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April 30, 2012
Free Guided Hike at Harris Whalen Park

Penfield Trails Committee will hold a free guided hike on Saturday, May 5 at Harris Whalen Park, beginning at 9:00 am. Participants will hike through the woods to discover exciting spring flowers while learning about the park’s history and geology.

While this hike is free, participants are asked to register by calling 340-8655, extension 6.

April 30, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 4/30

Last Saturday the weather was cool and the sun struggled to come out. That didn't interfere with the excitement in the air across the entire Veterans' Park complex at the Town Hall as close to 1,000 boys and girls came together for the opening day and 60th anniversary celebration of Penfield Little League. I have had the honor over the years to attend more than half of these very special opening ceremonies to support our youth and great national past-time. Rose's Café was in full cooking mode ready to serve up hots, pizza rolls, snacks and drinks for another exciting season. New stairs have been installed as an Eagle Scout project that will help everyone safely traverse from one level to another, and the town has been working with Penfield Little League to install newly expanded paved walkways. Opening day would not have been complete without the familiar "play ball!" echoing from the PA system across the complex. In my mind, spring has finally arrived and I am looking forward to many innings of great baseball from all our youth playing in 2012...good luck teams!

Last week I had the honor of attending a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Don's Original for Marbles4MS. Marbles for MS is the idea of Connor Grossman. Connor is sort of a big picture guy who one day came up with an idea to raise money to help his mother who suffers from the debilitating disease Multiple Sclerosis. Connor wanted to sell his artwork to help find a cure to fix his mom and everyone with MS. Connor and his brother Jackson have raised more than $40,000 to help fight the disease. This is an amazing story. The boys make paintings by placing paper in the bottom of a cigar box. They dip marbles into paint and then place them into the box one at a time. They then close the lid and shake like crazy. The result is magical, colorful artwork they have sold in every state and around the world. For more information about this wonderful local project, log on at and follow the story of two special kids who paint to raise awareness and fix their mom.

Several months ago I wrote about the passing of Lois Vane. She and her husband Norm owned DS George Nurseries in Penfield where they grew many varieties of clematis, which happens to be the official flower of the Town of Penfield so designated in March, 1973. I am sad to report that Norm passed away last week one week prior to his 93rd birthday. Both Norm and Lois are part of the great agricultural fabric of this great community. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

The Town Board recently attended the Penfield Fire Commission's Annual Inspection of the Penfield Fire Company. I am always so honored to spend time with this group of men and women who each and every year volunteer tens of thousands of hours to serve and protect Penfield. From fires to flooded basements, HAZMAT incidents to emergency medical services, these individuals give of themselves to keep our residents safe. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield...thank you for your service!

If you would like to support Penfield's Community Victory Garden, the committee, along with the help of Girl Scout Troop 60732, will hold a bottle and can drive this Saturday, May 5 at the Penfield Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring all your returnable bottles and cans (including water bottles) and they will return them for you. All proceeds will benefit the all-volunteer Community Victory Garden located at 1747 Five Mile Line Road.

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Now that you have disposed of all your household hazardous wastes and unwanted electronics, and you have also taken care of destroying your secure documents, it is time to clean out the rest of the basement and garage. The Town of Penfield's spring drop-off will run May 10 to 12 at the Penfield Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Hours are Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Until next week, I look forward to seeing you out and about in this great community.



April 26, 2012
Electric Car Show at Penfield Cleanup Day 4/28

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show as part of its "Penfield Cleanup Day" activities this Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The car show was added to the day's events because of keen interest in the town's new free electric car charging station - the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County - at the community center. A ribbon-cutting for the charging station is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. The show is expected to include the 2011 and 2012 Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Echo Electric Conversion, Vectrix Electric Motorcycle, Ford Transit Connect Electric Commercial Van, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Zenn NEV and possibly a 2012 Ford Focus Electric if it arrives in Rochester in time. A number of charging stations will also be on display.

