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Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

WESTPORT — It’s late-July, and the Essex County Fair is primed for takeoff.

Source: Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

Twin brothers from Peru become Eagle Scouts

PERU — A pair of twin brothers have earned their wings.

Source: Twin brothers from Peru become Eagle Scouts

Dog Park and Pickleball on Board Agenda

AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING – July 25, 2016 @ 7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the July 11, 2016 Regular Board Meeting and the Minutes of the July 19, 2016 Special Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Dog Park Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Water Billing Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Highway Truck Disposal Approval. 
  1. DISCUSSION: CSEA Meeting Scheduled for August 17, 2016. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Jury Trial August 3, 2016.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.

MOTION:    Adjourn

Vacation Bible School to be held at Peru Community Church

PERU COMMUNITY CHURCH AND ST. AUGUSTINES CATHOLIC CHURCH INVITE CHILDREN AGES 3 YEARS TO 6TH GRADE TO

EGYPT: JOSEPHS JOURNEY FROM PRISON TO PALACE

A summer bible event called Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace will be hosted at Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru from Monday, August 1st to Friday, August 5th.

Step back in time, exploring the life of Joseph. Kids participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Egyptian eats, visit Joseph in prison and then in his palace home. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

Egypt Vacation Bible School will run from 9am to 12pm each day.

Pre-registration is ENCOURAGED but not required (Pre-K and Kindergarten fill up fast!)

For more information or to register your child(ren), call 518-643-8641.

Questions? Please call the church office at 518-643-8641. Our website is www.perucommunitychurch.com.

Peru collars rogue golf cart driver – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — “Mad Maxine” has been apprehended.

Source: Peru collars rogue golf cart driver – Sun Community News & Printing

Pickleball courts ready in Minerva, teams being organized – Sun Community News & Printing

MINERVA — The lines are painted and Town Councilman Keith Iversen is ready to bring a new sport with a funny name to Minerva — pickleball.

Source: Pickleball courts ready in Minerva, teams being organized – Sun Community News & Printing

Town Board Agrees to Purchase Credit Union Building

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By John T. Ryan

At a July 20, 2016 Special Meeting, the Peru Town Board took a major step in resolving the Peru Town Court location issue when it unanimously voted to purchase the property formerly occupied by the Peru Central School Federal Credit Union at 22 Davey Drive. The agreed purchase price is $115,000, plus the Town will pay $5,000 to $6,000 in 2016 taxes. The purchase agreement is contingent on the property being appraised at a value at or above $115,000. (The real estate agent listed the property at $155,000 and it is assessed at $188,900). Once the Town of Peru acquires the property it will be removed from the tax rolls.

The Town Board has been discussing Peru Town Court location issues since August of 2014. Changing court hours, moving the court to the Town Hall’s basement level and renting space at Glenwood Plaza have all been considered. Town Justice James Kirby brought the issue to a head in the May 25th meeting when he told the Board that grants are available to upgrade court security; however, the Town would not be able to apply for a grant until a location decision was made. At the same meeting Town Justice Larry Cabana told the Board, “Defense attorneys consider this the worst courtroom in the county.” Shortly after that meeting the Board toured the Peru Federal Union Building and concluded that it would be an excellent court location.

Peru Central School District Public Hearing

Peru District Allocated $2 million+ 

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-15 NYS budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on Nov. 4, 2014.  The SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning opportunities for students throughout the state.

Peru Central School District was allocated $2,129,269.00 under the SSBA.  The State will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Peru Smart Schools Investment Plans submitted. The initial plan earmarks 59% of the allocation for infrastructure that will support technology-enhanced instruction and security upgrades in alignment with our Strategic Planning process and long range Facilities Plan. The district plans to implement this first plan during the summer of 2017.  Smart Schools bond funds remain available until a district has used its entire allocation. 

There is no local cost associated with the initial purchase.

On August 9, 2016, the Board of Education will hear an overview of the proposed plan and on August 9, 2016, the Board will be asked to approve the plan.

The Peru Board of Education will conduct a public hearing as a part of its August 9, 2016 Board meeting (anticipated to begin around 7:00 PM). The plan requires a vote by the board for approval.

