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Peru Community Church Pastor Announces Forthcoming Retirement

Reverend Robert Svenson at the Annual Walk of Faith

Reverend Robert Svenson at the Annual Walk of Faith

The following message appears in the Peru Community Church’s February newsletter

From the Pastors Desk January 2015

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I have at my home and in my office a cup that reads: “YES, NO, MAYBE.” It best describes my feelings about a decision I have been struggling with for the past year. The focus of my struggle has been concerning the length of my stay at the Peru Community Church. I have now reached a decision, and on January 22nd I informed the Official Board of my decision to resign as Pastor effective August 31, 2015. I would like to state unequivocally that my decision to retire is in response to my own inner voice. I am 79 years old this February, I do not have the energy I once had and have reached that point in my life when I am ready to spend some quiet time and quality time with my children. It was a very difficult decision to make on one hand because of my love for this Church and many of its members, and the part of me which is ready to slow down and learn to relax. I wish the Church and its members the very best as you seek to discover what God has for your future.


Nicholas Lawliss of Peru Named Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University

POTSDAM, NY – Nicholas Lawliss of Peru, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2014 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

New bookstore opens in Plattsburgh

Local Theater Couple Brings “Love Letters” to Life at The Strand Center for the Arts – You never forget your first love

LOVEPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (January 29, 2015) – The Strand Center for the Arts announces the production of A.R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed play “Love Letters” to be performed on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2015 at the historic Strand Theatre. The play features performers from the Adirondack Regional Theatre Company.

A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” is a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Read more »

All Invited to the Tuesday, February 3rd PCS Budget Workshop

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their first public session budget workshop. At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:

.Receive a budget overview brief.

.Receive a briefing on the fiscal stress monitoring system.

· Examine and update a budget timeline.

· Receive Executive Budget highlights.

· Review and discuss initial budget challenges.

· Define initial budget parameters.

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at

The meeting is open to all.

Colin Pope on Morrisville Dean’s List

MorrisvilleMorrisville State College recently announced that Colin Pope of Peru, NY was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

Morrisville State’s curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

In addition to being named to the 2014 President’s Higher Community Education Service Honor Roll, the college was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as an institution in the top tier of the Best Regional Colleges list and ranked second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation rate. For more information visit

Susan Whiteman and Dan Hausner at The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery in February


Susan Whiteman


Susan Whiteman


Dan Hausner


Dan Hausner

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce two new exhibitions in February featuring work by Susan Whiteman and Dan Hausner. Susan Whiteman is the headlining artist in the Main Gallery with “Tread Softly, Travel Lightly” while Dan Hausner exhibits “Moments and Places” in the Community Gallery located at The Strand Center for the Arts at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. Both shows will be on view from February 13th to March 13th, 2015. The opening reception for these exhibitions will be held February 13th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Susan Whitman began painting when she was fifteen Read more »

Learn How You Can Have a Healthier, More Comfortable Home

Energy Assessment GraphicPeru – Homeowners and renters can learn about New York State’s cost-saving home energy assessment programs on Friday January 30th at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Jamie Rogers of ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association) will explain the free and low-cost energy assessments and program incentives available to New York State residents. Income-qualified families may be eligible for free energy upgrades. All are welcome!

Peru Central student arrested in connection with bomb threat

Energy Supplier Changed and Another Attempt to Implement Safe Routes to School Program

TB 2014By John T. Ryan

Ambit Energy will soon become the Town of Peru’s energy suppler. The Peru Town Board authorized a switch from NYSEG to Ambit Energy at its Monday, January 26, 2015 meeting. The Board expects to save a minimum of 2% annually compared to NYSEG, plus because the town has 15 or more accounts Ambit will not charge for electricity used at the town’s largest consuming facility – the water treatment plant. Counselor Brandy McDonald expressed the Board’s consensus opinion saying, “We have a lot more information than we did two years ago. I feel very comfortable with this decision now that we know more.” About two years ago an out of town Ambit representative made a less than impressive presentation to the Board. On December 8th Ambit Business Consultant Colleen LaFountain, who resides in Peru, conducted an informative presentation for the Board.

safeThe Board launched a second attempt to implement its $235,000 Safe Routes to School grant.  Last July, the Board rejected project bids when they came in $50,000 higher than estimates. At Monday’s meeting the Board authorized advertising for bids. The project includes a pedestrian activated crosswalk light across Route 22B and construction of on campus sidewalks. There also is an educational, in-school component, designed to encourage safe walking and biking to school. The New York State Department of Transportation and the Clinton County Health Department are assisting in the program implementation. The Health Department has agreed to provide bike racks at the school entrances.

The Town continues to expand sharing of services with other government and educational entities. The Peru Central school busses have been refueling at the Town Highway Garage for the past 18 months. The Peru Fire Department has followed suit. Town Attorney Donald Biggs will be drawing up a formal contract between the Town of Peru and the Peru Fire Department.

According to County Legislator Peter Keenan. Clinton County 2014 sales tax totaled about $36 million, $1.4 million less than collected in 2013. Peru will receive about $21,900 in sales tax revenue to apply to its 2015 general budget. The vast majority of sales tax collections reduce the county tax on individual taxpayers’ bills. Keenan makes periodic reports to the Town Board to keep the Board updated on Clinton County business.

