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McCarthy Named United Way Campaign Chair

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Editor’s Note: Please appreciate these wonderful people who find time to serve our community. Let them you know you appreciate them when you have an opportunity.

Officials at United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. have named Todd McCarthy the 2018 campaign chair. Mr. McCarthy is the owner of Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel. Todd is a United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. board member and has served for two years on their Allocation Committee. He is a staunch supporter of many charities in the region and is a dedicated volunteer. “Todd was a good choice because of his enthusiasm and dedication to United Way’s mission” stated Kathy Snow, Director of Development. “His energy just radiates from him on to all he touches thus making him a good leader.”

As Chair, Mr. McCarthy will lead the volunteer campaign team, comprised of members from throughout the region, to raise $725,000.00 for high priority health and human services in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. “Todd is an outstanding individual and it is our privilege to engage him on this level” said John Bernardi, CEO of United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc.

Chad Dashnaw Awarded Siena College Faculty Memorial Scholarship

Chad Dashnaw has been awarded the 2017-2018 Faculty Memorial Scholarship. Dashnaw, a Biochemistry major from Peru, has been involved with undergraduate research and work in the student lab..

The scholarships are being given in memory of Margaret Hannay and Fr. Mathias Doyle, O.F.M.

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 31 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.

Amy Hartman Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Amy Hartman of Peru, New York, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hartman is pursuing a degree in Nursing at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

Hartman is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 Read more »

Exhibit Features Rare Adirondack Artifacts and “Blue Line” Maps of Adirondack and Catskills Parks

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today unveiled a new exhibit featuring rare Adirondack and Catskills artifacts, including historic maps, antique survey equipment, field notebooks, and photographs that tell the story of creation of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit illustrates the vision, foresight, and toil that led to creation of the Forest Preserve 125 years ago.

“The Adirondacks were once threatened by excessive logging and deforestation,” Commissioner Seggos said. “It took the dedicated efforts of conservationists, local residents, land managers, and concerned New Yorkers to protect these vital lands and waters. Visiting the Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit is a great way to learn more about these magnificent lands, residents and their rich history. Today, Governor Cuomo and DEC are committed to preserving the resources and character of the Adirondacks while creating new opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy one of our nation’s most beautiful places.”

Noted land surveyor Verplanck Colvin raised the alarm about threats to Adirondack resources as early as 1868. In 1884, a state forest commission created a detailed map of remaining timber resources in northern New York. An 1891 map includes an outline of a proposed Adirondack Park, delineated by a line drawn in blue ink. This is considered by historians to be the first map of the park.

Over time, the term “blue line” was understood to represent the actual boundary of the Adirondack Park. On May 20, 1892, Read more »

Peru Democrats to Caucus Thursday

A Message from the Peru Democratic Party
Calling all Peru Democrats!
The Peru Democratic Committee will be holding our caucus on Thursday, June 29th at the Peru Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and will be closed at 7:00 pm, at which time the caucus will begin. 
At this time, we are proud to announce Jim Douglass is interested in running for Town Supervisor and Jim Kirby plans to run for reelection as Town Justice. 
We are currently looking for candidates who would run on the Democratic ticket for the following seats: Town Council (2 seats), Town Clerk, and Town Highway Superintendent. If you are interested in running, please contact a committee member.
Please plan to attend this important event and support our community members who want to run for office. Feel free to reply to this email or contact any of our committee members for more information.
Current Peru Democratic Committee Members are:
Brandy McDonald (Chairman)
Jim Douglass (Vice Chairman)
Marque Moffett (Secretary)
Jean Schiffler (Treasurer)
Marque Moffett

Sewers Versus Sidewalks


Washington Street Extension


Buttonwood Subdivision


Buttonwood Subdivision

By John T. Ryan

Peru – A proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Peru and Buttonwood subdivision developer Donald Swain would exempt Swain from including sidewalks in the next phase of his development. The matter is on the Monday, June 26th Peru Town Board meeting agenda.

While the MOU’s details have not been released, its primary provisions involve Swain deeding land to the town of sufficient size to construct a much-needed sewage lift station to service his subdivision. Swain would also provide subdivision walking access to Sullivan Park. The town would agree to not require sidewalks when Swain develops 20 lots north of Winding Brook Drive.

At the board’s June 12th meeting Town Supervisor Peter Glushko indicated that he is satisfied with the MOU. He noted that sidewalks weren’t required for Buttonwood’s first phase and sidewalks in the next phase wouldn’t be connected to any existing sidewalks. He said, “They would lead to nowhere.”  Glushko is also very concerned with the costs to be incurred upgrading the aging sewer system. Grants are being sought; however, substantial costs will undoubtedly be incurred by the district’s 552 users.

