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Dog Law Update Explained

The Peru Town Board has proposed updating the Town’s Dog Control Law.  Town Supervisor Peter Glushko explained that the changes being proposed are concentrated in Section 17 of the law. Mr. Glushko stated, “We clarified the requirement for dog owners to pay all vet bills incurred by the Town before that can reclaim their dog from the shelter. That requirement used to be spelled out in our contract with Elmore SPCA before all the changes they required before contracting with us.” Glushko said NYS law requires that the Town provide stabilizing vet care to any dog picked up with medical issues.  He concluded, ” Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay vet bills because of violations of the leash law.'”

The Town Board’s public hearing will be held on Monday September 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM before its regular meeting.

Long-awaited Lake Champlain cleanup plan targets farms | NCPR News

2015 Run For John Results

A Good Pastor and a Good Friend Retires

Rev SvBy John T. Ryan

The past several days were undoubtedly memorable for Reverend Dr. Robert Svenson. Last Friday evening the Peru Community Church hosted a Recognition Dinner to honor his service as their pastor. Sunday he delivered his last sermon at the church and Monday he officially retired after forty-two years of ministry.

Anyone attending Friday night’s dinner soon became aware of that it was going to be a joyous, friendly, informal evening. All the speakers, including the church’s youth group president, addressed Reverend Svenson as “Bob.” It was very clear that his congregation regarded him as both a pastor and a friend. St. Augustine’s Church Pastor Reverend Alan Shnob was one of the people sitting at Rev. Svenson’s table. Interviewed last Thursday Rev. Svenson explained, “Our two Peru churches have always had a close relationship. My friendship with Father Alan started with a lunch. I don’t recall who asked whom out to lunch. Now if we can’t do lunch every Friday we’ll do dinner. He often invites me over to the rectory where Roberta (the rectory housekeeper) or his sister Carol cooks a great meal.”

Asked what he considers to be his great accomplishment Reverend Svenson responded, “I can’t think of any one thing. A lot has nothing to do with me, but I supported it – the Jamaican Mission, the Youth Group DC Mission program, teaching counseling to other pastors with Don Haight. This church also has a history of community outreach. We participated in the Family Promise Program where every month we would house one family for a week. Last night a group worked at the St. Augustine’s Soup Kitchen. These are the types of things that really matter. If my ministry has been successful it’s because God has been good to us and because the people in this church are sensational at pitching in.”

Reverend Svenson said the Peru Community Church’s community outreach flows from its worship service. He said, “Preaching! It’s a huge responsibility. You are teaching the people about God and who Jesus Christ is. If the worship service isn’t the center of the church then it’s just a social agency. Worship is the center of what we do here and everything else flows from that, our mission, our action.”

After The Peru Gazette published photos of Friday night’s Recognition Dinner, Community Church member Paul Madore addressed a comment to Rev. Svenson, “Your sermons here were second to none, and you have helped so many, many members with such well prepared, Holy Spirit inspired sermons. Words cannot express the admiration for you as our preacher, our mentor, our angel on earth, and I’m proud to say a friend.”

Reverend Svenson had special praise for Amanda Connelly, the church’s office manager/bookkeeper. He said, “I could not do what I do without Amanda Connelly. My career here has to a large extent been successful because of Amanda. She has been invaluable.”

Wednesday morning Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” Svenson will be driving a truck to Syracuse where he’ll meet one of his five children who will accompany him to Tucson, Arizona. There he will reside with his daughter Elizabeth. His son Christopher lives next door to Elizabeth. Christopher’s job often takes him out of town, so Reverend Svenson is looking forward to spending a lot of time with Christopher’s three children.

He would like to stay in contact with his friends and recently joined Facebook. He can be emailed at

Click here to read our 2008 story about Reverend Svenson’s being installed as pastor. 

Babbie Museum 5th Annual Kids Fair and Festival

5th Annual Kids Fair and Festival – September 12-13, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm.

Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum, 250 River Rd., Peru, NY 12972.

Old time games including hopscotch, sack races, corn box, bobbing for apples, pumpkin tic tac toe, egg races, bean bag toss; stagecoach and Thomas the Train rides; hayrides; face painting; visit the animals; climb the hay mound; watch the Blacksmith at work.  Picnic area available. Lunch will be available from Kat’s Katering.

Tile Drainage Benefits Farms and Environment

Microsoft Word - Document26A Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project report encourages farmers to consider the benefits of tile drainage to both crop production and environmental stewardship. The research is especially timely as farms face changes to the environmental standards they are required to meet and at a time when federal and state funding is available for installing the tile drainage.

As many states refine their phosphorus management requirements for farm nutrient management plans, it is critical that the models they use are based on representative field conditions and sound data, says project leader Eric Young, research agronomist at W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY.

Young estimates the return on investment from installing tile drainage on farms with slow or very slow permeability is from seven to 12 percent over five to 10 years.

The goal of the most recent tile drainage research funded by the farmer-driven NNYADP was to compare phosphorus losses between tile drained and undrained test plots designed to simulate field-scale conditions typical of northern NY dairies.

Undrained conditions resulted in greater surface water runoff and phosphorus losses compared to tile drained lots, Young says. Read more »

Evans Family and Volunteers Are Dedicated to the Run For Jon

evansToday was the 25th anniversary of the Run For Jon. In 1990, 13 year-old Jonathan Evans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, two long time friends of the Evans family, Mark Elmore and Scott Woodward, organized the first Run for Jon to raise money to help pay for expenses related to Jon’s illness. Two weeks before the 2nd Run, Jonathan passed away. Every year since then, the family and friends have held the Run for Jon to raise money for the families of local children with serious medical problems.

The Peru Gazette arrived before today’s run to take photos of the Evans family and several of the volunteers who make the event possible. Click here to see our Peru Gazette photos. 

Peru Gazette Enjoyed Our Visit to Maplegrand/Irwin Farms Today

lemonLearn all about today’s farms today at Maplegrand/Irwin Farms, 135 Jarvis Rd. in Peru. You still have time. The program ends at 3 p.m. Here are a few Peru Gazette photos. It was a pleasure seeing Mrs. Bert Irwin out and about. It’s a beautiful day to visit one our region’s most beautiful farms. It’s a small farm by today’s standards milking 80 cows. However, Brothers Melvin, Jim and Bob Irwin also lease land and sell rolled hay, registered holsteins and feed crops as well as running an orchard opposite Peru Elementary School. Today’s program is sponsored by the Clinton County Farm Bureau. Click here to see our Peru Gazette photos.

