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Flowing Wells – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

A good problem for Watertown – how to spend a $10 million revitalization grant | NCPR News

Eye on the Arts – Sun Community News & Printing

IRS scam making rounds in North Country – Sun Community News & Printing

Many Memories to Share

Seated – Sr. Investigator Clement J. {Clem} Jackson. Standing left to right. Sr. Investigator Lawrence H. {Larry} Manor, BCI Lieut. Roy A. Garrant, Major John H. {Jack} Lawliss.

Anyone familiar with Northern New York law enforcement has to be familiar with these men. Between them, they have a combined 117 years of service with the New York State Police. The four retirees enjoyed a recent get-together at Clem Jackson’s Plattsburgh home.

ECO Actions for Early to Mid-December

From the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

Recent missions carried out by ECOs include:

Loaded-Rifle Riding is a Recipe for Disaster — Franklin and Clinton Counties

On Dec. 8, ECO Kevin Riggs received a complaint that non-resident Vermont hunters were hunting deer over bait in the town of Constable. ECO Riggs located a hunter in a tree stand over several piles of corn. The subject was interviewed and was not carrying his license or tags. The ECO and the subject then went to the hunter’s camper nearby, and while ECO Riggs was reviewing the hunter’s license, another hunter returned to the camper on an ATV carrying a muzzleloader. Upon inspection of the firearm, it was determined to still be loaded. Three charges were written to the Town of Constable Court for hunting deer over bait, failure to carry license and tags while hunting, and possession of a loaded firearm on a motor vehicle.

Also on Dec. 8 in Clinton County, ECO Spencer Noyes was patrolling Rock Road in Altona when he noticed two pickup trucks parked on the side of the road with their tailgates down and ATV ramps set up. At dusk, ECO Noyes saw an ATV coming down the road and noticed the rider had a muzzleloader in the front gun rack. When asked if the gun was unloaded, the rider stated “Um, kinda, maybe?” The gun was loaded. About five minutes later, Noyes saw another ATV coming at him, this time with two riders both holding muzzleloaders across their laps. When asked if the weapons were unloaded, one of the riders said, “They can be, if you want them to be right now.” Both of these firearms were found to be loaded, as well. All three of the riders were issued tickets for possessing a loaded firearm on a motor vehicle. The tickets are returnable to Town of Altona Court in January.

Scandal erupts over Plattsburgh mayor’s comments caught on video | NCPR News

Service With a Smile

L-R Don McNulty, Ted Brown, Curtis Lamere, Steve Duell, Dustin Bushey, Ashley Akey, Jordan Keleher, Devin McDonald, Matt Girard.

The Peru Farm Center staff is #27 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Located at 2682 State Route 22, the Peru Farm Center specializes in agricultural, construction, outdoor power and power sports equipment. Manager Jordan Keleher is very appreciative of the Farm Center’s great local support. He said, “Our local support has been wonderful.”

Cuomo proposes tightening gun ownership laws for domestic abusers – Sun Community News & Printing

Saranac, Peru, Champlain net over $967K in state grants – Sun Community News & Printing

St. Augustine’s Advent and Christmas Mass Schedule

Rep. Elise Stefanik voting no on GOP tax bill

It’s Not Too Late!

Many people are dropping off gifts today at the TD Bank in Peru. The bank is assisting the Peru Central School Student Council and National Honor Society in collecting gifts for several families in need. Many monetary donations have also been made. Gifts and donations will be accepted until the close of business (5 p.m.) today.

Cuomo OKs Buy American law; Canada irked – Times Union

52nd Anniversary Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir Christmas Concert

The Keeseville-Peru Ecumenical Choir, December 17, 2017, St. Augustine’s Church, Peru, NY. Jeanette Woodruff Director, Steven Collier Accompanist, Stephen Woodruff Organist. 

Below you will find links to all the songs. It was a great concert! Director Jeanette Woodruff, the accompanists and all the choir put their hearts and souls into making it a wonderful evening. What a beautiful way to approach Christmas! Many thanks to all the choir for bringing their beautiful talents to Peru.

“O Holy Night” 

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” 

“The Holly And The Ivy”

“Christ Is The Morning Star” 

“Deck The Hall” 

“Candlelight Carol” 

“Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” 

“A King Is Born” 

“Speak To the Child of Love” 

“Hodie Alleluia” 

“Christmas Angel” 

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” 

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” 

“Go Tell It On The Mountain” 

“The Very Best Time of Year” 

“Hallelujah Chorus, from The Messiah”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Search still on for Peru armed robber | Local News |

Advent and Christmas at the Peru Community Church

The Peru Community Church invites all to celebrate the coming of Christmas through worship and fellowship.   Our theme this year is “Coming Home”.   Worship and Sunday school for ages pre-school through pre-teen are held in the stone building at the corner of Elm and Pleasant Streets in Peru, at the intersection of Routes 22 and 22B.   Other events are held in the church Fellowship Center across the street at 12 Elm Street.

