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Owens Announces Northern Border Commission Grant Funding Opportunities

From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Bill Owens announced the availability of grant funds through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Grants will be awarded to projects that develop infrastructure, provide workforce training and business development, provide health care and public services to underserved areas, promote resource conservation, or promote renewable or alternative energy production.

“Northern Border Regional Commission grants strengthen local economies and encourage job creation and workforce readiness,” said Rep. Owens. “These grants help local businesses create jobs and prepare our workforce to fill them, driving economic growth throughout the region. The Commission continues to support New Yorkers developing their skills and investing in long-term success.” Read more »

NCCCA Announces the Adirondack Coast ARTWays 2014 Call for Artists

PLATTSBURGH, NY- The North Country Cultural Center and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau are excited to announce the call for entries for this year’s Adirondack Coast ARTWays competition. The theme of this year’s Adirondack Coast ARTWays is the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial. Two hundred years have passed since military forces battled for colonial rights off the coast of Plattsburgh and throughout the region. To commemorate these events the 2014 theme of ARTWays is honoring this rich history by inviting artists to reinterpret these events through creative expression.

Artist can submit one work in any medium. Submissions due by 5 p.m. on Friday June 27th, 2014 and entry is free. Guidelines and application Read more »

Town Board Agenda Includes Fuller Rd. Repair Financing

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Receives $600,000 in State Funding for Research

Northern New York – The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has received $600,000 in the recently-passed New York State Budget for research to enhance the sustainability and profitability of farm businesses in the state’s six northernmost counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence.

The Northern New York agricultural industry contributes nearly $600 million in farm product market value to the local economy and has a local payroll of approximately $53 million. Read more »

Peru Free Library Receives TD Bank Donation

By Donald McBrayer

During Tuesday’s Library Board Meeting TD Bank managers Chris Mullen and Diana Padron presented the Peru Free Library with a check for $497.74 for participating in TD Bank’s Affinity Program.

Library Board President, Kara McBrayer thanked TD Bank for its support and expressed gratitude for the people who participate in the program. “It’s this kind of support that keeps the Peru Free Library going,” McBrayer said.

The TD Bank Affinity Program is designed to help the growth of non-profit organizations by making an annual donation to the organizations based upon the average balance of all linked accounts at TD Bank. Eligible accounts include business and personal, checking, savings, money market, CD and retirement.

If you would like to join the TD Bank Affinity Program to help the Peru Free Library find out how at:       http://donyo1aolcom.dotster.com/PeruTown/PeruFreeLibrary04-11-14.pdf or ask your TD banking agent to link your accounts to any non-profit that is participating. The recipient non-profit will not receive any information from TD Bank regarding your account balances or any other personal information.  There is no cost to the account holders.

Town Spring Cleanup to Begin

The Peru Highway Department has started its spring cleanup, sweeping and fixing torn up lawns, etc. The hamlet will be done when the lawns are hard enough to hold the tractors.  The Department will be working ten-hour days beginning April 14th. They will work Monday-Thursday.

St. Augustine’s Parish Honors Peggy Banker and Peter Keenan

On Sunday, March 30th, Rev. Alan Shnob, Pastor of St. Augustine’s Church, honored two parishioners when he presented the Golden Rose Award to Peggy Banker and Peter Keenan.

PeggyPeggy Banker was honored for her 28-½ years of service as parish secretary and for her faithful ministry to the parish community.  She also received a Papal Blessing signed by Pope Francis recognizing her generous and faithful service.

PeterPeter Keenan has been an active member of St. Augustine’s Parish and the Peru community throughout his life. Keenan, a charter member of St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273, was the Applefest barbeque chairman for 33 years, served as a Peru Town Justice for 24 years and was elected to the Clinton County Legislature in November 2011.

Father Shnob stated the Golden Rose Award in past centuries was a sign of respect and appreciation. Recipients have included churches, royalty, military figures and governments. As a youth Father Shnob was a member of St. Anne’s Parish in Mooers Forks where his pastor, Rev. Msgr. George Philips, presented the award during each Lenten Season. Rev Shnob thought it was a wonderful tradition and has followed Msgr. Philip’s example.

