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January 27, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 27, 2020

We are always looking for residents with some available time to sign up as a volunteer driver for the senior transportation program known as Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Drivers and dispatchers are needed for this very important program to get seniors who do not drive to medical appointments, religious services, or town recreation centers. Drivers will be thoroughly trained through Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and will receive supplemental insurance. For more information about volunteering, please call Pam at 340-8664. Thank you in advance for helping a neighbor!

The next “Nels Carman Big Band Night” will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 7:30–9:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center. The Penfield Rotary Band will play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. Everyone is welcome, the fee is $2.00 and you pay at the door.

Join the Penfield Trails Committee for their next guided hike on Friday night February 7, 6:30–7:30 PM. Yes…that’s right…Friday night! Join the committee for this full moon hike as part of the Recreation Department’s “Winter Woods Hike.” Listen for screech owls as you hike through the Harris Whalen Park trails. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the upper pavilion parking lot at Harris Whalen Park and look for the hike signs.

Winter break is the week of February 17–21. If you are looking for some different activities for our youngest residents, please see the program offerings in both the Penfield Public Library and the Recreation Department. There is a complete lineup in the 2020winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure in print or online at www.penfieldrec.org or www.penfieldlibrary.org

The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert is February 24 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School auditorium. The program is "Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines." Commencing with local composer Verne Reynolds’ rarely-heard Celebration Overture, the concert then features local Eastman faculty jazz pianist Tony Caramia presenting American female composer Dana Suesse’s jazz nocturne Afternoon of a Black Faun, her romantic piece My Silent Love, and her energetic Jazz Concerto in D. The second half is a symphonic celebration of the popular, tuneful music of Richard Rodgers (Oklahoma, The King and I, Victory at Sea, South Pacific.)  

Tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldsymphony.org, by phone at 585-872-0774, in person at the Penfield Recreation Department or Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert. Advance tickets cost $15 for adults ($16 at the door), and $12 for senior citizens 60 and over ($16 at the door). For students of any age with a student ID, advance tickets are free or $1 at the door. 

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the Rochester community for over 60 years. Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. For information on concerts and highlights, follow the Penfield Symphony Orchestra on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PenfieldSymphonyOrchestra, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PenfieldSym, or visit the website at http://www.penfieldsymphony.org.

Important dates and events in history: January 29, 1919 – the Eighteenth Amendment is added to the Constitution. The Eighteenth Amendment declared the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors illegal, though it did not outlaw the actual consumption of alcohol. Shortly after the amendment was ratified, Congress passed the Volstead Act to provide for the federal enforcement of Prohibition. Note…The Eighteenth Amendment is the only amendment to ever have been repealed from the United States Constitution–via the inclusion of the Twenty-First Amendment; January 30, 1964 – The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America abolished the poll tax for all federal elections. A poll tax was a tax of anywhere from one to a few dollars that had to be paid annually by each voter in order to be able to cast a vote; February 1, 1865 – The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 

Until next week, enjoy the mild break in the weather, I’m sure it will not last!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


January 24, 2020
Family Winter Snow Night Out

The public is invited to join Penfield Recreation for a Family Winter Snow Night Out on Friday, February 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park. Come play in the snow under the moon!

This unique nighttime experience at Harris Whalen Park will include snow games, building snow sculptures, sledding in the moonlight, and staying warm by a fire. Participants are asked to bring a sled for sledding, or other snow toys they would like to use. Warm refreshments will be available!

Penfield Trails Committee will hold their monthly free public hike during the event, leading hiking or snowshoeing on the trails through the Harris Whalen Park woods. Snowshoes will be available to borrow and participants are asked to please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

“With the winter season’s colder weather keeping many people indoors more often than not, this family winter event will showcase options to explore the outdoors at our local parks,” said Chris Bilow, Penfield Recreation Director.  “Bundle up and beat the cabin fever with fun a winter snow night out in Penfield with your family!”

This event is free and all ages are invited. Sponsored by Penfield Recreation and Wegmans, our wellness partner.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


January 22, 2020
Notice Regarding Cross-Country Ski Trails at Shadow Pines Property

Please be advised that there will be a high school cross-country ski meet at Shadow Pines on Thursday, January 23, 3:00-4:30PM. The trails will be unavailable to the public during this time.


January 21, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 21, 2020

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will once again be offering free income tax preparation on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center—by appointment only—January 29 through April 8, 2020. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program was designed to provide free income tax preparation services for low to moderate income households, with a focus on seniors 60 and older. While the program is available to anyone, its intent is to help those with limited resources who can’t afford to have their returns prepared by a private person or company. For more information please go to page 24 of the winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure or www.penfieldrec.org. To make an appointment you must call 340-8655, x-0. AARP membership is not required.

