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June 27, 2012
Daniel Penfield Sculpture Dedication July 12
The Town of Penfield will formally dedicate the statue of its founder, Daniel Penfield, which is installed in Schaufelberger Park in the historic Four Corners on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.

The town's Bicentennial Committee commissioned sculptor Don Sottile to create the larger-than-life bronze sculpture as part of Penfield's bicentennial celebration in 2010. Sottile is a well-regarded regional artist known for his public works including two famous sculptures of Abraham Lincoln. The statue was financed through a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton, and various fundraisers including sponsorships of personalized bricks that form a path around the statue. Brick sponsors are especially encouraged to attend the ceremony so they may be thanked and see the completed project in person.

The installation features Daniel Penfield standing alongside a granite millstone as a symbol of the milling industry and settlement he fostered along the waterfalls of Irondequoit Creek. The burgeoning community was ultimately established as the Town of Penfield in 1810.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain commented, "Daniel Penfield is finally in place in our Four Corners. The sculpture installation was delayed by soil testing by Exxon Mobil, a former supplier for the Schaufelberger auto and service station operation, but we are back on track and eager to dedicate the statue to our wonderful community that made this project possible."


June 25, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 6/25

I am frequently asked about what is - or what will be - going on in different parts of the town as our Public Works employees, lead by Director Ronnie Williams, implement their summer work program. The following is a brief snapshot of some visible projects: Sidewalks along Jackson Road from the 911 Memorial to Penfield Center Road were completed last week; a drainage project in the southeast quadrant of the Four Corners is currently underway to clean out silt, trees and to update old and various-sized culvert pipes to improve flow; the original section of the Highway Department floor drains have been tied into the sanitary sewer system via an oil separator consistent with Health Department and Department of Environmental Conservation protocols, and we will also be excavating a portion of the front parking lot to address petroleum contamination from decades ago; now that school is out we will begin work at several of the Penfield School District properties for paving and drainage, continuing a long relationship that helps keep costs low for the district; continuation of sidewalks along Empire Blvd. in the area of Plank Road will start soon; road work for Monroe County on Plank and Salt Roads will start next week; the first portion of the Baird Road rehabilitation from just north of Atlantic Ave. to the United Methodist Church will begin after the 4th of July; the Eastside Annex will be relocating to the Don Mack Building and the current facility in front of the Highway Department (aka "The Yellow House") will be razed; Philbrick Park will see a significant clean up including the removal of the metal Quonset hut and other debris; several miles of sanitary sewers will be televised, cleaned and repaired as necessary; we will continue to expand walkways at Rothfuss Park with the goal to have a safe walkway to the Town Hall complex; and several more drainage ditch projects are scheduled for cleaning right through autumn. I would like to take a moment to recognize all the members of the Public Works Department for their hard work and dedication to improving our community!

This past weekend the Penfield High School Class of 1962 dedicated a plaque in memory of 2nd LT. Tom King who was one of the first members of the military to be killed in Vietnam in 1967. The Veterans' Memorial behind the Town Hall is a wonderful area to remember members of the armed services who gave so much for our country. The addition of Tom's plaque to the memorial site was a very moving experience for everyone involved, and I was honored to formally accept the plaque on behalf of the entire community of Penfield.

The Penfield High School Robotics Team performed its annual clean up of the Rt. 441/Panorama Trail ramps collecting garbage and debris to help make our community look better at these locations for everyone who passes through this area...thank you team for your efforts, you consistently give back to your town and it is recognized and appreciated!

The Independence Day parade lineup is taking shape with close to 75 different organizations, community groups, bands and floats taking part this coming Saturday. We will be optimistic about the weather and look forward to another great celebration. I look forward to seeing you along the parade route on Saturday.

I would like to recognize and thank Karyn Turner and all the volunteer members of Dayton's Corners School for hosting their annual open house and pie social this past Sunday. I did partake in several pieces of pie strictly to support the school! Dayton's Corners School is a former one-room school building erected in 1857 and sits at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street. It is the only one-room school house in the area that is still standing and has not been converted to some other use. The building was designated as a Penfield Landmark in 1983, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 2001. For more details about the school or how to volunteer, please log on at www.penfield.org .

