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Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

The Peru Central School District Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for potential candidates.  The District Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals who have made a significant impact on our school or achieved an outstanding contribution(s) to society as a graduate of Peru CSD. The candidate must have attended, been employed, served or contributed to Peru CSD in some capacity and must have been retired for at least five (5) years.

The following criteria will be used when considering an individual to the Hall of Fame – outstanding contributions to Peru CSD, outstanding contribution to society, outstanding career, participation and/or leadership in community activities, and a significant impact on an individual’s life while associated with Peru.

Deadline for applications will be February 1, 2015.  Applications may be picked up at the Jr/Sr High School office or downloaded from the District web site at


Court Location Decision Delayed and Water-Sewer Rate Increase Being Considered

By John T. Ryan

Town government watchers expected the Town Board to continue their discussion on relocating the Town of Peru’s Court Chambers and Court Room to the Town Hall’s lower level at the Board’s Monday, October 27, 2014 meeting. Instead, the Board delayed any action until after January 1, 2015. After conferring with JCEO Coordinator Pat Holmes, Board members concluded that the holiday season would not be a good time to disrupt JCEO Food Shelf services which are headquartered in the Town Hall’s lower level. Councilman Brandy McDonald said, “Let’s wait until the beginning of the year. Thanksgiving preparation is going on. We’ll also have a second judge elected by then.” Councilman Donald McBrayer added, “After reviewing the situation, relocating our offices is more logistically difficult than I thought.” Councilman Kregg Bruno chimed in saying, “Judge Kirby is agreeable to the delay. There’s no rush.”

Peru’s sewer and water users can expect to see a rate increase. Supervisor Peter Glushko said, “We haven’t had an increase in 5 years.” Glushko said the Board would discuss the need for an increase at a workshop to be scheduled before the end of the year.

An apparently homeless man has been sleeping on resident lawns and in Gods Acre Cemetery. Councilman Brandy McDonald described the man as being shirtless, shoeless. and having no identification. McDonald said the temperature was in the 30’s the evening he saw the man in the cemetery. McDonald called the NYS State Police who interviewed the man and were apparently unable or unwilling to take any action. The trooper allowed the man to proceed down McIntosh Street.

The Board will conduct a final budget workshop on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. Supervisor Glushko said the Board will go over the entire budget.

A Special Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to schedule a public hearing on the 2015 Town of Peru budget.

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition “Portraits”

Carmen, Cindy Root portPLATTSBURGH, NY— The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition “Portraits,” a fine art show featuring the works of various artists in the SCA Portrait Drawing Open Studio Group. These artists will have work on display in The Strand Center for the Arts Main Gallery on 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh from November 7th to the 29th, 2014. The opening reception will be held Friday, November 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served, including samples from North Country Creamery.

The SCA Portrait Group is a fun, motivated and eclectic group of artists with a wide range of experience. They have been meeting at the Strand Center the past 5 years for a class focused on drawing portraits from a live model in a comfortable, casual setting. Classes are held in an open studio format, so there are no instructors but two coordinators, Bill Colquhoun and Cindy Root, who organize the models and collect donations. Although there is no formal instruction, artists of all skill levels are encouraged to join. Each artist brings their own unique approach, using a wide variety of mediums: pastel, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, or a combination of mixed media. The class regularly meets at The Strand Center for the Arts on Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Walk-ins and newcomers are always welcome.

SCA Portrait Group Coordinator Cindy Root stated, “This exhibition is a tribute to our great cast of models who have patiently, tirelessly, and repeatedly posed for us. It is our first public showing and our goal is to highlight all the different artistic viewpoints.” The exhibition will be organized by model rather than artist so those viewing the show can see the spectrum of artistic interpretations that are produced in the class.

The exhibition will be on view at The Strand Center for the Arts Main Gallery on 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh from November 7th to the 29th, 2014. The opening reception will be held Friday, November 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served, including samples from North Country Creamery. For further information, please contact The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery Coordinator at, call 518-563-1604, or stop in to the gallery on 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, NY.

Special Town Board Meeting Scheduled

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Peru Town Hall, at 6:30 PM. The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to establish a date for a Public Hearing on the Preliminary 2015 Budget.

Tonight’s Board Agenda Include Town Court Location and 2015 Town Budget


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the October 9, 2014 Public Hearing, the October 9, 2014 Regular Meeting and the October 14, 2014 Special Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Decision on Terry Mountain Communication Tower.
  1. DISCUSSION: 2015 Water/Sewer Rates.
  1. DISCUSSION: Publicly Owned Treatment Works Reporting Requirements.
  1. DISCUSSION: Spitfire Drive.
  2. DISCUSSION: VTANG Visit Update.
  3. DISCUSSION: 2015 Town Budget.
  4. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Schedule October 30 Special Meeting. 
  6. DISCUSSION: Town Court Chambers and Court Room.
  7. DISCUSSION: Town Park Ordinance.
  8. DISCUSSION: Other Business.
  9. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only
  10. MOTION: Approve/Pay Bills.
  11. MOTION:    Adjourn


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Donald McBrayer is the New Clinton County Republican Chairman

McBrayer MediemJohn T. Ryan

Clinton County Republican caucused on September 30 and elected Peru Town Councilman Donald McBrayer as their new County Chairman succeeding Randy Beach who has been chairman since last year. McBrayer has been serving as Peru’s Republican Chairman for four years. Local Republicans chose Michael Farrell, Peru’s Highway Superintendent, to succeed McBrayer in that office on October 8th.