Counselor Donald McBrayer, the Board Liaison to Town Court, reported that Peru’s two town justices are concerned about the penalties levied for violation of the Town’s Dog Control Law. Section 22 calls for misdemeanor charges and penalties of up to $1,000. Counselor McBrayer said the judges are concerned about having to charge a violator with a misdemeanor and enforcement costs to the town, which could include having to pay for legal representation for an indigent defendant. The Board will discuss Section 22 at its Wednesday, January 28th 6:30 p.m. workshop. Counselor Donald McBrayer also reported that he completed the state mandated audit of Peru Town Court. He stated, “That office runs a tight ship. The office files were up to date and were extremely well organized.

Repairs to the historic Lyons Road Schoolhouse should begin as soon as weather permits. The Board accepted the $7,600 bid proposal received from Donald Bell. Town Historian Ron Allen told the Board that he talked to Bell’s references and they have been very satisfied with his work. Bell will level the floor, install a 6’x6’ beam in the center of the floor and repair the stone foundation. Two bids were received for the project. Bell submitted the low bid.

The Board approved the reappointment of Richard Williams as Chairman and Ben Wright as Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board and Robin Bashaw as Chairman and James Falvo as Vice-Chairman of the Zoning Board.

Bids will be solicited for the Highway Department’s 2005 pick-up with a bid opening on February 9th at 10 a.m. The truck sustained serious damage after being stolen several months ago. The Highway Department performed repairs before determining that engine repairs would cost more than the truck is worth. The insurance company declared the vehicle a total loss.

Judge James Kirby told the Board he would like to get professional technical advice prior to purchasing a computer server for the Town Court office. Debbie Flemming, the town’s contract technology provider, will be contacted.

Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell told the Board that a large group of town officials should go to Albany on March 4th to lobby for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) money for the Highway Department. CHIPS monies help finance the highway-paving program.

Water-Sewer Superintendent Greg Timmons told the Board that “Town of Peru” decals have been applied to all of his department’s vehicles.

Extension Offering Parasite Assessment, Management Training for NNY Small Livestock Producers February 7

SheepWinterCCEFarmRe#8D300AFrom the office of Cornell Cooperative Extension

Canton, NY On Saturday, February 7, Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a regional training workshop to help small livestock farmers reduce and manage the parasites that affect pastured sheep and goats.

The 10am-3pm training is offered as a regional program for producers across the Northern New York region. Read more »

Wednesday’s ‘Empowering Parents’ Workshop Postponed

A message from the Peru Central School

Please note that the event below has been postponed until February 12th.
Thank you and please accept our apology for the short notice.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Peru Central School District will be presenting its second workshop of a four part series titled ‘Empowering Parents.’ This second workshop will focus on ‘CRUTCHES: A Parenting Framework That Parents Can Lean On’, and hopes to provide parents with tips for managing the challenges of parenting and life circumstances, attaining balance amidst trying times, and discussing the ABC’s (aka, Awareness, Balance, and Control) of being an empowered parent.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Peru Jr/Sr High School and is open to all families within the school district.

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Welcomes New Members

NCCFrom the office of the North Country Regional Economic Council

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) held a public meeting on Friday at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. The meeting, attended by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, provided the Council the opportunity to kick off its planning for 2015, report on progress to date and begin discussions on new initiatives as proposed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Opportunity Agenda and Executive Budget, including the Upstate Revitalization Fund and the New NY Broadband Fund.

In addition, the Council welcomed three new members—Joseph Lightfoot, Chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature; Robert Lenney, Location Manager for Alcoa-Massena Operations; and Joseph Giroux, Owner of Giroux’s Family Farm. Read more »

Jack Lawliss Loved His Law Law Enforcement Career

Jack Lawliss 1951 the sailor

U. S. Navy Seabee John Lawliss 1951-55

Jack Lawliss 1957 in Massena

NYS Trooper John Lawliss – 1957

Jack Lawliss Retirement Photo

Troop B Commander John Lawliss – 1983-1987

Jack house

Jack Lawliss at his Peru home – January 20, 2015


By John T. Ryan

Longtime Peru resident John “Jack” Lawliss feels and looks good these days. And he’s relaxing! That’s a relief to many people who were thinking of and praying for Jack as he battled tongue cancer. Last spring his cancer treatments forced him to resign from his Peru Town Justice position. Jack explained, “I just couldn’t handle the job. I had to take radiation. Rather than just sit and draw my pay I resigned.”

Jack Lawliss has earned the right to relax. He’s been hard at work since joining the U.S. Navy in 1951. When he returned home in 1955, he worked construction for a few months at the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base. In October 1955 he began a career that he loved as a member of the New York State Police.

Over the next 33 years Jack Lawliss rose to become Troop B Commander responsible for leading 260 sworn officers and 40 support personnel in enforcing the laws in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Hamilton Counties. After retiring in 1989, he operated a Plattsburgh investigative agency for ten years before becoming Clinton County Sheriff in 1999. He became a Peru Town Justice in 2004.