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 


June 22, 2012
Dayton's Corners Pie Social Sunday, June 24
The Town of Penfield's Dayton's Corners Schoolhouse, located at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street in Penfield, will host an open house and pie social Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The open house will include free pony rides, pie and lemonade for $2.00, and old-time fiddle music by Heartstrings.

Dayton's Corner School was erected in 1857. It is owned by the Town of Penfield and is the only rural schoolhouse in the area that has not been converted to another use. Today, the "little red brick building" serves as an integral part of the New York State fourth grade curriculum and is a field trip destination for hundreds of area students each year.

For more information please call Karyn Turner, Coordinator Dayton's Corners at (585) 671-7360.


June 19, 2012
Penfield Rec Seeking Modern History Explorers
Penfield Recreation is issuing a call to all history enthusiasts-we are seeking modern explorers to help uncover the local details of 17th-century explorer Robert Rene LaSalle's landing and passage through Irondequoit Bay as he journeyed to find a means of access to the Asian world.

Join local historian Richard Freitas and other history detectives on Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 PM at Penfield Community Center to uncover the fascinating facts. The LaSalle adventure is filled with courageous stories of exploration, triumph, mystery, murder, shipwrecks, treasure, pirates and most importantly its local significance.

Penfield's Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program is hosting this workshop in preparation for a program celebrating the 343rd anniversary of LaSalle's first documented landing. This celebration will be on Thursday, August 9 at 4:00 PM at McGregor's Grill and Tap Room, 1129 Empire Blvd, across from LaSalle's Landing in Penfield.

Register for either program online or call 340-8664 for more information.


June 18, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 6/18

I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department to encourage all of our residents to secure their properties appropriately to prevent theft. Keep garage doors closed and locked at night, if your vehicle sits in the driveway overnight make sure it is locked and nothing valuable is left in sight. Many of these thefts are "crimes of opportunity" by young adults from the neighborhood or visiting the neighborhood. Do not make yourself a victim.

I attended the Penfield Art Association (PAA) reception and awards ceremony last week on their opening evening. This 49-year-old club continues to grow and provide a wonderful show at the Community Center. I am delighted that the Town of Penfield is able to partner with the PAA to provide the space and dates to make this program available to the largest number of our residents. I would like to recognize PAA Spring Show & Sale Chair Nancy Murty and co-chair Dennis Wentworth for making this year's program such a success and for all the artists who were recognized for their excellent work.

We will host the annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 30. Events kick off with the parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade route will begin at Penfield High School, head south on Five Mile Line Road, turn east on Rt. 441, then north on Baird Road to end at the Community Center. This year's parade marshal is Mike Cooper, retired Director of the Penfield Recreation Department. Parade emcee will be Penfield's own Don Alhart of 13 WHAM-TV. Parade music will be provided by the Webster Marching Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, Hit Men Brass Band, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum Corps, Penfield Fire Company and Band, Ghost Riders Drum & Bugle Corps and more. Events at Harris Whalen Park include fun for the whole family beginning at 6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by local bands "Bobby Henrie and the Goners" at 6:00 p.m. followed by "Dog House" at 8:00 p.m. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and vendors will offer many different food options. Fireworks will begin at 10:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no rain date in the event of inclement weather.

The Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton Foundation and the Town of Penfield once again partnered for the Community Charity Annual Golf Tournament earlier this week, benefiting local charities including the Shepherd Home, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, Golisano Children's Hospital and the Penfield High School-Don Mack Scholarship Fund. The weather was great, the event wonderful, and the benefit to these organizations fantastic. I would like to thank the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Foundation for all they do to make our great community of Penfield better in so many ways!

It is that time when another school year comes to a close. On behalf of our entire Town Board and the Penfield community, I would like to congratulate all Penfield students in elementary, junior high, high school or college for all your hard work during the 2011-2012 school year; enjoy your summer.

As I have mentioned briefly in past columns, we have a wonderful musical lineup planned at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis stage this summer: "Cool Jazz" Tuesdays feature Gap Mangione and his New Blues Band July 10; Rod Blumenau July 17; Mark Cassara July 24; and The White Hots July 31. "Kids Fest" Thursdays feature The Dinner Dogs July 12; Bart and Kevin July 19; Dady Brothers July 26; and Mike Kornrich Band August 2. The lineup for "Saturdays on Stage" is Coupe DeVilles July 21 and Gap Mangione and his Big Band August 4. All music starts at 7:00 p.m. and there will be great food available each night, I hope to see you there!

