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February 27, 2013
FREE Guided Hike at Sherwood Fields Park

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at Penfield’s newest park – Sherwood Fields Park – on Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

This park is appropriate for hikers of all ages in all weather conditions. During this hike we’ll see if the Commission Ditch is flowing, and if the robins have returned. Bring the whole family!

This 82-acre park is features meadows, forested and shrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system. There are primary and secondary loops throughout the park. Primary trails are handicap accessible, made of crushed stone and re-purposed millings from Monroe County and town road projects. The Don Cranson Bridge crosses Commission Ditch.

Sherwood Fields Park located at 2514 Penfield Road, next to East Penfield Fire Hall, east of Harris Road. Look for the “Hike” signs.

While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

February 26, 2013
Passport Night in Penfield March 7

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Legislator Dan Quatro, Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Town Clerk Amy Steklof. Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

“Passport Night in Penfield is always popular with residents. Those who need new or updated documents find the opportunity to take care of business at the Town Hall quick and convenient,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $25 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

“Previous passport nights have been a tremendous success,” said Legislator Quatro. “I encourage everyone who needs to update their documents to act on this opportunity.”

“Once again, I am very pleased to work with Supervisor LaFountain and the Town of Penfield to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports,” said County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo. “Whether it’s Passport Night or locating our Mobile DMV Unit at the Town Hall, I commend Penfield leaders for partnering with me in order to bring these important services to the people of this community.”

“I am excited to give Penfield residents the opportunity to process passport documents in their own town during convenient hours. Customers leave knowing their documents are correctly submitted,” said Town Clerk Amy Steklof.

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at  for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00. Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at . Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance. Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at .

Passport processing time typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians or one parent or guardian may appear, if and only if, the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 along with a copy of their Driver License.

February 26, 2013
Pisanki - Polish Egg Decorating at Penfield Rec

Penfield Recreation will offer a class on Pisanki (Polish Easter egg decorating) on Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. This program will be facilitated by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester.

Participants will receive a brief history of the craft as well as step-by-step instruction on how to create their own unique piece of art. The class fee is $20 and will include all the necessary supplies to complete two decorated eggs.

The class is primarily for adults, however it is recommended that any children taking the class be twelve years or older. Registration is required. Register online or by mail.

For more information please call 340-8664, or visit the Polish Heritage website.

February 25, 2013
Supervisor's Column: Week of 2/25

Last week I presented “Business Vitality in Penfield 2013” to the Penfield Business Association (PBA) at their February meeting. I covered the town’s overall financial vitality, explained “what is not in our control” from state and federal governments by way of mandates and uncontrolled spending, and shared updates on new residential and commercial developments. I also provided an overview of two new mixed use districts and shared what the Town of Penfield is focused on for 2013 and beyond. We are fortunate to have a variety of quality businesses in Penfield to support our residents. When possible, we should patronize our local businesses; so many of them give back to our community in countless ways. You have heard me say “Shop local – healthy businesses make a healthy community.” I would also like you to think about this: “Investing in Penfield businesses is an investment in our community.” To all of the businesses throughout the town of Penfield…thank you for helping us be the best community in the county.

Have you ever thought about acting? Why not consider it? The Penfield Players will be holding auditions for their spring show, “The Villain Took a Chip Shot” by Craig Sodaro. Director Debbie Barsel is looking for four men and 10 females of all ages to fill the various roles. This melodrama tells the tale of Gloria Greenfee, who inherits the Greenfee Lodge along with a debt from her uncle that she can’t pay back. A scheme is hatched to convert the lodge into a resort for golf, the new sport that’s sweeping the nation. But there is a storm cloud looming! Villainous Nash T. Sandtrappe arrives with a map showing a vein of gold that runs under the lodge. Will the hero hit a hole-in-one with our lovely heroine, or will the villain send everyone to the caddy shack? Auditions will be held on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more information contact Debbie at or the Penfield Players at .

East Penfield Homeowners Association president Dave Woodward asked me to remind the community that their annual Potluck Dinner will be held Saturday, March 2. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the Roseland Station Fire Hall at the corner of Salt and Plank Roads. Everything will be provided, you are only asked to bring your favorite dish to pass. This annual dinner is a great way to see old friends and meet new ones. This is always a great event for residents of all ages. E-mail  to let them know of your interest and how many will be attending.