On the third Sunday of Advent, December 17th, worship services are at 8 am and 10:30 am, with Communion at the 8 am service, and nursery care provided during both services.  Coffee and fellowship hour follow each service.   At 9:15 am in the Chapel (in the Fellowship Center) the “Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem” video series finishes with ‘The Manger’ – an informational video vignette retracing the actual path of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.  All are welcome to watch the video – no preparation is needed.

On Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30 pm, a “Blue Christmas” service will be held in the Chapel (in the Fellowship Center).   Held on the longest night of the year near the end of the Advent season, this service is offered as a quiet and reflective respite from the hustle and bustle of the season, in recognition that Christmas is not always joyous for those who mourn loved ones no longer here, for those who have much sadness in their lives.  All are welcome.

On Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, one morning service will be at 10 am with ‘Lessons and Carols’ – a retelling of the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus through Bible readings interspersed with hymns and carols sung by the congregation and by the choir.    At 6 pm and at 8 pm Sunday evening December 24th, traditional Christmas Eve worship services are at 6 pm and 8 pm in the sanctuary. Both services end with the singing of ‘Silent Night’ in the darkened sanctuary illuminated only by candles lit from the Christ candle and held by the congregation.

On Christmas Monday, December 25th, one service will be held in the Chapel at 10 am, followed by fellowship/coffee hour.

On New Year’s Eve Sunday, December 31, 2017, one service will be at 10 am in the Sanctuary.

The members, staff, and friends of the Peru Community Church wish all a blessed holiday season, and welcome you to worship with us.  Questions?   Please contact the church office / Pastor Peggi Eller at 518-643-8641.  Our website is

The Peru Community Church is located at the corner of Pleasant and Elm Streets in the heart of Peru, Read more »

Armed robbery reported in Peru | News |

An Emotional Return to Peru, NY

Cory and Merilda Brito

By John T. Ryan

Peru – When the Peru High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 55th Class Reunion in October 2017 it was easy to determine the classmate who had traveled the longest distance. Coriolano Brito accompanied by his wife Merilda traveled approximately 5,000 miles from Brazil. Coriolano, or “Cory” as he was known to his classmates, was a foreign exchange student at Peru High School during the 1961-62 school year. Peru Community Church Pastor Rev. Melvin McGaughey, his wife Grace and their children were his host family.

Cory’s classmate Mary Downs Nisoff said, “We really enjoyed Cory’s presence in Peru. He was very friendly, very smart and very well-liked.” The Peru Gazette communicated with Cory Brito via email at his home in Volta Redonda, Brazil. As you read his responses to our questions you’ll sense his love for our little town, his classmates and the United States. He has led a very interesting, successful life that was influenced by one year in the small town of Peru, NY.

1. What are your best memories about your time in Peru, NY?
So many good memories! If I were a writer or had been one, I’d write / would have written a book about the wonderful experience of having lived in Peru and how much of an influence it was/has been for the rest of my life. The town itself, being so much smaller than the city where I was actually born in (São Paulo) or the one I was living then (Juiz de Fora), was so very quaint and cozy and enchanting, especially in the winter time when I got acquainted to snow for the first time. The fact that everyone could leave home for church without needing to lock the door; no walls or fences around the house and you could leave your bike and other things outdoors was all new to me and still very different from what I was used to. To make a long story short or to summarize a book, I became an English teacher, today in my own English language school and have been talking about it all my life. There are over 150 students in my school and two of my children are also teachers besides five others including an American who is married to a Brazilian. I’m somewhat retired these days and will only teach to cover for teachers who can’t make to class for any reason.

2.  How many reunions have you attended and why do you come? 
I only attended the last two. I had unfortunately lost touch with everyone until one day, about 5 years ago, I typed my “brother’s” name, Stanley McGaughey, in Facebook, got in touch with him who told me about the 50th reunion. Incidentally, my wife and I visited Peru many years ago when we were on our way to Canada. If I had known Mary Nisoff’s address for example we would have dropped by then. Anyway, I was very emotional driving and showing my wife around remembering all the wonderful memories I had of that little town. I was so excited (actually had tears in my eyes) that I almost had an accident and barely missed running into another car while driving. (I have never had any accidents driving in much bigger cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, NYC, Orlando, Miami, etc, where traffic is quite challenging, not to mention chaotic in some.) By the way, I learned how to drive in Peru when I took drivers’ ed at PCS.

3. What did you do when you returned to Brazil? i.e. college, career, family, etc.?
How can I summarize the 55 years of my life since I left Peru when I was only 18 years old? Well, right after I arrived back in Brazil, I was invited to teach English at the same school where I had learned it; after a semester moved to São Paulo, where I was born, to work and live independently / on my own. After a year there I was offered a job to work at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 as a receptionist for the Johnson’s Wax Co pavilion while living in Greenwich Village – I was 20 then; upon returning to Brazil again I entered the Federal University of Juiz de Fora where I graduated in 1969 with a degree in Law. I got married while I was still in the 4th of 5 years of school when I was 24 and after graduation and two years later we moved to Volta Redonda I started my own language school. I worked alone for more than 10 years and was extremely busy then which was good because we were able to buy our home where we still live today. Marilda and I have 3 children (46, 44, 43) and 3 grandchildren (19, 13, 1 1/2) and we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year.

