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Bottle Drive Will Help DC Mission

bottlesThe Peru Community Church Senior Youth group will be conducting a bottle drive on January 3, 2015 to raise money for their annual mission trip to Washington DC. We will be stopping by our local neighborhoods requesting refundable bottles and cans or donations to help fund this very important mission to help others in need. For more information or to schedule a pick up on January 3, 2015 call Cheryl at 572-7442 or Brian at 420-4752. Please share this post with others!

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Here’s a Great Gift Idea

GIFT-CERT-SIDEBAR1-190x126LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT? Consider purchasing a gift certificate from The Strand Center for the Arts. Certificates are available in any amount and can be used for classes, lessons, memberships, artwork that is for sale in our gallery, tickets to performances at the Strand Theatre or for our “Sponsor a Seat” Strand Theatre fundraiser.

For further information call us at 518.563.1604 email or visit us at: The Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY
HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 5 pm | Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm | Sunday and Monday closed. Holiday hours for The Strand Center for the Arts: closed Wednesday, December 24 to Thursday, January 1. We will reopen during regular hours on Friday, January 2, 2015.

A terrific gift for any occasion!

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces a New Film Series

CLASSIC-FILM-SERIESBeginning in January 2015, The Strand Center for the Arts will launch its new series of film classics. On Sunday, January 25 the Strand Theatre will show “The Maltese Falcon” the first in a series of three classic films which will include, “Some Like It Hot” (Sunday, February 15, 2015) and “Casablanca” (Saturday, February 28, 2015). The Strand Film Series will showcase one film each month. These films will include genres such as film noir, silent, classic, drama, independent and westerns.

A matinee and evening screening of all films is scheduled. To purchase advance tickets, visit, call 518.563.1604 or visit our Box Office at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY. Box office hours are Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the screening at, the Strand Theatre located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY.

THE MALTESE FALCON | Sunday, January 25 | 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
SOME LIKE IT HOT | Sunday, February 15 | 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
CASABLANCA | Saturday, February 28 | 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
$7.00 | General Admission
$5.00 | The Strand Center Members, Students, Military, Seniors and Children
Children under 5 are not permitted

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Bill Owens: “A Rational Pragmatist”

Bill_Owens_official_photoOn November 19, 2014 former NPR correspondent Andrea Seabrook interviewed outgoing Congressman Bill Owens. In her introduction Seabrook described Owens as a rational pragmatist. Owens said, “My view of the world is that there is a band of rational thought that we should all act in. I’m not saying that there is nothing you should be passionate about. But I think ultimately you have to go back to a thought-process that is fact-based and analytic.”  Describing his vision of a being an effective legislator Owens said, “You can’t take a position, in my view, that says, ‘Well, I’m going to have you sacrifice but not me. ‘… We need to finds ways to, if you will, conjoin the interests of groups as opposed to splitting them apart. And we don’t focus on that in my view very often.”

The interview was conducted on the blog Click here to listen to the 20-minute interview. 

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Do You Have A Little Free Time?

St. Vincent's sorting table some mornings. Volunteers are needed!

St. Vincent’s sorting table some mornings. Volunteers are needed!

St. Augustine’s St. Vincent de Paul Store assists many people thanks to the many people who donate clothing and its many volunteers. During the winter months several volunteers depart for warmer climates and there is a great need for new volunteers especially on Wednesdays and some Saturdays. The store operates Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon. If you can help at any time please call Jane Woods at 834-5324.

Representative-elect Stefanik Announces New Staff Hires: Pileggi as District Director, Perry as Legislative Director

stefanikFrom the office of Representative-elect Elise Stefanik

Glens Falls, NY – Representative-elect Elise Stefanik (R-NY) today announced new staff hires for her office in the 114th Congress.

Anthony Pileggi will serve as District Director. Mr. Pileggi was born and raised in Herkimer County and has worked in public service for most of his career. He worked as the Grassroots Director for Representative Richard Hanna’s (NY-22) successful 2012 re-election campaign and ran daily operations for Hanna’s Binghamton District Office. Most recently, Mr. Pileggi served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Operations for Representative-Elect Elise Stefanik’s successful Congressional campaign, where he served as the principal Liaison to county and local leaders for the campaign. Mr. Pileggi graduated from the University at Albany, State University of New York with a degree in Public Policy and Public Administration.

Chris Perry will serve as Legislative Director. Mr. Perry has served as Legislative Director for outgoing Armed Services Committee Chairman Congressman Buck McKeon since 2011. Mr. Perry, with eight years of federal legislative experience, most recently handled the education and workforce portfolio for Chairman McKeon as well as overseeing a legislative staff of four. Mr. Perry holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and is currently working towards an Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech where he serves as in Fellowship/Assistantship with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. Originally from California, Mr. Perry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in History from California State University, Northridge.