At the June 12th meeting, Peru resident John Ryan (this reporter) expressed the opinion that sidewalks are important in a family-oriented subdivision. Families appreciate the safety they offer to children within the subdivision even if not connected to other sidewalks. Sidewalks also conform to the Peru Comprehensive Plan’s goal of making the town more pedestrian friendly. Ryan cited the Washington Street Extension as an example. The street has attracted several young families;  the children play safely on the sidewalk; and the homes are among the most salable in Peru.

Ryan also asked if the Planning Board had been consulted and if the MOU would preclude Planning Board action to require  sidewalks when Swain begins to develop the lots.  The Planning Board had not been consulted and Town Attorney Matt Favro said he believed the MOU would negate any Planning Board attempt to require sidewalks.

Peru Gazette attempts to contact Donald Swain were not answered; however, developer George Barnett Jr. described the dilemma local developers face. He said, “To construct a 500 foot cul-de-sac for four lots would cost $20,000 per lot just for development. If you have to sit on the land for any amount of time you’re going to lose money.” Property values in Peru have remained stable over the past 15 to 20 years while development costs have drastically increased.

As for sidewalks, Barnett said, “I think sidewalks are an improvement, but I thing they should be done at the town’s expense. The town should be working with developers. Developed property will bring the town much more revenue than vacant land.”

Planning Board Chairman Richard Williams said he had not been informed of the proposed MOU.  He commented, “We like the idea of sidewalks.  We required the Washington Street Extension developer to include sidewalks. He originally wanted to paint a line on the highway to designate a walking zone.”

Planning Board Member and former Comprehensive Planning Board Committee member Adele Douglas said, “I definitely favor sidewalks when traffic is an issue. I’m not so sure inside a residential development.” She said a consultant told the Comprehensive Planning Committee that residential development is trending toward fewer paved surfaces because of runoff and environmental issues. She pointed out that Peru zoning law requires sidewalks in the hamlet, but does not require them outside the hamlet. Buttonwood is not designated as being in the hamlet. Note related article.  The need for sidewalks is often debated (2015 article) 

Agenda – Peru Town Board Regular Meeting

June 26 @ 7:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall
Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the June 12, 2017 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Dog Walk Fund Raising Event.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Proclamation Canada 150.

DISCUSSION: Left Over Water Funds and Water Plant Upgrades.

DISCUSSION: Grant Updates.

DISCUSSION: Lead/Copper Sampling.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Declaration of 2004 Ford F250 Surplus.

DISCUSSION: Ball Field Maintenance.



DISCUSSION: Main Street Project Walk Audit.

DISCUSSION: Internal Audits.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.


MOTION: Adjourn

A Wave and a Smile



Onterrio LaDuke stopped and talked

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Stephanie Ormsby is #4 in our Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live.

For many of the people who bring children to Peru Elementary School’s grade 3-6 entrance, Stephanie Ormsby’s warm greeting is a wonderful way to start the day. Each morning, during good weather and bad, she’s at the school’s front entrance greeting drivers and children with a bright smile and an enthusiastic wave. It was difficult taking photos Wednesday morning because so many boys and girls wanted to give her a hug or to say a few words to her. When a student and her dad arrived on a motorcycle, Stephanie waved to the dad and then joined the student to wave goodby as he drove away and a second and third time as he traveled down Pleasant Street.

Elementary Principal Matt Slattery is very aware of Stephanie’s work saying, “We all appreciate the positivity, optimism and friendly disposition Stephanie brings to the start of each day.”

Many people send Stephanie thank you notes or just say “thank you for being so nice.” When people ask how she keeps such a positive attitude she responds, “Why wouldn’t I?” She does admit that during the snowy and rainy days being so nice can be challenging. She commented, “I hate getting my hair wet!”


L-R Zoey Snider, Stephanie, Nora Mesec, Cierra LaDuke, Natalie Baker


Stephanie greets Haleigh Herringshaw

Stephanie Ormsby has been a Peru Elementary School teaching assistant for 22 years and has been greeting everyone at the school’s front entrance for the past five years.

Prevost lands biggest contract in its history | Local News |

Source: Prevost lands biggest contract in its history | Local News |

This is very big news for all the North Country! 

An Opportunity for the Right Person

VISTA OPPORTUNITY – AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Volunteers in Service to America)

United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is seeking a dynamic individual with excellent communication skills, problem solving skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team and manage multiple projects.

Preferred skills and qualifications:
Associate’s degree or higher
Excellent communication skills.
Problem solving skills.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and manage multiple projects.
Experience in Human Services and nonprofit sector is helpful.

Learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA Program at:

Call Kathy Snow at 518-563-0028 if you are interested in this position and would like more information.

Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors – Capitol Confidential

Cuomo signs bill to raise the age for marriage – Capitol Confidential

Battle over NYC schools has impact upstate – Times Union

Malone’s Valehaven adult home to close in August | Local News |

Very important story that all NYS residents should read.


Source: Malone’s Valehaven adult home to close in August | Local News |

Peru Students Are Excelling in College

Spring 2017 Semester

Presidential Scholars: 

Clarkson University – Samantha Crosby, a senior majoring in communication and Nick Lawliss, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering

Siena College – Michael Mills and Alyssa Murphy

SUNY Canton – Jamie Vogt, a criminal investigation major

SUNY Potsdam – Kali Dorey, a psychology major; Molly Lawliss, a childhood/early childhood education major; Matthew Nugent, a business economics major.

Dean’s List: 

SUNY Canton – Chase R. Boyer, a business administration major; Otis Edwards, an air conditioning maintenance and repair major; Raymond P. Flick, a veterinary science technology major

SUNY Geneseo – Teagan Plimpton and Maria Remillard

SUNY Potsdam – Keagen Briggs, a history major and Hillary Drake, an exercise science major

The University of Vermont – Rebecca Pellerin, a microbiology major

The North Country Has a New Eagle Scout

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – James Hilchey joined the Boy Scouts at age 12. Tonight, at age 18, he became an Eagle Scout in ceremonies conducted at St. Augustine’s Parish Center. The son of Jennifer Reyell-Cameron and Christopher Hilchey, James will be a senior at Saranac High School this fall. Peru Troop 8049 Scout Master Fred Tuller complimented Hilchey saying, “James has grown a lot. He’s become a good role model for upcoming scouts.”

Eagle Scout candidates must satisfy numerous requirements including planning, developing, and giving leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or their community. Hilchey concentrated on Baker Cemetery in Morrisonville by leading a graveyard cleanup, a cemetery mapping and constructing a cemetery sign-in box.

Tonight he thanked others saying, “I couldn’t have completed the project without the help of others.” He mentioned his grandparents Craig and Lynn Hilchey, Eric Hidook, Richard Mason Jr. and Richard Mason Sr., D.J, and Sam Trombley.

The Boy Scouts have many requirements to achieve their highest rank of Eagle Scout. They include:

1.Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Life Scout.

2. As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God, how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how your understanding of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious (if not affiliated with an organized religion, then
the parent or guardian provides this reference), educational, employer (if employed), and two other references.

3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges Read more »

A Message from Town of Peru Democratic Party Chairman Brandy McDonald

“PLEASE SHARE !!!! Would love to hear from any registered Voter in the Town of Peru interested in Running this year !!! Calling (ALL) Voters of the Town of Peru The Peru Democratic Committee will be holding our caucus on Thursday, June 29th at the Peru Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and will be closed at 7:00 pm, at which time the caucus will begin. Whether or not you have ever attended a caucus in the past, we encourage you to attend ours next week. At the caucus, we will be selecting Peru residents to represent us in the local election in November. At this time, we are proud to announce Jim Douglass is interested in running for Town Supervisor and Jim Kirby plans to run for reelection as Town Justice. We are currently looking for candidates who would run for the following seats: Town Council (2 seats), Town Clerk, and Town Highway Supervisor. If you are interested in running, please contact a committee member below. Please plan to attend this important event and support our community members who want to run for office. Feel free to reply to this post or contact any of our committee members for more information. Current Peru Committee Members are: Brandy McDonald (Chairman) Jim Douglass (Vice Chairman) Marque Moffett (Secretary) Jean Schiffler (Treasurer) Sincerely, Marque Moffett Secretary”

A Favorite Stop Changes Hands

Jeanne and Tim Arnold

Jeanne and Tim Arnold

By John T. Ryan

Peru – April 28, 2017 was the beginning of a new life adventure for Jeanne and Tim Arnold when they opened Sweet Treat as its new owners. As they commented on Facebook, “After a break of six years we are back. We can’t wait to see our old friends and meet some new ones. A big thanks to Rick and Debi Lajti for turning over the reins of their business to us. They will be a hard act to follow – so bare with us newbies! – we shall do our best.” Many people know the Peru natives as the former owners and operators of Iroquois Campsite and RV Park. They sold that business in 2011 and moved to Florida.

Sweet Treat’s opening usually coincides with longer days and warm weather. This year the almost daily rain wasn’t the ideal weather to sell ice cream, but it gave Jeanne and Tim a less frantic pace to break into the business. The returning staff members became their instructors. Jeanne remarked, “The kids have been a godsend. They have taught us a lot. They’re our biggest asset.”

There have been some surprises. Jeanne said, “I never realized people like chocolate so much and the variety of things people like. I had a banana split order one day that had three different flavors and three different toppings.”

