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Town Board Agenda for Monday, July 27, 2015

Little Urges Public to Attend Telecommunications Hearing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official PortraitFrom the office Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

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

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

Hay & Grain Harvest Plus Music Weekend at Babbie Museum

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

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

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

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

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

“700 Bear Swamp Road is Open for Business”

DSC_0019 IMG_2566 IMG_2581 IMG_2585 IMG_2586_2 IMG_2589By John T. Ryan

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

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

Steven E. Fuller Excavating was the general contractor. AES Northeast designed and engineered the building. A. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical provided heating and air conditioning. William J. Murray was the electoral contractor and Security Concepts was the security system provider. Employees from these firms along with employees of the Peru Central School, AuSable Valley Central School and other businesses and institutions comprise the Credit Union’s 2,100 members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peru Democrats to Meet Wednesday, July 23rd

A message from Peru Democratic Party Chairman Brandy McDonald

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

Please mark your calendars to attend this Thursday evening meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

Peruvian Festival: Educational, Social, Tasty and Fun

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

Click here to view more Peru Gazette Photos 

Greg Timmons is Retiring


Greg Timmons – Front row, 2nd from right

By John T. Ryan

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

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

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


Cutbacks Impact Children and Important Institutions

Dear Editor

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

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

Horseback Riding – A Sport That Offers Many Benefits


Erika Kollinger, owner of DKD Pleasure Horses

By John T. Ryan

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Mallorie Timon rides “Archie,” a paint pinto

Mallorie Timons works on loping with Archie

Perfect symmetry between Mallorie and her mount


Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival | Calendar of Events | Plattsburgh, NY

Peru School Board Reorganizational and Regular Meetings July 14, 2015

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

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

All are welcome.

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

Royal Lippizan Stallions

Stefanik Commends Army Decision on Fort Drum Force Structure

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

·       Artist performances and light Peruvian refreshments follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plattsburgh Parade and Fireworks Celebrate July 4th

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

Text of the Declaration of Independence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces Jumpin’ in July Concert Every Thursday in July! 

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to present its annual Jumpin’ in July concert series. The concerts, which will take place on The Strand Center for the Arts’ front lawn at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in downtown Plattsburgh, are free to the public and feature a variety of talented musicians and unique styles. With four separate concerts, there is something for everyone! 

“We’re proud to offer our community access to a strong lineup of talented musicians through our Jumpin’ in July series,” says Joshua Kretser, The Strand Center for the Arts Executive Director.

The first concert in the Jumpin’ in July series is scheduled to take place on July 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and will showcase Read more »

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces the Opening Reception for the Summer Members Show 2015

Cape Hatteras grow within smPLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce its annual Summer Members Show on view in the Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street from July 3rd to July 31st, 2015. The Summer Members Opening Reception will take place Friday July 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and is open to the public.  Read more »

New Superintendent, Security Protocols Announced At Clinton Correctional Facility –

The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) named a new Superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility and enhanced interim security protocols at the prison.

Source: New Superintendent, Security Protocols Announced At Clinton Correctional Facility –

Plattsburgh Ranked in Top 10 for Millennial Living

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the ranking of Plattsburgh among the “Top Ten Best Towns in New York to Live for Millennials”. The ranking comes from, a website designed to explore and compare places, schools and colleges. Towns are defined as communities with under 100,000 population, with Plattsburgh ranked #7 statewide. Read more »

Empire State Development Announces New Life for Former Pfizer Facility After 6 Years of Vacancy

Quebec-Based Company Opens In Upstate New York And Creates 24 New Jobs 

Empire State Development today announces the grand opening of Northstar, LLC’s multi-use facility, as they welcome their first tenant, Quebec-based Plastitel Products, Inc. The former Pfizer property closed in 2009 and local investment firm Northstar LLC purchased the R&D building in 2013 from the Clinton Industrial Development Acquisition, LLC (CIDA). The sale and completion of the project was made possible by an operation subsidiary grant of up to $1.2 million from Empire State Development (ESD). The grant provided CIDA the funds to maintain and market the facility for two-years and encourage new long-term economic development investments and job growth at the site.

Northstar’s first tenant, Plastitel Products, brings 24 net new thermoforming and advanced technology jobs to Upstate New York. Of the 24 jobs, Read more »

Peru’s Summer Concert Series Begins June 28th



12 Clinton Correctional employees suspended, including superintendent – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Assistant Commissioner for Correctional Facilities James O’Gorman filling Superintendent Steve Racette’s position as new administrative team takes over this week.

