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December 30, 2013
DPW Christmas tree recycling for Penfield residents
Do you have a Christmas tree to recycle? You may bring your tree to the DPW facility (1607 Jackson Road) at your convenience—before, during or after business hours. Enter the facility and look for the “PLACE TREE HERE” sign on the gate. Trees will be ground up and added to the community mulch pile in the spring.

December 30, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/30

Recently some residents have asked me about the town’s plans for 2014 spring and fall drop-off events because they have heard the program is going away. It is the intent of the town board to continue offering spring drop-off as we have in the past. The dates are Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. As for fall drop-off, this past year (2013) we changed the format to a one-day recycling-only event and collected all types of electronics; metals; brush, branches, limbs; provided document shredding with paper and cardboard recycling; and introduced a year-round clothing drop-off shed. We will do the same in the fall of 2014, and the event will be enhanced to include more items for recycling. Fall Recycling Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 4. Please mark your calendars for both events; more details will be provided as we get closer to the dates.

Trails and hikes update…dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes and join the Penfield Trails Committee on Saturday, January 11 at Ellison Park for an exhilarating trip through this scenic park. If there isn’t any snow, no problem! A hike will still take place. Meet at the north side of the parking lot off Blossom Road and look for the hike signs. This event runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Please bring your cross country ski equipment or snowshoes. Also, the annual indoor hike, known as the “Hiker’s Jamboree,” is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium. Come meet the staff behind all the various town hiking programs in the greater Monroe County area and see their program offerings for the upcoming year. This is always a popular event. For more information on these two events and many more scheduled hikes for 2014 please log on to www.penfieldrec.org  and click on Trails Committee.
Was that special Christmas present this year of the four-legged variety such as a new puppy or rescue dog? Are you trying to figure out housebreaking, socialization, beginning obedience, and more? Don’t fret! Dog obedience classes start in just a few weeks. Puppy kindergarten and beginner dog obedience programs by KB Dog Training are held at the Penfield Community Center gymnasium. For more details check out page 24 of the Winter/Spring 2014 Rec brochure or log on to www.penfieldrec.org or contact Kathy Boone at 880-5746. The LaFountain family has been through both these programs with our “morkie” Lincoln. The classes have made a big difference in behavior, overall training, and our general peace of mind!

Please remember that January 2 is the start of registration for all upcoming recreation programs including summer swim lessons, soccer, day camps, and much more. Register from the comfort of your home and make sure you do not miss out on that favorite program. Many of the program offerings have a reduced fee if you register online. Check it all out at www.penfieldrec.org.

Here is one more reminder that snow plow rules are in effect through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on Penfield roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. so highway crews can safely and effectively maintain the roadways. Thank you for assisting our crews in making the roads safer for everyone traveling to work, school and other activities. And please don’t forget that fire hydrant in front of your home or in your neighborhood. Helping to keep hydrants clear of snow will assist emergency responders and save valuable time if they need access to fight a fire. It is often the small things that make the most difference ensuring the safety of others.

As I write this column that brings us into the New Year, I would be remiss if I did not thank all of our residents for their support over the past years. It has been my honor to serve you and the Penfield community for the last four years as your town supervisor, and I look forward to the start of my third term serving this great community. On behalf of the entire LaFountain family, we wish all of you a very safe, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org


December 23, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/23

The Highway Department asked me to remind residents to place garbage totes four to five feet up driveways, instead of at the roadway, on snowy days. Totes placed at the base of driveways in the snow make it difficult to plow subdivision streets. Maneuvering around totes adds significant time to clearing the route, and totes in the road limit our ability to adequately clear snow. Crews try to have roads cleared in time for people heading to work and school. Thank you in advance for being mindful of garbage tote placement and helping our crews do their best work in your neighborhood.

Recreation Director Chris Bilow received a phone call from the USA Field Hockey Association informing him that Penfield was selected as a site to offer the a “Fundamentals of Field Hockey Program” starting late winter and into the spring. Chris submitted an application to run the program for youth (boys and girls) ages 7-11. As a result of being selected, the town will receive sticks, goals, balls, cones and curriculum at no cost—this is a value of $2,000-3,000. This wonderful fundamentals program will allow us to partner with the school districts and give students an opportunity to serve as volunteer coaches, thereby developing a talent pool for the future. Congratulations Chris on receiving this grant, this program will join the many wellness programs offered by the Recreation Department for our residents.