A Worshipping Community Says Good-by and Thank You

Rev. Svenson receives a parting gift from dinner chair Cindy LaFountain

Rev. Svenson receives a parting gift from dinner chair Cindi LaFountain

August 29, 2015 – There was a very large turnout at the August 28, 2015 Recognition Dinner for retiring Peru Community Church Pastor Reverend Dr. Robert Svenson. It was a joyous evening as members of the clergy, church members and Reverend “Bob’s” friends thanked him for his service over the past twelve years. The evening closed with a surprise performance from Reverend Svenson’s longtime friend Broadway Star Karen Mason. A video of her performance is posted on the Peru Gazette Facebook page.

A Peru Gazette interview with Rev. Dr. Svenson will be published next week.  By the time that interview is posted, Reverend Svenson will likely be on his way to Tucson, Arizona where two of his five children and three of his grandchildren reside. He will deliver his last Peru sermon tomorrow.  Click here to view more Peru Gazette photos of last evening’s dinner.

Everyone rose with applause at the evening's close.

Everyone rose with applause at the evening’s close.

Today Saturday, August 29th – A Day on the Farm in Peru

Irwin FarmFrom 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (August 29, 2015) Maplegrand Farms/Irwin Farm,135 Jarvis Road in Peru will host farm tours, agricultural exhibits, hayrides, a machinery lineup, a children’s activity center with coloring and activity books, local vendors, bouncy house, cheese, wine and maple tastings. A BBQ lunch will be available for purchase.

Brewery coming to Plattsburgh’s U.S. Oval | Local News – WPTZ Home

Jessy Jolicoeur, owner of Oval Craft Brewing, says his brewery is set to open around Christmastime at the U.S. Oval

Source: Brewery coming to Plattsburgh’s U.S. Oval | Local News – WPTZ Home

Congressional Staff to be in Saranac Tuesday

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY-21) staff will be on hand with the NY-21 Mobile Office at the Saranac Town Hall on Tuesday, September 22nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Town Hall is located at 3662 Route 3 in Saranac, 12981.

Congresswoman Stefanik’s mobile office hours will be updated on her website here. For a list of constituent services our office provides, click here.

“One of my key goals and commitments as the Representative of New York’s 21st district is to ensure that our residents have unparalleled access to constituent services,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our district is one of the largest districts on the East Coast, and in order to make sure everyone who needs our help can be served, I’m proud to launch this mobile office to help North Country residents who reside in areas across the district. Please let us know how we can be of service to you.”

How to Help A Peru/Ausable Forks Family in Medical Crisis


Nate and Rebecca Bushey


James, Gary and Aedan Bushey

My name is Nancy, and I am working with a group of unbelievably generous people who are putting on a huge Benefit this coming Sunday, 8/30, for Au Sable Forks native, current Peru resident Nate Bushey (my son), who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma to the brain, lungs and lymph nodes.  We were hoping something could run in the paper letting area residents know of the event, being held at the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh.

We hope the turnout will be quite large, is scheduled to last all day. There have already been an unbelievable number of donations for a huge auction, all to go to Nate and his family (wife Rebecca, and young sons James, Gary and Aedan, ages 5, 3 and 2 respectively) to help with medical and living expenses as Nate cannot work because of the location of the largest, inoperable, brain tumor.  We are also humbly accepting donations at  Below is Nate’s story thus far and attached is the advertising poster we’ve created.

We would so GREATLY appreciate more exposure for Nate, his Benefit on 8/30 and the GoFundMe campaign.  Thank you for your time in reading this.

Kindest Regards,

Nancy Revelle


Nate’s story:

Nate is a 26 year old husband and father of three beautiful little boys, aged 5, 3, and 2 years.

Nate’s cancer journey began in 2013 when a skin lesion on his back was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. The large lesion was removed along with nearby lymph nodes and he began a series of PET scans, all of which had been clear.

On June 22, 2015 Nate was in a serious automobile accident, from which he had only minor injuries, but was comprehensively evaluated for head and neck trauma by the incredible staff of CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, NY.  A suspicious head CT lead to an MRI, which revealed 4 brain tumors, 5 lung tumors and the dreaded diagnosis of stage IV metastatic melanoma.

The largest brain lesion is dangerously situated next to the brain stem in the pons and is inoperable.  The pons region of the brain controls the body’s motor function (movement).   Immediately he was started on whole brain radiation to shrink this critical tumor.

Nate had no insurance coverage at the time, and could not continue his job as a FedEx Ground driver. Driving is out of the question as the pons tumor could at any time cause seizures, stroke or paralysis. Needless to say, I dropped everything and was on the next plane to NY from my home and work in California.

In July Nate had a consultation for chemotherapy at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to give him the best possible chance at seeing his little boys grow up. The prognosis is not encouraging, however.  A treatment plan was drawn up and Nate is currently in the first phase of immunotherapy treatment.  His doctor at Sloan Kettering is working very closely with Nate’s local oncology team in Plattsburgh.  We all hope and pray that the treatment plan will be successful in managing Nate’s widespread cancer.

Unable to work and with very little income on state disability, Nate, his wife Rebecca and sons James, Gary and Aedan need significant help with medical and other bills, utilities, food and daily necessities.  All funds donated go directly to Nate to help get him and his family through this nightmare. To say your help is immensely appreciated is such an understatement. Every little bit helps, every prayer, every dollar, every positive thought and good wish.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Click here for all the details

“Fuses Madonna to Beethoven”

The Strand Center for the Arts (SCA) proudly announces the grand reopening of the beautifully restored Strand Center Theatre on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 with WELL-STRUNG, The Singing String Quartet

WELL-STRUNG features classical musicians who sing, putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Katy Perry and more.  The group has quickly gained international attention for being a unique combination of string quartet and boy band.  

The New York Times called them “a talented quartet of men that brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven”; and the New York Daily News called them “the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games”.

The group has been featured on The TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, the CBS News and ABC Television as well as The Huffington Post among many other national media outlets. While making their London debut in the West End at the Leicester Square Theatre, BBC Radio host Jo Good called Well-Strung “absolutely amazing” after their on-air performance and interview for her show.