Ethan Gilbert will serve as Legislative Correspondent. Mr. Gilbert joins the office after running the Watertown office for Representative-Elect Elise Stefanik’s Congressional campaign. Mr. Gilbert is a graduate of Cornell University.

Anderson Briggs will serve as Staff Assistant in Ms. Stefanik’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Briggs most recently served as an intern in Representative Chris Gibson’s office (NY-19) and is a recent graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland.

“I am pleased to announce that Anthony will join my team as District Director. Anthony knows the 21st District intimately and is a tremendously hard worker. He has a servant’s heart and great humility, and he will bring great institutional knowledge and energy to our district operations,” Stefanik said.

“I am also fortunate to have one of the most experienced and sought after Legislative Directors in the House of Representatives join my team.”

“Chris has demonstrated his mastery of key policy issues – with a particular expertise in Armed services as the LD for a former chairman – and has a proven track record. His experience and insights will bring great value to the North Country and I am excited to have him on our team.

“I am also pleased to have Ethan and Anderson on the team. Their strong New York ties, background and experience will serve our constituents well. We will prioritize constituent service above all else, and these two will help make sure that is a daily reality,” Stefanik said.

Mr. Pileggi, Mr. Perry, Mr. Gilbert, and Ms. Briggs will officially begin work on January 3, 2015.

Owens Announces Nominations for U.S. Service Academies

sealsWASHINGTON – This morning Congressman Bill Owens announced the nomination of 17 students from across Northern New York to attend U.S. service academies next year.

“Attending a U.S. service academy gives a student the opportunity to serve her or his country and receive a world class education at the same time,” said Owens. “I commend these students for choosing to pursue this path of extraordinary honor and selflessness. I am pleased to support their efforts in this regard and look forward to seeing them carry on the proud tradition of military service for their families and communities.”

Members of Congress may nominate students to attend one of the four U.S. Service Academies if those students meet certain eligibility requirements and submit a detailed application. The service academies that accept nominations are the Air Force, Army, Merchant Marine and the Navy. Rep. Owens, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, is pleased to announce the nomination of the following individuals to a U.S. service academy:

United States Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY

Brendan Broderick – Massena, NY

Sarah Phillips – Johnstown, NY

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

Cole Carpenter – Watertown, NY

Jesse DeMarsh – Hadley, NY

Kathryn Fanning – Canton, NY

Logan Graham – Queensbury, NY

Alexander Knecht – Cambridge, NY

D’Andre Lemieux – Plattsburgh, NY

Paige Lusk – Carthage, NY

Zachary Zeltmann – Adams Center, NY

United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

Kathryn Fanning – Canton, NY

Logan Graham – Queensbury, NY

Alexander Knecht – Cambridge, NY

Connor Paquin – Massena, NY

United States Military Academy – West Point, NY

Blake Basmajian – Corinth, NY

Chandler Gach – Saranac Lake, NY

Nicole Gardner – Copenhagen, NY

Logan Graham – Queensbury, NY

Sarah Phillips – Johnstown, NY

Schuyler Radliff – Stillwater, NY

Brad Williams – Lake George, NY

Mary Young – Waddington, NY

Zachary Zeltmann – Adams Center, NY

Health insurance deadline extended 5 days

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

“O Holy Night” as sung by the Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir last night at St. Augustine’s Church

Don’t Forget Today’s Craft Fair at St. Augustine’s Parish Center


The Catholic Daughters members have tempting Christmas treats! 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Many Steps Forward in 2014 at the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum

CPR Course with AED Training to be Offered

The Peru Community Church is offering a HeartSaver CPR course with AED training January 5, 2015 at 6PM. The course will be led by Barbara Wagner who is a Certified CPR Instructor and 40 year Certified Emergency Room Nurse. The 2 ½ hour course is accredited through the American Heart Association. The cost of the course is $25 paid in advance, 100% of which will go to the Peru Community Church Jamaican Mission. For more information contact Harriet Burrell 518 643-9778 or Class size is limited. All Attendees MUST pre-register.

The Peru Community Church Jamaican Mission is planning its 16th annual mission trip to Jamaica. Each year, area volunteers pay their own way to Jamaica to build a small wooden house for someone in need. The mission also works with central Jamaican schools and an Orphanage.

A Farewell Message From Congressman Bill Owens

Bill_Owens_official_photoAs I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for allowing me to serve as your Congressman.

I have often said that our district is made up of Rockefeller Republicans and Reagan Democrats, and I have done my best to bring your reasonableness and moderate approach to Washington. For those who disagreed with me on occasion, I appreciate that our conversations were respectful and thoughtful.