Babbie Museum Season Opening Only 30 Days Away

Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum Season Opening – May 10-11, 2014 –

Hours 10am – 4pm.

Plowing and planting with antique farm equipment ongoing throughout the weekend.

Other demonstrations include the shingle mill and blacksmith shop. A perennial plant

sale will be held. 518-643-8052 http://www.babbiemuseum.org/

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Study: Asthma costs $1.3B in state

Comptroller to Opt Out of Public Financing System

NYSUT delegates call for ouster of State Ed’s John King

The man who led a revolution inside NY prisons

43 Projects Reap the Benefits of the Annual Volunteer Event!

On Saturday, April 5th, 2014 volunteers across Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will lend their hand to the annual Day of Caring event hosted by United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., North Country Regional Volunteer Center, Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau.  With the help of more than 500 volunteers from the three counties and students from Project H.E.L.P., over 43 projects were completed.  Throughout the day volunteers will donate time to 9 non-profit organizations, 24 residential areas, 3 non-profit tourism attractions, 1 community event, 6 food drives and street/highway clean up. Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the Adirondack Region, Inc. stated “The Day of Caring is a tremendous opportunity for people through-out Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to come together for friends and neighbors and to help maintain the unique quality of life in this area.”  Read more »

Smaller planes at Watertown Airport will lead to potential revenue losses for American Airlines

Budget and Voter Proposition on School Board Agenda

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 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:

  • Budget workshop #6
  • Finalizing a 2014-2015 budget amount and voter proposition
  • Recognition of multiple student clubs/groups

Report: IBM Close to Selling Chip Fab Business to GlobalFoundries; The Sale Could Include Essex Junction Plant

Special interest groups spend $210M lobbying state, local governments 

Comptroller Shut Out in Talks for Campaign Finance Change for His Office

Enjoy Delicious Pot Roast on Saturday, April 12th

St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a pot roast dinner on Saturday, April 12th from 4 to 6:30 PM at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St. in Peru.  $10 per person, children 12 and under $5.  Take-outs are available. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Owens Announces Customs and Border Protection Increases at New York Crossings

From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens 

WASHINGTON—Following the recent announcement of border staffing increases, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released the estimated number of additional officers to be placed at ports of entry in the North Country by the end of fiscal year 2015. Estimates from CBP for staffing increases at each port of entry are as follows:

Alexandria Bay:  20

Champlain:  20

“Canadian tourism and trade account for thousands of New York jobs and billions of dollars in U.S. economic activity every year. Providing these much-needed border resources will make it easier and more affordable for companies in the North Country to sell their products and services in Canada, encouraging economic growth and job creation throughout the region,” said Rep. Owens. “These additional officers will bring added security and ensure that tourism and trade can continue to grow.”

As co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus and member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Rep. Owens continues to advocate for $105 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for critical improvements to the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry facility. Owens will also be hosting an event titled “Investing in the 21st Century Trade Infrastructure” with Reps. O’Rourke, Cramer and Barber in Washington, D

AuSable Valley Central School Faces Budget Gap

Environmental Protection Fund gains $9 million

Peru Farmer Named Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Co-Chair

Jon Rulfs, co-owner of Adirondack Farms in Peru, NY, has been named as a Co-Chair of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Rulfs, who serves on the Northeast Dairy Producers Association Board of Directors and is active with Clinton County Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations, is one of three Co-Chairs for the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. He joins dairyman Jon Greenwood of Madrid and dairyman Joe Giroux of Plattsburgh to lead the farmer-member advisory committee and commodity-focused subcommittees of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.

Rulfs owns the 2,500 milking cow dairy operation in Peru in partnership with Jake Swyers and Rocklyn Giroux. The operation raises all its own crops on the 5,000-acre farm. The farm was established in 1996. Adirondack Farms welcomed more than 500 visitors to “A Day on the Farm” event last fall. Jon is also co-owner of Rulfs Orchard, a 200-acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Peru, NY, with his father, Bob Rulfs. Read more »