Do you know more than 125 Penfield residents serve on various town committees and boards? Several times during the course of the year, either in this column, at a town board meeting, or on our website, we ask residents if they have an interest on serving on a board such as Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation or a committee including Transportation, Watershed Management or Energy & Environment. If you would like to serve, please submit a letter of interest and your resume to the Town Clerk’s office at 3100 Atlantic Ave. You may also e-mail your materials to . As openings occur we will reach out to those interested individuals to meet with the town board for consideration.

I have learned that former Town Supervisor Chan Philbrick’s grandson Paul became an Eagle Scout within the past month. Paul and his family live in Evanston, Illinois where he is a junior in high school. I know Chan and his wife Marie are very proud of Paul’s accomplishment.

Last call: If you are reading this and have not filed an exemption application (new or renewal) you only have a few hours left before the March 1 deadline at 5:00 p.m.! For more information, please log on to  , click on ‘Departments’ on the left side of the home page, then on ‘Assessor’s Office.’ You will find a description of the exemptions and forms as well as phone numbers to reach the Assessor’s Office.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




February 19, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 2/18

Jerry Kier, Coordinator of Penfield American Legion Braman Post 1229, contacted me to ask for the community’s help sponsoring 28 soldiers from Fort Drum recently deployed to Afghanistan. Post 1229 sends boxes to troops every six weeks to let them know we care about their well being and appreciate their service. Braman Post is requesting help with monetary donations to assist with mailing expenses and donations of food supplies such as Kool-aid, crackers, Oreos and animal crackers, sugar packets, tissues, instant coffee, tea, powdered creamers, gum and zip-bags. (Please no glass or chocolates). Checks made payable to the Penfield American Legion may be mailed to Penfield American Legion, PO Box 4, Penfield, NY 14526. To donate supplies contact Jerry Kier 872-3244 or Jerry Thompson 223-2666. On behalf of Post 1229, thank you in advance for helping our troops!

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSD) reports an increase in the number of thefts involving catalytic converters from vehicles. Most thefts have occurred at businesses and residences on the west side of Monroe County and on Jefferson Road in Henrietta. Converters are cut from cars and trucks and illegally sold for scrap metal. Unfortunately, it may take days before a person realizes they have been victimized. The MCSD wants to alert east side residents and businesses to the thefts asks that anyone who sees suspicious activity to call 911. If possible, secure your vehicles in a locked garage to minimize the potential for criminal activity. The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to making the community a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. For more information, go to: , , .

The following information is from the Town’s employee “wellness team”:

-February is American Heart Month; this is a great time to think about healthy habits that will keep our kids' hearts healthy. It's been proven that maintaining a healthy weight decreases a kid's chances of getting heart disease later.

-High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.

-High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, means the blood running through your arteries flows with too much force and puts pressure on your arteries, stretching them past their healthy limit and causing microscopic tears.

-Uncontrolled high blood pressure can injure or kill you by causing heart disease or stroke. It's sometimes called "the silent killer" because it has no symptoms. Approximately 90% of all Americans will develop hypertension over their lifetime and one in three adults has high blood pressure, yet, many people don’t even know they have it.

-Good news! High blood pressure is manageable. Whether your blood pressure is high or normal (normal is less than 120 mm Hg systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic or <120/80) the lifestyle modifications listed provide a great heart-healthy living plan for all of us.

These behaviors may reduce blood pressure without the use of prescription medications:

-eating a heart-healthy diet, which includes reducing sodium
-enjoying regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight
-managing stress
-limiting alcohol
-avoiding tobacco smoke

The days are getting longer and a sense of spring is in the air! What a great time to start thinking about gardening and reserving your plot at the Penfield Community Victory Garden. Established in 2010, this 3.3 acre piece of town-owned land is home to 72 garden beds which Penfield residents many rent for a fee of $35.00 for the growing season. An introductory class will be held on March 28 for those who wish to learn more about the garden. Rules and regulations for the garden can be found on our website at

I close this column with sad news for the Penfield community. This past week we lost two well-known lifelong residents, Thomas E. “Tucker” Urckfitz and Sidney R Ludwig. Both men are wonderful examples of what Penfield is all about—heritage, family, integrity, hard work and community service. Tucker and Sid, thank you for the impact you made on the rich heritage and foundation of Penfield. To the Urckfitz and Ludwig families, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and thank you for sharing these two wonderful men with our community.

