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Peru Fire Department Open House & Recruitment Day

Do you want to give back to your community? Do you live in the Peru Fire district? Come to our Open house-recruitment day April 29th from 10-2pm! See what we do, ask any questions you may have, fill out an application. Meet Herman from The Moose 97.9. We will have a Bouncy House for the kids, food, activities, fire truck rides and live Jaws and Fire demonstrations Stop by and say Hi! #RecruitNY

Public Hearing Scheduled for Procedural Changes in Dog Law

The Town of Peru, Town Board has scheduled a Public Hearing at 6:45 PM on Monday May 8, 2017.  The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to hear the Public Concerns on the newly revised Local Law on Dog Control.  The regular meeting will follow at 7:00 PM.  The meeting is open to all.

Kathleen Flynn

Town Clerk


Several Applications Before Planning Board

AGENDA – Town of Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m

1. Site Plan Review: P-2017-004 Peru Sand & Gravel LLC
Site Plan Review – Operate an Excavation Business
Rod & Gun Club Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-005 Robert Kaschak
3086 Main St.
Peru, NY 12972

3. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-006 Robert Kaschak
Site Plan Review – Operate a Commercial Sign Business
3092 Main St.
Peru, NY 12972
4. Site Plan Review: P-2017-007 Robert Kaschak
Site Plan Review – Free Standing Sign
3092 Main St.
Peru, NY 12972

5. Site Plan Review: P-2017-008 Jessica Bigelow
Site Plan Review – Free Standing Sign
806 Bear Swamp Rd.
Peru, NY 12972


Officials offer glimpse of Plattsburgh Airport makeover – Sun Community News & Printing

Airport eyes expanded flight options 

Unified basketball brings new avenues of competition to Section VII – Sun Community News & Printing


April 25, 2017 message from the Peru Superintendent of Schools:

At approximately 7:00 this morning, a Peru CSD school bus was involved in an accident.
No student or staff injuries have been reported.
Students have been transported safely to campus.
State Police are investigating.

Stefanik wants more details on health care effort – Times Union

Remillard Excels IN NYC and Boston Marathons


1st Place in the 2015 and 2016 Queens Marathons


2017 Boston Marathon

By John T. Ryan

Peru – People living in or near the Peru hamlet undoubtedly recall Charles Remillard. He’s the tall, red-headed young man we saw running by our homes as a member of the Peru High School Track Team. Graduating in 2011, Charles went on to star for the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons. Today, he’s running much longer distances. Last November he finished 33rd overall (2nd in his men’s age group) in the New York City Marathon and last week he was the 78th overall in the famous Boston Marathon. Remillard commented, “The Boston Marathon didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped. There’s a downhill stretch at the beginning. I went out too fast. I also didn’t wear socks so I had problems with my shoes.” Nevertheless, his success was no small feat given that 51,394 people crossed the finish line in NYC and over 26,000 in Boston.

At SUNY Oneonta Remillard excelled at the 10,000 meter run winning the SUNYAK Outdoor Championship in 2014-15. A marathon is 42,164 meters/26.2 miles. Remillard said, “I always felt the longer distance was more advantageous for me. Unfortunately, that’s even more time consuming.” He’s out of bed at 4:45 a.m. in order to run 10 miles. At 7:30 a.m. he arrives at Scholars Academy in Queens, NY where he teaches 7th grade science. After school, he runs 5 miles along or on a Rockaway Park beach. Add daily strength training to his 90 to 110 weekly running miles, plus being a teacher, Charles Remillard is a busy young man. Having grown up at Remillard Farms, the son of Tom and Cheryl Remillard, he has the advantage of having always been around hard workers.

Charles is enjoying big city life commenting, “Right now I want to explore different experiences. Working in a community with so much diversity is a very new experience.” Asked if he misses farm life he responded, “I miss the farm a lot. I’ve considered eventually coming back to the farm.” Prior to making any major move he plans to earn a Masters Degree. He said, “I’m looking at Cornell University’s Agricultural Science Masters program.” Charles Remillard appears to have a great background for that challenge having been an All-Academic athlete in college and a teacher at one of New York City’s best academic schools.

Spring Must Be Here

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The Peru Highway Department is busy sweeping hamlet streets this morning (Monday). They work quickly, so if you have sand to rake off your lawn, now is the time to do it.

Americans don’t like museums, so an Adirondack museum rebrands | NCPR News

Mission of Hope Zoning Application in Limbo

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The North Country Mission of Hope’s non-conforming use application for the former K of C Hall/Fitness Center at 3452 Route 22 was not approved by the Peru Zoning Board of Appeals at its Wednesday, April 19th meeting. Mission of Hope Board President Sally Kokes told the Peru Gazette, “It came down to an interpretation of the law. We’re not giving up because we really need the building. I was surprised. Everyone seemed to be in favor of it.”

Board Chairman Jim Falvo told the Peru Gazette, “I voted no based on Section 502 of the Zoning Law (Titled “Termination”) which states that when a nonconforming use has been discontinued for more than one year, it cannot be reestablished. I advised the Mission of Hope representatives to apply for a use variance.”

