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May 31, 2011
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 30

This week's column is dedicated to all the men and women of the armed forces; past present, and future...the Penfield Community thanks all of you for your service and sacrifices. Memorial Day began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. This past Monday our community of Penfield celebrated Memorial Day. I hope everyone took a moment out of their day to pause and remember all of those who have done so much to ensure our freedom and quality of life.

With the start of June comes the start of the budget process for the Town of Penfield. I recently sent a letter to all department heads requesting that their 2012 draft budgets be submitted by July 1, which will allow me to prepare the tentative budget for the town board. The preparation of the annual budget is one of the most important functions of the supervisor's office. As I did last year, I will provide an update on all the steps of the process including the timeline that includes adoption of the 2012 Budget on October 19, 2011.

If you are looking to wrap up a busy work week with some fun activities this coming weekend, please consider joining us for the 6th annual "Taste of Penfield" on Friday June 3 at the Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. Local restaurants will be on hand so you may sample great foods and enjoy entertainment from the Penfield High School Jazz Ensemble and a raffle. If it's music you are looking for, Saturday, June 4 will feature the annual Wegmans Penfield Music Fest from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM that includes the Penfield School District music departments. The day will end with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert at 4:00 PM. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the concert. Food will also be available from our gourmet concession cart.

It is never too early to mark your calendar for the annual open house and pie social at Dayton's Corners School on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. This former one room school building was erected in 1857 and sits at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street. It is the only one-room school house in the area that is still standing and has not been converted to some other use. Stop by for a tour of the facility which serves more than 1,500 fourth grade students annually, have a piece of pie, lemonade, and enjoy the old time fiddle music by Heartstrings. Karyn Tuner and her staff promise a wonderful experience at this designated Penfield Landmark.

Speaking of Dayton's Corners Schoolhouse, I understand the Penfield Heritage Association is hosting a "bonus program" on Sunday, June 12 from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the school. Miss Karyn or Miss June, the "school marm," will be in charge, and will take you back to the 1800s to see what a school day was like then! You will have a chance to participate in an old-fashioned spelling bee, do some math on the caulk slates, and if you act up there will be a surprise "punishment." Consider attending in vintage clothing. There will be time to browse through the various artifacts and ask questions of the school marm. If you plan to attend please contact Jean Casey at 585-7779, this will help in planning for refreshments. See you there!

Last week the Town Board attended an Eagle Court of Honor for Troop 310 members Kevin Krech and Matthieu Dora. Kevin's eagle project was to design and build a community board and storage area for tools at the town's Victory Garden on Five Mile Line Road next to Rothfuss Park. Matthieu's project was to repair, refurbish and repaint six bookcases for Writers and Books. Both these young men's commitment to their troop, families, and community is second to none. Kevin and Matthieu, on behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we congratulate you on obtaining the rank of Eagle.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

340-8630
supervisor@penfield.org

 


May 23, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of May 23

As you have heard me say in the past, Penfield continues to maintain a strong connection to its agricultural roots. The Town of Penfield has continued to look for ways to encourage active farming through large lot zoning and the purchase of open space and development rights. In Penfield, properties east of Route 250 are where agriculture meets suburbia. I have recently become aware of a wonderful event scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM that I would like to share. Floy-Mar Farms, owned and operated by Terry and Mary Lou Rothfuss at 1865 Salt Road, will open its farm to the community so that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Soil & Water Conservation District and the Cornell Cooperative Extension may showcase many innovative eco-management practices in use on Floy-Mar's approximately twenty-five acres.

Floy-Mar Farms has implemented eco-friendly pasture management techniques and planting strategies that will help to eliminate contamination of local ditches and waterways. This approach incorporates laneways, fencing, landscaping and ditch cleanout. These strategic improvements are a new concept to help preserve the critical farming industry while satisfying new storm water regulations. If you have an interest in attending this open house, please contact Cathy Wallace at 343-3040, x138.

I received an e-mail from the governor's office this week asking for help to "Reform State Government"! It states that the last major reorganization of the New York State government was done more than eighty years ago. As we all know, state government has grown into a sprawling and expensive bureaucracy that if left unchecked will bankrupt New York. The governor has created the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, and he wants to hear our ideas for cutting costs, finding efficiencies, and doing more with less. I will remain cautiously optimist that something will change in Albany; however, their track record is very poor! Consider logging on to http://governor.ny.gov/sage  to learn more. Hopefully, with many consistent messages to the governor's office, we can redesign our state government and bring long-term savings to all New Yorkers.

