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October 31, 2013
NYSEG and RG&E Preparing for Possible Effects of Damaging Wind; Companies Encourage Customers to Monitor the Forecast and Stay Safe

NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, are preparing for possible power interruptions as a result of damaging winds that are forecast for most of the state over the next 24 hours.

Power Restoration Priorities
NYSEG’s and RG&E’s first priority is responding to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe. (NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed wires; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.) Once this vital public safety work is complete, the companies will:

• Assess the damage to the electricity delivery system.
• Develop a detailed restoration plan.
• Make repairs as quickly as possible.

How We Go About Restoring Power Following Major Storms:
We first repair the backbone of the electricity system – transmission lines and substations – that bring electricity to the local distribution system that serves our customers. We then make any necessary repairs to the distribution system that includes the poles and power lines along streets and roads, focusing first on those circuits where we can restore power to the largest number of customers. As part of this process, we take into account the needs of hospitals, nursing homes, fire and police stations, as well as any other critical infrastructure. We also focus on our customers who depend on electrically-operated life support equipment. This is a time-proven process that ensures we safely restore service as quickly and efficiently as possible.

NYSEG and RG&E offer the following reminders:
Before a Storm Strikes
- Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact their utility right away (NYSEG: 1.800.572.1111; RG&E: 1.800.743.2110). Customers may be enrolled in a critical customer program or provided specific advice on how to prepare for power interruptions.

- Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.

- Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won’t work during a power interruption.)

- Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.

- Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.

During a Power Interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

- To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131; RG&E at 1.800.743.1701. Our telephone systems let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com or rge.com.

- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.

- Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.

- Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.

- Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.

- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

After Power Is Restored
- If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG or RG&E to have services turned on.

- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.

For more information, visit www.nyseg.com, www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.

Follow Us on Twitter: @NYSEandG, @RGandE, @IberdrolaUSA


October 31, 2013
Halloween Safety

Safety Tips for Motorists
All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets.

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. 
  • Never use your cell phone while driving. 
  • Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

Trick-or-Treating
Most importantly, all children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, but before trick-or-treating, parents should:

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone. 
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. 
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home. 
  • Agree on a specific time for your children to come home. 
  • Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them. 
  • Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication. 
  • Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children. 
    • Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible. 
    • Walk, do not run, from house to house. 
    • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries. 
    • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic. 

Children will be anxious to stuff themselves with treats, but parents need to take these necessary precautions first: 

  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten, then examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before your children eat them. 
  • Give children an early meal before going out to prevent them from filling up on Halloween treats or eating anything before you can inspect it. 
  • Only let your children eat factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well. 
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Costumes
When making or purchasing Halloween costumes, follow these safety precautions to ensure your children remain safe while looking great:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant. 
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible. 
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation. 
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as safer alternatives. 
  • If masks are worn, they should have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Encourage your children to remove their masks before crossing the street. 
  • Children should only wear well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls. 
  • Do not allow your children to wear decorative contact lenses, as they present a risk for serious eye injury. 
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.

National Safety Council - ( www.nsc.org )


October 29, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 10/28

I recently visited Legacy Willow Pond to participate in the celebration of the 75th wedding anniversary of Lillian and Lou Stork, where I presented them with a certificate of recognition from the town board. I was reminded on this diamond celebration that the popular songs of the day were “Winter Wonderland” by Guy Lombardo and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Paul Whiteman, and the price of gasoline was a mere ten cents a gallon. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, congratulations to Lillian and Lou on 75 years of marriage—this is a benchmark for every couple.

Last Friday evening I once again had the pleasure, and extreme difficulty, of selecting the “Best Penfield Scene” at the Penfield Art Association exhibit at the Legacy Willow Pond. After several visits and narrowing the many works down, I selected a painting by Bill McCullough entitled “Daniel’s Corner” as the best scene. The residents of Willow Pond enjoy this exhibit, and many pieces are purchased by the residents as gifts for family and friends. Congratulations to Bill for being recognized as this year’s “Best Penfield Scene” artist.

Why not consider taking advantage of the weather this weekend and join the Penfield Trails Committee and the Friends of Webster Trails for a free guided hike at Webster Park on Saturday, November 9, from 10:00 a.m. to noon? This hike will explore the lake plain habitat. The progressive shoreline of Lake Ontario has left a history of receding terraces moving north since the last of the Ice Age glacier melted 12,000 years ago. Drainage ravines have plunged down from what is now Ridge Road since that time, first stimulating the pioneer milling industry, then the apple orchard industry, in this unique habitat. Enter the park on Holt Road and 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.

