The Peru School Band, Chorus and alumni are seeking participants to present an honorary concert for longtime former Peru Band director Lynn Wilke to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Peru School Auditorium.
Wilke was band, chorus and general music teacher at the school for more than 30 years. His halftime shows were known for their creativity, extravagance and, occasionally, humor. Wilke and his wife Joanne directed musicals each year and he led the band in the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair and at the Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980. He is still involved in music as the organist at St. Augustine’s church, a position he has held for 50 years.
Peru alumni from any year up to the present or any musician in the area that would like to be a part of this event can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be two rehearsals for the concert: from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12.
Posted: March 7th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News, Peru/Regional History.
Morgan Flynn has been named to Siena College’s President’s List for the Fall 2013 Semester. Flynn, of Peru, NY, is majoring in English education. To be included on the President’s List, a student’s GPA for the semester must be 3.9 or higher. Flynn was one of 235 students who were named to this semester’s list.
Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 27 degree programs, 50 minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.
Posted: March 7th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News.
Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5 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 5 PM start. A public Community Budget Forum is slated to begin at 6 PM. The School Board is expected to reconvene for its regular monthly session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:
- Budget Development Timetable
- Policy Review
- Proposed Annual Meeting/Vote Propositions
Posted: March 7th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
Senator Betty Little (center) talks with county and town highway superintendents during the annual “Local Roads Matter” lobby day in Albany on Wednesday, March 5. Under the executive budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Federal Municipal Streets and Highways Program (“Marchiselli”) would be held at current levels. The Peru Highway Department budgeted $174,323 in CHIPS revenues for 2014, almost 11% of its anticipated revenue. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell and Town Board Highway Department Liaison Donald McBrayer are seen in the upper right of this photo which was supplied by Senator Little’s office.
Posted: March 6th, 2014 under General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with Quebec’s New York delegate general, Dominique Poirier, in the senator’s Albany office on Monday, March 3. Little and Poirier discussed tourism, the success of Canadian companies operating in New York and the importance of the cross-border trade relationship.
Posted: March 4th, 2014 under Business News, General News, State Legislator News.
Senator Betty Little has been appointed to the Rules Committee an the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee in the
She will continue to serve as chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, and as a member of the following committees: Consumer Protection, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance and Judiciary.
“With the departures of a couple of senators there was some shuffling and a chance to serve on some new committees,” said Little. “The commerce
committee focuses on job creation and the rules committee sees much of the legislation that makes its way to the Senate floor. Both are good
opportunities to add my perspective on behalf of my constituents.”
Posted: March 4th, 2014 under Business News, General News, Peru/Regional History, State Legislator News.
Plattsburgh, NY – 3/03/14 – On Saturday, April 5, 2014 the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is teaming up with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh for the Annual Day of Caring. This volunteer-driven event has hosted projects ranging from cleaning homes of senior citizens, helping complete projects for regional human service agencies, building homes through Habitat for Humanity and cleaning up local attractions. Focused on addressing some of the urgent needs facing our community, the event is still looking for projects of all types throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Read more »
Posted: March 3rd, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Things to do in & near Peru.
The League of Women Voters of the North Country announces the fourth annual Meet Your State Legislators (MYSL) event to be held on Saturday morning, March 15, 2014, 9:30 AM-12:00 noon at the Peru Central High School auditorium. For the fourth consecutive year, Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey have agreed to assist in educating students from Clinton and Essex Counties about the structure and function of our New York State Senate and Assembly, and this year, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (2003-2012) will also participate as a special guest.
We have asked the legislators to explore the following areas in their remarks to students:
What are the steps to becoming a legislator or how did you get elected? What is your job?
What is your role as a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee as appointed by Congressman Bill Owens?
What committees do you serve on? How do you get to be on a committee? Introduce a Bill?
What is the impact of election year on your job?
What role do citizens and party loyalty play in influencing public policy?
The program will consist of these components: Read more »
Posted: March 3rd, 2014 under Community Events, Education News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru School News, State Legislator News.
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted its 2014 Economic Impact Report online at www.nnyagdev.org. The two-page report offers a concise snapshot of the value of the 2013 projects funded by the research, technical assistance, and outreach program. The NNYADP receives funding from the New York State Legislature through the support of Senator Betty Little, Senator Patty Ritchie, Senator Joe Griffo, the state agriculture committees, and other regional and state legislators.
The NNYADP–funded projects include groundbreaking initiatives, including the development of a ‘superfruit’ and the extension of proven-successful practices to farmers across the Northern New York region.
The benefits of the research include opportunities to increase production efficiency and revenue, reduce costs and labor, and enhance animal health, soil health and water quality.
