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July 30, 2019
Supervisor’s column July 30, 2019

The first of three years of the NYS Little League Championship in Penfield is in the history books! Congratulations to Haverstraw, who will advance to play the winners from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, August 4 to 10 in Bristol, Connecticut. The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

I would like to recognize Greg Kamp, President of Penfield Little League (PLL), and the PLL Board of Directors for all their work to make this event happen here in Penfield. I would also like to thank the many PLL players and their parents for volunteering, the Penfield Business Chamber, and the Penfield DPW Parks Department for their work on the fields and complex. Lastly, many thanks to all the wonderful sponsors who stepped up to support this amazing event. Your commitment to this program and our community is appreciated…thank you!

Our goal for the next two years working in partnership with PLL is to make this championship event bigger and better so that Little League International ALWAYS wants the NYS League Championship to stop in Penfield on the way to Williamsport!

The next amphitheater event is tonight, Tuesday, July 30, as “Paulsen & Baker” (kids/family) takes the stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 6, will feature the “Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.” All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall; food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

The next scenic trek hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Ellison Park. Discover the “offbeat” pathways that reveal the natural vistas. Please wear appropriate footwear and no pets are allowed. Meet at the south entrance, 1008 Penfield Road and look for the hike signs.

Bri-Pen Senior Rides…this community volunteer transportation service is for adults 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 fine. Service cannot accommodate wheelchairs.)

Older adults who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield are eligible to receive this client donation-based service. Rides are available 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) on weekdays for medical appointments, on 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.

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 for three hours or less. Please call 585-340-8674 to request enrollment in the program, to schedule a ride, or volunteer.

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: (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!

Until next week, enjoy the latter part of the week…warm temperatures, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine. This is what we wait for every year!

Tony 

supervisor@penfield.org


July 25, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Come support NYS Little League Championship in Penfield

If you don’t already know this, the New York State Little League baseball championship tournament for 10-12 year olds is underway this week at the Penfield Little League Complex at the town hall. This is an exciting event for Penfield Little League to host and great fun to watch. The fields are in top condition and the volunteers at Rose’s café are busy serving hungry fans, families, and players. With this event comes many visitors to Penfield. If you see teams and their families out and about at hotels, restaurants, stores—or just about anywhere—please say hello and welcome them to Penfield.

Today (Thursday) the teams have a break from playing and are out in the community attending camps and doing other activities. However, players will be back at the complex to compete in a home run derby today at 3:30 PM. Games resume Friday and continue through the championship game on Sunday. I encourage you to come out to the ball park to enjoy the atmosphere and take in a game or two. 

If you can’t get there in person, you can watch the games live from behind home plate on Zabkar field courtesy of Penfield Community TV. Here’s how:

Streaming live from www.penfieldtv.org and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield Television”)

If you live in the town of Penfield you can watch on Penfield Community Access TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1301

If you are not a cable subscriber or live outside Penfield and have Roku TV, you can install the free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV)

Thank you to our team at Penfield Community TV for this coverage.

Penfield Little League was awarded a three-year contract to host this New York State Little League Championship Tournament, so mark your calendars for this same week over the next two summers to support and enjoy this great event.

Also, congratulations to the Penfield Little League 8-10 Girls Softball team for winning the New York State Championship for their age group last Sunday. The team went undefeated in four games and now go on to compete in the Eastern Regionals in Jenkins Township, PA. Good luck ladies!

I hope to see you at the ball park this weekend!

Tony


July 23, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Roadway improvement project along Old Penfield Road

If you live or travel along Old Penfield Road from Brookhill Apartments up to Gentles Farm Market you will soon see a road improvement project underway. DPW crews have already cut back vegetation along this stretch of road to prepare the work area. In the coming days, the road will be milled and a new base added to the current road. After a curing period (about mid-August) a new top will be added and the road will be striped. The schedule is weather-dependent. This work is long overdue and a portion is being paid for by a grant given to Penfield by Assemblyman Mark Johns. Construction signs and flag people will help direct traffic. Please drive safely in this construction zone and all construction zones as fines are doubled for violations.


July 22, 2019
Penfield Players' Readers' Theatre: Story Theatre

The Penfield Players will present a free readers’ theatre performance of Paul Sills’ award-winning play, Story Theatre, at the Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m.

Directed by Carl Del Buono, Story Theatre retells famous fables from the Brothers Grimm to Aesop in a ground-breaking style that became a hallmark of Sills’ career. Audience members will be reintroduced to Henny Penny, the Golden Goose; Venus and the Cat; the Fisherman and his Wife; and the Robber Bridegroom among many others.

