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May 31, 2013
Park & Recreation Master Plan Completed

Penfield’s five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan update was adopted by the Penfield Town Board at their legislative session on Wednesday, May 15. This plan is updated every five years to adjust for the changing needs of the community.

“The Recreation Master Plan update was a great accomplishment with Town staff and community volunteers,” said Chris Bilow, director of Penfield Recreation. “This update is a great example of the work we can do with our residents! The Recreation Master Plan is going to help shape the focus of the Recreation Department for the next 5 years with regards to programming and beyond.  I am grateful for the community’s support throughout this process.”

 The Town of Penfield Recreation Department created a Recreation Master Plan update committee in April of 2012. The committee kicked off the update process in May of 2012 with a goal of completing the plan within one year. The focus of the committee was to update the existing Recreation plan without the aide of a paid professional consultant in order to save the Town significant expense.

The objective of the update was to provide The Town of Penfield with an accurate, practical plan to guide its actions and decisions concerning the recreation programs and parks system. Resident feedback was actively sought to make the update as accurate as possible regarding the needs and desires of the Penfield residents. 

The update committee views this Recreation Master Plan update as an attainable and realistic instrument to allow the Recreation Department the ability to proceed in the next 5 years. The identified goals will be the foundation to the department goals for the next five years. 

May 29, 2013
Book Launch "Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American"

The Town of Penfield invites the community to a celebration of the publication of “Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American” on Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Braman Room, Penfield Public Library,1985 Baird Road. At 2:30 p.m. Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society of Western New York’s Architectural Research Coordinator and great-great-granddaughter of Calvin Wooster Owen, will speak about Mr. Calvin Owen and the book. Light refreshments will be served.

Penfield Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Ann H. Stevens edited the diary of Calvin Owen, who lived much of his life in Penfield. The annotated journal provides a 19th century glimpse into social and religious causes, politics, wars, medicine and disease, family life, inventions and more. Topics also include abolition, temperance, the Erie Canal, Civil War and spiritualism.

The transcribed diary includes photographs, illustrations, maps, timeline and additional information on historical topics. An extensive index allows readers to locate information about people, events, and topics of interest.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain comments, “This long-awaited book offers an incredible connection to our past, inviting us to experience 19th century Penfield and appreciate how the world has changed since our earliest settlers founded our community. Through this book we also come to understand how much we still have in common.”

Books are available for purchase at $34.50 for soft cover and $49.50 for hard cover. Payment may be made by cash or check, no credit cards.

Books may be purchased at the Penfield Local History Room or Recreation Department (both located at 1985 Baird Road) or the Town Clerk’s Office in the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. For more information or to place an order, call 340.8740 or email .

“Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American” joins earlier books on Penfield’s history: “Penfield’s Past” by Town Historian Katherine Wilcox Thompson, published in 1960 in observance of the town’s 150th anniversary; “Images of Early Penfield,” by Town Historian Maude E. Frank, 1985; and “Memories of Penfield” published to honor the town’s bicentennial in 2010.

May 29, 2013
Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 820 in Penfield hosts an annual Memorial Day essay contest for students of Penfield School District in grades 6-8. This year's topic for the essay was as follows: 

Each year we address some portion of what we as Americans have to be thankful for on Memorial Day. In the past we have discussed the sacrifices of the people of our armed forces in defence of the rights of the people. This year, let us look to the basis of those rights. We have at our call such documentation as The Constitution of the United States and its amendments, which guide the performance of the country in assuring the rights of the people. Many generations before and and after the signing of these documents, over time, have found solid cause to protect the intent of these writings - if necessary, with the loss of thier own lives. Discuss how these words guide our lives and how these rights cary such importance that some have died in their defence.

Congratulations to this year's winners: 1st place - Anna Givens, Bay Trail Middle School; 2nd place - Anna Thorpe, Charles Finney School; and 3rd place - Meghan Morral, Charles Finney School. READ their award-winning essays here

May 28, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 5/27

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf will host a picnic Friday, May 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to honor Joe Gersitz as he retires from many years of service. The event will be held at the Food Shelf, 1618 Jackson Road. Joe is one of the founding members of the Food Shelf and has donated countless hours and resources to help those in need in our community. Many Saturdays throughout the year I have seen Joe at the public market picking up donated or low-cost fruits and vegetables to stock the Food Shelf each week. Consider stopping in Friday to say thank you to Joe for his efforts over the years. If you would like to stay for the picnic please RSVP at by May 24. The Food Shelf will provide the main dish, cake and beverages; please bring a dish to pass. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, congratulations Joe on your retirement and thank you for everything you have done for the Ecumenical Food Shelf!

