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May 29, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/28
I am in contact with members of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf on a regular basis; they are currently looking for more small groups to join their "Adopt a Shelf" program. In the past, they have had groups "adopt" specific items to help keep the food shelf stocked with those items whenever they ran low. This commitment helps to maintain a reliable inventory between major food drives. Currently there is a need for these items: ketchup, jelly, salad dressing, peanut butter, mustard, applesauce and canned fruit. The Food Shelf hopes that any small group that adopts an item would consider donating just three times per year. Ideally, the months of March, June and September seem to work best; however, they are certainly flexible with the timing of donations. As in the past, any size or any brand items are appreciated and there is no minimum contribution. All donations are appreciated and welcome. Interested groups should contact the Food Shelf at 234-0799. Communities look after their own-please consider supporting the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf.

The Penfield Art Association is holding its annual spring show June 11 to 17 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show will feature more than 150 paintings by more than 60 local artists. The opening reception and award ceremony is Monday, June 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Show hours are Monday through Thursday10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.penfieldartassociation.com . The PAA welcomes members of all skill levels who use two-dimensional media.

Last week I attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize Nathan Francis Kittrell, a member of Troop 312 located at the Penfield Presbyterian Church. Nathan completed his Eagle Scout project by creating and painting a detailed music themed wall mural for the Bay Trail Middle School music department. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and present, on behalf of the entire community of Penfield, a certificate of appreciation for his accomplishment of attaining the rank of Eagle. Congratulations to Nathan and his family for this honor. I predict that you will be seeing and hearing more about this young in the years to come, great job Nathan!

I recently learned that if you choose "Renew Monroe" to renew your vehicle registration locally, Monroe County keeps 12.7% of your registration fee-and Monroe County gets NOTHING if you mail your registration to New York State or renew online. Every dollar from registration renewals we can keep in Monroe County helps keep our taxes as low as possible. Last year the County Clerk's office contributed several million dollars to the Monroe County budget from local renewals; this revenue would have otherwise gone to, and been kept by, New York State. You can "Renew Monroe" by mailing your registration renewal notices to: Monroe County Auto License Bureau, 2199 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14623. Note: If you use the pink envelope provided with your renewal forms, you MUST CROSS OUT the bar code on the renewal document. The mobile DMV is also available for this service, making it convenient to renew. The mobile DMV is at the Penfield Town Hall most every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop in to "Renew Monroe" and help keep our renewal dollars local.

The Town's Employee Wellness Committee members remind me that June is "National Great Outdoors Month" and they are encouraging everyone to get off the couch and away from the TV, computer and video games to spend time outdoors walking, hiking or biking. Physically and mentally, your body will thank you!

The State of the County Address as delivered by the County Executive can be downloaded by going to http://www.monroecounty.gov/executive-speeches.php .

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8631

 

 

 


May 21, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/21

Last fall the Town was approached by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 820, led by Commander Andrew Strawhand, with a proposal to install a 50 foot high flag pole at the highest point of Rothfuss Park. Penfield Post # 820 donated all the funds to cover the cost of this very generous gift to the citizens of our great community. Members of the VFW have been identifying locations to install flag poles on town-owned lands to proudly display the American flag in all corners of Penfield. This new flag pole will be dedicated on Wednesday, May 23 at noon with a small ceremony and official raising of our newest public flag. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we would like to recognize and thank Penfield Post #820 and Commander Andrew E. Strawhand; 1st Vice Commander Richard C. Neubauer; 2nd Vice Commander William J. Bushart; Quartermaster Bruce W. McManus; Adjutant Christine M. Meath and Trustee Waite H. Mertz for their service to our country and their commitment to their community.

Mark your calendars for the annual free rabies clinic to be held Saturday, June 2 at the Penfield Public Works Complex located at 1607 Jackson Road, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old. The free clinic is a courtesy of the Monroe County Department of Health and the Town of Penfield. For more information call 340-8616.

Last week, Recreation Director Chris Bilow and I had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for the Penfield High School Varsity Baseball Team for their senior night celebration. Ten of this year's team members who will be graduating next month were recognized with their parents at the opening of their last home game of the season. I would like to congratulate Coach Rob Consaul, his staff, and the entire varsity team for their great season. This group of young men proudly represents their school and community and we wish them all the best in all future endeavors. By the way, in case you did not see the write up, Penfield beat Irondequoit 10-0-great job guys, good luck in post season!