Source: 12 Clinton Correctional employees suspended, including superintendent – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

James Langley Seeks Peru Town Council Seat

By John T. Ryan

Former Clinton County Legislator James Langley is reentering the political arena as a Republican candidate for the Peru Town Council in this November’s election. Langley, who chaired the county legislature for several years, commented, “I may be termed out as a county legislator, but I still have a lot to offer the community.” A few years ago the Clinton County Legislature voted to limit legislator terms of office to 10 consecutive years.”

Peru native and resident Dwane Bast is the other Republican candidate. Bast, the owner-operator of Adirondack Coffee Roasters, said, “My heart is really into this. I love Peru and want to work hard to keep it a great community.”

Town Clerk Kathy Flynn nominated James Langley and Town Counselor/County Republican Chairman Donald McBrayer nominated Dwane Bast at the June 25th Republican caucus.

Langley and Bast will oppose Democrat incumbents Brandy McDonald and Kregg Bruno who the Democrats nominated at their June 24th caucus.  The two top vote getters will win the race.

The Peru Gazette will ask each candidate for an interview prior to the November election.

Bruno Continues to Push for Town Court Relocation

By John T. Ryan

Continuing his effort to move Peru Town Court to the Town Hall’s lower level Counselor Kregg Bruno employed a less strident approach at the June 22, 2015 Town Board meeting. Addressing Town Historian Ron Allen, Bruno stated, “The location of the judges’ chambers all rely on you, sir… you don’t have to move unless you want to. I have a proposal that I’d like you to look at.” Bruno handed Allen a written description of his proposal that he said would result in Allen having added display, storage and cabinet display space. He stated, “It would be a great thing to be able to show your stuff off and we have plenty of help to move anything you want…If you don’t want to move you don’t have to…With all the stuff you collected over the years and everything you’ve done, I think you deserve more than being located in the basement of the Town Hall.” Bruno added that he had never been in Allen’s office until the previous week. He told Allen, “I think it would be great for more people in the town of Peru to see your items.”

Counselor Brandy McDonald asked Bruno Read more »

Squabbling, Hesitation and Luck Had Roles in Manhunt for New York Prison Escapees – The New York Times

A week distinguished by DNA discoveries and well-organized sweeps was the final stage of a 23-day slog that was hampered, at times, by missed signals.

Source: Squabbling, Hesitation and Luck Had Roles in Manhunt for New York Prison Escapees – The New York Times

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Sweat still in critical condition – Press-Republican: Local News

Captured escapee now at Albany Medical Center.

Source: Sweat still in critical condition – Press-Republican: Local News

Peru Republicans to Caucus Thursday

The Town of Peru Republican Party will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at the Peru Town Hall, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the two Town Council positions up for election this November.

Only registered Republicans who are in attendance and signed in prior to 7PM can participate in this caucus.

Timeline shows manhunt progress – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Monday, law enforcement worked to create a perimeter around Mountain View area where fugitives were thought to be hiding.

Source: Timeline shows manhunt progress – Press-Republican: Prison Escape

Peru Community Church and St. Augustine’s Church Recognize Graduates

PCCThe Peru Community Church recognized four of their graduating Seniors on Sunday at the annual Baccalaureate Sunday. From left to right: Benjamin Morgan, Kimberly Wagner, Andrew Thew and Hannah Osborne.

St A 2St. Augustine’s Church recognized Peru High School graduates Nathan Kennedy and Shauna Fliss.

Here’s Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

Peru Democrats to Caucus Wednesday

The Democratic Party of the Town of Peru will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at the Peru Town Hall.

All persons in attendance must arrive and be signed in  prior to 7:00PM. Immediately upon completion of the Caucus, there will be a regular “Peru Democratic Party meeting.” The regular Peru Democratic Party meeting that was previously scheduled for June 25, 2015, has been rescheduled to be held after the Caucus on June 24, 2015.

 I look forward to seeing you at the caucus. Thank you for your support.

Brandy McDonald


Here’s a Healthy and Fun Activity!

WalkCalling all those over 50. Looking for something fun and fit to do this summer?  Think about participating on the Trailblazer Challenge.  Walk the seven accessible trails in Clinton County by October 13, 2015 and get a Trailblazer T-shirt and, if among the first 50, a pedometer and walking journal.  But the real prize is checking out some local trails with your friends and family.

