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No Excuse For Not Being in Shape

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Peru Water/Sewer/Parks Department personnel have begun installing excessive stations in Heyworth-Mason Park and along the Little Ausable River Trail. Peru Town personnel are performing the work. A $7,058 NYS grant administered by the Clinton County Health Department will pay for the materials.

  • Stump Jump, a series of stumps of various diameters and heights (from 6” to 20”) to invite kids of all ages to hop from one to the other. More advanced athletes to jump up from the ground with both feet.
  • Cargo Climb, a 6’wide, 20’ long wide cargo net hung over an 7’ high cross beam, one side with a slight angle the other straight down. For ages 5+.
  • Push ‘n Pull, a series of three bars, one low enough for push-ups, two for pull-ups: one for those in wheel chairs and children and one for adults. Sign also will show possible stretches.
  • Tire Trot, 10 large tires lying flat in rows of two so people can do a typical football run from tire to tire. Sign to describe other hopping options too.
  • Balance Logs, 3 – 12’ logs in a crooked line, top shaved for better grip, making about a 4” wide flat surface. The first log will be on grade, the second on the first one (so about 8” above grade) and the 3rd log will be back at grade. More intense exercises include two leg hopping from one side of the log to the other, hands on raised log or hands off.
  • Log Leap, a series of 4 raised horizontal logs about 3’ high to get over however possible, and for young kids, under (spaced too far to jump from log to log). Signs will list other exercises and stretching options.

Click here for our previous story which included a link to station designs. 

The Town Loves To Post Notices on the Electronic Signs, But …


Norsk Titanium Introduces Itself to Plattsburgh

Dog Park – Another Community Asset


img_2048 img_2051 img_2052 img_2054Several Peru dogs and residents are getting acquainted with one another this afternoon at our new dog park. The animals are having a great time and the owners say they love the the facility. And yes, the fire hydrant and water bucket are being put to good use.

Striving to be Fair and Consistent



Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup

By John T Ryan

Peru – Since becoming Peru’s Code Enforcement Officer on May 31st, Bob Guynup has discovered that Peru is a very busy small town. A 20+ year Wilmington resident, Guynup said, “Before taking this job I didn’t really know a lot about Peru. I knew it’s a bedroom community. Now I realize it has all the amenities and is short distance to everywhere.”

Peru’s attractiveness is born out in the January 1 – October 19th Code Enforcement activity. The town has issued 197 building permits (57 more than last year) including nine permits for stick built homes with an estimated value of $1,991,500 and eight manufactured homes estimated at $523,000. There has also been significant commercial activity with seven commercial projects valued at an estimated $2,422,379. The combination of new homes and commercial activity totals $4,936,879 which does not include projects such as decks, kitchen remodels, swimming pools, storage buildings, etc.

Enforcing building codes and zoning laws can be a contentious undertaking, but by all indications Guynup’s enforcement philosophy has been successful. He explained, “If you’re fair and consistent, no-one should have a gripe.” Over the past few months Guynup has worked with Rulfs Orchard to resolve a code interpretation issue on its new building. The new Dunkin Donuts building is also well on its way to completion. Guynup said, “Both contractors have been cooperative and a pleasure to work with.” Town Supervisor Peter Glushko said, “The Town Board is very satisfied with Bob’s performance. He’s been doing a great job.”

Unfortunately, some people don’t think of building codes until the last minute – sometimes the day before concrete is to be poured. Guynup cautioned, “Your lack of planning doesn’t constitute an emergency on my part.” In other words, Guynup needs time to study project plans. A 24-hour notice will not suffice.

Building Codes protect against disaster due to fire, structural collapses and general deterioration. Fines for non-compliance can be substantial and banks usually will not finance the sale or resale of a structure until satisfied that it is in compliance with all codes.

Guynup also works closely wth Peru’s Zoning and Planning Boards. He refers matters to the boards when required. He said simply, “I follow the code. I’m not the judge and jury!”

Guynup advises anyone considering a project to contact his office. He explained, “When you’re considering something and you have questions, we’re open. We’re not about to bite someone’s head off. Just call and make an appointment.” To schedule an appointment with Bob Guynup call 643-2745 x3 or Office Secretary Darlene Grigware at 643-2745 x6.

A Chance to Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

October 22, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.


Youth Group to Host Beartracks at Peru Community Church Fellowship Center

Popular acoustic musical group Beartracks will perform Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7 pm in the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru, NY. Tickets are $10 in advance. $12 at the door (if available). Doors open at 6 pm. The Senior/Junior High Youth Group is pleased to host the performance. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Group’s mission and service trips. The youth will also have refreshments available for purchase.

Beartracks is a well-known musical group based here in the North Country, whose bluegrass and country sounds have been recognized across the Eastern US and Canada. The four ‘bears’ are brother and sister Tom Venne and Julie Hogan, Harry Ralph (fiddle) and Dr. Steve Light (banjo and Dobro). For more info, see their website, We are privileged to have them perform in our Center, to support the Youth Group and its programs.

The Youth Group welcomes all area youth in grades 7 through 12 to join us on Sunday evenings during the school year in the Fellowship Center, for fun and interesting events. Past service/mission trips have included going to NYC and to Washington, DC. Plans are forming now for trips later this year and next. For information, a schedule and to register/learn more, please leave your name, contact info, and grade at church office and one of our youth leaders will contact you with details.

Tickets are available at Adirondack Coffee Roasters, Saranac Country Store, Alpha Stereo, and the Peru Community Church Office.

State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News |

Green Party candidate Steve Ruzbacki, opponent to Betty Little, charged with marijuana possession.

Source: State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News |


DEC Forest Rangers Asks Hunters to Help Locate Man Missing in the Adirondacks since November 2015

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers are asking hunters in northeastern Warren County to be alert for any signs or clues of the whereabouts of a hunter from Troy who went missing last November.

Thomas Messick was last seen on Nov. 15, 2015, while hunting a short distance from Lily Pond Road near Brant Lake in the town of Horicon. Despite a massive two-month-long search effort by Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Officers, State Police, other state and county agencies, and hundreds of volunteers, no sign of Mr. Messick or his belongings has been located.

Anyone hunting in the general area between State Route 8 and State Route 9N and State Route 8 and Schroon Lake is asked to be especially alert. Hunters have been helpful in the past locating and reporting signs of lost or missing persons in the woods. Hunters typically seek game in areas that most people do not enter and are keen observers of the landscape.

Forest Rangers and the Messick family are still searching for Mr. Messick under a limited continuous protocol. Mr. Messick, 82, is 5-foot-10 and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, coveralls, and a red and black plaid hat.

