At the town hall, we regularly hear from residents and others how they value the wonderful “quality of life” in Penfield. On that note, the Penfield Public Library has a plan to help you sample some of the “Best of Penfield” at their 5th annual open house on Sunday, August 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Librarian Bernadette Brinkman and her team have assembled more than 20 organizations to share information on the topics of wellness, public safety, faith, education, and much more. Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations, performances, activities, and exhibits. Come join in on the fun! Refreshments will be available and the admission is FREE. Please note that the library will be open for its regular business transactions during this event.
One last reminder…Senator Rich Funke will be hosting his 4th annual electronics recycling event on Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Bishop Kearney High School, 125 Kings Highway. Go to www.sunnking.com/acceptable-materials for a list of materials that will be accepted for recycling, and please note that there will be a limit of two CRT (tube) monitors or televisions per vehicle. Electronics recycling events are always popular and collection trucks fill quickly. Recyclers must stop collecting when they reach maximum capacity for the day, so plan on getting there early. This “rain or shine” collection is sponsored by Senator Funke, Spectrum, and Sunnking Recycling.
Keep an eye out for the “Fall 2018” Pen-Rec program brochure that is due to hit mailboxes later this week. This 50-page publication has a wonderful lineup of programs for residents of all ages. Registration begins on September 4. Due to the popularity of our programs, sessions fill up quickly so don’t delay registering for your favorite class, scenic trek, or program!
Budget 2019: This week marks the initial “roll-up” the town comptroller and I will have with the town board to review all department budget requests for 2019. I continue to be impressed with our department heads as they sort out “needs” versus “wants” as we continue to manage your tax dollars in the best interest of all residents. Areas that have seen the largest increase in proposed spending include the cost of the bond for the purchase of Shadow Pines, replacement costs of equipment within DPW, and medical expenses. We will be presenting the Tentative Budget to the public at the Wednesday, September 12 Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM. The Tentative Budget will be available for review on the website, in the town clerk’s office, and the Penfield Public Library following the presentation.
If you have driven by our DPW facilities on Jackson Road over the last week you will see the new pole barn taking shape. The contractor has informed us that they will have it completed by the week of August 13 or before. Financing of this cold storage facility comes from a grant we received from Senator Rich Funke to replace an early 1900s barn that had reached its useful life.
The next FREE guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held at Ellison Park this Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. Meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for hike signs. For more information and to pre-register for this free hike, call 340-8655, option 0. Please wear appropriate footwear (hiking boots/shoes) and PLEASE, NO PETS!
The Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee and to help with manual labor for maintenance of trails. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.
How do they do that? Penfield is home to many distinctive businesses and industries that generate curiosity. Now you can get a close-up look at what they do and how they do it! Take a tour of facilities, learn about business operations, and discover what goes on do day-to-day in our town. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about Penfield and the businesses that thrive here! Tour Dolomite Quarry on Tuesday, August 14 at 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM and Schutt’s Apple Mill & Country Store on Friday, August 24 at 10:00 AM. While the programs are FREE, please register each family member that will be attending by calling 340-8655. Specific instructions on meeting location and more will be sent to those who register.
Until next week, enjoy all that is going on in Penfield!