Board member Robin Bashaw disagrees stating, “The Mission of Hope applied under Section 503 (Titled Change to Another Nonconforming Use), not Section 502. Section 503 states that a nonconforming use may be changed to another nonconforming use…” Bashaw is of the opinion that the building did not lose its nonconforming use status simply because it has been vacant for more than one year. He pointed out that neither the word “termination” or the word “discontinued” is defined in Peru’s zoning ordinance and that his research has satisfied him that the building’s status as a conforming use was not terminated.

The Zoning Board currently consists of six members*, meaning four affirmative votes are required for approval of an action. Members Dwane Bast and Rob Bashaw voted yes. Chairman James Falvo voted no. Members Steve LaBounty and Tom Fusco had not made a decision; therefore, they abstained. Member Tim St. Pierre was not present.

Peru Zoning Attorney Matt Favro was not present at Wednesday’s meeting. Over the next few days he will listen to a tape recording of the proceedings and will hopefully be ready to state his findings at the Zoning Board’s May 17th meeting.

* The Zoning Board is in the process of being reduced from 7 to 5 members. When the senior member’s term expires, his position will be filled.

Upcoming Clinton County Historical Association Events

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Upcoming Clinton County Historical Association Events


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the April 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Second Seasonal Hire for Water/Sewer/Parks.

DISCUSSION: Maiden Lane Lift Station Update.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: AES 2017-18 Term Renewal Agreement Approval.

DISCUSSION: Water/Sewer Surplus Equipment.

DISCUSSION: Pickleball Court Update.

DISCUSSION: Murphy’s Water Bill.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Pictometry Purchase.


DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Dog Law Public Hearing Date.

DISCUSSION: Foil Requests.

DISCUSSION: Rulfs Grand Opening.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.


April Stools’ Day Clean-up

Will you get a little dirty for clean water? Please join the Lake Champlain Committee, the League of Women Voters of the North Country and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation this Sunday, April 23 at an April Stools’ Day clean-up at Point Au Roche State Park from 1 PM – 3 PM. Enjoy the camaraderie of other caring folks as you help scoop the poop and litter from trails and pathways. We’ll provide all the supplies for our walk in the park and some nice perks for participating. Further details follow.
4/23 Point Au Roche State Park April Stools’ Day 

What: A springtime citizen effort to remove dog doo and trash from parks, paths and recreation areas before it ends up in the water

Who: You and your pals

When: Sunday, April 23 from 1 PM – 3 PM

Where: Point Au Roche State Park. Meet for “doo-ty” at the park’s nature center at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road in Plattsburgh. Contact Suzy Johnson for further information (518 561-0917 or

Why: Because woof waste that’s not picked up sends nutrients and bacteria into our waterways.

What to wear and bring: Wear old clothes and sturdy walking shoes or rain boots. LCC will supply gloves, plastic bags, trowels, pails and hand sanitizer.

Prizes and give-aways: Participants will receive a set of lake note cards (while supplies last) and everyone who scoops poop will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes of $25, $50 and $100. (The drawing will be done in mid-May after all our poo pick-up events are held.)

The Scoop on Poop
Besides the foul smell and the unpleasantness of stepping in hound mounds, pet poop is bad for waterways, lawns and people. Pet waste carries nutrients that feed the growth of weeds and algae in the water. An average size dog dropping produces 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria. Pets are responsible for up to one-third of bacterial pollution in waterways near developed areas. EPA estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from just 100 dogs contributes enough bacteria to temporarily close a waterbody to swimming and fishing. Woof-waste doesn’t make good fertilizer; it burns grass and leaves unsightly discoloring. Infected pet poop can carry the eggs of roundworms and other parasites (like cryptosporidium, giardia, and salmonella) which can linger in soil for years. Anyone gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot, or digging in the infected dirt, risks coming into contact with those eggs. Children are most susceptible since they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths.

Other Ways to Help
If you can’t join us this Sunday, plan your clean-up for another day. Head to your neighborhood park, trail or recreation area with gloves and bags when it suits your schedule. Wear a safety vest if you’re working near roadways.

Once you’re done with your poop pick-up, flush the remains down the toilet (without the bag) or knot the bag and dispose of it in the garbage along with any trash you find along the way. Email LCC a photo and details about your clean-up effort (date, where you went and approximately how much waste you picked up) by May 15 and you’ll be entered into our drawing for cash prizes.

If you’re a pet owner, always pick up after your pet and never leave for a walk without a plastic bag to deal with the doo.

Thanks for lending a hand for clean water,

The LCC Team

Support for this and other LCC April Stools’ Day events has been provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Evening of Healing: Stories of Strength


The Foundation of CVPH is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 4th Annual Evening of Healing: Stories of Strength.  This year’s event is set for Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Newman Center and we hope you can join us for a powerful and inspiring evening.  The goal of An Evening of Healing is to open communication for attendees to learn where and how to find strength, connect with people so healing can begin, and leave with a sense of hope and purpose.  Thank you to the Clinton County NY Coalition to Prevent Suicide, Northern Insuring, Behavioral Health Services North and Twinstate for organizing this special community event.