The summer 2012 Recreation Brochure is out in all your mailboxes and also available online. Take a few minutes to review all the great program offerings in our aquatic section, scenic treks/trails, wellness information, the amphitheater schedule, library information and much more. Registration is open and programs tend to fill up quickly, so do not delay. For more information please log on at www.penfield.org . Choose ‘Parks and Recreation' and follow the links.

June is Wellness Month in Penfield, making this a good time to remember that play and recreation are important for good health, and we can also plan to eat more locally grown fruits and vegetables this summer. Hey kids, check out the Rothfuss Park farm walk. The Wegmans Passport Family Wellness program is also underway, stop by the Penfield Recreation office or either of the Penfield Wegmans stores (Penfield Road or Empire Blvd.) to get your Trails Passport and get moving!

The Penfield Rotary Club will be hosting its first $100,000 "hole in one" tournament to be located at the top of Harris Whalen Park. The remaining qualifying dates are Friday, May 25, 5:30-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 27, 1:00-6:00 p.m. Consider supporting Rotary and take a chance at winning $100,000...fore!

I close with a few sad notes. First is the passing of Rosalie Mark. Rosalie was the wife of former Town Justice Judge Donald J. Mark who served our great community for many years before becoming a State Supreme Court Judge.

The second is Past Chief and current Commissioner Frank "Ski" Mioduszewski who recently passed away after 39 years of service to the Penfield Fire Company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both of these families for their losses and the loss to the Penfield Community.

Until next week, be well and enjoy the wonderful spring weather upon us!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8631

 


May 17, 2012
New Class Takes the Cake
Penfield Recreation will offer a new class for kids in Beginner Cake Decorating on Wednesday evenings, May 30 through June 20, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.
Kids ages 7 and up can learn the basics of decorating beautiful cakes in a kid-friendly environment! Participants will learn coloring frosting, frosting cakes, decorating with several basic frosting tips, writing on cakes, and more.
The cost of this program is $30 for each participant. Please register online or print a registration form, or visit our office at 1985 Baird Rd.
Interested in an adult version of this class? Contact the Penfield Recreation office at (585) 340-8655.

May 14, 2012
Penfield Recreation’s DEAR Introduces “Meet Opps”
Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program is launching a summer long series entitled Meet Opps. Meet Opps are meeting opportunities for people with similar interests to gather and exchange stories, experiences, and resources on a variety of specific topics.  Meet Opps will be held on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., unless otherwise noted.  

The meetings will be facilitated by one or two individuals who will prepare a short presentation to kick off the discussion.  Scheduled Meet Opps include: 

I Love All That is Different about NYC (May 22) - a PowerPoint presentation on some of the lesser known places to go and things to do in New York City. Travel lovers and NYC enthusiasts - come hear some possibly new places to go or share some of your own unique experiences in the Big Apple.

DEAR Consortium Meeting (May 29)
- a call for volunteers to assist with planning and program ideas for the DEAR program.

Grandpa 101 (June 5)
- an opportunity to share some fun and different activities you can do with your grandchildren. 

Readers Theater (June 12, 19, 26)
- an opportunity for drama enthusiasts to read aloud and discuss a play. 

Tracing the Journey of Rene Robert LaSalle (July 10 & Aug 9)
- history enthusiasts can learn and share with each other the remarkable journey of LaSalle. 

Collecting 101 (July 17)
- a unique postcard collection by Ken Andrews and a discussion about the rewards of collecting. Participants are encouraged to bring their own collections. 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate (Aug 14)
- presented by MVP. This special Meet Opp will discuss the history of chocolate, the different types, free trade vs. other sources and the latest research about the benefits of this sweet treat.  

Registration is required for all of these programs. Register onlineby mail, or at Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.  
 
 


May 14, 2012
'Topics in Spirituality' Series Concludes May 24
Rev. Nanci DeLeo’s ‘Topics in Spirituality’ discussion series will wrap up on Thursday, May 24 with a discussion on Important Spiritual Messages for This Day of Age at 7:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield.  

Rev. DeLeo will discuss the evolving consciousness of mankind world wide and our ever changing attempts to create a new Earth full of peace, love, cooperation, abundance and beauty.  

