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The North Country Gives Thanks


Yesterday morning, Saturday, June 18, 2016, fourteen area veterans traveled to Washington D.C. as members of the North Country Honor flight. Peru’s dedicated photographer David Brown was kind enough to share his photographs with The Peru Gazette. The Gazette complied the following slideshow which is accompanied by music and we think an emotional experience when viewed on a PC.  Click here to view slideshow. 

Bashaw, Harry Leon – Guardian Michelle Anna Lisa Bashaw

Bradley, James – Guardian Cathleen A Reusser

Decker, Ray A – Guardian Catherine Elizabeth Sample

Ducharme, Gerard J – Guardian Brandon Joseph Menard

George, Kenneth Brigham – Guardian Thomas C Gavin

Hartl, Walter- Guardian Lauren L Gilchrest

Jenkins, Shedrick – Guardian Ricardo M Jenkins

Kaigle, Robert E – Guardian Darlene Zeno

McCargar, Judson U – Guardian Gary P Liberty

Morey, Albert G. – Guardian Dawn M Morey

Peryer, Norman E Jr – Guardian Jon A Peryer

Reale, Anthony P Jr – Guardian Thomas A Reale

True, Wesley D Sr – Guardian Brenda True-Phaneuf

Wyant, Joe H – Guardian David K Wyant

Stop by the Babbie Museum this Weekend


If you haven’t visited the Babbie Museum in Peru, today or tomorrow (Sunday) would be great days to visit. This is Homesteading and Woodworking Weekend June 18 – 19 – Hours 10am-4pm. The Peru Gazette hadn’t visited the museum in some time. The progress is amazing! The museum is a great place for seniors and children alike!

Wood carving demonstrations by Champlain Valley Wood Carvers. Ongoing demonstrations of antique chain saws, shingle mill, and a planer and buzz saw run by hit and miss engines. Watch as flax is spun into linen (Brook Sylvan Spinnery). Try your hand at using a wash board or vintage wringer washer. Master Gardener on site to answer your gardening questions. Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic area. Chips and beverages available in Museum Store.  Click here to see more Peru Gazette photos. 

Explore Peru’s Accessible Trail


A Message from Adele Douglas

Please join us for an event at Heyworth/Mason Park and the Little Ausable River Trail on Friday, June 24th, from 10am to 1pm. As part of the Clinton County Health Dept.’s Longest Day of Play the Town of Peru will be hosting “Explore the accessible trail in Peru”. We hope to have visitors of all abilities come enjoy our trail. There will be music and activities in the park. Food won’t be sold so please bring a lunch. Please call Adele at 643-7863 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events at Peru Community Church

The Peru Community Church is pleased to announce special celebrations and events over the coming weeks. All are cordially invited to join with us in worship and special events.

The summer worship service schedule is now in effect. Each Sunday, the worship service is at 9 am from now through Labor Day in the sanctuary, Elm and Pleasant Streets, at the intersection of Routes 22 and 22B in the town of Peru. A coffee hour immediately follows each service in the church’s Fellowship Center across the street at 13 Elm Street.

Sunday, June 19th is Baccalaureate Sunday during which we will honor our graduates (high school and beyond) during the worship service. All grads are encouraged to attend and to wear their graduation attire.

On Sunday June 26th the Rev. David Svenson will lead worship for the last time as interim pastor. Read more »

Economic Development Council to Hold Public Forum on Friday of This Week

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is co-chaired by Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University. The region is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. 

What:              North Country Regional Economic Development (NCREDC) Public Forums. 

Who:               All individuals, businesses, organizations, labor and education representatives from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are welcome to attend the meetings. 

When:             Friday, June 17, 2016 

Where:           Clinton County – Plattsburgh: 10 – 11 a.m.

North Country Chamber of Commerce
7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 
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Moriah churches celebrate Parker’s 50 years of ministry – Sun Community News & Printing

PORT HENRY — A pair of local churches came together June 12 to celebrate 50 years of service by Rev. Dr. Kenneth N. Parker, who has served the Moriah community for the last three of those.

Source: Moriah churches celebrate Parker’s 50 years of ministry – Sun Community News & Printing

State Senate Approves Plan to Improve ‘Mobile Home’ Housing

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little

The State Senate today approved legislation (S6954a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would establish a mobile and manufactured home replacement program. Little is chair of the Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee.

Little said the objective is to improve affordable home options by funding the replacement of older, dilapidated mobile and manufactured homes sited on land owned by the homeowner with new affordable and energy efficient manufactured, modular or site built homes.

