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Bridge Construction to Begin on Monday

By John T. Ryan Peru – On Monday, June 12, 2017, motorists will find the Jarvis Road closed to thru-traffic as construction crews begin replacement of the bridge adjacent to the Irwin’s Maple Grand Farm. Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe said the project is expected to take approximately 90 days. New Century Construction of […]

Adirondack Farms Supporting Peru’s Youth

  By John T. Ryan Peru – Jake Swyers of Adirondack Farms was at the controls of a small loader this morning at Laphams Mills Park as Field #3 infield was being transformed from a grass to a clay surface. Peru Youth Commission Vice-Chair Jennifer Madore explained, “In May 2015, Adirondack Farms volunteered the men […]

Here’s a Great Place to go Today

The Rulfs Orchard Farmstand Grand Opening is underway. (Saturday, May 6th) Special drawings and activities underway. The store is open until 7 p.m. WOKO is present till 1 p.m. Adults and kids are having a great time and the Apple Blossom Florist is fully staffed! Click here for more Peru Gazette photos 

Kids of All Ages Will Love this Place

The Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum has announced its Opening Weekend of the 2017 Season! May 13-14, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972. (518) 643-8052 Ongoing demonstrations include plowing and planting corn, small grains and potatoes with antique farming equipment; the blacksmith shop and granary. New […]

Champlain Valley BPW Seeking Candidates for Young Careerist Program

Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women have announced that applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2017 Virginia Allan Young Careerist Program to be held Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 5:30pm at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

Variance Request and Public Hearing on Zoning Board Agenda

AGENDA – ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of January 18, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATION: Use Variance & Area Variance: Z-2017-018 Nicholas Zagrodzki Use Variance & Area Variance- 8 Oakdale Dr. Peru, NY 12972 Continuation […]

Coyotes In and Around Peru

By John T. Ryan Peru – Oftentimes the most interesting part of a Peru Town Board meeting comes up under “Other Business” when Counselor Brandy McDonald reports on what’s going on in and about town. At the Monday, February 13th meeting his subject was coyotes. McDonald reported that about seventy coyotes have been shot in […]

NNY Corn and Soybean Disease Survey Alerts Growers to New Arrivals

A Message from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Northern New York. Two soybean diseases not previously confirmed in Northern New York crops were identified in 2016 by the annual corn and soybean disease survey and assessment funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. The proactive disease assessment program helps protect the […]

Planning Board’s March 8th Agenda

AGENDA Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM TOWN OF PERU CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of February 8, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATIONS: 1. 2-Lot Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-001 Forrence Orchards Inc. 2-Lot Subdivision 2731 Rt. 22 Peru, NY 12972 ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: CEO […]

Public Invited to Regional Economic Development Council Meeting

What: A public meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC). The region is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Who: The NCREDC is co-chaired by Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University. All individuals, businesses, organizations, […]

Research Explores Birch Syrup Production for Maple Sugarmakers

Lake Placid, NY; February 8, 2017. The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project exploring opportunities for regional maple sugarmakers to produce birch syrup at Four sugarhouses participated in the 2015-2016 birch syrup project; one each in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Jefferson counties. ‘All species of birch […]

“Global Warming Has Come to the North Country”

The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents Climate Change in the North Country – A Talk by Dr. Curt Stager Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Chazy, N.Y.—The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce that Dr. Curt Stager, professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, will speak on the regional impact of climate change […]

St. Lawrence and Clinton County Farmers Chosen as NYS Farm Bureau Leaders

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND DISTRICT 7 DIRECTOR During the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting in December, voting delegates elected David Fisher, a dairy farmer from St. Lawrence County as the new president of the organization. Fisher and his family have operated Mapleview Dairy in Madrid for four generations. David […]

Guatemalan workers on North Country farm tell Trump, “look into your heart” | NCPR News

Source: Guatemalan workers on North Country farm tell Trump, “look into your heart” | NCPR News

If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

Source: If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

A Virtual Tour Through the History of Beer and Brewing

The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents Brewing Up History Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Chazy, N.Y.—Beer is one of humankind’s oldest beverages. Some of the earliest known writings deal with beer and brewing, and archaeological evidence of beer production dating to ca. 3500 BCE has been found in the Middle East. Today’s craft […]

Attempting to Minimize Environmental Impact

  By John T. Ryan Peru – Dairy farming has undergone a worldwide revolutionary change over the past half-century including here in Peru. Manure disposal is the change most evident to local residents. Huge trucks and spreaders transport manure on rural roads to distant fields and when the manure is spread the odor can be […]

