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February 27, 2012
Reminder: Second Tax Installment Due 2/29

The due date for your Town & County tax 2nd installment is Wednesday, February 29 at 5 PM.

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Town of Penfield Tax Dept.
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Penfield, NY 14526
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February 27, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 2/27

I would like to congratulate Heather Saffer, owner of Dollop on Penfield Road, for winning "Cupcake Wars" as seen this past week on the Food Network Channel. Heather opened her business in 2009 at the Rochester Public Market and moved to Penfield a year ago. She is a self-taught baker with strong local roots who has worked hard to set her business apart and create a completely new concept in the Rochester area. Creativity seems to be the key ingredient that has brought her great success over a very short period of time. Heather, on behalf of the community of Penfield, congratulations on an impressive win on "Cupcake Wars"!

You have heard me make reference to "Ecopark," a partnership between the County of Monroe and Waste Management, located at 10 Avion Drive by the airport. I had an opportunity to tour the operation and I must say it was a great experience. This is a one-stop drop-off facility for normal recycling items such as plastic/glass/metal containers, paper and cardboard, electronic waste, old propane tanks, cooking oil/grease, clothing, clean Styrofoam packing, scrap metal, sharps and syringes, appliances (without CFC/Freon) and more. Additionally, by appointment, you can drop off household hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals and medication waste-all at no fee. There is a small fee for tires and appliances containing CFC/Freon. My hat is off to Monroe County and Waste Management for this innovative, "one of a kind in the country" operation. If you are looking for that one stop drop-off to help keep these items from our community's waters and landfills, consider a visit to "Ecopark." It is a benchmark in the industry. For more information on hours or operation, appointments and permitted items, please log on to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark .

With the heavy winds we have experience this winter season, I am continually reminded by many of our residents to encourage the use of covers or some type of weighted device to hold down paper and other light items in blue boxes while they are waiting to be picked up by haulers. These materials are blowing throughout neighborhoods causing significant litter issues for neighbors and neighborhoods. Thank you in advance for helping to curb this problem and keeping Penfield litter free.

WANTED: Retired teachers, professors, and hobby and history enthusiasts to teach short one or two day sessions! The Penfield Recreation Department is looking to expand its series of interesting, engaging, educational and enlightening programs aimed at retired or semi-retied adults who enjoy stimulating conversation and challenging learning without tests. Topics can include history, science, literature, philosophy or art, as well as programs focused on hobbies and interests. If you can see yourself in this role please contact Pam at 340-8664. Hurry...the deadline is March 5.

I am reminded by Dave Woodward, president of the East Penfield Homeowners Association, that their annual "potluck dinner" will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 5:00 PM at the Roseland Fire Station, located at the corner of Plank and Salt Roads. If you like to eat good home cooking with many of the products grown in Penfield, I encourage you to consider attending. The public is welcome, everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass, and everything else is provided. For more information or to sign up to attend, please contact Dave at 872-0855...you will not be disappointed and you will learn a little bit more about East Penfield and our rich agricultural heritage.

Important dates and events in history: March 20, 1932, the 20th amendment is passed by congress, which establishes the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal offices. It also deals with scenarios in which there is no President-elect. March 3, 1931, the "Star Spangled Banner" is made the official United States National Anthem.

The days are getting longer and the weeks seem to be getting shorter...as we close out February and American Heart month, let us start planning for National Nutrition Month which is March...healthy meals and snacks...be WELL!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8630

 

 


February 22, 2012
"Living Next to Stormwater Ponds III(and More!)" 2/28

Penfield residents are invited to a community presentation entitled "Living Next to Stormwater Ponds III (and More!)" on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to increase residents' awareness of the function of stormwater ponds and to present proper care and maintenance techniques to minimize common issues like algae, erosion, weeds, invasive species and nuisance wildlife. The evening will also include information on green infrastructure practices to help residents reduce their water quality impacts.

"This presentation marks the third year we have put together this educational program for residents who live near ponds and other water bodies. We will provide options to homeowners who want to act responsibly to protect our local water quality," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "Our town engineer will provide useful information for homeowners to implement on their own property for the benefit of all the watersheds affected by actions in our community."

