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December 31, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 12/31

Normally the New Year brings a sense of excitement and new beginning as we all ready for the year ahead. Unfortunately the Town of Webster and the West Webster Fire District experienced an unthinkable horrific tragedy last week when a gunman took the lives of two volunteer firefighters and seriously injured two other firefighters. This tragedy impacts so many lives across the entire community of Monroe. Many times we take for granted those members of fire, police, and EMS that serve our communities and watch over us while we are sleeping or enjoying family and friends. These are the men and women who give so much of themselves each and every day for our personal safety. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families impacted—let us never forget the service they provide our communities…thank you to all who serve!

The Penfield Recreation Department has introduced “Rec Gift Certificates.” Now you can give your family and friends a gift of wellness and activity from Penfield Recreation. Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation Office at the Community Center or over the phone with a credit card at 340-8655; option 6. Gift certificates can be used for any program or services offered by Penfield Recreation.

The Town’s Wellness Committee reminds me that the first quarter of the New Year is focused on theme of nutrition and weight management, and we should remember portions vs. servings when choosing a plate of food. Remember to eat right and stay fit! If you need a little help to get you going, check out the countless number of wellness programs offered in 2013 through Penfield Recreation. Log on to  for complete offerings and details. Registration begins Wednesday, January 2.

The Penfield Trails Committee invites Penfield and area residents to participate in a series of guided hikes. The hikes are free; pre-registration is requested by contacting Penfield Rec at 340-8655. First, dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes for Ellison Park on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If there isn’t any snow, a hike will still take place. Meet at the north side of parking lot off Blossom Road. Next, the ever popular “Indoor Hike” on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Penfield Town Hall auditorium. Come meet the staff behind all the various town hiking programs in the greater Monroe County area and see what they have planned for 2013.

Because the snow for the season came so late, I thought it best to remind all our residents that snow plow rules are in effect from November 15 to April 1. This means no parking is allowed on Penfield roads and highways between 2:00 to 7:00 a.m. so highway crews can safely and effectively maintain the roadways. Thank you in advance for assisting our crews in making the roads safer for everyone traveling to work, school or other activities.

Just when you were already getting sick of the snow and cold, the “Friends of the Penfield Library” is offering a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Wickham Farms on Monday, January 7 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the library. A CSA has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers. How does it work? Interested consumers purchase a share ("membership" or "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. For further details on this program and much more, log on to . It’s not too early to start planning for the 2013 planting season!

Until next week, be active and be well!



December 18, 2012
Give the Gift of Wellness from Penfield Rec

Looking for a unique and always appreciated gift this season? Give your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., or over the phone with a credit card – (585) 340-8655, option 6. Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use – the gift of wellness!

December 17, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 12/17

Last week we held a very successful Holiday Event & Santa’s “all-you-can-eat” Pancake Dinner. More than 220 residents attended the dinner, and another 200-plus participated in various games and craft activities. The celebration was one of the largest in a number of years, and the laughter and excitement of our youngest residents was contagious! Many groups and families volunteer their time to manage the costs of the event and make it a success. I would like to recognize and thank the following for their support: the Penfield High School baseball team and head coach Rob Consaul; Sue Kleeh and her nephew Dillon; Assemblyman Mark Johns, his fiancé Ginny Nguyen and Chief of Staff Rich Turner; Kevin White; Brian Mount; and Frank, Joanne and Grace Vella. All of you made a great event even better, thank you for your community commitment.

Over the last week I have observed many discarded TVs at the curb waiting for trash day, and of course they are still there after trash pickup. Why? New recycling laws do not allow waste haulers to mix electronics in with the normal household waste stream. With Christmas just around the corner many residents will probably receive new TVs, computers and other electronics. I want to remind our residents of locations that will accept your old or used electronics. All electronic stores must take old devices; the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) accepts computers; and Monroe County’s ecopark facility accepts electronics. For details on ecopark hours of operation and services, log on at . The Town of Penfield will host an electronics drop-off in the spring; details will follow in the coming months. Also, watch for special community fundraising events by sports teams and school clubs that host electronics recycling from time to time throughout the year.

