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Applefest Memories

Sandra Caron-Mitchell Gagnier loved the wheel

Sandy Andrews was a star wherever she worked

Siser Helen Herman and the late Sister Yvonne Therese Cusson

Len Jozwiak will do anything to help the parish

L-R Ruben & Monica Remillard, Betty Ewald and Larry Ewald Sr.

Chris “Fuzz” Bruno and “Mr. B. “

L-R Nancy Hoskins, Ann Sunderland, Clare Dalton and Jean Ryan

The 40th Annual St. Augustine’s/Peru Applefest is only 25 days away. The Peru Gazette will periodically share a few historical Applefest photos with you as September 16 and 17 approach. Hopefully, they bring back great memories.

Progress Continues on Jarvis Rd. Bridge

Concrete was poured at the Jarvis Rd. bridge last Wednesday. A 14-day curing process is underway. The ground is being prepared for asphalt approaches to the bridge. Railings also have to be installed. The bridge will hopefully be completed by September 15th.

Proven Small Town Success

(L-R Wendy Boutin and Sally Gibson)

Yarborough Square is #12 in the Peru Gazette photo series featuring people who make Peru a wonderful place to live. Owner Sally Gibson opened her business at 672 Bear Swamp Rd. 25 years ago. Customers travel from near and far for her professional, unique artisan wares from USA and Canada. Sally Gibson and longtime staff member Wendy Boutin will greet you with a warm smile and help you find the ideal item. Yarborough Square is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 643-7057.

Peru Lions Replacing Welcome Signs

By John T. Ryan

Peru Lions Club members (L-R) Dave Dalton, Ralph Hensel and Lincoln Sunderland installed a new “Peru Welcomes You” sign on the Bear Swamp Rd. today. A few days ago they installed one at the Route 22B entrance to the hamlet. Two Route 22 signs will follow.

Ralph Hensel constructed the signs and the Lions Club paid for the hardware and stain. The Town of Peru paid for the wood. The Lions Club installed and maintained the original signs for many years. Finally, it was time to replace them.

Town Board Agenda for Monday, August 14

7:00 PM at the Peru Town Hall

Call Meeting To Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

MOTION: Approval of Minutes for the Town Board Regular Meeting of July 24, 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: AES letter of Authorization for Survey Work.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Kara McBrayer’s Resignation Letter.

DISCUSSION/RESOLUTION: Acceptance of Adele Douglas’ Resignation Letter.


DISCUSSION: Unexpended Bond Proceeds.

DISCUSSION: Shared Services Update.

Other Business.
Community Input on Agenda Items.

Motion to Adjourn.

Here’s Your Chance to Evaluate the PCS Superintendent Candidates

Open Forums August 15th & 16th

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will hold an Open Forum of Superintendent of School candidates on August 15th and 16th in the Jr/Sr High at approximately 7:00 PM on August 15th and 16th. The Open Forums will be preceded by Special Meeting Executive Sessions beginning at 5:05 p.m.

The Forums are open to all.

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

Medical marijuana lotions, chewables proposed in N.Y. – Capitol Confidential

Can New York’s rural schools survive growing poverty and population loss? – Times Union

518 Area Code Overlay to Start August 19 – Story

NY’s new casino owners say competition is tough – Times Union

New York state program offers up to $40 off heroin antidote – Times Union

DEC Announces State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses are Gearing up

Training in Safe Handling of Firearms and Hunting Required before Purchasing a Hunting License

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season must first complete a mandatory hunter, bowhunter, or trapper education course before obtaining the appropriate sporting license or hunting privilege.

With state licenses now on sale, first-time hunters and trappers are encouraged to sign up for courses as they fill quickly. Each year, more than 45,000 New Yorkers take DEC’s hunter and trapper education courses.

“Hunting and trapping are proud traditions in New York State that continue to be safely enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year and hunting opportunities have never been better,” said Commissioner Seggos. “DEC’s Sportsman Education Program is effective in producing safe, ethical hunters, and we are grateful to the volunteer instructors that serve as the backbone to deliver our program. I encourage all prospective hunters to sign-up early for one of the hundreds of courses offered all across New York.”

DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated DEC-certified instructors statewide to provide these training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, and Waterfowl Hunter Education. Read more »

Tuition rates up at Clinton Community College – Sun Community News & Printing

When a Sign Can Save a Loved One’s Life

Peru Fire Chief Kevin O’Neil

Peru – If your child or anyone in your home is facing a medical emergency, you undoubtedly expect a rapid response from rescue personnel. Unfortunately, many Peru homeowners do not properly identify their homes, a failure that could result in loss of life. Peru’s fire and ambulance personnel have been delayed in arriving at several emergency situations.

Peru Fire Chief Kevin O’Neil explained, “The problem exists throughout the town. Sometimes when we respond to an emergency we drive by a home more than once. Then we have to find a place to turn around and that’s difficult for a large fire truck or an ambulance, especially at night.” O’Neil noted that some people assume that everyone knows where they live. He stated, “We have many new, young personnel. They don’t know where everyone lives. They rely on a structure being properly identified.”

According to Peru Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup New York State fire codes require that the address identification be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. The identification characters should contrast with the background and shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetic letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall not be less than 4 inches high. Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.

Peru firefighters have one answer to the premise identification problem. For only $15 they will prepare a two-sided, reflective sign for you. It’s two-sided because under the mutual aid system emergency personnel may arrive at your home from any given direction. To order a sign just contact any Peru firefighter or stop by the station on a Monday evening.

Wood Pellet Biomass Boiler Project at Essex County State Office Complex

Renewable Energy System Will Heat Three State Agency Office Buildings in the North Country

Project Helps Meet Governor Cuomo’s Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) today announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop at the Ray Brook State Office Complex in Essex County in the North Country. The $3 million renewable energy project will be undertaken by NYPA in partnership with DEC, State Police, and APA in support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, which calls for a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption by all state agencies by 2020.

Fueled by wood pellets, this high-efficiency, low-emission boiler systems will provide heat to DEC’s Region 5 headquarters, APA headquarters, and the New York State Police Troop B headquarters. Read more »

A North Country Landmark

L-R Field Manager Richard Howard, Bakery Manager Riley Wilkins, Business Manager Shannon Rulfs, Office Manager Amanda Rulfs Whisher, Founder Bob Rulfs, Retail Manager Linda Hatch, Cashier Abbie Barber, Greenhouse/Produce Manager Jordan Bever

Peru – Rulfs Orchard is #11 in our Peru Gazette series featuring the people who make Peru a great place to live. Opened by Bob Rulfs in 1952, it has become has become a North Country landmark. The farm stand moved to its beautiful new building in September 2016.

Located at 531 Bear Swamp Road, Rulfs is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Oct., then 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter months. Call 643-8636.

Frontier Town proposal deadline is moved back – Times Union

PCS’s Campus – Beautiful!

Peru Central School Campus. Thanks to Vicki Defayette for posting the photos. I believe they were taken today. Love those drones!

Adirondack mountains were “the playground” for new FBI director | NCPR News

Bridge Construction Progressing

Jarvis Road Bridge at about noon today. Bridge decking is being installed. Concrete should be poured on August 16th; it cures for 14 days. Depending on the weather, the bridge should be complete by September 15th.

Vacation Bible School Starts Next Week – There’s Still Room for Your Child


Peru Community Church and St. Augustine’s Catholic Church Invite children ages 3 years to 6th grade to:

Passport to Peru: Discovering God’s Good Gifts

A summer bible event called Passport to Peru: Discovering God’s Good Gifts will be hosted at Peru Community Church Fellowship Center, 13 Elm Street, Peru from Monday, August 7th to Friday, August 11th.

Children from 3 years old through grade 6 are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a unique culture at Passport to Peru VBS, where kids discover how much God loves the world.

Passport to Peru is a whole new environment filled with incredible Bible-learning adventures, cultural experiences, team-building games, unique treats, and cool faith-building songs— amazing standout activities that help faith grow in real life. Plus we will discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life.

For more information or to register your child(ren), call 518-643-8641.

School Board Regular Meeting August 8th

The Board of Education also will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:30 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 6:30 PM start.  The school board is slated to reconvene for public session business at approximately 7:00 PM.

Anticipated topics include:

  • Tax Levy and Rates
  • Surplus Item Sale
  • Nutrition and Wellness Policy
  • Appointment of Personnel

A detailed agenda can be found at


Peru School Board Special Meeting

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 7th at 4:15 PM in the District’s Community Room, located in the Jr/Sr High School at 17 School Street.

