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Peru Athletic Hall of Fame to Add Five New Members


Harry Duprey

Mike Ortell

Mike Rock

Alison Spear

Lynn “Ezero” Dwinell

The Peru Athletic Hall of Fame newest members are: Mike Rock Class of 67, Harry Duprey 71, Alison Spear 83, Lynn “Ezero” Dwinell 86 and Mike Oertel 2003.

The 2017 Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday, October 7th at the Plattsburgh Moose Lodge, 90 Sharron Avenue. 6:00 social, and 7:00 dinner @ $30.00 per person.

Please get your reservations into Cathy Phillips ASAP. Checks can be sent with the names listed to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996 Home phone 518-963-7963 Cell 518-572-1235. Make checks payable to: Peru Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mike Rock graduated from Peru Central School in 1967. During his high school years Read more »

Thinking About Delicious Chicken & Biscuits

Celebrating the 109th dinner last year

The dinner this year will be presented at the Harkness Church Hall (776 Hallock Hill Road, Peru) on Sunday October 15th from 4 until 6:30pm. Bring your family and meet your friends at one of the North Country’s best church suppers; the meal includes chicken and biscuit, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, coleslaw, dessert and a beverage. That’s one delicious dinner, still a great bargain at $9.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors, Children of ages 5-12 eat for $5.00, and meals for Pre-schoolers are Free.

If you are able, please bring a canned good for Tte church’s Food Shelf collection so they can feed even more folks!

This will be the Harkness Methodist Church’s 110th Chicken Dinner. Here’s last year celebratory cake.

New Jersey man found dead near Wallface Mountain | Local News |

Tremendous Turnout for Applefest Parade

Parade Grand Marshals Norman and Ann Torrance

Peru High School Band

Thanks to the participation of local schools, institutions, groups and many individuals the 2017 Applefest Parade was a great success.

Click here to view more Peru Gazette parade photos.

A Growing & Successful Peru Business

L-R Jenna LaFountain, Michael Abair, Tim Sengenberger, Jonathon Kraus, Zachary Fleury, Kevin Compeau, Mike Contessa, Shawn Wallace, Eric Bever

By John T. Ryan

The staff at Champlain Valley Agronomics (CVA) is #16 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. They differ from almost all the other people we’ve featured because if you’re not in the business of agriculture you may not know about their presence in our community. For this reason, this is a more in-depth story than usual.

Former Agway employees Eric Bever and Mike Contessa co-own Champlain Valley Agronomics. When they left Agway in 1999 to form an agricultural consulting firm, it’s doubtful that they ever imagined returning to a building at 10 Train Road that once housed the Peru GLF/Agway. A building that once was filled with feed bags and later refrigeration equipment now houses offices, computers and high-tech machines.

From 1999 to 2008 they worked out of Eric Bever’s Peru home. In 2008, after having hired two employees, they rented their current building from J. Hogan Refrigeration and purchased it in 2009. Today Bever and Contessa have seven employees and are about to add three more. CVA’s service area includes Albany County north to Clinton County and west to include St. Lawrence County.

At a point in history when farmers profits are being squeezed by low milk prices and environmental regulations are increasing, Champlain Valley Agronomics’ services are in high demand. Eric Bever explained, “We’re a two-fold service provider. We have a crop production side and an environmental side. Right now we are helping farmers decide when to chop corn. During the growing season we look for bugs and insects and manage how farmers combat them. We also provide farmers with nutrient management systems. We determine a crop’s nutrient requirements and determine the amount of manure and commercial fertilizer to be applied. We work to mitigate risk and we’re constantly making modifications.”

CVA technicians transport four-wheelers to farms where they transit fields to take crop, soil and manure samples or examine field grades to determine nutrient runoff potential. They also use GPS equipped drones to locate the precise location of wet areas, potential drainage issues and crop productivity.

L-R Eric Bever and Mike Contessa and a Precision Planting machine

At the Peru headquarters technicians use the field data to determine the type and amount of fertilizer or insecticides that should be applied. If their analysis detects poor productivity of a given crop over an extended period of time, the farmer might be advised to improve drainage or to switch to another crop. The goal is to achieve maximum crop production with minimum inputs.

CVA also sells equipment dedicated to precision seed planting and seed control. When integrated with CVA’s aerial mapping and soil analysis, the equipment ensures that planters properly spaces seeds and plant at the proper depth. Mike Contessa said, “I’m on high alert during planting season. I can look at my iPad and see how the seed is being planted on every field, the furrow depth and how many gallons of fertilizer are being applied. If it’s not being done correctly, I immediately communicate with the planter operator.”

Farms with 200 head or more of cattle must comply with a wide range of environmental regulations. Mike Contessa explained, “We work with all the state regulatory agencies to ensure that farms stay in compliance or to get into compliance. Farms must have certain permits. We take care of their permit filing and documentation. USDA also provides grants to help farmers comply with these regulations. The grants are competitive, so we work with farmers to get them ranked as high as possible. Our goal is to have no pollution happening on a dairy farm and to utilize all the manure nutrients for crop production.”