Kids of All Ages Will Love this Place


Peru Gazette file photo

The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum has announced its Opening Weekend of the 2017 Season! May 13-14, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972. (518) 643-8052
Ongoing demonstrations include plowing and planting corn, small grains and potatoes with antique farming equipment; the blacksmith shop and granary.
New exhibits include the Garden Shed, Food Preparation and Preservation from the past (canning, pickling, drying and salting); and Potato and Potato Harvesting (antique farming equipment, potato farming from field preparation, to planting to harvesting).
Buildings/exhibits in progress include the Goshen Store, the Shingle Mill Building and the new public restrooms.
Don’t forget to visit the animals and take a stagecoach ride. Hope to see you at the 2017 Season Opening!!

Peru Gazette file photo

Peru awaiting state feedback on revitalization plan – Sun Community News & Printing

31st Annual Peru K of C Charity Golf Tournament


Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Bill McBride Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 16th at the Adirondack Golf and Country Club. The tournament is dedicated to its former chairman, Bill McBride Jr., who passed away on February 28th. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Obtain entry forms and information from Greg Lombard at 593-2652 or email

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New IT Specialist Hired at Emergency Meeting

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The Peru Town Board conducted an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 29th. According to the minutes the purpose was to hire and introduce the town’s new IT provider, Patrick Garsow, and to learn his top three priorities. Garsow told the board that over the next 30 days he would implement computer system security, get back-up and recovery systems working and migrate data to a new server.

The town purchased a new server in April 2015 at a cost of $8,150. Garsow said correcting the issues with that server would cost more than purchasing a new one. He took the old server in trade.  The new, faster server will cost the town about $6,000. The total cost including data migration and software installation will not exceed $10,000.

At its April 10, 2017 meeting Supervisor Peter Glushko explained that when the board sensed problems with its computer systems it called upon Twinstate Technologies and Garsow to evaluate the system. Both Twinstate and Garsow recommended immediate action. After discussion, the board decided to hire Garsow based on his cost, experience and availability.

Garsow said the new server is in operation, all systems have been properly backed up and that several infections were discovered and resolved. He reported problems with the town’s KVS accounting software saying, “It’s non-functional at this time.” He said KVS tech support has been slow to respond, unable to resolve issues, and not available 24 hours daily.  (Editor’s Note – the KVS issue was resolved the following day and is now in operation)

Garsow recommended updating the operating systems on all the town’s 15 computers and establishing less expensive three-year contracts for anti-virus protection and cloud backup systems. Given KVS’s poor support, he would like to eventually seek out another accounting software provider. He also pointed out that the town hall’s computers and its servers are on the same wireless network. Garsow said that is not a good practice.

Supervisor Peter Glushko recommended that Garsow’s work be audited on an annual or bi-annual basis by an outside party. He mentioned Twinstate Technology. Garsow said he thought Glushko had made a good suggestion saying, “I definitely can’t audit my own work.”

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Jones helps secure funding to deter crime through rehabilitation

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2017-18 state budget he helped pass includes $17,500 in funding to create a substance use disorder counselor position at the Clinton County Jail in partnership with the Champlain Valley Family Center.

“Time and time again, those struggling with addiction are rearrested on similar charges without the chance to break their dependency,” Jones said. “By creating a substance use disorder counselor position at our county jail, we are giving inmates a chance to change their future and get on the road to recovery and in turn, reduce crimes related to addiction.”

The funding was made available through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which aims to reduce crime and violence across the state. The grant will help establish an approximately 35-hour weekly program operated by the Champlain Valley Family Center. Clinton County Jail and the family center have also committed $12,000 each to jump-start the initiative. Read more »

St. Augustine’s Church – 1st Monday Within the Octave of Easter

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St. Augustine’s Church on Easter Monday. As the the author Matt Kelly suggests, stop by for 10 minutes each day or as often as you can to just to think, relax and/or give thanks. Click here for 13 photos. 

Special Board Meeting Time Change– April 20, 2017

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will have a brief, special meeting on the morning of Thursday, April 20th at 6:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room.

Thursday morning’s brief special meeting will focus on consideration of the BOCES administrative budget for the 2017‐2018 school year and consideration of candidates running for seats on this region’s BOCES.

Budget Workshop to be discussed.

The full agenda is available at

All are welcome.

