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Some of the Hardest Working People in Town

L-R Gale Sorrell, Claira Knightton, Lindsay Good, Victoria Mello-Cook, Juli Favreau, Jennifer Akey, Jami Duell, Brad McLaughlin.

Peru – The McDonald’s managers are #18 is our Peru Gazette series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. If you want to see very hard working and courteous people McDonald’s is the place to go. General Manager Juli Favreau has been with McDonald’s for 30 years and in Peru since 2007. McDonald’s opened at 741 Bear Swamp Road in 1997 and remodeled in 2007.

Professional Rescuer Instructor Course Offered at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.  — A CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer Instructor course will be held Nov. 2, 6, 9 and 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Memorial Hall.

Participants must be at least 16, possess current American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification or the equivalent, and successfully complete the course’s online orientation. All online prerequisites are made available after course registration.

At the conclusion of the course, instructor candidates are expected to plan, organize and conduct Professional CPR and AED courses, as well as module materials in accordance with the requirements of the specific class they will teach.

Upon successful completion of the instructor course, candidates will receive an American Red Cross Instructor certificate that is valid for two years.

The cost of the course is $35.

To register or for information, contact Bob Robare at the American Red Cross, 518-563-0030, or email

Admissions Offers Instant Decision Days for Transfer Students

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Students at one of the four community colleges in close proximity to SUNY Plattsburgh or its branch campus in Queensbury can find out within 20 minutes if their application is complete for transfer during a new initiative called Instant Decision Days.

About 40 percent of all new students who enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 were transfer students, said Carrie Woodward, director of admissions at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“Given the importance of transfer students to our overall student profile, the admissions office has been actively working to reduce barriers to enrollment,” she said. “Our initiatives include these Instant Decision Days at partner community colleges, increased personal outreach and improved transfer articulation agreements and credit evaluation processes.”

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See Your Local Leaders at Work


Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the October 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting.

Community Input

DISCUSSION: Babbie’s Museum Presentation

DISCUSSION: Tobacco Free Facilities.


DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Close Out H-25 Capital Project Bank Account

DISCUSSION: Water/Wastewater Grant Update.

DISCUSSION: Highway Employee Hire.


DISCUSSION: KVS Replacement Software Update.

DISCUSSION: Other Business.

DISCUSSION: Public Comments on Agenda Items Only.

MOTION: Adjourn

Stefanik has strong lead in campaign funds | Local News |

In a milestone, SUNY Poly’s first factory is now open

Source: In a milestone, SUNY Poly’s first factory is now open

And it’s in Plattsburgh! 

Your Chance to Learn More About Alzheimer’s

Peru – Almost every family has been impacted Alzheimers disease and many people have questions about the disease.

Beginning on November 6th, James Hardman of the Alzheimer’s Association will present four monthly informational programs at the Peru Community Church Fellowship Center. They will be conducted at 1 p.m. on the first Mondays of the month except in January when it will be on the 8th. All are welcome!

Discovering His Family’s Deep Roots

Alex Lawliss and his great, great, great, great grandfather’s gravestone.

By John T. Ryan

Peru High School junior Alex Lawliss recently accompanied his grandfather John “Jack” Lawliss to the St. Alexander’s Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville where he learned about his family’s deep North Country roots. Alex visited the graves of four ancestors: his great-great-great-great grandfather, great-great-great grandfather, great-great grandfather and great grandfather. Alex said, “I didn’t know about this before. My grandfather said he remembers some of them and he told me as much about them as he could recall. He wants me to continue the family story and to pass it on to future generations.”

Alex visited the graves of Lawrence Lawliss, his great, great, great grandfather who was born in Ireland in 1800 and died in Schuyler Falls in 1864.

Thomas Lawliss, his great, great, great grandfather was born in 1844 and died in 1906. He was a Civil War Veteran.

John Lawliss, his great, great, grandfather was born in 1868 and died in 1943.

Oswald Lawliss, his great grandfather was born in 1907 and passed away in 1957.

Alex is the son of Michael and Lisa Lawliss and grandson of John and Gale Lawliss all of whom reside in Peru.

Kanoza takes reins at Clinton County Health | Local News |

Town Supervisor Candidate Brandy McDonald Responds to Our Questions

1. Summarize your educational background, primary employment, your past community involvement and a little information about your family.

My participation in our community started when I became a volunteer member on the Peru Town Youth Committee which I held for 6 years. I also volunteered for 8 years, as a coach for several of our sports programs. During my time on the Youth Committee, several residents encouraged me to run for the position of Peru Town Councilman. Since then I have been elected as a Town Councilman and have held this position for the past 10 years. I was also appointed by the Town Supervisor to the position of Deputy Supervisor for 8 years. I am currently employed at Hynes Electric Supply. I graduated from Peru High School and since then remained in Peru to raise my family with wife Amy. We have raised 2 grown sons and a daughter who is currently a senior at Peru High School.

2. Why did you decide to run for office?

I decided to run for the position of Peru Town Supervisor, because this is my home town and I want to continue my commitment to be an active representative for all residents. My decision to obtain this position was also influenced and encouraged by several residents over the past few years, as they strongly felt my experience and knowledge would highly qualify me for this position.

3. State one or more of your successes in life and how that experience will assist you as Town Supervisor? 

I’ve had many successes in playing sports in my youth, however, I understood I did not win the games alone, as I was part of a team. I use this approach of teamwork when working with others to strive for the best possible outcomes.

4. What town issues concern you the most?

One issue of concern for our town is the aging infrastructure of our water and sewer lines and its costly expenditure. Another issue of concern is the annual increases in health insurance premiums and our ability to keep up with this ever-rising cost.

