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November 26, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 11/26

Last week I was honored to attend the Penfield chapter of St. Ann Community’s “Home & Heart at the Cathedral” annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the Dolomite Lodge. “Home & Heart” is a social adult day service that helps to meet the individual needs and personal goals of older adults by providing support services and social activities in a relaxed, homelike setting. The group is ideal for older adults and persons with disabilities who may have diminished physical or psychological capacity, chronic illness, memory problems, and also those who may be socially isolated or need help with personal care. The Director of Home & Heart of Penfield is Mary McDowell, who continues to keep the program interesting and fresh with field trips, educational activities, arts & crafts, exercise classes and much more. We are fortunate in this great community to have so many wonderful programs for all of our residents, regardless of their age and needs. Mary, I thank you and your staff, Home & Heart of Penfield, and the entire St. Ann’s Community for everything you do—you do make a difference.

The Penfield Public Library reminds me that there are many great programs planned for December. I will share a few that caught my eye. Kaplan’s practice SAT score giveback and SAT test strategies is Monday, December 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Kaplan representative will give tips and strategies to raise your score and will explain the roles of the SAT in college admissions. Registration is required and is open to grades 9 to 12; parents are also welcome to attend. Another is “Reading Power Play: Amerk Visit!” where families can meet one of the Rochester Amerks and their Moose mascot. The player will read a hockey story and there will be a demonstration of hockey equipment, a trivia game to win Amerks memorabilia and each family in attendance will be entitled to one free voucher for an Amerks game. For more information on these programs and many more, please log on to .

Our Recreation Department continues to maintain direct contact with Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, USA! Our youngest residents can send letters to Santa Claus in care of Penfield Recreation and we will make sure Santa reads their letter and returns a personal reply before Christmas. All letters must be postmarked no later than December 3. Please be sure to include your return address. Send letters to: Santa Claus, c/o Penfield Recreation, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526.

If you have been avoiding the Panorama Valley area and detour due to the Penfield Road bridge re-construction project, I am happy to report that the County Department of Transportation re-opened the road and bridge last week for normal traffic flow to and from this important Penfield business district.

As all of us are faced with holiday shopping, I encourage all of our residents to consider shopping locally. Our six business districts offer a variety of goods and services for most every age group and interest. Gift certificates to local restaurants are a nice alternative if you do not want to buy yet another tie for dad and a pair of gloves or mittens for mom. Healthy business makes for a healthy committee, please shop locally and support Penfield businesses—many of them support our clubs, teams, events and not-for-profits all year long.

My family recently took a load of materials including an old television, propane tank, fluorescent lights, scrap metal, bulk cardboard and documents for destruction to Monroe County’s ecopark. I continue to be impressed with this facility that is jointly operated by the County of Monroe and Waste Management. The staff is welcoming, friendly and always willing to help educate residents on what materials are acceptable for recycling— and they take most everything without fees. We only scratched the surface with what we brought over compared to what ecopark supports. Do you know ecopark accepts household hazardous waste by appointment with no fee? For more information on all they do, please visit  or call 753-7600 (option #3). There’s also a handy quick-link on the home page of .

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


November 19, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 11/19

In recent conversations with the Monroe County Sherriff’s Department (MCSD) they informed me there has been an increase in vehicle and home break-ins on the east side of the county, including Penfield and into Wayne County. Suspects are targeting unlocked vehicles and locked vehicles with high value items in sight such as laptops, iPads, purses, GPS systems and more. Home break-ins are at locations where no one is at home during regular work and school hours. Sheriff patrols have been increased to help curb this activity.

What can you do? Crime Prevention Officers have asked me to remind residents of the following safety behaviors. Always lock your vehicles, do not keep valuables in cars or at the very least lock them out of sight in the trunk. At home, make sure all doors and windows are secured before you leave for work or school. If you are on vacation have a family member, friend or neighbor keep on eye on your house. Do not let papers or mail build up in your driveway or mail box. Use timers to turn different lights on and off. If you see something or someone unusual in your neighborhood, call 911 to report it and give details or description of vehicle(s) or persons. If you do not have or participate in the “Neighborhood Watch Program,” the MCSD encourages you to consider it for your neighborhood. To do so, contact Deputy Andy Hildreth (753-4387); he will be happy to meet with you to provide the information and materials necessary to get a program going on your street or in your neighborhood. There is no minimum number to participate, but it goes without saying that the program works better when most neighbors are involved.

The Assessor’s Office will begin mailing renewal applications for the Enhanced STAR and Senior Citizen exemptions for the 2013 assessment roll in early December. The letter accompanying the application details what income information you will need to bring with you, along with your completed renewal application form. This information is due back to the Assessor’s Office no later than March 1, 2013. If you need your renewal application earlier, please stop by the Assessor’s Office or contact us at 340-8610. All other exemption renewals will be mailed in mid-December for the March 1, 2013 deadline. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 340-8610 or log on to , choose ‘Departments’ then ‘Assessor’s Office.’