Mark your calendars for the 2014 State of the Town Address scheduled for Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. This is an opportunity for the supervisor and town board to provide a summary of 2013 and to lay out the plans and goals for 2014. If you cannot attend, please tune in Penfield TV or log on at www.penfield.org to watch online.

In recent weeks there has been a rash of fake FBI calls to residents in an attempt to sell home security systems. This telemarketing sales pitch is using a rather underhanded tactic to peddle home security systems. The call typically starts off with an official sounding message implying the call is from the FBI, indicating there have been break-ins and home invasions in your neighborhood. After this initial scare tactic the caller then offers a “free” home security system in exchange for placing a sign in your yard. This is a known ploy to gather information like your name, address and more. If you receive such a call just hang up, do not provide any personal information. If you received repeated calls, please contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to file a complaint.

I would like to give a special shout out to Penfield resident George Steitz. George is a retired physical education teacher and a coach who has officiated 108 local junior high and high school events this calendar year…did I forget to mention he is 89? Remarkable! George, keep it up, you are a benchmark in wellness for us all and you have touched so many lives during your amazing career…thank you!

As we close out the year, I always want to recognize and thank all the business sponsors who support our Recreation brochure, amphitheater series, and special family events including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween and holiday celebrations. You will see sponsors listed in our PenRec brochures throughout the year. If you have an opportunity to visit any of these sponsors please be sure to say thank you for their support. I would especially like to recognize Wegmans for their ongoing commitment to our “community wellness” programs. I have spoken to many residents who have told me that PenRec wellness programs have helped change their habits with diet, exercise, and attitude. To all those supporting businesses, thank you for supporting this great community of Penfield.

On behalf of the entire town staff and our families, we wish you all a very safe and prosperous 2014…Happy New Year!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


December 19, 2013
Supervisor's Shout-out

Here’s a shout-out to the many members of Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute and the Kids Miracle Making Club, two organizations dedicated to instilling positive character traits in youth and contributing to the quality of life in Penfield.

On December 15, Master Sung C. Kim, Penfield demo team students, and Taekwondo Institute staff demonstrated their impressive skills to the public in a “Kick-a-thon” at the Eastside Y. Participants collected pledges for the event and donated the proceeds to the Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) of Penfield.

The Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) is a club for kids ages 5-12. Club members practice service learning, a project-based learning and teaching methodology whereby students use their academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. All club members’ projects focus on enhancing the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities - “Learning + Service = Miracles.”

This is an inspiring example of children supporting children who help other children. Can it get better than that? On behalf of the Penfield community, I thank Master Sung C. Kim and Steve Pellow of KMMC for their commitment to our youngest citizens.

Learn more about Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute at http://masterkims.com/  
Learn more about Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) at www.facebook.com/KidsMiracleMakingClub


December 17, 2013
A Message from Margaret Revelle, Penfield Town Tax Receiver

To our winter travelers, please contact the tax office to make arrangements for your 2014 Town & County tax bill to be mailed to your destination. You also have the option of receiving your tax bill by email. For your convenience, tax payments will be accepted on December 31, 2013. If you choose to pay on December 31 please call our office in advance as we will need to print your bill. To all Penfield taxpayers, if you have paid off your mortgage please call to be sure you will receive your tax bill. If you do not receive your bill by January 10, 2014 please call our office. Tax office 340-8626 or email receivertaxes@penfield.org .


December 16, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/16

I recently had the pleasure of joining Dayton’s Corners School Coordinator Barbara Quinn and members of the volunteer teaching staff for their annual recognition luncheon. This dedicated group of women has continued the long tradition of holding fourth grade classes as they were in the mid-1800s in this wonderful one-room school house that is Penfield’s own “teaching museum.” Each year more than one thousand students from many area school districts visit Dayton’s Corners to experience this rich learning opportunity. Also joining the group were former coordinators Nancy Zinn and Karyn Turner, who continue to support the school in many ways. So here is a special shout-out to all the volunteer members of Dayton’s Corners School teaching team—you make an important contribution to our community. Thank you for all your time and dedication to the school.

Are the holidays coming too quickly? Are you feeling pressure that you have not finished, or worse, not even started your Christmas shopping? Are you stressing about what to give that person who has “everything”? Well, your holiday gift-giving just got easier! Gift certificates from Penfield Recreation are available in any denomination and can be used for anything we offer including classes, wellness merchandise, performances, lodge rentals, and much more. To purchase with your credit card call the office at 340-8655 and press option 6, or stop by the office, we would love to see you!