Hunters who find any evidence of Mr. Messick are asked to contact DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518-897-1300.

This Man Takes His Job Seriously


Dave Drollette and his sidekick Hank

By John T. Ryan

When Dave Drollette became Peru’s Dog Control Officer (DCO) in September 2014 there were 845 licensed dogs in the town. Today 1,098 dogs are licensed, a 36% increase. Drollette’s enforcement activities undoubtedly motivated several people to bring their dogs to the September 6th rabies vaccination clinic at the Peru Fire Station. Town Clerk Kathy Flynn reports that 39 dog licenses were either issued or renewed in the week following the clinic.

Drollette tells everyone he loves his job. Drollette explained, “I’m available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I try to immediately respond to a phone call. If they call me at midnight or early in the morning, I’ll get up and do what I have to do.” He typically travels about 300 miles each month performing his DCO duties. (Click here to view the September DCO Report)

A phone call often results in the discovery of several unlicensed dogs. A few days ago a lady called to complain about two barking dogs outside a neighbor’s home. DCO Drollette discovered that neither of the barking dogs were licensed and the lady who reported the barking dogs was also found to possess two unlicensed dogs.

Drollette works closely with Town Clerk Kathy Flynn, the town’s dog licensing official. He said, “At the end of each month Kathy gives me a list of the dogs licensed that month and a list of the licenses that haven’t been renewed.” Drollette tries to assist first time violators rather than issue a ticket. He explained, “I give people a dog census form and 10 days to license the animal.” Anyone with a second violation can expect to receive a ticket.

Stray dogs are a continuous problem. Drollette said, “ If I capture the dog and I can’t locate the owner I bring the dog to Elmore SPCA which charges $50 the first night and $25 a night thereafter. After 7 days, Elmore SPCA owns the animal. They have it checked by a veterinarian, neutered if necessary and put it up for adoption.” Over the past two years Drollette has brought 67 dogs to the Elmore SPCA.

Combating animal abuse is an important part of the DCO’s job. Last winter Drollette found a dog tied up outside and restrained by two short chains that were frozen into the the ice. The dog was seized and eventually adopted by a caring person. The guilty party was fined in Peru Town Court.

People sometimes ask why dogs need to be licensed. There are several reasons: #1 It’s the law; #2 If a dog goes missing having him/her licensed drastically improves the chances of getting him/her back; #3 Licensing lets people know that your dog is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. It’s very disconcerting for someone to be bitten by a stray dog and not know if the dog has been lawfully vaccinated.

Dogs four months of age or older (there are exceptions) must be licensed. A license costs $9.50 per year ($5 for seniors 65 and over) and $17.50 for non-spaded or non-neutered animals.

Drollette believes that there are still many unlicensed dogs in the community. Town Clerk Flynn has requested funds to conduct a town-wide dog census. If that’s approved, every resident can expect to receive a dog census form. The DCO can be reached at 578-2217.

Click here to view Peru’s Dog Control Law. 


Town Board Reschedules Budget Workshop

Due to a conflict in scheduling, the Salaries Budget Workshop has been changed from Tuesday October 18th to Wednesday October 19th at 6:30 downstairs.

NY-21 debate moderator donated to Stefanik campaign – Capitol Confidential

The moderator of a Monday 21st Congressional District debate has donated $650 to Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik over the past two election cycles, campaign cash which drew a rebuke from Democrat Mi…

Source: NY-21 debate moderator donated to Stefanik campaign – Capitol Confidential

Adirondack Park wilderness expands, but critics see missed opportunities | NCPR News

Volunteers Needed For Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties helped well over 4,440 individuals and families last year get their taxes done for FREE. This program counts on volunteers! Over $6,000,000 in refunds was seen in the three counties. The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondack chaired by Kathy Snow, Director of Development of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., is seeking volunteers for this program for the upcoming 2017 tax season.

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns, including the elderly, the disabled, and those in rural communities.

Kathy Snow stated that “If you ever wonder how to make a difference and help people in your community, then becoming a tax volunteer may be just right for you.”

Volunteers assisting with the VITA Program come from all walks of life: retirees, college and high school students, and people who just want to help in their communities. They do not need to have experience in taxes. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare tax returns. Online training is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via and allows volunteers to take courses and obtain certification at their own pace. Supplemental classroom training on tax law and using tax preparation software is also offered.

If you do not know that much about taxes, don’t worry, you will get specialized training. You can also choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification. There are two volunteer roles that are needed at the FREE tax preparation sites, Greeter/Screener and Tax Preparer.

In Essex and Franklin Counties, we are seeking volunteers for four locations: Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. in Elizabethtown, Port Henry Town Hall in Port Henry, Malone OneWorkSource in Malone, and the Mohawk Indian Housing Corp in Akwesasne.

DiNapoli: St. Lawrence County Court Clerk Pocketed Thousands in Fines

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the arrest of Lisa Dillon after an investigation with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office found the former town of Norfolk justice court clerk misappropriated nearly $10,000 in court fees paid by defendants.
“Ms. Dillon was entrusted with collecting the fines and surcharges imposed on defendants by the court for a variety of cases; instead she abused that trust by pocketing thousands of those dollars and falsifying records in a vain attempt to conceal her crimes,” DiNapoli said. “The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in helping my staff bring this individual to justice. We will continue to work with law enforcement across the State to protect taxpayers’ money.”
Dillon, 36, was charged yesterday with third degree grand larceny, third degree corrupting the government and first degree tampering with public records, all Class D felonies. She is also charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a Class E felony, and public corruption.
As a court clerk, Dillon was responsible for collecting court fines and surcharges and recording the receipts in the court’s official paper and electronic record systems. She also prepared deposits for the justices, reported applicable court transactions to the state Department of Motor Vehicles and prepared monthly Justice Court Fund reports, which are submitted to the Comptroller’s office. The investigation revealed that money was collected but never deposited and that Court records had been altered to hide the missing funds. Dillon, an employee at the Justice Court since August 2013, admitted some of her wrongdoing and resigned on Jan. 11, 2016 after two judges confronted her about the shortages.
The matter was referred to DiNapoli’s Division of Investigations by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office after the Justices reported their findings. DiNapoli’s office discovered several thousands of additional misappropriated dollars as well as Dillon’s falsification of various court records.
Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse.
New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.

Saranac considering adding town manager position – Sun Community News & Printing

SARANAC — Town officials are discussing a possible shakeup of the town’s administrative structure.