Until next week, be well and be safe!



February 14, 2013
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - The Case of the Star Trek Lovers

Penfield Recreation’s Young Open and Honest Players will present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater event on Saturday, February 23, 6:30 pm at Dolomite Lodge in Veterans’ Memorial Park. The performance will be “The Case of the Star Trek Lovers.” Proceeds from this event will benefit Penfield Recreation’s DEAR program.

The event includes dinner and non-alcoholic beverages—and, of course, a mystery which is played out in real time! The premise is the wedding reception of mob boss Marcus Stiff’s daughter and her unassuming computer game designer husband, who has just created the third version of the popular computer game Mob Boss III. The couple and their overprotective wedding party are all devastated that the newlyweds have not been allowed to have the wedding of their dreams, a Star Trek themed extravaganza. All is not loss as the Star Trek paraphernalia begins to sneak in throughout the evening. There will be many crazy characters to meet and greet as the audience attends the worst wedding of the decade.

Tickets are now available. PURCHASE ON-LINE or at Penfield Recreation office. Limited tickets are available.

February 11, 2013
Town and Penfield School District to Evaluate Shared Services

The Town of Penfield and the Penfield Central School District have announced that they are preparing a joint grant application to the New York State Department of State for a Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grant. The grant would be used to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a shared services facility to be located on the town’s public works complex on Jackson Road.

The LGE Grant award would pay for ninety percent (90%) of the estimated $50,000 cost for completing a feasibility study. The school district and the town are committed to contributing $5,000 each towards the total estimated cost of the study.

The feasibility study will explore the potential for cost savings, potential consolidation, and increased efficiency through the construction of a shared facility; centralized storage of vehicles and equipment; development of a legal framework for a formal inter-municipal agreement for shared services; and a shared purchasing process for fuel, supplies and equipment.

This consolidation effort is still in the very early stages of development and no specific concept has been determined. However, if feasible, the district is seeking to move its Buildings and Grounds Department out of the existing school district transportation site on Five Mile Line Road to free-up much needed space for school bus parking, a new bus maintenance garage and employee parking.

“We believe there is a real match between the functions of our Buildings and Grounds department and the town’s Public Works department and the possibility of a shared facility is definitely worth exploring,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm. “We are very pleased that the town is willing to partner with us on this application.”

This application is one example of how the Town of Penfield and the Penfield Central School District are working collaboratively to find solutions that are both productive and cost-effective. Sharing services will benefit the school, the town and the taxpayers.

“Municipalities and school districts are faced with similar increasing cost pressures and shrinking resources,” said Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “With the economy in a prolonged recession and many major revenue sources in decline, there is heightened interest in exploring innovative ways to control local government and school district costs by reducing or eliminating duplicate services. The school district and town partnering on this project is a strong example of helping to manage costs for the taxpayers of Penfield.”

If the town and the school district receive the LGE grant, the feasibility study will begin later this spring. The study is the first step in subsequent applications for grant funding assistance from New York State for the construction of a shared facility.


Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain, 340-8630

Phyllis Ely, Town of Penfield, 340-8647

Nancy Bradstreet, Penfield Central School District, 249-5732

February 11, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 2/11

You may have noticed that our Public Works Department has been cutting a number of Austrian Pine trees on the west side of the Town Hall and along Atlantic Ave. Sadly, the trees have been hit by a disease that has killed or is killing many Austrian Pines around our community. Many Austrian Pines also surround the Community Center; we will begin selectively removing them throughout 2013 and 2014. Our Parks & Facilities crews will be replanting with a combination of trees, bushes and shrubs to replace the loss of the diseased trees over the next several seasons.

The Assessor’s Office asked that I remind residents that the deadline for filing exemption applications (new or renewals) is March 1, 2013. For more information, please log on to, click on ‘Departments’ on the left side of the home page, then choose ‘Assessor.’ A description of exemptions and forms are available as well as the numbers to reach the Assessor’s Office.

One of the recommendations that came out of the town’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan was the creation of mixed use zoning districts and supporting documentation. Since then, the town has applied for and received a grant from the Genesee Transportation Council to help support this goal. Last week a steering committee of 30 residents, town staff and planning consultants came together to kick off the approximately nine-month process to define the characteristics of two proposed mixed use districts: Route 250 south of Penfield Center Road and north of the Eastside Y, and the area in and around Manitou Lake, the former Dolomite sand quarry on Old Penfield Road. Throughout this period there will be communications regarding the project including public information meetings and a dedicated webpage for residents to learn about the project and submit feedback. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to contact our Planning Department for details, they can be reached at or by calling 340-8640. In the coming months I will provide updates in my column.

