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October 18, 2019
Supervisor’s Message

Whalen Road/Shadow Pines…starting today you will notice a significant amount of activity going on along Whalen Road. First the County of Monroe requested that our DPW clean the ditch along the north side of the road and dump the materials removed on the south side to help complete the filling operation that was started several months ago.

Secondly you will see several construction trailers and equipment staged in front of the white maintenance barn by O’Connell Electric and Ironwood Construction. RG&E is installing a new underground electric line that originates from the Panorama Plaza sub-station and ends at the sub-station on Whalen Road. This new line will replace an outdated overhead line that runs through the former back nine of Shadow Pines. Once completed all of the current poles and wiring will be removed. This project is expected to last through late spring 2020. Once completed all equipment and trailers will be removed.

Lastly, the town’s Parks and Facilities Departments continue to work on and around the Clark House site as we look to lease this property in 2020.

As always any questions may be directed to my office at or 340-8631.

October 17, 2019
Penfield 2020 Final Town Budget Adopted

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the 2020 Final Budget at the October 16 legislative meeting. The Final Budget, including special districts, is $20,671,392; an increase of $411,786 from 2019. The Town Operating Budget without special districts is $17,724,044.

With this budget, the 2020 town tax rate remains at $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate as 2019. (At this tax rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will pay $528.20 for general governmental services) Once again, the town tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by the New York State tax cap.

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town of Penfield’s control continued to increase including contributions to the New York State retirement system of approximately 10 to 19 percent of payroll. The cost of workers compensation will remain flat at nearly six percent of payroll.

“This ‘no tax increase’ budget for 2020 has allowed for DPW equipment and infrastructure updates that are necessary to keep pace with current level services for snow removal, sidewalk construction, parks improvement, and expanded recreational programs for residents of all ages,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Local government—government closest to the people—works hard each day to provide the highest and best service to its residents. Runaway spending at the federal and state levels has placed undue burdens on towns to keep taxes stable; Penfield has a long history for very sound spending.”

Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest of the 19 towns in in Monroe County. The town general taxes continue to account for approximately 8 percent of each tax dollar. County taxes account for 24 percent, and school taxes account for the remaining 68 percent.

Penfield’s growth rate was one percent in 2019, resulting in a positive impact of actual new “bricks and mortar” properties and therefore more contributors to the tax levy.

With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. Moody’s Investors Service continues its Aa1 credit rating of Penfield—one of the highest in the county and state. This rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects (sewers, roadways, bridges), and assists with cash flow throughout the year. The Moody’s rating also reflects Penfield’s history of stable financial operations and strong management practices.

Further, the Town of Penfield continues to receive a respected “no designation” in New York State’s Fiscal Monitoring system. With a low score of just 1.7 in 2018, the Town of Penfield is once again well below the 44.9 percent tolerance point that New York State deems to be an indicator of possible fiscal stress. Factors included in the NYS’s review include cash ratio, employee salaries, debt burden, and fund balance.

“We have another fiscally sound budget adopted by the Town Board for 2020,” stated Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo. “The Town’s levy increase for 2020 is below the levy cap established by the State Comptroller. And, once again, we received a ‘no designation’ in regard to susceptibility to fiscal stress. With ‘no designation,’ I am proud to say the Town’s financial health is well below any level of risk as determined by the Office of the State Comptroller.”

As of October 18, print copies of the Final 2020 Budget are available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Final Budget is also available online at (go to ‘Quick Links,’ ‘Town Budget’).


June to September 2019
Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller, and staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2020 Tentative Budget

September 18, 2019
Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller present a summary of the 2020 Tentative Budget to the Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 18-October 10, 2019
Public comment period

October 2, 2019
Public hearing on 2020 Preliminary Budget, public comments received

October 3-10, 2019
Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 16, 2019
Town Board legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2020 Budget

October 18, 2019
Town submits the Penfield Adopted 2020 Budget to County of Monroe, Adopted Budget made public

October 15, 2019
Supervisor's column October 15, 2019

Time is running out to take advantage of the Shepherd Home’s mum sale that is being held through Thursday, October 31. Just stop in at Bauman's Farm Market to purchase your mums and tell them it's for the Shepherd Home at checkout! Mums are $10 and for every mum sold the Shepherd Home will receive $5 back to continue their beautiful mission. They provide comfort and compassionate care to members of our community with a terminal illness, in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Thank you in advance for supporting the Shepherd Home…they make a difference in so many lives!

