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Volunteers Got it Done

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Approximately 20 volunteers planted about 225 trees this morning at Heyworth/Mason Park. The goal was to prevent or reduce river erosion. The trees were donated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The program was coordinated by the Clinton County Soil and Conservation District and Adele Douglas here in Peru. It was an absolutely beautiful day to plant trees.

Pickleball Courts Will Have to Wait

DSC03490 DSC03495 DSC03499By John T. Ryan

The Peru Town Board and many Peru residents have had hopes that by late this year pickleball courts would be ready for play at the now closed Jenkins Street tennis courts. It’s not going to happen! At the Monday, April 25th Town Board meeting Counselor Donald McBrayer, a vocal pickleball supporter, explained, “The NYS grant we would have received was for finishing only. We would be responsible for getting the sub-surface up to grade. That would have required us to dig down three feet, build it back out and pave it. We also had to do repairs on the fence. All this would have cost $30,000, which we simply don’t have at the moment.” When the high cost was determined, constructing only one court was considered, but the grant administrator determined that the $32,000 grant would have a greater impact in Plattsburgh where that amount of money would finish five new courts.

After listening to McBrayer’s report Board members discussed alternatives such as establishing courts at the Laphams Mills Park. Councilman McBrayer continues to favor a location inside the hamlet citing the Peru’s Comprehensive Plan, which advocates offering activities such as pickleball inside the hamlet. McBrayer also cited periodic limited parking at Laphams Mills Park. He views pickleball as an activity rather than an organized sport such as those supervised by the Peru Youth Commission.

Meanwhile, the Jenkins Street tennis court gates will remain locked until the Board determines if there is an appropriate and affordable use for the property.

Code Enforcement Officer Interviews Next Week

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Town Board will be interviewing candidates for Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, Mary 3rd. Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said seven applications had been received as of the Monday, April 25th Town Board Meeting.

Glushko and Counselors James Langley and Donald McBrayer met with Acting CEO Steve Imhoff late last week. Glushko said, “We discussed tightening up the office so that we enforce all laws and rules.” Glushko also said permit fee increases were discussed. The increased fees would likely apply to developments that involve multiple inspections and many hours of the CEO’s time.

Peru Highway Paving Plans Specified

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Highway Department plans to pave a little over 3 miles of highway this summer. At the Peru Town Board Meeting of April 25, 2016 Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said the roadways would include: McDonald Place, Birchwood Drive, LaFlure Lane, Maplewood Drive, Paine Street and a portion of the Patent Rd.

NYS Community Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) monies of $214,015 will pay for the paving. Farrell said highway paving costs approximately $60,000 per mile.

PCS Class of 65 Planning Reunion

The Peru Central School Class of 65 is having a (51st!) class reunion July 29, 30, 31. We are hoping to bring most of our 160+ classmates back to the North Country for a memorable and fun-filled reunion. 

We have not had a full-scale reunion in 31 years and as a result are struggling to find everyone! We are looking for  classmates who both graduated with us or were with us for most of our high school years. 

If you were (or know someone who was) in Peru’s class of 1965, and have not yet heard from us, we would like to send you reunion information.  Please contact me by either email or phone.

Carlene Allen Wood

Peru Central School Class of 65

107 Jabez Allen Road

Peru, NY 12972

513-509-8755(call or text)

Town Historian’s Office Hours Change

Beginning May 4th, Town of Peru Historian Ron Allen will be in his office at the Town Hall every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Other hours are available by appointment by calling Ron at 561-0038.

Marshalls department store to open in Lake Placid | News |

LAKE PLACID — The new Marshalls store here is expected to add about 60 full- and part-time jobs.

Source: Marshalls department store to open in Lake Placid | News |


The Annual Meeting will be held on April 26 at 6:00 PM at the Peru Community Church.  The following items will be on the agenda: 

1)  Fiscal report for the year January 1 to December 31, 2015

2)  Nomination and election of officers, 3 slots are open. 

3) Discussion of the following free programs will be presented: 

    a)  JJ…a  program for children with developmental issues or challenges. 

    b.  Grieving children. 

    c.  Nursing home, assisted living, hospital visitation with animals, mostly miniature donkeys. 

On-site programs are held on the Butternut Ridge Farm located at 648 Calkins Road, Peru, NY 12972

The Peru Gazette apologizes for missing this announcement in our email. It was received on April 16th. 

Volunteers Needed

DSC_8386By John T. Ryan

A date and time have been set and volunteers are needed to plant trees in Heyworth/Mason Park. Anyone willing to help should report to the park this coming Saturday, April 30th at 9 a.m. Over 200 trees will be planted near or on the banks of the Little Ausable River. The goal is to prevent or reduce riverbank erosion. All necessary tools will be provided.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is providing the trees at no charge to the Town of Peru. The Clinton County Soil Conservation District is coordinating the program. If you have questions, please call Adele Douglas at 643-7863.

Hydrant Flushing May Affect Water Quality

The Town of Peru Water and Sewer Department will be flushing hydrants from May 2 to May 6th. Users may experience low water pressure and cloudy water during this process.

Tasty Food, Good Conversation and Activities


L-R Bernie Jakobetz, Melissa & David Goodrich, Jane Gage, Ann Wilke

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Are you a person age 60 or older or do you know anyone 60 or over who would appreciate a good meal, a few laughs and interesting conversation? If the answer is “yes,” you’ll find all of this and more at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. The Peru Gazette stopped by the Fellowship Center this past Thursday. We sampled the food, talked to everyone and we loved it!