Peru Should Have a Walking Trail by October 31

By John T. Ryan

The final costs will exceed estimates by about 15% –$100,000–, but in a few weeks Peru residents should see work commencing on the Little Ausable River Walking Trail. The Peru Town Board at its March 24th meeting unanimously approved a bid of $809,799 from Steven E. Fuller Excavating of Keeseville. Three other contractors submitted bids: Luck Brothers of Plattsburgh and two contractors from the Troy area. The Walking Trail should be completed by October 31st. It will connect the Heyworth/Mason and Sullivan Parks.  Click here for Walking Trail Vision Statement   Click here for Walking Trail Map

The project will actually cost $860,000 including engineering and inspection costs. Federal and NYS grants will pay $649,600 and the Town will pay the balance of $210,400. The Town Board will determine where the additional monies will come from at an April 10th, 6:30 PM Budget Workshop.  A few months ago the Board expressed concern about the projected costs, but determined that the cost of repaying grant monies already expended and associated costs would exceed the increased cost of the project. .

Bids for the reconstruction of the Town Hall entrance steps will be opened on April 9th at 10AM. That project’s cost should not exceed $60,000.

The Board also adjourned for a brief Executive Session to discuss a work history.

Peru Elementary to Hold 4th Annual Health Fair on May 2nd

News from Peru Central School

With the Peru Elementary School’s continued efforts to support health and wellness among students, we will hold our fourth annual health fair for kindergarten through 2nd grade on Friday, May 2nd.  Students will have the opportunity to rotate through seven stations on varying health topics including hand washing, dental hygiene, dance fitness, bike safety, healthy snacks, summer safety, and martial arts skills.

It is our hope by educating our youth on health and wellness choices with real-world settings and local resources that students will continue to make positive choices promoting proper nutrition, exercise, and dental care.

Our parent partners are encouraged to attend and each child will receive a bag of items supporting healthy choices.

Senator Betty Little Comments on the 2014 NYS Budget

“The new enacted state budget addresses a number of priorities for me, including a reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment to help schools, extra funding to help municipalities fix roadways damaged by the harsh winter and tax relief for businesses and homeowners to help spur growth. My push was for increased Gap Elimination Adjustment restoration funding.  This is the issue I hear about most from my school districts.  The Senate proposed $517 million for GAP, $217 more than proposed by the governor and $150 million more than the Assembly.  The final amount agreed to is $602 million. I voted against the GEA formula in 2010, and I continue to advocate for the elimination of GEA, but I’m glad to see more funding going towards GEA than any other portion of the school aid in this year’s budget.  Overall school aid funding increases by $1.1 billion.”

 “I am disappointed neither the executive or Assembly was willing to keep Chateaugay Correctional open.  The site will be designated a Start-Up NY tax free zone and economic development funding made available to attract private-sector investment for the facility, but that does not mitigate the immediate economic impact the closure will have on the community.”

“I am pleased to see a modest tax credit included to help our upstate theatres.  As chair of the Senate Tourism committee, I sponsored the measure to ensure upstate theatres are able to compete with those in other states where tax credits are offered for ‘teching’ of Broadway shows.  Keeping these productions in New York is good for the economy, good for revenue and good for the arts.”

“Some of the smaller allocations I advocated include $500,000 for a new lyme and tick-borne illness prevention and treatment program, $100,000 for a new pilot program to develop a healthy parenting and mentoring program to address child abuse, new funding for invasive species eradication and small grants to support our apple and maple syrup producers.

“Spending growth is once again held to a 2 percent cap and the budget is adopted on-time.  It comprises a wide-range of priorities reflecting the diversity of the state.”

Food Drives a Part of the Day of Caring

On Saturday, April 5th, 2014 volunteers across Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will lend their hand to the annual Day of Caring event hosted by the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., North Country Regional Volunteer Center, Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau. Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. stated “The Day of Caring is a tremendous opportunity for people through-out Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to come together for friends and neighbors to help maintain the unique quality of life in this area.”

Local residents who are unable to volunteer are still able to participate in the day by donating food.  There will be food drives manned by volunteers at Sam’s Club, Price Chopper, and Yando’s Big M, all in Plattsburgh along with a drop off at Cumberland 12.  Students from Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh will also be going door to door in the City of Plattsburgh collecting food from residents. In Lake Placid , Uihlein Living Center will also be collecting food on April 4th, 2014. Catholic Charities in Malone is collecting food and senior hygiene products all weeks to help out the local seniors. The drop off site is at any local senior citizen center in Malone.  All food items collecting will go to the local food shelves.