Applefest is Almost Here

New Rides and Foods

Parade Grand Marshals Norm & Ann Torrance. They have probably worked at every Applefest

Father Shnob worked on apple pies all day.

John Guynup has the booths looking just like new

Applefest preparations are underway at St. Augustine’s. Given the beautiful weather forecast, it should be a great Applefest.

On Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th St. Augustine’s Parish will host the 40th Annual Applefest at the parish grounds, 3030 Main St. in Peru. Saturday’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Peru Elementary School and proceeds down Pleasant and Main Streets to the parish grounds.

Following the parade there will be live music, a giant craft fair, apple fritters, fried dough, other great foods, games, several new rides and chainsaw carving shows. Sunday’s chicken bbq begins at noon.

Saturday’s music will include the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir. The Bootleg Band will play on both Saturday and Sunday.

Coach Scott Woodward’s Memorial Duathlon Scheduled for September 23rd

It’s not too late to register for Coach Scott Woodward’s “Just DU It” Memorial Duathlon scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 am at the Lapham Mills Recreation Park in Peru, NY. The duathlon will begin with a 2.5 mile run, followed by a 12 mile bike ride, and concludes with an additional 2.5 mile run. There is both an individual or team category and a fat tire division. To register for the event or to make a donation, go to the Adirondack Coast Event’s website at and click on “Race Calendar and Results”. For further information, visit the duathlon’s Facebook page at or email Cheryl Breen Randall at

The run portion of the race will start at the Lapham Mills Recreation Park along Route 22 west to the Village of Peru and turn around at the Hayworth-Mason Park entrance back to the recreation park. Cyclists will start out at the recreation park and cycle east on the Lapham Mills Road, turning right on Route 9 cycling along the Lake Shore and turning right on the Caristrap Road. Cyclists will continue by turning  right on the Jabez Allen Road, left on Bear Swamp Road and right on the Dashnaw Road back to the recreation park.  Residents along the route and drivers should be aware of runners and cyclists from 9 am until approximately noon.

All proceeds of the duathlon will benefit the Scott W. Woodward Memorial Scholarship at Peru Central School where three scholarships will be awarded annually to a senior female and male track and/or cross country runner and a varsity football player.  Scott was an alumnus and longtime track and cross country coach at Peru Central School, and enthusiastic cyclist winning four NYS Time Trial Championships for Team Placid Planet.

Search for missing man takes rangers into harshest Adirondack terrain | NCPR News

New York just made it easier for teachers to get certified – Times Union

Whispering Maples repairs to begin – Sun Community News & Printing

Jarvis Road is Open for Traffic

Completed Jarvis Rd. Bridge

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Construction of a new Jarvis Road Bridge began on June 12th. Today, following an inspection by Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe, the bridge was opened for traffic. A John Deer tractor driven by Tyler Irwin was the first vehicle to cross the bridge.

New Century Construction of Watervliet was the general contractor on the $765,000 project that was completed far ahead of the October 31st deadline. Al Rascoe said, “We’ve had good experiences working with New Century.”

Tyler Irwin was the first “civilian” to drive across the bridge.

Tyler Irwin

The bridge replaced an approximately 60 year old structure. The new bridge is expected to last approximately 75 years. It’s being paid for by county, state and federal funding.

The Jarvis  Road bridge is very important to Peru’s dairy farmers and orchardists, as well as, people traveling from Clintonville, Au Sable Forks and other communities to  Morrisonville, Plattsburgh and Dannemora.

Primary elections coming up Tuesday | Local News |

Bridge Almost Complete

Personnel from subcontractor EMI Guide Rail of Schenectady, NY are installing the guide rails leading to the new Jarvis Road Bridge today. Listen to the vibrating pounder that drives the 7 ft. long galvanized steel posts about 4 feet into the earth. Yes, the operator does wear earplugs! New Century Construction of Watervliet is the bridge’s general contractor. Tomorrow the highway will be striped. The bridge is expected to be opened sometime Wednesday.



A Welcoming Faith Community

L-R Religious Education Director Janice Morse, Parish Secretary Rebecca Watkins, Pastor Rev. Alan Shnob, Bookkeeper Jackie Black.

The St. Augustine’s & St. Patrick’s Parish staff is #15 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Guided by Rev. Alan Shnob they do their best to assist parishioners and to welcome new members to the 700 family parish community. St. Augustine’s Church was incorporated in 1883 and a church was blessed in 1891. The first Mass at today’s church was celebrated in 1981.

DiNapoli: New York City’s Tech Sector Is Booming

New York state’s technology sector is the third largest and among the fastest growing in the nation, adding more than 57,000 jobs since the Great Recession, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report shows that more than 80 percent of these job gains were located in New York City. The State Comptroller and Mayor de Blasio discussed the report during a tour of Maven, a female-founded digital health clinic for women based in Manhattan.

“New York City has become one of the most important tech hubs in the country,” said DiNapoli. “This industry has shown tremendous growth since 2010 and has become a large source of high-paying jobs while also creating new opportunities for workers with non-tech skills. The opening of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is an exciting example of the public and private sectors working together to support economic growth.”