For more information about WELL-STRUNG visit

Prior to the performance we will unveil the new look and feel of the SCA with a short interactive mixed media rebranding presentation by Boire Benner Group.

Boire Benner Group is a Plattsburgh based marketing and design firm who has been working on a comprehensive rebranding for the SCA and The Strand Theatre. Prior to the September 26th performance, by WELL-STRUNG, using the theatre’s state of the art digital cinema equipment, they will unveil the new look and feel of the SCA through their efforts in social media marketing, rebranding, logo design, brand identity, website design, SEO, graphic design and print & digital advertising.

The Well Strung performance will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the historic Strand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

Tickets range in price by $25 to $45 depending on assigned seat location. Tickets purchased before the 26th the day of the performance by Strand Center members, seniors, military and students will receive a discount of $5 per ticket.

To purchase advance tickets, visit, call 518.563.1604 or visit our Box Office at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York. Box office hours are Wednesday-Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the concert (if available) at the Strand Theatre located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, New York.

The Strand Center for the Arts programming is supported by: The New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature, This Event is Sponsored by Meadowbrook Healthcare, University of Vermont Heath Network-CVPH, Best Western Inn and Suites, Northern Insuring and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Theatre is a landmark of cultural and historic importance. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, New York, the Strand Theatre was originally built as a Vaudeville Theatre in 1924 and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.

Route 9 Farm Stand Offers Organically-Grown Vegetables and Flowers

DSC02504DSC02561By John T. Ryan

Peru’s Rehoboth Homestead is well known as a Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) farm where members come for fresh, organically grown produce. However, the C.S.A.’s operator Beth Spaugh-Barber would like everyone to know that you don’t have to be a member to purchase items at her Route 9 farmstand located just one mile south of the Bear Swamp Road.

Organically grown vegetables and flowers thrive on the three-acre plot of rich soil surrounding the roadside stand and within the three hoophouses on the Jabez Allen Road. Beth says the farmstand’s business has doubled this summer attracting both local residents and visitors to our beautiful area and it’s easy to see why. This morning numerous fresh flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, candy onions, squash, kale, eggplant, fresh eggs and numerous other items were offered for sale. The farmstand is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays until Columbus Day (October 12th). If Beth isn’t at the stand, you can leave money in a box, so bring small bills. Click here to view all our Peru Gazette farmstand photos. 


Beth Spaugh-Barber harvests fresh flowers each morning for her farmstand



Peru Lions Club Golf Classic – September 13th

The Peru Lions Club will be hosting its 21th Annual Stanley Hughes Golf Classic on Sunday, September 13th at The Barracks Golf Club at 12:00 p.m. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a team handicap of 40+.  Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  There will also be prizes for closest to the pin and closest to the crooked line.  A buffet dinner will follow the round.  Cost is $65 per person.  Barracks members are $40.

Player forms can be picked up at The Barracks, online at (click register for events), or contact: Jim Kieslich – 643-2482,  Dave Dalton – 643-9618,  Ed Eisele 643-2865

A Summer Saturday Morning Along Route 9

This morning, August 22, 2015, The Peru Gazette took two hours to visit three beautiful places along Route 9 beginning at the Peru Dock, then the  veranda at Clinton Community College and the Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market. We don’t think it will take you long to discover why we enjoyed out brief trip.

Peru Dock:  At the end of South Junction Rd turn right onto Route 9. The Peru Launch is about ½ mile ahead on the left.

Clinton Community College veranda view of Lake Champlain, 136 Clinton Point Dr., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 

Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 

Slideshow of all three with music (on a PC) 

Utica gets win as Cuomo announces two major chip projects – Times Union

The GE lab, which will focus on packaging silicon carbide chips for use in power devices, will be part of the $500 million manufacturing consortium that GE and SUNY Poly created last year, which is setting up a pilot manufacturing line at SUNY Poly’s Albany campus. The GE lab will look at how to package silicon carbide chips into power components such as solar panel inverters, electric vehicles and wind turbines. Two years ago, Cuomo announced the construction of the $125 million Quad-C building as the centerpiece for his $1.5 billion “Nano Utica” program that would focus on computer chip packaging technology research. Ruiz was CEO of Advanced Micro Devices when it struck its historic $1.4 billion deal in 2006 with New York state to build a computer chip factory in Saratoga County. Ruiz confirmed he had looked into possibly buying IBM’s computer chip packaging facility in Bromont, Quebec, earlier this year after IBM unloaded its computer chip manufacturing plants in East Fishkill and Essex Junction, Vt. to GlobalFoundries. The deal with AMS appears to be similar to the one Cuomo negotiated with SolarCity to build a solar panel manufacturing factory in Buffalo. The ownership allows the state and SUNY Poly to keep control of the site instead of giving money directly to a private company, a method Cuomo prefers. The Utica fab will produce analog chips used in sensors and other devices that convert light, sound or vibrations into binary code used to route information in microprocessors.

Source: Utica gets win as Cuomo announces two major chip projects – Times Union

Here’s Monday’s Town Board Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the August 10, 2015 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Surveillance Cameras for Walking Trail. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Retainer Wall in Heyworth Mason Park. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Holden Avenue Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Unison Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: 2016 Town Budget. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Employee Handbook Updates. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2016 Contract for Assessment Services by Clinton County
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills. 

MOTION:    Adjourn

Battinelli Exhibits “The Escape” on Prison Break in September at The Strand Center

Battinelli small sample

Left to right: Kennedy Patnode-Gebo, Kalli, Patnode-Gebo, Kelsey Patnode-Gebo, James Gebo Jr., Marybeth Patnode-Gebo stand next to the manhole where inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped.

The Strand Center for the Arts will be showcasing a new series of documentary photography centered on the Dannemora prison break by artist Damian Battinelli. This exhibit, titled “The Escape,” will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from September 4th to October 2nd, 2015. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, September 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Damian Battinelli started his photo journey in 1995 when his father bought him a 35mm camera for Christmas. He took photography classes in high school at Peru Central School, Read more »

It’s Time to Sign up for the “Mr. B” Tournament

The 6th Annual Leo P. Bourgeois Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Friday, October 2nd at the Adirondack Golf & Country Club in Peru. Mr. Bourgeois was a long standing and much revered guidance counselor at Peru Central School. To honor his legacy, PCS alumni founded the golf tournament in 2011 to fund a scholarship program to provide financial aid to deserving PCS seniors pursing a post-secondary education. Since the tournament’s inception 11 scholarships totaling $13,200 have been awarded.