Whether dealing with specific cases or national issues, my goal has always been to act in the best interest of the region. That regional focus drove my efforts to improve policies governing trade, agriculture, energy, veterans’ services, and more.

Encouraging trade and tourism by making it easier for people, goods, and services to cross the border from Canada safely and efficiently is critical for our region’s economy. Our proximity to markets in Canada provides local businesses unique opportunities for growth. To this end, I worked to secure funding for upgrades to the Land Port of Entry at Alexandria Bay and monitored dwell times at all border crossings across the district. I authored legislation, which became law, to counter the trafficking of narcotics across our northern border, ensuring that the vast majority of trade and travel would be legitimate and safe. I also hosted several export events to help local businesses understand and take advantage of resources available to help them grow through exports.

To support the agriculture industry, I wrote several pieces of legislation that were incorporated into the 2014 Farm Bill to reduce the cost of exporting apples to Canada, expand access to credit for family farms, and encourage the expansion of New York’s maple industry. I consistently advocated for passage of comprehensive immigration reform to address our region’s agricultural labor shortage, which is perhaps the greatest threat to this important sector of our economy.

Throughout my term I worked closely with local, state, and national leaders to strengthen and protect Fort Drum, which is critical to both the health of the North Country economy and to national security and military readiness. Our district is also home to many veterans, some who must travel long distances to reach VA facilities that offer the healthcare services they need. I was pleased to see both parties work together toward system-wide VA reform.

My offices have worked diligently to help nearly 6000 people in an economically effective manner, allowing us to return more than $500,000 to the Treasury from office budgets and to secure almost $9.5 million in waived fees and compensation that was due to constituents.

Moving forward we should keep a positive attitude and support growth industries like biomass and tourism, encourage Canadian businesses to expand in the district, increase investments in rural broadband, and train workers for the thousands of unfilled jobs in our district. I would like to commend to each of you the thought that politics is almost never a competition between good and evil or right and wrong, but rather between competing goods.

As I prepare to leave office, I would like to thank my staff members in New York and Washington, who played an instrumental role in what we were able to achieve these past five years. Most importantly, I am grateful to the constituents of New York’s 21st Congressional District for sending me to Congress, and for the trust you vested in me during my time in office. It has been my great privilege to serve you. God bless each of you and our great country.
Congressman Bill Owens, NY-21

The Strand Center and the Foundation at UVM Health Network – CVPH Announce a CALL TO ARTISTS!

CALL-TO-ARTISTS_offsite-gallery-insideThe Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce that it is working with The University of Vermont Health Network at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to broker the purchase of works by local artists. The Foundation at CVPH is purchasing work to install throughout the hospital as renovations continue through the “R” branch of floors. The next set of purchases will be installed in R5, the Oncology floor, and R6, the Orthopedics Recovery floor. The Strand Center for the Arts will act as the broker for these purchases.

Artists of all mediums can apply, including photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. Instructions on how to apply, what the theme is for each floor, and the submission form can be found on our Website All submissions will be collected digitally. Preference will be given to artists that adhere to the theme and follow the guidelines for submission. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, January 10th 2015 at midnight. Please forward any questions to our Gallery Coordinator at or call The Strand Offices at 518.563.1604.

Rep. Owens Recognized By Canadian Embassy for Cross-border Advocacy

owensThe ceremonial flag was presented to Rep. Owens by Christine Hanson, Minister-Counsellor of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON—This morning, Congressman Bill Owens was presented with a Canadian flag that was flown over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his work supporting U.S.-Canadian relations.

“For many years, investments in the vast and growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada have paid off in the form of jobs and economic growth in communities on both sides of the border,” said Owens. “I am grateful for this recognition from the Canadian Embassy and look forward to returning to the North Country to continue supporting the growth of cross-border relationships in our region.”


Stefanik Named to House Armed Services and Education and the Workforce Committees

stefanikFrom the office of Congresswoman-elect Elise Stefanik

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman-elect Elise Stefanik was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee for the 114th Congress.

“I am honored to receive positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee,” said Rep.-elect Stefanik. “It is critical for Fort Drum and the entire 21st Congressional District to have a voice at the table to fight on behalf of our military families and veterans. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Reps. John McHugh and Bill Owens in advocating for our troops and veterans stationed in the District and in our surrounding communities.

As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to ensure our graduates and local workforce are in the best position possible to grow our economy in the North Country, as well as keep America a strong competitor in the global economy.”

“Elise is a hard worker, and it is clear that she is committed to serving her constituents, local communities, and country in a meaningful way,” said Chairman-elect Thornberry. “Her strong policy experience and proven leadership skills will serve her well on the Armed Services Committee.”

