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October 29, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/29

Many residents have asked me to please remind homeowners not to place bagged or loose leaves on the road or in gutters and storm drains. This concern is not just about impeding drainage and potentially causing flooding—it is about the safety of walkers where there are no sidewalks and bicyclists who are sharing the road. Several local landscape services will pick up leaves at the curb. If you contract for a leaf removal service please try to schedule pickup so leaves can be removed in a reasonable time-frame so they will not cause damage to your lawn and so they are not stored in the roadway and within drainage systems. Thank you in advance for making our roadways safe for everyone!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the weekly meeting of the Penfield Rotary for a tribute to Wally Ashnault, a Penfield Rotarian for 50 years. In addition to being a wonderful family man, Wally has an interesting resume that includes military service to our country, skiing in the Olympics, a career as highly regarded local attorney, and he is regarded as a very active Rotarian. I had the honor, on behalf of the entire Penfield community, to present Wally with a special service pin and a small token of appreciation for his amazing accomplishment. Congratulations Wally and thank you for being part of our great community.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 “Daniel Penfield” and “Business of the Year” awards hosted by the Penfield Business Association (PBA); I was pleased to serve as a co-presenter with PBA president Ann Young. “Daniel Penfield” award finalists included Jeff Chapman, Sarah Jane Clifford, Brett Dawson, Mike Quinn and Leslie Zornow. The 2012 winner was Sarah Jane Clifford, owner of the Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester. “Business of the Year” finalists were Affaire de Chocolat, Eastside Family YMCA, Rochester Lawn & Garden Center, and Wickham Farms. The 2012 winner was Eastside Family YMCA. Congratulations to the award recipients and everyone involved for hosting a very successful event. As always, please support our local businesses…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

The Town’s Wellness Team and MVP held an “Employee Wellness Fair” for employees, spouses, and the town’s many board and committee members. Twenty-six vendors and providers from the health-related fields participated in this educational event. Knowing your numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and BMI) goes a long way to help manage your overall health. Additionally, the employee team would like to encourage our residents to consider getting a flu shot and to look for practical ways to manage stress during the upcoming holidays.

At the last supervisors association meeting all town supervisors committed to getting the word out for Honor Flight Rochester, Inc. To date, Honor Flight has taken more than 1,200 area veterans to visit their World War II Memorial and other memorials in our nation’s capital. Honor Flight wishes to honor all interested WWII veterans and they need our help. If you know a relative, friend or neighbor who should be honored with a trip, please log on to and let them know. The two day trip is free to all veterans, and WWII veterans take precedence. Private donations and fundraising events allow Honor Flight Rochester, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, to fund these much deserved trips for our veterans.

Until next week, be well and be safe!



October 24, 2012
Penfield Recreation Will Collect Public Input for Master Plan Update

The Penfield Recreation Department is in the process of completing its Five-year Master Plan update. As part of this process, the department is inviting residents to an informal public input session on November 19, 2012 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. Residents can drop in between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to speak one-on-one with staff members and the Master Plan Committee regarding specific or general interest areas pertaining to the future of Penfield Recreation.

“Speaking to residents directly is very valuable for staff as they plan the future focus of the department,” said Penfield Recreation Director Chris Bilow. “I strongly encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the type of programs and facilities they would like to see offered.”

Penfield Recreation’s Master Plan is updated every five years. This ensures continuity while expanding the vision and scope of parks and recreation in Penfield to coincide with the town’s present and future capabilities and expectations. Development of this plan is a cooperative effort of the Master Plan Committee, Penfield Town Board, recreation department staff, and residents of Penfield.

In addition to this public input session, residents have been invited to give feedback through a Community Needs Assessment Survey, available at Penfield Town Hall, Penfield Community Center, and online.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, or email

October 22, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/22

The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) hosts a program called "Green Drinks" in the Rochester area on the third Thursday of each month. Green professionals, business owners and like-minded individuals meet to network and share ideas about sustainability at various locations around the county. The Penfield Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee hosted the meeting last week and all I can say is WOW! The committee set up various stations with story boards highlighting several projects that have been completed to date across the town. These included the town’s near 20-year history with recycling, reusing and upcycling; the solar powered pump station off Creek Street; the pasture management program on the Rothfuss Farm for clean waterways; the electric car charging station at the Penfield Community Center; the rain garden at our public works facility adjacent to the 1000 Acre Swamp; and the upgrade of Harris Whalen Lodge that includes heated floor technology and permeable paver blocks for storm water management. I want to recognize the team responsible for the program: Phyllis Ely, Mark Valentine, Sabrina Renner, Sue Foor, Bob Kanauer, Bob Brumbaugh, Stacey Decker, Cynette Cavaliere, Jim Kreckman and the Rothfuss Family (Terry, Mary Lou & Heidi). Great job team, everyone I spoke with was truly impressed with Penfield’s efforts and creativity to date in the area for energy management and sustainability. If you would like more information on “Green Drinks”, or if you would like to have your name added to the email list, please visit CEI’s .