"This is a great opportunity to learn more about electric cars, what's available, how charging stations work, and more," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

To participate in the electric car show, please send an email to show organizer Bob Kanauer at  and include your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address.

The town's Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (EEAC) and Town Board are promoting this event as part of "The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" with activities that began April 21 and run through May 12. For all events and details, go to  and choose "The Great Penfield Cleanup" in the quick links box on the homepage.


April 24, 2012
YOHP Auditions for The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Penfield’s Young Open and Honest Players will hold auditions for their summer musical “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” on Tu & Th April 24 & 26 at Penfield Community Center. Auditions are by appointment only, beginning at 5:30 pm. Please call 340-8664 to reserve an audition time. Performances of the musical will be August 9-11.

"The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)" is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theater, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rogers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A great ensemble piece that is light-hearted and fun. 

April 23, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 4/23

Our friends from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post 1229, located at 1707 Old Penfield Road, will be hosting their annual fund raising "flea market" on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the Legion's only fundraiser to help them keep operating and donating to other community charities.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest veteran service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. Please stop by the flea market, I understand there are many treasures to be found at this very worthwhile event!

The next several components of the "Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" are scheduled for this Saturday, April 28. Penfield Cleanup Day runs 9:00 a.m. to noon. Individuals and groups will be picking up roadsides, parks and other areas that have collected litter and debris over the winter months. Meet at the Community Center by 9:00 a.m. to receive garbage bags and information for those areas to be picked up. Electronics recycling and secure document destruction run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. Both of these events are FREE and give residents an opportunity to recycle unwanted electronics, protect themselves from identity theft, and reduce waste going to landfills. See all details at and choose "The Great Penfield Cleanup" in the quick links box.

And that's not all--as I briefly mentioned in last week's column, also on Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m., the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) of the Town and the Town Board will host a ribbon-cutting for the first public electric car charging station in Monroe County, located at the Community Center. This innovative pilot incorporates sustainable practices into its operations and encourages sustainable practices in the community. The project was the idea of Bob Kanauer, an electrical engineer who is a member of Penfield's Conservation Board and EEAC. Bob is also the owner of LTHS Solar in Penfield. The result of this collaboration is a free public charging station for electric cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and soon to be released Ford Focus electric car. Members of the local electric car club will be on hand with a variety of vehicles to share information and answer questions. This project, as well as the solar powered pump station completed last December, will be monitored and used as stepping stones towards more ambitious use of renewable energy at Town facilities.

On behalf of the Town Board and entire Penfield community, I would like to congratulate Jim Costello, our Director of Business Development Services, and the other 12 local employees from various businesses and community groups in town for being recognized by the Penfield Rotary Club for its "Service Above Self" recognition of employees who provide "great service" to their customers each and every day. This year's program is sponsored by Paychex and Fairport Savings Bank. I understand that based on the feedback Penfield Rotary has received on this program, the group would like to make it a special annual event for Penfield's businesses and professional leaders.

Important dates and events in history: April 30, 1789 - George Washington is sworn in as the 1st president of the United States.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




April 20, 2012
Penfield Provides Public Electric Car Charging Station

In keeping with the Town of Penfield's efforts to incorporate sustainable practices into its operations and encourage sustainable practices in the community, the town's Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (EEAC) and Town Board have installed a free public electric car charging station at the Penfield Community Center and Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road.

This charging station is the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County. The project was the idea of Bob Kanauer, an electrical engineer, member of the Town of Penfield's Energy & Environment Advisory Committee and owner of LTHS Solar. Kanauer donated the charging station equipment and project engineering; the town installed the fully handicap accessible enclosure, providing labor and materials including wood, pavers and conduit. A meter for the charging station is located inside the Community Center.