Chairman John Kline (R-MN): “As someone raised in a family that owns a small business, Elise has firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing workers and job creators. She will be an invaluable member of the Education and the Workforce Committee as we advance reforms to make our nation’s workplaces more competitive and our classrooms a place where every child can access a quality education. I am delighted to have her on the committee and look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”

The House Armed Services Committee is responsible for general defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy and other aspects crucial to our nation’s defense.

The Education and the Workforce Committee oversees education and workforce training and development policies.

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Ambit Energy Makes Presentation and Court Relocation Still Under Consideration

By John T. Ryan

Energy costs and relocating Peru Town Court were the primary topics at the Monday, December 8, 2014 Peru Town Board meeting.

Supervisor Peter Glushko related that at a recent town supervisors’ meeting Supervisor Bernie Bassett said Plattsburgh had saved thousands of dollars using Ambit Energy as its natural gas and electricity supplier. NYSEG is the Town of Peru’s longtime electric and gas supplier, but Glushko believed the board should hear a presentation by Ambit Energy Business Consultant Colleen LaFountain.

Lafountain told the board that Ambit Energy is a $1 billion company with the highest customer ratings. Along with a rewards and free energy program she said Ambit Energy would guarantee that Town of Peru would saves a minimum of 2% if it switched from NYSEG to Ambit Energy. She stated that some customers save as much as 8%. No contract would have to be signed and the town could return to NYSEG at any time. Supervisor Glushko said the issue would be on the Board’s December 22nd meeting agenda.

Relocating Peru Town Court continues to be an issue. Supervisor Glushko and other board members do not want court proceedings held in the midst of the town offices when the building is open for public business. Judge James Kirby wants to convene court at 2 p.m., one hour before the Town Hall’s doors are closed to the public.

Counselor Donald McBrayer, the Board’s liaison to Peru Town Court, has stated he believes that conducting court downstairs would be the best option, but he respects the hard work Town Historian Ron Allen has done and he is concerned about Allen having to move his office and records upstairs to the court’s current office. Ron Allen was present at the meeting. He explained his position stating, “The biggest problem is space. When I took this position twelve years ago, the town’s historical records were in a two-drawer file cabinet. But as soon as people found out the historian had a location they came forth with photographs and other historical documents. The main floor doesn’t have sufficient space for our display cabinets and it wouldn’t be a good location to display items during our annual open house or to hold group meetings with other local historians.”

Counselor Bruno commented, “We’re are just looking at all the options at this point.” Counselor Brandy McDonald told the Board that the owners of Glenwood Plaza would be willing to rent space for $700 per month. Counselor Jim Douglass warned, “”We would have to look carefully at the hidden costs of moving.” Renovations, furniture, utilities, relocating technology and phone service were mentioned as expense items. Board members will look over the Glenwood Plaza space before the Board’s next meeting.

Elmore SPCA has not submitted a 2015 animal shelter contract proposal. Dog Control Officer Jim Drollette said he is satisfied with the North Country SPCA in Elizabethtown; however, traveling to it is 66-miles round-trip, a long trip for Drollette and for a Peru resident reclaiming an animal.

The Board scheduled a December 22, 2014 6:30 p.m. public hearing on increasing 2015 water and sewer rates. The 2015 town budget anticipates $26,496 in increased water revenues and $31,000 in increased sewer revenues. The water district has 704 users. The sewer district has 501 users. Click here to view Water-Sewer 2015 Rate Increases

Public Hearing Scheduled For Water-Sewer Rate Increases

waterBy John T. Ryan

Peru water users can expect to see water and sewer rate increases effective January 1, 2015. The Town Board has scheduled a Public Hearing on the rate increases for Monday, December 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. A district resident utilizing 17,500 gallons of water annually will see an approximate 8% water rate increase. Water rates will increase from $52 to $54 for the first  6,000 gallons used and from $3.75 to $4.25 for every additional 1,000 gallons used. Sewer rates will increase from $52 to $54 for the first 6,000 gallons used and from $5.25 to $5.75 for every additional 1,000 gallons.Click here to review Water-Sewer 2015 Rate Increases

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Peru K of C Cancels Tonight’s Bingo

BINGO-Graphic-300x106Peru, NY – The impending storm has forced the Peru, NY Knights of Columbus to cancel its bingo for tonight, Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Bingo will resume next Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.  The K of C urges everyone to drive safely and to stay off the roads tonight.

Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir Concert Saturday and Sunday


The 49th Annual Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir Concert will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Augustine’s Church in Peru and on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Church in Keeseville. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free!

Something For Everybody On Your Christmas List




CHRISTMAS SHOP OPEN (Misc. Treasures) (slightly used clothing)


HOT LUNCH- SPONSORED BY THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS (Hamburg-Macaroni Soup & Chicken Soup, egg, tuna, ham salad sandwiches; chips, coffee, soda & water)


Music Filled the Air


Peru Community Church members were singing Christmas carols for Peru residents today! Thanks to Joanne Kennedy for the photo!

