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September 28, 2012
2nd Annual Bike Donation Event Oct 6

Penfield Rotary and the Town of Penfield will sponsor a Community Bike Drop on Saturday, October 6 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. from 9 am until 2 pm.

Keep those old or unwanted bikes out of our landfills by donating them to a good cause. All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for redistribution to needy children and adults. All types of bikes are needed, including children’s tricycles, toddler plastic bikes and bike parts. Receipts will be available.

The first 100 bikes donated will get a coupon for a free Kiddie cone from Bill Gray’s, and the first 50 bikes donated will receive a free ticket to Haunted House of Rochester.

R Community Bikes, Inc. is a grassroots 501c3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester’s most needy children and adults.

For additional information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email Linda Kohl, Penfield Rotary at lkohl58@aol.com.


September 24, 2012
Family First Penfield Challenge 5K is this Sunday

The Family First Penfield 5K Challenge X will be run on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This 10th annual race will begin at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield at 9:00 am.

Registration is now open. For runners who register before September 24 the fee is $20; after September 24 the fee is $25. The first 200 runners to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age category.

“This event was started 10 years ago with the idea that it was a race in Penfield for Penfield by Penfield; we are excited that this year marks a decade-long program,” said Chris Bilow, director of recreation.  As we continue to encourage residents to be healthy and stay active, this race is another opportunity to make that possible.”

The course is certified by the USATF/RRTC #NY04023KL. Computerized race results provided by PCR Timing Services.

This year’s race is sponsored by Family First Federal Credit Union, Town of Penfield, The YMCA, Nalgene, and Genesee Valley Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation PC.

Race registration form is available on-line or at the Penfield Recreation office. For more information, call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.


September 24, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 9/24

Fall truly is just around the corner, as the last formal event at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis stage was held September 15 with the eighth annual Tastin’ the Blues. The weather was cool, the chili and music hot, and the Dundee sampling of ales and lagers a treat. I would like to recognize and thank everyone who participated in the chili making and judging contest. I estimate more than 64 gallons of chili was served in about 90 minutes in two-ounce serving cups to roughly 550 attendees…amazing! I would also like to recognize Dundee for the beer samples, all who participated in the cruise car showing, and everyone who worked on the food concession. Lastly, I would like to extend a special thank you to Steve Orsini from our Recreation Department who was the coordinator of this wonderful event, many people are still talking about the program and looking forward to next year…great job Steve.

WE NEED YOUR UNNEEDED BIKES! The second annual Penfield Community Bike Drop, sponsored by Penfield Rotary and the Town of Penfield, will be held Saturday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This program is a partnership with “R Community Bikes,” a grassroots 501-C-3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution free of charge to Rochester area’s most needy children and adults. What can be dropped off? All types of bikes, including children’s tricycles, toddlers’ plastic bikes, and bike parts. This is a great time to clean up and clean out that corner of the garage and have that old unused bike go to a great cause. For more information contact Penfield Recreation at 240-8655 or log on to www.rcommunitybikes.net . Please note that receipts will be provided documenting all donations for your records.

I was recently asked when the Penfield Rotary Band will be performing next. The “Nels Carman Big Band Nights” will be held the first Tuesday of each month; they will play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for your dancing and listening pleasure. The dates include October 2, November 6 and December 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Community Center gymnasium. The fee is $1.00 and you pay at the door. Stop in and enjoy the Penfield Rotary Band!

As you read this next item, it comes with good and bad news. The good news is you are not too late to enter the Family First Penfield 5K Challenge X this coming Sunday, September 30. The bad news is you missed the registration fee of $20.00, it is now $25.00. Regardless of the fee, this is still a great bargain for the price. Check in is at 8:00 a.m. and the race will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp. I hope to see you there.

