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December 30, 2011
2012 Town/County Tax Bills Mailed 12/30/11

The 2012 Town/County property tax bills were mailed out on December 30, 2011. Payments will be accepted beginning December 30, 2011 until February 10, 2012 without penalty of interest. The Town Hall Office will be CLOSED on Monday, January 2 for oberservance of New Years. A drop box is available however at the eastside enterance of the building, at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, for payments to be processed the following business day. Anyone that does not receive their property tax bill in the mail can call (585) 340-8626 or visit the Monroe County Website. (View and Print Tax Bills)

Tax Payments and Additional Information

December 26, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 12/26

Mike Cooper, Director of the Penfield Recreation Department, has announced his intentions to retire effective December 31. Mike has been with the Town of Penfield since July 1981. During that time, he has worked closely with staff, residents, school districts, and many community organizations in town and across the county for the betterment of recreation programs for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Mike has the wonderful ability to listen to customers and find ways to meet their needs. He is a dedicated professional with a passion for the health and wellness of all members of our great community. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and all town staff, we wish Mike all the best in his retirement and future endeavors...congratulations Mike and thank you for your dedicated service to the Town of Penfield.

The 2012 Winter/Spring Recreation Brochure should have hit your mail box over the past several days. Registration begins January 3 for all those great programs. Whether you or your family are looking for aquatic programs or library activities, general community events or fitness, health and wellness, there is a program for you. Please take time to review this brochure or log on to and click on ‘Parks and Recreation' and then choose ‘Programs'...enjoy!

In the spirit of recycling, the Highway Department will again recycle Christmas trees. Starting December 26, residents are welcome to drop trees off at the Highway Department, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be chipped to become part of the mulch provided to residents in the spring for general garden use.

The Penfield Town Board will be holding its 2012 organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:30 PM. At this meeting boards, committees and employees are appointed or re-appointed for the year; contracts are established for insurance and other goods and services purchased for the town; and membership in various organizations and banking and other financial agreements are approved. We always encourage residents to keep current with local government by attending town board meetings or by watching meetings live on TV at 7:30 PM (see  for details). Residents may also log on at  to watch streaming live video of all legislative sessions of the Town Board throughout the year.

The unusual stretch of mild weather has allowed Public Works crews an opportunity to accomplish more drainage improvements, walkway installation in parks, televising of storm and sanitary sewer mains and complete all required OSHA training for the year. This has been a very productive year; I would like to recognize and thank all members of the Highway, Sewer and Parks & Facilities departments for all their accomplishments that have positively impacted the quality of life of our community.

Some interesting facts from the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC): Paper comprises about 40 percent of our waste stream; one person uses approximately 580 pounds of paper annually; recycling paper and cardboard can save between 30 and 70 percent of the energy needed to produce paper from raw materials; recycling one ton of paper saves 380 gallons of oil; and recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees. As we approach the New Year, please consider taking your own recycling habits to a new high as one of your resolutions. For more information and tips on recycling, please log on to and click on "eco park" on the left column or at . A link is also on the homepage of .

As I wrap up my last column of 2011, I would be remiss if I did not thank all Penfield residents for your support over the year. It has been my honor to serve you and the Penfield community for the past two years as your supervisor, and I look forward to the start of my second term serving this great community. On behalf of the entire LaFountain family, we wish all of you a very safe, healthy and happy New Year!







December 20, 2011
Break Week Activities at Penfield Rec
Jazzy Cheer Dance

Looking for something for the kids to do to stay active over Christmas break? Jazzy Cheer Dance is the perfect thing! Three sessions of fun as we turn up the sound, get moving and put together some fun dance routines. Focus will be on fun, learning, and improving fundamental dance skills.

December 27, 28, & 29
9:30 – 11:30 am
Penfield Community Center
Grades K-6
Instructed by Danielle Staversky & PHS Dance Team members
Fee: $20.00

Splash Into Family Open Swim and Lap Swim

Come and play, swim, and exercise while enjoying our spacious pool divided to suit your needs; the shallow end with the 4 x 4 tot dock for the little ones, the deep end for water walking or play, and two lanes for lap swimmers. Swimmers who pass the deep end test can also enjoy the one-meter boards in the diving well.

