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July 29, 2011
Sherwood Park Opening Aug 13
The Town of Penfield will officially open Sherwood Park and dedicate the park's Don Cranson memorial bridge on Saturday, August 13 at noon. Sherwood Park, located in East Penfield along the north side of Route 441 (use driveway of Fire Station No. 3 to access parking), features 82 acres of meadows, forested and scrub-shrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system.

The park occupies land once owned by Robert and Polly Sherwood, a couple committed to the environment and wildlife rehabilitation. The Sherwoods acquired the land in the 1980s from a developer that abandoned plans for a subdivision in that location. The Sherwoods then reversed the subdivision zoning back to a single lot. In 1992 the Sherwoods entered into an Open Space easement with the Town of Penfield, giving the town the right to purchase the parcel at a future date.

Sherwood Park includes a bridge on the main trail that crosses the Commission Ditch waterway. The bridge will be dedicated to Don Cranson, a prominent Penfield hiking and wildlife advocate. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony at Penfield Fire District Station No. 3, adjacent to the park.

"Sherwood Park is a unique piece of property nestled in east Penfield that ties together woodland, fields, meadows, the Commission Ditch and adjacent wetlands, as well as a series of walkways and bridges. This park experience is like no other in Penfield. Our community is indeed fortunate to have this 82-acre gem that supports a diverse wildlife habitat as an integral part of our open space plans. It is fitting to honor Don Cranson with a memorial bridge. Like the Sherwoods, Don was committed to preservation and conservation," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

The Sherwood parcel ranked high on the Town of Penfield's 2006 Open Space Update list of desirable properties, and the property was ultimately purchased from Robert Sherwood in 2007. Mr. Sherwood was deeply interested in preserving the land to honor his late wife Polly, a passionate wildlife rehabilitator. Since purchasing the land the town has been working with consultants to evaluate the property, solicit public input on land use, and develop a plan for passive public recreation.

Consultants from Environmental Design and Research (EDR) developed plans that include a hierarchy of trails for recreational use balanced with conservation. The design also calls for enhanced wetlands, and consideration for wildlife habitats.

The trail system features primary and secondary loops throughout the park; primary trails are handicap accessible, made of crushed stone and re-purposed millings from Monroe County and town road projects.

Trails may be used for passive activities like walking, hiking, snow shoeing, birding, cross-country skiing, cross-country running and orienteering. No motorized uses are allowed including ATVs, snowmobiles or motor bikes.

EDR's plan of Sherwood Park is available on the Town of Penfield website at . (‘Parks and Recreation,' ‘Recreation Plans.')

The Town of Penfield has preserved nearly 1,300 acres of Open Space since the Open Space referendum in 2002. Sherwood Park is marked with the Town of Penfield Recreation Open Space seal.


July 27, 2011
Tickets on Sale Now for Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Advance discount tickets are now on sale for YOHP Summer Musicals' production if Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes, performed for the public on August 11, 12 and 13 at 7PM at Penfield High School's air conditioned auditorium.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood was awarded 5 Tony Awards for Musical, Book, Score, Director and Actor, 8 Drama Desk Awards for Musical, Music, Book, Orchestration, Director, Costume Design, Actor and Featured Actress, 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Broadway Musical, Choreography, Costume Design, Set Design and Lighting Design. The play is based on the unfinished mystery novel by Charles Dickens which uses theatrical license to allow the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finales. Actors and audience will enjoy the play's tongue and cheek humor, song, dance, interesting melodramatic characters as well as one-on-one improvisation with the audience.

Purchase your advance tickets at the Penfield Recreation Dept. by phone (585) 340-8655 or by visiting our website. Advance adult tickets are $13 or $15 at the door. Advance student/senior tickets are $10 or $13 at the door.


July 25, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of July 25
Last week I was one of three Monroe County town supervisors to attend the public hearing for Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting to speak about the need to better configure the districts. Currently, the Monroe County area is supported by four congressional districts; three of those four districts overlay Penfield. My comments centered on the fact that the redistricting process should focus on keeping communities of interest together, and that the collective wisdom of Rochester/Monroe County citizens and stakeholders share similar interests and priorities that differ from communities to our west and east. Having one congressional representative living in and supporting Rochester and Monroe County versus four representatives makes more sense for our area.


