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Empire State Development Approves $20 Million To Fund Projects Including $3.6 Million for Trudeau Institute

The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met today in New York City and approved $20.4 million in funding for 30 projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in all 10 regions of New York State. The projects will directly create 30 new jobs and enable the creation of hundreds more while also retaining more than 2,200 existing jobs. These targeted investments will leverage over $41.3 million in private and other public funding to support business expansions and regional tourism efforts, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation.

“The funding approved today stimulates local communities from Long Island to Western New York – carrying momentum that initiatives like the Regional Economic Development Councils and Buffalo Billion started just three years ago,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “By investing in these projects, we are fostering opportunity for New Yorkers by providing essential tools to improve business operations and create new jobs. With more than 17,000 new private sector jobs created in July alone, New York’s economic progress continues to move in the right direction, supported by the lowest business and middle class tax rates in a generation and important State investments that are working.”

The Board approved the following Regional Economic Development Council award grants: Read more »

Peru Fire Department Recognizes Its Outstanding members

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L-R Johanna Meyer, Sam Perkins and Brenda Brelia

By John T. Ryan

Shawn Perkins is a man of many qualities. His peers recently selected him as the Peru Volunteer Fire Department’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Ironically those same peers also presented him with their annual Goat Award, an award which recognizes “silly” things such as forgetting to shut of a blue light, losing a pager or being absent-minded. Obviously Perkin’s outstanding qualities predominate. He has been a Peru firefighter for just over 4 years.

Former Chief Brian Westover presented Brenda Brelia with the 2014 Chief’s Award in recognition of her dedication to the department. Brelia has belonged to the Peru Department for three and one-half years.

Johanna Meyer was chosen Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider of the Year. She is a three-year member of the department.

Control of cable at issue – Times Union

Hard Work Paid Off

cycle graphicIn case you haven’t heard the August 2nd RIDE FOR THE ROOF and PIG ROAST to benefit the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center’s maintenance update program was a tremendous success raising $5,225. Congratulations to Faith Long, Rick Lawrence, Kathy and Phil Madore, Pete and Polly Lake and all those who supported this very important effort. Click here to read the Peru Gazette’s original story about the rebuilding effort. 

Public Hearing Tonight at 6:30 on Temporary Town Justice Pay Increase

Project Planned for Peru May Move to Plattsburgh

City Police investigating stabbing death – Press-Republican: News

Here’s Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

Here’s a Great Place to Take the Kids

Babbie4th Annual Kids Fair and Festival at the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum– September 6-7, 2014 – Hours 10am – 4pm. Old time games including hopscotch, sack races, corn box, bobbing for apples, egg races; stagecoach rides; pony rides; face painting; catch a fish. Kat’s Catering will be present

Make Reservations Now

Peru Central School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at Livingood’s Restaurant on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This year’s nominees are John Rock (68), Travis Angevine (88), Nicky Viti-Duprey (98), and Jennifer Goette (92).

A 6:30 p.m. social will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. The cost is $20 per person. Checks should be sent to Cathy Phillips, 4 Vista Drive, Willsboro, NY 12996. Phone 963-7963. Make checks payable to Peru Athletic Hall of Fame and please include the names of the people coming.

Run For Jon Brings the North Country Community Together

Brady MedieumThe annual Run For Jon was held on Saturday, August 23rd at Forrence Orchards on the Mannix Rd. in Peru. There was a great turnout for this wonderful charitable and family event. Congratulations to the Evans family and everyone who work so hard each year to make the run a success.

scottIn 1990, 13 year-old Jon Evans was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, two long time friends of the Evans family, Mark Elmore and Scott Woodward, organized the first Run for Jon to raise money to help pay for expenses. Just two weeks before the 2nd Run, Jon passed away. Since Jon’s passing the money has been used to assist families of local children with serious medical problems and to honor the memory of Jon Evans. Last year the Run For Jon raised $5,000. Click here for our Peru Gazette Photos in a slideshow format with music.  Unfortunately we had to leave immediately after the start of the last run category, so we don’t have photos of the closing festivities. Click here for a photo by photo view.

Should Dogs Be Permitted During Town Park Sporting Events

The presence of dogs may be a thing of the past at sporting events at Laphams Mills and Sullivan Parks. In response to a serious July 30th dog-biting incident at Laphams Mills Park, the Peru Town Board directed Town Attorney Donald Biggs to draft a local law that would prohibit dogs, even on a leash, during sports events at town parks. Dogs would be permitted at other times. The Board will schedule a public hearing prior to enacting the local law. Counselor Donald McBrayer did not agree with this approach. McBrayer favored enforcing the existing dog ordinance that requires that dog owners always have their animal under control. Personal safety, especially child safety, was the counselors primary concern. Other counselors expressed the viewpoint that outright prohibition would be the best way to guarantee safety. The dog involved in the July 20th incident was on a leash.