“We are working every day to make New York City’s tech ecosystem the strongest and most diverse in the country. From our public schools to our Tech Talent Pipeline to our new hub at Union Square, we are connecting more New Yorkers to the opportunities in tech,” said de Blasio.

“Today’s jobs report demonstrates just how critical diversity is to New York’s employment success, and particularly in the tech space,” said Katherine Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven. “We still have a long way to go, but women now represent a quarter of NYC’s tech workforce. I’m proud that 16 of them are right here at Maven, representing 65 percent of our workforce, and to have a board that also reflects our purpose: a women’s digital health platform, with an all-female board.”

Employment in the tech sector in New York surpassed 280,000 jobs in 2016, which ranked the state third in the nation after California and Texas. Since the start of the job recovery in 2010, this sector has grown by nearly 26 percent across New York state, much faster than the tech growth in the rest of the nation (16 percent). Of the 10 states with the largest tech industries, New York was among the three states where growth exceeded 25 percent during that time.

DiNapoli’s report revealed growth in the state’s tech sector was driven by positions created in New York City. Specifically, employment in the city’s tech sector grew by 57 percent (46,900 jobs) during the six-year period, while tech employment in the rest of the state increased by 7 percent (10,200 jobs).

By 2014, the number of jobs in New York City’s tech sector had surpassed the peak reached in 2000 during the “dot-com” expansion. In 2016, the sector set a new employment record of 128,600 jobs in the city. This rapid expansion occurred while the city’s traditional economic engine, the securities industry, was still struggling to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis.

Mayor de Blasio recently launched New York Works, a jobs plan that will spur 30,000 new jobs in tech, and includes key supports like doubling the number of City University of New York computer science graduates.

“Mayor de Blasio deserves credit for helping to grow the tech sector in New York City, creating job opportunities for local residents and preparing students in the public school system for jobs in the sector,” said DiNapoli.

Other employment sectors in New York City are making greater use of technology. As a result, the number and share of tech jobs in these industries are also growing. For example, nearly 11 percent of the jobs in the securities industry are tech-related. Non-tech sectors are responsible for an estimated 111,500 tech jobs. Thus, in total, the larger tech community in the city accounted for a total of 240,100 jobs in 2016.

The Comptroller’s In-State Private Equity Program invested in 226 companies in New York City between 2007 and 2016, including 210 that were tech-related. These investments totaled $204.7 million and helped these companies expand. By 2016, employment at these companies had more than doubled (to 6,822 jobs) since the initial investment.

The report also revealed:

  • The number of tech firms in New York City reached 7,600 in 2016, an increase of 23 percent since 2010;
  • The average salary in the tech sector in New York City increased three times faster than the rest of the city’s private sector between 2010-2016, reaching a record $147,300 by 2016;
  • While most of the city’s tech jobs (86 percent) are located in Manhattan, the number in Brooklyn increased by nearly 50 percent, over the six-year period ending in 2016;
  • Most tech workers were 45 years or younger, and most had at least a bachelor’s degree. More than one-third were immigrants; one-quarter were women; and
  • Nearly half of the jobs in the city’s tech sector are with businesses engaged in computer systems design. These companies added 19,000 jobs since 2010, an increase of 44 percent.

To read DiNapoli’s report “The Technology Sector in New York City,” go to:

Monday’s Town Board Agenda

September 11, 2017
7:00 PM

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

Moment of Silence for 9/11 Remembrance.

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of August 28, 2017

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

Community Input

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: No Parking on North Bend Street.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: No Parking on Jenkins Street.

DISCUSSION: Pleasant Street Drainage

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Battle of Valcour Monument Relocation.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Internal Audit Acceptance.

DISCUSSION: Lyons Road Schoolhouse Roofing Update.

DISCUSSION: Tobacco Free Continued Discussion.

DISCUSSION: Clinton Co. Health Dept. Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Grant Application.

DISCUSSION: Logics, LLC Software Workshop.

DISCUSSION: Laphams Mills Park Vandalism.

DISCUSSION: September 15 Water Operator Training.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Report: two North Country hospitals lost millions of dollars in recent years | NCPR News

A Bridge Building Professional

By John T. Ryan
Peru – Peru residents can take comfort in the fact that our new Jarvis Road bridge has been constructed under supervision of a seasoned professional. Chad Fancher, the bridge’s construction superintendent, has been building bridges for 30 years, the last 10 years as a superintendent. If Faucher has a question regarding bridge construction, he doesn’t have far to go. His brothers Mark, Todd and Eric are either active or retired bridge construction superintendents.
Anyone shaking hands with Fancher instantly knows that he is a man who works with his hands. During high school he worked with his brother as a stone mason and discovered he enjoyed working with stone and brick. He explained “I’ve been working on bridges since I got out of high school. I just fell into a groove and stuck with it.”
Sticking with it has met working in almost every region in Eastern and Central New York. Married and the father of two daughters, Fancher estimates that over his 30 year career he’s been away from home about 25% of the time. He said, “Over the past seven years I’ve been close to home in Johnstown almost all the time.” If a job site is less than an hour and a half from home Fancher typically commutes daily. If it’s farther away, he stays near the job site. He and his two-man work crew have stayed in Plattsburgh most nights over the past three months.
Traveling brings new experiences. Constructing the Jarvis Road bridge is his first experience in the Champlain Valley. Fancher explained, “I like the change in scenery and the people I meet. Here in Peru, Bob Irwin and his brothers Jim and Melvin have been awesome. I’ve also enjoyed meeting Jon Rulfs of Adirondack Farms and a couple people in Stewarts. Highway Superintendent Mike Farrell has been great. He stopped by to say he would help us any way he could. Al Rascoe and Dave Langlois from the Clinton County Highway Department have also been great to work with.”
Ironically, after working so hard to complete the Jarvis Road bridge ahead of schedule, Fancher won’t be here when the bridge officially opens next week. He’ll report to a bridge job in Catskill, NY next Monday. He won’t see Bob Irwin drive his Corvette across the new bridge. Instead, he’ll be meeting new people and enjoying new scenery in another part of the Empire State.