Additional information is available at http://www.perucsd.org/Page/4783. 

All are welcome to attend on August 9th.

National Guard Recruiters on Hand at Clinton County Fair

MORRISONVILLE, NY Visitors to the Clinton County Fair will be able to learn about opportunities in the New York Army National Guard by stopping by the recruiting station which will be set up at the fairgrounds during the run of the fair.

Recruiters from the New York Army National Guard will be on hand at the fair in building 16 until closing day on July 24.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers will be on hand to talk about their service and the opportunities the National Guard offers.

Members of the press are invited to visit the New York Army National Guard recruiting station for a different take on fair activities.

For more information contact Staff Sgt. Alex Williams at 518-598-7135

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/New-York-Army-National-Guard-Recruiters-on-hand-at-the-Clinton-County-Fair/13852824

Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

The state Department of Financial Services has approved an average 9.3 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates starting in October, highlighting an issue that the state’s business community has long hurt New York’s competitiveness but which employee advocates say is still plagued with problems for the injured. Among the reasons for the approval by DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo: testimony by insurance carriers that they might leave the state if they couldn’t raise prices to cover claims, and testimony by the state Business Council saying that the hikes, while unwelcome, were needed given the rising costs associated with worker’s injuries and the compensation system. The proposed 9.3 percent increase in loss-cost is obviously not the outcome that The Business Council had hoped for, but these numbers unfortunately reflect the true costs of New York’s deeply troubled workers’ compensation system; now significantly more expensive than before the 2007 reforms,” Business Council Government Affairs Director Lev Ginsburg said in a recent email about the increase. […] Robert Grey, a Long Island-based workers’ compensation lawyer who heads an organization that advocates for injured employees, said he believed insurance companies didn’t make a strong enough case to warrant the increase. […] he fears that reforms being pushed by business and insurance interest could simply be a way to cut workers compensation benefits to injured employees.

Source: Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

Major security operation underway at Clinton Dannemora prison | NCPR News

Several Building Permit Fees to Increase

By John T Ryan

Peru – Peru’s residential and commercial building permit applicants will be subject to a new fee schedule as of August 1, 2016. The Town Board unanimously approved the new schedule at its Monday, July 11, 2016 meeting. The Board asked Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup to recommend a fee schedule that better reflects the work the code enforcement office expends on a permit.

Permit fees for new residential and commercial buildings, additions and garages will be increasing, while permit fees classified as “miscellaneous” such as oil tanks, wood stoves, fences, signs, etc., will not increase.

CEO Guynup explained, “I tried to be fair. The fees are priced by square foot.” Some projects require as many as ten or more inspections/re-inspections over the construction phases, i.e. footings, framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, etc. Guynup canvased the fee structure in other towns prior to making his recommendations only to discover that schedules vary from town to town.

As an example of the changes, Peru’s current permit fee for a new 2,000 sq. feet residence with a basement and attached garage would be $235 (base fee of $185, plus $25 for the basement and $25 for a 576 sq. ft. attached garage). The new permit fee will be $615 based on $.25 per square foot for the residence and $.20 per square foot for the garage.

The current fee for a 2,000 square foot commercial building is $175 ($150 up to 1,500 sq. ft., plus $2 for every 50 sq. ft. over 1,500). The new fee will be $700 based on $.35 per square foot.

Peru’s Code Enforcement Office is busy at this time of year issuing 37 permits in June. 106 permits were issued from January 1 – June 30.

Click here for Fee Schedule – Effective 8/01/16

Fees in effect through 7/31/16

Seeking Stray Dog Owner

Lost Dog

A message from Angel Rose – July 18th

Hi, I found a lost pup this morning on Fox Farm rd. Is it possible to share her here so local residents can see and hopefully get her back home. She looks like she has just had puppies. My contact info…572-9955 or 643-2237

Lower Speed Limit Denied

The Jabez Allen Road speed limit will remain at 4o miles per hour.  Last November, at the behest of Jabez Allen Road residents, the Peru Town Board asked to NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider reducing the speed limit. At the Town Board’s July 11th meeting Town Supervisor said the DOT has determined that a reduced speed limit is not warranted. The DOT did order that the appropriate number of 40 MPH signs be installed on the road. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell will request the additional signs from the Clinton County Highway Department.

