of Faith participants). Children 12 and under are $4 each ($3 each walkers). The dinner’s proceeds will benefit the Mission of Hope and the Peru Community Church Jamaica Project.
The dinner is sponsored by the Catholic Community of St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s Parish, The Peru Community Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica 2598 and Knights of Columbus Council 7273. For more information please contact Christa Reyell at 566-6404.

9th Annual Walk of Faith set for Sunday, October 11th

The Catholic Community of St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s Parish, The Peru Community Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica 2598 and Knights of Columbus Council 7273 in Peru, NY will hold its 9th Annual Walk of Faith on Sunday, October 11th at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine (behind St. Augustine’s Church) in Peru, NY. Event is free. Walk Rain (bring an umbrella) or shine. Donations will be accepted for The North Country Mission of Hope and the Peru Community Church’s Jamaica Project.

Early registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony begins at 12:30 PM.   Immediately following opening ceremonies, the Walk of Faith will begin. Walk is 2.7 mile route in the Town of Peru.

Proceeds from this event will go to The North Country Mission of Hope and The Jamaica Project. Please consider joining your neighbors on Sunday, October 11th. For more information please contact Chair Christa Reyell at 566-6404. Click here for more information

Rulfs Orchard is Selling Homemade, Gourmet Ice Cream

AmandaBy John T. Ryan

In case you haven’t seen or heard ads or been privy to the local chatter, Rulfs Orchard began selling homemade ice cream about a month ago. Rulfs Office/Retail Manager Amanda Whisher said, “It’s gourmet ice cream, rich and creamy with 14% butterfat.” Rulfs sells eight flavors by the dish, cone and hand-carved pint. Flavors include: vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip, chocolate chip with cookie dough, cookies and cream, chocolate with M&M’s, chocolate with Reese’s Pieces and maple walnut.

Adding ice cream to Rulfs traditional offerings took two years of planning and preparation. A business plan had to be developed followed by construction of a room dedicated to ice cream making. A Taylor ice cream machine was purchased and training took several weeks.

At Thanksgiving time, Rulfs will be selling an apple pie-vanilla ice cream combo. Then the ice cream machine will be given a rest until May though Amanda said, “If people still want pints, I’ll start it up in the winter.”

Call for Artists for The Strand Center’s Juried Show “On the Road”

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts annually hosts a juried show open to artists of all ages and mediums. This year, the theme of the show is “On the Road” and participants are encouraged to submit artwork that addresses the themes of travel and adventure, whether it is in the region or abroad.

Entries may be in the form of any media, including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, glass, printmaking, mixed media, and woodwork. Read more »

The Adirondack 102 Club Sounds Fascinating

Saturday, October 10, 1:00 p.m. at the Alice T. Miner Museum 

Chazy, New York – Join author and historian Marty Podskoch for a talk about his latest project, the Adirondack 102 Club, that encourages people to visit all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks.

The idea for the 102 Club began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach of Vermont who, in 1954, suggested the idea of an informal group, the Vermont 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path and “discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.” Podskoch believed the Adirondacks would benefit from a similar club.  Read more »

Harmony Women’s Monday Night Golf League Results Are In

The Women’s Monday Night Golf League at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent recently wrapped up its summer season after ten weeks of golf. Fifteen teams that comprise the league played four-person best ball over nine holes each week. At the end of the league season, first place honors went to The Wedgies with team members Cheryl Breen-Randall, Faye Martineau, Bev Sprague and Kathy Woodward claiming the prize with most points scored. Joy Good, Peggy McCormick, Carina Parrow and Maggie Pope’s team, The Port Kent Dirty Birdies, took second place honors and On the Dance Floor’s foursome, Liz Bazzano, Sandy Bazzano, Penny Defayette and Amy Osterhaudt followed in third place. While several birdies were scored throughout the season, there was only one eagle when On the Dance Floor’s team sunk one on the par five 5th Hole in the 8th week of play.

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Nominees: Brent Banker, Matthew St. Clair, Melvin Bob Bruno , Peter Keenan Sr., Shawn Edwards, Stephanie Wheet & Theresa (Bobal) Sindelar

Peru Gazette Correction: Melvin Bob Bruno should have been included in our initial posting.

The 2015 Peru Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the American Legion on the Quarry Road, October 3rd. The scheduled times are, 6 p.m. social, followed by 7 p.m. dinner @ $25.00 per person. Please get your reservations into Cathy Phillips ASAP.   Checks can be sent with the names listed to Cathy Phillips 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996 phone 963-7963. Checks made payable to: Peru Athletic Hall of Fame.

The nominees for this year are as follows:

Brent BankerBrent Banker – Coach

Brent Banker graduated from Peru High School in 1980. As an athlete, he participated four years in track and field as a distance runner- from 1977 to 1980. In those four years, the track and field teams won two CVAC titles in1977 and 1980, and one Section Seven championship in 1978. He was one of the captains of the 1980 track team. He was a state qualifier in 1980 for the 3200 meter event.

Brent also ran cross country for three years- from 1977 to 1979. He was a state qualifier in cross country in 1978 and 1979. He was captain of the 1979 team. In 1979, the cross country team won both the CVAC championship title and the Section Seven crown.

Brent coached at Peru from 1987 to 1995. From 1987 to 94 he coached girls’ junior varsity soccer and girls’ junior varsity volleyball. From 1989 to 1991, girls’ varsity volleyball 92 to 95 and girls’ varsity track and field from 1987 to 1995.

He was head coach for the girls’ varsity track and field team from 1988 to 1995. During this time teams compiled 76 wins and 1 loss. They won seven CVAC titles and seven Section Seven titles. From 1989 to 1995 the teams won 65 consecutive dual meets.

As the girls’ varsity volleyball coach, his teams recorded 46 wins and 7 losses. They won one CVAC title in 1992 – 1993 season and won two Section Seven titles in the 93-94 and 94-95 seasons.

Matthew StMatthew St. Clair – Athlete

Matt, a 2003 graduate of Peru High School, was one of the most outstanding football players in New York State during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2001, he had 44 receptions for 1014 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Indians in their state championship season- which culminated with Matt’s two touchdown receptions and one interception that earned him most valuable player in the state championship game.

His performance did not wane his senior year. He earned first team all-state for the second straight year as the Indians went undefeated in the regular season, only to be upset in the playoffs. Other noteworthy honors that he received were 2000 CVAC Section 7 1st team wide receiver, the 2001 New York State Class B 1st team wide receiver, and the CVAC – Section 7 1st team wide receiver. In 2002 Matt was recognized as the CVAC-Section 7 1st team wide receiver and punt returns, CVAC-Section 7, 2nd team free safety, North Country Super Bowl – offensive player of the game, and CVAC career leader in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He also won the honor of career leader in receiving yards and touchdown receptions in the history of Peru Central School. Matt’s football career culminated with a total of 85 receptions, 1795 yards, 28 touchdowns and 1 conversion.

Matt was also outstanding in basketball and baseball, but his football career for the Indians places him among the Peru greats in the Hall of Fame.


Melvin Bob BrunoMelvin Bob Bruno – Athlete 

Bob graduated from Peru Central School in 1948. Bob lettered in Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. Tony Papero, Athletic Director at Peru High School, was quoted as saying “Bob Bruno was, by far, one of the finest athletes I have ever coached at Peru Central School. He gave 100% to each of three sports in which he competed and he excelled at all three”. Bob was a teammate on several outstanding teams-alongside fellow classmate and Hall of Fame inductee Pete Keenan.

After graduation from Peru, Bob joined the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the Army he attended SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated in 1963. Bob was employed at Peru Central School from 1961 until retirement in 1992. He spent twenty-six years as classroom teacher at Northside School, followed by five years as administrator of the Intermediate School.

Bob’s entire adult life was dedicated to education and community betterment. He was a member of Board of Directors of the Clinton County Industrial and Agricultural Fair and President from 1977 through 1983. He was Recreation Director of the Town of Schuyler Falls from 1974 through 1983. He also served in local government was a member of the Clinton County Legislature from 1984 to 1998-serving as the Chairman from 1986 through 1996. He served on the Clinton County Nursing Home Board and Clinton Community College Foundation Corporate Board.