Thursday’s menu featured a delicious salad, michigans, tasty potatoes, green beans, fruit-filled jello and unforgettable banana cake – all this for a suggested donation of $3.00 for folks 60 and over and $8 for anyone under 60. Reservations are requested. Just call 561-8320. A Peru phone (643-2829) will be activated in the near future. The Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County and the New York State and Clinton County Offices of the Aging sponsor the meal program. The sponsors recently responded to participant requests to return the program to the Fellowship Center in the center of Peru hamlet.  Meals had been served at the Peru VFW for several years.

The ladies and gentlemen enjoying Thursday’s meal had a diverse background. They included Bernie Jakobetz, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force; David Goodrich, a retired corrections officer and race horse trainer; Melissa Goodrich, a homemaker who earned a teaching degree in special education after her children left home; Jane Gage, a nurse who later became a nursing home administrator; Ann Wilke, a longtime medical office administrator and active community member; and a Korea native (who departed before we could get her name) who immigrated to the United States and ultimately became a missionary in Africa.

The meal program is designed to get seniors (irregardless of income) out of their homes to socialize and enjoy healthful, good tasting meals. Video bowling is also offered each Monday and Wednesday. Dave Goodrich remarked, “We love to play cards and would if we had a few more people coming.” Bingo is another option if enough people show interest.

Menus April and May



 1. Call Meeting To Order

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the March 28, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: New Cover for Highway Salt Shed 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: First Niagara Leasing Agreement. 
  1. DISCUSSION: CHIPs Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Code Enforcement Officer Interviews. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Code Office Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Subdivision Regulations Committee. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Dunkin Doughnuts Sidewalk.
  1. DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court Update.
  1. DISCUSSION: Main Street Committee Update 
  1. DISCUSSION: Change in Town Historian Office Hours.
  1. DISCUSSION: Peru International Festival III.
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills. 

MOTION:    Adjourn

Plattsburgh Sears Store to Close

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Source: List of Sears, Kmart stores closing across the U.S.

It’s Flower Time

1Spring should be arriving soon, and many people will be thinking about their flower gardens! Why not purchase your plants from the Peru Community Church Ladies Guild who will be selling geraniums, begonias and marigolds, by order only, in May. There will be three colors of geraniums (red, white and pink), and the cost will be $1.50 per plant. The begonias will be mixed colors in a six pack, and the cost will be $1.75 per six pack. The marigolds will be mixed colors in a six pack, and the cost will be $1.75 per six pack.

Flowers can be ordered until May 15th. Pick up date is May 20th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Orders can be made by calling the church office, 643-8641. Every person who orders will be eligible to win a door prize of a wooden plant stand/bench made by Steve Dennie.

In Peru, This Saturday April 23 – 6 pm – “After Midnight” – a Patsy Cline Experience

“After Midnight” – a Patsy Cline experience with Courtney Shayne – is Saturday, April 23, at 6 pm at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door; children 12 and under are free.

Hailing from the Albany area, Courtney Shayne as Patsy Cline wowed the crowd when last here in 2014. Enjoy great music and interesting stories about the life this country music icon, lost too soon. With audience participation, this will be a fun evening for young and old alike. Come kick up your heels – there’s also space for dancing!

Advance tickets are available through 3 pm, Friday, April 22 at the church office, 13 Elm Street, or by contacting the organizers, Howard and Debbie Bell at 518-643-2261, or Jane Way at 518-569-4514. Doors open at 5:15pm, tickets will be sold at the door, but space is limited. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.

Proceeds benefit the Capital Fund for building upgrades at the church, including the new roof installed last year at the Fellowship Center.

Brown-Bag Concert Sessions in the Strand Center for the Arts

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host another installment of its lunchtime music series in its Gallery in April, 2016 featuring music performed by students from SUNY Plattsburgh. In this performance Rachel Hurtt, Ricardo Burgos-Mendez, and Elidia Lopez, along with flautist Trevor White and soprano Dana Bowers will demonstrate their amazing musical talents. Dr. Karen Becker, chair of the Department of Music at SUNY Plattsburgh, will accompany the musicians. This upcoming free event will take place in The Strand Center Gallery on Friday, April 29 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Read more »

Peru Elementary School’s New Elevator is Much Appreciated


janetAssemblywoman Janet Duprey cuts the celebratory ribbon and School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein looks on.

By John T. Ryan

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 was a historic day for staff and students at Peru elementary School. The school’s long-awaited elevator was put into service. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who expedited funding for the project, cut the ribbon to celebrate the elevator’s being put into service.

Many Peru Elementary School assemblies, concerts and other activities take place in the “Crackerbox” gym at the southern end of the very long school. Prior to Tuesday, students confined to a wheelchair or having mobility challenges had to leave the building and travel down a long sidewalk to the Crackerbox. Being outdoors may have been pleasant during the springtime, but it wasn’t so enjoyable during Peru’s cold winter months.

Peru Central Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein praised Assemblywoman Janet Duprey for her support of the elevator project. He explained. “We wanted to get the project completed, but it was going very slowly. Janet Duprey called the State Education Department and she was able to get the project moving.”


