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May 31, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/30
The annual Penfield Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance and Parade of Roses is a moving program to remember and honor fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms and defend our country. Many residents joined in on a beautiful day at the amphitheater to stand with those families who have lost loved ones and share in their grief. 

This year we were honored to have the American Heritage Girls Troop NY2911 lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Penfield High School student Adriana Scalice beautifully sang our national anthem, and the Penfield Pops Band was on hand to play several inspiring pieces to honor our fallen men and women. 
Commander Rich Gough and Adjutant Ken Andrews from the American Legion Braman Post 1229 shared a moving History of Penfield Soldiers. Our guest speaker was George Hebert, Penfield resident, Monroe County Legislator representing parts of Penfield and Webster, and retired Navy.

Essay contest winners, each of whom received a certificate of appreciation and a monetary award in memory of VFW Post 820, were all from sixth grade, Bay Trail Middle School: 1st place – Madelyn Graves; 2nd place Garrett Webster; and 3rd place Elizabeth Turley. Congratulations to the winners. We will soon post their essays on our website so you may read them.

I would like to recognize the following organizations and individuals for making the Ceremony of Remembrance so special: Boy Scout Troop 312 for the raising of the flag and for all the set-up and clean-up for this wonderful event; Broccolo’s Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, for all of the decorative flowers; the Rev. Michael McDonald of New Covenant Fellowship for the invocation and benediction; and Sabrina Renner of our Recreation Department who organizes this event each year.

see Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance photo album

In the afternoon there was a dedication ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial Garden at the Smith Pioneer Cemetery located on Gloria Drive. Members of the American Legion Braman Post 1229 designed and built a garden with a headstone and individual pavers engraved with the names of 16 men and women who are buried at this site dating back to the Civil War. I would like to recognize and thank Bill Kelley and all the members of the Braman Post 1229 for their efforts in making this Veterans Memorial Garden dream a reality. Once again, let this holiday remind us of our duty to support the men and women who selflessly served on the front lines to protect our freedom — their courage will not be forgotten!

I just received a letter from the Director of Environmental Services from the County of Monroe to share the results of the recent household hazardous waste collection event held in mid-April. An impressive 346 residents were served and a total of 9.2 tons of hazardous materials was collected and kept out of waste stream, storm and sanitary sewers, and landfills. This annual event makes a big difference in proper disposal of hazardous materials.

I also like to remind residents that Monroe County’s “ecopark,” located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport, is a year-round resource for disposal of unwanted materials. The facility is now open afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays for collections. For more information please go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/

We had a very successful music and food rodeo this past Friday to kick off the 2016 Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage music series. The next event will be held on Monday, June 6 featuring the Penfield Pops Band starting at 7PM. Come enjoy the music of this wonderful community resource! Check out the complete 2016 season line-up.

Until next week, enjoy the warm weather. I hope to see you out and about our great community. Please stop me and say hello and let me know what you like best about Penfield and what opportunities we have to make it better!

Tony
 

May 24, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/23
Since taking office in January of 2010 I have made a commitment to write a weekly “supervisor’s column’’ highlighting activities, residents, and service and scouting organizations in our great community. I have regularly shared town news regarding general operations, budget preparation, events, seasonal safety reminders, and other items of community interest that directly affect Penfield residents. From time to time I have invited members of town staff to write guest columns to address specific noteworthy and timely topics including DPW road and drainage work, building and fire marshal inspections, town history, and recreational programs. 

Throughout this time we have seen an evolving trend with the Penfield Post as it defines its niche with content, coverage, and distribution. At times columns were not printed, content was reduced to fit available space, and a few times the column was run in an adjacent town’s newspaper. Consistency has been an issue and a concern. Just recently I was informed that the Post will be publishing the columns of town supervisors on a monthly basis only.

For these reasons and more this will be the last column I submit to the Penfield Post. Starting the first week of June my weekly column will appear (as always) on our website at www.penfield.org. Because we will have complete control over publication and deadlines, columns will not be limited by size and space, topics will be more timely, and we can enhance information with other town media. Additionally, we will establish a distribution list of residents who would like to receive column notifications directly by email. To sign up for this service please go to www.penfield.org and click ‘supervisor column’ below my photo (or www.penfield.org , choose elected officials, Tony LaFountain). I look forward to keeping you up-to-date on all the great things happening in Penfield!

