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December 9, 2019
Town's Solar Array at Department of Public Works: Performance Snapshot

A message from Supervisor LaFountain: 

The Town’s solar array at the Department of Public Works complex on Jackson Road has been fully operational since May 2019—pushing energy to the grid, earning energy credits, and reducing the Town of Penfield’s electric bill. Now that we have six full months of performance behind us, I would like to provide a snapshot of our experience to date.  

The solar array consists of 3,648 solar modules driving 38 inverters. The system is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually. From May to October it produced and delivered 767,837 kWh of electricity to the RG&E grid. 


Solar Panels at Department of Public Works Complex

In 2017 and 2018, the Town’s electric bills for all its facilities for the period May 1 to October 31 were approximately $124,600 and $123,200 respectively. I am pleased to share that our bill for the same period in 2019 was $84,200, a reduction of roughly $40,000. Based on this performance, we conservatively project a savings of $90,000 for the Town’s electric bill for 2020. Solar arrays reliably produce energy on cloudy days—and the panels perform most efficiently in cold weather—so we are confident the array will continue to deliver electricity to RG&E’s grid throughout the winter. 


Department of Public Works complex before and after installation

On October 23, the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee visited the solar array for a tour and update from Facilities Director and project manager, Jim Kreckman. He gave us an overview of the array’s technology and performance. A big takeaway for the EEAC was a practical context Jim described when he told us the electricity the array had already produced and delivered to RG&E’s grid was equivalent to the Penfield Community Center’s (PCC) monthly electric bill. Essentially, our electricity production had already offset electricity used by the facility that houses the Penfield Library, Penfield Recreation, and Town Courts—all of which operate day and night, creating high peak demand costs. Jim was especially happy to point out that our energy credits even offset those peak demand fees, an achievement that Jim called “a beautiful thing."


Jim Kreckman of the Town of Penfield speaking with Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee members at Department of Public Works complex

I will provide another snapshot around our one-year anniversary date when we will have a full year’s worth of data to share. 

For those not familiar with this project, the solar array was installed in keeping with the Town’s goal of achieving long-term energy cost reductions and price predictability using clean, sustainable energy for the benefit of the environment and Penfield residents. The energy produced by this array is directly connected to RG&E’s utility grid and is expected to offset approximately nearly three-quarters of the Town of Penfield’s overall electrical usage at its main facilities (town hall, community center, DPW). This production is the equivalent of powering 120 households for one year. 

To learn more about the solar array please read this press release from April 3, 2019 for more details.

December 9, 2019
Supervisor’s column December 9, 2019

I was very sad to learn of the passing of former supervisor Anna Bundschuh. I had the honor of working for and with Anna for many years. Anna served on the Penfield Town Board from 1976 to 1980 and was the thirty-sixth Penfield Supervisor from 1980-1981. She served on the Penfield Planning Board for five years and was a member of the Penfield Local History Room Advisory Committee for 30 years. Anna was a member of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and was an officer of the Friends of the Penfield Public Library, the Penfield Heritage Association, and the Penfield Friday Club. She also chaired the Shepherd Home Annual Fund Drive for five years.

Needless to say, Anna was passionate about supporting her community. The organization she most enjoyed was the League of Women Voters. She served on the Board of Directors in the 1960s and was President of the Rochester Metropolitan Area League from 1972 to 1974. Later, in 1986, she was the coordinator of a book entitled Monroe County - Guide to Local Government. Anna received the Rochester Chamber of Commerce government award that year. In 2015, she received a Lifetime of Service Award from the local League of Women Voters.

Anna will be remembered for her attention to detail in all she did, love of family, passion for the parks and trails, strong planning for the town’s overall growth, and her sincere love of the Penfield community. Thank you Anna for all your efforts on behalf of the residents of Penfield; you did make a difference in our town and your impact will last for generations to come. 

Last week, I had the honor of attending the ground-breaking ceremony for Penfield Square located at 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road adjacent to the Eastside YMCA. This project is a partnership with the Episcopal Senior Life Communities and Home Leasing that will include independent living, assisted living, and memory care facilities to serve the Penfield community. Completion of this $29 million project will be in 2021.

