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January 27, 2014
Auditions for 'The Fox on the Fairway'

The Penfield Players announces auditions for The Fox on the Fairway, directed by Jeff Moon, on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m., Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield.

A tribute by playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with... golf.


Justin - 20-30, offbeat, sweet, an enthusiastic bundle of nerves

Louise - 20-30, beautiful, good-natured, a little ditzy

Bingham - 40-55, executive director of a country club, a bit overwhelmed

Pamela - 35-45, beautiful, sophisticated

Dickie - 40-55, Bingham's rival, a bit under-handed

Muriel - 40-55, formidable, strong personality

*Ages are "guidelines," not cast in stone.

Prepared monologues will NOT be required; the director will provide scenes to read. Rehearsals will be three nights a week, beginning the week of March 10 (exact schedule dependent on the schedules of cast). Show dates: May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.

If you have questions and would like more information, please contact the director, Jeff Moon, at
About The Penfield Players - The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, in its 49th season of great performances. It’s one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theater, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome.
For more information, please visit or visit The Penfield Players Facebook page at:

January 27, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/27

Congratulations are in order! Hong Wah Chinese restaurant at 1802 Penfield Road has received the prestigious award of “Top 100 Overall Excellence – U.S.A. Chinese Restaurant” for 2013. Hong Wah has also been inducted into the Chinese Restaurant Foundation’s roster of awarded restaurants in an announcement made at the 10th Annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Awards Ceremony held on January 6, 2014 in Newark, California.

Hong Wah was established in 2007 by owners Vicky Shi and Kevin Zheng. The Chinese menu includes Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Thai dishes, and also caters to dietary needs on request, such as low sodium, gluten-free, and low sugar items. Participating restaurants are judged by public voting, a “Mystery Diner” who is sent to the nominated restaurants, past culinary awards, online commendations and testimonials, and an advisory panel of food critics. Continuing its high standards of excellence, Hong Wah has been the recipient of five additional “Top 100 Chinese Restaurants-U.S.A.” awards: Healthy Menu 2008, Local Favorite 2009, Local Favorite 2010, Overall Excellence 2011, Outstanding Contribution 2012, and Overall Excellence 2013.

Hong Wah was also awarded a silver medal in the Democrat and Chronicle’s “Rochester’s Choice Awards” in 2012 and 2013. According to the Chinese Restaurant News, the Chinese Restaurant Foundation (CRF) organizes the national “Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Award” event and continues the tradition of the annual gathering for operators of the American-Chinese restaurants since 2004. The CRF is the first non-profit organization for the development of the Chinese Cuisine in the U.S.A. and their mission is “to unify the Chinese restaurant industry, promote its development and bolster communication among its members.” On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we applaud Vicky and Kevin for receiving the 2013 Overall Excellence Award!

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor its third annual “Hiker’s Jamboree” on Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the town hall auditorium. This year’s featured speaker is Richard Perrin, Executive Director of the Genesee Transportation Council. Mr. Perrin will discuss the expansion and linkage of current trail systems. Come meet the staff behind the many hiking programs in the greater Monroe County area and learn about their specific offerings. This event is free and open to the public. The 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 340-8655 or log on to

The Penfield Heritage Association will hold its monthly program on Sunday, February 16 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Braman Room at the Penfield Library. This month’s program is entitled “Rochester Movie Mania” by author Donovan Shilling. Who were the entrepreneurs that opened the first movie house? Where were they located and what were the subjects of those first one-reelers? Who were the early movie actors and actresses and how did some of the performers rise to become movie stars? Ever wonder how the films were projected? What part did Rochester play in giving birth to this novel form of entertainment? All this nostalgia and more is part of Mr. Shilling’s presentation, “Rochester’s Movie Mania!” If you have lived in this area for several years you will be transported back to the early days of Rochester’s movie houses. Or enjoy tales of yesteryear as told by Mr. Shilling if you are a newcomer to this area. Either way, be prepared to be entertained.

I want to give a special shout out to the residents of Legacy at Willow Pond in recognition of an impressive accomplishment ─ creating 12,000 comfort bears. These caring residents recently crossed this milestone of making the comfort bears that have found their way to the hearts of 12,000 people in need of kindness. What a wonderful act of thoughtfulness by all those involved in creating the bears; you have touched so many lives in ways you may never know…thank you for your compassion and caring!