No matter what the Board decides to do Peru resident David Drollette will be involved. He is the Town of Peru’s Dog Control Officer effective August 12th. His pay rate will be the same as his predecessor Kelly Allen who resigned from the position – $817.00 per month. Drollette will be subject to a 90-day probationary period. He can be reached at 643-5076 (home) or 578-2217 (cell). Five individuals applied for the position.

It appears certain that Comcast will be replacing Charter Communications as Peru’s cable television provider. The Board passed a resolution approving the transfer of service from Charter to Comcast with the provision that Comcast will maintain all existing services. The Board does not have many options in the matter. The switch would include all of Charter’s Clinton County customers.

In other actions the Town Board:

Established 9 a.m. as the official opening hour for the Town Hall. Doors will be open to the public at that time.

Rescinded their July 28th resolution to give Town Justice James Kirby a temporary 50% pay raise. Kirby has been handling the Town’s entire court workload since illness forced Judge Jack Lawliss from the bench. The Board still intends to give Kirby the pay increase, but the action will require a public hearing and passage of a local law. The public hearing is scheduled for August 25th at 6:30 p.m.


Oil Train Community Forum August 28th

City Hall Auditorium, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Free Admission: Co-sponsored by the Lake Champlain Committee, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Experts will discuss risks to the environment, schools and communities from transport of explosive Bakken crude oil on rail lines between Montreal and Albany.

Hear about federal spill-response plans; threats to fisheries and drinking water; risks to local schools, homes, and businesses; and the potential for additional risks if trains start shipping tar-sands crude as well as Bakken oil.

Find out what you can do to help local, state and federal officials protect our communities, farmland, tourism, wildlife and water. Lake Champlain, local rivers including the Saranac, Ausable and Boquet; and, the Adirondack Park, which contains 100 miles of rail corridor, are all in harm’s way.

The Champlain Valley has become a conduit for trains laden with explosive Bakken crude oil. How well are our communities prepared to deal with a tragedy on the scale of that which devastated Lac Megantic, Quebec just over a year ago? What ecological impacts would result from a derailment on the shores of Lake Champlain?

Learn more about the risks oil trains pose to the North Country and steps community, state and federal governments need to take to respond to and prevent disasters.

It’s Time For The “Run For Jon”

RunThis Saturday at 5 p.m., you can have some great family fun, get some exercise and support an important cause. The Run For Jon at Forrence Orchards on Mannix Road in Peru (off Route 22B) is a wonderful community event celebrating its 24th year helping families who have children with serious medical needs.

Each year, the run draw hundreds of spectators and participants of all ages: running, walking or pushing baby joggers. Anyone can participate. There is a kids fun run, a 1.25-mile walk and a 2.5-mile cross-country race. There are team, baby jogger and individual awards (ages 0-70+) and numerous door prizes for participants. Over the 24 years of this event, literally raised tens of thousands of dollars for these deserving and needy families. Last year’s race raised nearly $5,000. Registration begins at 3:30 pm. Due to health regulations, pets are strictly prohibited from the site.

The event started out as an effort to help the family of Jonathan Evans, who died of cancer after a long struggle, deal with the overwhelming expenses associated with their son’s care. The Evans family and many volunteers have continued the event to assist other families in similar circumstances.

The 2.5-mile run is a really great race, sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The course is challenging and beautiful. Some past participants have gone on to the Olympics, national rankings and state championships.


Saturday Car Show Will Benefit St. Patrick’s Church and Mother Cabrini Shrine

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Bids Rejected, Higher Roof Costs and Temporary Higher Pay For Judge

By John T. Ryan

Additional Highway Department garage roof repairs, a delay in Safe Routes to School upgrades, appreciation to Town Justice James Kirby, a land offer, dead trees and comments about the new Town Hall steps were the primary subjects at the Monday, July 28, 2014 Peru Town Board meeting.

In summary the Board:

Approved additional repairs to the Highway Department Garage roof in the amount of approximately $19,000. Several roof panels will be replaced and new screws and washers will be installed in another roof section. These repairs are in addition to the already approved $145,000 roof repair project.