Asked why he sought the county political leadership position McBrayer said, “Good communication will be my #1 goal. I want to share resources and knowledge. I especially want to make the candidates for office fully aware of the Board of Election’s requirements.”  McBrayer said simple procedural errors sometimes result in an candidate being disqualified or opening up the possibility of an election challenge.

McBrayer is particularly concerned with the primary process. He explained, “ I really want to protect the primary process. I feel the party chairman needs to stay neutral during the primaries and make sure that everyone interested in being a candidate has equal access to resources, committee members and the voters. I don’t want to see candidates discouraged from seeking elective office.”

“Coats for Kids” Comes To Peru Elementary School

Coats MediumPeru – On October 18th, St. Augustine’s Council 7273 Grand Knight Anthony Andrews and “Coats For Kids” Chairman John Ryan presented twenty-four new winter jackets to Peru Elementary Principal Matt Slattery (Left) and Associate Principal Sanford Coakley (Right).

Since 2009, Knights of Columbus Councils in the United States and Canada have distributed more than 167,000 winter jackets to needy children through the organization’s Coats For Kids Program. These jackets will be made available to Peru Elementary students during this week’s parent-teacher conferences.

Will Peru Town Court Move “Downstairs”

JusticeBy John T. Ryan

On August 25th, the Peru Town Board, citing employee and public concern with court proceedings being held in the midst of the Town Hall, voted to move the time Peru Town Court convenes from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a two-month trial period. At the Board’s October 9th meeting, Supervisor Peter Glushko informed the Board that he had received a letter from Jerome J. Richards, Supervising Judge of the 4th Judicial District, advising the Town of Peru that it does not have the authority to set town court hours. Judge Richards wrote the letter in a response to an inquiry from Peru Town Justice James Kirby. Supervisor Glushko responded stating the Town Board still has the authority to allocate space for court proceedings and that space would not be available until the Town Hall is closed for public business at 3 p.m.

At that point Board members began discussing the possibility of moving court proceedings to the Town Hall’s basement level where the JCEO Food Shelf and Town Historian currently conduct business. Counselors Donald McBrayer and Brandy McDonald were enthusiastic about the change both saying, “I think that’s a good idea.” McBrayer, who serves as the Board’s liaison to Town Court added, “I believe every office is starting to bulge at the seams so reallocating space might not just help the court but every office in this building. I’d like to see if downstairs could meet the court’s requirements.” All the counselors expressed agreement and Supervisor Glushko set a goal of getting the move accomplished before Christmas.

Subsequent to the Town Board meeting The Peru Gazette interviewed Supervisor Glushko and Judge Kirby in their respective offices. Glushko said that since the October 9th meeting he had changed his mind on moving court offices stating, “Court proceedings will be downstairs and court offices will remain upstairs. We’d be relocating too many people for the sake of one hour’s court time.”

Judge James Kirby was enthusiastic about moving downstairs but stated that court offices would also have to be moved. Kirby or his clerk often retrieves documents or information during a court proceeding.

Kirby held fast to his contention that the court should convene at 2 p.m. He stated, “2 p.m. works best for both the sheriff’s department and the attorneys. If court convened at 3:30 p.m. we’d be here until 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. waiting for lawyers who represent clients in the Town of Plattsburgh Court. I could be here until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. The sheriff’s department shift change starts at 3 p.m. When we convene at 2 p.m. they can get here and back to the jail by 3 p.m. Then they can get to the Town of Plattsburgh for 4 p.m.”

On Tuesday, October 22, Clinton County Sheriff David Favro told The Peru Gazette that the jail’s shift change takes place at 2:30 p.m. when all inmates are locked in their cells for a head count. Asked about the time that Peru Town Court convenes Favro responded, “I don’t see our department’s shift change as being a deciding factor. We can accommodate whatever is needed. This is more about safety and procedural issues.”

Favro is enthusiastic about the prospect of Peru moving its court proceedings downstairs after having toured the Town Hall last week at the request of the Town Board. He stated, “It makes good sense. There are many dynamics in a courtroom setting. I think having its own space is more conducive to court proceedings.” Discussing the basement’s layout he said, “Inmates could come down the back ramp and into the small room (currently a small kitchen) that could be made into an inmate holding room. It would work better especially when we have a hostile inmate.”

Favro said conducting court in the midst of the Town Hall offices is far from ideal noting the unavoidable interaction with the general public and the presence of glass enclosures immediately adjacent to the Town Hall entrance. Glass located in close proximity to a hostile inmate is not a safe environment for anyone concerned.

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Business Export Event in Plattsburgh, Thursday, November 6th

From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens

Congressman Bill Owens is hosting a business export event at the Holiday Inn Plattsburgh on Thursday, November 6th titled “Doing Business Across the U.S.-Canadian Border”. The event will feature a practical panel with successful local businesses followed by a discussion of economic relations with the U.S. Consul General in Montreal, Ms. Nina Maria Fite. Businesses from across New York’s 21st Congressional District have been invited to attend.

“Many local businesses are in a position to grow by selling to markets in Canada and around the world,” said Owens. “I encourage business owners throughout the area to join me at this event for a practical conversation about growing through cross-border commerce. This forum is an opportunity to hear from local business owners with direct experience starting and expanding their international sales, and to access trade experts that can help you take steps toward selling your own products and services across the border and beyond.”

This event will highlight commercial opportunities for increasing supply chain activity and trade to stimulate local economic development. The panel will share lessons learned and on-the-ground perspectives from local businesses, and A Conversation with the Consul General moderated by Congressman Owens will provide an update of the U.S.-Canada economic relationship.