Dog Shelter, Water Rates on Monday’s Agenda

Peru Fire Fighters Can be Counted On

Peru firefighters thrill kids on Washington Street and throughout the community! Their dedication is amazing!

Peru VFW To Host Children’s Christmas Party

Children’s Christmas Party
Who: Children from 1 to 12 years old
When: December 21, 2014 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Peru Memorial VFW/Ladies Auxiliary
710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, New York 12972

School Board Agenda Outlined

Peru Central’s Board of Education will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School. An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 5:45 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:

· Career Connect Skills Initiatives and Business Partnerships
· Peru 2020
· Adoption of multiple proposed policies

Click here for complete Board Agenda

DON’T MISS THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 | Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event!

The Strand Center for the Arts and First Weekends in Plattsburgh are excited to announce that the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will happen on Saturday, December 6 in downtown Plattsburgh. The Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on The Strand Center’s front lawn at 23 Brinkerhoff Street with family activities planned from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm and will be officially lit by Santa. Holiday Tree Lighting events this year will also include street musicians, bonfire pits, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides by Country Dreams Farms and free hot cocoa by Smooth Moves – all on the front lawn of The Strand Center from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Also during this time, the SCA Artist Market and the Holiday Members Exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery inside The Strand Center. The SCA Artist Market will feature a variety of handmade items available for purchase from local artisans. Additionally, visitors to the Holiday Tree Lighting are encouraged to bring an unwrapped new toy, to donate to charity as The Strand Center for the Arts is a drop-off location for “WPTZ’s Toys for Kids” program.

This event is FREE to the public! For more information on the lighting, registering for the Artist Market, toy drop-offs or general information please visit our Website at, contact us by phone at 518.563.1604, in person at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, or by email at

Emily Allen of Peru, NY Performs with Crane Symphony Orchestra at NYSSMA Conference

The Crane Symphony Orchestra from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has been invited to perform at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y. Eighty students will present Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the opening concert.

The performers include Emily Allen of Peru, NY, on violin.

The Crane Symphony Orchestra will perform in the opening concert, to be held at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Rochester Convention Center Lilac Ballroom. The NYSSMA Winter Conference attracts 4,000 participants each year, for nearly 200 workshops and showcases on music education.

The Crane Symphony Orchestra is the premier performing ensemble at The Crane School of Music. Directed by Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, the ensemble presents great orchestral masterworks from the standard and contemporary orchestral literature. The Crane Symphony Orchestra has traveled to perform at Lincoln Center, and in tours across New York State, in addition to working with major guest conductors from around the world each year. 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

Remember Loved Ones on December 6th

photo14313A message from the CVPH Foundation

Our annual Candlelight Ceremony will be Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m. at the Circle of Healing & Hope on the front lawn of the Hospital, 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh.  The Candlelight Ceremony will provide people with an opportunity to remember their loved one.

We are accepting names to be read during the ceremony. To submit a name, call the Foundation Office at 562-7169 or send us an e-mail. As part of the tradition with all organizations that have an Angel of Hope, similar ceremonies will be happening all across the country on this same evening. We hope you can join us!

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Irwin Orchard Is Being Reduced in Size

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Melvin Irwin with the Irwin family farm in the background

By John T Ryan

The face of agriculture in our community continues to change. On November 27, 2014 Melvin Irwin started cutting trees at his family’s orchard at the corner of the River and Jarvis Roads, not far from the Peru Elementary School. When he’s finished about 120 of the orchard’s 800 trees will be gone and forage corn will be planted in its place.

While Melvin, Jim and Bob Irwin are known as very successful dairy farmers, their small 1000-tree McIntosh/Cortland orchard has been a profitable business. Melvin explained, “My father Kermit planted these trees at least 60 years ago. Several local dairy farmers got into the apple business about that time. Some even left dairy and became orchardists. We could make money in a good year. Back when everyone made pies, cars would line up when people stopped to buy drops.”

Finding apple pickers is difficult especially for a small orchardist. This year the Irwins hired three Crown Point men to pick the crop and ended up helping to complete the job. An abundant apple crop across the country resulted in low prices. Melvin said, “We were fortunate enough to sell the crop to a Massachusetts wholesaler.”

