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October 31, 2016
Supervisor’s column October 31, 2016

Disposing of televisions and other large electronic devices has become difficult and costly. With that in mind, I am pleased to share the news that there will be a FREE electronic recycling event sponsored by Senator Patrick M Gallivan on Saturday, November 5 at Rush-Henrietta High School (1799 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY 14467) from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This event is open to all Monroe County residents. As I learn of other FREE electronic recycling events around the county I will make sure to share them with Penfield residents.

As I drove around the town this past weekend I noted that a number of residents are raking and blowing their leaves to the edge of the road for collection by contractors. If you are preparing your leaves for pickup, please make sure to keep piles out of the gutters and storm drains to prevent flooding of your property and that of your neighbors. Thank you in advance.

For the past seven years I have been honored to support the Penfield Art Association’s autumn show and sale at the Legacy Willow Pond by judging and presenting the award for the Best Penfield Scene. All of the entries are exceptional from the start and it is always difficult selecting one winner. This year’s award went to Anne Sakmyster for her watercolor Barn on Scribner. Congratulations to Anne and all of the members of the Penfield Art Association for another wonderful autumn show and sale!

The fourth annual Taste of Penfield Pizza Competition hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council of St. Joseph’s Church will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the gym at St. Joseph’s School, 39 Gebhardt Road. Participating pizzerias include All-Star, Cam’s, Mark’s, Salvatore’s and TK’s. Cheese and cheese with pepperoni will be judged along with specialty pies from all the pizzerias. Participants will be blinded to taste, test, and vote for best sauce, best crust, and the best specialty pizza. The cost is $10/person or $22/family. If you bring a non-perishable food donation you will get the pre-sale price of $20/family. All funds raised will go to charities including the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. To purchase tickets contact Ross Giardino at 750-4740 or rossgiardino@gmail.com.

The Penfield Rotary Band will host two more Nels Carman Big Band Nights in 2016, so mark your calendars for Tuesdays November 1 and December 6. The 17-member band plays two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening enjoyment from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The event is held in the gym at the community center and the fee is an unheard of bargain of just $1.00 at the door!

Over the next several weeks our DPW employees will be traveling snow plow routes to mark roadways with orange and yellow florescent fiberglass stakes to guide plow operators as they maneuver their 30-plus ton trucks this winter season. Stakes also help to minimize lawn, road, and equipment damage so please do not remove them; crews will pick them up in early spring and reuse them again next year.

Important dates and events in history: 

October 29, 1929 – The New York Stock Market crashes to an all-time low (referred to as “Black Tuesday”) signaling the start of the Great Depression.

November 2, 1783 – The Continental Army is disbanded.

November 3, 1796 – John Adams was elected to be the second President of the United States.

Until next week, please remember to vote next Tuesday, November 8. Voting is your voice—it is an important and meaningful way to back the issues you care about and support representatives you believe can best make the changes you want to see. Voting is a right that generations of Americans struggled to win and people in other countries still fight to achieve. Remember that a high voter turnout makes our democracy more representative of our nation.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


October 24, 2016
Supervisor’s column October 24, 2016

The Penfield Historic Preservation Board recently hosted “Historic Preservation Appreciation Day” with guest speakers including Cynthia Howk from the Landmark Society of Western NY, Jerry Ludwig from the Democrat & Chronicle, Steve Jordan, author of “The Window Sash Bible,” and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky & Associates Landscaping. Town Historian Kathy Kanauer was on hand to provide information on historic homes for owners of historic properties in town. More than 50 people attended the program and gave it rave reviews.

At the event, the Historic Preservation Board awarded Bridget Marsh and Malcolm Mark Nulton with this year’s Jeffrey S. Crane Preservation Award. Both recipients are credited with preserving Penfield’s past in ways that will sustain their properties well into the future. Bridget was recognized for overseeing the rehabilitation of a residence at 1750 Penfield Road. The house, built c. 1890, has been thoughtfully restored to honor its past and reclaim its prominence along Penfield Road. Mark received the award for his significant restoration of 1759 Penfield Road. Mark, a jeweler, will live on-site and operate a jewelry store. The property is the former convent for St. Joseph’s Church.