Does the weather have you down? You do not enjoy winter sports? Then why not join us most every Friday night through March at the Penfield High School Pool? Come and play, swim and exercise while enjoying this spacious pool divided to suit all your needs. There is a shallow end with a 4x4 tot dock for the little ones, a deep end for water walking, and two lanes for lap swimmers. Also swimmers who pass the deep end test can also enjoy the one-meter boards in the diving well. The fee is $2.00 at the door and you can log on to for more information about this aquatic wellness program and more!

Until next week stay warm, and please be sensitive to your pets out in the elements. I hope to see you out in our great community.
Tony LaFountain

January 21, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/20

“Understanding Insurance Impacts & Ramifications of the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization” is the topic of a presentation on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the town hall. Jayme B. Thomann, AICP, CFM, a Senior Planner at Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, will explain the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12) that became effective October 1, 2013 and how it impacts property owners and their flood insurance. She will also address more changes that are coming in 2014. Who should attend? Residents, real estate professionals, insurers – any entities that pay flood insurance. The presentation is free and registration is not required. If you are interested but cannot attend, the program will be broadcast on Penfield TV and online at It will also be taped and made available on our website for future reference.

While there has been a break in our winter weather and snow plowing, I want to take a minute to remind residents and their snow plowing contractors that clearing driveways by pushing snow across the streets is illegal. Section 1219 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and Section 214 of the Highway Law of New York State specifically prohibit the placing of snow, ice, or other substances upon the highway, which includes pavement, shoulders and ditches. The law requires homeowners to keep snow on their own property. Each year several tickets are issued to homeowners and plowing contractors who violate this law. Please comply and don’t be on the receiving end of a ticket from the Sheriff’s Department.

This past weekend the town board recognized another Boy Scout who attained the rank of Eagle. A Court of Honor was held for Bryan R. Lurz from Troop 312. Bryan cleared and mulched a trail in Corbett’s Glen Park which helped to expand the overall trail system in this unique and beautiful site that is accessed by many residents from Penfield and surrounding communities. Eagle Scouts have added to our community’s quality of life through many wonderful projects. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, thank you Bryan for your efforts on this project—your family must be proud of your accomplishments!

One last reminder, the 2014 State of the Town Address is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. The Town Board will be providing a summary of 2013 and will lay out the plans and goals for 2014. If you cannot attend, please tune into PenfieldTV or log on to to watch online.

The Senior Police Academy will once again be offered through the Penfield Recreation Department in conjunction with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. This nine week academy runs Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon from March 20 to May 8. Participants will get a first-hand account of the agencies and departments that make up the Sheriff’s Office. Field trips include the Public Safety Building, Public Safety Training Facility, Emergency Operations Center, and the Monroe County Correctional Facility. There will be presentations by SWAT, K-9, mounted patrol, DWI Unit and much more. Enrollment is $6.00 and is limited. Adults 55-plus can register for this program online at

The days are getting longer and January seems to be flying by quickly. Before long I will be reporting on spring activities. I hope to see you out and about in our great community of Penfield!

Tony LaFountain

January 15, 2014
Flood insurance reform presentation January 27

Penfield residents, real estate professionals, insurers—Penfield entities that pay flood insurance—are encouraged to attend “Understanding Insurance Impacts & Ramifications of the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization” on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The presentation is free and registration is not required.

Jayme B. Thomann, AICP, CFM, a Senior Planner at Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, will explain the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12) that became effective October 1, 2013 and how it impacts property owners and their flood insurance.

The Biggert-Waters Act was enacted to make flood insurance more financially sustainable following a recent run of significant nationwide flooding events. Some changes to flood insurance premiums have already been implemented and more changes are coming in 2014. Thomann will explain BW12 and how it affects property owners in our community.

“Sections 205 and 207 of the BW12 Flood Reform Act contain most of the provisions related to flood insurance premium increases,” said Thomann. “While these sections of the law reflect the gradual elimination of flood insurance subsidies, there are broader implications to all policy holders.”