5. How would you address these issues?

I would address these issues by actively working together with the town board members and staff to help find ways to cut unnecessary spending in our town budget. I would also want to continue our efforts in obtaining potential grant funding.

6. Given that you have a full-time job, if you are elected as Peru Town Supervisor what hours will you be at your desk in the town hall Monday-Friday? How do you plan to integrate your town supervisor responsibilities with your full-time employment?  Has your employer agreed to a change in your hours of employment if you are elected as town supervisor? 

In my 10 ten years as a Peru Town Councilman or in my 8 years as Deputy Supervisor, I have always planned arrangements to be available to perform my duties. My employer is fully aware of my political position and potential increase in responsibilities if elected. To make sure I was accessible, I have continually listed my personal cell phone number on the Town of Peru’s website. I pride myself in having a proven record of availability and approachability.

7. Why should a person vote for you?

A resident should vote for me, because I am committed to working hard for everyone and want to further my commitment to our town by becoming the Town Supervisor. The experience and knowledge I have gained in my many years of service as a Deputy Supervisor and Town Councilman has efficiently prepared me for this position. I will continue my efforts in promoting a team approach, as we all benefit if we work together towards the common goal of improving our town.

8. What party lines will your name appear on in November?

My name will appear under the following party lines in November:

Working Families
Working Together for Peru/ Independent

Town Supervisor Candidate Jim Langley Responds to Our Questions

1. Summarize your educational background, primary employment, your past community involvement and a little information about your family.

Mount Assumption Institute (MAI) Graduate, College Canton ATC Degree in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate.  Insurance Agent since 1980, owner of Langley Insurance in Peru since 1990 to present. Former Peru Planning Board Member and Chairman, Clinton County Planning Board, Apple Valley Senior Housing Corporate Board, Keeseville Elks Club, Plattsburgh Moose Lodge, Community Bank Advisory Board.  Clinton County Legislator  for 17 years.  Termed out of office in 2015.  Chairman of the Board from 2001 -2013.  Married to Tammy (Mischler) 1986, Children Tiffany and Tyler.

2. Why did you decide to run for office?

Two years ago I ran for the board to stay active in my community.  Given my background with the county I had many resources the town could benefit from.  Also there was the possibility Mr. Glushko might retire.  I was encouraged in the past to consider the Supervisor position should Mr. Glushko  decide to retire. I want to stay busy, the Supervisor position, if the people decide to elect me, would be a good fit for me.

3. State one or more of your successes in life and how that experience will assist you as town Supervisor. 

I think it’s pretty well documented my first success was a true bi-partisan legislature.  We set aside caucuses and party lines and did what people wanted; we lost the Air Force we need to re-invent ourselves.  A whole collection of people made that happen.  We built a Connector Road, Expanded our Community College, inherited and redeveloped an Air Base with little to no money.  The community has grown, taxes have remained steady and the North Country is still a wonderful place to live in, retire to or raise a family in.

4. What town issues concern you the most?

Infrastructure.  It’s a ticking time bomb. Sewer, water, roads.  It’s same everywhere.

5. How would you address these issues?

Grants, shared services, additional training by our workers and new sources of revenue ( not additional taxes).

6. Given that you own and work in your business, if you are elected as Peru Town Supervisor what hours will you be at your desk in the town hall Monday-Friday? How do you plan to integrate your town supervisor responsibilities with your business responsibilities?

Because I start my day so early I figured I would start in the Town Hall @ 7; looking over the days work. The Town Supervisor is a part-time position with most activity in the morning.

That’s perfect for me, but I’m not limited to that time I’ll be available all day as I was with the County.   As to integrating I did that very thing for 13 years when I was Chairman of the County Legislature.  I had to devote time away from my office several times a year.  I went as needed, when needed and where needed.  It’s much easier now that my son Tyler joined the office.

7. Why should a person vote for you?

Look at my resume, the entire county has already paid for my education.  I have the contacts and the past experience to deal with the big issues.  I’m willing to keep working and perform at the level people have come to expect from me.  I’m happiest doing for others.

8. What party lines will your name appear on in November?

Though I have been on many lines in the past, because of a delay in being able to announce my candidacy, Republican only.

11th Annual Walk of Faith

Opening Ceremonies and the beginning of today’s 11th Annual Walk of Faith.

Members of the Peru Community and St. Augustine’s Church communities joined together in a spirt of fellowship to support the North Country Mission of Hope, The Jamaica Project and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. It was windy, but the temperature was is the low 70’s. Bonnie Black described the Mission of Hope program. Michelle St. Onge described how one Jamaican Mission trip influenced her life and William ESS described his Red Bird Mission trip. Rev. Alan Shnob and Nancy Fegan led the opening prayers. Christa Reyell acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Click here to view more Peru Gazette Photos 

Best of Luck Bob, Jim and Melvin

By John T. Ryan

It was a day of mixed emotions today at Irwin’s Maplegrand Farms as the farm’s outstanding 170 cattle were auctioned. Trucks and trailers with license plates reading New York, Vermont, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Quebec parked in the nearby field. Click here for more Peru Gazette auction photos. 

Click here for an October 14th Peru Gazette story on Bob, Jim and Melvin Irwin’s decision to sell their cows and become crop farmers.

Some NY Schools Not Reporting Bullying or Harassment

Four Years After the Dignity for All Students Act Took Effect,
Too Many Schools Misreport Incidents or Don’t Report Them At All

Many New York schools fall short when it comes to protecting students from harassment and discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, according to an audit released in Rochester today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

The audit released today examined New York state schools’ compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). On Sept. 25, DiNapoli engaged a similar audit focused on New York City schools.