TOPS Hosts Hurricane Relief Donation Drive


What: Tops Markets will be hosting a Hurricane Relief Donation Drive across its four state footprint on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017 to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and anticipated impact of Hurricane Jose. Cash donations will be accepted at all TOPS locations on Friday and Saturday while food items as well as non-perishable products will be accepted at three Tops locations in Western New York on Friday. In addition to the donations accepted from the community, TOPS will be donating a tractor trailer full of water, vegetables, and bleach to the relief efforts.

Bridge On Target to Meet Goal

By John T. Ryan

Bridge Construction Superintendent Chad Fancher had a broad smile today as he watched Noel J. Brunell personnel pave the approaches to the Jarvis Road Bridge. Obviously very proud of the structure, Fancher looked at the bridge and remarked, “It looks pretty good doesn’t it.”

Fancher has good reason to be smiling. If good weather prevails he believes that the bridge will meet his self-imposed goal of September 15th. It may even be finished on September 13th. According to the contract terms he has at least until the end of October to complete the project. Construction began on June 12th.

Guardrails leading to the bridge, grass planted and signs still have to finished, but Fancher is confident he will make his goal.

June 12th story details the project. 

State Police to host open house – Sun Community News & Printing

Serving Us All

Peru’s U.S. Postal Service staff is #14 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Along with providing extremely courteous window service, Peru’s personnel deliver approximately 3,000 letters and 300 packages to our 2,700 households and businesses daily. Our post office has been located at 1042 Bear Swamp Rd. since 1995.

L-R Custodian Herrick Cross, Postmaster Robert Larson, Rural Carrier Leo Mockus, Clerks Denise Durgan and Dale Clemons.

Not pictured: Rural Carrier Barry Banker, Rural Carrier Assistants Oscar Flores and Cassandre Rabideau and Highway Contract Driver Daniel Wright.

Ash-tree-killing bug found in North Country – | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex County region of New York – Lake Placid News

Vets Get Huge Send-off


Plattsburgh – A very large number of well-wishers turned out at Veterans Park at the Old Base Oval this morning to honor the members of the 20th North Country Honor Flight. Since its founding in 2013, the Honor Flight has transported 298 veterans to Washington D.C. to visit our nation’s war memorials and to be honored. The number of motorcycles leading the veterans from Veterans Park to the Plattsburgh International Airport was especially impressive. Many local leaders always turn out to honor the deserving vets.  Click to to view more photos

Today’s flight members included:
Ronald B. Brault Korean US AIRFORCE S. SGT
Arlen J. Favero Korean US ARMY SGT
Charles E. Finnegan Korean USMC SGT
Alan R. Jones Korean US NAVY SONAR 3rd Class
Charles D. Kennedy Korean US AIRFORCE Captain
Michael T. McKeon Korean US AIR FORCE Master SGT
James R. Morris Korean US AIR FORCE SGT
Dale L. Moss WW11 US NAVY Boiler an 2nd Class
Stephen S. Mydlarz Korean US AIR FORCE Airman 1st. Class
Eugene L. Provencher Korean US NAVY Boatswain ate 3rd Cl
Mark J. Rasco Korean USMC SGT
Richard H. Reome Korean US AIR FORCE Airman 1st Class
Clifton H. St. Louis Korean US AIR FORCE S.M. SGT E-8
James F. Trombley
Paul Dumas Korean US NAVY

Four Items on Planning Board Agenda

AGENDA – Peru Planning Board
WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall

APPROVAL of August 9, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. 3-Lot Minor Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-015 Dana Bashaw
3-Lot Minor Subdivision
506 Calkins Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. Site Plan Review: P-2017-016 North Country Mission of Hope
Site Plan Review – Sign
3452 Route 22
Peru, NY 12972

3. 2-Lot Minor Subdivision/Merge with SEQR: P-2017-017 Lorri & Randy Wetzel
2-Lot Minor Subdivision/Merge
22 Coastland Dr.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901


4. Site Plan Review: P-2017-018 Randi Walton
Site Plan Review – Sign
3085 Main St.
Peru, NY 12972




Honor Flight #20 Saturday

Here are the veterans being honored at the Saturday, September 2, 2017 Honor Flight # 20. Two men have Peru addresses: Michael McKeon and Eugene Provencher. Why not attend the departure ceremony at 7 a.m. at the Old Base Oval. These vets deserve our support. You will never regret attending.

