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August 28, 2018
Penfield Library used book sale Sep 11-15

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 42nd Annual Used Book Sale September 11–15 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome. 

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover and paperback books are $1.00, mass market paperbacks and smaller are 50 cents. Many specials are individually priced. 

“Participation in the Friends’ Book Sale is a great way for the community to show support for the library,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “Funds raised in 2017 have been used to pay for programming for all ages and to support ongoing patron services such as provision of the public photocopier, distribution of the popular monthly BookPage review magazine, and discount passes that allow Penfield residents to attend local cultural attractions like the George Eastman Museum, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery. We have also been able to purchase a state-of-the-art text magnifier to assist those of our patrons with visual challenges to access a wider variety of the print materials we offer.”

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SALE ($5, join in advance or at door)

Tuesday, 9/11   2:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

GENERAL PUBLIC:

Wednesday, 9/12 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, 9/13 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, 9/14 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, half-price day

Saturday, 9/15   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $3 bag, specials remain half-price

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.) Food and drink are not allowed. Aisles are narrow, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.


August 27, 2018
Supervisor's column August 27, 2018

I had the honor of joining Master Kim and his staff at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute this weekend to observe 80 of our youngest residents, ages four to 12, as they participated in a “Stranger Danger” safety tips program. Master Kim invited me to speak to the children at the end of the program and—I must say—the work the students did preparing their posters and presenting what they learned was impressive. 

Master Kim conducts several special programs throughout the year that focus on the safety of our children. Stranger Awareness helps teach them about being safe, alert, and smart in all situations. For more safety tips and information, please log on to www.thesafeside.com

Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute is a benchmark in our community, working with our young residents to keep them safe by practicing their five tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Their program is designed to build character in the students and to train them to become confident and strong leaders.

This coming Saturday, September 1, our residents and visitors to Penfield will be given access to a portion of Shadow Pines north of Clark Road, known as the front nine of the former golf course. Access to the land is for passive recreation only; this includes hiking along a meandering trail from the first tee to the ninth green, birding, and ultimately cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes are allowed and owners are expected to clean up pet waste. No bikes or motorized vehicles are permitted on any portion of the 212-acre property. The former back nine south of Clark Road remains off limits to the public. The town will begin cleanup of this area in the fall with a goal of granting access to that land later in the year.

The Bri-Pen senior rides program continues to be a wonderful service to transport individuals to medical appointments, religious services, and to the town recreation centers. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and are given free supplemental car insurance. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674. 

Time is getting short to make an appointment for the annual household hazardous waste drop-off service scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM. Appointments are required and you can easily schedule online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or contact the Penfield DPW office at 340-8710. Everything collected is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

The Shepherd Home provides compassionate care to members of our community with terminal illness in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual, while meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They provide support to families and friends and foster community acceptance that dying is an integral part of living. If you have time and were thinking about volunteering, consider calling the Shepherd Home at 381-0890 or better yet, drop in; their team would love to meet you!

The next free scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 0.

This coming weekend we observe Labor Day. Many individuals and families plan social activities and cookouts, as this holiday is typically considered the last week of summer as vacations end and school begins. It is important that we not forget what Labor Day stands for. The original holiday was meant to address a problem of long working hours and no time off. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of our country.

Therefore, if you “seem to be working all the time” and never really take a vacation, start a new ritual that honors the original spirit of Labor Day. Give yourself the day off. Don’t go in to work. Shut off your phone, computer, and other electronic devices connecting you to your daily grind. Then, go to a barbecue like the original participants did over a century ago, and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


August 24, 2018
Public to be given access to portion of Shadow Pines on Sep 1

The Town of Penfield has completed its assessment, cleanup and preparation of land that was previously the front nine of the Shadow Pines Golf Course. As of Saturday, September 1 the public may access the town-owned property north of Clark Road from dawn to dusk. 

Visitors are granted access to the land for passive recreation only; this includes hiking along a meandering trail from the first tee to the ninth green, birding, and cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes are allowed and owners are expected to clean up pet waste. No bikes or motorized vehicles are permitted on any portion of the 212-acre property. 

Since acquiring the property in April, the Town of Penfield has evaluated the land, trees, plantings, and site structures. Crews have removed many tons of dead, damaged, and dying trees north of Clark Road to make the property safe. 

The Clark House and its grounds have also been cleaned up and made safe; however, the building and grounds remain closed. The town board is reviewing options for use of that site.

The former back nine south of Clark Road remains off limits to the public. The town will begin cleanup of this area in the fall with a goal of granting access to that land later in the year.

“The next milestone in the Shadow Pines and Clark House property evolution comes September 1st as we open the former front nine for residents to enjoy hiking, birding, and explore plant and animal life,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I would like to recognize our hard-working DPW employees who have rallied to make the property safe and accessible by removing dead, dying, and diseased trees along Whalen and Clark Roads. Their efforts have minimized the hazard of trees falling on roadways, wires, and buildings. We have also addressed a myriad of other unsafe conditions from the first tee the ninth green.”