“The Dignity for All Students Act was created to protect students but four years later, many schools remain unsure of what to do and make serious errors in reporting incidents of harassment and bullying,” DiNapoli said. “All students deserve schools that support them and are safe and free from harassment and bullying. School districts must protect students’ rights and ensure thorough training for school staff. We appreciate that the State Education Department agrees with our recommendations and is taking steps to help school officials improve their ability to safeguard students.”

“The Dignity for All Students Act is an effective vehicle in creating a safe and productive environment for students when it is well implemented and when schools are in compliance,” said Assemblymember Daniel J. O’Donnell, sponsor of the Dignity for All Students Act. “Unfortunately, the audit shows that DASA is not being actively implemented—highlighted by deficient reporting by schools and shortcomings in the compliance of DASA training. It is clear that these are symptoms of a lack of resources and dedicated oversight. I will be calling for the specific allocation of funds to NYSED for the creation of dedicated DASA compliance personnel. I thank Comptroller DiNapoli for his audit of the implementation of Dignity, and look forward to improving how we implement this important measure in ending bullying in schools.”

“No matter who you are, what you look like or where you come from, we all deserve full equality and the chance to succeed, especially within our public education system,” said Assemblymember Harry Bronson. “We must do our best to teach students the importance of dignity and respect and to protect them from harassment and discrimination. I look forward to working with Comptroller DiNapoli and the State Education Department to help our schools meet DASA guidelines and reporting requirements.”

“The Dignity Act was crafted to help provide students a safe and supportive learning environment. School is formative,” said Scott Fearing, executive director of the OUT Alliance in Rochester, which hosted DiNapoli’s announcement. “A nurturing school can improve the opportunities available to youth as they grow and mature. We hope and expect Comptroller DiNapoli’s audit will assist school districts as they work to uphold the Dignity Act and the security it promises students.”

“The LGBT Network applauds the leadership and important work being done by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to shine a light on the implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act,” said Dr. David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the LGBT Network. “The LGBT Network offers numerous educational resources and interactive, dynamic trainings that help school districts meet DASA requirements. These educational sessions help to foster a safe and supportive school environment that tackles the epidemic of bullying and hate that is unfortunately on the rise.”

The audit found that despite guidance from the State Education Department (SED), many schools had not implemented some critical requirements, such as ensuring that key contact information is widely accessible. Several schools lacked training and others made significant errors when it came to reporting incidents under DASA.

In the school year that ended June 2016, New York school districts (excluding New York City) reported 16,938 verified incidents of discrimination and harassment and 2,472 incidents of cyberbullying.

DiNapoli’s auditors visited a sample of 20 schools (outside of New York City) and found that:

  • Some schools underreported incidents or failed to report them at all, including one case in which a school failed to report cyberbullying despite the fact that police were involved;
  • Another school failed to report a pattern of bullying that had persisted since the victim’s prior attendance at another school;
  • Some incident reports were so short on important details — one report only referred to “name calling,” for example — that it was impossible to determine if they were reportable under DASA;
  • Seventeen of the schools said they struggle with interpreting or implementing DASA guidance and reporting requirements;
  • At one school the person responsible for electronically entering DASA incident information was unable to demonstrate how to enter a DASA incident;
  • Schools said they continue to have difficulty identifying what comprises a material incident that needs to be reported and they struggle with differing conceptions of what constitutes “bullying,”
  • Several schools did not train non-educational staff on DASA, creating a risk that bullying incidents that these staff witness or learn about may not be addressed appropriately, if at all; and
  • Although each school has a Dignity Act Coordinator trained to mediate incidents in areas of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, most of the schools did not provide the Coordinator’s name and contact information to staff, students and parents.

DiNapoli’s audit attributed the problems to school personnel’s lack of knowledge, experience, and training in identifying, documenting, investigating, and reporting DASA incidents.

Auditors’ analysis of data submitted to SED for 2,153 schools showed that 678 (31 percent) did not report any incidents over three school years from 2013-2014 through 2015-2016. For example, not one of the 39 schools in Yonkers City School District reported an incident of bullying or harassment under DASA during that three-year period. Among those that did report incidents, the audit noted that some of the 20 schools in its sample reported almost all incidents under “Other,” instead of citing one of the 11 specific DASA bias categories such as race, ethnicity, weight or sex.

DiNapoli recommended that SED take steps to assess weaknesses in implementing DASA and assign adequate resources to promote schools’ compliance with it, work with training partners to enhance DASA training, and remind schools that they are required to keep records of incidents. SED agreed with the audit recommendations and noted that a new reporting structure takes effect in the coming school year.

Read the report, or go to:

DASA seeks to provide students in New York with a secure environment free from discrimination. Research shows that students who are bullied or harassed are more likely to miss days of school, experience higher rates of depression, and have lower academic achievement and aspirations. Provisions of Article 2 of the Education Law, effective July 1, 2012, include curriculum and annual reporting requirements and require schools to designate a trained Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). An amendment effective July 1, 2013 defined cyberbullying and added other requirements for investigating and reporting alleged incidents. SED provides guidance to assist school districts in complying with DASA requirements and makes annual school incident data available to the public on its website.

In September 2016, SED and members of the New York State Safe Schools Task Force proposed a method of reframing existing incident reporting requirements in an effort to simplify school incident reporting and better identify student safety issues. The new regulations were approved by the Board of Regents in December 2016 and took effect July 1, 2017.

or access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 140,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created to promote transparency in government and provide taxpayers with better access to financial data.

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Major Upgrade to a Peru Elementary School Playground

Photos taken about 4:45 today

By John T. Ryan

Peru – If you’ve driven by the Peru Elementary Schol playground on the sweeping Route 22B curve this week, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the many, many children enjoying the new, very large, playground apparatus.

The Peru Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) and the school district are responsible for purchasing the improved equipment. PTO Treasurer Sarah Michell explained, “Until about two years ago the PTO funded student field trips. When the district decided to fund them we had money in the treasury so we asked the parents and kids what they would like to do with the money. The answer was resounding, ‘Improve the playgrounds!’”

