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January 30, 2012
Penfield Trails Committee to Host Hiker's Jamboree

The Penfield Trails Committee will hold its annual February Indoor Hike on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM at Penfield Town Hall. This year's hike is "A Hiker's Jamboree", a chance to learn about all of the hiking opportunities and trails programs in our area.

The featured speaker is David Wright of Victor Hiking Trails. Other local hiking groups will also share their programs and enthusiasm for hiking in Upstate New York.

"This will be my third annual Indoor Hike," said Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "It is a great way to break up the winter and to hear about all the exciting plans and programs for the upcoming year. I look forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful event."

The program will be held in the auditorium of the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

The program is free, but participants are asked to register with Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

Penfield Trails Committee was established in 1997 as a sub-committee of Penfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Penfield Trails Committee's mission is to work with the Town of Penfield to promote, improve and develop present and future trails/routes that best meet the needs of the residents of the Town of Penfield.

January 30, 2012
Supervisor Column: Week of Jan 30

In past columns I have touched on the topic of exemptions. With the deadline fast approaching, I thought it appropriate to enlist the assistance of our Assessor, Ann Buck, to make sure I have covered this topic thoroughly for our residents. First, there are two types of STAR exemptions available: Basic STAR, a one-time application for your primary residence if your income is less than $500,000; and Enhanced STAR, which requires an annual renewal and is for residents who are 65 years of age and older with an income under $79,050 based on your 2010 income. The Town, through the adoption of New York State Real Property Tax Law (NYSRPL), has other exemptions available that you may qualify for. Please take a moment to review the description of residential property exemptions offered by the Town to see if any apply to you. If so, exemption forms are available at the Assessor’s Office or on-line. The filing deadline for all exemptions, new and renewals, with required documentation is March 1, 2012, as set by NYSRPL. You may bring or mail (postmarked no later than March 1, 2012) any exemptions to the Assessor’s Office, 3100 Atlantic Ave. Room 203, Penfield, NY 14526.


If eligible, this applies to your owner-occupied residential property. All owners must be at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2012, or, if the property is owned by a husband and wife or by siblings, at least one of the spouses or siblings must be at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2012. Gross income of all owners less than $37,400 must be proven annually. If property is occupied by husband and wife but owned by either the husband or the wife solely, joint income is still required. This exemption can affect your September school tax bill and your January town and county tax bill.

If a person is granted the Senior Citizens exemption, they will automatically receive the Enhanced STAR exemption. Remember this exemption requires an annual renewal.


Definition of Persons with Disabilities: A person with a disability is one who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits such person’s ability to engage in one or more major life tasks and who: 1) is certified to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or 2) is certified to receive Railroad Retirement Disability Benefits under the Federal Railroad Retirement Act, or 3)  has received a certificate from the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped stating that such person is legally blind. Certificate must be submitted as proof of disability. Residential property must be owner-occupied and a person must meet the above definition of a disabled person. Gross income of all owners needs to be less than $37,400 proven by your 2010 income. This is an annual renewal exemption. This exemption can affect your September school tax bill and your January town and county tax bill.


Residential property, including improvements that serve to facilitate the use and accessibility of such property by physically disabled residents, is exempt from taxation to the extent of any increase in value attributable to such improvements.

Residential property must be occupied by the physically disabled resident of the one-, two-, or three-family residence and the person must meet the above definition of a disabled person. The disabled person must have a permanent physical impairment that substantially restricts one or more of his/her major life activities, and such impairment must be certified by a qualified physician or the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, as appropriate. Disability must be certified by a physician licensed to practice in New York State. In the case of a blind person, certification by the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped may be obtained in lieu of certification by a physician. To be eligible for this exemption, the improvement to the property must be one which facilitates the disabled person's use of and accessibility to the property. This exemption can affect your town portion only of your January town and county tax bill.


Alternative Veterans exemption from Real Property must be an honorably discharged American veteran who actively served during a time of conflict, or the surviving unremarried spouse, and the property must be residential and owner-occupied.