At the last town board meeting, article VII of the Zoning Ordinance entitled "Signs" was adopted by the board. This section of the ordinance had not been updated for more than thirty years and several past attempts got bogged in technical difficulties. The town board did struggle with balancing visual pollution and the need for businesses and not-for-profit organizations to provide needed exposure to advertise their services and activities. Like any adopted ordinance or local law it will not meet everyone's needs or interest one-hundred-percent of the time or circumstances. The board weighed all the input from public comments, e-mails and letters to arrive at the final document. This document and other sections of the ordinance can be found by logging on to www.penfield.org and clicking on "on-line documents."

I would like to encourage our residents to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 30 at 10:30 AM at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage in Veterans' Memorial Park. The featured guest speaker will be Ed (Woody) Mench who is the Founding Director of Honor Flight Rochester. The program includes the VFW essay contest winners, music by the Penfield Pops Band and the presentation of roses which continues to grow in popularity. We can never do too much for our veterans whose bodies, minds and spirits bear the scars of war...Memorial Day is the time to remember and honor those we love!

Reminder...the Penfield Little League will be hosting a "Hero's Day" celebration on Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 AM to recognize the moms and dads of our Little Leaguers who are serving in the military and will not be able to see their sons and daughters playing ball this season. This will be a wonderful and touching celebration.

The town board and town staff continue to work on ideas and programs that help to make Penfield known as the "Wellness Community." We are getting ready to kick off the 100 mile walking club. This program will run June 6 through September 30 with a goal of striding 10,000 steps per day. Log on at www.penfield.org  and click on ‘Parks and Recreation' to learn how you can receive your log sheet and pedometer to participate. I will share my progress with you as I make my way to 100 miles and more!

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

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org  

 

 


May 19, 2011
Instructors, New Programs Wanted for Penfield Rec
Penfield Recreation is currently soliciting program proposals for a new 50+ Daytime Education program to be offered at the Penfield Community Center beginning this fall.

The goal is to kick off a series of interesting, engaging educational and enlightening programs aimed at retired or semi-retired adults who enjoy "stimulating conversation and challenging learning" without tests or grades.

The learning modules will be set up in four to eight week sessions or weekly lectures with an emphasis on history, world cultures, languages, literature, science, philosophy and programs that focus on individual hobbies and interests. We hope to tap into a core of talented retired, semi-retired professionals, and home school teachers who would like to share their wealth of knowledge with others.

Interested instructors are asked to contact Pam Mount at the Penfield Recreation Department 340-8664. The deadline for fall proposals is June 10, 2011.


May 16, 2011
Summer Photography Workshops

Photo Tips from the Pros
In this comprehensive, four-hour workshop we will cover the top ten techniques the pros use to make an image that commands attention. Our group will meet at the George Eastman House Café and photograph on location along East Avenue using available light and the amazing architectural details of Rochester's impressive historic buildings to inspire your creativity. No experience necessary, just a working knowledge of your camera, comfortable shoes and a snack is all you will need. For more information contact Diane at diane@cybermesa.com.
June 25
10 am - 2 pm
Fee: $29.00

Street Photography Workshop
Capture the unusual in the everyday on the streets of Rochester. You'll learn to express your view of the world, documenting life as you see it through the lens of your camera and discover your photographic 'eye' that is as individual as your fingerprint. Out group will meet at the George Eastman House Café. After a brief orientation, we will set out to photograph on location along East Avenue using the city's impressive historic buildings to inspire your creativity. No experience necessary, just a working knowledge of your camera is required. We will stop for coffee and a quick snack during our outing, be sure to wear comfortable shoes - we'll be covering some ground! For more information contact Diane at diane@cybermesa.com.
August 20
10 am - 2 pm
Fee: $29.00

To register for either of these classes, please visit our website, or stop in the Recreation office at 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.


May 16, 2011
Student Musicians Needed!
YOHP Summer Musicals is looking for student musicians to play this summer's production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." Interested musicians should call the Penfield Recreation Dept. at 340-8664 to arrange an audition with the music director. The production is scheduled for August 11 - 13 at Penfield High School.

May 16, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of May 16

I attended the ribbon cutting for the new Sears Hometown Store located in Panorama Plaza next to Tops. This is the first store of its kind in Monroe County and I am delighted they chose to debut in the Penfield community. While this is a new concept to our region, there are more than 1,000 similar stores across the country. I would like to welcome Mark Bender, the owner, and his very knowledgeable and customer-friendly staff to our great town. If you need appliances, tools, lawn and garden or fitness equipment or any number of items, consider stopping by and visiting one of our newest businesses, and please remember...healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

Town staff recently met with representatives of RG&E regarding the expansion of its electric sub-station located in East Penfield. The proposal calls for RG&E to expand this facility to provide greater reliability and a more even power supply that will result in fewer outages for our town. Iberdrola, the parent company of RG&E and NYSEG, is investing in our utility infrastructure to provide the highest quality service for many generations to come.