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? And every day 6,000 Red Cross blood transfusions are given to patients in need? Donations tend to drop around the holidays; however, there are opportunities to give blood close to home in Penfield in the coming weeks. You can donate Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the YMCA Eastside, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road or Monday, November, 11 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road. All presenting donors can enter the “turkey-a-day” raffle for a chance to win a $50 grocery gift card. This holiday, give something that means the world to someone—your gift of blood save lives.

Are you aware that this year AARP joined with the Society for Human Resource Management to highlight employers that recruit, retain and reward workers over age 50? This year the YMCA of Greater Rochester was included in the top 10 honorees for allowing workers the opportunity to broaden their experience with temporary posts in other departments and join a mentoring program aimed at connecting the generations. Congratulations to the YMCA of Greater Rochester for all the support you provide your members and employees.

Bay Towne Plaza held a ribbon cutting last week celebrating the latest step of redevelopment with the completion of the cut-through of the main building on the north face for the “street of shops” concept. Redevelopment of this plaza has been an ongoing discussion with plaza owners, surrounding neighborhoods, and the Town of Penfield to ensure that all interests are best protected. You will see more activities taking place in this plaza over the next 12 to 15 months.

I attended the Penfield Heritage Association’s program on Sunday to listen to George Steitz and Ned Corman discuss their involvement in both sports and music through the years. While I have had the pleasure on knowing both of these outstanding citizens, I was amazed by what they have accomplished as individuals and what they have given back to the community.

Next Tuesday, November 5, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., all registered voters are able to exercise their right to vote. This is a local election year to elect those candidates in government closest to the people. Please review all candidates’ resumes and select the persons you believe will best represent you and our community. Also, do not forget there are six proposals on this year’s ballot that require a vote. More information on sample ballots can be obtained at www.monroecounty.gov  (click on ‘departments,’ then click on ‘Board of Elections’). Please exercise your right to vote, it does make a difference.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


October 28, 2013
Guest columnist week of 10/28: Kathy Kanauer, Historian

Penfield Local History Room houses a wealth of information

The historian’s office and Penfield local history room (LHR) have acquired and preserved a great deal of information on Penfield’s past. Who was here? What were they doing? How did a typical day look? Where did they worship and attend school?

These questions and many others can be answered with a little research into the town archives. A researcher can look through census records, church records, family history files, maps, old tax records, land records, diaries, photographs, newspaper files, and much more. With a little (or sometimes a lot) of digging, information can be brought to light on early town residents, historic houses, schools, social groups, and other history related topics.

The LHR is staffed by the room coordinator and operates under the direction of the Local History Room Advisory Committee. These individuals meet to discuss issues concerning the LHR and plan exhibits and programs to educate the public. The committee also decides what items to acquire for the LHR collection. Individuals on this committee have spent countless hours volunteering on LHR projects. The LHR is open to the public nineteen hours per week, Mondays, 12-5 and 7-9; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10-12, and 12:30-4:30.

The LHR and Penfield Recreation are co-sponsors of the annual “Ghost Walk” in October. This walk was held at the Four Corners in its first year, and then moved to Oakwood Cemetery. Ghosts and guides introduce participants to subjects that relate to local history, making it a fun and educational event that becomes more popular each year.

In April the LHR joins with the Penfield Library and Penfield Recreation to host a Civil War day. Re-enactors and presenters provide specialized topics on the various aspects of the war. This event was begun as a remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the war.
A proud achievement of the LHR is the recent publication of the book, “Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth Century American.” Although Calvin Owen was a town resident for much of the nineteenth century, he recorded much more than local news. His writings cover the social, political, and religious topics of the day, along with inventions, medicines, wars, and much more. This book can be purchased in the LHR, the town clerk’s office, and at Penfield Recreation.

