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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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