|Dr. Mike Morgan
Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 9:03 pm
As Dean of the education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, I applaud Dr. Brimstein for saying, “If we develop a culture that encourages and supports learning and asking questions, if our students develop a passion for learning and have engaging experiences with project based learning the test results will improve. We don’t want to teach to the test.” Our focus always should be on students’ learning, not standardized tests. This is the perspective of good leadership.
I am still a professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, but my professional relationship with Dr. Brimstein is through my capacity as Dean of the Education programs. SUNY Plattsburgh and Peru CSD have enjoyed a strong partnership for many years. Our goals are aligned to students’ learning and teaching excellence. I am grateful for what we do now and for what we will do in the future to make a positive difference in education.
Submitted on 2013/04/30 at 7:51 pm
Thanks for the story John. We had a very nice lunch there Sunday but didn’t get a chance to speak with Donna. The interior was nicely spruced-up and the food and service were good. Thanks and welcome to Peru Donna!!
Comment from Brad Bouvia 11-10-12
Thank you, John for the great pictures. Again you keep me smiling remembering great times at the Applefest and in Peru.
Marlene Jahn Submitted on July 3, 2012
I can not thank everyone enough for this gift to Ken, it ment so much to him( & I).We went through many of the times in Peru, He loves hearing them and sometimes there is something remembered. Thank You all and God Bless each of you . Marlene Jahn. See http://www.perugazette.com/2012/07/03/a-thank-you-to-ken-jahn/
Submitted on 2012/05/16 at 12:49 pm
There is a feral cat problem in the Maiden Lane, Woodland Drive and Buttonbrook Parkway area also, several feral cats have had more kittens, HELP!!!!
Submitted on 2012/06/09 at 1:24 pm
Visit http://theimaginaryworld.com/lombNY.html for some photos of the old theme park.
Submitted on 2012/05/19 at 8:13 am from Don McBrayer
Comment from Debbie Miller | [e] Time May 7, 2012 at 8:44 am
It was a beautiful day at Babbie’s Farm Museum!! It was our second visit and I enjoyed it as much as our first visit. There is so much to see, if you miss something the first time you will see it the next time. Mr. Babbie, his family and the people working their all very friendly and eager to answer any questions you may have. You get to learn about the history of farming, but the friendliness and the smiles are also worth the visit!!! http://www.perugazette.com/2012/05/06/it-was-a-great-weekend-to-open-the-babbie-museum/
9/26/11 Comment from Gordon Duprey on this story http://www.perugazette.com/2011/09/22/board-president-explains-why-he-cant-give-the-public-more-information/
09/19/11 Comment form Robyn McLean
08/31/11 Comment from Donald McBrayer http://www.perugazette.com/2011/08/30/hurricane-irene-severely-damages-perus-apple-crop/
08/31/11 Comment from Joanne Kennedy http://www.perugazette.com/2011/08/30/hurricane-irene-severely-damages-perus-apple-crop/
The devastation in the area is terrible and your photos speak a thousand words. Thanks for reporting.
From The Peru Community Church celebrates 200 years of Methodism in Peru, 2011/06/19 at 3:00 PM
Hi Mom! Your story rocks!
From The Peru Community Church celebrates 200 years of Methodism in Peru, 2011/06/19 at 2:54 PM
06/12/11 Comment from James Reyes
From Spring “springs forth” in Peru!, 2011/05/20 at 7:23 PM
From “This is a noble work” – Words describing our region’s newest museum, 2011/05/17 at 12:20 AM
From About Us, 2011/05/16 at 9:04 PM
From “This is a noble work” – Words describing our region’s newest museum, 2011/05/16 at 1:40 PM
From Peru has an operational new agricultural facility, 2011/04/01 at 8:56 PM
|My name is Julie Morris and I am currently employed at SVDP – Queensland. I am employed in the HM & M department – Housing Maintenance and modifications. I am looking at coming to Peru at the end of the year and would love the opportunity to do volunteer work for SVDP. If you could help me I would be very grateful. I am familiar with the retail/furniture aspect as well.
Once again, thankyou
Julie MorrisFrom St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store has a wonderful new home, 2011/03/24 at 4:54 PM
From Peru Central District Flags at Half Mast This Week, 2011/03/15 at 11:22 PM
I am from rochester NY and I am somewhat interested in your classes . I am looking for a part time endeavor which could possibly go full time if successful. Could you email me more information .
