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Begin 2017 By Getting Involved

Peru Central School Budget Advisory Committee

For the past eleven years, Peru CSD has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets in order to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district. Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

At this time, the BAC is scheduled to meet at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 16th and Wednesday, March 15th. In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board during a public budget development workshop, tentatively set for Tuesday, March 21st.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004. Thank you.

Bingo Cancelled Tonight

The Peru Knights of Columbus Bingo scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, January 17th is cancelled because of impending snow and possible sleet. The Knights apologize to their faithful customers for having to cancel for three consecutive weeks. This has never happened before and hopefully, it will never happen again. Thank you!

DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 11 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program.

Source: DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

Ribbon Cutting Today – Open House Tomorrow

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By John T. Ryan

There was an excellent turnout of local government and law enforcement dignitaries for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today at Peru’s new Town Court Building. Judge Jim Kirby and Judge Larry Cabana joined Town Supervisor Peter Glushko, Deputy Supervisor Jim Douglass and Counselor Jim Langley in the ceremony. 4th Judicial District representative Matt Chivers joined Judges Kirby and Cabana for a ceremonial photo.
The Court will host a Community Open House tomorrow, Saturday, January 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome!

Click here to view a previous Peru Gazette story on the Court Opening. 

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Judge Kirby, Matt Chivers of 4th Judicial District and Judge Cabana

Setting 2017 Town Priorities

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Town Supervisor Peter Glushko included some of his 2017 priorities on the Town Board Monday, January 9th Agenda.

Moving forward on sewer system upgrades is definitely priority #1. Glushko requested and received the Board’s permission to contact the town’s bonding attorney to initiate long-term financing of the $4 million+ project. Water/Sewer Superintendent Courtney Tetrault commented, “Grants and low-interest loans aren’t available today, but they should be coming up.” Glushko said, “We’ll have to set priorities and do the project in phases. We’ll have to look everywhere for grants. Fortunately, we will qualify for more grants based on the recent community survey. “ Counselor Jim Langley said, “Governor Cuomo has been stressing infrastructure investments. The timing may be very good for us.” Click here to see a Peru Gazette story on the income survey and the needed upgrades. 

Glushko would also like a long range plan formulated for the stone building at Heyworth/Mason Park. He stated, “We need to think about what we want to do with that building. Are there minor things we can do so it doesn’t look like an abandoned building?” The fact that the building lies in an EPA designated flood plain inhibits first floor options. Glushko said, “We have to check out what we can legally do.”

Town Historian Ron Allen remarked that ideas have included creating office space on the second floor and a museum on the third floor. Glushko commented, “There is grant money available for museums.” Using the first floor as a community meeting room has also been suggested. When Glushko asked for someone to head up a committee no one volunteered. (Counselor Donald McBrayer was excused from this meeting) Ron Allen said he believed McBrayer and Adele Douglas would be willing to work on a committee.

Courtney Tetrault reported that the Health Department’s recent water system inspection was successful. The Health Department recommended that water be sampled twice annually for lead and copper and that fire and security alarms be installed at the water plant. Tetrault said, “Overall the Health Department is very happy.”

Highway Superintend Michael Farrell reported that he has found a less expensive method of repairing the Parsons Road culvert. A Vermont firm will weld the culvert’s studs at a cost of $4,300 and a concrete base will be laid. The total cost should be considerably less, though not as long-lasting as a slide-in liner. Neither the Army Corp of Engineers or the DEC would approve the liner.

In other actions the Board approved a seven-year reappointment of Tom Fusco to the Zoning Board and a seven-year reappointment of Allison-Hulbert Brice to the Planning Board.

Using Social Media to Connect with the Community

As part of the Peru School District’s Strategic Plan, the Peru 2020 Connections Committee is looking at ways that the District can use social media to increase communication with community members, develop better partnerships with parents, and increase the districts role as a cornerstone of the community. Please join us on Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room to share ideas and provide input on how the district can use social media to connect with parents, students, and community members.

All are welcome.

Ice Rink Liner Installed

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – If outdoor temperatures dip again, Peru residents will have a skating rink adjacent to Town Park Road. A few days ago Parks Department personnel laid down a 65 ft. x 120 ft. liner and flooded the rink. The Sullivan Park location is large enough to accommodate the rink and several parked cars. A nearby fire hydrant will facilitate flooding and a street light will illuminate the area. Ice rink location

Parks Superintendent Courtney Tetrault said his personal will do their best to keep the rink in good shape and he would welcome assistance from Peru Youth Commission volunteers. Tetrault’s personnel leveled the rink area last winter, but the warm weather discouraged its use.