The town historian provides educational opportunities at various levels. Schools, day cares, and scouting groups come to the LHR to learn about particular aspects of Penfield history. In this role, I also go into schools to do programming, speak to adults at various town events, and present to social organizations and local nursing homes. Programs can be a general history of the town or on a particular topic.
One of Penfield’s many gems, Dayton’s Corners School (DCS), is under the umbrella of the town historian. The school functions as a living history museum and is used to supplement fourth grade studies of local history. Classes visit DCS to spend a day in 1857. Volunteer teachers help the students enact their day in a one room schoolhouse. These volunteers have given many hours to the students that participate in the program. The detailed job of coordinating the classes and the volunteer teachers is that of the DCS coordinator, who schedules classes and volunteers carefully around vacations, holidays, and standardized testing.

The historian also serves as an ex officio member of the Penfield Historic Preservation Board. This board was formed to provide implementation of the “Historical Preservation Ordinance of the Town of Penfield” adopted by the town board on September 4, 1973.

For further information on any Penfield history-related topics please call the LHR at 340-8740.


October 28, 2013
A message from the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee

Thank you to all residents who participated in Penfield Recycling Day on October 5. Our DPW reports the following collection results: Eco Green Park Document Destruction shredded 14,289 lbs of confidential documents and took in 450 lbs of cardboard; Rochester Computer Recycling collected 29,000 lbs. of electronics; ALPCO received 9,780 lbs. of metal, 160 lbs. of stainless steel and aluminum; and several tons of branches, limbs, and stumps were added to the town’s brush pile. That’s an impressive amount of material diverted from the landfill in just six hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Additionally, countless private documents were securely destroyed to help prevent identify fraud, and many residents learned they can donate year-round to the newly installed St. Pauly Textile Shed at the DPW on Jackson Road.

If you missed Penfield Recycling Day and have material to clear out before winter, check out Monroe County’s ecopark (near the airport). It’s an impressive year-round recycling center.


October 25, 2013
Penfield Will Host 2013 USATF Niagara Association Junior Olympic XC Championships

Penfield Recreation is working in conjunction with the local chapter of USA Track & Field to host the 2013 USATF Niagara Association Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships on Sunday, November 10 at Rothfuss Park, 1648 Five Mile Line Road. This event is for students age 8-18 and will include a 2K race, 3K race, 4K race, and 5K race.

Complete information is available at USA Track & Field website or on their Facebook page.


October 21, 2013
Supervisor's Column: Week of 10/21

The annual “Penfield Family Halloween Fun Night” last Friday at the community center was a huge success with approximately 1,000 children and their parents and grandparents in attendance. The weather was picture perfect for the hayrides and ghost walk. I would like to recognize the Penfield Recreation Department and all the volunteers who assisted them in making this one of our best Halloween programs. I would like to give a special shout out to our local farmers Dave Woodward and Terry, Tom and Mark Rothfuss for providing the tractors and wagons for the hayride—their friendly faces, consistent involvement, and support of our community is a benchmark. Also, the Penfield High School baseball team and Interact Club support this and many other functions in the community as part of their community service commitment to Penfield. Great job by everyone, thank you!

The town’s Employee Wellness Committee asked me to share a few items with all Penfield residents: First, October is one of the last big harvest months before the snow arrives in Rochester, and purchasing fruits and vegetables that are in-season is a great way to help your family save money. Second, a large part of limiting TV time consists of finding other interesting things to do. Please consider looking at the PenRec Brochure that is mailed to all residents homes, or log on at www.penfieldrec.org to view the many wellness programs available for all ages. Finally, walking is one of the easiest ways to keep your whole family active no matter what season it is. The many town parks and trails offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature and assist with personal wellness.

For the past month, the Penfield Art Association has been exhibiting work at the Legacy at Willow Pond. If you have not stopped by to view the show, please consider doing so by this Friday, October 25 when the exhibit will close. There will be a “Meet and Greet the Artists” reception and awards ceremony from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25 that will include the presentation of awards, when I will once again have the honor and difficult duty of selecting the “Best Penfield Scene” award. This has been a wonderful partnership between Legacy Willow Pond and the Penfield Art Association over the last many years.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. for the next program of the Penfield Heritage Association, “Two of Penfield’s Outstanding Citizens: George Steitz and Ned Corman.” Moderator Warren Doremus will ask George and Ned about their many years in Penfield, particularly their involvement in both sports and music. If you have not followed their careers in our great town, you will be amazed at all of their accomplishments. If you have children or grandchildren who have studied under either of these gentlemen, bring them along. Questions from the audience are encouraged and welcome!