The Historic Preservation Board established the award in 2007 in honor of Jeffrey Crane to recognize individuals who have cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure of historic significance. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield I would like to recognize and thank both Bridget and Mark for preserving the historic nature of the Four Corners of our great town.

I had the honor of attending the third annual “Bully Busting” event at Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute and witnessed 60 teachers, teaching assistants, and principles break a board to bring awareness to bullying in a truly unbelievable night. These wonderful educators reminded the more than 200 children in attendance that they truly care about them and that bullying will not be tolerated. All too often we hear heartbreaking stories of children taking desperate measures to counter bullying. Master Kim and his staff are committed to the youth of our community to help instill valuable character traits, beliefs, and habits in our children such as self-discipline; the ability to stay calm under pressure; appreciation of teachers, parents, and other mentors; and the value of proper diet, exercise, and education. Children learn that together, all these qualities lead to a happy and fulfilling life. I am already looking forward to next year’s program that promises to be even bigger!

The next Penfield Players program will be Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens—an open and shut case, or is it? When Chief Constable Bligh accompanies her friend Dianne Tulliver home to Dysart Hall after a night at the opera they arrive to a horrifying scene…Diane’s husband Paul has been shot dead and ex-con Charley Mirren is standing over him bearing a gun! Murder Weapon is an ingeniously plotted, highly tense thriller from the author of Strictly Murder and creator of the popular 1960s British spy series, The Avengers. 

Show dates are October 28, 29; November 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8:00 PM. There will be one Sunday matinee on November 6 at 2:00 PM. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Pre-sale tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased at the Recreation Office in person or by phone at 340-8655 or online at www.penfieldplayers.org. Advance tickets are strongly recommended, remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $15.00.

I close this column on a sad note…condolences go out to the Heiligman and Mulley families for the loss of their three-year-old son and grandson Jack James Heiligman in a home accident. He will be remembered as a young boy full of life who enjoyed books, baseball, dinosaurs, the Seneca Park Zoo, and anything the color of blue. Jack was the grandson of Penfield Town Justice James Mulley. Please keep the Heiligmans and Mulleys in your thoughts.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


October 20, 2016
2017 Final Town Budget Adopted

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the town’s Final 2017 Budget at the October 19 legislative meeting.

The Final 2017 Budget, including special districts, is $18.8M, a decrease of $147,162 from the adopted 2016 Town Budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget (without special districts) is $15.8M, down $39K from 2016. Town department heads reduced expenditures to achieve this operational decrease.

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town of Penfield's control continue to see double-digit increases. In 2017, this includes an estimated 12 percent increase in health insurance premiums, continued contributions to the NYS retirement system of approximately 20 percent of payroll, and an estimated 17 percent increase in workers compensation cost.

Estimated revenues, also not under the control of the Town of Penfield, are down $218,000, or 2.9 percent, based on historical receipts as well as economic trends.

The adopted 2017 town tax rate remains at $2.695 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is the same as the 2016 rate. At the proposed 2017 rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $180,000 will remain at $485.10 for general governmental services. Once again, the proposed town tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by New York State.

Penfield's property tax rate remains one of the lowest of the 19 towns in in Monroe County. The town tax continues to account for approximately eight percent of each tax dollar. County taxes account for 24 percent, and school taxes account for the remaining 68 percent.

There will be no cuts to services or programs in the adopted budget.

"The development and adoption of the annual budget is one of the most important tasks the town board undertakes during the course of any year," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "Year-on-year we face increasing costs for medical, insurances, retirement, and goods and services. This, combined with more unfunded mandates from state and federal governments—along with requests for new and expanded services—is a challenge as we strive to respect residents' requests to lower taxes. The 2017 budget strikes a reasonable balance to satisfy all these competing interests."

