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Glushko Honored for Longtime Service to the People of Peru

December 11, 2017 – Town Supervisor Peter Glushko, who did not seek reelection, chaired his last town board meeting tonight. On behalf of the board Deputy Town Supervisor Donald McBrayer recalled Glushko’s successes 20 years serving the town, the first 12 years as a counselor then 8 years as town supervisor. Glushko was elected to […]

PAFB Will Never be Forgotten

Click here to view a Mountain Lake ETV Program on the history of Plattsburgh Air Force Base

Peru Gazette’s First Community Video

Click here to view a 31 minute video of today’s VFW Post 309 Veteran’s Day Service. 

VFW Post 309 Honors Veterans and an Educator

By John T. Ryan Peru – The largest crowd in recent memory attended today’s Veterans Day Service at Peru VFW Post 309. Post Commander Bill Lefebvre was the Master of Ceremonies. Cadets from the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol posted the Colors. Rev. Alan Shnob, Pastor of St. Augustine’s led the opening […]

Celebrate Veterans Day at the Peru VFW Post 209, 710 Pleasant St., Peru, NY. Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A complimentary lunch will be served. 

Special Counsel questions VA findings in Albany whistleblower case – Times Union

Source: Special Counsel questions VA findings in Albany whistleblower case – Times Union

Tops to Honor Veterans and Active Military on Veterans Day

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts announced today that the company will offer military personnel and their immediate families an 11 percent discount off of their grocery bill this Veterans Day. On Saturday, November 11, Tops Markets will honor […]

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones to host Annual Santa Sprint to benefit the North Country Honor Flight

From the Office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones Assemblyman D. Billy Jones will host the Annual Santa Sprint 5K on Saturday November 25, 2017 with a race start time at 9am. Pre-registration is $20 and can be done online at Same day registration will be held from 7:30am until 8:30am. Race start and end […]

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown man awarded Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam War (VIDEO)

Source: Watertown Daily Times | Watertown man awarded Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam War (VIDEO)

Honor Flight Ceremonies Are Always Memorable

Click here for the Hometown Cable Recording of Saturday’s Honor Flight Ceremonies. 

Honor Flight #21 is in Progress

By John T. Ryan Sept. 30th Plattsburgh – A huge crowd was present early this morning at the Plattsburgh Recreation Center to wish 16 North Country Veterans well as they departed on the 21st North Country Honor Fight to Washington D.C. 314 vets have flown on the 21 flights. Today’s veterans in order of introduction: […]

Veterans, Employers and Universities Should Take Advantage of Forever GI Bill – InsideSources

Source: Veterans, Employers and Universities Should Take Advantage of Forever GI Bill – InsideSources

Vets Get Huge Send-off

  Plattsburgh – A very large number of well-wishers turned out at Veterans Park at the Old Base Oval this morning to honor the members of the 20th North Country Honor Flight. Since its founding in 2013, the Honor Flight has transported 298 veterans to Washington D.C. to visit our nation’s war memorials and to […]

The North Country Salutes Its Vets

Homeland Security Honor Guard & Au Sable Valley School Superintendent Paul Savage There was a huge turnout of local residents this morning for the North Country Honor Flight Ceremony at the U.S. Oval. What a wonderful send-off for the deserving War War II and Korean War Era Veterans. Today’s Honor Flight Members George E. Bouyea […]

Councilman McBrayer Honors the Fallen on Behalf of Our Town

Peru Town Councilman Donald McBrayer represented the Town Board at today’s VFW Post 309 Memorial Day Service. Click here to view his speech. 