An executive session associated with the employment history of a particular person and/or matters leading to the appointment or employment of particular persons will take place immediately following the 4:15 PM start.

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

Youth Swim Program Begins Sept. 9 in Memorial Hall Pool

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2017) — SUNY Plattsburgh will offer its Saturday morning Youth Learn to Swim program beginning Sept. 9 in Memorial Hall Pool.

The eight-week program is structured to improve swimming skills of children to make them safe in and around the water. Each session is 45 minutes.

To enroll, children must be five years or older, at least 47 inches tall and comfortable in water and be able to go under water. Children enrolled in level 2 will be measured the first class period and tested for comfort in water.

Dates are: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 14, 21, 28; and Nov. 4. No class Oct. 7.

Cost is $50 per student. Register by visiting For more information, contact Beth Shaughnessy at 518-564-4150 or email


City Recreation future debated | Local News |

CPR/AED First Aid Classes Scheduled For Fall Semester at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2017) — An American Red Cross series of non-credit classes in CPR/AED-first aid for adults, children and infants will be held at SUNY Plattsburgh beginning with the first session Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Two other sessions will be held Sunday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 12, both 1:30-5 p.m.

Cost for the class is $45. For more information, contact Beth Shaughnessy or Karen Waterbury, director of recreation and club sports, at 518-564-4140 or email Visit online at

Hobby Farms Dominate Board Agenda

APPROVAL of June 21, 2017 and July 19, 2017 minutes
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

Appealing the Zoning Officer’s Decision: Z-2017-0023 Paul Hart, Jr
Appealing the Zoning Officer’s Decision that a Hobby Farm exists
62 Elm St.
Peru, NY 12972

Area Variance: Z-2017-0026 Paul Parenteau
Area Variance –Hobby Farm
668 Patent Rd.
Peru, NY 12972


Plattsburgh Brewfest returns for third year – Sun Community News & Printing

DEC Announces Improvements at Meacham Lake Campground in Northern Adirondacks

Improvements Include New ADA Accessible Boat Launch, Parking Area and Green Infrastructure Features

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced improvements to the Meacham Lake Campground in the Adirondack town of Duane, Franklin County, under the State’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature. The improvements, supported by a $1.2 million state investment, include a new accessible boat launch on the eastern shore of Meacham Lake, a parking area, and green infrastructure features. Read more »

For New York dairy’s undocumented immigrant problem, some band aids but little reform | NCPR News

How many jobs does $8B in economic development spending actually buy? | NCPR News

Shared services health insurance savings are elusive – Times Union

NY will give some voter data to Trump voter fraud commission – Times Union

Number of six-figure public pensioners is rising – Times Union

It’s Soccer Registration Time

Soccer Registration – Register now through August 11th at RecDesk:

Plattsburgh man dies 4 days after I-87 crash

41 year old Peru High School graduate Brian Thomas. Class of 94.

Source: Plattsburgh man dies 4 days after I-87 crash

Strictly Business – Where good things grow

Feature story on Francisco and Karen Gruendling Bouchard-Braun

Source: Strictly Business – Where good things grow

Portion of Mannix Rd. to be Closed Wednesday

The Peru Highway Department will be closing Mannix Road again Wednesday from Old Town Road to Calkins Road for a cross culvert. No through traffic will be closed from 6:30 am til 4 pm

It’s All in a Mind’s Eye

L-R Nick and Richard Arnold


Machine destined for Chazy Orchards leaves the shop

By John T. Ryan

Peru – The sign outside Richard Arnold’s Dashnaw Road shop reads “Peru Welding,” but the business’ compete name is Peru Welding and Machine and for good reason. Beginning in 1978, Arnold has been manufacturing a variety of machines ranging from wood boilers to hydraulic corral gates and bridge components. For the past six years he has been working side-by-side with his son Nick. While Richard Arnold has no formal training in engineering, customers often use words like creative, clever and genius to describe him. Arnold has a simple explanation for his skills. He said, “I use the mind’s eye.”

Six years ago orchardist Mason Forrence asked Arnold to design a tractor mounted work platform. Forrence recalled, “We were working with Cornell. We knew the apple industry was going to smaller trees. We wanted to get away from using ladders.” Today Richard Arnold’s Mechanized Work Platform is being used by numerous orchardists in the Champlain and Hudson Valleys. The 9th third generation machine will be delivered in a few days.