4. What did you think of Brazil hosting the Olympics?
It was a good thing for the city of Rio de Janeiro because of the renovation it went  through, but it was too expensive for the country as a whole. We know today about all the corruption it involved for “winning“ the venue and preparing it for the games. Like most people in the world and in Brazil for that matter, we preferred to enjoy watching the competitions in the comfort of our own homes where we were able to “move” from one arena to another without any difficulty.

5. What was the most memorable part of this year’ reunion? Were you disappointed by the turnout?
Everything was memorable. It wouldn’t be fair to judge anyone who didn’t show up. I realize how difficult and expensive it must be for some of our friends to travel, sometimes from very distant places like Florida or Texas, in order to attend this event. I feel I’m among the lucky ones to have been able to make it especially because of the mobility, in my age, I still enjoy.

6. Do you keep in frequent contact with any of your Peru classmates?
Yes, I do nowadays, since the 50th reunion, thanks to the leadership of Gerry Shadrick who organizes everything and keeps us updated about everything that goes on with our classmates.

7. Did you take time to visit any other people or locations in the U.S.?
We didn’t have much time to visit anyone this time, but after the reunion we visited Boston during 3 days. It was the first time for my wife and mine after more than 50 years. Our flights were to and from JFK so we also spent 3 days in NYC which we get to visit from time to time.

8. What is your favorite part of the U.S.?
We, as well as many Brazilians, love Florida because it is a shorter flight away from us and where we’ve been able to take our children (when they were kids) to the different attractions they have there. But in different years we’ve enjoyed visiting several places besides New York such as Texas (Dallas, Austin, San Antonio), Louisiana (New Orleans), Nevada (Las Vegas), California (Berkeley, San Francisco), Washington  (when I was the Rotary GSE program coordinator of our District then) and Washington DC.

9.  Did you keep in contact with the McGaughey family?
Yes, since 2012 when I found Stanley on Facebook. Now we mostly keep in touch through Instagram and / or Facebook including Janet James (currently Calvary United Methodist Church senior pastor in Latham, NY) who was Janet McGaughey when she was only 6 and I, 17-18, was an exchange student living with her family. Grace and Rev. Melvin McGaughey, the pastor of Peru Community Church then, are both deceased.

Cory Brito (left) Rev. Melvin McGaughey, his wife Grace & family

Front Row L-R: Rich Shea, Michelle Gibbs Shea, Roxy Davis, Jim Aloi, Evelyn Marcotte Pelkey, Sandy Garrow Banker

Back Row L-R: Cory Brito, Merilda Brito, Mary Downs Nisoff, Gary Alpert, Seralory Alpert, Nancy Moomey Fisher, Janet Brand Cooper Wetherly, Bruce Cohen, Gerry Keenan Shadrick, Ronald Banker, Rachael McKnight, Ted McKnight

Friday attendees not in photo: Jim and Ellen Duprey and Sharon Clark Paneccasco

Over $64 million in REDC Funding Awarded to North Country Projects

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the North Country will receive $64.9 million through awards provided by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

“This state funding will help us continue moving forward as a region by strengthening our burgeoning tourism industry and improving our infrastructure,” said Jones. “The North Country will be able to draw new visitors and businesses while helping our local industries thrive.”

The funding will support a range of projects throughout the North Country, including:

  • a museum residency training pilot program at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to provide invaluable work experience for young adults;
  • the renovation of the former Dew Drop Inn in Saranac Lake to create a culinary destination, including a restaurant, cooking school, event space and short-stay apartments;
  • Elevate Plattsburgh, a smart growth project to develop a strategic revitalization plan along NYS Route 3;
  • the development of a hydrodynamic sediment transport model of the Salmon River in the town of Malone, which will help identify options for improving river flows to and over the dam, reduce sediment deposits and improve storage capacity.
  • the development of The Franklin County Microenterprise program which seeks to provide training and financial assistance to entrepreneurs;
  • a planer system for Cedar Knoll Log Homes, Inc. which will include the installation of upgraded equipment for its plaining operations to improve production efficiency; and,
  • the installation of the wood pellet fired municipal heat system in the Village of Tupper Lake which will utilize a central heat plant fueled by wood pellets.

“The North Country REDC has helped revitalize and reinvigorate our region,” said Jones. “The council’s hard work, including the tireless efforts of North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas and Clarkson University President Anthony Collins, is bringing the North Country into a future full of opportunity.”

