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August 29, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of Aug 29

Update on budget I work to put the framework of the "Tentative Budget" together for presentation to the Town Board on Wednesday, September 7, we just received notice from New York State that the original projections given to us for the NYS pension plan were under-estimated from the projected 15% we were using for the 2012 budget. Instead, the estimate could be as much as an 18.5% increase for 2012. I have requested all of our departments to tighten up their original 2012 budget projections to help absorb this latest mandate. Local government continues to be sensitive to costs for our residents; however, the trickle-down cost of government from NYS and federal levels will bankrupt us all if left unchecked. My commitment to you and our Town Board is to present a fiscally responsible 2012 budget that manages the size and cost of your local government.

The Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee continues to meet regularly to look for ways to recycle, up-cycle, reduce and reuse. The fall drop-off is scheduled for Thursday, October 13-Saturday, October 15 at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. Prior to this annual event, the town will host another electronics recycling event on Saturday, October 8 at the same location to allow residents to dispose of computers, monitors, printers, TVs and much more. And on Saturday, October 1 you can drop off used bicycles at the Penfield Community Center to support a joint project of Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation to donate bikes to R Community Bikes, Inc. These bikes will be repaired and distributed to Rochester's needy children and adults.

Penfield Recreation is beginning a new program this fall called "Daytime Education at Recreation" (DEAR). This is a brand new program at the Community Center for adults. For as little as $5 a class you can go back to school recreationally! Topics include history, writing, travel, spirituality, philosophy, world cultures and film study. The nice part of this program is there are no tests or homework, just the sharing of knowledge. Check out this program and hundreds of others in the fall 2011 PenRec recreation brochure that just hit your mail box or log in at  to view all these programs on-line. Also, consider joining us at the Community Center on September 21 any time between 10 AM and 2 PM for a kick-off party and picnic for DEAR. Meet new instructors, partake in free short lectures/classes, observe pickle ball demonstrations and afternoon tea. Entertainment will be provided by the "Group Therapy Blue Grass Band." Lunch is available for $3 to include hots, baked beans, macaroni salad and a beverage. I hope to see you there!

The annual used book sale, presented by the Friends of Penfield Public Library, will be held Wednesday, September 14 to Saturday, September 17. Pre-sale for members of the Friends of the Penfield Library will be held Tuesday, September 13 from 2-9 PM. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. Sensational bargains to be had...hardcovers: $1.00, paperbacks: $.50, choose from more than 95,000 books sorted in 50 categories. Audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, records, games and puzzles are also available. Stop by and spend some time walking the aisles there will be plenty of great buys for the whole family!

Andrew E. Strawhand, Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 820, has been in contact with the Town to place a new flagpole and plaque at Rothfuss Park on Five Mile Line Road. VFW Post 820 has been a wonderful partner with the Town of Penfield to ensure that we keep nation's most widely recognized symbol, the flag of the United States, proudly displayed within our community. The flag is a powerful symbol of Americanism and is proudly flown across our great community of Penfield. On behalf of the all our residents, thank you to VFW Post 820 and Commander Strawhand on their very generous donation.

Until next week, be well and be safe!






August 26, 2011
Observance of 10-Year Anniversary of September 11th

The public is invited to participate in events to observe the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation. Remembrance events for Sunday, September 11 are scheduled in a sequence that will allow participants to choose to attend any or all portions of the observation.

First, at 1:00 PM, the Town of Penfield will dedicate a new memorial flag pole bearing the American flag and a 9/11 National Remembrance Flag at the Jackson Road entrance to Veterans' Memorial Park near the Dolomite Lodge. The memorial is dedicated to "those we lost, those who served, and those who carry on."

Following the flag pole dedication an ecumenical service will be held at the Amphitheater within Veterans' Memorial Park at 1:30 PM. The inter-denominational service will include participants from St. Joseph's, Penfield United Methodist, Penfield First Baptist, Penfield Wesleyan, Rochester Christian Reformed Church, and Church of the Incarnation (Penfield Episcopal).

Immediately following the service, at approximately 2:15 PM, the faith community will lead a CROP walk along the trails of the park. The CROP walk is a Church World Service global fundraiser to support organizations that provide food to the needy; 33 percent of funds raised remain in the community to support local families. Walkers raise funds through sponsorship. Those interested in participating in the walk can either get a registration kit from church organizers or sponsor a walker. Learn more about CROP Walk at .

In keeping with a national effort to make the tenth anniversary of 9/11 a day of service, participants are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Collections bins will be on-site at the flag memorial and amphitheater.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain stated, "It's important that this day be both a solemn remembrance and a day of service to re-connect Americans with the profound sense of community our nation experienced ten years ago. Our flag memorial and ongoing support of our Penfield Food Shelf are examples of those qualities."