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board, I recently presented a special recognition certificate to resident Madeline Turner in celebration of her 105th birthday on December 17. This very active senior enjoys playing cards and working around her home. When asked what she believes is the key to her longevity, Madeline answered, “…staying active and hard work!” Madeline, the entire community of Penfield wishes you a most happy birthday.

Reminder…the American Red Cross is holding a holiday blood drive on Friday, December 21 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Community Center. You can schedule a donation appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or just walk in! All donors will be eligible to enter for a chance to win one of four home theater packages donated by Best Buy. Donating blood is one of the best presents I can think of giving this holiday season, I hope to see you there.

The Pen-Rec winter/spring brochure has been delivered and is available online; registration begins January 2. Recreation staff has done another wonderful job of scheduling many new programs and events for the coming year. Also, Penfield Recreation has launched a new website at  offering easier navigation and more convenient features. Please check it out. If you have ideas on how to make it better or easier to use, please share them with us by emailing Sabrina at .

With the holiday schedule the Messenger Post Newspaper will be combining the content of the three different east-side papers into one issue for the week of December 27 and January 3; therefore this will be my last column until the New Year. On behalf of the entire town board, our town employees and the LaFountain family, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful and healthy New Year. I look forward to serving you in 2013!

Until next year, be well, be safe and enjoy your holidays!



December 10, 2012
Holiday Blood Drive December 21

The American Red Cross will hold a holiday blood drive on Friday, December 21, 12:00 - 5:00 pm at Penfield Community Center. To schedule a donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins also welcome.

All presenting donors will be eligible to enter for a chance to win one of 4 home theater packages, donated by Best Buy. 

December 10, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 12/10

This week the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) and I have an update on the sewer department’s Maple Park Heights solar pump station. We recently took readings at the solar pump station which has been in operation for approximately 11 months; I will not get into too much detail on the kilowatt hours (kWh) generated to date. We will add more of these details to our website under the section for those of you who like all the “techy” details. Since the solar station was activated we have generated 371 kWh. The annual calculated production was 334 kWh, so we are already at 111% versus what was predicted with one more month to go! With this current output from the pump station, we are covering more than 95% of the power used by another project—the electric charging station located at the community center. Said another way, our power cost versus savings is about equal if you were to apply it with these two projects. I believe this is a great story and one we should look to build upon, balancing costs and overall payback.

This time of the year I hear about different groups and organizations that are working hard to help support the less fortunate in our community. This past week I learned that Atria Senior Living in Penfield has set up donation bins at their facility for both Foodlink (non-perishable food items) and Toys for Tots (new and unwrapped toys). The Atria Community would love to have you stop in, drop off your donations, and wish the residents happy holidays. On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, a special thank you to Atria residents and employees for helping to make a difference.

I would like to recognize and thank David Schoff Nursery, located at 1450 Marchner Road, for donating the annual Christmas tree for the Town Hall. The 15-foot tree is standing beautifully in the rotunda and will be enjoyed by many residents during the holidays. David, may you and your entire family have a very healthy and happy holiday season. Also, Grace Strong, Gail Trabalzi, Maureen Parker and Donna Guthrie, volunteers from the Creative Gardeners of Penfield, decked the halls of the rotunda as they do each year. These are examples of the very generous and caring residents we have in this great community. Together, the tree, garlands, wreaths and bows have infused the Town Hall with holiday spirit for all to enjoy. Thank you all!

I was recently invited to be a guest judge by the seven Legacy Senior Living Communities for their first annual Legacy Cookie Contest. I was honored to join such celebrities as Don Alhart of WHAM Channel 13; John Burns of Honor Flight Rochester; Donna Dede of the School of the Holy Childhood; Carol DiMarzo of Mark IV Enterprises, and Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Clerk. All seven chefs came prepared with their “A” game and their personal creations were all a hit. While I felt all of the recipes were winners, when the results were totaled, third place went to Michele Lyon from Legacy at Erie Station; second place was Jerry Leiberman of Legacy at Clover Blossom; and first place honors went to Johnny Walker of Legacy at Park Crescent. I know my family will find this hard to believe—I went back to Chef Tony Moringello’s (Legacy Willow Pond in Penfield) tray of hazelnut chocolate toffee cookies several times, including the one I took to go…it never made it out of the parking lot!