Penfield's growth rate for 2017 is again among the highest in the county, the positive impact of actual new "bricks and mortar" properties has resulted in an allowable levy growth factor increase of 1.12 percent and therefore more contributors to the tax levy.

Unfunded mandates continue to be the source of most local government budget challenges along with an increase in the costs of goods. The Town of Penfield has achieved ongoing cost-reductions that include selective replacement of retiring employees; use of seasonal contract labor; forming more and broader partnerships with other communities to leverage cost reductions; further technology upgrades and process improvements; and exploration of more aggressive outsourcing of tasks and duties.

With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. In April of 2016, Moody's Investors Service upgraded Penfield's credit rating to an Aa1, one of the highest in the county and state. This rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects (sewers, roadways, bridges), and assists with cash flow throughout the year. The Moody's rating also reflects Penfield's history of stable financial operations and strong management practices.

As of October 21, print copies of the Final 2017 Budget are available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Final 2017 Budget is also available online at www.penfield.org (go to "Quick Links," "Town Budget").

PENFIELD 2017 BUDGET TIMELINE

June to September 2016 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller and staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2017 Tentative Budget

September 7, 2016 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller present a summary of the 2017 Tentative Budget to the Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 8-October 14, 2016 - Public comment period

October 5, 2016 - Public hearing on 2017 Preliminary Budget; public comments received

October 6-14, 2016 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 19, 2016 - Town Board legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2017 Budget

October 21, 2016 - Town submits the Penfield Adopted 2017 Budget to County of Monroe, Adopted Budget made public


October 18, 2016
Supervisor's Column October 18, 2016

I recently attended a presentation made by Meals on Wheels at the Supervisor’s Association monthly meeting. Their mission is to provide nutrition services to help people stay healthy and independent in their homes. Monroe County’s program began in 1958 and is the third oldest Meals on Wheels program in the United States. They provide hot, ready-to-eat meals delivered to the home three to five days per week, and they also offer daily cold meals for dinner, weekly frozen meals, weekend frozen meals, kosher meals, shelf stable meals and grocery bags. 

General eligibility for the program is to live in a safe environment, be home between 10:30 AM and 1:30PM, full cost meals are available to everyone regardless of age or impairment and subsidized meals are available to individuals who have difficulty shopping or preparing meals or live alone or with someone who is unable to prepare meals.

Anyone can make a referral by calling 787-8397, a diet technician will schedule a home visit to assess the environment, nutrition needs and eligibility for financial aid. Also, if you would like to become a volunteer please contact Meals on Wheels at 787-TEAM (8326). If you know someone in our community who may need that extra assistance to help them stay in their own homes and apartments please contact Meals on Wheels, it can and will make a difference!

Gather all your ghosts and goblins for the annual Penfield Recreation Family Halloween Fun this Friday, October 21 at the Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 PM…FREE games, Trick-or-Treat, hayrides, crafts, and more! There will be a pizza dinner available - personal pizza, salad, chips & beverage from 5:30 - 7:30 PM (or until sold out) for just $5.00/person. Purchase your tickets via phone with credit card or at the Rec office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Come join in on the fun!

Mark your calendars for the next Penfield Trails Committee guided hike on Saturday, November 12 at Sherwood Fields. Try out our newest all-season park for hikers in all weather conditions and see if the Commission Ditch is flowing. All hikes are FREE; however, hikers are asked to pre-register by calling 340-8655, option 6. Please wear appropriate footwear as there is some steep terrain and slippery conditions. 

I am reminded by the town employee’s Wellness Committee that the 4th quarter of the year focuses on Stress & Mental Wellness. October is work/life stress management month, November is practical ways to manage your stress month, and December is holiday tips to manage stress month. I invite you to review the many programs offered by the Penfield Recreation Department to help manage wellness. Please review the fall edition of the Pen-Rec brochure or visit www.penfieldrec.org to view all of our programs.

