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June 27, 2019
DEC Announces Progress in Efforts to Eradicate Dangerous and Invasive Giant Hogweed

Public Reminded to Report Giant Hogweed Locations, Especially as Plants Begin Blooming

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that statewide efforts to control giant hogweed are making substantial headway in eradicating this large, invasive, and dangerous plant. The Giant Hogweed Program, managed by DEC's Division of Lands and Forests, is in its twelfth year and has eradicated the plants from 623 sites, with another 448 plant-free sites being monitored.

"With the assistance of our local partners, DEC's Giant Hogweed Program has made excellent progress in removing this dangerous invasive from New York communities," said Commissioner Seggos. "DEC not only works to eradicate this health hazard, but also to raise public awareness about how to recognize it, avoid it, and report it. We urge New Yorkers to stay vigilant and report potential giant hogweed to DEC, especially during the next few weeks as the plants begin to bloom and become more noticeable."

Giant hogweed can cause severe skin and eye irritation, including painful burns and scarring when skin exposed to its sap becomes more sensitive to UV radiation. As a noxious weed, is unlawful to propagate, sell, or transport. In addition to health concerns, giant hogweed negatively impacts the state's ecosystem by crowding out native plants and contributing to soil erosion.

Over the years, the diligence of DEC and its regional and municipal partners has led to the confirmation of 2,484 giant hogweed sites in 51 counties. The majority of active sites are concentrated in Central and Western New York. With landowner permission, crews visit and remove these invasive plants using root-cutting, herbicide, and umbel (flower head) removal control methods.

DEC today released a 2018 Annual Report, which details the progress being made to identify giant hogweed and eradicate this noxious weed. During the 2018 season:

  • Crews visited 1,993 sites to survey for or control giant hogweed;
  • No plants were found for the third consecutive year at 118 sites, bringing the total number of eradicated sites to 623 - an increase of 25 percent from 2017;
  • Of all sites previously treated for infestation, 43 percent (1,071 sites) had no plants in 2018;
  • Crews removed approximately 678,000 plants from 1,271 sites during the 2018 field season;
  • Stream surveys were conducted for the first time last year. Crews searched upstream for additional infestations that may have contributed to known giant hogweed locations from seeds being carried downstream. A two-person crew visited 317 stream-side properties, surveyed 37.6 miles of stream frontage, and found 76 new infestations;
  • Of the sites statewide that still had plants, 71 percent (1,005) had less than 100 plants and are considered small sites that can be eradicated relatively quickly. DEC expects many more of these sites to have no new plants in the next few years; and
  • Larger sites are responding well to control. Many larger sites that required herbicide treatment are now small enough to be treated by root cutting. Fewer sites have large flowering plants and, in general, sites are patchier than in previous years.

In addition to working with regional and municipal partners, the public has been an invaluable partner in DEC's Giant Hogweed Program, by submitting about 2,000 location reports via phone calls and e-mails each year. Giant hogweed is currently flowering, making this one of the easiest times of the year to locate the plant. Flowering giant hogweed are eight to 14 feet tall and have large, flat-topped clusters of small white flowers, a green stem with purple blotches and coarse white hairs, and large leaves up to five feet across.

If a member of the public finds giant hogweed, please do not touch the plant, take photos of the entire plant (stem, leaves, flower, seeds), note the location, and send a report with the information via email to ghogweed@dec.ny.gov, text to 518-320-0309, or call the Information Line at 845-256-3111. If confirmed, DEC will contact the landowner to discuss control options. To report and learn more about other invasive species, the public can use the iMapInvasives database and mapping tool that helps share and coordinate information about detections and response efforts.

New York State is taking a comprehensive approach to reduce the negative impacts of invasive species through control or removal activities, research, and spread prevention. Recently, Governor Cuomo announced more than $2.8 million in grants to DEC's partners across the state for a variety of projects to address invasive species, including giant hogweed. From July 7-13, 2019, New York State will hold Invasive Species Awareness Week featuring statewide events that encourage New Yorkers to help protect the state's resources from the negative impacts of invasive species.