As we get a short break from the recent winter weather, and before the next round of snow and cold hits, I want to address a few questions that I typically receive this time of the year. If your mailbox is damaged by a strike from a Town plow blade contact DPW at 340-8710 so we can evaluate and repair or replace it quickly. Please note, replacement mailboxes are standard issue metal on a single 4x4 post. If there is any lawn damage to your property from a Town plow, that will be repaired in the spring. Also, please make sure your plow contractor is not plowing your snow across the road, this is illegal under state law and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will ticket the plow contractor. All snow must remain on your property. Read more details regarding winter parking rules, snowplows, mailboxes, and New York State highway laws at (click departments/public works/roadways). 

Keep an eye out for the 2020 Winter/Spring edition of Penfield Recreation brochure that will be arriving in mailboxes in the coming week. This 50-page brochure has hundreds of program opportunities for all ages. Have a look and enjoy, I hope to see you at a number of the planned events!

Reminders…first, the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser and breakfast with Santa sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held Saturday, December 14 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. The price is $6.00 per person. All December breakfast proceeds will go directly to help support the Open Door Mission. For more information and details, please go to Next is the Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Gifts concert on Monday, December 16 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School auditorium. For more details about this concert and the rest of the 2019-2020 season, please go to

The Town’s Employee Wellness Committee would like to share a few more ways to “Beat Holiday Stress.” First, pare down gift giving – for extended family and social groups, suggest each person give one gift by drawing names out of a hat. Take some time off work – don’t cram all errands and shopping trips into the precious little time you have outside work hours. Avoiding the weekend crowds will allow you to get more done. Finally, ask for help – if you’re playing host, assign chores and duties to your spouse and children.

Until next week, I hope to see you out in our great community, please stop me and say hello!


December 3, 2019
Supervisor’s column December 3, 2019

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser and breakfast with Santa sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) is Saturday, December 14 from 8:00 to 10:00AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $6.00 per person. All December breakfast proceeds will directly support the Open Door Mission—a Christian Rescue Mission founded on the belief that with proper resources, hope can be restored and lives of impoverished men, women, and children of Rochester/Monroe County can be forever changed. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to

Wisdom at its finest hour…the new lineup of Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs features an exciting offering of classes and lectures for lifetime learners interested in engaging in intellectual, socially viable cognitive activities to help keep their minds sharp and alert while reducing the risk or delaying the onset of age-related concerns. DEAR at the Penfield Community Center has become an important staple to adults who understand the significance of this idea and would like to reshape the way they spend leisure time while meeting new and interesting people along the way. Come join the national movement to learn and share life experience with others, exploring the multitude of FREE programs available. PLEASE NOTE THAT MOST CLASSES ARE FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! For a complete listing of programs please visit and click on the PDF.

I have been asked to share this important “Winter Reminder” from RG&E: Keep vents and gas meters clear of snow and ice as blocked vents, meters and regulators can pose safety hazards. Snow, ice and other debris can block exhaust vents for furnaces, water heaters and similar appliances, potentially causing toxic fumes and poisonous carbon monoxide to build up indoors. Furthermore, snow and ice accumulated around natural gas meters and regulators can prevent gas company personnel and first-responders from locating and accessing them during an emergency. 

Customers should note the location of outdoor vents, including sidewall vents, as well as meters and regulators to make sure they remain clear and accessible. After any storm passes, snow and debris should be removed gently by hand or with a broom to avoid damage. Customers should also be alert to potential ice build-up on rooftops and gutters. Falling ice and snow can damage utility meters and regulators. 

To report emergencies: Call RG&E at 1.800.743.1702 to report gas leaks, odors or damaged gas equipment. If you suspect a leak, get up and get out, leave the area or building and call from a safe place. If there’s an immediate danger, call 911. 

Reminder…the December scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will take place on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Thousand Acre Swamp. Meet at the rear of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Building on Jackson Road and look for the hike signs.