“In many communities, mobile and manufactured homes are an affordable option,” said Little. “But investments to maintain and improve these properties are sometimes cost prohibitive for lower-income New Yorkers and rarely result in a structure that has longevity and is energy efficient.” Read more »

Ethics reform appears dead as New York lawmakers near end of session – Times Union

[…] lawmakers approved a flurry of bills pertaining to everything from creating a terrorist registry list to requiring that dogs and cats used as experimental subjects by state-funded research facilities be put up for adoption if they don’t have to be euthanized. The lack of action created proposals for a second one-year extension of state control of NYRA, which holds the franchise to operate thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Sprints, Belmont and Aqueduct. […] there were the good-government advocates, including Bartoletti, who showed up at noontime to erupt over a lack of movement on ethics reform, specifically closure of the so-called limited liability company loophole; new curbs on lawmakers’ outside income; and greater transparency for state budgeting. The advocates were far less interested in legislation that would tighten the definition of improper coordination between candidates and independent expenditure groups, a late proposal by Cuomo. Cuomo maintained in a letter to lawmakers sent Monday that the more comprehensive ethics reforms remain on his to-do list. Education policy, which has been controversial at the Capitol for years, also had its day on Tuesday, with the Senate Democratic majority faction advocating for Republican legislation that would stave off financial penalties for school districts that don’t yet have their retooled teacher evaluation systems in place. Amid the bustle of activity and gossip — and Cuomo’s absence from the Capitol for most of the day — lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates wondered what would be wrapped up in the sort of end-of-session omnibus agreement known as a “big ugly.”

Source: Ethics reform appears dead as New York lawmakers near end of session – Times Union

Regents: Crisis drills now the rule in New York school safety – Times Union

The rules approved Tuesday by the Regents were recommended by the Safe Schools Task Force, a group of law enforcement and state agencies that was commissioned a month after the Sandy Hook shootings to examine and recommend ways to enhance school safety. Historically, emergency planning in schools has centered on fire safety, with regular drills required each year to practice safe and orderly evacuation plans. Other safety recommendations to be implemented in the coming year include a streamlined process for reporting incidences of bullying and violence; expanded violence prevention training; and new policies around school bus security and safety equipment.

Source: Regents: Crisis drills now the rule in New York school safety – Times Union

You’re Invited to the Send-Off

On Saturday, June 18, North Country Honor Flight will fly 14 veterans to our nation’s capital to visit the WWII and Korean War memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. The plane will carry eight Korean War veterans, five WWII veterans, and one Vietnam veteran from across the North Country and their guardians, one of whom is traveling from as far as Texas to take part. The day is meant to honor the veterans for their service in the respective wars, though some of the veterans on board fought in more than one conflict. The send-off ceremony commencing at 7 a.m. at the Plattsburgh City Recreation Center will feature guest speaker Lt. Col. John Geno of the Vermont Air National Guard. Afterward, a caravan of motorcycles, fire engines, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles will escort the veterans to the Plattsburgh International Airport. The veterans will return at approximately 10:00 p.m. to the Plattsburgh City Recreation Center, where a welcoming crowd will await. The public is encouraged to attend all portions of the day to help make this celebration special for the veterans. North Country Honor Flight’s final flight of the year will fly Sept. 10. We ask that anyone who knows a WWII or Korean War Veteran to contact us at or call 569-7429. Please help us show support for these Heroes as they embark on “One Last Mission.”

Peru Loses One of Its Most Respected Residents

Peru – Ethel Dashnaw Stewart, 94, of 6 Holden Avenue, Peru, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH, Plattsburgh.

She was born in Peru, on September 15, 1921, the daughter of Albert and Emma (Soulia) Dashnaw.

Ethel began formal education in a one-room school house, District #3, on Route 22-B, where there were typically 22-27 students in eight grades. After passing the New York State Regents in all subjects, she transferred to Peru High School. She enrolled in typing and shorthand classes and knew immediately that she wanted to become a private secretary. After she graduated in 1937 as Class Valedictorian at age 15, she went to Albany Business College for a private secretarial course and a court reporter course.

While still in high school Ethel worked in the Principal’s office during her free periods and before and after school. At the end of her sophomore year, she began to work at Burrell Orchards in Peru during the summers. In the Fall of 1939, she went to Ithaca and obtained a position as a secretary to the Head of the Department at Cornell University. Eventually she ended up back in Peru. In 1949 the position of secretary of the school became available, she applied and was hired. Thirty-five years later she retired.

During her 35 years at the school she saw many changes, was involved in five building projects, was school District Clerk and watched the school population grow from 650 students in 1949 to 4,400 students in the 60’s and 70’s, largely due to the arrival of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base. There were half day sessions and every available space in Town was utilized for classrooms.

Travel was always on Ethel’s mind. First she went to California for 2 ½ years, until her son retired from the US Navy. They came back to Peru in 1986. After they enrolled his children in school she began traveling. She took a trip to Ireland, then 11 countries in Europe, Israel, and several Canadian Provinces.

