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May 27, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/26

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and it's a great time to cheer the kids on for being active! Regular physical activity has major benefits for kids, including improving bone and heart health—and the whole family can get involved. Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Studies show that kids who believe they have the skills to be physically active are more likely to be active. Children who feel supported by friends and family, or are surrounded by others interested in physical activity, are more likely to participate. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day, but it doesn't have to occur at once, it all adds up! And remember, sleep is just as important as play and is an essential part of living an active life.

I have been asked several times if I walked to and from work last Friday in recognition of “Green Your Commute Day” when we were all encouraged to walk, run, bike or carpool. Due to the heavy rains and flooding I did not have a chance to participate as planned; however, on Monday I did walk the 3.7 miles both to and from the town hall, which accounted for 15,581 of my total 17,579 steps for the day. You certainly get a different perspective of neighborhoods when walking rather than driving. I had an opportunity to speak with a number of residents I normally may not see and I look forward to future walks to or from work…thank you to those who asked!

The Penfield Rotary’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament is Monday, June 2 at Shadow Lake Golf Club. This year’s theme is “Keeping Our Community Up To Par.” Participation helps Rotarians fund service projects in local and international communities. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all price levels. Garber Acura and A.R. Pierrepont Co. have joined as sponsors for this year’s event. The registration table opens at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $125 per golfer and includes lunch, cocktail hour, and Shadow Lake’s classic barbecue dinner. Dinner only is available for $40. Sponsorship and golf tournament registration information can be found at www.penfieldrotary.org. If you have any questions about golf and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bill Pethick (585-388-8546) or Bob Smith at srsmith@frontiernet.net.

We have started the 2015 budget process with all department heads and the town comptroller. This process will run from now until the official budget adoption on October 15. We will be faced with many of the same challenges in 2015 as we have in previous years: working to stay under the New York State imposed tax cap, identifying ways to absorb ever-increasing unfunded mandates coming from federal and state governments, and looking for ways to better manage an increasing fringe benefit rate. As in past years I will provide regular updates. I always welcome thoughts and ideas from our residents as to how we better manage costs and reduce spending.

Penfield Community Victory Garden, located at 1747 Five Mile Line Road, still has a few beds available to rent for the 2014 season. If you are interested in being part of this great community of amateur gardeners, please call (585) 340-8651, email srenner@penfield.org, or visit www.penfieldrec.org.

The 2014 Children’s Summer Reading Game begins June 30 and runs through August 6 at the Penfield Public Library. This popular program is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. For complete Reading game and summer program information, please contact the library at 340-8720, x4016 or visit www.penfieldlibrary.org. Special thanks to the Friends of the Penfield Library and the many local businesses providing prizes for the summer reading program.

Until next week, I hope to see you at the Music Festival & Food Truck Rodeo on Friday, May 30 or out and about at another great event in our community!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org



May 19, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/19

The Penfield Art Association’s 50th Anniversary Spring Show Opens Monday, June 2 and runs through Sunday, June 8 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This one-week event features more than 160 two-dimensional works in a variety of media by about 60 club members. The opening reception and awards ceremony is Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday (June 2-June 5); 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday (June 6); 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday (June 7); and 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday (June 8). Club members will be on hand at all times to answer questions about the art, much of which will be available for purchase.

The judge for this year’s show is Sarah Morgan, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Finger Lakes Community College where she teaches drawing, painting and printmaking. She received a B.A. from Houghton College and M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art, specializing in painting in both programs. Morgan prefers to work in oil paint, although with two young children, she’s been focusing more on drawing lately. She is a signature member of the Rochester Art Club and her work has been shown most recently at the Williams-Insalaco Gallery at FLCC and the Oxford Gallery in Rochester. Chair of this year’s show is Nancy Colsman and the co-chair is Thinh Nguyen. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has more than 100 members throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels. Those interested in the two-dimensional visual arts are encouraged to visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

Jack Best of Penfield Rotary and the coordinator of the Penfield “Stop Hunger Now” (SHN) Project reports they had a great event on May 9. More than 120 volunteers and 80 individuals from CDS Monarch Center packed 33,000 meals. According to SHN representative Marc Vermouth, all the meals will go to elementary school children in Panama as they attend school to fight their way out of poverty. It was a tremendous team project, from its planning to its execution. SHN wants to thank their local sponsors who contributed about half of the $8,500 raised to pay for the meals, at $.25 per meal: Bill Gray’s, Frontier Communication/Pioneers, Bene-Care, Paychex, ReMax Realty Group/Mike Ruff, Family First of NY FCU, Tim Hortons, Five Mile & Ridge in Webster, Dawson Law Firm, Mark’s Pizzeria, and Wegmans. Congratulations and thank you to all who made this project so successful.