For more information about giant hogweed, including eradication efforts, plant ID, or to view the 2018 Annual Report, visit DEC's website.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html


June 24, 2019
Supervisor's column June 24, 2019

More than one hundred people were in attendance for the Genesee Land Trust’s 30th Anniversary Community Celebration and Irene Gossin Nature Preserve Opening this past Sunday. The new preserve is located on Five Mile Line Road opposite Rothfuss Park. Mrs. Gossin was the first elected female supervisor in Penfield; her terms ran 1972 to 1979 and 1982 to 1983. This beautiful property will remain as open space for generations of residents and visitors to our community to enjoy. It features a field setting with stands of trees, swamp land, a drainage way, wildlife, multiple species of plants and flowers, and pathways for the public to explore. Mrs. Gossin passed on June 20, 2016 at the age of 97, leaving her mark on the environmental fabric of Penfield forever.

Beginning this week our Highway crews will be moving fill from a work site on Harris Road to a stretch of Whalen Road along the curve near Clark Road. This is a safety improvement project we are working on in conjunction with the County of Monroe Transportation Department to reduce the steep drop from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. Fill will be graded and seeded from the roadway down across the grassy area and over a row of tree stumps that could not be removed because RG&E utilities run directly beneath the former tree line.

The 2020 budget process is well underway. Last week, department heads submitted their tentative budgets and Priorities & Goals for the coming year. Over the next month the Comptroller and I will be reviewing proposed expenses and projected revenues with each department as we prepare for reviews with the town board and scheduling required public hearings. I will keep you updated as to how things are shaping up for 2020 as we hit various milestones throughout the process.

The $4 million Empire Blvd. road improvement project that begins in Irondequoit and runs through Penfield to Webster is well underway and will continue into the fall. The project includes new road surface preparation, turning lanes, and pedestrian upgrades. Please drive safely in this area, watch out for workers, and do not speed! Tickets in work zones are subject to double fines and significant point penalties. Thank you in advance for your understanding and safe driving behaviors.

Reminder…this Tuesday’s (June 25) amphitheater event features Mr. Loops, very popular with children and families and always a big hit on our stage. Please come join in the fun from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. On Tuesday, July 9 “It’s My Party” is on stage to entertain you. Since 1985, It’s My Party has been delivering a vintage 1960s experience complete with a 14-piece orchestra and original songs written just for the group. Tight harmonies, vintage costumes, and retro choreography are all set to the highest standards of the 1960s girl groups. All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage located in the park behind the town hall.

I would like to recognize and congratulate all elementary students who are moving up to junior high, and all junior high students moving up to high school. To all graduating seniors, best wishes for your next chapter whether that be college, the military, learning a trade, or starting a new job. Enjoy your summer!

The Penfield Public Library offers a wide variety of programming during the summer months including reading games, crafty fun days, summer family story time, and more! Please view all the various programs on page 43 of the Pen-Rec brochure or visit www.penfieldlibrary.org

URGENT…hero drivers are needed immediately for Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Please call 340-8674 if you are able to help. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and are given FREE supplemental care insurance. The program offers rides to Brighton or Penfield seniors for medical appointments, religious services or town recreation centers. Thank you in advance if you are able to help out…it does make a difference for so many seniors!

Until next week…I hope to see you at our Independence Day Celebration this coming Saturday, June 29. The parade begins at 10:00 AM, and music and food at Harris Whalen Park run from 6:00 to 10:00 PM with fireworks at 10:00 PM. I hope to see you there!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 20, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Fill placement along Whalen Road near Clark Road

Beginning the week of June 25, Highway crews will be moving fill from a work site on Harris Road to a stretch of Whalen Road along the curve near Clark Road. (Both Harris and Whalen Roads are county roads.) This is a safety improvement project to reduce the steep drop from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. Fill will be graded and seeded from the roadway down across the grassy area and over a row of tree stumps that cannot be removed because RG&E utilities run directly beneath the former tree line. Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.