The town’s Employees Wellness Committee wants me to remind all of our residents that September is the last month of the third quarter themed “Preventive Care” with a concentration on reducing the risk of spreading colds and flu. Our children and grand-children are back in school, and sometimes more than homework comes home with them at the end of the day. Experts encourage us to wash our hands regularly, build up our immune systems with healthy foods, exercise, stay away from people displaying symptoms like sneezing and coughing, and consider getting a flu shot. All of these do not guarantee that you will not get a cold or flu; however it will help decrease the risk.

Note: a public hearing will be held on October 3 for the preliminary budget for 2013. Any and all residents are welcome to attend the meeting to speak on this budget. If you do not want to venture out that night, consider watching Penfield TV live. If you do not have cable you can watch the streaming video online at www.penfield.org and you can call in at 340-8771 and be connected to the Town Board live to ask questions and provide input on the budget.

Fun facts from our Penfield Librarian Bernadette Brinkman regarding the recent book sale: the sale netted around $29,000 to be used for equipment, programs and other enhancements to the library that are not covered by its general operating budget; dedicated members of the Friends of the Penfield Public Library worked all year to ready materials for sale by sorting them into categories to facilitate browsing by shoppers; members of the Penfield High School boys baseball team, girls basketball team and National Honor Society assisted with setup; Family First, Lisa’s Liquor Barn, Mark’s Pizzeria, Tops, Wegmans, and Summit Federal Credit Union represented the Penfield business community supporting the book sale; materials for sale consisted of library discards as well as public donations of gently-used books, games, puzzles, and sound and video recordings in various formats. The sale was another wonderful success…a special thank you to everyone who donated and purchased.

Until next week, be well and be safe…and consider getting your flu shot!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8631


September 18, 2012
Penfield to Host National Plug In Day Sep 23

The Town of Penfield will join more than 50 cities and towns nationwide to celebrate “National Plug In Day” on Sunday, September 23, 2:00-5:00 p.m., at its electric car charging station on the south side of the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

This free event is being coordinated by Bob Kanauer, an electrical engineer, member of the Town of Penfield’s Energy & Environment Advisory Committee, and owner of LTHS Solar.

Visitors will see the newest electric vehicles, have an opportunity to speak to local experts on electric vehicle technology, and play a solar-friendly game.  

The Town of Penfield installed the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in April 2012. Bob 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.

Penfield’s public charging station supports electric cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and more. The cost of electricity for the charging station is about 33 cents per hour. A one hour charge while visiting the Penfield Community Center 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, “Ownership of electric cars is gaining momentum and we are interested in learning what it will take to support an infrastructure for these vehicles in our community. The town board will track use and costs of the charging station so when demand rises and vehicle costs come down we can measure the benefit of adding electric vehicles to the town fleet for short trips between facilities.”

For more information on National Plug In day go to http://www.pluginamerica.org/ .


September 17, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 9/17

I recently had the honor of attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton where I recognized and thanked the organization for its service to our community over the last half century. Kiwanis is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. The Kiwanis family of clubs—600,000 members strong—annually raises more than $107 million and dedicates more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.

On behalf of the Town of Penfield, I presented charter member Robert A. Calabrese with a token of appreciation for his 50 years of service. I have known Bob for more than 30 years; he is a great example of Kiwanis values. Robert, thank you for your dedication to our community.

The 2013 Tentative Budget was submitted to the Penfield Town Board and residents of Penfield on September 5. For a complete copy of this budget, please log on to www.penfield.org and go to ‘quick links’ on the left-hand column and choose ‘Town Budget.’ The 2013 budget has a property tax rate of $2.64; this is the fourth year in a row at this level. The town board will hold a public hearing on the 2013 Preliminary Budget on October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. I encourage everyone interested in speaking about the budget to attend this hearing or phone in during the public hearing at 340-8771, you will be connected live to share your comments.