3rd grader Jay Wood and teacher Courtney Rock were some of the first elevator riders.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will have a brief, special meeting on the morning of Thursday, April 21st at 7:15 AM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room.

Thursday morning’s brief special meeting will focus exclusively on consideration of the BOCES administrative budget for the 20162017 school year and consideration of candidates running for seats on this region’s BOCES.

No other school board or school district business is slated for Thursday morning. The full agenda is available at

All are welcome.

How School Funding’s Reliance On Property Taxes Fails Children : NPR

How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren’t doing much to level the field for poor kids.

Source: How School Funding’s Reliance On Property Taxes Fails Children : NPR

Trump and Sanders Carry Peru

Town of Peru 2016 Presidential Primary Election Results
Not including 43 Affidavit Ballots and 14 Emergency Ballots

Republican Party
Donald Trump 299
John Kasich 159
Ben Carson 6
Ted Cruz 94

Democratic Party
Bernie Sanders 349
Hillary Clinton 128

1,050 or 39% of Peru’s 2,838 Registered Republicans and Democrats cast ballots.

Turnout Very High For A Primary

DSC03100 DSC03104 DSC03107Registered Republicans and Democrats were lined up at noon to vote in the Presidential Primary when polls opened at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center. Voting continues until 9 p.m. The Peru Gazette will be there when the votes are counted. We’ll post the Peru results as soon as possible.

Peru’s Spring Cleanup Underway

DSC03050 DSC03054 DSC03058For the past several days Peru Highway personnel have been picking up winter sand and salt along hamlet roadsides. Now they’re moving into Peru’s several subdivisions. Today they’re in Quaker Springs. Ormsby Circle and Quaker Highlands are next.

The good weather is expediting this year’s cleanup, which is expected to last three to four weeks. Highway paving is next.

Town Board Moves On Several Important Items

  • Code Enforcement Hiring Progresses
  • Park Vandalism Continues
  • Trees to be Planted Along River 
  • Mower Purchased From Local Business
  • And More 

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The building season is beginning; however, Peru doesn’t have a full-time Code Enforcement Officer (CEO). Frank Slycord, the previous CEO, left his job in early March. Commenting at the Monday, April 11, 2016 Town Board meeting Town Supervisor Peter Glushko stated, “We will be advertising for a new Code Enforcement Officer.” Glushko went to say that applications for the position would be available at the Peru Town Hall. All applicants must pass a civil service examination, although someone may be hired pending successful completion of the civil service examination.

Steve Imhoff, a Peru resident and the Town of Plattsburgh’s full-time CEO, has been assisting Peru during his off-time hours. His time is more limited as Plattsburgh’s building activity picks up. Glushko said, “Steve is doing a good cleanup job. Things should be caught up in about two weeks. Kayla Martin, the CEO’s secretary, is also doing a great job.”

Thanks to an alert resident a mini van driver faces malicious mischief charges in Peru Town Court. On April 8th, the driver allegedly drove on the grass at Heyworth/Mason Park. Turf was torn up near the river and picnic tables. The alert resident took down the vehicle’s license number and notified NY State Police. Supervisor Glushko signed the legal complaint against the alleged perpetrator.

Approximately 250 trees will be available for planting in Heyworth/Mason Park later this month or in early May. Dave Wilfore, a Clinton County Soil and Conservation District Technician, told the Board that the NYS Department of Environment Conservation has made the trees available at no charge and he would like to plant them with the Board’s approval. Wilfore said the trees should reduce erosion along the banks of the Little Ausable River that traverses the park. All the Town Board members were enthusiastic about the idea. Adele Douglas will coordinate the program and seek volunteers to assist with the planting. The Soil and Conservation Service will provide all stakes, tubes and necessary tools.

The new owners of the Peru Farm Center submitted the lowest price for a 2016 Ferris Model 3200 lawn mower. Thanks to a $3,000 trade-in and a $2,000 NYS Contract discount, the 72-inch mower will cost the Town $6,348. The Town’s Water/Sewer Department personnel use their mowers to maintain: Heyworth/Mason Park, Little Ausable River Park, Sullivan Park, Laphams Mills Park, cemeteries on the Blake Road, the Signor Road and the Bear Swamp Road, lawns adjacent to the water and sewer plants and the reservoir and several small scattered areas throughout the town.

The Highway Department’s sand-salt storage shed is on its way to being repaired. The Board approved purchasing 20 hoop stands to replace the deteriorating stands. A new fabric top will be purchased; prices were not available in time for Monday’s meeting. Jeffords Steel of Plattsburgh will provide the hoops at a cost of $12,981.

The transformation of the Jenkins Street tennis courts into pickle ball courts will probably not be completed in time for play this year. Repairing the existing sinkhole, modifying and equipping the courts are expected to take several months. The Highway Department, which would perform the sinkhole repairs, is entering its busy season. The courts are currently closed.

Wedding receptions will not be approved in Heyworth/Mason Park in the foreseeable future. Town Board members have no objections to weddings being performed at the beautiful park; however, they do not want the town exposed to the potential liability associated with wedding receptions. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any town park.

Editor’s Note: On 4/15/16 at 3:30 p.m. the price of the Town’s new Ferris mower was corrected to $6,348. It price was overstated when first posted.

Only Registered Republicans and Democrats Can Vote in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary

See Sample Ballots Below

Registered New York State Republican and Democratic Party voters are the only people eligible to vote in the Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Presidential Primary elections.  Registered Independence Party, Working Families, Conservative and other third-party voters are not eligible. The primary is for Republicans and Democrats only.