In April of 1996 Bob proposed the establishment of Clinton Community College to the Legislature and through his hard work the college was established. In 2006, Clinton Community College was awarded the first ever Honorary Degree in the Humanities. In 2008 a street was dedicated to Bob, known as the “BOB BRUNO WAY”.   In his spare time, he was a race car driver at Airborne Speed way along with other race tracks.

Bob graduated from Peru Central School in 1948. Bob lettered in Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. Tony Papero, Athletic Director at Peru High School, was quoted as saying “Bob Bruno was, by far, one of the finest athletes I have ever coached at Peru Central School. He gave 100% to each of three sports in which he competed and he excelled at all three”. Bob was a teammate on several outstanding teams-alongside fellow classmate and Hall of Fame inductee Pete Keenan.

After graduation from Peru, Bob joined the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the Army he attended SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated in 1963. Bob was employed at Peru Central School from 1961 until retirement in 1992. He spent twenty-six years as classroom teacher at Northside School, followed by five years as administrator of the Intermediate School.

Bob’s entire adult life was dedicated to education and community betterment. He was a member of Board of Directors of the Clinton County Industrial and Agricultural Fair and President from 1977 through 1983. He was Recreation Director of the Town of Schuyler Falls from 1974 through 1983. He also served in local government was a member of the Clinton County Legislature from 1984 to 1998-serving as the Chairman from 1986 through 1996. He served on the Clinton County Nursing Home Board and Clinton Community College Foundation Corporate Board.

In April of 1996 Bob proposed the establishment of Clinton Community College to the Legislature and through his hard work the college was established. In 2006, Clinton Community College was awarded the first ever Honorary Degree in the Humanities. In 2008 a street was dedicated to Bob, known as the “BOB BRUNO WAY”.   In his spare time, he was a race car driver at Airborne Speed way along with other race tracks.


Pete KeenanPeter Keenan Sr. – Athlete 

Pete graduated from Peru High School in 1948. While at Peru, Pete competed in Soccer 45-48, Cross Country 46 and 47, Basketball 45-48, Baseball 45-48, Track 47 and 48 and 8 man football in 1947. Pete played soccer for 4 years. There was no soccer in 1944 because of the war. School closed at noon so students could pick apples.

In Basketball Pete played for 4 years and was chosen a league all-star four times. The 44-45 and 47-48 teams were outstanding. Pete played baseball from 1945-1948 and won the class B Sectionals in 1948.

Pete also starred in Track-running the 100 yard dash. He was a member of the star 880 relay team and also excelled at the shot put.

Pete also coached on the varsity baseball team in 1985. Pete is a man who wears more than one hat. Pete is a Justice of the Peace in Peru and a member of the Clinton County Legislature. He umpired baseball for many years in both the men’s’ CVBL and the high school CVL.

Shawn EdwardsShawn Edwards – Athlete 

Shawn, a 1991 graduate of Peru High School, was a three sport athlete. While attending Peru he competed in soccer, wrestling and track. He earned 10 varsity letters: 6 in wrestling, 3 in soccer and 1 in track and field.

Shawn played varsity soccer for three years and was captain his junior and senior years. He led the team to a sectional title as a junior; he was noted for his flip throw in and his knuckle ball kick on the ball. He was named Honorable Mention Team his sophomore year and chosen to be a First team All-Star his junior and senior year.

His high school career started in seventh grade on the wrestling team. Needless to say, Shawn excelled in wrestling, winning 20 tournament titles. He was the first Peru wrestler to win 5 sectional titles and 5 Peru Invitational titles. He held the record for a number of years with 103 pins. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler in a number of tournaments. He was the first wrestler to enter the Sesquicentennial Club with a record of 150 and 27. Shawn went to the state tournament 5 times and placed 6th in the NYSPHSAA meet as a sophomore. He placed 2nd as a senior when there was only one division. After high school, Shawn went to Morrisville Community College where he compiled a record of 20 and 10 and qualified for the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships in Bismarck, ND.


Stephanie WheetStephanie Wheet – Athlete 

Stephanie graduated in 1994 where she lettered in soccer, basketball and softball. She participated in varsity soccer all four years in high school and was team captain in 1994.

She played basketball from 91 through 94 and was captain in 1994. In 1993, she received the Sportsmanship Award at the Queensbury Holiday Tournament, and in 1994 she was voted the team’s most valuable player for the season.

Stephanie lettered all four years in softball and was captain in 1994. In 1991, she received the Sportsmanship Award for the year. In 1993, the team was the first team in Section Seven to win the scholar/athlete state championship. This was achieved by having the highest team grade point average of all the girls’ softball teams in the state. The team won the CVAC title and the Section Seven championship with a 16-2 record. Stephanie was selected to the All CVAC All-Star Team. In 1994, she was named to the elite All-State” 4th team at the catcher position. This is a distinction that no other softball player in Section Seven had received to that point. She also received the team’s most valuable player award and was selected to the All-CVAC All-Star Team’s Catcher of the Year. Stephanie hit .572, scored 37 runs and drove in 42 runs that year. In June of 1994, she received the Ray A. Kroc youth achievement award for demonstrating all around excellence in the areas of citizenship, leadership, scholarship and extracurricular activities.

Theresa Bobal SindelarTheresa (Bobal) Sindelar – Athlete

Theresa (Bobal) Sindelar, Peru High School class of 1987, made her high school swimming debut in 1981, swimming on the varsity team as a 7th grader. That year, she became the Section Seven champion in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard individual medley, setting school and section records in both events. She broke her own record the following year and continued to set pool, school and section records. The record times for each event were improved yet again in 1983 at the Section Championships and then again at the New York State meet. Theresa continued to shine in her two events over the years, and set pool and school records in other events as well, becoming the only swimmer in 1987 to have ever won sectional titles in an event six times. She was awarded Most Outstanding Swimmer honors by the Section many consecutive years. The Peru Varsity Swim team that Theresa was a part of won the Section Seven title for seven years straight.

Proud to be a student athlete, Theresa was also a part of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Model United Nations, Harvard United Nations and was a Regents Scholarship recipient.

County Legislators Visit Four Peru Farms; Learn the Joys and Challenges of Farming


Peter Keenan (L) & Jim Langley participated in the Legislative Farm Tour


Kyle and Tom Everett answered all the legislator’s questions

By John T. Ryan

Peru’s agricultural diversity and the challenges farmers face was revealed to the county legislators who participated in last Friday’s Legislative Agricultural Tour conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County. Legislators Sam Dyer, Jim Langley, Peter Keenan, Jonathan Beach, Colin Read, Harry McManus and County Administrator Michael Zurlo visited Everett Orchards, Maple Grand Dairy, Northern Orchards and Adirondack Farms. (Click here to view these & more photos) 

The first stop was Everett Orchards, a 6th generation family farm operated by William and Thomas Everett. In 2002 the Everetts entered the retail side of agriculture when they opened a farm market and cidery at 1945 Military Turnpike in Plattsburgh. In 2006 they began producing hard cider.

Tom Everett, with his son Kyle at his side, told the legislators about the orchard’s many apple varieties including several new European varieties used in cider production. Everett explained that this year’s warm nights have been a challenge for apple growers. September nighttime temperatures in the mid-40s play a critical role in bringing out the bright red color preferred by consumers. Ideally, apple trees should produce 500 or more bushels per acre annually.  Establishing additional orchard acreage is expensive costing about $18,000 an acre. The typical apple tree is productive for about 20 years.