Rejected bids for upgrading pedestrian and bicycle access to the Peru Central School campus. Bids on the federally funded Safe Routes to School project came in $45,000 higher than projected. Over the next several months the Board will confer with the Peru Central School Board of Education to ask if they might be able to help fund the project. Reducing the scope of the project will also be explored.

Approved a salary 50% stipend for Town Justice James Kirby for the months August through December 2014. Kirby has been the Town’s only Town Justice since Judge John Lawliss resigned in late June. Subsequent to this meeting Supervisor Peter Glushko learned that passage of a Local Law was required for such a stipend.  Scheduling a public hearing for a Local Law will be voted on at the Board’s August 11th meeting.

Listened to Winfried Holdereid who was present to offer the Town of Peru 23 acres of property in the vicinity of the town’s sewage treatment plant. Holdereid was willing to sell or gift the property to the town. Holdereid is the owner of the Tops Plaza, Peru’s primary retail shopping area.

Discussed a complaint from a property owner residing at the corner of Pleasant and School Streets who alleged that the work done to the School Street sidewalk damaged four trees on his property. Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell will investigate. Farrell reminded the Board that the town has a fifteen-foot right away from the edge of any town highway.

Board members expressed general satisfaction with the recently completed Town Hall entrance steps. Counselor Brandy McDonald was concerned with the slope of the top step, while Counselor Kregg Bruno didn’t think the steps were deep enough. Everyone appeared to be satisfied with the steps’ overall appearance. The project cost approximately $95,000.

Supervisor Gluhsko reported that five individuals were interviewed for the Dog Control Officer’s (DCO) position.  The Board’s decision will be announced at its August 11th meeting.

Democrats Nominate Karen Glushko for Town Justice

By John T. Ryan

It appears the Town of Peru will have a race to fill its open town justice position in the November elections. The Democratic Party caucused on July 31st and unanimously selected Karen Glushko as their candidate for the position. On August 8th the Town of Peru Republican Committee announced that it unanimously endorsed Larry Cabana for the position. The Republicans will caucus on Tuesday, August 19th at 7 p.m. If Cabana is successful at the caucus, he will face Glushko in the November 4th election.

The town justice position opened when Town Justice John Lawliss resigned in late June citing health reasons. Lawliss served nine years in the position. Judge James Kirby has been handling the court workload for several weeks.

Peru School Board Regular Meeting August 12, 2014

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 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:

  • An update on summer projects
  • Appointment of various personnel
  • The tax levy and tax rate
  • Community calendar

Walking Trail is Bridging the Gap

By Adele Douglas

The crane was late and the weather threatening but despite those challenges Fuller Excavating did a great job of placing the bridge over the Little Ausable River, as part of the Town’s Little Ausable River Trail project. Watching the whole operation unfold, from the set-up of the crane, to the maneuvering of the large trucks transporting the bridge, to the pinpoint placement of the structure was a lesson in organization, efficiency and precision.

The project is wrapping-up nicely. The trail should be paved starting the week of August 18th and will hopefully open to the public in mid-September. Stay tuned!

IMG_0008Setting up the crane at the site of the bridge crossing. From CCS of Vermont, the crane can lift 275 tons.

img 004The second of two 50’ bridge sections is raised off the truck that brought them up from Pioneer Bridges in Alabama.

img 15The two bridge sections have been bolted together and make their way into place as the bolts on the abutment are cleaned-up. The bridge weighs about 19 tons.

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Operations Manager Doug Hesseltine asks the crane operator to lower the bridge. It’s a perfect fit onto the bolts of the abutment.


img 034On the bridge Site Superintendent Noah Rounds, Foreman Alan Fuller and Doug Hesseltine prepare to remove the crane cables. From start (when the crane arrived) to finish the placement of the bridge took 5 hours.

img 039The boardwalk approach over wetlands to the bridge from the Route 22 side of the trail.

Bible School Theme Portrayed in Beautiful Artwork

LaurenBy John T. Ryan

Over the past few days The Peru Gazette received two phone calls asking if we had seen the beautiful work done by Lauren Lawliss for this week’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). When the program’s 162 students descended the Peru Community Church’s Fellowship Center stairs to the VBS classrooms, they passed through a multitude of Lauren Lawliss’s artwork that traces the life of Moses through the Bible. Manna and the quail, the Passover, the parting of the Red Sea, Moses and the Amalekites and receiving the Ten Commandments are beautifully depicted.

lau 1The daughter of Michael and Lisa Lawliss and soon to be a Peru High School 10th grader, Lauren Lawliss illustrated the VBS theme for the 3rd consecutive year. She began working in June and estimates that it took her over 100 hours to reach her goal. She explained, “I attended the Vacation Bible School from Pre-K through the 6th grade and I loved it. I want to give back to the community and I love seeing the faces of the children when they walk down the classroom hallway.”IMG_3996

Lauren Lawliss also volunteers to assist in the VBS classroom. Today she was working with 1st graders. She’s just one of 82 volunteers who are working to make the program a success. Students return year after year because the program is focused on being educational and fun.