The cast features:

•Julia Coffey

•Doug Curry

•Kenya Malcolm

•Donna Nauman

•Gary Nauman

•Brent Neeley

•Maria Sanguedolce

•Karen Wilson 

“I am so pleased to have been invited to direct this classic, funny show—and in a welcoming community venue like the amphitheater, no less,” says Del Buono. “With over 60 characters performed by eight actors, this is going to be an incredibly fun evening for all.”

Story Theatre will be performed at the Penfield Amphitheater at 3100 Atlantic Avenue in Veterans Memorial Park behind Penfield Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, and enjoy a picnic supper before and during the show. In the event of rain, the reading will take place in the Penfield Community Center at 1985 Baird Road.

Readers' theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors, rather than memorizing lines, interpret them while holding their scripts. Like storytelling, readers' theatre frees audiences from the physical limitations of conventional theatre, letting imaginations soar.Admission to Story Theatre is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, please visit www.penfieldplayers.org or visit The Penfield Players Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PenfieldPlayers.

About Carl Del Buono

Carl Del Buono is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NYC. Regional acting credits include: INDECENT (Sholem Asch/Others) JCC CenterStage, THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie) JCC CenterStage, MY FAIR LADY (Quartet) Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (George) Blackfriars Theatre, ROMEO AND JULIET (Friar Laurence) WallByrd Theatre Co., LITTLE WOMEN (Prof. Bhaer) Blackfriars Theatre, ANGELS IN AMERICA (Prior) Method Machine. Mr. Del Buono is a freelance theatre artist with work and interests spanning the fields of acting, directing, singing, private coaching, classroom instruction, voice-over work, and writing all with a heavy emphasis on language and literature.

About the Penfield Players

The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theatre organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, now in its 54th season of great performances. It’s one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theatre, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome.


July 22, 2019
Supervisor's column July 22, 2019

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” this Thursday, July 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. The County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.

Reminder…the next amphitheater event is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23 with the “Jumbo Shrimp” on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, July 30, will feature “Paulsen & Baker” (for kids/family).  All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall; food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

I have completed the first review of expenses and anticipated revenue for the 2020 budget with our Comptroller and all department heads. We continue to “scrub” the numbers based on continual input and updates on health care, retirement, Workers Compensation, and insurances. We will begin meeting with the town board over the next several weeks to review all of the department requests. We are scheduled to release the Tentative Budget on September 18 and will hold a public hearing on October 2 for residents to comment. The board will adopt the Final Budget at the October 16 meeting.

Adventure Camp for ages 10 to 14 begins August 19 and runs through August 23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This week-long camp is intended for adventurous participants who enjoy being outdoors! Every day will include a different adventure with activities like hiking, rafting/paddling, biking, climbing, and other outdoor type excursions. Every participant will receive an adventure camp itinerary one week prior to the start of adventure camp. Drop-off/pick-up is at Harris Whalen Lodge and the fee is $200.

“Under the Tent” events at Brandt Point Park at BayTowne Plaza, 1900 Empire Blvd. are underway every Wednesday and Thursday. Penfield Farmers & Craft Market runs each Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:30 PM through October 30. Cruise Nights run every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM through October 3. For more information about these and many other events at this location go to www.mybaytowne.com

Important dates and events in history: July 21, 1861 – Confederate forces win the first Battle of Bull Run; July 23, 1868 – The 14th Amendment is added to the Constitution. (The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” One of three amendments passed during the Reconstruction era to abolish slavery and establish civil and legal rights for black Americans, it would become the basis for many landmark Supreme Court decisions over the years.) July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union.

Until next week, enjoy the less humid weather ahead. Please remember all the great baseball games scheduled this week at the Penfield Little League complex as teams from across New York State are competing for the opportunity to go to Williamsport, PA to compete in the Little League World Series. Come watch a game or two if you can…good luck to all!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


July 19, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield July 25

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, July 25, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.” 

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/health-vitalrecords.php. Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process. 

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.


July 18, 2019
JUMBOshrimp at Penfield Amphitheater July 23

Penfield will welcome the band JUMBOshrimp to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, July 23. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

JUMBOshrimp was created in 2006 and has been entertaining Rochester for more than a decade. Billed as ‘The Biggest Little Band in Rochester,’ two guys do it all—Tom on vocals and guitar and Ian on the ‘Clamsteamer’ (cocktail drum kit of his own creation). They have a wide repertoire, something for everyone.

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 Paulsen & Baker, Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, John Bolger Blues Band, and 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.


July 15, 2019
Supervisor's column July 15, 2019

There is still time to participate in the 9th annual Shepherd Home Golf Tournament next Monday, July 22 at Penfield Country Club. If you are not a golfer, why not come for dinner and participate in the fantastic live auction? The Shepherd Home is a comfort care home that provides compassionate end of life care in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. For more information please contact Stephanie at Stephanie.kendrick@shepherdhome.org or call 381-0890. 