There are still many dates for the “Splash into Family Open Swim and Swim Lap” offered through the Penfield Recreation Department. October 14, 21 & 28; November 4, 18; and December 2 & 12/9. All the programs are held at the Penfield High School Pool and the fee is $2.00 per person – pay at the pool. 

Please make sure to check out all of the children’s programs offered by the Penfield Library from now through the end of the year. Librarian Bernadette Brinkman, her staff and the Friends of the Penfield Library partner to offer a wide range of exciting programs, events, and opportunities for our youngest residents to enjoy this wonderful asset in our community. For more details, please visit www.penfieldlibrary.org

Until next week, please continue to enjoy the wonderful fall, and I hope to see many of you at the Penfield Recreation Family Halloween Fun event this Friday!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


October 17, 2016
2016 Jeff Crane Preservation Award Recipients

Penfield’s Historic Preservation Board awarded its annual Jeffrey S. Crane Preservation Award to two recipients at its “Penfield Historic Preservation Appreciation Day” on Saturday, October 15. Both recipients are credited with preserving Penfield’s past in ways that will sustain their properties well into the future.

Bridget Marsh is being recognized for overseeing the rehabilitation of a residence at 1750 Penfield Road. The house, c 1890, has been thoughtfully restored to honor its past and reclaim its prominence along Penfield Road.

Malcolm Mark Nulton received the award for his significant restoration of 1759 Penfield Road. Malcolm, a jeweler, will live on site and operate a jewelry store. The property is the former convent for St. Joseph’s church.

“Historic preservation revitalizes neighborhoods, fosters local pride, and maintains community character while managing growth,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “The Penfield community, founded in 1810, has a long tradition of valuing its historic character. The Historic Preservation Board, a group of resident volunteers led by Joan Belgiorno, is committed to its work to honor and preserve Penfield’s past. The Jeff Crane Award makes preservation of the past a contemporary priority.”

The Town of Penfield’s Historic Preservation Board established the award in 2007 in honor of Jeffrey Crane (1961-2006) to recognize individuals who have cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure of historic significance. Jeff Crane was the co-owner of Mark’s Pizzeria in Penfield and champion of preserving the historic character of the Four Corners district.

Jeff and his brother Mark were responsible for the significant restoration of Penfield’s original Methodist church, an 1843 Greek Revival structure at 2106 Five Mile Line Road. Together, they restored the bell tower, renovated the building's interior and exterior, restored stained glass windows, installed parking, and landscaped the grounds. The brothers were also involved in several other restoration projects in the Four Corners before Jeff’s death in 2006. Mark and Jeff Crane were recognized as the first recipients of this award in 2007. 


October 14, 2016
Historic Ghost Walk

"The Tragedy at Penfield" - In the winter of 1851 a horrific incident occurred in the small town of Penfield, NY. The newspaper account would appear not only in the Rochester Advertiser, but Horace Greely's New York Daily Tribune, the largest newspaper in New York State. The headline would read 'The Tragedy of Penfield'. It was described as the most horrid case ever to have occurred in Monroe County.

This year's Ghost Walk will unravel the "greatest excitement and consternation that prevailed" that night in 1851. The spirits of those who told their story will be gathered throughout the graveyard, eager to share their account of what transpired before and after the event. Even though a court would indelibly consider the case solved and closed, there remains some unanswered questions of who was actually involved.

A true mystery unveiled on this night of October 21. Walks begin at 6:30 PM. Parking at Penfield Community Center. It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance so you can proceed directly to the cemetery where you will be greeted by a tour guide. Please bring a flashlight.

Tickets: $5.00 per person - available at the Rec office or by phone with a credit card (340-8655). Tickets will also be available in the Rec office the night of the event until 7:30 PM.


October 14, 2016
Halloween Family Fun at Penfield Rec

Friday, October 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Penfield Community Center

FREE! Games, Trick-or-Treat, Hayrides, Crafts, and more!

PIZZA DINNER - Personal pizza, salad, chips & beverage. 

5:30 - 7:30 PM (or until sold out)

$5.00/person - Purchase tickets via phone with credit card or at the Rec office.