New business owners always like to make some changes and the Arnolds are no exception. They’ve purchased a flavor burst machine that makes eight new soft ice cream flavors. There’s a new planter-bench out front, a new flagpole has been installed and a new sign will be erected. Sweet Treat is open seven days a week from noon until 9 p.m.

Ironically Sweet Treat is located near the Route 22-Bear Swamp Rd. intersection where Jeanne’s parents, Joe and Cynthia Ondrek, operated Jeanne’s Dairy Bar in the mid-60’s. After four years they sold the dairy bar to Doris and Loyal Burdo and opened Iroquois Campground and RV Park further down the Bear Swamp Rd. Tim and Jeanne purchased the family business in 1999 and operated it until 2011.

Home Opening Game – June 23rd 4:30 p.m. Chip Cummings Field

More Norsk machines bound for Plattsburgh | News |

Red, White & Blue

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Clinton County fire departments play a key role in every North Country For Flight. The giant flag brings chills down your spine.


A Fitting Tribute


Peru Firefighter Jim McConnell with “The Beast” honoring the North Country Honor Flight this morning.

The North Country Salutes Its Vets


Homeland Security Honor Guard & Au Sable Valley School Superintendent Paul Savage

There was a huge turnout of local residents this morning for the North Country Honor Flight Ceremony at the U.S. Oval. What a wonderful send-off for the deserving War War II and Korean War Era Veterans.

Today’s Honor Flight Members
George E. Bouyea – Korean – Plattsburh, NY
Maurice J. Chatelain – Korean – Star Lake, NY
Aubrey R. Hills – Korean – Plattsburgh, NY
John P.Gibson – Korean – Plattsburgh, NY
George W. Martin – Korean – Plattsburgh, NY
Opal C. McIntosh – WWII – Ellenburgh Depot, NY
Raymond M. McIntyre – Korean – Lake Placid, NY
Robert C. Pelno – Korean – Star Lake, NY
Douglas E. Pilon – Vietnam – Chazy,NY
Gerald H. Trombley – Korean – Champlain, NY
John A. Tousignant – Korean – Plattsburgh, NY
Dayton Tuper – Korean – Constable, NY
Lawrence W. Reed – WWII – Russell, NY
Morris J. Reed – WWII – Potsdam,NY

Click here to view all our Peru Gazette photos. 




Knights Support the Peru Food Shelf


JCEO Peru Outreach Coordinator Betty Ero and St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Grand Knight Keith Kemp

Peru – St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus Council 7273 recently assisted the Peru JCEO Food Shelf by conducting a “40 Cans For Lent” program at St. Augustine’s Church. The knights asked parishioners to contribute food during the 46 days of Lent. They generously responded with 1,057 pounds of nutritious food. The council followed up with a $500 donation. The combined donations will earn $200 in matching funds from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.

Since 2012, Knights of Columbus councils have donated over $8.5 million and 14.7 million pounds of food to local food pantries, community food banks and soup kitchens.

A Great Idea Is Almost Realized


GordyA message from Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman

Early this year the Towns of Plattsburgh and Town of Schuyler Falls NY passed a joint resolution asking Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones to sponsor legislation to name the NYS RT 22B Morrisonville Bridge after North Country Legend Gordie Little. Senator Little successfully got the NYS Senate to pass the legislation. We just got word Assemblyman Jones was successful in getting the NYS Assembly to pass the same. A special thank you to our two representatives for working so hard on this. It now goes on to Governor Cuomo for his signature. We will keep people updated.

Tri-County ARTSMAP project is underway in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties


The Strand Center for the Arts, in partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh, is conducting an Arts and Cultural Asset Mapping Project to create a web-based interactive map of the region’s artists, artisans and cultural organization. Information surveys are available at All individuals and organizations with arts and cultural activities in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties of New York are encouraged to participate.

“The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to continue to strengthen our collaborative partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh in facilitating the creation of the Tri-County ARTSMAP. This will not only serve as an invaluable resource for SUNY Plattsburgh and the Strand Center, aiding us to obtain grant funding for arts initiatives, but also for all of the artists, artisans and tradition bearers in our region.”

– Joshua Kretser, Executive Director, Strand Center for the Arts

The Tri-County ARTSMAP and database will help to expand regional arts and cultural programming by linking together our community of artists, artisans, and tradition bearers, promoting greater awareness of regional arts and cultural activities, and leveraging the role that arts and culture play in attracting and retaining visitors, businesses, and residents, while promoting economic vitality in the region.

The data base will enable social network analysis of the arts and cultural community, reveal both strengths and gaps in the community’s resource and support system, and provide essential baseline information for a future regional Arts and Cultural Master Plan.