Doing Business Across the U.S.-Canadian Border
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10am-12pm
Holiday Inn Plattsburgh
412 State Route 3, Plattsburgh, NY

Mr. Robert DeCamp, Director, Regulatory Affairs and Consulting, Deringer Logistics
Mr. Manna Doyle, General Manager, Tulmar Manufacturing Inc.
Ms. Kathryn Bamberger, International Trade and Investment Specialist, Empire State Development

SUNY Potsdam Awards Scholarships to PCS Grads

POTSDAM, NY The State University of New York at Potsdam has awarded scholarships, grants and awards to 998 students for the 2014-15 academic year. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam undergraduate and graduate students were recognized for their achievements with support for their educational experience.

This year’s recipients included:

  • Emily Allen of Peru, NY, whose major is Music Education. Allen was awarded the Helen Woods Cullen 1898 Scholarship and the SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship.
  • Keagen Briggs of Peru, NY, whose major is History. Briggs was awarded the SUNY Potsdam Freshman Scholarship.

Last year, SUNY Potsdam awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,067 students, including $821,000 from donor-funded scholarships through the Potsdam College Foundation. For more information about how donors impact the SUNY Potsdam student experience, visit

SUNY Potsdam offers financial aid to more than 80 percent of students, in the form of federal and state aid, as well as scholarships. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. To learn more, visit

Would you like a dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas that you don’t have to bake yourself?

The Ladies Guild of the Peru Community Church are selling pumpkin and apple pies and pumpkin cream cheese cake rolls. The apple pies are baked or unbaked with instructions to bake them. Pumpkin cake rolls will be frozen and can just be defrosted to use them. The pies are $8 each and the pumpkin cake rolls are $12 each. The orders must be in by Sunday, November 16th at 12:00 noon. The baked goods can be picked up on Tuesday, November 25th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in Fellowship Center. Please call 643-8641 to place an order. All proceeds from this fundraiser are utilized for mission in the community and the church.

Owens to discuss jobs with P-TECH students at Peru High School on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd

PLATTSBURGH, NY–Representative Bill Owens will be at Peru High School tomorrow to speak to students in the school’s P-TECH program about their future job prospects in the North Country and nationwide as well as answer any questions the students may have. These students began the P-TECH process in 8th grade and were selected based upon their interest and aptitude in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses, academic achievement, attendance and behavior.

P-TECH stands for “Pathways in Technology Early College High School”. Utilizing a school within a school model, P-TECH students begin college early. The first P-TECH school opened in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in September 2011, as a unique partnership between IBM, CUNY-City Tech, and the New York City Department of Education. Its success led to the program’s statewide expansion, with sixteen more schools, including ADK P-TECH, being awarded seven-year grants.

The 2014-2015 inaugural class at ADK P-TECH consists of 30 students from three local school districts: Peru, Beekmantown and Saranac.

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NAMI-CV/Impeerium to begin National Alliance of Mental Illness Connection Support Group

NAMI-CV in conjunction with Impeerium Peer Network will be offering a weekly NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group starting Tuesday, October 28th from 1:30-3:00pm. The meetings will be held at the NAMI office in Plattsburgh at 14 Healey Avenue, Suite D. The support group is open to any adult with a mental illness and there is no registration required.  This group is designed to connect, encourage and support participants using a structured group model.  NAMI Connection group is led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves and is always free and confidential. For more information call Impeerium at (518) 324-6250 or email

Tickets are Now Available for Taste of the North Country

Taste-Logo-WEbThe North Country Chamber of Commerce invites you to the most delicious events of the year. Taste of the North Country will be held on November 13th at the SUNY Field House. This event combines an amazing Food/Beverage Tasting experience with an incredible auction. The Auction preview begins at 5:00, followed by the Silent Auction and Tasting from 5:30 – 7:00. Auctioneer Steve Brodie and MC Matt Boire will cap off the evening with the Live Auction at 7:00.

Attendees will enjoy sampling specialties from area restaurants and vendors, while they bid on hundreds of auctions items. Restaurant Gift Certificates, Jewelry, Artwork, Savings Bonds, Greens Fees, Gas Cards, and Gift Baskets are just a few of the many things up for bid. To see a complete list of vendors and auction items, visit

Tickets to Taste of the North Country are $12 per person before November 3rd or $18 after that. Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, TD Bank, and Condo Pharmacy, this event is open to everyone. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit to purchase tickets for Taste of the North Country.

Empire State Development Approves $19 Million Including $130,000 for Adirondack Historical Association

A message From the Empire State Development Board
The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met yesterday in New York City and approved $19 million in funding for nine projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in New York State. These targeted investments will leverage over $136 million in private and other public funding to support small businesses, community and downtown revitalization, regional tourism, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation. The projects will directly create nearly 120 new jobs and retain more than 380 existing New York State jobs.

“The State’s formula for growing jobs and the economy is working: Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils have made smart suggestions and ESD is taking action to support key projects across the state that are creating economic and employment opportunities for New Yorkers,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “The funds approved by the Board are supporting expanding businesses, infrastructure improvements and helping to revitalize communities from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and are proving to be critical investments in our efforts to strengthen and grow our economy.”