The Town Employee’s Wellness Committee asked that I remind the community of ways to “beat holiday stress.” If the thought of upcoming holidays fill you with dread, you are not alone. Many People get stretched pretty thin this time of year by money and social obligations. In the coming weeks we will share a few ways to keep your sleigh on track this season. Set realistic expectations – things aren’t going to go perfectly and that’s okay. You can’t control every outcome, but you can prepare yourself mentally by visualizing your calm, positive response to negative events. Get moving – it’s not the chores like shopping, and Uncle Stanley’s visit that’s stressing you out – it’s your anticipation of them! Act now by creating a to-do list, and tackle one or two items per week through the holidays. And finally, budget your holiday expenditures – set per person limits on gift giving and stick to them. Don’t overlook special outlays for travel, decorations, food and entertainment.

Until next be well and be safe…winter weather looks like it is here to stay! Please remember that winter parking rules are in effect now through Wednesday, April 1. This means NO PARKING is allowed on any roadway in Penfield from 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM to allow our DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt roadways. Thank you in advance for observing these rules!



November 25, 2019
Supervisor’s column November 25, 2019

This week I would like to celebrate an auspicious anniversary in Penfield that you may not know of, even though all Penfield residents have all benefitted from the existence of this important office. Here’s the news…November 2019 marks a 100-year-old tradition of having an official town historian in the Town of Penfield! 

The Town of Penfield, Monroe County, had its first historian appointed on November 8, 1919, seven months after an April 11 law that created the office of government-appointed historians. The man named to this position was Aristides Francis Church, known as “Tide,” (1849-1937). Tide had been recording local history events in his daily diary since 1864. In 1896, he created a log book of the town’s Civil War soldiers, contacting veterans and their families to collect stories of their service and get current updates on their lives. He later compiled a similar record for the soldiers of WWI. Tide also wrote about various events that occurred during his childhood, which help to provide insight into the Town of Penfield in the late 19th century. 

Historians to follow were Claude Lewis, Kay Thompson, and then Maude Frank. Our current Town Historian, who many of you may know, is the eminent Kathy Kanauer who took this position in 2005 after several years of working alongside Town Historian Maude Frank. If you have been to the local history room, attended a local history lecture, or joined a ghost walk in Oakwood Cemetery, you will have crossed paths with Kathy. Also, if you are a history buff you may have read “Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth Century American” that was edited by Ann H. Stevens and Kathy Kanauer (copies are still available, call 340-8740 to learn more). In recent years, Kathy has been working diligently with volunteers to digitize the many documents and photographs in our archives. We are fortunate to have Kathy serving our community, preserving our past and keeping it fresh for contemporary audiences. 

I received the following important article regarding Thanksgiving safety from Syed Ahmed Mustafa, MBA, President, Board of Directors NYS-EMT Paramedic, Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support and Webster Emergency Medical Service. He has asked me to share this with the entire Penfield community. Please read and take note: 

As we get ready for my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, here are some tips to make this holiday as safe as it can be.

Turkey is one of the most popular main courses for this holiday, and while many of us bake the turkey, some of us also smoke or deep fry it. No matter how you prepare the turkey it is important to be sure it is cooked properly. Read the instructions on the turkey’s wrapper or grab your favorite cookbook, but ensure the turkey is cooked to at least 165 degrees F. If a meat thermometer isn’t handy, a good way to confirm a bird is cooked fully is by poking it to the bone and ensuring the juices are clear, not pinkish. 

For those who prefer frying a turkey, it is absolutely critical that you dry the turkey before placing the bird in the hot oil. Wet turkeys can cause the oil to boil over and potentially ignite. Never, ever, fry a frozen turkey. And never fry a turkey in your garage. It is best to deep fry your fully thawed and dry turkey a safe distance from the house on a flat, stable surface.

Remember, after you touch raw poultry, wash your hands with soap and water before touching other utensils or ingredients to avoid the spread of bacteria which can cause stomach upset later.