Entry fee for the four-person scramble tournament is $65 per person or $260 per team ($56 per person for Adirondack Golf & Country Club members) which includes greens fees, golf cart, gift bags, awards and a hors d’oeuvres reception following the tournament. Non-golfers and alumni are encouraged to attend the reception at a cost of $20.00 per person.

Tournament sponsorships are also available and range from $50 to $150. Donations of any amount are also gratefully accepted. For more information about the tournament, entering a team, becoming a sponsor, donor or to volunteer, contact Cheryl Breen Randall at 524-1192 or by email at

Art Supply Sale and Art Auction Fundraiser at The Strand Center August 29

The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to announce that they will be hosting an art sale and auction on Saturday, August 29, 2015. This will be a one night only event that will take place in the Main Gallery at The Strand Center for the Arts on 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. The Strand Center will be auctioning-off original artworks and selling a variety of art supply items. Both the art sale and auction will last from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 29 and are free & open to the public.

This art sale and auction will act as a fundraiser for The Strand Center for the Arts. The Strand Center will be auctioning-off and selling a variety of items including original paintings, watercolor & oil paints, paintbrushes, canvas materials, novelties, artist’s books and frames. This is a great opportunity that one will not want to miss, especially not for our area’s local artists. Read more »

Learn How to Reduce Suicidal Behaviors and Save a Life From Suicide

The Clinton County Coalition To Prevent Suicide and the Suicide Prevention Center presents:

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (

The QPR mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The four cornerstones of the theory upon which our approach is derived are these:

1. Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it.

2. The person most likely to prevent you from dying by suicide is someone you already know.

3. Prior to making a suicide attempt, those in a suicidal crisis are likely to send warning signs of their distress and suicidal intent to those around them.

4. When we solve the problems people kill themselves to solve, the reasons for suicide disappear.

Sign up for one of our sessions!

Session I: September 23rd, 2015

Location: SUNY at Plattsburgh, Angel College Center –Alumni Conference Room

Parking: College Center off of Park Ave – lots 27 and 28.

(if you park anywhere else it will be at your own risk, tickets may be issued)

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

Cost: Free


Session II: September 23rd, 2015

Location: SUNY at Plattsburgh, Angel College Center — Alumni Conference Room

Parking: College Center off of Park Ave – lots 27 and 28.

(if you park anywhere else it will be at your own risk, tickets may be issued)

Time: 1-2:3

25th Annual Run For Jon on August 29th


Peru Gazette Photo of Run For Jon 2014

The 25th annual Run For Jon to raise for the North Country families with children in medical crisis will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 29th at Forrence Orchards on the Mannix Road in Peru.

Registration for the 2.5 mile cross-country run, 1.25 mile non-competitive walk and Kids Fun Run (approximately 1/2 mile) will be from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Dogs will not be permitted at the Run for Jon site under any circumstances due to health regulations.

For more information visit

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner October 3rd

The 6th Annual Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at the American Legion Restaurant, 162 Quarry Road in Plattsburgh. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

This year’s inductees include: Bob Bruno (48), Peter Keenan Sr. (48), Brent Banker (80), Theresa Bobal Sindelar (87), Shawn Edwards (91), Stephanie Wheet (94), Matthew St. Clair (03).

The cost for non-inductees is $25 per person. Anyone who wishes to attend must RSVP by September 18th to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996.  Please make checks payable to the Peru Athletic Hall of Fame. For more information call Cathy at 963-7963.

School Board Schedules Special Meeting at 3 PM; Regular Meeting at 6PM

Peru Central’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room. The Board is expected to immediately proceed into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing particular individuals being considered for employment.  No other school board or school district business is slated for the Tuesday Special Meeting.

Please note that the Board’s Regular Monthly Meeting for the same night is still planned for 6:00 PM as originally announced.

Samaritan Family Counseling Center Closing

The Board of Directors of the Samaritan Family Counseling Center (SFCC) announces that the Center, with offices in Peru and Plattsburgh, will close at the end of August, 2015. The board has taken this action, in part, because of two staff retirements and an additional staff member reducing her hours of availability. The difficulty of receiving insurance payments for mental health services provided was also a large factor in creating financial difficulties which became insurmountable.

The SFCC has been in existence since 1980 when it started as an outreach ministry of the Keene Valley Congregational Church. More recently, the Center has been supported as part of the outreach ministry of the Peru Community Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, and the Presbytery of Northern New York. Two foundations, the CVPH Foundation and the Charles R. Wood Foundation, were instrumental in sponsoring a project to provide counseling for students facing academic risk and their families at the Au Sable Valley Central School.

The Samaritan counseling program emphasizes the relationship of mental, spiritual and physical well-being. This concept is implemented through counseling services provided by a team of professionals working together–including therapists, clergy and physicians. The SFCC is accredited by the Samaritan Institute and is one of 80 counseling centers affiliated with the Institute, with offices in more than 200 cities across the United States and in Japan which provide professional and values-centered counseling, education, and support to people in need.

Royal Lipizzan Stallions to Perform in Peru in August – Three Shows Only!

Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform in Peru for three shows, August 21-22-23, sponsored by the Peru Community Church. Proceeds will benefit the Church’s upcoming Jamaican Mission trip and also their Capital Fund for needed building repairs.

The horses perform “Airs Above the Ground”, a series of spectacular leaps and plunges. Originally bred and trained for use in war, these moves helped the mounted riders to gain a defensive advantage over their opponents.

These Lipizzan horses are direct descendants of the 16th Century Lipizzans originally developed for theHapsburg royal family of Austria. Only a few hundred Lipizzans have ever existed at any one time, and the breed was in danger of extinction during World War II. The Disney movie, “Miracle of the White Stallions” recounts their daring rescue by General George Patton and the US Army. Because of his assistance with the rescue, Ottomar Herrmann was awarded the right to own and breed the Lipizzans, and to preserve their historic training. Mr. Herrmann’s granddaughter now continues this family tradition in bringing the horses to Peru for all to see. For more information, see .

