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Volunteers Needed in Peru and Chesterfield

DEC is Seeking Volunteers to Help Maintain Trails in Northeastern Adirondacks Do you enjoy recreating outdoors? Do you like working outdoors? If so, DEC is seeking volunteers to maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County. You can be part of a one-day […]

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:00 am to 3:00 pm This event will be open to Clinton County residents only! No Businesses. No pre-registration is necessary. Proof of residency may be required. What is a household hazardous waste? A household hazardous waste is any discarded household material that […]

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 […]



Proposals Requested to Redevelop Former Frontier Town Theme Park in Essex County

Redevelopment Proposals Are Due On Friday, July 28  Request for Proposals Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) this week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a nearly 300 acre, former outdoor recreation facility in North Hudson, Essex County. The RFP follows Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the […]

DEC and Paul Smith College Partner to Protect Adirondacks Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species Protection Includes Boat Stewards and Decontamination Stations to Protect Local Waterbodies New York State is expanding its partnership with Paul Smith College’s Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the Adirondack’s waterways through the strategic placement of boat stewards and decontamination stations, Department […]

Several Applications Before Planning Board

AGENDA – Town of Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m APPLICATIONS: 1. Site Plan Review: P-2017-004 Peru Sand & Gravel LLC Site Plan Review – Operate an Excavation Business Rod & Gun Club Rd. Peru, NY 12972 2. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-005 Robert Kaschak Merge 3086 Main St. Peru, NY 12972 3. Site […]

April Stools’ Day Clean-up

Will you get a little dirty for clean water? Please join the Lake Champlain Committee, the League of Women Voters of the North Country and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation this Sunday, April 23 at an April Stools’ Day clean-up at Point Au Roche State Park from 1 PM – 3 PM. Enjoy […]

Sewer System Failure Results in Release of Untreated Sewage

By John T. Ryan Peru – Peru’s aging sewer infrastructure became strikingly clear during the heavy April 6/7/8 rainfall as a red light flashed at the Maiden Lane lift station. Lift station pumps couldn’t handle the combined storm water-sewage flow resulting in approximately 500 gallons of untreated liquid flowing into the nearby brook and one […]

Rainbow Falls at Ausable Chasm Today – April 7, 2017

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DEC Issues Draft Buck Pond Campground Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released the Draft Buck Pond Campground Unit Management Plan (UMP) for review. The draft UMP would guide management actions for the Buck Pond Public Campground over the next five years. The campground is located on County Route 60, also known as Gabriels-Onchiota Road, .4 mile […]

Happy April Fools Day 2017

DEC Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Streams and Rivers

‘WAVE’ Project Connects New Yorkers with Health of Rivers and Streams and Hands-on Training WAVE Volunteer Training Starts in May at Multiple Locations Including Plattsburgh & Willsboro  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that DEC is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2017 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments […]

A message from the Adirondack Anglers

Next Wednesday 3/15/17 we will have our Cast-Off Meeting for 2017. All interested youth anglers within the Adirondack Region are welcome to attend. The meeting is at the Peru Town Hall, basement level, 5:30-700pm. Administrative opportunities are available within the club for area youth interested in learning more about Marketing, Advertising, Sponsorship, and Fund Raising. […]

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/26 – 3/5/17 Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include: Town of Coxsackie Greene County Recovery: On Feb. 26 at 6:33 p.m., Lt. Kevin Beiter was alerted that a human skull was found in the Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Coxsackie, just off of Four Mile Point Road. […]

DEC Announces 2016 is Safest Year for New York Hunters

Despite Four Fatalities, DEC Records Lowest Number of Hunting-Related Shooting Incidents on Record The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958. “Hunting is a proud tradition […]

High Pressure Energy Sales in Progress In Peru

BEWARE Peru and possibly regional electric and gas users. A VERY high pressure representative of Just Energy, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), is in town trying to sign people up to very high fixed green energy electric and gas rates. Personal opinion: DO NOT sign-up without extensive research. I called the NYS Public Service Commission. They […]

Thursday at the Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy

Climate Change in the North Country with Dr. Curt Stager Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. Climate change is about more than distant polar bears and rising sea levels. It is happening here, too. What changes are already under way, how do we know, and what changes may be coming in the future? Taking the […]

Close-up View of Ausable Chasm on Sunday, Feb. 26th

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 […]

Schneiderman: Those Who Pollute Our Environment Will Be Brought to Justice

Mahoney’s Auto Mall and Employee Andrew Fuller Plead Guilty to Environmental Law Crimes; Must Pay $187,500 in Fines CANTON – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the conviction of Mahoney’s Auto Mall, Inc. (“Mahoney’s”) and its employee, Andrew Fuller, for violations of the Environmental Conservation Law […]