Pickleball May be Coming to Peru

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Filling the sinkholes has already begun

By John T. Ryan

Peru’s pickleball enthusiasts may have a place to play in the very near future. No vote was taken, but the Town Board moved in the direction of opening the Jenkins Street tennis courts for pickleball play at its July 11, 2016 meeting. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko stated, “I’ve of the opinion right now, let’s fill up the holes, patch the cracks and pull the weeds and see how many people really use it. Let’s get some realistic idea of how many people will use it.” Counselor Donald McBrayer, who has consistently advocated for pickleball on Jenkins Street, quickly expressed his agreement. Over the next two weeks the cost of pickleball nets, patching the cracks and cutting the vegetation will be determined. At the end of the discussion Supervisor Glushko said he still favors investing in a dual use ice skating – tennis surface at Sullivan Park, but he wants to be fair about the issue.

Peru Town Counselors have been discussing pickleball options for several months. A dual use Sullivan Park location mentioned by Glushko was one option. Repairing the Jenkins Street court surface was discussed; however, resurfacing costs mentioned at previous Board meetings have ranged from $50,000 to the six figures. The actual resurfacing cost has not been determined.

At its June 27th meeting, the Board asked the town’s contract engineer Peter Gibbs to examine the Jenkins Street courts. At the July 11th meeting Gibbs commented that Glushko’s proposal sounded reasonable and reported that the court subsurface is made up of sand-rock fill and burnt woody debris. A deteriorating south retaining wall would not impact any future use.

Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

AU SABLE FORKS — Local producers have their fingers crossed for a bumper crop of blueberries this summer.

Source: Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

Special Town Meeting Tuesday

The Town of Peru, Town Board is holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at the Peru Town Hall.  The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to discuss and act upon property search.

Peru Gazette Note:  The Town Board has been searching for a new location for Town Court.

A Voter Registration Drive is Coming to Peru

Register-to-Vote

Dates and times changed 7/14/16. 

By John T. Ryan

Have you or someone you know not registered to vote in the important Presidential election scheduled for November 8, 2016? October 14th at 5 p.m. is the last day to register at the Clinton County Board of Elections at the Government Center in Plattsburgh; however, thanks to Federal Election law and the Clinton County Board of Elections, Peru and five other local communities will be offering two opportunities to register without having to travel to Plattsburgh.

The Peru Voter Registration Drive dates are Saturday, October 15th from 2  to 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the basement level of the Peru Town Hall. An eligible person can also print out and mail in a New York State Voter Registration Form located at the Clinton County Board of Elections website http://www.clintoncountygov.com/Departments/BoardOfElections/PDFs/NYSVoterRegistrationForm.pdf

If an individual would like to change their party of registration for the 2017 elections or primaries they must do so no later than October 14, 2016.

 

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DAVE BROWN PHOTOS OF SUNDAY NIGHT’S GAZEBO CONCERT.

NEXT SUNDAY 6 to 8 p.m. AT THE LITTLE AUSABLE RIVER PARK GAZEBO – BOOTLEG BAND – COUNTRY, TOP 40 VARIETY, 60’S ROCK TO TODAY

Plattsburgh’s Norsk Titanium facility to be world’s first aerospace additive manufacturing plant | Local News – WPTZ Home

Norsk Titanium announced new details Monday about its planned facility in Plattsburgh.

Source: Plattsburgh’s Norsk Titanium facility to be world’s first aerospace additive manufacturing plant | Local News – WPTZ Home

Norsk Titanium: We are coming to Plattsburgh

New plant will launch “manufacturing revolution” with 3-D production of aerospace parts, official says from London air show.

Source: Norsk Titanium: We are coming to Plattsburgh

North Country Honor Flight Unveils Bus

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Thanks to the generosity of the Ausable Valley Central School District the North Country Honor Flight has a vehicle dedicated to transporting veterans to Honor Flights. The bus was unveiled today at the Precision Auto Center in Plattsburgh where Precision experts converted a yellow school bus into a vehicle that will become and important part of local history. Numerous other local businesses and individuals supported the effort.