Ronald B. Brault Korean US AIRFORCE S. SGT
Arlen J. Favero Korean US ARMY SGT
Charles E. Finnegan Korean USMC SGT
Alan R. Jones Korean US NAVY SONAR 3rd Class
Charles D. Kennedy Korean US AIRFORCE Captain
Michael T. McKeon Korean US AIR FORCE Master SGT
James R. Morris Korean US AIR FORCE SGT
Dale L. Moss WW11 US NAVY Boiler an 2nd Class
Stephen S. Mydlarz Korean US AIR FORCE Airman 1st. Class
Eugene L. Provencher Korean US NAVY Boatswain ate 3rd Cl
Mark J. Rasco Korean USMC SGT
Richard H. Reome Korean US AIR FORCE Airman 1st Class
Clifton H. St. Louis Korean US AIR FORCE S.M. SGT E-8
James F. Trombley

Paul Dumas Korean US NAVY

Report: NY school board members support teaching climate change – Times Union

Professor Garneau and Student Researchers Examine Contaminants on Lake Champlain | SUNY Plattsburgh

Schneiderman: Support Hurricane Harvey relief, but be careful – Capitol Confidential

Pleasant St. and Bear Swamp Rd. Items on Zoning Board Agenda


APPROVAL of July 19, 2017 and August 16, 2017 minutes
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

Area Variance: Z-2017-027 James Rock
Area Variance – Porch/Deck
282 Bear Swamp Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

Continuation of a Nonconforming Use/Area Variance: Z-2017-028 Wendy Silverman
Continuation of a Nonconforming Use/Area Variance –Replace a Mobile Home
80 Pleasant St.
Peru, NY 12972


Strictly Business – See how they grow

Feature Story on Rulfs Orchard

Source: Strictly Business – See how they grow

DEC Announces Opening of September Canada Goose Hunting Seasons

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that Canada goose hunting seasons open during the first week of September.

“New York is home to more than 200,000 resident Canada geese, and the September seasons are designed to allow recreational hunters the most opportunity allowed by Federal hunting season frameworks to help the state reach our population goal of approximately 85,000 nesting birds,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Each year, goose hunters from around the state harvest approximately 50,000 Canada geese during these special seasons.”

September Canada goose seasons occur in all goose hunting zones except the Western Long Island area. All upstate areas open September 1 and run through September 25. The Central Long Island and Eastern Long Island seasons begin on the Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday (Sept. 5) and run through September 30. These seasons include liberal bag limits, extended shooting hours, and other special regulations to maximize hunter success.

September hunting seasons are an important part of managing “resident” Canada goose populations (i.e., geese that breed in New York and adjacent states).

Additional details on 2017-18 Waterfowl & Migratory Game Bird Seasons can be found on DEC’s website.

License requirements Read more »

Town Board August 28, 2017 Meeting Highlights

By John T. Ryan

Guest Speaker: Danielle O’Mara, a representative of the Champlain Valley Family Center’s Tobacco-Free Program, addressed the board. O’Mara complimented the board for the pro-active steps it has taken to prohibit smoking on town property. She suggested that they explore the T-21 program which encourages communities to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from18 to 21. The Peru Gazette will do a more in-depth interview with Ms. O’Mara on T-21 and the ploys used by the tobacco industry and retailers to entice young people to smoke.

Water System Upgrade: The board approved the purchase of turbidity monitoring equipment in an amount not to exceed $10,823. It will be funded by the debt service account. Approximately $30,000 remains in this account.

Skating Rink & Sullivan Park: The board agreed with Courtney Tetrault’s recommendation to apply for a $6,000 Clinton County Health Department Grant. The money would be used to pave the Sullivan Park skating rink. The 106 ft. by 55 ft. surface could also be used a a basketball court during the summer months. The total cost of the project was estimated to be $9,600.

Tetrault also recommend that the aged and deteriorating Sullivan Park sign be replaced. Supervisor Peter Glushko will speak to Ralph Hensel of the Peru Lions Club about the project. The Lions Club is in the process of replacing the “Welcome to Peru” signs.

Grant Writer Opening: Peru’s longtime and extremely successful grant writer Adele Douglas has resigned. The open position will be advertised.

Pleasant Street Drainage: Improving Pleasant Street drainage was discussed. Research must be done to determine if the town has the required easements. There are no easements in the town records. Town Clerk Kathy Flynn said the near century-old minutes are available, but the research would take time. The question was asked: “Would an affected resident have the time to volunteer to research old minutes?”

IT Update: A new software management system for the town’s diesel fuel is being installed. Both the town and the Peru Central School will utilize the system. The town’s website and email system is also being migrated to the town’s server.

Main Street Plan: Adele Douglas has resigned as Chair of the Main Street Plan Committee. Councilor McBrayer said the town is still awaiting NYS Department of Transportation approval for the proposed changes to North Main Street. Councilman Brandy McDonald said he has spoken to many Main Street residents who are very unhappy with the proposal to plant trees along the northern portion of Main Street. The possibility of using grant monies to improve sidewalks was mentioned. Counselor Jim Douglas said, We’ve got an extension of time to use our $150,000 grant, but I don’t want to lose that money.”