It was easy to agree that replacing the aged, sometimes insect infested wooden structure adjacent to Route 22B should be the first priority. A PTO subcommittee worked with the teachers, parents, students and the administration to develop a concept. Mitchell said, “The kids didn’t want traditional play structures. They wanted something that would encourage active play.” When the students voted in a mock presidential election last November, they were also given an opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite apparatus.

The apparatus they chose includes zip lines, enclosed slides and much more. Including installation it cost almost $90,000. The PTO raised $37,000 through fund-raising, private donations and outstanding support from the local business community. The school district funded the remainder of the project.

Raising money to improve the school’s three other playgrounds will be the PTO’s next priority. A spaghetti dinner and raffle are scheduled for Friday, November 3rd in the K-2 cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. Raffle prizes will include hand-painted Adirondack chairs created by each elementary class.

A Message from NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Dear Friend,

Today, I am proud to announce a new savings and investment program for New Yorkers with disabilities.

The NY ABLE Program allows New York State residents with disabilities to save money for their disability-related expenses without the risk of losing benefits from assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid.

NY ABLE also provides tax advantages. Earnings on accounts can grow tax-free if funds are used for qualified disability expenses when withdrawn. Investment options can provide short-term or long-term savings based on the account owner’s objectives, and a checking account and debit card can be used for convenient access to funds as needed.

To be eligible, an individual must be a New York State resident with a disability that was present before age 26 AND:

  • be eligible for SSI or SSDI; OR
  • be classified as blind; OR
  • have a significant disability documented by a physician; OR
  • have a disability that is included on the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances List.

One account per individual is permitted. Anyone can contribute to an individual’s NY ABLE account. The maximum net contribution is $14,000 per year and the maximum account balance is $100,000.

For more information, including details regarding the terms and conditions of the NY ABLE program, go to or call our toll-free number (1-855-5NY-ABLE) weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM.

We appreciate your assistance in getting the word out about this important, new program. Thank you.

Some forest rangers call pace of Adirondack emergencies “unsustainable” | NCPR News

Mausoleum repairs finally underway in Clinton County | NCPR News

Peru to Receive $1 million Plus NYS Grant

Governor  Cuomo announced that the Town of Peru has been awarded $1,006,081 for sewage system upgrades. The total project cost has been estimated at just over $4 million.  A new left/pump station to service the Buttonwood development is the highest priority item.  Click here for more grant details.

Click here for an August 2016 Peru Gazette story detailing the needed upgrades. 

Welcoming People in the Center of Our Community

L-R Rev. Peggi Eller and Amanda Corse

By John T. Ryan

The Peru Community Church’s Pastor Rev. Peggi Eller and Office Manager/Bookkeeper Amanda Corse are #18 in our Peru Gazette series of people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Each day you’ll find them offering a warm welcome to people at the Fellowship Center.

The Peru Community Church is affiliated with both the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Methodist Church, Troy Conference. Its beautiful, historic church at 13 Elm Street was constructed in 1833.

Sunday morning services are conducted at 8 and 10:30. The 8 a.m. service is a traditional service. The 10:30 service is a family service. Phone 643-8641 for more information.

Tonight’s Town Board Agenda

7:00 PM, Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call.

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of September 25, 2017

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Special Meeting of October 2, 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/MOTION: Adjourn to Executive Session.

DISCUSSION/MOTION: Return to Regular Session.


DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Support for Statewide Constitutional Amendment Ballot Proposal #3.

DISCUSSION: Pleasant Street Drainage

DISCUSSION: Town Water/Wastewater projects Update.

DISCUSSION: Accounting Software Update.


DISCUSSION/MOTION: Rescind Scheduling of Final Budget Public Hearing Motion.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Melvin Irwin Responds to Our Questions

Melvin Irwin

Peru Gazette Questions for Town Board candidates. Three candidates are vying for two open positions. 

1 Summarize your educational background, primary employment, your past community involvement and a little information about your family.

2 Why did you decide to run for office?

3 State one or more of your successes in life and how that experience will assist you as a town council member?

4 What town issues concern you the most?

5 How would you address these issues?

6 Why should a person vote for you?

7 What party lines will your name appear on in November?

My name is Melvin Irwin I am the republican candidate for Peru town council. I was born and raised in Peru, graduated from Peru H.S., attended Canton ATC graduated with an associates degree in agronomy. I then returned to the family farm and joined my two brothers in a partnership called Maplegrand Farms founded by my parents, Kermit and Bertha.

Recently after much thought we have decided to discontinue the dairy portion of our business. I have decided to become more involved in my town. Over the years I have served on several community organizations, including being chairman of the board of trustees at Peru Community Church, Apple Valley Senior Housing corporate board and past President of Clinton County Farm Bureau as well as other regional boards.

           Easily my greatest success in my life has been playing a large role in my four daughters lives. My business skills might come from farming, my negotiation and compromising skills come from raising four daughters!!
           In Peru I am most concerned about the towns infrastructure needs now and in the future. Our water supply is becoming inadequate our sidewalks need repair and those that provide for our basic needs are being asked a great deal of. I come from a farm background where sound financial planning is a must. I hope to bring these qualities to the town board.
I ask for your support, sincerely Melvin Irwin
My name will appear on both the Republican and the Independent lines.

Jim Douglass Responds to Our Questions

Jim Dougass

Peru Gazette Questions for Town Board candidates. Three candidates are vying for two open positions. 

1 Summarize your educational background, primary employment, your past community involvement and a little information about your family.

