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Frustration With Engineering Cost Estimates Dominates Board Meeting

townBy John T. Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Citizen Soldier Youth Camp Open to Youths 9 to 13

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

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

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

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Fall Soccer Program Registration at the Town Hall

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

For more information call john Flynn at 593-0935.

House Approves Expedited Honor Flight Screenings For Veterans

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Peruvian Festival Entertaining and Educational

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

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

Comcast ‘Embarrassed’ By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds : All Tech Considered : NPR

Comcast is in discussions with Charter Communications to take over Peru cable service and is attempting to merge with Time Warner, the cable provider in northern Clinton County.

Comcast ‘Embarrassed’ By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds : All Tech Considered : NPR.

Peru, NY – Our Hometown



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

Bruce and Marge Garcia to Chair United Way Campaign

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

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

Town Hall Steps Are Complete

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

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

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

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

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Annual Parish Picnic Included Baptism

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

Here’s the Agenda For the Monday, July 14 Town Board Meeting

St. Augustine’s Mass and Parish Picnic at St. Patrick’s Sunday

pcMark the date. July 13th 2014. Place: Mother Cabrini Shrine. The parishioners of St. Augustine and St. Patrick will gather at the shrine, to celebrate Mass at 10:30 AM followed by the parish picnic. Please bring a chair and a dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgers plus beverages will be provided. Come and enjoy the shrine and fellowship. We have a large tent, so rain or shine everyone will be covered. The picnic will also have music and a train ride for the kids!

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

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Friday, July 11, 2014 Book Signing with the Benjamins Authors of Remembering the Royal Savage Inn 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) on Friday, July 11th in welcoming Don and Barbara Benjamin, former owners of the Royal Savage Inn, for a book signing featuring their newly-released book titled, Remembering the Royal Savage Inn. Famous to locals and travelers alike for its original recipes, inviting atmosphere and historic setting, Remembering the Royal Savage Inn brings back fond memories to all those who dined at the restaurant during its 70-year enterprise in Clinton County. Chapter titles include: “History of the Royal Savage, the Ship and the Inn;” “Big Events;” “The Chaos of the Catering Business;” “Entertaining Stories from Our Employees” and many more.

The book signing will be held at the Museum in the redesigned destination-themed gallery. Copies of Remembering the Royal Savage Inn sell for $20 each. Each book purchase includes an original postcard from the Royal Savage Inn and an article written by the Benjamins. All proceeds from book sales are donated to the Clinton County Historical Association. There is no admission charge for this event.

For more information, please contact the Clinton County Historical Association at 518-561-0340.

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Owens Co-sponsors Bill to Increase VA Hiring Preference for Veterans

WASHINGTON—Congressman Bill Owens announced today that he is co-sponsoring H.R. 5023, the Veterans’ Assistance to Lower Unemployment and Enhance VA Services Act (VALUES Act). This bipartisan legislation would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to give greater hiring preference to veterans who apply for jobs in the VA health care system. “This legislation further enlists the VA as an ally to veterans transitioning back into civilian life, helping them build the skills and experience they need to start a new career, ”said Owens. “Whether they returned to a struggling economy sometime in the past or they’re flying home to find a job today, our nation’s veterans have earned this access to good jobs at the VA.” Read more »

The Strand Center for the Arts Presents Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts (SCA) is excited to present Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers on July 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. As the first concert in the SCA’s annual Jumpin’ in July concert series, the performance will take place on the SCA’s front lawn at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh and is free to the public. In case of rain, the performance will be held indoors in the Strand Theatre located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street.

“We’re pleased to present Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers,” says Jessica Dulle, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director. “This is a great chance for everyone to come together and enjoy arts in our community.”

Rooted in delta blues and infused with reggae, soul and funk, award-nominated Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers are making Plattsburgh one of their stops on their summer tour schedule.

“The Jumpin’ in July concert series not only showcases tremendously talented musicians,” says Leigh Mundy, The Strand Center for the Arts Board President, “it is a wonderful opportunity to unite the community and the arts—the very goal we constantly strive for as an organization.”

Next in the Jumpin’ in July series is the incredibly skilled Lucid. Originating in the North Country, Lucid has an eclectic sound combining rock, rap, blues, hip hop and reggae. The band seamlessly blends various musical styles and is a must-see. They will perform on July 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on the Strand Center for the Arts’ front lawn.