From Make Cheese with the Master: NNY Workshops for Aspiring Business Owners & Those Who Just Like Cheese, 2011/03/14 at 8:35 PM
From Peru resident relates her Tokyo earthquake experience, 2011/03/13 at 5:56 PM
From Owens Cosponsors Legislation to Tap Oil Reserves, 2011/03/11 at 6:43 PM
|Please help support the Williams family. And we have over 25 items for our chinese raffle. Thank youFrom “A HELPING HAND FOR HEIDI”, 2011/03/05 at 10:11 AM|
From St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store has a wonderful new home, 2011/03/04 at 7:27 PM
From St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store has a wonderful new home, 2011/03/03 at 10:43 AM
From Town Board will be replacing the Code/Zoning Enforcement Officer, 2011/02/25 at 7:53 PM
From Still loving his chosen profession!, 2011/02/20 at 1:40 PM
From Pasquale’s – one of the most popular stops in town, 2011/02/20 at 1:23 PM
|I like getting pulled on a sled by Buster! He’s cute. Plus, then I don’t have to walk!From Our local winter round-up; There’s no excuse for being bored, 2011/01/26 at 9:35 AM||2011/01/26|
From Noise Ordinance Public Hearing on Monday, 2011/01/24 at 10:02 AM
From Fire Department replaces twenty-two year old pumper, 2011/01/22 at 2:32 PM
From Disney World is still a great place to vacation, 2011/01/22 at 1:49 PM
From Peru woman dies from accident injuries, 2011/01/17 at 7:28 PM
From Town plans to purchase Lyon Street School, a building with a wonderful history, 2011/01/05 at 7:41 PM
From Peru says “Good-by” to Becky’s Restaurant, 2010/12/31 at 6:17 PM
From Merry Christmas to everyone from the Peru Gazette!, 2010/12/26 at 10:54 AM
From About Us, 2010/12/14 at 10:49 PM
From Can you help make a Christmas miracle happen?, 2010/12/14 at 7:24 PM
From Santa arrived in Peru last night aboard a beautifully decorated fire truck, 2010/12/04 at 1:34 PM
From Zoning Board’s October minutes appear here, 2010/12/01 at 8:37 AM
Kara and I were present at the library concert and really enjoyed the amazing talent of these young ladies. I hope they stick with their musical gift. It brings a lot of joy.
From PHS and PCS students combine to form ALEE, 2010/11/17 at 5:18 PM
|How come benefit recipients do not have to report in person to the unemploment offices as in the past. This would eliminate this problem.From Labor Department: New York prisoners bilking state for unemployment benefits, 2010/11/17 at 3:24 PM||2010/11/17|
From Bishop LaValley celebrates the harvest and harvesters, 2010/11/10 at 9:13 AM
From October 31st in Peru is very beautiful!, 2010/11/01 at 10:56 PM
From Town plans to purchase Lyon Street School, a building with a wonderful history, 2010/10/27 at 8:53 PM
From Saturday’s Haunted House was a success in many ways, 2010/10/25 at 8:29 PM
From About Us, 2010/10/20 at 7:14 AM
From Peru Town Council working on budget, 2010/10/19 at 7:08 PM
I’m very interested in history and especially the Civil War Era is my favorite time in history and the emancipation of the slaves. I have seen the “Underground Railroad” at the Mulbury House @ Northern Orchards and also know that there is one in the Stafford Farm on the Union Road.
I can’t wait for the tour.
From How to spend an interesting few hours next weekend, 2010/10/17 at 8:21 PM
From Turkey Trot sets a record, 2010/10/06 at 1:47 PM
From A beautiful autumn afternoon in and around Peru, 2010/10/03 at 5:17 PM
|Thanks for the great photos John!
Yes, Rulfs was having a busy day today as well. We had a great time in their pirate themed corn maze. It was a beautiful day for a walk and fun to learn about the pirate world on strategically placed signs. Afterwards the kids played on their giant jumpy house and picked apples. The wind was chilly but the sky was blue and everyone was happy. And of course we all enjoyed apple cider and baked treats before we left!From A beautiful autumn afternoon in and around Peru, 2010/10/03 at 7:00 PM
From Here’s a chance to assist a Peru child with severe heart problems, 2010/09/23 at 12:04 PM
From Forrence Orchards is making a major investment in their business, 2010/09/17 at 9:20 PM
The Villages, FL
From A Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail Trip, 2010/09/05 at 9:05 PM
From Pasquale’s – one of the most popular stops in town, 2010/09/04 at 9:19 PM
From Class of 1960 enjoyed their 50th Reunion last weekend, 2010/08/26 at 8:19 PM
From Class of 1960 enjoyed their 50th Reunion last weekend, 2010/08/26 at 7:24 PM
From Applefest a big success!, 2010/08/25 at 9:40 PM
From Don Evans has experienced a close-up look at every Clinton County highway and waterway, 2010/08/20 at 9:01 PM
From Spiegel loses battle with APA over house Home must be brought into compliance with permit, 2010/08/15 at 6:23 PM
From Don Evans has experienced a close-up look at every Clinton County highway and waterway, 2010/08/07 at 9:10 AM
Is it possible to print local Obituaries? Out of towners may like to know about old friends. I have missed a few in the past but I always catch up on the Gazette!
From About Us, 2010/07/17 at 12:41 PM
From Report: Toyota crash data suggests drivers were faulty, not the brakes, 2010/07/14 at 6:06 PM
From Thirty-six years keeping the lawns beautiful!, 2010/07/11 at 12:35 PM
From Thirty-six years keeping the lawns beautiful!, 2010/07/09 at 10:14 PM
Hi Everyone: I don’t have a dog, but if I did I would use it. Furthermore, I think it’s a great idea as the City of Plattsburgh has one and it’s doing great. It gives the dogs a place to run, have fun and get to make new friends. I think it’s great!!!
From Should the Town of Peru establish a Dog Park?, 2010/06/23 at 4:39 PM
I stopped by at the grand opening of the museum and was thoroughly impressed. Beautiful displays, hands on activities and lots of enthusisiam. Congratulations to all involved! Just one more reason why Peru is such a great place to live!
From Babbie museum officially opens, 2010/06/15 at 6:59 AM
Thank you Mr. Ryan for mentioning the James P. O’Connor Civil Air Patrol out of Plattsburgh in your column. You have no idea how difficult it is to encourage the media to even mention this wonderful volunteer organization. My husband and I have been members for over 6 years and my 2 children for 7. Please come down to their Squadron Headquarters to learn more about this org. and meet some of the members. The membership is slowly dwindling and they need all the publicity possible. We once had around 70 members. Now it is very low. This org. has been the best thing possible to prepare my children for their futures, besides family values, they teach so much more.Very educational. thanks again.