Mark your calendars for this year’s holiday event and “Santa’s All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Dinner” that will be held Friday, December 7 at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please note that dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy free activities including Christmas themed crafts and games, special visitors from the North Pole, and a musical performance by Mike Kornrich. Be sure to bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. Dinner pre-sale tickets are $4 each or $10 per family of four or more. Tickets at the door are $6 each or $12 per family of four or more. Children under three are free. Tickets are required for dinner only, all other activities are free. For more information, please call the Recreation Office at 340-8655.

I am pleased to announce the Town of Penfield employees will be holding their annual food drive to support the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). Last year we set up large barrels in the rotunda of the Town Hall and encouraged residents to drop off non-perishable foods. We collected more than four barrels of donations and delivered them to the PEFS prior to their holiday food basket program. It was a great feeling when several of us showed up at PEFS to help fill their shelves at a time when products are most needed. This year we hope to collect even more for the neediest in our community. Come to the Town Hall with your donations during business hours (Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and look for the large white barrels in the rotunda. Thank you in advance for you support of PEFS.

Important Dates and Events in History: November 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address in a ceremony dedicating the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. November 22, 1963 – President John F. Kennedy is tragically cut down by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas. November 22, 1963 – Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.

Until next week, continue to enjoy the mild weather, as we know it will not last!



November 14, 2012
Santa's Pancake Dinner and Holiday Event

Penfield Recreation will hold its annual holiday activities on Friday, December 7 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will also include Santa’s All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Dinner.

Penfield families are invited to enjoy free Christmas-themed crafts and games, special visitors from the North Pole, pictures with Santa, and a musical performance by Mike Kornrich.

Santa’s All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm. Advanced tickets are now on sale for $4 per person or $10 per family of four or more; children 3 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or by calling (585) 340-8655. Tickets will also be available at the door for $6 per person or $12 per family of four or more.

Tickets are only required for Pancake Dinner; all other events are free and open to Penfield residents. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.

November 13, 2012
Penfield Recreation Seeking Residents' Input November 19

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

November 13, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 11/12

At our last town board meeting we had a visit from two-year-old Camden Renner who wanted to remind all of our residents that the Penfield Presbyterian Day Care will be holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Don’s Original located at the corner of Routes 441 and 250. This fundraiser helps support the day care operations for more than 80 of our youngest residents. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 per person and $20 per family of four or more. Camden, I hope to see you there for breakfast!

Last Saturday the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) held an open house at its new home located at 1618 Jackson Road. The move to this location is a joint effort between the PEFS and the Town of Penfield to provide the PEFS with a large space on a single floor to support the many families of Penfield that need help from time to time. For 15 years the First Baptist Church generously provided space for the PEFS mission; I know this was very much appreciated by everyone involved. Our entire Penfield community can assist PEFS in so many ways. Here are a few suggestions: You can donate non-perishable foods; your club, organization or neighborhood can adopt a shelf; or you can provide financial support. I have been informed that a generous Food Shelf supporter has pledged up to $10,000 when matched by individual (non-corporate) contributions made by December 31, 2012. Your donation will be doubled and would be greatly appreciated by Food Shelf Families who, without exception, say “thank you” after every visit. Consider making your tax deductible check payable to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf and mail it to: Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, 1618 Jackson Road, Penfield, NY 14526. Thank you in advance for making a big difference to so many families within our community.

I would like to announce a special two-day brush drop-off for Penfield residents Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at the Public Works Complex (1607 Jackson Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Please note that brush includes branches, stumps, logs, shrubs and other tree and shrub debris. This is NOT an opportunity to dispose of grass clippings or leaves. Damage from Hurricane Sandy has created an additional amount of brush for residents to dispose of this time of year. The recent mild weather has made it possible for families to clean up tree debris, so we are opening up the public works brush-pile for two days to help everyone clear out their yards before snow sets in for the season. The town accepts brush at the public works complex year-round, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The addition of the Nov 16 and 17 dates expands residents’ options to include a Friday and Saturday.

We all know that the snow and cold is just around the corner. Winter parking rules are in effect from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. to permit highway crews to safely and effectively plow and maintain roads. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support on this matter.

Looking for something different to do on a Sunday? Consider attending the Penfield Heritage Association’s next lecture on November 18 at the Ruth Braman Room at the Community Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This month’s program is entitled “Penfield’s Rifle Range.” You may quickly assume this lecture will cover the Outlet Rod and Gun Club or the Genesee Conservation League—but it isn’t about either of these familiar spots! Few people know that 55 acres in Penfield was used by the US Army National Guard for training more than 60 years ago. To find out the exact location, the history of this site, and to take a photographic tour of the area (followed by an actual site tour in the spring), come listen to speaker Steve Arter, a former member of the US Army National Guard. This is yet another jewel in our great Penfield community.

Until next week, may you and your family have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!