This is the first presentation in Monroe County to address the impact of flood insurance reform on our region. Topics will include an explanation of the law and how it affects insurance rates, subsidies, and grandfathering. Thomann will also provide guidance on saving money on flood insurance and review the implementation timeline.

“We are always looking for opportunities to connect residents to information that affects their families and property. This program will help those concerned with changes to flood insurance and give them resources to learn more and stay informed,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

The presentation will be broadcast live on Penfield TV and online at

For questions or more information, contact Development Director Jim Costello at 340.8642 or

January 14, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/13

Librarian Bernadette Brinkman reminds us that “Take Your Child to the Library Day” is Saturday, February 1. In honor of this literary day, the Penfield Public Library has planned two special events. The first is “drive-in story time” from10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Participants will “cruise” in a box car of their own creation. After the vehicles are constructed, families can munch some popcorn and listen to a special story time. The second program is a family scavenger hunt for children ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult. Visit the library any time between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to pick up the scavenger hunt list and begin your curious adventure. Find all the correct answers to clues inside the library, and be the first family to turn in your completed list to win a prize. Entries will be judged, and the prize will be awarded to the winning family on Monday, February 3. Registration begins Friday, January 17 for Penfield town or school district residents and Friday, January 24 for all others. Register in person, by phone (340-8720) or online ( ) for each program.

Tell your favorite gal or guy to mark their calendar for a special date night and unique evening get together. The Penfield Recreation Department will be hosting an Adirondack Victorian Valentine Dinner & Lecture fundraiser on Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the rustic Dolomite Lodge. The evening includes a 10-course tasting menu pulled from some of the most elegant Adirondack resorts and great camps of the Victorian time. The candlelit evening will include live music, a silent auction, performers, and a special presentation, “A Taste of the Past: Victorian Dining” by Christopher Bensch, the VP of Collections at the Strong Museum of Play. This event is a fundraiser for the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program at Penfield Recreation. Seating is limited, tickets are $50.00 per person and available by contacting the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655.

I recently had the honor of attending two Eagle Scout Courts of Honor. The first was for David Fernandez of Troop 310. David’s Eagle project involved piping water to the various gardens in the Penfield Victory Garden on Five Mile Line Road. He arranged to have a trencher come in and bury the water lines and then placed spigots in locations adjacent to the gardens. This water supply eliminates the need to carry water from the road to the gardens in buckets. The second court of honor was for Alex Mills from Troop 260. Alex’s Eagle project consisted of building shelters for feral cats for Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. The Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program and the requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we congratulate both David and Alex on achieving the highest award from Boy Scouts of America.

February and April school breaks are just around the corner. The Recreation Department is offering several youth wellness programs during these breaks to help keep our young residents busy and entertained. These popular programs fill up quickly so now is the time to log on to to register.
While spring seems to be a long way away, Penfield Little League is getting into “full swing”! Join the league that produced more championships than any other league last year. Register online at to join an organization that has been involved with our community for more than 60 years!
So baseball is not your sport? Flip to page 19 of the Winter/Spring 2014 PenRec Brochure and fill out the youth soccer registration form then mail or drop it off at the Recreation Department sooner rather than later, as programs fill up quickly.

Until next week, I hope you are enjoying the break from the extreme cold and taking advantage of our mini January thaw!


January 7, 2014
Free Guided Hike at Ellison Park Jan 11
The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at Monroe County’s Ellison Park on Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes and join us for an exhilarating trip through this very scenic park. If there isn’t any snow, a hike will take place. We will follow the predominantly flat portions of Ellison Park on the north side of Blossom Road. 

Participants should meet at the north side of the parking lot off of Blossom Road. Look for the “Hike” signs. Please bring your own cross country skis or snowshoes. 

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.

January 6, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/6

Don’t forget to recycle that Christmas tree! You can bring your tree to the DPW facility (1607 Jackson Road) at your convenience—before, during or after business hours. Just 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 for distribution in the spring.

There have been many news articles in recent weeks regarding the Target data breach that occurred late November and early December involving more than 40 million customers. As customers, what should we be doing to watch for fraud on our accounts? Experts will advise you to monitor your transactions and statements on all your cards on-line to ensure no one is using your card illegally; report any suspicious transactions immediately by contacting the card issuer (the phone number is on the back of most cards); check your credit reports regularly (you may get free credit reports from the three major U.S. credit bureaus each year and you can pay a small fee for more frequent access checks); and finally, stay informed as the Target investigation continues so you are aware of what steps have been taken to protect your data.