Learn more and find project reports online at www.nnyagdev.org.
The 2013 projects of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program included: Read more »
Posted: March 3rd, 2014 under Agricultural News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News, State Government News.
The Superintendent and Board of Education appreciate the community’s involvement in the budget process. They encourage residents to attend monthly meetings, the community budget forum, budget advisory committee meetings, and budget workshops.
Relevant dates include:
Tuesday, March 11th 6:00 PM Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, March 11th 7:00 PM Regular Monthly Board Meeting and Budget Workshop
Tuesday, March 18th 6:00 PM Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting
Tuesday, March 25th 6:00 PM Budget Workshop and BAC recommendations
Tuesday, April 1st 6:00 PM Budget Workshop
Tuesday, April 8th 7:00 PM Regular Monthly Board Meeting
Budget workshops for April 8th, 10th, 22nd are tentative.
Please also note that information involving the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) can be found at:
The District also encourages the community’s involvement in contacting their elected officials to advocate for the elimination of the GEA.
Posted: February 28th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
PLATTSBURGH, NY— Following the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Congressman Bill Owens congratulated American Olympians with local ties.
“Every Winter Olympics, New York’s rich Olympic history and the region’s pride in our local best-in-a-generation athletes come together as we watch the Olympic Games and root for our friends and neighbors,” Rep. Bill Owens said. “Our local athletes rose to the occasion in Sochi and showed what makes our nation and New York great. Congratulations to our Olympic athletes and their families on bringing to fruition years of hard work and sacrifice and for competing on the Olympic stage.”
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise recently published a list of Olympians with ties to the 21st Congressional District. They are as follows:
Chris Mazdzer, 25, Saranac Lake
Jayson Terdiman, 25, Lake Placid
Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin, 27 Remsen
Summer Britcher, 19, attended the National Sports Academy
Tucker West, 18, attended National Sports Academy
Kate Hansen, 21, La Canada, Calif. and a part-time Lake Placid resident
Preston Griffall, 29, Salt Lake City, Utah and a part-time Lake Placid resident
Christian Niccum, 36, Woodinville, Wash. and a part-time Lake Placid resident
SPEED SKATING Read more »
Posted: February 26th, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Congressional News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru/Regional History, Regional NY-VT. News, Youth News.
Paul Smiths and Gouverneur, NY – New York strawberry growers are hearing about a promising treatment for their fruit crop based on the success of a Cornell University entomologist with applying microscopic worms to beat back a highly-destructive alfalfa crop pest. Dr. Elson Shields expects to confirm the success of field trials with native-New York nematodes to control two species of weevils in Northern NY strawberry crops this year.
‘Like alfalfa snout beetle, strawberry root weevil and black vine weevil are difficult to control with conventional pesticides, but they are very susceptible to attack by the biocontrol nematodes,’ says Shields, who received an Entomological Society of America Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management in 2013.
Strawberry growers interested in learning more about Shields’ research, funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, will have the opportunity to hear him speak on ‘Using Native Nematodes as Biocontrol of Root Weevils in Strawberries’ as part of the 9:30am-2pm Advances in Field Strawberry Production Workshops set for March 4 at Paul Smiths and March 5 at the Cambry Court Activity Center in Gouverneur.
Shields estimates weevil damage at $20,000-$30,000 of economic loss at the regional berry farm hosting the nematode research trials.
The Shields Lab at Cornell will complete a series of soil tests this spring to confirm the effectiveness of the nematodes for controlling the berry pests.
‘Based on our years of experience with biocontrol nematodes, we expect to document an excellent level of control in the berry fields in May 2014. We also expect the nematodes to persist within the soil of the strawberry production environment for a number of years to continue to minimize the root damage by the root weevils,’ Shields says.
The March 4 and 5 workshops focus on new ways of growing strawberries in field soil, detecting and mitigating soil-borne pests, and utilizing biological controls such as Shields’ nematode application treatment. Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Berry Specialist Laura McDermott will present information on June bearing and day neutral growing systems, strawberry root problems, and spotted wing drosophila.
For more information and to register for the $5 strawberry production workshops, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticultural Specialist Amy Ivy at 518-561-7450, email@example.com.
To learn more about the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program which receives funding through the New York State Senate for agricultural research, technical assistance and educational outreach in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, visit the website at www.nnyagdev.org <http://www.nnyagdev.org> . The website includes a manual for the on-farm rearing of biocontrol nematodes.
Posted: February 26th, 2014 under Agricultural News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News.
Cornell Cooperative Extension will present pre-season farmers’ market training to help North Country growers develop their salesmanship, labor management, social media skills and compliance with food safety regulations. Sessions from 10am to 2pm with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will help growers create a compelling personal story to connect to consumers. To grow to the next level, many farmers need to learn how to comply with legal requirements for adding a farm labor force. To expand beyond family labor, this is critical.
