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November 26, 2018
Supervisor's column November 26, 2018

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All December proceeds will go directly to benefit the new Open Door Mission’s Women & Children’s Residential Recovery Program. This initiative will provide a supportive transitional housing program for women and children in an environment that strengthens families through education, faith, responsibility, and independence. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Also there will be a special guest for this Flapjack Saturday…Santa will be joining you for breakfast! Fellowship Hall is handicap accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Thousand Acre Swamp. This 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. Meet at the rear of Penfield Volunteer Ambulance, 1585 Jackson Road and look for the “hike signs.”

The 2019 Town of Penfield calendar is now available. This calendar lists all of the board and committee meetings, community activities, hikes, important phone numbers, recipes, and much more. This calendar is sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department in conjunction with Wegmans, Hong Wah restaurant, and Woody Acres Farm. Pick up your copy at the community center, town hall or one of our sponsor’s locations.

Be on the lookout for the Winter/Spring 2019 Pen-Rec Brochure that will be hitting mailboxes over the next week. The online version will be available later this week. Program registration begins January 2, so do not delay in signing up as our programs are very popular and fill up quickly!

Solar array project update…as I mentioned last week, the solar array project is back on track. Over the next few months I will provide a regular update on the progress of this project located adjacent to the DPW facility on Jackson Road. Last week, the contractor completed the installation of approximately 350 I-beams that were driven into the ground to support racking and panels. Additionally, the trenching for all wire conduits began and is scheduled to be completed over the next several weeks. The racking frames were delivered last week and installation will begin over the next week or so, and the solar panels are due to arrive in mid-December. The current schedule shows a “permission to operate” (PTO) from RG&E towards the end of February.

Town employees sponsor a food drop container for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) in the rotunda of the town hall and deliver the non-perishable food goods at the end of each month. If you are in the town hall please feel free to drop off can goods and other items for PEFS—the difference your generosity can make in the lives of many Penfield families is amazing. I would like to recognize Heidi Boehl and her team in Building/Zoning/Fire Marshal for coordinating this effort. 

The next Pen-Rec “out-to-lunch” is scheduled for Friday, December 14 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the newly restored Lamberton Conservatory. You will depart from and return to the Community Center. The Lamberton Conservatory was originally constructed in 1911 and named in honor of Alexander B. Lamberton who was the president of the parks board from 1902 to 1915. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wonderful flora. The registration number for this program is 449450-07 and the fee is $12.00. 

The Hanukkah holiday begins at sundown on Sunday December 2 and runs through Monday, December 10. In celebration of Hanukkah, the Town of Penfield’s 5th annual menorah lighting will take place Tuesday, December 4 at 5:30 PM in Schaufelberger Park in the Four Corners. For more information, please contact Amy Steklof in the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8629 or

Important dates and events in history: November 28, 1775 – The Continental Navy is established by the Continental Congress; December 2, 1823 – The Monroe Doctrine is affirmed by President James Monroe in an address to Congress; December 3, 1818 – Illinois is the 21st state admitted to the Union.

Until next week, please consider visiting one of our many tree farms and farm markets to pick out a tree, wreath and other local products for this holiday season. Supporting local businesses makes a difference to our community in so many ways…thank you in advance!  


November 19, 2018
Supervisor's column November 19, 2018

The 2018 Penfield Recreation Master Plan Committee recently completed a Recreation Input Survey to gather feedback from residents on the town’s recreation resources and offerings. They would now like to invite Penfield residents to participate in the next step of the Master Plan Update process, which is a Public Input Forum to be held on Thursday, November 29, 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This is an opportunity to speak directly to staff and the committee regarding Penfield's current and future indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities and needs.

The more input received from the community, the more effective the plan will be for the next five years. If you are interested in this topic please attend and participate in person. If you have ideas to share but cannot attend there is also an opportunity to give input online at (click on the quick links on the right side and choose 2018 Master Plan Update). Thank you in advance for your support on this very important project! 

Does your family have what it takes to be elves? Why not find out at Santa's Little Elf Training Workshop on Saturday, December 8 at Dolomite Lodge to learn the basic skills needed to be Santa's helper! Meet Santa himself and take part in his ultimate training program. Register as a family for $10.00 and choose your time: 11:00 AM (#412660-A) or 12:30 PM (#412660-B) There is limited enrollment, please register early!  