It’s Not Too Late to Help

Peru – There still many opportunities to assist 8 families with 20 children all of whom attend the Peru Central School. The TD Bank is assisting the National Honor Society and the Student Council in soliciting gifts. Everyone is invited to stop by the bank and take a gift tag. Gifts and monetary donations must be submitted by Monday, December 18th.

Dog Bite Case Still Not Resolved

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Michael James, charged in connection with the September 20th dog attack on Mrs. Loretta Timmons, appeared in front of Judge Lawrence Cabana in Peru Town Court on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The defense filed several motions that were referred to the Clinton County District Attorney. The next court date is January 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.  Click here to view our previous stories. 

New York education leaders urge flexibility in free tuition program – Times Union

Permit deadline looms for tens of thousands of NY gun owners | Local News |

Highlights of Peru Town Board’s December 11, 2017 Meeting

  • Former Town Attorney addresses board
  • Jenkins-Pleasant Street flooding is being addressed
  • Town will not be plowing the Fellowship Center parking lot
  • Supervisor Glushko praised and thanked
  • Covel donates Town Christmas Tree

Former Peru Town Attorney Dennis Curtin addressed the board. He thanked outgoing Counselor Donald McBrayer and outgoing Town Supervisor Peter Glushko for their service. He praised Glushko stating, “You brought calm back to the town and order to the meetings.”

Curtin stated that he was town attorney during the administrations of supervisors Michael Bardon, Ken Jahn and Donald Covel. Relating that both Bardon and Jahn spent several hours in the town hall daily attending to town business. Curtin referred to Peru Gazette news stories in which incoming Supervisor Brandy McDonald had various responses when asked what hours he would be in the town hall. He initially stated that his hours would be “conducive with current town office hours” (town hall hours are 9-3). At one point he proposed appointing Counselor Jim Douglass as Deputy Supervisor and reporting to the town hall after his full time job ends at 3:30 p.m. At a November 15th meeting he dropped that proposal saying he didn’t need the controversy. When asked after the meeting what his hours at the town hall would be he responded, “I’ll be available on my cell phone.”

Addressing McDonald Dennis Curtin said, “As supervisor you’re no longer a counselor. You have much greater responsibilities. You can’t supervise employees if you’re not here,. You can’t evaluate them. You can’t meet with state representatives…” Curtin concluded, “I presume that come January 1 you’ll have regular town hours and be seen here most of every day and you’ll be doing your job. I congratulate you and look forward to seeing you in the office.” McDonald thanked Curtin for his remarks. (See video 2:15 minute point to 6:15 minute point)

Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reported that he has met with Matt LeFevre, the Peru Central School Facilities Director, regarding the non-functioning water retention area near the tennis courts. Farrell believes its failure is responsible for 90% of the Jenkins Street flooding. The pond is not retaining water; therefore, when a significant rainfall occurs the drainage pipes are overwhelmed with water. Farrell said his proposed fix would be relatively inexpensive. LeFevre is conferring with the school’s engineers. The school board would also have to approve any changes.

Citing liability and plowing cost, Supervisor Glushko said he agreed with Highway Superintendent Farrell’s opinion that the town should not assume the responsibility for plowing the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center’s parking lot. A few weeks ago church representatives asked if the town would be interested in taking on the task given that the parking lot is utilized by residents and town employees when they access the walking trail, the gazebo park and pond. Glushko said he could envision the town reimbursing the church when the the Fellowship Center is used for certain events.

Deputy Supervisor Donald McBrayer expressed the town board’s thanks to Supervisor Glushko for his 20 years of service to the town. See story.

Councilman Jim Douglass thanked the town parks department, Councilman McBrayer and everyone involved with the recent town Christmas party. Douglass also thanked Donald Covel for donating the beautiful Christmas tree in the park.

Your Vote is Important

A side-note to our story yesterday on Peru’s low voter turnout in the November 2017 election. In Beekmantown a new town supervisor was elected by one vote. As in Peru, only 35% of Beekmantown’s registered voters cast ballots. One additional voter could have had a significant influence on the outcome.

Early Adirondack Hunting: More Deer, Less Bear Killed So Far – – The Adirondack Almanack

A Message From the Peru Democratic Party

Join the Conversation

Democrats have had good candidates running for our US House seat in the past few elections, but our candidates have fallen short of votes at the polls. We are hoping 2018 will be different.

At this time, there are seven Democrats who have officially declared candidacy for next year’s election. At our most recent committee meeting, we discussed our desire to meet, talk to, and learn about the candidates prior to the primary in June.

As a result of those discussions, we will keep you apprised of all the local events being held by/for our Democratic Congressional candidates between now and the primary.

The first event we are sharing is a Meet & Greet with Tedra Cobb which will be held tomorrow, Dec 13th, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Plattsburgh Brewing Company (at the Comfort Inn). Tedra has already made several visits to our area, including our October potluck social. If you haven’t yet had a chance to meet her, this event would be a good opportunity to do so.