The result of this collaboration is a free public charging station for electric cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and a soon to be available Ford Focus Electric. The cost of electricity for the charging station is about 33 cents per hour. A one hour charge while visiting the Penfield Library would typically yield about 14 miles of charge to a car's battery. It would take roughly three hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain said, "While electric car use is still in the early adopter phase, this is a perfect time for us to understand what it would take to help support an infrastructure for these vehicles. When Bob Kanauer proposed the project to me it made a lot of sense. We ran it by the EEAC and they favored this trial. We'll track use and costs to help us plan for the future in Penfield." He added the pilot will also help the town understand the benefit of adding electric vehicles to the town fleet in future years. Electric cars may become ideal for short trips around town and between facilities when demand rises and vehicle costs come down.

The charging station will be highlighted at the town's upcoming "Penfield Cleanup Day" Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center. Bob Kanauer and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be there with a variety of vehicles to share information and answer questions. A ribbon-cutting for the charging station will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

"In the next five to ten years more electric cars will be on the road," said Bob Kanauer. "Car prices will come down and the infrastructure to support the vehicles will grow. For example, right now on the west coast you can travel from the state of Washington down through California with access to charging stations the entire distance. Technology and ‘driving distances per charge' will constantly improve as adoption increases."

"The cost to the town for this pilot is minimal," said Supervisor LaFountain. "What we learn from this experience will help us make informed decisions regarding sustainable practices for the town in the future." The town will monitor use of charging station use the project as a stepping stone towards more ambitious use of renewable energy at town facilities.

April 16, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 4/16

I received a very nice note from Penfield Librarian Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman thanking the Literacy Committee of the Penfield Rotary for its generous donation to the library that will supplement its collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) material for adults. Although the library has an adequate collection of circulating ESL material for children, its content is unsatisfactory to fill the needs of adults seeking information in that area. With this new collection, patrons will find age-appropriate books and DVDs to support their study of English. When used in conjunction with the Mango database, a resource for our ESL learners as well as those English speakers who want to study another language, Penfield adult ESL students will be well served. Thank you Penfield Rotary for giving back to your community, it does make a difference in so many lives!

REMINDER: The annual Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Penfield and Webster will be held Saturday, April 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will be held at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. Appointments are required and can be scheduled through end of day Friday, April 20 by logging on to . Dispose of hazardous waste products safely and properly by participating in this event. Do not dump materials down sinks, in sump pumps or outside catch basins.

The Penfield Players present their annual melodrama; this year's production is "Egad! The Woman in White" by Tim Kelly and directed by Nic Hambas. Here is an old-fashioned melodrama that has only one purpose in mind - laughter! The Penfield Players melodramas are a much anticipated highlight for both actors and audiences. The programs are at 8 p.m. Fridays May 4, 11 and 18 and Saturdays May 5, 12 and 19 at the Penfield Community Center. Tickets are $12 each in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve your tickets contact Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655 or log on to . I hope to see you there; it is always a great event.

The spring Recreation Brochure recently hit mailboxes and is also available online. Check out all the wonderful summer activities and wellness information inside. Registration for most programs begins May 1st.

EXCITING NEWS: Through a very generous donation by Bob Kanauer, LTHS Solar of Penfield, the first public electric car charging station has been installed in our community and is located at the Penfield Community Center on the south side of the building. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 28 in conjunction with "The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup." The Electric Car Club of Rochester will be on hand that day with several current model vehicles on the market for residents to view and ask questions regarding operation, availability and more. Please join in and participate in the morning activities from 9 a.m. to noon.

One more plug for the FREE family "Wellness Fest" on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. There will be plenty of activities for all ages including prizes and give-a-ways.

Until next week, be well and be safe!



April 16, 2012
Bottle and Can Drive to Grow Funds for Community Garden

Penfield's Community Victory Garden organizational committee, with help from Penfield Girl Scout Troop 60732, will hold a bottle and can drive on Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.

The public is encouraged to donate their clean, returnable bottles and cans at this event. The drive will help raise funds to support the Community Victory Garden, a 100% volunteer-run project. Funds are used for maintenance of the garden.

Penfield Community Victory Garden is located on 3.3 acre parcel of town-owned land at 1747 Five Mile Line Rd. The garden was founded in 2009 and currently houses 88 beds which are rented to the public on a seasonal basis.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8651.