The project is funded by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts, managed by Premises Architecture PLLC, and supported by the City of Plattsburgh and North Country Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit or contact

Making higher education more affordable for North Country students – Sun Community News & Printing

Latest Census data puts NY at top of school spending list – Capitol Confidential

Six Peru Political Positions Up For Election this Year

Peru – The terms of office for several of Peru’s elected officials come to an end this year. Over the next few weeks the Republican and Democratic parties will meet to either nominate incumbents or introduce new nominees to the political scene. The Democrats have announced that they will caucus on June 29th at 7. p.m. at the Peru Town Hall.

The open positions include:

The four-year town council seats currently held by Republican Donald McBrayer and Democrat Jim Douglass

The four-year town supervisor position currently held by Republican Peter Glushko

The four-year town justice position currently held by Democrat Jim Kirby

The four-year superintendent of highways position currently held by Republican Michael Farrell

The four-year town clerk/tax collector position currently held by Republican Kathy Flynn

A Great Way to Enjoy This Saturday

Date: June 17-18
Event: 10th Annual Museum Days Weekend
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Museums Throughout Clinton County, NY
Description: Museums in Clinton County open free to visitors all weekend! Part of Path Through History Weekend. More details will be announced as the date nears!
Cost: Free
Contact: Melissa Peck,

A Welcome Addition to Peru


Eight members of Dunkin Donuts’ 20-person staff. L-R Syed I, Richie, Liz, Manager Deannie LaCroix King, Michelle, Patricia, Checole and Amanda.

Continuing our posts of local business and institution staff members who make Peru a wonderful place to live, today the Peru Gazette highlights several Dunkin Donuts staff members.

On November 1, 2016 Dunkin Donuts relocated from Maplefields to its own new building at 729 Bear Swamp Rd. Customers from near and far appreciate the modern building, its tasty offerings and friendly staff. Dunkin Donuts is open 24 hours daily. Phone 643-5525.

Volunteers Needed in Peru and Chesterfield

DEC is Seeking Volunteers to Help Maintain Trails
in Northeastern Adirondacks

Do you enjoy recreating outdoors? Do you like working outdoors?

If so, DEC is seeking volunteers to maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County.

You can be part of a one-day work group, a three-day once a year effort, or a few hours on numerous days throughout the year – during the week or on weekends – whatever works best for you!

Get friends and family to join you. Small groups of 3 to 10 people make the workday fun and shorter.

Available work includes:

  • Clearing trails of brush and other vegetation;
  • Removing blow down (fallen trees, limbs, and branches) with hand tools;
  • Constructing and maintaining erosion control devices;
  • Constructing small foot bridges and bog bridging; and,
  • Rerouting short sections of trails.

DEC will provide the training, the tools, and work gloves. All you need bring is sturdy boots, clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, plenty of energy, and a positive attitude.

Ambitious? Consider becoming a trail adopter.



Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Saturday, June 17, 2017

8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Green house with leaf in center symbol to recycle hazardous household waste

This event will be open to Clinton County residents only!

No Businesses.

No pre-registration is necessary. Proof of residency may be required.

What is a household hazardous waste?
A household hazardous waste is any discarded household material that can be classified as toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive.

Fill out the registration form before hand to save time.


  • Acids
  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cements
  • Charcoal Lighters
  • Chlorine
  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Degreasers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Dry Gas
  • Epoxies
  • Dyes
  • Fiberglass Resins
  • Flea Powders
  • Furniture Strippers
  • Hair Removers
  • Herbicides
  • Insect Repellents
  • Laquers
  • Lubricants
  • Mothballs or Flakes
  • Nail Polish Removers
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Oil Based Paints
    (Latex paint may be discarded in your trash as long as the contents of the can are dry. (Tip: to dry out your latex paint you can add kitty litter, sand, sawdust or oil dry automotive absorbent to the cans)
  • Paint Removers
  • Paint Thinners
  • Permanent Solutions
  • Pesticides
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Rat Poisons
  • Rug & Upholstery Cleaners
  • Rust Solvents
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Spot Removers
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Tub & Tile Cleaners
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Weed Killers
  • Wood Polishes
  • Wood Stains
  • Fluorescent/Compact Fluorescent Bulbs


  • Automotive/Marine/Household Batteries
  • Tires
  • Used Oil
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Electronics Waste
  • Explosives
  • Shock –Sensitive Materials
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Wastes
  • Pathological Wastes
  • Infectious Wastes
  • Medicines
  • Dioxins
  • PCBs
  • Asbestos
  • Latex Paint
  • Smoke Detectors


Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the event or acceptable materials please contact Amy Davies of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. at (518) 563-5514.

Your patience will be appreciated, as there will be a waiting line.

President’s plan to slash subsidy threatens upstate – Times Union

Credit Union Has Served Peru Since 1963


L-R Sarah Sherman, Nicole Prentiss, Manager Maggie Pope, Morgan Kowalowski, Dianne King.