Performances are Friday, August 21 at 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday August 22 and 23 at 3 pm at the Cimarron Arena, at Mannix Rd (west off Route 22B) and Clark/Calkins Road in Peru, NY (enter from Clark Road). The parking area opens 90 minutes before each performance, and the horses can be viewed before the performance. No pets are allowed. Seating is outside so bring lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks are available for purchase.

 Tickets are $15 (ages 13-adult), $12 (ages 6-12 and 65+). Children 5 and under are free.

The Jamaican Mission of the Peru Community Church is planning the 17th annual trip to Jamaica to build a simple house for the homeless and assist schools and an orphanage near Mandeville. The Fellowship Center of the Peru Community Church supports Peru and its non-profit groups through use of the hall for community-wide events, and is currently undergoing needed renovation of a new roof and doors. The stone church building itself (built in 1833) is on the National Register of Historic Places, and also is need of repair to maintain its structural integrity. Tax-deductible donations are always gratefully accepted.

Volunteers Needed

Do you like to spend time in Heyworth/Mason Park?
Would you like to help your community encourage healthy lifestyles?
Then the Clinton County Health Dept would like your help in counting park users.
The more they learn about what affects park use the better they can tailor their efforts to get people out and active.
There will be a short training session and then you’ll be asked to donate about an hour a month from August-October to the effort.
If you could help please call  Adele at 643-7863 – and we’ll get ready to count!

Retirement Party for Greg Timmons

gregA Message from Town Counselor Brandy McDonald 

After 46 years of outstanding dedicated service to the Town of Peru Greg Timmons, the Water and Sewer Superintendent has retired on July 31st, 2015. Greg was always available to handle problems regardless of the weather conditions or the hour of the day. During his tenure, as superintendent, the Peru Water and Sewer Department has received many honors including the 2015 New York State Rural Water Association Waste Water System of the Year Award. He is held in the highest regard by other town’s water and sewer departments within New York State. It is now time for the residents of Peru to honor Greg for his dedication and service.

On Saturday, October 10th, 2105 @ 5:00 PM at Murphy’s Restaurant, Peru, there will be a retirement party in Greg’s honor. We are planning to have both food and music. A good time will be had by all. 

In order to have this retirement party, we must have your support. Arrangements have been made to accept donations through “Go Fund Me,” To make a donation go this web site; or mail a check payable to; Brandy McDonald, 1 locust Drive, Peru NY, 12972. I will ensure that the donation gets deposited in the Go Fund Me account in your name.

Please show your appreciation to Greg, In order to make this party a success we must have your donation.

Thank you for your donation and I look forward to seeing you at the party.

Brandy McDonald

Several Important Items on School Board’s Tuesday Agenda

DistPeru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

·         Approve an Affiliation Agreement with SUNY Plattsburgh

·         Award contracts related to the Capital Project

·         Approve an award related to a NYS OGS bid

·         Set a tax levy and tax rate

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at

All are welcome.

Nine New Art Exhibits Feature Local Artists in Plattsburgh Businesses 

CVPH Crosby 2 CVPH Crosby 3PLATTSBURGH, NY – Nine new exhibits have been rotated to feature original artwork in local Plattsburgh businesses as part of The Strand Center for the Arts Off-Site Gallery program. These exhibits will be on view from July to September and each features a variety of area artists. There are currently nine Off-Site Gallery locations: Best Western Plus the Inn at Smithfield, Valcour Imaging, Days Inn Plattsburgh, The Development Corp, Clinton Community College, Eye Care for the Adirondacks, The UVM Health Network at CVPH (on both the first and second floor) and the Plattsburgh Public Library.

The Off-Site Gallery Program is offered as a service to area businesses in an effort to diversify the visual environment of their offices and give local artists a different level of exposure than a typical gallery audience.  Galleries are rotated on a quarterly basis, so businesses and their clients enjoy a different collection of artwork every three months. Featured artists are all located in Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties, so the exhibits that are curated for each location reflect the local art scene.

Artists have been specially chosen to fit the aesthetic needs and space requirements of each location. This exhibition rotation will feature, Gail Morris at The Development Corporation, Jonathan Cron at the Valcour Imaging Center, Ita Bullard at Plattsburgh Public Library’s Hale-Walter Gallery, Marilyn Krester at The UVM Health Network at CVPH (First Floor), William Crosby at The UVM Health Network at CVPH (Second Floor), Marguerite Hart at Clinton Community College’s Alumni Gallery, Clay Morris at Eye Care for the Adirondacks, Denise Duprey at Best Western Plus the Inn at Smithfield, and The Strand Center Historic Photography Collection at Days Inn Plattsburgh.

The Strand Center Gallery & Musuem Coordinator, Christina Elliott, stated “The Off-Site Gallery program is a great opportunity for artists to get their artwork seen by a different group of people than those who normally attend formal gallery openings. It also creates a constantly changing environment for the businesses’ staff and cliental who appreciate the diversity of the featured artwork.”

The Strand Center for the Arts collaborates with Plattsburgh businesses to display and promote local artists through their Off-Site Gallery Program. The full list of participating locations and artists can be found on The Strand Center website at  If businesses or artists have questions about becoming a part of this program, they should contact The Strand Center by phone at 518-563-1604, email at  or stop in our main office at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh.

Courtney Tetrault Appointed Interim Water/Sewer Superintendent

By John T. Ryan

Highlights of Town Board’s July 28, 2015

At the recommendation of retiring Water/Sewer Department Superintendent Greg Timmons, the Town Board appointed Courtney Tetrault as the Interim Water/Sewer Superintendent. Tetrault must pass the civil service exam and finish in the top three to be named permanent Superintendent.  He will start at $52,500 annually and receive a $2,000 raise upon successfully passing the civil service examination.

Unison Corp. has offered the Town of Peru a substantial six-figure upfront payment for a cell site easement on the Town’s water tower. In return Unison would receive the current cell site annual rent stream (about $35,000), plus escalators. In addition Unison would receive 60% of the rent derived from future lease agreements concluded over the 45-year lease period. The Town would receive 40% of the rent derived from future agreements. The Board is concerned that some communications companies may be being leasing tower space at less than market rates. Unison, based on its knowledge of the communications industry, would theoretically be able to obtain market-based lease rates. The Board will investigate the issue. Town Attorney Donald Biggs said there must be consultants who would assist the Town in evaluating Unison’s offer. Unison gave the Board until August 18th to accept its offer.