One other thing to pay attention to is food allergies. During holidays we fry turkeys in peanut oil, put pistachios in baklava, and we cook with a variety of ingredients that could spur food allergies. Check with your guests to ensure they don’t have any allergies you should be aware of, or if you or someone in your party has a food allergy, let your hosts know before cooking begins. If you think someone is having an allergic reaction, call 911 immediately. Don’t waste time seeing if the reaction resolves itself or giving over the counter medicines to treat at home. Food born allergies can quickly become life threatening and it’s better to get help on the way, let the patient be assessed by EMS professionals and transported if necessary.

With guests coming over and many leaves still on the trees, be sure your sidewalks and driveways are well lit and cleared of leaves and snow. You don’t want your guests slipping on the way to dinner or on the way home after a lovely meal. Slips and falls are one of the most avoidable accidents.

Those with diabetes should monitor what you eat and your glucose levels carefully during the holidays as we all tend to eat more and different foods than normal. Also, changes in routine because you are getting up early to cook or staying up late with guests can also change blood glucose levels outside normal ranges. 

Lastly, while having a glass of wine or a few beers with dinner may be fine, please don’t ever drink and drive. If you feel you’ve had anything to drink, please consider getting a ride from a friend, designate a non-drinker in your party, or just hang with your family and friends after dinner while you have some non-alcoholic beverages to ensure that whoever is driving home can do so safely. 

From my family of firefighters, police officers and EMTs to all of you, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Syed Ahmed Mustafa
President and Paramedic
Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support

Thanksgiving Day is about celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. This holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Sadly, many have forgotten why the day was established. Its meaning has slowly deteriorated, and is now almost completely lost under a cloud of media hype, sales pitches, marketing tactics, and blitz commercialism. During this coming Thanksgiving Day holiday please take some time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed…from our family to yours…Happy Thanksgiving!


November 20, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: NYSDOT studying Atlantic Ave/Five Mile Line intersection for improvements

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has been studying the Atlantic Ave/Five Mile Line Road intersection in preparation of a project to improve traffic flow and safety at this busy intersection. It is their intent to widen the intersection with the inclusion of left turn lanes and a southbound right turn lane.

In early designs NYSDOT was considering a roundabout; however, based on the size of the area and traffic volume, they have abandoned that design and look to move forward with traditional turn lanes. NYSDOT is studying utility infrastructure, sidewalks, and other possible intersection features as they prepare preliminary designs. Earlier this week field technicians were on site assessing utilities and other structures. This activity will continue throughout the planning and design phase. Inspectors also conducted survey work and deep hole tests this past summer. 

NYSDOT will host a public information meeting in Penfield once they have completed their studies and preliminary designs so residents can see and discuss what is being planned for that intersection. Scheduling is tentative, but at this point we anticipate public information meeting in the spring of 2020. Utility work could occur in the fall of 2020, with intersection construction in 2021. Once meeting details are established we will share information at and on social media.

November 19, 2019
Supervisor’s column November 19, 2019

This past Saturday, a hardy group gathered for the ribbon-cutting for the new box turf field at Rothfuss Park. The temperatures were cold, however the sun was shining on the this wonderful event as members of the Penfield Youth Lacrosse joined Senator Rich Funke, local elected officials, and many residents who came together for the celebration. I was honored to cut the ribbon with Senator Funke who provided an $80,000 grant for this newest sports turf field for use by our youngest residents. We were also honored to have Heidi Rothfuss, who is recognized as one of the top women LAX players in the region, in attendance.

The Rothfuss family did not want to see this land developed for homes once they stopped farming the land; they worked with the Town and the Nature Conservancy to preserve this area for generations to come. Since 2002 the Town has been developing the property for use by all residents for hiking, soccer, playgrounds, and now a box field. A special thank you to Senator Funke for helping to make this dream a reality. I look forward to watching many games at this field in the future!

Over the summer the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) conducted survey work and deep hole tests at the corner of Atlantic Ave and Five Mile Line Road as they study this intersection for improvements. It is their intent to construct turn lanes in all directions over the next several years. They will look to conduct public information meetings once they have finished some preliminary designs to allow all residents to see what is being planned for that intersection. In early designs they were considering a roundabout; however, based on the size of the area and—more importantly—traffic volume, they have abandoned that design and look to move forward with traditional turn lanes. Once we have received dates and times of the information meeting details will be posted at and information will also be shared on social media.