Source: Saranac considering adding town manager position – Sun Community News & Printing

Dog Park Fencing Installed

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Peru’s Dog Park adjacent to Heyworth/Mason Park is almost ready to open. The Freedom Fence Company installed 450 linear feet of fencing and a 4′ gate early this week at a cost of $9,305. A dog waste bag dispenser is on order and two maple trees will be planted in the next few days. Signs with the park rules are being made and a water tray will be placed in front of the water hand-pump.

Lunchtime Music at The Strand

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host the October installment of its lunchtime music series in the Strand Center Gallery. This concert features a select group of SUNY Plattsburgh student performers, Drew Caico (guitar), Sean Houlahan (guitar), Rachel Hurtt (piano), Ryan Mahony (piano) and Trevor White (clarinet). It will take place in The Strand Center Gallery on Friday, October 21 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Gallery Director, David Monette said of SUNY Plattsburgh student involvement with the concert series, “I’m thrilled to be working with the folks at the college to put on this show. Whenever we feature students in past shows, it’s always a great success, with an incredible turnout by the community.”

The concert will be in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh on October 21, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Those who attend the concert are encouraged to arrive early and bring their lunches along with them, as café seating will be available to enjoy the music and the artwork. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts please call 518-563-1604 or visit

Town Board to Meet Tonight


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of September 26, 2016, the Emergency Board meeting of September 29, 2016, the Emergency Board Meeting of September 30, 2016 and the Special Board meeting of October 3, 2016.

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

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Rounds Drive Water Survey.

DISCUSSION: Military Turnpike/Mannix Road.

DISCUSSION: Town Dog Park Update.

DISCUSSION: Workman’s Comp for Elected Officials.

DISCUSSION: Hamilton Half Marathon Support

DISCUSSION: Welcome to Peru Sign Replacement.

DISCUSSION: Harassment/Workplace Violence Training.

DISCUSSION: PESH Complaint Investigative Board

DISCUSSION: Background Investigations for Summer Hires.

Other Business.

Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

New Nova Bus orders total 525 buses | Local News |

Plattsburgh plant gets orders from San Antonio and Houston.

Source: New Nova Bus orders total 525 buses | Local News |

A New Christmas Tree for Peru


Michelle, Darin, Conner and Ryleigh Perrotte

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The Town of Peru Christmas Tree has a special meaning to Darin Perrotte. He was about 9 years old when his grandfather, Lee Perrotte, asked if he would like to help plant a Christmas Tree at Little Ausable River Park. Lee Perrotte, a well-known local contractor, owned a powered spade needed to plant the tree.

The Town Board decided to replace that tree which had grown very tall, had dead branches and was difficult to decorate. When Darin learned about the need for a new tree, he let it known that he wanted to participate. As the owner of Hilltop Custom Landscape and Design) he also has the proper equipment.

Early this afternoon Darin and his wife Michelle planted a beautiful 12-foot balsam fir as their children Conner (9) and Ryleigh (5) played at the nearby playground. Councilor Donald McBrayer was on hand to observe and assist.

The Perrotte family donated the tree and they’ll will be stopping by periodically to see that it is properly pruned. Michele added, “Please don’t judge the tree right now. It will take about two weeks to spread out and look its best. We’’ll b back to spread it out!”

Peru’s parents and children can rest easy. Peru will have a beautiful tree for this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. img_1831img_1828 img_1820

Peru School Board Regular Meeting October 11, 2016

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 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:

· NYS Assessment Performance
· Sports Merger
· Corrected Tax Rolls
· Leadership/Captainship Training
· Appoint Personnel
· Facilities Use Requests

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

Public Information Meetings on Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Lake Champlain Drainage Basin Regulations

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold two Public Information Meetings on October 13, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the proposed nYS rulemaking to amend Part 830 of Title 6 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in the Lake Champlain drainage basin. The meetings will be held at the Town of Plattsburgh Town Office Meeting Room, 151 Banker Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. The purpose of both meetings is for DEC to provide the public with an overview of the proposed rulemaking.

Public comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted through 5:00 PM on November 7, 2016. A Public Hearing will also be held on November 2, 2016. View the September 7 Environmental Notice Bulletin for instructions on how to comment and for more information about the Public Hearing. The rulemaking documents are available on DEC’s Proposed Regulations webpage.

Farmstands – Another Peru Asset


By John T. Ryan

Peru – Thanks to health research and business trends locally produced and fresh fruits and vegetables are more popular than ever. Peru residents are little spoiled because we have two excellent family-owned and operated farmstands, Rulfs and Northern Orchards. Rulfs has been in the news since the September 28th opening of their beautiful new farmstand and the Northern Orchards Farmstand operated by the Mulberry family continues to be a frequent stop for many Peru and regional shoppers.

One of the first things anyone stopping at the Northern Orchards Farmstand notices are the large apple crates filled with beautiful apples. As Jenna Mulberry stated, “We pick the boxes right out of the field and bring them to the stand. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.” Yesterday’s offerings included Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Silkin and Cortland. Fuji will be harvested soon. Twenty-five apple varieties are typically sold over the course of a harvest. Shoppers simply pick up a bag and fill it with their favorite, moderately-priced apple. Yesterday, Honeycrisp apples were priced at $2.00 a pound.dsc01110

At this time of year the stand is surrounded by hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes. Inside, shoppers immediately spot the melons and perfectly ripened plums along with a huge variety of squash, ornamental gourds, tomatoes, beets, peppers, garlic, carrots, kohlrabi, and other very fresh vegetables. Mulberry’s three large high tunnel green houses allow them to grow vegetables into late December. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, lettuce, herbs grow very well in the greenhouses’ protected environment. The stand usually has six to eight tomato varieties. dsc01134

Honey lovers appreciate the honey produced just a few hundred feet down the road at the family’s 450 acre orchard. Firewood derived from the orchard’s trees is also sold at the stand. A few items are purchased from other suppliers. McAdam Cheese and Granny Blossom salsa, tomato relish, BBQ sauce and Bloody Mary Mix are very popular.

The Mulberry’s have an interesting philosophy when it comes to the farmstand. Jenna explained, “We’re primarily large commercial apple growers. We see this stand as a way to give back to our community for all they provide to us.” The residents of Peru and neighboring communities are very thankful for their gift.

The Northern Orchards Farmstand is open 10-6, seven days a week. They also have an excellent, constantly-updated Facebook page. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PERU GAZETTE PHOTOS

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Submits Round VI Report

NCREDC Endorses 27 Priority Projects for Round VI of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today announced it recently submitted its 2016 Progress Report to Empire State Development, meeting New York State’s October 3 deadline. The report, which details the Council’s progress implementing its comprehensive Strategic Plan, is entitled Community, reflecting the broad and rural nature of the North Country’s communities, and the projects appropriate to each community’s specific needs.