St. Augustine’s Church and the Peru Community Church jointly sponsor the Vacation Bible School. Children from many faith traditions participate in the five-day program.IMG_3994 IMG_3993 IMG_3991

Charles Remillard Earns Spring Academic Honors From SUNYAC

Charles Remillard, of Peru, NY, was one of 50 SUNY Oneonta student-athletes named to the State University of New York Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s List for the Spring 2014 season.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student must be varsity athlete who has completed the entire season and earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 for the semester in which they competed. In addition, to be named to the Commissioner’s List, the student athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 based on three semesters at the institution. (Does not have to be consecutive semesters). Remillard, who is majoring in Secondary Education, was a member of the Track & Field team.

A liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus, SUNY Oneonta features outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to academics and community service, exceptional technology, a modern Field House and athletic facilities, and a beautiful campus. The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate programs. Athletes compete on 21 teams at the NCAA Division III level, and the college is a member of the SUNYAC conference.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger’s list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for eight consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 on the 2014 Kiplinger’s list of “10 Best Public Colleges With Lowest Debt at Graduation” and sits at No. 16 on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region.The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.

Emily Bousseau and Grace Mayhew Named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

The following Peru, NY students were named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2014 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction:

Emily Brosseau of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in hotel, resort and tourism management.

Grace Mayhew of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in environmental sciences.

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SUNY Potsdam Athlete Rob Duquette Earns SUNYAC Spring All-Academic Team Accolade

Rob Duquette, a resident of Peru, N.Y. was one of 93 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Academic Team for the spring semester, the conference announced Tuesday, July 29.

Duquette is a Senior member of the SUNY Potsdam Men’s Basketball team. Players named to the all-academic team have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA for the Spring 2014 semester.

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

Emma Altizer and Sarah Connelly Named to Le Moyne College Dean’s List

Emma Altizer and Sarah Connelly of Peru were named to Le Moyne College’s  spring semester Dean’s List.  Altizer, who recently completed her junior year, is majoring in Biology. Sarah Connelly completed her senior year and majored in Psychology.

Located in a suburban setting on a picturesque 160-acre campus in Syracuse, N.Y., Le Moyne College is one of only 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Offering more than 30 majors, Le Moyne provides a values-based education that helps students explore their potential through academics, experience and service. In 2014, for the first time ever, Le Moyne was ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to “The Best 378 Colleges.” A Le Moyne education provides students with the intellectual skills necessary to succeed in the world and the will to use their abilities to promote a more just society.

Peru resident Megan M Tedford named to Binghamton University Dean’s List

Megan M Tedford of Peru, NY, received academic honors from the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University by making the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Hay & Grain Harvest Plus Music Weekend at the Babbie Museum August 16-17

babbieWatch harvesting of buckwheat and oats using antique farming equipment and loose hay being gathered and stored at the Hay and Harvest Plus Music Weekend August 16th and 17th at the Babbie Farm and Rural Leaning Museum. Enjoy the demonstrations in the granary. Music by Flashback (50’s music/classic country) on Saturday at 2:30. Sunday is Irish Day with performances by Champlain Valley Irish Dancers at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also wheat weaving and making corn husk dolls. Picnic area available…. bring your own lunch or hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available for purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call 518-643-8052

You Have All Afternoon to Enjoy The Pig Roast

2014-08-02 09.51.522014-08-02 09.50.54 2014-08-02 09.53.45 2014-08-02 09.55.34 2014-08-02 09.56.16 2014-08-02 09.56.58 IMG_3870 IMG_3872The “Ride For The Roof” is taking place and Randy Furnia is at home roasting delicious pork for this afternoon’s great meal at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. All proceeds will be donated to install a new roof on the Fellowship Center. Experienced Road Captain Rick Lawrence is leading the cycles on a 100-mile ride through the Adirondacks. Community members and riders are invited to the pig roast dinner which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Fellowship Center. You do not have to ride to attend the pig roast.

