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April 25, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/25
The Local History Room (LHR) is looking for information on two topics. The first has to do with the fact that women were granted the right to vote in New York State in 1917, and we are approaching the 100th anniversary of this event. The Penfield LHR is trying to locate information on town residents— especially women—who were involved with women's suffrage in the early 1900s. If you have family letters, diaries, or other information on this topic, we would love to hear from you!
Next, do you have photos or information about a family member from Penfield who served in WWI or WWII? The LHR is collecting this information for the archives and would love to include whatever you have to share. We can scan photos or documents, so you will still have your originals. Please call Kathy Kanauer at 340-8740 or stop in to the LHR if you have material to share. Thank you in advance for anything you can assist us with on both of these very important initiatives.

I am reminded by the members of the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road, that they will host a Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. (or until sold out). The chicken dinners will be prepared on site by Gale-Wyn Catering. Dinners are $10.50 and include a barbecued half-chicken, coleslaw or macaroni salad, salt potatoes, roll and butter, plus a dessert. Bring your family, invite your friends, and tell your neighbors. Eat in or take out, it’s delicious either way! This facility is handicapped accessible.

In recent years rain gardens have become increasingly popular as a means to enhance landscaping and improve water quality. Our Recreation Department has partnered with the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition to hold a special class entitled "Rain Gardens, a How-to for Homeowners” at the Penfield Community Center on Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rain gardens are an easy and effective way to help improve local water quality because they are designed to collect rain water from rooftops and driveways and allow it to soak back into the ground through nature’s filter of specific plant materials. Come and learn what rain gardens are, how to create one, and the best plants to use. Class size is limited so please call Penfield Recreation to sign up at 340-8655, option 6.

Last call…if you have not signed up to participate in “Good Neighbor Day” to be held Saturday, May 14 it is not too late! We are looking for volunteers to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and spring cleanup. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family. Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Floy Mar Farm, 1865 Salt Road, at 8:00 am for refreshments and to receive assignments. Also, are you someone who could use the extra hand, or do you know someone who could? Let us know! We will bring scrap to the Penfield Drop-off, rake out flower beds, plant flowers, fix lawn damage from plows, and much more! To sign up to help or be helped, please call Sabrina at 340-8651, or email

Important Dates and events in History: April 30, 1789 – George Washington is sworn in as the first president of the United States; April 30, 1970 – American forces invade Cambodia; April 30, 1975 – Saigon falls to invading armored columns of re-armed, re-equipped North Vietnamese Forces in violation of the Paris Peace accords signed in 1973. American Embassy and all remaining American elements are evacuated by helicopter ending America’s involvement in a noble, but costly and divisive Vietnam War.

Until next week sharpen up the blades of the lawn mower, dust off the patio furniture, and start thinking about what needs to be done in the garden…spring is upon us!


April 21, 2016
Message from Supervisor LaFountain 04/21/16: Facilitator named for Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee
Last night, the Penfield Town Board adopted a resolution naming Ronald L. Peckham, P.E. as facilitator of the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee.

The 23-person “moratorium committee” is made up of a cross-section of Penfield residents and representatives from the school district and the town’s historic preservation and conservation boards. Representatives from the New York State and Monroe County departments of transportation and other subject matter experts will support the group as needed. 

Mr. Peckham is an executive leader and professional facilitator from the Syracuse area. He will oversee the work of the citizen advisory committee as it studies potential land uses and associated impacts on town infrastructure during the one-year development moratorium of the Shadow Pines/Shadow Lake properties that began March 23, 2016.

The committee will report back to the Penfield Town Board with findings on possible land uses, opportunities and constraints, zoning, and how potential land uses might be supported, implemented, and funded. 

The first committee meeting is Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. 

The public is welcome to attend and observe committee meetings. Participants will be committee members and presenters only. As part of its work, the committee will host future public participation meetings that are yet to be scheduled.

To follow future Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee meetings and other updates please follow The Shadows Moratorium Committee webpage at

April 18, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/18
The Rochester Press-Radio Club’s (RPRC) annual Day of Champions Children’s Charities Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This event is always well attended and sold out, especially this year as New York Yankee legend Mariano Rivera, the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award recipient, will be at the head table. 
Now imagine being a young Penfield Little League athlete who is also involved with Penfield Challenger Baseball as a “buddy” to an important new friend through the Kids Miracle Making Club (KMMC), a club of kids working to enhance the lives of other kids with special needs. 