Grand View Farm

Grand View Farm

Brothers Melvin, Bob and Jim Irwin milk about 80 registered Holsteins on the 1,200-acre Maple Grand Farm at 139 Jarvis Road. A relatively small farm in today’s world, milking cows is not the Irwin’s only business. They also sell hay, straw, oats and corn; operate a small orchard; lease cropland to a larger farm and own wood lots. Asked what the farm’s biggest challenge is, Bob Irwin eyed his large tractor and said, “The price of equipment.” Then he added, “health care and insurance.” Current milk prices are also challenging. A year ago milk prices increased to $25 per cwt. Today they are closer to $14. Cost of milk production ranges from $18 to $25 per cwt. depending on the size and efficiency of the farm.

Jim Irwin believes that the decline in the number of dairy farms will continue. He said, “Today eight farms control 80% of the milk production in Clinton County.”  The cost and availability of tillable land is a factor. Large farms compete for tillable land driving up values. Land that not so long ago sold for $200 an acre now sells for $5,000 to $6,000 an acre. In spite of these challenges Bob Irwin said the brothers can cover for each other and they are able to take off to travel and get away for a few days. He emphasized, “I look forward to coming to work every day.” Bob hopes that his son Kyle, who was standing a few feet away, will help maintain the Irwin family farm tradition.

L-R Jess Mulbury, Collin Reed, Sam Dyer and Harry McMannus

L-R Jesse Mulbury, Colin Read, Sam Dyer and Harry McManus, Peter Hagar

Not far from the Irwin Farm, Cynthia and Albert Mulbury and their son Jesse operate Northern Orchards at 537 Union Road. The 500-acres farm has been operating since 1944.  During apple harvest, Northern Orchards has 185 employees who harvest, pack and ship its more than 50 varieties of apples.

Jesse Mulbury, a recent Cornell University graduate, greeted the legislators at Northern Orchard’s Farm Stand at 470 Union Road. He immediately guided everyone to a high tunnel greenhouse where he pointed to what seemed like an almost endless variety of tomatoes. Jesse said, “We’ve almost doubled production in these greenhouses.” He explained that the greenhouses have enabled farmers to grow plant varieties never previously grown in this part of the country and to extend the growing season. Mulburys are selling to new markets including farmers markets and restaurants.  A shopper at the Plattsburgh and Lake Placid Farmers Markets will find Northern Orchard’s extremely wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Northern Orchards is also seeking to grow its farm stand business. Operational since 1992, the farm stand has a new look this year and more change is anticipated. Jesse’s sister Jennifer Mulbury will graduate from Cornell next spring. She plans to use her skills to develop the farm stand into a more significant part of Northern Orchard’s operations.

Jon Ruf (Left)

Jon Rulf (Center)

Adirondack Farms at 193 Brown Road is the largest dairy operation in this region and one of the 25 largest in New York State. Partner Jon Rulf greeted the legislators at the 4,800 cow/calf, 50-plus employee dairy farm. Adirondack’s 2,600 milking cows produce approximately 210,000 pounds of milk daily. The Agrimart Coop. dedicates three and sometimes four huge tankers to transport milk from the farm to its Chateaugay plant.

Manure management is a continuous challenge for all farmers, especially large farmers. Adirondack’s 5,000 acres of hay and corn are spread over several townships and border many residential neighborhoods. Rulf has to satisfy volumes of Department of Conservation (DEC) environmental regulations and the people who reside in homes bordering his crops. Although a final decision hasn’t been made, Rulf hopes that by the end of 2016 he will have a manure digester in operation. A $4 million investment, the digester will significantly reduce manure odor, greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient runoff. The methane gas associated with the process will power generators to produce electricity.

Perhaps Rulf’s greatest challenge is weaning his milking cows off bovine Somatotropin (rBST). Consumer pressure is forcing northeastern producers to eliminate its use. As of January 1, 2016, the Agrimart Coop will no longer accept milk from farmers utilizing rBST. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the mid-1990s, the hormone significantly increases milk production. Rulf said, “We think it’s a tragedy. It’s a shame we’re losing this technology. I believe the consumer has been mislead.” Rulf said farmers will be forced to milk more cows to make up for the decreased income.

Congresswoman Stefanik Announces Military Service Academy Nominations Process

Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced that her office is accepting applications for qualified students to be nominated to a U.S. Military Service Academy.

“It is one of my highest honors as a Member of Congress to nominate deserving students from New York’s 21st Congressional District to our nation’s military service academies,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Serving in our nation’s military is one of the most honorable callings and I look forward to hearing from our district’s prospective nominees.”

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Congresswoman Stefanik may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. Interested students are asked to complete, print, sign and submit a nomination form, available on our official congressional website:

This completed form should be mailed to our Glens Falls district office, along with the following application materials, prior to November 1, 2015:

·         Current high school transcript

·         Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)

·         Resume detailing extracurricular activities and any employment history

·         500-word essay describing your reasons for wanting to serve as an officer in the United States military

·         Three letters of recommendations

Successful applicants will have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service.

A member of the Congresswoman’s staff will be in contact later this fall to schedule an interview with the Service Academy Nominating Committee.

Report Highlights North Country’s Economic Achievements

NCREDC Endorses 23 Priority Projects for Round V of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) announced its progress report was submitted to the State to meet the September 21 deadline.  The progress report, which details the Council’s achievements in implementing its five year strategic plan, is entitled “Accelerate,” reflecting the North Country’s readiness to accelerate economic growth and transformation across the region.

The report outlines the region’s strong performance record in implementing its strategies and projects since the first round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative in 2011. The first four rounds resulted in $338.1 million in State funding to support 291 projects that are completed or in progress and have committed to create or retain 4,931 jobs in the region. The Council’s plan supports this positive trend and will continue to build on the success of previous years, accelerating the North Country’s regional economy.

The progress report can be found on the North Country Regional Council’s website at  Read more »

Saranac man dies in tractor accident – Press-Republican: Local News

Gerald Bassett was working on mower deck when it apparently fell onto his neck and pinned him beneath the vehicle, coroner said.

Source: Saranac man dies in tractor accident – Press-Republican: Local News

The Applefest Continues

Ed 1Peru – Main Street resident Ed Schiffler  took this photo in front of his house yesterday. As Ed said, “This os what the Applefest is all about!” The Applefest will continue today, Sunday, with a chicken BBQ at noon, games, rides, two bouncy characters (the cow and the crocodile), a giant craft fair, baked goods and great music.  The Compass Rose Band will play at noon followed by a return of the Bootleg Band that thrilled the crowds yesterday.

Dog Law Changes, Feral Cat Control and Holden Ave. Repairs Highlight Town Board Meeting

By John T. Ryan

Anyone attending the Monday, September 14, 2015 Peru Town Board meeting and the Public Hearing that preceded it could rightly conclude that cat and dog issues dominated the evening.

The public hearing concerned a Town Board proposed update of the Town’s Dog Control Law. It would have required that anyone reclaiming a dog taken into custody by the Dog Control Officer would have to pay any outstanding veterinarian fees to the Elmore SPCA. By contract the SPCA collects redemption fees on behalf of the town; however, Elmore SPCA Treasurer Carol Solari Ruscoe told the Board that she felt very uncomfortable collecting veterinarian fees, especially since the SPCA does not collect veterinarian fees for any of other towns it serves. After considerable discussion, Supervisor Peter Glushko suggested that the town collect the fees rather than the shelter. Solari-Ruscoe said that sounded like a viable solution; however, SPCA leadership would have to approve such an arrangement. The SPCA would not be able to release a dog without proof that the veterinarian charge had been paid to the Town.

During the public comment portion of the meeting Jabez Allen Road resident Carlene Allen Wood stated that she often has four to seven feral cats under her porch and on her property. Wood believes a neighbor is feeding the cats and there is at least one new litter born every two to three months. Wood asked the Board to consider passing a law regulating cats and/or providing resources to address the issue. Town Clerk Kathy Flynn, who lives in the hamlet, said she had five stray cats on her deck last week and another hamlet resident remarked that he has seen stray cats.

Supervisor Peter Glushko said he has investigated cat control over the course of many years. He said, “There are not rules on domestic cats. The state Ag and Markets doesn’t regulate them. I haven’t seen a program that has succeeded” Glushko said local animal shelters are frequently overwhelmed with cats, sometimes to the point of not accepting them. Counselor Donald McBrayer said that public education might help alleviate the problem. He said anyone feeding or harboring the cats is part of the problem, not the solution. Both McBrayer and Supervisor Glushko promised to research possible solutions to the feral cat problem.