At this morning’s registration at Livingoods Restaurant Rev. Robert Svenson and Rev. Alan Shnob conducted a “Blessing of the Bikes” before kickstands went up at 10AM. The 1 to 5 PM pig roast will include music by Peru’s own DJ Don “Yo” McBrayer, raffles and a silent auction. The pig roast is $25 for passengers and non-riders. The Peru Gazette thanks Don McBrayer for the cycle photos!

Frustration With Engineering Cost Estimates Dominates Board Meeting

townBy John T. Ryan

The Town Board meeting of Monday, July 14th adjourned at 10:15 p.m. following a 40-minute Executive Meeting on personnel issues and long discussions of several other items.  Town Counselors’ frustration with inaccurate engineer cost estimates dominated the meeting as bids came in higher than expected on yet another project. In January 2013, the Town of Peru received a $235,000 Safe Routes to School Program grant. To date planning and engineering costs total $45,000 with more costs to be incurred for supervision and inspection. Equipment and construction costs were estimated at $145,000, but when the bids were opened on July 3rd, the lowest bid meeting specifications totaled $195,618. While the Town is not at financial risk since the program is 100% federally funded, counselors no longer trust engineer cost estimates. Counselors asked how they could make engineering firms more accountable.

Counselor Jim Douglass was in favor of rebidding the project. Counselor Kregg Bruno suggested asking the Peru Central School to assume a great share of the cost since most of the improvement will take place on the school campus. He said, “The Town has gotten the grant. I think the school should come up with some money.” Prior to the Board’s July 28th meeting, the Board will look into reducing the project scope or delaying the project until a time when construction companies have less work. It appears to be a seller’s market at this time.

The Safe Routes to Schools Program is designed to improve safety of the crosswalk on 22B; build sidewalks where needed on campus to keep students from walking where cars and buses are driving; install bike racks at all entrances and; an educational, in-school component, to raise awareness and encourage walking and biking to school safely.

The Board’s frustration with engineers virtually exploded when Glushko reported that repairs to the Highway Department Garage roof could cost $33,000 more than estimates. The contractor performing the work observed additional roof panels in need of replacement and many loose panel screws. Waterproof insulation was also recommended. Counselors Kregg Bruno and Brandy McDonald said all these issues were thoroughly discussed with engineers during the bid formulation process. Bruno said members expressed skepticism at the insulation proposal stating that keeping water out was the reason the roof was being repaired. Installing screws and replacing needed panels appeared to be absolutely necessary. A decision will be made at the Monday, July 28th meeting. 

Code Enforcement Officer Frank Slycord reported that he has issued building permits for twelve new single-family homes since January 1st. Seven homes are site-built homes, three are modular homes and two are doublewide homes.

The Board interviewed five candidates for the Dog Control Officer’s position. The Board is expected to announce its choice at its Monday, July 28th meeting.

The Board approved the installation of three fingerprint-based time clocks. Wells Communications will train personnel and install the clocks in the Town Hall, the Water Department and the Sewer Department at a cost of $3,188. The clocks should result in more accurate computation of regular and overtime hours worked.

Supervisor Peter Glushko addressed the Board regarding the July 20th International Peruvian Festival. Plans are in place for 11 a.m. ceremonies at the Town Hall followed by food and entertainment in Calkins Hall at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Only two local residents have stepped forward to house the visitors (Glushko and Counselor Donald McBrayer); therefore, the Town will be assuming the cost of some housing and the food to be served.

New Peru resident Judi Grant addressed the Board stating that she would like to serve on town committees. She said, “I would like to invest my time in the community.” After some discussion, the Board asked Grant to do fact-finding on instituting a farmer’s market at Heyworth/Mason Park next summer.

Owens Announces $411K in Preparedness Funding for Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Bill Owens announced new funding allocations for local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) state and local preparedness grant program for Fiscal Year 2014. OPSG provides funding to support operational preparedness along the northern and southern U.S. borders and to improve coordination among Federal, state, territorial and local law enforcement agencies.

This allocation includes $102,392 for organizations in Jefferson County, $103,860 in Clinton County, $103,860 in Franklin County and $101,613 in St. Lawrence County.

“This funding will give emergency preparedness officials and first responders the necessary support to ensure North Country border communities are safe,” said Owens. “With significant rising demand at our region’s border crossings and land ports, this funding will encourage legitimate trade and tourism while preventing illegal trafficking, keeping local communities secure and economies growing.”

Congressman Owens sits on the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee which oversees funding allocations. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and has led numerous efforts to create a safer, smarter northern border. Owens previously proposed legislation (H.R. 4747) to increase the penalty for people caught trafficking through tribal lands, and (H.R. 4748) to improve coordination between the Office of National Drug Control Policy and DHS.