From VFW Post 309 honors our nation’s veterans, 2010/06/01 at 7:58 AM
Thanks for the great story about Camp TKT. I’m proud to be a Lion and look forward to my continued involvement in this great organization.
From Peru Lions Club donates to a worthy cause, 2010/04/10 at 8:04 PM
From Peru Lions Club donates to a worthy cause, 2010/04/10 at 11:38 AM
From Owens Announces Key Health Care Provisions To Take Effect Immediately, 2010/03/23 at 1:37 PM
From Pasquale’s Restaurant proposing expansion to bar area, 2010/03/22 at 9:28 AM
Beautiful work, Thom, as usual!
From Town Hall has a better meeting atmosphere, 2010/02/25 at 12:49 PM
If you visit the link above, it will take you to a website that has a photo of the Old Methodist Church that used to sit on Route 9 in Valcour. No such luck finding images of the Valcour stone schoolhouse, however. Will keep searching!
From When you pass by Valcour Educational Center think of Port Jackson, 2010/02/16 at 2:51 PM
From Young children will love it!, 2010/01/15 at 12:00 PM
From Majestic beauty near the Peru lakefront, 2010/01/14 at 9:42 AM
From Youth Commission Chair Lisa Gonyo to be recognized at tonight’s Town Board Meeting, 2010/01/11 at 9:25 PM
From The good Samaritan truck driver, 2009/12/29 at 10:34 PM
From Peru Hardware has been at the center of Peru for 60+ years, 2009/12/28 at 1:55 AM
From A Christmas letter from an 18 year old sailor, 2009/12/24 at 11:34 AM
From A Christmas letter from an 18 year old sailer, 2009/12/22 at 6:55 PM
From About Us, 2009/12/10 at 12:40 PM
From Mary Lou Zaferakis to be inducted into Peru Central Hall of Fame, 2009/12/08 at 2:32 PM
We would like to comment on an item posted in the Zoning Board report. The presence of Dr. Charles Dilzer and his wife was a complete surprise to us, as we were not acquainted with them prior to our initial appeal. Dr. Dilzer spoke on our behalf because, for a great number of years, he used to have a dental practice directly across the street and watched the properties deteriorate over time.
What a huge feeling of pride it was to hear our efforts have made a difference to people! Kudos to Dr. and Mrs. Dilzer for taking the initiative to appear on our behalf! We have since met them personally, and find them to be outstanding people. Peru is very lucky to have involved citizens.
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas to all,
George and Lana Knight
From Minutes include details of new apartments in the hamlet & a proposed Route 22B home catering business, 2009/12/04 at 10:32 AM
From This man gets an A+, 2009/12/01 at 7:51 PM
I am proud to say ” I know him” and I am glad so many other people are getting to know him. He is the kindest and most generous person I know.
From This man gets an A+, 2009/11/30 at 7:41 PM
11/29/09 Comment received from Curtis Hemm
I stumbled upon the site today and could not believe that you were doing this for our little town. I think this is great for Peru and its residents.
11/29/09 Comment from Andy
is there anywhere race participants can find a listing of the race results with times for all participants?
From Turkey Trot sets a record, 2009/11/28 at 10:09 PM
11/28/09 Comment from Don McBrayer
No, I preheat the oven at 350, and cook the bird at that temperature the entire time. I do use a roasting bag, however. I find it helps keep in moisture and flavor.
From Don’t let the turkey have the last laugh, 2009/11/28 at 5:52 PM
11//28/09 comment received from JP (permitted without full name because of the nature of the subject)
Excellent tips! Thank you for the information!
Just a question, do you ever have to cook your turkey on high for 15 or 20 minutes before putting the temp down to normal (325-350)?
From Don’t let the turkey have the last laugh, 2009/11/28 at 2:21 PM
11/11/09 Comment received 11/11/09 from John larocque
Thank you, George Moore, for your extreme generosity and compassion!
From Keeseville celebrated Veterans Day in a very special way, 2009/11/12 at 11:52 AM
11/9/09 Comments received from Candyce-Arada Trombley
I am very pleased to live in a community where candidates conduct themselves with integrity and respect for the democratic progress. In what the “experts” deem an off year election our community showed that all elections are very important. The candidates kept this town a pleasant place to live and raise a family. Having returned in 2000 after a 20 year absence, I am pleased & feel privileged to live in Peru. Congratulations to Jim & Sue, Peter & Kregg. We all look forward to kind, responsible governing from all of you. And to those who will not be serving on the town council this time, I hope you will continue to be involved in many other opportunities as they are presented in our town.
From Thank You, Peru!, 2009/11/08 at 9:16 PM
11/6/09 Comment received from John Larocque
Thank you so much for being so classy. We are very fortunate to have you in our midst. May you continue to flourish within our community, and continue to provide such non-partisan leadership through your
involvement. Hey, can I recruit you to become involved in our democratic party? (how’s that for subtle, non-partisanship?)
Comment received 11/4/09 from John larocque
You and your “staff/assistants” are outstanding journalists and community contributors. Thank you so much, once more.
