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December 28, 2016
Supervisor’s column December 28, 2016

At the town board’s last legislative session of 2016 we recognized sisters Madeline “Mary” and Elizabeth “Liza” Cotter with Certificates of Recognition in appreciation of their outstanding volunteerism in the Penfield community and beyond. These two young ladies have supported their community through programs like Life Conquerors…Beat the Odds “Re-Run” Shoe Drive for third world needy and U.S.A. homeless -- many hundreds of pounds of footwear has been shipped to recipients this year. The Cotter sisters have placed donation boxes at the Penfield Town Hall (3100 Atlantic Avenue) and Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Road), so please consider cleaning out your closets and donating new or lightly worn shoes of all types and sizes.

Additionally, Liza has spent time in Nicaragua helping to build schools and homes. She told me, “…the work is hard but very rewarding.” Nicaragua, Central America's largest country, is known as "the land of lakes and volcanoes" with a diverse climate that includes hurricanes. While the majority of Nicaraguans remain below the poverty line, the country boasts a very low crime rate. Mary will be making a trip to Nicaragua in 2017.

On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank both Mary and Liza for their energy and commitment to helping people near and far. Their efforts are a shining example to all and we are proud to count them among Penfield’s finest citizens.

Last week I shared with you the story of Marisa Zwick, the sixth grader who has been cleaning up litter in Penfield. A neighbor, Roger McKeon, has been following Marisa’s story and asked to meet with her so he could thank her for her efforts and to share an award he received in 1985 from the Monroe County Conservation Council for “sportsman conservationist of the year” for doing similar work of cleaning streams and waterways. Mr. McKeon also wanted to make a donation to Marisa’s efforts to help purchase supplies like bags and gloves to encourage her with the ongoing project of cleaning up Penfield. This is another wonderful example of how different generations continue to give back to our community for the good of future generations.

The Penfield Recreation 2017 winter/spring brochure has been delivered to homes and is also available online. Please check out all the programs to help start your new year on a healthy note! Registration will begin January 3 for most programs. Sign up early! Many popular programs fill up quickly. For more information and details, go to 

The next guided hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held January 9 from 10:00 AM to noon at Ellison Park. Meet at the Blossom Road entrance and look for the HIKE signs. While all hikes are free, we ask that you please register by contacting the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655. If there is snow please bring cross country skis or snowshoes. Please, no pets on the hikes! 

As we prepare for the start a new year, please connect with the Town of Penfield to stay informed. Be sure to follow community news at for this column, live streaming and recorded video of town meetings, event calendars, links to social media (Facebook and Twitter), and much more. 

Important Dates and Events in History: December 31, 1970 – The United States begins withdrawing troops from Vietnam; December 31, 1999 – Panama gains control of the Panama Canal from the United States; January 1, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.

As 2016 comes to a close, I wish to thank all of the residents of the town for allowing me to serve you as your Town Supervisor. It is an honor and responsibility I never take for granted. From my family to yours, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. I look forward to seeing you around the town in 2017. 


December 27, 2016
County Sheriff's Office seeking info regarding December 16 crash
A message from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office: Looking for any information regarding a crash that occurred on Route 441 (Penfield), near Gloria Drive, on Thursday, December 16 sometime after 4 PM. A female pedestrian was seriously injured when she was struck by an unknown vehicle while crossing Route 441. She was walking in a southerly direction. Weather conditions had heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. If anyone has any information, please call 911, refer to CR 16-220999. You can remain anonymous. Thank you! 

Video of the incident

December 20, 2016
Supervisor’s column December 20, 2016

Earlier this year the town’s Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) met a Penfield sixth grader by the name of Marisa Zwick who has a tremendous amount of passion for cleaning up her community. She was saddened to see the amount of litter impacting ponds, public spaces, and the environment.

This started Marisa thinking about what she and her friends might be able to do to address the problem of litter, and so began her journey to clean up Penfield. With the help of her parents, friends, and a supportive teacher, Marisa began her mission to inform residents of the issues related to litter and challenge us all to be more responsible for our actions.

That brings us to this fall, when the EEAC toured the High Acres Landfill. We invited Marisa and her father to join us so she could “follow the flow” first-hand to see what happens to garbage from the point of curbside pick up to the landfilling process and then beyond to the production of electricity generated from methane gas produced by the landfill. It was an impressive tour for our entire group. Members of the Waste Management leadership team met Marisa that day and learned of her mission to eradicate litter—they were impressed with this young lady! I learned that last week a representative from Waste Management personally delivered an “environmental care package” of gloves, hats, garbage bags, and more for Marisa and her friends to use as they venture out to clean up Penfield.