Peru voters will vote in Memorial Hall at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St. in Peru. The polls are open from Noon to 9 p.m.

Sample Republican Ballot

Sample Democrat Ballot

Trump is Coming to Plattsburgh – Here’s Where to Get Tickets

Tickets are available for Donald Trump’s Friday, 3.p.m. appearance at the Crete Civic Center.…/register/plattsburgh-ny/

A Great Way to Help Our Region

Hello Everyone,

We need your help!!  The Olympic Center in Lake Placid is one of the top 10 finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition. Voting to move to Phase 2 as a top 4 Finalist begins today thru Thursday. And then a final Phase starting on April 25!!

If we win the Kraft Hockeyville USA title we will win:

  • A feature on NBC television
  • $150,000 in arena upgrades
  • An opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season game!!


  1. Share this link on your Facebook (and any other social channels)
  1. VOTE as much as you can between today and Thursday ( 4/12 – 4/14)
    1. Click here to vote
    1. Vote by texting:  LAKEPLACID to 35350     (text rates may apply)
  1. Tell all your friends, family, and hockey fans  that we believe in our community and now is the chance to show everyone!  Let’s do it!! Please VOTE!! You Can Vote Up to 50 Times Daily! 

Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute – Times Union

The workers, members of two unions — the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — represent installers, customer service employees, repairmen and other service workers in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., for Verizon’s wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service. Between 300 and 400 union members walked a picket line outside the company’s office in downtown Albany, where workers set up an inflatable “greedy pig” and rat, said Mike Panzerino, treasurer of CWA Local 1118. The unions say Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely more on contract workers. The telecom giant has said there are health care issues that need to be addressed for retirees and current workers because medical costs have grown and the company also wants “greater flexibility” to manage its workers. Verizon said in a statement Wednesday that it “has activated its business continuity plans as customer service remains the company’s top priority.”

Source: Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute – Times Union

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Bill McBride Jr. As He Battles Cancer

spaghetti copyPeru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 16th 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. Take-outs are available.

All proceeds will assist Bill McBride Jr., a Knight of Columbus, with his cancer treatments. The Knights will also purchase ferry tickets for his travel to and from Burlington.

Retired Peru Central Coach Passes Away

Scott-Woodward-photo-Obituary of Scott William “Coach” Woodward from the Hamilton Funeral Home Website

Port Kent – Scott William “Coach” Woodward, 60, of Lake Street, Port Kent, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Plattsburgh, October 17, 1955 on a golden autumn morning the son of the late Robert William and Barbara (Bromley) Woodward. Scott grew up in Peru and graduated from Peru Central School in 1973. He went on to earn a BS Degree in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1977.

Scott was a son, brother, husband, friend, teacher, coach, and competitor. He wore many hats throughout his storied life. Scott began his career at Peru Central School teaching history before joining Sen. Ronald B. Stafford’s staff as a legislative aide. For the past 16 years he has been employed by the NYSDOCCS with his most recent assignment as an Inmate Grievance Supervisor at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone.

Scott’s favorite hat was that of a coach and mentor to hundreds of aspiring athletes whether they were members of his or the opposing team. He coached track & field and cross country at Peru Central School for 16 years. During his legendary coaching career at Peru, he sent qualifiers every year to the NYS Championships, and his teams won 51 league and sectional championships. In 1991 both the boys and girls cross country teams achieved the unprecedented distinction of state number one ranking in the same season, while that same girls team finished second in the New York State Federation Championship, a feat that has yet to be matched by any team from Section VII in cross country or any other sport. Under Scott’s tutelage, one of his high school athletes, Sara Facteau Dunham, set many sectional and state records and qualified for the NYS State Cross Country Championships winning twice and placing second twice. Scott was inducted into the Peru Central School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

From Peru, Scott went onto being the inaugural coach of the newly combined Elizabethtown/Keene/Moriah/Westport (Emu’s) track and field team for four years. During that tenure his EKMW girls’ team went undefeated for three consecutive years and won three sectional titles in the CVAC conference.

Scott continued to privately mentor many runners especially Sara Facteau Dunham and Josh MacDougall. He was currently coaching Sara to prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifiers and the 2016 Boston Marathon. Josh was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Liberty University, and one of Scott’s proudest moments was traveling to Terre Haute, Indiana to witness Josh win the cross country national championship his Junior year in college.

In 1990, Scott and Mark Elmore founded the annual “Run for Jon” 5K run/walk to raise funds for families and children with serious medical problems. This event was established in memory of young Peruvian, Jon Evans, who Scott coached in track and cross country.

Scott was an avid runner participating in several marathons over the years with his brother Frank. He especially loved running through the orchards of Peru. Scott took up cycling ten years ago and rode competitively throughout New York State for Team Placid Planet winning four NYS Time Trial Championships in his age group.

A man of many interests, Scott loved all sports especially Peru Central School sports saying he “bled Peru blue”. He was a lifelong avid Yankees and Indianapolis Colts fan. Scott was also an enormous rock-n-roll aficionado and could talk endlessly about the bands of the ’60s and 70s. In the later years he found great pleasure sitting on his porch overlooking Lake Champlain and listening to his considerable collection of music.