On February 6 the town board recognized Penfield resident Ted O’Brien with a proclamation in recognition of his retirement from his 15-year role as an active and core member of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, which he helped found in 1997. Working at the food shelf was a full time job for Ted; he fully dedicated himself to its mission and took great pride in supporting the Penfield Community. Ted also had a long and distinguished career with the Penfield Central School District, retiring as the principal of Scribner Road School. Ted’s commitment to the Penfield community is a benchmark for all. Ted, we thank you for your service. To the O’Brien family, we thank you for sharing Ted with this great community of Penfield.

Please note that the town offices will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The Penfield Heritage Association’s (PHA) next program is scheduled for Sunday, February 24 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Penfield Library in the local history room. The topic is “Penfield Mills and their Millers” with historical researcher and guest speaker Donovan A. Shilling. Displays and handouts will supplement his presentation. Come spend a wintery Sunday with the PHA and learn a little more about the history of Penfield mills. There is no charge for this program, light refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the next Passport Night in Penfield. The Monroe County Clerk’s Office will be on hand to assist residents in completing their applications and answering questions about the process.

Until next week, I hope you all weathered winter storm Nemo without any major problems!



February 8, 2013
**Reminder** Tax Payment Info.

Tax Payment Options:  If your Town & County tax bill due date falls on a weekend then the payment is accepted the first business day after the weekend. Also feel free to use our night drop for easy payment drop off for before and after regualar Town Hall Business Hours.

February 7, 2013
New 'Laughter Wellness' Program at Penfield Rec

Penfield Recreation will offer a class featuring a unique exercise called Laughter Wellness or Laughter Yoga, beginning February 19 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.

Laughter Yoga is a technique that combines stimulated laughter and gentle breathing that initiate powerful positive changes in the body, mind and emotions. Experience this new form of wellness exercise that is being embraced worldwide.

This 8-week class begins Thursday, February 19 at 1:00 PM and meets each Thursday thereafter until April 9. Registration is required and can be done online at or in person at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird. Rd.

February 4, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 2/4

You may have seen some information recently from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) regarding personal safety and vehicle break-ins when visiting local fitness centers; I think it is important enough to repeat to ensure everyone’s awareness is as high as possible around this very important topic:

-Deputies are aware of recent thefts from cars specifically on the east side of Monroe County
-Visitors are reminded not to leave valuable items in their vehicles
-Visitors are also advised to keep valuable items in a locked and secure location while at local fitness centers
-If anyone notices suspicious activity they are encouraged to call 911 to report it

The men and women of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office work diligently to ensure your safety while frequenting businesses in our community, and they are dedicated to making the community a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

For more information please visit the MCSO at:

Mark your calendars for the second annual “Hiker’s Jamboree” to be held on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the auditorium at the Town Hall. This is one of the early signs of spring for me as a large group of hikers from across area come together to discuss the various 2013 hiking programs in and around the greater Monroe County area. The event is free, however, participants are asked to register by calling the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 6. Look for the hike signs and come join us for this for this very exciting event.

I am reminded by our Recreation Department and the Penfield Library that the February school break is just around the corner. There are all kinds of programs to help keep our youngest residents active and entertained during this week. For a complete listing of available programs please log on to  or  for further information and to reserve your children’s spot in these great programs.

Last week I presented the “Wellness of the Town,” highlighting our 2012 accomplishments, identifying our plans and goals for 2013, and reviewing our financial, business and overall community “wellness.” For those residents that were in attendance, thank you. For those of you who enjoyed it in the comfort of your homes I hope the presentation gave you a good overview of how healthy our community is. And for those that were unable to see the presentation, it is available on our website at .

The Penfield Players, our community theatre, will bring an old-time radio play to life with “Three Men on a Horse” by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Legacy Penfield, 40 Willow Pond Way. Join them for this 1930s gangster comedy classic. See what happens when a mild-mannered greeting card writer with an uncanny ability to pick winning horses gets mixed up with some nefarious but bumbling gangsters. The event is free and promises to be fun for all. For more information on this program and others during 2013, please check out the Penfield Players website at

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



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