Ample parking is available in Veterans' Memorial Park near the sports fields east of the Dolomite Lodge, near the tennis courts (mid-way between the flag ceremony and interfaith service) and at the amphitheater.

1:00 PM Memorial flag pole dedication at Dolomite Lodge entrance to Veterans' Memorial Park (about 15 minutes)

1:30 PM Interfaith service at Amphitheater (till about 2:15)

Start approx. 2:15-2:30 CROP walk around Veterans' Memorial Park immediately following service till complete



August 26, 2011
Penfield Library Used Book Sale Sep 13-17

SEPTEMBER 13-17, 2011




WHO: Friends of the Penfield Public Library

WHAT: 35th annual used book sale to benefit the Penfield Public Library

Tue 9/13 Members Only Pre-Sale (join at door $5.00)
Fri 9/16 Half Price Day
Sat 9/17 $3 per bag sale, special books half price

WHEN: September 13-17

Tue 9/13 2 PM - 9 PM (Members only, join at door $5.00)
Wed 9/14 10 AM - 9 PM
Thurs 9/15 10 AM - 9 PM
Fri 9/16 10 AM - 6PM
Sat 9/17 9 AM - 2 PM

WHERE: Penfield Community Center,
1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526

CONTACT: Peggy O'Neil, Penfield Library, 340-8720, ext.4020
Phyllis Ely, Town of Penfield Communications,
Penfield Library general info 585.340.8720

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August 22, 2011
Supervisor's column week of Aug 22

This will be my last column to appear in the Penfield Post for the next 10 weeks in respect of the upcoming election black-out period in order to ensure no one political party is receiving an advantage or disadvantage between now and Election Day. I look forward to this column resuming with the November 10 edition. This column will continue to be available on the Penfield website at .

Last Saturday more than 100 relatives, friends and residents of the town came together for the Sherwood Fields Park opening and dedication, as well as the dedication of the Don Cranson Memorial Bridge. Cathy Fisler and Sue Froh, daughters of Robert and Polly Sherwood, the former owners of the property were on hand to see this beautiful 82 acres of meadows, forest, wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system be opened for all of our community to enjoy for generations to come. The Cranson Bridge connects two unique areas of the park across the Commission Ditch and serves as an icon of a man, like the Sherwood Family, committed to wildlife and the environment. I would encourage all of our residents to visit this newest park located off Penfield Road (Rt. 441) just east of Harris Road. The entrance is the same driveway as Penfield Fire Station No. 3, so follow the signs to the Sherwood Fields parking lot, and enjoy!

During the year I have the opportunity to meet with Superintendents John Carlevatti from the Penfield Central School District and Adele Bovard from the Webster Central School District and their respective teams. We discuss common school/town issues that may come up during the school year relating to traffic, use of facilities, and more. We believe it is important to have a strong working relationship to assist our residents, and we will continue to keep communications open and regular.

I would like to take a moment to recognize Jim Ferguson, a foreman within our Highway Department for the last 31-plus years. Jim started as a laborer and worked his way up to one of our working foremen. During his career he has touched most every one of our residents' lives through snow and ice control, drainage improvements, road construction, ice storms and spring/fall drop-off programs. Jim will be retiring on Aug. 25 and will be enjoying the next chapter of his life with his family and spending time on all of his interests and hobbies. Jim, thank you for your dedicated service to the Town of Penfield and all of our residents, you will be missed.

The 2012 budget process is well underway. I will be presenting the "tentative budget" to the town board on Sept. 7. Consistent with the interest of the Town Board and in light of the very difficult economic times we all face, I will be looking to reduce the size of our local government and to absorb to the best of our ability the unfunded mandates that continue to drive up the cost of government. We continue to be faced with double-digit increases in New York State retirement and workers compensation costs; the rising cost of health care; and materials (gas, diesel, salt, asphalt). Our goal will be to continue all essential services for 2012 and beyond. Over the next eight weeks I will have a weekly update on the budget process until the budget is adopted on Oct. 19. Please follow these updates on our website.

The Town will observe the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 at Veterans' Memorial Park. This will include a dedication of a new memorial flag pole, a town and faith community remembrance ceremony, and a CROP walk along the trails of the park. More details and information are coming soon to the Penfield website and this paper.

Important dates and events in history: Aug. 25, 1916 - The United States National Park Services is established; Aug. 26, 1920 - The 19th Amendment is added to the Constitution, which is Women's Right to Vote.

I look forward to seeing you out in the community, please stop and say hello.