If you are a golfer, or if like me you are a "wanna-be golfer," consider signing up for the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton Foundation & Town of Penfield's annual Community Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, June 20 at Shadow Lake Golf Club. Lunch, dinner, golf, prizes and a lot of fun will be had at his event. Community projects to benefit from this year's tournament include Golisano Children's Hospital, Mary Cariola Children's Center, the Don Mack Scholarship Fund, and Day Star for Medically Fragile Infants, Inc. Participation is so much more than a round of golf; I hope to see you there.

I continue to be troubled by more recent reports of our senior citizens being scrammed out of their hard earned and often limited money. As I reported a month or so ago, many seniors around the county have received calls from individuals who try to pass themselves off as grandchildren who are in trouble with law enforcement and need cash for fines or bail money. I would challenge all of us who have elderly parents to make sure they have contact numbers for immediate family members, and to counsel them to follow up directly with the family member if they should receive this type of call. Please encourage parents to always consult family members on any unusual contact so they do not play into the hands of scam artists. Also, a report should be filed with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) or other local law enforcement agency. I will be requesting the Rochester Attorney General's Office and the MCSD to host a program in Penfield to help all of us address this problem that pops up on a regular basis.

Through the efforts of our communications team and department heads, we are continuing to update, refresh, and simplify our website to make it the best tool it can be for our residents and anyone else visiting the site. We will be adding a quick link that will give you a chance to click and provide feedback directly to our team with any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions you have to make www.penfield.org the best community website. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

I would like to close the column this week by recognizing National Public Works Week May 15th - 21, and thank all our employees in Highway, Sewer, Engineering and Facilities for all they do throughout the year. In most cases, these men and women perform their duties out of the spotlight to help keep roads open and safe, sanitary sewers properly flowing, drainage ditches from flooding, street lights operating, and sports fields and facilities mowed and safe for our children. On behalf of our Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I want to say thank you to our Public Works employees for everything you do for the residents of our town!

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

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 



May 12, 2011
Free Rabies Clinic June 4
The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Sewer Operations Center in the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road.

The free Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old. This free clinic is a courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. Call 340-8616 for more information.

Park on-site at the Public Works complex on Jackson Road.


May 9, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of May 9

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra held its final concert of the season last week featuring guest artist Tony Caramia, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music. I know PSO president Jeanne Gray and conductor David Harman were incredibly pleased with the 2010-2011 concert series, and we are indeed fortunate to have the music professionals of the PSO performing in our community. I would also like to remind the community that the annual Picnic Pops Concert will be held Saturday, June 4 at 4:00PM in the Veterans' Memorial Park behind the Town Hall at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. This is a free concert! Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs, this is always a wonderful family event.

Many residents have asked me about the outcome of this year's the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection. I am happy to report that 334 Penfield and Webster residents were serviced, and a stunning 9.63 tons of hazardous materials were kept from possibly entering our ecosystem through storm sewers or improper disposal in area landfills. The annual program is a great example of inter-municipal cooperation between the Towns of Penfield and Webster Highway Departments with the County of Monroe's Department of Environmental Services. We will continue to hold this very valuable program each year in April to assist our residents in properly disposing of household hazardous wastes.

Speaking of cleaning up, Penfield has had great success thus far with our 2011 programs. Last week several hundred residents took to the streets to pick-up neighborhoods, roadsides, parks, drainage ways and more, clearing our town of trash and debris that had collected over the winter months. Additionally, we had a very successful electronics recycling event in a partnership with Sunnking Electronics. This program helped to keep several tons of TVs, computers and other electronics out of landfills. The last event of "The Great Penfield Cleanup" series is currently underway, and you can still participate. Our annual Spring Drop-off runs May 12-14 at the Highway Garage on Jackson Road. The Volunteers of America will also be on hand to collect clothing and gently used household goods. See www.penfield.org for hours of Drop-off and hours for VOA participation. This is another way to help keep materials out of the landfill and promote reuse and up-cycling!

Boy Scout Troop 230 attended the last Town Board meeting as they are working on their "Citizenship in the Community" Merit Badge. Also, several members of Den Pack 230 attended the meeting and toured the PCTV studios in fulfillment of a Cub Scout requirement. The First Baptist Church is the Charter Organization (sponsor) for both Troop 230 and Pack 230 with more than 50 years of history in serving the youth of the Penfield Community. It is rich history like this that helps to make Penfield such a great Community to live and raise a family. I would be remiss if I did not mention former Scoutmaster and merit badge counselor, Rick Monczynski of this troop. Rick has been recently called to active duty for an 18-month tour overseas to serve our country. Rick, thank you for your service to Troop 230, the youth of our community, and our country.