At the Board’s June 8th and July 13th meetings Peru resident Bruce Germain complained that an unoccupied Lewis Street property was an eyesore because of glass and refuse littering the lot and various animals occupying the property. Supervisor Peter Glushko reported the Lewis Street residence has been cleaned up. Code Enforcement Officer Frank Slycord was successful in contacting the property owner.

Supervisor Glushko reported that the July 19th Second Annual Peruvian Festival was very successful. This year’s festival emphasized Peruvian food with a professional chef preparing a multi-course meal served at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Councilman Kregg Bruno was impressed how our guests so beautifully sang both the United States and Peru national anthems. Supervisor Glushko said the visitors appreciated our hospitality and were gracious guests.

Town Court Will Not Be Moving Downstairs

By John T. Ryan

Highlights of Town Board’s July 13, 2015 meeting:

Water/Sewer Department Greg Timmons announced his retirement effective July 30th. Timmons has been working for the Town of Peru for 40 years. (See separate story)

Peru Town Court will not be relocated at this time. As he promised, Town Councilman Kregg Bruno dropped his proposal to move the Town Court to the Town’s Hall’s lower level if Town Historian Ron Allen was opposed to exchanging office space with the Town Court. Allen continues to oppose the move.

Pleasant Street resident Bruce Germain asked what progress had been made in improving the condition of property located at the western corner of the Pleasant Street-Lewis Street intersection. He called the unoccupied house an “eyesore” that that is populated with various animals and littered with glass and garbage. Germain said that nothing had been accomplished since his appearance at a June 8th Board meeting. Supervisor Peter Glushko said the Town’s legal remedies are limited, but that he would check to see if the Town has the legal authority to clean up the property at the property owner’s expense.

Safety issues at the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike Extension surfaced once again. Town Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said he was nearly hit by a tractor-trailer at the intersection. Supervisor Glushko asked Farrell to get prices on all safety options including installing a four-way traffic signal.

The Town is attempting to ensure that animal owners pay veterinarian costs when the Dog Control Officer impounds animals needing medical care. A dog owner recently reclaimed a dog without having paid an outstanding $360 veterinary bill. The Board hopes to work out an agreement whereby the Elmore SPCA would collect veterinary expenses prior to releasing animals to the owner.

The Town will be responsible for maintaining any safety lights installed in connection with the Safe Routes to School Program.

Supervisor Glushko said the plans for the 2nd Annual Peruvian Festival are progressing. He is still seeking local families to take in one or two of the visitors. He said the town would incur motel costs for the visitors not housed by local residents.

Town Board Agenda for Monday, July 27, 2015

Little Urges Public to Attend Telecommunications Hearing

State Senator Betty Little is urging area residents to attend an upcoming public hearing hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) examining the state of telecommunications in the North Country.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 at the Conference Center in Lake Placid at 2608 Main Street. There will be two information sessions, 2 pm and 6 pm, and two public statement hearings at 3 pm and 7 pm.

“This is a chance for those who have concerns about their fixed line service, cell connectivity, broadband and other telecommunications to make their voice heard,” said Little.

The hearing in Lake Placid is one in a series being hosted by the PSC as part of its review of telecommunications technologies such as copper, fiber, cable systems and wireless networks. The commission has been conducting more than year-long, fact-based assessment of current the current telecommunications landscape in New York State.

The PSC staff assessment may be obtained at www.dps.ny.ogv/TelStudy. Additional information about the hearings may be found at

Effective August 21st VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be VFW Auxiliary – Men are Welcome!

ladies_aux.47104253_stdThe 116th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Ladies Auxiliary was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 18-22, 2015.  The delegates of the VFW passed a resolution to change the name of “the Ladies Auxiliary” to “the Auxiliary” effective thirty (30) days after the passing of the resolution. Membership will no longer be limited the “ladies”.

Effective August 21, 2015, “Membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary shall be limited to spouses, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren of a person who was or is eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Persons eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall not be eligible for membership in the Auxiliary; however, members in good standing of the Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States prior to August 20, 2015 may retain membership in both.”

Contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary for an application to join their Auxiliary.  Last year, Ladies Auxiliaries around the world provided $4,659,265 in monetary aid to veterans, active-duty military and their families; as well as, making donations to Cancer Aid and Research, visiting veterans and their families in hospitals and nursing homes, mentoring of youth activities, providing scholarships and awards to students of all ages.

Judy Lefebvre, President of Peru Memorial VFW Auxiliary, was a delegate to the Convention.  She will be glad to answer questions or provide clarification of this “moving forward” change. Judy is, also, New York State VFW Auxiliary Chief of Staff.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts without Auxiliaries, should contact  her at, 518-563-7558 or 518-593-5628, for information on the procedures for establishing and sponsoring an Auxiliary that will aid and support their Post.

Stefanik Introduces the Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act

Official PortraitFrom the office Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Washington, D.C – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced H.R. 3180, the Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Actcommon sense legislation that expands flexibility for Pell Grants so that these important education resources are available for qualifying students all year round.

“Over the past few months I’ve been working on this legislation as a result of concerns that were raised from my Higher Education roundtables throughout the district, and from Carole McCoy, President of Jefferson Community College,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Right now, Pell Grants are only available for qualifying students during the fall and spring semesters. By expanding the eligibility window to include summer classes and increasing the possible maximum Pell Grant award by 50 percent, we can make sure that low and middle income families have added flexibility to achieve a college degree. As the first member of my immediate family to graduate from college, making higher education more affordable and more accessible is a top priority of mine as a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. I am proud to introduce this commonsense legislation to help North Country families and students.”  Read more »

Hay & Grain Harvest Plus Music Weekend at Babbie Museum

Hay & Grain Harvest Plus Music Weekend – August 15-16, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm.  Watch harvesting of buckwheat and oats using antique farming equipment and loose hay being gathered and stored.  Ongoing demonstrations in the granary and the Blacksmith Shop.  Hand forged items for sale. Sun. Aug. 16 from 1:30 – 3:30, come listen to good old fashioned fiddling music by “Friends Union Band”.  Join in with the dancing and fun!  For the kids – make a cornhusk doll, pet the animals, play in the corn box, ride the stagecoach and Thomas the Train, and other hands-on activities.

Lunch will be available from Kat’s Katering.  Picnic tables on site.

