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June 27, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of June 27

The 23rd annual Kiwanis Community Charity Golf Tournament was held last week; this was the second year the Town of Penfield co-sponsored the event. I am delighted the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis and Town of Penfield have been able to partner in support of several local programs. This year checks were presented to the Don Mack Scholarship Fund (Don was a Penfield Supervisor from 1984-1991); Daystar; Mary Cariola Children's Center; and the Golisano Children's Hospital. I would like to recognize and give a special thank you to the entire tournament committee and co-chairs Robert Calabrese and John Hanratty from Kiwanis as well as Geoff Benway and Jim Costello from the town for all their efforts to make this tournament a success.

I learned that sixteen members of the Penfield High School Robotics Club recently picked up all the roadside trash at the four on/off ramps at Route 441 and Panorama Trail to help spruce up one of the main gateways of our Community. The Robotics Team has assisted the town on many occasions to help keep Penfield looking sharp and appealing to everyone coming home or visiting. On behalf of the entire community, thank you for taking the time and initiative to support Penfield.

As you are reading this column, we are putting the finishing touches on the Independence Day celebration to be held Saturday, July 2. The parade starts at 10 AM and features nine musical groups, twelve floats, and an array of community groups, fire departments and of course, a number of our local, county, state and federal elected officials. Music, food and entertainment will be held at Harris-Whalen Park starting at 6 PM, with fireworks rounding out the day's event at 10:15 PM. I look forward to seeing many of you during the celebration.

I want to begin to plug an event that will be held Saturday, October 1. The Penfield Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Park's and Recreation Advisory Board, will be hosting a bike drop-off event with PR Community Bikes and Penfield Rotary. Last year approximately 2,500 bikes were given away, and the demand for this year and beyond continues to grow. If you have an un-used bike your garage, barn or basement and you are looking to give it a new home, please consider donating to this very worthwhile event. More details will be coming out shortly as to where and when you can drop the bikes off. It is always better to up-cycle then send something off to the landfill.

The annual Dayton's Corners School (DCS) open house and pie social held last weekend was another hit. The weather was delightful, the school was in great shape, and of course the several pieces of pie that I sampled were out of this world. DCS Coordinator Karyn Turner and her staff did their usual wonderful job of meeting and greeting. Visitors enjoyed old-time fiddle music by Heartstrings, and our younger residents enjoyed free pony rides. DCS is just one of many gems we enjoy in the Penfield community.

Upcoming events to mark on your calendar: "Cool Jazz" Tuesdays - July 12 features Bob Sneider Group and on July 19 the Brad Batz Group. "Kids Fest" Thursdays - July 14 features the Dinner Dogs and on July 21 it's Allen Hopkins and the Canal Crew. All of these programs start at 7 PM and are located at the Penfield amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage. Come and enjoy the great entertainment. Bring a snack or purchase food from the vending cart. I hope to see you there.

Until next week, be well and be safe!





June 20, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of June 20

I would like to start the column off this week by recognizing all the Penfield students in both the Penfield and Webster School Districts who completed another school year. Your hard work has paid off and will continue to do so throughout your life. Good luck to all the graduating seniors as you prepare to attend college and other begin other exciting endeavors this fall. Thank you to all the teachers, teaching assistants, teachers' aids, and parents who helped in the classrooms during the 2010-11 school year, you all make a difference each and every day...enjoy your summer!

Our Highway Department recently completed a rebuild of the Devonshire/Corwin Drive neighborhood roadways. The process used is a "recycle in place" technology where a roto-tiller type machine grinds the existing asphalt and leaves it in place. The road is then coated with a liquid emulsion product to firm up the base, then a new hot asphalt top is put down. By utilizing this technology, the Town of Penfield is able to recycle all the existing road materials, provide a better road base, and complete the job in about half the time which minimizes disruption to residents.