The Board approved the following Regional Council award grants:

Adirondack Historical Association – (North Country Region – Hamilton County) – $130,000 Read more »

NY-21 Candidates Answer Climate Change Questions – – The Adirondack Almanack

Indictment of Former Clarkson Soccer Coach Dismissed

“The Life of a Prison Chaplain”

Peru – Reverend Bill Edwards, a longtime Chaplain at the Clinton Correction Correctional Facility, will speak on the life of a prison chaplain on Friday, October 24th at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, 3035 Main St. in Peru. A Peru native, graduate of St. Augustine’s School and Peru Central School, Father Edwards was ordained in 1985 at St. Augustine’s Church. He currently serves as a Parochial Vicar at St. John’s Parish in Plattsburgh. All are welcome. St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 and St. Monica’s Court 2598, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, are sponsoring Father Edward’s presentation.

A Bicyclist View of the Little Ausable River Trail

Bob Howard emailed a link to a video Susan Drapeau made of the Little Ausable River Trail.  It’s made from a bicyclist perspective as Susan traveled from Heyworth/Mason Park to Sullivan Park.  Click here to view the Susan Drapeau video.

Comments on Extending Water and Sewer Service to I-87 Sought

On Monday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. the Board will hold a public hearing to elicit comment on the proposed extension of water and sewer service on both sides of the Bear Swamp road (State Route 442) from the current terminus of the district immediately west of the Dashnaw Road east to the I-87 right of way. All board meetings are open to the public.

Town Board Special Meeting Tonight

The Peru Town Board will hold a Special Meeting tonight Tuesday, October 13 at 6:15 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The Board will consider a resolution to sponsor a grant application to promote cultural activity within the town. The resolution concerns Lance Falcon, Valley Forges Blacksmith.

Peru Drama Club Presents: An Evening of Talent

Talent ''Logo''Come support the Peru Drama Club as Peru students show off their talents on Friday, October 24th! Student performers will be singing, dancing, performing comedy, monologues and playing the piano and guitar. The evening will begin at 7:30 in the Peru Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 per person.  The Peru Drama Club has approximately 75 student members.

Little Ausable River Trail is Officially Open

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L-R Kregg Bruno, Jim Douglass, Janet Duprey, Peter Glushko, Adele Douglas, Brandy McDonald, Donald McBrayer

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Photos by Tim Mitchell

Developing a walking trail in Peru’s hamlet was first suggested in about 2005. On Sunday, October 5, 2014, years of discussions, planning, grant writing, financing, and construction climaxed at a Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony for the Little Ausable River Trail. Click here for individual photos. Click here for slideshow. 

An estimated 125 people gathered to begin their 1.25 walk to Heyworth/Mason Park. The ribbon cutting took place at the Route 22 entrance to the trail. At Heyworth-Mason Park Master of Ceremonies Garry Douglas welcomed Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Supervisor Peter Glushko, James Dawson, a Board member of Parks and Trails New York, and Karen Derusha, Clinton County Health Department’s Principal Educator.

Thanks were extended to the generous donations of property easements by landowners Winnfried and Stephanie Holderied, Cortland Forrence, John and Penny Clute, James Clute and Michael Thompson.

The Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, the Federal Recreational Trails Program, Parks and Trails New York and the Town of Peru funded the project. The Peru Lions Club, Stewart’s Shops, The North Country Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund and Peru’s Aubuchon Hardware also gave generously to fund trail amenities. Steven Fuller Excavating constructed the trail. Town of Peru employees put the finishing touches on the project.

Garry Douglas took the occasion to present a bouquet of flowers to his wife Adele who wrote the Town of Peru’s grant applications for the $1.06 million project. Grants funded approximately 75% of the total project cost.

The Peru Gazette is grateful to Tim Mitchell for his wonderful photos.

A Beautiful Day for Prayer and a Walk in God’s Beauty

WF 1 WF 2 wf 3Peru – There was a record turnout for today’s 4th Annual Walk of Faith sponsored by St. Augustine’s Church, the Peru Community Church, the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus. Following prayer and opening ceremonies the walkers traveled down Main Street to Heyworth/Mason Park and the Little Ausable River Trail. After the two-mile walk many enjoyed a delicious pulled pork dinner at St. Augustine’s Parish Center’s Paul Calkins Hall.  The dinner proceeds will benefit the the Mission of Hope and the Community Church’s Jamaica Project. Click here to see individual Walk of Faith Photos. Click here to see a slideshow. 

Hundreds Participate in Today’s Half Marathon and 10K Run

run run 2 run 3Peru – Approximately 300 runners participated in today’s 4th Annual Octoberfest Half Marathon and 10K Run. Runners departed from the Peru Fire House, ran down the Bear Swamp Road to Main Street, over to the Union Road, back to Elm Street and west on Pleasant Street before arriving at the Peru Gazette’s position at the corner of Pleasant Street and the River Road. We were able to capture a photo of most runners. Congratulations to all the participants! What a great way to assist a worthy cause. The Chip Hamilton family assisted by friends, family and community members started the event four years ago to honor Chip who passed away in 2011, a victim of pulmonary fibrosis. All proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Click here to view our slideshow. Accompanying music will play on a PC. Individual photos can be found on our gallery view and can be downloaded at no charge by placing your cursor in the upper left corner of a photo.


From the Peru Central School

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6 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 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:

• Recognition of Peru CSD as a College For Every Student (CFES) School of Distinction
• Report on community education
• Discussion of a veterans tax exemption survey

Meet the Candidates and Your Neighbors




A Message from Brandy McDonald, Chairman of the Peru Democratic Party

The Peru Democratic Party’s  “Meet and Greet” will be this Saturday October 11th, 2014 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Livingood’s Restaurant.