If you’re looking for something to do Sunday, June 9 here are a few great options for your calendar.

Please join Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Ann H. Stevens for the book launch of “Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American” on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. The program will be held at the Braman Room, Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society of Western New York’s Architectural Research Coordinator and granddaughter of Calvin Wooster Owen, will speak about the book and Mr. Owen. Books will be available for purchase at $34.50 for soft cover and $49.50 for hard cover. Payment may be made by cash or check, no credit cards please. Books may also be purchased at the Penfield Local History Room, the Town Clerk’s Office or the Recreation Department. For more information or to place an order, call 340-8740 or email .

Dayton’s Corners School will be holding its annual open house and pie social on Sunday June 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This historic 19th century one-room schoolhouse is a learning and teaching museum located at the corner of Creek Street and Plank Road. It is staffed by many generous volunteers who conduct more than 50 classes per year giving 1,200 fourth-graders the experience of attending school in 1800s. Please join the staff of Dayton’s Corners and tour the school, listen to the music of Heartstrings Country Fiddlers, enjoy free pony rides for the children, and of course sample fantastic pie and lemonade. Fun for the whole family!

The Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association will be holding its 2013 Summer Burn Camp Three-Mile Walk on Sunday, June 9 starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration and parking will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Seabreeze Park with shuttle service to the starting point at Camp Eastman. Registration is free, pledge card donations are appreciated, and all walkers will be given a ticket to Seabreeze. Online registration, pledge cards and additional information is available at . You may also e-mail questions to .

It’s not too late to join Penfield Recreation’s June “Walking Challenge.” The challenge is to walk at least 10,000 steps per day—the equivalent of walking roughly five miles, meeting the Surgeon General’s recommendation of 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on all or most days of the week. Stop by the Recreation Department to pick up a Walking Challenge packet. Submit your results by July 9. Participants who walk at least 200,000 steps for the month will receive an award; those who walk at least 300,000 steps will be entered into a drawing for a special raffle. Did you know…walking 10,000 steps a day will help to lower the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon and breast cancer; prevent weight gain; reduce depression; and improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness.

Until next week, let’s get walking!



May 20, 2013
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/20

The Penfield Art Association (PAA) is gearing up for its 2013 Spring Show, which takes place June 10 – 14 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held Monday, June 10, from 7 – 9 PM. The recipient of the PAA's annual student scholarship award will be introduced during the opening. The judge for this year’s show is Rochester artist Tom Lightfoot who is an associate professor of fine arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. This year’s show Chairman is Dennis Wentworth of Fairport. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association has more than 100 members today from throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. The Spring Show can be viewed 10 AM – 9 PM Monday – Thursday, June 10 – June 13; 10 AM – 6 PM Friday, June 14; 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday, June 15; and 2 – 3 PM Sunday, June 16. Club members will be on hand at all times to answer questions about the art, much of which will be available for purchase. About 60 club members are represented in the show, which features more than 160 two-dimensional works in a variety of media. Please stop by and view the wonderful works of art from these local artists. If you would like more information about PAA or the Spring Show, please visit their website at

The annual Ride of Silence was last week and more than 125 Rochester area cyclists participated. This national ride is in honor of friends and loved ones who have died while riding. I was reminded by many of the cyclists to share the following information with all of our residents in an effort to keep them safe when they are riding. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. Some common tips include: wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet; see and be seen; control your bike; watch for and avoid road hazards; and avoid riding on very busy streets. For more bike safety tips, please visit Please remember to share the roads; we do not want to see anyone injured or killed while riding.

It has been brought to my attention by the members of the Penfield Community Victory Garden that they now have a can and bottle donation slot at the garden shed adjacent to their parking lot at 1747 Five Mile Line Road (just a few blocks north of Atlantic Ave.) All cans and bottles are recycled and the money raised goes into annual maintenance and capital improvement projects for the garden. If you do not want the hassle of waiting in line and feeding your cans and bottles in the supermarket machines, consider dropping them off at the Community Garden. I see it as community helping community!