The final concert in the Jumpin’ in July series takes place on July 24th and features Dave Keller. Back by popular demand and a North Country favorite, Dave Keller will entertain concert-goers from 5:30 pm to 7:00pm with the sounds of soul and blues.

The Strand Center for the Arts is open to visitors Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm. For a full list of classes and events, please visit The Strand Center’s website at:

Contact: Jessica Dulle, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director by phone at: 518-563-1604 or by email at:


Fuller Road Bridge is Open

IMG_3572 IMG_3581Fuller Excavating worker were putting the finishing touches on the Fuller Rd. bridge guardrails today. The bridge has reopened.

Town to Host International Peruvian Celebration

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

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at the Peru, NY Town Hall

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

Facts on the “Republic of Peru”

Peruvian territory was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty with its capital in Lima, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing. Economic cycles have mostly been based on the extraction of raw materials like guano (1845–1866) and rubber (ca. 1900).

Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes Mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country with a high Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 25.8 percent.[6] Its main economic activities include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing.

The Peruvian population, estimated at 30.4 million, is multiethnic, including AmerindiansEuropeansAfricans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.

The Andes Mountains take up much of Peru, dividing the country into three sections. The Andes are a constantly changing mountain range, so they are prone to earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods. The Andes, are also filled with great beauty, such as the great Incan city of the clouds, Machu Picchu, which is a major tourist destination, and the huge Lake Titicaca. Near Huancayo lies Nevado Misti, a 18,500 foot peak, from which emerges a stream that is considered the source of the Amazon, the world’s largest river. It flows eastward, joining other rivers, themselves flowing north and east until the Maranon and Ucayali, two great rivers of lowland Amazonia, meet to form the Amazon River itself.

Peru Planning Board July 9th Agenda



WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Read more »

‘SOLOMON NORTHUP — The Free Slave’

PERU, N.Y. Solomon Northup, the free born Adirondack man kidnapped into slavery who told his powerful story in “12 Years a Slave,” will be celebrated July 20 in Peru, N.Y.

Ironically, the small community of Peru played a part in Northup’s story. He once had a contract to ship Peru-grown lumber south on Lake Champlain to the Albany-Troy area. Northup did transport the lumber, but didn’t get paid, and then took George Washington Allen of Jabez Allen Road to court.

Details of this dramatic story, and much more, will form the basis of the Solomon Northup program at the Peru Free Library, sponsored by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association.

Northup’s telling of his kidnapping into slavery was a best-selling book in the 1850′s, and the movie version won the Academy Award for Best Picture earlier this year.

Don Papson, the founder and past president of the Association, who has been researching and writing about the Solomon Northup story and other aspects of slavery and freedom for over a decade, will lead the program. Also speaking will be Helen Allen Nerska, president of the Clinton County Historical Association, and a descendent of the family involved in that lumber dispute with Northup. Her great, great, great uncle was born in Peru, grandson of Jabez Allen, one of Peru’s original settlers.

Free and open to all, the program begins at 5 p.m. at the Peru Free Library, 3024 Main St. Solomon Northup Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 19, at Saratoga Springs.

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LUCID Featured at Chamber Business After Hours

The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites area business people to Business After Hours on July 17th from 5:30 – 7:00pm on the lawn at the Strand Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by ETS and Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, this month’s Business After Hours will be held in conjunction with The Strand Center for the Arts’ Jumpin’ in July concert series.

Business After Hours is open to all Chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the Chamber for a special guest pass. Read more »

Fellowship Center Needs Upgrades and Repairs

IMG_3455IMG_3448 IMG_3451By John T. Ryan

Almost every Peru resident has attended an activity at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. The spacious building serves the church and the community at large providing space for meetings, homeless families, receptions, parties, showers, concerts, and more. Some of Peru’s most joyous and important events have taken place within its walls; however, 25 years after its construction, the Fellowship Center is in need of repairs and upgrades. About 18 months ago, the Peru Community Church formed a Capital Campaign Committee and charged it with raising the funds necessary to ensure the Fellowship Center’s future in the Peru community.

Roy Perry and Howard Paul Bell are Capital Campaign Committee members and Peter Lake is the Church Treasurer. Peter Lake talked about a high priority saying, “Our shingle roof is approaching the end of its useful life. We’d like to install a metal roof. It’s more expensive initially, but it will last a long time. We’d also like to restructure the east entrance with a simpler design. We’re having an ice build-up problem.” Roy Perry said, “The heating system is another problem. The electric thermal heating system was state of the art in 1989, but there are much more efficient systems available today. We’re using monitor heaters in most rooms. The thermal heating comes on during the coldest weather.” Entrance doors and the kitchen plumbing are also in need of repair or replacement. The current hot water heating system is also very inefficient. Howard Paul Bell emphasized, “We have to look to the future and try to reduce our operating costs.”