Blood supplies continue to be at dangerously low levels across our region and we are in contact with the Rochester Red Cross on a regular basis to look for dates and locations to host donor sites within our community. The next two opportunities for our residents to donate locally are Friday, August 19 from 1-6 PM at the Walgreen's in the Panorama Valley, 1659 Penfield Road; or Monday, August 22 at the Community Center on Baird Road from noon to 6PM. If you are a regular donor, thank you! If it has been a while since you have donated consider coming out to one of these events. If you have never donated please consider doing so, it is easy and painless and it is a wonderful gift of life. I will be at the Community Center on August 22 at 4 PM, please join me.


I have been made aware of an out of town home security company that resorts to very heavy handed sales tactics to get customers to sign up for their service and they tend to pray on the senior population. The company Platinum Protection has been operating on the west side of the county and in the past has looked to operate on the east side as well. Penfield, like most towns, requires a door-to-door solicitation permit that is granted by the Town Clerk's office. We require information about the company and perform a background check to help ensure our residents are not getting ripped off. If someone selling a product or services knocks on your door, ask if you can see their permit issued by the Town of Penfield. If they do not have one or cannot produce one, I would encourage you not to deal with that individual or company. Note: this permit does not apply to our neighborhood children selling Girl Scout cookies, holiday wreaths, or popcorn/candy for youth sports.


The Town Board had a short performance from members of Penfield's own Young, Open and Honest Players (YOHP) at our last meeting. The YOHP will perform "Drood: The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Rupert Holmes August 11-13 at the Penfield High School Auditorium at 7 PM. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is based on the unfinished final novel by Charles Dickens who died before revealing a conclusion to the world. The musical takes a unique theatrical approach by allowing the audience each night to decide what the ending might be! This summer musical is filled with catchy songs, energetic dances, improvisations with the audience and some of Broadway's most beautiful and haunting music. Advanced "discount tickets" are available at the Recreation Department by calling 340-8655. I hope to see you there!


The Town's employee Wellness Committee reminds me that August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month and National Immunization Awareness Month. Both of these topics are very timely as we ready our children and grandchildren for another school year.


This is the last call for "Saturday on Stage" this coming Saturday, July 30. The program stars at 7 PM on the Kiwanis stage at the amphitheater featuring Gap Mangione and his Big Band. This is a very popular and well attended program.


Until next week, stay coooooool!





July 20, 2011
Beat the Heat Without AC
Here are some earth-friendly tips from for keeping cool during this very hot weather! 

July 18, 2011
Cool Off In The Pool

Penfield Recreation holds Open Swim and Lap Swim hours at Penfield High School Pool throughout the summer! Come play, swim and exercise while enjoying the spacious pool divided to suit your needs; the shallow end with the 4x4 tot dock for the little ones, the deep end for water-walking or play and two lanes for lap swimmers. For swimmers who pass the deep end test, they can also enjoy the one-meter board in the diving well!

Hours are Mon - Thurs 1:00 - 3:30 pm  (except 7/19 when hours will be 2:15 - 3:30 pm.) through August 4. Admission is $2 per person at the door.

July 18, 2011
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of July 18

Recently, the Penfield community lost an icon with the passing of Guy L. McGowan, a life-long resident of our town. Guy graduated from Norwich University, entered the Army to serve our country, returned home to marry his wife, open his business and begin a 65-year career with the Penfield Volunteer Fire Co. Earlier this year I had the great honor to join Guy for coffee at Fire Station 1 to help celebrate his 90th birthday. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we thank Guy's daughter and the rest of the McGowan family for sharing him with Penfield; he will be missed but never forgotten.