TD Bank Parking: At the request of TD Bank, the board will ask New York State DOT to better delineate a handicapped parking zone in front of TD Bank. All other (non-handicapped) TD Bank parking will be behind the bank. The possibility of installing a cross-walk and speed bumps in front of the bank will also be explored.

North Bend Street and Jenkins Street Parking: Counselors said there still are some individuals parking on North Bend Street sidewalks even after letters were sent to all residents. Highway Superintended Michael Farrell recommended that all on-street parking be prohibited on the very narrow street. The possibility of forbidding on-street parking on Jenkins Street was also mentioned.

Parsons Road Culvert: The board approved an expenditure not to exceed $25,400 for installation of concrete inside the deteriorating Parsons Road culverts. Moore’s Flatwork and Foundations LLC of Keeseville will perform the work. Town Highway Department personnel have installed rebar to strengthen the culverts. Shock rock still has to be laid down.

American Flag Illumination: The board approved the purchase of solar lights to illuminate the American flags at the Little Ausable and Laphams Mills Parks. Navy veteran/retiree/Dog Control Officer David Drollette researched the lights and proposed the change.

Complimentary Letter to Peru Youth: Supervisor Glushko read a letter from William and Gail Hoffman complimenting work performed by Cole McDonald. Mrs. Hoffman spoke with Cole as he cut weeds around the town’s pump house that is located in front of her home. She asked if he would also cut the weeds along the town’s fence adjacent to their property. William Hoffman wrote, “My mother found this young man to be very pleasant, kind and courteous. He did an excellent job and we feel that he is a great credit to his community and his parents.” Cole’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Brandy McDonald.

Historic School House: Counselor Jimmy Langley reported that the roof replacement project at the Lyon Street School House has begun. Jim Blair is doing the work.

Mannix Road Paving: The Highway Department should complete paving of the Mannix Road between Route 22B and the Clark Road this week. New culverts have also been installed.

Bombardier shut out of N.Y. subway contract because of ‘poor performance’ | Montreal Gazette

Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora” filming gets underway this week | NCPR News

Chamber Benefits Breakfast Highlights Opportunities For Your Business

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Breakfast on September 12th  from 8:00 – 9:00am at the Chamber office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh. This informational meeting will cover the many benefits and services offered by the Chamber, including cost saving opportunities, ways to meet potential customers, and more. You’ll also get an overview of Chamber activities regarding tourism promotion, government affairs, small business support and economic development.

This free breakfast is open to everyone who would like to learn more about the many services available to businesses in our region. RSVP by Sept. 8th – call the Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit

Four Applications Under Consideration

AGENDA – Town of Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall

APPROVAL of August 9, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. 3-Lot Minor Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-015 Dana Bashaw
3-Lot Minor Subdivision
506 Calkins Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. Site Plan Review: P-2017-016 North Country Mission of Hope
Site Plan Review – Sign
3452 Route 22
Peru, NY 12972

3. 2-Lot Minor Subdivision/Merge with SEQR: P-2017-017 Lorri & Randy Wetzel
2-Lot Minor Subdivision/Merge
22 Coastland Dr.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901


4. Site Plan Review: P-2017-018 Randi Walton
Site Plan Review – Sign
3085 Main St.
Peru, NY 12972




A Message from the Peru Democratic Party

We hope you can join us.

The Peru Democrats are excited to announce we will host a potluck social from 5 – 8 pm on October 14th at the Peru VFW, Post 309. This will be a great time to get together with other members of the community and an opportunity to meet your candidates for local office. More information will be coming soon. In the meantime, we hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to join us in October.

While you have your calendar out, please make note of our next meeting date. The Peru Dems will be meeting at Peru Town Hall on Thursday, August 31st, at 7 pm. We would love to have you join us as we hear updates from candidates, delegates to the county committee, and our Democratic County Legislator, Pete Keenan. Our committee is working hard for success this fall and we appreciate your support.

Thanks! We hope to see you soon.

Celebrating the 40th Annual Applefest

Peru – On Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th St. Augustine’s Parish will host the 40th Annual Applefest at the parish grounds, 3030 Main St. in Peru. Saturday’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Peru Elementary School and proceeds down Pleasant and Main Streets to the parish grounds. Following the parade there will be live music, a giant craft fair, apple fritters, fried dough, other great foods, games, several new rides and chainsaw carving shows. Sunday’s chicken bbq begins at noon.

Saturday’s music will include the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir. The Bootleg Band will play on both Saturday and Sunday.

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A Very Important Part of Our Community

L-R Library Director Becky Pace and Assistant Librarian Stacey Bousquet.

The Peru Free Library is #13 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Library Director Becky Pace and Assistant Librarian Stacey Bousquet work very hard to provide meaningful programs and to graciously assist every library user.

The library has been serving us since 1915. The current building was built in 1928. The original 225 book collection as grown to a collection of 18,000+. The Peru Free Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-4, and Saturday 10-3. Call 643-8618 for information.