I was reminded by the Penfield Business Association (PBA) that they are in the process of accepting nominations for the 2011 Daniel Penfield Award. This award is given annually by the PBA to honor a local business person who has positively impacted the Penfield business community through their community involvement, business practices and overall character. Nominations will be accepted through July 15 and will be reviewed by the awards selection committee. The winner will be announced at the PBA Awards Dinner on October 27. For more information, contact

SPECIAL NOTE: The Town is working with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Thursday, June 23 at the Penfield Community Center from 2-7 PM. As we head into summer, blood supplies are at a critical low within our region. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or just walk in. If you donated on or before April 28, 2011 you will be eligible to donate. I plan on donating at 4:00 PM that day, consider joining me for this very worthwhile need. Hope to see you there!

Members of the Penfield Community Victory Garden will be holding their second annual "garage sale" on Saturday, July 2 from 10 AM-3 PM at the garden site. Money collected from this sale will be used for future beneficial projects. You can help in a number of ways-you can donate gently used items by contacting Dot Brenneis at 387-0883 or to make arrangements for pick-up/delivery, or you can stop by the garden the day of the event to purchase "that latest treasure." The community garden is one of the newest jewels in this great community.

In closing, I want to encourage our residents to support all of our local farmers, farmer's stands and farm markets, not only during the upcoming summer and fall growing season but all year long. We are so fortunate to have the quality and variety of these operations in our community that have helped to keep our rich agricultural heritage generations strong. Farming has been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of this great community. I want to recognize, on behalf of all our residents, the farmers of Penfield for everything you do to help preserve our agricultural heritage...thank you!

Until next week, I look forward to seeing you out in the community.


June 13, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of June 13

Great news! If you think you missed out on an opportunity to participate in the Community Victory Garden due to lack of beds or bad weather...more garden beds are now available. Through the generous work of Tony and Michele from Country Way Garden Center on Penfield Road, nine more garden beds have been added to the Victory Garden to bring our total to 80 beds. Additionally, volunteers of the Community Garden recently installed deer fencing around the perimeter to keep the crops safe from becoming a grazing station for our various wildlife friends! To reserve your bed please call Sabrina at 340-8651 or log on at Victory Garden  .

Last week I had the honor of attending Boy Scout Troop 310's Court of Honor recognizing thirteen scouts for receiving eleven different merit badges and various rank advancements. The second part of the program was an Eagle Court of Honor for Matt Sirianni and Tommy Conners. Matt's Eagle project was to design, build and paint six large sandwich boards for the Seneca Park Zoo that will be used to publicize different ongoing events. Tommy's project was to clean up, organize and design a system to catalog all the music that is housed at the Bay Trail Middle School, as well as inventory the music. With Matt and Tommy receiving their Eagle Badges, the total number of Eagles out of Troop 310 is now forty- nine. I look forward to presenting certificates of recognition on behalf of the Town of Penfield for Eagle Scout number 50 later this year!

I attended the 25th drive for a cure campaign luncheon for the Committee to Aid Research to end Schizophrenia (CARES) recently, and presented a certificate of appreciation to Penfield residents John and Winnie Delehanty in recognition of 25 years of service to CARES. Their commitment of time, energy and resources is second to none for this wonderful organization. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, a special thank you to John and Winnie for everything you have done over the last 25 years in support of CARES. I would like to also recognize Barbara Swigert, Founder and First President, for her efforts to form and fund a not-for-profit organization. She put those skills into action by holding the first dinner-dance in 1987 to support CARES. I continue to be amazed and impressed with the types of volunteerism that our residents provide the community of Monroe.

As you are reading this week's column the Penfield Art Association's annual Spring Art Show and Sale at the Penfield Community Center is well under way. Please consider stopping by to view more than 150 paintings that are on display at this year's show. By way of some history on the Penfield Art Association, this organization is 48-years-old and this year marks their 45th show.

There are still a few openings for the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton Foundation and Town of Penfield Community Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, June 20th. If you do not want to golf, consider joining us for dinner. The money raised will benefit community charity projects. If you are interested in participating in some way, contact Bob at 746-2500 or John at 671-4314.