August 16, 2011
Penfield Players to Hold Auditions for Strictly Murder
The Penfield Players announces auditions for this fall's thriller Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 PM in Court Room A at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.
Actors will read from the script. There are roles for three men and two women ages 25 to 60. Production staff volunteers are also welcome.
Please direct questions to President Jeff Moon at Come be a part of this "whydunnit" that opens our 47th season with a bang. Performances will be held November 4-19, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.
Visit our website,, for more information.


August 15, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of Aug 15

I had the honor of attending the eighth annual Terri Schmitt Legislative Reception at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. Terri worked tirelessly to make eradication of breast cancer a priority; she lost her battle in April 2002. The Breast Cancer Coalition's mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. As a son, husband, father of daughters and grandfather of grand-daughters, this is a very important subject in our households. Please take time to understand the work this group does for our Rochester and Monroe County Community. For more educational information and details of services provided by this wonderful group, please log at .

While we are on this very important subject, I was invited to attend a Congressional Cancer Summit last week in Syracuse sponsored by Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle and Gary Mervis, chairman and founder of Camp Good Days & Special Times. While I was unable to participate, I do know many local people that did attend this summit that is part of an important initiative: "Cancer Mission 2020." The goal of this initiative is to bring together leaders in government, health care, cancer patient groups and other fields to discuss and plan how they can be part of a larger movement to cure and end cancer by the end of the decade. More information will be forthcoming on this initiative over the next several months.

Many of us may have seen the story of the Penfield Little League parent who captured the "Hall of Fame Photo" which will be part of the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Jeff Griggs snapped a shot of Yankee catcher AJ Bartucca and pitcher Tommy Baxter as their team won the championship. Congratulations to the entire Yankee team and to Jeff Griggs for capturing such a special moment that will be part of little league baseball history for generations. This is yet another example of Penfield residents making a difference at all levels.

I recently attended a "happy hour" at the Atria Senior Living facility that welcomed Michelle Kennison, Kristin Judd and their new Executive Director, Kari Cameron, to the Atria team. I am always impressed with the energy and programming that exists in our senior living facilities. Residents and their families are indeed fortunate to have a facility like Atria in our town. Congratulations to Executive Director Kari and her team, and thank you for all you do for the Penfield Community.

Over the last several weeks our community has lost a number of residents whose lives were deeply involved with the Penfield community on many, school, service organizations and more. On behalf of the entire community, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Mal Nulton, Margaret Urckfitz, John Turner and Bob Greco. Thank you for your service and dedication to this great Town of Penfield and for touching so many lives in a positive way, you will all be missed but never forgotten.

Keep an eye on your mail boxes-the 2011 Fall Edition of the Pen-Rec Brochure will be arriving within the week. This program brochure is filled with hundreds of opportunities for our youth, teens, adults, seniors, and families. Registration starts September 6th unless otherwise noted...enjoy!

Until next week, be well and be safe!




August 15, 2011
Red Cross Will Hold Blood Drive at Penfield Community Center
- Blood Levels Critically Low Across the Nation -

The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, August 25 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.
The American Red Cross has issued an appeal for blood donors of all types due to a critical blood shortage across our nation. Please schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-Red Cross or visit Anyone who donated on or before June 30 will be eligible to donate.

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a FREE box of six pieces of Chocolate Dipped Fruit from Edible Arrangements.

All presenting donors will be eligible to enter a daily raffle for a chance to win a $200 Staples Gift Card.

August 8, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of Aug 8

Last Friday saw the end of the Recreation Department's annual summer day camp program. More than 800 of our children and grandchildren participated in sports, art, games and countless fun activities. As I visited each of the sites I was impressed with the level of activity and the fun being had by campers and staff. The Town hires more than forty high school and college students to support this program. The caliber of camp counselors and directors is outstanding, and many of them work for the Town of Penfield for many years. This season was another successful effort and I would like to thank everyone involved for making this another fantastic year for the youth of our great community.

The amphitheater music series also wrapped up its 2011 season last week. All the events went off as planned and amazingly, there were no rain-outs. In fact, this was one of our best seasons from a program standpoint and attendance. I would like to thank all of our sponsors who supported this year's program at the Kiwanis Stage: Synergy, ECC Technologies, Tenco, Baker Commodities, Raymond F. Wager, CPA, Village Construction, MRB Group, Fitch Construction and Kiwanis. The close-out program for the 2011 special events series is "Tastin' the Blues" on Saturday, September 17, 12-4 PM. Stop by and enjoy the music, food and samplings. I have a new chili recipe that I have been working on called "The Supervisor's Crowd Pleaser." I look forward to sharing it with you...see you September 17th!