Penfield Town Hall will be one of the early voting sites across Monroe County beginning on Saturday, October 26 and running through Sunday, November 3. Any registered voter who lives within Monroe County, not just Penfield, may vote during the following times:

  • Saturday, October 26
  • Sunday, October 27
  • Monday, October 28
  • Tuesday, October 29
  • Wednesday, October 30
  • Thursday, October 31
  • Friday, November 1
  • Saturday, November 2
  • Sunday, November 3

9:00AM – 2:00PM
1:00PM – 6:00PM
7:00AM – 3:00PM
12:00PM – 8:00PM
12:00PM – 8:00PM
7:00AM – 3:00PM
7:00AM – 3:00PM
1:00PM – 6:00PM
9:00AM – 2:00PM

The polls will be open the normal time on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5 from 6:00AM – 9:00PM and you will vote at your assigned polling location that day. If you are not aware of that location you may visit and click on “departments” at the top of the banner, then on “Board of Elections,” and select “polling location.” Thank you in advance for exercising your right to vote. Voting and democracy is very important because it provides residents an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in; it holds elected officials accountable while in office; and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority. Please exercise your right to vote during one of the early voting dates/times or on Election Day…your vote does make a difference!

Last week I had the honor of joining the Penfield Business Chamber for a ribbon-cutting event at the new AcuteKids Pediatric Urgent Care Facility at 1243 Bay Road. This center offers complete medical services for infants through young adults. We are so fortunate in our community and this region to have access to such wonderful health care facilities to treat our residents and their families. Congratulations to AcuteKids Pediatric Care and their team on this new facility and thank you for being part of our community!   

The ninth annual Penfield Community Bike Drop last week, sponsored by the Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation Department, collected 420 bikes to be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. This is the biggest turnout since the event's inception, and to date this event has collected and donated 1,890 bikes to this amazing organization. A special thank you to everyone who donated--you made a difference in someone else’s life. To learn more about RCommunity Bikes, Inc. and the support they provide to the Rochester-Monroe County region, please visit

Mark your calendar for the next Penfield Players program as they present the southern-fried mid-life crisis comedy entitled “Rex’s Exes”, a Jones Hope Wooten Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The Verdeen cousins are teetering on the brink of disaster…again! Gaynelle stubbornly refuses to face the fact she’s turning the BIG 5-0, and Peaches is determined to throw Gaynelle a surprise party anyway. Jimmie Wy, riding high on the success of her new wedding gown boutique for big gals known as “Wide Bride” reluctantly agrees to help Peaches surprise Gaynelle, but it turns out the surprise is on them when the party plans shift to a hastily thrown together family funeral instead! The hilarity escalates when Peaches’ recently declared dead husband expectantly returns, and his romantic links to each of the cousins revealed!

Show dates are Friday and Saturday, October 25, 26; November 1,2,8,9 at 8:00PM. There is a Sunday matinee on November 3 at 2:00PM. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Pre-sale tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased at the Penfield Recreation Office in person or by calling 340-8655 or via the web at with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $15.00. Advance tickets are strongly recommended, all ticket sales are final!

Until next week enjoy the beautiful fall weather and please do not forget to support our many farm markets across the town, as they have some wonderful products for all ages!




October 15, 2019
Penfield Players Presents Rex's Exes

The Penfield Players’ fall show, Rex’s Exes, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, opens on Friday, October 25 for seven performances. Directed by Sue Zuris of Webster, Rex’s Exes is a comedy that continues the story of the Verdeen cousins, first seen in The Red Velvet Cake War performed by Penfield Players in 2017. Gaynelle stubbornly refuses to face the fact that she’s turning the big 5-0, and Peaches is determined to throw Gaynelle a surprise birthday party anyway. Jimmie Wy, riding high on the success of her new wedding gown boutique, reluctantly agrees to help Peaches surprise Gaynelle. But it turns out the surprises are all on them. The hilarity escalates as various neighbors and relatives are introduced and culminates with more than one unexpected return. 