So far, this scenario seems normal for 14-year-old Holden Leibenguth, the soft-spoken, quiet young man from Penfield who—according to KMMC president Steve Pellow—has done tremendous work for Challenger Baseball and the kids of the KMMC. Holden’s contributions do not stop there; he came up with the idea of the “Home Run Heroes Project” to share his love of baseball with kids of every ability. Given his love for baseball, and knowing how much his buddy Adam and other challenger players love the game, Holden’s project focused on fundraising and purchasing baseball equipment and baseball-themed video games so the kids at Mary Cariola Children’s Center, CP Rochester, and Golisano Children’s Hospital could enjoy the game on the field, in the gym, and in their hospital rooms. Holden is an amazing young man on and off the field. 

Can this story get any better? It does. The RPRC has named Holden Leibenguth as Honorary Chair for this year’s dinner. As part of this honor, Holden will be seated at the head table next Mariano Rivera, where he can tell the Yankee great all about the good work of Penfield Little League and Penfield Challenger Baseball. I cannot think of a better ambassador to represent our community—thank you Holden, you and your family should be very proud!

On to the performing arts…The Penfield Players annual melodrama returns with Sneakypete Underhand's Devious Dealings–or The Doctor is IN(sane). Shows are at 8:00 p.m. April 29 and 30, and May 6, 7, 13 and 14. There is also a matinee performance May 1 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. Audiences will have the opportunity to boo, cheer, and throw popcorn when this melodrama, directed by Virginia Monte and written by Billy St. John, takes the stage. 

The setting is the 1920s Hollywood. Sneakypete Underhand, a villainous doctor, and his henchwoman, Nurse Heide Bedpann, are hired to work at a silent movie studio where Sneakypete quickly hatches a plot to kidnap a top star, Verily Speakwell. When script girl Paige Turner stumbles onto Sneakypete's plot, the dirty doctor ties her to the studio's buzz saw, only to have her rescued by camera operator Cameron Mann! 

To order tickets, call the box office at 585-340-8655, option 6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit Penfield Recreation online at Click on "Registration & Reservations" then "Browse Tickets" link and search by date. Select a performance and follow the prompts. Please note: advanced tickets ($12) must be purchased online or called in by 4:00 p.m. the Thursday before the show date. Availability cannot be guaranteed after that time.

Save the date…opening day for Penfield Little League is Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m. For me, this marks the true beginning of spring! The day will start with the annual parade of teams to the fields from behind the town hall followed by introductions by President Greg Kamp and then the first pitch…play ball!
Until next week, enjoy the milder weather and be well and be safe performing those yard chores.


April 15, 2016
Message from Supervisor LaFountain 4/15/16: ‘Shadows’ Advisory Cmte. meeting May 3

Because of ongoing community interest in the future of the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines properties I would like to share the following information:

The kick-off meeting of the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee is Tuesday, May 3, at 6:00 PM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The agenda will include the charge to the committee, facilitator and member introductions, Town staff presentations, work-plan and mileposts, deliverables, and issues and concerns. Committee meetings will be videotaped by PCTV and archived for future reference and use.

Please note: Participants at committee meetings will be committee members and presenters only. The public is welcome to attend and observe, but may not actively participate. As part of its work, the committee will host future public participation meetings that are yet to be scheduled.

To follow future Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee meetings and other updates please follow The Shadows Moratorium Committee webpage at

April 15, 2016
Resident Spring Drop-off May 13/14

The Town of Penfield’s Spring Drop-off will run Friday, May 13 (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Saturday, May 14 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. 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, and 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 “locator” at

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 also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For more information, hours and other details, log on to

“I would like to challenge all of our residents who plan on using this drop-off to look for an alternate use for at least one item for up-cycling or re-use rather than disposal,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our goal is to continue to reduce what is being sent to the landfills and encourage more recycling—all of us need to participate in attaining this goal.”

Residents may also donate clothing at the St Pauly Textile Shed on the grounds of the DPW complex.

April 11, 2016
It’s National Library Week, show your love for Penfield Public Library!

In recognition of National Library Week, April 10-16, the Rochester Regional Library Council is looking for nominees to be recognized as great libraries. If you have enjoyed excellent service, programs or materials at Penfield Public Library, tell the Council about it by visiting, or pick up a paper nomination form at the library’s information desk, and the library will submit it for you. The deadline for submission is midnight, Saturday, April 16, 2016.


April 11, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/11

The third annual Monroe County East Side Communities “Stop Hunger Now” event will take place on Friday, April 15 (2:30–4:30 p.m. and 5:00–7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 16 (8:30–10:30 a.m. and 11:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) at the Penfield Community Center. The goal of this program is to package 100,000 meals for sustainable communities around the world. More than 70 percent of these meals are consumed by elementary school children whose parents want them to stay in school and help build their communities. For more information or to donate to this wonderful program, please go to or, for up to minute content,

The second annual “Good Neighbor Day” is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 to help neighbors perform various spring cleaning tasks. This program was started to honor the late Terry Rothfuss, who set the benchmark for being a “Good Neighbor.” Terry was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. He passed away in 2014, leaving a huge hole in our community. Terry’s family and friends want to carry on his legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same. On “Good Neighbor Day” volunteers come together to do light yard work and spring cleanup for seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled. Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Floy Mar Farm, 1865 Salt Road, at 8:00 a.m. for refreshments and to receive assignments. Volunteers should plan to work until noon at the latest. Please join this effort, I hope to see you there!