December 27, 28, & 29
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Penfield High School Pool, 25 High School Dr.
$2.00 per person, pay at the door

December 20, 2011
Christmas Tree Recycling

The Town of Penfield offers Christmas tree recycling beginning December 26 at the Highway Department, 1607 Jackson Road. For your convenience, trees may be dropped off any day at any time. Look for the sign and posted drop off area and leave your tree on the pile. It's that easy!

December 19, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 12/19

Wow...what a wonderful outpouring of support from many of our town residents for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Over the last several weeks I have attempted to generate some additional donations of non-perishable food items and you rallied to the challenge. As you are reading this we will have taken in more than six cases of assorted fruits and vegetables and $500 to assist with holiday dinners. Penfield residents are so very caring and supportive of our community, I have the honor of seeing that each and every day of the week...thank you to everyone who participated, your generosity does make a difference in so many lives!

During my regular meeting with the Town Assessor this past week, I was informed that all exemption renewals have been mailed out to residents. While many of you have called or stopped in to the Assessor's Office to turn in information, I'm told returns have been slower than normal. Just a friendly reminder that enhanced STAR, senior citizen exemption renewals and any other exemptions are due back to the Assessor's Office no later than March 1, 2012. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Assessor's Office at 340-8610 or log on to , click on ‘Departments' on the left hand column then choose ‘Assessor's Office.' Please also note the Assessor's Office is located on the second floor of the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

I had the pleasure of attending the Kids Miracle Making Club's (KMMClub) annual breakfast with Santa with my two granddaughters last week; what a wonderful time -- and more importantly, what a wonderful organization. The KMMClub is a service learning organization that celebrates the powerful belief that all children are by nature curious, talented, special and unique. Club programs help child volunteers build self-confidence by providing opportunities to use their talents and self-awareness to enhance the lives of other kids-kids with physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive challenges. I was honored to accept a plaque from the club on behalf of the entire Town of Penfield for our continued support of club members. Steve Pellow is the President of KMMClub and is a benchmark within our great community for helping kids; thank you Steve for all you do with your programs. To learn more about this wonderful club and its activities log on to .

Here is the last week of tips from EAP of Rochester on how to beat holiday stress: "Ask for help" - if you are playing host, assign chores and duties to your spouse and children; "play to your strengths" - utilize what you have the most of...time, money, or creativity; "cut your costs" - give inexpensive but thoughtful gifts like home-baked goods or hand-made photo albums. Bundling several small items around a theme provides a low cost, personal touch. On behalf of the entire staff of the Town of Penfield, we want to wish all our residents Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and a very special Holiday Season.

This Monday (Dec 19) the Shepherd Home will hold its first annual "Wings of Light" luminaria event to light up one of the longest nights of the year in celebration of the angels in our lives. Luminaries (small bags holding sand and a candle) will be lit all at once to create a glowing nighttime holiday display on the grounds of the Shepherd Home. Every luminary is personalized to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one. All proceeds will benefit the residents and caring work of the Shepherd Home. To learn more about the Shepherd Home and the wonderful work they do in our community, log on at .

I would like to close this column by extending a special thank you to Creative Gardeners of Penfield members Loretta Biller, Donna Guthrie, Grace Strong and Gail Trabalzi for beautifully decorating the Penfield Town Hall rotunda with wreaths, garlands, ribbons and more. Your work has been enjoyed by employees and the many residents that visit this time of year. Also, I would like to recognize Town Clerk Amy Steklof for the Hanukkah display in the rotunda.

Until next week, have a very enjoyable holiday with friends and family.



December 16, 2011
Penfield Recreation Introduces Two New Classes for Winter Session


Penfield Recreation will offer two new programs this winter season – Youth Indoor Soccer Winter League and Adult Boot Camp.

Youth Indoor Soccer Winter League 

Youth boys and girls ages 6-9 can have fun playing soccer in a low-pressure atmosphere! Teams will be formed after the first Saturday session (skill day).  Depending on enrollment, we will play 4 v. 4 or 5 v. 5 soccer in the Bay Trail Gymnasium. This style of soccer will allow for maximum touches to the ball during game play!

This program will be held Saturdays, January 21 – March 10 at Bay Trail School Gymnasium. Participants will be broken into groups according to age (6-7 and 8-9). The fee for this program is $35.00.

Adult Boot Camp

This is a dynamic, high intensity class that will prepare you for your chosen sport or activity, or just get you fit in an un-choreographed format where anything goes! It is recommended that you can run at least one mile (continuous) and be able to engage in various high-intensity calisthenics and conditioning drills. If you like to work out in a competitive, yet supportive environment that is ever-changing, this class is for you.