Last year many of us were sad to see the closing of the Gentle’s Farm Market on Penfield Road. Robert Gentle, who passed away in 2013, was at least the second generation in the Gentle family to run the market which had been operating for roughly 60 years. Bob Gentle's daughter, Donna Gentle Cappon, took over operations until the market’s closing in 2015. 

What a wonderful surprise for the Penfield Community when Patrick Lechner, co-owner of Clover Nursery & Garden Center, stopped by the town hall to say he and his brothers had purchased Gentle’s farm Market and some adjacent farmland. The new owners will continue to actively farm the property and sell produce — and they will keep the name “Gentle’s Farm Market,” as Lechner wants to preserve the neighborhood mainstay that operated for decades. “We want to keep it what it is, but just expand what it offers,” he said, adding that he plans to add trees and other nursery items to the market’s inventory. 

Clover Nursery & Garden Center will continue renovating the market property, and the market may stay open into Halloween pumpkin and Christmas tree seasons; however that is still to be determined.  Clover also operates a nursery in Brighton along with a landscaping business.

On behalf of the entire Penfield community, I extend a special welcome to the Lechner family — we all look forward to continue supporting this great business in the town.

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Penfield Amphitheater music series starting Friday, May 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with outstanding Penfield High School performing groups and the popular food truck rodeo. Programs will run through mid-September. I hope to see you there!

Remember, starting the first week of June, please log on at www.penfield.org to continue reading my weekly columns and click on my photo to be added to our column notification list. As always, please let me know if you have topics you would like me to address in future columns. If you have suggestions for other ways you would like to receive my column please contact Phyllis at ely@penfield.org

Until next week…enjoy the nice spring weather!

Tony
    

May 23, 2016
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance
The Town of Penfield's annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held Monday, May 30, 10:30 AM at Penfield Amphitheater at Veterans Memorial Park.

This year's ceremony will include the Presentation of Roses, keynote speaker County Legislator George Hebert, middle school essay contest winners, and special music by the Penfield Pops Band.

If you would like to present a rose in memory of a deceased veteran, please contact Sabrina at (585) 340-8651, or srenner@penfield.org.

May 20, 2016
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic June 4
The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. 

The free Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old. 

This clinic is a courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. Park on-site. Call 340-8629 for more information. 

May 19, 2016
Music & Food Truck Rodeo May 27

The Town of Penfield will hold the annual Music and Food Truck Rodeo at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Friday, May 27, 4:30 – 8:00 pm. This annual event will kick off Penfield’s summer Amphitheater season and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

“This popular event is a great way to jump into the summer concert season at our fantastic Amphitheater,” said Chris Bilow, Penfield Recreation Director. “We are very fortunate to have the students of Penfield High School music programs share their talent with us; and together with all the food trucks—this is an event not to miss.”

The event will feature seven local food trucks – Tony Tomatoes Wood Fired Pizza, Cheesed and Confused, The Meat Ball Truck, Dough Boys, Smoothies Plus, Macarollin’, and Le Petit Poutine. The trucks will have windows up at 4:30 pm. Food will be sold at the food trucks’ prices.

The music will be performed by Penfield School District music groups, beginning at 5:00 pm. These groups will play a wide variety of musical genres, something for everyone’s taste. The music is free.  

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655, option 6.


May 16, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/16
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance of those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. In Penfield, we have a long history of our “Ceremony of Remembrance” to mark this special day. This year’s ceremony takes place on Monday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. in Veterans’ Memorial Park at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage behind the town hall. Our guest speaker will be Legislator George Hebert, a Penfield resident and US Navy Veteran. This program will feature the very popular and moving parade of roses. If you would like to recognize a family member, friend, or the women and men who serve our country, by carrying a rose up to the memorial please contact Sabrina Renner at 340-8651. We hope to see you there for this very special event.

Additionally, the Braman Post 1229 of the American Legion has been working on a very special project in Smith Cemetery on Gloria Drive. Post member Bill Kelley has lead an effort to identify all of the veterans buried in this historic cemetery. A headstone has been placed along with new pavers featuring engraved names of veterans and their branch of service. To date, 16 men and women who served our country have been identified at this cemetery. A remembrance bench has been added to allow visitors a place to sit while paying their respects. Post 1229 is currently looking at adding a flag pole to complete the project. 

The Braman Post is inviting the Penfield community to join them on Monday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. for the formal dedication of this very special site at Smith Cemetery to recognize those who have served our country so honorably. Smith Cemetery is located at 1850 Gloria Drive, just south of Sweets Corners Road in east Penfield. I hope you are able to join the members of Braman Post 1229 for this dedication.