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield at 1862 Penfield Road will be held on Saturday, April 16, 8:00–10:00 a.m. Come get cozy with an awesome all-you-can-eat breakfast of delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more—all for just $4.00 per person, $3.00 for children 10 and under. All April proceeds will directly support Resolve of Greater Rochester, a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women. Mark your calendars for April 16, it will be the best breakfast in Penfield!

If you have been by the Penfield Town Hall and Veterans’ Memorial Park you will have noticed that the installation of new children’s playground equipment adjacent to the Dolomite Lodge is nearing completion. The old playground equipment was replaced to meet current state standards and ensure the highest level of safety possible for our youngest residents. We timed the project to remove old equipment during the winter months and install new equipment in early spring to make sure everything is ready to go when the nice weather finally arrives. I am looking forward to bringing my two granddaughters to test it out once we complete construction.

At the last meeting of the Penfield Town Board a resolution was passed to authorize the resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts at Veterans’ Memorial Park to ensure these facilities are in the best possible condition to support the active use they receive during the year. We will post signs prior to the work so residents will know when the facilities are off-line while resurfacing is performed.

The last concert of the season for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra will be held Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Penfield High School Auditorium. This concert is entitled “A Romantic Celebration” (music from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet). Free rides are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. For more information about the PSO and future performances go to

Until next week, please don’t be discouraged by the recent bout of wintry weather—spring is just around the corner!



April 6, 2016
Passport Night in Penfield April 26

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service. With vacation season coming soon, now is the time to get travel documents in order.”

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $25 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello.  "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00.  Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at . Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at .

Passport processing time typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians or one parent or guardian may appear, if and only if, the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 along with a copy of their Driver License.

April 4, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 4/4

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike will be held this coming Saturday, April 9, at Channing H. Philbrick Park located off Rt. 441. Come celebrate Daniel Penfield’s selection of “The Hollow” as the best mill site in all 97,000 square miles of the Genesee Lands in 1795. The hike will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge. All events are held rain or shine and while the hikes are free, you are asked to pre-register by calling 340-8655. Look for the hike signs.

The annual Penfield/Webster “Household Hazardous Waste” collection will be held Saturday, April 16, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Penfield at our DPW Facility located at 1607 Jackson Road. This annual service is hosted by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster. As always, an appointment is required. For details on permitted materials and to make an appointment, please log on at or by calling the Penfield DPW at 340-8710 through 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 15.

Reminder…the Town of Penfield, in conjunction with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office, hosts the traveling DMV offices most every Tuesday in the town hall auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to serve and support our residents. However, because April 19 is a presidential primary election day, there will be no mobile DMV.

Be on the lookout for the “summer edition” of the Penfield Recreation Brochure due out over the next week. This addition is filled with hundreds of high quality programs for residents of all ages. The online version is available at Due to the popularity of many programs they fill up quickly—so don’t delay in signing up!

Hot of the press…I was just informed that the opening day for Penfield Little League is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 starting at 9:00 a.m. This annual event attracts several thousand baseball and softball players and their families; in my mind, opening day truly signals that spring has arrived! While I will remain optimistic, the rain date will be Sunday, May 1 if needed. I hope to see you there!

Our good friend, Librarian Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman, reminds me that she and her staff are working on some exciting programs for this summer for our residents of all ages. Go to to learn more and register.

At this time of year I receive a lot of calls and emails about lawn damage from our road and sidewalk plows. Crews are currently out working on replacing sod, adding top soil, and seeding damaged areas. Please be patient, we should complete this process in the next 15 to 30 days. If repairs to your property have not been completed by April 15 please contact the DPW Offices at 340-8710.

Seasonal jobs update…we continuously accept applications for school-year lifeguards/WSI, program specialists, and volunteers. Positions are also available in the DPW. Applications are available at the Human Resource Office at the Penfield Town Hall and the Recreation Department at the Penfield Community Center.

Our annual mulch pile is now set up and available for residents to get materials for their gardens. DPW will continue to re-stock the pile until we run out of mulch, so help yourself! This is another recycling event supported by the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee and sponsored by the Town of Penfield.

Until next week, please don’t be discouraged by the up and down temperatures, spring is just around the corner!



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