We, the Peru Democrats, are working hard to grow the party in Peru. We hope you’ll join the conversation as we plot our course for the coming year. Please join us at our committee meeting on Thursday, Dec 14th, at 7 pm at Peru Town Hall.

Health Insurance Enrollment Has Been: AHI Offers Free Enrollment Assistance

[Glens Falls, NY] – Adirondack Health Institute is offering free enrollment assistance services to individuals, families and small business owners in seven North Country counties – Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington. Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace is underway and runs through January 31, 2018.  However, the deadline is December 15, 2017 to begin health insurance coverage on January 1, 2018.

“Our enrollment specialists provide unbiased assistance to help clients determine their health insurance eligibility for Qualified Health Plans and such programs as Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan,” explained Joyce Porter, AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) Program Manager. “We are excited to help our community members enroll in high-quality, affordable coverage, and many individuals will see a decrease in premium costs in 2018 for comparable coverage.”

Individuals may call AHI’s toll-free number, 1-866-872-3740, or visit to schedule a no-cost appointment with an enrollment specialist.  Read more »

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 the town board in November 1997, taking office on January 1, 1998. Shortly after taking office the board faced the challenge of rebuilding from the infamous 1998 ice storm and Heyworth Village flood. He was elected as town supervisor in 2009, taking office on January 1, 2010. In August 2011 Glushko and Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell led the community’s response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Many other advances have taken place during Glushko’s tenure including the $3 million water system improvements, the walking trail and connecting trails, the dog park, relocation of town court and purchase of the Lyon Street School.

Supervisor Glushko thanked everyone saying the progress was not made by any one person but by everyone working together. He emphasized, “It is not a one-man show.” He closed by wishing everyone, especially incoming Supervisor Brandy McDonald, good luck.

McBrayer presented Glushko with a beautiful plaque to commemorate his service.  Click here to view the meeting. 

Story Updated at 5:30 p.m. December 12, 2017.


Only 35% of Peru’s Registered Voters Exercised Their Right to Vote

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Compared to the 2015 off-year election, Peru voters turned out in larger, but still disappointing numbers in 2017. Only 35% of Peru’s 4,552 registered voters cast ballots. Of the two major parties, 41% of Peru’s 1,711 registered Republicans cast ballots while 36% of the 1,394 registered Democrats voted.

The official final vote totals for the contested races were:
Town Supervisor – Brandy McDonald 876, James Langley 774
Town Council (two positions open) Jim Douglass 1,133, Melvin Irwin 1,028, Marquet Moffett 814.

Playing a Vital Role in the Apple Industry

By John T. Ryan

The Forrence Orchards packing and distribution staff is #26 in our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. These are the people who inspect, pack, sell and ship approximately 500,000 bushels of Forrence’s beautiful apples each year. At 40 pounds a bushel, that’s 20 million pounds or about 1,000 tractor-trailer loads of apples leaving our community thanks to the hard work and dedication of these people.

Bottom Row (kneeling) Left to Right – John Jump, Nickey Allan, George Bass, Diana Plummer, Jamie Bombard, Julhash Uddin, Robert Tibbets. Second Row(standing) – Peter Forrence, Petra Shirley, Carolee Furnia, Kathrine Grimet, Patti Chase, Paula Merchant, Michele Belanger, Jennifer Chase, Amber Doty, Laurin Horner, Gayle Wager. Third Row (standing) – Letman Powell, Mary LaBombard, Rachel Owen, Molly Ano, Henry Forrence, Robert Owen, Amy Macey, Brenda Wright. Last Row, (tall man in the back) – Weston Forrest

How to Become an Angel

TD Bank Staff L-R Tammy Rawleigh, Youtha Forrest-Williams, Keri Bashaw, Heather Giuliano & Jesse Decosse.

Stop by the TD Bank and find out how you can be an angel for a Peru High School student or family this Christmas. The TD Bank is assisting the National Honor Society and Student Council to make this a joyous Christmas for 20 kids and 8 families. The tags identify a needed gift. Monetary contributions are also being accepted. All gifts must be made by December 18th. The bank has great hours of operation:
Mon: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Tue: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Wed: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Thu: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Sun: Closed

If you have additional questions you can email Jeanne Caron at or Beth Lozier at

Mexican consulate visits St. Lawrence County, talks dairy farm workers | NCPR News

Town Board Meeting Meeting on Monday


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call.

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of November 27, 2017

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

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Retention Pond Update.

DISCUSSION; Peru Fellowship Center Plowing

DISCUSSION: Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption.

DISCUSSION: Town Water/Wastewater Projects Update.

DISCUSSION: Sullivan Park Grant Update.


DISCUSSION: Veterans Banners

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Peru School Board Regular Monthly Meeting December 12, 2017

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 PM at the school district’s Community Room, adjacent to the main entrance of Peru Jr/Sr High School.  It is anticipated that an executive session will take place immediately following the 6:00 PM start, and that the school board will reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

  • Budget Challenges & Timetable
  • Policy Review
  • Appointment of Personnel

The full Board agenda is available on the District’s website.