On January 20th, The Peru Gazette interviewed Jack Lawliss with a goal of learning more about the man and his distinguished law enforcement career.

You served in the New York State Police, as Clinton County Sheriff and as Peru Town Justice. Which job did you enjoy most? “My first love was the State Police. I grew up in it. It was like family to me. I knew what I was doing there. It takes a while to learn the job of sheriff. As a judge it takes a long time to learn the job. You’re always learning something, laws change every year and you have to be up to date on the laws and the recent court decisions.”

What personal qualities do you believe are necessary for success in law enforcement? “You have to be dedicated. You have to persevere in your work; you have to work hard and you have to put the job first. My wife used to get quite annoyed with the long hours I had to work.” Jack recalled when he was in the Bureau of Investigation (BCI) in Plattsburgh. “I was in Plattsburgh for four years. You had to work all the time. You had daytime duty, stakeouts at night. I loved it! You have to enjoy your work to be successful.”

Who had the most influence on your career? “John Snell (Plattsburgh attorney Jack Snell’s father). He was a BCI Sergeant in Port Henry who was known as ‘Mr. State Policeman of Essex County.’ He took me under his wing and I tried to emulate him. He was a great mentor and taught me the ropes.”

Why were you considered to be a good leader? “When I was appointed Troop Commander I had 27 years of service and worked in every rank in the BCI and uniformed force so I was very familiar with all the state police policies and procedures. My main concern was to have the folks in my command do a good job.”

What was your major challenge when you were a state trooper? “In all three positions I was concerned about making the right decision. As a state trooper it was sometimes a life or death decision and you didn’t want to make a wrong decision knowing the impact that it would have.”

Why do you think the NYS Police are so respected? “They’re always well-disciplined and supervised. They have continuing education with in-service training and various law enforcement seminars.”

When you think about your police career what cases come first to mind? “The Robert Garrow manhunt. Garrow was loose with a rifle in the Adirondacks and had murdered three college students. I was sent by Headquarters with my assigned detail to assist in the manhunt, as I was very familiar with the area. I had worked in Port Henry as a trooper for six years and I had many contacts in that area. Garrow was spotted in Witherbee and had left a stolen car in that area. I obtained information that he was hiding in the woods on the Silver Hill Road behind Wasson St. in Witherbee. I was not in charge of the detail, but I convinced the person in charge of where he was and we reassigned a number of troopers from roadblocks and sent them in with the dogs in the Silver Hill area. We shot him in that area on August 9, 1973. I received a Superintendent’s Commendation for my part in the nine-day manhunt.”

Jack also recalled leading a raid at Akwesasne near Massena. The troopers had been ordered to seize a large number of slot machines. Governor Mario Cuomo was very concerned and did not want a violent confrontation. Jack explained, “On December 16, 1987 I took over 200 troopers onto the St. Regis Reservation at 5 in the morning. It was snowing. My God was it snowing. One man we encountered was distraught and had an AK-47. I went up to talk to him and asked him his name. He said ‘Burns.’ I continued talking to him and the next thing you know I had his gun.” When the raid was over the troopers loaded the 293 slot machines and 30 other gambling devices on seven trucks and left without an injury to anyone. Governor Cuomo called the Superintendent and told him to let me know that he was thankful and that we had done a good job.” Jack received another Superintendent’s Commendation for his leadership role in this raid.

What surprised you most when you became Clinton County Sheriff? “The strict regulations the Commissioner of Corrections had on the operation of jails. It even got to the point where we had to send the inmate meal menu to Albany for approval to ensure that inmates were properly nourished. Also, the amount of money it costs for medical/drug treatment for inmates.”

What was the most challenging part of being a town justice? “There are a lot of defendants’ rights, hearings, motions, dealing with the district attorney’s office, dealing with the county and family court judges, the probation office, sheriff’s office and Office of Court Administration. You have to attend justice school and be certified every year. Today every court session is recorded. There’s a lot to it.”

What is the biggest challenge facing the criminal justice system today? “The proliferation of drugs. An awful lot of crimes are committed to enable young people to get drugs: burglaries, larcenies, forgeries and as a result of being drugged up they are involved in serious car accidents, assaults, domestic violence, etc.”

What advice would you give anyone starting work in today’s world? “Take an interest in your job. Don’t be afraid to take that extra step to get it done right. Your supervisors will notice that. Have a good work ethic, be punctual and treat everyone with respect.”

Who had the most influence on your personal life? “My mother. She was very honest, very religious, a very hard worker and very family-oriented.

What is the best thing about living in Peru? “The people! We have great people here. We have a lot of conveniences. I live a mile from the school, the church, the drugstore, the hardware store, the garage, the supermarket, the town hall and three restaurants. It’s a beautiful area geographically. I love it here.”

Jack Lawliss concluded, “My life has been very rewarding in both my family and occupation. I’ve been blessed with good health. I have four successful children and nineteen grandchildren and I’ve been blessed with the ability to earn a good living.” Jack married Peru resident Gail Prevost in 1958. The couple’s four children Tim, Anne, Michael and Brenda all reside in the Town of Peru.