From Glushko elected, Two Democrats elected to Board, Flynn re-elected, 2009/11/04 at 11:40 AM
Comment received 11/4/09 from Gina Gilbert
Thank you for all you do. I couldn’t find the results for all of Peru anywhere else. You are amazing!! Thanks again!
From Glushko elected, Two Democrats elected to Board, Flynn re-elected, 2009/11/04 at 10:59 AM
Comment received 11/4/09 from Donald McBrayer
I wish to send a sincere congratulation to Sue Polhemus and Jim Douglas on their win. They both showed real integrity during the campaign, and I have come to consider them friends. Good luck and God Bless.
From Counselor Positions, 2009/11/04 at 8:04 AM
Comment received 11/3/09 from John Larocque
I agree with Joanne. This local and congressional news coverage is superb. Thank you so much for being here for all of us.
From Voter update – as of 6 p.m., 2009/11/03 at 8:59 PM
Comment received 11/03/09 from Joanne Kennedy
Nice Job! I’ll be checking to see the results. Thanks for all your work keeping us updated!
From Voter update – as of 6 p.m., 2009/11/03 at 7:54 PM
Comment received 10/24/09 from Don McBrayer
I’ve been saying this for years. Spring water flows over many things before it goes into your plastic container — Remember where the bear poops!
My dog contracted Giardia a few months back. We believe he got it by drinking out of one of those babbling postcard-looking streams along one of our nature trails. It’s a horrible disease – a protozoan that coats the lining of the digestive track, robbing all nutrients from the host. Google it for a good Halloween scare.
Greg Timmons recently gave me a thorough tour of Peru’s water processing facilities. I was very impressed. Are town water is processed in a way that is modern, extensively monitored, and very effective. Greg explained to me the chlorination process and the byproduct issues related to it. We also discussed the new activated carbon media that is coming online, and he feels confidant Peru water will be better than ever.
I drink town water all the time – It’s clear, clean, safe, and makes a mean glass of lemonade.
From Unmonitored spring water is not safe for you and your family, 2009/10/24 at 8:27 AM
Comment received 10/21/09 from Rodney Brown
Wonderful things are happening in Peru behind the scenes: the Little Ausable River Trail and Heyworth Park are projects that will provide family activities in the heart of Town. Much credit goes to Adele Douglas for administering the grants that allow the projects to move forward with little cost to the town, Town employees for providing the labor and expertise to keep the costs down and ensure that the improvements are made in the best interests of the Town, and the Town Board for approving the projects in the first place. Thank you all!
From A progress report on the Heyworth Village project, 2009/10/21 at 9:55 PM
Comment received 10/19/09 from Connie Bobal
Thanks, John, for taking me home to Peru in Autumn….Love this time of year.
From Autumn leaves are falling rapidly, 2009/10/19 at 10:22 AM
Comment received 10/17/09 from Donald McBrayer
As always, fantastic photos. I love this time of year best, and your photos captures my reasons why perfectly.
From Autumn leaves are falling rapidly, 2009/10/17 at 8:28 PM
Comment received 10/16/09 from Garry Douglas
From Town Supervisor, 2009/10/16 at 6:25 PM
Comment received 10/6/09 from Donald McBrayer
I want to thank John Ryan on the behalf of all the candidates running for office this year. John, your Gazette is a valued asset to this community, and I hope everyone in Peru takes the opportunity you have graciously provided to read about who’s running. This is a critical election this year, and every vote is extremely important. To everyone in Peru: Please study your candidates carefully, and PLEASE VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd.
From Town Counselor 4 yr., 2009/10/06 at 9:41 PM
Comment received 10/6/09 from John P. Larocque
Peru Candidates Superb
As citizens of Peru, we are very fortunate to have a wonderfully dedicated group of people seeking election. They are Lana Knight for Clerk, Jim Reed for Highway, Jim Kirby for Justice, Kregg Bruno, Tony Andrews, and James Douglass for Council, as well asBob Cronin Write-in for Supervisor. These are people who realize fully that our town is highly politicized and publicized; yet, they have a vision for Peru that creates a town of fairness and harmony.
The people of Peru need these candidates to be our representatives of honesty and integrity in government. All our taxpayers and citizens are entitled to fair representation, regardless of political persuasion. Peru deserves Lana Knight, Jim Reed, Jim Kirby, Kregg Bruno, Tony Andrews, Jim Douglass, and Bob CroninWrite-in for Supervisor. I can assure you that they will bring fresh, fair new outlooks to our town. They will provide democracy in our local government, and they will generate a new satisfaction in Peru’s residents. These candidates are excellent human beings, and they are truly superb choices for the citizens of Peru!
Thank you so much for allowing everyone to get their messages out.
From Candidate profiles – The candidates tell you who they are and why they are seeking office, 2009/10/05 at 11:10 PM
Thank you so much for pointing out the facts regarding the grant that the town board secured for the Town of Peru. The truth of the matter is that town residents do hope for a better community. One that can be utilized in a positive, cost effective manner. Your assistance to our town is invaluable. As time progresses and the trail becomes a reality EVERYONE that was involved in this decision will be patting themsevles on the back. You have assisted our town in many ways. The most recent being the comments that you made. Thank you so much for being an employee and caring citizen for our town. From Town Supervisor, 2009/10/05 at 10:56 PM
Comment received 10/5/09 from John Robert Kokoszka
Jim Kirby is a well known individual in the North Country. He is well known because he was born and raised here; and he is respected and admired by the people of this area. He is running for Town Justice. “Why,” you may ask? He is a hard-working soul with straight-talking views that shape the world in which we live. He can succeed at any job he sets his mind to, and his common sense is what we need in a Town Justice setting in Peru. Other people may say they are great, but Jim outclasses them with his judgment and his keen desire to lead the people of Peru to fair and just rulings of their cases. Jim welcomes your support in the upcoming elections.