I became aware of an amazing lady by the name of Lauren Coe, founder of "One Soldier at a Time." This is a group that prepares care packages for U.S. troops overseas serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lauren started "One Soldier at a Time" when a friend lost a son who was serving our country. The group will be sending more than 200 care packages over the next several weeks to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. If you have an interest in learning more about this group to assist with time or donations, please check out their Facebook page at "One Soldier at a Time." This is another fantastic example of Penfield community spirit!

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting Bret Miller, Bay Waters District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council. Bret is working hard to grow scouting in this area and to give our youth some lifelong skills. Over the years, countless scouts have performed community work and Eagle Scout projects that have added to the quality of life in Penfield. As we move closer to the start of the new school year you will see signs and advertisements to join scouts. For more information on scouting or how to sign up, please log on at .

I was very excited to see that Governor Cuomo signed a new law to strengthen enforcement against texting while driving. This law and new regulations will increase the fine up to $150 and three points on a driver's license for using a handheld device while a vehicle is in motion. We need to help put a stop to this dangerous activity and to make our roads safer for all. Texting while driving can cause damage, injuries and even death. There are so many distractions to drivers today, especially our young drivers. I am not a fan of over-regulation or too much government involvement; however, with so many people not able to be detached from their phones and other electronic devices for more than a few moments at any given time, maybe a hit to the wallet for a fine, increased insurance costs or threat of a license suspension is the answer to help curb this bad and unsafe behavior!

"FREE" Family Movie night Friday, July 22 at Rothfuss Park-join your friends and neighbors for a family movie night under the starts for "The Karate Kid" Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a snack. The movie will start at dusk, approximately 8:30 PM.

The next passport night in Penfield is Thursday, August 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the auditorium. This very popular program, sponsored by Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Penfield Town Clerk Amy Steklof, gives our residents the convenience of filling out applications, having pictures taken and speaking with the experts on what needs to be done to issue a new passport or update an existing one.

The Penfield 100 Mile Walking Program update...this program began June 6 and runs through September 30 with more than 200 residents and Town staff participating. Since this program started, I have logged more than 80 miles. It is never too late to start; pedometers and log sheets are still available at the Recreation Department. Once you log 100 miles submit your log back to the Recreation Department and you will receive an exclusive members only T-shirt! What are you waiting for? Take you first step today.

I hope to see you out and about in the community!




July 12, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of July 11
News flash...The Penfield Public Library's "hold" convenience fee will be increasing to $1.00 beginning September 1, 2011. You can lock in today's rate of $.50 per "hold" with their Forever Hold cards, on sale July 1 through August 31, 2011. For $5.00, you receive a card good for 10 holds redeemable only at the Penfield Public Library. They never expire. For more information, call the library at 340-8720 or ask at the information desk while you're visiting. I recently purchased several cards for my family, they make great gifts. While we cannot always control the cost of inflation, the Penfield Library's innovation with the development of the Forever Hold card is another reason why they are noted as the top library within Monroe County!

It has been brought to my attention that the Faith Child Care & Nursery School, located at 2576 Browncroft Blvd., is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, from July 20-24, they will be installing a Planet Earth Playscape which will be the first in Monroe County. These Playscapes are safer designed playgrounds built around natural elements and incorporate music, building, art, gardens and nature. Faith Child Care & Nursery School is looking for 35 community volunteers each of these days to assist in the building of the new Playscape. For more details or to volunteer, please call the school at 385-2360 or email

Over the last several weeks our Highway Department has been working on the annual surface treatment (oil/stone) of more than 13 miles of Town-owned roads. Our goal is to treat approximately 10% of the local road mileage each year. The oil of oil/stone seals the asphalt surface and fills the cracks similar to what is done when we seal our driveways. The stone is applied to add a "wear course" and allow immediate access to the road. Town street sweepers will follow the process after a few days to clean up loose stone. If your street was on our list we apologize for the temporary inconvenience; if your street was not on the list, we will see you sometime over the next ten years!

I would like to recognize all the members of the Town of Penfield staff that worked so hard to ensure the Independence Day celebration was a big success for the entire community. Starting with the parade right through to the fireworks, I continue to be impressed with their energy, dedication and attention to detail...on behalf of the entire community, thank you team for making the 2011 celebration a hit for everyone involved.