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/6 – 2/12/17 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from New York’s backcountry. In 2016, […]

Snowmobilers Urged to Follow Designated Trails and Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water

  The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are reminding snowmobilers to ride responsibly and put safety first as they enjoy the state’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities. “With recent tragedies in mind, DEC is encouraging snowmobilers to follow common sense safety recommendations. In addition to wearing […]

“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 […]

DEC’s Tree Nursery Offers Variety of Seedlings to Create Effective Windbreaks and Snow Fences

From the NYS DEC More than 50 species of trees and shrubs from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery are now available to public and private landowners and schools, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Winter winds often cause blowing and drifting snow that can create hazardous road conditions, […]

Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

Source: Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

Task Forces Help Set Season Dates for Waterfowl Hunting in New York

From the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hunters are invited to submit recommendations to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces to help set the dates of the fall 2017 duck hunting seasons for each of the state’s waterfowl hunting zones by Feb. 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. DEC evaluates […]

DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 11 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program. Source: DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

A Lot of Waste Tires in Franklin County

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In November, ECO Jennifer Okonuk began an investigation into the complaint of waste tires being stored at an auto repair facility in the […]

NYS DEC Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures Begin January 21, 2017

New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are invited to participate in free lifeguard qualifying procedures beginning January 21, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly […]

A winter trek to OK Slip Falls, a new Adirondack gem | NCPR News

OK Slip falls in the Adirondacks was closed to the public for decades. Thanks to a deal orchestrated by the Nature Conservancy, the trail is open now and it leads to glorious vista. Source: A winter trek to OK Slip Falls, a new Adirondack gem | NCPR News

Planning Board Jan. 11 Agenda

AGENDA – Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of December 14, 2016 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATIONS: 1. Continuation of a Site Plan Review: P-2016-027 College Auxiliary Services PSU Continuation of a Site Plan Review – Hotel/Motel 3714 State Rt. 9 […]

NYSEG Unveils its Natural Gas Expansion Plans

By John T. Ryan Peru – NYSEG has informed the Town of Peru that in 2017 it will be bring natural gas service to the Cayea Road, Henry Sr. Drive and portions of the Lapham Mills Road (299, 315-349, 128) and Rock Road (336-384) in 2017. In 2018 NYSEG has plans to bring gas to […]

The Adirondack Park is about to change. You better chime in. | NCPR News

Source: The Adirondack Park is about to change. You better chime in. | NCPR News

DEC Seeks Assistance to Locate Black Bear Dens

This winter, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wildlife biologists are seeking the public’s help to learn about new black bear dens throughout New York. As part of DEC’s ongoing monitoring of black bears in New York, wildlife biologists periodically check on black bears during the winter den season. The bears may be fitted with […]

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 […]

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. PLATTSBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT PLATTSBURGH PD 45 PINE STREET PLATTSBURGH NY, 12901 or KINNEY DRUGS […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ausable River Clean-up Successful

By John T. Ryan Last Saturday the Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, hosted a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday in Peru. AsRA worked with the Kayak Shack at their Baggs’ Landing location to remove trash in and along the banks of the Ausable River from Carpenter’s Flats to the […]

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.

Clean-up Our Beloved Ausable River

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with the Kayak Shack of Plattsburgh, is hosting a Paddling River Clean-Up Saturday, August 27th in Peru. The clean-up is open to all community members who want to restore and protect the beauty of the Ausable River. “Volunteers will immediately see the results of their hard work improving […]

Attention! Peru Sewer System Users

By John T. Ryan  Peru – America’s aging infrastructure is constantly in the news and Peru’s infrastructure is no exception.  A Town Board commissioned study completed in March 2015 revealed that Peru’s sewage delivery system needs repairs and upgrades estimated to cost more than $4.5 million. Improvements of this nature are typically paid for by […]

DEC Announces Approval of the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has approved the Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan Amendment. The Amendment provides for rerouting some trails, developing 4.8 miles of new mountain biking trails, and constructing two additional parking lots. Other provisions in the amended management plan include: Reroute and improvement to the Cooper Kill Trail, a multi-use trail classified […]

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 […]

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 |

New York scores $147M as part of Volkswagen settlements – Capitol Confidential

New York owners of 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars also will be able to have their vehicles bought back by the company for the full, pre-scandal fair market value and will receive cash payments of at least $5,100. Alternately, owners can choose to keep their vehicle, wait to see if Volkswagen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. AGENDA TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING – May 25 @ 7:00 PM  Call Meeting To Order Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call MOTION: Approval of Minutes of the May 9, 2016 Regular Board Meeting. Community Input DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Lyon Road Schoolhouse Repairs  DISCUSSION: Town Tennis Courts.  DISCUSSION: Town Court J Cap […]

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