Travel on Holden Avenue should be improving in a few weeks. After reviewing three contractor’s cost estimates, the Board hired Fuller Excavating to repair the street’s frost heaves at a cost of $12,950. A water catch basin will be constructed in front of Larry Ewald’s Holden Avenue home at a cost of $8,000. Next spring Fuller will overlay the street with another coat of asphalt at a cost of $5,800. Highway Superintendent Michael made it clear he doesn’t have the money for this project in his budget. Supervisor Glushko said he would find the money elsewhere. Repairing Holden Avenue has been a Glushko priority. The repairs should reduce school bus travel on adjacent, much narrower streets. Bus drivers often avoid traveling Holden Avenue because of the seasonal frost heaves.

2016 Town Budget Workshops were scheduled. Attending these workshops is the best method for any town resident to know the issues facing the town. All workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m. and all are open to the public. The workshop dates are:

  • Highway- 10/7/15
  • Water – 10/14/15
  • Valcour Sewer – 10/15/15
  • General – 10/19/15
  • Salaries – 10/22/15

The Board is uncomfortable accepting a lease contract proposed by Unison Site Management LLC. Unison has offered to sign a 40-year cell lease agreement to manage the cellular space of the Town’s water tower. Unison would make a six-figure upfront payment to the Town, plus pay the Town 60% of any increased revenues. Unison would receive the current lease payments of $38,500 per year, plus 40% of any increased payments. While the large upfront payment is tempting, the Board is uncertain of the true value of the tower’s leases and of future changes in technology, especially over a 40-year lease period. Supervisor Glushko was going to contact Unison to determine if a 20-year lease would be possible.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Town’s Health Insurance Carrier, has been hacked. More information will follow.

Board action on instituting a dog park and repairing the Jenkins Street tennis court will be delayed pending a more exact cost estimate on repair and upgrades to the tennis courts. The Town has applied for a grant to repair the tennis courts; however, depending on the cost of repair, the grant might pay only a portion of the cost. A dog park fence installed at Heyworth/Mason Park has been estimated to cost between $15,000 and $16,000. Given the state mandated tax cap (estimated to be .74% in 2016) the Board is reluctant to approve any extraordinary expenditure.

Councilman Brandy McDonald reminded Board members that Greg Timmons retirement party is scheduled at Murphy’s Restaurant on October 10th. McDonald estimates that 200 will attend. Approximately $1,000 in donations has been received.

The Board also reappointed Roy Perry to the Board of Assessment Review.

A 25-minute executive session to discuss a confidential employee matter was conducted.

Peru’s Unofficial Primary Results

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The unofficial results of Peru’s September Town Council primary election are in. The primary involved “third-parties” only. The two top vote getters in each third party’s primary will appear on the Election Day ballot. Twenty-two voters cast their ballots in person while thirty-five voters cast absentee ballots. A total of fifty-seven voters cast ballots.

Independence Party Results:

  • James Langley – 24 votes
  • Brandy McDonald – 18 votes
  • Kregg Bruno – 16 Votes

James Langley and Brandy McDonald will appear on the Independence Party Line.

Conservative Party Results:

  • Brandy McDonald – 10 votes
  • Kregg Bruno – 6 votes
  • James Langley – 2 votes
  • Dwane Bast – 1 vote

Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno will appear on the Conservative Party Line.

Working Families Party Results:

  • Brandy McDonald – 2 votes
  • Kregg Bruno – 1 vote

Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno won the Working Families Party line.

James Langley and Dwane Bast will also appear on the Republican and Reformed Party lines. Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno will be on the Democratic Party lines.

Stefanik Joins Gibson to Introduce Climate Change Resolution

From the Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) joined Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY-19) to introduce a resolution calling for improved environmental stewardship.

The measure calls on the House to commit to working on economically viable solutions that address the threat of climate change, saying it is “a conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment.”

“Climate change is a serious issue that we must address and I am proud to join Congressman Gibson on this resolution,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This resolution strikes the careful balance between the priority of addressing the global threat of climate change and the importance of protecting and creating American jobs. New York’s 21st district is the proud home of the Adirondacks and we understand that protecting our environment plays an important role in promoting economic growth and opportunity.”

“All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up in partisan politics.  Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come, as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future,” said Congressman Gibson. “For that reason, I believe the most important first step forward is recognizing that this is also a fundamentally conservative issue, and finding common ground on how to address it.”

The resolution calls for better environmental stewardship through “economically viable, and broadly supported private and public solutions to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates.”

The resolution was developed working with a non-partisan network of faith-based, national security, environmental, business, and community organizations for this outline of conservative goals and policies for ensuring the proper stewardship of our environment and natural resources.  Pope Francis is expected to also call for action on improved environmental stewardship to mitigate the causes and effects of our changing climate during his visit to Congress next week.

The text of the resolution can be found here.

Chemical Spill at Peru Central – All is Well

A message from the Peru District Superintendent:

After school was dismissed today, a chemical spill occurred within the chemistry room of the Jr/Sr High School.  The immediate area was quickly evacuated and Emergency Services was contacted.   Given the nature of the spill, an evacuation was not ordered.  Peru Fire Department responded and neutralized the chemical spill.  The District then followed the cleaning procedures recommended by the Peru Fire Department.  No one was injured as a result of today’s spill.

A Peru Gazette Correction

This a correction to the story The Peru Gazette published on September 15, 2015 which stated that four Peru Central teachers had been selected as new participants in the New York State Master Teacher Program. In fact, the four teachers named in the story were accepted in the fall of 2013. They include: Catherine Butts, Patricia Cannamela, Jenifer Guay and Richard Hathaway II. The selections announced yesterday did not include any Peru Central teachers.

The New York State Master Teacher Program, which gives dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) teachers $60,000 over four years to lead professional development sessions and train the next generation of STEM professionals. The program, which was launched in 2013 in partnership with SUNY and Math for America, now boasts 625 participants.

The new participants include 5 from the Capital Region, 17 from Finger Lakes, 5 from mid-Hudson, 7 from Mohawk Valley, 17 from the North Country, 22 from Southern Tier and 7 from Western New York.

North Country (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • Deborah Babcock, Thousand Islands School District
  • Celeste Barker, Schroon Lake School District
  • Barbara Bibbins, Belleville-Henderson Central School District
  • Scott Carter, Ausable Valley Central School District
  • Glenn Clemens, Canton Central School District
  • Margaret Clemens, Norwood-Norfolk School District
  • Robert Dixon, Canton Central School District
  • Lisa Dunkelberg, Potsdam School District
  • William Fairchild, South Jefferson School District
  • Jaime Gates, Carthage Central School District
  • Amber Henry, Ogdensburg School District
  • John Miletich, Malone School District
  • Amy Reinisch, Saranac Lake School District
  • George Rogers, Malone School District
  • Laurey Rosser, Canton Central School District
  • Lindsey Steblen, Indian River School District
  • Alicia Wentworth, Canton Central School District

Here’s a breakdown of participants all North Country participants including those selected in the fall of 2013.  Read more »

Peru Free Library’s Upcoming Book Sale and Exhibit Reception


Friday & Saturday Sept. 18th & 19th. Friday hours: 10-4. Saturday’s hours: 10-3.


Friday, September 25th from 5 to 7 pm.

Ian’s work utilizes intense color and detailed multiple imagery in his abstract and realistic subject matter. The largest painting is 60″ x 40″; the smallest 20″ x 24″. His latest exhibits have been at Blue Mountain Lake Center for the Arts and SUNY Albany. Ian is Assistant Professor of Art at Clinton Community College and Chair of the Humanities Department.

The show will run through November 14th.

A Special Event For the Families of Peru Jr/Sr High School

Event:  Rachel’s Challenge Community Event, open to all families of the Peru Jr/Sr High School and is specifically designed to address 7th through 12th grade students and their families.