Sewer System Failure Results in Release of Untreated Sewage

Maiden Lane Lift Station Pumps

Maiden Lane Lift Station Pumps

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Peru’s aging sewer infrastructure became strikingly clear during the heavy April 6/7/8 rainfall as a red light flashed at the Maiden Lane lift station. Lift station pumps couldn’t handle the combined storm water-sewage flow resulting in approximately 500 gallons of untreated liquid flowing into the nearby brook and one household being without sewage service. Superintendent Courtney Tetrault delivered the bad news at the Town Board’s April 10th meeting. At some points during the heavy rains, 700,000 gallons, not the normal 250,000 gallons, were flowing into the town’s sewage treatment plant.IMG_0188

The Maiden Lane lift station was designed to accommodate Buttonbrook Parkway, Woodland Parkway and part of Maiden Lane. It was not designed to pump the Buttonwood subdivision (Winding Brook Rd. and Bloomfield Drive). Tetrault also said that some homeowners’ sump pumps are connected to the sewer system rather than draining into their backyard. He recommended requesting that these households reroute their sump pump drainage.

As they have done previously, counselors discussed contacting Buttonwood developers Donald Swain and Chuck Bedard regarding financing lift station upgrades. In June 2016, the town’s contract engineering firm, AES Engineering, recommended that the board impose a moratorium on adding any users to the system. Now the board is requesting that AES put that recommendation in writing.

In April 2015 AES recommended a $4 million system-wide upgrade. An expenditure of that size would be difficult given the fact that the sewer district has only about 550 users. Last year a hamlet-wide income survey increased the chance of qualifying for grants and earlier this year the board took steps to expedite the grant application process by authorizing funding for the project.

St. Augustine’s Church Easter Vigil

Happy Easter everyone!

Happy Easter everyone!

April 15th – A Beautiful Day to Experience Peru’s Walking Trail


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Fire Damages Reservoir Road Home

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – The Peru Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a dangerous brush and shed fire at 39 Reservoir Road this afternoon. The flames damaged the rear wall and deck of the large manufactured home. Property owner Joelynn Stickney used a fire extinguisher to douse most of the deck flames prior to the department’s arrival. The firefighters subdued the fire around the home, sprayed foam to ensure there wasn’t a restart, saved the nearby shed and kept the fire from advancing through the woods to a nearby home.

Deputy Clinton County Fire Coordinator, Greg Timmons said there was at least one and possibly more other brush fires ongoing in other local communities.

Outdoor burning is prohibited in New York State from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.

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Clear plastic bags required at NY prisons

St. Augustine’s Church Services

Holy Thursday – 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Passion of Our Lord 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m.

All are Welcome!

Assemblyman Jone’s 2017 Women of Distinction Announced

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones  

Throughout the month of March, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) received almost 100 nominations in honor of Women’s History Month for his upcoming 2017 Women of Distinction Awards. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony this weekend.

Jones noted, “This event will serve as a great opportunity to support and honor the selfless actions of North Country women.  Together, we can celebrate the incredible women who are dedicated to bringing lasting progress to our community.”

The Women of Distinction Awards recognizes women who have made an impact in fields such as education, business, health care, volunteerism, military service and community service. All of the winners reside in the 115thAssembly District, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as the towns of Brasher, Lawrence, Piercefield and Hopkinton in St. Lawrence County.

“After careful review and much deliberation, I selected seven winners for six categories, with one category being shared by two constituents for their partnership in community service over the last 40 years,” said Assemblyman Jones.

Winners by Category:

Law Enforcement: Jessica Facteau

Education: Susan Kenoyer

Health Care: Ellen LaMora

Community Engagement: Janet McFetridge

Crusader: Rebecca Preve

Volunteerism: Sue Stubbs and Judy Austin

The winners will be recognized at the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday, April 15 at 11:30, in the rotunda of Plattsburgh City Hall, 41 City Hall Place. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Assemblyman Jones is also happy to announce that Linda Bourgeois, President and CEO of UFirst Federal Credit Union, will be Emceeing the event.

For more information, contact Assemblyman Jones at 518-562-1986 or  To learn more about these amazing women and their service to our district, visit

‘Raise the Age,’ Now Law in New York, Is Still a Subject of Debate – The New York Times

America’s Best Bass Fishing Lakes and Ponds – Lake Champlain is #1 

Anti-hunger groups praise NY farm-to-foodbank tax credit | NCPR News

NY makes tuition free, but students must stay after college | NCPR News

Little Says Budget Funds Issues Important to the North Country

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little
State Senator Betty Little today said the newly approved 2017-18 state budget provides funding for many programs and services identified as North Country priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.  Little said the new budget makes the largest investment in clean water infrastructure in state history, enacts workers’ compensation reform to reduce costs for businesses and brings ridesharing services to upstate.

“It took a little longer to reach an agreement than I wanted,” said Little.  “The disagreements were substantial and the compromises reached in many areas reflect the challenges of governing in a diverse state. Overall, this budget accomplishes a lot of good.”

One key appropriation secured by Little in a budget bill approved today is $2 million for repairs to the Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens mausoleums in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg.   Read more »

Assemblyman Jones: Budget Works for North Country Families, Economy

From the office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass a $153.1 billion 2017-18 state budget that will improve North Country roads and bridges, invest in public education and close the skills gap to get people back to work.

“We’re investing in opportunity, supporting those who need a helping hand and securing a brighter future for all New Yorkers,” Jones said. “This budget is really going to move hardworking North Country families forward.”

