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November 29, 2011
Daniel Penfield Sculpture Arrives in Four Corners

A statue of the Town of Penfield's founder, Daniel Penfield, has been installed in Schaufelberger Park in the historic Four Corners near the intersection of Five Mile Line Road and Route 441. Sculptor Don Sottile was commissioned to create the larger-than-life bronze sculpture as part of Penfield's Bicentennial Celebration in 2010. Sottile is a well-regarded regional artist known for his public works including two famous sculptures of Abraham Lincoln. The statue was financed through various fundraisers, including sponsorships of personalized bricks that form a path around the statue.

The installation features Daniel Penfield standing alongside a granite millstone as a symbol of the milling industry and settlement he fostered along the waterfalls of Irondequoit Creek. The burgeoning community was ultimately established as the Town of Penfield in 1810. A bench for reflection, donated by the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, accompanies the sculpture.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain commented, "Daniel Penfield is finally in place in our Four Corners. The sculpture was scheduled for installation many months ago, but soil testing by Exxon Mobil, a former supplier for the Schaufelberger auto and service station operation, delayed us while remediation played out. Luckily our mild fall season made it possible for the installation to carry on. We are happy to share Daniel Penfield with the very community that made this significant project possible."

A public dedication of the sculpture will be held at a yet to be determined future date.

About the artist
Don Sottile lives and works in Penn Yan, New York. He was formally educated as an art teacher at State University College at Buffalo, with majors in sculpture and painting and advanced studies in Italy at the University of Siena and the Scuola Dell'Arte, Italy. Sottile left teaching to pursue a career in custom furniture design and manufacture and in 1977 took a position with Wendell Castle that lasted twenty three years.


November 28, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 11/28

As everyone is gearing up for the holiday season and thinking about shopping and gifts for family and friends, I am reminded of several reasons to shop and buy locally; it is an investment in our great community, it helps create jobs, it supports community non-profit organizations, uses less gas thus reducing environmental impact, and you get better service from local businesses. A healthy business makes for a healthy community...consider supporting our Penfield businesses this holiday season.

Over the next several weeks I will share some tips from EAP of Rochester on how to beat holiday stress. First, "don't lose the meaning." If consumerism has you down, check out for a while with inspirational literature and reconnect with what makes the holidays special and important. Next, "get on the same page with family." Come to a consensus on what activities are most important and cut out the extras that add work and scheduling pressure. Lastly, "take a time out." Indulge in things you stopped doing because you just don't have time anymore, like a long lunch or a night out with friends.

While we have had a wonderful run of mild weather, winter is just around the corner. Each year we hear of a person or family impacted by carbon monoxide which can be deadly. Here are a few tips for this heating season. Consider having a professional check your heating systems, chimneys, flues and vents once a year. Use CO detectors and understand and follow manufacturer's instructions when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters and emergency generators. Never use a gas stove, oven or charcoal grill as an indoor heat source. Anyone who suspects a carbon monoxide problem should get up, get out and call 911.

The Assessor's Office reminds me that they have begun to mail "enhanced STAR and senior citizen exemption renewals" for the 2012 assessment roll. The letter details what income information you need to bring with you to the Assessor's Office along with your renewal form. This information is due back to the Assessor's Office no later than March 1, 2012. All other exemption renewals will be mailed in early December for the March 1 closing date. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Assessor's Office at 340-8610 or log on at www.penfield.org, click on ‘departments' then on ‘Assessor's Office.'

As I have driven around the town over the last week, I note that many homeowners are piling leaves in the gutters and on the catch basins, a practice that creates drainage problems for homeowners and neighbors. Please be sensitive to this situation and drainage consequences from heavy rains and melting snow.

If you are reading this column before Friday, December 2 at 5:30 PM, it is not too late to enjoy the "all you can eat" pancake and sausage dinner. Don't cook or call for take-out-come and enjoy the fun at the Community Center for dinner, music and more!

