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December 31, 2015
Christmas Tree Drop-Off

The Town of Penfield takes non-artificial Christmas trees after the holiday season to be recycled. Trees can be dropped off at anytime just to the right of the DPW facility gate, around the sign labeled "X-Mas Trees."

December 29, 2015
Message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding the 2016 Combined Town and County Tax Bill

The 2016 Combined Town and County Tax Bills will be mailed to property owners on December 31, 2015. I would like to share information that may be helpful as you review your bill. 

See Supervisor Documents in the lower right column to read letter regarding 2016 Combined Town and County Tax Bills

Please note:

  • You may wish to have your tax bill on-hand as you read through the information.
  • Your bill may not contain all of the elements described in the letter because not all properties are located within parks, lighting, sewer, or other special districts.
  • Some items on your tax bill are based on the assessed valuation of your property and others are charged at a flat rate.
  • The Combined Town and County Tax Bill does not include the operation of school districts. The Penfield, Pittsford, and Webster school districts that serve Penfield residents are separate entities with their own elected school boards and budgets. School district taxes are levied in September of each year.

December 28, 2015
Supervisor's column: Week of 12/28

As I was preparing to write my last column of 2015, I found myself reflecting on how fortunate we are in Penfield. On a regular basis, I drive around different portions of the town at lunchtime to see first-hand what is happening by way of development, improvements, activities, and programs. I would like to share my observations of this great community with you.

The school systems (Penfield and Webster) that support and teach our youngest residents are second to none in the county. We are also blessed to have several private schools that help to round out this very important educational element.

The Penfield Business Association and Penfield Chamber are moving in a direction to join forces to be one of the strongest business associations on the east side. All of our businesses are a key cornerstone to the health of Penfield. By supporting them, they are able to give back many times over supporting our youth and various charities. A healthy business makes for a healthy community!

Our faith communities are a great source of encouragement and strength for many of our families to help shape the ways in which we view the world, form our values, and influence the practices that guide our daily lives. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year they are there for all of our needs.

The various service organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary, and others) have supported our community for more than a century. Members of these organizations are continually giving back on many fronts to support youth, education and reading, fighting disease, growing local economies, and much more.

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its diamond jubilee anniversary this season, is a gem. For the past 60 years the PSO has given the Penfield community a first class concert experience…close to home! Every great concert comes with affordable tickets and free parking!

Neighborhood associations and a variety of garden clubs spruce up subdivision entrances and other key locations throughout the town. One in particular that comes to mind is the work that the Nature Craft Garden Club performs at the corner of Five Mile Line and Whalen Roads for all to enjoy as they traverse that area.

It is unfortunate that communities need the support of a food shelf; however, from time-to-time families may need extra help due to job loss, illness, or another significant life changing event. The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf is a shining light in what might be a very dark time for a family in need.

The Shepherd Home is a two bedroom home that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a residential setting. They provide support to families and friends, and foster community acceptance that dying is an integral part of living.

Penfield is quickly becoming known as an east side medical hub with many new medical offices, labs, and treatment centers opening up to support all aspects of the community with state-of-the-art facilities.

Sports organizations support our youth with dedicated volunteers and outstanding facilities that are producing talented athletes from the sports of baseball, lacrosse, soccer, gymnastics, football, cheerleading, and more. Many of our young athletes go on to become high school and college stars.

The scouting program in Penfield is one of the healthiest in the county. As I compare notes with my peers, no other community seems to be producing the same number of Eagle Scouts in Boy Scouts or Gold and Silver Awards in Girl Scouts. I am honored each year to attend most every one of these award ceremonies.

I know I have only scratched the surface of the many great things about Penfield. I realize this is not a complete list of the wonderful volunteers, organizations, and institutions in our community. If I missed a component please accept my apologies, it was not intentional.

The biggest reason Penfield is a “first class” community is because of all of you! All of our residents contribute in some way to make Penfield one of the most desirable places to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Thank you for making my job one of the best jobs there is and thank you for allowing me to support you as your town supervisor.

From the town board and all of the town employees…have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


December 21, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/21

I will begin this week by responding to residents who have called my office or stopped me out in the community to ask why they do not consistently find my column in the Penfield Post. First, I thank you for following this column and your concern for its whereabouts.