October 13, 2016
News from NYS-DOT Re: 590 and Empire Blvd.

The left two lanes along Route 590 in the northbound direction at Empire Boulevard (Exit 8) in the town of Irondequoit, Monroe County, will be closed this weekend while work to replace deteriorated bridge joints continues.

The double left lane closure will begin at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16, at 8 a.m.

Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or our new mobile site at m.511ny.org.


October 11, 2016
REMINDER: Historic Preservation Appreciation Day is October 15

The Town of Penfield’s Historic Preservation Board invites the community to attend Penfield Historic Preservation Day on Saturday, October 15, 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

If you own a historic home or simply want to learn about historic preservation, please join the Penfield Historic Preservation Board and their guest experts for informative discussions on the “why and how” of preservation.

Guest speakers are Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society of Western NY (Importance of Preservation); Jerry Ludwig, Democrat & Chronicle columnist (Caring for Historic Homes), Steve Jordan, author of “The Window Sash Bible” (Window Preservation in Historic Homes); and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky & Associates Landscaping (Residential Landscaping in the 1900s). The Historic Preservation Board led by chair, Joan Belgiorno, will host the afternoon. Town Historian Kathy Kanauer will provide information on historic homes in Penfield.

The Historic Preservation Board will also present the 2016 Jeffrey S. Crane Preservation Award to a property owner who has cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure with historic significance. 

Although the event is free, please RSVP at costello@penfield.org or 340-8642 to help plan resources and light refreshments. If you own a historic home in Penfield, please include your address with your RSVP. Town Historian Kathy Kanauer will provide information on historic homes for property owners who RSVP in advance. 


October 11, 2016
Supervisor’s column October 11, 2016

The Sears Hometown Store in Panorama Plaza is holding a “Grand Reopening” this week from Thursday, October 13 to Saturday, October 15. The store was chosen from 1,000-plus stores nationwide to go through a remodeling and rebranding as “America’s Appliance Experts.”  The store has a completely new look and an emphasis on appliance sales that will continue to complement the store’s lineup of products including tools, lawn and garden, fitness, and other home products.

The Penfield store, independently owned and operated by Mark Bender, has been named a Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer for outstanding sales and service every year of its existence since it opened in April, 2011. Throughout the Grand Reopening the store will be offering additional discounts over and above published sale prices, and customers are encouraged to visit during the reopening event. Congratulations to Mark and his team on their recognition by Sears. We are delighted they are part of the Penfield Community.

The Shepherd Home, located at 1959 Five Mile Line Road, will host an open house and food truck rodeo on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 2:30 PM. Please join them for all the excitement including entertainment by String of Pearls and a chance to win a flat-screen TV. The Penfield Fire Department will be on-hand with Sparky the fire dog. Enjoy the food truck cuisine featuring The Meatball Truck, The Original Mac’n Cheese Truck, Wraps on Wheels, and J&S Fried Dough.

A portion of food truck proceeds will be returned to the Shepherd Home to help them continue to provide compassionate palliative care for the dying. The Shepherd Home would not be able to do their important work without the support of the very generous Penfield community. They rely on donations and volunteers to support their mission to provide hospice care for the terminally ill. Please come and join the fun this Sunday and support this wonderful jewel in our community. For more information on the Shepherd Home and this event please go to www.shepherdhome.org.

Lifespan provides a number of wonderful workshops for our seniors and their families to assist and support them in many ways. Upcoming program topics are Living Healthy with Diabetes, Medicare 101, Fall Prevention, Living Healthy, Elder Abuse, Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and much more. Please consider visiting www.lifespanrochester.org to register for any of their workshops or classes, inquire about support, or to subscribe to their informative newsletter.

The Penfield Town Board will be accepting comments, questions, and general input on the 2017 Town Budget through this Friday. The Final Budget will be presented and adopted on Wednesday, October 19. The 2017 Budget keeps the tax rate the same as last year at $2.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The rate is below the New York State tax cap and continues the same level of services for residents. The budget is available online at www.penfield.org.