The Penfield Recreation Department will start accepting lodge and shelter reservations for 2012 on Thursday, December 1 at 10:30 AM in person and online (please note they will not accept phone reservations). Our lodges and shelters are very popular, so make your reservations early so you are not disappointed.

Important dates and events in history: December 4, 1619 - The first Thanksgiving is celebrated.

For December, www.nyrecycles.org reminds us...Merry Reuse and Happy Recycling! Have a green holiday!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


November 21, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 11/21

I would like to begin this column by wishing all of our residents a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. College students will start returning home for their family's favorite dishes, plans will be made for shopping on "Black Friday," there will be plenty of football to watch and hopefully many reasons to be thankful. On behalf of your entire Town Board...Happy Thanksgiving!

It's time to make your plans for the town's annual holiday event and "Santa's All You Can Eat Pancake Dinner" on Friday, December 2 from 6 to 8 PM (please note that the pancake dinner will start at 5:30 PM). There will be plenty of free activities including crafts and games, visitors from the North Pole, pictures with Santa, and music by Mike Kornrich. Tickets are required for the pancake dinner only and can be purchased by calling 340-8655. Ticket prices are $4 per person or $10 per family of four or more. Prices increase $2 the day of the event. Children under 3 are free.

Grossmans Garden & Home will be partnering for its second year with the "Trees for Troops" program sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx Corporation. Grossmans Garden & Home is the only retailer in Monroe County to host a FedEx trailer on-site for "Trees for Troops" weekend. To participate in this wonderful event, go to Grossmans on December 3 and 4 to choose and purchase a fresh cut Frasier Fir tree for a local military family. FedEx will deliver the trees to local bases for military families so they may choose and enjoy a tree for the holidays. If you have any questions or comments, contact Frances at frances@grossmans.com .

Last week I taped a community presentation on the Emerald Ash Borer featuring Walt Nelson, Chief Horticulturist of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and experts from Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care. As you may be aware, there is evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Penfield community. The purpose of this community presentation is to help residents recognize and respond to the problem on their own properties. This program will be available online at www.penfield.org for the next six months for your reference.

Another important reminder from your Highway Department: New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and New York State Highway Law prohibit depositing any snow upon the highway or its shoulders. This includes pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac. Many neighbors complain about this during the winter months. The Monroe County Sheriff Deputies will issue tickets if this occurs. Plow contractors must push the snow only onto a customer's own property.

The town's Wellness Committee reminds me that the average American will gain four to six pounds during the holiday season! As a person's weight and waistline increases, so can their chances of developing many health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Before your next holiday get together, take a moment to review these simple strategies to stay on track for a healthy holiday. Consider bringing or preparing a healthy dish (veggies, low fat dip, hummus and wheat pita); do not go to dinner hungry, have a healthy snack before-hand, drink water throughout the day and with meals, and feel free to try lots of your favorites-but take smaller portions of each.

The Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) is a proponent of "New York Recycles!" and is committed to recycling and buying recycled in New York State. You too can promote New York Recycles! by holding an event in your business, school or organization. Consider checking out the website www.nyrecycles.org.

Until next week...enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

340-8631

 


November 17, 2011
Be Wary of Carbon Monoxide - It Can Be Deadly
NYSEG and RG&E Urge Customers to Be Wary
of Carbon Monoxide - It Can Be Deadly

Rochester, NY - Following an expected seasonal increase in carbon monoxide (CO) incidents across the NYSEG and RG&E service areas, the companies urge customers to:

• Have a professional check their heating systems and chimneys, flues and vents once a year.

• Use CO detectors. (CO detectors are now required by state law in most residences.)

• Read, understand and follow manufacturer's instructions when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters or fireplaces, and emergency generators, which never should be used indoors.

• Never use a natural gas stove, oven or charcoal grill as an indoor heat source.

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms, including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea and loss of muscle control. Prolonged exposure to CO can lead to serious illness and even death.

