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January 29, 2015
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain

In recent days media outlets and social media have been sharing information about a level 3 sex offender who was identified as living in the town of Penfield by the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

This has been a dynamic and frustrating situation. Bits and pieces of details have been captured, shared, and re-shared in formal and informal outlets. Along the way information accuracy has not always been reliable, causing alarm and stress in our community.

While the town does not have every detail from every involved agency, I would like to share the following information, as we understand it as of this post, with residents:

1) The Sheriff’s Dept. has advised us the individual is not currently residing at 3090 Atlantic Ave, despite the original community notification issued by the Division of Criminal Justice Services that provided this location as the subject’s address.

2) We understand the individual is temporarily staying at the Francis House on Joseph Ave. until he is placed.

3) We further understand that the Department of Social Services and other involved agencies are looking to place the individual at a new location.

The Penfield Town Board is enraged with the breakdown in the criminal justice system for allowing an individual with this background to move 3,000 miles to a community, then provide conflicting information on the subject’s residency. This situation has had caused distress for residents and agencies, and has consumed significant resources trying to understand the facts.

Due to the serious nature of this situation we can expect news outlets and social media to continue to share information on the matter. While all are attempting to report accurate details, there may continue to be conflicting updates.

As we receive the most current details, and have verified them, we will provide updates on our website as the situation relates to the Penfield community. As always, we are committed to sharing timely, accurate information with our residents. 

January 26, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/26

I had the honor of swearing in nine members of the Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC) at their 2015 Inauguration Party last week. The club wanted to start the New Year by renewing existing memberships and taking in new members. The club’s approach is very simple, helping kids fulfill the oath they will be taking to become a club member: “I solemnly swear to explore what makes me special—my special talents and unique personality—to develop them to the best of my ability, and to use them to help other kids—kids with special needs and challenges greater than my own—enjoy the things I enjoy.” The KMMC is a service learning organization where members learn something new or of interest then use that learning to perform a community service. KMMC provides its young members, ages 5–12, a "stage" to explore who they are and what they want to become. Leaders help members feel even better about themselves and their new learning by helping them create projects to help kids with physical and development challenges. To learn more about the KMMC go to

I recently attended the Penfield Fire Company’s annual banquet to recognize outgoing President Joseph Palma and Chief Chris Ebmeyer. Additionally, Chris Ebmeyer was recognized by the board of directors as “Firefighter of the Year.” Both Chris and Joe have served the Penfield Fire Company for more than 25 years in various capacities. As a community, we are fortunate to have this dedicated and committed group of volunteer men and women who serve and protect Penfield 24/7, 365 days a year. On behalf of the entire community, I want to thank Joe and Chris, as well as all the members of the Penfield Fire Company, for their service.

Speaking of service, Gene Renner was presented the 60 year service award by the Penfield Fire Company. When accepting the award, a very humble Mr. Renner said, “…please always remember family first…then service to your community!” He is a man of few words with a powerful message for us all. Gene, you are a benchmark for our community, thank you and congratulations!

For the past five years I have given a “State of the Town Address” that included a detailed PowerPoint presentation and several exhibits. That presentation consumed many hours of staff resources at a time when we should be looking at ways to make government more streamlined and efficient. To that end, I will be preparing a summary report of accomplishments in 2014; a look at 2014 financial performance, 2015 budget goals, and a review of 2015 goals for posting on our website by January 30 for all residents to review. As questions come in, they will be posted along with follow-up answers. I welcome questions and comments at any time regarding the operation of the town.

Until next week, be well and be safe.



January 20, 2015
Supervisor's Column: Week of 1/19

The Penfield School District, Penfield Recreation, and Eastside Family YMCA are working together to offer an after school program for students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade on the scheduled half-day of school on Friday, January 30. Busing will be provided from your child's school to Bay Trail Middle School. Children participating should bring their lunch to school; an afternoon snack will be provided. The program fee is 15 dollars per child and parent pick-up is until 6:00 p.m. Register your child today at

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Trails Committee’s annual “Hiker’s Jamboree” on Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m. in Penfield Town Hall Auditorium. The public is invited to come and learn about all the hiking programs in the Greater Rochester area at this free event. Light refreshments will be served. Also, Boy Scout Troop #310 of Penfield will give a brief presentation highlighting their recent trek to the famous high desert Philmont Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico that is an education center and art museum with miles and miles of hiking areas. All groups in the Rochester area that will host hiking programs in 2015 are invited to participate to meet the public and promote their programs. Groups wishing to participate should call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 6.

The Penfield Heritage Association’s next program, “People in Penfield’s Past …and Now,” is Sunday, January 25, 2:30–4:00 p.m. in the Braman Room at the library. Who were those brave people who made Penfield what it is today? The Heritage Association will take you back a few hundred years so that some of the “movers and shakers” can share their stories. It is their hope and intent to bring these former Penfield people back from their graves so that those of us who are “transplants” can better understand what brought them here, and more importantly, why! I know I won’t miss this program…and I hope to see you there.

At this time of year I like to remind everyone about the many aquatic programs offered by the Recreation Department. Programs at the pool are especially appealing if the current weather is getting you down or if you do not enjoy traditional winter sports. Why not join in most every Friday night through May at the Penfield High School pool? Come and play, swim, and exercise while enjoying this spacious pool that is divided to suit all your needs. The pool features a 4x4 tot-dock in the shallow end for little ones, a designated water walking area, and two lanes for lap swimming. The fee is just 2 dollars at the door. For more details go to

Until next week, keep an eye on the below normal temperatures and wind chill!