Spurring economic development in the North Country

A key feature in the final state budget is the Empire State Apprenticeship Program, which helps young adults become skilled workers in high-demand fields such as nursing, agriculture, advanced manufacturing and information technology. This will help young people launch careers, while also closing the skills gap that is creating a critical workforce shortage for businesses. It helps solve several major issues, including high young adult unemployment and poverty rates, and a persistent skills gap, Jones noted.

“The North Country has good-paying jobs that can lift New Yorkers out of poverty,” Jones said. “But we have a severe shortage of qualified candidates. This apprenticeship program funnels young adults who have in-demand skills into businesses who desperately need them. It’s a win-win.”

The budget includes $100 million in capital funding for SUNY campuses, including SUNY Plattsburgh. This funding will go a long way toward sparking economic growth and creating better facilities for students.

In addition, the budget includes $140,000 for the North Country Chamber of Commerce for operation costs. It also provides $200,000 for the chamber toward the North American Center for Excellence in Transportation to help produce railcars and buses, which creates jobs in Plattsburgh and Champlain.[1]

Further, the budget also includes $70 million for the I Love New York program. This will help promote state attractions, such as Adirondack State Park, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to our area every year for hiking, skiing, camping, kayaking and dozens of other recreational activities.

“Our mountains, lakes and streams are truly world-class,” Jones said. “It’s important that we take advantage of all they have to offer and encourage others to do so as well.”

Bringing ride-hailing to the North Country

Companies such as Uber and Lyft will now be able to start operating in in upstate New York starting in July, which will be a huge step forward for the North Country’s transportation needs, Jones noted. Expanding ride-hailing is anticipated to bring in $16 million in revenue for the state general fund through a 4 percent tax.

“There is a huge demand for ride hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, in the North Country,” Jones said. “It’s convenient for residents, helps hardworking families earn a little extra money, boosts our economy and could even reduce the number of DUIs we see.”

Improving roads, bridges and water infrastructure

“Our infrastructure is at the heart of the North Country community and economy,” Jones said. “This budget makes significant investments to protect the safety and reliability of our roadways and bridges so people can go about their daily lives safely.”

The budget increases funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Program (CHIPs) and Pave NY by $65 million to help local governments pay for road and bridge improvements without burdening local taxpayers. This will help ensure the safety and reliability of our infrastructure as well as create good-paying jobs in the North Country.

The budget also provides $2.5 billion for water infrastructure, including:

· $1 billion for the 2015 Water Infrastructure Improvement Act;

· $150 million for inter-municipal infrastructure grants;

· $245 million for water quality improvement grants;

· $75 million for septic and cesspool replacement; and

· $100 million for municipal water quality infrastructure programs.

Investing in agriculture

As a former dairy farmer, Jones understands how important the North Country’s agricultural industry is. The final budget includes a 25 percent tax credit for food farmers donate to food banks, which helps them save money while giving local families in need access to local, healthy food.

Jones also fought to restore $215,000 to promote maple syrup. This will be a boon to Clinton County, which is the leading producer of maple syrup in the state.

“Agriculture is a vital part of the success of the North Country economy,” Jones said. “That’s why I’m making sure we support our farmers, preserve farmland and encourage folks to eat healthy, local food.”

Giving direct care workers a much-needed raise

Direct care workers are carefully trained to help the most vulnerable members of our community. They devote themselves to others, working tirelessly day in and day out to help individuals with developmental disabilities live better healthier lives. Unfortunately, many are forced to leave the field and the people they so nobly care for due to low wages.

The Assembly fought to ensure that the final state budget dedicated $14 million in 2017-18 and $146 million in 2018-19 to fund a two-year, living wage initiative for direct care workers with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

“This is critical for the North Country, which is predominately rural and struggles to retain its workforce,” Jones said. “Direct care workers often leave for better paying jobs, or to industries where the pay is the same but the work is easier. This will help reduce turnover, fight a staffing crisis and make sure the families who depend on it get the care they need.”

Combating the heroin epidemic

Despite increased media attention and legislative action, the heroin and opioid epidemic continues to rage in communities across New York State and it has hit the North Country hard. The 2017-18 state budget increases funding by $33 million over last year – for a total of $203 million – to fight the heroin epidemic and increase access to treatment for New Yorkers struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

“Our communities have been crushed by the toll of the heroin and opioid epidemic,” Jones said. “We have to get people the help they so desperately need and this funding is a major step forward.”

The funding supports a variety of treatment and prevention programs, including family support navigators, peer supports, recovery clubhouses, community coalitions and 24/7 crisis centers. The budget also includes $10 million in additional capital support to increase the number of beds in in-patient treatment facilities.

Providing funding for local municipalities

The budget includes funding for several programs that have been a top priority for Jones, including $150,000 for services and expenses of a road salt study in the Adirondacks. Many constituents and local officials have expressed concerns that salt has contaminated streams, lakes and water supplies, and this funding will delve into the issue and address concerns.