Law enforcement agencies in New York’s northern border communities have received funding through the OPSG program since 2008.


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Citizen Soldier Youth Camp Open to Youths 9 to 13

During the summers of 1916 and 1917, the Plattsburgh Barracks was a place of action and adventure. This summer, Clinton County Historical Association campers will re-live that electric excitement as participants in the Citizen Soldier Youth Camp. During the course of the week, students will explore the socio-political events that led to the Plattsburgh Barracks becoming a central part of America’s military organization. Campers will be immersed in what life was like at the Barracks for new officer candidates. Campers will learn drill from that period with replica training rifles, and will discover the art of trench warfare as was taught at Plattsburgh in 1917. Campers will receive period-enlistment paperwork, pay and enjoy period-food rations. In the course of a week campers will come to have a new-found appreciation for the pivotal role that Plattsburgh played during America’s involvement in World Ware I, as well as a deep respect for the courage and bravery of every man, woman, and child who lived through and experienced the “war to end all wars.”

The Camp is instructed and designed by well-known re-enactor and educator, Matthew T. Hewson. It will be held at the Clinton County Historical Association located at 98 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh from Tuesday, August 12th through Friday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Camp is recommended for youth between the ages of 9 and 13. The cost is $50 per camper. Please call the Museum at 518-561-0340 to register your camper today! Spaces are limited.

Funded in-part by the Chapel Hill Foundation and Clinton County.

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Fall Soccer Program Registration at the Town Hall

soccerThe Town of Peru is holding ongoing registration for its fall soccer program. Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Town Hall. The last day to register is July 31. Teams will be selected the first week of August.

For more information call john Flynn at 593-0935.

House Approves Expedited Honor Flight Screenings For Veterans

Legislation requires TSA to provide dignified screenings for veterans visiting D.C. memorials
WASHINGTON—Last night the House of Representatives approved the Honor Flight Act, H.R. 4812, by voice vote requiring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator to establish a process that provides expedited and dignified passenger screening for veterans taking Honor Flights to visit war memorials that honor their service.
“Our nation’s veterans have served this country faithfully,” said Owens. “Subjecting them to an invasive screening before they get on an Honor Flight is unnecessary and jarring to the experience. Honor Flights require a different security standard and this legislation will ensure our screening procedures reflect that.”
Honor Flights were first established almost a decade ago to bring U.S. military veterans to Washington D.C to visit war memorials honoring their service. The first Honor Flights took off in May 2005 with six small planes flying 12 veterans to Washington. The service was so popular that 137 veterans had made the trip by the end of that year.
The first Honor Flight from Plattsburgh took place in May 2013 with more than 70 veterans making the trip that year. Last month a North Country Honor Flight brought 15 WWII veterans and their guardians to Washington to visit the WWII memorial. Participating veterans are also often recognized with a ceremony prior to departure to honor their service.
“I am proud to have seen local veterans off on several Honor Flights myself,” Owens added. “These flights are an important opportunity for us to recognize these veterans for their invaluable service and sacrifice. They deserve to be treated with the utmost respect.”

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces the Opening Reception of the Art Exhibition “Gail & Clay Morris”

Gail Morris 3APLATTSBURGH, NY— The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the upcoming August exhibit which features works by Gail and Clay Morris on display in our Main Gallery from August 1st to the 23rd, 2014. The combination of Gail’s plein air painting with the photographic work of her husband Clay produces a complement in landscapes, emphasizing color and space. The opening reception will be held August 1st from 5:30-7:00 PM and coincides with the First Weekends in Plattsburgh August Art Walk. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Gail Morris was the winner of the 2013 Juried Show held at the Strand Center for the Arts last year, part of the prize was being given her own solo show. Gail states that “For me, the art in nature is invigorating and gives pause to observe the world around us. I averaged one or two paintings a year until my husband, Clay, coaxed me into entering three paintings in the NCCCA Juried Art Show. Surprisingly, my painting, “Country Road Bouquet” took first place.” Gail had taken painting and drawing classes in college, but after 37 years teaching grade school students and raising her own children she has once again turned her attention to painting. With the support of her husband Clay, who will also be showing a selection of his photographic works, Gail has re-entered the art scene.

The opening reception will be held August 1st from 5:30-7:00 PM and is free to the public. The Arts Center will also be providing refreshments. For more information on the artists, exhibition or First Weekends Art Walk contact SCA at 518-563-1604, email, or visit Morris 1A


Owens Announces $551K in FAA grants for Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports

Funds will be used to clear obstructions from runways and transitional surfaces

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Bill Owens announced $475,000 in grant funding that has been awarded to Ogdensburg International Airport and $76,000 to Plattsburgh International Airport. The funds will be used to clear obstructions including trees and tree cover from runways and transitional surfaces.