The cast features:

Mary Ellen Blanchard (Brighton) as Mama Doll Hargis

Andrew Cowen (Brighton) as Wild Bill Boudreaux

Doug Curry (Rochester) as Aubrey Verdeen

Judie Clawson-D’Ambrosio (Greece) as Gaynelle Verdeen

Kelly Hobbins (Penfield) as CeeCee Windham and Gentle Harmony

Karen Luna (Rochester) as Bitsy Hargis

Marie Pellett (Brighton) as LaMerle Verdeen Minshew

Elizabeth Saunders (Fairport) as Peaches Verdeen Belrose

Laruen Shapow (Penfield) as Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen

Michael J. Tedone (Fairport) as Theodore Rexford Belrose

Laura Thompson (West Irondequoit) as Marlissa Crutchfield.

“It’s been so much fun working on this production,” says Zuris. “I think the audience is going to have as much fun seeing the show as we have had rehearsing it.”

All performances are at the Penfield Recreation Center, 1985 Baird Rd., in Penfield. Performances are on Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Nov. 8, and Nov. 9 at 8:00 p.m. There is a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online at, by phone at 585.340.8655 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, and in person at the Penfield Recreation Center. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Group rates are available for groups of ten or more.

About the Penfield Players

The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theatre organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, now in its 54th season of great performances. It’s one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theatre, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome.

October 10, 2019
RG&E and AAA New York State Join Forces to Remind Drivers About Dangers of Distracted Driving

Companies Urge Drivers to be Aware of Surroundings After Recent Accidents

Rochester, NY — October 8, 2019 — RG&E, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. and AAA New York State, an advocate for traffic safety and security, today announced that they are working together to remind passenger and commercial drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

“RG&E has seen an uptick in the number of passenger vehicles that strike electric poles and commercial construction vehicles that come into contact with power lines and other electric equipment,” said Trish Nilsen, Director of Emergency Preparedness for RG&E. “It’s dangerous for those who cause the crash, first responders and the nearby public. It may also lead to neighbors and communities losing power while crews repair the damage. The company extends our thanks to AAA for helping to spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving.”

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88% of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, with nearly half of all drivers admitting to recently talking on hand-held phones and another 35% reporting that they have sent a text or email while driving.

“Studies show that drivers who talk on cellphones are four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash,” said Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Affairs for AAA of Western and Central New York. “When you text and drive, your chances of crashing increase eight times more than those who wait. Distracted driving can not only cost you your life, but can also negatively impact society in other tangible ways – as RG&E has pointed out.”

The companies jointly urge drivers to use caution when operating motor vehicles by increasing awareness and resisting the urge to use devices that require you to take your eyes off the road. They also caution operators of commercial construction vehicles to make sure the dump beds of their trucks are down before entering the roadway.

Finally, RG&E and AAA offer the public the following safety tips should a fallen power line touch your car:

  • Stay inside your car. The ground around your car may be energized.
  • Sound the horn, roll down your windows and call for help.
  • Warn others to stay away. Anyone who touches the equipment or ground around your car can be injured.
  • Use your mobile phone to call 911.
  • Wait until the fire department, police, or RG&E workers tell you it’s safe to get out of your car before exiting the vehicle.

If your car is in contact with a fallen power line and starts on fire, follow these guidelines:

  • Remove loose items of clothing.
  • Keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle so you are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground.
  • Keep both feet close together and shuffle away from the vehicle without picking up your feet

October 7, 2019
Supervisor’s column October 7, 2019

Time to provide public input on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan is coming to an end this week. If you would like to share your thoughts regarding future planning goals for the Town of Penfield with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as it continues its important work, please use this online form to offer input and express your ideas by the end of business Friday, October 11. If you were unable to attend the town's September 24 public information meeting regarding the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update you can view a video of the meeting at You can also view the last committee meeting that was held on October 1 at Thank you in advance for your thoughts and ideas on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The town board held a public hearing on the 2020 Preliminary Budget last week to hear any and all residents who had questions or comments. Several questions were received and they will be answered and placed on for review. Additionally, the town board is accepting questions and comments through Friday, October 11. The 2020 budget is proposed to be adopted on Wednesday, October 16. All related budget documents are on the website for review (see Quick Links).

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) is Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you to join them for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $6.00 per person. October is domestic violence awareness month, therefore all October breakfast proceeds will go directly to help support Resolve, an organization dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to

Shadow Pines update…Several weeks ago I reported that Monroe County would be removing some trees within their right-of-way adjacent to Shadow Pines. Several of those trees were removed next to the cemetery; however the rainy weather did not allow project contractor Terry Tree to complete its work. It is our understanding they will complete that work this week. Additionally, Monroe County extended two drain pipes just east of Clark Road, and the Town of Penfield’s DPW will complete its filling and grading project over the next seven to 10 days, provided the weather cooperates. Also, the next Penfield High School X-Country meet will be held this week along the trails of Shadow Pines; this has been a great partnership between the town and school district.

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held this coming Saturday, October 12 at Lucien Morin Park. Meet at Empire Blvd. at the south end of Irondequoit Bay. There is parking just east of MacGregor’s. The hike runs from 10:00 AM to noon, rain or shine. Please look for the Monroe County Parks sign and the hike signs.

The 2019–2020 concert series of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra opens on Monday, October 28 with “Brahms and Castanets.” This concert is sponsored by Heathwood Assisted Living. This season marks the twentieth year that Dr. David Harman has lead this wonderful orchestra as Music Director and Conductor. All concerts are held at the Penfield High School Auditorium and begin at 7:30 PM. Free rides to concerts are available from Lifespan, please call 872-0774 two weeks before the concerts. For more information on this concert, the 2019–2020 schedule, please go to

Mark your calendars for the annual Family Halloween Fun night to be held on Friday, October 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Enjoy games, trick-or-treats, hayrides, crafts, and more…FREE fun for all ages!

Please note that the Town of Penfield Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, October 14 in observance of Columbus Day. This includes the Town Hall, DPW, Recreation and Town Courts. The Penfield Public Library will be OPEN during normal business hours.

This week is National Fire Prevention Week (October 6–12) with the theme “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!” This program works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. When it comes to fire safety, anyone can be a hero. It is easy to take the first steps, just make an escape plan for your home! Mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Additional fire safety information is available at or

Until next week be well and be safe…and make an escape plan for your home!


October 2, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Sat. Oct 5 is Fall Recycling Day for Penfield residents at DPW

REMINDER: The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event for Penfield residents on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations at the on-site St. Pauly shed. 

(There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event. Follow the events calendar at for sponsored community collections throughout the year.)

September 30, 2019
Supervisor’s column September 30, 2019

More than 1,000 people attended a food truck rodeo to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital last Friday night at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. The event, inspired by Mason Mitchell and Christie Simonetti, provided music, food, and fellowship. The kids enjoyed the bounce house and face painting and adults were hoping to win one of the many cash raffles throughout the evening. “The Miracle Campaign” was sponsored by the Despina Mitchell and Dave Simonetti families. This event is what community is all about—people and families helping people and families!

With October upon us, I would like to note a number of upcoming programs for children at the Penfield Public Library that take us through the end of the year including Lego Lab, Penfield Fire Company, National Pizza Month Celebration, Spooky Halloween Snacks, the Nutcracker Storytime, Tales for Tails, the Gingerbread House Workshop, New Year’s Eve Family Game Day, and much more. Check out page 43 in the fall 2019 Pen-Rec brochure or go to

Last week, the storm water pipes along Whalen Road at Shadow Pines were extended by the County of Monroe. We are now able to complete the fill project we started a number of weeks ago that will eliminate the large drop-off around the bend in the road. The filled area will be graded and seeded.

I am reminded each month of the great work that Crime Stoppers does to “blow the whistle” on crime across the county. As a board member for more than 12 years, I have witnessed Crime Stoppers assist law enforcement at all levels through tips of valuable information that helps get the “bad guys” off the streets. Crime doesn’t pay, but we do! Visit to see all of the programs offered in support of the Rochester-Monroe County area. Crime Stoppers actively supports the K-9 initiative for many law enforcement agencies. Also, Crime Stoppers offers a $1,000 First Responders Scholarship at Monroe Community College. If you have a son, daughter, or grandchild who wishes to become a first responder, consider applying at

The always popular Red Cross Babysitting class for ages 11-15 will be held on Monday, October 14 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. This course is designed to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on practice, each successful candidate will receive certification as an American Red Cross babysitter. If you have any questions, please contact Red Cross Instructor Domenic Danesi at 281-4208. The fee is $80.00 and the registration # 416610-A. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Reserve your spot for the next day trip featuring the fall foliage on Wednesday, October 16. Depart the Penfield Community Center at 9:30 AM and return by 4:30 PM. The fee is $20.00, registration # 449449-02.

Daytime at Recreation (DEAR)’s “The Witching Hour” will be held on Friday, October 25 at the Dolomite Lodge—witch attire is encouraged! Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, enchanted beverages, Tarot Card readings, spirit card table, “Herstory of Witches” lecture and more. This event runs from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. The cost is $25 with advance registration or $30 at the door. For more information, please go to

URGENT need…Hero drivers are needed for Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Please call 340-8674 if you are able to volunteer some time to support this wonderful service!

Two reminders for this coming Saturday, October 5:

Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation will host their annual Penfield Community Bike Drop-off from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center on Baird Road. They will be collecting all types of bikes for R Community Bikes, Inc.  Receipts will be provided documenting all donations. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this amazing organization, please visit   

Also on Saturday, Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event.

Until next week…be well and be safe!




September 24, 2019
Supervisor’s column September 24, 2019

Final shout-out…there will be a public information meeting TUESDAY NIGHT, September 24, on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at the town hall starting at 7:00 PM. All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. Those who wish to present their ideas and concerns are encouraged to limit their comments to five minutes in consideration of all who wish to speak. The meeting will be broadcast live: Streaming at and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield”); Penfield Community Government TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1303; and Roku TV with free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV). You may also learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage:

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Lucien Morin Park. The hike through this Monroe County Park will be primarily through the heavily wooded area along Irondequoit Creek. It will traverse the slopes and ravines as well as some of the creek banks. Away from the creek you will see elements of the Old Rifle Range, the location of the clubhouse, the restored gazebo, and the shooting pits. This diversified hike will also have overlooks of Irondequoit Creek, wetlands, and meadows. You will stop at the narrows and observe and learn about the low-flow barrier. Meet at Empire Blvd. at the south end of Irondequoit Bay. There is a Monroe County Park sign and driveway entrance just east of MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room. Please park in the graveled area and look for the hike signs.

Last week I had the honor and privilege of presenting Certificates of Appreciation to Marvin Bielicki and Hugh Franklin of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency for 50 years of service to the Penfield community. Since 1969, both these amazing individuals have spent countless hours training, responding to emergencies, and serving our great town in whatever emergencies came their way. Hugh and Marv, thank you for your service, it does not go unrecognized by our residents; you are benchmarks of outstanding service in the EMS community across this county!

Veterans Memorial Park at the Town Hall “rocked” this past Sunday as Mary Cariola held its 11th Annual Walking on Sunshine event to help raise critical funds for the children and young adults with complex disabilities who attend Mary Cariola Children’s Center. We have been honored to host the family-friendly walk, food, activities, raffle, and entertainment for the past several years at Veterans Memorial Park. More than 1,100 people participated in this wonderful event that is the biggest annual fundraiser to support the Mary Cariola organization. For more information about Walking on Sunshine and future programs please go to Thank you for all you do in this county and region to support our youngest residents…Mary Cariola “rocks”!

The Miracle Campaign, inspired by Mason Mitchell & Christie Simonetti, will be hosting a food truck rodeo to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong this Friday, September 27 from 4:00 to 9:00PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage at the Veterans Memorial Park behind the town hall. Participating food trucks include Bay Vista Taqueria, Abbott’s, Chef’s Catering, The Meatball Truck, Waffles R Wild, and Marty’s Meats. There will be live music by John Akers Coupe de Ville, bounce houses, and face painting for the kids! Like them on Facebook, The Miracle Campaign or contact Despina Mitchell at or Dave Simonetti at

I close this week’s column with a shout-out to the town’s employee wellness team members who were recognized last week with the MVP Certificate of Achievement 2019 Workplace Platinum Well-Being Award for demonstrating a true commitment to the well-being of our employees and the success of the organization. I would like to recognize Andy Urckfitz and Laura Sliker for being co-chairs of our Wellness Committee and all the members of the committee for helping with plans, programs, and ideas for inspiring wellness for all Penfield’s employees and their families. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire Penfield community, thank you for your efforts and congratulations on helping Penfield receive this honor!

Until next week…summer is over and fall has moved in. Please visit our farm markets throughout town to enjoy all they have to offer this time of year. We are fortunate they provide such a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to help all our families bring fresh, seasonal produce into our homes!


September 23, 2019
Annual Community Bike Drop October 5

Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation will sponsor the 9th annual Community Bike Drop on Saturday, October 5 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Keep those old or unwanted bikes out of our landfills by donating them to a good cause. All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for repair and redistribution to needy children and adults in the Rochester area. All types of bikes are needed, including children's tricycles, toddler plastic bikes and bike parts. Receipts will be available.

"We are looking forward to another successful year of collecting used bikes, bike parts, and accessories," said Chris Bilow, Director of Penfield Recreation. "To date we have collected nearly 1,500 bikes from the Penfield community to give to R Community Bikes."

R Community Bikes, Inc. is a grassroots 501c3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester's most needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, as well as for recreation.

For additional information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email Linda Kohl, Penfield Rotary at

September 19, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: 2020 Tentative Budget presented to town board

The 2020 Tentative Budget was presented at last night’s meeting of the Penfield Town Board. The proposed budget shows no tax increase for 2020. The presentation and budget is available online at this link or from the Quick Links menu at

September 19, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield Oct 3

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, October 3, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

“I am again pleased that we are able to bring this service to Penfield to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here at the town hall,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.”

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at .

Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.

September 16, 2019
Supervisor’ column September 16, 2019

This past weekend we closed out the 2019 amphitheater music and event season. Every event went on as scheduled and no shows were cancelled due to weather—what a great run! I would like to thank all the musical groups that helped make this one of our best seasons yet. I would also like to recognize and thank our Recreation Department for putting together the variety of programs for the whole family. Lastly, we could not put on events of this caliber without this year’s sponsors and partners: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club, Wegmans, The Woodlands – Fairport Baptist Homes, and Synergy IT Solutions. Thank you for your commitment to the Penfield Community, you make a difference each and every day to all our residents and visitors.

Upcoming events and reminders:

I recently learned that the Shepherd Home is holding a mum sale beginning Sunday, September 15 and running through October 31. Just stop in at Bauman's Farm Market to purchase your mum and tell them it's for the Shepherd Home when you check out. Mums are $10. For every mum sold, the Shepherd Home will receive $5 to continue their beautiful mission of providing comfort and compassionate care to members of our community with a terminal illness in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The Town Comptroller and I will present the 2020 Town Budget to the town board and community on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM. The full budget will be up on the website that evening at 7:00 PM for everyone to review. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM so residents may address the board on any aspect of the 2020 budget. 

The Penfield community is invited to the “Fall Dinner” of the East Penfield Homeowners Association on Sunday, September 22 at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road. The event starts at 4:00 PM with dinner at 5:00 PM hosted by the Rothfuss family. The association will provide meat, rolls, beverages, plates, silverware, and napkins. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. To reserve your spot, please email Dave Woodward at or call 872-2759. Please also bring a donation for the Penfield Food Shelf.

There will be a Public Information Meeting regarding the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Town staff will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, explain the update process, present the work of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to date, and solicit residents’ thoughts and ideas for future planning goals. Committee members will be in attendance to listen to and note residents’ input for discussion at future meetings. All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. A public input page is available at for residents who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer input. The page is scheduled to be live through Friday, October 11 via the quick links menu. Comments will also be accepted via email to, or by USPS mail to: Town of Penfield, Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. There will be additional opportunities for public input at future public hearing meetings. Learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage:

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event. 

The third annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High School track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. Please register at

Important dates and events in history: September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is adopted and signed in Philadelphia; September 18, 1850 – The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by congress, requiring the return of escaped slaves; and on September 20, 1814 – The “star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official national Anthem.

Until next week, I hope you participated in our town employees’ five-week hydration challenge and saw what a difference drinking more water does for your day to day activities. Our employees have a few more activities planned in the coming months to encourage healthy living. I will share those programs as they begin and invite you to join in…be well and be safe! 


September 11, 2019
Oct 5 is "Fall Recycling Day" for residents and a bike collection for R Community Bikes

The Town of Penfield will host two recycling themed events on Saturday, October 5: Fall Recycling Day for town residents and a general bike collection for R Community Bikes.

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event.

“Residents regularly speak to me about the importance of having a secure way to dispose of sensitive and confidential paper documents, and some homeowners request seasonal weekend access to the DPW to drop off brush and limbs,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Fall Recycling Day provides these services and has gained popularity over the years as residents look to clean up and dispose of sensitive papers, get rid of metals and appliances that should never go into a landfill, and clear property of brush and limbs before winter. All of us must act to reduce landfill waste; reuse through donations of clothing, furniture and building materials; and recycle when it is the only option.”

Fall Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department Public Works, (585) 340-8710, Monday–Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Event Resources:

Also on October 5, the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary are hosting a bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution free of charge to the Rochester area’s most needy children and adults. RCB gives away more than 2,000 bicycles every year and makes thousands of repairs for their clients, many of whom depend on bicycles as their main source of transportation. All donations of bikes, bike parts, and tools are welcome. Learn more at

Additional resources:

To dispose of items NOT collected at this event, county residents have access to Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), TVs/electronics (fee-based), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For current information on recycling opportunities, operating hours, schedules, and fee-based items go to

To dispose of televisions and electronics look for sponsored electronic collection events at providers like or contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.

September 11, 2019
DEC Announces Annual Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

State Accepting Poster Submissions from New York Fifth Graders through Dec. 20

State Accepting Artwork Submissions through Dec. 31

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of DEC's annual State Arbor Day poster contests. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry program offers two artwork contests for New Yorkers-one for all members of the public, and one specifically for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the immeasurable value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers' lives.

"Trees provide so many benefits, from energy reduction and carbon sequestration, to wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation across the state," Commissioner Seggos said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to join our celebration of trees with these contests and submit art or photos that depict the beauty and importance of New York's trees."

Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster or the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held in Albany in April. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the State.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), and the New York State Education Department. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year's contest theme, "Trees Feed New York."

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "New York State is home to nearly 19 million acres of forested land, and trees enhance our quality of life in countless ways-from the sap we use to make maple syrup, to the scenic beauty New Yorkers enjoy while traveling, hiking, gardening, or farming. The Arbor Day poster contest is a great way to celebrate our forests and trees and remind New Yorkers how much this natural resource contributes to our daily lives."

Lesson plans, vocabulary, and activities for incorporating the theme in New York's classrooms are available on the poster contest website. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. DEC encourages schools to submit classes together. Homeschool students are also welcome to submit artwork. Posters must be submitted to the participant's local DEC regional office by Dec. 20, 2019, to allow time for judging and printing artwork.

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

The New York State Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, the Empire State Forest Foundation, New York State Arborist Association, DAM, and the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept photograph and artwork submissions for the New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster on behalf of the committee through Dec. 31, 2019. Original entries must feature trees within New York State and should be sent to Participants must include their name, address, and where the photo was taken with submissions. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos. For more information about the contest, visit DEC's website or email

To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.


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