Scott was known for his brilliant mind, photographic memory and keen sense of humor. He loved history, meeting folks and learning all he could about them. Once he knew you, he never forgot you. Scott’s impact and influence reached far and wide, and he will be forever missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memories include his loving wife, Sally A. (Signor) Woodward who he married on August 20, 2005; his step-children, Sean Morrow and companion Kim, Carrie Poquette, Dawn Pray and her husband Dan, and William Morrow. Scott was the 7th of eight siblings who survive; sisters Beverley Sprague, Cheryl Breen Randall and her husband Craig, and Bonnie Watson along with brothers Frank (Kathy) Woodward, Robert (Gloria) Woodward, Barnard (Susan) Woodward and Todd (Denise) Woodward. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Gage & Bauer Morrow, Savannah Pray and Austin Morrow, 19 nieces and nephews and special “nephew” Mark Morrow. Scott is also survived by his “adopted” brother and loving friend Duncan Payne and his wife Beata, and his special lifelong friends Martin (Marty) Shea and Lori Light. His beloved pets, Marley the dog and Sophie the cat also survive him.

In addition to his parents, Scott was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Raymond Watson.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11 AM at the Independent Baptist Church in Keeseville. Burial will follow in the Port Kent Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Run For Jon fund. Contributions may be mailed to Shirley and Don Evans, 7 Oakdale Drive, Peru, NY, 12972.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.

Security & Privacy – What You Need To Know

The North Country Chamber of Commerce presents an interactive session on privacy, information security, and risk in business. The seminar will be held on April 26th from 8:30 – 10:30am at the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

The session includes live demonstrations of what is happening in the world today and will increase your awareness of information security and privacy best practices. Learn risk management techniques and practices to improve security in your personal and business lives. Bring your own device to learn if you are at risk.

Speakers: Devi Momot – Twinstate Technologies / Jacqueline Kelleher – Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC / Deena McCullough – Northern Insuring Agency.

Registration is $10 for Chamber/Partner members and $20 for not-yet-members. RSVP by April 22nd by calling the Chamber at 563-1000 or visit

Peru Central Retired Coach Passes Away

Obituary of Scott Woodward

Scott M. Woodward

Port Kent – Scott M. Woodward, 60, of Lake Street, Port Kent, died unexpectedly, Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Plattsburgh, October 17, 2016, son of the late Robert William and Barbara (Bromley) Woodward.

Service details are incomplete and will be announced.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.

Stefanik Raises $330,000 in 1st Quarter; Surpasses $1.1 Million Cash on Hand for Re-election

Glens Falls – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced a 1st Quarter fundraising total of $330,000. Stefanik’s re-election campaign received donations from every one of the 12 counties in New York’s 21st Congressional District, and now has more than $1.1 million cash on hand.

“I’m grateful for the outpouring of support across the North Country and across our state for our re-election campaign,” said Stefanik. “I’m particularly proud that over seventy percent of our donations were under $200, demonstrating our strong grassroots support for our campaign to make Washington work for North Country small business owners, our veterans, our farmers, and for our families.”

1st Quarter Filing Details:

– Stefanik received donations from every one of the 12 counties in New York’s 21st Congressional District

– Over 70% of total donations were below $200 (667)

– Total raised: $330,000

– Cash on Hand: $1,124,000

Food Drives a Part of the Day of Caring

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016 volunteers across Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties will lend their hand to the annual Day of Caring event hosted by the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau. Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. stated “The Day of Caring is a tremendous opportunity for people through-out Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to come together for friends and neighbors to help maintain the unique quality of life in this area.”

Local residents who are unable to volunteer are still able to participate in the day by donating food. There will be food drives manned by volunteers at Sam’s Club and Yando’s Big M, both in Plattsburgh and Ecumenical Council Food Pantry, 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid. Students from Project H.E.L.P. at SUNY Plattsburgh will also be going door to door in the City of Plattsburgh collecting food from residents. You can also drop off non-perishable items at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. office, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, between 9:00am and 3:00pm. All food items collecting will go to the local food shelves.

The Day of Caring pairs hundreds of volunteers with numerous projects across the region.


Peru School Board Regular Meeting April 12, 2016

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

·         Building Goals – Year-To-Date Progress Update on Long-Term Measures

·         Participation in the Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington School Health Insurance Consortium Medical Plan

·         District Intervention Plan

·         Contracts for Health and Welfare Services

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

All are welcome.


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of March 28, 2016, and the Special Board meeting of April 5, 2016.
  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: Toilet Facilities Request for Heyworth Mason Park.
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Hall Basement Clean Up. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Code/Zoning Office Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: New Code Enforcement Officer Process. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Highway Department Salt Shed Repairs. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Little Ausable Park Tree Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: New Lawn Mower Update. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Trees for Tributaries Program Offer. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Peru International Festival Version 3. 
  1. DISCUSSION: NYS Comptroller Fraud Prevention Seminar.
  1. DISCUSSION: NYMIR Rates (New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal) for Upcoming Year 
  1. Other Business. 
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

Thera-Pets Offering Two Spring Programs – Both Are Free of Charge

Programs Are For Children With Physical or Developmental Issues and Grieving Children 

Thera-Pets of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties is offering its spring schedule of on-site programs.  This organization is a not for profit 501©3 corporation and all offerings are free of charge.