Chris Mazzella Elected to United Way Board of Directors

The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at the American Legion Post #20 on the Quarry Road in Plattsburgh, NY.

There were four new board members elected to the Board of Directors.  They are: Mark Davey, District Superintendent of Champlain Valley Educational Services, Billy Jones, Chair of the Franklin County Legislature, Chris Mazzella, Principal of Peru High School and Brian Waters, Assistance Vice President, Facilities Services, Adirondack Health.

The following officers were re-elected: Gerald Morrow, Supervisor, Town of Chesterfield as President of the board, Victoria Marking, Marketing Manager of PrimeLink as Vice President, Ed Davis, Vice President of Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. as Secretary and Joyce Rafferty, CFO of Champlain Valley Physician Hospital as Treasurer.

Owens Announces Increase in Customs and Border Protection Officers at New York Ports of Entry

From the Office of Congressman Bill Owens

WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the allocation of 2,000 additional officers including staffing increases at Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Alexandria Bay.  Increasing these allocations makes trade and travel across the northern border easier and more secure, supporting job growth and tourism throughout northern New York. The exact number of officers to be allocated to these land ports is not yet known.

“Increasing Canadian trade and tourism is vital to local job creation and economic development, especially along our northern border,” Rep. Bill Owens said. “Improving these border services supports the growth of business partnerships that increase Canadian investment in our region and provides our local businesses with greater access to the Canadian marketplace, growing jobs and local economies throughout the region.”

This allocation is made possible by the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Congressman Owens, as a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, advocated for the inclusion of greater trade-facilitating resources for New York and our northern border with Canada.  CBP estimates that the greater trade volume enabled by each increase of 33 CBP officers supports as many as 1,000 American jobs.

As co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, Rep. Owens has long been a strong advocate of trade facilitation. His recent efforts include advocating for $105M in fiscal year 2015 appropriations for the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry facility. This facility is under-equipped to handle the hundreds of thousands of trucks, buses and passenger vehicles that pass through each year, creating long lines of idling vehicles that place an excessive burden on infrastructure and discourage commerce and tourism.

While trade with Canada supports nearly 600,000 jobs in New York and more than eight million jobs across the U.S., delays at our nation’s land ports cost an estimated 26,000 jobs and $18 billion in lost economic output each year. Improving the Alexandria Bay facility would turn these job and economic losses into gains for our local communities.

Last Friday, March 28th, Congressman Owens toured the Champlain Port of Entry to view their Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, an important technology in streamlining the submission and approval of regulatory paperwork by American businesses that rely on efficient border operations. WPTZ covered the visit.

Soybean Research Supports Growth of Ag Industry in Northern New York; Warming Trend Plays a Role

Soybean production in Northern NY has increased significantly in the last 5 years: from approximately 5,000 acres in 2007 to approximately 14,000 acres grown in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties in 2012. To support farmer interest in the crop, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) funded 2013 soybean variety trials conducted by Cornell University at two sites in the region.

The results of the 2013 soybean trials conducted at Robbins Farms in Jefferson County and at the Miner Institute in Clinton County area posted at www.nnyagdev.org <http://www.nnyagdev.org.

Lead researcher William J. Cox, a Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences professor, says the probability of increased soybean acreage in Northern NY is high for reasons that involve climate and costs.

“It is no longer too cool to produce soybeans in Northern NY. The 2013 growing season was considered to be a cool year, especially from mid-July through September. Nevertheless, the Watertown Airport recorded 2040 growing degree days (GDD) from June 1 through September 30, more than 100 GDD above normal. Despite the light frosts on September 17 and September 24, the Group I soybeans planted on May 14 had attained physiological maturity and did not suffer any yield loss,” Cox points out.

“Farmers can also delay planting soybeans through the first week of June with minimal yield penalty. Many soils in NNY do not dry out until early June and soybeans could be planted at this time with a limited yield penalty. Of equal importance, these wet spring soils hold moisture better than lighter soils in August when conditions become dry,” Cox notes. “More soil water and cooler comparative temperatures in Northern NY in August would result in less moisture stress for soybeans during this critical period of soybean development.”