Each year in support of the Peru candidates who are running for election, we have a “Meet and Greet”. We feel that this function is a very important and effective way to get to know the candidates. It also serves as a time to get to know and have some quality time with fellow Democrats and neighbors.

There will be an assortment of free tasty snacks and a pay as you go bar available. As usual we will also be having drawings for some very nice and useful door prizes.

I look forward to seeing you at the “Meet and Greet” this Saturday, October 11th.
Best wishes,

Brandy McDonald

Walk in Faith and/or Enjoy a Pulled Pork Dinner to Benefit The Jamaica Project and The Mission of Hope

On Sunday, October 12th St. Augustine’s Church and the Peru Community Church will host their 8th Annual Walk of Faith. Registration will be behind St. Augustine’s Church from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. followed by a walk on Peru new walking trail. A pulled pork dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in Paul Calkins Hall at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. The dinner proceeds will be divided equally between the Community Church’s Jamaica Project and the North Country Mission of Hope. Walkers will only be charged $6 for the dinner, walking children 12 and under $3.  The non-walker price is $8 and $4.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Click Here for walk and dinner details

Town Board Regular Meeting on Thursday, October 9th

Here’s the Agenda Regular Mtg Agenda 9Oct2014

Chicken & Biscuit Time is Coming

Harkness –  On Sunday October 19th any time between 4:00 and 6:30pm, bring your family and meet your friends at the Harkness United Methodist Church Hall, 776 Hallock Hill Road, Peru (corner of Harkness & Hallock Hill Roads) to enjoy one of the North Country’s most delicious traditions; the Harkness United Methodist Church’s Chicken & Biscuit Dinner. This is the 107th year that the church has presented this mouth-watering feast for fans who come from far and wide to savor the chicken & biscuit meal, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, peas, cole slaw, beverages and dessert.

Dinners for Adults are $9.00, Seniors pay $8.00, Children ages 6 – 12 are $5.00, and Pre-schoolers eat free. Take-out meals are available and our new system has decreased the wait time considerably! If you are able, please bring a donation of non-perishable food for our Food Shelf collection. We would love to exceed the total that we collected last year. Hope to see you there!

Peru’s Town 2015 Budget Deliberations Are Underway

By John T. Ryan

Last Thursday evening, October 2, 2014, the Town Board accepted the Tentative Budget prepared by Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and the process of finalizing a 2015 Town Preliminary Budget is underway. Glushko told the Board that he used $140,000 from the Town’s fund balance to keep the Tentative Budget $53,212 below the estimated 2% NYS imposed tax cap. He emphasized, “Our goal is to not exceed the tax cap, but we can’t guarantee that at this time. We have to examine budget requests and learn the exact tax cap percentage.” Health insurance rates continue to be challenging. Glushko said he anticipates a 12% increase in health insurance costs.

The Board scheduled its budget workshops to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The general public is welcome to attend any and all workshops.

  • October 8th (Wednesday) – General portion of budget, which primarily includes the programs and activities originating in the Town Hall.
  • October 14th (Tuesday) – Valcour Sewer
  • October 16th (Thursday) – Highway Department
  • October 20th (Monday) – Water Department
  • October 23rd (Thursday) – Salaries
  • October 29th (Wednesday) – Only if necessary

Northern Stem Canker Found: A New Challenge for Soybean Growers

Northern New York. A serious crop disease called northern stem canker has been confirmed for the first time in Northern New York soybean fields as part of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program-funded NNY Corn and Soybean Disease Diagnosis and Assessment Database building project.

NSC occurs in most Midwestern states and in Ontario, but Cornell Plant Pathologist Gary C. Bergstrom says the finding in Jefferson County in northern NY and in six other counties elsewhere in the state is the first confirmation of NSC in New York or the northeastern U.S.

Reported yield losses to NSC in the Midwest have ranged from minor to in excess of 50 percent.

With additional funding from the New York Soybean Check-off Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE Field Crop Educators Michael E. Hunter and Kitty O’Neil scouted soybean production fields in all six northern NY counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence.

Hunter and O’Neil recorded observations on field conditions and diseases, and collected and sent plant samples to the Field Crop Pathology Laboratory at Cornell University for positive diagnosis of suspected disease problems.

‘One option soybean producers can immediately consider to manage NSC is to plant canker-resistant varieties,’ says Hunter, who works with farmers in Jefferson and Lewis counties. Read more »

Women to be Honored for Excellence by Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York

PLATTSBURGH, NY Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York announces the 2014 Women of Distinction honorees for Clinton, Essex, Franklin & Hamilton counties: Devi Momot – CEO, Twinstate Technologies – Distinguished Trailblazer; Tonia Finnegan – Materials Operations Controller, Graymont- Distinguished Community Leader; Kaysie Kyler – Distinguished Personal Achievement; Christine Darrah – Distinguished Leader of Tomorrow (age 17-21). These women will receive their recognition at a dinner event at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road in Plattsburgh, NY on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online. The event will include an extensive silent auction with proceeds benefiting Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. For more information, please contact Sandra Grady, Director of Fund Development at Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (518-348-1413 x408).

Women of Distinction (WOD) is a nationwide program of Girl Scouts of the USA that recognizes the achievements of women. Since 1985, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York has been hosting WOD events in different areas of the council from Plattsburgh to Albany. The council covers 15 counties in Upstate New York and serves nearly 11,000 girls. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouts with helping them to build the set of skills that paved their road to success.