The event was celebrated with a parade through downtown Plattsburgh accompanied by police, motorcycles and classic cars.

Meet Your Farmer

DSC02542Cornell Cooperative Extension and Adirondack Harvest are sponsoring Meet Your Farmer on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-2:00. Several local farms in Clinton County will be opening their doors and encouraging the public to come see their operations. The farms will be holding tours and/or farm activities at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm and will answer questions from the public. For details about each farm and a map visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/cceclintoncounty/meet-your-farmer/ or call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 561-7450. Free and open to the public.

Participating farms are Conroy’s Organics in West Chazy, Country Dreams Farm in Beekmantown, Parker Family Maple & Gifts in West Chazy, Rehoboth Homestead in Peru, Shady Grove Farm in Schuyler Falls, Souza’s Farm Stand in Champlain, and Underwood Herbs in Plattsburgh.

Fun Run Results

Peru Fun Run Results The Town of Peru Recreation Department had the third of five fun runs on Tuesday, July 5th. Seventeen runners braved the heat at the Peru Central High School track. Tori LaValley won the ¼ mile with a time of 1:42, while Margaret Rock finished first in the ½ mile with a time of 3:42. The 1 mile race was won by David Rock with a time of 7:33. Results ¼ mile: 1. Tori LaValley 1:42, 2. Paige Greenhaw 1:51, 3. Taylor Greenhaw 1:53, 4. Ricardo Dansbury 1:59, 5. Mark Perez 2:05, 6. Elianna Nephew 2:13, 7. John Rock 2:21, 8. Allison Rock 2:50, 9. Korynn Passino 3:03, 10. Jennifer LeMay 3:14 Results ½ mile: 1. Margaret Rock 3:42, 2. Maddison Mero 4:09, 3. Ricardo Dansbury 5:28 Results 1mile: 1. David Rock 7:33, 2. Helena Matthews 7:56, 3. Harrison Matthews 7:58, 4. DeJaun Dansbury 8:04, 5. Robert Rock 9:45

Agenda Town Bard Regular Meeting – July 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of June 27, 2016 and the Minutes for the Town Board Special Meeting of June 30, 2016.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Tennis Court. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: New England Waste Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Building Permit Fee Increase. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Election Registration Drive Day Changes. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Water Meter Issue on Reservoir Road. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Codes/Zoning Secretary Hire. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Golf Cart on Walking Trail. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Walking Trail Maintenance. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Roof and Ceiling. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session. 
  1. Other Business. 
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

School Board July 12 Agenda

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  At approximately 6:15 PM, it will continue on with its regular monthly meeting.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:15 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 Smart Schools Investment Plan

Approvals of CEWW BOCES/CVES services

School Meal Prices

Section VII Sports Merger

Athletic Handbook Review 

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at www.perucsd.org.

All are welcome.

This Week’s Sunday Mass is at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine

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The parishioners of St. Augustine and St. Patrick will gather at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine this Sunday, July 10, 2016  to celebrate Mass at 10:30 AM followed by the annual parish picnic. Please bring a chair and a dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgers plus beverages will be provided.  In case of rain, there is a large tent, so everyone will be covered. The picnic will also have music provided by DJ Don Yo and a train ride along with Ellie the Cow for the kids!

There will not be a 9:30 AM Mass at St. Augustine’s Church.

Towns discussing Morrisonville Bridge dedication to North Country icon – Sun Community News & Printing

SCHUYLER FALLS — The towns of Plattsburgh and Schuyler Falls are currently discussing the possibility of dedicating the Morrisonville Bridge to Gordie Little, the famed local broadcaster who passed away unexpectedly last month.

Source: Towns discussing Morrisonville Bridge dedication to North Country icon – Sun Community News & Printing

Art and the National Parks

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Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce that former director/curator Amanda Palmer will be returning on Thursday, July 21st at 7 p.m. to the museum to share with us her campaign to encourage artists and people of all ages to find their park through art! She will give a presentation during which she will discuss her several artist residencies in the National Parks, reveal some of her many inspirations, and explore a few of her creative methods. Amanda’s artwork will be on exhibit for the following week and will be available for sale.