There will be several “meet the candidates” events coming up over the next week including the Penfield Green Initiative forum this Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the town hall. Another is Sunday, October 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Braman Post 1229 of the American Legion located at 1707 Penfield Road. Lastly, there will be an event on Monday, October 28 at the Penfield High School from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. All interested residents are encouraged to attend.

A discussion series on the War of 1812 will begin November 10 as part of the Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program which will host the first in a series of discussions on the War of 1812 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. For more information please call 340-8664 or visit our website at www.penfieldrec.org. Pre-registration is required and there is a $20 program fee that includes a color illustrated book published by the Seaway Trails, Inc.

Until next week, button up those outside chores, it looks like cold weather is just around the corner!

Tony
340-8631


October 21, 2013
Guest Columnist Week of 10/21: Ann Buck, Assessor’s Office

On behalf of the Assessor’s Office, it is my pleasure to be this week’s guest writer for the supervisor’s column. Our office receives a lot of questions throughout the year, and the Q & A below will address some of the most frequently addressed topics. I have compiled information from our Penfield office and other sources.

Q. What is an assessment?
An assessment is an estimate of the value of a piece of real property established for the purpose of taxation. The assessment can be at market value or at some fraction of market value. All properties in the assessing unit must be valued at the same fraction (percentage) of market value. The town of Penfield is at 100% of market value.

Q. Is all real estate assessed?
Yes. The assessor must assess all real property (including hospitals, schools, government-owned buildings, etc.) within his or her assessing unit. The only exceptions are roads and public rights of way.

Q. What is “real property?”
For the purpose of general discussion, “real property” is synonymous with “real estate.” Real property is real estate (i.e., land, buildings, trees, minerals, etc.) and the rights associated with owning real estate.

Q. How is an assessment used to determine my tax bill?
At its simplest level, your assessment is multiplied by the tax rate to determine what your tax bill will be.
The more complete answer is:
1. All assessments in the taxing jurisdiction, minus all exemptions, are added together.
2. The amount of money that will be collected (the tax levy) is determined by the governing body.
3. The levy is divided by the sum of the assessments to determine the tax rate.
4. The tax rate is multiplied by the parcel’s assessment, minus any exemptions, to determine the tax dollars owed.

Q. What is an exemption?
An exemption reduces the taxable value of real property. The reduction can be for part of the value (like veterans or senior citizen exemptions) or for the entire value (like hospitals, firehouses or schools). An exemption can only be granted pursuant to a specific law.

Q. Do all towns grant the same exemptions?
No. Some exemptions are mandatory by state or federal law; the assessor must grant them if the property owner qualifies. Some exemptions are optional; the taxing jurisdiction must pass a local law allowing the exemption. Some local option exemptions have further options which can change the value of the exemption from one town to the next.

Q. Once I have an exemption do I need to reapply each year?
It depends upon the specific exemption. Certain exemptions, like seniors or Enhanced STAR, require you to reapply because they are based on your income which can change from year to year.
Your eligibility for other exemptions, like Basic STAR, doesn’t change so you don’t need to reapply as long as you maintain the same residence. You should check with the Assessor’s Office with regard to your exemptions.

Q. How do I know which exemptions are available to me?
You should check with the Assessor’s Office or the town’s website. You can also look for exemption information on the state’s website at http://www.tax.ny.gov/research/property/default.htm .The most common exemptions on privately-owned homes are the senior citizens, the veterans and the STAR exemptions.

Q. What happens if I buy a house that has an exemption?
When the ownership of a parcel transfers, the assessor must immediately remove any exemptions. You may be subject to a prorated tax for part of the year. It is your responsibility to apply for any exemptions that you might be entitled to. This is true even if they are the same exemptions that the previous owner had.

The exception is a STAR exemption, which will remain on the parcel for the remainder of the tax cycle. A STAR exemption will be removed at the end of the tax cycle, so you must apply for your own STAR exemption prior to the next March 1st date.

Q. How can I get current assessment information about my (or another) property?
Check with the Assessor’s Office or go to the www.MonroeCounty.gov website for assessment information (Research Property and Assessment Info) for towns in Monroe County. The information will be accurate as of the most recent assessment roll file on July 1st.

Q. How can I challenge an assessment?
If you feel your assessment does not accurately reflect the value of your property, you should first discuss the issue with the assessor informally. If you are still not satisfied, you can file a grievance.