Important dates and events in History: June 22, 1942- "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag was officially recognized by U.S. Congress.

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about Penfield!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  

 


June 12, 2012
Blood Drive June 22
The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Friday, June 22 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. The drive will begin at 1:00 pm and run until 6:00 pm. Double Red Cell donation will be available at this drive.

To schedule a donation appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or visit www.redcrossblood.org. If you donated on or before April 27, you will be eligible to donate at this drive.

All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt and be entered into daily raffle for a $50 gas card!


June 11, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 6/11

The Town of Penfield was recognized at the Public Employees Risk Management Association’s (PERMA) annual meeting with the Kenneth Herman, Sr. Memorial Risk Management Award for “the most innovative risk management program successfully introduced by a member.” PERMA’s senior management indicated that Penfield has had a remarkable record for more than 15 years, and has achieved a perfect annual loss control evaluation since 1995. Penfield serves as a role model for a town safety program with an active safety committee, proper training, a committed accident investigation ethic and top management support. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board, I would like to recognize and thank all town employees for their efforts to maintain a safe work environment that helps eliminate personal pain and suffering and helps to reduce costs to our taxpayers.

 

Recently we have been contacted by several residents regarding “pushy salesmen” soliciting in Penfield for a meat and seafood company. We want to remind all our residents that NO ONE is allowed to solicit door-to-door in the town without first applying for and receiving a selling permit from the Town Clerk’s Office. The permit must be carried at all times during the soliciting period, and the salesman must produce it when asked. All rules and regulations of the licensing ordinance must be followed, including the provision that business can only be conducted between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and sunset. If you have any questions please contact the Town Clerk at 340-8629.

 

I hosted the second graders from Cobbles Elementary for their annual trip to the Town Hall last week. This is the 26th year I have had the honor and pleasure of spending time with this group to discuss local history and town operations. The energy was high, the questions were challenging, and their love for school and the community second to none. This is an event I look forward to each year. A special thank you to second grade teachers Ms. Brown, Mrs. DaRin and Ms. Stote for all they do to prepare the students, and congratulations to all the boys and girls for a successful year. Enjoy your summer!

 

Please consider marking your calendar for the next American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, June 22 at the Penfield Community Center. The drive will run from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Double red cell donation will be available at this drive for those interested. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log on at www.redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation appointment. Note: if you donated on or before April 27, 2012 you will be eligible to donate at this drive. I hope to see you there!

 

I wish to thank the Wegmans Penfield Music Fest and the Penfield High School Jazz and Penfield School District music departments, as well as the Penfield Symphony Orchestra for their POPS Concert, for kicking off our 2012 special events at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. We are indeed fortunate to have many wonderful musical organizations and programs in our community. The next program at the amphitheater is July 10, featuring Gap Mangione and his New Blues Band. Please come and enjoy all of the 2012 programs. For a complete list, log on at www.penfield.org .

 

Librarian Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman and the very talented staff of the Penfield Public Library are gearing up for a busy summer, including their 15th annual adult summer reading program entitled “Between the Covers.” Complete one raffle slip for each book you read to be eligible for weekly prizes. Suggested readings lists are available. Sign up soon, the program runs from June 25 to August 3. There are also many teen and children’s programs available over the summer. A link to all the programs will be available from the Library’s website beginning June 20. Check out all the wonderful programs by logging on at www.penfieldlibrary.org .

 

Until next week, be well and be safe!

 

Tony

340-8631


June 5, 2012
Penfield Pops Band Will Play at Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage

Penfield Pops Band will play a concert at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm. The band will be accompanied by a guest vocalist. This concert is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic and enjoy a fun evening with the whole family!

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans' Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. 


June 5, 2012
Free Guided Hike - Wild Iris Trail & Veterans' Memorial Park
Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike on Saturday, June 9 at the Genesee Land Trust's Hipp Brook Preserve and at Veterans' Memorial Park, beginning at 9:00 AM.

The hike will start at the west end of Brougham Dr. (Brougham Dr. is off Jackson Rd., south of Atlantic Ave.)