In addition, Jones secured $250,000 in the budget for Older Adults Technology Services to help seniors use technology to improve their quality of life and become more civically engaged.

$2 million was also appropriated to the Towns of Ellenburg and Plattsburgh to assist with the maintenance and repairs of cemeteries and mausoleums. “Senator Little advocated strongly for this and I was happy to support her initiative in the Assembly,” Jones said. “This much-needed funding will go a long way to help the towns in this effort.”

The budget also includes an increase in funding for Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding without the consolidation agreement much to the relief of many North Country residents.

“The North Country spoke up and Albany heard,” Jones said. “But we have to keep fighting to make sure our land is protected, our water is safe and our community is taken care of. That’s a fight I’ll never back down from.”

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DiNapoli: Increase in Older Inmates Challenges New York’s Prison System

New York’s prison population is decreasing, but the number of inmates age 50 and over rose 46 percent from 2007 to 2016, according to a report issued today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

While data detailing inmate health care costs by age groups is not readily available in New York, DiNapoli’s report found that overall, such costs rose to over $380 million in 2015-16 State Fiscal Year, an increase of $64.5 million, or 20.4 percent, in the last three years.

“New York must confront the challenges of an aging inmate population,” DiNapoli said. “We need to better understand and study the issues and examine what others are doing effectively to determine an approach that protects taxpayers, keeps the public safe and provides humane care.”

The report notes there are proposals at the federal and state levels, as well as from criminal justice experts, aimed at addressing an aging inmate population. For example, some experts have suggested that because of factors, including recidivism rates that are lower for older inmates than for their younger counterparts, use of early release for older individuals may be an appropriate strategy in certain instances.

DiNapoli’s report suggests the development of more complete data and analysis of the issues stemming from New York’s aging prison population. This information would help policy makers, advocates, and stakeholders identify and assess appropriate measures to address this challenge effectively.

Other findings in the Comptroller’s report include:

  • Inmates in the 50 and over age range comprised 19.4 percent of the state’s prison population in January 2016, as compared to 11.0 percent a decade earlier. As of 2016, nearly 2,400 inmates, 4.6 percent of the total, were 60 or older.
  • The average age of inmates under custody in New York state prisons was 38.3 years in January 2016, an increase of 1.8 years, or 4.9 percent, since January 2007.
  • Over the same decade, New York’s total inmate count fell by nearly 11,000, or 17.3 percent, to around 52,000. Among age cohorts for which readily available data allow comparisons, no other age segment of New York’s prison population increased over the 10-year period.

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Monday’s Town Board Agenda


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of March 27, 2017

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Reports from all Departments: (Water/Sewer/Valcour; Highway; Town Clerk; Dog Control; Youth Department; Code/Zoning; Supervisor’s Report; Court; Website; and Banking Reports)

Community Input

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session.


DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of Main Street Project MOU.



DISCUSSION: Maiden Lane Lift Station.

DISCUSSION: Heyworth Mason Building Update.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

DEC Issues Draft Buck Pond Campground Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released the Draft Buck Pond Campground Unit Management Plan (UMP) for review. The draft UMP would guide management actions for the Buck Pond Public Campground over the next five years. The campground is located on County Route 60, also known as Gabriels-Onchiota Road, .4 mile east of the hamlet of Onchiota in the town of Franklin, Franklin County.

This 116-site campground offers hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, picnic tables, fire places, boat launch (Lake Kushaqua), car top boat launch (Buck Pond), boat and canoe rentals, and sand beach with bathhouse. Buck Pond offers space to accommodate tents to 30′ RVs and is a day use facility. The campground is located on the western shore of the130-acre Buck Pond. Campsites are large, well forested, and private with a variety of recreational opportunities including boating, paddling, fishing, swimming and hiking. The pond is restricted to non-motorized boats, while Lake Kushaqua is open to all boats.

NYS DEC will accept public comments on the draft plan until May 15, 2017, and will host a public availability session on April 27, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DEC Region 5 Ray Brook Office, 1115 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296. The availability session will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in the draft UMP and to ask questions about campground management. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please call (518) 897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting with any specific accommodation requests.

The draft UMP plan for the Buck Pond Campground can be viewed and downloaded and proposes the following management activities:

  • Replace four comfort stations: Station numbers 3, 4, 7 and 8;
  • Construct addition on staff cabin in loop B and add leach field;
  • Replace ticket booth;
  • Improve boat launch on Lake Kushaqua;
  • Replace playground facilities in day-use area;
  • Rehabilitate four sites to universal design;
  • Relocate trailer dump station to near recycle center;
  • Replace main waterline;
  • Replace overhead electrical with underground system;
  • Rehabilitate 15 campsites;
  • Install plantings throughout campground;
  • Extend water system to day-use area;
  • Relocate one remote campsite from island to campground (APSLMP Compliance); and,
  • Construct universally accessible trail on old D&H railroad bed.

Copies of the Draft Plan are available on computer disc and may be obtained by calling, (518) 457-2500.