Amanda has completed artist’s residencies at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana. She also has been awarded residencies at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. She has been invited to give her Find Your Park Through Art talk this fall at Zion National Park, where she will also teach a relief printing workshop.

In celebration of its 100th birthday, the National Park Service launched the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. Find Your Park also encourages people to explore state parks, local parks, trails, museums, historic sites, and the many ways that they can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries.

United Way Helps Grant a Child’s Birthday Wish

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Amy Kretser, Tess Blair, Emma Langlois, Ava Glorer, Kevin Killeen

“The mission of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is To be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another” stated Kathy Snow, Director of Development, and that’s why we help bring people together to do amazing things in the community.” Colleen Blair sent a message to Kathy asking if United Way could help her fulfill her daughter Tess’s 10th Birthday Wish.

Tess along with her 4th grade teacher, Ashley Kollar, organized a band at her school. All Tess wanted for her Birthday was to do a fundraiser for disabled children by performing with her band. Kathy Snow sent out an email to all the 44 partner agencies to see who could help fulfill this wish. Many stepped up and wanted to help, including Kevin Killeen, Executive Director, of Plattsburgh YMCA. Tess chose to be the opening act at the “Rocking the Y” event on June 12, 2016. Her band “Pop Rockers” that consisted of the following members: Tess Blair, Ava Glorer, Emma Langlois, Gabriella Conti, Arden Pearl and James Burnham performed at the “Rocking the Y” event. They raised $500.30.

Colleen then reached out to Kathy again to see what agencies served children with disabilities could benefit from the funds raised.  Kathy gave her a few options of agencies that served local children. Tess chose to give the funds to North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. to help children that are visually impaired get the needed equipment to help make life easier for them. “United Way brought Tess and her band along with the YMCA and North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. together for an act of kindness in our community” stated Kathy Snow, a true representation of community spirit.” Tess and a few members of the band presented Amy L. Kretser, NCAVI Executive Director, with the check on June 30, 2016.

$10 million coming to city downtown | News | pressrepublican.com

Governor in Plattsburgh to announce winning application.

Source: $10 million coming to city downtown | News | pressrepublican.com

‘Woods and Wild Things’ unveiled – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Mayor James Calnon directed the crowd to count down from three to unveil the “Woods and Wild Things” mural on Corner-Stone Bookshop.

Source: Woods and Wild Things’ unveiled – Sun Community News & Printing

Cadyville FD fights for end to Oxbow Bridge – Sun Community News & Printing

SCHUYLER FALLS — The Cadyville Fire Department is making a request to the towns of Schuyler Falls and Plattsburgh and the county to tear down the Oxbow Bridge, the site of numerous fatalities in recent years.

Source: Cadyville FD fights for end to Oxbow Bridge – Sun Community News & Printing

Great Turnout for Plattsburgh Parade

Enjoy just a few of Dave Brown’s photos of the Plattsburgh 4th of July parade. The slideshow is accompanied by sound on a PC. Click Here. 

CCRS maintains top spot among area schools | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Chazy District ranked No.1 by business journal for sixth consecutive year.

Source: CCRS maintains top spot among area schools | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Off On a Great Note

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The band “Taylor and the Intangibles” kicked off the Sunday night summer concert season at the Little Ausable River Park Gazebo last night. Peru’s own Tom Longware is the band’s lead guitarist. Taylor LaValley is a great lead singer. The good crowd appeared to have a great time and the music didn’t stop until 8:15.

Sherry Dobbs was one of those having a great time with his family. His daughter Elizabeth (PCS 87) loves being back in her hometown. Click here for more photos. 

Next Sunday incaHOOTS, a rock, southern rock, new country band will perform. Concerts begin at 6 p.m.

City comes together to celebrate 4th of July – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The city of Plattsburgh announced the 4th of July community celebration schedule of events.

Source: City comes together to celebrate 4th of July – Sun Community News & Printing

Peru proud – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — “Midst the mountains and the lake, in the fragrant orchard’s wake, lies our alma mater true, hail to thee the white and blue.”