This program will be held Saturdays, January 21 – March 31, 7:30 – 8:30 am at Penfield Community Center, for a fee of $80.

To see a complete list of Penfield Recreation’s Winter and Spring 2012 programs or to register for programs, please click here



December 12, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 12/12

As you read this column, you have roughly NINE days left to complete your holiday shopping. Please consider Penfield businesses when you are looking for that special gift. From automobiles to clothing, jewelry to restaurants, computers to photography, most everything you might need for that family member or friend can be found in one of Penfield's six business districts. If you are having trouble making a choice, a gift certificate works equally well. Also, please support our local farm markets, many are open till Christmas or beyond. Healthy businesses make for a healthy community...please shop locally whenever you can!

This week's tips from EAP of Rochester on how to beat holiday stress: "Pass down wisdom and tradition" - instead of mourning the passing of better times, keep those memories alive by sharing them with the next generation; "take some time off work" - don't cram all errands and shopping trips into the precious little time you have outside work hours, avoiding weekend crowds will allow you to get more done; "make a gratitude list" - review it whenever you're feeling depressed, anxious or stressed out.

I would like to make one last plug for the needs of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf for this holiday season. The Food Shelf will accept all non-perishable food items; however, they are in great need of canned fruits this time of year. If you can help, please bring your donation to the Food Shelf located at the Penfield Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Road on Wednesday mornings or call Joe at 234-0799. You may also bring your donations to the Penfield Town Hall any weekday from 9 AM to 5 PM, look for the donation barrel in the rotunda. Thank you for helping your Penfield neighbors.

The Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society held its annual awards ceremony a few weeks ago, and Penfield was notified we received two more awards for the Heritage Festival held as part of the town's bicentennial in 2010. The festival, organized by local farm families and the Recreation Department, showcased the significant role that agriculture has played in the rich history of Penfield. One of the awards was for publication and the other for special events. Please join me in another round of applause for everyone who made this event so successful during our bicentennial...great job team!

You have an opportunity to give blood in Penfield on Friday, December 23 at the Penfield Community Center. Donating blood makes a difference in our community. Typically, blood supplies are low at this time of year. I plan to donate and ask that you consider joining me. If you would like to schedule a donation appointment on December 23, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit . I hope to see you there.

Town and county tax bills will be mailed on December 30, 2011, with the first day of tax collection on that same day. Town offices will be closed on January 2 due to the New Year's holiday; full and installment tax payment collection will resume on January 3. All Penfield M&T Banks will be taking full payments on January 3. Payments can also be dropped off in our locked drop box located on the east side of the Town Hall building.

The Shepherd Home presents its "Wings of Light Luminaria" event on Monday, December 19 from 5 to 9 PM. Come join an evening of light, laughter and love. Luminaries are small bags weighted with sand and a lighted candle. Candles will all be lit at once to create a glowing nighttime holiday display on the grounds of the Shepherd Home at 1959 Five Mile Line Road. You can personalize every luminary you purchase to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one. To learn more, visit  or stop in at the Shepherd Home.

We have been very fortunate thus far with dodging the winter weather; however we all know it is just around the corner. Winter parking rules are in effect from November 15 to April 1. No parking is allowed on any roads or highways in the town between 2 and 7 AM. Thank you in advance for observing these rules; it will make it easier and more efficient for our Highway Department to keep all roadways plowed.

Important dates and events in history: December 15, 1791 - the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the "Bill of Rights," are ratified.

Until next well and be safe!


December 8, 2011
YOHP's Leaving Iowa Rescheduled

Penfield's Young Open and Honest Players' performance of Leaving Iowa, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 9 & 10, has been rescheduled for December 16 & 17. An additional show has also been added on Sunday, December 18. Performance will begin at 7:00 pm at Penfield Community Center. Tickets are now on sale at Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd.

Please call (585) 340-8655 for more information.

Leaving Iowa:
The story, a comedy, is of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don's memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don's existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth.


December 5, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 12/05

With the extended mild weather, many residents have expanded their wellness and fitness routine by enjoying more walking, running and exercising their four-legged friends. Recently I was reminded by an avid walker that mornings and late afternoons are especially dark this time of year. She urged me to encourage walkers and runners to wear light clothing and some type of reflective gear so they can be seen by motorists. Please protect yourself from injury; consider wearing reflective clothing or a vest to reduce the chances of being struck and injured. If you are a regular reader of this column, you will know each week I close by well and be safe!