Over the next few weeks the Peru Gazette will be posting photos of people we encounter almost daily – the people who staff our local businesses and institutions. Their gracious smiles, courtesy and professionalism are very important in making Peru a great place to live.

These friendly ladies staff the Peru Federal Credit Union’s beautiful new building at 900 Bear Swamp Rd. The credit union serves anyone who lives, works, worships, and volunteers or attends school in Clinton or Essex County.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Drive-Thru: Monday – Wednesday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Phone 643-9915 for information.

Principal’s luge ride thrills students | News |



Sister Helen, former St. Augustine’s School Principal, is still on the move!


Source: Principal’s luge ride thrills students | News |

Assemblyman Jones: Hopeful to bring ride-sharing to the North Country – Sun Community News & Printing

Owls Head Trail Closed on Weekends

Effective immediately the trail to the summit of Owls Head in the town of Keene in the Adirondacks is closed to public access and use on weekends.

The trailhead and all but the last 0.1 mile of the trail are located on private lands. The large number of vehicles parked on the private road during the Memorial Day weekend blocked access for private landowners, and now the landowners are prohibiting the public to park on the private road between 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday and have posted signs along the road reflecting this decision.

The trail to the summit of Owls Head is not an official DEC trail nor does DEC have an easement for public use on the trail – the landowner has allowed the public to use the trail. However, the landowner has informed DEC the trail will be closed for public use at the end of this hiking season.

DEC is in the process of identifying an alternate trail route on Forest Preserve lands from the Molly Nye Road on the opposite side of the mountain, and will pursue an amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan which would be necessary to facilitate construction of a new trailhead and trail.

Next Monday’s Town Board Agenda



MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of May 22, 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/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Auctions International Contract.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of Clinton County Snow and Ice Removal Agreement.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Approval of NYSDOT Shared Services Agreement.

DISCUSSION: Jarvis Road Closure.

DISCUSSION: Deputy Supervisor

DISCUSSION: Town IT Back Up and Storage Update.

DISCUSSION: Water Plant Upgrades/Debt Service Monies.

DISCUSSION: New Sewer Camera/Locator Purchase.

DISCUSSION: Backwash Pit Update.

DISCUSSION: Proposed MOU with Mr. Swain.

DISCUSSION: Property Maintenance Issues.

DISCUSSION: Youth Program Opening Day Ceremonies.

DISCUSSION: Clinton County Shared Services Panel Update.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Bridge Construction to Begin on Monday

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By John T. Ryan

Peru – On Monday, June 12, 2017, motorists will find the Jarvis Road closed to thru-traffic as construction crews begin replacement of the bridge adjacent to the Irwin’s Maple Grand Farm. Clinton County Highway Superintendent Al Rascoe said the project is expected to take approximately 90 days. New Century Construction of Watervliet, NY submitted the low bid of $765,000.

Rascoe said that the existing bridge is about 60 years old. Inspection reports indicate its footing is being gradually undermined by the Little Ausable River. The new bridge will meet the latest design standards and can be expected to last about 70 to 75 years. Rascoe said, “We’re trying to be proactive, so we’re replacing the bridge.”

Hundreds of motorists travel via the Jarvis Road daily including many correction officers living in Keeseville and Ausable Forks. Nearby Adirondack Farms will be heavily impacted because its trucks and machines travel to fields along the Military Turnpike and other nearby roads. Co-owner Jon Rulfs said, “It’s not our preference, but we’ll be traveling on Route 22 to the Military Turnpike as we harvest our forage crops. Fortunately, we moved most of our manure this spring. We’ll try to use the River Road as much as we can.”

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Zoning Office Issues Third June Meeting Agenda Revision

APPROVAL of April 19, 2017 and May 17, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

Area Variance: Z-2017-020 Shawn Agoney
Area Variance – Modular
1060 Fuller Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

Use Variance with SEQR: Z-2017-021 Ed Garrow and Sons, Inc.
Use Variance -Warehouse/Distribution Center
3452 Route 22
Peru, NY 12972

Area Variance: Z-2017-022 Martin Cumber
Area Variance – Garage
69 Fox Farm Rd.
Peru, NY 12972
Use Variance with SEQR: Z-2017-023 Paul Hart
Use Variance – Appeal the decision of the CEO allowing goats for a Hobby Farm
62 Elm St.
Peru, NY 12972


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The Peru Free Library is a Busy Place

Email just received from the Peru Free Library

Dear Friends and Patrons,

Summer is fast approaching and the library is preparing for our busiest time of the year, family programs, children’s art classes and lots and lots of summer reading! Build a Better World is our summer reading theme this year and will also play a part in our Art Camp. Something about a backyard labyrinth….

Happy Summer.