I recently became aware of a resident who received a very special award: Buddhi Shrestha, D.D.S., PH.D. received the Myron Allukian Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dental Programs. Dr. Shrestha has devoted himself to serving the community by improving the oral health of New York State residents, particularly that of children who are underserved. In 1963 Dr. Shrestha became the first person in Nepal to earn a dental degree. Upon completion of his dental education, he worked as a pediatric dentist at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center in Rochester. It was there that his passion for improving access to oral health for children, especially underserved children, was born. Dr. Shrestha was the founding chair of the Rochester Regional Oral Health Coalition in 1999 and has played a key role in advocating for the passage of state laws for the licensure of dentists trained outside the US and for allowing the use of school space for health services including oral and mental health services.

During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Shrestha has consistently been a community-oriented practitioner, educator, researcher, administrator, and social change agent. His efforts have contributed to improve oral health both within New York State and beyond. Dr. Shrestha currently resides in Penfield with his wife Sheila. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield I would like to recognize Dr. Shrestha for this lifetime achievement award and to thank him for his service in community dental programs.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

May 13, 2016
Renovated Public Bocce Courts Officially Open

The Town of Penfield is pleased to announce the opening of the newly renovated Bocce courts at Harris Whalen Park. The public is invited to attend a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the courts on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 am. The courts are located at the top of the hill at the park, on the east side of the parking lot.

The renovation was funded with a grant received by Penfield Rotary from Rotary International, through the Rotary 7120 District Simplified Grant Program. Penfield Rotary president Linda Kohl spearheaded the application process for the grant, in partnership with the Town of Penfield, naming the Bocce courts as an area in need of improvement. 

“We are excited to have the bocce courts renovated and improved,” said Penfield Recreation Director Chris Bilow.  “The Penfield Rotary Club helped ensure the community can continue to enjoy the recreational space for years to come.”

The only public Bocce courts in Penfield had become dilapidated after many years of use and weathering. The project was one that had been identified in the 2014 Parks Improvement Plan put together by the Town of Penfield. The renovations included new boards, panels, and posts. Penfield Rotary also donated a new sign to designate the courts. 

The courts are now available for the whole community to use and enjoy, as well as for use by the Monday Bocce league that uses the courts in the spring and summer months. New bleachers were also installed to provide seating for spectators. This improvement will provide for many more years of use of the four courts. 


May 9, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/9
I am delighted to report that last week Moody’s Investors Service moved the town’s credit rating from Aa2 to an outstanding Aa1. Only 8 percent of all the New York cities, towns and villages have an Aa1 rating. This upgrade is based on Penfield’s continued trend of strong financial operations and maintenance of ample reserves. I would like to recognize all of our departments, our finance director, and the town board for their hard work and guidance in achieving this significant financial upgrade.

Last call for supporting “Good Neighbor Day” on Saturday, May 14. Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road at 8:00 a.m. for refreshments and to receive assignments. We will be helping seniors, veterans, and those who are disabled with light yard work and spring cleanup. For more details, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 or srenner@penfield.org. We hope to see you there to help some of our Penfield neighbors.

The Penfield Recreation Department is again offering its lineup of free spring lectures. This year’s series will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. All lectures begin at 12:30 pm, with an option to have lunch at 11:45 a.m. for just $6.00. Pre-registration is required to attend the lecture only, or the lunch and lecture. To register, please visit our website at www.penfieldrec.org, or visit us at the community center. 

Programs are as follows:
Thursday, May 19 – 60 Years of Recreation - Penfield Recreation is celebrating 60 years in the Town of Penfield and we want to spend an hour looking at the roots of recreation in America, as well as Penfield's place in the mid-century movement. Penfield Recreation Director Chris Bilow will present.

Thursday, May 26 – An Author Visit: “More More Time” by David B. Seaburn - Meet author David Seaburn and hear him talk about his novel that explores issues every individual faces during a lifetime. Through his characters — lively, funny, and a bit lost or wounded, yet resilient and hopeful — Seaburn tackles subjects like: How do we make relationships work? Who can we trust and love? What is the impact of loss on our lives? How do we use the time allotted to us, even though we have no idea how much time we actually have? The novel was one of the finalists in CITY Newspaper's Best of 2015.

Thursday, June 2 – The Life of John Adams - A comprehensive talk on the second President of the United States presented by Joseph Meli.

If breakfast is your favorite meal mark your calendar for Saturday, May 21 for not one, but two, opportunities for pancakes or flapjacks — your choice! If you are very hungry, stop by both events. 