Comment received 10/05/09 from Adele Douglas:
I’d like to make a comment on Tom Powers’ precis for the position of Supervisor.
Tom states that “The Town Board should put high expense projects, like the trail walk, on a referendum vote. This project will cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands dollars and benefit very few.”
Regarding the trail costs: Yes it’s an expensive project ($655,000), which is why the Town chose to apply for, and was awarded, a grant for 80% of the cost of development and construction ($525,000). The 20% balance, which the Town must pay, will in large part be made up by in-kind services, for the Highway Department will construct the trail, this, plus fund raising, leaves the amount of cash the Town must put towards this project at about $20,000 per year for three years.
Tom did vote “yes” on the resolution authorizing the implementation and funding of this grant.
Regarding who will benefit from the trail: Well, anyone who can walk, run, ride a bicycle or is in a wheel chair will be able to use and benefit from the trail. More particulary, the Little Ausable River Trail:
- Will encourage healthy lifestyles. People who have access to sidewalks and trails are more likely to be physically active.
- Will provide Peru’s x-country teams with a safe, off road, training route.
- Will give kids of all ages a safe, off-road, place to ride their bikes.
- Will help preserve and interpret the historic A. Mason and Sons Lumber Mill site and D&H railroad, and
- Will provide opportunities for nature appreciation and interpretation, as well as protection, along riverbank, wetland and forest ecosystems.
Regarding a referendum vote: I believe the Town Board took the following into consideration when determining whether or not to pursue the development of a trail system:
For the survey that was conducted among Peru residents for the Comprehensive Plan over 600 questionnaires were completed and returned. There was a wide range of questions regarding how the Town should develop. These are the ones that relate to the trail:
“Is there additional need in the Town for the following types of land use?”
Given a list of 22 choices, from senior housing to a variety of retail and commercial uses, the highest rating was given to: Public Recreation Areas. 75% of respondents said additional public recreation areas were needed in Peru.
When asked “what additional recreation opportunities are needed in the Town”, 70% of respondents said that dedicated bicycle paths were “needed”, this was the most popular response after a community/teen center.
Would residents be willing to pay for a trail? More than 50% of respondents said they would be willing to pay additional property taxes or user fees to “establish a recreation trail for walking and biking”.
Finally, the trail project has been deliberated, agreed upon, and progressed for six years now. Tom’s endless negative comments serve no purpose other than to create animosity.
Comment posted September 6, 2009
Thanks for the article about Oscar’s. We often stop there on the way up the Northway. It certainly was a bad fire. Sure hope they rebuild.
From Fire ravages Warrensburg landmark – Oscar’s Smokehouse, 2009/09/06 at 8:50 PM
Posted September 3, 2009
When is enough enough? If the dispute between Members of the town council and now Zoning board against the covels was a fight any reasonable person or people would have stopped it by now. How much damage do they want to inflict at some point you must have some respect for your enemy and understand you won. To cause further injury is simply inhumane. You at this point are making yourselves look bad. I have stayed out of this frey however someone has to point out that further attacks on the covels is going to far. Let it go you won move on!
From Zoning Board able to act on two of six applications, 2009/09/02 at 9:07 AM
Posted July 28, 2009
This is a public road. Enforcing the speed laws is one thing, but restricting traffic on the road is going too far. Walt Russell
From Town Board reacts to yellow line complaints, 2009/07/28 at 6:08 PM
Posted July 15, 2009
This was a wonderful tribute to Rocky.
What an awesome job by the Peru Fire Dept.!
From Peru firefighters honor their deceased chief, 2009/07/15 at 3:02 PM
Posted July 3, 2009
Nice photos on the website John.
From The Town of Peru has a redesigned website, 2009/06/26 at 9:27 PM
Posted June 26, 2009
WHAT A GREAT WEBSITE AND UP TO DATE ~THANKS Donald McBrayer AND John Ryan FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THE TWO WEBSITES ~THANKS FROM BRANDY MCDONALD
From The Town of Peru has a redesigned website, 2009/06/26 at 12:08 AM
Posted May 30, 2009
Those are very nice photos. Great Job!
From Spring is very beautiful in our small town, 2009/05/29 at 10:38 PM
Posted May 21, 2009
What great photos. Thanks for sharing.
From Spring is very beautiful in our small town, 2009/05/21 at 6:08 AM
Posted May 20, 2009
|Wow John! Those are great photos. From Spring is very beautiful in our small town,||2009/05/20|
Posted May 18, 2009
|Comment from Bobbie1217
Time May 15, 2009 at 8:59 am It’s wonderful to see that Peru has a mode of online communication with it’s residence. In reference to the “Open Burning” one might also keep in mind what the “County” laws are and then the State laws and if you reside within the APA you may also have to consider those laws as well. This “Open Burning” issue is not a simple fix to vote one must consider all laws. Then once a vote is taken and passed one must be responsible and state if in favor of “Open Burning” that it’s done so at each person’s own risk, that would include being sued by your neighbor if your smokey burning trash trip triggers breathing issues which incurr medical expenses, or better yet sparks fly and catch their land on fire. Let’s face it folks, not all the bulbs in the package are a full 100 watts when it comes to understanding the laws and how it can truly effect them. If not passed then who will “police” the town of Peru and implement fines for unlawful burning?! Best of Luck to you all!