As we embark on yet another heating season, I am reminded by RG&E to be wary of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure. They remind us to have a professional check heating systems, chimneys, flues and vents once a year. If you do not have CO detectors in your home, please consider adding them to provide early warning protection for your family. If you use supplemental heat from sources such as space heaters, fireplaces and emergency generators make sure you are following manufacturer’s instructions. Finally, never use a gas stove, oven or charcoal grill as an indoor heat source. For more information on CO please visit RG&E’s web site at .

Next week many of our children and grandchildren will be hitting the neighborhoods to trick-or-treat and we ask that everyone please pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of roadways. Kids tend to walk along curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Many will be wearing dark costumes and they might not be very visible from the road. For more Halloween safety tips, please visit .

Please note: October 30 is the last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot, and November 5 is the last date to postmark an absentee ballot for this upcoming election. If you have any questions or want to print a copy of the application for an absentee ballot log on at , under “on-line forms” click on “absentee ballot.” Please take the time to vote; it is your right and it does make a difference.

The Penfield Trails Committee, along with the Friends of Webster Trails, will sponsor a free guided hike on Saturday, November 10 at Big Woods Gosnell Preserve in Webster. The hike will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at Lake Road at the end of Basket Road. While this is a free hike, participants are asked to register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655.

The Penfield Rotary’s Fall Charity Euchre Tournament will be held Sunday, October 28 with check in at 1:30 p.m. Play begins at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Nucor House, the Warrior Salute transitional home for veterans in Penfield, as well as other Penfield Rotary programs. This year’s tournament will be held at the Legacy at Willow Pond, 40 Willow Pond Way. Tickets are $20 per person before October 26, or $25 the day of the event. For more information on this charity event, visit Rotary’s website at .

Until next week, continue to enjoy the mild weather!



October 18, 2012
Town Board Adopts 2013 Budget

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the town’s 2013 Final Budget at the October 17 legislative meeting. The $15.1 million budget keeps the town tax rate flat at the 2012 rate of $2.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value, marking the fourth consecutive year at that rate. Penfield’s property tax remains one of the lowest in Monroe County. The Town of Penfield receives approximately $0.08 of each tax dollar.

The 2013 budget is 1.5% below the previous 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.

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. Supervisor LaFountain 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 Town Board has worked very hard to maintain a flat tax rate for our residents during a time when many are struggling with impacts from the current economic conditions that have lasted longer than were forecasted,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Everyone involved with Penfield government has been very creative in looking for ways to reduce costs and cut spending. Our challenge has been—and will continue to be—absorbing costs mandated by state and federal governments. Their lack of fiscal discipline and runaway spending must stop. Our residents, the taxpayers, cannot support more government costs from any level.”

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.

The 2013 Final Budget will be available online October 18 at  . As of October 19, print copies 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.


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


October 15, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/15

A special thank you goes out to Penfield Rotary, Penfield Recreation and R Community Bikes for a very successful community bike drop off event last week. This second annual event to benefit R Community Bikes took in 250 donated bikes, up from last year’s count of 222. This volunteer effort will allow donated bikes to be repaired and distributed to children and adults within the City of Rochester and County of Monroe who cannot afford one. Also, I would like to recognize all of our residents who donated to this effort, through your generosity many people will benefit…thank you!

Last week town staff had the honor of hosting the Harris Hill School 5th grade students for their annual visit to the Town Hall to discuss local government and participate in various demonstrations. This is always a great learning event for town employees and the students. Presentations were made by the Town Clerk, Animal Control, Recreation, Building, Sewer, Engineering and Planning. I want to recognize and thank the Harris Hill staff who coordinated this field trip: Miss Durr, Mr. Playfair, Mrs. Silco, Miss Tugwell and Mrs. Schonblom. We are already looking forward to next year!

Update…we received notice that the Penfield Road bridge west of Panorama Plaza will not open until mid-November. Monroe County and its contactor have encountered some additional items of work that require the bridge to remain closed for another month. They have assured us that they will be working as quickly as possible to get things opened back up as soon as possible.