Ice thickness, quality and maintenance combined with safety issues associated with sleds entering the rink at high speed convinced the Town Board to move the rink from the Little Ausable Park pond.

Walentuk takes the helm of Section VII sports – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Former Seton Catholic and Lake Placid Athletic Director Matthew Walentuk has been named as the new Interscholastic Athletics Administrator for Section VII.

Source: Walentuk takes the helm of Section VII sports – Sun Community News & Printing

Free Info Session for Chamber’s Danube River Cruise

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Fee Information session on January 23rd for the newest travel option – River Cruise on the Danube.
Join at the Chamber of Commerce (7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh) from 5:00 – 6:00pm to learn more or log on to the webinar from home. RSVP required. Call 563-1000 or register online at www.northcountrychamber.com.

Cruise down the Danube from November 27th – December 5th while stopping to visit the amazing Christmas markets along the way. Highlights include Vienna, Vienna Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Wachau Valley, Glühwein Party, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, & Würzburg. Prices start at $3289 including air, cruise, some meals, and much more!
The Chamber is also offering a trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion National Parks, and more in October. Starting at $1895 including flight, hotel, and much more. Learn more on our website. Info session will be held soon.

The Chamber’s travel program offers amazing trips at affordable prices. There are 3 options for 2017. You do not have to be a member to participate. Learn more about these adventures at www.northcountrychamber.com.

IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families

The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and refund fraud

Source: IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families

Plattsburgh International Airport awarded $38M for expansion plan

​Funds announced during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday in Albany

Source: Plattsburgh International Airport awarded $38M for expansion plan

Town Board Organizes for 2017

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The Peru Town Board conducted its 2017 Organizational Meeting on Monday, January 9th. Items approved included: Salaries for Elected Positions; Appointees, Appointee Salaries; Department Liaisons; Meeting Dates and Times; 2017 Contracts. Mileage will be reimbursed at the rate of 53.5 cents per mile (1 cent less than last year). The TB Bank will be the Town Depository. The Press Republican will the official Newspaper. Rules of Order and procurement policies were also approved.

Click Here for Details  

 

 

Property Owner Has Until April 3 to Demolish or Repair

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39 North Bend Street Property

The Peru Town Board has given a 39 North Bend Street property owner until April 3rd to demolish or correct deficiencies on their property. The Board authorized the action following a January 9th Public Hearing. The property owner Rose Simpson Rodriquez did not appear nor did anyone on her behalf appear at the hearing.

The property has been deemed in violation of Local Law #2 (UNSAFE BUILDING DEMOLITION LAW). Any demolition costs will be charged to the property’s tax bill. click here to see Local Law #2

Code Enforcement Officer Robert Guynup reported that the structure’s roof has three substantial holes and has deemed it unsafe. In an effort to immediately protect public safety the Town will install yellow caution tape on the property and board up the roof holes.

Poets and Aspiring Poets Take Notice

Poetry Workshop

Cuomo looks to counties to solve high property tax rates | NCPR News

State awards $38 million to Plattsburgh Airport | News | pressrepublican.com

Money will pay for new cargo center and general aviation customs facility.

Source: State awards $38 million to Plattsburgh Airport | News | pressrepublican.com

Attica prison in lockdown after prisoner fights – Times Union

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s correctional officer’s union says Attica Correctional Facility was placed on lockdown after five fights involving illegal weapons broke out in the span of two days. The western New York maximum security prison has been on lockdown since Sunday while officials search the facility for weapons and other contraband.

Source: Attica prison in lockdown after prisoner fights – Times Union

A Lot of Waste Tires in Franklin County

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
In November, ECO Jennifer Okonuk began an investigation into the complaint of waste tires being stored at an auto repair facility in the town of Dickinson. After an inspection was completed with assistance from DEC staff, multiple Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) violations were documented in addition to more than 1,000 waste tires being stored on site. In December, ECO Okonuk and DEC staff conducted a follow-up site inspection and discovered additional violations, including the illegal disposal of lead-acid batteries, which had been buried on the property. The case is now being handled jointly by the Division of Law Enforcement and DEC’s Office of General Counsel.
In 2015, the 268 ECOs across the state responded to 25,000 calls and issued 22,000 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining, black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

Chip firms walking away from landmark SUNY Poly program – Times Union

Bingo Cancelled

Peru, NY – Based on the weather advisory for the Champlain Valley the Peru Knights of Columbus bingo scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, January 10th) is cancelled.