The cost of soybean meal, which exceeds $400/ton, also has farmers considering planting and processing their own soybeans.

“The price of soybean meal will probably remain high because of the increased demand for soybeans in China. The lower inputs – minimal tillage, planting, spraying, (unless aphids or diseases arise), and harvesting – for soybeans vs. corn makes it an attractive crop from a labor-management perspective, especially on smaller dairy operations,” Cox says. “The relatively high value of the crop also makes it an ideal candidate as a cash crop.”

Soybean handling facilities that ship soybeans on railroad cars for overseas destinations are in place in Jefferson County.

The results of the NNY soybean variety trials were incorporated into the Recommended Soybean Variety Tables for NNY in the 2014 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management.

The complete 2013 Northern New York Soybean Variety Trials report with tables is posted at www.nnyagdev.org.

Stefanik Campaign announces County Coordinators for Her Congressional Campaign

From the Office of Elise Stefanik

Willsboro – Elise Stefanik today announced her founding team of County Coordinators for her 21st District congressional race, boosting the campaign’s reach and organizational efforts across the vast 12-county district.

The roster includes business, political and community leaders from every county who will assist with voter outreach, campaign event organizing and planning, fundraising efforts, petition signature collection, and campaign information and material disbursement. Stefanik has continued to gain momentum as petition collecting is well under way and the primary election quickly approaches.

“Everyone on this list of county coordinators will have a valuable role and I’m so appreciative of their public support and willingness to help in their home counties,” Stefanik stated. “Each team member is well-known, respected and active in their community and county. They understand how high the stakes are in the upcoming election, and that we need to move forward with new leadership in Washington on behalf of the hardworking families, military veterans, small businesses and farmers in our district.”

“We need the right people in Washington to lead us, people like Elise Stefanik. We can still make sure everyone in America has the opportunity to dream and succeed. In order to make sure that happens we need lower taxes, less Federal regulations and a true voice for NY-21. Elise certainly has the passion and know how as a small businesswoman to make sure we are heard in Washington.” – Mike Bittel, Washington County

“Elise is young, energetic and just the type of person we need in Washington to clean up the mess that older generations have created and left for future generations to solve. She will be a representative we will be proud to call our own.” – Debbie Blake, Clinton County

“Washington is broken. It’s going to take fresh faces with fresh ideas to fix it. Elise is the perfect candidate to bring North County values and common sense to our nation’s capital. That’s why I’m supporting her and working for her campaign.” – Jim Ellis, Franklin County

“Elise is a bright, charismatic, articulate, knowledgeable millennial who is conversant on the national issues as well as the issues facing the 21st Congressional District. She has experience in the private business sector and in Washington, DC. Elise is also a member of the NRA and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment; she would oppose any federal legislation that would attempt to infringe on our Second Amendment rights.” – Nancy Foster, St. Lawrence County

“From the first day I met Elise Stefanik, she has impressed me with her integrity, compassion, intelligence, and drive to understand and fix the problems facing our country and northern New York. She is someone who has earned my trust and support and will serve us well in Washington. I am proud to be part of her team.” – Mike Ring, Jefferson County

“I’ve known Elise and seen how much she cares about small businesses and hardworking families in the 21st Congressional District. She’s intelligent and an extremely hard worker, and I’m proud to support her in this race because I know she will fight more than anyone else on our behalf in Congress,” – Mark Wescott, Warren County

Elise for Congress County Coordinators:

Debbie and Rockwell Blake, Clinton County

Bridget Brown, Essex County

Laurie Curtis Dudley, Essex County

Shaun Gillilland, Essex County

Kellie King, Essex County

Jim Ellis, Franklin County

Joe and Sally Spodaro, Franklin County

Burton Peck, Franklin County Read more »

Doheny Appoints an Experienced Support Team

From the Doheny for Congress Campaign

Watertown, New York – The Doheny for Congress Campaign today announced a number of new additions to its management team. The group includes a host of seasoned campaign veterans with years of experience throughout the state.  The team includes: Lynn Krogh, Campaign Manager; Andy Trombley, Field Director; and David Catalfamo, Communications Director. They join with the campaign’s National Chairman, Former Congressman Bill Paxson to provide Doheny for Congress with a uniquely deep and talented team.