The economy maybe struggling, but the fraud business is booming so say the experts. Fraud involving investments, mortgages and the Internet is growing as scam artists use new channels and technology that did not exist over the last decade. Recently I was invited by the Legacy at Willow Pond to welcome a group of seniors and their families to a seminar focused on helping them make informed and educated decisions concerning their future. One of the presenters on hand was Jim Lynd from Lifespan who spoke about scams, fraud and identity theft that are specifically targeted at the elderly. Jim encouraged all of those in attendance to pick up the October 2012 copy of “Consumer Reports” and read the section on America’s Worst Scams. Coming from a background in security, even I was amazed at what is being done to prey on our elderly population. If you know of a family member or neighbor who has been or currently is being targeted please contact Lifespan at 244-8400 or log on at  they can assist and guide older adults and caregivers.

I am reminded by the Penfield Library staff that there are several interesting programs coming up for our younger residents: Family Halloween Crafts on Saturday, October 27, 11:00-11:45a.m. for ages four to 10; Nutcracker Storytime is Saturday, November 10, 11:00-11:45 a.m. for ages three to 10; Tales for Tails is Monday, November 12, 10:30- 11:30 a.m. for children in grades K-5; and Library Lego Lab is Monday, November 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m. for children in grades 1-5. Please note that children seven and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on these programs and many more offered by the Penfield Library, please log on to .

Last call…you have one last chance to fill out the Penfield Recreation community needs assessment survey to help us shape the future of Penfield Recreation. The survey will only take five minutes of your time. You can log at , thank you in advance for your participation.

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




October 12, 2012
Halloween Family Fun & Pizza Dinner Oct 19

Penfield Recreation's FREE annual Halloween Family Fun event will be held Friday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. Games, Trick-or-Treat, hayrides, crafts, music, Ghost Walk and more!

The Ghost Walk will again be held in Oakwood Cemetery on Oct 19. The spirits of Penfield’s past will bring classic and contemporary verse to life with the words from the dead. Tours will begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance (recommended) by calling (585) 340-8655. Rain date will be Oct 20.

A pizza dinner will also be available Oct 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for a cost of $4 pre-sale and $5 day of event. The dinner will include a personal pizza and salad. Tickets are available at Penfield Recreation office. 

October 9, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/8

The New York State and Monroe County Boards of Elections are holding local voter registrations on Thursday, October 11, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road. Many times I hear people ask, “Why should I vote? It really does not mean anything if I do!” My response is simple and consistent; by voting, you are exercising a right and privilege to select your leaders and make or change laws. Without votes, the only way our elected officials have of determining what decisions and changes their constituents’ desire is by counting complaints and toxic emails. Needless to say, this is not a productive way to manage the public’s business. Every few years we have the opportunity to let candidates know exactly what we think of them and their policies. If you are registered voter, thank you. If you are not, please consider registering and then exercise your right to vote in every election…it does make a difference! For more information, please visit .

Last week the town board held a public hearing on the 2013 budget. I am happy to report that this budget holds the tax rate flat at $2.64 per thousand dollars of assessed value of your property. This is the fourth year the tax rate has been held at this level. I would like to recognize Town Comptroller Bob Beedon and all of the town’s department heads for their hard work to cut costs and reduce spending at a time when many residents are struggling with no pay increases, loss of jobs and high inflation. I would also like to thank the town board for their support, insight and guidance during the budget process.

While town and other local governments work hard to control and manage costs to meet the state’s mandatory tax cap, I question whether everyone in Albany understands and has received that same message. The Governor has made it a top priority to address out of control increases in property taxes; if that is the case I would challenge the Governor and all the legislators to meet the same two-percent tax cap that has been mandated to every level of government except the state. Pushing down increases to local governments—like a 21 percent jump in retirement, workers compensation costs increases of 15 percent, and overall health care up by more than 12%—says to me that the New York State Legislature still does not get it! The same hard decisions local governments are making about requiring employees to contribute to health care premiums, not replacing open positions one-for-one but rather reducing overall employment numbers, and cutting back on overall services MUST be done at the state level. Don’t be fooled by talk of on-time budgets; has Albany truly reduced costs, cut spending and reduced staffing? I have not seen it—all I see is a re-shuffle of the deck with the same lousy hand!

Next week is the annual Halloween Family Fun and dinner event, so mark your calendars for Friday, October 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The Halloween Event is free with an optional dinner. This year’s dinner will feature a personal pizza and salad. The cost for dinner is $4 at the pre-sale rate or $5 the day of the event. Additionally, there will be games, trick-or-treat, crafts, hayrides and more. Also on the same night (with a rain date of October 20) will be the Historic Ghost walk at Oakwood Cemetery. The walk begins at 6:00 p.m. for those who do not prefer the dark and continues until 8:00 p.m. for some eerie historic fun learning about the spirits of Penfield’s past. Check out our web site at for more details. I hope to see you there!