All are welcome.

DEC Announces Plans For ‘Gateway To The Adirondacks’ Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian And Day Use Area

Public Information Meetings Planned for Dec. 11; Adirondack Park Agency Deems Permit Application Complete

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of plans for the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian, and Day Use Area, a new, accessible, public campground proposed at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, Essex County.

The plans for the campground are envisioned in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the Adirondacks” that will link local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolster tourism, and strengthen the North Country’s regional economy. Earlier this year, Empire State Development (ESD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop and operate a world-class tourism destination near the site, linking the concepts and principles proposed in the Master Plan and complementing DEC’s recreational facilities. Responses to the RFP are currently under review, and additional projects anticipated by the Master Plan are expected to be announced early next year. Read more »

Gov. Cuomo vetoes 20-year retirement option for sheriffs, corrections | News, Sports, Jobs – Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Upcoming Lake Placid Winter Sports Events – – The Adirondack Almanack

Republic Steel mines in Mineville in the 1940s |

Stefanik votes in favor of concealed-carry reciprocity – Sun Community News & Printing

After reshaping the US (and Upstate NY) General Electric is in crisis | NCPR News

Down-Home Food and Service at its Best

Here’s the very friendly Green Acres staff L-R Paul Drake, Danyel Lawrence, Donna Rowley & Cathy Gray

The Green Acres Restaurant staff is #25 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Green Acres is famous for its down-home cooking, daily specials, hearty breakfasts and lunches. It’s hard to believe that in April 2018 Donna Rowley will celebrate her 5th anniversary as the restaurant’s owner. Green Acres is located at 3065 Main St.. Call 518-643-2345.

Plattsburgh detective credited with breaking case of missing Florida teen found with soccer coach

New “Mobile Crisis Team” helps people through mental health emergencies | NCPR News

The Christmas Season Begins

Photos – Jessica Lagree and baby Avery, Town Supervisor Peter Glushko and his wife Karen. Pete will complete his term of office on December 31st.  Lighting the tree was one of his last official duties.

Thank you to Joanne Kennedy for the photos of tonight’s activities at the Little Ausable River Park Gazebo.  Joanne said the Fellowship Center was filled with kids and parents. The Peru Gazette wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas Season.

Mayor: Amateur bladesmith started massive Cohoes blaze – Times Union

AED (automated external defibrillator) Training


Very special AED (automated external defibrillator) TRAINING has been co-ordinated for our Plattsburgh Group by Town of Plattsburgh Recreation & Youth Director Melanie Defayette. Please let’s pass this good word to those not on Facebook and in memory of Scott Hecoux let’s make every effort to attend.

Mary Breyette from Cornell Cooperative Extension will train:

M O N D A Y J A N U A R Y 8, 2 0 1 8

10 am – at the Plattsburgh City Gym and/or
4 pm – at the Senior Center

Both sessions will be for approx 30 minutes.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arthythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulse-less ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

Defibrillators are currently available at both the Senior Center and City Gyms.

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Your Donation Will be Doubled

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Residents, businesses and organizations have been given the opportunity to participate in upgrading the Sullivan Park ice rink into a dual use ice rink – basketball court venue. The Peru Town Board accepted a challenge from the New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program to raise matching funds for the upgrade.

The Healthy Neighbor’s program will match total donations up to $10,000 and individual donations of up to $1,000 when received through the ioby crowd funding platform. When people donate on the ioby website, they immediately see their donation doubled. The board hopes the entire community will get involved in the project. Click here to go the ioby website. 

Town Supervisor Peter Glushko is enthusiastic about the planned upgrade. He explained, “At Sullivan Park we have a water hydrant, very good lighting and plenty of parking. We want people to use Sullivan Park. Many people are getting familiar with it as the beginning of our walking trail. It will be a great place for our kids to have fun and keep busy.”

The project includes: excavation, laying down base materials, applying a tarmac surface, installing a new ice rink liner, benches, two basketball hoops and painting the the tarmac for basketball. Picnic tables and a new Sullivan Park sign will also be included if possible. The highway department has already laid down a level base and the ice rink liner will be installed for use this winter. Volunteers are being sought to design a changing/warming hut. The project should be completed in spring/summer 2018.

Many people recall when Peru’s youth skated on the Little Ausable River Park pond; however, three years ago the pond’s thin ice and sleds sliding down the adjacent hill into the midst of hockey games created a dangerous condition. The town board decided it was time to move the ice rink.

Heyworth/Mason Park was considered as a possible location; however, the board determined that plowing would severely damage the fine dust road leading into the park. There is no convenient water source and the rink would have also meant tearing up a portion of the grassy area in the midst of the park. Town Supervisor Peer Glushko pointed out that the park has been designated as a flood plain making approval of any new construction difficult, it not impossible.

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Man Who Shot and Killed Sherman Woman During Hunting Incident Indicted

News from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that the man who shot and killed a woman walking her dogs in a field behind her Sherman home last week has been indicted.

Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, of Sherman, surrendered himself to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the Nov. 22 incident in which he allegedly opened fire on what he thought was a deer but turned out to be his neighbor. Jadlowski was arraigned today in Chautauqua County Court on a two-count indictment alleging manslaughter in the 2nd degree and hunting after legal hours.

“Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he fired a shot in the dark, causing this terrible tragedy,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I commend the work of our Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for their professionalism and careful handling of this case. I hope this sends a loud and clear message that illegal hunting after sunset is dangerous and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

On the day before Thanksgiving, DEC ECOs and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s responded to a call of a hunting-related shooting incident just after 5:20 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.

Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, was struck in the hip by a bullet fired by Jadlowski. After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Billquist, Jadlowski called 911. Members of the Sherman Stanley Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department responded within minutes of the shooting to find Ms. Billquist unresponsive about 150 yards behind her home. She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot medical center in Erie, Pennsylvania, but later succumbed to her injuries.

“Like the rest of Chautauqua County, Sherman has many responsible hunters, and having grown up in Sherman myself, I know many families where hunting is a family affair,” DA Swanson said. “Responsible hunting is paramount to the safety of anyone enjoying the outdoors. This incident is a tragic reminder of the importance that hunting laws be followed. This incident was completely avoidable. My sincerest condolences go out to the Billquist and Jafarjian families.”

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rosemary Billquist. This tragic event should never have happened. I am pleased that through the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office, the DEC, and the District Attorney’s Office, we have charged the defendant whose reckless actions resulted in the death of an innocent woman.”

Jadlowski, of Sherman, entered a plea of not guilty in Chautauqua Court in front of Judge David W. Foley. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. Jadlowski is due back in court on Jan. 29, 2018 for motions. The charges carry a potential state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.

Assemblyman Jones’ Bill Codifying the Rural Health Council is Signed into Law

A message of the office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he authored to statutorily establish the state Department of Health rural health council was signed into law (Ch. 419 of 2017). The council advises the state health commissioner on the unique challenges facing rural health care in New York.

“The North Country is New York’s most expansive region with some of the state’s most rural communities, which unfortunately means that there are families here that don’t have transportation to access quality health care,” Jones said. “That’s not right, and this law will help change that by ensuring the council’s work is thorough and truly takes into account our needs.”

The rural health council was established in 1988; the new law strengthens and refocuses the council, requiring that it submits a yearly report to the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) on the status of the health care workforce in rural areas. Additionally, the law requires that the council’s members come from rural areas It will also require meetings to be available to the public via webcast so New Yorkers can stay informed and to encourage transparency and accountability.

“As the largest rural hospital in the region, we strongly support the new rural health council and applaud Assemblyman Jones for his efforts,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of UVM Health Network-CVPH “A council such as this can further support collaboration similar to what we’ve experienced with our family medicine residency which seeks to address limited access to primary care in the North Country.”

“The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) commends Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) for sponsoring the rural health council legislation,” said Jill Furillo, RN, Executive Director of NYSNA. “It gives a boost to the families in upstate New York by creating policies and protocol that will give them access to quality healthcare – something all New Yorkers deserve.”

“As a home health aide for over 30 years, I have seen first-hand the challenges that come with providing care to a rurally populated area such as upstate New York,” said Karla Clark, North Country Home Services. “I commend Assemblyman Jones for recognizing the need to establish a rural health council that will greatly improve health care throughout the North Country.”

Peru Fire Department Facebook Message

Tomorrow night (Friday) we will be bring Santa to the Gazebo after the Christmas tree lighting around 6:45-7:00. We will then kick of our Christmas parade! We will be traveling around the Village of Peru for a little bit after dropping off Santa. We will start our routes next week traveling around on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Planning Board to Consider Four Applications

AGENDA – Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU

APPROVAL of October 11, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-026 Joan Agoney
111 Reservoir Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

2. Merge with SEQR: P-2017-027 Paul Irwin
150 Donahue Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

3. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-028 Keith Herkalo
Site Plan Review – Convert a Two Family Dwelling to a Multi-Family Dwelling
38 Pleasant St
Peru, NY 12972

4. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-029 Todd Clowney
Free Standing Sign
618 Lapham Mills Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

8. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Discussion on Maplefields Project

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Today’s Press Republican Editorial Has an Important Message


Local nursing homes need Santa help

Staff at area nursing homes will do their best to make the holidays special for residents who live there. But without public help, it will hard to make sure everyone has something to open on Christmas.

Some nursing-home residents have family members who will visit, brightening a day that is supposed to be all about merriment. A lucky few will even be taken out to enjoy the day with family.

But the sad truth is that many residents don’t have relatives around here — or at least any who care enough to visit on Christmas.

Employees at nursing homes in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties demonstrate their kindness and compassion throughout the year in many ways, and they work extra hard during the holidays to make sure residents feel the festive spirit.