The next Red Cross Babysitting program is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed to provide youth (ages 11–15) who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and help children behave. Through hands-on practice, the successful candidate will receive certification as an American Red Cross babysitter. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. If you have questions, please contact Domenic at 281-4208.

CBD 101…Meredith Dawes, RN, CBD and Medicinal Cannabis Educator will teach you about what CBD is and how it works in your body. Learn about the body’s endocannabinoid system and the health benefits and conditions that can be treated with CBD. The program will be held on Monday, January 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the community center. The registration number is 131025-A, the fee is $20.00, and you must be 18 years of age to participate.

The next AARP Smart Driver course is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed for the mature licensed driver (however, any age may attend with a NYS license). Tune up your driving skills, learn the newest laws, and understand how to adjust to age-related physical changes. Upon completion, participants may receive up to a 10% discount for multiple years on auto insurance; and the DMV may allow up to a four point reduction. The cost is $20.00 for AARP members or $25.00 for non-members payable by check only made out to AARP. For questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655.

DOWN size to RIGHT size! It is so easy to collect many things during our life time, all of which have some special meaning; however, have you taken a step back and said to yourself…HELP! In the DOWN size to RIGHT size program, you will learn how to liberate space in your home in this three-class course that looks at the rewards of real-world decluttering. Each one-hour class builds on the previous one with information and assignments designed to meet your needs. Interactive class discussions focus on decisions and challenges you may encounter. By the last class you will have determined a custom plan to declutter your space based on your own situation. Make your home your sanctuary and experience more inner peace and improved health habits. These FREE classes are scheduled for three consecutive Thursdays: February 13, 20, 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the community center. 

Christmas tree recycling is still underway at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the town hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year. Thank you in advance for not sending your tree to the landfill.

With the recent snowfall, I want to remind everyone that winter parking rules are in effect and run through Wednesday, April 1. This means NO PARKING is allowed on any roadway in Penfield from 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM to allow our DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt roadways. Thank you in advance for observing these rules, it gives us the opportunity to get through the town more quickly and it avoids the potential of you receiving a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office!

Lastly, please remember to clear snow from around fire hydrants if you have one in front of or near your home. This important task will assist emergency responders if they need to respond to a call in your neighborhood.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


January 13, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 13, 2020

Penfield Recreation is now offering extended hours to better serve you, our valued customers! Beginning January 23, Pen-Rec will be open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by and register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or just to say hi! The Pen-Rec team looks forward to serving you.

Over the past several weeks many residents have asked me about the status of the Shadow Pines conceptual master plan. If you recall, the town board asked to have proposals submitted by September 20 for review at the September 25 work session, with final approval at the October 2 legislative meeting. Based on the number of proposals received and the amount of detail to study, the board asked for an additional time to review the documents. At the October 23 meeting the board recommended moving forward with BME Associates, and at the November 6 legislative meeting the board adopted a resolution to authorize a contract.

BME has been actively working on a plan/report and will be submitting a draft copy to the town board towards the end of January. We will post this report on our website for public review. A public information meeting will be scheduled after the school winter break to allow any and all interested residents a chance to comment on the plan. The town board is looking to adopt the plan by early March.

The Penfield Art Association Winter Art Show and Sale opens on Monday, February 3 at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble. The exhibit runs through Saturday, February 29. An opening reception takes place 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 5. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The winter show is one of three annual exhibits presented by the Penfield Art Association. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has about 90 members from throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. For more information, visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

Each year, the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) recognizes businesses in our community with three special awards: Business of the Year, the Daniel Penfield Award, and the Penfield Pride Award. These awards were presented at the Annual Holiday Party on January 9. 

Congratulations to the award winners: Business of the Year – given annually to honor a local business that has significantly contributed to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community; the 2020 award recipient is Wickham Farms. Daniel Penfield Award – given annually to honor a local business person who has positively impacted the Penfield business community through his or her community involvement, business practices, and overall character; the 2020 award recipient is Baker Commodities, Bill Schmieder. Penfield Pride Award – each year the PBC recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look, and becomes a positive addition to Penfield’s proud community; the 2020 award recipient is Radiant Sun Acupuncture. More information on recipients can be found at www.penfieldbusiness.org. 

Recent mild temperatures have some residents grateful for minimal snow and ice to deal with and others are frustrated that downhill and cross-country skiing and other winter sports have been impacted. The Penfield Recreation Department is planning a family “winter snow” night out on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park’s upper and lower pavilions. Come out and enjoy the winter weather with sledding, snow-shoeing, snow sculpture building, a hike under the full moon, and more! If Mother Nature does not cooperate with SNOW, the hike led by the Penfield Trails Committee will still be on for the evening. The event is FREE and fun for all ages!