Body recovered from car hauled from Lake Champlain – Press-Republican: News

Believed to be New York City man missing since early June.

Source: Body recovered from car hauled from Lake Champlain – Press-Republican: News

“700 Bear Swamp Road is Open for Business”

DSC_0019 IMG_2566 IMG_2581 IMG_2585 IMG_2586_2 IMG_2589By John T. Ryan

Last September Peru Federal Credit Union CEO Maggie Pope said the Credit Union’s new building would be open for business in July 2015. Her pledge was fulfilled this morning when Pope concluded ribbon-cutting ceremonies by announcing, “700 Bear Swamp Road is open for business!” The Credit Union had been located at 2 Davey Drive, behind McDonald’s Restaurant, since 1998.

Peru Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee Chairman Ron Wilson, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, project contractors, Credit Union members and employees were present for today’s ceremony. Maggie Pope expressed pride that local businesses designed, constructed and outfitted the facility. She emphasized that the Credit Union’s mission is to serve local communities. Board Chairman Ron Wilson congratulated Maggie Pope on the project’s success saying Pope had realized her longtime dream to build the new facility.

Steven E. Fuller Excavating was the general contractor. AES Northeast designed and engineered the building. A. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical provided heating and air conditioning. William J. Murray was the electoral contractor and Security Concepts was the security system provider. 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 2,100 members.

Peru grad earns Adirondack Regional Theatre directorial debut – Press-Republican: News

IF YOU GOWHAT: “Music Man, Junior.”WHEN: 6 p.m. July 23 at the Samuel de Champlain Stage in Rouses Point, next to the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street; 6 p.m. July 24 at the Peru Community Church’s Fellowship Hall on Elm St; 6 p.m. July 25 at Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, 9839 Route 9, Chazy; and 2 p.m. July 26 at Champlain Centre mall in front of JCPenney.ADMISSION: $10 Peru and Chazy shows. Donations are suggested for both the Rouses Point and Champlain Centre shows.

Source: Peru grad earns Adirondack Regional Theatre directorial debut – Press-Republican: News

Clinton County Fair to resurrect fun – Press-Republican: News

Manager predicts “really fantastic” event, with headliners Maddie & Tae, a roaming T-rex, bingo tent and plenty more.

Source: Clinton County Fair to resurrect fun – Press-Republican: News

Peru Democrats to Meet Wednesday, July 23rd

A message from Peru Democratic Party Chairman Brandy McDonald

The next meeting for the Peru Democratic Party will be on July23rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall.

Please mark your calendars to attend this Thursday evening meeting.

This is a busy time for folks in Peru. Here are a few of the items that will be discussed at the meeting on July 23rd.

·       The Clinton County Fair will be held on July 28th through August 2nd. Peru will be responsible for taking care of the booth on Friday July 31st. On that day Peru will be awarding two $25 Gift Cards to two lucky people who visit the booth.

·       Fall Election: Peru Democratic Party  has two candidates running for Clinton County legislature positions; they are Pete Kennan and Carol Blakeslee. Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno will be in the running to fill two “Town of Peru Board” positions.

·       Fall Election 2016: Democrat Mike Derrick, who is a native of Peru, NY has announced his candidacy for 21st Congressional District. Take a minute and visit Mike’s website:

·       At this meeting the date and location  for the annual Peru Democratic “Meet and Greet” gathering will be established.

Peruvian Festival: Educational, Social, Tasty and Fun

DSC_0086DSC_0095DSC_0029Scenes from the Sunday, July 19, 2015 International Peruvian Festival. Activities included playing of the U.S. and Peru National Anthems and an exchange of gifts at the Peru Town Hall. At the St. Augustine’s Parish Center talented Peruvian young people entertained and several cooks served 18 delicious Peruvian foods.

Click here to view more Peru Gazette Photos 

Greg Timmons is Retiring


Greg Timmons – Front row, 2nd from right

By John T. Ryan

The July 13, 2015 Peru Town Board meeting started off in typical fashion. Peru’s Adirondack Angler’s told the Board about the formation of their group and their recent fishing success. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell and Water/Sewer Superintendent Greg Timmons were in their usual seats in the front row. Little did anyone realize that a few minutes later Greg Timmons would announce that on April 30th he will retire after 40 years of service to the Town of Peru. Timmons said he is retiring to help his son with childcare.

Peru’s Water and Sewer Department has received many honors including the 2015 New York State Rural Water Association Waste Water System of the Year Award.  Several Town Board members traveled downstate to see Timmons receive that award. When they returned Counselor Don McBrayer told other Board members, “Greg Timmons is known as the godfather of water.” He is respected by other towns and vendors. Supervisor Peter Glushko remarked, “Everyone told us how lucky we are to have Greg.”

The Peru Gazette will be conducting an in-depth interview with Greg Timmons in the very near future.


Cutbacks Impact Children and Important Institutions

Dear Editor

 I am writing to urge the elected officials in the Northern New York area to support the Museum Education Act (MEA) introduced by Senator Betty Little (Senate Bill 5001) and Assemblymember Mathew Titone (Assembly Bill 8199).

 New York State has more museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums than any other state, many of which are among the leading art, history, science, and natural history institutions in the world.  As many as 60 million visitors, including over 6 million school children, visit New York’s museums and institutions each year, the economic impact of which is well into the billions of dollars statewide.  However, many of these major tourist and educational destinations are struggling financially to keep their doors open and provide the services students and adult learners need.  Since 2008, school districts statewide have been forced to cut their budgets and many have unfortunately cut transportation budgets once used to transport students to their local and regional museums and institutions.  This unfortunate reality has effectively cut-off many of New York’s students from learning field trips and, Read more »

Horseback Riding – A Sport That Offers Many Benefits


Erika Kollinger, owner of DKD Pleasure Horses

By John T. Ryan

Watching horseback riding  in the movies or on television gives the impression that a rider just sits on the horse’s back, moves the reins and goes along for the ride. In fact, horseback riding is a sport that has standards and rules. It develops a rider’s balance, flexibility, agility and overall body awareness skills, similar to those of a gymnast. Erika Kollinger, the owner of DKD Pleasure Horses on the Lyons Road in Peru, is well qualified to discuss the merits of riding.