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Peru Federal Credit Union to Expand and to Become Much More Visible

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Architectural drawing of new facility

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Federal Credit Union moved into its current Davey Drive location in 1998. By July 2015, it should be celebrating the opening of a new and greatly expanded facility still on the Bear Swamp road, but closer to the Adirondack Northway. Dignitaries and staff members participated in the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at the new location, directly across from Livingood’s Restaurant and adjacent to the the Peru Veterinary Clinic.

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Credit Union Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee

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L-R – Staff members Nicole Prentiss, Dianne King, Morgan Kowalowski, Abbey Shay and Maggie Pope assisted by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey

Credit Union CEO Maggie Pope is enthusiastic about several aspects of the new building. She explained, “With 2,100 members we’ve outgrown our current facility. The new building is built with growth in mind. We’ll be offering additional services including a 24-hour ATM and a two-lane drive-thru. We’ll also have a larger lobby and more office space.” At 3,400 square feet, the new building will be almost 2.5 times larger than the current building.

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The Peru Federal Credit Union is comprised of employee groups; all the entities involved in the construction project are credit union members. Pope told those assembled, “Our new building is being built by our members for our members.” The general contractor is Steven E. Fuller Excavating, the engineering firm is AES Northeast, the heating and refrigeration contractor is A. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical, the electrical contractor William J. Murray and the security firm is Security Concepts. Employees from these firms along with employees of the Peru Central School, AuSable Valley Central School and other businesses and institutions comprise the credit union’s membership.

Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko expressed satisfaction regarding the credit union’s expansion. He stated, “The members will appreciate the expanded services and the development along Bear Swamp Road is good for the town. We’re extending the water district to the Northway (I87). I’m hopeful that more businesses will be locating there.”

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The Peru Credit Federal Credit Union’s Current Facility

The Bear Swamp Road I87 Exit 35 offers easy access to the credit union, restaurants such as Subway, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Livingood’s and Pasquale’s along with a gift shop, a financial service office, medical offices and insurance agencies. It’s also an often-used exit for Peru, Keeseville, AuSable Forks and Adirondack Region visitors and residents.

Owens Speaks at Major Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance Conference

From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens

WASHINGTON—Yesterday Congressman Bill Owens spoke at the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance’s (Can/Am BTA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The event focused on infrastructure improvements, trade facilitation reforms, and the effective management of the U.S./Canada border.

“Our northern border is the backbone of the largest economic relationship in the world,” said Owens. “Investing in improved border services with our Canadian partners and implementing technological innovations in border management encourage the uninhibited growth of secure trade and tourism, growing the U.S. economy and supporting local business communities on both sides of the border.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S.-Canada freight value totaled $55.2 billion in July 2014, a 10.5 percent increase over the previous year. Read more »

John Bruno: A Man Who Made a Difference

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John Bruno on September 25, 2014

John T. Ryan

The Peru Gazette planned to make a phone call to John Bruno this morning to ask a few follow-up questions before publishing an article about his service to our community. Bruno’s Ford tractor pulling his red wagon filled with Valehaven Adult Home and Assisted Living residents has been familiar sight in Peru’s neighborhoods for several years. Unfortunately, John Bruno was not able to answer our questions. The 80-year old Schuyler Falls farmer passed away yesterday. A story about his life appears on today’s Press Republican obituary page.

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Valehaven residents accompanied by Living Coordinator Debbie Pierce (3rd on left)

Last Thursday, September 25, 2014, John Bruno was sitting in his truck outside Valehaven while he waited patiently for residents to finish lunch. He pointed out the dog bed on the truck’s front seat and explained how is dog “Georgie” loved that bed. Asked why he came to Valehaven, Bruno responded, “One time years ago I was in the hospital for several weeks. I know how much people need visitors and to get outside. Today I’m taking them through those neighborhoods over there (Button Brook) and then down the Mannix Road.”

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John Bruno in the September 20, 2014 Applefest Parade

This morning Valehaven’s Resident Care Coordinator Lindsey Ashline wiped away tears as she said, “It’s heart-breaking. John was here on Saturday. He visited us three times a week. Everyone looked forward to his visits and the residents loved Georgie.” Ashline said staff members and many Valehaven residents plan to attend the celebration of John’s life at his Schuyler Falls home tomorrow afternoon.

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John Bruno departs from Valehaven for his last wagon ride for residents

While some people describe John Bruno as being outspoken and not afraid to speak his mind, the people at Valehaven remember him as being soft-spoken, warm-hearted and humorous. He brought a sense of joy each time he visited. When interviewed by The Peru Gazette John Bruno did not boast about many of the things mentioned in his obituary. He appears to have been a man who loved and served his neighbor. His actions spoke louder than his words. He will be missed by many people in this community.

Here is his obituary.

SCHUYLER FALLS – John Albert Bruno, 80, of Route 22B, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born July 2, 1934, in Schuyler Falls, the son of the late Clarence C. Sr. and Florence A. (Brelia) Bruno. Read more »

Great Upcoming Events at Chazy’s Alice T. Miner Museum

October 9: Get to Know Alice Morse Earle
Historian Susan Reynolds Williams, author of Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America, will be here on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. to talk about this important figure in the Colonial Revival movement. Earle’s books about Colonial history, domestic life, and material culture were valued resources for collectors like Alice T. Miner.
November 13: Sounds of the Northway

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on November 13 for an evening of song with Sounds of the Northway. One of the North Country’s favorite musical groups, Sounds of the Northway performs a variety of genres, including traditional and contemporary folk songs, historical and contemporary songs about women’s history, and liturgical music.