The Town Board was recently visited by Javier Perez, a student at McQuaid and member of Boy Scout Troop 260, which is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church.  Javier is working on his Eagle Scout project by organizing the first annual Run of Gratitude 5K & One Mile Family Fun Run to be held on June 1 at 9:30 AM to benefit St. Joseph’s School.  If you are interested in participating, pre-registration is available on-line at Race day registration opens at 8 AM. Runners and walkers are welcome.

The amphitheater has been set up and our Recreation staff is ready to kick-off the 2013 season on Friday, May 31 with the new Food and Jazz Rodeo from 4:30 – 7 PM, featuring Penfield High School jazz groups. In addition to great music from Penfield students, this event will feature many area food trucks, including Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Frozen Delights, Wraps on Wheels, Brick-N-Motor, the Dough Boys and Chowder Up Seafood. This is sure to be fun for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you there! 

Reminder…the annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will take place on Monday, May 27, 10:30 AM at Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage behind the Town Hall. Music will be provided by the Penfield Pops Band, the guest speaker will be Legislator Dan Quatro, the VFW will once again present their essay contest award winners and, of course, we will have our distinctive Presentation of Roses. 

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather!


May 14, 2013
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 27 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am.  

This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Monroe County Legislator Dan Quatro, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band under the direction of Dick Stacy.

In addition, young people from the Penfield community will be reading their award-winning essays from the VFW Post 820 annual essay contest. 

A highlight of the ceremony will be Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember active or fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans’ Memorial monument stone. Those who are interested in participating in this presentation should call 585-340-8651.

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8651.  

May 13, 2013
Supervisor's Column: Week of 5/13

The week of May 19-25 recognizes two very important services in all communities. The first is Emergency Medical Services Week, with this year’s theme being “EMS: More Than a Job, a Calling.” EMS providers are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills to provide specialized care to Penfield residents. I would like to recognize and thank all of our residents who choose to serve the community as volunteer emergency medical service providers. Additionally, next week is National Public Works Week. Public Works employees are involved in so many systems and programs that impact our lives such as roads and highways, sewers, water, parks, public buildings and sustainable practices. These groups of skilled men and women work in all kinds of weather and hazardous conditions to ensure the health, safety and comfort Penfield residents greatly depend on in their day-to-day lives. I would like to recognize and thank all of Penfield’s Public Works employees for their dedicated service to our community.

From time to time we all look for a different or meaningful gift to give a friend or loved one. Why not consider a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation? These gift certificates come in any value and can be used towards a program, the purchase of merchandise, lodge rentals, and much more. For more information please log on to or call 340-8655.

A special shout-out to Penfield High School’s official student newspaper “The Pendulum” for taking first place honors in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual review and Contest Awards for scholastic newspapers. Congratulations to editors-in-chief, seniors Lindsay Igoe and Elizabeth Wilkins, and the entire club. The Pendulum was among only five school newspapers from New York State to be recognized and honored. Congratulations to all the newspaper staffers and their advisor and journalism teacher, William Unterborn.

If you have not had a chance to attend the Penfield Players annual spring melodrama “The Villain Took a Chip Shot…or Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Greens,” you still have two more dates. Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 performances have available seats as I write this column. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. You may purchase tickets at the Recreation Department or on-line by visiting and clicking on “Registration & Reservation.” You may sign in, or if you do not have a log-in, click on “browse tickets” then select a performance and follow the prompts.

Last week the Penfield High School baseball team played Fairport in the “Coaches vs. Cancer” game. Some of the proceeds collected were donated in memory of Roger Wolfe, the father of Jesson Wolfe, one of Penfield’s varsity baseball players who lost his battle with cancer last year. The remaining proceeds were donated in memory of Blake Cognata, a Fairport senior who lost his battle with cancer earlier this school year. Fairport won this outing over Penfield by a score of 5 to 3. Congratulations to both teams, their coaches, and all the parents for making this Coaches vs. Cancer game so successful!

Mark your calendars for the following programs: Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance, Monday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage; new Jazz and Food Rodeo, Friday, May 31, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. to kick-off the 2013 music season. For more information and details about these programs and many more, please log on to

Until next week, be well and be safe!


May 6, 2013
FREE Guided Scenic Paddle May 11

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided canoe and kayak paddle on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 – 11:00 am.

This guided paddle tour along Irondequoit Creek will head downstream from Ellison Park through the narrows and the marshland, viewing the spring flora and fauna along the way. It will continue on downstream to Empire Blvd. and disembark at LaSalle’s Landing. 