Following a positive public referendum in February 2018, the Town of Penfield acquired the former Shadow Pines property in April for “general municipal” use, which allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public uses.

On July 18, the town board established the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee to study future land use options and make recommendations for best municipal uses. The committee will commence its work at a kick-off meeting on September 18 with a goal of submitting recommendations for uses of the 212 acres to the town board by early 2019.

Potential future land uses may include a combination of open space, passive and active recreation, and general municipal functions such as a community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. Ultimately, the town board will establish a master plan for the property. Until a final plan is approved, passive recreation will be permitted as designated by the town board.

For more details and background information please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/SPCHP.php.


August 20, 2018
Supervisor's column August 20, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in this area and have asked that we help them by sharing the following information with Penfield residents:

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. Their ability to conduct continuous surveys—other than the once-a-decade population count—depends on survey takers in the field and the ability of regional offices to hire survey workers. Even though the Census Bureau is gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, they still need field representatives for other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help!

Field representatives perform a variety of vital functions, such as updating address lists and maps; conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas; explaining the purpose of the census interview; and answering residents’ questions. Hours of work for field positions will vary, some require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings, while others require interviewing the public usually in the evening and on weekends. Benefits include flexible hours, meeting people, and working outside of an office environment. For more information please visit www.census.gov/fieldjobs

Budget 2019: The town comptroller and I continue to tighten up all appropriation and revenue lines based on the best information we have received to date. Not only do we work with our various departments, we gather information from the county, state, and insurance and medical providers. With the overall economy growing, we see growth of sales tax revenue that is favorable to the bottom line. The town board’s goal is to present a budget that maintains services and is sensitive to the impact on Penfield residents. The town comptroller and I will be presenting the 2019 Tentative Budget to the public at the town board meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM. There will be a formal hearing on the budget at the October 3 town board meeting. All budget documents will be available for review at www.penfield.org, in the town clerk’s office, and at the Penfield Public Library.

This week, DPW will be making a last major cleanup effort on north portion (former front nine) of Shadow Pines as we prepare to open the area for residents to enjoy in the next several weeks; a formal announcement will be made as we get closer to that date. You will see the stumps along Whalen and Clark Roads removed, pathways mowed for a second and third time, and one last pass through the property to ensure no major hazards exist. We are working with Monroe County to get the tub grinder in to grind the large pile of trees, stumps and limbs into mulch.

The American Red Cross is in emergency need of blood! All of us can help by donating blood, it is an easy way to be a hero. No one wants to imagine it, but at any time it could be you or a loved one in need of lifesaving blood. The next donation opportunity in Penfield is Wednesday, August 29 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); walk-ins are also welcome. Thank you in advance for making a difference in someone’s life!

Many of your youngest residents are about to head to school for the first time and more seasoned students are preparing for the next level of middle school, senior high, and college. On behalf of the town board and Penfield community, I would like to extend best wishes to all students for the upcoming school year. We are indeed fortunate to have access to quality education in our community. Good luck to all and have a wonderful and safe school year!

Until next week, enjoy the rest of your summer and take some time to visit one of our many farm markets in Penfield to enjoy locally grown products, they are bursting at the seam with an excellent selection of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


August 14, 2018
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Swastika vandalism in Harris Whalen Park

This past Friday/Saturday an individual(s) spray painted swastikas on 17 trees along a trail in Harris Whalen Park. This hateful and very juvenile act has no place in our community, our county, or our country. The Penfield Town Board and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office take these types of acts very seriously and have opened an active investigation. We continue to be troubled by the pain that these type of hate acts cause our residents and those visiting our park system. 

The MCSO and our Town Parks Security have increased patrols in and around the area. The Penfield Town Board is interested in identifying and arresting the individuals, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

If you saw anything unusual Friday or Saturday at or around Harris Whalen Park to please call 911 and share that information. Any piece of information, regardless of how minor it may seem, may be of assistance in this investigation. Thank you in advance for helping us keep Penfield a community that does not—and will not—tolerate these types of actions by a few seriously misguided individuals.


August 14, 2018
Supervisor's column August 14, 2018

Late last week, or early this past weekend, individual(s) spray painted swastikas on 17 trees along a trail in Harris Whalen Park. This hateful and very juvenile act has no place in our community, our county, or our country. I continue to be troubled by the pain that these type of hate acts cause most people. The few ignorant individuals that feel a need to commit these types of acts are cowards of the lowest level. 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office takes these types of acts very seriously and they have opened an active investigation. They have increased patrols in and around the area, spoken with residents, and gathered evidence. The Penfield Town Board is interested in identifying and arresting the individuals, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

The MCSO asks that if you saw anything unusual Friday or Saturday at or around Harris Whalen Park to please call 911 and share that information. Any piece of information, regardless of how minor it may seem, may be of assistance to their investigation. Thank you in advance for helping us keep Penfield a community that does not—and will not—tolerate these types of actions by a few seriously misguided individuals.