January 12, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/12

At the close of 2014 the town took possession of an 18-acre parcel on the west side of Route 250 between Northrup and Plank Roads that was donated by the Amish family in memory of their parents. This property is to be known as “The Four Mile Creek Nature Preserve.” It will be added to our open space inventory to be preserved for generations to come. A sign to identify the parcel will be installed in the spring.

More than 100 volunteers serve on various town boards and committees. Openings occur when terms expire or when members step down due to relocation, job commitments or retirement. If you are interested in serving on any board or committee please send a letter or email of interest along with a brief resume to the town board. The board keeps an active file of interested candidates in the event openings occur during the year. Go to, “boards and committees,” to learn more about opportunities for service. Email your interest to or send a letter to the supervisor’s office, 3100 Atlantic Ave, Penfield 14526.

I am often reminded of the many great ways service and religious organizations support the Penfield community. As I was preparing this week’s column I received a call from a neighbor, Kathy, who is active in the First Baptist Church at 1862 Penfield Road. Kathy asked me to remind the community of their monthly pancake breakfast, which is open to the public. The breakfast is held on the third Saturday of every month (except July and August) from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Proceeds go to various charities in and around Penfield. The January 17 breakfast will support the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Mark your calendars and come to the First Baptist Church for good food and great conversation. I hope to see you there!

If you see Penfield Central School District (PCSD) vehicles pulling in and out of Philbrick Park off Rt. 441 it is because of a partnership between the Town of Penfield and the PCSD. In recent years the town has consolidated Highway, Parks and Facilities departments into one location at our DPW complex on Jackson Road, freeing up space at Philbrick Park. For many years the PCSD Transportation & Facilities Complex on Five Mile Line Road has been experiencing a space problem. Working together, we were able to facilitate moving PCSD’s Grounds & Facilities group to the Philbrick park site, creating a win-win situation. The town building is now occupied instead of sitting empty, and the cost to the PCSD is for utilities and any incremental improvements. Other discussions between the town and PCSD are ongoing as we look for ways to further partner and reduce costs to taxpayers.

As we are getting hit with the latest blast of winter, I want to remind everyone of important winter safety behaviors. Please keep hydrants clear of snow. Make sure all car windows are free of snow and ice for the best visibility, and drive according to conditions, allowing for extra travel time. Remember that winter parking rules are in place and no overnight parking is allowed on streets to permit safe and effective snow removal. Thank you in advance for your support.

Winter break (February 16–20) is just around the corner, and now is the time to sign up for programs offered by PenRec and the Penfield Library for our young residents. For all the details please see the PenRec Brochure pages 18–42, or log on to and Both groups have planned some great activities!

Reminder…all Town of Penfield offices will be closed Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Until next week, be well and be safe!



January 9, 2015
CPSC: 3 Recalls Announced

1. CoScentrix Expands Recall of DD Brand Candles Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Hobby Lobby

2. Children’s Pajamas Recalled by Star Ride Kids Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

3. Pro Performance Recalls SKLZ Resistance Trainers Due to Risk of Severe Injury

January 5, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 1/5

On behalf of the entire town board, we extend the warmest wishes for a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to serving you and the great community of Penfield in 2015!

January is "National Blood Donor Month," please consider giving the gift of life during this brand new year. You can make a difference by helping the Red Cross prepare for and maintain an adequate blood supply. The next opportunity to give blood in Penfield is on January 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Eastside YMCA, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. Give blood now and keep your resolution going throughout the year. Schedule your appointment to donate today, and help save up to three lives. It's easy, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The 2015 Combined Town and County tax bills were recently mailed out to all property owners in the town. I have prepared my annual message highlighting the various sections of the bill in an effort to share information you may find helpful as you review your bill. If you log on to and click on the supervisor's message on the center of the home page you will find all the details about the bill. This is the first year that we are not printing 10,000 copies of this letter and mailing it with the bill in an effort to reduce costs of printing and generate less paper waste. If you have any questions about your tax bill, please contact my office at 340-8630.

The town's employee wellness committee reminds us, as we are making and following through on New Year's resolutions, to be sure we know our numbers! Knowing "your numbers" refers to body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. High blood pressure can put you at risk for heart attack or heart failure, stroke and other health conditions. High cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. And keeping your blood sugar at an ideal level helps reduce your risk for diabetes and its complications. Make 2015 a year to improve your health!

I know it seems early to be talking about PenRec's annual summer day-camp program; however, due to their popularity, these programs fill up quickly. If you register on-line you can to save 10 percent. Registration begins January 2. This year we will offer four day-camp sessions and three preschool day-camp sessions. Additionally, we will offer three K-one day-camp sessions designed for younger first time campers. For more details about all camp programs, please go to or check out page 22 of the current Pen-Rec brochure.

An AARP tax aide will be offering free income tax preparation to low and middle income taxpayers from Penfield, with special attention to those 60 and older, at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This service will be available by appointment only on Wednesday mornings February 4 through April 8. Please call 340-8655 and select option 6 to make an appointment. Every AARP tax aide preparer receives annual IRS training and certification.

Important dates and events in history: January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday observed. Please note that all town offices will be closed this day; January 16, 1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins with a U.N. airstrike launched on Iraq.

Until next week, reminder…know your numbers, 2015 is a year to improve our health!






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