June 13-19 is Men's Health Week. If you have not been to the doctor in a while, consider making an appointment. If you have a nice balance between eating healthy and exercising, congratulations and keep up the good work. The Town Board and Town Departments and Boards are looking to establish the community of Penfield as a "Wellness Community." To that end, as we develop programs, events and activities we will look to have a "wellness theme." Penfield is noted for its parks, trails, sports activities, recreation programs and more. Consider joining PenRec's 100 mile walking club to track your daily steps. This is an activity for the entire family! Give up a little screen time for some scenery time. Working with Wegmans as our Wellness Partner and also the Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust and our Recreation Department, we will be looking to provide more wellness tips and activities throughout the year.

Until next well and be safe!



June 7, 2011
Garden Beds Available!
Penfield Community Victory Garden has added more beds to the garden! There are just a few, though, so come in to Penfield Recreation at 1985 Baird Rd. to reserve your bed today! For more information, please call Sabrina at 340-8651. Read all about the Penfield Community Victory Garden.

June 6, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of June 6

Last week, the Town Hall played host to more than 80 second grade students from Cobbles Elementary School making their annual trek to learn about town government and local town history. This is the 25th year I have had the honor and pleasure to speak with the second-graders, a tradition that started when my oldest daughter was in second grade. The students viewed a short presentation of life in Penfield and attempted to identify some of the tools and utensils used in 19th century homes. We also discussed the settling and incorporation of Penfield, the different industries throughout the town, what it was like to attend school in the early 1800s, and then we discussed how different life in Penfield is today. This event is always a big hit at the Town Hall as the students bring their energy and enthusiasm for learning about their community.

I attended an open house for the St. John's Green House Homes at the Arbor Ridge Subdivision off Fellows Road. Two homes will each house ten residents who will have their own living units. The ten units surround a family-style residence including kitchen, dining, family room and library. This concept teaches us to see aging not as decline, but as a continuous stage of growth and development in a human life. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I welcome the twenty new residents to our community - and in some cases, welcome back to our community!

Music, music, music...the Kiwanis Stage at the Amphitheater opened the 2011 season for three days of some of the most incredible musical talent you can find anywhere in the region. I want to recognize the Penfield School District Music Departments, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, Scandals, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters - you help define our 2011 amphitheater program "Pen Rocks"!

I had the great pleasure to join County Executive Maggie Brooks for the ribbon cutting to officially open Abraham Lincoln Park, located on Empire Blvd. This is the newest park to the county park's system featuring a tot lot, open air picnic pavilions, a nature playground experience and the trail head for access down to the bay. This park is a wonderful addition to the county parks experience.

Penfield was recently recognized by the Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. (PERMA) for receiving a high loss control evaluation score for fiscal year 2010. This was earned as a result of hard work by all our employees ensuring they are working safely in all jobs across the town, by attending the legally required safety training, following documented procedures and policies, and reporting unsafe conditions and near misses. Penfield continues to be in the top percentile of communities that belong to PERMA.

The Penfield Little League (PLL) organization recently hosted two very special days. First was "Hero's Day" to recognize boys and girls whose parents are deployed and are not able to be part of the 2011 season. It is hard for both the children and the parents not to share the baseball season. The second event was opening day for the Challengers Division. This group of children is able to take advantage of the baseball experience with the help of a mentor who helps athletes hit and run the bases. This is the second season I have been able to observe this wonderful event; seeing the joy on the faces of the children involved, their mentors and the families is priceless. Congratulations to President Steve Pellow and the entire board of directors for PLL on making the "American Pastime" the greatest experience for more than 1,000 boys and girls and their families.

A few dates to remember: Monday, June 13 at 7:00 PM the Penfield Pops Band will play at the Kiwanis Stage and Amphitheater; Friday, June 24 will be the first "Penfield Movie Night" at Rothfuss Park at 8:00 PM featuring "Despicable Me," Saturday, July 2 at 10:00 AM will be the Independence Day Parade. For details on these and scores of other events please log on to .

Until next week, be well and be safe!





June 3, 2011
Independence Day Events and Activities
Penfield's annual Independence Day events and activities will be held Saturday, July 2. Parade, music, and fireworks information can be found here.


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