The East Penfield Baptist Church, located at 2535 Penfield Road (just two miles east of Rt. 250), is serving up a hearty pancake breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. This includes all the pancakes you can eat and real maple syrup, sausage, juice, and coffee. All proceeds will to be used to fund the repair and restoration of a historic stained glass window in this neighborhood church. The breakfast is sponsored by the Barnyard Boggers Mudrunners. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

The First Baptist Church of Penfield invites you to its Flapjack Community Fundraiser at 1862 Penfield Road second from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Join them for a breakfast that will warm your body and benefit your soul. They serve delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for $4.00 per person, $3.00 for children 10 and under. All proceeds from this breakfast directly support the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Donations of non-perishable foods and paper products will also be gratefully accepted.

Regardless of which breakfast you attend, you will be happy at either location. Bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones! Everyone is welcome at both these wonderful community events.

Until next week, please enjoy the nicer weather.

Tony

May 5, 2016
Electric Vehicle Show Saturday, May 14
The Town of Penfield’s Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (EEAC) invites the community to a free electric car show Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This event marks the fifth year the town has hosted an electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. A second charging station was installed at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third was added to Harris Whalen Park in 2015. 

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Members will be on-hand to answer questions. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, and others. This year’s show will also feature a Chevy Volt Rochester Police Department Police Cruiser from the City of Rochester. The RPD currently has two Chevy Volt Cruisers. Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. A number of charging stations will also be on display including a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Vehicle Charger. 

“This annual event continues to grow and expand as new model electric vehicles are added by the manufacturers and more residents become owners,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Penfield continues to look for opportunities to assist with the education about electric vehicles as well as other sustainable projects being done in the town and across the county.”

To participate in the electric car show contact show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or kanauer@frontiernet.net ) with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address. 

May 4, 2016
Memorial Day Essay Contest
All students, grades 6-8, in all Penfield schools, or who are Penfield residents are invited to submit essays to compete in the Town of Penfield's annual Memorial Day Essay Contest.
This year's topic is "What is Memorial Day and Why Do We Honor it?" Participants should tell us in their own words what Memorial Day means to them and why it is important that we continue to honor the holiday.
Essays should be 500 words or less, typed at 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced. Please do not put names directly on the entry. Please submit an entry form, attached to the essay, for identification.
Essays are judged by a panel and each entry is ranked for excellence by each judge. All entries are marked with only a number for identification before being sent to the judges, in order to assure fairness. The top three entries will receive cash awards: 1st - $150; 2nd - $75; 3rd - $50. Winners must be able to be present at the Town of Penfield's Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30 in order to be eligible to win. Entries must be postmarked by May 11 to be eligible.
All entries may be submitted to the Town of Penfield. Please send entries to: Memorial Day Essay Contest, c/o Penfield Recreation, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield NY 14526. All entries become property of the Town of Penfield. Any questions can be directed to Sabrina Renner at (585) 340-8651.


May 4, 2016
Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day
Join your Penfield community on Saturday, May 14 to help your neighbors do some spring cleaning!
We are looking for volunteers for the 2nd annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and spring clean-up. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family!
Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Farm 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 srenner@penfield.org.
Terry Rothfuss was a farmer in east Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at anytime. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in the community. His friends and family wanted to carry on Terry's legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same.

May 2, 2016
Moody's upgrades Penfield rating to Aa1
Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an outstanding Aa1 rating to the Town of Penfield’s $3.6 million Public Improvement Refunding (Serial) Bonds, 2016. Concurrently, Moody’s has upgraded to Aa1 from Aa2 the rating on the town’s $7.7 million of general obligation limited tax (GOLT) debt outstanding.
 
Penfield’s Aa1 rating — just one step from Moody’s highest possible Aaa rating — is notably one of the highest of all recent Moody’s ratings of municipalities in Monroe County.  
The upgrade is based on the town’s continued trend of strong financial operations and maintenance of ample reserves and liquidity. Moody’s states the Aa1 rating incorporates the town’s stable and growing tax base that benefits from its above-average resident wealth levels, modest debt burden, and average pension liability. 

Additionally, the Town of Penfield has mitigated the impact of rising health care costs for active and retired employees through its leadership in forming a healthcare consortium with other municipalities and agencies in Monroe County to leverage total plan participants to negotiate lower rates for all member organizations. Health care rates do continue to increase year-on-year, but at lower pace compared to pre-consortium trends. 
Through the Town of Penfield’s conservative financial practices and disciplined budgeting, the town has sustained reasonable growth, maintained services, and reduced expenses by ‘pay as you go’ purchasing rather than through more costly bonding of individual pieces of equipment, infrastructure updates, and expansions.