In furtherance of these goals, strategies and initiatives, this report recommends 27 priority projects to advance the region’s growth objectives. These projects represent a total proposed state investment of $25,000,000 million, leveraging $77,648,870 in private and other funding for total project expenses of more than $102,648,870. Collectively, they support the creation of 213 new jobs, 439 indirect jobs and the retention of 393 existing jobs
“In our sixth year of this new region by region economic development process, we feel the North Country is on the right trajectory, having stabilized many key measures as opposed to continued decline in most rural regions of the country, and now seeing real transformation in places across the region,” said Garry Douglas, NCREDC co-chair and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “With no metro center and an especially dispersed and diverse economy, we focused from the start on appropriate strategies and sectors in key communities, and from Clayton to Plattsburgh and points in-between, the turnarounds are real. That’s why ‘Community’ is the theme of our 2016 submission, focused on community by community transformation with strategies and approaches that are now proven. We feel very positive about our progress and about our targets going forward.”

“Based on broad public participation from across the region into our strategies, plans and priorities; our communities are working together to drive global recognition of the North Country as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study,” said Anthony G. Collins, NCREDC co-chair and President of Clarkson University. “Our 2016 submission underscores our commitment to energize and invest in our communities to drive job growth, responsibly steward our natural assets, and create new opportunities to attract and retain our next generation of regional community leaders.”

The report includes the region’s strong performance record in implementing its strategies and projects since the first round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative in 2011. The first five rounds of funding resulted in $423.2 million Read more »

DEC Alerts Boaters to Low Water Levels at Many Boat Launches

October 4, 2016

Low water at boat launchDue to the ongoing drought conditions in New York State, many waters are significantly below average water levels for this time of year. While many DEC boat launches are still useable by shallow draft boats, boaters desiring to launch larger, deeper draft waters may have difficulties on many waters. Of particular concern are DEC boat launches on Oneida Lake, Lake Champlain, Great Sacandaga Lake and Chautauqua Lake. On Great Sacandaga Lake, boaters desiring to launch larger vessels should use the Northville ramp which currently provides 4 ft. of water depth at the end of the ramp. On Lake Champlain, which is a foot below normal water level elevations for this time of year, most launches currently provide 3.0 ft of water depth. Exceptions are the Ticonderoga Launch which is currently below this level at 2 ft. Water levels at the Lake Ronkonkoma Boat Launch in Suffolk County, the Redfield Island Boat Launch on the Salmon River Reservoir in Oneida County and many Susquehanna River launches in DEC Region 7 are currently below the concrete launch ramp. Boaters, particularly those desiring to launch larger, deeper draft boats, are encouraged to contact the DEC regional office covering the water they desire to launch their boat onto for updated information.

Peru’s St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Assists Many and Always Needs Assistance

A Message from St. Vincent de Paul Coordinator Jane Woods. 

Who are our Customers?
Parents and Grandparents.
Family and friends who shop for others.
People looking for clothing appropriate for job interviews.
Winter apparel for those individuals working outside.
Jamaican migrant workers.
Individuals with disabilities.
Senior citizens.
Home health aides looking for items for their clients.
The public.
Besides items offered for sale to our customers, items are provided to:
Boy Scouts of America
Mission of Hope
Valehaven residents
Cotton Material for T-Shirt Dresses for Girls (They recycle shirts, adding cotton material to make dresses for little girls, which are distributed around the country)
Coats, hats, scarfs and mitten for local school.
Families affected by fire, hurricanes and economic reasons.
And much more!

St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store is strictly a volunteer organization which is supported by local people who want to give back to their community. We have a volunteer list of over 30 people, both men and women. We have dedicated volunteers who give of the time and talent to make this a successful operation.
We are always in need of volunteers If you can help, please contact Jane Woods at (518) 834-5324

Yummy! Yummy!


As you turn your calendar page to October, be sure to mark the date for this year’s Harkness Chicken & Biscuit Dinner! The delicious feast will be presented on Sunday October 16th from 4PM until all are served at the Harkness United Methodist Church Hall, 776 Hallock Hill Road, Peru. We hope you plan to bring your family and meet your friends at one of the North Country’s best church suppers; dinners will be $9.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors, Children of ages 5-12 eat for $5.00, and meals for pre-schoolers are Free. The meal includes chicken and biscuit with gravy, squash, peas, cole slaw, cranberry jell, beverage and dessert; take-outs are also available.
If you would like to help us feed others, please bring a non-perishable item for our Food Shelf collection. This dinner is a popular and revered tradition for many; we hope to see you there!
Contact: Allison Arnold

A Great Time to Visit the Babbie Museum – Next Weekend


HARVEST WEEKEND: October 15-16, 2016 – Hours 10am-4pm
$1.00 off admission if you bring a nonperishable item for the Interfaith Foodshelf. Demonstrations of corn harvest, granary, hit and miss engines and blacksmith shop. Let the kids make a corn husk doll, play pumpkin tic- tac toe, paint a pumpkin, try their luck at a coin hunt, visit the animals, take a ride on Thomas the Train and the family can enjoy a ride on the stagecoach, & the hay wagon. Check out our display of antique toys. Bring your lunch and enjoy our picnic area. The Frosty Cow will be here on Saturday.

Help sought for family after fire consumes home | Local News |

Marc Chick, Gale McElwey, two children lost everything in blaze.

Source: Help sought for family after fire consumes home | Local News |

North Main Street Proposal Unveiled


By John T. Ryan 

Peru – North Main Street residents will see their street undergo significant changes next year if the plan presented at the Town Board’s September 26, 2016 meeting is implemented.  The planner hired by the town described the Phase #1 changes. “The project would eliminate pavement on the shoulder of North Main Street and replace it with grass and street trees to significantly narrow the roadway which will really improve the visual appearance, provide shade for pedestrians over time and likely slow down traffic as Route 22 won’t feel like a four lane highway.”  

If funding becomes available Phase #2 envisions constructing an eight-foot wide multi-use path to replace the sidewalk on the north side of North Main Street.  It would be usable for both pedestrians and bicyclists.  Phase #3 would include constructing a sidewalk on the east side of the Route 22 Bridge and a path to the Little Ausable River Walking Trail on the TD Bank side of the Route 22 Bridge. 

A $25,000 New York Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant received in 2014 started the planning process.  A Main Street Planning Committee was formed.  In December 2015 a $49,000 grant enabled the town to hire an experienced consultant, River Street Planning and Development, to develop an enhancement plan.  The consultant examined the street and its environs, spoke with local businesses and residents and recommended a three-phase improvement plan.  The Planning Committee concluded that transforming North Main into a tree-lined street could be accomplished within cost and time limits.  It is anticipated that Peru Highway Department personnel will cut the asphalt and lay down the topsoil.  If the project can be accomplished for less than $150,000, money may be available to improve the chaotic Route 22 –Maiden Lane intersection near Stewart’s. 