Kollinger has vast experience having instructed riders of all ages for the past 23 years.  She starts lessons with the basics. She explained, “I gear lessons to the age of the child. We start with the horse’s name and teach how to brush and lead the animal. Next we teach saddling the horse, then walking, stopping and backing up.” Kollinger accepts students as young as four years of age and she doesn’t have a required number of lessons. She said, “People have other obligations. It’s whatever you have time for or you can afford.”

Controlling a 1,000-pound animal builds self-confidence. Kollinger explained, “Riding gives kids a sense of accomplishment. They have something for that moment that’s their own. They also develop a sense of responsibility. They learn how to secure the animal, when to clean the stalls, and when to give the horse food and water.”

Kersten Staley has been riding for over 10 years. A Saranac resident and recent college graduate, she rode throughout her college years. She said, “Along with developing a sense of responsibility, riding develops good work habits. It’s fun, but it’s also hard work.” Mallorie Timon, a 2015 high school graduate, was riding a paint pinto named Archie the day the Peru Gazette visited DKD.  She said, ” I’ve always liked horses and I want to be a veterinarian.  Riding for me is a way to be around horses more often than I would be otherwise.” Mallorie described DKD Pleasure Horses as a very welcoming place. She stated, “It’s a big family here. Everyone was like, ‘It’s a new kid. Let’s help her out.'”

Erika Kollinger charges $30 for an hour and one-half lesson. She owns 14 horses so there is an appropriate horse for almost anyone.  DKD’s indoor arena enables her to offer year-around riding. While students ride only for fun, others show horses in local and higher level competitions.  DVD also offers children’s  birthday parties at which the kids are taught basic knowledge about horses and get to take a ride. Erika Kollinger can be reached at 518-569-4594.


Kirsten Staley of Saranac has been riding at DKD for over 10 years.

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Kersten Staley training Louise, a year-old DKD paint-pinto.

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Mallorie Timon rides “Archie,” a paint pinto

Mallorie Timons works on loping with Archie

Perfect symmetry between Mallorie and her mount


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Peru School Board Reorganizational and Regular Meetings July 14, 2015

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  At approximately 6:15 PM, it will continue on with its regular monthly meeting.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:15 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at<>.

All are welcome.

Monday’s Town Board Agenda Includes Motion of Judges’ Chambers

Royal Lippizan Stallions

Stefanik Commends Army Decision on Fort Drum Force Structure

Washington, D.C – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on the force structure cuts from Fort Drum and the Army’s 10th Mountain Division due to sequester:

“This is incredible news for Fort Drum and our entire North Country community,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Fort Drum is a critical installation for our community, our state and the security of our nation, and I am grateful that the Army has spared this pivotal installation and the 10th Mountain Division from significant reductions in force structure like those seen at other bases across the country. Read more »

International Peruvian Celebration – Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at the Peru, NY Town Hall 


The Town of Peru, New York is privileged and honored to have government representatives from the Republic of Peru, South America visiting Peru, New York. This historic, 2nd annual festive Celebration will occur on Sunday July 19th, 2015.  This is arranged and coordinated by the Town of Peru Supervisor, Mr. Peter Glushko and Mr. Rodolfo Flores, Executive Director, International Peruvian Festival.

·       9:30 AM  Mass Celebration at St Augustine’s Church (located across the street from the Peru town hall)

·       10:30 AM Welcoming remarks by the Peru Town Supervisor and the Peruvian Consulate from New York City.

·       11:00 AM  Raising of the Peruvian and American Flags, followed by honor toasting of the Republic of Peru celebrating their national Anniversary

·       Artist performances and light Peruvian refreshments follow.

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

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

The Peruvian population, estimated at 30.4 million, is multiethnic, including AmerindiansEuropeansAfricans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.image010

1The Andes Mountains take up much of Peru, dividing the country into three sections. The Andes are a constantly changing mountain range, so they are prone to earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods. The Andes, are also filled with great beauty, such as the great Incan city of the clouds, Machu Picchu, which is a major tourist destination, and the huge Lake Titicaca. Near Huancayo lies Nevado Misti, a 18,500 foot peak, from which emerges a stream that is considered the source of the Amazon, the world’s largest river. It flows eastward, joining other rivers, themselves flowing north and east until the Maranon and Ucayali, two great rivers of lowland Amazonia, meet to form the Amazon River itself.

July 11 – The Gazette has been notified that this event has been cancelled) Peru to Host July 20-21Food Safety Training Among First to Provide New Federal Certificate

CheesemakerPeterDixo#182A41The July 20-21, 2015 Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop in Peru, NY, is among the first training opportunities in the U.S. to provide farmers with the new federal certificate that is expected to be required as part of the new Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule expected to be finalized in October 2015.

A collaboration by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, Cornell University, Produce Safety Alliance, National GAPs Program, New World Foundation, and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is offering the two-day training at St. Augustine’s Parish in Peru, NY.  Read more »

CCThe Peru Community Church is even more beautiful thanks the shrubs and perennials planted this morning by church members Evelyn and Joe Rinella (L&R) and Nicki LaPlante (Center)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Public Meeting in Lake Placid

What: A public meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
Who: All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor and education representatives from the North Country are welcome to attend this open meeting.
Where: Lake Placid Conference Center
Lussi Ballroom, Second Floor
2634 Main Street
Lake Placid, New York 12946
When: Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Plattsburgh Parade and Fireworks Celebrate July 4th

DSC_0050 DSC_0056 DSC_0106 DSC_0122 DSC_0169 DSC_0192 DSC_0196Jim Neyenhouse was kind enough to provide the Peru Gazette with photos of the July 4th Mayor’s Parade and fireworks in the City of Plattsburgh. Thank you Jim! The Peru Gazette congratulates Jim on the occasion of his retirement as a Peru Central School Physical Education teacher. We know his students loved his classes and that his fellow teachers will miss him.

Text of the Declaration of Independence

This is the final version of the text. Some phrases are different in the first drafts. These are indicated as a link to the first draft. There you can read the original wording.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

New Hampshire
Rhode Island
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
New Jersey

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“Historic Preservation: What’s It All About?”

A Talk by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Thursday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.

Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce a talk by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) on Thursday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. “Historic Preservation: What’s It All About?” provides a general introduction to understanding the importance of our nation’s built environment.

Using illustrations from all over the eastern seaboard and from the Adirondack region, it begins by exploring the many reasons that individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments are increasingly involved in promoting historic preservation. Read more »

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