Matt Doheny, “These new additions to the campaign bring with them a great measure of experience and talent that will help carry our message to every corner of the district. I’m excited to have each of them as part of this team and look ahead toward a successful campaign in the coming months.”

Concluded Doheny, “The campaign is already moving into high gear and we are gaining momentum. We are building a grassroots team in literally every county throughout the district and will have more announcements in the coming days.”

Brief profiles are available below:

Lynn Krogh, Campaign Manager

A veteran of numerous political campaigns, Lynn first began honing her skills on then-Governor George Pataki’s re-election campaign. She is active in the Republican Party throughout the state working on a number of high profile campaigns. In 2012, she was a key member of the team that engineered Ed Day’s surprise win as Rockland County Executive. Lynn is currently the “Political Architect” with the Casale Group.

Andy Trombley, Field Director

Andy is a North Country native, graduate of St Lawrence University and a former Warren County Independence Party Chair. He is a veteran of numerous campaigns throughout the region including Regional Representative for the Doheny 2012 Campaign.

David Catalfamo, Communications Director

David Catalfamo brings with him years of experience navigating the complexities of New York State government and politics. During his time as Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation he helped lead the award-winning “I Love New York” media campaign. David also served as Communications Director for Governor George Pataki, acting as lead advisor on political strategy and public policy.  A veteran of many New York campaigns, David is currently a Managing Director of Park Strategies and its political consulting arm, Verus.

Peru Central Student Artwork on Display

Peru Elementary School has organized an Art Show to celebrate its young artists for the eleventh year in a row.  Selected works from each grade have been displayed at the Peru Free Library. You can see our student’s work from Kindergarten to 6th Grade at the Peru Free Library from March 25th to April 25th.  Art displayed at the show can also be seen in 3D on “Mr. Badger’s Art Class” website under the “Community Events” banner. There will be a closing celebration on April 25th with food, crafts, good people, and the chance to get your picture taken as the Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edward Munch’s “The Scream.” There will also be a big “Art Event” sign on the front lawn.

Stop By on Pet Adoption Day

The Elmore SPCA will be holding a Pet Adoption Day at Tractor Supply in Plattsburgh from 10-3 on Saturday, March 29th.  Stop by and see some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs and cats.  If you are looking to adopt that special cat, kitten, dog or puppy to adopt, The Elmore SPCA may have just the right pet for you.

Sign-up For Youth Commission Sports Programs is April 4th and 5th

The Peru Youth Commission is pleased to announce this years activities:April 4th and 5th – Sports Registration
May 3rd – Baseball/Softball clinic
May 31st – Early Bird Tournament
June 30th – Summer Program Begins
September 6th – Soccer Season Starts
September 20th – Soccer Shootout Tournament

More information will come as we get closer to these dates and dates are subject to change.

A Documentary About Francis, The Pope From the New World

Pope Francis is in the news almost daily. If you would like to learn more about him, the film Francis: The Pope From the New World will be shown on Friday, March 28th at 7 PM at St. Augustine’s Church. The hour-long documentary begins with the Pope’s election on March 13, 2013 and revisits his background in Argentina, where he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires and as a Jesuit provincial.

The film uses interviews with the Pope’s close friends, his fellow priests, his co-workers, his biographer and the poor of Buenos Aires. It covers his personal life, including his family relations and his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team. A trailer and more information about the documentary is available at its website, popefrancisdocumentary.com.

The movie showing is co-sponsored by St. Augustine’s Knights of Council 7273 and St. Monica’s Court 2598 Catholic Daughters of the Americas.Pope Francis

Peru Free Library to Host Wine Tasting; All Proceeds Benefit the Library

Wine Tasting: featuring Dessert wines, Ports and Scotches
Peru Free Library
Friday, March 28
6-8pm
$10.00 donation to the library

Candidates Sought for Two PCS Board of Education Vacancies

The Peru Central School District is seeking candidates to fill two (2) vacancies on the Board of Education Both seats are at large, with one seat for a full five-year term from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2019, and one for an unexpired term for the period of May 21, 2014 – June 30, 2015. The candidate with the highest vote total shall fill the full term vacancy, and the candidate with the second highest vote total shall fill the unexpired seat through June 30, 2015.  The School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

The ‘Petition for Nomination of Candidate’ is available in the District Office at 17 School Street on Mondays through Fridays, except school holidays, or via the web at http://www.perucsd.org/Page/1284.  Petitions must be directed to the School District Clerk, shall be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District, and shall state the name, residence and phone number of the candidate.    Petitions must be returned no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, April 21, 2014.