One last reminder for the start of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s 61st season on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. This concert, entitled Autumnal Masterworks, is sponsored by Heathwood Assisted Living and Lindburgers Restaurant. Free rides to the concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774.

Stay connected with the Town of Penfield! Follow town and community news at www.penfield.org, view live streaming and recorded video of town meetings, check event calendars, find links to social media (Facebook and Twitter), and follow Penfield Recreation’s programs, events, senior activities, and more at www.penfieldrec.org.

Until next week, enjoy the start of the fall colors and please visit one of Penfield’s many farm markets and stands across town to support farmers as the last of the harvest is on the shelves. Small businesses support of our community in so many ways—let’s support and thank them for their efforts throughout 2016!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


October 7, 2016
Route 441 Westbound CLOSED at Linden Avenue

Happening the weekend of October 7-10
Rte 441 westbound will be closed at the off-ramp to Rte 153 from 7pm Friday to 6am Monday. The Rte 441 westbound on-ramp from Rte 153 will also be closed during
this period. There will be no access to Rte 441 westbound through the Linden Ave intersection during this time, and this includes right and left-hand turns onto Linden Ave. Therefore, Linden Ave will not be accessible from Rte 441 westbound during this closure. Rte 441 eastbound will be open to traffic through the intersection, and right turns onto Linden Ave south will be allowed. No left turns from Rte 441 eastbound to Linden Ave north will be allowed, however. Detours will be posted.

NYDOT will continue to send out updates providing any specific changes as well as closures requiring posted detours.


October 3, 2016
Supervisor’s column October 3, 2016

Here are last reminders for two upcoming events: Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, October 6 from 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. While registration is not required, please contact Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8629 to sign up in advance or to ask questions.

On Saturday, October 8 the Town of Penfield will be hosting our 4th annual recycling event at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. A certified document shredding truck from Eco-Green will be on hand to properly dispose of confidential documents; Alpco will collect all types of metals and appliances; DPW will accept limbs, branches and trees for brush; and St Pauly’s Clothing drop center will be available for used clothing and textiles. 

I am regularly asked when there will be a FREE electronic recycling event in or around Penfield. I have just learned that Senator Patrick M Gallivan will be sponsoring a collection event on Saturday, November 5 at Rush-Henrietta High School, 1799 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY 14467 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. This event is open to all Monroe County residents.

Update: The Friends of the Penfield Public Library’s annual book sale was another huge success thanks to all of you who donated and participated in the sale. The five-day event raised $27,500, and this year marked the 40th anniversary of the sale. Proceeds will be used to provide equipment, programs, and other enhancements to the Penfield Public Library that are not covered by the library’s general operating budget.

The next Penfield Trails Committee free guided hike will take place at Monroe County’s Lucien Morin Park on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The hike at this park will be primarily through the heavily wooded area along Irondequoit Creek. Hikers will traverse the slopes and ravines as well as some of the creek banks. Away from the creek you will see elements of the Old Rifle Range, the location of the clubhouse, the restored gazebo, and the shooting range pits. This hike will also feature overlooks of Irondequoit Creek, wetlands, and meadows. You will stop at the narrows to observe and learn about the low-flow barrier and you may also see the autumn colors creeping into the woods. Participants should meet at Empire Boulevard at the south end of Irondequoit Bay. There is a Monroe County Parks sign and driveway entrance just east of MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room. Park in graveled parking area and look for the “Hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

The Family First Penfield 5K Challenge XIV is in the history books. Some 150 runners took part in this 5K that one runner described to me as “…a wonderful family and community event with an interesting course and delightful residents cheering us along as we pass through their beautiful neighborhoods.” A special thank you to the Penfield Recreation Department and Sabrina Renner for another great event. This 5K would not be possible without the support of Family First Federal Credit Union and the Eastside YMCA.

Please note that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help raise awareness of dating and domestic violence in our community. Please remember purple is the color of domestic violence awareness month.

Until next be well and be safe.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 

 




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