It wasn’t hard to sense that Melvin Irwin enjoys the apple business and resisted cutting more than twenty percent of the orchard’s trees. Apple prices and labor availability will undoubtedly dictate the orchard’s future. The apple wood that Melvin was piling high today will eventually warm the Irwin brothers’ homes and families.Irwin 3

Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival on Friday

tree 1 Tree 2Mike Hanlon and Matt Houser were busy this morning decorating the Gazebo at Little Ausable River Park. All will be ready for the Friday, December 5th Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Caroling begins at 6:45 p.m. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

Hundreds Brave Weather For Turkey Trot; Here Are the Results


10k winner Mitch Ryan and 5k winner J. Matt Meraros

Story updated with race & walk results at 4:40 p.m.

Hundreds of hearty folks began their Thanksgiving Day celebration by participating in the Peru Lions Club’s 37th annual John P. Adams Memorial Turkey Trot.  Yesterday’s snowfall made walking and running a little treacherous, but that didn’t seem to deter the congenial families and supporters from having a great time. Lets face it, the Turkey Trot is a Peru tradition. A total of 362 runners braved the first snow of the season to help support the Peru Lions Club in the running of their 37th annual event. The Lions would like to thank the local community for their continued support.

See many photos.   See slideshow with music.  

Mitch Ryan and Sara Dunham were the male and female winners respectively, in the 10K event. Ryan ran in 31 minutes 44 seconds, while Dunham finished in 35:34.

The 5K winners were Matthew Meraros for the males, and Carly Graham for the females. Meraros finished in 17:10 while Graham turned in a 20:24 time.

Here are the detailed race results: Click here for 5k results   Click here for 10k results. 



5K and 10K Runners head for Pleasant Street


Fun Run/Walk participants got off to a fast start


Temporary Shelter Under Contract, Districts Expanded, Parks and Trails Regulated

By John T. Ryan

The Monday, November 24th Peru Town Board Agenda was brief, but the Board’s decisions will have both a short and long-term impact on Peru residents.

The Board approved a November 24-December 31 contract with North Country SPCA Inc. in Elizabethtown. Supervisor Peter Glushko indicated that he hopes a 2015 contract can be negotiated with Elmore SPCA. Dogs having to be confined will be transported to Elizabethtown until December 31.

With economic growth in mind, the Board extended the boundaries of Water and Sewer district #1 from the Dashnaw Road to I87 along both sides of the Bear Swamp Road. Engineering studies will be conducted to determine the cost of any eventual construction. The Bear Swamp Road is Peru’s most highly traveled highway. It is used by vehicles traveling to and from Peru and many other communities.

Town Park Ordinance #1 of 2014 was approved. It will regulate activity in Peru’s Town Parks and Walking Trail. Its many provisions prohibit alcoholic beverage use in/on all parks and trails. Dogs must be leashed 100% of the time. Poop must be scooped and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Walking Trail. The Ordinance will take effect 10 days after its publication in the Press Republican. Town officials will schedule a meeting with Clinton County Sheriff David Favreau to request that his department enforce the ordinance. Click here to review Ordinance #1

Public Hearings on the water district expansion and the Park/Trail Ordinance were conducted prior to Monday’s meeting. No one other than this reporter testified. Very few if any residents attend either public hearings or town board meetings.

In other actions/news the Board:

  • Delayed scheduling the public hearing for raising water–sewer rates. The rate increase is not related to the water district’s expansion.
  • Appointed David Drollette as Dog Control Officer. Drollette has completed a 90-day probationary period. All the Board members have been effusive in their praise of Drollette’s performance to date. Drollette can be reached at 518-643-5076 (home) and 518-578-2217 (cell)
  • Briefly discussed the December 5th Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Little Ausable River Park. Caroling will begin at 6:45 p.m.
  • Learned that two town employees have elected to drop out of the Town’s health insurance program. Both are eligible for a buy-out, but the Town will save money even when a newly eligible employee joins the program.
  • Closed bank accounts established for the Fuller Road Bridge project and the Town Hall Entrance project. NYS monies received for or expended for a capital project are maintained in a special “H” account.
  • Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reported that the Town’s new snowplow-equipped tandem truck should arrive by Christmas.

Representative-elect Stefanik Announces Staff Hires

stefanikRepresentative-elect Elise Stefanik (R-NY) today announced new staff hires for her incoming office in the 114th Congress.

Lindley Kratovil will serve as Chief of Staff. Ms. Kratovil has served as Legislative Director to Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Todd Rokita (R-IN). She came to Capitol Hill after serving in the George W. Bush Administration where she served in the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Legislative Affairs, and the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Ms. Kratovil holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Vanderbilt University.

Emily Hunter will serve as Scheduler. Ms. Hunter, a native of Michigan, attended the University of Rochester, where she studied Political Science, English, and International Relations. Prior to joining Ms. Stefanik’s office, she served as Scheduler to Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

“I am pleased to announce that Lindley will join my team as Chief of Staff. She brings a wealth of experience from both the Legislative and Executive Branches, has a mastery of key policy issues and has helped start up a new office before,” Stefanik said.