Last week we learned that Sergeant First Class Daniel Metcalfe was killed by small arms fire when his unit was attacked while on patrol in Afghanistan. Dan attended Penfield High School. On behalf of the entire Penfield Community, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Metcalfe family for their loss. Let us never forget his service to our country.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




October 5, 2012
Penfield Players Open 48th Season with Dearly Departed

The Penfield Players theatre company announces its fall production and 48th season with Dearly Departed, by David Bottrell and Jesse Jones. The production opens Friday, November 2 and runs through Saturday, November 16. 

Directed by Wyatt Doremus, Dearly Departed takes place in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt. It features the beleaguered Turpin family and proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral. 

Cast is as follows
Junior - Tom Bigongiari
Clyde - George Bauerschmidt
Royce - Andrew Cowen
Delightful - Ginny Doremus
Rev. Hooker / Norval - Kathy Doremus
Veda - Carol Gagen
Juanita - Syd Hildebrand
Raynelle - Jacque Kirk
Lucille - Mary Lou Mulvaney
RayBud - Brian Pomeroy
Suzanne - Linda Schornstein
Nadine - Lauren Shapow
Marguerite - Wendy Webster

The production will be held Fridays November 2, 9, 16 and Saturdays November 3, 10, 17. All performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. 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 9am-5pm Monday-Friday to charge by phone or go to the Penfield town website.  You may sign in or if you do not have a log-in click "Browse Tickets", then select a performance and follow the prompts.

October 1, 2012
Family First Penfield 5K Challenge Results

Thanks to the 210 runners that participated in the 10th annual Family First Penfield 5K Challenge on September 30. Congratulations to all of the winners! See all of the results here.

October 1, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/1

October is well known as fire prevention month, with fire prevention week running October 7 to 13 this year. There are five simple things that you can do today to help protect your family from fire: Conduct a smoke alarm audit: Test your alarms and be sure they can be heard in bedrooms even when doors are closed, replace alarms that are more than 10 years old, and replace any alarm that has been painted over. Make extinguishers handy: Your number one priority is to have an escape plan and to get out safely. If the fire is small and contained, and the room is not filled with smoke, get everyone out and call the fire department; then, you may use the fire extinguisher to control the fire. Talk prevention with your kids: Speak to your kids about how they can prevent fires—never play with matches, lighters or candles, never play with electrical cords, and never put anything in a socket. Blankets and clothes should never be thrown on top of lamps. Don’t turn up a heater without a grown-up’s permission. Tell them if their clothes catch on fire, they should “stop, drop and roll!” Look at your home from your child’s perspective: Think about how your child sees potential fire hazards in your home. Do you see any dangling cords that could cause a problem if pulled? Are there enticing heaters or other appliances? Make adjustments to your home according to what you find. Avoid overloading electrical sockets and cords: If you see sockets with too many cords plugged in, or even too many extension cords in use around the house, it may be time to have extra outlets installed by a professional. With all the activities our families are involved with on a day to day basis, it is easy to overlook some of these common prevention tips. Please take some time over the next week to make this fire safety audit a family event for everyone’s safety.

I was honored to attend the Penfield Rotary Club meeting last week when they honored retired Penfield School Superintendent John Carlevatti for his dedication to the Penfield Central School District and the Penfield Rotary Club. John was joined by his wife Karen as he accepted the award from Rotary. John and Karen also informed us that they are new grandparents! John, congratulations on the award, and thank you again for your service to the Penfield community, and enjoy that new grandson.

Congratulations and thank you to Bob Kanauer from the Town’s Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee for coordinating Penfield’s first “National Plug In Day” last week at the Community Center. Many electric vehicles, including an electric motorcycle, were on hand; and several experts answered questions and shared information. If you have any further interest in this subject, I encourage you to log in to .

I would like to give a shout out to Dave Hennessey, cross-country coach at Penfield High School and a member of the Section 5 Cross Country Hall of Fame. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Dave is the country’s all-time leader in cross country coaching wins with his recent 900th win. Congratulations Dave on this impressive milestone, and congratulations to all the students whose lives you have touched over the years, you have made a positive difference!

It’s not too late to fill out the Penfield Recreation community needs assessment survey to help us shape the future of Penfield Recreation. You can complete the online survey at , it will take less than five minutes of your time. Hard copies of the survey are available at the Recreation Office and Town Hall.

A few dates to keep in mind: Penfield Community Bike Drop-off is Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Fall Drop-off is Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Public Works Complex,1607 Jackson Road.

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






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