Last week the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) held its annual meeting. The Town and Penfield Central School District attended and provided updates on business development in Penfield and the state of the school district. This is always a wonderful event and opportunity to provide our local businesses with an overview of all the exciting things going on in the town and schools. I want to thank the PBC for hosting this annual event. 

The annual Holiday Luncheon with Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will be held on Thursday, December 5 at the Penfield Community Center. The menu will include unbreaded chicken cutlets, ziti with vodka cream sauce (gluten-free pasta will be available), pork tenderloin with a chive mustard honey cream sauce, broccoli salad, and dessert. The party will continue after lunch with live music from Kit Nelson. The program begins at 12:00 PM; the fee is $10.00. 

The next senior adult day trip is “Dickens Christmas” scheduled for Saturday, December 7. The group will depart from the Penfield Community Center at 9:30 AM and return at 4:30 PM; the fee is $15.00. 

The December scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will take place on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Thousand Acre Swamp. This guided hike will tour the paths and boardwalks of the Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp. A variety of habitats including woods, meadows, and a pond will be covered. The guide will emphasize winter lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress, looking for tracks (if there is snow), and other signs of animals. Meet at the rear of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Building on Jackson Road and look for the hike signs.  

Save the date for the next PSO concert to be held on Monday, December 16 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. The program, entitled “Holiday Gifts,” is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.

Until next week, as you start to think about a holiday wreath, Christmas tree, or special gifts for family and friends, please remember to visit one of our many farm markets and farm stands—you will be amazed by the number of decorations and unique gifts they have to offer…be well and be safe!


November 13, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Ribbon-cutting Nov 16 for new LAX field at Rothfuss Park

The Town of Penfield will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new LAX box field at Rothfuss Park on Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 AM. New York State Senator Rich Funke—who secured a significant grant to support construction of this facility in Penfield for youth lacrosse and other sports—will join Town officials and guests for the celebration. 

The community is invited to attend the ceremony to see the new enclosed box field that includes artificial turf and bleachers.

Penfield Recreation and Penfield Youth Lacrosse will present exhibition-play activities following the ribbon-cutting. 

November 13, 2019
Supervisor's column November 13, 2019

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held this Saturday, November 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $6.00 per person. All November breakfast proceeds will go directly to help support the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS); PEFS is a supplemental food relief organization serving the 14526 and 14625 areas and families of children in the Penfield school district since 1997. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to

PLEASE NOTE…I have been told there will be a special Ho-Ho holiday guest at the Saturday, December 14 Flapjack Saturday Fundraiser…mark your calendars and bring the children and grandchildren!

Also on Saturday November 16, at 11:00 AM, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new box lacrosse field at Rothfuss Park. We will be joined by Senator Rich Funke, who provided a significant grant to help sponsor this new field that will be enjoyed by the Penfield Lacrosse community as well as other sports teams for many years to come. Following the ribbon-cutting there will be exhibition-play by boys and girls. Please stop out and see this newest asset in action…maybe after you’ve enjoyed a hearty pancake breakfast at FBC!

I recently had the honor of judging the “Best Penfield Scene” at the fifteenth annual Penfield Art Association and Legacy at Willow Pond Art Show. This is the tenth year I have enjoyed this privilege, and as I have said in the past, it becomes more difficult each year to select the winner as all of the artists’ works are worthy of selection. After several visits and a wonderful lunch with some of my dear friends at Legacy, I selected the work of Marilyn Nosky, entitled “Oak and Apple.” I would like to recognize show co-chairs Patricia Gough, Marilyn Nosky, and Brenda Lyness for all their hard work with the 2019 show and sale. The residents of Willow Pond enjoy this program each year, and many purchase paintings for their apartments and gifts for family and friends. I am already looking forward to the 2020 Art Show and Sale at Legacy Willow Pond.  