“Maintaining these airport runways is critical for their continued service to the region,” said Owens. “This funding supports the basic upkeep that allows these facilities to continue uninterrupted service for business people, residents and tourists who travel here. These transportation resources are vital for future economic development and growth in the North Country.”

According to Wade A. Davis, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, “this project will support the Northern New York air traveler by implementing critical infrastructure improvements.” “Every bit of federal support for Plattsburgh International is helpful and welcome,” noted Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to Congressman Owens and our Senators for their reliable assistance, and to Clinton County for earning the continued confidence and commitment of the FAA. Onward and upward!”

The Ogdensburg International Airport is a public airport spanning 500 acres and maintains 5,200 feet of asphalt runway. Plattsburgh International Airport is a public airport covering 1,912 acres with 11,758 feet of asphalt runway.

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International Peruvian Festival Entertaining and Educational

DSC_0210 DSC_0214The Peruvian International Festival came to the Town of Peru, NY on Sunday, July 20th.  Festival, Peruvian diplomatic and local officials celebrated the connection between the people of Peru, South America and the people of Peru, NY. Many friendships and ideas came forth, notably student and teacher exchanges, future festivals and possible economic ties. The Peru Town Board, especially Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and the Peruvian International Festival officials, were responsible for a memorable and entertaining day.  DSC_0325

The celebration began with a 9:30 Mass at St. Augustine’s Church followed by flag raising ceremonies and speeches in front of the Peru Town Hall.  Following the ceremonies the good crowd walked to Calkins Hall at St. Augustine’s Parish Center where they learned about Peru S.A.’s long history and culture and enjoyed entertainment, Peruvian food and beverages. Click to view our Peru Gazette photos.  Click here for Press Republican story. 

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Comcast is in discussions with Charter Communications to take over Peru cable service and is attempting to merge with Time Warner, the cable provider in northern Clinton County.

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Peru, NY – Our Hometown



The Peru Gazette compiled a 6.5 minute slideshow featuring photos we have taken of people and scenes in the Town of Peru. Whenever anyone asks why you love living in or visiting Peru, NY you might consider referring them to this You Tube presentation. The Peru Gazette thanks Don McBrayer for compiling the music.

Bruce and Marge Garcia to Chair United Way Campaign

CAmpaign Chairs 003The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is in the early stage of planning for the 2015 campaign. The volunteer campaign team is being led by Bruce and Marge Garcia of Keeseville, NY. Bruce is the CEO of Joint Council For Economic Opportunities, Inc. (JCEO) and Marge is a long time employee at Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) as the Development Coordinator. They both have had a long career in the Health and Human Service field and have been affiliated with the United Way for many years.

The Garcia’s are leading a committed volunteer campaign team that includes the following: Amy Kretser, Jamie Basiliere, Betsy Senkowski, DaleAnne Wolter, Dan Alexander, Deena McCullough, Gayle Alexander, Gerry Morrow, Ellen Gordon, Bruce Gray, Julie Kramer, Lisa VanNatten, Maria Burke, and Tony Searing. “We are excited to be co-chairing the campaign and are looking forward to working with the team and our community to meet our goal” said Bruce and Marge Garcia. Read more »

Town Hall Steps Are Complete

IMG_3706 IMG_3708The Peru Town Hall’s new entrance steps were completed this week and the entrance door was reinstalled today, July 17, 2014.  The handicapped entrance is at the rear of the building.

A Reminder: Don’t Forget to Come to Peru on Sunday for The International Peruvian Celebration

fullThe Town of Peru, New York is privileged and honored to have government representatives from the Republic of Peru, South America visiting Peru, New York. This historic, first-time festive ceremony will occur on Sunday July 20th, 2014. This event has been arranged and coordinated by the Town of Peru Supervisor, Mr. Peter Glushko and Mr. Rodolfo Flores, Executive Director, International Peruvian Festival.

· 9:30 AM Mass Celebration at St Augustine’s Church (located across the street from the Peru town hall)
· 10:30 AM Welcoming remarks by the Peru Town Supervisor and the Peruvian Consulate from New York City.
· 11:00 AM Raising of the Peruvian and American Flags, followed by honor toasting of the Republic of Peru celebrating their national Anniversary
· Artist performances and light Peruvian refreshments follow.