The cost of this program is $10.00. Registration is required. Please register onlineby mail  or in person at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.


May 14, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/14

Recently, several residents interested in storm water management and reducing water pollution have asked me what the Town of Penfield is doing to help to protect our waterways. This is a complicated subject, and I will try not to make you experts in this field or minimize the importance of this subject with my response. The Clean Water Act of 1972 set a course for requiring all municipalities to address water pollution. The regulatory agency in New York State is the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC has established two general permits addressing storm water pollution for construction projects and for municipalities. Penfield has adopted a number of new laws to ensure compliance with these requirements.

Another component of our compliance measures includes the creation of a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). This plan outlines procedures and responsibilities for town staff to comply with the federal and state requirements. This is a major undertaking to ensure that water quality is improved and protected in our waterways. The plan addresses compliance efforts for the six minimum control measures: public education and outreach, public involvement and participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction management, post-construction management, and pollution prevention and good housekeeping.

The Stormwater Coalition was created by Monroe County and involves all 29 of the regulated municipalities that are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Through a cooperative effort with the towns and villages in Monroe County, the workload in compliance efforts is shared amongst members. In addition to the SWMP, the Stormwater Coalition will be issuing its annual report to the DEC on its compliance efforts for 2011. This report covers the Town of Penfield as well as compliance efforts throughout Monroe County. The annual report will be available later this month at the Town Library and the Town Hall for review by any interested resident.

The Shepherd Home, located at 1959 Five Mile Line Road, will be holding its annual plant sale Friday, May 18, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Shepherd Home is a two-bedroom home in Penfield that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a home setting. The annual operating costs of this home come from generous donors and from events like the plant sale. Please consider stopping by Shepherd Home and shop the wonderful array of plants. I understand they will offer hanging plants of ivy geraniums, petunias and begonias; flats of impatiens, pansies, marigolds, alyssum and more. A variety of perennials and vegetable plants will also be available. I hope to see you there!

You have two more weekends to take advantage of the Penfield Players annual melodrama," Egad! The Woman in White." Here is an old-fashioned melodrama that has only one purpose in mind...LAUGHTER! The Penfield Players' annual melodramas are a much anticipated highlight with both actors and audiences. In fact, the audience is almost as big a part of the show as what happens on stage. Performances will be held Fridays May 11 and 18 and Saturdays May 12 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more details log on to www.penfieldplayers.org . Enjoy the show!

Please mark your calendars for the annual Memorial Day ceremony to be held on Monday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. There will be a procession of roses which has become a rich tradition in Penfield to honor service members past and present. This year's ceremony will feature a special musical tribute by Penfield High School Voice Class, led by Diane Abrahamian. If you would like to honor a friend or loved one in the procession of roses, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 or srenner@penfield.org .

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the newly remodeled Weight Watchers store located in the Wegmans shopping plaza at the corner of Routes 441 and 250. The updated store is more modern and inviting for the community. Please stop by for a visit and to say hello. Their motto is "2012 is the year to BELIEVE and ACHIEVE." A healthy business makes for a healthy community; please support all of our Penfield businesses!

Save the date for the annual "Ride of Silence" to be held Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. The ride will begin at the Highway Department, 1607 Jackson Road. In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first "Ride of Silence" in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and died. Please join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Until next week, see you out in the community!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 


May 9, 2012
Penfield Implements Solar-powered Sewer Pump Station

In keeping with the Town of Penfield's efforts to incorporate sustainable practices into its operations, the town's Sewer Department has recently converted a small pump station to solar power.

The conversion of the Maple Park Heights pump station from electricity to solar is a project championed by the Town of Penfield's Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (EEAC). This particular pump station was chosen because its small size makes it a manageable project and an ideal introductory step towards using renewable energy more town facilities.

"We were looking for a town site to meet our criteria for our first solar conversion project. The location had to be small enough to achieve net-zero electricity use and serve as a learning experience for all involved. Generous donations of system design and necessary inverter hardware has helped to make this pay back in cost in less than three years," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "We are looking forward to many sunny days to pay for pump operation, and we may even enjoy the benefit of selling energy back to the power grid."

