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November 30, 2016
H20 Hero Winter Tips
Be an H20 Hero! You can help prevent flooding and damage to water quality when you clear leaves and other debris from drainage areas and catch basins. Also, please use de-icing salts sparingly this winter to protect waterways. Learn more at 

November 28, 2016
Supervisor’s column November 28, 2016

Mark your calendars for the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser to be held Saturday, December 17, 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road. Join Santa for a breakfast to warm your body and a benefit to warm your soul. They serve an awesome “all you can eat” breakfast of delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $4.00 per person and $3.00 for children 10 and under. December proceeds will go directly to the Shepherd Home, a two-bed comfort care facility in Penfield that provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in their last weeks of life. For more information on the Shepherd Home, please go to I would like to recognize the First Baptist Church of Penfield for making a difference in our community.

As I mentioned in last week’s column, our recent weather went from mild to wild in a 24 hour period, and we received more than 12 inches of snow. With the exception of some snow piles in parking lots, that storm has been quickly forgotten. If you did not get all of your fall chores completed, it appears as though we have at least one more week of rather mild weather coming our way. Please consider cleaning the last of the leaves out of gutters and storm water drains.

Also, if you experienced some lawn damage during the first plow, our DPW crews will make rounds in the spring to repair and seed all damaged lawns once the winter season has ended. With temperatures being so warm prior to the snow fall and no frost in the ground, it did not take much for blades to peel back the sod. Lastly, if your mailbox was damaged please contact DPW at 340-8710. Crews will repair ASAP to minimize any impact to your mail delivery.

One final note on winter weather: if you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please make sure you or someone in your neighborhood is keeping it clear of snow to allow easy and unrestricted access by firefighters in the event they need to connect to it for an emergency. Keeping hydrants clear will save valuable moments. I will remind everyone of this fact many times during the winter months. Our volunteer firefighters thank you in advance for helping them to help you!

A few weeks ago I encouraged everyone to shop locally for Christmas trees, holiday décor, and gifts. My good scout friends from Troop 312 recently contacted me to say they are again ready to serve the community with a variety of wonderful trees—as they have done for many years. Troop 312 is based at Bill Gray's on the corner of Panorama Trail and Penfield Road from the day after Thanksgiving until the trees are gone, typically just before Christmas. Don’t delay, that perfect tree is waiting for you to pick it up!

The last scenic hike of the season sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, December 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Thousand Acre Swamp. This guided hike will tour the paths and boardwalks of the Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp. A variety of habitats including woods, meadows, and a pond will be covered. This hike will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress and looking for tracks and other signs of animals.

Meet at the rear of Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance building on Jackson Road and look for HIKE signs. While all hikes are FREE, participants are asked to register by calling 340-8655. For more information about this hike and those scheduled for 2017, please go to Also, the Trails Committee is always looking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance work projects. If you are interested in assisting, please email for more information.

Until next be well and be safe!






November 22, 2016
Local History Room Vintage Toy Display

Town Historian Kathy Kanauer invites the Penfield community to enjoy a seasonal display of antique and vintage toys now through the holidays. The Local History Room (located in the rear of the Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road) is open to visitors Mondays, 12:00–5:00 PM and 7:00–9:00 PM; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and 12:30–4:30 PM. 

November 21, 2016
Supervisor’s column November 21, 2016

Town Historian Kathy Kanauer has asked me to announce that the Local History Room (LHR), located at the rear of the Penfield Library, has a wonderful display of antique and vintage toys that will be on exhibit through the holidays for the enjoyment of young and old. Please come enjoy this unique display and many other interesting items. Hours are Mondays, 12:00–5:00 PM and 7:00–9:00 PM; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and 12:30–4:30 PM.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to join Executive Director of Legacy Willow Pond, D’Arcy Dobbertin, her staff, and many of their residents for the dedication of the “Willow Pond Nature Trail.” This private trail system on the Willow Pond property has recently been cleaned up with the assistance of Legacy resident and vice-chair of the Penfield Trails Committee, Ed Lindskoog. Browncroft Community Church volunteers built and installed four benches for the use of all who enjoy this trail. Additionally, this refurbished trail will be included in the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness.