A quick reminder that the next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16. The Alfred St. John Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Band will be on stage to entertain you. The following Tuesday, July 23, will feature Jumbo Shrimp. All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage located behind the town hall, and food is be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

One last reminder for all baseball fans…Penfield Little League will host the NYS Little League Championship for 10-12 year olds at the town hall baseball complex the week of July 22. Teams arrive from all across New York State to compete to determine who will be going to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. Games begin Tuesday, July 23 and run from 10:00 AM through 7:30 PM. For a complete schedule of events, please go to www.penfieldbaseball.com

Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs run through the summer months for your enjoyment. DEAR programs are diverse and engaging, delivering on the promise of presenting opportunities for “wisdom at its finest hour.” Most classes are FREE with a few exceptions as noted in the Pen-Rec brochure and on-line. Registration is required for all programs. I would like to recognize and thank the 2019 DEAR Advisory Board: Lisa Hibner, John Schmeelk, Pat Schmeelk, Sandy Wurzer, Nels Carman, Melinda Falkoff, Diane Robbins, Rosemary Irwin, Joan Albany, Jim VanMeter, and Marcia Lewis. If you would like to be part of the 2020 advisory committee, please contact Pam Gerace in the Penfield Recreation Department.

Coming soon…Exploring Chautauqua with Star Travel & Tours on Sunday, August 11. Depart from Irondequoit at 6:45 AM and spend the day at the Chautauqua Institute. The day includes transportation, admission, and a lunch buffet at the famous Athenaeum Hotel. Pam Gerace and fellow DEAR board members will meet you there and offer an optional personal tour of the grounds. Please register directly with Star Tours by calling 585-797-9044. Please let them know you are with Penfield Recreation. Space is limited so register early, the fee for this program is $82.00. 

If you occasionally drive Old Penfield Road from Brookhill Apartments up to Gentles Farm Market you will begin to see a lot of road work occurring over the next month. Beginning this week our DPW crews are cutting back the overgrowth and bushes along this stretch of roadway. Next week, the road will be milled and a new base added to the current road; by mid-August a new top will be added and the road will be striped. This work is long overdue and a portion is being paid for by a grant given to Penfield by Assemblyman Mark Johns. Construction signs and flag people will help direct traffic. Please drive safely in this construction zone and all construction zones as fines are doubled for violations.

I close this week’s column recognizing the life of Thomas C. Falk, who passed on July 6. Tom was predeceased by the love of his life—his wife Margie—who worked for the Town of Penfield as the Confidential Administrator to the Supervisor’s Office. Tom was a proud member and class president of the 1948 graduating class at Aquinas Institute. Tom signed with the Detroit Tigers out of high school and played four years in their organization until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he played in the Washington Senators organization, and was a graduate of the University of Detroit. After his playing days Tom and Margie returned to Rochester and raised their five children in Penfield. He worked for Allstate as a Sales Agent for more than 40 years with the company. Tom shared his love of sports with his children and the town of Penfield. He coached countless years of Penfield Little League and Pop Warner football. He was a board member for Penfield Little League and President of the Senior League. He was a member of the Penfield Parks and Recreation Committee for 30-plus years and served as its chairman for most of that time. He is a member of the Aquinas Hall of Fame and Section V Baseball Hall of Fame. Tom worked out at the Penfield YMCA and maintained his "mayor" of Penfield Wegmans status. He was a gentle man with an infectious smile…I am honored to have known him and worked with him over the years…rest in peace Tom!

Until next week…be well and be safe.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


July 8, 2019
Supervisor's column July 8, 2019

The next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9 with It’s My Party on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, July 16, will feature the Alfred St. John Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Band. All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. I hope to see you there.

Additionally, the Penfield Pops Band will be performing at the amphitheater on Monday, July 15. Please note that this program begins at 7:00 PM. I would like to recognize this year’s amphitheater sponsors, without the support of the following organizations and businesses we would not be able to provide this quality programming for our residents: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, The Woodlands Fairport Baptist Homes, Synergy IT Solutions, and Wegmans. I thank them for all they do to enhance the quality of life in Penfield.

On June 25, Penfield DPW began a Monroe County DOT project on Harris Road and is moving fill from that site to a stretch of Whalen Road near Clark Road in order to reduce the slope from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. (Both Harris and Whalen are county roads.) Fill will be graded and seeded as the project progresses.

As of today, half the Harris Road project is complete. On or about July 9 work will resume and more fill material will be brought to the Whalen Road site. This process will continue throughout the season as material becomes available and will carry on until the fill project is complete. Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held this coming Saturday, July 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. While all hikes are FREE, we ask that you please pre-register by calling 340-8655, x-0. Wear appropriate footwear and please, no pets. Meet at the Smith Road trailhead located on Smith Road off Empire Blvd and look for the hike signs.