Peru residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion. A workshop will be scheduled in late October or early November.  Supervisor Peter Glushko stated that an information packet should be sent to every residence, business or institution bordering North Main Street. 

THE PRODUCERS at the Strand Theatre October 21-23

Award-Winning Mel Brooks Musical 

The show has a very Peru flavor. Here are people involved with a Peru connection.

Cast: Bill McColgan, Jamie Roberts, James Matthews, Tony Andrews, Mason Barber, Sophia Defayette, Gabrielle Dion, Brenda McColgan and Sky McColgan. Behind the scenes: Christopher Urban, Judy Akey, Bob Akey, Michael Coughlin, Pam Lavin, Cathy Defayette, Nikki Hilchey, Nate Horn and Amber Arnold.

Adirondack Regional Theatre’s THE PRODUCERS is the hilarious Mel Brooks smash-hit that took Broadway by storm winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. THE PRODUCERS is the first Broadway style musical in the renovated Strand Theatre. Show dates are October 21 and 22 at 7:30pm and October 23 at 2:00pm.

THE PRODUCERS revolutionized Broadway Musical Comedy, this Mel Brooks masterpiece chronicles the side-splitting adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. It’s a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the same time.

Hailed as the funniest Broadway musicals of all time, THE PRODUCERS features a riotous mix of eccentric characters and show-stopping songs including “I Wanna Be a Producer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Prisoners of Love” and of course “Springtime for Hitler,” as well as eye-popping production numbers.

Written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, THE PRODUCERS features Bill McColgan as the infamous Max Bialystock with Andrew Ducharme playing the role of his mousy accountant Leo Bloom. The cast also includes Read more »

779 Telegraph Rd. Minor Subdivision Before Board

AGENDA Peru Planning Board –  WEDNESDAY, October 12, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

  4. APPROVAL of June 8th, August 10th and September14, 2016 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  1. 2 Lot Subdivision with a SEQRA P-2016-023: Karl Scheikert – 2 Lot Minor Subdivision, 779 Telegraph Rd.

Keep Your Vehicles Locked and Be Aware

By John T. Ryan

Peru and several surrounding communities have experienced a rash of recent car larcenies. Nine unlocked vehicles in Peru and Clintonville were burglarized between September 19th and September 23rd. Wilmington residents experienced 19 similar larcenies between August 8th and August 19th. On August 20th, six vehicle larcenies were reported in Keeseville and a chainsaw and a circular saw were stolen from an open garage. Most vehicle larcenies involved opportunity items, typically loose change. In early August there were 3 larcenies in Lewis. One arrest was made in connection with those incidents. No other arrests have been made.

NYS Police Trooper Jennifer Fleishman advised residents to keep vehicles locked and to be aware of people entering their neighborhoods and to call the Plattsburgh State Police Barracks at 563-3761 if they have any information that might lead to an arrest. She said, “People is this area have a sense of security. We feel safe. It’s very upsetting to have that sense of security disrupted.”

Editor’s Note: The Peru Gazette thanks Peru Town Counselor Brandy McDonald for bringing these larcenies to the community’s attention at the Town Board’s Monday, September 26th meeting.


A Historial Moment in Peru’s History


This afternoon is a historical moment in Peru’s history as the Rulfs’ Farmstand staff is moving merchandise and equipment into a beautiful new building. Yesterday afternoon and this morning the Peru Gazette photographed the old farmstead. Since its opening in 1953 hundreds of Peru’s young people and adults have worked in this building and thousands of North Country residents and visitors have enjoyed its array of wonderful farm products.

Most customers have also become a friend of Bob Rulfs who was sitting in his usual spot yesterday striking up a conversation with almost everyone who entered. This afternoon he is at the new store and will undoubtedly be there tomorrow greeting customers. Click here to renew your memories of the old farmstead. 

Bob Rulfs Sept. 27, 2016

Bob Rulfs Sept. 27, 2016


Churches Join to Assist Jamaican Project and Mission of Hope

Annual Pulled Pork Dinner – Saturday October 22nd 5:00 PM-7PM
$8.00/$4.00 12 and under
$6.00 for Walk of Faith participants
$3.00 for Walk of Faith participants 12 and under
Menu- pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans, rolls, salad and dessert
Proceeds to North Country Mission of Hope and The Jamaican Project
Sponsored by:
Peru Community Church, St Augustine’s Parish,
Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Ct St Monica 2598

Mark October 15th on Your Calendar


Peru – October 15th should be an exciting day for Peru as about 450 runners and bicyclists participate in the 6th Annual Octoberfest Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 40K bike event. All proceeds are for a good cause – to fight pulmonary fibrosis, a disease affecting 500,000 Americans including several in our region. Over the past five years the event has raised some $60,000 for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The event is coordinated by Ruth Hamilton LaClair whose father Chip Hamilton passed away after a long battle with the disease.

Ruth said it’s very much appreciated when Peru residents cheer the participants along the route beginning at 9 a.m. as they travel down the Bear Swamp Rd., Union Rd.,Jarvis Rd., Elm St. Pleasant St., River Rd., Old Town Rd., Rounds Drive, Winding Brook Rd., Buttonbrook Parkway, School st., Jenkins Street, Main Street and eventually back to the Fire Station. Most runners should travel through the hamlet between 9:15 and 10:30.

Let’s get out and show our spirit and support!  If you’d like to participate or volunteer you can sign up at this website

Six Adirondack Schools Named “Schools of Distinction” – Sun Community News & Printing

Peru Central School is one of the Six

ESSEX – College For Every Student (CFES), a global leader in helping underserved students become college and career ready, is honoring 33 schools in eight states and Ireland as “Schools of Distinction.” Six of these schools are in the Adirondacks.

Source: Six Adirondack Schools Named “Schools of Distinction” – Sun Community News & Printing

Revised Town Board Agenda


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the September 12, 2016 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Main Street Plan Presentation

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Clinton County Health Department MOU.

DISCUSSION: Pickle Ball Court/Tennis Court Update.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Tom Fusco Appointment to Zoning Board of Appeals.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Budget Meeting Schedule.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Set Tentative Budget Meeting.

DISCUSSION: Sky Lantern Ban.

DISCUSSION: Zoning and Planning Board Attorney.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Parking Ban on State Route 22B.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.


MOTION: Adjourn

DEC Announces Start of Small Game Hunting Seasons

Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant Seasons
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that several small game hunting seasons open October 1. In addition, there are special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season.

“Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State, and this year we are offering more opportunities for the next generation of hunters to be introduced to this important sport,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Our youth only hunting seasons are an excellent way to connect people to the natural world and teach to become safe and responsible hunters, and I encourage experienced hunters across New York to bring a novice hunter afield this fall.”

Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations can be found in the New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license issuing agent, and on the DEC website (see links below).

Wild Turkey Hunting
Beginning last fall, DEC updated the fall turkey hunting season structure in response to declines in turkey populations and to ensure that harvest opportunities are sustainable. Season dates for fall 2016:

October 1-14 in the Northern Zone
October 15-28 in the Southern Zone
November 19-December 2 in Suffolk County, Long Island
The statewide, season bag limit is one bird of either sex.

The change to the fall turkey season is being evaluated as part of a four-year research program during which DEC staff track hen harvest and survival. This data will be used along with information collected annually on turkey abundance, productivity, and hunter activity and harvest to determine future fall harvest opportunities that are sustainable under current environmental conditions and trends in turkey populations.

Waterfowl Hunting and Youth Waterfowl Days Read more »

Veterans: VA access, jobs pose challenges – Sun Community News & Printing

About 25 area veterans from Essex, Clinton and Franklin County met with Rep. Elise Stefanik for roundtable discussion, citing problems with VA, healthcare access, education and jobs

Source: Veterans: VA access, jobs pose challenges – Sun Community News & Printing

Serve Him With A Joyful Heart

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By John T. Ryan

Len Jozwiak is a friend and brother Knight of Columbus here in Peru. We never talked much about his youth until a few weeks ago when he told me about attending the 80th Jubilee of Sister Mary Augustine, his high school teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. Len said, “Sister Mary Augustine encouraged me to get my grades up and finish high school. I liked to party in those days.” When Sister Mary Augustine (who be 100 years old this coming March) celebrated her 75th Jubilee Len sent her a card and gave her a phone call. At first his former teacher didn’t remember him, but when he pronounced his name in Polish, she instantly recalled her fun-loving former student. This summer she told him, “I still have your card.”

Sister Mary Augustine is a member of the Felician Sisters of North America. The Sisters’ website has a quote, “Jesus wants us to serve him with a joyful heart.” It appears that Sister Mary Augustine lived up to that goal. Please read Sister Mary Augustine’s thank-you card.

Her student Len Jozwiak came to the North Country in 1955 as a U. S. Air Force KC-97 boom operator. He said, “I was on the first plane to land at the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base.” In 1956, he met Peru native and Champlain Valley Hospital nursing student Noela Carte. They were married in 1958 and have five children – Leonard II, Julie, Michelle, Kristie and Carmen. Len retired from Imperial Wallcoverings after 34 years of service.

Peru celebrates new court house, sewer survey results – Sun Community News & Printing

Tiah Dowling has written such a good story, the Peru Gazette will rely on her reporting for the Peru Town Board’s last meeting.  We will be doing follow-ups on the Lyon Road School and the Courthouse.

PERU — Lawmakers had plenty to celebrate during last week’s town meeting.

Source: Peru celebrates new court house, sewer survey results – Sun Community News & Printing

Bharara: Percoco-Kaloyeros charges show ‘systemic problem’ in state government – Capitol Confidential

DEC Announces Start of Early Bow Seasons for Deer


Deer Management Permit Application Deadline Is October 1

DEC Invites Hunters to Help Track Deer Populations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that early bowhunting seasons for deer in New York State will be starting soon.

Early bow season for deer begins in the Northern Zone at sunrise on Tuesday, September 27, and continues through October 21. In the Southern Zone, early bow season for deer and bear begins Saturday, October 1 and continues through November 18.

“Hunting opportunities in New York have never been better and the start of hunting season is an essential economic driver for communities across the state,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Governor Cuomo’s continued commitments to the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative are bolstering our efforts to provide world class hunting opportunities for bowhunters statewide. With mild weather, longer days, and deer in early season feeding patterns, the early bow season is a great time to be in the woods. It’s also a perfect opportunity to introduce new hunters to deer hunting.”

Under rules established by the New York State Legislature, bowhunters may opt to use a crossbow during latter portions of bow seasons: the last 10 days of the Northern Zone bow season (October 12-21) and last 14 days of the Southern Zone bow season (November 5-18). To hunt with a crossbow during these periods, bowhunters must possess a muzzleloader privilege and a qualifications certificate (see the Crossbow Hunting web page on DEC’s website for details).

“We expect that bowhunters will see more deer than in years past,” Seggos said. “With many hunters interested in seeing more older bucks in the field, bowhunters might want to consider passing up shots on young bucks, and in areas where deer populations are larger than desired, to focus their hunting on antlerless deer.”

DEC invites bowhunters to help monitor deer and other wildlife populations by participating in the Bowhunter Sighting Log. The Bowhunter Sighting Log includes a diary of bowhunting activity and the number of animals seen. This data helps DEC track deer and other wildlife populations. To participate, please e-mail DEC ( – specify Bowhunter Sighting Log in the subject line) and provide your name, address, hunter ID (back tag number), the counties where you typically hunt, and whether or not you have participated in New York’s bowhunter log in any previous year.

Deer hunters should also be aware that the application deadline for Deer Management Permits (DMPs) is October 1. Hunters should know which Wildlife Management Unit they intend to hunt before applying. See the DMP Availability and Probability of Selection web page for DMP targets and the chances of being selected by WMU.

Three Variance Requests Tonight

Includes Home-based business at 284 Route 22B

The Peru Gazette apologizes for missing this email containing the agenda of tonight’s Zoning Board Meeting.

.Zoning Board Agenda 092116

Capital Region, say hello to area code 838 – Times Union

Peru Gazette Note: This change will also apply in the North Country.

The state Public Service Commission approved the use of a second area code just last week after several months of debate over the plan, which is needed because phone companies are quickly running out of new 10 digit numbers that can be generated using the 518 area code. With the creation of the new 838 area code, eastern New York is well-positioned to accommodate future growth in this important sector of the economy, and it will ensure that local telephone service remains efficient. Just four months ago, officials with the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, the organization that manages area codes in the U.S., Canada and parts of the Caribbean, predicted that the 518 area code would last until 2019. The key quality, however, of a relief area code is that it doesn’t cause confusion with the existing area code or neighboring area codes. “The idea is to find a relief area code that can reduce customer confusion and potentially avoid dialing similarities with surrounding (area codes),” said John Manning, a senior director at NANPA. Over the summer when the PSC was holding public hearings on the need for a second area code, the biggest debate was whether to split the region into two area codes or do an “overlay” in which new customers get the second number and existing customers get to keep their number.