The Penfield Trails Committee has several hikes planned in the coming weeks. These free public hikes are a great way to see some of the hidden jewels within our community. Coming up are the Ellison Park Scenic Trek on August 13 at 9 AM and the Schaufelberger Park Scenic Trek on September 10 at 9 AM. Additionally, the Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary has several programs coming up that sound wonderful. August 12 at 8 PM is Perseid Meteor Shower Over the Swamp; August 20 at 10 AM is exploring ferns; September 9 at 7 PM is Cygnus Over the Swamp; and September 10 at 8 AM is Returning Migratory Birds. For meeting places and other details on these and other events please log on to  (go to boards, trails, public hike schedule)

It is never too early to plan for traffic delays and road construction. Starting Monday, August 8 our Highway Dept. crews will begin construction of sidewalks on Panorama Trail from Browncroft Blvd. to Farmbrook Drive. Also around the week of September 12, Panorama Trail South from Penfield Road to the Rt. 441 overpass will be reconstructed with new pavement. We ask that you drive carefully through these areas during construction to avoid injury to workers and damage to your vehicles. You may wish to look for an alternate route during this construction period.

Another reminder in case you have missed this or forgotten about it...if you have an older second refrigerator or freezer in your basement or garage that you no longer use or are running with little to nothing inside, you could be spending up to $150.00 a year on energy costs. As part of RG&E's energy efficiency programs, they will pick the unit up for FREE and give you $30.00. This is a deal too good to pass up. For free pickup, call 1-877-691-0021 or visit .

Important dates and events in history: August 12, 1898 - The United States and Spain signed an armistice, ending the Spanish-American War; August 14, 1945 - Japan surrendered "unofficially," ending World War II; and on August 15, 1914 - The Panama Canal opened for business.

Have a great week, enjoy the rest of the summer activities, and I hope to see you out in our great community!



August 1, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of Aug 1
This Saturday, August 6 consider donating your old bike to be repaired and distributed to the Rochester area's most needy children and adults. R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots 501(c) 3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles. In 2010 they gave away close to 2,500 bikes. The organization has exhausted its supply of bikes to be refurbished, and demand for 2011 is expected to be just as great. So, if you have an old bike or two in your garage or basement, please consider donating to RCB. The Penfield drop-off site will be at the Eastside Family YMCA, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road from 9 AM-1 PM. Not only will you make a child happy, you can reduce the clutter in your garage. This is a wonderful "up-cycling" opportunity!


I was recently reminded by RG&E that workers have begun to install new underground conduit and cable in several Penfield neighborhoods as part of infrastructure upgrades to ensure continued reliable service and overall safety. The areas include Beacon Hills Drive North and South, Willow Pond Way, Penicott Circle, Camberly Place, and New Wickham Drive. RG&E estimates all work will be completed by October 1, 2011. Residents in these areas may direct questions or concerns to the project engineer, Jim Smith, at 613-7983, extension 22.


The Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) toured the Monroe County Recycling Center for its July meeting. This was an amazing opportunity as we were able to spend time close to the actual operation. Tina Stevens, the Environmental Educator, did an outstanding job of highlighting the operation and sharing what each of us can do to help reduce the 900,000 tons of waste going to the landfills each and every day. The EEAC will continue to work with Monroe County to add more information and details to our websites at and on ways to better recycle and to reduce waste. Regardless of how well we all think we are doing to recycle, there is a lot more to be done.


I recently attended the Renewable Rochester grand opening, which featured The Power of the Sun, The Power of Technology. This renewable energy education center, located at 780 Ridge Road in Webster, identifies ways to save energy, reduce utility costs, and be environmentally friendly. Information included solar electric systems, home energy monitoring, wind energy systems, remote security, and LED lighting options. If you are in the area stop in and see what is available for residential, commercial and non-profit. You can also visit online at


It is not too late to get tickets for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a comedic melodrama set to music. Boo and hiss the villain, cheer the underdog, sing with the chorus-and best of all, choose the ending of every show. Advance adult tickets are $13 ($15 at the door); advance student/senior tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). This program will be performed at the Penfield High School auditorium August 11-13 at 7 PM.


On Saturday, August 13 the town board will officially open and dedicate Sherwood Park. This 82-acre passive recreation park located in east Penfield features meadows, forested and scrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system. In addition to opening the park, we will dedicate the Don Cranson Bridge. Don was a prominent hiking and wildlife advocate who loved this great town and our extensive trail and park systems. Through donations of family, friends and the Penfield Lion's Club, this bridge structure will be an integral part of Sherwood Park for many generations. Please consider joining the Penfield Town Board, the Cranson family and friends from the trails committee for the opening of the park and the dedication of the bridge. The program will begin at 12:00 PM.


Until next week, be well and be safe!






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