As the Recreation Department readies for its annual Halloween Family Fun night and the fourth annual Ghost Walk at Oakwood Cemetery on Friday, October 19, I am reminded by coordinator Pam Mount that she needs actors to play the parts of various ‘residents’ of the cemetery. Actors ages 13 and up are needed, no auditions required! If you are interested please contact Pam at 340-8664—it is always a lot of fun and you learn some history of this great community.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13 for “Fall Drop-off” at the public works complex. This is one last chance to clean up and clean out before winter. Need to get a car in the garage before winter weather hits but you have no room because of clutter? Can your service person find your furnace to prepare it for the season? Maybe when the kids went back to college some of their “stuff” did not make the trip! Well, Fall Drop-off is a great way to unload and clean up. To see details, including items that may and may not be brought to drop-off, go to www.penfield.org . Common sense is appreciated; and as always, we encourage everyone to recycle and donate as much as possible before sending materials to the landfill.

Our Recreation Department is coordinating an update to the Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan with a group of interested and dedicated residents, and they are asking for your help. Please consider logging on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/PenRecSurvey to take a quick five-minute needs assessment survey. The information we gather will help determine future program offerings through the Penfield Recreation. Thank you in advance for your involvement in this important process!

Important dates and events in history: September 20, 1814 – The “Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official national Anthem. September 25, 1804 – The Twelfth Amendment is added to the Constitution. The Twelfth Amendment corrects a problem that has arisen in the method of electing the president and vice president. This amendment provides for the Electoral College to use separate ballots in voting for president and vice president.

Until next week, I look forward to seeing you out in our great community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

340-8630


September 14, 2012
I-590/Winton Road Interchange Construction Updates

I-590/Winton Road Interchange info:

The construction schedule calls for road work to continue until early to mid-October. More work is slated for Friday night September 21, at 9 p.m. through Sunday night, September 23. This schedule assumes favorable weather conditions and general construction progress.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange is a unique roadway design that requires traffic on the intersecting non-freeway road to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road by crossing at signalized intersections, allowing a free flow of traffic onto the interstate. This design helps traffic move more quickly and efficiently, reduces congestion, and increases safety.

For more information about the I-590/Winton Road Interchange project visit www.dot.ny.gov/590winton. The site features project details, drawings, and an educational video. 


September 11, 2012
Recreation Survey

Penfield Recreation is looking for your input as we continue updating the 5-Year Recreation Department Master Plan. Please take a moment and complete this quick needs assessment survey. The information gathered from this survey will help decide future programming offered through Penfield Recreation. 

Keep an eye out for additional upcoming public comment opportunities! 

Thank you for your involvement in this important process.

September 10, 2012
'Making Sense of the Civil War' Lecture Series

Something special happens when we talk about what we read with others in our community. Text becomes a catalyst for civic engagement and cultural understanding, as well as for personal reflection. The Council invites New Yorkers to meet Walt Whitman’s call for active reading by participating in one of our reading and discussion programs for adults. Reading and discussion programs make time for thinking deeply about one thing, over time, from a variety of perspectives.

While no readings are required to participate in discussions, participants will have an opportunity to collect copies of short readings pertinent to each session and two books—March by Geraldine Brooks and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson—will provide the framework for the first and fourth discussions respectively. Readings are a departure point. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas and experiences to share.

See complete program information here.


September 10, 2012
DEAR Open House Sept. 17

Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will host an open house on Monday, September 17 at Penfield Community Center, beginning at 10:00 am, to kick off the fall DEAR program. Meet and greet many of the instructors and facilitators of the upcoming fall programs, and enjoy free coffee and doughnuts. You can also participate in fun and informative free lectures and demonstrations, as well as a $4.00 picnic lunch.

Lectures will include a review of the book The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, presented by Doris Adamek. To highlight the many Civil War themed programs we have this fall, we will have a lecture on the Battle of Antietam, presented by Joseph Meli.