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Where: Peru Jr/Sr High School Auditorium

Description: Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Through powerful presentations, trainings, community events, and professional development, Rachel’s Challenge provides a sustainable solution for promoting acceptance, personal empowerment, and a framework for expanding awareness and positive change.

Rachel’s inspiring story provides a simple, yet powerful example of how small acts of kindness and acceptance motivate us to consider our relationships with the people we come in contact with every day. Rachel’s Challenge renews our hope that our life has meaning and purpose. Rachel’s story gives us permission to start our own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate in our schools and communities.

The Scott family and other Rachel’s Challenge certified presenters have reached millions more on popular media outlets like CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, Dateline, O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes and numerous others.

Contact:  Should there be any questions, please contact Tom Bull via phone, 643-6400 ext. 6304, or email, or Bernadette Nolan at 643-6400 ext. 6485, or .

Additional Information:  You can learn more about Rachel’s Challenge by going to their extensive website,

Community Service on the Run

trail 1 Trail 2 Trail 3By Adele Douglas

Last Friday Peru Central School’s Cross Country Team helped out along the Little Ausable River Walking Trail by pulling out a nasty weed that can be a problem for dogs and their owners. Cocklebur seeds were brought in with soil during construction last year and while Fuller Excavating did a great job removing most of the plants there were still some growing this year.

Coaches Francia and Provost were happy to have their team help maintain the trail since they use it so often when training.The runners took to the challenge in good spirits and did a great job.  They deserve a big thank you from all dog owners who use the trail, cockleburs stick like glue to dog fur and can hurt if caught in a paw.


IMG_4495 IMG_4496 IMG_4497This was the scene today at St. Augustine’s Parish Center at a primary election being conducted for registered Independence Party, Working Families Party and Conservative voters. Members of other parties are not eligible to vote. The polls close at 9 p.m. As of 2:30 p.m. only five voters had cast ballots.

This Weekend Enjoy the Battle of Plattsburgh Events

Here is the 2015 Battle of Plattsburgh Event Schedule – The Parade is 1 PM Saturday. 

It’s Applefest Time

Peru – The 38th Annual St. Augustine’s Applefest will be held on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday September 20th. Saturday’s 11 a.m. parade is followed by live music, a giant craft fair, food, games, rides and a Sunday afternoon chicken BBQ.  All the activities take place at St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St. in Peru.  The parade begins at the Peru Elementary School.

Saturday’s music includes the Plattsburgh Pipe and Drum Corps, the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir and the Bootleg Band. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. the Compass Rose Band will perform followed by the Durham County Poets Band. Click here to learn more about Peru’s Applefest!

5k Run, Ruck, or Walk to Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project

Ausable Chasm is organizing the first annual 5k Run, Ruck, or Walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project has helped tens of thousands of wounded service members and their families return to civilian life.

The race will be held on Ausable Chasm’s scenic walking trails. After the race enter into the raffle for a chance to win prizes from local companies!

The race will be held on Saturday September 26th starting at 8:00 am. You can register online at The entrance fee is $25 per person.

So come on out and help support a great cause while enjoying some beautiful trails!


Alex Myhr

DCO’s Hard Work is Yielding Results

IMG_4431 IMG_4435By John T. Ryan

Last September when the Peru Town Board appointed Dave Drollette as Dog Control Officer (DCO) it’s doubtful that they anticipated what was ahead. As of September 4th, 2015, 160 more dogs were licensed than last year at this time. (593 vs. 433). Dog licensing is important because it ensures that rabies shots are current and permits rapid animal identification.

Town Clerk Kathy Flynn collects the dog license fees. She remarked, “Dave’s so visible with the DCO sign on his truck.” Flynn said Drollette is good at working with people to resolve complaints. She said, “He has a soft, gentle way about him.” Town Clerk Flynn and Drollette have been coordinating license enforcement. Flynn mails annual license renewal notices and a second notice 30-days later. When the second notice is not paid within 10 days, owners can expect a personal visit from Drollette.

Dave Drollette, a retired 23-year U.S. Navy veteran, tries to work with people rather than issuing tickets. He explained, “I approach people and I don’t harass them. I don’t issue a ticket unless I have a second violation.” Drollette said he doesn’t go out of his way looking for violations; he usually gets a phone call from a neighbor when there’s a problem. An unlicensed stray dog can be expensive to the owner. If Drollette brings a dog to the Elmore SPCA, the boarding charge is $50 for the first day and $25 for each day thereafter. If a dog is not claimed within seven days it is put up for adoption. While Drollette has issued only 24 tickets over the past year, a ticket results in a court appearance and possible fine.

Dogs four months of age or older (there are exceptions) must be licensed. A license costs $9.50 per year ($5 for seniors 65 and over) and $17.50 for non-spaded or non-neutered animals.

DCO Drollette can be reached at 578-2217.

Difficult Task, But We Selected Our Game Highlight Photos (Teamwork is the Key!)

runOur first photo post of the Saturday September 5, 2015 30-6 Peru Indian defeat of the Beekmantown Eagles contains 180 photos. We tried our best to narrow some of the game highlights down to 31 photos. We managed to photograph Troy Lawyer’s 86 yard 4th quarter run and several other highlights.  Click here for our highlight photos.

Indians Defeat Eagles 30-6

Indians ready to take to the field

Indians ready to take to the field

The Eagles scored first, but this block of the extra point kick was a key play.

The Eagles scored first, but a block of the extra point kick was a key play.

blockThe Peru Indians won their Opening Day football game and Ryon O’Connell won his first game as Indians Head Coach this afternoon at the Apple Bowl. The Indians defeated arch rival Beekmantown 30 to 6 in a game featuring opening day mistakes, a spirited defense, surprise plays and an explosive offense. The Peru Gazette was there. We hope our photos captured some of the excitement and the plays as they unfolded. Anyone is welcome to download any or all the photos. Click here to view photos.

Peru School Board Regular Meeting September 8, 2015

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

·         Public Hearing on the comprehensive district-wide and building-level school safety plans

·         Award Surplus Bid items

·         Review the Agreement for Health Services

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

All are welcome.

Dog Law Update Explained

The Peru Town Board has proposed updating the Town’s Dog Control Law.  Town Supervisor Peter Glushko explained that the changes being proposed are concentrated in Section 17 of the law. Mr. Glushko stated, “We clarified the requirement for dog owners to pay all vet bills incurred by the Town before they can reclaim their dog from the shelter. That requirement used to be spelled out in our contract with Elmore SPCA before all the changes they required before contracting with us.” Glushko said NYS law requires that the Town provide stabilizing vet care to any dog picked up with medical issues.  He concluded, ” Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay vet bills because of violations of the leash law.'”

The Town Board’s public hearing will be held on Monday September 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM before its regular meeting.

Long-awaited Lake Champlain cleanup plan targets farms | NCPR News

2015 Run For John Results

A Good Pastor and a Good Friend Retires

Rev SvBy John T. Ryan

The past several days were undoubtedly memorable for Reverend Dr. Robert Svenson. Last Friday evening the Peru Community Church hosted a Recognition Dinner to honor his service as their pastor. Sunday he delivered his last sermon at the church and Monday he officially retired after forty-two years of ministry.

Anyone attending Friday night’s dinner soon became aware of that it was going to be a joyous, friendly, informal evening. All the speakers, including the church’s youth group president, addressed Reverend Svenson as “Bob.” It was very clear that his congregation regarded him as both a pastor and a friend. St. Augustine’s Church Pastor Reverend Alan Shnob was one of the people sitting at Rev. Svenson’s table. Interviewed last Thursday Rev. Svenson explained, “Our two Peru churches have always had a close relationship. My friendship with Father Alan started with a lunch. I don’t recall who asked whom out to lunch. Now if we can’t do lunch every Friday we’ll do dinner. He often invites me over to the rectory where Roberta (the rectory housekeeper) or his sister Carol cooks a great meal.”