Holiday gift wrapping help needed: The Monroe County Sheriff's Office needs help wrapping gifts for their 2018 toy drive on Tuesday, December 18, 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Bus transportation to the Monroe County Sheriff's headquarters downtown will be provided and will depart the Penfield Community Center at 8:30 AM. Participants should meet at the community center no later than 8:15 AM. Dozens of gifts will be waiting to be wrapped, refreshments will be provided, and there will be a tour of the facility and a meet-and-greet with some of the officers of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. If you would like to be a part of the team, please call 340-8655, option 0 to reserve a spot.

One last reminder… residents may begin reserving Penfield lodges and shelters for 2019 on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 AM. Lodges and shelters may be reserved online or in-person; however, we highly recommend reserving online. You will need a Penfield Recreation household account in order to reserve, so please make sure you do this BEFORE December 5 to avoid reservation delays. For more information and to obtain a household account, please log-on at Our lodges are very popular and demand is high, sign-in early to get your preferred date(s) for rental.

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert to be held on Monday, December 3 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School Auditorium. This concert is entitled Favorites for the Holidays and is sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. Music Director and Conductor Dr. David Harman has lead the PSO for nineteen years and promises another wonderful performance to help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Free rides to the concerts are available through Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Please call two weeks before the concert, rides are subject to driver availability. For more information on this concert and others during the 2018-2019 season, please go to

After a long delay by the contractor, work has actively started back up on the town’s 1.2-plus kilowatt solar project located at the DPW facility on Jackson Road. This project we are undertaking with Tesla is now due to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. Power generated from this system will go towards off-setting the cost of electricity for our three major facilities: the town hall, community center, and DPW. To give you a sense of the electrical power projected to be generated annually from this system, it would power the equivalent of 300 homes per year for the life of the panels which is project to be 25-plus years. The installation costs and materials are being paid for by Tesla with no Penfield taxpayer funding. Tesla and the Town of Penfield will share in the profits generated from the project. 

Until next week, please enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and remember why the day was established. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Sadly, what Thanksgiving has become to many is a cloud of media hype, sales pitches, marketing tactics, and blitz commercialism. Please take a moment during the day to give thanks!


November 13, 2018
Supervisor's column November 13, 2018

As we prepare for the 2018-19 snow season, the Department of Public Works and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind homeowners that Section 1219 of the Vehicle and Traffic law and section 214 of the Highway Law of New York State specifically prohibit placing snow, ice or other substances upon the highway, including pavement, shoulders, and ditches. These restrictions include pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac. 

Many neighbors complain about violations of these laws during the winter months. Failure to comply with these laws may result in response, tickets, and fines from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Please help keep our roadways safe for all residents in our community by plowing, blowing or shoveling snow only onto your own property. If you contract with a snow plowing service please share this communication and ask them to ensure you are in compliance with the law. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Bri-Pen rides is a community volunteer transportation service for seniors age 65 and older who require transportation to medical appointments, religious services and town community centers. Clients must be ambulatory and not on oxygen (canes and walkers are acceptable; however, this service cannot accommodate wheelchairs). This service is available to seniors who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield. Rides are available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) weekdays for medical appointments, weekends for religious services and any day for community centers. For planning purposes, ride requests must be made one to three weeks in advance. Rides are dependent on driver availability, and the service may not be used for medical appointments that require any type of sedation.

Please note that VOLUNTEER DRIVERS AND DISPATCHERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteer drivers are screened and trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and they receive supplemental insurance for their services. Dispatchers work out of their home one day a week three hours or less. If you are interested, please call 585-340-8674 to request enrollment in the program, to schedule a ride, volunteer, or make a donation.

Tonight (November 13) at 7:00 PM the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee will be holding a public information meeting to give residents an opportunity to offer up their ideas on how the property should be used in the future. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may go online and fill out an electronic form to submit your ideas to the committee. This form will be available until December 4.