Source: Peru proud – Sun Community News & Printing

Highway Department Upgrades Equipment

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Darrell Martineau is one of the Gradall Operators

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By John T. Ryan

The Peru Highway Department’s new excavator has arrived. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell included a new excavator in his 2016 budget and the Town Board approved the purchase in February. The Model D154 Gradall replaced a Gradall purchased used in 1995. A Gradall excavator can be used for grading, culvert replacement, landscaping, mowing, vegetation control, removal and replacement of curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and more. The D154 is a 4-wheel drive machine that can be driven to a worksite at highway speeds.

The machine was purchased under New York Contract from Vantage Equipment of Albany on five-year lease-own agreement at a cost of $58,276 per year ($291,380 total). After five years the town will own the machine. The old machine was sold to the Town of Chesterfield for $25,700. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell believes the new machine will have a useful life of approximately 30 years.

Town Highway Department personnel maintain 82-84 miles of highways.

Cost of Repair is Being Determined

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By John T. Ryan

The Peru Town Board has been discussing the future use of the Jenkins Street tennis courts for the past several months. Installing pickleball courts and even the sale of the property have been mentioned. The courts have been closed since the appearance of two sinkholes raised safety concerns. A multitude of repair costs have been mentioned. Finally, at its Monday, June 27, 2016 meeting the Board authorized consulting engineering Peter Gibbs to estimate of the repair costs.

This morning Peter Gibbs conducted his examination. The base/fill materials consisted of sand, large rocks, ashes and a few metal objects. Gibbs is expected to present his analysis at the Town Board’s July 11, 2016 meeting.

Town Councilman Donald McBrayer and Grant Writer Adele Douglas observed today’s activity. Douglas carried a drawing depicting one pickleball court, a lawn area and six new parking spots adjacent to the very narrow Jenkins Street.

Chad Frechette of the Peru Water and Sewer Department operated the backhoe today. Chad is one fine equipment operator!

Gazebo Sunday Concerts Begin This Weekend

Every Sunday night from 6:00 to 8:00 PM – July 3rd through August 28th at Little Ausable River Park in Peru. 

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TAYLOR AND THE INTANGIBLES – CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY ROCK 

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incaHOOTS – ROCK, SOUTHERN ROCK, NEW COUNTRY 

JULY 17

BOOTLEG BAND – COUNTRY, TOP 40 VARIETY, 60’S ROCK TO TODAY 

JULY 24

FROZEN SUNSHINE – CLASSIC ROCK 

JULY 31

NIGHT HAWK – ROCK AND POP, 70’S TO TODAY 

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THE LOU ALLEN COUNTRY EXPERIENCE – OLDER COUNTRY & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 

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THE DUO – ROCK, COUNTRY & A LITTLE BIT OF JAZZ 

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ON-3 BAND – CLASSIC ROCK 

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THE CASTAWAYS – COUNTRY, CLASSIC ROCK, FOLK, 50’S – PRESENT 

IN CASE OF RAIN, CONCERT WILL BE HELD @ THE PERU COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP CENTER.    **BRING CHAIRS & BLANKETS, NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED** 

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Peru Central senior graduates with perfect attendance – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Sleeping in has never sounded so good for one local grad.

Source: Peru Central senior graduates with perfect attendance – Sun Community News & Printing

Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

SARANAC — School’s out, farmers are in.

Source: Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

Hail pelts Peru apples; puts bite in crop quality | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Forrence Orchards, Northern Orchards already battling fire blight, other challenges.

Source: Hail pelts Peru apples; puts bite in crop quality | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Town Board Special Meeting Thursday, June 30th

The Town of Peru, is holding a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM.  The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to allow the board to adjourn into an executive session to discuss the CSEA contract proposal.  The meeting will take place at the Town Hall, in the Town of Peru.

New York scores $147M as part of Volkswagen settlements – Capitol Confidential

New York owners of 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars also will be able to have their vehicles bought back by the company for the full, pre-scandal fair market value and will receive cash payments of at least $5,100. Alternately, owners can choose to keep their vehicle, wait to see if Volkswagen and Audi develop emissions fixes and still receive a payment of at least $5,100.

Source: New York scores $147M as part of Volkswagen settlements – Capitol Confidential

Lawliss announces candidacy for NYS Supreme Court – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Family Court Judge Timothy Lawliss is running for New York State Supreme Court Justice, Fourth Judicial District.