June 18, 2019
Supervisor’s column June 18, 2019

A quick reminder…Penfield welcomes Eastside Swingtet to Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage tonight, Tuesday, June 18. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is family friendly. Eastside Swingtet is a Rochester-based nine-piece ensemble playing the music of the Big Band era. Musicians include members of the Penfield Rotary Band, Perinton Concert Band, and other local groups. 

Next Tuesday, June 25, will feature Mr. Loops. He is popular with children and families and is always a big hit on our stage. Please come and join in on the fun from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the amphitheater. I would like to recognize and thank this year’s sponsors of the amphitheater series: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis; The Woodlands at Fairport Baptist Homes; Synergy IT Solutions, and Wegmans. Without the assistance of these great companies we would not be able to provide the quality programing we do for our residents. 

The Penfield Art Association’s 55th annual spring exhibit held at the Penfield Community Center is in the history books with another successful program that featured 150 works by 54 local artists; thirty-two members were honored for outstanding work at this show. 

The judge for this year’s show was Roland “Chip” Stevens. A noted watercolor artist in the Rochester area, Chip has received awards in numerous national, state, and regional exhibitions. He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Central New York Watercolor Society, Rochester Art Club, and Whiskey Painters of America. 

This year’s Best of Show was Winter Sunset by Jack Heister and the Small Works Award was given to Mary Lynn Miraglia for Bay Serenity. Megan Metildi, who will graduate from Penfield High School in June, received the annual Penfield Art Association student award for 2019. Metildi is the daughter of Ingrid and Alec Metildi;  she will enter SUNY Alfred this fall majoring in digital media and animation. Her goal is to pursue a career in the field of animation, working in video game design.

Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has more than 75 members from the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. For more details about this wonderful organization, please go to www.penfieldartassociation.com

The Irene L. Gossin Nature Preserve will open this weekend on Sunday, June 23 at 1:00 PM. The site is located across the street from Rothfuss Park on Five Mile Line Road. This event is open to the public.

“Under the Tent” events at BayTowne Plaza features Penfield Farmers & Craft Market every Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:30 PM through October 30. Come and visit this new venue designed to provide you with fresh produce and gifts for all members of your family. For more details, visit www.mybaytowne.com

Next Saturday, June 29, is the annual Independence Day Celebration. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and run from Penfield High School, down Five Mile Line Road to Rt. 441, and up to Baird Road ending at the Community Center. This year’s parade marshal is Honor Flight Rochester. We are once again honored to have Mr. Don Alhart as the parade emcee.

Music, food and fun begin at 6:00 PM at Harris Whalen park and run until the fireworks at 10:00 PM. There will be music onstage from Allegro and Northside Johnny. For all the details go to www.penfield.org or www.penfieldrec.org. I hope to see you there!

Important Dates and Events in History: June 18, 1812 – United States declares war on Britain; June 22, 1940 – France surrenders to Germany; June 22, 1942 – the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the flag officially recognized by U.S. Congress; and on June 22, 1944 – the GI Bill is signed into law – a great reward for returning WW II Heroes.

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather, I hope to see you out in the community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 12, 2019
Eastside Swingtet to Perform at Penfield Amphitheater June 18

Penfield will welcome Eastside Swingtet to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, June 18. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is family friendly.

Eastside Swingtet is a Rochester-based nine-piece ensemble playing the music of the Big Band era. Musicians include members of the Penfield Rotary Band, Perinton Concert Band, and other local groups. 

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. Upcoming shows include kid-friendly performer Mr. Loops, It’s My Party, Alfred St. John Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Band, and many more! The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


June 10, 2019
Remembering Dr. Don Nelson-Nasca and open house invitation from his family

Remembering a friend, resident, distinctive and special individual, and long-standing member of the Penfield Local History Room Advisory Committee…and an open house invitation as "Penfield says Goodbye to Donald Nelson-Nasca, a Renaissance Man."