The exemption amounts are as follows: 15% Regular, 10% Combat, 50% of Disability Rating capping at a maximum assessed value $240,000. This is a one-time application for the period of ownership and occupation of the property. This exemption can affect your January town and county tax bill.


Cold War Veterans exemption from Real Property on your owner-occupied residential property must be a veteran who served on active duty (exclusive of training) for at least one year in the United States armed forces between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991. He/she must have been honorably discharged and been awarded the Cold War Recognition Certificate. This is a one-time application for the period of ownership and occupation of the property. The maximum exemption amount is $8,000, subtracted from your assessed value for the county portion only of your January town and county tax bill.


Real property that is owned either by a member of the clergy who is engaged in the work of his/her religious denomination, or who is unable to perform such work because of age (over 70 years) or impaired health, or by the unremarried surviving spouse of such a member of the clergy is exempt from general municipal and school district taxes to the extent of $1,500 of assessed value, provided the owner is a resident and inhabitant of New York State.  An application must be filed annually. This exemption can affect your September school tax bill and your January town and county tax bill.


I recently attended the 27th annual banquet of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Many engineering firms, communities, and public works projects are recognized and receive awards for what they have done for Rochester and Monroe County. I am please to share that Penfield Town Engineer Geoff Benway received the Distinguished Service to Public Works Award for 2011. Congratulations Geoff!

Last weekend was the Baywaters District Boy Scout Klondike in Ellison Park. More than 165 scouts from Penfield, Webster, and Fairport converged to camp out in 20-degree weather, participate in challenging events including 2-man log sawing, survival training, the proper way to retire a flag at a camp fire ceremony, and more. Penfield TV captured the event and interviewed John Somerville and Phil Rossi on the activities. Please log on at to view the interview and all the fun the scouts had at the 2012 Klondike…I’m glad I dressed warm for this event!

Until next week, be well and be safe!


January 27, 2012
Natural Gas Service Upgrade - Harmon Road, Penfield
Dear Customer:

This letter is to let you know that on or about February 6, 2012 we will begin installing new natural gas mains and services on Harmon Road. We expect to complete the work by March 30, 2012.

Here is important information you should know.

• To ensure safety, before work begins, RG&E and other utilities will mark water, natural
gas and other underground lines in the work area - possibly on or near your property. Please do not disturb these markings.

• During the first phase of the project RG&E crews will install new natural gas mains. In most cases, this will mean temporary inconveniences, but we will work to ensure that you will have ready access to your driveway or parking lot. All of the excavated areas will be backfilled as quickly as possible, most on the same day they are excavated.

• The next phase of the project will include putting the new mains in service and installing new natural gas services lines from the mains to homes and businesses. Again, excavated areas will be backfilled as quickly as possible and we will do our best to minimize inconveniences.

• For your safety and the safety of our crews, the service replacement part of this project will require that we enter your home or business at a time agreeable to you to shut off the natural gas service for approximately 1 to 3 hours. When the work is complete we will relight appliance pilot lights and ensure that everything is working properly.

• If our natural gas meter is located inside your home or business, we will move it outside to improve access for meter reading. Relocation of the meter to an outside location near its present location will be done at no cost to you. Our foreman will discuss this with you.

• In the last phase of the project, we will return to complete grading and apply top soil, grass seed and fertilizer. We will also provide you with helpful hints about watering and lawn care after this restoration work is complete. Asphalt and concrete will also be restored as necessary.

• In the event that natural gas service work is done during the winter months, permanent restoration work on your property will be done in the spring as soon as weather permits.

• Please call me at the number below any time during this project if you want an update or have any questions. Please refer to the Harmon Road Project W.O. #1000415436 when you call.

We know that these projects are sometimes an inconvenience, but it is important that we maintain our natural gas delivery system that provides essential energy to you.

Thank you for you understanding and cooperation as we complete this project.