CO is produced by incomplete combustion from boilers, furnaces, water heaters, gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and natural gas ranges. The incomplete combustion of charcoal, oil, wood or propane can also produce CO, which can build up in enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces and poorly ventilated areas and create a dangerous situation.

Anyone who suspects a carbon monoxide problem should get up, get out and call 911. NYSEG customers may also call 1.800.572.1121; RG&E customers may call 1.800.743.1702.


For more information on CO, read "Carbon Monoxide Prevention" at:
http://bit.ly/vHl7m4  (NYSEG)
http://bit.ly/soBpqW  (RG&E)

For more information on generator safety, read "Emergency Generator Safety" at:
http://bit.ly/pSulQw  (NYSEG)
http://bit.ly/tQtfVw  (RG&E)


November 15, 2011
Santa's All You Can Eat Pancake Dinner: Tickets Available
Penfield Recreation will hold its annual holiday activities on Friday, December 2 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This event will also include Santa's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Dinner.

Penfield families are invited to enjoy free Christmas-themed crafts and games, special visitors from the North Pole, pictures with Santa, and a musical performance by Mike Kornrich.

Santa's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm. Advanced tickets are now on sale for $4 per person or $10 per family of four or more; children 3 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or by calling (585) 340-8655. Tickets will also be available at the door for $6 per person or $12 per family of four or more. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Penfield Recreation's Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) Programming.

Tickets are only required for Pancake Dinner; all other events are free and open to Penfield residents. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.


November 14, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 11/14

The 2011 elections are over and in the history books; my congratulations to all the candidates that ran for various offices at the town and county level, your commitment to serve the residents of Penfield and the community of Monroe does not go unnoticed. Also, the "election black-out period" for the supervisor's column in the Penfield Post has ended and my column will once again be a regular weekly feature, highlighting all the great things going on in and around Penfield.

A reminder...I am always soliciting topics for this column. If you have an item of interest you would like me to address, please drop me a note at supervisor@penfield.org  or give a call to 340-8631. I look forward to hearing from you!

On Election Day the mobile DMV in Penfield was canceled because the Town Hall auditorium is a polling location. I am happy to report the weekly mobile DMV service has resumed its normal schedule of Tuesdays in Penfield from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. This is a popular service enjoyed by residents of Monroe County. I look forward to seeing you when you stop in.

As you may recall, we dedicated a 9/11 memorial in September in observance of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorists attacks on our country. Since that time, Boy Scout John Siniscalco from Troop 260 met with the town's Parks & Facilities staff to plan his Eagle Scout project to install a reflection area to enhance this wonderful memorial. John laid out the project with the assistance of scout leaders, the town and many of his fellow scouts. This reflection area features a paver patio integrated with large stones and landscaping. A bench will soon be added to complete the installation. I would like to recognize John on behalf of the entire Penfield community for taking a special memorial and making it yet another jewel within the town. Thanks John, you did a great job!

With the recent spell of warm weather, no one wants to think or talk about winter parking rules and snow removal; however, snow is just around the corner and I want to make sure all our residents are aware of a few important items. First, snow plow rules are in effect November 15 to April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM so highway crews can safely and effectively maintain roads. Next, plows and resident mailboxes are sometimes a hot topic in the cold winter months. Regrettably, in extreme winter conditions, mailboxes can be damaged during snow removal events because they are installed close to the road in the highway right-of-way as a courtesy to the US Postal Service. In most cases, damage to mailboxes is a result of the force of snow coming off a plow's blade rather than from taking a direct hit from a plow blade. Snow related damage is dependent on weather conditions, amount of snowfall and the weight of the snow. If you have any questions or need to report any damage, please contact the Highway Department at 340-8710. I would like to thank our Highway and Parks & Facilities Departments in advance for keeping our roadways, parking lots and sidewalks safe for all our residents. Lastly, stopping distances increase as road surfaces cool down. Please clear all snow from your vehicle including headlights and tail lights, always drive the speed limit and allow for extra braking distance.