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Assembly Democrats Standing by Their Man

Empire State Development Approves $3.4 million to Fund Upstate Projects

ESDA message from Empire State Development

The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met today in New York City and approved $3.4 million in funding for nine projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in New York State. These targeted investments will leverage over $19.7 million in private and other public funding to support local businesses, community and downtown revitalization, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation. The projects will directly create 50 new jobs and retain 409 existing New York State jobs.

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

Empowering Parents Workshop Series Continues

parentsOn Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Peru Central School District will be presenting its second workshop of a four part series titled ‘Empowering Parents.’ This second workshop will focus on ‘CRUTCHES: A Parenting Framework That Parents Can Lean On’, and hopes to provide parents with tips for managing the challenges of parenting and life circumstances, attaining balance amidst trying times, and discussing the ABC’s (aka, Awareness, Balance, and Control) of being an empowered parent.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Peru Jr/Sr High School and is open to all families within the school district.

For Further Information, Please Contact Tom Bull @ 643-6304

Draft Town Board Meeting Agenda Published

Breaking News: FBI raids Essex Town Hall

Peru 7th-12th Grade Students Practice Lock-down Procedures

DistA message from the Peru District office:

Lock-down procedures were practiced by 7th-12th grade students today. The safety drill that occurred at the Jr/Sr High School was planned months ago. The drill was designed to help students and staff members safely practice emergency procedures.

Student safety represents the foundation upon which learning in school is made possible. Maintaining an environment that secures the physical safety and promotes the emotional well-being of every Peru student is essential to our shared mission. The administration, faculty, and staff of Peru Central School District are dedicated to fostering a safe and stable school climate based on respect and belonging.

Recent events, including bomb threats, at area schools have necessitated building lock down and evacuation procedures at two neighboring school districts this past week. The response in each was admirable, made possible in part by the drill rehearsals that supervising adults and students had practiced together beforehand. Peru CSD received a similar threat yesterday afternoon as students were departing the building.

Emergency drills have also taken place across the campus of Peru CSD in both buildings. These are generally announced earlier in the year and unannounced later in the year as students become accustomed to expectations. Practice drills provide opportunity to step through the sequence of responses that would likely be experienced in an actual emergency.

One such drill occurred in the Elementary School on November 25, 2014. Our younger students were able to ask questions and better understand what they are expected to do during a lock down emergency. Developmentally appropriate responses were provided by their teachers. Adults and students alike were able to benefit from the experience.

On January 23, 2015, secondary students in the Jr/Sr High School experienced a planned lock down drill. This prearranged exercise was coordinated with law enforcement agencies and emergency responders beginning in October, 2014. The exercise was designed in part to allow these community resources to familiarize themselves with Peru safety procedures as well as the physical layout of our buildings.

No advance warning was provided to the adults and students in the building, nor was pre-notification provided to our parent partners at home. The reason for practicing this lock down drill without notice was to simulate conditions of an actual emergency as realistically as possible.

In closing, please rest assured that the administration, faculty, and staff members of Peru CSD are deeply committed to providing a safe environment in which learning can occur and distractions to student growth and development are minimized.

Peru High School Receives Bomb Threat

DistUpdate as of 4:38 PM 

The Jr/Sr High School has been thoroughly cleared by law enforcement. The building will remain secured until a normal class schedule resumes tomorrow. No one will be permitted into the building until tomorrow morning. District Administrator’s will continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement to investigate this incident. The District greatly appreciates the assistance law enforcement provided and professionalism they demonstrated during this incident.

Jr/Sr High School Building Incident 1/22

At approximately 2:10 p.m. this afternoon a note was turned into the Jr/Sr High School Principal’s Office indicating that the school would be bombed. Law enforcement was immediately contacted and the District is presently coordinating with law enforcement to properly secure the building. Students and adults have been evacuated from the Jr/Sr High School and this building will remain closed until the building has been properly cleared by law enforcement. Additional information will be released as the situation develops.

Solar Symposium in Peru on February 2nd

SolarA message from the Peru Central School

Peru Central School District is taking the lead investigating solar initiatives by hosting a ‘Solar Symposium’ on Monday, February 2, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Jr/Sr High School Auditorium from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and is open to all.

Exploring solar opportunities on school campuses promotes student learning, a commitment to a healthier future, and the promise of a sustainable financial efficiency tool.

Peru CSD is partnering with area organizations to provide school government and business attendees with the information needed to make informed decisions as to whether or not a project of any scale would be advantageous to school districts and the respective community.

Presenters are looking forward to providing ideas and recognized models for leveraging investment dollars in support of solar energy projects on public school property between two or more school districts and/or in cooperation with municipalities.

Reservations are greatly appreciated and should be directed to Kimberly DesChamp at

Peru United Soccer Club Welcomes Players

SoccerA message from Peru United Soccer Club Executive Director Alex Jess

We currently have a U6 (Under-6) soccer program going on in the Peru Intermediate Gym on Fridays starting at 6:30 and running until 7:30P. There are seven more sessions, including 1/23/15. There are still 3 spots available. The cost is $45 and that covers a t-shirt, gym rental fee, and equipment.