2 Why did you decide to run for office?

3 State one or more of your successes in life and how that experience will assist you as a town council member?

4 What town issues concern you the most?

5 How would you address these issues?

6 Why should a person vote for you?

7 What party lines will your name appear on in November?

I have been a Town of Peru Councilman for 8 years in addition to 28 years as an Assessor and Councilman in the town of Black Brook.  My work experience was at Grand Union and Hannaford Supermarkets. My wife, Jackie, and I have 4 grown children, 2 grown stepchildren and 13 Grandchildren.

Eight years ago I decided to run for a Peru Councilman’s seat because I thought I could help to steer the community in the right direction. Even after eight years, I feel that a lot has been accomplished and look forward to accomplishing more in the future.

My experience on the Councils of Black Brook and Peru allows me to recognize the problems of growing communities and to work together with others to solve budgets, personnel, road maintenance, and other issues facing towns today.

One of the biggest problems we have in Peru, at this time, is the Waste Water System. It is in need of some major updates.  We are working with an engineering firm that will help us determine what has to be done. Then the water and sewer superintendent, grant writers, the town supervisor, and the Council need to work together to remedy this situation.

I have the experience, the dedication to the community, the drive, and the time to spend making Peru the best place to live.

My name will be on the ballot on the Democratic and Conservative lines. A vote for me will guarantee that Peru gets a solid, hardworking Councilman.

Thank you for your support.

Marquet Moffett Responds to Our Questions

Marquet Moffett

Peru Gazette Questions for the Town Board candidates.  Three candidates are vying for two open positions. 

Summarize your educational background, primary employment, your past community involvement and a little information about your family.

I earned a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from UVM and have been teaching chemistry at Saint Michael’s College for nine years.

I organize and host an annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser called the Team Cookie Yard Sale. I do chemistry-focused events for our elementary and middle school students. I also currently serve as a member of the Peru Free Library’s Board of Trustees and as Secretary of the Peru Democratic Committee.

My husband and I have been married since 2003. We have a son in 7th grade and a daughter in 1st grade.

Why did you decide to run for office? 

I am running for Town Council because I think Peru is a great place to live and I believe it’s the duty of each of us, including me, to keep our town a thriving, healthy community. I have fresh perspectives to offer in service to our town.

State one or more of your successes in life and how that experience will assist you as a town council member? 

Earning my graduate degree. In graduate school that I realized I had to dive in and work hard in order to really accomplish anything. “Roll up your sleeves, put together a team, and get to work.” This is an idea that drives just about everything I do today.

What town issues concern you the most?

Our little town is growing and I want to make sure we are growing with a plan for the future in mind. Planned growth will help us address other problems as well such as property taxes and water and sewer services. My vision for Peru is focused on making our town the best family town in the region.

How would you address these issues? 

I think it is of utmost importance to develop a community-driven long-term vision for Peru, so I would work to engage more community members in local decision-making. With a vision in place, we can build a detailed strategy for accomplishing our goals.

Why should a person vote for you? 

I am a hard-working, energetic, and optimistic member of our community. I am a good listener, a good problem-solver, and a big believer in team work.

What party lines will your name appear on in November?

Democratic and Independence Party lines.

Be on Alert!!!

Facebook Post Just Made by Sister Debbie Blow:

A post from a friend of ours:Last night in Peru at 8:15pm on the side road next to Sweet Treats, the following occurred…(adults/teens be careful). My friend was driving with her daughter. A man, 35-40 walking a yellow lab, pretended the dog was over powering him and walked toward my friends car that had to almost slow to a halt. The man tried to open my friends car door. She had already locked it sensing something was wrong and her daughter did the same. The man then began pounding on her side car door. Not only does this concern me but it concerns me even more with Halloween right around the corner. Many of our children travel in groups without their parents. As far as I know, this man has not been apprehended. Please be extremely careful and please share this post to alert all others. Thank you so much. Stay safe!

Congratulations to the Latest Hall of Fame Members

Honorees at last night’s PCS Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. Ft. Row L-R Lynn Ezero Dwinell, Alison Spear, Back Row L-R Harry Duprey, Mike Oertel, Mike Rock. Thanks to Gary Edwards for the photo.

Click here to read a previous story on their accomplishments. 

Champlain Valley BPW to Host “Meet the Candidates” October 17th  

The Champlain Valley Business & Professional Women’s Club will host their annual “Meet the Candidates” Forum on Tuesday, October 17th at the Plattsburgh City Hall Rotunda. Doors will open at 5pm and the program will begin at 5:30pm.

Champlain Valley BPW is giving candidates for office at the town and county level as well as congressional primary candidates, the opportunity to meet with local constituents, outline their platforms for office and answer questions from the attendees regarding important issues. Representatives from organizations that support and oppose the proposed Constitutional Convention will also be in attendance.

The itinerary will include an introduction and “Q&A” period, but will not have a debate format. The event is open to the public. Any candidate for office in any of the local townships is welcome to attend.

The program will be moderated by Lois Clermont, Editor of the Press-Republican.

Champlain Valley BPW will provide an informative, objective and open forum for candidates to address potential voters.  Champlain Valley BPW will not support or endorse any particular candidate(s).