Former Peru NY resident Bobbie ThompsonFrom Do residents know their burning may be prohibited, 2009/05/17 at 9:58 PM
Posted May 15, 2009
Great food, great service, great job all round. Continued success.
From Pasquale’s – one of the most popular stops in town, 2009/05/15 at 8:56 AM
Posted April 27, 2009
Best of luck to Cortland on his next endeavor. Cortland has been a solid Councilman for Peru; professional, involved, reasonable, always keeping the best interests of Peru residents and businesspersons in sight. Thank you. Rodney Brown
From Forrence April 30 resignation on Town Board agenda, 2009/04/27 at 9:41 PM
Posted April 6, 2009
Once again, John, and all you wonderful contributors of photos and writings, thank you so much for this fantastic website.
From 10K+ AND COUNTING!, 2009/03/30 at 8:34 AM
Posted April 6, 2009
Interesting stats, esp. on Essex county…….
What’s up with that?
The well-to-do still buying second homes in the mountains?
I do wonder………..perhaps more of the AIG bonus folks still have lots of cash the rest of the country lacks.
Bernie Madoff spent time up here with his buddies, taking them for all they were worth, too.
Curious/challenging times, indeed!
From Home sales continue their decline, 2009/04/04 at 7:47 PM
Posted March 28, 2009
Kudos on a job well done!!! It’s about time that someone in this area actually reports events and news that are pertinent to Peru.
You have reports that we can’t get from any other source. I am glad to read real local news, not Vermont or New Hampshire.
Or “local” news that has such a biased spin put on it, that the truth and facts are so distorted that the reader only gets the viewpoint of the paper, radio, or TV station.
It is refreshing to read a story presented in a professional and ethical manner. Maybe the Press Republican, WIRY, and WPTZ should take a look at the differences between their spin and your reports.
Again I would like to congratulate you on a great job!!
From Insurance costs to be cut – Will the lowest bidder get the contract?, 2009/03/28 at 8:24 PM
Posted March 28, 2009
It is unfortunate that the draft open space plan is not available for landowners who are currently out of town. We asked for a copy so we could send in our comments but were told it is not available on line yet. Maybe the Gazette can post a copy???!!!
From Listen, learn and voice your opinion about protecting Peru’s open spaces, 2009/03/28 at 10:05 AM
Posted March 19, 2009
What a wonderful article and awesome photographs. It is proof that we can make a differance.
From Local mother and daughter share mission experiences, 2009/03/19 at 4:53 PM
Posted January 29, 2009
|I am writing in response to two issues raised by Mr. Cronin during the Town Board’s January 12, 2009 meeting. On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to thank Mr. Cronin for expressing his concerns on Town Budget issues. The Board is always interested in hearing the thoughts of our taxpayers.
The first issue Mr. Cronin addressed was one of the Town’s mileage reimbursement policy for employees. No one who works for the Town of Peru gets paid to drive to work. Employees do receive mileage reimbursement at a rate this year of 44 cents per mile for any use of a private vehicle for travel while performing Town business. This use of private vehicle is only authorized when no Town vehicle is available for use. The mileage reimbursement request is submitted by each claimant via the Town voucher system through which all Town vendors receive reimbursement. The voucher is reviewed during the last regular Town Board meeting of each month and if the request is considered valid by a majority of the Board, reimbursement is rendered. This mileage reimbursement procedure has been in place for the entire eleven years I have served as a Town Board member.
The Board did not approve a $2000 voucher for a new projector for the Planning and Zoning Department at a prior meeting. The Board did request a voucher be filled out to encumber the $2000 that was budgeted in 2008 for the Planning/Zoning Department. This voucher was to remind us that that amount was not to be automatically rolled over into the 2009 Unallocated Fund Balance but was instead to be held until a final purchase for 2008 was made. That purchase was to be the projector that had been specifically budgeted for in 2008 but, because of the changeover of accounting software, was delayed until the accuracy of the new system was verified. The projector‘s final cost to the Town was actually less than $1500, which was a considerable savings over the normal retail price of such a unit. Installation was performed by Town personnel, realizing even more savings. The unit has already been proven to be very effective in improving the clarity of information presentation during the monthly meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Town Board does not condone or expect budget monies to be spent “just because it is in the budget.” Funding for budget line items is put into the annual budget only after justification is given to the Board for that funding by department heads and after a majority of the Board agrees to that funding.
Finally, it is important to note that the Code/Zoning Department actually received more in receipts than was budgeted and spent less than was budgeted for 2008. That is always a good situation for the Town and the taxpayers.
I hope I have provided a bit more clarity concerning these two issues raised by a concerned taxpayer. Again, I thank Mr. Cronin for his expressed concerns and for his compliment concerning the 2009 Town Budget. Peter GlushkoFrom Farrell makes his first highway superintendent report, 2009/01/29 at 7:01 AM
Posted January 14, 2009
Comment Re: The electric power was out, but Christ’s light was present, 2009/01/15 at 7:48 PM:
This is beautifully written! I attended Christmas Eve mass at a different church, but heard about the power outage at St. Augustine’s that night. This is really an insightful way of perceiving the lack of electricity. Great job, Rachael! Signed- Rachael Taft
Posted January 12, 2009
What a wonderfully written letter! I went to the morning Mass Christmas day, so I missed this, but I feel like I was there, just reading the letter.