In addition to travel, she volunteered at CVPH for 10 years. She was elected to the Peru Town Board for three four year terms. She was instrumental in the acquisition of the land of Lapham Mills Road which is now the Town Recreation Center. She also served on the Apple Valley Senior Housing Board for six years and on the County ICEO board for six years.

Ethel was a trustee at St. Augustine’s when the new Church was built and co-chaired the fund drive. She was a lector for 25 years, worked the concession stand for Bingo for many years and did the books for the bingo fund. Ethel was also involved with the Peru Tree Lighting Ceremonies for 10 years.

In 1998 Ethel was honored as the “Town of Peru Citizen of the Year.” She was inducted into the Peru Central School “Wall of Fame” in 2004. Ethel enjoyed playing Bridge to keep her mind active as well as attending school programs in which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved in.

Survivors include her son, Gerald “Jerry” Stewart, Jr. of Peru; daughters, Ann Marie Alpert of Tyler, TX, and Karen White of Plattsburgh; grandchildren, James Stewart and Evan White; and great grandchildren, Ava White and Philip Covel.

In addition to her parents, Ethel was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, Sr.; granddaughter, Susan Caron; brother, Roger Dashnaw; and her sister, Doris Penn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 20, 2016, at 10 AM, at St. Augustine’s Church, Peru, with the Rev. Alan D. Shnob, Parish Priest, celebrating, with Rev. William G. Reamer, as concelebrant. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Ethel may be made to St. Augustine’s Church or the Peru Rescue Squad.

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

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Honored for Service to Us All


Chief Tyler Williams congratulates Peru Volunteer Fire Department EMS Provider of the Year Cher Hanlon


Chief Tyler Williams presents 2016 Peru Volunteer Fire Department Chief’s Award to John Stafford


Chief Tyler Williams presents 2016 Peru Volunteer Fire Department Fire Fighter of the Year Award to Brad Bouvia

Lyon Street School Repairs Continue

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By John T. Ryan

After what appeared to be a pause, restoration or at least stabilization of the Town’s Lyon Street School is continuing. At the regular May 25th Town Board meeting, Peru Town Counselors accepted a Rob’s Repair bid of $3191.20 to repair and paint the school’s bell tower and bell. Contractor Rob Timmons completed the work over a few days, so today a refurbished tower and bell are high above the historic school. The work was funded out of the Town Historian’s $5,135 fiscal year 2016 budget.

At the Board’s May 13th regular meeting Supervisor Peter Glushko asked Town Historian Ron Allen to furnish a detailed comprehensive plan for any future repairs to the building.   Glushko said he would like to budget future expenses rather than take them from the historian’s budget.

Last week Glushko told The Peru Gazette that he voted to approve the bell tower/bell repair because it had to be accomplished prior to installing the already purchased metal roofing. Counselor Jim Langley has indicated the town may be able to obtain outside funding for the roof installation once a firm price is established. Supervisor Glushko would like to have the Town’s contract engineer Peter Gibbs assess the building’s needs prior to making any expenditures beyond the roof installation. In addition to determining renovation/repair costs, the Town has yet to determine the ultimate use of the building.

Cadyville Field Day “Take Two” – Sun Community News & Printing

CADYVILLE — The Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department is looking forward to its second attempt of the 50th annual Cadyville Field Day this Sunday.

Source: Cadyville Field Day “Take Two” – Sun Community News & Printing

Office of the New York State Comptroller

Overdose death rates rose faster in New York than other states.

Source: Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Highest, lowest property tax rates are here – Capitol Confidential

Remillard has been learning quickly in new job – Sun Community News & Printing

Peru native enters a beehive of activity as interim UVM-ECH chief officer

Source: Remillard has been learning quickly in new job – Sun Community News & Printing

Agenda Town Board Regular Meeting – June 13, 2016 – 7:00 PM 

  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of May 25, 2016 and Special Meeting of June 1, 2015.
  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/RESOLUTION: Apple Fest Parade Approval.
  1. DISCUSSION: “Explore the Accessible Trail” Event 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Christmas Tree. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Casella Truck Traffic 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Building Permit Fee Increase. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: New Laptop for CEO. 
  1. DISCUSSION: NYSEG Gas Line Expansion. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Sewer Line Repair Financing. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Per Diem Rates. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Walking Trail Maintenance. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Vandalism in Sullivan Park. 
  1. Other Business. 
  1. Community Input on Agenda Items.
  1. Motion to Adjourn.

Peru CSD Regular BOE Meeting June 14, 2016

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  An executive session associated with particular personnel matters will take place immediately following the 6 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include: 

Recognize retiree faculty & staff

Intro to K-12 career and college readiness program

Athletic Handbook

Code of Conduct

Personnel appointments 

The full agenda is available at


Learn 10 Trees

Democrats select Area 4 candidate | Local News |

Retired State Police Investigator George Dyerwill run against Devi Momot for seat vacated by Colin Read.

