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May 31, 2019
RG&E Offers Tips to Customers in Flood Prone Areas

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — May 30, 2019 — RG&E, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is closely monitoring the increasing water levels along Lake Ontario in Monroe County. RG&E crews have been coordinating with emergency first responders to discuss appropriate steps involving potential shut-offs due to high water levels and erosion.

RG&E encourages property owners in flood-prone areas and those who experience persistent basement flooding to consider how their electricity and natural gas services could be affected by the increasing water levels. By taking appropriate actions, residents affected by flooding can ensure their safety and lessen potential property damage.

Flooding Preparation and Safety Tips

  • If the flooding of a home or business has already occurred or has the potential to occur, customers should contact their utility companies to have electricity and natural gas service turned off. RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701 for electrical emergencies, 1.800.743.1702 for gas emergencies, or 911. Customers should never attempt to turn off their electricity and natural gas service.
  • Stay out of flooded basements. Energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard; natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger.

Restoring Electric Service After Flooding

  • Anytime RG&E electric service is shut off due to an unsafe condition such as when the main fuse box or circuit breaker box is under water, it must be inspected by a certified electrical inspector before service can be restored.
  • Once flood waters have receded, customers should contact an electrician to make sure that it is safe to have electric service turned on before contacting their utility.
  • Someone must be present for service to be turned on, the basement must be free of water and the electrical panel must be clean and free of debris.
  • Customers and contractors should never attempt to turn on electric service.

Restoring Natural Gas Service After Flooding

  • To have RG&E natural gas service restored once flood waters have receded electric service must be turned on.
  • Customers should contact RG&E to have someone dispatched to reconnect the gas and turn on any appliances that were not affected by the flood water.
  • If any appliances are affected by the floodwaters, they will be tagged and isolated by an RG&E representative. Customers will then be directed to seek a plumbing or heating contractor to make the necessary repairs. After repairs are made, RG&E will return to clear the tag and restore service.
  • RG&E crews will also determine if the natural gas meter or regulator has been affected and will replace it as necessary.

May 28, 2019
Supervisor's column May 28, 2019

Last week I had the honor of joining the Penfield Business Chamber for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Perform Athletix Crossfit ATX located behind Panorama Plaza at 1601 Penfield Road. Their goal and mission is to provide a fun and exciting health and wellness experience to people from all walks of life. They use a functional fitness methodology and teach correct movements to improve their clients’ fitness and quality of life.

Crossfit is an intense, constantly varied program that uses compound functional movements from gymnastics, weightlifting, cardio, and odd object lifting to produce lasting fitness results. Many fitness goals, from strengthening to weight loss, can be achieved with this fun program.

Stop in and meet owner Chris Mandrino and his entire team to learn more about Crossfit and their other programs including HIIT Fit, Kids/Teen Fit, personal training, and nutrition support. Visit www.performathletix.com for more information. 

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance. This very moving event, featuring the somber parade of roses to the Veterans Memorial, becomes more popular each year. I would like to recognize and thank the following groups and individuals for making this program one of the most moving I have ever attended: Boy Scout Troop 312; Penfield High School Students for the National Anthem; the Penfield Pops Band and conductor Ken Scott; Rev. Steven Brotzman of the First Baptist Church of Penfield; essay winners Shreya Bhattacharya, Lauren Salvador, and Teaghan O’Donnell; and guest speaker Nick Stefanovic, Director of the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, who delivered a very powerful speech about his service in the Marine Corps and multiple tours overseas.

I would also like to recognize the Penfield Recreation Department, and especially Sabrina Renner, for coordinating this event. The ceremony was filmed by PCTV and will soon be available online so residents who missed the event may view the ceremony. From its Civil War origins to its modern day traditions, this is America’s most solemn holiday!

Senator Rich Funke held his annual 55+ Senior Health & Fitness Fun Fair in partnership with the Eastside Family YMCA last week. This year’s event had the highest attendance in all the years to date. Guests participated in many fitness programs and gathered beneficial health and wellness information from the many vendors. All material and presentations were geared towards having a positive impact on health and quality of life. Thank you, Senator Funke, for sponsoring this annual event; it does make a difference in our community. “Be Active, Be Well, Enjoy Life!”

The Penfield Public Library will once again be offering the children’s Summer Reading Game. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” They are offering early registration for those who would like to pick up summer reading game materials in June for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Please note that a child MUST be present to register. You may register at the following dates and times: Tuesday, June 11, 4:30-6:30 PM; Thursday, June 13, 4:30-6:30 PM; Monday, June 17, 5:00-7:00 PM; Wednesday, June 19, 6:00-8:00, PM; and Friday, June 21, 3:30-5:30 PM. The reading game begins Monday, June 24 and runs through Wednesday, July 31. For more details, please refer to page 43 of the PenRec brochure, summer 2019 edition or go to www.penfieldlibrary.org

Reminder…the annual Dayton’s Corners School pie social will be held this coming Sunday, June 2, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street. The event will include tours of the one-room school house, pony rides for children, and of course…pies from Baker Street Bakery! This is always a wonderful event and open to the entire community. Come join in on the fun, I hope to see you there.