Thanks to gifts and pledges by church members and some fund-raising, the Capital Campaign has a current balance of $73,000, but the Committee has determined that amount needs to grow to $200,000 before initial work can begin. The cost of all repairs and upgrades has been estimated as high as $400,000. Church members continue to make annual pledges and people are coming forward with fund-raising events such as the August 2nd “Ride For the Roof.” The Capital Campaign will be successful with the support of church members and the local community.

Any person or group who would like to assist or contribute to the Capital Campaign should contact the Peru Community Church office at 643-8641 or mail contributions to the Peru Community Church P. O. Box 38, Peru, NY 12972.

Non-profit groups currently utilizing the Fellowship Center include:

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Alcoholics Anonymous

Peru Lions Club

RSVP Exercise Program

Town of Peru Children’s Christmas Party

Town of Peru weather back-up site for the Sunday night Gazebo concerts

Coffee House Concerts

Scrapbook Club

Yoga Classes

An Opportunity to “Ride For The Roof” and to Enjoy a Pig Roast

cycle graphicEveryone who enjoys motorcycling or a pig roast and contributing to a good cause should mark Saturday, August 2nd on their calendar. Proceeds from the “Ride For The Roof” will be donated for a new roof on the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. Experienced Road Captain Rick Lawrence will lead the cycles on a 100-mile ride through the Adirondacks. A pig roast for the riders and local community with all the fixings will follow at the Fellowship Center. You do not have to ride to attend the pig roast; it’s a family affair.

Registration with free donuts and coffee for riders are at 9 AM at Livingoods Restaurant. Rev. Robert Svenson and Rev. Alan Shnob will have a “Blessing of the Bikes” before kickstands go up at 10AM. The 1 to 5 PM pig roast will include music by Peru’s own DJ Don “Yo” McBrayer, raffles and a silent auction.

Tickets will be on sale at registration, at the pig roast or in advance by contacting Polly Lake at 643-8214, Faith Long at 569-9387 or Rick Lawrence at 802-323-6403. You can also email The cost is $40 ($30 if paid in advance) for bike, rider and pig roast and $25 for passengers and non-riders.

Historic Farmhouse Was A Great Place For a Class Reunion

IMG_3496By John T. Ryan

Alan Place, a member of Peru High School’s Class of 64, rolled out the red carpet for his classmates for a 50th Class Reunion picnic at his family’s historic Eccles Road farmhouse. His classmates enjoyed the beautiful setting.

Alan’s grandparents, Putnam and Lola Place, purchased the home in 1915 and lived there until the time of their deaths. Lola died in 1975. Putnam died in 1978. His parents, Ken and Eleanor Place, lived in the home from the time of their marriage in 1944 until 1950.

IMG_3507The Honorable Josiah Everest, a local judge and member of New York State Legislature in the 1850’s, constructed the house in 1831. It is believed that the home’s beautiful sandstone blocks were mined somewhere near Macomb Park. Judge Everest and his wife Sally Sibley Everest had 12 children over the course of this marriage. He passed away on September 1, 1873 at age 73. Sally passed away on May 5, 1883 at age 77.




PCS Class of 64 Reunion This Weekend

DSC_0030The Peru Central Class of 64 is having a great reunion this afternoon, July 5th, at the historic Ken and Eleanor Place farm at the corner of the Eccles and Felton Roads. Click here for individual photos 

Click here for slideshow 

Peru School Board has Reorganizational and Regular Meeting July 8, 2014

Peru Central’s Board of Education will meet at 6:00 pm on July 8th for its Annual Reorganizational Meeting. It anticipates going into Executive Session at 6:15 pm to discuss personnel matters and reconvening for its Regular Monthly Meeting at approximately 7:00 pm.

Topics scheduled for the Regular Board Meeting include: accepting numerous reports and communications, appointment of personnel, professional development, and the District Code of Conduct.

The meeting is open to all.

Town Water Contaminant Levels Exceed Limits; Water Department Optimistic About Improvement


The Town of Peru has to sample quarterly for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids to comply with the disinfection by-products rule for E.P.A. and New York State.