April 16, 2012
'End Game' Discussion Series
Penfield Recreation's Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will host a three-part series based on End Game, a book by John Mauldin, about the world's economic problems. The series will begin Thursday, May 3, 11:00 am - noon at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.

This program will present an overview of the book's analysis on the challenges that face the nation and the world's economic problems. The series will include the following sessions: Seeing Today's Economic Crisis Through the Lens of History (May 3), How Will the World Economy's Problems Affect the Value of Your Money? (May 10), and The State of the Nation (May 17). This program is led by Rosemary Irwin. The fee for each session is $5.00 or $10.00 for the series.

Please register online or print a registration form and mail to Penfield Recreation with payment. 

Penfield Recreation's DEAR is a program for adults 55+. Low-cost educational classes are offered during the day, ranging from history to spirituality, philosophy to film study. There are no tests and no homework, just the sharing of knowledge!

April 12, 2012
Swim Lessons for Tiny Tadpoles through Teens

Penfield Recreation will offer swim lessons for ages 4 through 14, beginning April 18, at Penfield High School Pool and Community Locker Room, 25 High School Drive, Penfield.

Youth ages 4-5 years can take advantage of Tiny Tadpoles swim lessons to learn water safety and basic swimming skills in a playful manner to encourage a love for swimming. The ratio of students to instructor is kept low for maximum student benefit - 1 instructor per 4 students. Instructors are lifeguard, first aid and CPR certified. Fee for Tiny Tadpoles lessons is $67.00.

Youth ages 6 through 14 years may participate in Red Cross levels 1-6 swim lessons. These lessons range from Red Cross Learn to Swim basics to advanced skills (detailed description of each level). Instructors are life guard, first aid and CPR certified. Fee for Red Cross swim lessons is $59.00 for levels 1-2, and $67.00 for levels 3-6.

Lessons will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning April 18 or April 21 respectively. There are multiple session times available each day. 

Register on-line or print a registration form and mail in. Registration may also be done in person at the Penfield Recreation office at 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. Please call (585) 340-8655 with questions.

April 9, 2012
Free Family Wellness Fest April 22
Penfield Recreation will host a free Family Wellness Fest on Sunday, April 22 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. 

There will be activities for the entire family!  A kids fitness challenge, healthy snacks, crafts, dance sessions, chair massages, Hula Hoop instruction, and wellness information are just some of the fun events to participate in. All events and activities are free to Penfield residents.  

Registration is not required, however all families who pre-register will be entered into drawings for several great raffle prizes. To pre-register, contact the Penfield Recreation Department at 585-340-8655, or email  

This event is an exciting new program that demonstrates the Town of Penfield’s focus on Wellness and the Recreation Department’s commitment to offering the community programs geared towards health and wellness.

April 9, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 4/9

For the past several years our Recreation Department has worked closely with SUNY Brockport's intern program for seniors majoring in Recreation Education and Programming. This year we welcome Ashley Vent who has joined the staff to fulfill her internship. As part of this program, the intern must prepare a town-wide community program. Ashley's program is a free family "Wellness Fest" to be held Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Center. The event will include mini chair massages, blood pressure screenings, a youth fitness challenge, hula hoop instruction, health education and information booths, dance instruction, prizes and give-a-ways! There is plenty of fun to be had for all ages. Mark your calendars and register at the Recreation Office or by e-mail at I look forward to seeing you at the "Wellness Fest"!

The Trails Committee's 2012 Penfield Hiking season is well underway and you will not want to miss these upcoming sessions: Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at C.H. Philbrick Park, meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge; Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Harris-Whalen Park upper pavilion for "spring flowers;" and Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is a canoe/kayak event at Ellison Park's south entrance. All hikes are free, however pre-registration is required. No pets please. To register contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655 or log on to, click on ‘Departments,' then ‘Parks & Recreation,' then ‘Town Trails.'