Source: Democrats select Area 4 candidate | Local News |

Writer’s Workshop & Poetry Reading at Peru Free Library

Internationally recognized poet Craig Czury will lead a Writer’s Workshop here at the library on Thursday, June 23 from 4 to 6 pm. No experience necessary. Come and open your mind, write and be amazed. At 7:30 Mr. Czury will do a reading of his poetry. This program is funded by a generous grant from Poets & Writers. No charge, all welcome. Join us for this very special event.  Visit his website.

Adirondack and Catskill Land Bank Proposed

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little 

Senator Betty Little today announced a proposed New York State Constitutional amendment (S.8026) and corresponding enabling legislation (S.8027) to create a 750-acre land bank for the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.The land bank could be utilized to approve important local projects on state Forest Preserve lands without a need to amend the New York State Constitution in each instance. Of critical importance, the amendment and enacting legislation include numerous safeguards protective of article 14 of the State Constitution. Read more »

Missing Dog – Please Read and Share


Our German Shepard went missing when our family went of vacation. She was under the care of my sister and she brought them to her house on the Patent Rd in Peru. She has a black collar, petite and a bad right hip. She is extremely scared of people right now and in a “survival mode”.  She is very friendly but extremely scared right now. Missing since Monday morning 5/30/16. Our entire family is completely devastated and we’ve had an amazing community that has been going out looking for her. Everyone has truly been amazing. We can not possibly thank everyone enough for their continued help during this heartbreaking time. Because of her being in a flight/survival mode she is staying away from people as much as she can. She was spotted many times along Shingle Street where she had been there for a few days; however we believe she has left that location due to being spotted too often and she got scared. If there’s any way you could help us out by getting the word out there further we would truly appreciate it. Our family is completely devastated and we just want to be reunited with our baby girl. I can be reached by email or cell if you have any questions. I’m also attaching a picture. Thank you for your time in this extremely difficult moment in our lives.

Bobbie Jo & Michael Provost

(518) 335-7177

State Senate Approves Measure to Help Campgrounds Recover Costs

From the office of State Senator Betty Little 

The State Senate today approved legislation that would allow campground owners to place liens on recreational vehicles (RVs) when guests fail to pay occupancy fees and other charges or abandon their vehicles. Senator Betty Little sponsored the bill (S.1684b) after hearing from the Campground Owners of New York (CONY).

“The main problem is people abandoning vehicles at campgrounds,” said Little. Read more »

Peru Town Court Relocation Still Under Discussion

By John T. Ryan

Moving Peru Town Court from the Town Hall’s main floor to another location is an issue that will apparently never die, at least not as long as Town Justice James Kirby is in office. At the Town Board’s May 25th meeting Kirby asked the Board for guidance stating that New York State is offering town court security upgrade grants of up to $30,000; however, a grant application would have to be submitted in June or early July and would have to include specific plans and exact price quotes. While the Board has discussed relocating Town Court on numerous occasions, a vote has never been taken on the issue.

Kirby mentioned three alternatives: moving the court downstairs; adding on to the back of the Town Hall; or renting courtroom space at another location. Following a brief discussion the Board agreed to continue discussions at a June 9th workshop immediately following the 6:30 p.m. pickle ball workshop.

Town Justice Larry Cabana was also present at May 25th meeting. He told the Board, “Defense attorneys consider this the worst courtroom in the county.” A few days ago the Peru Gazette spoke with Justice Cabana who was happy to be interviewed saying, “This is the first time anyone has asked my opinion.”

Cabana described courtroom current shortcomings such as having to use the Town Hall entrance/foyer as the inmate holding area and not having a private attorney-client conference room. In Peru, attorneys typically confer with clients in the Town Hall entrance area or in the parking lot. When a justice must conduct a private “in chambers” meeting with a defendant, the defense attorney, the district attorney and sometimes a family member as many as eight people crowd into the court’s limited office space. On other occasions off-hour arraignments are being held in chambers because the main room is being used for workshops, meetings or other public functions.

Peru Town Court has the third highest caseload in Clinton County. Since January 1st Justices Kirby and Cabana have conducted over 100 off-hour arraignments. Over the first five months of this year they presided over 136 criminal cases (358 in 2015), 20 civil cases and processed 1,058 traffic violations. Many, if not most, of the criminal cases require multiple conferences or proceedings. In 2015 the Town Court revenue totaled $143,809 while operating expenses totaled $103,773.

A Great Time to Visit Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum


Wood carving demonstrations by Champlain Valley Wood Carvers.  Ongoing demonstrations of antique chain saws, shingle mill, and a planer and buzz saw run by hit and miss engines.  Watch as flax is spun into linen (Brook Sylvan Spinnery).  Try your hand at using a wash board or vintage wringer washer. Master Gardener on site to answer your gardening questions. Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic area. Chips and beverages available in Museum Store.