Until next week, stay dry…hopefully summer weather is just around the corner!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


May 20, 2019
Supervisor's column May 20, 2019

Supervisor’s column May 20, 2019

This past Friday night was the 10th annual Strike Out Cancer (formerly known as Coaches vs. Cancer) baseball game between the Fairport and Penfield Baseball teams. Due to the unusually wet conditions the game was moved to the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. It was a great hard fought game that saw Fairport beating Penfield 1-0. However, the highlight of the game was when a check for $3,300 was presented to the American Cancer Society. In total, $3,800 was raised and donated by Penfield-Fairport families. 

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. They are doing all of this so we can live longer—and better. There were many winners Friday night…both teams and their families, people from both communities who donated to this great cause, and the American Cancer Society. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.8 billion in cancer research to find more—and better—treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life. Thank you to all who participated, you are awesome!

Mark your calendars for the next scenic trek sponsored and guided by the Penfield Trails Committee on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Webster Arboretum. Explore this unique garden of natural beauty in a park-like setting dedicated to quiet reflection, beauty, and the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Meet at Kent Park, 1700 Schlegel Road in Webster and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. While all hikes are FREE, please register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner. Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety or other crisis situations will be connected at the library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services. 

Adventure Camp a week-long camp intended for adventurous participants ages 10 to 14 who enjoy being outdoors. Every day will include a different adventure with activities like hiking, rafting/paddling, biking, climbing, and other outdoor excursions. Every participant will receive an adventure camp itinerary one week prior to the start of adventure camp. Drop off/pick up will be at Harris Whalen Lodge. The dates and times are as follows: Reg # 313005-01, August 19-23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, fee $200.00; Reg # 313005-02, August 19-23, early drop-off 8:00AM to 9:00 AM, fee $30.00. For more information on this program and many more offered by the Penfield Recreation Department, please go to www.penfieldrec.org

The new lineup for Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) is amazing! Programs are offered Monday through Friday on a variety of topics that include history, science, forensics, star trekking, food history, landscape architecture, art/painting, geology and much, much more. Please note that while most classes are FREE, registration is required. And remember…if you do not have a way to get to the programs, you can contact Bri-Pen Senior Rides. This service is for adults 65 and older who live or pay taxes in Penfield or Brighton. Bri-Pen also provides rides to medical appointments and religious services. Simply call 340-8674.

I just learned that Penfield Little League will hold its “opening day” ceremonies on Saturday, June 1 starting at 9:00 AM. As you may recall Mother Nature interfered with opening day on April 27 with wind, rain and a snow squall! We will be optimistic that it will be a wonderful sunny day with dry fields for the enjoyment of all the ball players and families watching the games.

Last reminder…our Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held next Monday, May 27 at 10:30 AM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans’ Memorial Park behind the town hall. If you, a member of your family, or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” ceremony to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email srenner@penfield.org. I hope to see you at this very special ceremony.

I close with a call-out for historical artifacts! Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and the local history room are continuously looking for new and different displays for those visiting this wonderful resource located within the Penfield Public Library. If you have materials that include photographs, tools, clothing, and like items please contact Kathy to see if your materials are candidates for a future display. The number of the Local History Room is 340-8740. Thank you in advance for helping to share some history of Penfield or this region with our residents and visitors to our community. 

Until next week, enjoy the milder and somewhat drier weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


May 15, 2019
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 27 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM.  

“Honoring our fallen service personnel is always important,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We can never allow our heroes and their service to this country to be forgotten. Our debt to them can never be repaid, however we can honor them with our gratitude and patriotism.” 

This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Director of Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency Nicholas Stefanovic, essays by middle school students, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band.

A highlight of the ceremony will be Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember active or fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans’ Memorial monument stone. Those who are interested in participating in this presentation should call 585-340-8651.

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.  


May 13, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 13, 2019

If by chance you have not seen or heard, the County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency for several waterways due to the high lake levels. Speed limit for all boat traffic is restricted to 5 MPH within 500 feet of the Lake Ontario shoreline in Monroe County, and in addition to the entirety of Irondequoit Bay, Braddock’s Bay and the Genesee River. The order effectively creates a “no wake zone” for these waterways to help minimize damage to shoreline properties and businesses from the high water levels along the lake. Penfield has a very small shoreline on the bay as compared to the towns of Irondequoit and Webster.