We have several U10 (Under-10) slots available too. Their fee is $130, includes 8 practices at the Peru Intermediate Gym (starting Saturday January 31, 2015 and 12:00p to 1:30p), 8 games at the Crete Center (on Tuesday evenings), and includes a jersey.

We are also able to start a another U8 program but would need at least 6 interested players committed by 1/27/15. That is the final date to register a team with the Plattsburgh Recreation Department. Their practice would be Saturday afternoons after the U10 practice.

Lastly, we have an opportunity for town children to burn some energy during February Vacation. We are running a soccer camp that will run Monday through Friday and has two sessions, covering ages 6 to 10 in the morning and 10 to 14 in the afternoon.

We currently have 17 U6 players, 9 U8 players, 16 U10 players, and help another U12 team with equipment and insurance.

Alex Jess
Executive Director – Peru United Soccer Club
(518) 593-1409

U6 Registration

U8-10 Registration

February Futsal Camp

Sheldon Silver Arrested, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft

Police: Unattended death related to medical issues

Super Bowl Fun at the Peru VFW

Super-Bowl-Party-630x355Fun with friends that will benefit our local veterans.

710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, New York

Munchies and other specials. Multiple TVs.
No cover charge.

Feb 1, 2015 4 p.m. until ?????

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges

UVM Medical Center Has Grown into a Billion-Dollar Monolith

Man found dead in Plattsburgh yard

Peru Central Budget Advisory Committee Welcomes Participation

DistFrom the Peru School District Office.

For the past nine years, Peru CSD has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets 3-4 times to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district. Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

The BAC is tentatively scheduled to meet at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 27th, Thursday, February 12th, Thursday, February 26th and Tuesday, March 17th. In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 24th during a public budget development workshop.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004. Thank you.

More Progress! Babbie Museum Granted Board of Regents Absolute Charter

BabbieThe Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, 250 River Road, Peru, NY is proud to announce that on January 12, 2015, they were granted their Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The museum was provisionally chartered by the Board of Regents on January 12, 2010. By granting the museum an Absolute Charter, the Board of Regents has certified that the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum meets their organizational and educational standards and that our museum has a record of financial stability, programmatic accomplishment, and a reputation for excellence.

The museum would like to thank all of our valuable volunteers who helped make this milestone possible. The Babbie Museum is open mid-May through mid- October. For more information, please visit our website at and our Facebook page at

Three Peru Students on SUNY Geneseo Dean’s List

genThe State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its Dean’s List for the fall semester 2014. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

On the list from this area are:

Benjamin Ford from Peru, NY

Teagan Plimpton from Peru, NY

Maria Remillard from Peru, NY

Clem Hawkins Band Concert January 31

Julie Hogan and Tom Venne on Guitar

The Clem Hawkins Band will perform their popular music at the Peru Community Church Coffeehouse, 13 Elm St. Peru, on 1/31 at 7:00. Doors open at 6:00 and tickets are available for $12 at the door or $10 in advance at the church office, Adirondack Coffee Roasters, Alpha Stereo and Saranac Country Store. Refreshments available. All proceeds support the PCC Youth Service Trip to Washington DC. Information at 518-569-9387.

Flames erupt at a closed, historic school in Champlain, N.Y.

Peru’s New Plow Arrives

IMG_7917By John T. Ryan

When a snowstorm hits, the Town of Peru Highway Department is responsible for plowing and sanding 112 miles of town and county highways spread over 92 square miles. A few days ago a brand new 2015, 450 horsepower Freightliner tandem truck equipped with a Tenco plow and sanding apparatus arrived. It replaces a 2001 International truck with over 100,000 miles.

Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell explained, “We have eight plows including one spare. We try to replace a plow after 10 years use, but sometimes it can go a little longer. The sand and salt are tough on the trucks.” IMG_7921

When a significant overnight snowstorm hits seven plow operators report to work at 3:30 a.m. and strive to get all the town’s roads cleared by school opening at 7 a.m. Farrell said, “Plowing in the hamlet is the most difficult, especially on narrow streets like Winding Brook. I’ve been asking the Town Board for a parking ban on some streets.” A plow with its wing down is fourteen feet wide and operates at from 20 to 23 miles per hour when plowing and about 30 miles per hour when sanding.

Providing equipment to plow highways is an expensive undertaking. RB Charlebois was the low bidder with a price of $121,000 for the truck and $72,000 for the plow and sanding apparatus.  IMG_7925 IMG_7912


Local Theater Couple Brings “Love Letters” to Life at The Strand Center for the Arts – You never forget your first love

LOVE LETTERS_ posterPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (January 15, 2015) – The Strand Center for the Arts announces the production of A.R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed play “Love Letters” to be performed on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2015 at the historic Strand Theatre. The play features performers from the Adirondack Regional Theatre Company.

A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” is a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. When they were both seven years old, Andrew wrote his first letter to Melissa to tell her she looked like a lost princess. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?