The picnic lunch will include a detailed overview of the entire DEAR program and then a free tea and dessert at 1:00 pm in the senior lounge. Penfield’s resident author and premier historian of the Rochester area, Donovan Shilling, will make a guest appearance in the senior lounge at this time.

For more information or to purchase a lunch ticket, please contact Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655. 


September 10, 2012
Tastin' the Blues This Saturday

Penfield’s annual Tastin’ the Blues will be held on Saturday, September 15 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12 - 4 pm. This free event will include chili judging, beer sampling, blues music, and cruise car display.

Anyone who has a favorite chili recipe is invited to enter the chili contest. Chili entries will be judged. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three in each category. Registration forms and rules for the chili contest can be found at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or on our website.

Dundee Ales & Lagers will provide samples of its line of beer for those who are over 21, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, with special guest Joe Beard, will bring their hard-driving, Chicago-style blues music to the stage.

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Town of Penfield website, or call 340-8655. 


September 10, 2012
Supervisor’s Column:Week of 9/10

This week marks the eleven-year anniversary of September 11. My interest is to make sure we never forget “those we lost, those who served, and those who carry on.” If you are at the Town Hall, please consider stopping by the 9/11 Memorial flag and garden at the Jackson Road entrance to Veterans’ Memorial Park near the Dolomite Lodge. Remember…we will not falter, we will not fear, we will not fail, we will not forget!

As a result of last week’s heavy rains, I have been reminded by our Highway Department to encourage all residents to be sensitive to keeping catch basins and yard drains free of leaves, sticks and other debris so these units may perform as efficiently as possible during rain events. Many of the backups and standing water in yards could have been reduced or eliminated if drains were operating properly. Also, no one is permitted to dump leaves and grass clippings in swales, drainage ditches or other water sources. Highway employees have observed many damming conditions as a result of improper or illegal dumping. Dumping in swales creates unnecessary drainage problems for entire neighborhoods.

The Friends of Penfield Public Library annual used book sale takes place this week beginning with a members-only opening day Tuesday, September 11, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (you can join at the door for $5.00). Public sale days run Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (half-price day); and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring a $3.00 bag sale day (bag provided). All proceeds help supplement library operations. The book sale includes about 75,000 items, and even after four days of busy activity there are leftover books. In the past many books have been donated to outlets for those in need and other books were recycled. I learned the Penfield Library has a new outlet for used text books this year; they are sold to a local company creating a new, modest revenue stream for the library. The library also works with an out-of-state company to identify new markets for materials, keeping books in use and out of the recycling stream. All this provides additional revenue to help supplement library programs and operations. Penfield continues to be a leader in new ways to reuse, recycle and up-cycle materials. Congratulations to our Librarian Bernadette Brinkman and the Friends of Penfield Library on their leading-edge business model.

Community Wellness news—it is not too late to sign up for the 10th Annual Family First Penfield 5K Challenge X on Sunday, September 30. Check-in is 8:00 a.m. with a start time of 9:00 a.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The fee is $20.00 before September 24 and $25.00 after that. You may pre-register and pick up your race number and shirt Thursday, September 27 or Friday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Recreation Department. You can also register online at www.penfield.org.

National Assisted Living Week (NALW) 2012 runs September 9 to 15, and this year’s theme is entitled “Art for the Ages,” bringing together residents, staff, family and the community to celebrate all the talents and creativity assisted living residents have developed through hard work and their love of art. Art inspires and brings pride and beauty to those who create and enjoy it. Music, painting, knitting, carving, model building and cooking are some of the many outlets residents have to express their creative sides. The National Center for Assisted Living established NALW in 1995 as a way to promote assisted living to the public. It provides a unique opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community to come together to celebrate and enjoy a variety of events that show the residents how much we care for and love them. I am honored to be invited by Atria of Penfield to kick off NALW at their facility to join residents for coffee and a discussion about local history and an update on what’s new and exciting in our great town. On behalf of all the residents of Penfield, I want to recognize every one of the assisted living facilities within this great community and thank them for everything they do each and every day to enhance residents’ lives.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8631

