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November 24, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/24

I recently had the honor and pleasure of attending an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Austin Bryan Dailey of Boy Scout Troop 363. He has been an active member of scouting for more than 12 years. I first met Austin when he interviewed me over the summer to assist in the completion of his “citizenship in the community” merit badge. Austin is a senior at Webster Schroeder High School where he is a member of the school’s science Olympiad team and the concert band. Upon graduation he will be pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. For his Eagle project, Austin cleaned up and planted grass on the berm separating the Webster Rural Cemetery and the Goodwill Plaza. He also researched seven veterans from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. His project logged more than 125 hours and his research was published on the cemetery’s website. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to congratulate Austin for attaining the Boy Scouts’ highest rank...Eagle Scout! Congratulations also to his parents and Troop 363 for their support with this achievement.

Mark your calendars for these key dates: Thursday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. begins online and in-person rentals of lodges and shelters for 2015. Please note, you must have an active household account with Penfield Recreation to reserve a lodge or shelter online. We recommend calling to make sure that is set up before December 4. Dates go quickly! More information about town lodges and shelters is available on our website at www.penfieldrec.org. Also, any lodge reservations for remaining 2014 dates must be made by calling the Recreation Office at (585) 340-8655, option 6.

On Friday, December 5 join Santa and your friends for the annual Holiday Celebration at the Penfield Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your family for a tasty pancake dinner, tickets are just $4 per person. Tickets are available in advance at the Recreation Office or at the door. Then, beginning at 6:00 p.m., enjoy all the free holiday activities throughout the community center including crafts, music, games, visiting with Santa, a Christmas play, and more. I look forward to see you there! There is more…the Recreation Department has made direct contact with Santa’s Workshop, North Pole! Penfield children may send their letters to Santa Claus in care of Penfield Recreation. All letters must be postmarked no later than December 8. This gives Santa enough time to check your list to ensure a response by Christmas. (Be sure to include your return address.) Contact Penfield Recreation with your questions at 340-8655. Send letters to: Santa Claus, c/o Penfield Recreation, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield, NY 14526.

The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert “Holiday Fun” is Monday, December 1 at the Penfield High School Auditorium. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. Tickets are available by calling 872-0774, logging-on to www.penfieldsymphony.org, or at the door. Please note that free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774.

The Penfield Business Association (PBA) has announce 2014 business award winners. The “Penfield Pride Award” went to Michael’s Valley Grill. This award recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building to create a vibrant new look and positive addition to Penfield’s proud community. The “Daniel Penfield Award” recipient was Jeff Jennings of Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc. This award honors a local business person who has positively impacted the Penfield business community through their community involvement, business practices, and overall character. The “Business of the Year” award was presented to Frontier Communications. This honor is given to a local business that has significantly contributed to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community. Congratulations to all award recipients and thank you for all you do each and every day to support the Penfield community.

Until next week, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving…it is a day of family gatherings to give thanks for our many blessings!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


November 17, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/17

Town offices were closed in observance of Veterans Day and the weather was some of the best of the fall season. I spent a good portion of my day outside enjoying the sun and warmth, cleaning up some last minute chores before the wintery weather sets in for the next three to four months. The nicest part of my day was participating in the Veterans Day celebration at GrandeVie Senior living in our Four Corners area. Veterans and their families were recognized for their service to our country. I was honored to spend time with these residents and learn about their service and careers after being discharged. We are so fortunate to have the senior facilities we have in Penfield, I encourage everyone to stop in one of them to visit and say hello, it is an uplifting experience. The group of about 60 residents and their families was entertained by Amanda Lee Peers (a recent participant on “The Voice” who was selected by coach Gwen Stefani) and Ryan James, former lead singer for Rochester’s party band Nic and the Nice Guys. Their patriotic music brought tears to many eyes. To learn more about these talented local artists and their music go to www.amandaleepeers.com and www.teamryanjames.com.