Summer Programs

Magic, music, storytelling and live theater are all part of our Summer Family Programs this year. Tuesday afternoons in July (11,18, and 25) at 2:30 pm. All welcome.

Art Camp with Mr. Badger

Once again Mr. Badger will be teaching fun, imaginative and instructive art classes at the library this summer. Weeks of July 11, 18 and 25. Sign up for Morning (10:30-noon) or Afternoon (1:00 -2:30) weekly sessions. Ages 5 and up. Class size limited. Sign up at the library.
Our Volunteers
Here is a big THANK YOU to our volunteers:
Nicci, who mulched and trimmed our gardens. Pat for replacing our screens.
Rocky and Don for giving our entry way a face lift with new paint and carpet. And Evelyn, who organized our toy bins while her grandchild was enjoying our Children’s Room. Thank you all for keeping our library tidy and lovely.

Library Book Group
Our book for June is the international bestseller A Man Called Ove. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year’ this first novel would win hands down.” BOOKLIST (starred review)
Our meeting this month will be on the third Thursday, June 22 at 1pm.
Please note : this will be our last meeting until September.

Monthly Programs
Thursday mornings,
10:30 am

3rd Thursday at 1 pm

June 21, 2017
7:00 pm

Library Hours
Tuesday 10-7
Wednesday 10-7
Thursday 10-7
Friday 10-4
Saturday 10-3
Closed Sun-Mon

New Board Members
Board of Trustees

It’s Fun Run Time


The Peru Youth Commission Fun Runs for children 3 -13 13 will be held at the Peru Central School track on Mondays, June 12, 19 and 26 and July 3 and 10. Registration at 4:45 p.m with 1/4 mile race to start immediately following stretching followed by a 1/2 mile and a 1 mile race. Popsicles will be awarded at the finish line.

Please note: Parents must sign a waiver form for children at their first race. The waiver will cover all races thereafter.

Revised June 21st Zoning Board Agenda

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
APPROVAL of April 19, 2017 and May 17, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

Area Variance: Z-2017-020 Shawn Agoney
Area Variance – Modular
1060 Fuller Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

Use Variance with SEQR: Z-2017-021 Ed Garrow and Sons, Inc.
Use Variance -Warehouse/Distribution Center
3452 Route 22
Peru, NY 12972

Area Variance: Z-2017-022 Martin Cumber
Area Variance – Garage
69 Fox Farm Rd.
Peru, NY 12972
Use Variance with SEQR: Z-2017-023 Paul Hart
Use Variance – Appeal of CEO decision allowing goats.
62 Elm St.
Peru, NY 12972


State Senate Approves Measure to Raise ‘PANS’ Awareness

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little
Would help combat neuropsychiatric syndrome affecting children

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation (S5750) sponsored by Senator Betty Little to raise awareness of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, known as PANS.

“PANS attacks the brain. It comes on quickly and can be challenging to diagnose,” said Little. “Developing a better understanding of the syndrome and what to look for to ensure the right diagnosis is made quickly will no doubt assure better results for children, including adolescents.”

The legislation directs the New York State Department of Health to include PANS in its Health Care and Wellness Education and Outreach Program. An advisory council comprising representatives of people with PANS, including family members, and health care providers who specialize in treating the syndrome, would focus on increasing awareness and early detection of the illness through education.

PANS is a misdirected immune response, Read more »

PERU, NY – A Great Place to Live


Back Row Standing L-R Jenn Laporte, Damie Durgan, Kayla Spear, Shelby Bourgeois, Louise Seymour, Shannen Glover, Caroline Duprey (Manager) Front Row: Jake Montefusco, Alex Wilson. Pamela Crowningshield.

By John T. Ryan

Peru – When interviewed for a January 2015 Peru Gazette lifetime achievement story, longtime Peru resident Jack Lawliss answered the question: What is the best thing about living in Peru? He said, “The people! We have great people here. We have a lot of conveniences. I live a mile from the school, the church, the drugstore, the hardware store, the garage, the supermarket, the town hall and three restaurants. It’s a beautiful area geographically. I love it here.”

Over the next few weeks the Peru Gazette will be posting photos of some of the people Jack spoke about; the people who staff Peru businesses and institutions. Their smiles, general courtesy and professionalism are important in making Peru a great place to live.

Our first photo features the hardworking Stewart’s staff. Stewart’s Shops is an employee and family-owned convenience store chain with over 330 shops across upstate New York and southern Vermont. Stewart’s Shops is known for its milk, ice cream treats, coffee, grocery, gasoline and other convenience items. Peru’s shop is open 4:30am until midnight.

More Friendly People of Peru.