“I’m honored to be joining the Congresswoman-Elect. We will focus on a seamless transition, the committee assignments we need to be most effective, and superior constituent service and response”, Kratovil said.

Ms. Kratovil and Ms. Hunter will officially begin work on January 3, 2015.

Extension Workshops to Help Sheep and Goat Producers Balance Farm and Life

Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE has planned ‘Management Systems to Fit Your Life’ workshops for sites in Watertown, Malone, Plattsburgh, and Canton to focus on ways producers can structure their operations to accommodate both their farm business goals and lifestyle.

Workshop presentations and discussion will consider how frequently to lamb or kid, growing versus buying feed, how different marketing channels may conflict with off-farm job commitments, and how different management systems impact costs, time and labor requirements.

‘Sheep and goat farmers have lots of options for different management systems to meet unique business and lifestyle goals. For example, lambing and kidding can be once a year or multiple times as well as at different times of year. For some producers, profitability is important but not the first priority. These workshops are designed to help small livestock producers develop the right management system for each individual operation,’ says CCE Northern New York Livestock Team Leader Betsy Hodge, a small livestock specialist with CCE St. Lawrence County.

The 2012 Census of Agriculture counts the six Northern New York counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence with 184 sheep farms, 5,975 sheep, 261 goat farms, and 2,206 goats.

The 2014 NNY Sheep and Goat Week Management Systems to Fit Your Life workshops will be held:

Tuesday, December 2, 6:30pm, CCE Jefferson County office, Watertown, $5/person, contact Ron Kuck, 315-788-8450,;

Wednesday, December 3, 10:30am, CCE Franklin County office, Malone, free, bring a dish to pass for lunch, contact Diane Dumont, 518-483-7403,, and

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30pm, CCE Clinton County office, Plattsburgh, free, pre-registration appreciated, contact Peter Hagar, 518-561-7450,; and

Thursday, December 4, 6:30pm, CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, Canton, $5/person, contact Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192,

Empire State Development To Fund Bombardier and Strand Projects Totaling $2,750,000

Empire State Development’s (ESD) Board of Directors met recently in New York City and approved nearly $12 million in funding for nine projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity across New York State. These targeted investments will leverage over $144 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 State’s investments will directly create at least 706 new jobs and retain more than 1,640 existing jobs in the Empire State.

The Board approved the following Regional Council award grants:

Bombardier Mass Transit – (North Country Region – Clinton County) -$2,500,000
Bombardier Mass Transit Corporation, a rail car manufacturing company and a division of Canadian public corporation Bombardier Inc., will use a grant of up to $2,500,000 for a portion of the costs required to expand its train manufacturing and testing facilities in Plattsburgh, Clinton County. Bombardier manufactures airplanes and trains and produces rail cars and public transportation equipment for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and many other major mass transit systems. Worldwide, the company employs over 70,000 people, and in the U.S. it employs 36,000 people at 37 facilities in 15 states.

Bombardier determined the need to expand and upgrade its Plattsburgh facility to provide for future growth and meet production demands resulting from increased sales of its rail cars, but required assistance to help finance its manufacturing expansion. The company applied for funding through the Regional Council CFA process and received a $2,500,000 grant, without which the project would not have been possible. Bombardier has constructed a 57,000-square-foot manufacturing building, including the installation of equipment upgrades for a welding robot, and has expanded its test facility by 2,100 square feet. The expansion project will increase productive capacity by 40% and increase production flexibility, efficiencies, and cost competitiveness.

North Country Cultural Center of the Arts – (North Country Region – Clinton County) – $250,000
The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, a performing arts center created to save the historic Strand Theater, will use a grant of up to $250,000 for a portion of the construction, renovation machinery and equipment costs to renovate the Strand Theater.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCA) was formed in 1987 by community leaders to acquire and save the historic Strand Theater building from complete deterioration, and plans were made to raise funds, restore the facilities, and restart operations as a community resource for entertainment. In 2005, new volunteer leadership began fundraising for additional renovations and expanded programming opportunities, and NCCA sought ESD’s assistance to help finance the improvements. NCCA applied for funding through the Regional Council CFA process and received a $250,000 grant, without which the project would not have been possible.

The Theater renovations and installation of new equipment have been completed, and the Theater is now operating as a performance and cultural arts center with a 1,326 seat auditorium. This project will provide an enhanced quality of life and new venue for cultural entertainment in the Plattsburgh community, and is consistent with the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s plan to enhance the quality of life and expand economic development in North Country communities.

Other Approved Funding Included:  Read more »

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Fire at Adirondack Coffee Roasters

Fire at Adirondack Coffee Roasters – Press-Republican: News.