PCS Budget Workshop Tuesday at 6 PM

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, March 25th at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their fourth public session budget workshop.  At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:
  1. Review the budget timeline.
  1. Receive a series of recommendations from the Budget Advisory Committee.
  1. Receive a first draft summary of proposed expenditure plan for the 14-15 school year.
  1. Discuss the continued use of lever voting machines.

Several Peru Students Advance to New York State History Day

Awarding Walking Trail Construction Contract Leads Monday’s Town Board Meeting Agenda

Cuomo: Veterans will get contract set-aside

Stefanik Launches New Website

Willsboro – Elise Stefanik today launched a revamped website giving 21st Congressional District voters greater opportunities to become involved in the campaign and provide more information about Elise’s candidacy. The website, stillwww.EliseforCongress.com, offers voters  more information about her stances on the issues important to New York small businesses, veterans, hardworking families and farmers; the ability to endorse Elise’s campaign; an avenue to follow her travels and activities throughout the district in a social media center; and a way to volunteer and contribute to the campaign.

“Accessibility and transparency are important to me so that voters know exactly who I am and the values that I stand for. Our updated website is meant to provide people in the 21st Congressional District a better idea of the principles I hope to bring to Washington on their behalf, as well as a way to become an even bigger part of our team,” Stefanik said.\\

Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents 2014 NNY Spring Sheep and Goat Week with Youth and Adult Activities April 8-17

Cornell Cooperative Extension will present 2014 NNY Sheep and Goat Week programs in six North Country communities between April 8 and April 17. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.
 
“Necropsies are a very good way to understand what goes on inside an animal and to gather information to share with your veterinarian in a timely manner using digital pictures and the internet.  The 2014 Sheep and Goat Week programs offer the opportunity to learn what data to collect to help figure out sheep and goat health challenges,” says NNY Sheep Week organizer Betsy Hodge, a livestock educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County and team leader for the Northern New York Regional CCE Livestock Team.
 
The 2014 NNY Spring Sheep and Goat Week programs are as follows:
·      April 8: Plattsburgh, 7pm, CCE Clinton County office, activities include CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out; register with Peter Hagar at 518-561-7450.
·      April 9: Canton, 7pm, CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, adult-level program with veterinarian Carolyn Pierce and CCE Livestock Specialist Betsy Hodge, activities include CSI Sheep and Goat: Health from the Inside Out; register with Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192.
·      April 15: Burke, 1pm, Downing Acres Farm, hands-on activities include body condition scoring, health assessment, showing, possible necropsy, and more, evening videos/photos with information on performing necropsies and working with your veterinarian; register with Diane Dumont at 518-483-7403.
·      April 16: Canton, 1pm, CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, youth-level program, activities include body condition scoring, grading, conducting a physical exam, working with your veterinarian, showing, and more; register with Amy Sands at 315-379-9192.


The evening meetings also include an update on the sheep artificial insemination project and a discussion of the Northern Adirondack Lamb Cooperative (NALC) proposal to develop a protocol for taking NALC-approved lambs to the livestock auction in New Holland, PA, to encourage better prices. 

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 70,000 sheep and lambs on farms in New York State in 2013. Learn more about small livestock management by contacting Cornell Cooperation Extension in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County or go online to www.ccenny.com.
 
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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High School Students Eligible to Enter Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON—Today, Representative Bill Owens announced the start of the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students from New York’s 21st Congressional District.

“This competition is an opportunity to showcase the talents of our region’s young artists,” said Owens. “I am excited to see how the students in our district translate their creative passion into original artwork.”