Another topic regarding visibility on these shorter, darker days is street lighting. Visibility at intersections and other key locations throughout town is important for community safety. If you notice that a street light is malfunctioning or burned out in your neighborhood, please send a quick report to and include the closest street address or landmark. Your awareness and interaction is greatly appreciated and will help us improve service to you, our customer.

This week's stress reducing tips from EAP of Rochester: "Avoid the shotgun approach" - you'll accomplish more by tackling one thing at a time and giving it your full attention; "cheer loves company" - combine household holiday prep with socializing, invite friends over for a baking or gift wrapping party; "pare down gift giving" - for extended family and social groups, suggest each person give just one gift by drawing names from a hat; "help someone who needs you" - nothing melts away personal troubles like helping someone else overcome theirs.

This past week saw the long-awaited arrival of Daniel Penfield in the Four Corners. The installation of the bicentennial sculpture of our town's founder in Schaufelberger Park was delayed many months due to soil testing by ExxonMobil. November's surprisingly mild weather assisted us in completing this project before winter set in. I would like to give special thanks to former supervisor George Wiedemer for starting this project and also thank the many town staff members, dedicated residents and town board members for their vision and hard work to make this significant project possible. A public dedication of the sculpture will be held at a later date.

For those of you who may have missed the recent article in the Democrat & Chronicle regarding Malcolm "Bunk" Bill, I would like to recognize this wonderful Penfield resident. At 96, Bunk is still volunteering with the Penfield Ambulance. His service began in 1966, and to date he has logged more than 20,000 volunteer hours. Bunk currently volunteers his time by mowing the ambulance service's lawn. Malcolm "Bunk" Bill deserves a spot on Penfield's "Wall of Fame"...thank you Bunk for making Penfield a better community.

I recently learned that Father Jim Schwartz, Pastor of St. Joseph's, had a total knee replacement. He is currently rehabbing and making good progress and plans to be back at the rectory very soon to continue the healing process. Good luck Father Jim and best wishes for a speedy recovery; we look forward to seeing you out and about in the community.

The Recreation department hosted a wonderfully successful holiday dinner and activity night last Friday night. The excitement and expressions on the faces of our youngest residents said it all! Another great job by the entire Recreation team...thank you for all you do for our residents and their families.

Mark your calendar for December 9th or 10th for the performance of "Leaving Iowa" by the Young Open & Honest Players. This comedy is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home as requested; however, things have changed a bit. Grandma's house is now a grocery store and Browning begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. "Leaving Iowa" is a postcard to those who have had the experience of driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth. The show begins both nights at 7 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Tickets are ten dollars for adults and eight dollars for students.

Important dates and events in history: December 7, 1994 - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day established by Congress. American Flags should be flown at half mast to honor the 2,000 Americans who gave their lives in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Until next week, be well and be safe...and remember, a reflective vest might be a great present for a friend or loved one who is an active walker or jogger!





December 5, 2011
Free Guided Hike - Thousand Acre Swamp

Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free public hike on Saturday, December 10 at the Nature Conservancy's Thousand Acre Swamp, starting at 10:00 AM. 

This guided hike will tour the paths and boardwalks of the Nature Conservancy's Thousand Acre Swamp. A variety of habitats including woods, meadows and a pond will be covered. The guide will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress, looking for tracks (if there is snow) and other signs of animals. If there is sufficient snow, you may choose to use snow shoes or cross-country skis. While the hike is free, participants should register.


Meet at the Don Mack Building, 1587 Jackson Rd. (Next to the Penfield Volunteer Ambulance) 

To register, contact Penfield recreation at 340-8655. Hike led by Penfield Trails Committee members.

December 2, 2011
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Food Shelf Need

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf is in great need of canned fruits this holiday season. Peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, pineapple, applesauce and more are in short supply for the many families in our community that are served by the Food Shelf. If you would like to help, please bring your donation of canned fruit to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf at the Penfield Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Road (Wednesday mornings are best, or call Joe at 234-0799). You can also bring your donations to the Penfield Town Hall any weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the donation barrel in the rotunda. Thank you for helping your Penfield neighbors.


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