Asked what he considers to be his great accomplishment Reverend Svenson responded, “I can’t think of any one thing. A lot has nothing to do with me, but I supported it – the Jamaican Mission, the Youth Group DC Mission program, teaching counseling to other pastors with Don Haight. This church also has a history of community outreach. We participated in the Family Promise Program where every month we would house one family for a week. Last night a group worked at the St. Augustine’s Soup Kitchen. These are the types of things that really matter. If my ministry has been successful it’s because God has been good to us and because the people in this church are sensational at pitching in.”

Reverend Svenson said the Peru Community Church’s community outreach flows from its worship service. He said, “Preaching! It’s a huge responsibility. You are teaching the people about God and who Jesus Christ is. If the worship service isn’t the center of the church then it’s just a social agency. Worship is the center of what we do here and everything else flows from that, our mission, our action.”

After The Peru Gazette published photos of Friday night’s Recognition Dinner, Community Church member Paul Madore addressed a comment to Rev. Svenson, “Your sermons here were second to none, and you have helped so many, many members with such well prepared, Holy Spirit inspired sermons. Words cannot express the admiration for you as our preacher, our mentor, our angel on earth, and I’m proud to say a friend.”

Reverend Svenson had special praise for Amanda Connelly, the church’s office manager/bookkeeper. He said, “I could not do what I do without Amanda Connelly. My career here has to a large extent been successful because of Amanda. She has been invaluable.”

Wednesday morning Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” Svenson will be driving a truck to Syracuse where he’ll meet one of his five children who will accompany him to Tucson, Arizona. There he will reside with his daughter Elizabeth. His son Christopher lives next door to Elizabeth. Christopher’s job often takes him out of town, so Reverend Svenson is looking forward to spending a lot of time with Christopher’s three children.

He would like to stay in contact with his friends and recently joined Facebook. He can be emailed at

Click here to read our 2008 story about Reverend Svenson’s being installed as pastor. 

Babbie Museum 5th Annual Kids Fair and Festival

5th Annual Kids Fair and Festival – September 12-13, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm.

Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum, 250 River Rd., Peru, NY 12972.

Old time games including hopscotch, sack races, corn box, bobbing for apples, pumpkin tic tac toe, egg races, bean bag toss; stagecoach and Thomas the Train rides; hayrides; face painting; visit the animals; climb the hay mound; watch the Blacksmith at work.  Picnic area available. Lunch will be available from Kat’s Katering.

Tile Drainage Benefits Farms and Environment

Microsoft Word - Document26A Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project report encourages farmers to consider the benefits of tile drainage to both crop production and environmental stewardship. The research is especially timely as farms face changes to the environmental standards they are required to meet and at a time when federal and state funding is available for installing the tile drainage.

As many states refine their phosphorus management requirements for farm nutrient management plans, it is critical that the models they use are based on representative field conditions and sound data, says project leader Eric Young, research agronomist at W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY.

Young estimates the return on investment from installing tile drainage on farms with slow or very slow permeability is from seven to 12 percent over five to 10 years.

The goal of the most recent tile drainage research funded by the farmer-driven NNYADP was to compare phosphorus losses between tile drained and undrained test plots designed to simulate field-scale conditions typical of northern NY dairies.

Undrained conditions resulted in greater surface water runoff and phosphorus losses compared to tile drained lots, Young says. Read more »

Evans Family and Volunteers Are Dedicated to the Run For Jon

evansToday was the 25th anniversary of the Run For Jon. In 1990, 13 year-old Jonathan Evans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, two long time friends of the Evans family, Mark Elmore and Scott Woodward, organized the first Run for Jon to raise money to help pay for expenses related to Jon’s illness. Two weeks before the 2nd Run, Jonathan passed away. Every year since then, the family and friends have held the Run for Jon to raise money for the families of local children with serious medical problems.

The Peru Gazette arrived before today’s run to take photos of the Evans family and several of the volunteers who make the event possible. Click here to see our Peru Gazette photos. 

Peru Gazette Enjoyed Our Visit to Maplegrand/Irwin Farms Today

lemonLearn all about today’s farms today at Maplegrand/Irwin Farms, 135 Jarvis Rd. in Peru. You still have time. The program ends at 3 p.m. Here are a few Peru Gazette photos. It was a pleasure seeing Mrs. Bert Irwin out and about. It’s a beautiful day to visit one our region’s most beautiful farms. It’s a small farm by today’s standards milking 80 cows. However, Brothers Melvin, Jim and Bob Irwin also lease land and sell rolled hay, registered holsteins and feed crops as well as running an orchard opposite Peru Elementary School. Today’s program is sponsored by the Clinton County Farm Bureau. Click here to see our Peru Gazette photos.

A Worshipping Community Says Good-by and Thank You

Rev. Svenson receives a parting gift from dinner chair Cindy LaFountain

Rev. Svenson receives a parting gift from dinner chair Cindi LaFountain

August 29, 2015 – There was a very large turnout at the August 28, 2015 Recognition Dinner for retiring Peru Community Church Pastor Reverend Dr. Robert Svenson. It was a joyous evening as members of the clergy, church members and Reverend “Bob’s” friends thanked him for his service over the past twelve years. The evening closed with a surprise performance from Reverend Svenson’s longtime friend Broadway Star Karen Mason. A video of her performance is posted on the Peru Gazette Facebook page.

A Peru Gazette interview with Rev. Dr. Svenson will be published next week.  By the time that interview is posted, Reverend Svenson will likely be on his way to Tucson, Arizona where two of his five children and three of his grandchildren reside. He will deliver his last Peru sermon tomorrow.  Click here to view more Peru Gazette photos of last evening’s dinner.

Everyone rose with applause at the evening's close.

Everyone rose with applause at the evening’s close.

Today Saturday, August 29th – A Day on the Farm in Peru

Irwin FarmFrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (August 29, 2015) Maplegrand Farms/Irwin Farm,135 Jarvis Road in Peru will host farm tours, agricultural exhibits, hayrides, a machinery lineup, a children’s activity center with coloring and activity books, local vendors, bouncy house, cheese, wine and maple tastings. A BBQ lunch will be available for purchase.

Brewery coming to Plattsburgh’s U.S. Oval | Local News – WPTZ Home

Jessy Jolicoeur, owner of Oval Craft Brewing, says his brewery is set to open around Christmastime at the U.S. Oval

Source: Brewery coming to Plattsburgh’s U.S. Oval | Local News – WPTZ Home

Congressional Staff to be in Saranac Tuesday

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY-21) staff will be on hand with the NY-21 Mobile Office at the Saranac Town Hall on Tuesday, September 22nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Town Hall is located at 3662 Route 3 in Saranac, 12981.

Congresswoman Stefanik’s mobile office hours will be updated on her website here. For a list of constituent services our office provides, click here.

“One of my key goals and commitments as the Representative of New York’s 21st district is to ensure that our residents have unparalleled access to constituent services,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our district is one of the largest districts on the East Coast, and in order to make sure everyone who needs our help can be served, I’m proud to launch this mobile office to help North Country residents who reside in areas across the district. Please let us know how we can be of service to you.”

How to Help A Peru/Ausable Forks Family in Medical Crisis


Nate and Rebecca Bushey


James, Gary and Aedan Bushey

My name is Nancy, and I am working with a group of unbelievably generous people who are putting on a huge Benefit this coming Sunday, 8/30, for Au Sable Forks native, current Peru resident Nate Bushey (my son), who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma to the brain, lungs and lymph nodes.  We were hoping something could run in the paper letting area residents know of the event, being held at the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh.

We hope the turnout will be quite large, is scheduled to last all day. There have already been an unbelievable number of donations for a huge auction, all to go to Nate and his family (wife Rebecca, and young sons James, Gary and Aedan, ages 5, 3 and 2 respectively) to help with medical and living expenses as Nate cannot work because of the location of the largest, inoperable, brain tumor.  We are also humbly accepting donations at  Below is Nate’s story thus far and attached is the advertising poster we’ve created.