You’re Invited to Visit Peru’s New Town Court Building

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Peru Town Court invites everyone to an Open House on Saturday, January 14th from 9 till noon. The recently opened Town Court building is located at 22 Davey Lane, behind Langley Insurance and McDonald’s. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and see all aspects of the beautiful facility. Click here to see the Peru Gazette’s December 6, 2016 story.

Area Variance to be Considered on January 18th

AGENDA – ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU
CALL MEETING TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL
APPROVAL of December 21, 2016 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
APPLICATIONS:

1. Area Variance Z-2016-018: Forrence Orchards Inc.
2731 Route 22
Peru NY 12972

ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Introduction of Matt Favro, Town Attorney/Planning & Zoning
CEO REPORT:
ADJOURNMENT

Fundraising underway for new playground at Peru Central School – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Peru Central PTO members are looking to replace the district’s third- through sixth-grade playground.

Source: Fundraising underway for new playground at Peru Central School – Sun Community News & Printing

Plattsburgh K-Mart safe for now | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Store is not on the latest list of upcoming closings.

Source: Plattsburgh K-Mart safe for now | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Peru School Board Regular Meeting January 10, 2017

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 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:

· Update from Peru 2020 Achievement Committee
· Multi-Year Financial Plan
· Professional Development Plan
· Appointment of Personnel

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

Agenda Town Board Regular Meeting of January 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of December 30, 2016.

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

Community Input

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appointment of Tom Fusco to Zoning Board of Appeals.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Appointment of Allison Hulbert-Bruce to Planning Board.

DISCUSSION: BAN for Court Building Purchase.

DISCUSSION: Occupational Safety & Health Training & Education Program Support Letter.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Terry Mountain Snow Plowing Contract.

DISCUSSION: Sewer Project Bond.

DISCUSSION: Water/Sewer Hook Up Charges.

DISCUSSION: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Town Court House.

DISCUSSION: Town of Ellenburg Fertilimer Issue.

DISCUSSION: Heyworth Mason Building Future Use.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Public Hearing on North Bend Street Property

AGENDA – PUBLIC HEARING ON Rose Simpson Property (Click here for Peru Gazette Details) 

January 9, 2017, 6:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall 
Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: To Open the Public Hearing.

DISCUSSION: Community Input and Questions

MOTION: To Close the Public Hearing.

MOTION: Adjourn

2017 Organizational Meeting Agenda

AGENDA – TOWN BOARD ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, JANUARY 9, 2017, 6:30 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2017 Salaries for Elected Positions.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2017 Appointees.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2017 Appointee Salaries and Frequency of Payments

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of Town Department Liaisons.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2017 Regular Town Board Meeting Dates and Times.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2017 Contracts.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2017 Town Mileage Reimbursement

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Depositories.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Newspaper.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: 2017 Town Board Meeting Rules of Order.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Town Procurement Policy Update.
MOTION: Adjourn

Miranda Smith of Peru Made the SUNY Canton President’s List

CANTON, NY (01/06/2017)– Miranda Smith of Peru, NY, 12972, made the SUNY Canton President’s List during the Fall 2016 semester.

“Congratulations Miranda,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “You have demonstrated a great commitment to your academic studies and should be proud of your accomplishments. In recognition of your success, I am pleased to include your name on the SUNY Canton President’s List. Best wishes for continued success in all of your future endeavors.”

Smith is a SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation major and a 2016 graduate of Peru Junior-Senior High School.

To receive President’s List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

About SUNY Canton Read more »

Plattsburgh council struggles with deficit and taxes as budget deadline nears | NCPR News

NYS DEC Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures Begin January 21, 2017

New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are invited to participate in free lifeguard qualifying procedures beginning January 21, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for NYS DEC lifeguards is $13.27. Additionally, most facilities offer free housing.

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register. DEC qualifying procedures will be offered through June 11, 2017. Candidates who qualify will be considered for employment. The procedure includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) performance.

Candidates may attend the DEC qualifying location convenient to them, and the results will be forwarded to their preferred work location.