The show’s onstage couple is performed by real-life couple Pam and Tom Lavin. Pam and Tom Lavin have been married 17 years. The couple shares a love of theatre, in fact Tom proposed to Pam on stage during the curtain call of a musical in which she directed him. Read more »

K of C Spaghetti Dinner Saturday and You’re Invited!

spaghettiPeru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 17th at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. “ALL YOU CAN EAT” spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and a delicious dessert will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM for only $7.50 per person, $2.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under and a $20 per family maximum. Take-outs are available.

St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 donates to St. Augustine’s Parish and numerous local organizations each year including the North Country Mission of Hope, The Peru Community Church Youth Group trip to assist the homeless in Washington D.C., the Peru Youth Commission, the Ecumenical Choir Choir refreshments, “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contests, and many more.  Community dinners are a very important part of its fund-raising program.

North Country Chamber of Commerce Family Ski Day at Titus Mt. – January 24th

skiingWestelcom, Titus Mountain, and Eagle Country invite you to join us for the Chamber Family Ski Day on January 24th at Titus Mountain.

This event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a day of fun on the slopes. With options like a free group lesson, night skiing, and tubing, it is fun for skiers of all abilities. And don’t miss the Apres Ski Party in the lodge at 4:30!

The special ticket price for this day only is $30 for adults and $27 for kids or seniors. Equipment rental is just $20 and Tubing Park admission is $20. Tickets must be purchased through the North Country Chamber of Commerce by January 20th. For more information go to, or call the Chamber at 563-1000.

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Town Organizes For 2015 and Approves Elmore SPCA Contract

tb medBy John T. Ryan

The Town of Peru finally has a dog control contract with the Elmore SPCA. The Peru Town Board approved a 2015 contract at its Monday, January 12, 2015 meeting. The Board and the SPCA have been at loggerheads over contract language for several months, but Monday the SPCA presented a revised contract that the Board enthusiastically approved after a positive review by Town Attorney Donald Biggs. click here to view ELMORE SPCA CONTRACT 2015

The Board also approved almost all its required 2015 Organizational Meeting agenda items such as elected official and appointee salaries, Town Board liaisons to departments, meeting dates, mileage rates and a procurement policy. Click here for Organizational Meeting resolutions   Click here for Procurement Policy  Click here for Rules of Order

The Board did not renew its contract with Engineering Ventures and its engineer Peter Gibbs. Counselor Kregg Bruno and other board members have expressed concern with Gibb’s failure to respond promptly to phone calls and inaccurate cost estimates for several projects. Bids on the Highway Department garage roof and Town Hall front steps came in much higher than Gibbs estimated. Gibbs was present at Monday’s meeting. He admitted his company could have done a better job, but he said he would like to continue serving the town. Gibbs stated, “I would love to do some more cool projects for the town. Supervisor Glushko said Gibbs has provided engineering services since at least 1998. Glushko said, “You’ll have to convince me that we need to make a change.” Engineering Ventures and AES Engineering of Plattsburgh have submitted proposals to provide 2016 engineering services. The Board delayed making a decision until its January 27th meeting when they expect Counselor Bruno to be present. Bruno was excused from Monday’s meeting.

The Board is also poised to approve an energy supply contract with Ambit Energy. NYSEG is its current supplier. Supervisor Peter Glushko has heard positive comments about Ambit made by Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernard Bassett and other supervisors. At the Board’s December 8th meeting, Ambit Business Consultant Colleen LaFountain told the Board that Ambit would save the town a minimum of 2% compared to NYSEG and because it has 15 or more electric meters the Town’s highest use facility/meter would receive free electricity as long as the contract is in force. Counselor Brandy McDonald researched Ambit’s reputation at the Board’s request. He reported that he had not discovered any negative information. It is extremely important that any Ambit customer renew the Ambit contract annually in order to realize the promised savings. Supervisor Peter Glushko said he would place a resolution to finalize the agreement on the Board’s January 27th meeting agenda. It will take 30 to 60 days to make the change from NYSEG to Ambit.

Mailboxes damaged by Highway Department snowplows came up under “Other Business.” Responding to a Letter to the Editor from Mr. Robert Melhorn of the Laphams Mills Road that appeared in the January 10th Press Republican, Supervisor Glushko said Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell visited Mr. Melhorn’s residence as soon as he learned about the incident and that Mr. Melhorn was not home and the mailbox was not available to be examined. Glushko said he did not “blow Mr. Melhorn off” as the letter contended saying that Melhorn approached him about four minutes before the St. Augustine’s Saturday Mass began, so there wasn’t time to discuss the incident. Glushko said the town will pursue the matter and will pay for the mailbox repair if it conformed to U.S. Postal Service regulations. Michael Farrell said he could be reached at his cell phone number 369-4845.

In other actions the Board:

Approved a $7,600 contract proposal from Donald Bell for work to be performed at the Lyons Road Schoolhouse, the historic property owned by the Town of Peru. Bell will level the floor, install a 6’x6’ beam in the center of the floor and repair the stone foundation. Bell is certified to perform work on a structure on the National Register of Historical Places.