This spring there will be two programs offered.  The first is for challenged children with physically or developmental issues and eligibility is totally in the hands of parents, feeling that they want their child to experience a farm program that is fun, educational and active.  All people working with the program have been approved by the Board of Directors and educated in safety and are experienced with both children and with farm animals.

The  second program is for grieving children.  Again the definition is up to the parents, but usually includes children that have lost a parent, sibling, grandparent or even a close pet.  In the past children with incarcerated parents or siblings and children of divorce have also participated.

Ms. Holly Besaw is the director and coordinator  of the first program and Ken Parker has the same responsibility for the grieving program.  All on site programs are on Butternut Ridge Farm on the Calkins Road in Peru and the farm is owned and operated by the Rev. Dr. Ken Parker.

For more information please go to  To reserve a spot for your child please phone 569-5355  or write to

Spring Sports 2016: Peru Indians – Sun Community News & Printing

Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Softball, Track and Field

Source: Spring Sports 2016: Peru Indians – Sun Community News & Printing

Despite test changes, Plattsburgh parents are still opting out | NCPR News

Your Input Will Help Peru Central Improve its Technology

A Message from the Office of the Peru Superintendent of Schools

Peru Central School District is looking for community input regarding computer technology.  Interested persons may complete a survey on the District’s website at  The surveys, titled Community Survey and District Technology Survey, are available under the Quick Links section of the homepage.  The survey is open to all Peru CSD residents.

For more information, please contact 643-6004.

Inaugural Pickleball Tournament to Benefit CCC Veterans Club

PLATTSBURGH –  Announcing the Inaugural Plattsburgh Pickleball Tournament to be held at Clinton Community College Gym 136 Clinton Point Drive, Plattsburgh –  with all proceeds to benefit the Clinton Community College Veterans Club.

There will be 6 courts used at the site of the DOUBLE ELIMINATION Non-Sanctioned Tournament that will commence on Friday, May 6 at 4 pm with MIXED DOUBLES Play until 8 pm. Saturday, May 7 will see DOUBLES MENS AND WOMENS Play beginning at 8 am. The fee of $25.00 per entry will insure that players see a minimum of three games, receive a paddle bag compliments of Pickleball Central, and a Commemorative Tourney Tee Shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top 18 players. Anyone who registers before April 15 will pay the Early Bird $20. per entry fee. So sign up early! Registration Packages can be found on line at or at the gyms at the Clinton County Senior Center or the Plattsburgh City Recreation Dept or at the Kayak Shack on Rte 3.

In addition to the businesses and community partners who are sponsoring the event (see attached list), members of the American Legion Post 1619 will be lining the courts and the CCC Vets Club will run a concession stand at the site. There is a 96 player limit. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO VIEW FOR FREE. Donations will be of course, welcome!

North Country Honor Flight’s New Leader Barrie Finnegan Interviewed by WCFE

Budget Workshop #5 for Peru Board of Education

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Thursday, April 7th at 5:00 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their fifth public session budget workshop.  An executive session will take place immediately following the 5:00 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 6:00 PM.  At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:

  • Receive State Budget Status Update
  • Review Impact of State Budget on Peru CSD
  • Review Revised Multi-Year Finance Plan
  • Review Expenditures, Enhancements, and Revenues

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at

The meeting is open to all.

Shape Up Clinton County Comes to Peru

SHAPE UP CLINTON COUNTY! (Read our previous story for background information.) 
New and Exciting Program for YOUR Kids this Summer
Gymnastics,/Tumbling, Hip Hop Dance, Golf, Karate and Archery.

Registration for all of the following Peru Youth Commission Activities will be held on Friday, April 8th from 5 PM- 9 PM and Friday, April 15th from 5-9 PM at the Peru Town Hall.

“Fitness in the Parks”
Monday – Friday every week for five weeks!
Sign Up your kids(age requirements)today for one or all of the 5 sessions!
Fitness in the Parks programs offered by the Town of Peru in partnership with
the Foundation of CVPH

Introductory Sessions will be held for:

Trudeau Gymnastics Instructors
1st Session 9-10am Ages 5-7(20 Openings) 2nd Session 10:15-11:15am Ages 8-12 (15 Openings)
Location: Lapham Mills Park July 11-15, 2016
Please arrive 15 minutes before session start

Hip Hop Dance
Center Stage Instructors
1st Session 9-10am Ages 6-8 (25 Openings) 2nd Session 10:15-11:15am Ages 9-Up (25 Openings)
Location: Lapham Mills Park July 18-22, 2016
Please arrive 15 minutes before session start

Plattsburgh Golf Instructors
1st Session 9-10am Ages 8-11 (10 Openings) 2nd Session 10:15-11:15am Ages 12-17 (10 Openings)
Location: Lapham Mills Park July 25-29, 2016
Please arrive 15 minutes before session start

DuCote’s Family Karate Club Instructors
1st Session 9-10am Ages 4 -7 (25 Openings) 2nd Session 10-11:00am Ages 8-18 (25 Openings)
Location: Lapham Mills Park August 1-5, 2016
Please arrive 15 minutes before session start

Three Spot Archery Instructors
1st Session 6:15-7pm Ages 5-8 (6 Openings) 2nd Session 7:15-8:15pm Ages 9-17 (12 Openings)
(Sessions will be held at Three Spot Archery located on Rt. 3 Old Banker Orchards Bldg)
Please arrive 15 minutes before session

Sign-up for Summer and Fall Youth Commission Activities Scheduled

The Peru Youth Commission will be holding registration for all of their Summer and Fall Activities on Friday April 8th  from 5 PM- 9 PM and Friday April 15th from 5-9 PM at the Peru Town Hall.