The town’s Employee Safety & Risk Management Committee would like to pass along these winter weather safety tips, which may save you a strain, a pain, or worse. Wear weather appropriate footwear and increase traction with rubber soles and non-slip tread. Bring out those hands! Keep your hands free to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling while walking on ice or snow. Also, bend your knees a little and take shorter steps on wintry surfaces to greatly reduce your chances of falling. Watch where you are walking and slow down. Walk slowly at first until you are certain of surface condition. Pay careful attention to changing surface conditions. Avoid hazardous shortcuts, look for flat walking paths, and avoid slopes or ramps which could be icy. Avoid abrupt changes in direction and use handrails when available. To protect yourself from strains and sprains, warm up before exertion. Stretch and bend to increase blood flow and decreases your risk of injury. Wear high visibility outerwear to increase your chances of being seen. This 90-second video is a good resource to watch with your entire family…since there is nothing we can do to stop winter, we may as well make the best of it! Please be safe this season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=za2dzrzIzKA.

Last week I met an incredible young lady by the name of Helen Kontis who was celebrating her 100th birthday at a small family gathering at Charlie Brown’s restaurant on Penfield Road. This amazing lady shared with me a bit about her life, family, and her move from Pennsylvania in 2002 to Penfield. I was honored to present her with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Penfield community. Helen, best wishes to you for many more healthy and happy birthdays. Your energy is contagious, I see why you have such close family ties!

Our Penfield Recreation Department has again made direct contact with Santa’s Workshop, North Pole! Penfield children may send their letters to Santa Claus in care of Penfield Recreation. We will make sure Santa reads your letter and returns a personal reply before Christmas. All letters must be postmarked no later than December 8. This gives Santa proper time to check your Christmas list. (Be sure to include your return address) Please feel free to contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655 with your questions. Send letters to: Santa Claus, c/o Penfield Recreation, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield, NY 14526.

As we start thinking more about the holidays and looking for that “perfect” Christmas tree, please choose to look for that ideal tree right here in Penfield. Several farms in East and North Penfield offer excellent “cut your own tree” lots along with a variety of beautiful pre-cut trees for your convenience. Several local scout troops also offer trees for sale. Your support of local farms and scouts makes a difference and helps them return their support to the Penfield community. Everyone benefits when we choose to shop locally.

Until next week, I hope to see you out in our great community!
Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


November 10, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/10

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) held an open house last week to showcase improvements they have made to the inside and outside of the building at 1618 Jackson Road. Many volunteer hours have been invested to repair, update, and enhance this wonderful facility in our community that provides a necessary service to residents who may need some extra help and support. Our town DPW employees have supported a number of projects to provide safe ingress and egress for residents visiting PEFS. From now until mid-December we will be collecting non-perishable food goods at the town hall and community center to be donated during the critical Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Please feel free to stop by with donations during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Every little bit helps to keep the shelves stocked. Thank you in advance for generosity, you do make a difference!

On November 6 we hosted Harris Hill fifth graders for their annual visit to the town hall to learn about local government and town operations. Our staff enjoys the energy, interest, and questions these young adults bring to the floor for discussion. The students enjoyed presentations by DPW, Building, Zoning, Fire Marshal, Animal Control, Planning, and the Town Clerk’s Office. I was extremely impressed on how well behaved these students were and their interest to learn and understand the services and support local government provides to their community and families. With this caliber of students coming through our school system, we are in good hands for the future.

I am reminded by our Recreation Department of two holiday events coming up, so please mark your calendars. The first is the Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 2 at noon. This popular luncheon is a tasty meal with all the trimmings plus entertainment. Luncheon tickets are $6.00 and may be purchased at the Rec Office through Tuesday November 25. The second event is the family holiday celebration on Friday, December 5 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. This fun evening for all ages includes dinner, games and crafts, and special guests from the North Pole. More details are available at www.penfieldrec.org.