The seven trails are:

  • Hagar Heritage Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Heritage Trail/Karen Fleury Memorial Bike Bath, Plattsburgh
  • Terry J. Gordon Recreational Path, Plattsburgh
  • Point Au Roche Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Saranac River Trail, Plattsburgh
  • Silver Lake Bog Trail, Ausable
  • Little Ausable River Trail, Peru

Two other local trails that can be walked but are not paved and are not part of the Challenge are:

  • New Land Trust Trails, Saranac
  • Cadyville Park Trails, Cadyville

Please see the Registration Form at more detailed information about the trails and the Challenge at

The kick-off will be part of the Clinton County’s Health Department’s Longest Day of Play on Friday June 26th. At 8:15am please join us at the Saranac River Trail at the Angel Street entrance.  You don’t need to be at the kick-off to participate in the Challenge but it would be fun to start this off all together.  So talk to some friends and get ready to be Trailblazers this summer.

For more information call the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department at (518) 562-6860 x 862 or email

Stefanik in Peru Friday to Meet You

Official PortraitCongresswoman Elise Stefanik will host a  “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event at the Peru Town Hall this Friday, June 19th from 1 to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome.

A Chance to Beautify Peru


The planter in the foreground has no flowers at this time. (2014 photo)

By John T. Ryan

If you’ve driven by the Peru Town Hall recently you may have noticed that the planter next to the sidewalk is in desperate need of plants/flowers. The Town Board is seeking a company or a volunteer to take on the project. The plants would definitely beautify our Town Hall entrance area. Please call Supervisor Peter Glushko at 643-2745, Extension 5 if you have ideas.

Public Information Meeting Today on the Jarvis Road Bridge Replacement Project

BridgeThe Clinton County Highway Department will conduct a Public Information Meeting tonight (June 15th) to discuss the proposed replacement of the Arthur Jarvis Road Bridge over the Little AuSable River in the Town of Peru. The meeting will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the Peru Town Hall, located at 3036 Main Street, Peru, New York.

Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe told the Peru Gazette that the project is in the design study phase. Preliminary sketch plans will be presented at tonight’s meeting. State and federal approval should be obtained over the winter months with construction is planned for next summer. The Jarvis Road between Route 22B and the Union Road will be closed for the approximate four-month construction period.

The project is being progressed as Project Identification Number (PIN 7753.53), by the Clinton County Highway Department, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Representatives from the Clinton County Highway Department, NYSDOT and Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. will be available at the meeting to answer questions and obtain comments on the proposed project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Mr. Al Rascoe, Superintendent, Clinton County Highway Department at (518) 565-4040.

Cuomo to Announce Investigation of Prison Escape –

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to announce an investigation by the state inspector general into how two convicted murderers escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.

Source: Cuomo to Announce Investigation of Prison Escape –

Peru Democrats Schedule Caucus

Democratic Party Town of Peru will have a Caucus at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 in the Peru Town Hall. All persons in attendance must arrive and be signed in prior to 7:00PM.

Immediately upon completion of the Caucus, there will be a regular “Peru Democratic Party meeting”

The regular Peru Democratic Party meeting that was previously scheduled for June 25, 2015, has been rescheduled to be held after the Caucus on June 24th. 2015.

I look forward to seeing you at the caucus.

Thank you for your support.

Brandy McDonald

Prison Worker Who Befriended Killers Is Accused of Providing Tools for Escape –

Joyce E. Mitchell, a civilian employee at the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York State, brought the men hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and screwdriver bit, according to a criminal complaint.

Source: Prison Worker Who Befriended Killers Is Accused of Providing Tools for Escape –

Congresswoman Stefanik Votes for TPA Legislation

From the office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik  

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation reauthorizes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and establishes a process for negotiating and considering trade agreements that is needed in order for U.S. trade negotiators to get the best deal possible by giving our trading partners confidence to put their best offer forward.

“From day one, my key priority in Congress has been to help our economy grow and to help North Country families find good, high paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. Read more »

Babbie Museum Has an Upcoming Weekend Full of Learning and Activities

Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend at the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum – June 27- 28, 2015 – Hours 10am – 4pm. Woodcarving demonstrations by Champlain Valley Woodcarvers.  Other demonstrations include the shingle mill, antique chain saw, composting, container gardening, grub control, goat soap making (special demonstration on Sun. at 1pm), and basic chainsaw safety/protective gear (special demonstration at 2pm).  Hands-on activities include using a washboard and vintage ringer washer.  Visit the herbal and vegetable garden.  Picnic area available…bring your own lunch….beverages and chips for sale on site.  Lunch will also be available from Kat’s Katering.

Peru Has a New Business Owner

BonnyBy John T. Ryan

Marge Swain retired on May 19th; nevertheless, a familiar person will still be greeting customers when they enter Swain’s Wine and Liquor in Peru’s Tops Plaza. Longtime employee Bonny Trost is the store’s new owner and operator.