I would like to recognize and thank Marisa for all she has done to keep Penfield looking great by picking up litter and debris around town. I also want to acknowledge Nicole Fornof, Waste Management Public Affairs and Jeff Richardson, Waste Management District Manager, for supporting Marisa’s efforts. Thank you Marisa for leading by example, and a special thank you to Waste Management for your commitment to our community!

Members of Boy Scout Troop 312 attended the December 7 town board meeting and presented the town with two beautiful wreaths to decorate the doors of the town hall. On behalf of the town board and all visitors to the town hall, thank you Troop 312 for your generous donation and contribution to the holiday spirit at 3100 Atlantic Ave.

Blood donors are needed to meet the needs of hospital patients locally and across the country. Holiday shortages could leave patients without potentially lifesaving support. This includes children fighting cancer, older adults battling chronic illnesses, and trauma victims struggling to survive. The next opportunity to give blood in Penfield is Wednesday, December 21 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For other donation center locations, please go to or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The third annual outdoor Menorah lighting will take place Tuesday, December 27 at 5:30 PM in the Four Corners at Schaufelberger Park. This event is open to the entire community; donuts and potato pancakes (latkes) will be served to all who attend.

Please note, town offices will be closed Friday, December 23; Monday, December 26; and Monday January 2.  

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and all town staff, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.



December 12, 2016
Supervisor’s column December 12, 2016

I am regularly asked about the availability of electronics recycling—specifically FREE events to dispose of old and unused electronics. I just learned of one such free event being sponsored by Senator Joe Robach in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking Electronics, Monroe County, and Waste Management on Sunday, February 28 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Monroe County Ecopark facility located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. For a complete list of accepted and unaccepted items, please go to or

Once again, I have been reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Zone A, to ask you “watch out” for those who want to do their holiday shopping at your expense. Vehicle break-ins are at their highest level this time of the year. Make sure your vehicle is always locked, and do not leave gifts or valuables in your car overnight. If you are out shopping consider locking gifts in the trunk and out of sight or cover them up to disguise. Also, vehicle break-ins at gyms and other sports facilities are higher this season. Be aware of your surroundings, park in a lit area, have your cell phone in hand, and stash your purse, wallet, or valuables in your trunk before you arrive at your destination—you never know who is watching!

I would like to recognize and thank Dave Woodward and his family, owners and operators of Woody Acres Farm located at 1530 Harris Road, for donating the annual Christmas tree for the Penfield Town Hall. The statuesque tree is on display in the rotunda and will be enjoyed by many residents throughout the holiday season. This donation is another example of the generous and caring residents and business owners we have in this great community. Dave, may you and your entire family enjoy a very healthy and happy holiday season.

Members of the Creative Gardeners of the Penfield Garden Club have a tradition of decorating the town hall rotunda with beautiful greens and wreaths for the holidays. We are grateful that they have visited us once again to spread their holiday cheer in welcome to all town hall visitors.

Lastly, I want to thank Town Clerk Amy Steklof for preparing the annual Menorah table. On behalf of all our employees and residents, a special thank you goes out to Woody Acres, the Creative Gardeners, and Amy Steklof for your efforts in making this a special holiday season for Penfield residents!

The Shepherd Home presents its annual “Wings of Light Luminaria” event on Monday, December 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. The luminaries are small bags containing sand and a lighted candle; each bearing the name of a loved one being remembered. All the luminaries will be lit at once to create a glowing nighttime holiday display on the grounds of the Shepherd Home at 1959 Five Mile Line Road. Come join in for an evening of light, laughter, and love. To learn more, please visit their website at

Are the holidays coming too quickly? Are you feeling the pressure that you have not even started your Christmas shopping? We may be able to help you! Gift certificates from Penfield Recreation are available in any denomination and can be used for anything we sell including classes, wellness merchandise, performances, lodge rentals, and much more. To purchase with your credit card call the office at 340-8655 (option 0) or stop by the office, our staff would love to see you!

Penfield Recreation has put together another great lineup of activities during school break weeks in December, February, and April. The Winter/Spring 2017 PenRec brochure will hit your mailboxes this week, so be sure to check out the upcoming offerings for school breaks and the coming months. You may also log on now to browse the entire brochure at

The Recreation Department asked me to remind everyone that although winter has just begun, it is not too early to sign up for summer camp. If you register online you will receive a 10 percent discount. Due to the popularity of our camp programs they tend to fill up fast, so don’t delay!