                       

 

 


September 7, 2012
NYSDOT TRAVEL ADVISORY

WEEKEND WORK ON DIVERGING DIAMOND JOB POSTPONED
Due to Forecasted Wet Weather; Rain Date is Monday, Sept. 10

Due to unfavorable weather forecasts, the traffic switch at the Winton/I-590 reconstruction project in the Town of Brighton, Monroe County, scheduled for Saturday, September 8 has been postponed to the rain date. The traffic switch is now rescheduled for Monday, September 10, during the overnight hours beginning at 9 p.m through Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.

On Tuesday morning, September 11, when the roads re-open, the new Diverging Diamond traffic pattern will be in place. For work to take place, Winton Road will be closed between the north side of French Road and the south side of the Cambridge Place (the signalized intersections that are immediately south and north of I-590 interchange, respectively). The entrance and exit ramps to and from the I-590 expressway (Exit 1) will also be closed. Detours will be posted.

During this closure, crews will take the first step in a series of tasks to complete the highway project. Crews will be activating the new traffic signals, placing temporary signs, and painting interim pavement markings that will delineate the new cross-over traffic pattern. Cones and barrels will mark the future islands and center barrier.

The construction schedule calls for road work to continue until October. Subsequent weekend closures are currently scheduled for the following dates, assuming favorable weather conditions and general construction progress:

Friday evening, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Friday evening, September 21 through Sunday, September 23

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange is a unique roadway design that requires traffic on the intersecting non-freeway road to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road by crossing at signalized intersections, allowing a free flow of traffic onto the interstate. This design helps traffic move more quickly and efficiently, reduces congestion, and increases safety.

For more information about the I-590/Winton Road Interchange project visit www.dot.ny.gov/590winton. The site features project details, drawings, and an educational video.


September 6, 2012
2013 Tentative Budget Presented

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Finance Director Robert Beedon presented the 2013 Tentative Budget proposal to the Town Board and community Wednesday, September 5.

“Our town board has heard loud and clear from residents that all levels of government must become smaller, taxes need to remain flat, and there must be less overall spending,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Since becoming supervisor, I have challenged every department head to perform more with less and to streamline overall operations. Nothing is sacred, and we must reduce costs through less spending. Penfield will once again be well below the New York State mandated tax cap; we can only hope the State steps up and follows suit. On-time budgets are one thing—managing costs are another. Local governments like Penfield will lead the way. Can other levels of government follow suit or will they just push more mandates down locally?” 

The proposed 2013 budget of $15.1 M is 1.5% below the current 2012 Budget. Major impacts on 2013 expenses include the full funding of retirement cost at 21% of salary—a dramatic 19% increase in retirement benefits from 2012. There is a 12% increase in workers compensation cost, a 12% increase in medical cost, and a 10% increase in general liability insurance cost.

The town tax rate will remain flat at the 2012 level of $2.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value, marking the fourth consecutive year at the $2.64 level. Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest in Monroe County. The Town of Penfield receives approximately $0.08 of each tax dollar (8 cents).

Supervisor LaFountain achieved the flat tax rate with actions that include selective replacement of retiring employees; continued reduction of energy consumption and costs; and new recycling behaviors that better separate materials and direct them to appropriate markets, providing a new, modest revenue stream to the town. The town is also doing more projects in-house and using fewer contractors, continuing inter-municipal cooperation on projects, and adjusting Recreation programs to better cover costs. The Supervisor consolidated sewer, highway, parks and facilities departments into one public works department. Those functions are now all located at the Jackson Road complex to share resources and reduce costs. Additionally, elected and appointed officials will receive no pay increase in 2013.

The Penfield Town Board reviews a multi-year budget, with projections and expected changes for the next three years. The Town Board bases its outlook on conservative estimates for revenues and a review of the town’s long-term plans and projects. This multi-year outlook is unique among municipalities in Monroe County.