Activities include Team Sports for Baseball/Softball, and Soccer. Summer weekly camps in Soccer, Tennis and Arts and Crafts and Baseball/Softball will also be offered.

T-Ball and Mini Mite Soccer will be available with the ages as specified.  T-Ball ages 5 and 6.  Mini Mite Soccer age 4 and 5.

The Town also offers Summer Employment for Youth ages 14-18.  Registration for this will be at the same time.

It is imperative that everyone registering to play Baseball/Softball or Soccer provide a birth certificate at the time of registration.  Please know that registration will NOT be complete until the child’s birth certificate has been provided.  Youth must reside in the Town of Peru to participate. Any Youth NOT residing in the Town of Peru must obtain a release from their town BEFORE registering for the Town of Peru.

For more information, please call John Flynn, Youth Director for the Town of Peru, 320-2207, or by email at


Empire State Development Launches Global NY Find in the North Country


(News Release from Empire State Development (ESD)

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the Global NY Fund Tour visited the North Country region this week, stopping first in Watertown yesterday, Monday, April 4, before heading to Plattsburgh today. The Global NY Fund Tour is a series of informational sessions being held in each of New York State’s 10 economic development regions. The tour launched last week to inform small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profits about new resources available to support international export efforts through the $35 million fund.   Read more »

Cuomo takes $15 minimum wage, paid leave victory lap – Capitol Confidential

“AFTER MIDNIGHT” – A Patsy Cline Experience

If you’re a Patsy Cline music lover or simply enjoy country music and a good time, you’re sure to enjoy “AFTER MIDNIGHT” with Courtney Shayne at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center on Saturday, April 23rd at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Peru Community Church Capital Campaign.

Courtney Shayne’s beautiful voice and humor thrilled a crowd at the Fellowship Center in September 2014, so people are excited to see her return. Advanced Sale Tickets at $15 each are available at the Fellowship Center. Tickets are $18 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Questions: Call Howard or Debbie Bell at 643-2261. Click here for a preview.

Bye Bye Birdie Was A Blast


Sunday’s Chazy Music Theater’s Matinee performance of Bye Bye Birdie. was a wonderful experience. The performers were extremely talented and the orchestra was outstanding. Several Peru residents/former residents performed including Ross Coughlin, Tony Andrews Anne Lawliss Folley and Jamie Roberts. Anastasia Pratt was orchestra’s bass musician. If there are more, let me know.

The Peru Gazette took many photos. We would like to share several. Click here to view photos. 

Home Entered and Car Stolen This Morning

Peru residents should be aware that a person/persons entered a Jenkins Street home this morning between midnight and 5 a.m. After forcing open the kitchen door the thief(s) took car keys from the kitchen table and stole the resident’s vehicle. As of 8 p.m. the vehicle has not been located.

The family of three was upstairs sleeping at the time of the theft. Later today they installed dead bolts on two doors. Three other doors previously had dead bolts. They were not entered.

Here’s Your Opportunity to Improve Community Health Care

Please help the Clinton County Health Department learn more about the health concerns of County residents and their families. Our goal is to collect information from residents over the next two months, but we need your help to reach as many people as possible with our brief survey. The information will be used to identify priorities for the 2017-2020 Community Health Improvement Plan.
The survey consists of twelve questions and generally takes less than five minutes to complete.

For more information or to get paper copies of the survey, please contact Jennifer Trudeau, Registered Professional Nurse for the Division of Health Planning and Promotion for the Clinton County Health Department, at 565-4993.
Clinton County Health Department  

Great Music to Benefit Peru Central’s Music Students


Peru Music Boosters presents Beartracks in concert to kick-off their “Fill the Drum” fundraiser to help raise money for new Timpani drums. Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., Peru Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium.

While most bands and orchestras typically have between 4 and 6 different-sized timpani, Peru currently owns 4 timpani (only 2 different sizes): two c.1960’s drums that are minimally-functional and two c.1980’s drums that have greater (but still limited) functionality. Through this fundraiser, the Peru Music Boosters hope to begin replacing the non-functioning drums in order to allow our students the opportunity to learn correct technique and musicianship.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Advanced Sale Tickets can also be at:
Peru Pharmacy, 3 Gorman Way, Peru, NY, -(518) 643-2318
Saranac Country Store, 3346 NY-3, Saranac, NY (518) 293-1234
Alpha Stereo, 332 Cornelia St, Plattsburgh, NY (518) 561-2822
Adirondack Coffee Roasters, 373 NY-3 #1, Plattsburgh, NY (518) 324-2633

Beartracks is a critically acclaimed, locally-based Country/Bluegrass band that performs regularly throughout the Eastern US and Canada. This concert marks their first performance of the season, and first performance with their new banjo player Larry Neu!

Rulfs Farm Stand Footing Being Poured

DSC02229 DSC02227 DSC02224 DSC02221Construction of the new 9,000 sq. ft. Rulfs Orchard farm stand is underway. The Town of Peru issued a Building Permit on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The building will also be the home of Apple Blossom Florist. Luck Brothers is the general contractor.

Click here for our February 18th story which has more details. 