Source: Lawliss announces candidacy for NYS Supreme Court – Sun Community News & Printing

Apple Damage is Being Assessed

Here’s a sampling of the apples in the Forrence Orchard off the Mannix Road where the Run For Jon is held. Seth Forrence picked them. He still has a smile, but it must be difficult. Living adjacent to his Old Town Road orchard I know the thousands of dollars invested in a crop and the tender loving care these apples receive. Seth is assessing the damage accompanied by his dad Mason and his Uncle Mac.

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Hail Storm Hits Parts of Peru This PM

Oakdale Dr. Peru. The hail lasted about 5 minutes. Received over an inch of rain in just over 40 minutes. The Gazette spoke to Seth Forrence at 2:15. He fears that he’s lost 225 acres of apples. He said, “Some of the apples look like they’ve been through a meat grinder.” He said his father Mason hasn’t seen a storm like this in over 45 years. The Route 22 Forrence Orchard was not impacted.

 

Gordie Little: The Passing of a North Country Legend – – The Adirondack Almanack

Folks in Essex, Franklin and Clinton County, are mourning the death last Wednesday of beloved historian, author, and media legend Gordie Little.

Source: Gordie Little: The Passing of a North Country Legend – – The Adirondack Almanack

An Exhibit of Speedy Arnold’s Art

“HISTORICAL SKETCHES AND HYSTERICAL DRAWINGS”      

At the Anderson Falls Heritage Museum – 96 Clinton St. Keeseville

The museum is open to the public at no charge on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 AM to Noon & Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or by appointment Call 834-9219

THE EXHIBIT WILL RUN UNTIL JULY 20th 

Here’s Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING – June 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the June13, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from Town Clerk and Peru Youth Department 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Sale of Highway Department 
  1. ISCUSSION: AES Sewer Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of Town Income Survey Proposal. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Water Billing. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Landfill Letter to Clinton County. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Schedule Special Meeting for CSEA Contract Proposal.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Town Tennis Court Engineering Inspection.
  1. DISCUSSION: Illegal Trash on Town Roads.
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park.
  1. DISCUSSION: IT Consultant Contract Renewal
  1. DISCUSSION: Presidential Election Registration Days.
  1. DISCUSSION: Code/Zoning Secretary.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Executive Session.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.     

MOTION:    Adjourn

The North Country Gives Thanks

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Yesterday morning, Saturday, June 18, 2016, fourteen area veterans traveled to Washington D.C. as members of the North Country Honor flight. Peru’s dedicated photographer David Brown was kind enough to share his photographs with The Peru Gazette. The Gazette complied the following slideshow which is accompanied by music and we think an emotional experience when viewed on a PC.  Click here to view slideshow. 

Bashaw, Harry Leon – Guardian Michelle Anna Lisa Bashaw

Bradley, James – Guardian Cathleen A Reusser

Decker, Ray A – Guardian Catherine Elizabeth Sample

Ducharme, Gerard J – Guardian Brandon Joseph Menard

George, Kenneth Brigham – Guardian Thomas C Gavin

Hartl, Walter- Guardian Lauren L Gilchrest

Jenkins, Shedrick – Guardian Ricardo M Jenkins

Kaigle, Robert E – Guardian Darlene Zeno

McCargar, Judson U – Guardian Gary P Liberty

Morey, Albert G. – Guardian Dawn M Morey

Peryer, Norman E Jr – Guardian Jon A Peryer

Reale, Anthony P Jr – Guardian Thomas A Reale

True, Wesley D Sr – Guardian Brenda True-Phaneuf

Wyant, Joe H – Guardian David K Wyant

Stop by the Babbie Museum this Weekend

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If you haven’t visited the Babbie Museum in Peru, today or tomorrow (Sunday) would be great days to visit. This is Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend June 18 – 19 – Hours 10am-4pm. The Peru Gazette hadn’t visited the museum in some time. The progress is amazing! The museum is a great place for seniors and children alike!