Charlie Venishel

Charles F. Venishel
RG&E Gas Field Operations
(585) 771-2371
(585) 325-3939 (Local TTY)
1-800-962-3293 (Toll Free TTY)

January 26, 2012
State of Town Address Feb 7

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain will present his "State of the Town" address for Penfield residents Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. All are welcome to attend.

The address will be broadcast live on Penfield TV's Government Access Channel (depending on subscribers, channels 12, 1398 or 5.12) and WebTV at .


January 25, 2012
Penfield Players Hold Auditions for Spring Melodrama

The Penfield Players announces auditions for its spring melodrama: Egad! The Woman in White.


Director Nicholas Hambas will hold auditions on Monday, February 20 and Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. British accents for all roles are recommended.


There are roles for four men and six women:

2 women – ages 18-35

4 women – ages 35-80

2 men – ages 18-35

2 men – ages 35-80


An old-fashioned melodrama written by Tim Kelly and based on Wilkie Collins’ classic, it features a disreputable villain set to dispatch with his adversaries at all costs. But he's scared of the mysterious "woman in white" who's escaped from the asylum to seek him out. Abandoned wives, insolent servants, lawyers, hypochondriacs and manly drawing masters create a spectacle across the stage resulting in laughter, fun and spectacular finale as they all aim to bring the villain to justice.


The play will be performed May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

For more information, visit, or call Nicholas Hambas at 585-359-1232 or send an email to

January 23, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 1/23

Last week's Renew Penfield Home Energy Workshop was a success with 48 families taking advantage of the program that was intended to help residents save money, improve comfort and create a healthier home. I would like to recognize and thank RG&E, NYSERDA, PathStone, Crossfield, Isaac, Betlem, Taylor, Energy Cooperative of America, Rochester Solar & Wind and Blue Springs Energy for their participation and support of the program. My biggest take away from the program was the need to schedule a comprehensive home energy assessment. A home energy assessment is available for free or at a very low cost based on your annual household income. The assessment is the first and most important step to take to participate in various incentives. Over the next week, I plan on filling out the paperwork to schedule an assessment for the LaFountain home; I will keep you posted on the results...saving money, improving comfort and creating a healthier home for my family are all great quality of life issues! For program details, log on to . Also, PCTV videotaped the presentation; see for an upcoming broadcast schedule.

At the last Town Board meeting, the board authorized a refunding bond resolution to take advantage of low interest rates to help reduce costs to the budget in future years. What this resolution does is take the capital costs from three previous projects that were undertaken by the town from 1999-2001 (swimming pool construction, library construction and water system improvements) and refinance them at a lower interest rate. The term of the bonds remain the same, and the cost to the town on an annual basis is reduced by more than $53,000 per year. This savings will allow the board to absorb some of the state mandated expenses in the future. While the property tax cap was a historic first step for property tax relief and we thank the Governor for this action, the current cap does not include mandate relief which is the root cause of rapidly rising property taxes. As a member of the Monroe County Council of Governments, we recently passed a resolution calling on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to enact a cap on state mandated expenses at the lesser of 2% or the rate of inflation; we believe this effort will help to bring true tax reform to our taxpayers.

I will be presenting the State of the Town on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. This is an opportunity for me to share with our residents the town's accomplishments from 2011, plans and goals for 2012, and what the financial wellness of the community is going forward to ensure one of the lowest tax rates in Monroe County. Everyone is welcome to attend. You may also view it from the comfort of your home on PenfieldTV, channels 12, 1398 or 5.12. You can also log on to and watch the streaming video.

We continue to look for ways to reduce the cost of government for our taxpayers. Recently, the Penfield Town Board and Recreation Department have been discussing discontinuing home mailing delivery of the seasonal brochure which is sent to all residents three times per year at an annual cost of approximately $19,000. We would still make the brochure available on-line on our website and in print for pickup at convenient locations throughout town. Change does not come without impact, and to that end we want to know your thoughts on the idea. Do you feel strongly that the brochure should continue to be delivered to every household by mail? Would you pay a nominal fee for a subscription? Do you only access our information online? Please take a moment to share your thoughts through our online survey by March 15 at , or if you are at the Community Center or Town Hall fill out a printed survey and drop it in the box. Thank you in advance for weighing in on this very important decision.