A first-time business owner, Trost is enthusiastic about the opportunity. She explained, “I don’t plan on changing the store’s name or making any major changes. It’s a profitable business in a good location. I’m comfortable here!” Several years ago Marge Swain talked about retiring and asked Trost if she might be interested in buying the business. When Swain finally decided to retire, Trost was ready to make her life-changing decision.

Bonny Russell Trost has many Peru ties. She is Peru High School graduate as is her daughter Vicki Owens and grandson SUNY Plattsburgh student Alexander Owens.

Swain’s Wine and Liquor will maintain the same hours: 10-6 Monday-Thursday, 10-8 Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 on Sundays.

Economic Development Funding Workshop, Thursday, June 11th at CCC

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) will hold a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshop for potential applicants to learn more about Round V of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. 

What:         Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshop

Who:           All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor, and education  representatives from the North Country Region are welcome to attend.

Where:       Clinton Community College, Stafford Center Building, 36 Clinton Point Drive,          Plattsburgh, NY 12901

When:        Thursday, June 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Best Wishes to Marge Swain; We Will Miss Her

MargeBy John T. Ryan

Marge Swain has a broad smile in the accompanying photo and for a good reason. On May 19th, she retired as owner and operator of Swain’s Liquor and Wine Store. She explained, “I decided to sell the store. I’ve been here for almost 42 years. It was time!” Nevertheless, there is one aspect of retirement Marge is not looking forward to. “I’m going to miss all my customers. I miss them already. I just enjoyed them and that’s the truth,” she said.

When Marge and her husband Don purchased the business in August 1973 it was located on Main Street in the building currently occupied by Dr. Thomas Lamar. They had four children at the time and Marge was expecting, so the family needed the extra income. She recalled, “The store helped us financially. If we bought a new chair or something of that nature, it came out of the store.” In 1976, she decided to move the business to its current location at the Grand Union/Tops Plaza.

There have been significant changes in the alcoholic beverage industry over the past 42 years. Marge said, “In 1973 we stocked about eight different wines – ports, Chablis and one German wine for a local family. Now the store stocks over 100 wines.” Peru’s white wine drinkers favor white zinfandel, chardonnay and pinot grigio. Merlot and cabernets are best red wine sellers. As for distilled spirits Marge said, “At one time whiskey was the biggest seller. Today, it’s definitely vodka.”

Marge Swain may have sold the business, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be just sitting back in an easy chair. Her son John and his wife Elaine recently purchased the 22-unit Inn on the Hill Resort in Lake George. Next summer Marge plans to be living in an apartment at the Inn, helping out at the front desk and checking rooms to make sure they’re properly prepared for customers.

The Peru Gazette wishes Marge Swain a happy future. She has been a businesswoman who adapted to changing industry trends and who always focused on her customers. She obviously possessed the formula for business success!

The Peru Gazette is preparing a story on Bonny Trost, the store’s new owner and operator.

A Good Reason to Visit Lyon Mountain

M 1The Peru Gazette took advantage of the June 7th Museum Day to visit the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum. The museum is interesting, especially to someone who is familiar with people who have lived or worked in Lyon Mountain. The people staffing the museum were very welcoming.

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Peru Student Angler Open Meeting

SAFPeru Student Angler Open Meeting: For anyone age 11 years to 17 years who is interested in fishing competitively on a team. Must still be in high school in order to join.

Meeting is at the Peru Town Hall on Thursday, June 11th from 7 pm to 8 pm.

There is a fee of $30.00 annually plus a club fee that will be established by the members of the club. The NYS State TBF President, Bobby Williams, will be in attendance at the meeting to answer questions and assist with the formation of the club.

The Student Angler Federation is the high school division of fishing that falls under the umbrella of FLW Outdoors. If anyone has questions, they may call or text Laurie Marvin at 518 534-4878.

Emergency Preparedness Training at Northeastern Clinton Central High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11

New York National Guard troops will be giving free disaster preparedness classes at Northeastern Clinton Central High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

The event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which gives citizens the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and local emergency management personnel, troops are conducting these training events across the state.

The training will be in the high school’s Frances “Bud” Moore Auditorium. Citizens should register for the event at Read more »

Enjoy a Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner at the Peru VFW

Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner with baked potato, cole slaw, fresh vegetables and dessert.
Only $20.
Music for listening & dancing by Pure Country 1-4 p.m.
June 21, 2015 Noon – ????

Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, New York

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