About Business and Professional Women

Founded in 1919, Business and Professional Women, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. With local organizations across the country, the BPW transforms workplaces by strengthening the capacity of organizations and businesses to create work environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women. BPW local organizations provide members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for disadvantaged women.  For more information, visit or

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Here’s a Great Weekend Family Activity

Harvest Weekend
October 7-8, 2017
250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972   (518)643-8052
Sat. 1pm-4pm Suzanne & Shelby Moore bring their blind pup, Pepper and her book “Pepper Finds Her Way” for story time and book signing.
Sat/Sun – Mary Heald from Brooke Sylvan Spinners will be here to demonstrate flax being spun into linen.
Ongoing demonstrations include corn harvesting with antique equipment; grinding and shelling corn in the granary; hit and miss engines and the blacksmith shop.
Ride the museum’s stagecoach, Thomas the train or take a hayride.
For the kids (big and little!) – make a corn husk doll, paint a pumpkin, climb the hay mound, visit the museum animals, play in the corn box, play pumpkin tic-tac-toe, shell some corn, milk a “cow”, gather some “eggs” and help raise the hay bale to the hayloft.
The Frosty Cow will be here serving hotdogs, michigans, drinks and ice cream. Enjoy lunch in our picnic area.
$1.00 off admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the Interfaith Food Shelf
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Peru School Board Regular Monthly Meeting October 10, 2017

Peru Central’s Board of Education launches its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:15 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 6:15 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.  Anticipated topics include:

  • Recognition of  recently hired/re-hired employees
  • District Emergency Response Plan
  • Playground Installation
  • Corrected Tax Rolls
  • Appointment of Personnel

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

All are welcome.

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Peru Central School District Selects New Superintendent

The Peru Central School District Board of Education has selected Mr. Thomas Palmer as its new Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Palmer will start his new position on Jan. 1, 2018.

Mr. Palmer is currently the Superintendent of Schools in the Tri-Valley CSD in Grahamsville, NY, and has been in that position since 2008. He is certified in New York State as a School District Administrator (since 2003) and has served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in North Carolina and New York schools.

The search was conducted by Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES), headed by the CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey.  CVES worked closely with the Peru CSD Board of Education to conduct a community survey, hold several public forums and to engage Peru community stakeholders in the search process.

Mr. Palmer is pleased to be coming to Peru, “I am very eager to get to work in the Peru Central School District. I am coming into a district that already has many innovative and effective programs, such as Peru Pride, ADK P-TECH and the CHISEL Project. My goal is to continue these programs, and to seek out new educational opportunities for the students of the Peru CSD.”

Peru CSD Board of Education President Kim Mayer said, “The Board is excited to have an educational leader with a history of excellence serving as our Superintendent. Thomas Palmer’s experience and expertise is a good fit for Peru, and we look forward to working with him to keep our district on the cutting edge of educational practices, and to stay on the road to continuous improvement.”

“The Peru Board of Education would like to thank the faculty, staff, students and community members for their valuable input throughout its Superintendent of Schools search process.”

Interim Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston will stay on as a consultant to assure a smooth transition for Mr. Palmer.

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Peru Woman Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Inmate

Mission of Hope Opens Peru Warehouse

Call to Artisans and the Creative

Strand Center for the Arts Announces that The ARTrageous Entertainment Auction will be held November 11, 2017. Rebranding its long successful Arms and Legs Auction where creative community minded people and regional artist take household items and create works of art from the whimsical to a masterpiece. This year we have an “entertainment” theme, but really anything goes!

The Strand is looking for people who will find their perfect household item to be jazzed for this year’s auction. Take any interesting item such as a table, chair, platter, wine glasses, picture frames and let your creative side make a statement piece. We also are accepting art work or other donations to be auctioned to support all art programming.

If you are interested in donating a piece to this action please email We will be showcasing the pieces in the Strand Center Gallery from November 4 to 9th and then the auction will be in the Strand Theatre November 11, 2017. Absentee bidder cards available for those wishing to bid but not being able to attend the auction.

The Auction will be at the Strand Theatre. There will be a silent auction from 6 to 7PM  and the Live auction from 7 to 9 PM. Ticket prices include all food, drink during and a bidders card. Tickets will be $25 until 11/09/17 and then $35 at the door.  Auctioneer will be Steve Martin and Master of Ceremony is Steve Frederick and special guest! 

Tickets can be purchased online or download forms at Click on the ARTrageous banner!

Superintendent Appointment on Special Meeting Agenda

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 5th at 7:15 AM in the District’s Community Room, located in the Jr/Sr High School at 17 School Street.

The anticipated topic is discussion of the appointment of a Superintendent of Schools.

No other school board or school district business is slated for this meeting.

The full agenda is available at

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Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser set for Saturday, October 14th

The Catholic Community of St. Augustine’s and St. Patrick’s Parish, The Peru Community Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica 2598 and Knights of Columbus Council 7273 in Peru, NY will hold a Pulled Pork Dinner on Saturday, October 14h from 4-6:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish Center.

Guests will get a plate full of pulled pork, corn on the cob, baked beans, salad and rolls. Beverages and dessert come with the meal. Adults $10 each, Children 12 & over are $5 each, , Children under 12 are free.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to The North Country Mission of Hope, The Jamaica Project, and The Red Bird Mission. 
Please consider joining us on Saturday, October 14th. For more information please contact  Duane/Krissie Bast at 643-2162 or Linda/Bob Manchester 518-643-8977. We hope to see you!

2018 Town of Peru Budget Being Developed

The Town of Peru, has scheduled the following Budget Workshops for the 2018 Budget. The workshops are open to all.

October 4, 2017 6:30 PM Water/Sewer/Valcour
October 11, 2017 6:30 PM Highway
October 26, 2017 6:30 PM General and Salaries
October 30, 2017 6:30 PM If Necessary

The End of One Era and the Beginning of Another

L-R Melvin, Jim & Bob Irwin

By John T. Ryan

Peru – October 14, 2017 will be a day of significant change for Bob, Jim and Melvin Irwin owners of Maplegrand Farm at 139 Jarvis Road. An auctioneer will sell the farm’s 170 cattle. A few days later when all the cattle are gone, the brothers will still be farmers, but they will be crop farmers rather than dairy farmers. They’ll continue to grow and sell the hay, corn, oats and apples harvested on the farm’s fertile 1,300 acres.