The town's Wellness Committee and Recreation Department remind me that there are scores of fitness programs for all age levels offered through the town from swimming to pickle ball, Zumba to yoga, "get fit with fun" to "boot camp," and everything in between. If you have not started your 2012 wellness plan, it's not too late. Come sign up for one of the many great programs!

Until next week, be safe and be well.




January 20, 2012
Classes on Spirituality and Sage-ing at Penfield Rec
Penfield Recreation presents “Topics in Spirituality”, a series of conversations with Reverend Nanci DeLeo. The series will present a new topic once a month on Thursday evenings, January through May. 

The topics presented include Getting to Know Your Guardian Angels/Spirit Guides (Jan 26), Life After Death (Feb 23), The Hidden Messages in Water from Masaru Emoto (Mar 15), All About Chakras, the Energy Centers of the Body (Apr 26), and Important Spiritual Messages for this Day of Age (May 24). 

All the talks begin at 7:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. The fee for each session is $10.00. Registration is available online, or pick up a registration form at Penfield Recreation. For more information please call 340-8655.
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What is Sage-ing®? is an informational program being offered through Penfield Recreation to explain this new philosophy that is popping up around the country. This program will be held February 6 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.

This two hour session will introduce the Sage-ing® experience, which is to embrace getting older in today’s youth-driven society. Sage-ing® draws teachings from wisdom and religious traditions, academic disciplines and cultures. Major themes are highlighted, including developing a vision of oneself as an older adult, doing a life review, healing past hurts, facing mortality, and leaving a legacy of wisdom and non-material gifts to future generations.  

This class is a pre-cursor to the full four-week Sage-ing® program that will be offered beginning March 5. Registration is available online, or pick up a registration form at Penfield Recreation. For more information please call 340-8655.

January 17, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 1/16

I frequently receive calls or emails from residents concerned about blue box recycled materials (paper, plastics and more) that create wind blown litter around neighborhoods during collection days, making a mess for many homeowners. The town's Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee reminds us all to consider some type of cover or weight to keep materials in place until picked up by the refuse haulers. I recently learned of a product on the Monroe County website under "residential recycling" which is a RNET RECYCLING BIN COVER. This very simple cover attaches to your blue box and covers recyclables to keep them in place, reducing wind blown litter. To learn more, log on to . Thank you in advance for helping to minimize the litter in our community.

I was recently made aware by Dayton's Corners School Coordinator Karyn Turner that a special thank you needs to go out to Don Osbourne of the Heritage Association and Eric Hooker of the National Watch and Clock Collectors for the work they performed to restore the school's clock. The clock, a centerpiece of the school, was manufactured by the Gilbert Clock Company some time between 1866 and 1870. The interior workings had to be completely redone, the case was refinished and the face replaced. Being a nonprofit organization, Dayton's Corners School did not have the funds to undertake this project; however, Don and Eric responded very generously and restored the clock to its original condition without any cost to Dayton's Corners. Now that is true commitment! Eric and Don, thank you for your very generous gift to Dayton's Corners School and our Penfield community.

As a neighbor, I know Jim Stranz is a Penfield firefighter. I see him at functions throughout town or pulling out of his driveway to respond to fire emergencies and accidents or to provide medical support as a first responder. What I did not know about Jim until just a few days ago is that he is training for the 21st annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb on March 11 in Seattle to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Jim is one of 1,500 firefighters from across the nation to participate, and he is the only competitor from the Rochester/Monroe County area. Jim is climbing in honor of a friend who died of Leukemia in 2009. I understand Jim's goal is to hike the 69 floor skyscraper in full gear in 16 minutes or less to raise $2,000. Wow, what an impressive feat! Penfield is filled with amazing stories like Jim's. On behalf of the entire community, good luck on this great cause, and mark me down to assist you in achieving the $2,000 goal!