Posting Late, But There’s Still Time

Sunday August 27 from 11am to 2:30pm
Harkness United Methodist Church Hall, 776 Hallock Hill Road, Peru
Michigan (made with All-Beef Hot Dog), chips, pickle, drink and dessert for $5; add another Michigan for only $2.00
Takeouts available!
Live Music by Skip & Vi from 11 to 1
Back again by popular demand: Bake Sale Table!
Proceeds will support Mission activities of the Harkness and Keeseville Methodist Churches
For more information, call 643-8659 or 834-7577 

A Great Afternoon of Family Fun for a Great Cause

Peru – A wonderful family event was held this afternoon at Forrence Orchards in Peru – the 27th Annual Run For Jon. All profits will be used to assist local families facing medical crisis. The Peru Gazette hopes our photos capture the fun and dedication associated with this event. There was a huge turnout from SUNY Plattsburgh, many families and several local schools.

Click here for individual photo view 

Click here for slideshow

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20th Flight September 2

A Message from Barrie Finnegan, Director of the North Country Honor Flight
North Country Honor Flight will be taking to the skies once again on Saturday September 2nd for its 20th flight. The North Country chapter will have sent 298 North Country Veterans on their trip to visit the memorials which were built in their Honor.
The Veterans will arrive at the Veterans Park on the US Oval by police and motorcycle escort at around 6:15 am. The send-off ceremony will begin at 7 am sharp. After the ceremony the parade will circle the oval and head to Plattsburgh International Airport. The parade route will be lined with well wishers and the local fire departments which come to show their appreciation for ” the greatest generation “.
The aircraft loading and take-off will be viewable from a designated spot in the airport parking lot. The fly-by and wing tip salute to the crowd is always a great sight after take-off.
At 8:30 pm there will be a ” picnic in the dark ” as we wait for our heroes to return at around 10:30 pm.
Music by Movin’ On and the Mr. Ding-a-long ice cream truck will be at the Oval as well as a poster making booth.  Free popcorn and cotton candy will be provided by Regal Cinemas. This event along with all parts of the day are family friendly. Everyone is encouraged to take part in any or all portions of the day. All we ask is you bring your enthusiasm and appreciation for what these Veterans have sacrificed for our country.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email for any additional information.

Barrie Finnegan
Director NCHF

A Great Family Charity Activity

2016 Finish Line

The 2017 Run for Jon will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Registration from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Events start at 5 p.m. at Forrence Orchards on the Mannix Road in Peru. Go to to register. Call Don or Shirley Evans at 515-643-2414 for more information.

Events include a .5 mile Kids Fun Run at 5 p.m.

5:20 p.m. – 2.5 mile cross country run and 1.25 non-competitive walk

Peru Health Mart to Close – Kinney Drugs Will Open

Peru Gazette File Photo

By John T. Ryan

Peru – A major change in Peru’s business community will take place in a few weeks. Having served Peru and neighboring communities for 41 years, Peru Health Mart Pharmacy will officially close at the end of business on Saturday, September 30th and on Sunday, October 1st, it will reopen as Kinney Drugs. All prescription records will be transferred to Kinney Drugs.

Peru Health Mart patients were notified of the change in a letter dated August 11, 2017 and signed by Larry Shanley and Marcia Shanley. Larry Shanley explained that he has decided to enter full retirement in October and that his son Larry Shanley Jr., who has served as Supervising Pharmacist for the last 10 years, has decided to move on and seek a new chapter in his career. Other staff members will become part of the Kinney Drugs team.

The letter described Kinney Drugs extensive product offerings and services including its “Love Local” program which promotes regionally produced goods, something that Peru Health Mart has always done. Larry Shanley stated, “I feel that Kinney Drugs shares our philosophy on patient care and community service and I think you’ll find their people to be a natural fit here in Peru.”

Kinney Drugs Senior Director of Marketing and Advertising Judy Cowden said, “Peru Health Mart’s patients will be soon receiving a welcome letter from us.” The pharmacy will undergo reorganization to fit the Kinney merchandising plan during October, but will remain open for business. A Major Grand Opening is tentatively scheduled for November 1, 2017.

Click here to view the Shanley’s letter

Mission of Hope Makes Its Goal

A Message received from Sister Debbie Blow:

Today is a great day in the history of the Mission of Hope! I am on a retreat day today, but decided to break the silence to share the following:

I was notified this afternoon that we received a $5000 grant to complete the purchase of the MOH warehouse and another $5000 to put toward our repairs and renovations.

Do I believe it’s a coincidence that I got this message while ” retreating”? Absolutely NOT! In the world of miracles, there are no such things as coincidences, but rather, manifestations of God’s presence and grace!

Together, we all did it! And so, officially today, August 22, 2017, I can tell you that we’ve received the full amount for the purchase price of our warehouse, aka MOHTOWN!

We are in the midst of continued repairs but we look forward to the day when we will have open house and welcome all of you into the home of Mission of Hope!