Posted January 12, 2009
Comments re: The electric power was out, but Christ’s light was present, 2009/01/12
This was a beautiful story by Rachel and I agree with her regarding having no distractions because of the lights being out.
I told Fr. Alan afterwards that I received more out of this Mass because there were no distractions and one couldn’t look around. I told Fr. Alan that I felt it was like it was 2000 years ago and he asked why? I told him, “back 2000 years ago, one attended a Mass or Service with no lights–only candlelights and it reminded me of that time. He said he hadn’t thought of it that way. Maybe there should be more power outages for Mass.
Posted December 17, 2008
Comment: I appreciate Peter Glushko’s response to my inquiries about three of the annual town board appointments. They beg the question about how much was actually paid to the town attorney and the others for this calendar year, versus how much was budgeted for those services. Also, is it acceptable for an applicant for the director of the youth commission to also be coaching a travel sports team outside the town during spring and summer sports season? Another issue involves the lack of concern for establishing a legitimate venue for the town’s skateboarders. They are treated as “untouchables,” as their sport is yet to be recognized as legitimate here in Peru, contrary to the rest of modern America. These riders were given hope that they would soon have a place for skateboarding, yet that was two years ago. Should the director of youth not be coordinating such a site, when he certainly has the time to coach outside the town? The skaters of this town are also citizens in what is purported to be a democracy, yet their representation has been rejected as unworthy of the town’s concern. Their parents are voters and taxpayers, yet the support from the town for their children is terribly missing. Would a new applicant for youth director be considered legitimate should that applicant be a skateboarder advocate?
Posted December 16, 2008
“Board continues to cut costs – open burning law may be coming” 2008/12/14
Comment: I support an open burning law for Peru, only if some compensation is made for leaves, lawn mower debris, and branch disposal. The site on Barney Downs Road will work, as long as it is free to Peru residence use. I would oppose allowing non-Peruvians from using the site, or charges being applied. Any organic dumping site should be set up for composting, and allowed access for fertilizing material to be removed. This would require monitoring and limited access hours which might be recouped through small fees applied to the purchase of composted material.
Posted December 14, 2008
Comment: I am writing in response to the questions raised by John LaRoque in a December 6 posting to Perugazette.com about the annual appointments made by the Town Board.
Mr. LaRoque was correct in stating that these paid positions appointed by the Board annually “cannot be legally guaranteed and secured by the same people each year.” The Board considers these positions before the Board’s Organizational Meeting, usually the first meeting of the year. The Board then votes at the Organizational Meeting and it takes a majority vote of the Board to approve the appointments. Usually, if the person or persons who are in those positions are performing their job well, then the chance is very good that they will be reappointed for another year, but not “guaranteed”.
Anyone can request, in writing, consideration for one of the annually appointed positions in the Town. This should be done before the Organizational Meeting, not the night of the meeting as was done last year. Consideration will be given to any and all requests for appointments received in a timely manner.
Finally, I do object to the insinuations that Mr. LaRoque made throughout his comments. The amounts budgeted this year and next for the three positions he singled out (there are a few more than just three positions appointed annually) is not “well over one hundred thousand dollars but is under that stated amount and can be verified by actually reading the Town’s budget documents. I have addressed Mr. LaRoque’s concerns earlier in my comments about supposed “guarantees” and I hope that the air has been cleared of any misconceptions that exist about the annual appointment process and the three appointed Town positions in question.
Town Board Member
Posted December 8, 2008
From “Stephen Cahill found driving his vehicle near Plattsburgh, 2008/12/08 at 9:51 AM”
Comments: John, I think you reported this first. I just finished looking at the Press Republican and I didn’t see an update on Steve’s disappearance. Great website!! Joann O’Callaghan
John, this a wonderful website! I check this site first before I look at other media websites. Keep up the good work!
We are relieved that Steve has been found. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. The O’Callaghans
Posted December 7, 2008 – “From A huge craft fair is in town today, 2008/12/06 at 7:55 PM”
Comment: John, Thank-you for taken a photo of me and my daughter at our first craft fair in the area. We recived many nice comments about our maplebirdseye jewelry boxes and helped us spread the word about our Kitchen Cabinet Business in Peru. Leisa, Ashley and Steve Kaczmarczyk of AppleTree Woodworking
Posted December 6, 2008
Comment: John LaRocque wonders about the upcoming town board 2009 Annual Appointments…………..
When and how are they made?
Who can and cannot apply for them? How can one apply for them? Can one be denied this application consideration?
The Youth Commission paid positions cannot be legally guaranteed and secured only by the same people each year. They are appointed annually. Appointed means just that – appointed each year. They are not legally guaranteed through some vague “in all years past this is how it was done.” These people are not members of CSEA. They serve at the wishes of the town board, yet they are also legally accountable for their actions in their capacity as public servants.
The same must apply to the town legal counsel, n’est-ce-pas?
When those three positions are finanacially considered, they entail well over one hundred thousand dollars per year.
So, the question must be raised: how are these appointments legally made every year, and how may others be considered for these paid, appointed positions?
Posted December 5, 2008 “The Gazebo is beautiful at night, 2008/12/03″
Comment: Those are beautiful photos of the gazebo decorated for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Joanne Kennedy
Posted November 26, 2008
Comment: “Open secretarial position, political signs and wood boilers enliven board meeting ”
Shared services agreements do require that the cooperating municipalities carry Workers’ Comp Part B coverage.