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Hall of Fame Banquet Photos

Gary Edwards was kind enough to provide The Peru Gazette with a few photo from Saturday night’s 2014 Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. Cameron Riggs, Nicky Viti – Duprey and John Rock were present. Jennifer Goette is in Gamba, Africa with the Peace Corp. Jennifer’s father came from Oregon to speak on her behalf. Travis Angevine was in Asia on business and was leaving Taiwan for home and couldn’t get a connection to arrive in time for the banquet.

If anyone else has banquet photos, the Gazette would be happy to post them.Cam Riggs & family Cameron Riggs, Nicky Viti-Duprey, John Rock Cameron Riggs family & friends 3 Jennifer Geotte's father Butch Goette-1 John Rock
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Three Peru Residents Are Part of Today’s Honor Flight


Bernie Steuart (left) and his escort


Larry McSweeney escorted by his step-grandson Tim Mitchell


Ted Soucia escorted by his wife Marie

By John T. Ryan

Longtime Peru residents and military veterans Ted Soucia, Bernie Steuart and Larry McSweeney are Washington D.C. bound today as they are honored for service to our country by the North Country Honor Flight.

Larry McSweeney, a longtime member of the Peru Volunteer Fire Department, was ready to go when two fire trucks, an ambulance and several fire fighters arrived at his Pleasant Street home at 6 a.m. this morning.  Ten “Plattsburgh Hog” motorcyclists led the procession to the U.S. Oval.

Clinton County Legislator Peter Keenan is also on the flight. He is escorting Willsboro resident and U.S. AIr Force veteran Thomas Thornton.

Click here to see Larry McSweeney being picked up and the ceremonies at the U.S. Oval and Clinton County International Airport. 

Please turn up your speakers to enjoy the music. 



Larry McSweeney’s step-grandson Chris Mitchell assists


Peru Music Students to Participate in the String Pulse Experience

Daisy Jopling will be attending Peru CSD on Friday, October 3rd to work with Mezzo and Avanti String students and Music Teacher Mrs. Fitzsimmons during their regular class meeting times. Daisy’s producer and program administrator will be attending as well.

The String Pulse Experience ( is a totally free, highly professional, program for music and dance students of the Adirondacks. It will give young artists an opportunity to participate in music and dance training which will last through the spring of 2015 and end with a grand finale onstage at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  The students will perform with Daisy Jopling and her band in an original show that features soaring melodies, exciting rhythms from around the world, spoken word and beats, and body percussion written for youth. Daisy has created a spectacular evening that mixes classical music and rock.

Daisy and The String Pulse Experience debuted in Westchester County, NY and performed in April 2014 to a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theatre in Peekskill.  Daisy was born in London, England and now lives in NY State. She has toured the world with the creative string trio, “Triology” ( and with her own band, the Daisy Jopling Band. Her credits include playing at the opening of the Vienna Festival for 30,000 people (May 2004, 2005), writing music for many films (such as arranging and recording with Triology the music of Hans Zimmer in Hollywood, “Spanglish” and “The Road to El Dorado”), and recorded 7 CDs, two with BMG RCA Victor.

An apple-loving man of the cloth

Heat cost likely to chill – Times Union

Walking Trail Opening Ceremony October 5th

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Come join us for a walk or run and celebrate our new trail

We’ll meet at Sullivan Park, cut a ribbon to make it official, and then make our way to Heyworth/Mason Park along the Town’s new 1.25 mile trail. At the Park there will be light refreshments, a short program of speakers and fun activities for kids. Music will be provided by Peru’s own Don Yo. After the festivities you can make your way back to Sullivan Park via the trail or road system.


Time Activity Location
1:00 – 1:15 Ribbon cutting ceremony Sullivan Park and Rt. 22 Trailhead
1:15 to 2:00 1.25-mile trail walk/run Rt. 22 Trailhead along the trail to Heyworth-Mason Park
2:00 to 3:00 Celebration! Speeches, music, refreshments and fun activities for the kids Heyworth-Mason Park


If you have any questions please call Adele Douglas @ 643-7863,Kathy Flynn @ 643-2745 ext 2,

or Kathy Maldonado @ 617-304-2505.


Dogs on leashes are welcome if they get along well with others and if you clean-up after them.




Out of the Attic

Little Haystack Mountain Hike

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Nancy Miner and Chris Ashley enjoying the view from the summit. This is a very short hike that brings you to excellent views after about 45 minutes of climbing. The drawback is that it’s a very steep climb near the top. The trail is narrow and mostly hard packed dirt, there’s just enough flagging to keep you going in the right direction. The trail starts in Buck Pond Campground (off Rte 30 in Onchiota), it branches off the old railway bed trail that runs past Lake Kushaqua.

Town Board Pauses to Remember Keith Matott

The Peru Town Board conducted a moment of silence and reflected on the contributions made to the Town of Peru by former Peru Code Enforcement Officer Keith Matott at its Monday, September 22, 2014 meeting. Keith Matott passed away on September 14th. Glushko said Matott’s experience was invaluable in the formulation of the town’s new comprehensive plan and commended Matott’s service to the town. There were long lines at Matott’s wake and people filled Sacred Heart Church in Chazy for his funeral.

Enforcement of the town’s noise ordinance has proven to be difficult. State Police do not have the time to enforce the law. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department may be able enforce the law if the county collects any fines levied. Supervisor Glushko will be investigating this option.