Inspector General’s report rakes Clinton Correctional over escape | News |

Staff had opportunities to discover, stop escape, report says. DOCCS also criticized.

Source: Inspector General’s report rakes Clinton Correctional over escape | News |

Three of Saturday’s Honor Flight Participants Are Well-Known Peru Residents


By John T. Ryan

Three men well known to Peru residents, all Korean War Era Veterans, were members of the June 4th North County Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Dave Brown of Peru was kind enough to provide the Peru Gazette with photos of their send-off at the U.S. Oval and their departure and arrival Clinton County International Airport.

The Honorees were:

Guy D. Banker escorted by his daughter Peggy Eaglefeather
Clifford H. Brown escorted by his son Rodney Brown
Robert L. St. John escorted by Richard Cutting  

Click here to view more Dave Brown photos.   For the best experience watch on a PC and turn up the sound! 

Dedicated to Family, Parish and Community

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The 2016 St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Family of the Year – Dwane and Krissie Bast. Award presented by Grand Knight Bill Allan (center)

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DSC_1500Story by John T. Ryan, Photos by James Neyenhouse (Editor’s Note – 29 photos were added to the link below at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th)

Peru – June 4, 2016 Assemblyman Janet Duprey was on hand this morning to throw the first pitch at the Peru Youth Commission’s Early Bird Tournament. Over 300 youths ages 5 -12 on 22 teams will participate in this summer’s program. The season begins on Monday, June 6th. Games will be held each Monday – Saturday each week.

The program is a huge undertaking led by Town of Peru Recreation Director John Flynn with able assistance from youth commission members, numerous coaches and assistants. Click here to see more James Neyenhouse photos. 

Many local sponsors also assist in the purchase of shirts and caps. They include:

Adirondack Farms, LLC
Agency Ins.
Akey Tractor Co., LLC-Peru Farm Center
All About Heating & Air Conditioning
Apple Blossom Florist
Boule /Spear Dentistry
Brooke and Irwin Ins.
Candyman Chocolates
Casella Waste
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Durocher Auto Sales, Inc.
Forrence Orchard
Hamilton Funeral Home
J. Hogan Refrigeration
Kerley, Jay and Corinne
Langley Ins.
Livingood’s Restaurant
Mark and Lynn Lukens
MetLife Auto & Home-Joel & Shannon Maggy
North Country Endodontics
Peru Association of Teachers
Peru Federal Credit Union
Peru Lions Club

Peru Knights of Columbus

Peru Pharmacy
Peru Volunteer Fire Dept.
Plattsburgh Ford Inc.
Remillard, Patrick
R.L. Vallee, Inc.
Remillard Farms
State Farm Insurance
Tack 3
TSS Photography
Wes’s Plumbing & Heating

Beautiful Night in Peru


Peru – June 1, 2016 A very beautiful along the Jarvis and Union Roads tonight.

Click here to see more Peru Gazette photos 

Apex Solar and Triangle Electric selected as installers in 2016 Solarize Adirondack Coast Campaign

Kick-Off Workshop to Take Place in the Stafford Science Building atrium at Clinton Community College

June 15 from 5:30-7:30PM 

Solarize Adirondack Coast is taking part in Community Solar NY, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses throughout Clinton and northern Essex Counties.

Community Solar NY makes implementing solar easier and more affordable by supporting locally-organized community outreach aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to install solar and obtain competitive pricing, thereby lowering the cost. Historically, Solarize campaigns have lowered the cost of solar 10 to 20 percent.

After a thorough pre-qualification process, the Town of Plattsburgh, ANCA and the local solarize planning team, has selected Apex Solar and Triangle Electric as their designated solar installers. Residents and businesses that sign up for solar installations by October 31, 2016 will be able to take advantage of competitive rates, free site assessments, and a streamlined installation process. Read more »

Keenan Traces Memorial Day History

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Clinton County Area 5 Legislator Peter Keenan was a guest speaker at the Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 Memorial Day ceremonies. Editors Note: A Peru Gazette technical issue delayed posting this video.

Click here to view video.

Peru man (Tony Andrews) wins trip, cash on “Wheel of Fortune” | Local News |

Tony Andrews learned about varying degrees of luck on popular TV game show.

Source: Peru man wins trip, cash on “Wheel of Fortune” | Local News |



Emergency Town Board Meeting Wednesday Evening

The Town of Peru, will be holding an Emergency Meeting, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM, at the Town Hall.    The purpose of the meeting will be to hire a temporary employee for the Water/Sewer/Parks Department.

Peru Needs Significant Sewer System Upgrades

Town Board Schedules Workshop to Clarify Costs and Priorities 

By John T. Ryan

Candidates for national office often talk about the need to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Peru’s sewer line infrastructure is a good example. Last March former Water-Sewer Department Superintendent Greg Timmons reported that an AES Engineering long-range study commissioned by the Town Board had been completed. The voluminous report recommended in excess of $4.5 million in repairs and upgrades over the next ten years. At that time Timmons said, “Our timing is good. Grant money should be available.” Unfortunately, grant monies do not appear to be available because Peru’s household income exceeds current grant guidelines. The $4.5 million figure does not include needed upgrades to the sewage treatment plant.

On Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. the Peru Town Board will conduct a workshop on the sewer issue. (Downstairs in the Town Hall if Town Court is still in session) AES Engineering personnel are expected to be present a PowerPoint overview of the project. The Board will consider its options and priorities. The public is welcome to attend.

Fallen Vets Remembered at VFW Post 309


About 60 people attended the impressive Memorial Day Ceremonies today at the Peru Memorial VFW Post 309. Area 5 County Legislator Peter Keenan and Town Counselor Donald McBrayer were the guest speakers. Lynn Wilke sounded Taps for the 42nd consecutive year. The James P. O’Connor Composite Squad Color Guard Civil Air Patrol posted Colors.

Click here to view more Peru Gazette photos.

Peru man to compete on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ | Local News |


Tony Andrews can’t reveal how he did on the show that airs tonight – Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC, not CBS as stated in the story. 

Source: Peru man to compete on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ | Local News |

VFW Recognizes Lynn Wilke’s Faithful Service


Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 Commander Rick Cornish presents Lynn Wilke with a Recognition Award for Sounding Memorial Day Service Taps. Mr. Wilke said he has Sounded Taps for the past 42 years.

Click here to hear the 2016 year’s rendition.  Please Note – The Peru Gazette missed the first few notes.

Councilman Donald McBrayer’s Memorial Day Message at the Peru VFW

Strictly Business – Living the Dream

Many have pondered the age old question of whether a dream delayed is a dream denied. In Matt Ray’s case, his lifelong dream, had been to create a brewery that he could call his very own. Entering his eleventh year as owner, restaurateur and now brewer at Livingoods Restaurant and Brewery in Peru, New York read more

Source: Strictly Business – Living the Dream

Strictly Business – Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The Adirondack region means different things to different people. For Eli and Emily Schwartzberg the affection they have for the area has brought the couple full circle. Both attended Northwood School, a college preparatory school in Lake Placid. Emily, originally from Gloversville, was a competitive skier and a resident boarder, spending as much time as read more

Source: Strictly Business – Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Twenty Six Men Become 3rd Degree Knights


Keeseville, NY  – Twenty-six members of nine Knights of Columbus Councils participated in Knighthood Degree (3rd Degree) ceremonies on Thursday, May 26, 2016 conducted at Keeseville Council 4689. The members included Reverend Adrian Gallagher (Center), Pastor of St. Ann’s Church in Mooers Forks and St. Joseph’s Church in Mooers. The other candidates are members of Plattsburgh Council 255 (8), Keeseville Council 4689 (4), Port Henry Council 384 (4), Morrisonville Council 6067 (3), Rouses Point Council 6136 (3), AuSable Forks Council 2166 (1), Plattsburgh OLV Council 13137 (1) and Peru Council 7273 (1). The Knights of Columbus’ core principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knighthood Degree (3rd Degree) is dedicated to the principle of fraternity. 


Summer Gazebo Concert Schedule Announced

























Town Board Considering Pickle Ball Options

pickleMay 26, 2015 – Editor’s Correction:  Any member of the public with an idea or opinion on the pickle ball issue should contact one or more of the Town Board members prior to the June 9th workshop. Members of the general public may attend this June 9th workshop or any Town Board workshop; however, workshops are not the place to voice your opinion. A workshop permits  counselors to hold detailed discussions on a specific issue among themselves. 

The Peru Town Board workshop has scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Peru Town Hall.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss grant options for pickle ball courts.

At the Town Board’s May 10th meeting counselors discussed several courses of action including building a dual use skating rink/pickle ball court at Sullivan Park, constructing a court at Laphams Mills Park and utilizing the Jenkins Street tennis courts. Each option has advantages and disadvantages in the grant application process. 

Beautiful Garden Along a Nearby Roadside

DSC_0959 DSC_0970 DSC_0988On May 19, 2014 The Peru Gazette published a story on Art Ford’s beautiful garden along the Clintonville Rd. Earlier this week Joanne Kennedy stopped by to take spring 2016 photos and was kind enough to send a few to us. Peru Gazette reader Shirley Evans reported today that the tulips are still out and very beautiful. Click here to view our 2014 story. 