Peru Honors Those Who Died Defending Our Freedom

Peru – Several residents participated in today’s Memorial Day Service at Peru VFW Memorial Post 309. Post Commander Rick Cornish led the ceremonies. Members of the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad, Civil Air Patrol, posted Colors. Guest speakers included Clinton County Legislator Peter Keenan and Peru Town Councilman Donald McBrayer. Post Chaplain David Gordon led […]

A Special Guest

World War II and Korean War Veteran Curtis Banker was a special guest at the Memorial Day Service at Peru VFW Post 309. Today is his 93rd birthday. Brought up on a Peasleeville farm, Banker joined the U.S. Army at age 18 in 1942. He served until his retirement in 1963. An infantryman in WWII, […]

Don’t Forget to Celebrate Memorial Day

Please attend the Peru Memorial Day Services at 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309, 710 Pleasant St. The ceremonies include a Memorial Roll Call, lighting of POW, MIA and Armed Forces Memorial Candles and playing of Taps. Guests include County Legislator Peter Keenan, Town Councilman Donald McBrayer and Rev. Alan Shnob. Lunch […]

Honor Flight-inspired NCIS Tonight

Don’t forget to tune in to CBS at 8 p.m. for tonight’s Honor Flight-inspired episode of NCIS! It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever watched the popular TV series that the show’s plot revolves around an obligatory, edge-of-your-seat murder for the NCIS team to solve. Beyond that obviously fictional storyline, however, we […]

Your Chance to Assist Veterans

Drivers for the DAV van are still needed to bring Veterans to their appointments at the Stratton VA hospital in Albany. The process to qualify drivers has been streamlined. Anyone interested please call Greg Lee at 518-570-7253 or email him at It’s only once a month or whatever you can fit into your schedule.

Former Peru Resident’s War Service Featured in Florida Newspaper

Click here for story on Duane Waterman’s Life and Military Service  Thank you to Maureen McMurty for making The Peru Gazette aware of this story.

Valentine Sunday’s Fish Fry & Music

February 12, 2017 Fish Fry from 12-4 p.m. Only $10 Music by the Senior Serenaders 1 -4 p.m. Peru Memorial VFW 710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B Peru, NY 12972 Proceeds to benefit our veterans.

Enjoy 4th Sunday Breakfasts at the Peru VFW

4th Sunday Breakfast Only $10 Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Corned Beef Hash, Pancakes or French Toast with Real Maple Syrup, Juice & Coffee Feb 26th from 9 a.m. to Noon. Peru Memorial VFW 710 Pleasant St Peru, NY 12972

Coming Events at the Peru VFW Post

Friday Night Fish Fries – Only $10 Kitchen Open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Corn in the Hole Competitions start about 8 p.m. ______________________________ Friday Night Karaoke 8 – 11 p.m. by F & G DJ & Karaoke January 27th, February 10th, February 24th ______________________________________________________________ Thursday Nights – “Just Jammie” 6 – 9 p.m. Come […]

Enjoy the VFW Friday Fish Fries

Don’t miss the Friday night fish fries at Peru VFW Post 309, 710 Pleasant St. Served from 5 to 9 p.m. for only $10.

Work Hard and Be Honest

By John T. Ryan Peru’s younger and new residents probably don’t know 92 year-old Joe Kelley. Best known for being Clinton Country’s first full-time and third longest serving district attorney (1975-87), Kelley is also a World War II Veteran. Over the course of his career he was attorney for the towns of Au Sable and Peru, […]

Commemorating Pearl Harbor and Supporting Veterans

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Peru Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary is sponsoring a Pork Loin Dinner in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 two thousand four hundred two (2,402) Americans died and one thousand one hundred and two (1,102) other individuals were wounded. Forty […]

Community Honors Veterans

At the Veterans Day Peru VFW Post 309 Commander Rick Cornish introduced Peru Town Counselor Donald McBrayer, Clinton County Legislator Rob Timmons and Rev. Shnob. A Rifle Salute was conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve Unit of Plattsburgh Center. Taps was performed by Lynn Wilke and Carson Larrow. Click here for a video of proceedings. 

Grateful to our Nation’s Veterans

Photos from today’s Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 Veterans Day Service. The program included a welcome by Post Commander Rick Cornish; Posting of the Colors by the James P. O’Connor Composite Squad Color Guard Civil Air Patrol; Opening Prayer by St. Augustine’s Pastor Rev. Alan Shnob; Addresses by the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Contest Winner […]

Honor Our Veterans

The Peru VFW Post will host a Veterans Day Service On Friday, November 11th at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited. A free hot lunch will follow.