Blessings and live and be hope today….
Sr. Debbie

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Councilman McBrayer Will Not Seek Reelection

Donald McBrayer representing the town at a VFW Memorial Day Service

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Peru’s political scene has been relatively quiet for the past few years; however, an announcement this morning by incumbent Republican Town Councilman Donald McBrayer will undoubtedly enliven the November election. Citing his plan to eventually move to Phoenix, Arizona, McBrayer notified fellow town board members that he is withdrawing his candidacy for reelection. There is one complication. When McBrayer authored his message he believed he had until the September 12th primary to remove his name from the ballot. This morning Clinton County Election Commissioner Greg Campbell informed McBrayer that according to state regulation his declination had to have been filed no later than July 17th. McBrayer told the Gazette later today, “I’ll be on the ballot, but I’m not running. I’ll be informing people via social media.”
The remaining candidates for the two open town council positions include: incumbent Democrat James Douglass, Democrat Marque Moffett and Republican Melvin Irwin. Others could seek nomination on the Independence, Conservative and Working Families Party lines in the September 12th primary election.
Town Counselors Brandy McDonald and James Langley hold the other two counselor positions. They are in the second year of their 4-year term of office, but both men are seeking the town supervisor’s position. When one of them takes office on January 1, the town board can leave his town board position unfilled, call for a special election or appoint someone to the position.
McBrayer’s statement to the town board read:
Good Morning Everyone,
I have decided not to run for Town Council for another term and I have signed a declination finalizing this decision.
This was not an easy decision, because I really do enjoy working with you all. Peru has a very dedicated team of officials and employees and I enjoy being a part of that team.
But, over the next couple years I will be away more and more as Kara and I work toward our eventual move to Phoenix. Our plan is to spend summers here and winters there. And though I will be around most of the time in the coming year or so, a four-year commitment is too long. Simply put, it is unfair for me to take taxpayer money to do a job when I know I would have to resign in a couple years.
I look forward to working with you all for the remainder of my term and am confident whoever replaces me will continue the dedicated work our town has come to expect from its board.

New Free Fishing Days Announced

Grandfather and Child Fishing

Anglers can look forward to four new annual Free Fishing Days in New York State. The new dates are:

  • September 23, 2017 – National Hunting and Fishing Day
  • November 11, 2017 – Veterans Day
  • February 17-18, 2018 – weekend preceding Presidents Day
  • June 23-24, 2018 – last full weekend in June

The requirement for a fishing license is waived on these days, so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

Click here for recommended places to fish. 

Tom Chapin in Concert

SUNY Plattsburgh is proud to announce that Tom Chapin ’66 will be returning to Plattsburgh for a concert to benefit the ARC Foundation, which funds programs and services that enrich the lives of the developmentally-disabled in Clinton County, N.Y.

Tom Chapin in Concert
Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Strand Center Theatre
25 Brinkerhoff Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Don’t miss this one-night only show!
Tickets are on sale now at

The New York Times calls three-time Grammy winner and SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus Tom Chapin, “one of the great personalities in contemporary music.” In this one-man show, Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and autoharp and serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother, Harry Chapin.

Tom graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1966 is one of the most decorated basketball players in the school’s history. Tom is just the fourth player ever to join the basketball team’s 1,000-point club and was inducted into the SUNY Plattsburgh Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Says Tom of his upcoming performance at the Strand Theatre, “I have been back several times over the years and am so pleased to be returning to Plattsburgh in September, the most beautiful month in the North Country.”

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Applefest Memories

Sandra Caron-Mitchell Gagnier loved the wheel

Sandy Andrews was a star wherever she worked

Siser Helen Herman and the late Sister Yvonne Therese Cusson

Len Jozwiak will do anything to help the parish

L-R Ruben & Monica Remillard, Betty Ewald and Larry Ewald Sr.

Chris “Fuzz” Bruno and “Mr. B. “

L-R Nancy Hoskins, Ann Sunderland, Clare Dalton and Jean Ryan

The 40th Annual St. Augustine’s/Peru Applefest is only 25 days away. The Peru Gazette will periodically share a few historical Applefest photos with you as September 16 and 17 approach. Hopefully, they bring back great memories.

Progress Continues on Jarvis Rd. Bridge

Concrete was poured at the Jarvis Rd. bridge last Wednesday. A 14-day curing process is underway. The ground is being prepared for asphalt approaches to the bridge. Railings also have to be installed. The bridge will hopefully be completed by September 15th.

Proven Small Town Success

(L-R Wendy Boutin and Sally Gibson)

Yarborough Square is #12 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Owner Sally Gibson opened her business at 672 Bear Swamp Rd. 25 years ago. Customers travel from near and far for her professional, unique artisan wares from USA and Canada. Sally Gibson and longtime staff member Wendy Boutin will greet you with a warm smile and help you find the ideal item. Yarborough Square is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 643-7057.

Peru Lions Replacing Welcome Signs

By John T. Ryan

Peru Lions Club members (L-R) Dave Dalton, Ralph Hensel and Lincoln Sunderland installed a new “Peru Welcomes You” sign on the Bear Swamp Rd. today. A few days ago they installed one at the Route 22B entrance to the hamlet. Two Route 22 signs will follow.

Ralph Hensel constructed the signs and the Lions Club paid for the hardware and stain. The Town of Peru paid for the wood. The Lions Club installed and maintained the original signs for many years. Finally, it was time to replace them.

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