Grateful to be a United States Citizen and for the Opportunity to Serve

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Airman Berhard Jakobitz – Military Police Graduate – 1953

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Bernard Jakobetz – Old Smokey Hill, Korea 1954-55


Bernhard Jakobetz – Nakhon Phanon (NKP) Thailand 1966-67

By John T. Ryan

Peru/AuSable/Harkness – Each one of the fourteen veterans who participated in the May 14th North Country Honor Flight has his own unique story. Bernhard “Bernie” Jakobetz’s story began in Czerowitz, Romania. 1932, the year of his birth, was a turbulent time in world history. The Great Depression was beginning, Nazism was growing in influence and Romania was caught between Axis and Allied Powers. Bernie’s stepfather Joseph Massim and his mother Lydia accompanied by Bernhard and his sister Joland eventually moved from Czerowitz to Bucharest and later to Vienna, Austria just before World War II began. When the Germans assumed control in Austria, hunger was common and Allied bombers targeted the family’s Vienna neighborhood.

When World War II ended, Bernie’s father Joseph got a job as a mechanic in the U.S. Occupation Force motor pool. His boss, a Rochester, NY car dealer prior to entering the service, was so impressed with Joseph’s mechanical skills that he offered to sponsor his family’s immigration to the United States if Joseph would agree to work for him at least one year. So in 1952, the family left Austria for the United States as participants in the Post World War II Displaced Persons (DP) program.

It didn’t take long for 18 year-old Bernie to appreciate the opportunities in this country. He said, “I was impressed by life here compared to Europe. I liked it. After only six months in the states I bought myself a used car.” He was so amazed with the opportunities in the United States that he wanted to become a citizen. He recalled, “A guy talked me into joining the service. He said I would be able to become a citizen in six months or a year.” On January 15, 1953, less than a year after leaving Europe, Bernie Jakobetz became a member of the United States Air Force.

Basic training at Sampson Air Force Base just south of Rochester and military police school at Camp Gordon, Georgia followed. His first assignment was the Naval Air Station at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. He said, “I was on shore patrol making sure the guys behaved themselves in New York City.”

1954 was a very volatile period in Korea following the signing of the Armistice. That’s when Bernie was shipped to the 606th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (AC&W) on Old Smokey Hill near Kimpo, Korea. He still recalls sleeping in a tent warmed by a potbelly stove during the long Korean winter. In 1955 he returned to Shepherd AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas where he attained his goal of becoming a United States citizen.

From 1966 to 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, Bernie served at the Nakhon Phanon (NKP) AFB in Thailand. At the time, the U.S. Government did not want the world to know it was conducting air operations out of Thailand and denied that such a base existed.

In 1967 Bernie was assigned to Plattsburgh AFB where he was a member of the Air Police Squadron guarding the base’s nuclear weapons. In 1969, he married Plattsburgh native Dawn Joyce Miller. In 1971 he was assigned to Upper Heyford AFB, England, an assignment the couple loved. Following Bernie’s retirement in 1973, the couple  and their children settled in the Peru area along the Clintonville Road.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Bill McBride Chevrolet hired Bernie as a car washer. He was quickly promoted o service advisor, a job he disliked. When he announced that he was quitting, Bill McBride asked if there was any other job he’d like. He responded, “mechanic” and the rest is history. Over the next several years he attended many training schools and became a respected Chevrolet and Subaru technician. After working at Bill McBride’s for about 11 years he worked at the Plattsburgh Sears Service Center for 5 years and retired at age 63.

Even though many people are worried about this country’s future Bernie Jakobetz still views the United States as a land of opportunity. He said, “It was a great thing for my family to have a much better life than we had in Europe.” He wishes the American people would have a little more respect for their country. He remarked, “Everyone should be spending at least two years in the military. It would encourage discipline and pride. They would see what I saw in Korea and Thailand with poor children eating out of garbage cans.”

Bernie Jakobetz also expressed his appreciation to everyone associated with the North Country Honor Flight, especially Flight Leader Christine Coryea who went out of her way to assist the veterans. He described the trip as the experience of a lifetime. He said, “It began at 6 a.m. when 50 to 75 guys on motorcycles and the sheriff’s department arrived at my house. They put me in the sheriff’s car and brought me to the U.S. Oval for the wonderful send-off. It was impressive!” The excitement resumed at the Baltimore-Washington Airport. Bernie recalled, “As soon as we got on the bus they said, ‘You guys brace yourselves. This trip to downtown D.C. normally takes 2 to 2 ½ hours at this time of day. Today with the special escorts it will take us 30 to 40 minutes.’” Motorcycle police cleared the way with sirens sounding and lights flashing as cars pulled off the highway to make way for the honored veterans.

The National World War II and Korean War Veterans Memorials impressed Bernie. He said, “They told us that each wreath at the World War II Memorial weighs two tons.” The realism portrayed by the Korean War Veterans Memorial was something he’ll never forget. When the veterans arrived at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier rain began falling; nevertheless, the guards carried out their duty. Carrying out a duty is something very familiar to the North Country Honor Flight Veterans.