The Penfield Heritage Association recently held a Penfield Civil War history lecture entitled "Stories of Penfield Civil War Soldiers." Town Historian Kathy Kanauer provided those attending with stories found in her research of Penfield's Civil War soldiers. This program was recorded by our own PCTV team and will be available for viewing on our website at www.penfield.org . See our homepage for all the town's latest videos.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Crimestoppers, I have been asked about the outcome of the recent telethon in support of this important community program. I am happy to report we raised more than $20,000 to help sustain Crimestoppers' ongoing efforts to reduce crime across Monroe County. If you would like to learn more about how these resources will be used log on to www.roccrimestoppers.com .

Until next week, enjoy the last of our mild weather!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 


November 10, 2011
Emerald Ash Borer Community Presentation 11/16

The Town of Penfield, Chief Horticulturist Walt Nelson of the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Ext. and experts from Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care will present an information session on evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Penfield community to help residents recognize and respond to the problem on their own properties. All are welcome.

WHO: Town of Penfield; Walt Nelson, Chief Horticulturist, Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Ext.; experts from Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care

Walter Nelson is a Horticulturist and the Agriculture Issue Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, NY. His three decades of experience include teaching numerous courses on organic lawn and tree care; co-leader of a multiple year research and demonstration project on the use of organic amendments for athletic fields; and development of IPM Elements for Sod, Lawns, and Sports Turf.

WHAT: Information session on Emerald Ash Borer appearance in town of Penfield to help residents recognize and respond to the problem. ALL ARE WELCOME.

WHEN: Wed., Nov 16, 6:30 PM, prior to Penfield Town Board meeting

WHERE: Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Ave in Penfield, 14526; broadcast LIVE on Penfield Government Access TV and streamed at www.penfieldTV.org  

 


November 8, 2011
Winter Parking, Safety and Snow Removal Reminders
The Town of Penfield Highway Department is preparing for winter before the snow flies. Crews are hot-patching roads and readying trucks with plows and computer-controlled salt distribution equipment that efficiently manages salt application for an optimum balance of public safety and material management.

The Highway Department would like to remind residents that snow plow rules are in effect November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM to allow highway crews to safely and effectively maintain roads.

Plows and resident mailboxes are sometimes a hot topic in the cold winter months. Regrettably, in extreme winter conditions, mailboxes can be damaged during snow removal because they are installed close to the road in the highway right-of-way as a courtesy to the US Postal Service. In most cases, damage to mailboxes is a result of the force of snow coming off a plow's blade rather than from taking a direct a hit from a plow blade. Snow-related damage is dependent on weather conditions, amount of snowfall, and the weight of snow.

At times a town or private contractor's plow will accidentally hit and damage a mailbox. This is an unfortunate consequence of snow removal with heavy equipment in challenging weather conditions. If a mailbox is pushed over and has no impact marks, it was probably knocked over by the weight of snow from a plow blade. If the mailbox or post shows evidence of an impact, it may have been struck by a town or private contractor plow blade, or even a passing vehicle. The angle at which a mailbox has fallen can help to determine the source of damage.

If a Town of Penfield plow directly hits and damages a mailbox, the town will replace the mailbox with a standard-issue black or silver metal box and a single 4x4 post. Residents should call the Highway Department at 340-8710 if this happens. If a mailbox is damaged from snow coming off a plow blade, the town will not replace the mailbox. Residents should learn private contractor policies on property damage before the plowing season begins.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain stated, "When the snow does come--and it surely will--please allow for extra drive time. Clear all snow from your vehicle including headlights and tail lights and give plow operators plenty of room to do their job. I've ridden shotgun in a plow, and I can tell you cars are not always visible; drivers will not win a race against a plow if they make risky moves. We want everyone to be safe on our roads."

Another important reminder from the Highway Department: New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and New York State Highway Law prohibit depositing any snow upon the highway or its shoulders. This includes pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac. Many neighbors complain about this during the winter months. Monroe County Sheriff Deputies will issue tickets if this occurs. Plow contractors must push the snow only onto a customer's own property.