Don’s partner, Diane, and his family would like to invite you to an open house event to join them in Don's Celebration of Life on Friday, June 14 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at 1661 Sweets Corners Road, Fairport, NY 14450 (in Penfield!). This is a chance to be together, share memories, good times, view Don's extensive hobbies in their home and barn, enjoy some food and beverages, and celebrate this exceptional Renaissance man.

For those interested, Don's Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 15 at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main Street Brockport, NY 14420.

Dr. Donald Nelson-Nasca passed away suddenly at age 85 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He graduated from Fredonia High School, Fredonia College, earned an MS in Science at Cornell, and his EdD in Education at the University of Buffalo in 1965. Don’s 50-year career touched thousands of students, faculty, teachers, and administrators throughout the Greater Rochester area, NYS, and the USA. He thrived on research, writing, teaching, and evaluating programs/projects at all levels. Don’s greatest joys were inspiring students to create, explore, develop new knowledge, question, and solve problems. 

Dr. Nasca’s illustrious career included 48 years as a professor at Brockport College, a year teaching science in Brighton, and a year as Headmaster of Calasanctius in Buffalo, a school for gifted children. In the 1970s, Don was President of the NYS Gifted Association. He professed his love and knowledge of gifted education throughout the US, Canada, and Brazil. This interest led him to accept an invitation to serve as Clinical Professor in Residence in Brockport’s International Teaching Center at Escola American do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 18 months.

Don loved science and nature. This is seen in his early years teaching 8th grade science in the Brockport Campus School, his doctoral thesis via UB, development of hands-on science kits for Instructor magazine, and dozens of articles published in journals and magazines. 

Don was a Renaissance man, as mirrored in his academia world, hobbies, and home. At 63, he learned to fly an airplane. He was an antique buff, evident in their 1910 restored home and 1840s hand hewn beam barn. Antiques, primitives, and duck decoys fill the home. He shared his expertise with the Penfield community as a distinguished member of the Town’s Local History Room Advisory Committee. 

Don was also a natural athlete playing basketball until age 75! He fished, hunted, biked, hiked, canoed, kayaked, wind surfed, ran, swam, and played golf, tennis, and handball. Don rode motorcycles and even learned to scuba dive at 49. A photographer, marksman, and remote-control model plane builder, are additional hobbies. In 2012, he became a wine maker winning NYS Fair awards. 

Don's love of science is seen in his property and lifestyle. Don and Diane have five beautiful acres filled with apple trees, a vegetable garden, lush flower beds, a waterfall pond that Don built, dozens of trees, and manicured lawns. The naturalist is evident in Don's own oil and acrylic paintings, selection of art work, Remington sculptures, Bierstadt, Robert Bateman, and Andrew Wyeth paintings, music, and furnishings. He was a carpenter and master woodworker and his creations are echoed in home decor, furniture, a wrap-around porch, and tiered deck that he built with his son. Don loved travel, musicals, theater, and mysteries. 

Don’s expertise and activities relating to the Civil War developed in the last fifteen years. Don possesses a collection of original letters his Civil War great-great grandfather sent home which inspired him to "research" Civil War stories and collect other Civil War items, including artifacts and uniforms. In retirement, he immensely enjoyed sharing his knowledge and some of his collection with others; for example, delivering PowerPoint presentations in full Civil War uniform with musket and artifact displays for students and organizations.

As you might imagine, Don donated his body to the University of Rochester for medical research. One would say that Don loved research, right to the end!

If you plan to stop in at the open-house please let Diane know by calling 377-0503.


June 10, 2019
Supervisor's column June 10, 2019

In March, I wrote about and introduced you to Sung Kim, better known as Master Kim of Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute located in the heart of Panorama Plaza. I shared the fact that he and his family would be traveling to Seoul, South Korea in April so that he could test for his 8th Degree Black Belt at KUKKIWON (KKW), The World Taekwondo Headquarters. If successful, at 45 years old, Master Kim would become the youngest 8th Degree Black Belt in the United States certified by KUKKIWON, which is the only rank accepted by the International Olympic Committee.