Learned that the annual New York State Training School for town officials will be held in New York City from February 15-18. Attorney Donald Biggs said he might want to attend this year. Counselor Donald McBrayer attended last year.

Supervisor Glushko informed the board that the NYS required internal audit of all departments must be completed by January 20th. Each counselor will audit one or more departments.

The Town Hall entrance doors will be framed in the next few days.

An Employee Handbook Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on January 28th.

DINE UNITED on January 21, 2015

Dine United_PosterWednesday, January 21, 2015, will mark the 5th Annual Dine United for the Adirondack Region. There will be a wide variety of restaurants throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties participating.

Every patron that visits a participating restaurant on January 21, 2015 will be giving back to our region, as well as supporting local restaurants. Each restaurant has agreed to donate to the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. “With their donations and our 41 partner agencies, we will be able to help fellow residents with critical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, child care, safety from domestic violence, and much more”, stated the Executive Director, John Bernardi, of The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc.

The Director of Development, Kathy Snow, suggested to start your day with a breakfast treat and then visit one of your neighborhood restaurants for lunch. Finally, go home and grab the family for a delicious dinner at any of the participating restaurant. Mention to the restaurants that you are there for DINE UNITED and enter the drawing for raffle prizes. It is a day to have fun and give back to the community!

Participating restaurants include:

  • 99 Restaurant & Pub                                           Smooth Moves
  • Arnie’s Restaurant                                                 The Pepper
  • Burgoyne Grille                                                     Uno Pizzeria & Grill
  • Butcher Block                                                       Weathercock Restaurant & Bar
  • Chair 6
  • Donavan’s Steak & Ale, Inc.
  • Ground Round
  • Gumas Restaurant
  • Half-Way House
  • Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Livingood’s Restaurant and Brewery
  • My Cup of Tea
  • Pizza Palace
  • Pasquale’s Pizzeria
  • Sandy’s Deli

Summer opening planned for Hotel Saranac

Peru Teen Recovering From Devastating Accident

NYS Senate Approves Women’s Equality Agenda

bettyFrom the office of State Senator Betty Little

The New York State Senate today approved an eight-point women’s equality agenda, including two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little. This is the first action on bills in the 2015 legislative session. All of the bills passed with unanimous support.

“With six months in the scheduled session, the state Assembly will have plenty of time to act on some, if not all, of the bills,” said Little. “These measures have been caught in a political dispute and have failed to win legislative approval despite widespread support. That should change this year.”

The goals of the comprehensive package of eight bills are to: stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual
harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment,housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work commodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.

Legislation (S.4) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) would help working mothers by preventing discrimination in the hiring and promotion of people with families. Employers would be prohibited from denying work or promotions based on family status, such as parents and women who are pregnant. Existing law only prohibits discrimination based on family status in credit and housing, but not employment — which can have a negative impact on women with children.

Senator Betty Little said, “State law protects against familial status discrimination for housing, but not employment. Changing the law would help protect some of our most deserving New Yorkers – single mothers with low incomes. I think we all agree that nothing is more important for our future than the upbringing of children. This law would send a clear message in support of that endeavor.”

A second bill (S.3) sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury) would remove barriers to remedying discrimination by allowing for reasonable attorney’s fees in employment and credit discrimination cases when sex is a basis of discrimination.

Under existing law, attorney’s fees for sex discrimination cases involving employment, Read more »

School Board Agenda Includes Multi-Year Financial Plan

Story revised to reflect a 5:45 PM start time for the executive session. 

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School. An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 5:45 PM start. The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM. Anticipated topics include:

· Career Connect – Skills Initiatives and Business Partnerships
· Multi-Year Financial Plan
· Peru 2020

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website at All are welcome.

Town Board Monday Agenda


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of minutes for the Public Hearing of December 22 and Town Board Regular Meetings of December 22 and December 31, 2014.
  1. 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)
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Energy Provider. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Highway 2005 Pickup Truck Disposition. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Engineer Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Schedule Board Workshop On Employee Handbook Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Internal Audit. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Door Framing. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Association of Towns 2015 Training School & Annual Meeting.
  1. Other Business.
  2. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

Town Board 2015 Organization Meeting Scheduled


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2015 Salaries for Elected Positions:
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2015 Appointees
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2015 Appointee Salaries and Frequency of Payments
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of Town Department Liaisons
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2015 Regular Town Board Meeting Dates and Times
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of 2015 Contracts
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Establishment of 2015 Town Mileage Reimbursement
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Depositories
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Designation of Town Newspaper
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Town Policies Update

          MOTION:                      Adjourn


Representative Stefanik Publishes First Weekly E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my new weekly e-newsletter to help keep you informed on what I am working on in Congress.

This week I had the honor of being sworn in as your Representative in Congress. This is incredibly humbling, and I want each of you to know that I will work my hardest on your behalf in Washington. In addition, I want to thank the over fifty North Country residents who were able to make the trip down to Washington for their support – it meant a lot to me for you to make that trip.

For too long our government has been broken and partisan politics have stood in the way of making real progress for the American people. As I said throughout the campaign, I will work with anyone of any party if they are willing to put solutions on the table that will help my constituents in New York’s North Country.