The information meeting will include videos from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a presentation on town efforts to improve water quality by Town Engineer Geoff Benway including an overview of the most recent stormwater regulations that have recently gone into effect.

For questions or more information, contact Geoffrey Benway at 585.340.8683 or benway@penfield.org .


February 21, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 2/20

Last week I presented "Business Vitality in Penfield 2012" at the monthly meeting of the Penfield Business Association (PBA) at Shadow Lake Country Club. I provided updates on what is going on in the town's six business districts, shared how the town board has reduced costs for everyone in Penfield, and I also addressed some commonly asked questions about town operations. The PBA turnout was great and the discussion rich. The PBA also kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration by recognizing its nine founding members. My message continues to be "shop locally - healthy businesses make for a healthy community."

On February 13th I attended the Penfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concert "Overtures to Our Valentines" with music by Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and more. The members of PSO, directed by David Harman, provide our community with some of the best music in the region. I would like to congratulate the four students who were recognized for the Jo Amish young artist competition. I would also like to recognize the Penfield Central School District for hosting the PSO at the wonderful setting of Penfield High School. The next concert "Swing into Spring" will be held March 25 at Casa Larga from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please log on to www.penfieldsymphony.org for concert program details and tickets.

The Penfield Trails Committee's annual "Indoor Hike" was successful with more than 40 people in attendance. A variety of community hiking and trails groups from around the area provided displays and information. David Wright from Victor Hiking Trails did a wonderful job as the keynote speaker. We are indeed fortunate to have a group that works to obtain easements; designs, builds and maintains trails; and works with their respective communities to expand and connect trail systems.

I was recently notified the NYS Department of Transportation will not be rebuilding Route 441 from Dublin Road east to the county line as planned for 2013 due to funding constraints. Rather, they will patch potholes and place a thin top course on the existing roadway and look to fund the project in six to eight years. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Daniel Schwind, Project Engineer, at (585) 272-3368 or by email at dschwind@dot.state.ny.us .

After 17 years, the town's Animal Control Officer, Ray Wilson, has retired. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank Ray for all of his efforts to support our residents by finding lost pets, addressing nuisance animal issues and rescuing wildlife. Best wishes Ray for a long and healthy retirement! I would like to welcome Tammy Sweet as the new Animal Control Officer. Tammy has been a part-time Animal Control Officer since 2002 and has made a smooth transition in to the position. Good luck Tammy, we look forward to working with you.

By official designation, the clematis, in any of its variations of color, was made Penfield's official flower in March 1973. It is written that Norman Vane, owner of the DS George Nurseries, had them blooming throughout his greenhouses and would decorate the Town Hall on Heritage Day. I recently learned that Lois O. Vane, Norman's wife, passed away at the age of 91. When I first came to Penfield in 1975 I had the opportunity to meet both Norman and Lois who worked together in their greenhouses. This is a loss for our rich agricultural heritage in Penfield. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family for their loss.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 


February 14, 2012
Penfield Rec Has February Break Boredom Busters
Get your kids off the couch this February Break and away from the computer and TV screen! Penfield Rec has several options for fun, active ways to spend the week…
 
1) Bowling or Bumper Bowling (Feb 22) - Bowl from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at Empire Lanes. Note: bumper and regular bowling take place on different lanes (i.e. a regular and a bumper bowler cannot bowl on the same lane). For bumper the limit is three per lane, for regular the limit is five per lane. Lane assignments are made at time of registration. Please indicate the names of the individuals you want as lane partners on the bottom of the registration form.
You must register by 11:00 am on 2/21. Transportation is on your own. Bring sneakers - you may wear them if they run short in your bowling shoe size. Sizes begin at child's 13.
#111820-A: Bumper Bowling - ages 3-6 (parent must accompany their child)
#111820-B: Regular Bowling - ages 7-18
Fee: $12.00, includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, hot dog or pizza slice & soft drink.