The Highway Department asked me to remind residents that with winter hours, you may drop brush, limbs, logs and stumps off at the Highway Department, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please stop by the office on the way in to sign in and have the gate arms opened.

If you have photos of yourself or your children participating in any Penfield Recreation programs that you would like to share, please send them to . We would love to use them in future program promotions such as our website or seasonal brochure. Thank you in advance!

Important dates and events in history: December 13, 1862 – The Confederate forces win the Battle of Fredericksburg; December 15, 1791 – The first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, know as the “Bill of Rights,” are ratified.

Until next week, enjoy the mild weather, it will not last much longer I’m sure!

Tony LaFountain


December 3, 2012
Recreation Holiday Activities this Friday

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.

December 3, 2012
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 12/3

In the spirit of "thanks-giving," it has come to my attention that for the past several years local farmers Dave and Linda Woodward, owners of Woody Acres on Harris Road, have contributed their surplus winter squash (butternut, acorn, Hubbard, etc.) to the hungry in Penfield and Rochester. At the end of the growing season, boxes of Dave's squash are brought to the Bethany House, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, St. Joseph's Church, the Dmitri House, Mt. Carmel Food Cupboard, St. Andrew's Food Cupboard, Francis (Men's) Center and St. Peter's Kitchen. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I send a very special salute to the Woodwards for their generosity as exemplary citizens of Penfield. Dave and Linda, your family makes a big difference in so many lives…thank you!

If you have not gotten your Christmas Tree yet—or if you are thinking about a second or third tree for your home, deck or patio—please consider supporting local Boy Scout Troops selling trees around town. Boy Scout Troop 260, chartered by St. Joseph’s Church, is selling trees at County Way Nursery, 2755 Penfield Road, Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. until all the trees are gone. Boy Scout Troop 312, chartered by Penfield Presbyterian Church, is selling trees at Bill Gray’s through December 23 (or until sold out). Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.

The Winter/Spring 2013 Recreation Brochure will be hitting mail boxes the week of December 10; inside you will find many new recreation program offerings and partnerships. There are 17 new lectures offered from January to May that include Spring into Laughter-Laughter Wellness, Healthy Cooking with Super-foods, The American Civil War, and The Flower City. Additionally, there are new and expanded programs for floral arrangement, indoor tennis for youth and adult, youth math classes and classes for adults on how to help with homework. There are nature programs at the Barn Owl, adult high intensity interval training; adult all-out kettle ball training; and a pre-natal yoga/aqua fusion class.

I would like to recognize several new partnerships between the Town of Penfield and local businesses for new or expanded recreation programs; they include Strebel Tennis Services, The Barn Owl, Eastside YMCA, and the Legacy at Willow Pond (sponsor of the Civil War Great Course program).

My family will be participating in the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR comprehensive home energy assessment program. The program is designed to provide a complete understanding of your home’s energy efficiency performance to help you make informed decisions about energy upgrades. The audit contractor is accredited by the Building Performance Institute; he will assess our home from top to bottom and show us exactly how we are wasting energy and losing money. Recommendations for improvements will include suggestions for upgrades with detailed cost and payback periods for each energy savings investment. In most cases, home assessments are free with 100 percent of the costs covered by NYSERDA. Each month we all pay a NYSERDA fee as part of our gas and electric bill; this money covers the low cost energy audit for residential customers. I will keep you posted on the experience and recommendations; more importantly, I’ll let you know how much money we are able to save.

Last reminder—it’s not too late to participate in the Holiday Event & Santa’s “all-you-can-eat” Pancake Dinner that will be held Friday, December 7 at the Community Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and tickets at the door are $6 each or $12 per family of four or more; children under three are free. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office at 340-8655.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




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