This holiday season I plan to give something that can make a difference in many lives; I plan to donate blood at the next Penfield blood drive on Monday, December 23 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Please consider joining me for just an hour of your time. The drive runs from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., and anyone who last donated on or before October 28 is eligible to donate at this drive. To schedule your appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or just stop in. Please remember, one blood donation—just an hour of your time—can help save the lives of up to three people. Now that is what the holiday season is all about from my perspective!

During this time of year, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department reminds you to “watch out” for those who want to do their holiday shopping at your expense. Vehicle break-ins are at their highest level during this season. Make sure your vehicle is always locked, and do not leave gifts or valuables in your vehicle overnight. If you are out at the store or mall consider locking gifts out of sight in your trunk or cover them up to disguise. Also, vehicle break-ins at gyms, the Y, and other sports facilities are higher this time of the year. Be aware of your surroundings, park in a lit area, have your cell phone in hand, and do not place your purse or wallet in the trunk at the facility before you walk in to exercise, you never know who is watching!

The Penfield Rec Winter/Spring 2014 Brochure hit our mail boxes within the last week. It is filled with an exceptional variety of wellness opportunities for all ages to stay active and get involved in our community. Registration begins January 2. Many programs fill up quickly due to their popularity, so log-on to www.penfieldrec.org to sign up first thing in the New Year. Recreation Director Chris Bilow and his team are always looking for new ideas for programming to best serve our residents. If you would like us to consider a new program please contact Chris at bilow@penfield.org and we will evaluate interest by the community.

As we close in on December 25, I want to take a moment and wish all our residents a happy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas from all the town employees and their families.

I hope to see you out in the community before the holidays. If you see me, please stop me to say hello and let me know what you like best about Penfield and also tell me what we can do better or differently in 2014 to make our community better for all our residents!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  


December 10, 2013
Supervisor’s Shout-out
Here’s a shout-out to 13-yr-old Johnny Friberg of Bay Trail Middle School and Boy Scout Troop 312 for his generous spirit and actions. Johnny turned his 13th birthday into a day of giving to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Johnny and his friends collected and delivered food and did a few other good deeds along the way. Thank you Johnny for your shining example and helping to making Penfield a great community for us all!

December 9, 2013
YOHP to Perform 'A Christmas Carol High School'
Penfield’s Young Open and Honest Players (YOHP) will perform the holiday show ‘A Christmas Carol High School’ by Mark Landon Smith on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:00 PM at Penfield Community Center.   

The classic story of A Christmas Carol is given a modern twist and set at West End High School, where the campus "Scrooge" is Meredith Priestly, the most beautiful, most popular, meanest, nastiest girl in school! With uninterested and never present globe-trotting parents, the lead in the school production of Romeo and Juliet and Queen Bee of campus (or so she thinks!) is in need of a reminder of what Christmas and friendship are about. Visited by five ghosts - two of which are Patty and Patrick Prince, two former West End Cheerleaders from the 1950s - Meredith is taken on a life changing journey.  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Penfield Recreation Department, at the door, and online at www.penfieldrec.org.  For more information please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

December 9, 2013
Free Guided Hike at Thousand Acre Swamp
The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at The Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp on Saturday, December 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

This guided hike will tour the paths and boardwalks of The Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp. A variety of habitats, including woods, meadows, and a pond, will be covered. The guide will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress, looking for tracks (if there is snow), and other signs of animals.

Thousand Acre Swamp is located next to Penfield Volunteer Ambulance base (1587 Jackson Road). Participants should turn into the access road next to the ambulance base and follow the hike signs to the swamp.

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.

December 9, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/9

As I reported in this column a few weeks ago, the town board was considering a pilot program in DPW to contract out one of 17 plow routes as part of our ongoing efforts to manage increasing medical costs (“affordable health care”), pensions, insurances, and more, as we balance the town workforce with regular full- and part-time employees, seasonal labor, and contractors. After reviewing the projected savings of a contracted plow route, the town board does not believe the savings warrant contracting a plow route at this time. Therefore, for the 2013-14 snow season, plow routes and resources will remain the same as in past years. With the majority of our residents not wishing to see taxes increase, the town board will continue to explore ways to manage and control costs and spending in all areas of town operations.

Last week the Penfield Business Association (PBA) held its annual holiday party and recognized Wickham Farms as its “2013 Business of the Year” and Ron Baroody as its “2013 Daniel Penfield Award” recipient. On behalf of the community, congratulations to Wickham Farms and Ron Baroody on these honors, and thank you for all you do to make Penfield great for us all. Please remember to shop locally – healthy businesses make a healthy community.