Public comment can be submitted by mail to: Josh Houghton, NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253, or by e-mail

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Peru School District Seeks Board Candidate

The Peru Central School District is seeking candidates to fill one (1) vacancy on the Board of Education, due to the expiration of the term of Ms. Linda Morgan.

The seat is at large for a five-year term from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2022.

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  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 17, 2017.

The School Board Election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Liberty’s Garage is Still in Good Hands


L-R Todd Martineau, Leo Wood, Karen Champagne, Donna Downs, Robert Desotelle, Donald Westerkamp

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Liberty’s Garage is a Peru institution. Jack Liberty operated the garage for 25 years. In 1995, Chazy native Jim Champagne purchased the business and successfully operated it until cancer took his life on August 31, 2016. Karen Champagne, Jim’s wife of 38 years, faced a life-changing decision. Would she continue her 22-year career as a clinic manager at Eye Care for the Adirondacks? Would she sell the business or would she become a service station operator?

Karen reflected for several weeks on her undoubtedly emotional choices. While she had her own career, she had helped Jim save money to buy the business. She knew how much he loved his business, its employees and customers. She said, “I had to decide what path I would follow. The doctors I worked for, Dr. Dahlen and Dr. Vilbert, had sold their practice. I thought about selling the garage, but I just wasn’t ready to let that part go.” On Monday morning December 12, 2016 Karen Champagne walked into Liberty’s Garage as its new operator.

Operating a service station has been an entirely new experience. Karen remarked, “Jim talked about the business at home, but there’s a big difference between talking and doing. Fortunately, the staff welcomed me with open arms. They couldn’t have been more accommodating.” Customers know that humor has always been a welcome commodity at Liberty’s. Karen commented, “There hasn’t been too much laughter with my questions. There’s been a few chuckles, especially about my notes.” Karen appreciates her staff’s patience. When it came time to take a photo for this story she said, “Let’s do our family picture.”

Liberty’s Garage has a long history of success and Karen is working hard to continue that legacy. She said, “We want to continue doing good honest work. I try to put myself in the customer’s shoes. We try to explain a bill so a customer can understand what they are paying for.” Women customers will undoubtedly appreciate Karen’s perspective. She explained, “I think we treat female customers the same as male customers when we explain a bill. I want this to be a place where everyone is comfortable.”

Liberty’s is well known for its experienced, highly trained staff. Shop Manager Robert Desotelle is a National Institute of Automotive Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Auto and Medium and Heavy Truck Technician with 12 years experience. Todd Martineau is a C.V. Tech graduate with twenty-seven years experience. Donald Westerkamp graduated from the Lincoln Technical Institute in Connecticut where he studied automotive technology. Leo Wood is the senior staff member with 17 years at Liberty’s. He is a tire expert and general purpose mechanic who enthusiastically greets almost every customer by name. Donna Downs is the staff accountant and works with Karen to schedule appointments. Gas customers appreciate Donna’s rapid service. It’s rare when any gas customer has to wait more than 30 seconds to transact a purchase.

Liberty’s Garage offers the latest technology and a wide-range of services. It subscribes to online electronics services and recently purchased a high-tech computer diagnostic machine. Tune-ups, brake, suspensions and tire work are the most common shop activities, although Liberty’s will even replace engines and transmissions.

The garage is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 518-643-9016 to make an appointment.

Peru Home Devastated by Tragic Fire

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This is the scene at 13 Haynes Terrace in Peru this afternoon after the home owned by Jason and Amber Keable was destroyed by fire. Peru firefighters were called to the scene about 3:30 p.m. They could see smoke from the firehouse and observed flames shooting from the roof as they traveled closer to the residence. No one was injured in the blaze.
Jason Keable said, “I left with my daughter to pick up my two year old son at daycare. I was only gone about ten minutes. As I drove home I could see the smoke. I thought it might be at the store (Jax Convenience Store at Glenwood Plaza). As I got closer I realized it might be my home.” Keable said the house was constructed in 1990. A new kitchen and bathroom were added about a year ago. It appears all the family’s possessions were lost. Keable said the home was insured.

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All Welcome as Peru Democrats’ Potluck Social

Democratic Party Town of Peru
Chairman- Brandy McDonald
Vice/Chairman- Jim Douglass
Treasurer- Jean Schiffler
Secretary – Ed Schiffler

Date and Time: Friday, April 7th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm,

Location: St. Augustine’s Parish Center, Peru

Come one, come all! Please bring a dish to share and join the Peru Democrats at St. Augustine’s Parish Center as we celebrate our American heritage with a potluck social. Everyone is welcome!

In April 1890, the United States government officially embraced the influx of immigrants by opening Ellis Island. We would like to celebrate our immigrant heritage by encouraging all guests to bring a dish that exemplifies their family’s ethnic heritage.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The evening will be a great chance to share food, stories, and laughs with neighbors. Also provided that evening will be a 50/50 raffle and a postcard-writing station where any interested guests can share their thoughts on immigration (or any other issue) with our state representatives.

We hope you can join us!