As much as we many not want to admit it, the Christmas holiday season is already just around the corner. The next “Friends Night Out” with Nancy Marrer of The Root Tender’s Garden features a Christmas Fairy Garden project on Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Dolomite Lodge, 1600 Jackson Road. This program will help you create a Christmas holiday garden to decorate your home. Demonstrations, instruction, and assistance will be provided to help you create a wonderful festive garden. All materials will be provided including a variety of containers, planting materials (Christmas cactus) and a couple of decorations to get you started. Decorations will include lights, bulbs, stockings, holiday figures, and much more. If you want to add to your creation, additional decorations will be available for purchase. Wine and snacks will be also provided, this is an adult program! 

With our recent snowfall, I must remind everyone that winter parking rules are in effect beginning Friday, November 15 and running through Wednesday, April 1. This means NO PARKING is allowed on any roadway in Penfield from 2:00 to 7:00AM to allow our DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt roadways. Thank you in advance for observing these rules, your cooperation gives us the opportunity to get plows through the town more quickly and avoids the potential of you receiving a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office.

I was honored to be part of the St. Joseph School Field of Honor Salute to all of our veterans this week. Pack 260 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts provided the opening flag ceremony, Peter Pirro sang the National Anthem, and U.S. Navy Veteran Michael Reyda was the guest speaker. The entire school joined in on the singing of “America”!  It was a very moving and special ceremony to recognize all veterans. Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. A special thank you to Jennifer Gearinger for organizing this event and for Principal Amy Johnson who emceed the ceremony.

Until next week be well and be safe!


(585) 340-8631 

November 4, 2019
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony set for new Box Field at Rothfuss Park

Message from Supervisor Tony LaFountain 

SAVE THE DATE! We are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new LAX box field at Rothfuss Park on Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 AM. Senator Rich Funke—who provided a significant grant to support construction of this wonderful facility in Penfield for all the boys and girls involved with youth lacrosse—will join us for this celebration. 

Penfield Recreation and Penfield Youth Lacrosse are planning some short exhibition-play activities on the new field for all to enjoy following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Since my last update, all the LAX box field perimeter boards have been installed and leveled; two concrete pads—one for bleachers and another for teams—are in place; the walkways around the field are paved; and cross-arms on the netting poles will be completed this week.

The construction team will begin laying turf this week, then we will complete the final grading and seeding of disturbed areas around the field. Our goal is to finish the entire project by Veterans Day if Mother Nature cooperates.

I will keep you posted with more details as we get closer to November 16.


November 4, 2019
Supervisor's column November 4, 2019

The Genesee Valley Recreation Parks Society (GVRPS) recently announced its annual award winners, and I’m pleased to share that Penfield was selected for two awards: a multimedia award for the “Penfield Photo Scavenger Hunt” from last summer, and a Program of Merit award for “Dogs Day Out” that was held at Tastin’ the Blues. Congratulations Sabrina Renner and Pam Gerace for all of your efforts in coordinating these programs. Once again, Penfield is recognized as a leader in program development!

Mark your calendars for Penfield’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Vendors from Penfield and surrounding areas will welcome you with handmade goods for sale. For more information, please contact the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655.

A last reminder…The next Penfield Trails Committee hike will be held this Saturday, November 9 at Webster’s Whiting Road Nature Preserve. Meander through deep woods pockets along twisting watercourse glens winding toward Lake Ontario. This hike will begin at 10:00 AM and is expected to last about two hours. Meet in the west side parking lot midway between Lake Road and Shoemaker Road and look for the “hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield Town Hall and Community Center will be drop sites for this year’s “Matt’s Coats for Kids,”  an organization started by the family and friends of Matthew J. Fitton who lost his life in a tragic car accident at the age of 20 in August 2003. To date, they have collected and distributed more than 9,000 coats and other needed items to area children in need. Matt’s family’s goal is to keep the good feelings that Matt shared with everyone by helping children. This year’s collection runs November 2 to December 2. Their FREE distribution days are Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at the Brockport Fire Department. For more information, go to or call (585)721-5289.

Next Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans' service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954.

Our military members risk their lives so we can live in a better country. For all our war troubles throughout history, we have depended on our soldiers to keep our country safe and free. They had to fight for their country, while also fighting for their lives. Any time we see or meet a veteran we should take a minute to thank them for their service to our country. I would encourage everyone, especially this weekend, to make it a point to reach out to a family member, friend, or neighbor who has served in the military to say “thank you for your service!”