If you have been to the Penfield Community Center recently to visit the library, register for a recreation program, or attend a class, you may have noticed new signage on the doors. The Penfield Public Library has been designated an official “safe place” by the Center for Youth. What does that mean? Youth in crisis may come to the library seeking help. When they do, library staff will contact the Center for Youth who will dispatch a counselor to assist and connect the youth in distress to services they may need. This is another example of your library and recreation department working to make a difference in the community by supporting our young residents.

Thank you Mitchell Krenzer, Penfield High School sophomore and member of Boy Scout Troop 312, for presenting a holiday wreath to the town board for display at the town hall. For greatest visibility, we have placed the wreath at the main entrance on the east side of the building where most residents enter. Thank you Troop 312 for helping to make the town hall more festive during this holiday season.

Members of the Creative Gardeners Club (Barbara Bouchard, Maureen Parker, Janet Lockhart, and Marilyn Vandenberg) made their annual visit to the town hall to decorate for the holidays. Each year we are honored to have this group brighten up the rotunda with greens, bows, and wreaths for all residents to enjoy. I extend a very special thank you to the Creative Gardeners for their ongoing commitment to make the town offices special for all who visit during this season.

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor its next free guided hike and tour at the paths and boardwalks of The Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A variety of habitats including woods, meadows and ponds will be covered. The guide will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in winter dress, looking for tracks (if there is snow) and other signs of animals in the area. Meet behind the Penfield Ambulance base, 1585 Jackson Road. The hike is free, however participants are asked to register by calling the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 6.

I was recently honored to present a certificate of recognition to Rosemarie Kyle in celebration of 50 years of music education and inspiration at St. Joseph’s School. Mrs. Kyle has helped develop excellent students and given countless children a lifelong appreciation of music. Congratulations and best wishes from the entire Penfield Community.

Enjoy your week, be well, and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  


December 2, 2013
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/2

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends over the long weekend. I also hope you were able to travel safely during the wintery mix we experienced at the start of the holiday.

I have been reminded by the fire marshal’s office, as well as many concerned citizens, to ask residents to adopt a fire hydrant this winter to aid firefighters servicing our community. If you have a hydrant on or adjacent to your property, please keep it clear of snow for the safety of your entire neighborhood. If firefighters have to take valuable time to clear a hydrant of snow, they will be delayed getting water on a fire. Please do your part to assist these men and women who do so much to protect our residents...thank you in advance!

Speaking of public safety, it is important that all properties are identified with a visible address to make it easier for Fire/Police/EMS to locate homes and business during an emergency. Actual digits are the easiest to spot versus a written-out number. Please consider your distance from the roadway and size your number accordingly. The code requires a minimum of five-inch characters, and an outside light above the number assists responders in property identification.

I would like to thank the Penfield Business Association for placing the Christmas tree in the Four Corners at Schaufelberger Park and for hosting a tree lighting ceremony December 2. A special thank you to Evergreen Forest for donating the tree, Jim Kreckman and his team from the town of Penfield, Frontier Communications, Affaire de Chocolat, Shepherd Home, Penfield Financial Group, and MetLife Auto & Home, for helping to make this special holiday event possible.

Last chance...the Penfield Recreation department will host its annual holiday celebration this Friday, December 6 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will include Santa’s all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner. Penfield families are invited to enjoy free holiday-themed crafts and games, special visitors from the North Pole, pictures with Santa, and a musical performance by Mike Kornrich. I hope to see you there!

A recent edition of the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) celebrated the honorees of the 19th annual “RBJ Forty Under 40” awards. These young professionals have made noteworthy contributions to the Rochester Community. Three recipients are Penfield residents. I would like to recognize Gregory Coughlin, partner Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Jason Garlock, partner, director of investments Cobblestone Capital Advisors LLC; and Steven Vogt, implementation project manager at MediSked LLC. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, congratulations on being honored as “Forty Under 40” honorees!

Watch your mailboxes over the next week to 10 days for the Winter/Spring 2014 Penfield Recreation Brochure. This publication will be filled with programs, trips, special events, sports activities, and much more. Registration begins January 2 unless otherwise noted. Do you know many programs have reduced prices for registering online at www.penfieldrec.org ?

In closing, I challenge us all to make an important difference in our community this holiday season. Please consider making a donation to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf with non-perishable food items or a financial donation. Please also consider giving the gift of life by donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Enjoy your week; the winter season seems to be upon us. Drive safely, watch out for our children waiting at bus stops, and drive with caution near plows.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org




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