2) Fine Arts Camp (Feb 21-24) - This camp will feature fine arts. We will work with different art media each day to create fun-filled projects such as model magic, painting, collage portrait, crayon resist. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. Bring a drink and a snack.
Ages 7-11. Class held Tu-Fr 1:00-4:00 pm at Penfield Community Center. Instructed by Joe Altieri, Certified K-12 Art Educator.
#118010-A
Fee: $55.00

3) Open Swim and Lap Swim (Feb 21-23) - Come and play, swim, and exercise while enjoying our spacious pool, divided to suit your needs - the shallow end with the 4x4 tot dock for the little ones, the deep end for water walking or play, and two lanes for lap swimmers. Swimmers who pass the deep end test can also enjoy the one-meter board in the diving well!
2:00 - 4:00 pm at Penfield High School Pool
Fee: $2.00 at the door

4) Spring Board Diving (Feb 21-24) - This course involves the use of one-meter springboards. Instruction is individualized so that each student may progress at his or her own rate. The diver will be encouraged to go as far as he/she desires at each level. Parent observation is encouraged.
Ages 8 and up. Lessons held at Penfield High School Pool, taught by Penfield Recreation Certified Staff.
#111226-A: Beginner & Intermediate - 10:00 - 11:00 am
Fee: $19.00

5) Gymnastics Camp at GTC (Feb 20-24) - The Gymnastics Training Center (GTC) Camp is a fun-filled & active day that includes instruction on all gymnastics events (except the trampoline). Other games and physical challenges will be included to keep you moving, learning & engaged. Bring a lunch & two healthy snacks each day. Ages 5-12.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Lessons held at GTC, 2051 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd., taught by GTC staff.
#114620
Fee: $150.00


February 14, 2012
Review 2012 Sidewalk Priorities
The Town of Penfield is identifying priority projects for its 2012 new sidewalk installations. A public information meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15, at 7:00 PM in the Penfield Town Hall Auditorium. Jim Fletcher, Town Sidewalk Coordinator, will present preliminary plans for the coming year and receive public comments.

Each year, the Town reviews a master list of sidewalk priorities and related public comments. From there, a project schedule is created based on budget allocations. Budget adjustments, weather, and other town projects can impact the number of sidewalk projects completed during a season.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain commented, "Penfield maintains close to 60 miles of sidewalks. Priority for new sidewalks is given to projects that connect neighborhoods to schools, business centers, and other key community destinations."

To learn more about sidewalk policy, view a map of Penfield sidewalks, or to submit a request for a new sidewalk or a repair, (Click Here) go to www.penfield.org, choose ‘Public Works,' ‘Engineering,' then ‘Sidewalks.'

Comments can also be directed to the Town Sidewalk Coordinator, Jim Fletcher, at 3100 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526 or by email to fletcher@penfield.org. The public comment period will run through Thursday, March 15 at 5:00 pm.


February 13, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 2/13

I had an opportunity to present the "Wellness of the Town" (formally know as the "State of the Town") last week. My presentation included financials, energy and the environment, community and business wellness, as well as 2011 accomplishments and 2012 opportunities. I wish to thank all of our residents who have called, emailed or stopped me out in the community to comment on the presentation. If you did not have the opportunity to attend or tune in, please log on to www.penfield.org to view at your convenience.

I recently had a new and wonderful experience at Dayton's Corners School. For more than 20 years I have visited the school, been liaison to the Friends of Dayton's Corners School Committee, and attended many functions and socials. Last week I had the pleasure of assisting Miss Jan (Jan Almstead) in teaching an Indian Landing fifth grade class to show students what it was like to attend class in a one room schoolhouse in 1857. It was a rich and rewarding four-hour experience with a very interested group of students who played the part perfectly to gain the most from the program. If you have never stopped in at the school, please consider doing so, this facility is one of many jewels we have in Penfield.

I am delighted to report that the Town of Penfield has completed our first solar-powered project. This innovative project, which was endorsed by the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC), recently converted a small pump station from electric to solar power. Through the efforts of EEAC member Bob Kanauer and his company LTHS Solar, SunWize Technologies, NYSERDA, RG&E, Direct Grid Technologies, LLC and town employees, this "Solar PV ‘Net Zero' Pump Station" will pay for itself in less than three years. This is not a large project that will save the town a huge sum of money; the value of the project will come in the form of knowledge and influence on more significant future efforts to use sustainable resources in the town. Soon Penfield TV will share a video program that documents the project from start to finish.