Call for Artists for The Strand Center’s Annual Summer Members Show

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bi-annually The Strand Center for the Arts presents exhibitions that showcase the talents of its members; the Holiday and Summer Members Shows. Members at any artistic level, from hobbyist to professional, are invited to submit works for these “Members Only” exhibitions.

The Strand Center for the Arts Summer Members Show is open to all members whose membership is valid through August 1, 2017. Memberships can be renewed or started anytime before or during drop off, online at or by phone at 518-563-1604, during regular gallery hours. Entries may be in the form of any media, including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, stained glass, bead weaving, printmaking, mixed media and woodwork. Two-dimensional artwork must be framed under glass or plexi-glass and be backed with wire for hanging and all artwork must be labeled.  Artists can download the full guidelines, artist contract, and artwork labels at The Strand Center website at or pick them up in our offices at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. Read more »

Plattsburgh is Moving Ahead

Tom Hallack interview with Mayor Colin Read on Plattsburgh’s downtown development plans. Extremely interesting and informative.

Plattsburgh’s development is important to us all. Hopefully, someday the town and city will be one entity.

Batter up!

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By John T. Ryan

Clouds and light rain didn’t keep a huge group of parents, grandparents and others from attending this morning’s Peru Youth Commission and Clinton County Opening Day Ceremonies at Laphams Mills Park. Clinton County Youth Bureau Recreation Director Molly Flynn and teams from neighboring communities are participating in today’s activities.

Peru Youth Director John Flynn and Youth Commission Chairman Greg Mills thanked the many coaches and volunteers who make the Peru programs so successful. Flynn had special words of praise for Mike Madore who has volunteered countless hours over several years. Madore was given the honor of throwing the first pitch of the 2017 season.

Peru has over 200 youths participating in its 6-week Summer Activities Program which includes baseball softball, tennis, arts, crafts and summer soccer. Twenty youth are also hired to run each activity under the instruction of an adult supervisor.

Over 300 youths have registered for the Youth Commission’s Fall Soccer Program. More information on that program will be provided later in the year.

Click here to all our Peru Gazette photos of today’s ceremonies. 

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The 2016 Exhibition Series Launches with Penelope Clute’s “Explorations” at The Strand Center

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host photographer Penelope Clute in the Main Gallery in June, 2017. Penelope, known locally as Penny, has been working with the Plattsburgh community for years, but in law rather than photography. Now in retirement, she has time to focus on exhibiting her amazing collection of photographs and experiences. This upcoming exhibit, titled “A Little Light, A Little Color,” will open in The Strand Center Main Gallery on Friday, June 2, 2017 with a reception that is free and open to the public from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that evening.

Penny began serious photography after her 1967 college graduation, Read more »

Gallery Cooperative at The Strand Center for the Arts in June

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce the opening of its Gallery Cooperative in June 2017, with photographer Ron Nolland as the featured artist. This forthcoming exhibit, a First Weekends Art Walk Event, will take place in The Strand Center Community Gallery on Friday, June 2 and reception that is free and open to the public will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that evening.

The Gallery Cooperative is a collection of artists, each expert at their chosen medium. As well as the featured artist, Ron Nolland, painters Lorrie Mandigo, Carol Hochreiter, Louise Patinelli, Gordon LeClaire, and Judy Guglielmo will be present. In addition, these artists will be joined by ceramicist Nancy Armitage, and photographers Denise Duprey and Frank Hochreiter.

Photographer Ron Nolland, the Cooperative’s featured artist, is a constant exhibitor in Strand Center for the Arts’ Member shows and all the Off-Site Galleries. Nuland’s solo shows at local galleries are always well received and he is regularly selected for juried exhibitions. His work is also featured at Plattsburgh International Airport; a permanent collection at Inn at Smithfield Best Western includes Nolland’s black and white pieces in the Conference Room and large color landscapes in the hotel lobby.  Nolland’s photography was recently featured in Blueline, an Adirondack literary magazine.  An Adirondack Life Photography Contest Award Winner, he also provides custom photography and exclusive pieces for clients.

Gallery Director, David Monette stated, “We’re always looking for ways to increase the exposure of artists in our community. This Gallery Cooperative, with this collection of amazing artists, is a great way to do that. We’re really excited to make this happen.”

This unique exhibit will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from June 2 to June 30, 2017. The exhibition opening is Friday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts, or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts, please call 518-563-1604 or visit

The Strand Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high caliber arts center and theatre, providing the best of visual arts, music, dance, and theatre to the community.  The SCA is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the United Way and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Center for the Arts’ Diamond Sponsor is NBC 5; Platinum Circle Sponsors are The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, Meadowbrook Healthcare, and Twinstate Technologies. The Strand Center for the Arts’ Gold Sponsors are Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits, Boire Benner Group, Best Western Plus – The Inn at Smithfield, Casella, Clute Wealth Management, and Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company.

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