November 8, 2012
New: Brush Drop-off for Residents Nov 16 and 17

The Town of Penfield announces a special two-day brush drop-off for residents Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at the Public Works Complex (1607 Jackson Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

Brush includes branches, stumps, logs, shrubs and other tree and shrub debris. This is NOT an opportunity to dispose of grass clippings or leaves. This service is for Penfield residents only.

“Damage from Hurricane Sandy has created an additional amount of brush for residents to dispose of this time of year,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “This weekend’s expected mild weather should make it possible for families to clean up tree debris, so we are opening up the public works brush-pile for two days to help residents clear out their yards before snow sets in for the season.”

The town accepts brush at the public works complex year-round, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The addition of the Nov 16 and 17 dates expands residents’ options to include a Friday and Saturday. Note: All town facilities are closed Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

November 6, 2012

Good News... All 3 areas of the Elison Dog Park are now OPEN, as of today! This includes the Large Dog, Small Dog and Pond/Walking Path/Natural areas of the Dog Park. 

The section of Ellison Park, south of Blossom Road, will remain CLOSED throughout this week, due to continued post-storm conditions. On Monday, Park crews were able to break through and remove "leaf dams," allowing flood conditions in this area to finally recede.  We will reassess conditions on Friday.

Thank you for your outstanding patience and understanding throughout this post-storm period.

Larry Staub
Director of Parks
County of Monroe
PHONE: (585) 753-PARK
FAX: (585) 753-7284

November 5, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 11/5

Hurricane Sandy visited Penfield and created power outages for more than 1,500 of our residents. RG&E crews worked close to twenty hours on and four hours off each day replacing poles and wiring, and working with town tree crews to remove downed trees from electric lines. As I write this weekly column (Nov 2), 26 of our residents are still without power and we understand it will be restored very soon. The storm was projected to be much worse than it was; however, any damage to property, loss of power and flooding is serious. I would like to recognize and thank those that helped to restore power, cleaned up roadways and checked on residents without power to make sure they were okay. These helpful actions make our community strong.

The Northeast Fire District reminds me of the generous support they have received from Wilbert’s Premium Recycled Parts. Wilbert’s dedicated an area at their site for the fire department to use as a “jaws-of-life” training center. Our first responders are called out to many serious car accidents that require cutting out windows, cutting pillars and roof removal, door removal and dash board roll-backs to rescue accident victims. All of these are high stress situations; having the ability to train under controlled conditions at this training center prepares first responders for dealing with the very worst conditions. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank the Wilbert Family for their dedication and support of our local emergency responders. What you have done by providing this area has—and will continue to—saved the lives of many accident victims.

A reminder to our residents, town offices will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. The Penfield Library will be closed on Friday, November 9 for staff training; however, it will be open on Monday, November 12 and will host a number of special programs that day for our young residents.

The Penfield Volunteer Ambulance provides free blood pressure checks on the third Tuesday of every month at the Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The PVA will be at the Community Center next on November 13. Please stop by, it is good to know your numbers.

If you’ve been thinking of providing financial support to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS), this is a good time to do it. The PEFS has received an anonymous dollar-for-dollar matching pledge of up to $10,000 through the end of 2012. To donate, call 234-0799 or email . This generosity comes at a time when demand on the food shelf has increased. Also, the PEFS is settling into its new location at 1618 Jackson Road where there will be an open house Saturday, November 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please stop by with your donations of non-perishable foods and personal care products.

Please support the Penfield Players in their upcoming performance of Dearly Departed, by David Bottrell and Jesse Jones, directed by Wyatt Doremus. This heart-stopping comedy involving the Bible Belt family of Bud Turpin has a funeral to plan, and between the feuds, marital flings and macaroni and ham loaf surprise, it might just escalate into a multiple-coffin memorial service. By the time the Turpins sort through the hangovers, money problems and headstone engraving options, they’ve learned that coping with life’s losses can turn out to be drop-dead funny. Performance dates are Fridays November 9 and 16; Saturdays November 10 and 17. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Pre-sale tickets are available at Penfield Recreation Department for $12 or $15 at the door.

Until next week, be well and be safe.



November 1, 2012
NYSEG and RG&E to Use Helicopters to Inspect Natural Gas Transmission Rights of Way

Rochester, NY – People shouldn’t be alarmed if they see helicopters flying low over NYSEG and RG&E natural gas transmission pipeline rights of way the week of November 5.

The companies will inspect natural gas transmission rights of way in the Norwich, Oneonta, Geneva, Lockport and Rochester regions. Inspection of natural gas rights of way from the air enables the companies to spot and correct vegetation or encroachment issues that may hinder access for maintenance and repair crews.

In the event of inclement weather, the inspections will be re-scheduled.

“We invest considerable time and resources to provide safe, reliable service to our customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “A helicopter provides an excellent vantage point and makes inspecting the rights of way quick and efficient.”


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