The publication “What to Do If You Disagree with Your Assessment” can be found at www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/contestasmt.htm  and will help with grievance procedures. Grievance Day is the fourth Tuesday in May for the Town of Penfield, Monroe County.


October 16, 2013
Supervisor's Column: Week of 10/14

The annual “Penfield Family Halloween Fun Night” is this Friday, October 18, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This is a family event featuring many free activities including games, crafts, live music, “trick-or-treat” street and hayrides. There will also be a pizza dinner at the event and for $5 per person that includes a personal pizza, salad and a beverage. Also, the very popular “Ghost Walk in Oakwood Cemetery” will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will run every 20 minutes with the last tour leaving at 7:40 p.m. Tickets for the ghost walk are also $5 per person. Come visit early Penfield residents like Calvin Owen, his neighbors and friends as they come back to visit with you and share their stories from the 1800s. Don’t be afraid…but remember the person standing next to you could be someone from the afterlife! There is no need to register for the free events; however it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance for all other events. For more information, please call the Rec Department at 340-8655, option 6. I hope to see you there!

“Friends of Libraries Week” runs October 20 to 26. Friends of Penfield Public Library understand the critical importance of well-funded libraries, and they raise money to allow our library to move from good to great by providing resources for additional programming and equipment in support for the children’s summer reading and special events throughout the year. The Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all, demonstrating how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community. Please join me in thanking the Friends of the Penfield Public Library for all they do to make our library and community so much better.

The 2013-2014 season of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra gets underway on Monday, October 21 with “Revel in Rachmaninoff,” music by Sibelius, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. at Penfield High School. The PSO has been bringing great music to our community for 58 years. Under the direction of music director David Hartman, the orchestra’s more than 80 musicians work hard to bring the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and other great composers to Penfield and surrounding communities. Tickets are available the night of the performance, or you may order season tickets by calling 872-0774 or logging on at www.penfieldsymphony.org. Also, remember to mark your calendar for the “Happy Holidays” concert on December 2 featuring an enjoyable collection of music for the holiday season.

The first annual “Fall Recycling Day” for our residents was a big success. This event replaced the former “Fall Drop-off” of unwanted household items. We have been looking for ways to provide residents with more services aimed at sustainability, recycling, and “up-cycling” of unwanted materials. The town board was also looking to reduce labor and landfill costs of the traditional drop-off. The Town of Penfield will continue to host a once-a-year traditional “Spring Drop-off.” The 2014 event is scheduled for May 14-17. Recycling totals from last week include: 9,780 lbs. of metal; 160 lbs. of stainless steel and aluminum; 14,289 lbs. of shredded confidential documents and 450 lbs. of recycled card board; 29,000 lbs. of electronics; the St. Pauly Textile Shed was half-filled with clothing; and several tons of brush came in that will be ground up for the free mulch give-back program for residents. Additionally, the Penfield Rotary and Town of Penfield bike drop-off was held the same day. Generous residents donated more than 450 bikes that will be repaired and distributed to the Rochester area’s most needy children and adults by R Community Bikes.

Mark your calendars for the “Veterans Resource Day in Penfield” on November 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Penfield Rec, in conjunction with the Penfield American Legion Braman Post, will hold a free event for veterans to speak with representatives from local and state veterans organizations and agencies. On hand that day will be Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, Veterans Outreach Center, Honor Flight, Fairport VFW, Penfield American Legion and the Veterans Association. Refreshments will be served and there will be a special half-hour presentation, “The Serendipity of War, Stories from World War II” by Ken Andrews, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by a special presentation from Honor Flight at 12:30 p.m. Registration for lunch is required and can be made by calling Penfield Rec at 340-8664; please register by November 4.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  


October 11, 2013
Veterans Resource Day in Penfield Nov 7

Penfield Recreation, in conjunction with the Penfield American Legion Braman Post will hold a Veterans Resource Day on Thursday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.
 
This event is free and is an opportunity for veterans to talk with representatives from local and state veteran organizations and agencies. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served at 10:00 AM and a welcome kick-off will begin at 10:15 AM as our guest representatives give a brief description of their area of expertise and then offer participants time to speak with them directly at their designated tables.  