Your Opinion is Needed

From Don McBrayer, Town Councilor:

I’m very excited about about the Main Street Revitalization Plan and have been working hard with the Main Street Plan Committee as we develop a strategy to keep our town pedestrian friendly and a place that will appeal to both small businesses & families.

We held our Stakeholders Meeting on May 16th where the plan was well received.

I’m very interested in hearing what you think as we continue to develop it.

Click the link to see a summery of what we’re proposing:

Fire victims loved life, much loved | News |

Those close to Geoffrey Brenno and Joseph Congelosi lamented the loss of the Plattsburgh men’s energy, joy, passion for their work.

Peru Gazette Note: Both men had close ties in Peru. Joseph was the son of Marguerite “Meg” Clark Congelosi and Joseph Congelosi Sr. and grandson of Karlene and the late Datus Clark. Geoffrey was a longtime Livingoods employee.

Source: Fire victims loved life, much loved | News |

Two dead in Plattsburgh fire | Local News |

Blaze destroyed apartment complex at 220 Margaret St.

Source: Two dead in Plattsburgh fire | Local News |

Tennis Courts, Dog Park, Lyon Street School, Sewer Line Repair and Illegal Trash Dumping on Agenda

Board meeting rescheduled from May 23 to May 25th.


  1. Call Meeting To Order
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call
  1. MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the May 9, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.
  1. Community Input
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Lyon Road Schoolhouse Repairs 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Tennis Courts. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Court J Cap Grant. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Seminar for Local Officials. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Memorial Day Ceremony at Peru VFW. 
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Essex County Snow Removal Contract. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park.
  1. DISCUSSION: Sewer Line Repair Financing.
  1. DISCUSSION: Illegal Trash on Town Roads.
  1. DISCUSSION: Other Business. 
  1. DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.
  1. DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approve/Pay Bills. 

 MOTION:    Adjourn

Republicans Endorse Little, Stefanik, Favreau and Anderson

The Clinton County Republican Committee held their endorsement meeting for State & County candidates last night (May 19).

State Senator Betty Little was present and received a unanimous endorsement.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was unable to attend but was also endorsed unanimously.

Surrogate Judge Candidate, William Favreau & County Court Judge Candidate, Mark Anderson were present and received  unanimous endorsements as well.

Janet Duprey received a standing ovation as she spoke of her decision to retire. Duprey also introduced Franklin County Sheriff, Kevin Mulverhill who spoke to the committee and was well received.

In other business Chairman Donald McBrayer and his wife Kara were appointed to be the Clinton County Representatives on the State Committee.

McBrayer also spoke of the Area 4 Legislative race, stating that a number or people are being approached as the committee finds a strong candidate for that position.

Another committee meeting is being scheduled for June 1st to follow up on the Area 4 and Assembly candidate selection process.

Petitions for all the above races will be circulated starting June 7th.

Lowe’s, Home Depot fined after fertilizer violation | Local News |

Stores, not including Lowe’s in Plattsburgh, violated Nutrient Runoff Law, AG says.

Source: Lowe’s, Home Depot fined after fertilizer violation | Local News |

Memorial Day is the Day to Honor Our Vets

mem dMemorial Day Service with luncheon to follow. May 30th @ 11 a.m. Open to the Public.  Come out to “Honor Our Veterans.” 

Peru Memorial VFW

710 Pleasant St, Rt 22 B

Peru, NY 12972

Peru Farm Center Has a New Look

Store Manager Jordan Keleher

Store Manager Jordan Keleher



By John T. Ryan

Peru – The staff at Peru Farm Center is busy today preparing for their 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open House tomorrow, Friday, May 20th. Manufacturer representatives from New Holland, Husqvarna and Ferris will be on hand and there will be tractor, chain saw, skid-steer, log splitter and mower demonstrations.

The Peru Farm Center staff has been busy for several weeks remodeling the showroom, updating the displays and adding to the product line. The final touch was added early this week when the building was painted New Holland blue.

Chris Akey, who also operates Taylor Rental in Plattsburgh, took ownership of the Peru Farm Center on January 1, 2016. Jordan Keleher, a Peru native is the store manager. The business has been a Peru business mainstay since 1954.

Click here to view our January story on the change in ownership.

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Pruning Workshop Saturday, May 21st

Peru – Pruning Workshop – Saturday, May 21, 9 -11:30 a.m. at Peru Community Church, corner of Pleasant and Elm Street, Peru, NY. Cost: $20, proceeds benefit PCC Capital Improvement Campaign.  Hosted by Land Art Fine Gardening.  Limited class size. Call (518) 420-9908 or visit for advance registration/further information. 

Peru CSD Annual Meeting & Election Results

Budget Proposition #1                                    Yes – 393         No –81 

Bus Proposition #2                                          Yes – 389         No – 88 

Capital Reserve Proposition #3                    Yes – 377         No – 98 

Board Member Elected                                  Rachel Romanowicz, 407 votes 

480 Total Ballots Cast

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