This guided hike will follow the Wild Iris Trail in the Genesee Land Trust's Hipp Brook Preserve. The trail displays a variety of wetland plants including blue wild iris. Mosquito repellant is suggested. After this short hike, we will re-group at Veterans' Memorial Park behind the Town Hall on Atlantic Ave. The trails explore wooded and open areas of the park. Total time for the morning will be about two hours. The hike will be led by Penfield Trails Committee members.

This hike is free; participants are asked to register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655.

Don't forget to take your Wegmans Penfield Passport to Family Wellness on this hike!




June 4, 2012
Supervisor's Column: Week of 6/4

Last week, I was honored to attend the dedication of the Dr. Raymond A. Santirocco Monroe County Crime Lab Library. The library dedication is a tribute to Ray Santirocco's commitment and leadership in the field of Public Safety. I had the pleasure of knowing Ray for more than 25 years and served with him on the Penfield Town Board and the Monroe County Legislature. Ray had many passions-his family, politics, music, and public safety to name a few. Monroe County is recognized as a leader in public safety across the country; much of this is credited to the work Ray did for emergency planning, the 911 center, and support of fire and police across the region. Congratulations to Ray's wife Berthe Santirocco and all his family. Thank you for sharing Ray's talents with our community of Monroe.

Penfield's Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance was another wonderful and moving event with more than 400 in attendance at the Amphitheater and many more watching live on PCTV. A special thank you goes out to the Penfield Pops Band and conductor Dick Stacy, the Penfield High School Voice Class Students and vocal teacher Diane Abrahamian, Boy Scout Troops 310 and 312, Pastor Zackary Dressner, and Andrew Strawhand, Commander VFW Post 820. I would like to also recognize all the members of our town staff who participated, lead by Sabrina Renner. If you would like to honor or remember a veteran or active service person with a rose at the 2013 Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651. Thank you for honoring our heroes.

For those that are interested in a three-mile walk, the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association informs me that the 2012 Summer Burn Camp Walk will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a wonderful day of fun and fitness at Durand Eastman Park and Seabreeze Amusement Park, all while raising the necessary support to send a youth burn survivor to Summer Burn Camp. For more details or to pre-register, log on to www.flrba.com .

I recently attended the 2012 "Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award" ceremony to recognize those members of Law Enforcement and Firefighters of Monroe County and the City of Rochester who respond above and beyond the call of duty. This impressive group of men and women place themselves in harm's way each and every day for the protection of us all. To them it is no big deal; they are "just doing their job." I would like to recognize and thank all members of law enforcement and fire and emergency services for everything they do to keep us safe!

Well, after a lot of interest, discussion and planning, the much anticipated new dog park at Ellison Park is officially open. I attended the ribbon cutting of this new fully contained four-acre off-leash facility last week. The dog park features both wet and dry areas in a safe environment. Over the last several years I have received many calls from residents looking for a suitable place to take their dogs and allow them off leash to run and play. The dog park is located at Ellison Park in the Willow Grove area on Blossom Road across from the tennis courts.

Boy Scout Troop 310 of Penfield recently held an Eagle Court of Honor to add Conor Trippe, their 51st Eagle Scout, to their growing list of distinguished members. I had the honor of recognizing Conor on behalf our entire community. Conor is a senior at Penfield High School. He completed the necessary requirements to pass his Eagle Board of Review this past spring with a project in Corbett's Glen that included the design and installation of three park benches along the north trail and mulching more than one-half mile of trails within the glen. Congratulations Conor on achieving the rank of Eagle.

The Town's Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee reminds us that we can help the environment by removing garbage from bike paths, parks, school grounds, nature trails and community centers. Also, as we look to spend more time at the local beaches or lakes in the area, remember that roughly 80 percent of marine debris actually comes from land-based sources.

On behalf of the entire Penfield community, our condolences go to County Legislator and former Penfield Town Councilwoman Debbie Drawe and her family on the passing of her mother, Marion Brown. Marion served the Town of Brighton for more than 20 years as a councilwoman and Town Clerk. She was a past Chairman of the Brighton Republican Committee and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Important dates and events in history: June 6, 1944-Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day") opening of the second front on the continent of Europe; June 10, 1915-the Girl scouts are established.

Until next week, I hope to see you around our great community!

Tony
340-8631




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