Tickets Available for Taste of the North Country

The North Country Chamber of Commerce invites you to the most delicious events of the year. Taste of the North Country will be held on November 17th at the SUNY Field House. This event combines an amazing Food/Beverage Tasting experience with an incredible auction. The Auction preview begins at 5:00, followed by the Silent Auction […]

Cheese and Beer Tasting Friday Night at the Library

Together with the North Country Creamery Livingood’s will be hosting an evening of beer and cheese tasting at the Peru Free Library on Friday November 4, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. 6, 5oz samples of Livingood’s beers (TBD) alongside cheese boards featuring North Country Creamery’s cheeses. Matt from Livingood’s and Ashlee from North Country Creamery […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Like Robots? Horses? Bluegrass Music? Cooking?

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 […]

Corn Harvest Underway

Peru’s farmers began harvesting cow corn this week. This morning seven Adirondack Farms trucks were hauling corn from a field along the Military Turnpike to Adirondack’s Brown Road farm. The massive 10-row, 775 horsepower forage harvester will chop 100 acres or more daily daily. The harvest will take about 30 work days.

New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Wednesday: Prize-winning milk and cheese at the State Fair, snakes on a train, and Gene Wilder’s New York. Source: New York Today: Empire State of Dairy – The New York Times

Not a Pretty Picture

Three hail storms earlier this summer severely damaged apples in several Peru Orchards. This McIntosh apple photo was taken this morning. The apples will be sold for processing into apple sauce or juice. The price will be a fraction of the normal Grade A price.

Home Town Cable Visits the Babbie Museum

Click to see Calvin Castine’s August 20th interview and tour 

Great Progress on Rulfs’ Farm Stand – August 17, 2016

Opening is only a few weeks away. The Peru Gazette will keep you advised! 

Hay & Grain Harvest and Antique Tractor Weekend

HAY AND GRAIN HARVEST AND ANTIQUE TRACTOR WEEKEND:  August 20 – 21 – Hours 10am-4pm Grab the family and come for a fun day at Babbie Museum.  Watching harvesting of buckwheat & oats with antique equipment; try your hand using the hayfork to lift hay to the loft; watch a real blacksmith at work; help […]

Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

WESTPORT — It’s late-July, and the Essex County Fair is primed for takeoff. Source: Essex County Fair announces schedule – Sun Community News & Printing

Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

The state Department of Financial Services has approved an average 9.3 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates starting in October, highlighting an issue that the state’s business community has long hurt New York’s competitiveness but which employee advocates say is still plagued with problems for the injured. Among the reasons for the approval by […]

Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

AU SABLE FORKS — Local producers have their fingers crossed for a bumper crop of blueberries this summer. Source: Local blueberry growers hope for bumper crop – Sun Community News & Printing

Meet Your Farmer

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Adirondack Harvest are sponsoring Meet Your Farmer on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00-2:00. Several local farms in Clinton County will be opening their doors and encouraging the public to come see their operations. The farms will be holding tours and/or farm activities at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm and will answer questions […]

Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

SARANAC — School’s out, farmers are in. Source: Saranac Green Market opens Sunday – Sun Community News & Printing

Hail pelts Peru apples; puts bite in crop quality | Local News |

Forrence Orchards, Northern Orchards already battling fire blight, other challenges. Source: Hail pelts Peru apples; puts bite in crop quality | Local News |

Apple Damage is Being Assessed

Here’s a sampling of the apples in the Forrence Orchard off the Mannix Road where the Run For Jon is held. Seth Forrence picked them. He still has a smile, but it must be difficult. Living adjacent to his Old Town Road orchard I know the thousands of dollars invested in a crop and the […]

Hail Storm Hits Parts of Peru This PM

Oakdale Dr. Peru. The hail lasted about 5 minutes. Received over an inch of rain in just over 40 minutes. The Gazette spoke to Seth Forrence at 2:15. He fears that he’s lost 225 acres of apples. He said, “Some of the apples look like they’ve been through a meat grinder.” He said his father […]

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 […]

A Great Time to Visit Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum

HOMESTEADING AND WOODWORKING WEEKEND:  June 18 – 19 – Hours 10am-4pm 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 […]

Beautiful Garden Along a Nearby Roadside

On 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 […]

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 |

Peru Farm Center Has a New Look

  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. […]

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. 