How to reap sales from Facebook and the latest information on how to meet federal Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for the prevention of food contamination are also on the workshop agenda.
The training will take place as follows:
March 15 in Keeseville at the AuSable Valley Grange, register with Laurie Davis, 518-962-4810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: February 26th, 2014 under Agricultural News, Business News, General News.
By John T. Ryan
The Board appointed Bruce R. Germain, Timothy St. Pierre and Steve LaBounty to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Nicholas J. Zagrodzki and Kim Budwick to the Planning Board. Counselor Donald McBrayer favored tabling a vote stating that the Zoning Board members had indicated that they would like to see prospective board members attend at least one Board meeting and if possible they would like to meet prospective members. McBrayer said that to the best of his knowledge the candidates had not attended meetings and had not met with either board. Supervisor Peter Glushko said that Code Enforcement Officer Frank Slycord, Zoning Board Chairman Rob Bashaw and Planning Board Chairman Richard Williams recommended approval. Counselor Jim Douglas said that it was hard to get volunteers for any position, therefore he would not be in favor of delaying the vote. Counselor Kregg Bruno concurred. Glushko, Douglass and Bruno voted yes. McBrayer voted no saying he had no objection to any of the appointees, but objected to the boards not having input.
A new tandem dump truck/snow plow will be arriving in Peru this spring. The Peru Town Board approved the truck’s purchase at its Monday, February 24, 2013 meeting. The winning bid of $120,435 submitted by R.R. Charlebois Inc. of Milton, Vt. Clark’s Truck Center of Plattsburgh was the only other bidder. The Freightliner truck will be outfitted with a snowplow package, which the town purchased in November 2013 at a cost of $71,231. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said he expects the truck will be delivered in May.
Bids will be advertised this week for construction of the Heyworth/Mason Park to Sullivan Park Walking Trail. They will be opened on March 19th and awarded on March 24th. Grants are expected to fund 80% of the project cost. Walking Trail Map
The Town’s procurement policy was changed with the passage of 2014 Local Law #2. Referred to as the Best Value Law, it will permit the Board to accept a bid, which is not necessarily the lowest bid, if the Board determines that the higher bid represents a better value to the town. Supervisor Glushko cited the example of a geographically distant bidder submitting a low bid but not being in a position to provide prompt maintenance or service.
Section 1.2 of the law reads: “Goods and services procured and awarded on the basis of best value are those that the Town Board determines will be of the highest quality while being the most cost efficient. The determination of quality and cost efficiency shall be based on objectively quantified and clearly described and documented criteria, which may include, but shall not be limited to, any or all of the following: cost of maintenance; proximity to the end user if distance or response time is a significant term; durability; availability of replacement parts or maintenance contractors; and longer product life; product performance criteria; and quality of craftsmanship.” Local Law #2 of 2014
Security cameras will be installed at the Little Ausable River Park and Heyworth/Mason Park in the very near future. Electrical service will have to be installed at Heyworth/Mason Park to power the cameras.
Contract engineer Peter Gibbs is still working plans and specifications for the New Town Hall entrance stairs. Counselor Jim Douglas said, “I’d like to get moving on that project as soon as possible.”
The Board held a twelve-minute executive meeting to discuss an individual’s employment history.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
Posted: February 25th, 2014 under Business News, General News, Peru News, Peru/Regional History, Planning Board News, Town Board News, Zoning Board News.
Cabin Fever Concert with Dave Ruch
Thursday, February 27
Internationally acclaimed musician Dave Ruch, a singer, entertainer, historian and comedian performs songs and accompanies himself with mandolin, banjo, guitar and sometimes spoons. It should be a memorable evening with this engaging musician and performer. This concert is underwritten by our Friends of the Library and is Free and open to the public.
Posted: February 25th, 2014 under Arts and Entertainment, Community Events, General News, Peru Library News, Peru News, Things to do in & near Peru.
For the past eight 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 3-4 times 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.
The BAC is scheduled to meet February 27th and March 18th beginning at 6 pm. In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 25th during a public budget development workshop.
If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004. Thank you.
Posted: February 24th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
St. Monica’s Court Catholic Daughters will host its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner on Saturday, March 15th from 4 to 6:30 PM at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. The sumptuous meal will feature corned beef, ham, cabbage along with music provided by Don McBrayer, George Shnob and Elizabeth Churchill. Deirdre O’Callaghan and Taylor Morse dance Irish style to the music.
Posted: February 24th, 2014 under Community Events, General News, Peru News, Things to do in & near Peru.