“A significant factor in the town’s rating is the low debt burden for our residents. The direct debt equates to just 0.6% of the town’s assessed value,” said Barbara Chirdo, Town Comptroller. “This Aa1 rating reflects that the town’s current debt obligations are judged to be of high quality and subject to very low credit risk. The town’s leadership continues to have a judicious approach to borrowing with the community’s long term needs in balance with affordable tax rates.” 

A key benefit from the rating upgrade for the Town of Penfield is a lower interest rate resulting in reduced expenses of approximately $18,000 a year for the remaining life of the bonds. The expected sale date is May 12, 2016.

“Moody’s recently announced credit rating improvement for Penfield is a reflection of a lot of hard work by department heads, our comptroller, and the town board. Our conservative approach and Aa1 rating ensure a strong financial outlook for our residents as we maintain appropriate reserves and do not over-spend or accrue large amounts of debt,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “As we head into the 2017 budget process, savings like this help to offset uncontrolled rising costs of insurances, health care, and equipment — much like we all face year-on-year as we manage rising costs and expense reductions in our personal budgets.” 

Moody’s is among the world's most respected, widely utilized sources for credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody’s publishes market-leading credit opinions, research, and commentary that reach institutions and users around the globe. The Town of Penfield has held Moody’s positive Aa2 rating since 2010. The current upgrade to an even higher Aa1 reinforces the town’s reputation for fiscal leadership and strong management practices. The Aa1 rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects, and assists with cash flow management throughout the year. 

May 2, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 5/2
At the annual State New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) Conference on April 17 Penfield Recreation Assistant Director Linanne Conroy was recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. This is the most prestigious award given by the NYSRPS. To receive this honor the nominee must have made significant contributions, over a period of ten years or more, to NYSRPS and their local district/affiliate. Linanne has served on numerous boards and committees at the state and local level, and she has dedicated countless hours to enhancing the recreation profession through NYSRPS. Linanne has worked for the Town of Penfield for more than 28 years.
Penfield resident Nels Carman received the Distinguished Citizen Award at that same conference. The award recognizes his dedication to the Recreation Department as well as his contributions to the Recreation field. Nels is involved with the department in many program areas; he is currently the chair to the volunteer-based Trails Committee, and has long coordinated the Penfield Rotary Band and its monthly performances at the Community Center. Nels is also an instructor for the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program providing lectures on a wide range of educational topics. He is a truly valued Penfield resident supporting our many wonderful Recreation programs.

On behalf of the Town Board and all our residents, I want to congratulate and thank both Linanne and Nels for their efforts and ongoing enthusiasm for providing excellent recreational opportunities for Penfield residents. 

I meet monthly with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to share and review current activity in our town. At our last meeting I was asked to remind residents to lock all vehicles. Sheriffs have seen an increase in vehicle break-ins, and in many cases the vehicles were left unlocked in driveways, shopping areas, parks, and sports facilities. 

Locking your vehicle, even if you are gone for only a few moments, significantly lowers your risk of becoming a victim. However, if your car is locked but valuables are in plain sight you are more likely to become a victim. Many people use a blanket or coat to hide a purse, laptop or other valuables. While you may not see the items, the “bad guys” know there is a high possibility of hidden valuables and they are willing to break a window to check it out. 

Last, do not wait to place your purse or valuables in the trunk of your car just before you are running into the fitness club or taking a walk at your favorite park — the bad guys lie in wait for this to happen and then quickly pop the trunk. Let’s not give the “bad guys” an excuse to ruin your day…lock your vehicles at all times and stash valuables out of sight in your trunk before you leave home. 

As spring is trying hard to arrive I am starting to see many of our farm and garden markets open up fully stocked with yard and garden products. These businesses play an important role in our community’s overall economic health. I encourage all residents to shop locally and support these wonderful businesses, many of which are generations old. Healthy businesses help make a healthy community! Thank you in advance for supporting all of our Penfield businesses.

I want to close with this important date and event in history: May 4 is observed as National Teachers Day. The many women and men across our community and nation who dedicate their lives to make a positive impact on our children and grandchildren should not go unrecognized. Teachers spend countless hours teaching, challenging, and developing young people who are our future. To all the teachers and their assistants in our community, thank you for all you do each and every day!

Tony
  



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