I am honored to report that Master Kim was indeed successful in his testing and it has been confirmed that at 45 years old, he is the youngest in the United States with this distinction. The KKW further confirmed that he is one of the five youngest in the world, the other four are from South Korea.

This past weekend my family and I had the honor of attending Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute’s Black Belt Ceremony. It began with Master Kim being recognized for his achievement, and importantly, the ceremony honored his parents. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield I would like to recognize and congratulate Master Kim…now Grand Master Kim!

One might ask that with this achievement, what else is there for him to do? Perhaps you do not know Grand Master Kim! I have heard him say many times, “With rank comes responsibility.” He will set the standard and is jumping in on several new projects. First, there is the USAT Nationals from June 26 to July 1 in Minneapolis; next he will support National Collegiate Taekwondo Association President Chuang as Team USA Director at the Summer World University Games in Naples, Italy from July 2 to July 15 (Universiade Napoli 2019 will host more than 8,000 athletes from 40 nations competing in 18 sports). He has accepted the USA Taekwondo Region #8 Head Poomsae Coach position; he will be in Colorado Springs, CO, July 25 to 27 supporting the 11th Annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang; September 27 and 28 he will be in Las Vegas for the American Sabumnim Association conference for martial arts school owners, and he is planning to host the first ever KKW Licensing Course in the northeast. It would be the International Master Course for 3rd Dan and above and the Poom/Dan Examiner for 4th Dans and higher. KKW will conduct the course and will send a Grandmaster Instructor to teach this in Rochester, New York.

Thank you Grand Master Kim for everything you do to support our community and residents, you make a difference each and every day!

Speaking of wonderful role models, I had the honor and pleasure of attending an Eagle Court of Honor over the weekend for Sean Leccarde and Fletcher Heath from Troop 312. Sean and Fletcher represent Eagle Scouts #114 and 115 for this troop. Fletcher’s Eagle project was to build seven book shelves that were delivered to the Metropolitan YMCA; they are intended to serve as book swap shelves where adults and children can leave a book and exchange it for another one.

Sean’s Eagle project was to build an irrigation system for the Eastside YMCA Community Gardens. Volunteers grow food at the garden and donate it to the Penfield Food Shelf. On behalf of the Town of Penfield I want to recognize and thank Sean and Fletcher on achieving the rank of Eagle. I also want to wish them both well as they head off to college this fall. These two young men that will make a difference in all they do in life…great job guys and congratulations!

The 2019 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage started off with a bang this past Friday night with the annual food truck and music event featuring bands from Penfield schools. The weather was wonderful, there was a nice variety of food, drink and ice cream, and the music was delightful. Thank you to all who attended to support the students. 

The summer concert series continues with the Penfield Pops Band tonight (Monday, June 10) at 7:00 PM and tomorrow night (June 11) with Teagan & the Tweeds from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The concert series runs through August 27 and is capped off with the annual Tastin’ the Blues on Saturday, September 14. For more information and details please consult page 7 of the Pen-Rec Brochure or go to www.penfieldrec.org

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


June 10, 2019
Penfield's 2019 Independence Day Parade & Events

The Town of Penfield will hold Independence Day celebration events on Saturday, June 29, 2019, including a patriotic parade, music and food at Harris Whalen Park, and a huge fireworks display.

The annual Independence Day parade will kick off our 2019 celebration at 10:00 am. The parade will begin at Penfield High School and travel to Penfield Community Center via Rt. 441. Parade highlights include the music of Penfield Fire Company Band, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, Downbeat Percussion, Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum, Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band, and much more! Mr. Don Alhart will be back as Emcee, and this year’s Parade Marshal is Honor Flight Rochester, represented by Penfield resident Richard Stewart.

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit, fully-volunteer organization with a goal of taking every veteran who otherwise would not or could not go, and who wants to fly, to Washington D.C. to visit Memorials built in their honor. Honor Flight Rochester was formed in July 2008, and is one of 132 established hubs in the national Honor Flight Network covering 46 states.