As you can imagine, there are a number of rumors and false statements on social media about what will or will not happen to the property and buildings. As I have stated before, please refer to the town’s website for the most accurate information about this project and other projects in our community. Some misinformed individuals are intentionally or unintentionally sharing inaccurate details about the Clark House, overall use of the property, and are making other generally false statements. Complete details on the current status of the property can be found by logging on to, and clicking on Shadow Pines. 

The holidays are fast approaching—are you looking for a unique and always appreciated gift for someone? Give your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Road, or over the phone with a credit card at (585) 340-8655, option 0. Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use, the gift of wellness!

Important dates and events in history: November 11, 1918 – the Allied and Central Powers sign an Armistice, ending World War I, now celebrated as Veterans Day. I hope everyone took a moment to reflect on this 100 year anniversary. November 17, 1869 – the Suez Canal opens for business, in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and Red seas; November 18, 1805 – Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean.

Until next week be well and be safe!


November 13, 2018
Recreation Master Plan Community Input Forum

Penfield residents and organizations recently completed a Recreation Input Survey as part of the public input on the 2018 Penfield Recreation Master Plan Update. The Master Plan Update Committee invites residents and organizations to participate in the next step in the process—a Community Input Forum—on Thursday, November 29, 7:15 to 8:30 PM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield.

“The more input we receive from the community, the more efficient the plan we can put in place for the next five years,” said Penfield Recreation Director Chris Bilow. “I encourage folks to come and participate in person, however, we realize not everyone will be able to attend, so there is also an opportunity to give input through our website.” 

This event will allow an informal opportunity to interact with town staff, as well as the Master Plan Committee members, and share their vision for the future of recreation in Penfield. The focus of this session will be to gather input on the four core areas of the Master Plan: Facilities, Programs, Parks and People.

November 6, 2018
Supervisor's column November 6, 2018

With the heating season upon us, RG&E has asked me to remind residents to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas that can quickly harm you and your family. Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and loss of muscle control. Prolonged exposure to CO can lead to serious illness and even death. CO is produced by incomplete combustion from boilers, furnaces, water heaters, gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and natural gas ranges. The incomplete combustion of charcoal, oil, wood or propane also can produce CO, which may reach dangerous levels in enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces and poorly ventilated areas. To help keep you safe, RG&E recommends that you:

Use CO detectors. (New York state law now requires CO detectors in most residences.)

Have a professional check heating systems, chimneys, flues and vents once a year.

Always read, understand, and follow manufacturer’s instructions when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters or fireplaces.

Never use an emergency generator indoors, including the garage.

Never use a natural gas stove, oven or charcoal grill as an indoor heat source.

It is hard to believe we are starting to discuss the 2018-2019 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 Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and school officials are concerned about the growing dangerous behavior of drivers not stopping for school buses that are picking up or dropping off our children and grandchildren. Please save yourself the price of a ticket and points on your license and stop for stopped school buses. Most importantly, protect the safety of our children! 

Residents may begin reserving the Penfield lodges and shelters for 2019 on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 AM. Lodges and shelters may be reserved online or in person; however, we highly recommend reserving online. You will need a Penfield Recreation household account in order to reserve, so please make sure you do this BEFORE December 5 to avoid reservation delays. For more information and to obtain a household account, please go to

The Penfield Public Library offers many wonderful children’s programs throughout the year. The one that recently caught my eye that I would like to share with you is the Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM and 2:00 to 3:45 PM. This program is for children in first through fifth grades accompanied by an adult. For more information on this and other programs please visit These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library.

Keep an eye out for the Pen-Rec “Winter/Spring 2019” brochure due out in the next week to 10 days. This edition will feature many seasonal favorites along with a number of new programs. Remember to register early as our programs are very popular and tend to fill up quickly. 

Another reminder…with the heavy rains this past week and with more rain in the forecast, please remember to clean the leaves from catch basins and yard inlets in front of your home. Do not pile leaves in swales or drainage ways and never pile leaves in roadways. Thank you in advance for helping to minimize flooding in your neighborhood.

Until next week, be well and be safe. Please remember to watch out for stopped school buses with their warning lights on. It is against the law to pass a stopped bus with the lights on; violations result in a significant fine and points on your license.



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