Ironically, it was 100 years ago in 1917 that their grandparents, Joseph and Lenore Church Irwin, decided to leave Peasleeville and purchase the Jarvis Road farm and it was 67 years ago on October 14,1950 that their late parents Kermit and Bertha Nax “Bert” Irwin were joined in marriage. Joseph and Kermit loved farming and passed that love on to their offspring.

Bob Irwin explained, “We’re not selling the cows because we don’t enjoy it any more, but we’re getting to the point where everything is work. We used to work 12 to 14 hours a day and not think anything about it. When you get into your 60’s it’s not as much fun. It’s more work than it used to be.” They also recall when their father Kermit advised them not to work too long. He wanted them to get out and see more of the world.

Kermit and Bert Irwin had six children: Betty, Bob, Jean, Jim, Melvin and Chris. When they were first married they lived in the house at the corner of the River Road and Route 22B. Bob said, “Dad had 100 acres there. I can still remember looking out the window and seeing Dad harvest oats on what is now LaFlure Lane and Washington Street.” The Irwins still own that house and 3.8 acres of nearby apple orchards.

The brothers treasure memories of life along the Little Ausable River. Melvin explained, “The river is a big chunk of our childhood. Like Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, we’d go out to run in the hills until Mom would ring the bell for lunch.” Jim added, “We’d all run trap lines for muskrat and we’d fish. The Mason Lumber Company would put up their flush boards and the river’s water level would rise. We’d swim or go rafting. We’d have sliding and skating parties and play hockey on the river. Sometimes there were 30 or 40 kids. We could skate all the way to Harkness.”

Bob, Jim and Melvin formed an ownership partnership in 1982. Anyone in their presence quickly senses their close working relationship. Kermit Irwin taught them well. Melvin said, “I think Dad pretty much instilled that in us over the years. He always said, ‘If you can’t get along you’ll have nothing.’” The brothers have complimentary college degrees – Bob in animal husbandry, Jim in agriculture and engineering and Melvin in agronomy, or as Bob says, “Manure, grease and dirt.”

The Irwin’s registered holstein herd has long been known as one of the best producing herds in the region. In 1980 one of their cows won awards as the top producing cow in the United States and 7th in the world. Recalling that cow Melvin said, “Dad used to say, ‘When all the cows were laying down in the pasture she was still munching.’” The farm’s reputation has grown to the point that its cows and their offspring can be found in Russia, Korea, Saudi Arabia and even South America.

When asked what the most satisfying part of farming has been they responded in unison, “Raising our families here.” Melvin said, “All our kids showed cows at 4-H and the fair. A lot of lessons were learned there. It was a big part of our life.” Between them the brothers have nine children, 8 girls and 1 boy. Jim’s son Tyler will continue working at the family farm.

While Bob, Jim and Melvin Irwin will miss dairy farming, they’ll undoubtedly ensure that Maplegrand Farm continues to thrive. They’ll also continue spreading the good news about life on a family farm.

Click to see Peru Gazette photos of Maplegrand Farm over the past several years. 

Honor Flight Ceremonies Are Always Memorable

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Seven Applications Before Planning Board

AGENDA – Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU

APPROVAL of September 13, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-019 Robert Baggs
Site Plan Review – Outside Wood Boiler
3003 State Rte. 9
Peru, NY 12972

2. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-020 Anne Forgues
Site Plan Review – Pet Grooming Business
86 Quaker Highlands Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

3. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-021 Stephanie Blair
Site Plan Review – Retail Store
225 Rt. 22B
Peru, NY 12972

4. 2-Lot Minor Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-022 Leeward LaMoy
2-Lot Minor Subdivision
561 Fuller Rd.
Peru, NY 12972

5. 2-Lot Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-023 Buttonwood Limited Partnership
2-Lot Minor Subdivision
Peru, NY 12972

6. 2-Lot Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017024 Winfried Holdereid
2-Lot Minor Subdivision
Peru, NY 12972

7. Site Plan Review P: 2017-025 Kassis Superior Signs
Kinney Drugs
Site Plan Review – Building Sign and a Free Standing Sign
3 Gorman Way
Peru, NY 12972


Timeline Photos of the Jarvis Rd. Bridge Construction From June 12 and September 12

Firefighters Honor Vets

Several of the North Country Firefighters and Ambulance Crews who honored the Honor Flight Veterans this morning. Peru’s Department was present and accounted for as always. Click here for more Peru Gazette Firefighter Photos 

Honor Flight #21 is in Progress

By John T. Ryan

Sept. 30th Plattsburgh – A huge crowd was present early this morning at the Plattsburgh Recreation Center to wish 16 North Country Veterans well as they departed on the 21st North Country Honor Fight to Washington D.C. 314 vets have flown on the 21 flights.

Today’s veterans in order of introduction:
Benjamin J. Kelly, Sgt. U.S. Army 1950-52
Artis Brown, Chief Master Sgt. U.S. Air Force 1955-82
Joseph T. Faubert Jr., Major, U.S. Army, 1950-73
Paul Fisher, Staff Sgt. U.S. Army 1973-92
Charles A. Gallagher, Major, U.S. Army 1973-93
Everette E. Gonyer Sr., Staff Sgt. Navy, USAF, 1944-64
Arthur S. Hatfield, Sgt., U.S. Army, 1953-55
Thomas V. Herne, Sgt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1949-52
Charles J. Jacobs, Corporal, U.S. Army 1953-55
Louis D. Jacobs Jr., SSG, U.S. Navy, Army & Air Force, 1950-92
Benjamin J. Kelly, Sgt., U.S. Army, 1950-52
Jerry N. Marshall, Corporal, U. S. Army, 1949-52
John McDonald, Corporel, U.S. Marine Corps. 1952-52
John L. Quackenbush, Specialist 3rd Class, 1964-66
James P. Rice Jr., AVCDT, U.S. Navy, 1943-47
George T. Sheelar, PHM 3, U.S. Navy, 1943-46