PS: While it is not necessary to RSVP, it would be most helpful if you if you would give us a heads up that you are planning on attending.


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Enjoy a Great Brunch Next Sunday

Palm Sunday Brunch

Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru, NY – Sunday, April 9th from 9am – 1pm
All you can eat brunch
Adults – $8.00; Children (ages 5 – 12) $5.00; Under 5 FREE

Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Bacon,
Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Hash Browns, Fresh Fruit Salad,
Milk, Coffee, Tea and Assorted Juices

Town – Union at an Impasse

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Contract negotiations, tobacco prohibitions and back-flow prevention valves were some of the topics discussed at the Monday, March 27th Town Board meeting.

An impasse has been declared in contract negotiations between the Town of Peru and its Highway Department CSEA employees. Both sides met with a mediator on Tuesday. Supervisor Peter Glushko said progress was made. Union Representative Scott Houser had no comment. Future mediation sessions have been scheduled.

Counselors discussed tobacco product and usage prohibitions in and around town buildings and vehicles. Smoking cigarettes and the like is prohibited in town buildings and vehicles. Adding e-cigarettes, snuff, chew and similar items to the prohibited items and establishing a no-smoking zone adjacent to town buildings was discussed, Prohibiting the use of tobacco products on any town property was mentioned. Counselors will research the policies being followed by other communities prior to taking any action.

Water-Sewer Superintendent Courtney Tetrault asked for the Board’s guidance when commercial users do not comply with the town’s annual back-flow valve testing requirement. A back-flow value reduces potential contaminating of the town’s potable water system. Tetrault has sent three letters to three users who have not complied. Two other customers have not installed the valves. Tetrault said the law calls for a $100 penalty when annual testing is not conducted. Counselors asked Tetrault to send certified letters prior to initiating any penalty action. Tetrault said there is a contractor who will conduct the test for $45.

Counselors decided to search out a new IT provider. The contract with Simon Moore, who was hired in March 2015, will not be renewed. No reason was stated for not renewing the contract.

County Legislator Peter Keenan presented one of his periodic reports to the board. Keenan said that sales tax collections are ahead of projections and that Construction Phase #1 of the Plattsburgh International Airport has been completed. He said New York State recently awarded $38 million for a second phase and it will include a hotel and a road leading to the hotel. Click here to see MY NBC Report.

In other actions the Board:

  • Renewed its accounting services contract with Boulrice and Wood CPS, PC.
  • Noted that a time clock will be installed at the new town court building at a cost of $600. The clock will be utilized by the one part-time employee.
  • Counselor Jim Douglass commended Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell and Water/Sewer/Parks Superintendent Courtney Tetrault for the excellent work their departments performed during and following the March 15-16 snowfall. Farrell said his department’s seven plows can clear the town’s roads in three to three and one-half hours during a 6 inch snowfall. The March snowfall totaled about 31 inches.
  • Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reported on the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) lobbying trip to Albany. Farrell said he brought up health insurance costs with State Senator Betty Little and that the region’s highway superintendents would like to bargain with health insurance carriers as a group to increase their bargaining power. The proposal will be discussed with Assemblyman Bill Jones.
  • Water Superintendent Courtney Tetrault is researching the least expensive method for disposing of the water treatment plant’s backwash sediment. The plant’s filtration system is backwashed three or more times daily depending on water quality. The two lagoons behind the plant hold thousands of yards of sediment and haven’t been emptied since the 1990’s.
  • Judge Jim Kirby reported that a security system including cameras is operational at the town court building.
  • Dog Control Office David Drollette reported finding 13 unlicensed dogs within the last ten days. The dogs have been/will be licensed.

Maplefields Plans Major Expansion

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Peru – Once all approvals are acquired, the Maplefields Convenience Store/Gas Station at 654 Bear Swamp will be ungoing a tear-down and major expansion. Plans have been filed with the Peru Code Enforcement Office and a site-plan will be reviewed by the Planning Board at its Wednesday, April 12th meeting.

Plans detail a 5,280 sq. ft. building replacing the existing 2,770 sq. ft. building. The new building includes a Subway, a hot dog – taquito counter, walk-in coolers and a beer cave. The canope over the diesel fuel pumps will be enlarged.

R. L. Vallee Inc. of St. Albans, Vermont owns Maplefields which has grown into a major Northern New York and Vermont convenience store chain. A new Maplefields is already under construction at the corner of U.S. Avenue and New York Road in Plattsburgh.

R. L. Valle Regional Manager Scott Desnake told the Peru Gazette that the tear-down and rebuild is expected to take about 6 months. The business will not be open during the construction period.

This expansion is one of a series of recent major investments on the Bear Swamp Road including the Rulfs Orchard Farm Stand, the Peru Federal Credit Union, a ultra-modern free-standing Dunkin Donuts and the relocated Peru Town Court building.


April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU
APPROVAL of March 15, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
Continuation of a Nonconforming Use: Z-2017-0019 North Country Mission of Hope
Continuation of a Nonconforming Use-
3452 Route 22B
Peru, NY 12972


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