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Annual Parish Picnic Included Baptism

BaptismThe Catholic of St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s celebrated its annual parish picnic on Sunday, July 13th at St. Patrick’s Oratory/Mother Cabrini Shrine. The day began with a 10:30 AM Mass celebrated by Rev. Alan Shnob.  During the Mass Deacon George Benson baptized Aurelia and Brynlei, the daughters of Richard and Kristen Carnahan. The godparents were Jason and Amber Keable.  An enjoyable picnic and fun for the children followed. Rain was reported in the Peru hamlet, but only a few light sprinkles at the shrine. Click here to view our slideshow. Must be viewed on a PC to enjoy the accompanying music. 

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St. Augustine’s Mass and Parish Picnic at St. Patrick’s Sunday

pcMark the date. July 13th 2014. Place: Mother Cabrini Shrine. The parishioners of St. Augustine and St. Patrick will gather at the shrine, to celebrate Mass at 10:30 AM followed by the parish picnic. Please bring a chair and a dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgers plus beverages will be provided. Come and enjoy the shrine and fellowship. We have a large tent, so rain or shine everyone will be covered. The picnic will also have music and a train ride for the kids!

There will not be a 9:30 AM Mass at St. Augustine’s Church.

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Friday, July 11, 2014 Book Signing with the Benjamins Authors of Remembering the Royal Savage Inn 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) on Friday, July 11th in welcoming Don and Barbara Benjamin, former owners of the Royal Savage Inn, for a book signing featuring their newly-released book titled, Remembering the Royal Savage Inn. Famous to locals and travelers alike for its original recipes, inviting atmosphere and historic setting, Remembering the Royal Savage Inn brings back fond memories to all those who dined at the restaurant during its 70-year enterprise in Clinton County. Chapter titles include: “History of the Royal Savage, the Ship and the Inn;” “Big Events;” “The Chaos of the Catering Business;” “Entertaining Stories from Our Employees” and many more.

The book signing will be held at the Museum in the redesigned destination-themed gallery. Copies of Remembering the Royal Savage Inn sell for $20 each. Each book purchase includes an original postcard from the Royal Savage Inn and an article written by the Benjamins. All proceeds from book sales are donated to the Clinton County Historical Association. There is no admission charge for this event.

For more information, please contact the Clinton County Historical Association at 518-561-0340.

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Owens Co-sponsors Bill to Increase VA Hiring Preference for Veterans

WASHINGTON—Congressman Bill Owens announced today that he is co-sponsoring H.R. 5023, the Veterans’ Assistance to Lower Unemployment and Enhance VA Services Act (VALUES Act). This bipartisan legislation would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to give greater hiring preference to veterans who apply for jobs in the VA health care system. “This legislation further enlists the VA as an ally to veterans transitioning back into civilian life, helping them build the skills and experience they need to start a new career, ”said Owens. “Whether they returned to a struggling economy sometime in the past or they’re flying home to find a job today, our nation’s veterans have earned this access to good jobs at the VA.” Read more »

The Strand Center for the Arts Presents Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts (SCA) is excited to present Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers on July 10th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. As the first concert in the SCA’s annual Jumpin’ in July concert series, the performance will take place on the SCA’s front lawn at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh and is free to the public. In case of rain, the performance will be held indoors in the Strand Theatre located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street.

“We’re pleased to present Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers,” says Jessica Dulle, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director. “This is a great chance for everyone to come together and enjoy arts in our community.”

Rooted in delta blues and infused with reggae, soul and funk, award-nominated Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers are making Plattsburgh one of their stops on their summer tour schedule.

“The Jumpin’ in July concert series not only showcases tremendously talented musicians,” says Leigh Mundy, The Strand Center for the Arts Board President, “it is a wonderful opportunity to unite the community and the arts—the very goal we constantly strive for as an organization.”

Next in the Jumpin’ in July series is the incredibly skilled Lucid. Originating in the North Country, Lucid has an eclectic sound combining rock, rap, blues, hip hop and reggae. The band seamlessly blends various musical styles and is a must-see. They will perform on July 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on the Strand Center for the Arts’ front lawn.

The final concert in the Jumpin’ in July series takes place on July 24th and features Dave Keller. Back by popular demand and a North Country favorite, Dave Keller will entertain concert-goers from 5:30 pm to 7:00pm with the sounds of soul and blues.

The Strand Center for the Arts is open to visitors Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm. For a full list of classes and events, please visit The Strand Center’s website at:

Contact: Jessica Dulle, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director by phone at: 518-563-1604 or by email at:


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