The small trees in today’s apple orchards are supported by a trellis-pole system. If fruit develops too high in a young tree or the tree exceeds a certain height above the trellis system, limbs break and the tree’s lifetime productivity is significantly reduced. The Mechanized Work Platform, equipped with pneumatic pruning guns and electric chain saws, has revolutionized the pruning process. An 80-acre orchard that once took five men 30 days to prune can be pruned by two men in ten days. The work environment is also much safer and personnel are not exhausted at the end of the work day. Mason Forrence said, “Every grower we’ve introduced the machine to thinks it’s great!”

Workers control the tractor’s speed, direction and braking from the platforms. Arnold developed the mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems that control the tractor, the pruning guns and the chain saws. He explained, “Standing on the platforms, orchard workers get the big picture from above. No one has to be on a ladder in the midst of the limbs. You can see the difference in row uniformity.”

Every invention undergoes a development process. The first generation work platform consisted of two fixed platforms welded to a steel beam mounted on a tractor’s drawbar. The second generation was located over a tractor’s hood, but the platforms were still fixed. Arnold recalled, “When I watched that machine work and saw the difficulty workers were having reaching the leaning trees. I knew the platforms had to extend and retract.” Today workers simply rotate switches to extend and retract one or both platforms.

Richard Arnold is very proud that his machines are “Made in the USA” and he is hopeful that in the not too distant future Peru Welding and Machine’s Mechanical Work Platform will be utilized throughout the USA and beyond. He also has a vision for more Mechanized Work Platform advances in his “mind’s eye.”

James Spencer removes apples before they damage the young trees.

Desroy Thatcher and Clifford Edwards at Forrence’s Valcour Farm

Clifford Edwards using a pneumatic pruning gun

Striving to Serve a Wide Range of Needs

L-R CFA President Clark Forster, Property and Casualty Manager Gloria Henaghan, Chief Operating Officer Alex Forster, Administrative Executive Assistant Dominique Dragon and Administrative Assistant Rebecca Banker-Godfrey

Peru – The CFA Insurance Agency Inc. is #10 in our Peru Gazette series featuring the people who make Peru a great place to live. CFA has been doing business in Peru since 2004 and moved into its new, larger location at 686 Bear Swamp Road (the former Beaumont Medical Center Building) in 2013. Clark Forster, a Keeseville native, is the company’s founder and president. Call 643-7946 for information.

Planning Board Agenda

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @ 7:00 at the Peru Town Hall

APPROVAL of July 12, 2017 minutes.
OPEN FLOOR to public hearing

1. Site Plan Review with SEQR: P-2017-014 North Country Behavioral Medicine, PLLC – Dino Santoro
Site Plan Review – Drs. Office
3384 Rt. 22
Peru, NY 12972


Portion of Mannix Rd. Closed Tuesday, Not Monday as Originally Planned

The Mannix Road will be closed from Rounds Drive to Old Town Road on Monday, Tuesday, August 1st from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The town will be replacing a culvert in that area. There will be no through traffic, including emergency vehicles, during that time.

City eyes makeover for train station – Sun Community News & Printing

County considering PLA for airport work | Local News |

Coach Scott Woodward’s Memorial Duathlon Scheduled for September 23rd

Coach Woodward’s “Just DU It” Memorial Duathlon has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at 9:00 am at the Lapham Mills Recreation Park in Peru, NY. The duathlon will begin with a 2.5 mile run, followed by a 12 mile bike ride, and concludes with an additional 2.5 mile run. There is both an individual or team category and a fat tire division. To register for the event, go to the Adirondack Coast Event’s website at and click on “Race Calendar and Results” or click on the following link at

For further information, visit the duathlon’s Facebook page at or email Cheryl Breen Randall at All proceeds will benefit the Scott W. Woodward Memorial Scholarship at Peru Central School where three scholarships will be awarded annually to a senior female and male track and/or cross country runner and a varsity football player.  Scott was an alumnus and longtime track and cross country coach at Peru Central School, and enthusiastic cyclist winning four NYS Time Trial Championships.

City Council abolishes 4 departments | Local News |

Special Board Meeting – July 31, 2017

Peru Central School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 31st at 5:45 PM in the District’s Community Room, located in the Jr/Sr High School at 17 School Street.