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

 

 


January 10, 2020
Penfield Recreation Offering Extended Office Hours

In order to better serve you, our customers, beginning Thursday, January 23 Penfield Recreation will offer extended office hours. The office will be open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by and register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or just to say Hi! We look forward to serving you later!


January 10, 2020
Winter Swim Lessons at Penfield Recreation

Swimming lessons for children ages 6-14 begin next week for the winter session through Penfield Recreation! Our lessons are the best in town, so sign up today! Instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified by the American Red Cross. Red Cross levels 1-6 are taught on either Wednesdays or Saturdays. REGISTER HERE!

111250-A  Level 1  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:15-12:50PM   $61

111250-B  Level 2  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:50-1:25PM   $61

111250-C  Level 3  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:50-1:35PM   $71

111250-D  Level 1  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:10PM   $61

111250-E  Level 2  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:10PM   $61

111250-F  Level 4  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:20PM   $71

111250-G  Level 3  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

111250-H  Level 4  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

111250-I  Level 5&6* Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

Ages 6-14 (7 lessons, no class 2/22) Penfield High School Pool

111252-A  Level 2  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:35PM   $61

111252-B  Level 3  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

111252-C  Level 4  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

111252-D  Level 5&6* Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

Ages 6-14 (7 lessons, no class 2/19) Penfield High School Pool


Classes are for children ages 6-14. Lesson levels range from Red Cross Learn to Swim basics to advanced skills. Limited enrollment. Detailed description of skill taught in each level available at the Recreation Dept. or www.penfieldrec.org. Each swimmer's skills are checked on the first day to be sure that they are placed in the proper level. Parent allowed in pool area on observation days: 2/8 & 4/25 for Saturday classes and 2/5 & 4/22 for Wednesday classes. Instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.


January 6, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!

If you still have a live Christmas tree to dispose of, tree recycling in underway at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the town hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year. Thank you in advance for not sending your tree to the landfill.

The Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position as its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, Ockenden will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 

Bob has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years.

Bob is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue. Bob is required to run in the 2020 election to complete the four-year term on the Penfield Town Board. He will also need to run for the new four-year term in 2021… please join me in welcoming Bob to the town board.

Not into skiing or other winter outdoor activities? Do you love the water? Why not splash into family open swim and lap swim at the Penfield High School Pool & Aquatics Center? Come and play, swim and exercise while enjoying the spacious pool divided to suit your needs. The shallow end features a 4x4 “tot” dock for the little ones, the deep end is used for water-walking or play, and two lanes are dedicated to lap swimming. Swimmers who pass the deep end test can also enjoy the one-meter boards in the diving well. February break week: Tuesday & Thursday February 18 and 20, 2:00– 4:00 PM. Winter Fridays: January 17, 24, & 31; February 7, 28; and March 6, all 7:30 – 9:00 PM. The fee is $2.00 per person—pay at the pool or purchase a winter/spring family pass for $40.00 which allows up to four swimmers entry to family swim for the entire winter/spring season. Passes are available for purchase at the Penfield Recreation office or at the pool.

Last reminder…the next scenic trek hosted by the Trails Committee is scheduled for this coming Saturday (January 11) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Ellison Park. Meet at the north side of the parking lot off Blossom Road and look for the hike signs. No pets please…and wear appropriate footwear (hiking boots/shoes) for occasional steep terrain and slippery conditions. While all hikes are FREE, you are encouraged to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser and breakfast sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held Saturday, January 18, 8:00–10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $6.00 per person. All January breakfast proceeds will go directly to help support Cameron Community Ministries: their mission is to provide hope to the community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment, offering after-school and summer programs, meals, an emergency pantry, and a clothing house. For more information and details, please visit www.fbpenfield.org.

Until next week…are you looking to get healthier or maintain your good habits?  Then “National Take the Stairs Day” on January 8 is for you! The primary goal of this special day is to encourage all of us to improve our health by leaving the elevator behind and walking up the stairs. Walking up and down stairs, instead of using of the elevator or escalator, is a non-impact activity that most of us can do. Taking the stairs helps us tone our muscles, maintain or lose weight, and contribute to cardiovascular health. Most smartphones have an app that counts stairs. If you phone does not have it, you can download a stair counting app. Why not challenge yourself to make every Wednesday in 2020 “take the stairs day”? 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


January 3, 2020
Robert Ockenden appointed to the Penfield Town Board

Ockenden_Bob_2020-01-03.jpgThe Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position as its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, Ockenden will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 

Ockenden has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years.

“Bob is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue. Please join me in welcoming Bob to the town board.”

Ockenden is required to run in the 2020 election to complete the four-year term on the Penfield Town Board. He will also need to run for the new four-year term in 2021.




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