The last two “Nels Carman Big Band Nights” of the season are scheduled for this Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, December 3 from 7:30 to 9:30PM at the Penfield Community Center. The fee is $2.00 and you pay at the door.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day. Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy but sadly far too few people vote. The ability to vote allows citizens to act on their opinions and choices on a variety of issues. In the American political system, voting allows registered citizens to cast their choice for political leaders they believe can accurately make the choices that will better their communities. Please exercise your right to vote tomorrow…it does make a difference!

Until next week, please keep leaves out of the gutters and away from catch basins to avoid flooding on your property and that of your neighbors…thank you in advance for your assistance. 




November 1, 2019
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Wind Storm

As of 4:30PM, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) is reporting 3,500 power outages in Monroe County, down from 7,644 at 9:00AM this morning, 131 of which are in Penfield down from 580 at 9:00AM this morning. Wind damage in Penfield included trees, wires, and poles down. RG&E is working to repair and restore power at this time. They plan on working through the night to get as many people back on-line as possible. Additionally, did you know you can sign up for RG&E alerts? Now is an excellent time to set up an account and choose which alerts you wish to receive and how you want to receive them: text, email, phone, or all three. Go to and have your account number handy. We will post updates as we receive them. Please stay tuned to weather reports, stay warm, and be safe.


Penfield Town Supervisor



October 31, 2019
NYSEG and RG&E Preparing for High Winds and Rain

NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc., are preparing for high winds and rain associated with incoming storms expected to hit their service areas Thursday evening through Friday. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact the entire NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions. 

As members of the public head out to trick-or-treat during Halloween, the companies urge folks to be aware of their surroundings, as downed wires could be hidden under leaves or other debris on the road and sidewalk. They also encourage residents to pay close attention to any warnings issued by local emergency management officials. 

Current forecasts call for rain to begin Thursday afternoon and continue throughout the overnight period. Early Friday morning, high winds with gusts reaching upwards of 60 mph are expected. Softened soil conditions as a result of Thursday’s rain, coupled with gusty winds on Friday, have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

The companies urge customers to monitor forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions. The companies’ storm readiness teams have been monitoring weather forecasts, planning, readying crews and equipment, mobilizing employees for storm duty and have additional contract tree and line crews ready to help restore service should outages occur. The companies are also coordinating preparations with state and local emergency management authorities and have dedicated additional resources to locations where early voting is taking place.

NYSEG and RG&E will provide updates throughout the event to the general public on their website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). The companies also offer customers the following reminders to prepare for the storm and stay safe if power outages do occur.

Before a storm strikes:

Sign up for Outage Alerts to receive updates automatically by phone, text, or e-mail as the company updates the status of the restoration process in their area. Customers can sign up for outage alerts by visiting here for NYSEG and here for RG&E. 

Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.

Make sure that smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are fully charged.

Fill your car’s fuel tank.

Stay Away From Downed Wires: 

Stay at least 30 feet from a downed power line. If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don’t run or stride. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 and RGE customers should call 1.800.743.1701 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations.

October 29, 2019
DPW Crew Replacing Second Little League Stairs

A message from Supervisor Tony LaFountain:

Construction of the second set of stairs at the Penfield Little League fields in Veterans’ Memorial Park is underway to replace the former wooden stairs that help traverse the three tiers from Rose’s concession stand up to the town hall complex level. 

The original wooden stairs that were installed as part of many Eagle Scout projects served the complex well for many years. Over time, many repairs were made to ensure safety; however, the Little League Board of Directors and our DPW leadership team determined that the stairs finally needed to be replaced and upgraded. 

New concrete stairs with hand railings will be completed this fall to be ready for the 2020 season. Our DPW crews replaced the first set of stairs earlier this spring before the season began.


October 28, 2019
New playground set within Harris Whalen Park

A message from Supervisor Tony LaFountain:  

Last week the Parks Department removed the playground set at upper Harris Whalen Park due to age and current safety regulations. The new playground that was approved by the Town Board several months ago will be delivered this week. The contractor will assemble it over the next two weeks and we look to have it open for all to enjoy before mid-November. 