Local schools, church groups and organizations pitch in, sometimes with gifts, sometimes by performing holiday music. And gifts from the public are an essential element of the holiday celebrations.

Teresa Lemieux of Evergreen Valley Nursing Home in Plattsburgh tells us preparations have already started for those events.

“With the holidays quickly approaching, in nursing homes we have to start thinking about Christmas now,” she explained. “It takes a lot of work to be able to provide a special Christmas for all of our residents.

“One of the things that we truly rely on to make all of our residents’ wishes to come true are community donations. So as the Christmas season is approaching, I ask everyone to take a moment and consider the residents who have to live in nursing homes.”

Her suggestions, which are the same kinds of items all nursing homes are looking for, include: body wash, lotion, shampoo, perfume, body spray, cologne, pajamas, hats, scarves, calendars, puzzles, games, decks of cards, socks, slippers, candy, blankets, deodorant, watches, radios, MP3 players, headphones, DVDs and CDs.

“As you can see, most of what they are looking for are small items, but these small items mean so much to someone who can’t get out and purchase them on their own,” Lemieux said. “Thank you in advance for your kind donations.”

She said donations of wrapping paper and gift bags are also welcome and noted how much visitors mean to the residents.

“Consider giving your time,” she wrote. “Residents love visitors, carolers and visits from children.”

Each year, when we encourage giving to nursing homes, we are reminded of Dr. Angelo LaMariana, a SUNY Plattsburgh professor who died in 2009, just before his 95th birthday.

He lived independently until the end, but he knew many older people weren’t as fortunate. He would show up at the Press-Republican every year around the holidays to make sure we planned to write an editorial urging people to donate Christmas gifts to area nursing homes.

So we ask you, for the residents and in memory of Dr. LaMariana, to deliver some happiness to a local nursing home.

An Inspiring Message from Sister Debbie of the North Country Mission of Hope

Good morning everyone,

I would like to begin by welcoming a significant number of new readers to these mission news/notes.

Just to bring all our readers up to speed, these news and notes are designed to share key weekly news regarding the Mission, giving key dates and events and usually ending with a “Thought for the week”.  In those brief reflections, I try to share HOPE by taking ordinary or “not so ordinary” events and experiences and share my perspective on what that means in my faith life and in the life of the Mission and perhaps some of us as well.  Regular feedback on the “thoughts” seem to indicate that folks do read and appreciate my feeble efforts to share ordinary faith experiences.

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Zoning Board Leaders to be Elected


APPROVAL of September 20, 2017 minutes
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
ANY FURTHER BUSINESS: Election of Board Members

Vice Chairperson
Reappointment of Timothy St. Pierre for another 7 year term.


Pursuing a Dream

Aaron Ishmael following his visit with the Peru Gazette

By John T. Ryan

Peru – It’s a safe bet that very few people know that Peru, NY has three new radio stations operating within its boundaries. 103.7 FM and 1070 AM (WPLB) are operating out of the old WEAV building on the Lake Shore Road and 97.9 FM “The Moose Real Country” is transmitted from the Terry Mountain tower once utilized by WPTZ television. Aaron and Jessica Ishmael are co-owners of all three stations. When the Peru Gazette spoke to Aaron today, he and his wife Jessica were loading a truck at their Bristol, Connecticut home. In a few days the Ishmaels and their 3-year old son Henry will be North Country residents.

Aaron Ishmael is pursuing his lifelong dream of being a radio station owner. His father, a program director at a northeastern Colorado radio station, exposed him to all phases of broadcasting ranging from being a D.J. to news and engineering. He finally concluded that the best career opportunities would be in broadcast engineering. Starting out in Denver, Aaron’s career has taken him to the States of Washington, Georgia, Wyoming, New York and Connecticut. His last two jobs were with ESPN, first as chief engineer at WEPN in New York City and then as chief engineer for the ESPN Radio Network headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut.

The Ishmaels are coming to a very competitive radio market. Thirty-five stations serve northeastern New York. Aaron Ishmael believes that his stations can find a niche. He explained, “I believe in radio as a medium. I’ve seen too many cases of it not working for the people. I want to see it work for the people. We will emphasize the Champlain Valley with a focus on Plattsburgh and Burlington.” Ishmael has signed a lease for studio space at 29 Clinton St. in Plattsburgh. He said, “ Even though today’s stations are very automated, I want people to walk by and see the station in operation.”

The stations can be streamed online at and The Moose 97.9 has a 80s and 90’s “real country’ format while WPLB 1070 AM/103.7 FM features late 50’s and 60’s rock and roll, early country and early R&B. 1070 AM and 103.7 FM also broadcast SUNY Plattsburgh women’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball. Local marketing consultant Herman Downer has also been doing live remote broadcasts from local businesses and events.

The Ishmaels are seeking more local sales representatives. Aaron can be reached at 518-490-9790. Anyone who would like to learn about advertising on the stations should contact Herman Downer at 518-257-0716.


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