Pick up your Family Wellness Passports at Penfield Recreation or Penfield Wegmans and get moving! After you have visited at least six trails, bring your passport to the Penfield Recreation Office, 1985 Baird Road and receive your Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness T-shirt. If you complete at least 10 trails, you will be eligible to win a free rental of Penfield's Dolomite Lodge. This is an ongoing program sponsored by Wegmans, our wellness partner.

Also this past weekend, I had the honor of cutting a grand opening ribbon with Cindy Corrigan owner of Art Stop located in the former Mason’s Building in the Four Corners. Cindy purchased the building several months ago. She has done some significant remodeling and has now moved her business from Webster to Penfield. Art Stop offers art supplies, classes, camps, and more for all ages and interests. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to welcome Cindy and her team to Penfield. Please stop by and visit this wonderful store in our historic Four Corners.

Mark your calendars for the next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert entitled “Jazzy Holidays” on Monday, December 5. This concert is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and begins at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Music Director Dr. David Harman promises another special evening with the PSO. For more information about this concert and the remaining performances for the 2016-2017 season, go to

Last week Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, hosted “Green Libations”—a monthly event hosted by local “green” professionals, business owners, and like-minded individuals to network and share ideas about sustainability. Architect Nicole Cleary was on-hand to highlight the new green infrastructure at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. This interactive installation includes a green roof and a glass public art component designed by Penfield resident Nancy Gong, bio-retention areas to capture storm water runoff, rain gardens, rain barrels, and a porous parking lot. I was also impressed with the work that the Broccolos have done to improve the garden center and grounds. They have recently added a rooftop solar system that generates all of their needed electric for the site. They promise more improvements this coming spring and welcome the entire community to stop by and visit.

We went from mild to wild in just a few days and the winter weather finally seems to have settled in for the season. DPW had all 18 large plow trucks out cleaning up roadways and subdivisions, and the rest of the fleet was clearing sidewalks and parking lots. Plow crews encountered several problems with the first plow run.

First, many cars were parked along the roadways which slowed the plows in moving around the subdivisions. REMINDER: snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 AM to allow highway crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. For those who ignore these rules, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department may pay you a visit with a ticket and/or a tow.

The second concern was with the amount of leaves piled in roadways. The snow itself was already heavy; the added weight from leaves slowed the plowing process. Please keep leaves off the road surface for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians, and out of gutters and drains to prevent flooding.

Until next week, may you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!





November 15, 2016
Supervisor’s column November 15, 2016

Friday, November 11, was Veterans Day—a day we set aside to honor all veterans, past and present, who served in the United States armed forces. The tradition traces its origins back to the end of World War I. On November 11, 1918, an armistice between the U.S.-led allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Though the war wasn't officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed seven months later, November 11 is recognized as the end of the "war to end all wars," according to the Veterans Administration. It is never too late to welcome home a veteran and thank them for their service. On behalf of the Penfield community, a special thank you to all veterans!  

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 to 9:00 PM, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a lecture, dinner, and dancing at the Penfield Community Center. This Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program turns the clock back to 1941 as we turn the gym into a 1940s big band arena. Decorations, period clothing, ration stamps and 1940s paraphernalia will help us turn back time!

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor sparked the United States' entrance into World War II. The day after the Japanese attacked Honolulu's Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan.

In the aftermath of the two-hour attack on Pearl Harbor, 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific fleet had been sunk or severely damaged. United States aircrafts also took a hit, as 188 were destroyed and 159 were damaged—most were hit before they could even leave the ground. In total, 2,403 people were killed, the majority of which were soldiers and sailors.

There will be a 45 minute lecture commemorating Pearl Harbor starting at 5:00 PM. This presentation will be followed by dinner, dessert, and dancing. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are expected to go quickly. To purchase tickets, please call 340-8655, go to, or visit the Penfield Recreation Department between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center.

The Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) announced the 2016 business award winners at its annual meeting last week. The Penfield Pride Award went to the DiMarco Family for the redevelopment of Baytowne Plaza. This award recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building and creates a vibrant new look and becomes a positive addition to Penfield’s proud community. The Daniel Penfield Award recipients were Brett Dawson, Jeff Chapman, and Paul Dwyer. This award honors local business people who have positively impacted the Penfield business community through their community involvement, business practices, and overall character. The Business of the Year award was presented to Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care. This award honors a local business that has significantly contributed to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community. Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for everything you do each and every day to support the Penfield community.

At the meeting, the PBC membership voted to have Jennifer Novy of Frontier Communications and Michael Quinn of Mission Commercial Realty continue as co-presidents for the 2016-17 term. Congratulations to Jen and Mike and the rest of the PBC members for your commitment to business development in Penfield.

Penfield’s annual Holiday Celebration hosted by Penfield Recreation will be held Friday, December 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Community Center. Enjoy all the FREE holiday activities throughout the community center including crafts, music, games, visiting with Santa and other friends from the North Pole, and more. If you are interested in “breakfast for dinner” from 5:30 to 7:30 PM bring your family for tasty pancakes, sausage, and more. Tickets are just $5.00 per person. Purchase your tickets by phone with a credit card or at the PenRec office at the Community Center. You can also purchase tickets at the door. Come join the fun…I hope to see you there!

As we start thinking more about the holidays and begin the search for that “perfect” Christmas tree for your holidays, please remember to shop locally—right here in Penfield—for that special tree. Several farms in east and north Penfield offer “cut your own tree” and a selection of pre-cut trees for your convenience. Local scout troops also offer trees for sale. Supporting local farms and scouts makes a difference. When you support them, they help support our community. Whenever you can, please make a point to shop locally this holiday season!

Until next week, enjoy the ongoing mild weather. It has been a beautiful fall.



November 7, 2016
Supervisor’s column November 7, 2016

Please note! Online and in-person registration for 2017 lodge and shelter rental dates will begin Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 AM. Dates go very quickly so I am encouraging everyone who has an interest to be prepared to get “that special date” for a family reunion, graduation party, or a holiday gathering. You must have an active household account with the Town of Penfield in order to reserve a lodge or shelter; therefore I recommend going online to to create an account or call the Recreation Department (340-8655 option 0) to set one up before November 30. The website also offers information about lodges and shelters.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) is a valuable resource to members of our community who are in need. Over the next six weeks there is a higher than normal need for non-perishable foods as the PEFS prepares to support Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners. Please visit to view the current wish list of items for the pantry. I would also like to give a special shout-out to the many volunteers at PEFS for their dedication and support to the Penfield community. You all make a big difference in so many lives each week…thank you for your service!

It is hard to believe we are starting to discuss the 2016-2017 snow season! Please note that snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM to allow highway crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

The next opportunity to donate blood in the Penfield community is Friday, November 11 from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road in the gym. For more information on this event and others in and around the Penfield community please go to or contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The holiday season typically experiences blood shortages and a higher need—please consider taking an hour out of your schedule to give the gift of life.

Last reminder: the next Penfield Trails Committee hike will be held this Saturday, November 12 at Sherwood Fields. This hike will begin at 10:00 AM and is expected to last about two hours. Meet in the lot next to the fire station on Rt. 441 east of Harris Road and follow the “hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6.

I recently hosted the Indian Landing second graders at the town hall for a visit to learn about local government and town history. Additionally, in social studies, these students are learning the differences between rural, suburban, and urban communities. We were able to tie all these topics together during the visit. I was extremely impressed with how well-behaved these students were, and I admire their enthusiasm for learning and understanding more about their community and Monroe County. With this caliber of students coming through our school system we are in good hands for the future!

The Penfield Public Library offers many programs for children throughout the year. The one that I have enjoyed the most over the years is the Gingerbread House Workshop. This program will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM and 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM. This program is for children in grades 1 through 5 accompanied by an adult. For more information on this program and many more, please go to These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

Until next week enjoy the nice fall weather; please keep leaves out of the gutters and off the catch basins and other drainage grates. With the recent time change please watch out for our youngest residents as they are being picked up or dropped off at bus stops. Nothing is so important that we are willing to jeopardize the safety of our children by passing stopped school buses!








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