I want you to know that I hit the ground running this week on your behalf. In fact, the House passed several commonsense, bipartisan measures that would help create jobs and lower energy costs, help our veterans find jobs, and reduce the burden Obamacare is causing on our job creators and American workers. These measures include:

H.R. 22 – the Hire More Heroes Act — legislation that will help our nation’s bravest get back to work by exempting veterans who already have health insurance from being counted as full-time workers under Obamacare’s employer mandate.
H.R. 30 – the Save American Workers Act — commonsense legislation that changes the arbitrary definition of a full time worker under the Affordable Care Act from 30 hours to the traditional 40 hour week, allowing businesses to avoid onerous penalties and helping American workers make a decent living.
H.R. 3 – the Keystone XL Pipeline Act – bipartisan legislation that would approve TransCanada’s application to construct the pipeline, which will create as many as 42,000 new jobs, help lower energy prices for North Country families and help grow our economy. Read more »

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Milk glut reverses fortunes of NNY dairy farmers

NY pays most for gas despite falling prices

Gas pumpNY pays most for gas despite falling prices.

Taxing totals

Below is a breakdown of the gasoline taxes in New York, according to AAA, as of Jan. 1. The estimated sales tax would vary based on the pump price and county of sale.

NYS Excise Tax: 8 cents

NYS Petroleum Business Tax: 17.8 cents

NYS Fuel Quality Testing Tax: .05 cents

NYS Oil Spill Fund: .0196 cents

State Sales Tax: 8 cents

The Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District — including NYC and the Hudson Valley — surcharge: .75 cents

Local Sales Tax: 10.88 cents

Total State Taxes: 45.49 cents

Federal Taxes: 18.63 cents

Federal and State Tax Combined: 64.12 cents

VFW Breakfast – Public Invited!

BaconTitle: VFW Breakfast – Public Invited!
Location: VFW Post 309, 710 Route 22B, Peru
Description: 4th Sunday VFW & Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast- Jan 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Only $8.00 for:
Bacon, Scrambled eggs, Corned Beef Hash, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Pancakes with “real” Maple Syrup. Juice & Coffee.
Peru Memorial VFW & Ladies Auxiliary
710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, NY 12972
Open to the Public
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-01-25
End Time: 12:00

Stefanik Votes for Hire More Heroes Act

stefanikStory from the Office of Representative Elise Stefanik

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of House passage of H.R. 22 – the Hire More Heroes Act — and released the following statement:

“Far too many of our nation’s bravest remain unemployed,” said Rep. Stefanik. “This is unacceptable, as those who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom deserve the support of their government. That’s why, with my support, I was so happy to see the House unanimously pass the Hire More Heroes Act. This important legislation will help our nation’s bravest get back to work by exempting veterans who already have health insurance from being counted as full-time workers under Obamacare’s employer mandate. Business owners should be able to hire veterans without worrying about being slapped with an Obamacare penalty, and I urge the Senate to quickly send this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to the President’s desk.”

The Hire More Heroes Act passed the House unanimously on January 6th, 2014 by a vote of 412-0.

Congresswoman Stefanik Sworn in as Representative of New York’s 21st District

Stefanik Swearing in

Stefanik’s brother Matt, Elise Stefanik, Stefanik’s father Ken Stefanik, House Speaker John Boehner, Stefanik’s mother Melaine Stefanik.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) was officially sworn in to represent New York’s 21st district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am thrilled and humbled by this opportunity to serve the wonderful people of New York’s 21st district,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I pledge to be a strong voice for our community in Congress and to work my hardest to advance bipartisan solutions. Washington is broken and now is the time for leaders to work together on behalf of the American people. I am grateful for this incredible opportunity.”

Hudson Valley Students Named to Deans’ List for Fall 2014 Term

TROY, NY – More than 1300 students at Hudson Valley Community College were recently named to the college’s Deans’ List for the Fall 2014 term. Students named to the Dean’s List have have a term grade point average between 3.0 to 3.49.

Those honored include:

Geoffrey Halevan of Peru, who is studying in the Respiratory Care academic program.

Kyle Kemp of Peru, who is studying in the Business Administration academic program.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

SUNY Potsdam Student Molly Lawliss of Peru, NY Earns a Spot on Dean’s List

POTSDAM, NY – The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named Molly Lawliss of Peru, NY to the SUNY Potsdam Dean’s List.

Lawliss, whose major is Childhood/Early Childhood Education, was among 391 students who were honored for academic excellence in the Fall 2014 semester.

To achieve the honor of being on the Dean’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of between 3.25 and 3.49 in the given semester.

SUNY Potsdam has a strong focus on academics, with its long history of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To find out more, visit

Peru High School Grad on SUNY Potsdam’s President’s List

POTSDAM, NY Emily Allen of Peru, NY was recently named to the President’s List at The State University of New York at Potsdam.

Allen, whose major is Music Education, was among 925 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence in the Fall 2014 semester. College President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg recognized the students for earning top marks.

To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

SUNY Potsdam has a strong focus on academics, with its long history of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To learn more about what makes the campus community so unique, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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