I would like to recognize Hong Wah Chinese restaurant for earning its 4th consecutive "Top 100 Overall Excellence in Chinese Cuisine" award for its healthy menu. Hong Wah opened in July 2007 and is noted for its consistently fresh and tasty foods, excellent customer service, a friendly, bright and comfortable atmosphere and its cleanliness. Congratulations to Vicky and Kevin Zheng for this award, and remember to "shop and eat locally - healthy businesses make for a healthy community."

The annual Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float contest will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 12:45 p.m. at the Community Center. Join the fun by having your family or organization design and donate a "shoe box float" for our Senior Citizen Mardi Gras Party. Just find an empty shoe box, decorate it and bring it to the Penfield Recreation office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17. Be sure your name and phone number are on the bottom of your box. This is always a fun event, come and join in!

Recently our Town Clerk Amy Steklof received a very special visit and gift from Dave and Paul Spanganberg. It is a wonderful watercolor of an undeveloped section of Ellison Park, titled "Silent Wheels" and painted by their father Cliff Spanganberg, who passed away 10 years ago. Mr. Spanganberg lived in the town and was very active in the Penfield Art Association. It is an honor for the Town of Penfield to be gifted this painting. We will hang it prominently in the Town Hall for all residents to view. I read an article published in October 1988 in which Mr. Spanganberg was quoted as saying, "...I feel I've been given a gift and it would be a shame to let it go to waste." Once you see this beautiful painting you will fully understand and appreciate his quote. On behalf of the entire Penfield community, we send a special thank you to Dave and Paul for sharing this wonderful art piece that will be part of Penfield history for many years to come.

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about in the town!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 


February 6, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 2/6

The Town employees' Wellness Committee reminds us all that February is "Heart Health Month." With millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases, we can all benefit from making healthful choices in our day to day lives. Some ways to do that include: eating a healthful diet - a healthy diet has been proven to reduce the risk for heart disease; exercising more - regular exercise keeps your heart and the rest of your body in shape; stopping smoking - smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease; learning to relax - chronic anger and stress can damage your heart. Make your lifestyle heart healthy!

As we look to suggest and encourage healthier choices across town facilities, I am pleased to announce that, in conjunction with our long time wellness partner Wegmans, we will be getting the first community-based "Wegmans Healthy Snack" machine at the Community Center. This program is sponsored by Wegmans and they have partnered with Sireness Vending to provide a healthy alternative to the normal candy and pop machines. We are indeed fortunate to have a company like Wegmans that continues to look for ways to make healthy foods and snacks easily available and convenient. Thank you Wegmans for your support of the residents of Penfield!

Our Rec team wants to make sure everyone is aware of the "February Break Active Boredom Busters" programs. Get the kids off the couch and away from the computer or TV screen and get them on the slopes at Bristol Mountain February 21; at the bowling alley February 22; fine arts camp February 21-24; open and lap swim or swim skills clinic February 21-23; spring board diving February 21-24; and gymnastics camp February 20-24. These programs and many more are available through the Recreation Department. Log on to www.penfield.org to view more opportunities and programs.

It is that time of the year when the Penfield Players announce auditions for its spring melodrama "Edad! The Woman in White." This program, written by Tim Kelly and based on Wilkie Collins' classic, features a disreputable villain set to dispatch 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 a spectacular finale as they all aim to bring the villain to justice. There are roles for four men and six women. For more information, visit www.penfieldplayers.org , or call Nicholas Hambas at 585-359-1232, or send an e-mail to nhambas@rochester.rr.com .

Last reminder...the annual Indoor Hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held at the Town Hall this Saturday February 11 at 10 a.m. The program is "A Hiker's Jamboree." These programs are always fun and informative. I hope to see you there!

Important dates and events in history: February 10, 1967 - The 25th amendment is added to the constitution. The 25th amendment, ratified on Feb 10, 1967, defines the conditions under which the President yields authority to the Vice President due to disability, and codifies the process for appointing a new Vice President should the office become vacant. However, the amendment does not establish a precise time frame defining a Vice Presidential "vacancy."

Until next week, enjoy the mild weather!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 




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