The weather has been unusually cold and it has been difficult to get those pre-schoolers outside to play safely, and the house is getting smaller, what can you do? The Penfield Recreation Department suggests you enroll in “sporty sprouts”! This pre-school tri-sport six week program is for girls and boys ages 3-5. Children will be introduced to soccer, tennis, and basketball in a fun, fast-paced setting. The goal is to spark your child’s curiosity for sports by teaching them the basic skills through age adaptive equipment and games. For more information please log on to The program starts January 18 and runs through March 1 at the community center. Come have some fun!

The town board holds its 2014 organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 8. At this annual meeting all boards, committees, and employees are appointed or re-appointed for the upcoming year; contracts are established for insurance and other goods and services purchased for the town; memberships are established in various organizations; and banking and other financial agreements are approved. If you miss this meeting and would like to view it or any other past town board meetings, you may log on at  to watch archived video.

I would like to recognize all of our DPW employees for their efforts during the most recent storm to hit our area. These men and women are out keeping roads, sidewalks, and parking lots cleared for residents’ use. Storms like this are difficult to keep up with due to snowfall and drifting snow; however, our crews spend many hours keeping everything open and as safe as possible for us all…great job all and thank you!

So 2014 is here and I hear a lot of discussion around losing weight, joining a gym, improving nutrition, and many other New Year’s resolutions under the theme of wellness and fitness. The town’s Employee Wellness committee reminds us we should remember portions versus servings when filling our plates. The first quarter of the year the wellness committee will focus on nutrition and weight management. If you need a little help to get you going, check out the countless number of wellness programs offered in 2014 through Penfield Recreation. Log on at for complete offerings and details. Registration began Thursday, January 2.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

January 3, 2014
Use Energy Wisely During Extreme Weather

With yet another storm on the way late in the weekend and with temperatures expected to plummet to dangerous levels at times over the next week, NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, remind customers to stay safe and use energy wisely. 

“While the extreme weather puts additional stress on our electricity and natural gas delivery systems in the form of increased customer demand, we fully expect to continue to provide the safe, reliable service our customers expect and deserve,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We encourage our customers to put safety first and to keep an eye on the thermostat to help ensure wise energy use.”

NYSEG and RG&E offer the following tips.


One of the most important safety precautions customers can take is to have an annual check of heating systems, chimneys and flues by a professional to identify any issues that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Even though we are well into the heating season, it’s never too late to call a contractor to schedule a potentially life-saving safety check,” Lynch said.

  • In addition to the annual safety check, use carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Emergency generators can be dangerous. If you use one, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors or even in a garage; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
  • Never use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
  • Never use a grill, hibachi, lantern or portable camping stove indoors.
  • Make sure your electric stove tops and/or ovens are off when not in use. 
  • Keep electric and kerosene space heaters away from anything flammable. And be sure the use of kerosene heaters is not prohibited by local law.

Using Energy Wisely

Taking a few simple steps to control energy use, particularly during extreme weather conditions when energy use tends to spike, can help control winter bills.

“We always encourage our customers to use energy wisely, but it is particularly important and beneficial when the temperature drops and winds pick up,” Lynch said.


  • Set thermostats no higher than 70° and at 58° when you’re away from the house for more than a few hours or in bed for the night. (This may not be advisable if frail, ill or elderly people or infants are in the home.)
  • Install automatic set back or programmable thermostats.
  • Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season.
  • Since warm air rises, use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor.
  • Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close fireplace dampers when not in use.
  • Open draperies and blinds on sunny days to let the warmth in; close them at night to insulate against cold air outside.


  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs that use up to 75% less energy and last up to 10 times as long.
  • Use programmable timers to turn lights on/off.
  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.

Hot Water

  • Set water heater temperatures at 120° to cut water heating bills without sacrificing comfort.
  • Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.
  • Limit the length of showers.
  • Run washing machines and clothes dryers with a full load.


>> For more low-cost and no-cost energy-saving tips, visit  or  and click on “Usage and Safety” ( or


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