Town Board members attended a recent Eagle Court of Honor for John O'Hern and John Siniscalco from troop 260 at St. Joseph's Church. John O'Hern's project was to build trails at the newly dedicated Abraham Lincoln Park on Empire Blvd. Since Monroe County opened this park almost a year ago the number of visitors has steadily increased, with countless families taking advantage of the bay and surrounding properties. John Siniscalco constructed a reflection area at the 9/11 memorial at our Veterans' Memorial Park at the Town Hall. Both of these young men are committed to their community and demonstrated that fact in their Eagle Projects. Their families, friends and troop should be very proud of their hard work. On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, thank you John O. and John S. for making our community a little better for everyone!

I received an information sheet from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminding our community and residents of the 2010 NYS "Dishwater Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law" that became effective January 1, 2012. The law covers the sale and use of fertilizers containing phosphorus because phosphorus causes impairments in more than 100 water bodies in New York State. The requirements of the law will reduce the amount of phosphorus in storm water runoff and improve water quality in those affected water bodies. Highlights of the law are as follows:
-Prohibits use of fertilizer containing phosphorus on non-agricultural lawns and turf, except where a new lawn is being established or where a soil test indicates the need for additional phosphorus
-Prohibits application of any fertilizer for non-farm use between December 1 and April 1
-Restricts application of any fertilizer within 20 feet of a water body or on paved surfaces, with limited exceptions
-Requires that retailers display phosphorus-containing fertilizers separately from non-phosphorus fertilizers and post an educational sign where the phosphorus fertilizer is displayed

For full information about the law, please visit

The town employee wellness team reminds me that the wellness theme for the second quarter of the year is focused on Physical Activity. In April, consider starting an outdoor exercise plan that includes a personal fitness plan featuring walking or running, eating healthy and staying hydrated.

Important dates and events in history: April 14, 1865 - President Lincoln is tragically assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

Until next week, be well and be safe!


April 5, 2012
The Penfield Players’ Annual Spring Melodrama
The Penfield Players announces its annual spring melodrama Egad! The Woman in White, written by Tim Kelly and directed by Nicholas Hambas. The production opens Friday, May 4 and runs through Saturday, May 19.


Egad! The Woman in White is an old-fashioned melodrama that has only one purpose in mind -- laughter! It features a disreputable (and hilarious) villain who is not above dirty tricks - he is beneath them. Only one thing scares him - the mysterious "woman in white" who's escaped from the asylum to seek him out.


Cast is as follows:

Sir Percival - played by Ed Hamann
Dora - played by Renee Archbold
Lawyer Gilmore - played by Carl Girard
Countess Fusco - played by Wendy Webster
Mrs. Gatherick - played by Linda Schornstein
Frederick Fairlee - played by Don Bartalo
Marian - played by Laura Pratt
Laura - played by Katharine Sanford
Walter Hartright - played by Tom Bigongiari
Miss Peach - played by Bjorna-Erika Rennie


Show dates and times are as follows: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

Tickets are currently on sale: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Please call the box office 585-340-8655 between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday to charge by phone or go to the Penfield town website

Visit our website for more information.

April 5, 2012
Volunteers Needed for Spring Cleaning in Penfield

Penfield’s annual Spring Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9:00 am at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. Families, clubs, teams and groups are invited to help clean up Penfield by picking up litter and winter debris throughout town. All ages are welcome to participate.

If residents and businesses would like to do their part, but cannot participate in the event, they are encouraged to pick up around their own neighborhood as they see debris this spring.

To register your group, please call (585) 340-8651. Groups may choose an area to clean or have one assigned to them.

This event is part of “The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup”,  a series of events in April and May that encourage residents to help beautify the town, support responsible disposal of hazardous materials, redirect materials from landfills to recycling centers and help protect residents from identity theft.


April 5, 2012
Free Guided Hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free public hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park in Penfield on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 10:00 AM.