WIRY launches FM signal | Local News |

Plattsburgh station’s programming is now also available at 100.7 FM.

Source: WIRY launches FM signal | Local News |

North Country DA “reviews” inmate death at Clinton-Dannemora prison | NCPR News

Free Youth Programs in Golf, Archery, Gymnastics, Karate and Hip-Hop Dance This Summer

By John T. Ryan

The Town of Peru and its Youth Commission is well known for the vibrant summer programs. Thanks to collaboration between the CVPH Foundation and five local communities including Peru, even more activities will be available this summer.

The Fitness in the Parks Program funded by a $200,000 New York State Health Department grant will fund free, weeklong sessions in golf, archery, gymnastics/tumbling, karate and hip-hop dance. All the programs are to be led by professional instructors.

Laurie Williams, the project manager for the CVPH Foundation said, “The primary mission of Fitness in the Parks is to get kids and families back out into our parks.” The grant funds the local programs for two years. If successful, corporate sponsors will be sought to continue the programs.

Peru Youth Commission Director John Flynn commented, “I think it’s going to be successful. It’s nice of the CVPH Foundation to coordinate the program.”

The Peru Gazette will publish registration information when it is available.

Peru Elementary Student Art for Your Enjoyment

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The Peru Free Library is well known for its wonderful art exhibits, but one annual exhibit always draws the most people and it’s on display until April 15th. KidsArt features the artwork of Peru Elementary School’s classes. Everyone is invited to stop by and see this exceptional show. You will thank yourself for attending!

The Peru Free Library is open Tuesday – Thursday from 10-7; Friday 10-4; and Saturday 10-3.

Peru is Losing A Farm Family

DSC02192 By John T. Ryan

Traffic should be heavy on the River Road this Saturday as people travel to 280 River Road to bid on the large array of farm equipment on display. Peru’s farm community is losing a family. Brian and Carole Sipley are moving to Williamsburg, Iowa where they’ve purchased a larger farm.

Brian and Carole purchased their 650-acre Peru farm from Leeward Babbie in 2001. They named it BCS Farms. As Brian explained, “Carole and I operate this farm together and the farm’s name reflects that.”DSC02203

The Sipley’s new Iowa farm will have 800 milking cows, double the size of their Peru farm. It’s large enough to bring the couple’s sons Zachary and Benjamin into the family business. Over the past month the Sipley’s 400 milking cows have been transported to Iowa where Zach and Ben have been tending to the herd and getting the new farm up and operating.

The Sipleys would have liked to expand their Peru farm, but as Brian explained, “There’s no growth potential here. I can’t compete with the large farms for the available land.” Ironically, Iowa land sells at a higher price than land in Peru, but it’s available. Carole said, “Everywhere you look there’s corn.”

Brian Sipley will be joining his sons next week while Carole will remain in Peru until their daughter Emily, a senior at Peru High School, graduates. Emily traveled to Iowa during February break to check out their new farm and her new hometown. She said she’ll miss Peru and all her friends, but she’s very enthusiastic about her family’s new undertaking. “My brothers are amazed at how friendly and helpful all the people they meet have been.” Emily is a high honor roll student and flutist in the Peru High School Band. She’s received scholarships to attend Iowa State University where she’ll major in agricultural business.

On Wednesday morning of this week, a virtual parade of trucks, all with Vermont license plates, passed through the center of Peru on the way to the Sipley Farm. Earlier in the day a North Hero, Vermont barn burned. None of that farm’s 330 cows were lost, but a barn was needed to board the cattle. As they did when a Plattsburgh barn burned a few years ago, the Sipley’s and BCS Farm’s future owner Jon Rulfs of Adirondack Farms agreed to board the cows until the Vermont farm is back in operation.

Although visibly exhausted as they prepare for Saturday’s auction, Brian, Carole and Emily Sipley radiated a spirit of determination and excitement when speaking of the months ahead. Carole Sipley expressed the family spirit when she said, “We’re always open for a new adventure.”DSC02181

How to Keep Your Farm Vehicle Safe and Ticket Free

PLATTSBURGH, NY- Clinton County Farm Bureau together with Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County and Soil and Water will host a Farm New York State Department of Transportation Workshop on Wednesday April 13th from 1-3pm at Mountain View Equipment in Plattsburgh.

The afternoon will include a presentation by Trooper Gonyo and a hands on demonstration. A farm vehicle will be present for Trooper Gonyo to go through step-by-step and show attendees how to keep safe and avoid tickets and fines. The program is free and open to all farmers. No pre-registration is required. For questions, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County at (518) 561-7450 or email Sara Bull at

John Michael Talbot Sang to a Packed House at St. Augustine’s Church in 1996 – He is Returning.

Save the Date - John Michael Talbot


The North Country Honor Flight Committee would like to thank everyone who made the 1st Annual “Cabin Fever” gathering of World War II and Korean Veterans a tremendous success. On Saturday, March 19th 46 veterans (with family and friends) who have flown to Washington DC over the past 4 years met at Plattsburgh High School for a special get together with music, lunch and a chance to spend time with their peers. They enjoyed the entertainment of “Lone Star” who donated three hours of their time to perform 50’s and 60’s music which had many of the veterans and their spouses dancing to. Unfortunately, the breakdancing, worm dance and limbo contests had to be canceled due to the fact that most of the veterans had eaten to much delicious Baked Ziti provided by Zachary’s Read more »

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