To help support Jim and learn more, go to, click 'donate' then enter "STRANZ" as last Name, then follow screen prompts.

You often hear me say that healthy business makes for a health community. I would like to recognize Mark Bender, owner of the Penfield Sears Hometown Store located in Panorama Plaza, for being named a "2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer." This annual award recognizes stores that offer consistent customer service, uphold outstanding store performance standards and show exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. Mark, congratulations to you and your team for receiving this award and for being a part of the Penfield community.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. for the annual Indoor Hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee. This year's featured speaker will be David Wright of the Victor Hiking Trails. This will be a "Hikers Jamboree" so lace up your hiking boots and meet the many trails groups from the Greater Rochester Area and their hiking programs for 2012. The program will be held at the Town Hall in the auditorium, I hope to see you there.

Well, winter finally showed up in full force. Because it has been a while since we have had to deal with snow and slippery conditions, I thought it best to recap a few items. No parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. to allow highway crews to safely and effectively plow and maintain roads. If your mailbox is damaged please call the Highway Department at 340-8710 and we will follow up accordingly. Clear all the snow from your vehicle including headlights and tail lights to help ensure safe travel and allow for extra drive time to get to your destination. According to my calculations spring is just 60 days away!

Until next aware of slippery surfaces while walking and drive according to conditions.



January 11, 2012
Series Marvels and Myths of Rochester Continues at Penfield Rec

Penfield Recreation's "Daytime Education at Recreation" (DEAR)  is getting ready to kick off the winter session of Marvels and Myths of Rochester with local author and historian Donovan Shilling. This season's series includes interesting lectures on a variety of subjects strictly devoted to Rochester history.

Mr. Shilling, a Penfield resident, has been researching and collecting stories and amazing facts about our fair city for many decades, and his talks always include vintage objects from his personal collection of original photos, magazines, newspaper articles, souvenirs, promotional materials, maps, etc.

Mr. Shilling's upcoming talks include Ghosts of a Glorious Past (Jan 25), Celebrities of Rochester's Past (Feb 8), The Surreal Life of Margaret Woodbury Strong (Feb 29), A Visit with Colonel Rochester (Apr 11), 35 Golden Summers at Ontario Beach Park (Apr 25). Programs are held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. and are $5 each. Participants may sign up as late as the day of the program.

Other daytime DEAR programs include the Life and Times of Thomas Jefferson (Jan 31), Life and Times of President Andrew Jackson (Feb 14), Telling your Story for Fun and Profit (Feb 2), The Power of Now - an in-depth look at the work of Eckert Tolle (Feb 7), Beginning Pickleball (Jan 23), Line Dancing (Jan 25), Irish Dance for Adults (Jan 31), Euchre Instruction (Jan 23), Create your Own Indoor Garden Arrangement (Feb 15), What is Sageing®? (Feb 6), and Opera 101 (Jan 23). Check out the fees and times for these programs on-line, or pick up a brochure at the Penfield Community Center.

Penfield Recreation department also offers a number of free daytime programs available for adults, such as the ongoing Thursday Lecture Series at 12:30, Tuesday Games for the Brain (lunch is available on Tuesday and Thursday for a small fee), Friday film series, and Wednesday teas at 1:00. For more information, please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

January 9, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 1/9

Last week saw two swearing-in ceremonies that impact this community; the first was the 2012 organizational meeting of the Monroe County Legislature where all 29 legislators were sworn in by the County Executive including Debbie Drawe and Dan Quatro, both of whom represent Penfield. The other was the swearing in of Penfield's Town Board, Town Justice and Supervisor. Linda Kohl and Rob Quinn were sworn in to four-year terms, as was Judge John Lomenzo. I had the honor of being sworn in to a two-year term. We all look forward to serving you at the local government level throughout 2012.