With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. In 2010, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Penfield’s already excellent rating from an Aa3 to an impressive Aa2. This rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects (sewers, roadways, bridges), and assists with cash flow throughout the year. The Moody’s rating also reflects Penfield’s history of stable financial operations and strong management practices.

As of September 6, print copies of the 2013 Tentative Budget will be available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Tentative Budget is currently available online at www.penfield.org (see Quick Links on home page). A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget is set for October 3. The Penfield Town Board reviews comments through October 12.

PENFIELD 2013 BUDGET TIMELINE

April to September 2012 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director and Staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2013 Tentative Budget

September 5, 2012 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director present a summary of the Tentative Budget to Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 5-October 10, 2012 - Public comment period

October 3, 2012 - Public Hearing on 2013 Preliminary Budget; public comments received

October 3-12, 2012 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 17, 2012 - Town Board Legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2013 Budget; Adopted Budget made public

October 18, 2012 - Town presents Penfield Adopted 2013 Budget to County of Monroe


September 4, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 9/3

Last week our Engineering Department attended the progress meeting for the Penfield Road Bridge project just west of Panorama Plaza. Two issues have delayed work on the project; first is the need to receive NYSDOT approval of a retaining wall, and the second is awaiting approval for curbing. We were informed that the deck will be placed in about two weeks and it will be made of a dense mix that requires a longer cure and dry time. The current schedule calls for the bridge to open to traffic by mid-October. Until then, we continue to encourage everyone to drive safely through the detour and respect walkers, joggers and bicyclists.

 

During my monthly review with the Sheriff’s Department Zone A staff, I noted that this summer Penfield has had an unusually high theft rate from vehicles. The other thing I noted was the fact that in most cases victims’ cars were left unlocked. Crime prevention officers of the MCSD encourage all residents to lock their vehicles, even when they are in parked in driveways. Keep any and all valuables hidden and out of sight. Officers also encourage us to never leave high value items like laptops, iPads and other electronic devices in locked cars because they create targets for breaking windows and doors of vehicles.

 

Recently we have been fielding a number of calls regarding the types of plastic bags and wraps that can be recycled. Data shows that 8% of garbage going into landfills is plastic bags and product wrap. To give you an idea what can be recycled along with your grocery bags, you can also recycle cereal and cracker box liners, dry cleaning bags, bread and produce bags, shrink wrap, drink cases and more. Do not include soil and mulch bags or bubble wrap. For more details, log on to www.plasticbagrecycling.org.

 

On behalf of the entire community, I would like to give special recognition to John and Deborah Craft of Penfield who left Rochester last week in an emergency response vehicle that will be used for mobile mass feeding in Baton Rouge, La. over the next several weeks to assist those in need as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Penfield residents touch many lives across this country and throughout the world.

 

Another school year has begun; some students will be walking or riding their bikes to school, and many will be riding the bus. The greatest risk to students is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Drivers, please be aware of your surroundings, slow down and be alert to students waiting for their school bus. Children, be sure to get to your bus stop five minutes before your bus is due to arrive, and stand back at least six feet from the curb or edge of road so the bus driver can see you. Wait until the bus stops, the doors open and the driver says it is okay to board. Never walk behind the bus, and if you drop something near the bus, tell the driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you. Parents, please teach your children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer. For more school bus safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses.

 

Several reminders to note on your calendars: The annual Tastin’ the Blues is Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Amphitheater; historic canoe rides with Rene Robert LaSalle through Ellison Park’s wetland on Sunday, September 16 from 12 to 4 p.m.; the 10th annual Family First Penfield 5K Challenge on Sunday, September 30 at 9 a.m. starting from the Community Center. For more information on these programs and scores more, please log on to www.recreation@penfield.org.

 

Until next week, watch out for our young people at the many bus stops throughout our community.

 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

340-8630




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