Posted November 22, 2008
Comment: “Peru Hardware has been at the center of Peru for 60+ years”
That is a terrific, historical and personal, story!
Posted November 11, 2008
Comment: “Peru Lions Club Election Day Spaghetti Dinner”
“The members of the Peru Lions Club wish to thank the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of the 17th annual Election Day spaghetti dinner at the Peru Community Church.
A special thanks goes to Boy Scout Troop 49 and Girl Scout Troop 4270 and their adult leaders for helping to set up, serve and clean up at this event.
The money that was raised will help support the work of the Peru Lions Club in our community.
Peru Lions Club”
Posted November 1, 2008
Comment: “A scary time in downtown Peru” Hey what a great website! It certainly makes me miss home! I will check back frequently. The photos of Halloween are fantastic, of course, since it is my brother! Love ya Bill, great job!
Michele Downs Kelley
Posted October 29, 2008 by John T. Ryan
Comment: “About Us” Hi John, I just found this site and enjoyed the pictures of the North Country. Makes me homesick! I’ll be watching for updates this winter.
Posted October 25, 2008
Comment: “Family Court Judge Candidates’ Forum on Monday, 2008″
I was recently informed that candidate William Meconi has declined to participate in the Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, but that the Forum will continue as planned with the entire Forum devoted to questioning of candidate Timothy Lawliss. This is the second forum in a row that William Meconi has declined to participate in. This should raise questions regarding why Mr. Meconi refuses repeated opportunities to answer questions relative to his ability and qualifications for the position of Clinton County Family Court Judge.
Posted October 23, 2008
Comment “Elm Street home not insured – an appeal for help!”
As someone who has known and loved this family for years, I know that they not only poured every dime they had into this house… but also their hearts, souls, blood, sweat and tears. It was their dream house. I beg of each one of you to pray for them, and please contribute if you can. Every little bit helps. God Bless.
Sharon (Mayville) Black
Posted October 22, 2008
Comment“Elm Street home not insured. An appeal for help!”
We are so sorry for your terrible loss.
I have sent your letter on to some of my contacts who will, we pray, also be able to help you out, at least a little bit.
John Larocque, 2008/10/22 at 10:01 PM
Posted October 20, 2008
Comment: What a terrific human interest story!
“Good will extended to our visitors” John Larocque
Letter to the Editor
LETS NOT FORGET
By Ken Bergeron
For those of us who can remember those teachers who made a difference in our lives by giving a whole lot more than what they were paid for and are now retired. Let us now think of their struggles to keep health insurance during a time that they need it most.
There is a move within the 16 school district area of Clinton and Essex counties to negotiate away current health insurance plans which covers our retired teachers when they are in most need of it. For some new teachers it is simply an issue of increasing salary or benefits and current insurance plans for retired teachers are subject to contract negotiations.
Thanks to Superintendent A. Paul Scott and the Peru School Board the central school district of Peru has opted to stay with the current retirement plan.
However, school boards change from term to term and different board members feel differently about retirees. What we can do is to discuss this topic among community voters and consider this when going to the polls to vote for school board members. In the mean time our gratitude goes out to our current Superintendent Scott and the School Board for their stand on retiree health insurance.
Posted October 17, 2008
Comment: Hi John, I want to thank you for the work you are doing in keeping the people of Peru informed with current events that directly affect us.
Keep up the good work.
Posted October 15, 2008
I believe it will be David Hislop and Carlene Heipel that will be presenting the Highway Dept. fuel bills, unless of course Carlene Clark has decided to come out of retirement. I miss her charm and wit.
Posted September 8, 2008
Comment: Congratulations to our apple orchardists. In many ways, the orchards provide a large part of the identity of Peru, and certainly form a large part of our landscape. Our family supports or apple orchard industry whenever we can. I urge everyone to buy local and eat an apple! Rodney Brown
From Peru is definitely “Apple Country”, 2008/10/07 at 9:35 PM
Posted September 7, 2008
Comment: Great new additions.
Thanks for all your work here. John Larocque (Mr. Larocque was commenting on the Planning Board and Zoning Board agendas being published here).
From Contribute or comment!, 2008/10/06 at 8:25 PM
Posted September 5, 2008
Comment: Elizabeth Thompson here, fomerly a Peru Town employee now residing in Fredericksburg, VA . Love the gazette it’s great to be able to keep up with all things Peru, as I’m planning to return to the area in the near future.
Best of luck with your publication.
Posted September 2, 2008
Comment: FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT WEB SITE ABOUT THE TOWN OF PERU AND THE TIME YOU SPEND DOING THIS ~~I AM SURE YOU WILL GET ALOT MORE GREAT COMMENTS FOR THIS GREAT SITE ABOUT PERU ~~AS A COUNCILMAN FOR THE TOWN OF PERU I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE PERU GAZETTE~~THANKS FROM BRANDY MCDONALD
Comment John Larocque comments regarding the Youth Commission scheduling its meetings for the convenience of its members. Mr. Larocque brought up the issue at the Town Board’s August 25th meeting.
Time September 28, 2008 at 8:48 pm
I apologize to lisa gonyo, who does a fine job, as a volunteer, like so many others in the youth commission programs. As for their meetings and actions, they are publicly-funded by the town, and they need to abide by open meeting laws of new york, which they clearly do not: