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June 24, 2019
Supervisor's column June 24, 2019

More than one hundred people were in attendance for the Genesee Land Trust’s 30th Anniversary Community Celebration and Irene Gossin Nature Preserve Opening this past Sunday. The new preserve is located on Five Mile Line Road opposite Rothfuss Park. Mrs. Gossin was the first elected female supervisor in Penfield; her terms ran 1972 to 1979 and 1982 to 1983. This beautiful property will remain as open space for generations of residents and visitors to our community to enjoy. It features a field setting with stands of trees, swamp land, a drainage way, wildlife, multiple species of plants and flowers, and pathways for the public to explore. Mrs. Gossin passed on June 20, 2016 at the age of 97, leaving her mark on the environmental fabric of Penfield forever.

Beginning this week our Highway crews will be moving fill from a work site on Harris Road to a stretch of Whalen Road along the curve near Clark Road. This is a safety improvement project we are working on in conjunction with the County of Monroe Transportation Department to reduce the steep drop from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. Fill will be graded and seeded from the roadway down across the grassy area and over a row of tree stumps that could not be removed because RG&E utilities run directly beneath the former tree line.

The 2020 budget process is well underway. Last week, department heads submitted their tentative budgets and Priorities & Goals for the coming year. Over the next month the Comptroller and I will be reviewing proposed expenses and projected revenues with each department as we prepare for reviews with the town board and scheduling required public hearings. I will keep you updated as to how things are shaping up for 2020 as we hit various milestones throughout the process.

The $4 million Empire Blvd. road improvement project that begins in Irondequoit and runs through Penfield to Webster is well underway and will continue into the fall. The project includes new road surface preparation, turning lanes, and pedestrian upgrades. Please drive safely in this area, watch out for workers, and do not speed! Tickets in work zones are subject to double fines and significant point penalties. Thank you in advance for your understanding and safe driving behaviors.

Reminder…this Tuesday’s (June 25) amphitheater event features Mr. Loops, very popular with children and families and always a big hit on our stage. Please come join in the fun from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. On Tuesday, July 9 “It’s My Party” is on stage to entertain you. Since 1985, It’s My Party has been delivering a vintage 1960s experience complete with a 14-piece orchestra and original songs written just for the group. Tight harmonies, vintage costumes, and retro choreography are all set to the highest standards of the 1960s girl groups. All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage located in the park behind the town hall.

I would like to recognize and congratulate all elementary students who are moving up to junior high, and all junior high students moving up to high school. To all graduating seniors, best wishes for your next chapter whether that be college, the military, learning a trade, or starting a new job. Enjoy your summer!

The Penfield Public Library offers a wide variety of programming during the summer months including reading games, crafty fun days, summer family story time, and more! Please view all the various programs on page 43 of the Pen-Rec brochure or visit

URGENT…hero drivers are needed immediately for Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Please call 340-8674 if you are able to help. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and are given FREE supplemental care insurance. The program offers rides to Brighton or Penfield seniors for medical appointments, religious services or town recreation centers. Thank you in advance if you are able to help out…it does make a difference for so many seniors!

Until next week…I hope to see you at our Independence Day Celebration this coming Saturday, June 29. The parade begins at 10:00 AM, and music and food at Harris Whalen Park run from 6:00 to 10:00 PM with fireworks at 10:00 PM. I hope to see you there!


June 20, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Fill placement along Whalen Road near Clark Road

Beginning the week of June 25, Highway crews will be moving fill from a work site on Harris Road to a stretch of Whalen Road along the curve near Clark Road. (Both Harris and Whalen Roads are county roads.) This is a safety improvement project to reduce the steep drop from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. Fill will be graded and seeded from the roadway down across the grassy area and over a row of tree stumps that cannot be removed because RG&E utilities run directly beneath the former tree line. Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.

June 18, 2019
Supervisor’s column June 18, 2019

A quick reminder…Penfield welcomes Eastside Swingtet to Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage tonight, Tuesday, June 18. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is family friendly. Eastside Swingtet is a Rochester-based nine-piece ensemble playing the music of the Big Band era. Musicians include members of the Penfield Rotary Band, Perinton Concert Band, and other local groups. 

Next Tuesday, June 25, will feature Mr. Loops. He is popular with children and families and is always a big hit on our stage. Please come and join in on the fun from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the amphitheater. I would like to recognize and thank this year’s sponsors of the amphitheater series: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis; The Woodlands at Fairport Baptist Homes; Synergy IT Solutions, and Wegmans. Without the assistance of these great companies we would not be able to provide the quality programing we do for our residents. 

The Penfield Art Association’s 55th annual spring exhibit held at the Penfield Community Center is in the history books with another successful program that featured 150 works by 54 local artists; thirty-two members were honored for outstanding work at this show. 

The judge for this year’s show was Roland “Chip” Stevens. A noted watercolor artist in the Rochester area, Chip has received awards in numerous national, state, and regional exhibitions. He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Central New York Watercolor Society, Rochester Art Club, and Whiskey Painters of America. 

This year’s Best of Show was Winter Sunset by Jack Heister and the Small Works Award was given to Mary Lynn Miraglia for Bay Serenity. Megan Metildi, who will graduate from Penfield High School in June, received the annual Penfield Art Association student award for 2019. Metildi is the daughter of Ingrid and Alec Metildi;  she will enter SUNY Alfred this fall majoring in digital media and animation. Her goal is to pursue a career in the field of animation, working in video game design.

Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has more than 75 members from the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. For more details about this wonderful organization, please go to

The Irene L. Gossin Nature Preserve will open this weekend on Sunday, June 23 at 1:00 PM. The site is located across the street from Rothfuss Park on Five Mile Line Road. This event is open to the public.

“Under the Tent” events at BayTowne Plaza features Penfield Farmers & Craft Market every Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:30 PM through October 30. Come and visit this new venue designed to provide you with fresh produce and gifts for all members of your family. For more details, visit

Next Saturday, June 29, is the annual Independence Day Celebration. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and run from Penfield High School, down Five Mile Line Road to Rt. 441, and up to Baird Road ending at the Community Center. This year’s parade marshal is Honor Flight Rochester. We are once again honored to have Mr. Don Alhart as the parade emcee.

Music, food and fun begin at 6:00 PM at Harris Whalen park and run until the fireworks at 10:00 PM. There will be music onstage from Allegro and Northside Johnny. For all the details go to or I hope to see you there!

Important Dates and Events in History: June 18, 1812 – United States declares war on Britain; June 22, 1940 – France surrenders to Germany; June 22, 1942 – the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the flag officially recognized by U.S. Congress; and on June 22, 1944 – the GI Bill is signed into law – a great reward for returning WW II Heroes.

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather, I hope to see you out in the community!


June 12, 2019
Eastside Swingtet to Perform at Penfield Amphitheater June 18

Penfield will welcome Eastside Swingtet to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, June 18. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is family friendly.

Eastside Swingtet is a Rochester-based nine-piece ensemble playing the music of the Big Band era. Musicians include members of the Penfield Rotary Band, Perinton Concert Band, and other local groups. 

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. Upcoming shows include kid-friendly performer Mr. Loops, It’s My Party, Alfred St. John Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Band, and many more! The full concert line-up is available on-line at Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.

June 10, 2019
Remembering Dr. Don Nelson-Nasca and open house invitation from his family

Remembering a friend, resident, distinctive and special individual, and long-standing member of the Penfield Local History Room Advisory Committee…and an open house invitation as "Penfield says Goodbye to Donald Nelson-Nasca, a Renaissance Man."

Don’s partner, Diane, and his family would like to invite you to an open house event to join them in Don's Celebration of Life on Friday, June 14 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at 1661 Sweets Corners Road, Fairport, NY 14450 (in Penfield!). This is a chance to be together, share memories, good times, view Don's extensive hobbies in their home and barn, enjoy some food and beverages, and celebrate this exceptional Renaissance man.

For those interested, Don's Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 15 at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main Street Brockport, NY 14420.

Dr. Donald Nelson-Nasca passed away suddenly at age 85 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He graduated from Fredonia High School, Fredonia College, earned an MS in Science at Cornell, and his EdD in Education at the University of Buffalo in 1965. Don’s 50-year career touched thousands of students, faculty, teachers, and administrators throughout the Greater Rochester area, NYS, and the USA. He thrived on research, writing, teaching, and evaluating programs/projects at all levels. Don’s greatest joys were inspiring students to create, explore, develop new knowledge, question, and solve problems. 

Dr. Nasca’s illustrious career included 48 years as a professor at Brockport College, a year teaching science in Brighton, and a year as Headmaster of Calasanctius in Buffalo, a school for gifted children. In the 1970s, Don was President of the NYS Gifted Association. He professed his love and knowledge of gifted education throughout the US, Canada, and Brazil. This interest led him to accept an invitation to serve as Clinical Professor in Residence in Brockport’s International Teaching Center at Escola American do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 18 months.

Don loved science and nature. This is seen in his early years teaching 8th grade science in the Brockport Campus School, his doctoral thesis via UB, development of hands-on science kits for Instructor magazine, and dozens of articles published in journals and magazines. 

Don was a Renaissance man, as mirrored in his academia world, hobbies, and home. At 63, he learned to fly an airplane. He was an antique buff, evident in their 1910 restored home and 1840s hand hewn beam barn. Antiques, primitives, and duck decoys fill the home. He shared his expertise with the Penfield community as a distinguished member of the Town’s Local History Room Advisory Committee. 

Don was also a natural athlete playing basketball until age 75! He fished, hunted, biked, hiked, canoed, kayaked, wind surfed, ran, swam, and played golf, tennis, and handball. Don rode motorcycles and even learned to scuba dive at 49. A photographer, marksman, and remote-control model plane builder, are additional hobbies. In 2012, he became a wine maker winning NYS Fair awards. 

Don's love of science is seen in his property and lifestyle. Don and Diane have five beautiful acres filled with apple trees, a vegetable garden, lush flower beds, a waterfall pond that Don built, dozens of trees, and manicured lawns. The naturalist is evident in Don's own oil and acrylic paintings, selection of art work, Remington sculptures, Bierstadt, Robert Bateman, and Andrew Wyeth paintings, music, and furnishings. He was a carpenter and master woodworker and his creations are echoed in home decor, furniture, a wrap-around porch, and tiered deck that he built with his son. Don loved travel, musicals, theater, and mysteries. 

Don’s expertise and activities relating to the Civil War developed in the last fifteen years. Don possesses a collection of original letters his Civil War great-great grandfather sent home which inspired him to "research" Civil War stories and collect other Civil War items, including artifacts and uniforms. In retirement, he immensely enjoyed sharing his knowledge and some of his collection with others; for example, delivering PowerPoint presentations in full Civil War uniform with musket and artifact displays for students and organizations.

As you might imagine, Don donated his body to the University of Rochester for medical research. One would say that Don loved research, right to the end!

If you plan to stop in at the open-house please let Diane know by calling 377-0503.

June 10, 2019
Supervisor's column June 10, 2019

In March, I wrote about and introduced you to Sung Kim, better known as Master Kim of Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute located in the heart of Panorama Plaza. I shared the fact that he and his family would be traveling to Seoul, South Korea in April so that he could test for his 8th Degree Black Belt at KUKKIWON (KKW), The World Taekwondo Headquarters. If successful, at 45 years old, Master Kim would become the youngest 8th Degree Black Belt in the United States certified by KUKKIWON, which is the only rank accepted by the International Olympic Committee.

I am honored to report that Master Kim was indeed successful in his testing and it has been confirmed that at 45 years old, he is the youngest in the United States with this distinction. The KKW further confirmed that he is one of the five youngest in the world, the other four are from South Korea.

This past weekend my family and I had the honor of attending Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute’s Black Belt Ceremony. It began with Master Kim being recognized for his achievement, and importantly, the ceremony honored his parents. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield I would like to recognize and congratulate Master Kim…now Grand Master Kim!

One might ask that with this achievement, what else is there for him to do? Perhaps you do not know Grand Master Kim! I have heard him say many times, “With rank comes responsibility.” He will set the standard and is jumping in on several new projects. First, there is the USAT Nationals from June 26 to July 1 in Minneapolis; next he will support National Collegiate Taekwondo Association President Chuang as Team USA Director at the Summer World University Games in Naples, Italy from July 2 to July 15 (Universiade Napoli 2019 will host more than 8,000 athletes from 40 nations competing in 18 sports). He has accepted the USA Taekwondo Region #8 Head Poomsae Coach position; he will be in Colorado Springs, CO, July 25 to 27 supporting the 11th Annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang; September 27 and 28 he will be in Las Vegas for the American Sabumnim Association conference for martial arts school owners, and he is planning to host the first ever KKW Licensing Course in the northeast. It would be the International Master Course for 3rd Dan and above and the Poom/Dan Examiner for 4th Dans and higher. KKW will conduct the course and will send a Grandmaster Instructor to teach this in Rochester, New York.

Thank you Grand Master Kim for everything you do to support our community and residents, you make a difference each and every day!

Speaking of wonderful role models, I had the honor and pleasure of attending an Eagle Court of Honor over the weekend for Sean Leccarde and Fletcher Heath from Troop 312. Sean and Fletcher represent Eagle Scouts #114 and 115 for this troop. Fletcher’s Eagle project was to build seven book shelves that were delivered to the Metropolitan YMCA; they are intended to serve as book swap shelves where adults and children can leave a book and exchange it for another one.

Sean’s Eagle project was to build an irrigation system for the Eastside YMCA Community Gardens. Volunteers grow food at the garden and donate it to the Penfield Food Shelf. On behalf of the Town of Penfield I want to recognize and thank Sean and Fletcher on achieving the rank of Eagle. I also want to wish them both well as they head off to college this fall. These two young men that will make a difference in all they do in life…great job guys and congratulations!

The 2019 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage started off with a bang this past Friday night with the annual food truck and music event featuring bands from Penfield schools. The weather was wonderful, there was a nice variety of food, drink and ice cream, and the music was delightful. Thank you to all who attended to support the students. 

The summer concert series continues with the Penfield Pops Band tonight (Monday, June 10) at 7:00 PM and tomorrow night (June 11) with Teagan & the Tweeds from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The concert series runs through August 27 and is capped off with the annual Tastin’ the Blues on Saturday, September 14. For more information and details please consult page 7 of the Pen-Rec Brochure or go to

Until next week, be well and be safe!


June 10, 2019
Penfield's 2019 Independence Day Parade & Events

The Town of Penfield will hold Independence Day celebration events on Saturday, June 29, 2019, including a patriotic parade, music and food at Harris Whalen Park, and a huge fireworks display.

The annual Independence Day parade will kick off our 2019 celebration at 10:00 am. The parade will begin at Penfield High School and travel to Penfield Community Center via Rt. 441. Parade highlights include the music of Penfield Fire Company Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, Downbeat Percussion, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum, Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band, and much more! Mr. Don Alhart will be back as Emcee, and this year’s Parade Marshal is Honor Flight Rochester, represented by Penfield resident Richard Stewart.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit, fully-volunteer organization with a goal of taking every veteran who otherwise would not or could not go, and who wants to fly, to Washington D.C. to visit Memorials built in their honor. Honor Flight Rochester was formed in July 2008, and is one of 132 established hubs in the national Honor Flight Network covering 46 states.

“Honor Flight has become such an important part of our community and the broader community of Monroe County,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We are fortunate to have the President and CEO reside right here in Penfield. All of our residents want to recognize what a wonderful thing this group does, transporting our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials, and to thank Mr. Stewart for leading the way.” 

Events will reconvene at Harris Whalen Park at 6:00 pm with food vendors available and Allegro and Northside Johnny on stage throughout the evening. The area’s largest fireworks display will commence at 10:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

More information, including traffic flow and additional events, is available on our website.

June 4, 2019
Penfield Recreation WebTrac Update

Penfield Recreation's registration and reservation software WebTrac will be unavailable Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00AM until approximately 12:00PM for scheduled maintenance. Thank you for your patience!

June 4, 2019
Supervisor's column June 4, 2019

It took five weeks from the original date of April 27 to hold Penfield Little League’s Opening Day; however, this past Saturday there was finally a nice “Opening Day II” parade with plenty of sunshine and excitement in the air. All the planned games were played with a new twist, in that the Red Wings took over a game as coaches of each team and the “Voice of the Red Wings” announced the game!

I would like to recognize and thank Penfield Little League President Greg Kamp and the Board of Directors, as well as Parks Foreman Tim Masterton and his entire team, for working extra hours to manage the fields with our unusually wet spring. These two groups spent countless hours to ensure fields were safe, not damaged by early play, and ready for a great experience by our youngest residents. If you want to see some great baseball, enjoy a burger or hot, and be part of some of the best baseball in the region, stop down most any night and join in, it is a quintessential summer experience. 

While Sunday started out on a wet note, the Annual Pie Social at the historic Dayton’s Corners School/Museum (DCS) went on with sunshine, pony rides, activity on the playground, tours of the school, and plenty of pies, cookies, and lemonade. I saw many familiar faces and new visitors enjoying this wonderful Penfield resource. I would like to recognize and thank DCS coordinator Barbara Quinn and her entire teaching team for this wonderful event and for hosting fourth graders from across county so they can experience a school day in a one-room school house. Everyone had a great time, pies were sold out, are plans are already underway for next year!

Last week I was invited to a presentation by Laura Streeter who teaches Participation in Government at Penfield High School. Her class studied parking patterns at the high school and the community center to analyze what could be done to add more parking at the high school and help reduce parking at the community center. I was impressed with the variety of recommendations and solutions identified by the students. Their ideas will be reviewed by school administration for possible implementation in the fall. Great job all! Your interest, creativity, and recommendations could help improve parking for both the school and town for many years to come.

I would like to share with you some information about an amazing person I met about 20 years ago. Over the years I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and learn of her amazing accomplishments. She is Joyce McChesney, M.D. Upon graduation from high school in 1943, Joyce began a six-year medical education odyssey that took her first to the University of Rochester and then to Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio for pre-med. Then it was on to Northwestern University in Chicago to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947, a bachelor of medicine degree in 1948, and finally her M.D. in 1949.

Having proven herself capable of choosing and successfully traveling a road rarely taken by women of her generation, Joyce decided to specialize in anesthesiology, a part of medicine which was virtually non-existent at the time. In 1950, she became a resident in anesthesia at the Sawtelle Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. By 1952, she had opened her own anesthesiology practice.

Upon returning to Rochester, Joyce spent the next thirty years as the attending anesthesiologist at St. Mary’s Highland and Monroe Community Hospitals, was a member of the staff at Meyers Community Hospital in Sodus, and was a consultant anesthesiologist at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. From 1970 to 1983, Joyce was appointed chair of the division of neuro-anesthesiology at St/ Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Joyce became one of the first anesthesiologists, let alone female anesthesiologists, in practice anywhere in the country.

On May 24, 2019, her family and the entire medical community lost Joyce at the age of 92. I am honored to have known Joyce. She was an incredible woman who gave much to her family, friends, profession, and to society in general. For a complete biography of Dr. Joyce M. McChesney, please visit the National Library of Medicine website.

Until next week…be well and be safe!


May 31, 2019
RG&E Offers Tips to Customers in Flood Prone Areas

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — May 30, 2019 — RG&E, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is closely monitoring the increasing water levels along Lake Ontario in Monroe County. RG&E crews have been coordinating with emergency first responders to discuss appropriate steps involving potential shut-offs due to high water levels and erosion.

RG&E encourages property owners in flood-prone areas and those who experience persistent basement flooding to consider how their electricity and natural gas services could be affected by the increasing water levels. By taking appropriate actions, residents affected by flooding can ensure their safety and lessen potential property damage.

Flooding Preparation and Safety Tips

  • If the flooding of a home or business has already occurred or has the potential to occur, customers should contact their utility companies to have electricity and natural gas service turned off. RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701 for electrical emergencies, 1.800.743.1702 for gas emergencies, or 911. Customers should never attempt to turn off their electricity and natural gas service.
  • Stay out of flooded basements. Energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard; natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger.

Restoring Electric Service After Flooding

  • Anytime RG&E electric service is shut off due to an unsafe condition such as when the main fuse box or circuit breaker box is under water, it must be inspected by a certified electrical inspector before service can be restored.
  • Once flood waters have receded, customers should contact an electrician to make sure that it is safe to have electric service turned on before contacting their utility.
  • Someone must be present for service to be turned on, the basement must be free of water and the electrical panel must be clean and free of debris.
  • Customers and contractors should never attempt to turn on electric service.

Restoring Natural Gas Service After Flooding

  • To have RG&E natural gas service restored once flood waters have receded electric service must be turned on.
  • Customers should contact RG&E to have someone dispatched to reconnect the gas and turn on any appliances that were not affected by the flood water.
  • If any appliances are affected by the floodwaters, they will be tagged and isolated by an RG&E representative. Customers will then be directed to seek a plumbing or heating contractor to make the necessary repairs. After repairs are made, RG&E will return to clear the tag and restore service.
  • RG&E crews will also determine if the natural gas meter or regulator has been affected and will replace it as necessary.

May 28, 2019
Supervisor's column May 28, 2019

Last week I had the honor of joining the Penfield Business Chamber for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Perform Athletix Crossfit ATX located behind Panorama Plaza at 1601 Penfield Road. Their goal and mission is to provide a fun and exciting health and wellness experience to people from all walks of life. They use a functional fitness methodology and teach correct movements to improve their clients’ fitness and quality of life.

Crossfit is an intense, constantly varied program that uses compound functional movements from gymnastics, weightlifting, cardio, and odd object lifting to produce lasting fitness results. Many fitness goals, from strengthening to weight loss, can be achieved with this fun program.

Stop in and meet owner Chris Mandrino and his entire team to learn more about Crossfit and their other programs including HIIT Fit, Kids/Teen Fit, personal training, and nutrition support. Visit for more information. 

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance. This very moving event, featuring the somber parade of roses to the Veterans Memorial, becomes more popular each year. I would like to recognize and thank the following groups and individuals for making this program one of the most moving I have ever attended: Boy Scout Troop 312; Penfield High School Students for the National Anthem; the Penfield Pops Band and conductor Ken Scott; Rev. Steven Brotzman of the First Baptist Church of Penfield; essay winners Shreya Bhattacharya, Lauren Salvador, and Teaghan O’Donnell; and guest speaker Nick Stefanovic, Director of the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, who delivered a very powerful speech about his service in the Marine Corps and multiple tours overseas.

I would also like to recognize the Penfield Recreation Department, and especially Sabrina Renner, for coordinating this event. The ceremony was filmed by PCTV and will soon be available online so residents who missed the event may view the ceremony. From its Civil War origins to its modern day traditions, this is America’s most solemn holiday!

Senator Rich Funke held his annual 55+ Senior Health & Fitness Fun Fair in partnership with the Eastside Family YMCA last week. This year’s event had the highest attendance in all the years to date. Guests participated in many fitness programs and gathered beneficial health and wellness information from the many vendors. All material and presentations were geared towards having a positive impact on health and quality of life. Thank you, Senator Funke, for sponsoring this annual event; it does make a difference in our community. “Be Active, Be Well, Enjoy Life!”

The Penfield Public Library will once again be offering the children’s Summer Reading Game. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” They are offering early registration for those who would like to pick up summer reading game materials in June for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Please note that a child MUST be present to register. You may register at the following dates and times: Tuesday, June 11, 4:30-6:30 PM; Thursday, June 13, 4:30-6:30 PM; Monday, June 17, 5:00-7:00 PM; Wednesday, June 19, 6:00-8:00, PM; and Friday, June 21, 3:30-5:30 PM. The reading game begins Monday, June 24 and runs through Wednesday, July 31. For more details, please refer to page 43 of the PenRec brochure, summer 2019 edition or go to

Reminder…the annual Dayton’s Corners School pie social will be held this coming Sunday, June 2, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street. The event will include tours of the one-room school house, pony rides for children, and of course…pies from Baker Street Bakery! This is always a wonderful event and open to the entire community. Come join in on the fun, I hope to see you there.

Until next week, stay dry…hopefully summer weather is just around the corner!


May 20, 2019
Supervisor's column May 20, 2019

Supervisor’s column May 20, 2019

This past Friday night was the 10th annual Strike Out Cancer (formerly known as Coaches vs. Cancer) baseball game between the Fairport and Penfield Baseball teams. Due to the unusually wet conditions the game was moved to the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. It was a great hard fought game that saw Fairport beating Penfield 1-0. However, the highlight of the game was when a check for $3,300 was presented to the American Cancer Society. In total, $3,800 was raised and donated by Penfield-Fairport families. 

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. They are doing all of this so we can live longer—and better. There were many winners Friday night…both teams and their families, people from both communities who donated to this great cause, and the American Cancer Society. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.8 billion in cancer research to find more—and better—treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life. Thank you to all who participated, you are awesome!

Mark your calendars for the next scenic trek sponsored and guided by the Penfield Trails Committee on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Webster Arboretum. Explore this unique garden of natural beauty in a park-like setting dedicated to quiet reflection, beauty, and the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Meet at Kent Park, 1700 Schlegel Road in Webster and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. While all hikes are FREE, please register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner. Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety or other crisis situations will be connected at the library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services. 

Adventure Camp a week-long camp intended for adventurous participants ages 10 to 14 who enjoy being outdoors. Every day will include a different adventure with activities like hiking, rafting/paddling, biking, climbing, and other outdoor excursions. Every participant will receive an adventure camp itinerary one week prior to the start of adventure camp. Drop off/pick up will be at Harris Whalen Lodge. The dates and times are as follows: Reg # 313005-01, August 19-23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, fee $200.00; Reg # 313005-02, August 19-23, early drop-off 8:00AM to 9:00 AM, fee $30.00. For more information on this program and many more offered by the Penfield Recreation Department, please go to

The new lineup for Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) is amazing! Programs are offered Monday through Friday on a variety of topics that include history, science, forensics, star trekking, food history, landscape architecture, art/painting, geology and much, much more. Please note that while most classes are FREE, registration is required. And remember…if you do not have a way to get to the programs, you can contact Bri-Pen Senior Rides. This service is for adults 65 and older who live or pay taxes in Penfield or Brighton. Bri-Pen also provides rides to medical appointments and religious services. Simply call 340-8674.

I just learned that Penfield Little League will hold its “opening day” ceremonies on Saturday, June 1 starting at 9:00 AM. As you may recall Mother Nature interfered with opening day on April 27 with wind, rain and a snow squall! We will be optimistic that it will be a wonderful sunny day with dry fields for the enjoyment of all the ball players and families watching the games.

Last reminder…our Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held next Monday, May 27 at 10:30 AM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans’ Memorial Park behind the town hall. If you, a member of your family, or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” ceremony to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email I hope to see you at this very special ceremony.

I close with a call-out for historical artifacts! Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and the local history room are continuously looking for new and different displays for those visiting this wonderful resource located within the Penfield Public Library. If you have materials that include photographs, tools, clothing, and like items please contact Kathy to see if your materials are candidates for a future display. The number of the Local History Room is 340-8740. Thank you in advance for helping to share some history of Penfield or this region with our residents and visitors to our community. 

Until next week, enjoy the milder and somewhat drier weather!


May 15, 2019
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 27 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM.  

“Honoring our fallen service personnel is always important,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We can never allow our heroes and their service to this country to be forgotten. Our debt to them can never be repaid, however we can honor them with our gratitude and patriotism.” 

This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Director of Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency Nicholas Stefanovic, essays by middle school students, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band.

A highlight of the ceremony will be Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember active or fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans’ Memorial monument stone. Those who are interested in participating in this presentation should call 585-340-8651.

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.  

May 13, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 13, 2019

If by chance you have not seen or heard, the County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency for several waterways due to the high lake levels. Speed limit for all boat traffic is restricted to 5 MPH within 500 feet of the Lake Ontario shoreline in Monroe County, and in addition to the entirety of Irondequoit Bay, Braddock’s Bay and the Genesee River. The order effectively creates a “no wake zone” for these waterways to help minimize damage to shoreline properties and businesses from the high water levels along the lake. Penfield has a very small shoreline on the bay as compared to the towns of Irondequoit and Webster.

The current lake level is less than a foot from the 2017 high water level and the level will continue to rise over the next several weeks. The Monroe County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has coordinated sandbag delivery and filling operations in areas that have already begun to flood. Residents with requests, questions or concerns should contact their local town for a response and we will coordinate with the Monroe County OEM to fulfill those requests.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day”! One hundred twenty individuals came together Saturday morning and visited 21 properties to perform yard work and spring clean-up that included raking out flower beds, planting flowers, repairing lawn damage, spreading mulch and much more. This effort helped to carry on Terry’s legacy of friendship by continuing to help members of the community and to inspire others to do the same. A special shout out to the Rothfuss family for hosting all of the workers for light refreshments before beginning the clean-up and for Sabrina Renner from our Recreation Department who helped coordinate matching workers with neighbors who needed assistance. It was a beautiful day all around, the weather was perfect and the reward for everyone participating was priceless!

The Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance to be held on Monday May 27 at 10:30AM is fast approaching. If you, a member of your family or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email If honoring a specific person, when registering please provide the name of the person, military branch, rank, years served and if the person is living or deceased. The town will provide the roses at no cost to any participant. Thank you in advance and we look forward to sharing the day with you.

The 2020 budget process for the town is officially kicked-off and all department heads are working on their first draft for submission by early June. The Comptroller and myself will be meeting with all departments during the month of July and then with the Town Board. As we hit various milestones during the process, I will update our residents via this column and through supervisor messages at

Next week I will highlight the exciting line-up planned at the Penfield Amphitheater beginning on Friday June 7 with Music & Food Truck Rodeo featuring the Penfield School District Bands from 4:40 – 8:00PM. Windows up at 4:00PM with a wonderful variety of popular food trucks. The Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located behind the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.  

Reminder for this Friday/Saturday…the DPW is hosting its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30AM to 5:00PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, and motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.

Until next week stay as dry as you can, hopefully the last several weeks are not an indication of the summer ahead, we will remain optimistic!


May 6, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 6, 2019

Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to grow and expand every year. The Penfield Recreation Department is excited to add to the DEAR schedule additional FUNdraising and special events. This Friday May 10 come enjoy a meal and a movie all at the same time. This special event will feature appetizers, dinner and dessert all in the theme of the film. This month’s film will be “The Man Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain”, a lighthearted British comedy based on actual events. To register please contact the Rec Department at 340-8655, the program begins at 5:00PM and the cost is $25.00.

Reminder…the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday May 18th from 8:00 – 10:00AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person.  All May breakfast proceeds will benefit Refugees Helping Refugees, a non-profit organization that serves refugees of Western New York. RHR seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. This is the last Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser for the season - please join them again in September! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please log-on at

Mark your calendars for Spring Drop-off… DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) will once again be sponsoring “Summer Food for Kids”. You can help by donating tuna, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned pasta, cheese/peanut butter crackers, applesauce, instant oatmeal packets and peanut butter & jelly in plastic jars.  Please drop off your food donations in the chute at the back of the Food Shelf, located at 1618 Jackson Road, by June 1. For more information about this program and other needs of this wonderful organization, please log-on at Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide PEFS.  

Check out “Under the Tent” events at Baytowne Plaza, 1900 Empire Blvd. Beginning May 1 – October 30 there will be Penfield Farmers & Craft Market every Wednesday from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM; from May 15 – October 3 every Thursday will be Cruise Night from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM; beginning May 17 every 3rd Friday will feature Beats & Eats with live music and food trucks; beginning May 4th and running every other Saturday nights will be Outdoor Movie Nights with great family-oriented movies. This line-up of activities is focused to encourage family time within the Penfield Community. For more information and details about these events, please log-on at

Important dates and events in history: May 8, 1792 – The United States Military Draft is established; May 8, 1794 – The United States Post Office is established; May 10, 1775 – American forces take the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York; and May 10, 1869 – the Transcontinental Railroad is completed at Promontory Point, Utah.

I close this week recognizing the life of Allan. D. Moore, father of Town Board member Andy Moore. Mr. Moore passed away on April 30, 2019. He was a graduate of John Marshall High School and Colgate University. He served in the United States Air Force and upon completion of his service he began a career in commercial and industrial real estate in Rochester, where he became owner of Moore & Bowles Commercial Real Estate and later Moore & Associates Real Estate. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield we send our condolences to the Moore family.

Until next be well and be safe!



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