The Strong Women Film Fest in honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State continues at the Penfield Library with the next film on Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please contact the Penfield Public Library for the title of the film as the movie licensing requirements do not allow us to publicize the titles. (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, 2003, 117 minutes, rated PG-13.) Set in 1953, Katharine Watson (played by Julia Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom. The film, directed by Mike Newell and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, also stars Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, and Marcia Gay Harden. Registration began June 15.
Last week, County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo kicked-off “Jobs One,” a job creation leadership forum, in Penfield. Several county, town and business representatives came together to discuss how Monroe County can best encourage economic development in our community. I am delighted the county executive is taking the initiative to seek out information from business communities county-wide to continue to grow and expand jobs…IMAGINE MONROE!
The next guided hike with the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come and explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the Irondequoit Bay shore trail connections. Meet at the playground parking off Empire Boulevard and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate footwear, no pets are allowed. Please pre-register by calling 340-8655, option 0…all hikes are FREE.
As the school year winds down and family vacations get underway, please remember that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) operates 52 weeks a year and needs the community’s help to keep their shelves stocked all summer long. If you plan to attend Penfield’s Independence Day celebration at Harris Whalen Park on Saturday, July 1 you can easily help PEFS by bringing along donations of non-perishables food and personal care items to contribute to a collection hosted by Woody Acres. (The PEFS and Dave Woodward of Woody Acres are this year’s Independence Day parade marshals.) For more information about PEFS please log on to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Your support and generosity does make a difference to your Penfield neighbors in need!
Do you need a ride to a medical appointment or religious service? If you are a senior 65-plus years old and live or pay taxes in Brighton or Penfield “Bri-Pen Senior Rides” can help you. Appointments for rides must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674.
Penfield Coach George Steitz was honored over the weekend by the class of 1962 at their 55th class reunion. Coach Steitz was presented with a proclamation from Monroe County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo declaring June 17th as “George T. Steitz Day in Monroe County.” George was a teacher, coach, and mentor for 47 years and continues as a mentor and friend to many today. At 92, Coach Steitz is still active in Section V athletics and continues to referee. Congratulations Coach, you are a remarkable man and a good friend to all!
Important dates and events in history: June 21, 1788 – The United States Constitution goes into effect with ratification by a necessary nine states. June 22, 1942 – “Pledge of Allegiance” to the Flag is officially recognized by U.S. Congress. June 22, 1944 – GI Bill signed into Law – a great reward for returning WW II Heroes. June 25, 1950 – The Korean War officially starts as North Korea invades South Korea.
On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors– you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Best wishes on your next chapter as you pursue college or the workforce!