Click here to view more Peru Gazette photos

Very Caring People Bring Joy to a Deserving Peru, NY Veteran

Jack watched and then saluted to greet his visitors

Jack and Dawn Harrsch

Stepchildren Angela Vanderbogart and Lloyd Provost Jr. presented the flag

By John T. Ryan
Peru – Tears are shed at every U.S. Oval Honor Flight Ceremony, but tears were also shed on Bruce Drive in Peru today. Health challenges prevented Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Jack Harrsch from participating in today’s Honor Flight, but the Honor Flight came to him. Jack’s stepchildren Lloyd Provost Jr. and Angela Vanderbogart led a parade of two dozen motorcycles, firetrucks and police cars to Jack and Dawn Harrsch’s home where they presented Jack with the American Flag. A large group of family, neighbors and friends were present for the special occasion.
Jack Harrsch retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1985 after a 21-year career. An aircraft structural repair foreman, he served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Twelve years of his career were served at Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Click here to see more Peru Gazette Photos 

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Highlights of the September 25, 2017 Peru Town Board Meeting

By John T. Ryan

After a brief discussion the board decided to look into implementing a complete smoking ban on town property. Supervisor Glushko commented, “I think it’s a good idea especially with all the kids in our community. They need a good example.” Councilman Brandy McDonald commented, “Vaping is getting worse.” A Champlain Valley Family Center Tobacco-Free Program representative will be invited to the board’s next meeting.

The property assessment contract with Clinton County Assessment Services will be renewed. The charge per parcel will be increasing from $12.50 to $13.75. There are about 3,300 parcels in the town.

The Zoning Board of Appeals favors reducing its membership from seven to five. Currently, when three members are absent, a vote to approve an application must be unanimous often resulting in the applicant requesting to delay a vote. Councilman Jim Douglass said, “Residents get very frustrated when this happens. Projects are being delayed.” A public hearing on the membership reduction will be held prior to the board’s October 10th meeting.

Mark Hamilton was appointed to a seat to the Planning Board to complete the term of Kara McBrayer who resigned. The town board recommended that Hamilton be reappointed to a three-year term beginning in January 2018. Councilman McBrayer commented, “I think Mark will be an exceptional member.”

Water-Sewer Superintendent Courtney Tetrault informed the board that Peru did not receive any water system improvement grants in the latest award round. (On 9/29 Courtney Tetrault informed the Gazette that he was mistaken. Peru’s grant application is still under consideration) He recommended applying for a USDA Rural Development grant which the board agreed to do. Applying for a grant costs money. AES Engineering will charge up to $1,500 for its services and grant consultant Elizabeth Tedford will charge up to $2,500.

Courtney Tetrault is also concerned about the water system’s ability to accommodate community growth. Noting Peru’s reliance on streams and the adverse effects that rain storms have on treatment plant operations and supply, Tetrault said he would include a hydrologic study in his 2018 budget. The study would determine if wells would be a viable water source.

The board was advised that none of Peru’s elected officials are included in the town’s workman’s compensation insurance program. Councilman Jim Langley said the board could be insured at little cost and the cost of insuring Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell would be reduced by determining the amount of time he spends on administrative vs. hands-on work. The board decided to acquire the insurance.

Supervisor Pete Glushko reported that the NYS Comptroller’s fiscal stress monitoring system declared Peru to be in good fiscal shape.

A tentative budget will be presented to Town Clerk Kathleen Flynn no later than October 2, 2017.

Counselor Jim Douglass thanked Dog Control Officer Dave Drollette for his work on the Friday, September 28th dog biting incident on the Union Road in which Mrs. Loretta Timmons was seriously injured. Drollette issued nine tickets related to the incident. Douglass said, “We need a place for a dangerous dog. Elmore can’t take it,” referring to the fact that Peru does not have a contract facility to house a dangerous dog. The dog that attacked Mrs. Timmons had to remain with its owner until it was euthanized about 24 hours after the incident.

Town Attorney Matt Favro reported that local law enforcement agencies are not interested in enforcing the on-street parking ban on North Bend and Jenkins Street that the board has been discussing. Favro mentioned putting up no parking signs and contracting with towing companies. Jim Langley said he talked to neighbors and they are not in favor of erecting signs. Langley implied that he would support some sort of ban to expedite snow removal during the winter months.

Highway Superintendent Farrell reported that the Parsons Road culvert repairs have been completed. He plans to complete paving the Mannix Road on Monday or Tuesday of next week. This week’s paving was postponed because of the record-breaking high temperatures.

County Legislator Pete Keenan reported that sales tax collections are doing very well at $1.1 million over projections. A company called Tail Winds got the Plattsburgh International Airport restaurant bid. There is some interest in developing a motel near the airport. Keenan also said the Lake Champlain-Lake George Watershed Program might have grants that Peru could utilize for its water or sewer projects.

Tentative Budget to be Presented

The Town of Peru,  Town Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  The purpose of the Special Meeting is for the Supervisor to receive the 2018 Tentative Budget from the Town Clerk.  The meeting will take place at the Town Hall.

Kathleen Flynn

Town of Peru

Town Clerk

The Strand Center’s Juried Show “Reflections” Opens Friday, October 7

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts annually hosts a juried show open to artists of all ages and mediums. This year, the theme of the show is “Reflections” and participants were encouraged to submit artwork that captures a reflection or reflections, either in a natural pool of water, the chrome bumper of a classic car, or anything in between. “Reflections,” will be on view in The Strand Center Community Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from October 6 to October 27, 2017. The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will take place Friday, October 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read more »

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