At the time of employment, DEC lifeguards must:

Be at least 16 years of age;
Possess a valid certification in Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, and First Aid (if not included in the lifeguard training course);
Have successfully completed the DEC lifeguard qualifying procedure;
Have completed a personal interview with DEC;
Have attended a DEC lifeguard orientation;
Submit a current certification of the candidate’s physical ability to perform lifeguard duties; and
Meet the vision requirement of 20/70 uncorrected in both eyes and be correctable to the 20/40 standard. Candidates tested at a vision level below 20/40 in either one or both eyes must correct to a minimum of 20/40 with 20/20 preferred.
Qualifying procedures will begin on time and late arrivals will not be accepted. Candidates will be given a 15 minute warm-up period to become familiar with the pool and equipment. Candidates must bring photo identification, current certifications (if available), and their own CPR mask.

2017 Qualifying Dates and Locations
Date Time Location Address City
Saturday January 21st 9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday February 25th 9:00am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sunday March 19th 2:00pm Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Sunday March 26th 2:00pm Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
Saturday April 1st 9:00am Holland Patent High School 8079 Thomson Road Holland Patent
Sunday April 2nd 2:00pm Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Saturday April 8th 9:00am Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sunday April 30th 9:00am SUNY Delhi (Kunsela Hall) 2 Main Street Delhi
Saturday May 6th 9:00am South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Sunday May 7th 2:00pm SUNY Cobleskill (Bouck Hall) Route 7 Cobleskill
Saturday May 20th 9:00am Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday June 3rd 9:00am Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday June 11th 2:00pm Paul Smiths College (Saunders Sports Complex) Route 30 Saranac Lake
DEC reserves the right to cancel.

Certification courses may be available through DEC. For more information, updates, or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at Info.LifeGuard@dec.ny.gov, or visit the Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation web page on DEC’s website.

Sporting License Buyers – Beware of Opportunistic Websites

A Message from the New York State DEC

Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two currently active non-DEC websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license or receive hunter education training that meets New York requirements:

Fishinglicense.org
Hunting-license.org
Among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a New York State fishing license or hunting license. Though some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, these sites also offer a consumer the ability to purchase time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services that are specifically NOT affiliated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license. Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a ‘credit’ toward the purchase of any New York fishing or hunting license.

All of the New York licensing information that one needs can be found on the DEC Sporting Licenses web page.

Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

State says more than 16,500 would be affected in Clinton, Essex, Franklin counties.

Source: Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Peru Central superintendent to step down | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Search underway for successor to Dr. Patrick Brimstein, who will leave district at end of June.

Source: Peru Central superintendent to step down | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Dashnaws and Town of Peru Settle Lawsuit

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Fairway Drive at the intersection of Northwood Avenue

By John T. Ryan

Peru – September, 2016 marked the end of a long-running, costly legal dispute between the Town of Peru and Henry and Kevin Dashnaw, owners of Adirondack Golf and Country Club. In a Clinton County Supreme Court Agreement the parties agreed that Fairway Drive, which is adjacent to the Dashnaw’s Adirondack Golf and Country Club, will become a town road seven years from the date of the agreement or when the 19 lots adjacent to Fairway Drive reach a collective assessed value of $1,908,396.95. Until such time the Town will maintain the road in its current condition at its own cost from April 1 to November 30 and Dashnaws will maintain the road in its current condition at their own cost from December 1 to March 31. The Town is not compelled to make any improvements to the road either before or after it becomes a town road; however, nothing in the agreement precludes any future owners of the adjacent lots from petitioning or compelling the Town under Article 12 of the Town Law to perform its duties with respect to the road as mandated by law after it becomes a town road. The Town also will not deny any building permits based on the lack of road frontage.

The ownership, construction and maintenance of the road has a long and complicated history. A 0.2 mile portion of the road was paved many years ago, while the portion adjacent to the 19 lots is unpaved. The Dashnaws contend that prior to construction of the Adirondack Northway Fairway Drive was part of the Brand Hollow Road and the Town recognized it as such when they submitted their subdivision plan in about 1990. At that time the Town paved roads in a development. Since then the practice has changed. Today, a developer must construct a road to town standards and then pass title to the town. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said, “If we built a road for the Dashnaws, we’d have to do the same for every developer. We can no longer do that. It’s just too expensive.” The Dashnaw’s attorney stated it would cost about $200,000 to bring the road up to code.