The 2014 amphitheater series kicks off with the second annual Music and Food Rodeo on Friday, May 30, 4:30 to 9:00 pm. This annual event and all scheduled programs are sure to be fun for the whole family! The Food Rodeo will feature seven area food trucks: Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Cheesed and Confused, The Meat Ball Truck Co., Stingray Sushi Fusion, The Dough Boys, Chowder Up Seafood, and Macarollin’. The trucks will have windows up at 4:30 pm. Food will be sold at the food trucks’ prices. Penfield High School music groups will perform on the Kiwanis Stage beginning at 5:00 pm. The students of these wonderful groups will play a variety of musical genres, something for everyone’s taste. The music program is free and open to the public. The Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information and a complete music schedule go to www.penfieldrec.org.

As we wrap up another school year and begin summer activities, please remember the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. This group of volunteers work year-round to serve families. Please donate canned goods and other non-perishable items, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and baked goods, or monetary contributions. If you are interested in donating, adopting a shelf, or assisting in some way, please contact them at 234-0799 or penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com, you will be glad you did!
Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org  





May 16, 2014
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain 5/16

An unusual amount of rainfall in a short time has aggravated streams and ponds that are prone to flooding during extreme storm events. DPW staff is responding to flooding calls and checking streams, ponds and stormwater systems to be sure they are working as designed to direct water away from homes and roadways.

Residents are encouraged to check stormwater drains to be sure they are not clogged with debris. If clogged please use a rake or shovel to clear the drain (not hands).
Many properties throughout Penfield and Monroe County have standing water. In Penfield, the Panorama Plaza area is especially hard hit from this storm. If you have a flooded basement please call 911. For all other water problems that are causing property damage please contact our DPW office at 340.8710.

Even after the rainfall stops waterways will continue to swell and crest as water moves through stormwater systems.


May 13, 2014
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance
The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 26 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am.
 
This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Richard Stewart, president of Honor Flight Rochester, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band.

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

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.  

May 12, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/12

Kenn Jacoby and Larry Krech of Boy Scout Troop 310 want to thank the Penfield Community for supporting their first pancake breakfast as part of the “Great Penfield Cleanup.” They say their experience was fantastic and want to recognize Steve Orsini from the Recreation Department, who in their words, “…was wonderful and guided us through the morning for a very successful event.” The troop raised 215 dollars which will help to offset some of their upcoming Philmont expenses. More importantly, they received good exposure for the troop and the good will was priceless! They stand ready to do it all again next year.

The Penfield Town Board and the town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee invite residents to a public information meeting regarding a proposed solar array project at the Department of Public Works facility at 1607 Jackson Road. The meeting is Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. Representatives from Larsen Engineers and other local experts will present information on solar energy, the proposed project and preliminary site layout, and address economics and financing at the meeting. The Town of Penfield has a goal of achieving long-term energy cost reductions and price predictability using clean, sustainable energy. To this end, the town board and energy and environmental advisory committee are considering installing a solar photovoltaic array at the DPW complex that could support a high percentage of the town’s electricity needs. This meeting is strictly informational, no decisions have been made about the proposed project and no decisions will be made at this meeting.

Congratulations to owners Bob Lindsey and Ben Kendig of the Yotini Barn located at 2105 Five Mile Line Road for receiving the annual Jeffrey S. Crane Historic Preservation Award for 2014. The award is granted in the memory of Jeff Crane (1961-2006) to individuals who have cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure with historic significance. This is the ninth year the award has been presented and the second time Bob and Ben have been recognized for their work. In 2009 they won the award for restoring the apartment structure at the same address. Congratulations and thank you Bob and Ben for helping to preserve some of our rich Penfield heritage.

A special way to remember a living or deceased veteran in your life on Memorial Day is to present a rose in their honor or memory at Penfield’s “Ceremony of Remembrance” on Monday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Penfield Amphitheater. The amphitheater is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, below the veterans’ memorial. The Presentation of Roses is a unique way to recognize and honor a veteran for their service to our country. Roses are provided by the Town of Penfield so there is no fee to participate. To order a rose, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651, or email srenner@penfield.org. The ceremony will also include guest speaker Richard Stewart, president of Honor Flight Rochester, and reflective music by the Penfield Pops Band.

Mark your calendars for the “Annual Pie Social” at the historic Dayton’s Corners School located on the corner of Creek Street and Plank Road on Sunday, June 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Experience an authentic 1857 Sunday social with pie and lemonade. Enjoy free pony rides for the children, music, fun playground equipment and a tour of the schoolhouse/museum. For more information, please contact Barbara Quinn at 385-1491.