We waited until the end of the season before starting this project as this is a very popular playground. We also wanted to install the new playground now rather than in the spring so it will be ready for the 2020 season. It is also more cost effective to install a playground this time of the year and we were able to get more features at a lower cost—a win/win for all! 

See the renderings of the new playground below. We look forward to many years of fun for our youngest residents at this location!


October 28, 2019
Supervisor’s column October 28, 2019

It’s that time of year again to prepare for the transition from fall to winter. This means sustainable and cost effective leaf management, optimizing drainage in yards and neighborhoods, and preparation for snow.

Autumn is also a time when some residents ask why the Town of Penfield does not provide curbside leaf pickup. The Town has studied the topic and run the numbers many times over the past several years and administrations. And over the years, the reasons for not getting in the business of municipal leaf pick-up bear out: avoiding a tax increase for all property owners, customer service, and sustainability. 

First, the cost of town-wide collection would raise taxes and be more expensive for every single taxpayer compared to individually supporting local businesses by private pickup by those who wish to have their leaves removed from their property. While leaf pickup has become the norm in some towns, it comes with a price tag in the form of tax dollars. Towns that provide leaf pick-up have significantly higher town tax rates compared to Penfield. 

To get in the business of leaf collection, previous studies show the Town of Penfield would need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars outfitting trucks for the service, labor (including overtime and seasonal), and tipping/composting fees for an eight week period with no opportunity for intermunicipal sharing, given that leaf pickup must be done within a short time frame. A past financial study looked like this: $1 million startup followed by an estimated $500,000 in subsequent years. That is $83 per household to start up and $40 a year thereafter. The cost would be passed on to every household, including those who are opposed to funding a leaf service, or who have no leaves that need to be removed.

From a customer service point of view—given the logistics of town-wide collection for more than 14,000 properties—crews could make only one pass through town within a finite number of days between last leaves falling, residents’ ability to rake, and an unpredictable first snowfall when trucks must be equipped and dedicated to plowing snow. Given these constraints, it’s unlikely the Town would make it to your house exactly when your leaves are ready at the curb, leaving you frustrated with wet piles of leaves killing grass or dry leaves blowing around. Further, leaves spilling into roadways narrow driving lanes, block storm drains causing potential neighborhood flooding, and pose safety hazards for runners, walkers, children waiting at bus stops, and cyclists.

In contrast, a local landscape service will collect leaves curbside—at your convenience—for a negotiated price that would be below your cost of an increase in town taxes. Landscapers and leaf removal companies who live and do business in Penfield would certainly welcome new customers and you would be supporting businesses who employ residents. If you would like to hire a leaf pickup service, use your favorite search engine or business directory to find one you like. The Town has always advocated for residents who want leaf collection to team together in their neighborhood to get better pricing and scheduling from private contractors. The Town Hall is resource for names and addresses of residents in neighborhoods. If you have questions please call my office at 340-8630.

From an environmentally conscious and sustainability point of view, mulching and composting is recommended by agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC just published its Solid Waste and Recycling newsletter. The lead article is “Leaf Me Alone: Why You Should Keep Your Leaves in Your Yard.” The article points out that “many of us will use our time or money to rid our lawns of leaves. Keeping our leaves nearby is a simpler, more environmentally-friendly solution, as leaves contain nutrients that are good for the soil.” Here is the link if you would like to read the full article for tips and suggestions for sustainable leaf management:

With leaves down and mulched, composted, or taken away, we prepare for the arrival of snow. This means keeping swales and storm drains clear so that rain, sleet, and snow melt can move freely and prevent localized flooding. The Town appreciates your help in checking storm drains near your property to keep them clear and free of leaves and debris, enabling our highway crews to focus on fall drainage projects and winter readiness. 

Until next week, enjoy the mild weather. It looks like we will have a wet Halloween, so please keep your walkways clear and well-lit for our youngest residents to enjoy safe trick-or-treating.



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