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June 26, 2017
Supervisor's column June 26, 2017

You may have recently seen a news release from the JACK Foundation announcing that construction has begun for “Jack’s Place Playground” at Rothfuss Park. We are delighted to have been able to designate a site in this wonderful park that has become a weekly destination for hundreds of children of all ages and their parents to play sports, have picnics, walk the trails, and enjoy nature.

This dinosaur-themed playground will be taking shape over the next several weeks and later this summer Jack’s parents, Anne and AJ Heiligman, will host a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. JACK Foundation is selling engraved bricks that will be installed on the path leading to this wonderful new playground. For more information about the foundation and to follow the construction of the playground, please log on to and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

The Town’s employee wellness committee asked me to remind everyone that July is “UV Safety Month.” The need to protect skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. Harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning “sunlamps” can cause many other complications besides skin cancer, such as eye problems including cataracts and macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss among older adults.

During these warm summer months we spend most of our time outdoors with friends and family. Some sun exposure is recommended because it’s our primary source for vitamin D which helps absorb calcium for stronger and healthier bones; but like with everything else, moderation is key.

The medical community will tell you that there are four ways to prevent UV damage: go for the shade, wear protective clothing, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and wear sunglasses. Also, it is recommended to routinely check your skin for any changes. Birthmarks—especially new moles and marks—should be consistently examined for any alterations in size, shape, or color and if they look or feel differently from other moles and marks on your body. 

The 2017 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage gets in full swing on Tuesday, July 11 with “Tuesdays Upstage” featuring Bobby Henrie & The Goners, an authentic old-school Rockabilly and roots Rock’ n’ Roll band. Later that week kicks off “Thursday Kids Fest” on July 13 featuring the ever- popular Dady Brothers. Finally, to round out that week, gather your picnic basket and cooler and enjoy “Saturdays on Stage” on July 15 with the Zac Brown Tribute Band. 

The music starts at 7:00 PM, with great food available each night. The amphitheater is located at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Ave, directly behind the town hall. I hope to see you at our concert series events.

There are still some openings in various Recreation Department programs for residents of all ages. Please review the 2017 summer edition of the PenRec brochure or go to to see all of the offering for the summer months.

One last reminder…Independence Day 2017 activities will be held this Saturday, July 1 with the parade scheduled for 10:00 AM. Parade marshals are the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf and Mr. Dave Woodward, owner of Woody Acres Farm. Come to Harris-Whalen Park from 5:00 to 11:00 PM to enjoy music, food, and fun! Penfield’s popular fireworks display begins at 10:00 PM. 

Mr. Woodward and his family are a three-generation Penfield farm family who have supported this community in countless ways for more than 100 years. As part of his continuous give-back to Penfield, Dave will have a wagon at Harris Whalen Park during the festivities to collect non-perishable foods and personal care items for donation to Food Shelf. When you come to the park for the music and fun, please consider bringing a canned good, a box of cereal, shampoo, cake mixes and frosting, pasta, coffee or other food goods. Your donation will make a big difference to many Penfield families. I hope to see you there!

Until next week, enjoy the start of your summer and the various programs Penfield will offer in the coming months.


June 19, 2017
Supervisor's column June 19, 2017

The Strong Women Film Fest in honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State continues at the Penfield Library with the next film on Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please contact the Penfield Public Library for the title of the film as the movie licensing requirements do not allow us to publicize the titles. (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003, 117 minutes, rated PG-13.) Set in 1953, Katharine Watson (played by Julia Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. The film, directed by Mike Newell and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, also stars Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, and Marcia Gay Harden. Registration began June 15.

Last week, County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo kicked-off “Jobs One,” a job creation leadership forum, in Penfield. Several county, town and business representatives came together to discuss how Monroe County can best encourage economic development in our community. I am delighted the county executive is taking the initiative to seek out information from business communities county-wide to continue to grow and expand jobs…IMAGINE MONROE!  

The next guided hike with the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come and explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the Irondequoit Bay shore trail connections. Meet at the playground parking off Empire Boulevard and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate footwear, no pets are allowed. Please pre-register by calling 340-8655, option 0…all hikes are FREE.

As the school year winds down and family vacations get underway, please remember that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) operates 52 weeks a year and needs the community’s help to keep their shelves stocked all summer long. If you plan to attend Penfield’s Independence Day celebration at Harris Whalen Park on Saturday, July 1 you can easily help PEFS by bringing along donations of non-perishables food and personal care items to contribute to a collection hosted by Woody Acres. (The PEFS and Dave Woodward of Woody Acres are this year’s Independence Day parade marshals.) For more information about PEFS please log on to Your support and generosity does make a difference to your Penfield neighbors in need!

Do you need a ride to a medical appointment or religious service? If you are a senior 65-plus years old and live or pay taxes in Brighton or Penfield “Bri-Pen Senior Rides” can help you. Appointments for rides must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674. 

Penfield Coach George Steitz was honored over the weekend by the class of 1962 at their 55th class reunion. Coach Steitz was presented with a proclamation from Monroe County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo declaring June 17th as “George T. Steitz Day in Monroe County.” George was a teacher, coach, and mentor for 47 years and continues as a mentor and friend to many today. At 92, Coach Steitz is still active in Section V athletics and continues to referee. Congratulations Coach, you are a remarkable man and a good friend to all!  

Important dates and events in history: June 21, 1788 – The United States Constitution goes into effect with ratification by a necessary nine states. June 22, 1942 – “Pledge of Allegiance” to the Flag is officially recognized by U.S. Congress. June 22, 1944 – GI Bill signed into Law – a great reward for returning WW II Heroes. June 25, 1950 – The Korean War officially starts as North Korea invades South Korea.