I would also like to take a minute to recognize the men and women of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) and the New York State Police (NYSP) that service the community of Penfield. I typically only hear from residents when they do not believe they are getting the service or support for speed and traffic control in their neighborhoods. I have a weekly opportunity to speak with the deputies and troopers that support Penfield, and I can tell you that their commitment to controlling crime, managing traffic concerns and issues, and providing safety checks throughout Penfield is second to none. Like many public and private businesses these days, resources are stretched to the limit, and I am thankful for what they do day in and day out to keep our community safe.

The Penfield Amphitheater special events get kicked into high gear during July, so mark those calendars for a fun evening of wonderful music and entertainment:
-Thursday July 14 - Dinner Dogs - 7PM
-Monday July 18 - Penfield POPS Band - 7PM
-Tuesday July 19 - The Brad Batz Group - 7PM
-Thursday July 21 - Allen Hopkins and the Canal Crew - 7PM
-Saturday July 23 - Ruby Shooz - 7PM
-Tuesday July 26 - The Jim Doser Group - 7PM
-Thursday July 28 - Boomerang club - 7PM
-Saturday July 30 - Gap Mangione and his Big Band - 7PM

Our Town employee Wellness Committee reminds us that July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. To learn more please log on at .

Until next week, be well and be safe!



July 5, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of July 4

It has been brought to my attention that Davey Schaum-Bartocci of Penfield was the first place winner of the "Stock-East Division" sponsored by the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby. Davey was contending for another chance to attend the World Championships in Akron, Ohio which will be held on July 23. Second place was not good enough to qualify, he had to be the local champ to be eligible, and Davey won every race in all the brackets. Davey is very honored and proud to be sponsored by the American Legion Cottreal Division of Webster and his car displays the American Legion logo. For more information about the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby, please log onto  . Congratulations Davey on your local win and good luck in Ohio!

The 2012 Town Budget process has begun with the submission of the proposed budgets by all the department heads. I will next sit with the comptroller and each department to review the data to begin to shape the "tentative" budget which I will present to the town board on September 7. The board will then take the next month to review expenditures and revenues proposed and make adjustments to ready the budget for a public hearing on October 5. The 2012 budget is scheduled to be adopted by October 19. Over the next several months I will give you regular updates as to how things are shaping up, the impact on the budget from trickle down costs that will be levied by New York State and any other major changes.

I have been reviewing the legislation passed by New York State on the property tax cap and mandate relief with cautious optimism. This is something that has been discussed for decades; however, nothing has really materialized. The devil is always in the details so you many understand my cynicism until all the pieces come together and are understood. If it is as good as the media and the State communicators lead you to believe, it will be a welcome improvement to local government for our future budgets! If not, it will be yet another Albany smoke and mirrors magic show. My measures are very simple and fundamental: Does the plan reduce costs coming to the municipalities from the State thus helping us to reduce costs to the taxpayers? Does it assist in cutting overall spending? Does it encourage businesses to come and stay in New York? Time will tell!

The NYS Department of Transportation recently held a public information meeting to review the Rt. 441 resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation project from Dublin Road east to the county line. Approximately 50 residents attended to review plans in an open house setting and to hear a formal presentation by the design engineers. There certainly were more questions then answers in this preliminary design phase. Residents were encouraged to take a comment sheet with them and return it by July 15. We have posted this comment sheet on our website under "quick links" on the home page if you would like to offer up any thoughts or comments. It was agreed that future public information meetings would be held on this subject. As we become aware of those meetings, we will share on PCTV channel 12 and on the website at

I would like to close my column this week by recognizing a town employee who I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with for more then three decades- that person is Laura Cheney. Laura recently retired as our Assistant Recreation Director after providing 32 years of dedicated service to our great community of Penfield. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our entire staff and all of the residents of Penfield to thank Laura for every person she has touched in such a positive way over the years. You will be missed but never forgotten. Best wishes on a long, healthy, and well deserved retirement...thank you for your service!

I look forward to seeing you out and about in the Town.




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