The Board also:

  • Scheduled a Tax Cap Public Hearing for October 9th at 6:30 p.m. Supervisor Glushko said there are no plans to exceed the state-imposed tax cap, but if the 2015 budget necessitates exceeding the tax cap, a public hearing has to have been held.
  • Passed a resolution supporting the local effort to purchase and preserve the Old Stone Barracks on the Old Base.
  • Authorized Adele Douglas to seek prices from consultants for developing a Main Street improvement plan. All costs will be paid by a previously acquired grant.
  • At the request of Supervisor Glushko, the Board delayed passing a resolution regarding the oil trains passing through the region. Glushko said a City of Plattsburgh group is researching the issue. He favors delaying action until that group makes its recommendations on the best course of action.
  • Noted that a Disaster Preparedness Seminar will be held on October 2nd at 8 a.m. in the Plattsburgh Office of Emergency Services.
  • Encouraged participation in the October 5th Walking Trail ribbon cutting. Speed limits and no-passing double lines for vehicles approaching the walking trail on Route 22 will be pursued.
  • Discussed resolving the issues a few employees are having with the newly installed time clocks. The Employee Handbook will have to be updated to include a new time clock policy.
  • Approved sale of the Highway Department stone crusher to Peru Sand and Gravel in the amount of $25,000.
  • Received an invitation from the Peru Federal Credit Union to attend a groundbreaking for its new Bear Swamp Road building. The ceremony is scheduled for September 30th at 3:30 p.m.

Highway Salt To Cost $35,000 More Than Expected

Peru town officials learned that it would cost more to keep Town of Peru’s highways safe this coming winter at their Monday, September 8, 2014 meeting. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell informed the Board that salt will cost $73.65 a ton, 27% higher than budgeted and increasing the total cost from an estimated $75,000 to $110,000. Counselors discussed reducing salt usage and other alternatives, but concluded that safety is their highest priority. The salt is especially needed on lightly traveled highways. Salt industry officials attribute the price increase to last year’s hard winter. Inventories have been depleted and communities have placed large orders for this winter. It’s the old supply-demand story.

In other actions the Board:

  • Reappointed Deborah Witherwax to the Board of Assessment review.
  • Approved renewal of the Cable Franchise Agreement with Charter Communications. The Town of Peru receives approximately $60,000 annually as a franchise fee.
  • Set the Walking Trail Official Opening Ceremony for October 5, 2014. The ribbon cutting will be held at Sullivan Park at 1:00 p.m. Participants will walk the 1.25 mile trail to Heyworth-Mason Park for light refreshments, children’s activities and a brief program. Interpretative signs and a safety sign on Route 22 will be erected. The trail has been deemed ready for final inspection.
  • Counselors emphasized that the walking trail is not a dog park. Dogs are to be on leashes and users must clean up after their animals. It will be a wonderful community resource if all users follow the rules.

Harvest Dinner Proceeds Will Benefit Your Neighbors

autumn_harvest_208179Here’s a great way to meet friends, enjoy a great meal and help a good cause. On Saturday, October 11th from 4 to 7 p.m. the Keeseville Knights of Columbus at their 1435 Route 9 hall will serve a harvest turkey dinner and all the trimmings with all proceeds benefitting the United Way of the Adirondack Region. It’s only $10 a meal with children 5 and under free.  Take-outs are available. Call 834-4689. The Knights of Columbus have served this meal for several years. It’s a great meal!


From the Office of Elise Stefanik

Stefanik Set to Appear on Republican, Conservative and Independence Lines in November

Glens Falls—Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik today officially accepted the nomination of New York’s Independence Party.

“I am honored to accept the Independence Party nomination,” said Stefanik. “I’m committed to working with leaders across our District to unite the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party to ensure a new generation of leadership representing the North Country in Washington.”

“I also want to thank Matt Doheny for providing the Republicans a great opportunity to win back this seat serving the people of the 21st District,” added Stefanik.

“We are proud to support Elise’s candidacy for the 21st District,” said Tom Connolly, Vice Chair of New York’s Independence Party. “Since announcing her campaign, Elise has worked tirelessly to earn the trust of voters district wide, and we are pleased she will be appearing on the Independence line this November.”

Tar sands oil Albany-bound? – Times Union

Tar sands oil Albany-bound? – Times Union.

This oil would probably pass through the Town of Peru! 

Enjoy a Patsy Cline Experience This Coming Saturday

shanePeru – Come enjoy an evening of great entertainment and learn about the life of Patsy Cline. Patsy Cline impersonator Courtney Shayne will perform of the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center on Saturday, September 27th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

For advance sales contact Howard Bell at or Debbie Bell at 643-2261. Tickets are also available at the Community Church office in the Fellowship Center.

All proceeds will benefit the Peru Community Church Capital Fund Campaign.

NAMI:CV Conference to feature “BIG NAME” Speaker

Plattsburgh, NY, September 10th, 2014 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley is pleased to announce that we will sponsor and host the first ever Keys to Recovery Conference on October 9th, 2014, at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  

The conference is an opportunity for peers (those who utilize mental health services), families, providers and interested community members to come together to learn about, discuss and celebrate mental health.  Topics include: Mental Health Recovery, Homelessness, Trauma, Creativity and the Arts etc.

Keynote speaker is Jennifer Ayers-Moore whose brother was portrayed in the movie “The Soloist” featuring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.  The film depicts the life of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers who is a cello prodigy who develops Schizophrenia and becomes homeless.  The story is an inspiration; and Jennifer’s plan is to inspire the community.

For more information, and to interview Jennifer Ayers-Moore, please contact NAMI:CV.

Oil Train Resolution on Town Board Agenda Tonight

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