To enter, students should send a digital image of their original artwork and a completed Student Information & Release Form to NY21art@mail.house.gov.  The winning artist and a parent or guardian will have the opportunity to be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the national reception and view the winning artwork in the Capitol building. Read more »

Parent of Autistic Child Appeals to Town Board For Help

By John T. Ryan

The plight of a parent seeking help with the care of his autistic child was the most memorable news at the Peru Town Board’s March 10, 2014 meeting. Steve Vanvalkenburg told the Board, “I’m a sad father. My ten-year old autistic son Ethan requires professional one on one care. He has been kicked out of several daycare facilities and other daycare facilities are unwilling to take children with disabilities.” Vanvalkenburg said his child requires one on one care and he has run out of options. Both Vanvalkenburg and his wife are employed – he is a janitor and his wife works at Wal-Mart; therefore, childcare is especially needed during the summer months. He asked, “Why does the community care for people who are older and not for children?”

Board members responded offering the names of resources and mentioning people who are especially concerned with autistic issues.  Supervisor Glushko said he would follow-up and get back to Vanvalkenburg and Counselor Jim Douglass asked Vanvalkenburg to keep the Board informed. Counselor Donald McBrayer said he would speak to Assemblywoman Janet Duprey who is widely known to be concerned about issues facing autistic children and their parents.

The Town will apply for a $25,000 grant to develop a plan for a Main Street improvement project. Main Street enhancement was a goal mentioned in the Town’s new comprehensive plan. Improvements could include planting trees, sidewalk repair, installing bike lanes and more. Resident input will be sought.

Peter Gibbs, the Town of Peru’s contract engineer, discussed his plans for the town hall entrance stairs.  Counselor Kregg Bruno’s contracting background was evident as he asked several questions. The Board approved Gibbs’ concept after making several suggestions.  The Board has limited the project’s cost to $60,000. Entrance Stair Plan presented to BoardPeter Gibbs asked for comments and suggestions

The Board offered several comments and suggestions

Planning for the Walking Trail construction progressed. Bids have been advertised and will be opened on Wednesday, March 19th at 11AM. Eighteen individuals/contractors have picked up project details from Town Clerk Kathy Flynn.

In other actions/news:

The Board discussed how to pay for the upcoming Fuller Road culvert repair project and Hurricane Irene related road/drainage repairs and improvement. The Fuller Street culvert replacement and road repair will cost $301,225 and the Town will have to pay $330,336 for road and drainage repairs that FEMA did not finance. Supervisor Glushko will research funding options for the next Board meeting.

The $160,000 in needed repairs to the Highway Department garage roof will be funded through the Town’s general budget. Bond anticipation notes or municipal bonds were mentioned as possible means of paying for the work.

Board members agreed to develop a formal Town of Peru Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) policy.

The Board held a 15-minute Executive Meeting to discuss litigation issues and employment history.

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Siena College Senior Morgan Flynn to Join Teach For America Corps

LOUDENVILLE, NY, March 10, 2014 —Teach For America announced today that Morgan Flynn, a senior at Siena College, has been accepted to the organization’s 2014 teaching corps. A native of Peru, New York, Flynn studies English and Education at Siena College. She was selected from an applicant pool of over 50,000, one of the largest and most diverse in the organization’s history. She is the fourth Siena graduate to join the teaching corps and will teach in Mississippi next year. Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational opportunity for all students.

Teach For America trains more teachers to teach in low-income communities than any other organization or institution in the country. Read more »

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DiNapoli: Rising Costs Hitting Homeowners & Renters Statewide

Report Details Impact on Affordability by County 

Housing costs in New York rose sharply relative to income from 2000 to 2012, with more than half of renters and more than a third of homeowners paying at least 30 percent of their 2012 income for a place to live, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Regardless of where they live, more New Yorkers are feeling pinched by rising housing costs,”DiNapoli said. “When half your income goes to pay for a place to live, you are going to be stretched thin on other every day purchases. This unfortunate trend has troubling implications for our economic growth and for New Yorkers’quality of life.”

DiNapoli’s report evaluates New York state housing affordability trends from 2000 to 2012 using U.S. Census Bureau data. The federal government describes affordable housing costs as being below 30 percent of household income. Statewide, more than 3 million households are at or above the affordability threshold of 30 percent of household income.

The percentage of households with rents above the affordability level increased from 40.5 percent in 2000 to 50.6 percent in 2012, while the percentage of homeowners above the affordability level rose from 26.4 in 2000 to 33.9 percent in 2012. Read more »

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