Save the date...the Town's Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee will host a free "Renew Penfield Home Energy Workshop" January 17, 2012, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. This session will feature expert presenters from Renew Penfield; Finger Lakes Energy $mart Communities Program, an Independent Contractor to NYSERDA to perform customer outreach; PathStone, a not-for-profit community development and human service organization working with NYSERDA to promote Green Jobs - Green New York; and RG&E. Additionally, Local Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors and providers of home improvement and renewable energy systems will be on-hand so residents can network and learn more from experts, as well as sign up for a free or reduced cost home energy assessment following the presentations. I hope to see many of you in attendance, together we can learn ways to reduce our home and business energy costs!

Reminder...the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you're probably eligible for the STAR exemption. Please note there are two types of STAR exemptions:

Basic STAR
• available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners' and their spouses income is less than $500,000
• exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes

Enhanced STAR
• provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes
• exempts the first $62,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes as of 2012-13 school tax bills (up from $60,100 in 2011-12)

If you have any questions regarding the STAR exemptions or any other exemptions, please contact the Assessor's Office at 340-8610 prior to March 1, 2012.

The town's Wellness Committee would like to remind residents that the theme for the first quarter of 2012 is "Nutrition and Weight Management." Topics will concentrate on portions versus servings, "choosing my plate," eating for a healthy heart, and healthy meals and snacks. February is American Heart right and stay fit!

I recently learned that Dave Renner and Brian Delameter of our own Penfield TV received the New York State Agricultural Society, Harold L. "Cap" Crel 2011 Journalism Award for "internet media - audio/video entry for providing positive and accurate coverage of New York agriculture" for their production "Rothfuss Farm Land Improvements." Their names were submitted by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dave and Brian were honored at a luncheon by the President of the New York State Agricultural Society...congratulations to you both! This video is available for viewing on the town website at, click on departments, then on Penfield TV. At the top of the page click on YouTube and type in "Rothfuss Farm" to view.

Note: Town Offices will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All offices will re-open Tuesday at the normal times, including the mobile DMV that will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Until next week, be well and be safe!






January 5, 2012
Renew Penfield Home Energy Workshop Jan 17
The Town of Penfield and its Energy & Environment Advisory Committee will host a free Renew Penfield Home Energy Workshop January 17, 2012, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, to help residents understand programs available to help them reduce energy use and annual energy costs by an average of $700.

Penfield residents will learn about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program that uses a "whole-house" comprehensive energy assessment approach to help residents save energy. They will be able to sign up for free or reduced-cost energy assessment and can talk with a PathStone representative about cash-back incentives and low-cost financing options from NYSERDA for making energy-efficiency improvements to their homes.

The evening will feature expert presenters from Renew Penfield; Finger Lakes Energy $mart Communities Program, an Independent Contractor to NYSERDA to perform customer outreach; PathStone, a not-for-profit community development and human service organization working with NYSERDA to promote Green Jobs - Green New York; and RG&E. Local Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors and providers of home improvement and renewable energy systems will be on-hand so residents can network, learn more from experts and even sign up for a free or reduced cost home energy assessment following the presentations.

The meeting will also focus on available cash incentives and low-interest loans from NYSERDA, as well as other opportunities available from RG&E and the Federal Government.

"This is our first Energy & Environment Advisory Committee event of 2012," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "It's our goal to help Penfield residents understand and act on opportunities to reduce their energy use and costs."

To sign up and be qualified for a free audit, residents should bring their utility bill account number, a copy of a recent bill, or a record of their past 12 months of energy use. The energy assessment is available through Green Jobs - Green New York, a statewide program that uses revenue from the sale of carbon emission credits to support energy efficiency measures and jobs in the clean energy sector.

All Penfield homeowners are encouraged to attend the workshop. Each of the first 100 Penfield residents to pre-register and attend the event will receive a free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb. Just one ENERGY STAR qualified CFL lasts up to 10 times longer than a traditional light bulb and can save $70 over the life of the bulb.

Pre-register for the workshop at or call toll free at 1-866-495-2959. Walk-ins are welcome.