We would so GREATLY appreciate more exposure for Nate, his Benefit on 8/30 and the GoFundMe campaign.  Thank you for your time in reading this.

Kindest Regards,

Nancy Revelle


Nate’s story:

Nate is a 26 year old husband and father of three beautiful little boys, aged 5, 3, and 2 years.

Nate’s cancer journey began in 2013 when a skin lesion on his back was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. The large lesion was removed along with nearby lymph nodes and he began a series of PET scans, all of which had been clear.

On June 22, 2015 Nate was in a serious automobile accident, from which he had only minor injuries, but was comprehensively evaluated for head and neck trauma by the incredible staff of CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, NY.  A suspicious head CT lead to an MRI, which revealed 4 brain tumors, 5 lung tumors and the dreaded diagnosis of stage IV metastatic melanoma.

The largest brain lesion is dangerously situated next to the brain stem in the pons and is inoperable.  The pons region of the brain controls the body’s motor function (movement).   Immediately he was started on whole brain radiation to shrink this critical tumor.

Nate had no insurance coverage at the time, and could not continue his job as a FedEx Ground driver. Driving is out of the question as the pons tumor could at any time cause seizures, stroke or paralysis. Needless to say, I dropped everything and was on the next plane to NY from my home and work in California.

In July Nate had a consultation for chemotherapy at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to give him the best possible chance at seeing his little boys grow up. The prognosis is not encouraging, however.  A treatment plan was drawn up and Nate is currently in the first phase of immunotherapy treatment.  His doctor at Sloan Kettering is working very closely with Nate’s local oncology team in Plattsburgh.  We all hope and pray that the treatment plan will be successful in managing Nate’s widespread cancer.

Unable to work and with very little income on state disability, Nate, his wife Rebecca and sons James, Gary and Aedan need significant help with medical and other bills, utilities, food and daily necessities.  All funds donated go directly to Nate to help get him and his family through this nightmare. To say your help is immensely appreciated is such an understatement. Every little bit helps, every prayer, every dollar, every positive thought and good wish.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Click here for all the details

“Fuses Madonna to Beethoven”

The Strand Center for the Arts (SCA) proudly announces the grand reopening of the beautifully restored Strand Center Theatre on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 with WELL-STRUNG, The Singing String Quartet

WELL-STRUNG features classical musicians who sing, putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Katy Perry and more.  The group has quickly gained international attention for being a unique combination of string quartet and boy band.  

The New York Times called them “a talented quartet of men that brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven”; and the New York Daily News called them “the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games”.

The group has been featured on The TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, the CBS News and ABC Television as well as The Huffington Post among many other national media outlets. While making their London debut in the West End at the Leicester Square Theatre, BBC Radio host Jo Good called Well-Strung “absolutely amazing” after their on-air performance and interview for her show.

For more information about WELL-STRUNG visit

Prior to the performance we will unveil the new look and feel of the SCA with a short interactive mixed media rebranding presentation by Boire Benner Group.

Boire Benner Group is a Plattsburgh based marketing and design firm who has been working on a comprehensive rebranding for the SCA and The Strand Theatre. Prior to the September 26th performance, by WELL-STRUNG, using the theatre’s state of the art digital cinema equipment, they will unveil the new look and feel of the SCA through their efforts in social media marketing, rebranding, logo design, brand identity, website design, SEO, graphic design and print & digital advertising.

The Well Strung performance will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the historic Strand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

Tickets range in price by $25 to $45 depending on assigned seat location. Tickets purchased before the 26th the day of the performance by Strand Center members, seniors, military and students will receive a discount of $5 per ticket.

To purchase advance tickets, visit, call 518.563.1604 or visit our Box Office at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York. Box office hours are Wednesday-Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the concert (if available) at the Strand Theatre located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York.

The Strand Center for the Arts programming is supported by: The New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature, This Event is Sponsored by Meadowbrook Healthcare, University of Vermont Heath Network-CVPH, Best Western Inn and Suites, Northern Insuring and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Theatre is a landmark of cultural and historic importance. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, New York, the Strand Theatre was originally built as a Vaudeville Theatre in 1924 and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.

Route 9 Farm Stand Offers Organically-Grown Vegetables and Flowers

DSC02504DSC02561By John T. Ryan

Peru’s Rehoboth Homestead is well known as a Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) farm where members come for fresh, organically grown produce. However, the C.S.A.’s operator Beth Spaugh-Barber would like everyone to know that you don’t have to be a member to purchase items at her Route 9 farmstand located just one mile south of the Bear Swamp Road.

Organically grown vegetables and flowers thrive on the three-acre plot of rich soil surrounding the roadside stand and within the three hoophouses on the Jabez Allen Road. Beth says the farmstand’s business has doubled this summer attracting both local residents and visitors to our beautiful area and it’s easy to see why. This morning numerous fresh flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, candy onions, squash, kale, eggplant, fresh eggs and numerous other items were offered for sale. The farmstand is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays until Columbus Day (October 12th). If Beth isn’t at the stand, you can leave money in a box, so bring small bills. Click here to view all our Peru Gazette farmstand photos. 


Beth Spaugh-Barber harvests fresh flowers each morning for her farmstand



Peru Lions Club Golf Classic – September 13th

The Peru Lions Club will be hosting its 21th Annual Stanley Hughes Golf Classic on Sunday, September 13th at The Barracks Golf Club at 12:00 p.m. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a team handicap of 40+.  Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  There will also be prizes for closest to the pin and closest to the crooked line.  A buffet dinner will follow the round.  Cost is $65 per person.  Barracks members are $40.

Player forms can be picked up at The Barracks, online at (click register for events), or contact: Jim Kieslich – 643-2482,  Dave Dalton – 643-9618,  Ed Eisele 643-2865

A Summer Saturday Morning Along Route 9

This morning, August 22, 2015, The Peru Gazette took two hours to visit three beautiful places along Route 9 beginning at the Peru Dock, then the  veranda at Clinton Community College and the Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. We don’t think it will take you long to discover why we enjoyed out brief trip.

Peru Dock:  At the end of South Junction Rd turn right onto Route 9. The Peru Launch is about ½ mile ahead on the left.

Clinton Community College veranda view of Lake Champlain, 136 Clinton Point Dr., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 

Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 

Slideshow of all three with music (on a PC) 

Utica gets win as Cuomo announces two major chip projects – Times Union

The GE lab, which will focus on packaging silicon carbide chips for use in power devices, will be part of the $500 million manufacturing consortium that GE and SUNY Poly created last year, which is setting up a pilot manufacturing line at SUNY Poly’s Albany campus. The GE lab will look at how to package silicon carbide chips into power components such as solar panel inverters, electric vehicles and wind turbines. Two years ago, Cuomo announced the construction of the $125 million Quad-C building as the centerpiece for his $1.5 billion “Nano Utica” program that would focus on computer chip packaging technology research. Ruiz was CEO of Advanced Micro Devices when it struck its historic $1.4 billion deal in 2006 with New York state to build a computer chip factory in Saratoga County. Ruiz confirmed he had looked into possibly buying IBM’s computer chip packaging facility in Bromont, Quebec, earlier this year after IBM unloaded its computer chip manufacturing plants in East Fishkill and Essex Junction, Vt. to GlobalFoundries. The deal with AMS appears to be similar to the one Cuomo negotiated with SolarCity to build a solar panel manufacturing factory in Buffalo. The ownership allows the state and SUNY Poly to keep control of the site instead of giving money directly to a private company, a method Cuomo prefers. The Utica fab will produce analog chips used in sensors and other devices that convert light, sound or vibrations into binary code used to route information in microprocessors.

Source: Utica gets win as Cuomo announces two major chip projects – Times Union

Here’s Monday’s Town Board Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the August 10, 2015 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Surveillance Cameras for Walking Trail. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Retainer Wall in Heyworth Mason Park. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Holden Avenue Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Unison Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: 2016 Town Budget. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Employee Handbook Updates. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2016 Contract for Assessment Services by Clinton County
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills. 