Until next week, enjoy the spring-like weather. I think we have finally rounded the corner!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org






May 8, 2014
Public info meeting 5/21:Proposed solar array at DPW

The Penfield Town Board and the town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee invite residents to a public information meeting regarding a proposed solar array project at the Department of Public Works facility at 1607 Jackson Road. The meeting is Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The Town of Penfield has a goal of achieving long-term energy cost reductions and price predictability using clean, sustainable energy. To this end, the town board and energy and environmental advisory committee are considering installing a solar photovoltaic array at the DPW complex that could support a high percentage of the town’s electricity needs. This meeting is strictly informational, no decisions have been made about the proposed project and no decisions will be made at this meeting.

The project will be presented by Larsen Engineers for funding through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun solar PV incentive program for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems. A possible solar power purchase agreement would require no upfront cash investment and allow the town to purchase power at a lower rate than current grid electricity.

To date, the town has successfully implemented two other solar projects. The first is a small self-sufficient sewer pump station that went online in 2012. In March 2014 a solar panel array was added to the Harris Whalen Lodge that is expected to provide nearly half of that facility’s annual electric needs with the ability to expand in the future.

“Penfield is known for being innovative and cost conscious,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We are looking to leverage our past experience with solar to help manage increased costs of utilities and support a significant portion of our town facilities’ overall electric consumption on an annual basis. Use of solar energy is environmentally responsible and a creative way to manage increasing costs.”

Representatives from Larsen Engineers and other local experts will present information on solar energy, the proposed project and preliminary site layout, and address economics and financing at the public information meeting.

Penfield residents interested in the project are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn details and ask questions.


May 5, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/5

May is “National Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month” to raise awareness of skin cancer and promote early detection. It's vital that skin cancers such as melanoma, a rarer and often deadly form of skin cancer, are treated early, as later stage treatment is not normally effective. Melanoma is more common in people with fair skin and those who have experienced high levels of UV exposure. Sun burns, often experienced during childhood, and the use of sun beds, are two risk factors associated with melanoma. Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month aims to encourage people to examine their skin regularly and seek medical assistance if they have a mole which has darkened, changed color, itches, bleeds or just does not look right. If one of these scenarios affects you, please visit a healthcare professional so you can be checked out. Early detection and treatment is associated with a much higher survival rate. By educating the public about melanoma and encouraging early detection, we can help save lives.

We have received several calls regarding the “Greater Rochester Book” that was delivered in February/March and left next to or underneath mailboxes, and in some cases books are still littering the town. In many communities the books are left on doorsteps; however, due to rural areas in our town, the distribution center was instructed not to enter Penfield properties and to leave the books by mailboxes. With the use of computers and smart phones for numbers and addresses, many residents do not want these books. If you would like to opt out of distribution, go to www.yellowbookoptout.com  to request no delivery. Also, those who are out of town in winter months can cancel delivery until they return home by calling the distribution center directly at 1-877-607-0775 or 1-800-ybyellow.

Friday, May 16 is “Green Your Commute Day” sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation. On this day we are all encouraged to walk, run, bike, carpool or take a bus to work…anything but drive solo in your gas-fueled car. This event coincides with our Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust spring walking challenge. Therefore, my plan is to walk to and from work this day to save gas, avoid CO2 emissions, and to add to my step count. If you
see me strolling along Rt. 441, Baird Road, Whalen Road, Jackson Road, and Atlantic Ave. that day in the morning or afternoon, please stop me and say hello!

The MOMS Club of Penfield and Penfield Recreation will sponsor the first annual Youth and Family Safety Fair on Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This free event is an opportunity for the whole family to learn about many different aspects of child and family safety. Events and information will include fingerprinting and child ID, a bike helmet clinic, bully-proofing and Internet safety, a blood pressure/stroke clinic, child predator awareness, car seat checks (weather permitting), fire and carbon monoxide safety, and water safety. There will also be games and activities for the kids, pick-a-prize raffle, bake sale, and so much more! All proceeds from this event will be donated to the family of Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in a Penfield fire earlier this year. Participants include the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Penfield Fire Company, Bivona Advocacy Center, Penfield Ambulance, Red Cross, and more! For questions regarding participation or activities, please contact MOMS Club of Penfield at momspenfield@yahoo.com. I hope to see you there!

Tony



May 1, 2014
Spring Drop-off for Residents Only May 9-10

The Town of Penfield’s Spring Drop-off will run Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Drop-off hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. This service is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate.

MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush

MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Household electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, and driveway sealer. For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County Ecopark “prospector” at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

Residents wishing to dispose of items that are not accepted at Spring Drop-off are encouraged to visit Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sneakers, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark offers regular collections Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. all for NO FEE. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For more information and details, log on to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

“Penfield residents take advantage of every opportunity to responsibly dispose of their unwanted items,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “The town is likewise dedicated to providing opportunities to help keep materials out of landfills. Stay tuned for details on our fall sustainability events.”

Representatives from St Pauly Textile Shed will also be on hand to collect clothing donations at their drop-off location on the grounds of the DPW complex.




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