While many of us are enjoying the summer weather, taking vacations, and attending camps and other programs, the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf continues to provide support to more than 85 families every week. They are constantly in need of donations to stock their shelves, and they rely on the generosity of our community. To learn more about their current need, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide…it does make a difference.

The week of July 22 the Penfield Little League complex at the town hall will have even more action and excitement than normal. Teams will arrive from all across New York State to determine who will be going to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. Games begin Tuesday, July 23 and run from 10:00 AM through 7:30 PM. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.penfieldbaseball.com

The American Red Cross is in a critical need of all blood types, especially type O positive blood. There are not enough people coming forward to give blood and platelets and they need our help to replenish the supply. Please schedule an appointment today to donate blood or platelets and help save the life of a wife, child, or husband who just needs one donor like you to step forward. Your donation can help meet the needs of patients in critical situations—kids fighting cancer, patients waiting for serious surgeries, and people who will need blood to survive traumatic injuries.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, who meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on height), and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of personal ID when you come to donate. Blood drive locations and hours are subject to change. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for additional details. Thank you in advance for helping to make a difference in someone’s life!

Until next week, enjoy the beautiful weather and consider attending an upcoming amphitheater event or watching one of the Little League games being played for a chance to go to Williamsport. I know where I will be spending my lunch breaks the week of July 22nd…watching baseball and enjoying a hot or burger or both at Rose’s!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


July 8, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Update on fill placement along Whalen Road near Clark Road

On June 25, Penfield DPW began a Monroe County DOT project on Harris Road and is moving fill from that site to a stretch of Whalen Road near Clark Road in order to reduce the slope from the road surface to the right-of-way west and south of the roadway. (Both Harris and Whalen are county roads.) Fill will be graded and seeded as the project progresses.

As of today, half the Harris Road project is complete. On or about July 9 work will resume and more fill material will be brought to the Whalen Road site. This process will continue throughout the season as material becomes available and will carry on until the fill project is complete. Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.


July 2, 2019
Supervisor's column July 2, 2019

Wow…what a day for a parade, music, fireworks, and more! The annual Independence Day celebration held this past Saturday had picture perfect weather with more than 60 groups lined up for the parade that included bands, businesses, churches, fire departments, and floats making their way from Penfield High School through the Four Corners to the Community Center. Mr. Don Alhart, who has been so gracious for decades, once again served as Parade Emcee with his well-known golden voice. More than 8,000 people were on-hand at Harris Whalen Park to enjoy food trucks, music, and the always popular fireworks display! I would like to recognize and thank Recreation Director Chris Bilow, Assistant Directors Linanne Conroy and Andrew Urckfitz, and their entire staff for organizing another great event. Also, I want to recognize our DPW team for traffic control, set-up/clean-up, and all the behind the scenes efforts to help make this event so successful…great job team Penfield!

I want to recognize this year’s Parade Marshal, Honor Flight Rochester. Penfield is honored that town resident Richard Stewart serves as the President, CEO, and Director of Honor Flight Rochester, overseeing everyday operations of the local organization. Honor Flight Rochester is part of the 132-hub national Honor Flight, Inc. network covering 46 states, and is dedicated to transporting as many Rochester area United States military veterans as possible to visit the war memorials in Washington, DC at no cost to the veterans.

Honor Flight Rochester’s first mission departed in October 2008 with 20 veterans and their guardians. As of today, Honor Flight Rochester has flown 66 missions, escorting a total of 3,207 men and women veterans, proudly wearing their bold orange mission attire and uniforms, to visit their memorials. The next mission is planned for September 7 & 8, 2019. With their motto “We Leave No Veteran Behind,” Honor Flight Rochester continues to serve veterans from the greater Rochester area who eagerly await their opportunity. We encourage residents to support this organization and experience the power of attending a homecoming ceremony at the Greater Rochester International Airport. To all of our United States military veterans…thank you for your service. And to Honor Flight Rochester, thank you for your service to veterans and our community.

Last week I attended the 15th anniversary of the Penfield branch office of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. This financial institution is a key foundation of the Four Corners Business District. I want to recognize Harry Gibbs and his entire Penfield team for all their support to our residents and business community in Penfield. I look forward to the next fifteen…congratulations!

Reminder…the next amphitheater event will be held next Tuesday, July 9 with “It’s My Party” 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 on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the Town Hall. I hope to see you there.

Important dates and events in history: July 1, 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg begins on July 3, 1863 – Union forces win the Battle of Gettysburg; July 2, 1862 – Bugle call “Taps” is composed during the war between states; July 2, 1964 – Segregation is now abolished in the United States; and on July 4, 1776 – The United States declares its independence from Britain (by approving the Declaration of Independence).

Until next week, enjoy vacation time, a long weekend, and other time with family and friends. Be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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