Free hepatitis-C testing available for veterans | Lifestyles |

Disease more common among those who served than general population. Source: Free hepatitis-C testing available for veterans | Lifestyles |

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

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 […]

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 […]

Last North Country Honor Flight of 2016

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Among Honorees A Message from North Country Honor Flight Director Barrie Finnegan North Country Honor Flight will have its last flight of the year on September 10th. The send-off ceremony begins at 7am sharp at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center. We expect a large crowd due to the last […]

Peru woman wins $100,000 – Sun Community News & Printing

MORRISONVILLE — When the Trudeaus entered the American Legion to put their names into the mix for the highly anticipated Queen of Hearts raffle, an annual contest sponsored by the American Legion, the family didn’t think much of their odds of winning Source: Peru woman wins $100,000 – Sun Community News & Printing

Happy Birthday Dorothy

  Peru – The Peru Knights of Columbus helped Dorothy LeClair celebrate her 95th birthday tonight at the council’s Tuesday night bingo. Dorothy and all the other bingo players were presented with cupcakes celebrating Dorothy’s special occasion. Dorothy is a North Country Honor Flight World War II veteran who served as a U.S. Army nurse.

You’re Invited to the Send-Off

On Saturday, June 18, North Country Honor Flight will fly 14 veterans to our nation’s capital to visit the WWII and Korean War memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. The plane will carry eight Korean War veterans, five WWII veterans, and one Vietnam veteran from across the North Country and their guardians, one of whom is […]

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

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

Keenan Traces Memorial Day History

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

Fallen Vets Remembered at VFW Post 309

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

VFW Recognizes Lynn Wilke’s Faithful Service

Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 Commander Rick Cornish presents Lynn Wilke with a Recognition Award for Sounding Memorial Day Service Taps. Mr. Wilke said he has Sounded Taps for the past 42 years. Click here to hear the 2016 year’s rendition.  Please Note – The Peru Gazette missed the first few notes.

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

  Click here to view four-minute video 

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

Bernhard Jakobetz – Nakhon Phanon (NKP) Thailand 1966-67 By John T. Ryan Peru/AuSable/Harkness – Each one of the fourteen veterans who participated in the May 14th North Country Honor Flight has his own unique story. Bernhard “Bernie” Jakobetz’s story began in Czerowitz, Romania. 1932, the year of his birth, was a turbulent time in world […]

Memorial Day is the Day to Honor Our Vets

Memorial Day Service with luncheon to follow. May 30th @ 11 a.m. Open to the Public.  Come out to “Honor Our Veterans.”  Peru Memorial VFW 710 Pleasant St, Rt 22 B Peru, NY 12972

Korean War Vet Seeking Info on Three Local Vets

A message from the North Country Honor Flight Director Barrie Finnegan “Phil West, a 79 year old Korean War veteran currently living in Albuquerque, is looking for three North Country men with whom he served in the 2267th Squadron out of Brooklyn. He’s trying to contact John Parks (John had twin brothers named Harold and […]

A Great Way to Start Your Saturday

The Peru Gazette reminds our readers that tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 14, 2016) another North Country Honor Flight will depart for Washington D.C. Ceremonies will be begin shortly after 7.a.m. at the U.S. Oval on the Old Base in Plattsburgh. The Peru Gazette will be on hand. Everyone is welcome to attend. It’s a beautiful ceremony […]

Civil Air Patrol Honors Lynn Wilke

Lt. Col. Lynn Wilke, Civil Air Patrol was presented with an award for 50 Years of Outstanding Service to the Civil Air Patrol. Presenting the award is Lt. Col. Tom Fusco of the Mid Eastern Group New York Wing. Lt. Col. Wilke is a member and former commander of the J. P. O’Connor Composite Squadron […]

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

TO THE EDITOR: The North Country Honor Flight Committee would like to thank everyone who made the 1st Annual “Cabin Fever” gathering of World War II and Korean Veterans a tremendous success. On Saturday, March 19th 46 veterans (with family and friends) who have flown to Washington DC over the past 4 years met at […]

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