Wood carving demonstrations by Champlain Valley Wood Carvers. Ongoing demonstrations of antique chain saws, shingle mill, and a planer and buzz saw run by hit and miss engines. Watch as flax is spun into linen (Brook Sylvan Spinnery). Try your hand at using a wash board or vintage wringer washer. Master Gardener on site to answer your gardening questions. Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic area. Chips and beverages available in Museum Store.  Click here to see more Peru Gazette photos. 

Explore Peru’s Accessible Trail

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A Message from Adele Douglas

Please join us for an event at Heyworth/Mason Park and the Little Ausable River Trail on Friday, June 24th, from 10am to 1pm. As part of the Clinton County Health Dept.’s Longest Day of Play the Town of Peru will be hosting “Explore the accessible trail in Peru”. We hope to have visitors of all abilities come enjoy our trail. There will be music and activities in the park. Food won’t be sold so please bring a lunch. Please call Adele at 643-7863 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events at Peru Community Church

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

The summer worship service schedule is now in effect. Each Sunday, the worship service is at 9 am from now through Labor Day in the sanctuary, Elm and Pleasant Streets, at the intersection of Routes 22 and 22B in the town of Peru. A coffee hour immediately follows each service in the church’s Fellowship Center across the street at 13 Elm Street.

Sunday, June 19th is Baccalaureate Sunday during which we will honor our graduates (high school and beyond) during the worship service. All grads are encouraged to attend and to wear their graduation attire.

On Sunday June 26th the Rev. David Svenson will lead worship for the last time as interim pastor. Read more »

Economic Development Council to Hold Public Forum on Friday of This Week

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is co-chaired by Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University. The region is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. 

What:              North Country Regional Economic Development (NCREDC) Public Forums. 

Who:               All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor and education representatives from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are welcome to attend the meetings. 

When:             Friday, June 17, 2016 

Where:           Clinton County – Plattsburgh: 10 – 11 a.m.

North Country Chamber of Commerce
7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 
  Read more »

Moriah churches celebrate Parker’s 50 years of ministry – Sun Community News & Printing

PORT HENRY — A pair of local churches came together June 12 to celebrate 50 years of service by Rev. Dr. Kenneth N. Parker, who has served the Moriah community for the last three of those.

Source: Moriah churches celebrate Parker’s 50 years of ministry – Sun Community News & Printing

State Senate Approves Plan to Improve ‘Mobile Home’ Housing

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little

The State Senate today approved legislation (S6954a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would establish a mobile and manufactured home replacement program. Little is chair of the Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee.

Little said the objective is to improve affordable home options by funding the replacement of older, dilapidated mobile and manufactured homes sited on land owned by the homeowner with new affordable and energy efficient manufactured, modular or site built homes.

“In many communities, mobile and manufactured homes are an affordable option,” said Little. “But investments to maintain and improve these properties are sometimes cost prohibitive for lower-income New Yorkers and rarely result in a structure that has longevity and is energy efficient.” Read more »

Ethics reform appears dead as New York lawmakers near end of session – Times Union

[…] lawmakers approved a flurry of bills pertaining to everything from creating a terrorist registry list to requiring that dogs and cats used as experimental subjects by state-funded research facilities be put up for adoption if they don’t have to be euthanized. The lack of action created proposals for a second one-year extension of state control of NYRA, which holds the franchise to operate thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Sprints, Belmont and Aqueduct. […] there were the good-government advocates, including Bartoletti, who showed up at noontime to erupt over a lack of movement on ethics reform, specifically closure of the so-called limited liability company loophole; new curbs on lawmakers’ outside income; and greater transparency for state budgeting. The advocates were far less interested in legislation that would tighten the definition of improper coordination between candidates and independent expenditure groups, a late proposal by Cuomo. Cuomo maintained in a letter to lawmakers sent Monday that the more comprehensive ethics reforms remain on his to-do list. Education policy, which has been controversial at the Capitol for years, also had its day on Tuesday, with the Senate Democratic majority faction advocating for Republican legislation that would stave off financial penalties for school districts that don’t yet have their retooled teacher evaluation systems in place. Amid the bustle of activity and gossip — and Cuomo’s absence from the Capitol for most of the day — lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates wondered what would be wrapped up in the sort of end-of-session omnibus agreement known as a “big ugly.”

Source: Ethics reform appears dead as New York lawmakers near end of session – Times Union

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