On hand that day will be Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, Veterans Outreach Center, Honor Flight, Fairport VFW, Penfield American Legion, and the Veterans Association. Many universal questions can be addressed at this event such as medical benefits, burial benefits, town tax benefits, county discount cards, NY State benefits, obtaining service ribbons and medals. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to find and connect with other men and women who served with you using internet search sites created specifically for this purpose. 

A special half-hour presentation The Serendipity of War, Stories from World War II by Ken Andrews will be presented at 11:00 AM.  The Legacy at Willow Pond will provide free lunch for all veterans and their spouses at 11:30 AM. The luncheon will be followed by a special presentation from Honor Flight at 12:30 PM.

Registration for lunch is required and can be made by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8664. Please register by November 4. 

For further information, please call Pam Mount at (585) 340-8664.


October 8, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 10/7

Cal Robinson from Troop 310 is the newest Eagle Scout in Penfield and was recognized at his Court of Honor last week at the Penfield United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Project, Cal built four park benches, two each for Sherwood and Philbrick Parks. The Penfield Town Board had a certificate presented to Cal in honor of his hard work and dedication to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations Cal, your hard work and dedication is a shining example to those around you!

This coming Saturday, October 12, the Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at Monroe County’s Lucien Morin Park from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This hike will primarily track through the heavily wooded area along Irondequoit Creek. It will also traverse the slopes and ravines, as well as some of the creek banks. The hike will feature elements of the Old Rife Range, location of the clubhouse, the restored gazebo and the shooting range pits. Hikers will enjoy overlooks of Irondequoit Creek wetlands and meadows. Those interested should meet at Empire Blvd. at the south end of the bay, there is a Monroe County Parks sign and driveway entrance adjacent to MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room. Look for the “hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling the Penfield Rec at 340-8655, option 6.

I had the honor last week of attending the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton’s Installation of Officers and Community Awards Dinner. Formed in 1962, the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton has worked for the community for 51 years. Members have provided service to our community and leadership in many endeavors which often provided inspiration to other groups and organizations across the county. This year Kiwanis, in conjunction with the Town of Penfield, presented checks of support to Daystar for Medically Fragile Infants, Inc; the Don Mack Penfield High School Scholarship Fund; Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong; East Rochester Community Resources; Bethany House of Rochester; Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf; Perinton Food Pantry; Cancer Wellness Connection; Rochester Muscular Dystrophy Association; East Rochester Youth Recreation Association; Penfield Key Club; and the Shepherd Home. I would like to recognize all the men and women of the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton who have contributed to the quality of the life of our community…thank you!

The Monroe County Volunteer Fireman Association and the Western NY State Fire Prevention Association recently held an essay contest for Fire Prevention Week. The following student winners from Penfield were presented with certificates of recognition by the town board at their last meeting. For the 5th and 6th grade category: Fifth-grader James Bruneau – 4th place county and 3rd place state; fifth-grader Paul Sims – 5th place county and 5th place state; fifth-grader Zachary Tilkins 10th place county. For the 7th and 8th grade category: seventh-grader Jessica Santiago – 2nd place county; seventh-grader Amanda Feda – 7th place county and 4th place State. Congratulations to all the essay winners.

"Prevent Kitchen Fires"—that's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week

The week of Oct. 6, 2013, marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week throughout the United States. National Fire Prevention Week began in response to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which claimed 300 lives and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” While cooking brings family and friends together and provides an outlet for creativity, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fire and home injuries. Some interesting facts include:

• Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
• Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
• Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
• Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.

It is important for all family members to keep a watchful eye when cooking. U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.

Until next week, enjoy this next stretch of nice weather!
Tony
supervisor@penfield.org 



October 7, 2013
Guest columnists Week of 10/7 and 10/14 from Town Clerk’s Office: Animal Control Officer Steven Schicker and Deputy Town Clerk Lisa Grosser

Steve Schicker, Animal Control Officer
Penfield’s Animal Control Service supports domestic animals (excluding cats unless sick or injured), livestock, and nuisance wildlife. We work closely with the following agencies: New York State DEC, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe County Health Department, and NYS Agriculture & Markets, which sets forth all laws governing domestic animals and livestock. We educate residents on town and state laws related to animals, care of sick or injured animals, and nuisance wildlife. We also aid in searching for lost or stolen pets.

Space prevents me from describing the many services we provide, but I will share a few of the most popular topics and invite you to our webpage to learn more.