Since I began writing a weekly column six years ago, my goal has been to share news that is interesting and useful for Penfield residents. I like to cover all the great things going on in our community and keep you updated on news that impacts our town, including updates on state and federal actions and unfunded mandates. From your frequent feedback, I have learned many residents rely on my weekly updates. I often get requests to address specific topics and do my best to cover those items in a timely fashion.

It’s true, over the past several weeks my columns have not always made it into the print edition of the Penfield Post. As the printed news industry continues to adapt to the digital age, staffs are reduced, local reporters seem to be a thing of the past, and publishing teams are working multiple jobs to manage multiple deadlines for print, digital, and social media. Weekly deadlines have become fluid with inconsistent direction to content providers like myself. It is a vicious circle and a frustrating situation for all involved.

I assure you I do write my column each week, and I will continue to do so and submit it for publication. At times I also invite town staff to guest-write columns of particular interest to residents. I recognize I cannot control the internal resources of the newspaper and production timing. To that end, if you are a regular reader of this column in the Penfield Post and you cannot find it in print, please consider logging on to On the home page you will see my most recent columns (published every Monday morning for the current week) in the blog feed and you can click the link below my photo for an archive of past columns. The Penfield Post also publishes the column online.

On to the news! At the last town board meeting of 2015, Mitchel Krenzer of Troop 312 continued an annual tradition and presented the Town of Penfield with a holiday wreath on behalf of the troop. We are honored that Troop 312 donates a beautiful wreath that we prominently display at the town hall for all to enjoy.

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike is Saturday, January 9 at Ellison Park. If Mother Nature cooperates, dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes and join them for an exhilarating trip through this scenic park. If there is no snow the hike will still take place and will be just as fabulous. Hikers will follow the mostly flat portions of Ellison Park on the north side of Blossom Road. All hikes are free; however, we ask that you pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655. Look for the hike signs!

The town board’s organizational meeting is Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. At this meeting the Penfield Town Board establishes the rules of procedure, approves general contracts, board/committee appointments, leases, committee assignments, and more. Prior to the meeting at 6:00 p.m. local elected officials will be sworn-in to start the New Year. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and swearing-in or you may tune in and watch it live. Time Warner Cable continues to make adjustments to the local public, education and government (PEG) channel locations with little to no communication to town staff. Depending how your TV is configured, you can o view all of our meetings live on one of the following channels: 12; 13.02; 5.12; 98.4.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the town staff for a great year supporting Penfield residents. Our employees are second to none across Monroe County and they demonstrate that each and every day—thank you team! I also want to recognize the Penfield Town Board for the guidance and support they provide me each and every week to ensure your town government is working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Thank you Andy, Linda, Paula, and Rob. Lastly, on behalf of the town board and our entire staff, may you have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!


December 17, 2015
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain: New playground Veterans' Memorial Park

In keeping with the theme of community wellness, we will soon begin a project to replace the playground in Veterans’ Memorial Park with a modern play area designed to meet current recreation, material, and safety standards.

The existing playground was installed in 1993. Because of changes in the industry, especially material standards, it is difficult to find replacement parts. It is time to install a contemporary play area for our youngest residents and their families.

The town has selected a play system from Miracle Recreation that features colorful, canopied play stations made of safe and durable materials.

Work to remove the old equipment will begin early January, weather permitting. Materials will be scrapped and recycled as appropriate.

Installation of the new playground is scheduled for early spring; it should be open for use in time for increased use of the park in warmer weather. We will provide updates as the project progresses.

Be active, be well, enjoy life!


December 14, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/14

One last reminder for a very important event in Penfield to close out 2015—the Town of Penfield’s annual holiday blood drive with the American Red Cross is Wednesday, December 23 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The holidays are a busy time when many activities pull people away from their donation appointments. This creates a drop in blood available for hospital patients who need lifesaving blood products during the winter months. Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood, their need is constant! Your blood donation is a gift that can help save a life, allowing others to create special memories of their own this holiday season and beyond. Walk-ins are welcome; however, eligible donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to give blood. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This holiday season, please consider giving the gift of life!

Each year members of the Creative Gardeners of the Penfield garden club decorate the Penfield Town Hall rotunda with beautiful greens and wreaths for the holidays. This year we were honored to have Carolyn Ragan, Mary Gilman, Janet Lockhart, Maureen Parker and Barbara Bouchard come and place the decorations throughout the first and second floor area to welcome all residents visiting the town hall during the holiday season.