Source: Capital Region, say hello to area code 838 – Times Union

240th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Valcour Clinton Community College

2nd floor Lobby/Veranda of the George Moore Building October 11th at 4:30-5:30pm

(Plattsburgh) October 11th marks the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Valcour, one of the first naval battles of the American Revolution, fought between the shores of Valcour Island and New York State. A commemoration of this event will be held at the Clinton Community College, 2nd Floor Lobby/Veranda of the George Moore Building from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on October 11th, hosted by the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Clinton Community College. Kyle Page, CCC Professor and local historian, will speak on “The Battle of Valcour: The People Who Were There”. Music is provided by Cathy Davenport, Bill Long and the Police Pipes and Drums. Special guests include Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon and DAR State District IV Director Margaret Scuderi. Colors will be posted by the American Legion Post 20 Honor Guard and the cannonade by Craig Russell of the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. This is the 121st year that the event has been coordinated by the DAR. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information contact:

Diane Parmeter, Event Coordinator and Vice Regent of the DAR – 518-562-4166,

Helen Nerska, DAR Secretary, 513-582-7246,

Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday

The Peru Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be on September 24, 2016 at the Elks Lodge in Plattsburgh. The social hour is from 6 to 7 and dinner at 7. If anyone would like to attend they can make their reservations with Cathy Phillips at Home: 963-7963 or her cell Phone: 572-1235.

This year’s inductees are Sherman Sorrell, Arthur Duprey, Harlen Rock, Kathleen Twining Mion, Matt Berry, Nicky Duprey and Peter Forrence.


Fallen Hero – Sherman Amos Sorrell
Sherman graduated from Peru High School in 1960. Sherman was a four year starter in wrestling, went undefeated his senior year and captured a Sectional Championship. Sherman joined the Army upon graduation and reached the level of Staff Sergeant. Sherman’s tour of duty in Viet Nam started on June 30, 1967. He was assigned as a Cannon Fire Direction Specialist to the HHB, 7th BN, 13th ARTILLERY, 41st, ARTY GROUP, I FIELD FORCE, USARV. Sherman was listed as a ground causality due to gun or small arms fire on December 15, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam.


Fallen Hero – Arthur Raymond Duprey
Art was a 1966 graduate of Peru High School. Art was a three sport athlete; awarded varsity letters in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Upon graduation Art joined the United States Marine Corps were he reached the level of Corporal, with an MOS of 3516 Automotive Mechanic. Art’s tour of duty in Viet Nam started on November 24, 1967 and was assigned to H& CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF. Art died on August 16, 1968, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam resulting from fragmentation wounds to the head and body from hostile mortar fire while in a defensive position.


Harlen Rock
Harlan, a 1957 Graduate had a passion for basketball. His accurate two handed set shot was deadly from the floor and the free throw line. He led the team in his senior year with a free throw percentage of 75.9 (66 for 87) and averaged 12.2 points per game as Peru won the league title with a 19-1 record. He was a guard on the varsity for all four years of his high school career. Harland was also an outstanding baseball player for Peru. The highlight of his junior year was a towering 350 foot home run. He helped lead Peru to the League Championship in his senior year as he batted .419 and had a 6-0 record as a starting pitcher. Furthermore, he threw a no-hitter against Northwood on May 7, 1957. Harlan played four years as a forward on the varsity soccer team and also competed on the track team in running events.


Kathleen Twining Mion
Kathy is a 1984 graduate and four sport varsity award winner. A forward in soccer, Kathy was an offensive threat every time she touched the ball. Her scoring prowess resulted in her being named a 1983 Division I All-Star. A co-captain in volleyball, Kathy excelled offensively and defensively. She led the team in hits and kills. As a center forward in basketball, Kathy had a knack for getting open. Amazing hands and a soft touch off the glass she was a leading scorer. A fearless rebounder, she led her team as captain on both ends of the court. In softball, she was known for her excellent glove work at 1st base. Offensively, she was a long ball threat at any time. A four sport all-star, Kathy’s teams won four sectional and four CVAC titles.


Matt Berry
“Athlete” is defined as a person who is skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility and/or stamina. Matt possesses all these qualities and more. As a team captain Matt was known for his tenacity and enthusiasm. Matt excelled in football, basketball and track as well as academically. A three year starter in football, he was a two time CVAC All-star as a linebacker and tight end and 3rd team all-state as a linebacker. A varsity track athlete as a sophomore and junior was a CVAC and sectional champion in the high jump at 6’4” and in shot put with a heave of 53’9”, his ACL tear ended his track career.



Nicole “Nicky” Duprey
Nicky graduated in 1995 and was a five year varsity letter winner in two sports and a four year letter winner in another for a combined 14 varsity letters! Nicky played soccer for five years and was captain for three of these years. She was a Division I All-Stars four consecutive years from 1992-1995. Nicky played volleyball for four years and captained the team for three of them. In those three years the team compiled an amazing 44 and 5 record with two section titles and one CVAC championship. Nicky’s varsity softball career at Peru spanned five years, the final two of which she was elected captain. In 1993 she was named both outstanding offensive player of the year and outstanding defensive player of the year by her teammates. In 1995 she was voted the team’s most valuable player. Nicky was a two time CVAC softball all-star as well. Her five year career batting average was a stunning .540. Nicky’s leadership abilities were also on display in the classroom. She was part of eight NYSHPSAA Scholar athlete teams during her athletic career. She was also a member of the 1993 New York State Scholar athlete champion team with a combined academic average of 93 for softball.


Peter Forrence
Peter was an outstanding athlete during his four years at Peru from 1967 to 1971. He was a four year varsity participant in four sports; football in the fall, Basketball in the winter and Baseball and Track & Field in the spring. Peter was named to numerous league all-star teams throughout his athletic career and was voted a co-captain of the 1971 varsity football team. Peter was an exemplary student-athlete at Peru as he attained a grade point average sufficient to gain him admission to Princeton University where he graduated in 1975.

What a Parade!


Peru High School Marching Band was definitely a PARADE HIGHLIGHT

Peru – There was a wonderful turnout for the Saturday, September 17, 2016 Applefest Parade.  Click here to view a few of the highlights. 

Accompanied by music if viewed on a PC.