Test results for the 1ST quarter of 2014 exceeded the allowable maximum contaminant levels. Results are calculated by averaging the previous 4 quarter’s results. Current results represent the average of the last 3 quarters of 2013 and the 1st quarter of 2014. Read more »

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Nicholas Uliva Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College

Nicholas Uliva, a resident of Peru, N.Y., and a freshman sport management major, was named to Dean’s List in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the spring 2014 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

Charles Remillard Among Local Residents Named to Spring 2014 Dean’s List at SUNY Oneonta

Charles Remillard of Peru, NY, is among the 1474 students who earned Dean’s List honors for the spring 2014 semester at SUNY Oneonta. To qualify for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 semester hours or more.

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

Peru Town Judge John Lawliss Resigns

Peru – Peru Town Justice John Lawliss has resigned citing health concerns. The Town Board accepted Lawliss’s resignation at its Monday, June 23rd meeting. Several Board members praised Lawliss’ nine years of service. Counselor Kregg Bruno said, “I wish he could have been here so we could thank him.” Counselor Brandy McDonald added, “Jack did a great job. It seems like he has been a judge for much longer than nine years.” Supervisor Peter Glushko will send Lawliss a letter expressing the Board’s thanks and respect.

The Town’s second Justice, James Kirby, has been handling all court cases for a few weeks. The Board could nominate someone to fill the seat until a successor is elected in November or it could leave the position open. After conferring with Judge Kirby, counselors could also decide to continue indefinitely with one town justice. Historically, the Peru Town Court has had a large workload. The State Police issue many tickets at the I87 truck inspection station, which lies within the Town boundaries.

During the public comment part of Monday’s meeting, Lawrence Cabana, a retired Department of Environmental Conservation Officer, expressed his interest in the position.

Peru’s sewer users could potentially see or smell smoke entering their residences or businesses in mid-July. Sewer Department Superintendent Greg Timmons told the Board that on about the third week in July pressurized smoke would be introduced into the sewer system to determine if any ground water is entering the sewer pipes. If leaks exist, smoke might enter a home or business. Timmons said he doesn’t believe the smoke quantity will be great or the smell will be obnoxious. The test is part of an on-going sewer system survey. Cameras were also sent through the system.

The Fuller Road Bridge should be reopening in the very near future. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said the bridge has been constructed and the highway has been paved. The contractor, Fuller Excavating, was planning to install guardrails this week.

Counselor Kregg Bruno and several Board members have expressed an interested in opening a Saturday farmer’s market at Heyworth/Mason Park. No firm plans are in place; discussions will continue.

Fuller Road Bridge photos taken June 27, 2014 IMG_3276 IMG_3277 IMG_3278



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Abigail Higgins and Keegan Parrotte Named to RIT Deans List

The following local residents made the Dean’s List for spring 2013-2014 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Abigail Higgins of Peru, N.Y., (12972), who is in the industrial engineering program in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Keegan Parrotte of Peru, N.Y., (12972), who is in the software engineering program in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For three decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges, its Guide to 322 Green Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.

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Glenn Miller of Peru Named To President’s List at Hudson Valley Community College

TROY, NY Glenn Miller of Peru was recently named to the President’s List at Hudson Valley Community College.

Each fall and spring term, the college’s President’s List honors those students who have a term grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0. Miller is studying in the Mortuary Science academic program at the Troy, NY college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

Honor Flight Thrills World War II Vets and Those Who See Them Off

HF 1 HF2HF3Fifteen local World War II Veterans and their escorts traveled from Plattsburgh to Washington DC on the Saturday, June 14th North Country Honor Flight.  The day began with ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial on the U.S. Oval and at Plattsburgh International Airport.

Peru Central teacher Jim Neyenhouse was kind enough to photograph the local ceremonies. The Peru Gazette is very pleased to present a slideshow of several of his photos for your enjoyment.  Click here to view our slideshow. Please watch on a PC/MAC to enjoy the music. It will be an emotional experience! 

Click here to view individual photos without music. 

Alyssa Estus on SUNY Oswego’s Deans List

OSWEGO, NY  Alyssa R. Estus of Peru, a senior history major, has been named to the Deans’ List for the spring 2014 semester at SUNY Oswego.

The President’s and Deans’ lists represent the academic top 30.3 percent of the Oswego student body. To be included on the Deans’ List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79.

About SUNY Oswego

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2014, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2014 college guidebook “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” as well as its 2014 list of “best value” colleges and universities nationally.

A 153-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

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