Many residents are concerned by a sighting of a raccoon or other nocturnal animal in daylight hours. Is the animal rabid? Not necessarily. Nocturnal animals may be out during the day if they have been spooked from their sleeping place or if they are just plain hungry. However, if an animal exhibits extremely odd behavior such as wandering in circles, dragging hind quarters, tipping over, or acting overly-friendly, call Animal Control immediately.

Do you know the Town of Penfield loans have-a-heart traps to residents with nuisance wildlife issues? Traps may be picked up at our office every Saturday morning from 10:00 to11:00 a.m. The issuing officer will provide instructions and advice on use, bait, and best times for trapping based on the target species. A $25 fully refundable deposit is required when the trapping agreement is signed. Once an animal is captured, we are called to remove and relocate the animal. Never transport an animal yourself! It is not legal for any person without proper state licensing to transport wildlife.

If you encounter a wild animal in distress, do not interfere. You risk personal injury and may further harm the animal. Call 911 for an urgent emergency. Call Animal Control with less urgent matters, and report animal cruelty to the Humane Society hotline, 585.223.6500.

Penfield Animal Control is open 24 hours, seven days a week. An officer is in the office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., after hours an officer is on-call for emergencies only. Weekend hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on-call after hours for emergencies. Our office is located in the Don Mack Building, 1587 Jackson Road.

For more Animal Control topics and information, visit www.penfield.org/animalcontrol or call our office to speak directly to an officer, 585. 340.8616.

Lisa Grosser, Deputy Town Clerk
The Town Clerk’s office is the “gateway to information.” Our office is responsible for issuing licenses and collecting fees assessed by various town departments. This column will provide a basic overview and requirements for the most popular licenses and permits issued by the Town Clerk’s Office.

Marriage Licenses – An appointment is required to obtain a Marriage License. Both parties need to be present, and an original birth certificate with a raised seal and a driver’s license or passport is required. If there are any previous marriages, any and all final divorce decrees are required. If any documents are in a foreign language, they must be translated by a certified translator. If a previous spouse is deceased, a death certificate is required. Once the license is issued it is not valid for 24 hours, after that it is valid for a period of 60 days.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses – The 2013-2014 season licenses are available now. Records are kept on file with the DEC database and accessed with your Driver’s License. Please also bring landowner information and any newly acquired education certificates to update the DEC system.

Handicapped Parking – A prescription from your doctor and a current driver’s license is required to obtain temporary (up to six months) and permanent (up to five years) handicapped parking permits.

Records – The Town Clerk maintains custody of all town records such as town board minutes and official correspondence. To obtain copies of any town record you must submit a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) Request, available on the Town Clerk’s webpage at www.penfield.org.

Dog Licenses – New York State requires every dog age four months or older to be licensed in their municipality. Owners who move to a different town must license their dog within 30 days of residency. A rabies vaccination certificate is required at the time of licensing. A license is issued annually for up to three years, not to go beyond the rabies expiration date. A license tag is issued at the onset of the license and is valid for the life of the dog. A lost tag can be replaced for a small fee. The tag features a license number and includes the town’s phone number so that if a dog is lost or found our office can be contacted to help reunite dog and owner. If you no longer own a dog be sure to inform the Town Clerk’s office so we can remove it from our database. Senior owners (over 65 years of age) are eligible for a $5.00 discount. Please tell us if you are not receiving this benefit. Online dog licensing is available through our website. Your dog’s rabies vaccination must be current to renew online.

The Town Clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Contact us at 585.340.8629 or clerk@penfield.org.


 


October 4, 2013
A Message from the Town Clerk’s Office

New information regarding active door-to-door selling permits has been added to the Town Clerk webpage. Do you know that solicitors must apply for and receive a permit from the Town of Penfield before they can go door-to-door? Each representative must carry a copy of their organization’s permit and have a photo ID badge. Hours of permitted solicitation are 10:00 AM to dusk.

Also, no advertisements may be left at residences with “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” signs.

You may ask anyone who comes to your door to present their selling permit and photo ID. For safety, do not open your door to anyone you do not recognize or feel comfortable with. Do not allow strangers in your home.

Click here to see a list of currently active permitted solicitors or go to http://www.penfield.org/Town_Clerk_Selling_Permit.php. You may also call the Town Clerk’s office with any questions at 340.8629.




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