An executive session associated with the employment history of a particular person and/or matters leading to the appointment or employment of particular persons will take place immediately following the 5:45 PM start.

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

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

Mission of Hope needs helpers for building project | Local News |

Jones Authored Bill Becomes Law

From the Office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that a bill he authored making it easier for kids to protect themselves from insect bites while at camp has been signed into law (Ch. 163 of 2017). The new law allows children attending overnight camp, summer day camp and traveling summer day camp to apply camp-authorized insect repellent with the written consent of a parent or guardian. Previously, children were required to provide a doctor’s note in order to carry and use insect repellent.

“It’s important that kids are able to protect themselves from the potential dangers associated with insect bites, especially during the summer when they’re spending a lot of their time outdoors,” Jones said. “This law will make it easier to keep kids safe and healthy while enjoying all the North Country has to offer.”

Camps will be required to maintain a record of each parent or guardian permission slip. Camp workers are also allowed to assist any child who is physically unable to apply the insect repellent themselves when directed by the child.

Bridge Progress Continues

Jarvis Road Bridge’s prestressed concrete beams are being installed today. The four 70 ft. beams each weigh 74,000 pounds. The cement encloses several steel rods. Thanks to the Peru Gazette reader who let us know about the presence of the huge crane.

Learning and Fun for People of All Ages


2017 Hay & Grain Harvest/Antique Tractor Weekend at Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum August 19-20, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at 250 River Road, Peru, NY   12972. (518) 643-8052

Ongoing demonstrations include harvesting of hay and grain with antique farming equipment; the blacksmith shop and granary; soap making; spinning of flax into linen.

Have the kids visit the museum animals, milk AppleBlossom the “cow”, ride the  stagecoach and Thomas the Train.  

Have fun testing your knowledge in various categories at the game of JEOPARDY. Four games each day with a prize to the winner of each game.

Get your prize antique tractor out and show it off at the museum.  Then take it for a ride around Peru for our 2nd Annual Antique Tractor Ride (Sunday 3pm).  Guaranteed to be fun!

Enjoy ice cream from the Frosty Cow.  Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase at our picnic area.

Cold Ice Cream and Warm Smiles

Sweet Treat is #9 in our Peru Gazette series featuring the people who make Peru a great place to live. A favorite Peru gathering place, the ice cream shop is open seven days a week from noon until 9 p.m at 2897 Main St.

Here’s the 2017 Sweet Treat Crew (L-R) Emily Lombard, Maddy Flynn, Avery Trombley, Jenny Cibula, co-owner Tim Arnold, Jared Posada, co-owner Jeanne Arnold, Nate Armes, Mary Polhemus, Missing: Lindsay Brown & Kira Fisher

Peru Agriculture Industry Continues to Grow

Existing Remillard barn

252 ft. x 110 ft. clear span pole barn

Interior view of the new barn

By John T. Ryan

Peru -Motorists heading north on I-87 over the past several days may have noticed the large barn under construction at the Remillard Farm; it is large at 252 ft x110 ft.. The clear span pole barn is an extension of a barn constructed in 2006 giving the Remillards much more for room for young cattle and dry (non-lactating) cows. The new barn is being constructed by a Pennsylvania-based Amish contractor. Construction began last week and should be completed by this Friday. The concrete floor will be installed by a local contractor.

The Remillards milk 600 holsteins and have a total of about 1,350 head.

Main Street Improvements on Hold

Peru – The transformation of Main Street into a pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined street from Stewarts to the Dollar Store will not happen in 2017. Detailed plans were submitted to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) last winter, but approval has not been received. At a November 2016 public meeting representatives of River Street Planning and Development, the town’s consultants on the project, stated that they anticipated rapid DOT approval with work beginning this summer. In light of the unfinished DOT review, the period to utilize the town’s $150,000 NYS grant has been extended until the end of 2018.

Over the past three years the Main Street Improvement Committee limited success involving business owners and residents in the planning process. Publicity was generated and a number of pubic meetings were held. At the town board’s July 10th meeting Counselor Donald McBrayer, the board’s liaison for the project, said he plans to invite North Main Street residents to participate in what he called a “walking audit” of the project plans.

Looking to Peru’s Future

Town Board Approves Water System Control and Monitoring Upgrades

By John T. Ryan

Peru – Improvements continue at Peru’s water treatment plant. At the town board’s July 10, 2017 meeting counselors approved Courtney Tetrault’s recommendation to purchase a remote telemetry system which will enable water department personnel to control hamlet water pressure via computer. AquaLogics System, Inc. of Syracuse, NY submitted a price of $25,975.

Water turbidity (cloudy or hazy water) can also be an issue, especially during heavy rainfall. Filtration has to be slowed and filter backwashing increased. The council approved the purchase of a turbidity metering and monitoring system at a cost of $8,383 from Hach, an analytical and instrumentation company based in Loveland, Colorado.

Water system improvements initiated in 2012 were financed by a $3.65 million bond issue. $81,000 of the bond money was not spent and will be used to finance these upgrades. Purchase of a water filtration plant security and fire alarm system is also being planned.

Counselor Donald McBrayer recommended that district water users be informed of the filtration issues that arise during periods of heavy rainfall. If users reduce water consumption, the system would be much more likely to function safely and efficiently. Thinking about the town’s future growth McBrayer remarked, “As our system expands it might be advisable to look into the feasibility of using drilled wells as water source.” Peru’s water is currently sourced from Furnace Brook that flows into the town’s reservoir.

NY offers first regular public tours of state Education Building – Times Union

New York expands access to voter registration forms – Times Union

Mohawk Ironworkers Celebrated

Au Sable Forks – Tahawus Center in association with the Hollywood Theater, proudly present episodes 
from the new “Mohawk Ironworkers” documentary. This remarkable film celebrates the steely determination of the Mohawk ironworkers of Kahnawake, Akwesasne and Six Nations, who are said to be “the best ironworkers on the planet.” “Mohawk Ironworkers” was produced by Paul M. Rickard, George Hargrave, and Au Sable Fork’s own Margaret Horn. Margaret interviewed many of the characters as researcher and associate producer. The series features a team of Indigenous directors including Jeff Dorn, Margaret Horn, Courtney Montour, Paul M. Rickard, and Michelle Smith.

WHEN / WHERE: Monday, August 7, 7pm. Hollywood Theater, 14232 Rt 9N, Au Sable Forks, 518-647-5953. Parking in rear.

ADMISSION: $10 with advance reservation (name on list), $12 at the door.

In this very special event, four episodes will be introduced by Margaret Horn, one of the directors of Mohawk Ironworkers, and one whose family has been intimately involved in the trade for several generations. Margaret Horn is well known to the Ausable Valley area for curating the groundbreaking art exhibit, “Mohawk of the Adirondacks” at the Tahawus Gallery 2012. A reception for guests and to meet Margaret Horn is included in the evening. Reservations are recommended: 646-734-7151. The episodes include
• Training For Steel – an overview of just what it takes to be an ironworker (by Margaret Horn)
• Women – who can be involved in the trade (by Courtney Montour)
• Albert Stalk – or “Eiffel Al,” a great character, who shows how demanding the trade is)
• World Trade Center – “When the NYC Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, over 50 Mohawk ironworkers helped clear the wreckage of the iconic Towers their fathers built. But no one was prepared for the health risks of the Ground Zero cleanup. The cleanup cost Jaysen Mayo his health and career, and Brad Bonaparte, his life. After 9/11, Mohawks, like John McGowan, continue to honor their relationship with the World Trade Center by building One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.”

Funding support for Native Content at Tahawus Center comes from the Puffin Foundation, with additional program activity support from: Casella Waste Systems, Ausable Dental Center, Stewart’s Shops, the Adirondack Foundation-Generous Acts Fund, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Lake Placid Education Fund, Newton Family Fund, and an Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County. Tahawus Center is a program of the 501c3 Appleby Foundation, Inc.

DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Wild Turkey Survey

Citizen Scientists Help DEC Gauge Turkey Population

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand this iconic bird.

“Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey Sighting Survey provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to help DEC monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage everyone to take the time to record their observations of turkeys while exploring the forests and fields in their communities or while driving through our state’s beautiful landscapes this summer.”

Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young turkey born this year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index helps DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.

Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet directly on DEC’s website. Survey cards can also be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8883, or by e-mailing (type “Turkey Survey” in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the link above and click “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report.”

Additional information available on the DEC website:

Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey
Citizen Science Initiatives
DEC Regional Office Contact Information

Jarvis Rd. Bridge Construction Status as of Friday, July 21, 2017.

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