From the Office of Elise Stefanik
Plattsburgh – Don Lee, Chair of the Clinton County Republican Committee, became the most recent county chair to reaffirm his committee’s support for Elise Stefanik, despite additional candidates jumping in the 21st Congressional District race. Lee released the following statement of support today on behalf of the Clinton County Republican Committee:
“Elise Stefanik came to the Clinton County Republican Committee endorsement meeting and proved to us she is absolutely the best candidate in this race. She knows North Country issues, she’s very intelligent, she’s hardworking and has demonstrated she has the energy and drive to be a forward-looking candidate.
“Her ties to the community and small business experience, coupled with her understanding of the unique needs of the district, make Elise our best candidate to win this seat back, regardless of who else has entered the race recently.
“The Clinton County Republican Committee endorsed Elise last month and did so with very good reason. Our opinion of her as the strongest candidate has not changed and we will continue to support her campaign.”
Posted: February 24th, 2014 under General News, Political News.
1. Call Meeting To Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call
4. MOTION: To Open the Public Hearing.
5. DISCUSSION: Community Input and Questions
6. MOTION: To Close the Public Hearing.
7. MOTION: Adjourn
Posted: February 22nd, 2014 under Business News, General News, Peru News, Town Board News.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. has met the 2014 campaign goal of $725,000. The annual campaign is conducted primarily during the fall months and concludes in February of each year. This year’s campaign raised a total of $725,116.00, which includes proceeds from special events. DaleAnne Wolter of Compassionate Friends of the Champlain Valley and JCEO was the co-chair of this years drive and has volunteered on the campaign team for several years. She said “we are so delighted to deliver this exciting news to our three county region. It is once again a testament to the generosity and caring nature of the North Country. It was very challenging this year and we are proud of what we have been able to achieve”. Ellen Gordon of Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. was the co-chair of this year’s drive and has also volunteered on the campaign team for several years. She said, “It was a valiant team effort among campaign team volunteers, United Way staff and employee campaign representatives, but most of all, it was the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals that made it successful. I am always so impressed to see how people in our region come together for their friends and neighbors.” Other campaign team members included: Julie Kramer, Tony Searing, Jamie Basiliere, Lisa VanNatten, Jerry Morrow, Bruce Gray, Deena McCullough, Marge Garcia, Gayle Alexander, Dan Alexander, Betsy Senkowski, Doug Chaves and staff members Marion Daniels, Kathy Snow, Katie Benway and John Bernardi. Read more »
Posted: February 21st, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, Community Events, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Empire State Development (ESD) has approved more than $9 million in New York State Broadband Grants to support five projects that will expand access to broadband services for approximately 33,000 households, 4,500 businesses and 55 community anchor institutions across Upstate New York, including in the Capital Region, Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country and Mohawk Valley regions.
“Under our Connect NY Broadband Grant program and the Regional Economic Development Councils, we are supporting projects that will connect New Yorkers and businesses to much-needed internet access,” Governor Cuomo said. “Expanding our telecommunications infrastructure is one way we can grow local economies and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers. The projects approved will allow providers to invest in communities and connect local businesses with new markets, marking significant progress in our efforts to bring broadband access to underserved New Yorkers in Upstate New York.” Read more »
Posted: February 21st, 2014 under Adirondack Region News, Business News, General News, Northern NY News, Peru/Regional History, Political News, State Government News.
The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, February 25th at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their second public session budget workshop. At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:
- Discuss Gap Elimination Adjustment.
- Receive Update on Budget Stressors.
- Receive an Overview Budget Advisory Committee Focus.
Posted: February 21st, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru School News.
ROCHESTER, NY Jesse Charland of Peru, N.Y., a fifth-year student in the game design and development program in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester.
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.
To see more of RIT’s rankings and recognition, go to www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.
Posted: February 20th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News.
ALBANY, NY – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that Raelyn Passino from Peru earned a place on the school’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester.
Dean’s List status is awarded to students who have successfully completed their course work with a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 score.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.acphs.edu.
Posted: February 19th, 2014 under Education News, General News, Peru News, Peru resident news/accomplishments, Peru School News.
A statement received from Douglas Hoffman, Conservative Party Candidate for Congress in 2009
“Where were all these brave men when the incumbent was running? It took a brave women to drive the incumbent out of the race. Elise Stefanik is principled and has worked extremely hard to earn the Republican endorsement, not only from the County Chairs but from hundreds of committee men and woman throughout the district. Unlike 2009, the Republicans have endorsed a true Republican and we should all be getting behind her and supporting her. She knows Upstate and Northern New York and will be a great Congresswoman for the 21st District.”
Posted: February 19th, 2014 under Congressional News, General News, Northern NY News, Political News.