I also want to recognize and thank Dave Woodward and his family at Woody Acres on Harris Road for donating beautiful Christmas trees for residents to enjoy in the town hall rotunda and Schaufelberger Park the Four Corners. Lastly, I want to thank Town Clerk Amy Steklof for preparing the annual Menorah table. On behalf of all our employees and residents, a special thank you goes out to the Creative Gardeners, Woody Acres, and Amy Steklof for your efforts in making this a special holiday season!

I recently had the honor of attending an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jacob Cobb of Troop 363. Jake has been continuously active in scouting for 12 years. For his Eagle project, Jake worked with the Friends of Webster Trails to build a boardwalk on the Four Mile Creek Preserve trail. Jake graduated from high school in June and is currently attending the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. Jake, congratulations on attaining the rank of Eagle. Your efforts will contribute to the community throughout your life!

The winter/spring 2016 Pen-Rec brochure should have recently hit your mailbox…PLEASE DO NOT toss it in your blue box to recycle, there are hundreds of wonderful programs for residents of all ages to enjoy. Re-visit a favorite class or trying something entirely new! Remember, early registration ensures placement in your favorite program.

The Penfield Business Association (PBA) recently held their annual Holiday Party and collected many generous donations for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. This is yet another wonderful example of the work the PBA does to give back to our community. As you are finishing the last of your holiday preparations and gift purchasing, please remember to support Penfield businesses as much as possible. They are here for us and we need to be there for them…healthy businesses make for a health community!

Best wishes to all our students locally and those away at college as they wind down this semester; good luck on final exams and completing final projects as the first half of the school year comes to a close. Rest and enjoy your holidays!

Until next week, be well and be safe!


December 7, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 12/7

At this time of the year there are always more things to do than there is time to do them! In this week’s column I want to draw attention to some important items that have recently taken place and invite you to participate in upcoming community activities.

Last week the Penfield Business Association installed the annual Christmas tree in Schaufelberger Park at the Four Corners. Additionally, Rabbi Yitzi Hein, Co-Director Chabad of Pittsford, held the annual lighting of the Penfield Menorah at the same location. I look forward to both these traditions continuing for many generations in our great community.

There is still time to drop-off non-perishable food goods for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) for the upcoming holiday season. You will find donation containers at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, adjacent to the Recreation offices and at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue in the rotunda. All donations will be dropped off to PEFS by December 18. Thank you to all who have been so generous to date, your kindness does make a difference for many of our Penfield families during this holiday season. For more information on PEFS, go to

Can I interest you in a home-cooked “flapjack breakfast” and supporting a great cause? Come join the First Baptist Church at 1862 Penfield Road on Saturday, December 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $4.00 per person and $3.00 for children 10 and under. This month’s “Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser” will benefit the Salvation Army. The First Baptist Church invites everyone in the community to this event to help make Christmas bright for neighbors in need!

Looking for that perfect Christmas tree for the holidays? There are many opportunities in town to cut your own tree or purchase a pre-cut tree. Several popular tree farms in Penfield include Bauman’s on Five Mile Line Road, The Evergreen Forest on Jackson Road, Wilbert’s on Salt Road, and Freckleton’s and Woody Acres on Harris Road. Many farm stands in Penfield offer pre-cut trees including Grossman’s on Fairport-Nine Mile Point Road (Rt. 250) and Sunscape on Creek Street. Additionally, don’t forget Boy Scout Troop 312 is selling trees at Bill Grays in the Panorama Valley. Shopping locally benefits all aspects of our community…thank you in advance for supporting these businesses!

The Town of Penfield’s annual holiday blood drive with the American Red Cross is Wednesday, December 23 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross t-shirt! Walk-ins are welcome, however eligible donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to give blood. Please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. This holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to “give something that means something,” give blood! #GiveWithMeaning. Your blood donation is a gift that can help save a life, allowing others to create special memories of their own this holiday season and beyond. Patients do not get a holiday from needing blood, the need is constant! Your donation is as unique as a snowflake, and can uniquely change someone’s life. One blood donation can help save up to three lives. Volunteer donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season, particularly O negative, A negative, B negative and AB donors. Thank you in advance for making a difference to someone in need of blood this holiday season!

Until next week, enjoy the continued mild weather…we know it will not last. Until the cold weather sets in we can enjoy lower heating bills, little to no salt usage, and more time to wrap up yard chores for the season!



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