This guided hike will follow the trail along Irondequoit Creek. You will see Irondequoit Creek in full spring flow over rapids and several gentle falls, along with the artifacts of some of the old mills that for many years took advantage of its water power. Newer features include the kingpost bridge that spans a small tributary and the “Penfield boulder” retaining walls that keep the water cleaner and help keep sediment out of Irondequoit Bay.  You may also see fishermen in this famous Trout stream. Your guide will be pointing out new spring growth that could include skunk cabbage and some early spring wildflowers.


Come prepared for spring weather; sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended. Parts of the trail could be slippery. The hike is expected to last about two hours and will be led by members of the Penfield Trails Committee.


Philbrick Park, formerly know as Linear Park, is off Rt. 441, west of Penfield’s Historic Four Corners.  Follow the “Hike” signs.  The hike will start at the kiosk near the Washington St. Bridge.  

While the hike is free, participants should register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655, option 6

April 3, 2012
Penfield's YOHP Will Audition Teens for Two Productions

The Young Open and Honest Players will be holding auditions for two upcoming productions - "Harvey" and the summer show "The Musical of Musicals, the Musical."

Auditions for the comedy "Harvey" will be held Wednesday, April 11, at 6:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. Many roles are available for actors ages 13-18. This is an open audition, no registration necessary. Actors will read from the script. Performances are scheduled for June 1 and 2.

Auditions for the YOHP summer musical "The Musical of Musicals, The Musical" will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, April 24 and 26. Advanced audition reservations are required for these auditions. Please call 340-8664 to reserve an audition time. The musical will be performed at the Penfield Community Center on August 9, 10 and 11.

Young Open and Honest Players is a youth drama program run through Penfield Recreation for junior high and high school students.

April 2, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 4/2

I had the honor and pleasure of attending a volunteer appreciation brunch last weekend sponsored by The Nature Conservancy for contributions to the Thousand Acre Swamp. The Town of Penfield has a wonderful partnership with The Nature Conservancy as we share common property lines along this well known sanctuary. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Several dates to mark on your calendar to start the 2012 season include Saturday April 14th at 9AM which is the annual Thousand Acre Spring Work Day to help keep the trails in good condition. Bring your willingness to work along with gloves, boots, rakes and shovels for this trail maintenance project, refreshments will be provided. Friday April 20th at 6:30PM is the "Family Stroll in the Swamp;" this hike is paced for families. Friday April 20th 8PM "Mars Over the Swamp," leaders will provide telescopes, bring a flashlight. Saturday April 28th 8AM "Return of the Bluebirds." Binoculars will enhance your sightings.

I would like to thank the Penfield Rotary for the opportunity to present a combination of the "Wellness of the Town" and "Business Vitality" presentation to their membership at a recent weekly meeting. This has become an annual event which gives us both an opportunity to discuss community projects and programs. Rotary's theme is "Service Above Self" and they provide a very key foundation to this great community of Penfield...thank you for everything you do!

The spring weather appears to be here to stay, and with it brings spring showers. Our Public Works Department is asking all residents to be mindful of leaves and pine needles clogging up storm drains and drainage pipes. Keeping these devices free flowing will help to minimize flooding of private property and roadways. A small amount of effort could save a lot of headaches and potential damage. If you are aware of a major drainage problem in your neighborhood, please report that to the Highway Department at 340-8710 and one of our employees will review the site. Thank you in advance for that extra set of eyes.

The American Red Cross reminds me that the beautiful weather has resulted in a lower than anticipated turn out for blood drives and the blood supply has dropped to extremely low levels. Out of an estimated 38% of the population that is eligible to give blood, only about 8% actually donates. Each day, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed in the U.S. Currently type O negative, type B negative, type A negative and type O positive are at extremely low levels. St. Joseph's Church, 43 Gebhardt Road will be hosting a blood drive on Good Friday, April 6th from 9:30AM - 2:30PM, please consider donating, it does make a difference!

The Penfield Public Library will be hosting a series of programs during April recess for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grades. For details on these programs and many more, please log on at .

On behalf of the Town Board and Town employees, we wish all of our residents a Happy Easter.

Until next week, enjoy the spring weather!





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