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors– you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Best wishes on your next chapter as you pursue college or the workforce!



June 13, 2017
Supervisor's column June 13, 2017

Last call…the American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road on Wednesday, June 14 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact 1-800-Red Cross, or visit and use sponsor keyword: penfieldcommunitycenter. You can also just stop in—donating blood does make a difference in so many lives!

You may recall the Four Corners Clock was damaged in the March 8 windstorm. We have been waiting for a manufacturer’s representative to assess the problem, and last week a specialist spent a half-day working on repairs. It appears as though the windstorm did more damage than originally thought. Some of the clock’s hardware has since been updated and a more significant re-build is necessary. We have asked to have the work completed by June 30 as we ready for the July 1 parade and celebration.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 1 for Independence Day 2017 in Penfield. The parade will begin at 10 AM and will include the Penfield Fire Company Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, Downbeat Percussion, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum, Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band, The Savannah Cellar Savers, and more! Mr. Don Alhart will once again be our Parade Emcee. This year’s Parade Marshals are the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS is being recognized for 20 years of service to the Penfield Community) and Mr. Dave Woodward, owner of Woody Acres. Dave and his family have been farming for more than 100 years in Penfield. 

Enjoy music, food and fun at Harris Whalen Park from 5:00 to 10:00 PM with Rochester Blues Revue and Dog House. Fireworks will be at 10:00 PM. Watch for details at and   

Congratulations to the Penfield Art Association (PAA) on their recent Spring Art Show and Sale at the Penfield Community Center. This annual event showcased more than 120 paintings by the membership of this 54-year-old club. I would also like to recognize Betty Bird, this year’s Spring Show and Sale Chairperson, and all of the members of PAA for another successful show.

I recently had the honor of attending a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rochester Regional Health (RRH) grand re-opening of their newest “Immediate Care” at 2226 Penfield Road. This new center has broadened RRH services to support the residents of Penfield and surrounding areas with emergency and non-emergency care. Thank you for being part of the Penfield community!

The last Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 17 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road. Come get cozy with an awesome all-you-can-eat breakfast of delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more—all for just $5.00 per person! All June proceeds will go directly to help support Resolve of Greater Rochester, a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women.

The ever-popular PenRec summer day camps are filling up fast. If you want your child to join the program now is the time to act! The first camp session begins Monday, June 26; four sessions are offered this year. For more details or to register your child please go to

Also, the Penfield Library is offering a number of wonderful programs for children this summer including such favorites as Library Lego Lab, Tales for Tails, Crafty Fun Fridays, Build a Better World Through Music, and much more. For more details on all library programs go to or call 340-8720. 

Until next week, enjoy the warm weather and finally dry conditions. I hope to see you out in our great community!


June 5, 2017
Supervisor's column June 5, 2017

The next FREE guided scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held this Saturday, June 10, at the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve and then to Veterans Memorial Park. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM at the west end of Brougham Drive (Brougham Drive is off Jackson Road, south of Atlantic Ave.) Please look for the hike signs. Join our community naturalists in exploring pathways along preserved flora habitats unique to Penfield. This hike will follow the Wild Iris Trail in the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve. The trail displays a variety of wetland plants including blue wild iris.

After this short hike, you will re-group at Veterans Memorial Park behind the Penfield Town Hall on Atlantic Ave. to explore wooded trails and open areas of the park. Total time for the morning will be about two hours and mosquito repellent is recommended. While the hike is free, please register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655.

Barbara Quinn, coordinator of Daytons Corners School/Museum, and her staff held another very successful “annual pie social” this past Sunday, providing tours of the historic one-room schoolhouse and museum, free pony rides for children, music, activities on the playground equipment, and of course the wonderful pie from Baker Street Bakery. This annual fundraising event is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Mark your calendar now for next year on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM—but get there early as the pies seem to go very quickly!

The June “SuffraTea,” sponsored by the Penfield Local History Room and Library, will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 2:00 PM. This program will focus on a strong Penfield woman, Irene Gossin. The program will highlight Irene’s accomplishments that include being the first female supervisor in Penfield and all of the work she did for environmental causes. 

The Local History Room (LHR) is seeking information related to town residents on two topics. The first has to do with the fact that women were granted the right to vote in New York State in 1917, and we are approaching the 100th anniversary of this milestone. The Penfield LHR is trying to locate information on town residents, especially women, who were involved with women's suffrage in the early 1900s. If you have family letters, diaries, or other information on this topic, we would love to hear from you!

Secondly, do you have photos or information on a family member from Penfield who served in WWI or WWII? The LHR is collecting this information for the archives and would love to include whatever you have. We can scan photos or documents, so you will still have your originals. Please call Historian Kathy Kanauer at 340-8740 or stop in to the LHR if you have material to share on either topic. 

Last week, the Friends of the Penfield Library along with librarian Bernadette Brinkman and her staff held a luncheon to recognize the amazing volunteers who provide thousands of hours each year to enrich the library. Volunteers support the annual book sale, repair books and other media, file and organize shelves, and so much more. Great job everyone and thank you for all of your support. Because of you, the Penfield Library is a jewel in our community for everyone from our youngest residents to our seniors. To learn more about the Friends of the Penfield Public Library or how to get involved, please go to    

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) also hosted an appreciation luncheon last week to recognize its volunteers and donors as they celebrate 20 years of supporting the Penfield community. This amazing group gathers food from supermarkets and the public market, organizes shelves, prepares weekly boxes for pick-up, and provides some home deliveries. Several families came to speak about the difference PEFS has made in their lives…they shared some amazing stories. For more information on the PEFS, their current needs or how to volunteer, please go to 

Until next week, consider joining the hike on Saturday, June 10. Our employee wellness team reports that spending time in nature may improve your brain’s memory functions!




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