MOTION:    Adjourn

Battinelli Exhibits “The Escape” on Prison Break in September at The Strand Center

Battinelli small sample

Left to right: Kennedy Patnode-Gebo, Kalli, Patnode-Gebo, Kelsey Patnode-Gebo, James Gebo Jr., Marybeth Patnode-Gebo stand next to the manhole where inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped.

The Strand Center for the Arts will be showcasing a new series of documentary photography centered on the Dannemora prison break by artist Damian Battinelli. This exhibit, titled “The Escape,” will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from September 4th to October 2nd, 2015. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, September 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Damian Battinelli started his photo journey in 1995 when his father bought him a 35mm camera for Christmas. He took photography classes in high school at Peru Central School, Read more »

It’s Time to Sign up for the “Mr. B” Tournament

The 6th Annual Leo P. Bourgeois Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, October 2nd at the Adirondack Golf & Country Club in Peru. Mr. Bourgeois was a long standing and much revered guidance counselor at Peru Central School. To honor his legacy, PCS alumni founded the golf tournament in 2011 to fund a scholarship program to provide financial aid to deserving PCS seniors pursing a post-secondary education. Since the tournament’s inception 11 scholarships totaling $13,200 have been awarded.

Entry fee for the four-person scramble tournament is $65 per person or $260 per team ($56 per person for Adirondack Golf & Country Club members) which includes greens fees, golf cart, gift bags, awards and a hors d’oeuvres reception following the tournament. Non-golfers and alumni are encouraged to attend the reception at a cost of $20.00 per person.

Tournament sponsorships are also available and range from $50 to $150. Donations of any amount are also gratefully accepted. For more information about the tournament, entering a team, becoming a sponsor, donor or to volunteer, contact Cheryl Breen Randall at 524-1192 or by email at

Art Supply Sale and Art Auction Fundraiser at The Strand Center August 29

The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to announce that they will be hosting an art sale and auction on Saturday, August 29, 2015. This will be a one night only event that will take place in the Main Gallery at The Strand Center for the Arts on 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. The Strand Center will be auctioning-off original artworks and selling a variety of art supply items. Both the art sale and auction will last from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 29 and are free & open to the public.

This art sale and auction will act as a fundraiser for The Strand Center for the Arts. The Strand Center will be auctioning-off and selling a variety of items including original paintings, watercolor & oil paints, paintbrushes, canvas materials, novelties, artist’s books and frames. This is a great opportunity that one will not want to miss, especially not for our area’s local artists. Read more »

Learn How to Reduce Suicidal Behaviors and Save a Life From Suicide

The Clinton County Coalition To Prevent Suicide and the Suicide Prevention Center presents:

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (

The QPR mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The four cornerstones of the theory upon which our approach is derived are these:

1. Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it.

2. The person most likely to prevent you from dying by suicide is someone you already know.

3. Prior to making a suicide attempt, those in a suicidal crisis are likely to send warning signs of their distress and suicidal intent to those around them.

4. When we solve the problems people kill themselves to solve, the reasons for suicide disappear.

Sign up for one of our sessions!

Session I: September 23rd, 2015

Location: SUNY at Plattsburgh, Angel College Center –Alumni Conference Room

Parking: College Center off of Park Ave – lots 27 and 28.

(if you park anywhere else it will be at your own risk, tickets may be issued)

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

Cost: Free


Session II: September 23rd, 2015

Location: SUNY at Plattsburgh, Angel College Center — Alumni Conference Room

Parking: College Center off of Park Ave – lots 27 and 28.

(if you park anywhere else it will be at your own risk, tickets may be issued)

Time: 1-2:3

25th Annual Run For Jon on August 29th


Peru Gazette Photo of Run For Jon 2014

The 25th annual Run For Jon to raise for the North Country families with children in medical crisis will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 29th at Forrence Orchards on the Mannix Road in Peru.

Registration for the 2.5 mile cross-country run, 1.25 mile non-competitive walk and Kids Fun Run (approximately 1/2 mile) will be from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Dogs will not be permitted at the Run for Jon site under any circumstances due to health regulations.

For more information visit

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner October 3rd

The 6th Annual Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at the American Legion Restaurant, 162 Quarry Road in Plattsburgh. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

This year’s inductees include: Bob Bruno (48), Peter Keenan Sr. (48), Brent Banker (80), Theresa Bobal Sindelar (87), Shawn Edwards (91), Stephanie Wheet (94), Matthew St. Clair (03).

The cost for non-inductees is $25 per person. Anyone who wishes to attend must RSVP by September 18th to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996.  Please make checks payable to the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame. For more information call Cathy at 963-7963.

School Board Schedules Special Meeting at 3 PM; Regular Meeting at 6PM

Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing particular individuals being considered for employment.  No other school board or school district business is slated for the Tuesday Special Meeting.

Please note that the Board’s Regular Monthly Meeting for the same night is still planned for 6:00 PM as originally announced.

Samaritan Family Counseling Center Closing

The Board of Directors of the Samaritan Family Counseling Center (SFCC) announces that the Center, with offices in Peru and Plattsburgh, will close at the end of August, 2015. The board has taken this action, in part, because of two staff retirements and an additional staff member reducing her hours of availability. The difficulty of receiving insurance payments for mental health services provided was also a large factor in creating financial difficulties which became insurmountable.

The SFCC has been in existence since 1980 when it started as an outreach ministry of the Keene Valley Congregational Church. More recently, the Center has been supported as part of the outreach ministry of the Peru Community Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, and the Presbytery of Northern New York. Two foundations, the CVPH Foundation and the Charles R. Wood Foundation, were instrumental in sponsoring a project to provide counseling for students facing academic risk and their families at the Au Sable Valley Central School.

The Samaritan counseling program emphasizes the relationship of mental, spiritual and physical well-being. This concept is implemented through counseling services provided by a team of professionals working together–including therapists, clergy and physicians. The SFCC is accredited by the Samaritan Institute and is one of 80 counseling centers affiliated with the Institute, with offices in more than 200 cities across the United States and in Japan which provide professional and values-centered counseling, education, and support to people in need.

Royal Lipizzan Stallions to Perform in Peru in August – Three Shows Only!

Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform in Peru for three shows, August 21-22-23, sponsored by the Peru Community Church. Proceeds will benefit the Church’s upcoming Jamaican Mission trip and also their Capital Fund for needed building repairs.

The horses perform “Airs Above the Ground”, a series of spectacular leaps and plunges. Originally bred and trained for use in war, these moves helped the mounted riders to gain a defensive advantage over their opponents.

These Lipizzan horses are direct descendants of the 16th Century Lipizzans originally developed for theHapsburg royal family of Austria. Only a few hundred Lipizzans have ever existed at any one time, and the breed was in danger of extinction during World War II. The Disney movie, “Miracle of the White Stallions” recounts their daring rescue by General George Patton and the US Army. Because of his assistance with the rescue, Ottomar Herrmann was awarded the right to own and breed the Lipizzans, and to preserve their historic training. Mr. Herrmann’s granddaughter now continues this family tradition in bringing the horses to Peru for all to see. For more information, see .

Performances are Friday, August 21 at 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday August 22 and 23 at 3 pm at the Cimarron Arena, at Mannix Rd (west off Route 22B) and Clark/Calkins Road in Peru, NY (enter from Clark Road). The parking area opens 90 minutes before each performance, and the horses can be viewed before the performance. No pets are allowed. Seating is outside so bring lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks are available for purchase.

 Tickets are $15 (ages 13-adult), $12 (ages 6-12 and 65+). Children 5 and under are free.

The Jamaican Mission of the Peru Community Church is planning the 17th annual trip to Jamaica to build a simple house for the homeless and assist schools and an orphanage near Mandeville. The Fellowship Center of the Peru Community Church supports Peru and its non-profit groups through use of the hall for community-wide events, and is currently undergoing needed renovation of a new roof and doors. The stone church building itself (built in 1833) is on the National Register of Historic Places, and also is need of repair to maintain its structural integrity. Tax-deductible donations are always gratefully accepted.

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