After being denied building permits based on a lack of road frontage, the Dashnaws initiated legal action in 2011. Several court rulings and appeals followed. Last March, the Clinton County Supreme Court ordered the parties to prepare for trial. Faced with more legal expenses, the parties reached an agreement.

Kevin Dashnaw told the Peru Gazette that he and his father have incurred about $100,000 in legal fees while the Town’s legal expenses total $94,012.92. The Dashnaws will not be denied building permits based on a lack of road frontage and the Town does not contemplate having to bear the cost of paving the road. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko commented, “I said build your homes, but we will never pave that road.”

Click here to review Settlement Agreement.

Click here to view Order to prepare for Trial

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Fairway Drive – Rock Road intersection

A night for McCabe, Long as AVCS Lady ‘Pats defeat Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — AuSable Valley coach Roger Long was apologetic when he and Madison McCabe came together for a picture following the Patriots’ 62-51 win over the Peru Lady Indians Dec. 27.

Source: A night for McCabe, Long as AVCS Lady ‘Pats defeat Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

Minimum wage sees another increase – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — It’s already a good year for the state’s minimum wage workers, who received a pay bump just hours before welcoming 2017.

Source: Minimum wage sees another increase – Sun Community News & Printing

Gov. Cuomo calls for free tuition at New York public colleges

​Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to offer free tuition at New York public colleges to eligible residents.

Source: Gov. Cuomo calls for free tuition at New York public colleges

Peru K of C Bingo Cancelled Tonight

Based on the weather advisory for Eastern Clinton County, the Peru Knights of Columbus bingo scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, January 3rd) is cancelled.

SUNY asks for tuition hikes that vary by campus – The Buffalo News

SUNY officials are trying to raise tuition again after they were rebuffed last year to extend $300 annual undergraduate tuition increases.

Source: SUNY asks for tuition hikes that vary by campus – The Buffalo News

A winter trek to OK Slip Falls, a new Adirondack gem | NCPR News

OK Slip falls in the Adirondacks was closed to the public for decades. Thanks to a deal orchestrated by the Nature Conservancy, the trail is open now and it leads to glorious vista.

Source: A winter trek to OK Slip Falls, a new Adirondack gem | NCPR News

A Season Like No Other

Chapel view

Chapel view

By John T. Ryan

Recalling Christmas 2016 at St. Augustine’s Church, 3035 Main St., Peru, NY 12972. Click here to view 10 photos

Over $1.8 million raised for children’s charities – Sun Community News & Printing

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops’ 2016 Holiday Match program set a new record for the third consecutive season, raising over $1.85 million for local children’s organizations.

Source: Over $1.8 million raised for children’s charities – Sun Community News & Printing

A Message From the Peru Gazette

Happy New Year to all Peru Gazette readers. Thank you for taking the time to read our articles and view our photos in 2016.

We will do our best to provide you with even more articles and photos in 2017. There are always interesting things happening in and near Peru.

Peru CSD teachers, students collaborating on tech advances – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Teachers and students from the Peru Central School District are working together to identify the best ways to implement technology into their classrooms.

Source: Peru CSD teachers, students collaborating on tech advances – Sun Community News & Printing

Modest Rate Increases Approved

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Town Board conducted its final 2016 meeting this morning at 8 a.m. As expected, the proposal to increase water/sewer usage rates and charges for repairs, mid-quarter reads and hydrant fills was approved. Water-Sewer Superintendent Courtney Tetrault has told the board that a typical residential user would experience a $32 per year increase.  Click here to see the specific increases

The board also approved several year-end line item budget transfers.

The meeting was conducted by Counselor Jim Douglass. Supervisor Peter Glushko and Counselor Brandy McDonald were excused.  Mr. Douglass and Counselors Donald McBrayer and Jim Langley wished fellow counselors, town staff members and all residents a very Happy New Year!

Vehicle cut in half in West Chazy wreck | News | pressrepublican.com

Two with critical injuries in crash on Military Turnpike.

Source: Vehicle cut in half in West Chazy wreck | News | pressrepublican.com

Last Town Board Meeting of 2016 Friday at 8 AM

AGENDA – TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING
December 30, 2016 @ 8:00 AM
Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the December 27, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Increase in Water & Sewer Rates for 2017

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Town General Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Town Highway Funds.

DISCUSSIONRESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Peru Sewer Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Valcour Sewer Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Town Water Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Loan From General Savings To Water and Sewer Fund.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.
MOTION: Adjourn

Planning Board Jan. 11 Agenda

AGENDA – Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

CALL MEETING TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL
APPROVAL of December 14, 2016 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
APPLICATIONS:
1. Continuation of a Site Plan Review: P-2016-027 College Auxiliary Services PSU
Continuation of a Site Plan Review – Hotel/Motel
3714 State Rt. 9
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
CEO REPORT:
ADJOURNMENT

A Virtual Tour Through the History of Beer and Brewing

Rob Davis

Rob Davis

The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents
Brewing Up History
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Chazy, N.Y.—Beer is one of humankind’s oldest beverages. Some of the earliest known writings deal with beer and brewing, and archaeological evidence of beer production dating to ca. 3500 BCE has been found in the Middle East. Today’s craft breweries embrace local traditions and ingredients, just as cultures around the world have done for centuries. Rob Davis, Master Brewer for the Valcour Brewing Company in Plattsburgh, will lead a virtual tour through the history of beer and brewing at the Alice T. Miner Museum. Along the way, attendees will have the opportunity to try some samples of the brewer’s art!

Rob Davis began his professional career as brewmaster for the Great Adirondack Brewing Company in Lake Placid from 1997 to 2004. He has won numerous awards at the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, including the Matthew Vassar Cup for best craft beer brewery in the Hudson Valley. Rob joined Valcour Brewing Company in 2015 as brewmaster and executive chef. Valcour Brewing is housed in the historic Old Stone Barracks building on the former military base in Plattsburgh, and currently offers four craft beers and rotating seasonal brews.

NYSEG Unveils its Natural Gas Expansion Plans

By John T. Ryan

Peru – NYSEG has informed the Town of Peru that in 2017 it will be bring natural gas service to the Cayea Road, Henry Sr. Drive and portions of the Lapham Mills Road (299, 315-349, 128) and Rock Road (336-384) in 2017.

In 2018 NYSEG has plans to bring gas to Aubrey Lane, Birchwood Drive, Eva Drive, Haynes Terrace, Howard Drive, Holden Avenue, Locust Drive, McDonald Place, McIntosh Drive and Radcliffe Drive. Portions of Dashnaw Road, Lapham Mills Road, Maiden Lane and State Route 22 will also have gas lines installed.

In 2016 gas lines were installed at Valcour Heights and portions of State Route 22 (3064-3179), South Junction Road (4-40) and State Route 9 (3918-4047).

In the very near future NYSEG will be surveying Rounds Drive residents and Route 22B residents between the Mannix Road and Champlain Valley Apple Storage to determine if they have interest in receiving natural gas service.

Favro Named as Town, Planning and Zoning Attorney

By John T. Ryan

Peru – As of January 1, 2017 Plattsburgh Attorney Matt Favro will be Peru’s new town attorney, planning board attorney and zoning board of appeals attorney. Favro’s appointment was approved at the Town Board’s December 27th meeting. Favro replaces Donald Biggs who has been town attorney since November of 2006.

Matt Favro, an associate in his father’s law firm Gary L. Favro, PLLC, is a graduate of Providence College and Albany Law School (2006). At Monday’s meeting Counselor Donald McBrayer commented, “Matt wants to expand his practice beyond criminal law. I think he’s a good fit for what we’re looking for.” Counselor Jim Langley and Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup concurred.

Favro will be paid an hourly rate of $175 an hour. A formal contract will be negotiated in the very near future.

Click see for more information on Matt Favro’s background and experience. 

Fire Fighters Called to Brand Hollow Rd. Blaze

img_2941-1At about 2:30 p.m. today p.m. today the Peru and South Plattsburgh Fire Departments were called to an apparent attic fire at 435 Brand Hollow Rd. in Peru. The home is owned by Betty J. Theisen. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.
Heavy smoked enveloped the home as firefighters sought the source of the heavy black smoke. Constructed in 2005, the house has been unoccupied for a few months.  (Click here for video)

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DRAFT AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the December 12, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Retention of Matt Favro as Town Attorney And Planning Board And Zoning Board Of Appeals Attorney.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer Of Town General Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Town Highway Funds.

DISCUSSIONRESOLUTION: Authorize Use of Additional Pave New York Revenue.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Highway Machinery Equipment Reserve Funds.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Authorize Loan From General Savings To Water and Sewer Fund.