Important Dates and Events in History:

-December 11, 1941 – Germany and Italy declare war on the United States.

-December 12, 1800 – Washington, D.C. becomes the official capital of the United States.

-December 15, 1791 – The first Ten Amendments to the Constitution known as the “Bill of Rights” are ratified.

Until next week, plan accordingly for the winter mix we will be seeing across the area. Allow for extra time to get to work and appointments; watch for icy spots under the snow that will cause slipping hazards; if the snow accumulates please clear your cars before driving to avoid not seeing another vehicle or pedestrian, and don’t forget to keep that neighborhood fire hydrant clear!


December 8, 2016
2017 Town of Penfield Calendars
The Town of Penfield has published a 2017 calendar with all the important dates and information you need to know! Pick one up at Penfield Town Hall, Penfield Community Center, or at one of our generous sponsors' locations: Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant (1802 Penfield Road), Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute (1601 Penfield Road/Panorama Plaza), or Woody Acres (1530 Harris Road).  

December 6, 2016
Free Guided Hike at The Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp

The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at The Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp on Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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. The guide will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress, looking for tracks (if there is snow), and other signs of animals.

Thousand Acre Swamp is located next to Penfield Volunteer Ambulance base (1587 Jackson Road). Participants should park at the ambulance base; follow the hike signs.

While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

December 5, 2016
Supervisor’s column December 5, 2016

I am reminded by our Recreation Department that the last “Friday Out to Lunch” event for 2016 is Friday, December 16. The group will depart from the Community Center at 11:00 AM for the Brook House to enjoy the holiday season in their festive dining room decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights, animated figures, and holiday decorations. The fee is $10.00 and lunch is on your own. The vans will return by 2:30 PM. For more information, please go to or call 340-8655.

One more plug for the wonderful display of antique and vintage toys that will be up through the holidays in the Local History Room (LHR) located at the rear of the Penfield Library. This display is a treat for all ages! Please come enjoy this unique collection and many other interesting items available at the LHR. 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. A special thank you to Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and her team for putting this wonderful display together for all to enjoy.

Watch your mailboxes over the next week or so for Penfield Recreation’s Winter/Spring 2017 brochure. This publication is filled with programs, trips, special events, sports activities, and much more. Registration begins on January 3 unless otherwise noted, and many programs offer reduced prices for registering online at Due to the popularity of our programs many fill up quickly, so don’t delay in registering!

The 2017 Town of Penfield community calendar is out and available for our residents. This publication is filled with information, meeting dates, general town information, and more events you will want to track. This calendar would not be possible without the support of several of our businesses in Penfield. They include Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute, Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant, and Woody Acres Farm. These three sponsors give back so much to our community, please consider supporting them. Healthy businesses make for a healthy community! You can pick up your calendar at Master Kim’s, Hong Wah, Woody Acres Farm, the town hall or community center. I would like to recognize Sabrina Renner and her team for putting together another wonderful calendar…great job! (It’s not too soon to think about the 2018 calendar. If you would like to be a sponsor contact Sabrina at 340-8651.)

As we close in on the upcoming holidays, please consider supporting the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf with non-perishable food donations or a financial contribution. This wonderful volunteer organization is run on 100 percent donations. For more information on their current needs or how to become involved, please go to or call 234-0799.

Important Dates and Events in History:

-December 5, 1792 – George Washington was re-elected President of the United States; John Adams was re-elected Vice President.

-December 5, 1933 – The 21st Amendment is added to the US Constitution to end Prohibition, which was instituted through the 18th Amendment with the backing of the temperance movement. The 21st amendment was an admission of the terrible failure of prohibition, which led to people disrespecting the law and criminals to do well selling illegal alcohol. Repealing the 18th amendment didn’t make alcohol completely legal through the entire country. Many states decided to keep anti-alcohol “dry laws” in place long after the 21st amendment. Even today, there are some restrictions regarding when and where adults can buy alcohol. 

-December 7, 1941 – Japanese warplanes attack the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii killing more than 2,000 Americans and sinking the majority of the American U.S. Pacific Fleet.

-December 7, 1994 – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day established by Congress. American Flags should by flown at half-staff to honor the 2,000 Americans who gave their lives in the surprise attack.

-December 8, 1941 – Congress declares war on Japan after a national radio address by President Franklin Roosevelt in which he famously declared, ”Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

Until next week let us all remember…



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