“Honor Flight has become such an important part of our community and the broader community of Monroe County,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We are fortunate to have the President and CEO reside right here in Penfield. All of our residents want to recognize what a wonderful thing this group does, transporting our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials, and to thank Mr. Stewart for leading the way.” 

Events will reconvene at Harris Whalen Park at 6:00 pm with food vendors available and Allegro and Northside Johnny on stage throughout the evening. The area’s largest fireworks display will commence at 10:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

More information, including traffic flow and additional events, is available on our website.


June 4, 2019
Penfield Recreation WebTrac Update

Penfield Recreation's registration and reservation software WebTrac will be unavailable Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00AM until approximately 12:00PM for scheduled maintenance. Thank you for your patience!


June 4, 2019
Supervisor's column June 4, 2019

It took five weeks from the original date of April 27 to hold Penfield Little League’s Opening Day; however, this past Saturday there was finally a nice “Opening Day II” parade with plenty of sunshine and excitement in the air. All the planned games were played with a new twist, in that the Red Wings took over a game as coaches of each team and the “Voice of the Red Wings” announced the game!

I would like to recognize and thank Penfield Little League President Greg Kamp and the Board of Directors, as well as Parks Foreman Tim Masterton and his entire team, for working extra hours to manage the fields with our unusually wet spring. These two groups spent countless hours to ensure fields were safe, not damaged by early play, and ready for a great experience by our youngest residents. If you want to see some great baseball, enjoy a burger or hot, and be part of some of the best baseball in the region, stop down most any night and join in, it is a quintessential summer experience. 

While Sunday started out on a wet note, the Annual Pie Social at the historic Dayton’s Corners School/Museum (DCS) went on with sunshine, pony rides, activity on the playground, tours of the school, and plenty of pies, cookies, and lemonade. I saw many familiar faces and new visitors enjoying this wonderful Penfield resource. I would like to recognize and thank DCS coordinator Barbara Quinn and her entire teaching team for this wonderful event and for hosting fourth graders from across county so they can experience a school day in a one-room school house. Everyone had a great time, pies were sold out, are plans are already underway for next year!

Last week I was invited to a presentation by Laura Streeter who teaches Participation in Government at Penfield High School. Her class studied parking patterns at the high school and the community center to analyze what could be done to add more parking at the high school and help reduce parking at the community center. I was impressed with the variety of recommendations and solutions identified by the students. Their ideas will be reviewed by school administration for possible implementation in the fall. Great job all! Your interest, creativity, and recommendations could help improve parking for both the school and town for many years to come.

I would like to share with you some information about an amazing person I met about 20 years ago. Over the years I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and learn of her amazing accomplishments. She is Joyce McChesney, M.D. Upon graduation from high school in 1943, Joyce began a six-year medical education odyssey that took her first to the University of Rochester and then to Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio for pre-med. Then it was on to Northwestern University in Chicago to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947, a bachelor of medicine degree in 1948, and finally her M.D. in 1949.

Having proven herself capable of choosing and successfully traveling a road rarely taken by women of her generation, Joyce decided to specialize in anesthesiology, a part of medicine which was virtually non-existent at the time. In 1950, she became a resident in anesthesia at the Sawtelle Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. By 1952, she had opened her own anesthesiology practice.

Upon returning to Rochester, Joyce spent the next thirty years as the attending anesthesiologist at St. Mary’s Highland and Monroe Community Hospitals, was a member of the staff at Meyers Community Hospital in Sodus, and was a consultant anesthesiologist at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. From 1970 to 1983, Joyce was appointed chair of the division of neuro-anesthesiology at St/ Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Joyce became one of the first anesthesiologists, let alone female anesthesiologists, in practice anywhere in the country.

On May 24, 2019, her family and the entire medical community lost Joyce at the age of 92. I am honored to have known Joyce. She was an incredible woman who gave much to her family, friends, profession, and to society in general. For a complete biography of Dr. Joyce M. McChesney, please visit the National Library of Medicine website.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony 

supervisor@penfield.org 




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