DISCUSSIONRESOLUTION: Authorize Transfer of Town Water Funds.

DISCUSSION: Planning Board Manning Issue.

DISCUSSION: NYSEG Gas Line Expansion

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills.

Turnpike Wesleyan Church burgled, safe stolen – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Authorities are investigating an early-morning burglary at Plattsburgh Turnpike Wesleyan Church in Plattsburgh.

Source: Turnpike Wesleyan Church burgled, safe stolen – Sun Community News & Printing

Meet the guy behind Burlington’s renaissance. Could his ideas work in the North Country? | NCPR News

In every corner of the North Country, there are towns with persistent questions about economic development – how do we make our downtowns bustle again? How do we fill the empty storefronts? How do we create a new generation of entrepreneurs?

Source: Meet the guy behind Burlington’s renaissance. Could his ideas work in the North Country? | NCPR News

Christmas Week Services at the Peru Community Church

Blue Christmas is a time for those who are sad, grieving, lonely or just looking for a reflective time of worship. Peru Community Church will be holding a Blue Christmas Service, open to everyone, on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30 pm, in the Chapel of the Fellowship Center. Held the longest night of the year at the end of the Advent season, this service is offered as a quiet and reflective respite from the hustle and bustle of the season, and recognizing that Christmas is not always joyous for those who mourn loved ones no longer with them or who have other sadness in their lives. All are welcome.

Christmas Eve Services at Peru Community Church:

FAMILY FRIENDLY: The 6 pm service will be a Family-Friendly interactive service where children and adults will hear the story of Jesus birth in the format of ABCs. This service is designed for families with children to enjoy worship together without the worries of keeping the kids quiet and still. The service will end with candle-lighting….with glow sticks for the kids, of course! If you are looking to hear the Christmas story this year in a new way, bring the kids and enjoy familiar carols and relax at this service.

TRADITIONAL CANDLELIGHTING: Partake in a traditional Christmas Eve service at 8PM with sermon, carols, choir and Communion. This service will include the singing of Silent Night in the darkened sanctuary illuminated only by candles.

CHRISTMAS SUNDAY: December 25th one service will be held in the Chapel at 10:30 am, followed by fellowship/coffee hour. New Year’s Day, Sunday January 1st, 2017, will also be one service at 10:30 am in the Church Sanctuary.

Census: NY lost more people than gained this year as of July – Capitol Confidential

For the first time in a decade, New York State experienced a net population loss, as of July of last summer, according to the Empire Center which examined Census data. While upstate has been steadi…

Source: Census: NY lost more people than gained this year as of July – Capitol Confidential

Buddy Bench at Peru Central

A Message from the Office of the Superintendent of Peru Central School

The “Buddy Bench” is being used in schools around the world. First introduced in September, the “Buddy Bench” has been rolled out to students in the Peru K-2 House at our first assembly as a way to teach “compassion,” which is one of the character traits the K-2 is focusing on during the 2016-2017 school year. The idea behind the “Buddy Bench” is that when students need a friend to play with at recess, he or she will sit on the bench. When children see another child sitting on the bench, the other children know that the child sitting on the bench needs a friend to play with. The children will invite that student to play.

An article published by Dustin Petty from Michigan State University indicates that social exclusion is the new bullying and that “Instead of the child being teased, pushed around or called names, they are shunned and not invited to join games and activities” (Petty, 2012). Our goal is to continue to find new ways to empower students to be inclusive and to show compassion to others who may feel lonely and excluded.

Some of the students of the K-2 and members of our “Positive School Environment Team” created a video clip of the superpower “Compassion.” Compassion was demonstrated in this video using our very own student actors and actresses and the “Buddy Bench.” The video can be seen by visiting, http://www.perucsd.org/Page/5144. This video is posted on our web-site for students and their parents to view and reinforce the initiatives at home as well.

Since the roll out of the “Buddy Bench,” students consistently share their stories of compassion, often referring to playing with someone who was sitting on the “Buddy Bench.”

For more info, please contact the Elementary K-2 House at (518) 643-6100.

Keeseville Riverfront Park to move forward – Sun Community News & Printing

KEESEVILLE — A proposed riverside park in downtown Keeseville has moved closer to reality as another piece of the funding puzzle has snapped into place.

Source: Keeseville Riverfront Park to move forward – Sun Community News & Printing

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