Adirondack Coffee Roaster is owned by Peru residents Dwane and Krissie Bast. They been working very hard and successfully to establish and grow their business.

Town Park and Trail Ordinance Will Regulate Dogs, Alcoholic Beverages and Vehicles

The Peru Town Board has scheduled a public hearing on Town Park Ordinance #1 for 2014 (Sullivan, Little Ausable, Laphams Mills, Sullivan and Heyworth/Mason Parks) at 6:45 PM on Monday, November 24, 2014. The proposed ordinance includes a prohibition of alcoholic beverage consumption in any town park or trail, a requirement that dogs be leashed at all times in a park/trail and prohibition of any motorized vehicles on trails. Counselors are expected to vote yea or nay on the ordinance at their 7 p.m. meeting. Click here to review proposed ordinance


Board Agenda Includes Town Park Ordinance


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
  4. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the November 10, 2014 Regular Meeting.
  5. Community Input
  6. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Dog Control Officer Appointment. 
  7. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve Town Park Ordinance. 
  8. DISCUSSION: Water District Expansion.
  9. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Public Hearing for 2015 Water/Sewer Rates.
  10. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Fund Transfers.
  11. DISCUSSION: Town Engineering Firm.
  12. DISCUSSION: Employee/Retiree Insurance.
  13. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval for Land Use Training certification for Kayla Martin.
  14. DISCUSSIONRESOLUTION: H Fund Bank Account Closures.
  15. DISCUSSION: Other Business.
  16. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  17. MOTION: Approve/Pay Bills.
  18. MOTION:    Adjourn

Empire State Development Announces Request for Proposals for Purchase and Redevelopment of Former Chateaugay Correctional Facility

chateaugay_correctional_600News from the Empire State Development Corporation

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Chateaugay Correctional Facility, an approximately 100 acre site located in Chateaugay, New York. The site was closed in July 2014 as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to save New York taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by consolidating the state’s correctional facilities based on a declining inmate population.

“ESD’s goal is to ensure that redevelopment of the Chateaugay site will support the local economy and maximize economic impact and job creation,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “This RFP will provide the opportunity to generate new employment and private investment in Franklin County, which is known for its tourism attractions, agricultural, food processing and renewable energy industries.”

The Chateaugay site includes 30 modern construction structures totaling approximately 98,000 square feet of floor area and related infrastructure. The site includes an additional 80 acres of undeveloped land. The campus-like operation and setting is ideal for businesses and institutions that have a need for multiple uses on a single site. There is additional capacity on the roads adjacent to the site for cars and trucks and water, sewage and electrical to the site are ample for most uses. Read more »

Peru Drama Club Presents: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Press Release PhotoCome on down on a cold winter’s night to Peru Jr/Sr High School auditorium where the excitement of Christmas will be presented only on December 5th and 6th at 7:30pm. Admission is $7.00 at the door, and $5.00 in advance. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Peru Pharmacy and are available for Peru faculty and students during lunch periods at Peru High School. The event page on Facebook can be found using this link:

Experience what Christmas is truly about as Peru Drama Club presents the classic Christmas tale of the famous “Bah Humbug” Ebenezer Scrooge (Devin Wood), as he struggles, with the help of a few spirits (Connor Douglass, Mason Barber, Hadley Houck, and Fabian Döpping), to overcome his lack of compassion and his greed.

Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted for the stage by Romulus Linney tells a story that will enchant your inner Christmas spirit. This PDC performance is one you don’t want to miss!

Matt Warren, Director

Christopher Urban, Production Supervisor

Amber Arnold, Costume Designer

Hannah Osborne, Production Stage Manager*

Kali Dorey, Stage Manager*

THE CAST Read more »

Library Newsletter Highlights Upcoming Events and Book Recommendations

Samantha Johnson, A Peru Central School graduate and SUNY Plattsburgh freshman is the 2014 FRIENDS scholarship winner.

Library Fall 2014 Newsletter

Once Again Jeffords Steel Leads the Way

Jim Favreau, CFO of Jeffords Steel & Engineering Company, presented John Bernardi, Executive Director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. with a check for $19,545.00 from the employees’ workplace giving campaign and their corporate pledge. Jeffords Steel & Engineering Company has a long history of supporting the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and many other community initiatives.

Peru School Board Regular Meeting November 18, 2014

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 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 Elementary School staff
• Report on Elementary Building Math/ELA
• Tax collector reports
• Combined heat & power sequence optimization

Public Hearing Notice

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a PUBLIC HEARING on Town Park Ordinance #1, for 2014. The Public Hearing will take place at the Town Hall in the Town of Peru at 6:45 PM on Monday, November 24, 2014.

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a workshop on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The purpose of the Workshop will be to discuss the new Water/Sewer rates.

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