Last weekend, Councilman Andy Moore and I attended an Eagle Court of Honor for Michael Kusmierz and Jonathan Hanscom from Troop 260 from St. Joseph's Church. Michael's Eagle project included programs to help meet the needs of patients who are uninsured or lack adequate health insurance. Jonathan's Eagle project was to design and implement a program to help children with special needs and those fighting cancer. These are two more examples of the quality of youth and future leaders of our community and country. Congratulations Michael and Jonathan, you have made your families and community very proud.

The month of May is "Building Safety Month." During this month, and throughout the year, building safety and fire prevention officials help to protect every resident in our community. It is important to remember this as we enter the busy season for permits on home additions, decks, pools, and other projects. May is also "National Historic Preservation Month." Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.

The Penfield Players group recently kicked off its annual melodrama "Horse-Scents" by J. Mick Dunna. Chip and Patt's Perfume Emporium, Rooming House, and Manure Museum is right on target for the over-the-top shenanigans you've come to love when attending a melodrama. With flamboyant director C.B. SeVille sitting right on stage the entire time, what could go wrong? Upcoming performances are May 13, 14, 20, 21. Tickets are available from Penfield Recreation by calling 340-8655.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  
340-8630

 


May 2, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of May 2

We certainly have seen our share of rain, as this was the wettest April in almost 90 years. Our Highway and Parks & Facilities crews have been working in many areas of the town to address drainage problems. Through many efforts in 2010 we have corrected a number of past issues and concerns; however, we have witnessed new problems that had not previously been an issue. Our Engineering Department documents and visits each area of drainage concern. We have recently updated our website to give our residents an opportunity to provide information on problem areas including the ability to share photos so we can further document problems in our watersheds for review by the Watershed Management Committee to prioritize future work. If you or your neighbors have a drainage problem or concern, please log on to www.penfield.org , click on "Public Works" on the left column, then select "Water Management." Scroll down and fill out the online form, include photos if you like, and submit. The more information and data we have, the better we are able to prioritize necessary work to correct problems for the largest number of Penfield residents.

As a result of all the rain, the Penfield Little League opening day event with parade was postponed until Saturday, May 7 at 9:00AM. Field conditions did not make it safe for our young boys and girls to start the season last week. Please consider stopping by to watch a few innings of baseball, have a hot dog from Rosey's Café, and support our youth.

The Penfield Public Library is the recipient of a community service award from the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Rochester Chapter. Our Library was recognized for its assistance, interest and concern with the deaf and hard of hearing in our community. Library Director Bunny Brinkman and Adult Services Librarian Peggy O'Neil will receive the award at the HLAA annual dinner in May. Great job and congratulations to the entire Penfield Library Staff for being selected for the community service award.

If you like to dance and have fun, I want to make you aware of an event coming up on Sunday, June 5 from 2-5 PM, "Get Up & Dance!" This dance-fundraiser will be held at the Penfield Country Club to benefit the Shepherd Home. The Shepherd Home is a non-profit hospice, offering compassionate care to those in the last stages of life. DJ Brian Hardick from New York Party Productions, along with dance leaders from Tango Café, will have you dancing to music that spans the generations. Watch for more details in this paper or visit the Shepherd Home web site at www.shepherdhome.org .

I was notified that the recently adopted State Budget did include $164,233 funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) for Penfield. CHIPS is a funding stream that municipalities use for maintenance of their roadways to extend their lifespan. This year, our CHIPS funding will be used to update and rebuild Devonshire Drive and Corwin Road. Work will begin this summer with completion expected by the fall.

I received a letter from County Executive Maggie Brooks informing me that she has included $41,750 for the Irondequoit Creek Trail improvements project on the list of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects for 2011. CDBG is a 36-year-old program designed to provide funding to towns for public works improvements and economic development. If approved, Penfield will receive the funding this summer. I will keep you posted through this column and on our website.

If you are looking for "do it yourself" tips as you ready your home and yard for the season, consider stopping by Beyond Hardware as they celebrate their second anniversary with a "Carnival of Clinics" Saturday, May 7, from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. There will be on-site demonstrations for pool maintenance; screen door/window repair; lawn and garden best practices; deck staining techniques; painting tips/top ten color trends; and much more. Shop locally and support our Penfield Businesses...healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

As spring activities get underway, I could never list everything going on in Penfield in this column. Please check the Town of Penfield's calendar of events at www.penfield.org  or refer to the Penfield Recreation Brochure you recently received in the mail for all the great things going on in the community!

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about in the town!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 

 




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