Requirements:  Personal flotation devices must be worn. You must provide your own canoe/kayak or arrange for a rental. There are two boat rental locations in the area – Bay Creek Paddling Center (585-288-2830) and Oak Orchard Canoe & Kayak (585-288-5550). Please call these businesses directly for information about renting a boat. 

The paddle is expected to last about two hours; it will be led by Penfield Trails Committee members. Meet at the Ellison Park south entrance off Blossom Road; follow the “Hike” signs to canoe/kayak launch location.  While the paddle is free, participants must register. To register, contact 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, option 6.

May 6, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 5/6

Penfield’s annual resident spring drop-off runs this Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to dispose of household materials and brush at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Materials that will be accepted include furniture, appliances, lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, and brush/limbs/logs. Material that will not be accepted are TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, hazardous materials, grass clippings, fluids (gas, oil, and driveway sealer).

As I drive around the town I see many residents enjoying the weather and “spring cleaning” their yards. In some cases grass, leaves and branches are pulled into gutters covering catch basins; in other cases swales, ditches and other waterways are filled with debris. While we have enjoyed a nice run of fair weather with no rain, these materials will block or restrict water from properly draining if they are not cleared, causing neighborhood flooding. Please keep yard debris out of these important drainage systems…thank you!

The North East Quadrant Advance Life Support, Inc. (NEQALS) recently celebrated 25 years of community service. I was delighted to present a certificate of appreciation to Bob Meddaugh, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, on behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield. NEQALS provides a critical function to our community by assisting and supporting the Penfield Volunteer Ambulance when advance life support is needed. Congratulations to all the members of NEQAL on 25 years of dedicated service to our community, you have made a difference in many lives.

The mulch pile located on the west side of the town hall (accessible from Jackson Road) has been a big hit with residents over the past few weeks. We plan to keep the mulch pile available until Memorial Day weekend or until we run out of material, whichever comes first. If you are interested in free mulch, do not delay, it is going fast!

The bicycling community’s tenth annual Ride of Silence will be held Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. beginning at the DPW Complex at 1607 Jackson Road. Rochester area cyclists will gather to honor friends and loved ones who have died while riding. The ride will follow an hour-long route and at a processional pace. Everyone is welcome to attend, no pre-registration is required. For more information you may contact Andy Stewart at 729-7008 or email .

My sources tell me that the Penfield Community Victory Garden has a few more beds available to rent for the 2013 growing season. Learn about the Rochester area “Plant-a-Row for the Hungry” program. Volunteers are essential to the success of the garden. No gardening experience is necessary. For more information contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655 or e-mail .

If you enjoy running or walking, I have been made aware that the Southeast Christian Academy, 1850 Fairport Nine-Mile Point Road will be hosting the “Race for Nancy” on Saturday, May 25 starting at 9:00 a.m. to benefit the Nancy Heckert Memorial Scholarship Fund. Nancy had a love for kids and believed it was important for students to receive a thoroughly Christian education. On her way home from work one night, she was struck and killed by a drunk driver. This scholarship was set up to fund students who cannot afford to attend the Academy without assistance. The route has been laid out to wind through a portion of beautiful East Penfield. For additional information please contact Angela Barber at 585-233-6292.

Until next week, enjoy this wonderful stretch of weather. I hope to see you out around town; please stop me to say hello and tell me what you like best about this great community or what we should consider doing to make it better!





May 3, 2013
Are you spring cleaning??

Don’t forget about recycling your unwanted stuff. Here are some local resources to aid you in repurposing your unwanted goods.

May 1, 2013
New Jazz and Food Rodeo Will Begin Amphitheater Season

The Town of Penfield will hold a Jazz and Food Rodeo at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Friday, May 31, 4:30 – 7:00 pm. This new event will kick off Penfield’s summer Amphitheater season and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

“This year’s amphitheater season is filled with exciting programs and the food rodeo is a new and very dynamic addition that our recreation team conceived to enhance the 2013 kick-off,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our goal is to continue to grow and expand the amphitheater series to best serve all of our residents.”

The event will feature 6 area food trucks - Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Frozen Delights, Wraps on Wheels, Brick-N-Motor, the Dough Boys, and Chowder Up Seafood. The trucks will have windows up at 4:30 pm. Food will be sold at the food trucks’ prices.

The jazz will be performed by Penfield High School jazz groups, beginning at 5:00 pm. The jazz is free. 

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Attendees will need to bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655, option 6.


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