Budget 2019: The first roll-out to the town board last week showed a nine cent increase per thousand dollars, which is the amount of the bond for the purchase of the Shadow Pines property. Additionally, the board is reviewing other costs for equipment replacement, maintenance and repairs, and updating of systems. We will be presenting the 2019 Tentative Budget to the public on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM at the town board meeting. After the meeting it will be placed on the website, in the Town Clerk’s office, and at the Penfield Public Library for review.

I have shared this information in a previous column; however, I continue to receive calls and emails asking if and when the annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste event will be held. If you are interested in this service, please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15 at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to clean out garages and basements of old paints/stains, thinners/solvents, pesticides, pool/photo chemicals, automotive fluids, driveway sealers, and other household chemical waste. Appointments are required. You may go online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark to schedule or contact the DPW offices at 340-8710. Everything collected at this event is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

This past weekend, Councilwoman Linda Kohl presented a certificate of recognition to Ed Barton, a resident of Legacy Willow Pond who was celebrating his 102nd birthday and was enjoying a luncheon with his family and his friends at Legacy. Ed, on behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, happy birthday! We hope you enjoyed your day.

Since the large trees in front of the Clark House were recently taken down I have received many calls and emails asking why those old beautiful trees had to be removed. As hard of a decision as that was, it needed to happen! The trees were so severely diseased they were hollow on the inside and cabled together to keep them from splitting apart. We will be posting pictures on our website under the ‘Shadow Pines and Clark House’ project page for everyone to see. Tree experts from both Birchcrest and Terry Tree who removed these trees were surprised they had not fallen down in one of our many windstorms. If those trees had fallen on nearby power lines the surrounding electrical grid may have been out for a few days to a week or more, depending on the number of poles that would have snapped off in a domino effect. 

As we continue to clean up the site around the Clark House and look to have it leased, we will be adding appropriate sized landscaping back to the site.

Until next week, enjoy the remaining portion of your summer as it seems to be going very quickly and another school year is just around the corner!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 6, 2018
Supervisor's column August 6, 2018

At the town hall, we regularly hear from residents and others how they value the wonderful “quality of life” in Penfield. On that note, the Penfield Public Library has a plan to help you sample some of the “Best of Penfield” at their 5th annual open house on Sunday, August 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Librarian Bernadette Brinkman and her team have assembled more than 20 organizations to share information on the topics of wellness, public safety, faith, education, and much more. Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations, performances, activities, and exhibits. Come join in on the fun! Refreshments will be available and the admission is FREE. Please note that the library will be open for its regular business transactions during this event.

One last reminder…Senator Rich Funke will be hosting his 4th annual electronics recycling event on Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Bishop Kearney High School, 125 Kings Highway. Go to www.sunnking.com/acceptable-materials for a list of materials that will be accepted for recycling, and please note that there will be a limit of two CRT (tube) monitors or televisions per vehicle. Electronics recycling events are always popular and collection trucks fill quickly. Recyclers must stop collecting when they reach maximum capacity for the day, so plan on getting there early. This “rain or shine” collection is sponsored by Senator Funke, Spectrum, and Sunnking Recycling.

Keep an eye out for the “Fall 2018” Pen-Rec program brochure that is due to hit mailboxes later this week. This 50-page publication has a wonderful lineup of programs for residents of all ages. Registration begins on September 4. Due to the popularity of our programs, sessions fill up quickly so don’t delay registering for your favorite class, scenic trek, or program!

Budget 2019: This week marks the initial “roll-up” the town comptroller and I will have with the town board to review all department budget requests for 2019. I continue to be impressed with our department heads as they sort out “needs” versus “wants” as we continue to manage your tax dollars in the best interest of all residents. Areas that have seen the largest increase in proposed spending include the cost of the bond for the purchase of Shadow Pines, replacement costs of equipment within DPW, and medical expenses. We will be presenting the Tentative Budget to the public at the Wednesday, September 12 Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM. The Tentative Budget will be available for review on the website, in the town clerk’s office, and the Penfield Public Library following the presentation.

If you have driven by our DPW facilities on Jackson Road over the last week you will see the new pole barn taking shape. The contractor has informed us that they will have it completed by the week of August 13 or before. Financing of this cold storage facility comes from a grant we received from Senator Rich Funke to replace an early 1900s barn that had reached its useful life.

The next FREE guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held at Ellison Park this Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. Meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for hike signs. For more information and to pre-register for this free hike, call 340-8655, option 0. Please wear appropriate footwear (hiking boots/shoes) and PLEASE, NO PETS! 

The Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee and to help with manual labor for maintenance of trails. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

How do they do that? Penfield is home to many distinctive businesses and industries that generate curiosity. Now you can get a close-up look at what they do and how they do it! Take a tour of facilities, learn about business operations, and discover what goes on do day-to-day in our town. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about Penfield and the businesses that thrive here! Tour Dolomite Quarry on Tuesday, August 14 at 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM and Schutt’s Apple Mill & Country Store on Friday, August 24 at 10:00 AM. While the programs are FREE, please register each family member that will be attending by calling 340-8655. Specific instructions on meeting location and more will be sent to those who register.

Until next week, enjoy all that is going on in Penfield!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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