January 3, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 1/2

Happy New Year...I hope your 2012 will be filled with joy and good health! One of my New Year resolutions is to look for a way each week to help make this great community of Penfield even better than it is today. That may include supporting a community group or local business; helping out at a school or senior living community; picking up papers or garbage at a park or along one of our many trails. Regardless of the weekly item or task, I hope to have a small impact on the quality of life in our town, and I encourage all of our residents to consider a similar resolution. What we do together will make Penfield an even more desirable community than it is today!

I would like to give a special thank you to all the members of the town staff and to my colleagues on the town board for their support in making 2011 another year of great accomplishments for our residents. All of these people make the supervisor's job fun and satisfying, and I look forward to pushing the bar even higher in the coming years with good things happening around town. Please mark your calendars for the "State of the Town" address on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Christmas tree recycling will continue at the Highway Department facility, 1607 Jackson Road, through February 2. All trees dropped off will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the Town Hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year.

As I am preparing this column, we are seeing this season's first real look at winter. Our town employee safety committee would like to remind all residents to watch out for "black ice" in your driving and walking travels. With the temperature floating up and down around the freezing mark we are sometimes fooled with what is wet versus what is frozen. Please take special care and wear the proper shoes or boots and allow for extra travel time to work and for appointments. Let's not start 2012 with broken arm, leg or shoulder due to a slip and fall accident.

As the Penfield Public Library gears up for an exciting 2012 program season, two items caught my eye. The first is the "Civil War Series" celebrating the 150th anniversary of the war. The four-part series is co-sponsored with the Penfield Heritage Association and the Penfield Local History Room and begins January 15 with other programs on February 12, March 25 and April 21. The second item of interest is the vast selection of programs (especially at February break and April recess) for children that run now through the end of April. For further information on these programs and scores more, please log on at

Speaking of February and April Breaks...the Recreation Department has also put together some wonderful events for our youth to include skiing, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, arts camp and more during the break weeks. These programs tend to fill up quickly, so don't delay. Registration begins January 3. Log on at to reserve your spot now.

Consider adding "text messaging" for Penfield Recreation program updates and information. You will be contacted for weather cancellations, field changes or location changes. Log on at, click on ‘Parks and Recreation' on the left hand column, then on ‘online registration' for WebTrac. Select ‘contact us' then in the comment area add your cell number and carrier. This is yet another way to meet your recreation needs!

Until next week, be well and be safe.






January 3, 2012
Penfield Recreation Introduces Winter Organic Gardening Series

Penfield Recreation will offer a new series of Organic Gardening classes this winter and early spring, including “Growing Sprouts and Micro-Greens Indoors,” “Indoor Seeding; Preparing for Next Season’s Harvest,” and “Planning Beautiful and Productive Vegetable Gardens.”

Growing Sprouts and Micro-Greens Indoors
Sprouts and micro-greens are among the smallest edible plants on Earth. Rich in vitamins and other nutritional essentials, they can help boost your immune system to deal with the stress of the winter months. They are easy to grow indoors right on your kitchen counter. Come and learn how to sow them, grow them, and use them! Participants will start their own micro-green box in class to take home.

Course #131053-A
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.
Fee: $18.00

Indoor Seeding: Preparing for Next Season’s Harvest
Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, you know that harvesting fresh food from you backyard is one of the great joys of gardening. That future harvest requires planning and preparation even before the growing season begins. In this class you will learn when and how to jump start your future harvest by indoor seeding of you favorite vegetables and fruits and their succession planting outdoors. Participants will be given a sachet of organic seeds to start their own next-season harvest.

Course #131053-B
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.
Fee: $18.00

Planning Beautiful and Productive Vegetable Gardens
All gardeners know how rewarding it is to harvest ripe, sun-warmed tomatoes or pungent herbs fresh from the garden. Learn how to design a garden that is not only productive, but also a beautiful, well-integrated part of the home landscape, and how thoughtful plant groupings and crop rotation can multiply the harvest one hundred-fold. Each participant will receive a variety of organic vegetable seeds to start his or her potager.

Course #131053-C
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.
Fee: $18.00

All classes are instructed by Jarmila Haseler, owner of Garden Roots Designs.

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


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