Upcoming Plant Nursery Tours to Vermont

A Message from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County The Master Gardener Volunteers of Clinton County are organizing a tour to two nurseries in Vermont. On June 14 we will board a Premier Coach for a trip to Cady’s Falls Nursery in Morrisville, Vermont where we will learn about propagating plants, see some unique varieties, […]

Class of 2016 Supports Babbie Museum

Hunter Sartwell, Ambassador of the Peru High School Class of 2016, presented a $250 check to the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum at the Museum’s Board of Directors May 2016 meeting.  For the past four years the Babbie Museum has supported the Peru Class of 2016 by allowing them use of a trailer for […]

Longtime Pasquale’s Chefs Are Now Owners

By John T. Ryan Peru – On January 1, 2016 Jerry Johnson and David Hamilton took on a new role at Pasquale’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. They became co-owners of the business. Both men are longtime head chefs at the extremely popular eatery that Scott Bazzano operated since 2004. Dave Hamilton said, “Scott would joke […]

Volunteers Got it Done

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

Rulfs Farm Stand Footing Being Poured

Construction of the new 9,000 sq. ft. Rulfs Orchard farm stand is underway. The Town of Peru issued a Building Permit on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The building will also be the home of Apple Blossom Florist. Luck Brothers is the general contractor. Click here for our February 18th story which has more details. 

Peru is Losing A Farm Family

By John T. Ryan Traffic should be heavy on the River Road this Saturday as people travel to 280 River Road to bid on the large array of farm equipment on display. Peru’s farm community is losing a family. Brian and Carole Sipley are moving to Williamsburg, Iowa where they’ve purchased a larger farm. Brian […]

How to Keep Your Farm Vehicle Safe and Ticket Free

PLATTSBURGH, NY- Clinton County Farm Bureau together with Cornell Cooperative Extension Clinton County and Soil and Water will host a Farm New York State Department of Transportation Workshop on Wednesday April 13th from 1-3pm at Mountain View Equipment in Plattsburgh. The afternoon will include a presentation by Trooper Gonyo and a hands on demonstration. A […]

Cuomo suggests wage ‘modification’ for farms – Times Union

Asked what he would propose, the governor remained vague: “There are special conditions on farms — we understand that — and we’re putting together a special package for farmers, because they pose a unique problem, they really do,” Cuomo said. The state Farm Bureau has been adamantly opposed to the proposed $15 hourly wage, and […]

Updated Dog Law on Hold, For Now – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Town officials decided to hold off on approving a proposed dog licensing law at Monday’s public hearing. Source: Updated dog law on hold, for now – Sun Community News & Printing

In the Kitchen Chef-led Cooking Classes

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is teaming up with Chef David Allen of Latitude 44 Bistro in Plattsburgh to offer two more cooking classes focused on local food. Both classes run 11:00 am-12:00 noon right in the restaurant’s kitchen. On Monday, March 21 the topic is Fruit Desserts, with tips and ideas for using apples and […]

Agri-Mark, Inc. to Invest Nearly $30 million to Modernize Chateaugay Manufacturing Facility

Agri-Mark to Expand Cheese Production Operations, Retaining More Than 100 Jobs in the North Country Empire State Development announced today that dairy cooperative Agri-Mark, Inc. will invest nearly $30 million to expand its cheese manufacturing facility in Franklin County and retain 106 jobs in the North Country Region. The expansion will enable Agri-Mark to continue […]

Elmore SPCA vs. Peru Town Board

By John T. Ryan Peru – If history is a guide, when a matter involving Elmore SPCA is included in a Peru Town Board meeting agenda, a controversy is likely to ensue. The Monday, February 22, 2016 Board meeting was no exception. During the “Public Comments on Agenda Items Only” portion of the meeting, Elmore SPCA […]

Peru accepts museum fund request – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Before Tops, Stewart’s and Dollar General, Peru residents used to pick up their necessities at the ole’ general store known as the Goshen store. Source: Peru accepts museum fund request – Sun Community News & Printing

Life is “ruff” in Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Disagreements in dog licensing redemption procedures have Peru town officials and Elmore SPCA on a tight leash. Source: Life is “ruff” in Peru – Sun Community News & Printing

Rulfs Building Plans Approved

By John T. Ryan If everything goes as planned, in a few months the Rulfs Orchard farm stand will be moving into a new building located about 200 feet west of the existing farm stand. The planned 9,900 sq. ft. farm stand will have enhanced business space, an expanded menu, more parking and a drive […]

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