Penfield Highway Department (Mon-Thur 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM) 585.340.8710

 


November 7, 2011
Helicopters to Inspect Natural Gas Transmission Rights of Way
NYSEG and RG&E to Use Helicopters to Inspect Natural Gas Transmission Rights of Way

Rochester, NY - Area residents shouldn't be alarmed if they see helicopters flying low over natural gas transmission pipeline rights of way this week.

Both NYSEG and RG&E will inspect natural gas transmission rights of way in the Norwich, Oneonta, Geneva, Lockport and Rochester regions by helicopter from today through Thursday, weather permitting. Air inspection of natural gas rights of way enables the companies to spot and correct vegetation or encroachment issues that may hinder access to maintenance and repair crews.

"We invest considerable time and resources to ensure that our customers enjoy safe, uninterrupted service," said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. "A helicopter provides an excellent vantage point and makes inspecting the rights of way quick and efficient."


November 7, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 11/7

We have recently turned the clocks back; although I know you have probably heard this several times, it is important to me to remind everyone to replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Unfortunately, every year we hear about individuals or families that were injured -- or worse. The cost and effort is very small compared to the potential consequences of ignoring this simple task. Do not put this important life-saving chore off!

"Strictly Murder" opened this past weekend as part of the Penfield Players 47th season. Early reports say this is another wonderful performance by all the members of the cast. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. and sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, this Hitchcock-style mystery of bluff and double-bluff will keep you guessing right up to its thrilling, suspenseful final moments. Tickets for the November 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 performances are available by phoning 340-8655 or logging on to www.penfieldplayers.org .

The Penfield Employee Wellness Committee wants me to remind all of our residents that November is American Diabetes Month. In the United States, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk of developing type II diabetes. You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting type II diabetes by eating healthy, watching your weight, being active, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. The good news is that small steps to prevent diabetes can lead to big rewards. Start today with these small steps: take the stairs instead of the elevator; make a healthy snack like fat free yogurt and fresh berries; try a healthy recipe for dinner.

If you have received your yearly flu shot, congratulations! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says this is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. If you have not received your flu shot, please consider doing so in the coming weeks.

It is hard to believe that we are starting to think about the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday Seasons. I like to remind all our residents to please consider supporting Penfield businesses when you are looking for gifts. As I have said many times -- healthy businesses make for a healthy community. Many of our businesses are using social media to support you and connect with you. If you use social media please take a look at Penfield businesses. Lastly, please consider materials that are made in the United States versus offshore. Supporting the USA pays dividends for all of us.

We are getting close to the last of the leaves falling. Please make sure that leaves are not piled in and around gutters or catch basins. We want to minimize water backup and flooding. Thank you for assisting us on this annual chore.


The County of Monroe and Waste Management of NY have formed an innovative partnership that provides county residents with a one-stop drop-off to dispose of or recycle certain items. Ecopark is a drop off facility located at 10 Avion Drive, south of the airport. Regular collections are Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 AM to 1 PM. Ecopark will accept e-waste, scrap metal, clothing, curbside recyclables and more. Additionally, there will be special collections several times during the month to accept household hazardous waste, unwanted medicines, refrigerant-containing appliances and tires. For more information on Eco park, please log on at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark .

Important dates and events in History: November 11, 1918 - The Allied and Central Powers sign an Armistice, ending World War I, now celebrated as Veterans Day. All Town of Penfield Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observation of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day...the United States ranks last among industrialized nations in terms of participation by the people. Voter turnout averages less than 38% of the eligible citizens. Despite years of work by voter advocacy groups, turnout remains low in important non-presidential elections. Freedom comes with responsibility, and only the people can be responsible for fixing things in their own government. The solution is very simple, we must start to acknowledge the correlation between widespread lack of participation and the rise of dysfunctional government. Everyone's vote counts and I would encourage all of us to exercise that right and vote in every election!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 




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