System design and engineering was donated by Penfield resident Robert Kanauer, a solar photo voltaic engineer and member of the town's EEAC and Conservation Board. Direct Grid Technologies donated the system's power inverter to the Town of Penfield. The Solar PV distributor is Sunwise Technologies, and the project was supported by NYSERDA's Solar PV incentive program. The project used all "made in the USA" materials and resources. It is estimated that this solar installation could save the Town as much as $300 annually. "This is not a huge amount of money, the value of this project will come in the form of knowledge and influence on more significant future efforts to use sustainable resources in our town," added LaFountain.

The Town of Penfield has a history of reducing energy use. In 1999, the Penfield Town Board made an innovate move to negotiate with RG&E to purchase street lights and eliminate leasing costs. That effort was followed by replacing costly mercury-vapor light fixtures with more energy-efficient high powered sodium fixtures. Together, these efforts have saved taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

The Sewer Department continually looks for ways to reduce costs. One of these methods is to reduce or eliminate the amount of ground water that enters the sanitary sewer system, which increases treatment costs. These efforts are ongoing, and to date it is estimated that this work saves the sewer rate payers $16,000 annually.

The town will monitor the performance of the solar pump station and use the project as a stepping stone towards more ambitious use of renewable energy at town facilities.

 

 


May 7, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/7

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Citizens Against Teen Suicide (CATS) Bully Abuse Forum held at Baywinde Senior Living. My overall awareness and understanding of the growing problem of bullying and cyber-bullying was raised 100%. This forum was a "call to action" for families and community members to make us aware of this frightening abuse problem, and more importantly, it challenged us to make a difference.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Sam McQuade from RIT. Dr. McQuade teaches and conducts research in areas that include computer crime, enterprise security, and career options in high-tech societies. In 2008 he conducted a massive ‘cybercrime victimization and offending' survey of more than 40, 000 local K-12 students and hundreds of parents and teachers. The survey revealed new understanding of ways in which youth behave and interact online as well as how computerized systems and devices are abused.

New York is one of only a handful of states that does not have a law against cyber bulling. State Senator Mike Nozzolio, chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, was on hand to speak about his efforts to correct this serious omission. Addressing this very serious problem is not only an issue for CATS, our schools, the State Senate, law enforcement, counseling centers or other institutes and ministries-it is an issue deserving the attention of our entire community, and we can and must make a difference.

I encourage everyone to visit the CATS website at www.citizensagainstteensuicide.com  to learn more. Ray Antocicco is the Executive Director and a former educator who has committed himself to raising awareness and making a difference...we all must raise our knowledge about bullying and then be willing to do something more than sit on the sidelines and watch the destructive choices bullying fosters...bullying in any form is unacceptable!

The second round of the "Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" was a huge success. More than 1,300 pounds of debris was picked up from our roadways, trails and parks. Three truckloads of electronics were collected for recycling and kept out of landfills. I will have a total weight for that material in the next few weeks. And our confidential document destruction was so successful that we filled two trucks, collected more than 15,000 pounds of paper, and unfortunately had to turn some residents away as there was no more room. If you happened to be one of those residents, please contact my office at 340-8630 and we will make arrangements to take the materials at the Town Hall and combine it in our secure totes that are emptied each week.

The last and final round of the "Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" is May 10-12. This features spring drop-off at the Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. The event will run Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Accepted household items include furniture, appliances, tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, and brush. Common sense is appreciated. We cannot accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, leaves and grass clippings, hazardous materials, gas and oil, paint or driveway sealer. You must be a resident of Penfield to participate; please bring a form of identification showing proof of residency.

We continue to see a number of people allowing their dogs off leash in town parks and had several recent close calls with dog attacks. Penfield does have a leash law and it is enforced by our Animal Control officers. I have asked the Sheriff's Department to support our officers during times when dog owners want to bully Animal Control. Bullying is unacceptable behavior and it will be addressed by law enforcement. Thank you in advance for keeping your pets leashed!

The Shepherd Home will hold its annual plant sale Friday, May 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This sale will be held at the Shepherd Home, 1959 Five Mile Line Road.

May is "Building Safety Month" to raise awareness of the importance of building safety, green and sustainable building, pool, spa and hot tub safety, and new technologies in the construction industry. Building Safety Month encourages everyone to take appropriate steps to ensure the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable. Countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of safety codes by local and state agencies.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 


May 2, 2012
Bottle and Can Drive for the 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.




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