Community Forum to Discuss Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Prescription Opiate, Heroin Addiction and opiate-related overdoses continue to increase in the North Country. Several local professionals and concerned citizens joined forces to form a coalition, namely, Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC). This coalition is comprised of people in recovery, concerned citizens, treatment providers, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, and community organizations. The coalition aims to raise substance abuse awareness in our community and address the issues associated with substance abuse. Our mission is to foster community health through education, prevention, treatment and recovery of substance abuse.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m., SPARCC is hosting a free Community Forum called Understanding Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse at the Strand Theatre for the Arts located at 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh. This forum will be SPARCC’s first step toward raising awareness of the impact of the heroin crisis in our community as well as educating our community about the resources available to combat this issue. Read more »

United Way Kicks Off Campaign


The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its kick off breakfast on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Butcher Block-Adirondack Room in Plattsburgh. A record crowd attended with supporters and partners being represented from throughout the three county region. John Bernardi, Executive Director/CEO said, “This crowd is representative of the incredible generosity and caring nature of our north country community”.

The campaign video was debuted and drew applause from approximately 200 attendees who represented supporters, pacesetters, community partners, elected officials, board members and volunteers. Amy L. Kretser, this year’s campaign chair, spoke on how the United Way of the Adirondack Region has touched the lives of people in the community, including her family and the commitment she has on making the $725,000 goal set this year.

The guest speaker this year was John Zurlo, County Clerk, Clinton County Government. He spoke of how the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its partner agencies have touched him personally and highlighted services United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its partner agencies offers the Adirondack Region. Kathy Snow, Director of Development and Marion Daniels, Director of Finance then announced the pacesetter results (enclosed). Pacesetters are businesses and organizations that conduct their campaign before the kick off. They concluded with an announcement that with all of the pacesetter results in, the campaign was at 23.6% of the goal. The campaign runs until February 10, 2017.

The 44 partner agencies of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. collectively served 80,000 people in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties last year. Our mission is “To be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.”

United Way of the Adirondack Region,Inc. 9/16/16 23.6%

Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPA’s 100% Participation 2,638.00
Architectural & Engineering Design Associates (AEDA) 1,000.00
Behavioral Health Services North 7,515.00
Booth, Alan & Jenny 3,750.00
Brown Funeral Home 500.00
Champlain National Bank 15,000.00
Child Care Coordinating Council NC 4,020.00
Donlan & Barcomb 1,000.00
ETS, Inc. 100% Participation 5,700.00
Eye Care for the Adirondacks Partial 5,300.00
Fesette Realty, LLC 1,000.00
FirstView Eye Care (Drs’. Paepke & Staff) 1,000.00
Georgia Pacific Partial 25,000.00
Key Bank Partial 5,000.00
Landrock E & S Consulting (Bruce & Kathleen Gray) 1,000.00
Martindale Keysor & Co, PLLC 750.00
Murnane Building Contractors Partial 2,000.00
NBT Bank Partial 5,994.00
Niles & Bracy, Attnys. 1,000.00
Nine Platt Hospitality Group 16,558.00
Northeast Group Partial 9,000.00
Northern Adirondack Central School Partial 750.00
Northern Insuring Agency 13,500.60
Plattsburgh City School District Partial 5,900.00
Plattsburgh Ford Partial 2,000.00
PrimeLink Partial 250.00
State Farm Insurance/J. Kerley 600.00
United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. 100% Participation 1,100.00
UPS – SCS, Champlain Partial 3,252.00
UPS – Ground, Banker Rd. Partial 12,922.00

+ Miscellaneous (Individuals & Organizations) Additional 15,993.65

A Truly Rural School: The Origins of Chazy Rural School

Please join the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) on Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30 pm at the Plattsburgh Public Library for Dr. Ellen Adams’ presentation examining the historical context of the Chazy Rural School’s founding in 1916. Many innovations combined with William H. Miner resources and community support came together to build the innovative educational institution that is still going strong today. Dr. Adams is Director/Curator at the Alice T. Miner Museum and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in US History from the College of William and Mary.

CCHA’s Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. This program is funded in part by Clinton County.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 518-561-0340. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students. Members enjoy free admission.

Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it might fall off sooner than normal.

Source: Local orchards seeing smaller apples this fall – Sun Community News & Printing

Chamber Benefits Breakfast Highlights Opportunities For Your Business

The North Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Breakfast on September 22nd from 8:00 – 9:00am at the Chamber office, 7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh. This informational meeting will cover the many benefits and services offered by the Chamber, including cost saving opportunities, ways to meet potential customers, and more. You’ll also get an overview of Chamber activities regarding tourism promotion, government affairs, small business support and economic development.

This free breakfast is open to everyone who would like to learn more about the many services available to businesses in our region. RSVP or learn more – call the Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit  

Study finds New York losing the most tax payers – Times Union

The drumbeat of people leaving New York state goes on, a new finding shows, with the equivalent of the populations of Columbia and Washington counties heading for warmer, less costly and lower-taxed Sunbelt states in 2014. Out-migration is nothing new, but two demographers recently updated the statistical portrait of the trend, and it’s eye-opening. The Empire State lost 126,000 tax filers in 2014 to other states, the largest number among all 50 states, according to Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin, who published their findings in, a website devoted to demographic, economic and political trends. Rather than simple inflation or supply-and-demand, Cox is critical of what he says are overly restrictive zoning laws in many suburban communities, which discourage density and drive up the entry cost for a home. Business groups say an extension of the surcharge would further drive out wealthy taxpayers, while groups like the Fiscal Policy Institute argue that income taxes aren’t necessarily the reason that millionaires decided to stay or leave the state. The fact is that under this administration, New York has a record number of private sector jobs, an unemployment number below the national average, and passed reforms that led to the lowest middle class taxes in 70 years, the lowest corporate tax rates since 1968 and the lowest manufacturing tax rate since 1917 and a property tax cap.

Source: Study finds New York losing the most tax payers – Times Union

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Register Now for Cornell Cooperative Extension After School or 4-H Club Programs

Northern New York. The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are inviting youth, ages 5 to 19, to register for fun learning activities through After School programs and 4-H clubs. The new year for the programming begins October 1.

Cornell Cooperative Extension staff work with school districts, volunteers, small family groups, and corporate supporters to provide a diverse range of learning experiences.

After School programs engage nearly 1,000 students across the region. Programs at 23 schools include a focus on mandated STEM: science, engineering, technology and math education, and healthy living.

More than 125 4-H clubs with more than 2,000 members focus on everything from the traditional dairy, horse and small activities to babysitting, birding, music, robotics, and woodworking interests.  

Extension initiatives for youth in 2016 include: Read more »

Peru Primary Results

County Court Judge: Keith Bruno 21, Mark Anderson 10.

Surrogate Court Judge: Catherine Paul 20, William Favreau 12.




Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Ahead of primary, hundreds of political campaigns for Devi Momot have been reported stolen, reported the candidate on Tuesday

Source: Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

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