Like it or not, the snow and cold is just around the corner. Winter parking rules are in effect from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. to permit highway crews to safely and effectively plow and maintain roads. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support on this matter.

The Penfield Public Library offers many children’s programs throughout the year. Several have recently caught my eye that I would like to share with you. There is a Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, December 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for children in first through fifth grade accompanied by an adult. Next up is a Library Lego Lab on Monday, December 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. children ages 6 to 11. The season wraps up with a Happy “New Year” Game Day on Wednesday, December 31 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. for children ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. For more information on these programs and more, please log on to www.penfieldlibrary.org. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

Important dates and events in history: November 17, 1869 – The Suez Canal opens for business in Egypt linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas. November 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address in a ceremony dedicating the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. November 22, 1963 – Youthful President John F. Kennedy is tragically cut down by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas.

Until next week, with all the recent rain, please consider cleaning fallen leaves from catch basins and inlet grates to allow water to flow so it will not back up into your yard or the yards of your neighbors. Thank you in advance for your support!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


November 3, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 11/3

There has been a recent flurry of construction activity along Motts Lane including drainage work with concrete gutters, new paving from behind Signatures-Humphrey House to Rt. 441, and the milling and repaving of Motts Lane from Five Mile Line Road. This long-anticipated project is nearing completion and the road will be opened within the next week once guard rails have been installed and the state of New York has signs off its final inspections. Motts Lane will provide alternate access to businesses in this quadrant of the Four Corners. Great job by internal DPW and external contractors who completed this project to better serve our residents!

Please note, starting Thursday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m., lodge and shelter rental dates for 2015 will begin for online and in-person rentals. The dates go very quickly, so I am encouraging everyone who has an interest to be prepared to reserve that special date for a family reunion, graduation party, or holiday gathering. You must have an active household account with the Town of Penfield in order to reserve a lodge or shelter online; therefore I recommend calling the Recreation Department to set one up before December 4. For more information about our lodges and shelters, please log on to www.penfieldrec.org.

The Empire Center for Public Policy recently ranked municipalities’ websites across New York State and the County of Monroe, including the Town of Penfield, using a 10-category rubric. The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, tax-exempt 501(c)3 think-tank based in Albany. It sponsors SeeThroughNY.net, a transparency website that includes an extensive database of government payrolls, comparative data, and other information. The intent of this project was to promote greater transparency at all levels of government and to develop standards that governments can strive to meet and even exceed. The rubric they used was intentionally tough because they believe that New York's taxpayers deserve unfiltered access to their data. In the report, Executive Director Tim Hoefer stated, "We hope these standards will help municipalities do a better job of providing basic public information that will help taxpayers know how their money is spent, and how and when decisions are made by elected officials." The report goes on to say, “The top-scoring local governments were Schuyler County, New York City, the towns of Penfield and Wilton, the village of Rye Brook and Clarkstown Central School District.” I would like to recognize and thank the entire Town of Penfield staff for their efforts in looking for ways to improve and enhance our website on a regular basis to best serve our residents and others who visit www.penfield.org.

The next opportunity to donate blood in the Penfield community is Monday, November 10, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road. For more information on this event and others in and around the Penfield community, go to www.redcrossblood.org or contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The holiday season typically has blood shortages and there is a higher need, please consider taking an hour out of your schedule to give the gift of life!

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike will be held on Saturday, November 8 with the Friends of Webster Trails to explore the Gosnell Nature Habitat in Webster. This hike will begin at 10:00 am and is expected to last about 2 hours. Follow the “Hike” signs off of Whiting Road in Webster. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) is a valuable resource to those members of our community that are less fortunate. Over the next six weeks there is a higher than normal need for non-perishable foods as they ready for the Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners. Please visit their website at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org to view the current wish list of needed items. I would also like to give a special shout-out to the many volunteers at PEFS for their dedication and support to the Penfield community; all of you make a big difference in so many lives each week…thank you for your service!
Until next week, enjoy the last of the fall weather.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org






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