The current lake level is less than a foot from the 2017 high water level and the level will continue to rise over the next several weeks. The Monroe County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has coordinated sandbag delivery and filling operations in areas that have already begun to flood. Residents with requests, questions or concerns should contact their local town for a response and we will coordinate with the Monroe County OEM to fulfill those requests.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day”! One hundred twenty individuals came together Saturday morning and visited 21 properties to perform yard work and spring clean-up that included raking out flower beds, planting flowers, repairing lawn damage, spreading mulch and much more. This effort helped to carry on Terry’s legacy of friendship by continuing to help members of the community and to inspire others to do the same. A special shout out to the Rothfuss family for hosting all of the workers for light refreshments before beginning the clean-up and for Sabrina Renner from our Recreation Department who helped coordinate matching workers with neighbors who needed assistance. It was a beautiful day all around, the weather was perfect and the reward for everyone participating was priceless!

The Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance to be held on Monday May 27 at 10:30AM is fast approaching. If you, a member of your family or your organization would like to present a rose in the “Presentation of Roses” to honor men and women who have served our country, please register by calling 340-8651 or email srenner@penfield.org. If honoring a specific person, when registering please provide the name of the person, military branch, rank, years served and if the person is living or deceased. The town will provide the roses at no cost to any participant. Thank you in advance and we look forward to sharing the day with you.

The 2020 budget process for the town is officially kicked-off and all department heads are working on their first draft for submission by early June. The Comptroller and myself will be meeting with all departments during the month of July and then with the Town Board. As we hit various milestones during the process, I will update our residents via this column and through supervisor messages at www.penfield.org.

Next week I will highlight the exciting line-up planned at the Penfield Amphitheater beginning on Friday June 7 with Music & Food Truck Rodeo featuring the Penfield School District Bands from 4:40 – 8:00PM. Windows up at 4:00PM with a wonderful variety of popular food trucks. The Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located behind the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.  

Reminder for this Friday/Saturday…the DPW is hosting its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30AM to 5:00PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, and motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.

Until next week stay as dry as you can, hopefully the last several weeks are not an indication of the summer ahead, we will remain optimistic!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


May 6, 2019
Supervisor's Column May 6, 2019

Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to grow and expand every year. The Penfield Recreation Department is excited to add to the DEAR schedule additional FUNdraising and special events. This Friday May 10 come enjoy a meal and a movie all at the same time. This special event will feature appetizers, dinner and dessert all in the theme of the film. This month’s film will be “The Man Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain”, a lighthearted British comedy based on actual events. To register please contact the Rec Department at 340-8655, the program begins at 5:00PM and the cost is $25.00.

Reminder…the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday May 18th from 8:00 – 10:00AM 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 May breakfast proceeds will benefit Refugees Helping Refugees, a non-profit organization that serves refugees of Western New York. RHR seeks to foster the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. This is the last Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser for the season - please join them again in September! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please log-on at www.fbpenfield.org.

Mark your calendars for Spring Drop-off… DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 17, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The drop-off is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse, metals, concrete, brush, tree limbs, and tires. We will not accept TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, or driveway sealer.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) will once again be sponsoring “Summer Food for Kids”. You can help by donating tuna, macaroni & cheese, cereal, canned pasta, cheese/peanut butter crackers, applesauce, instant oatmeal packets and peanut butter & jelly in plastic jars.  Please drop off your food donations in the chute at the back of the Food Shelf, located at 1618 Jackson Road, by June 1. For more information about this program and other needs of this wonderful organization, please log-on at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide PEFS.  

Check out “Under the Tent” events at Baytowne Plaza, 1900 Empire Blvd. Beginning May 1 – October 30 there will be Penfield Farmers & Craft Market every Wednesday from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM; from May 15 – October 3 every Thursday will be Cruise Night from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM; beginning May 17 every 3rd Friday will feature Beats & Eats with live music and food trucks; beginning May 4th and running every other Saturday nights will be Outdoor Movie Nights with great family-oriented movies. This line-up of activities is focused to encourage family time within the Penfield Community. For more information and details about these events, please log-on at www.mybaytowne.com.

Important dates and events in history: May 8, 1792 – The United States Military Draft is established; May 8, 1794 – The United States Post Office is established; May 10, 1775 – American forces take the British fort at Ticonderoga, New York; and May 10, 1869 – the Transcontinental Railroad is completed at Promontory Point, Utah.

I close this week recognizing the life of Allan. D. Moore, father of Town Board member Andy Moore. Mr. Moore passed away on April 30, 2019. He was a graduate of John Marshall High School and Colgate University. He served in the United States Air Force and upon completion of his service he began a career in commercial and industrial real estate in Rochester, where he became owner of Moore & Bowles Commercial Real Estate and later Moore & Associates Real Estate. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire community of Penfield we send our condolences to the Moore family.

Until next be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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