This Saturday, August 6 consider donating your old bike to be repaired and distributed to the Rochester area's most needy children and adults. R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots 501(c) 3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles. In 2010 they gave away close to 2,500 bikes. The organization has exhausted its supply of bikes to be refurbished, and demand for 2011 is expected to be just as great. So, if you have an old bike or two in your garage or basement, please consider donating to RCB. The Penfield drop-off site will be at the Eastside Family YMCA, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road from 9 AM-1 PM. Not only will you make a child happy, you can reduce the clutter in your garage. This is a wonderful "up-cycling" opportunity!
I was recently reminded by RG&E that workers have begun to install new underground conduit and cable in several Penfield neighborhoods as part of infrastructure upgrades to ensure continued reliable service and overall safety. The areas include Beacon Hills Drive North and South, Willow Pond Way, Penicott Circle, Camberly Place, and New Wickham Drive. RG&E estimates all work will be completed by October 1, 2011. Residents in these areas may direct questions or concerns to the project engineer, Jim Smith, at 613-7983, extension 22.
The Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) toured the Monroe County Recycling Center for its July meeting. This was an amazing opportunity as we were able to spend time close to the actual operation. Tina Stevens, the Environmental Educator, did an outstanding job of highlighting the operation and sharing what each of us can do to help reduce the 900,000 tons of waste going to the landfills each and every day. The EEAC will continue to work with Monroe County to add more information and details to our websites at www.penfield.org and www.renewpenfield.org on ways to better recycle and to reduce waste. Regardless of how well we all think we are doing to recycle, there is a lot more to be done.
I recently attended the Renewable Rochester grand opening, which featured The Power of the Sun, The Power of Technology. This renewable energy education center, located at 780 Ridge Road in Webster, identifies ways to save energy, reduce utility costs, and be environmentally friendly. Information included solar electric systems, home energy monitoring, wind energy systems, remote security, and LED lighting options. If you are in the area stop in and see what is available for residential, commercial and non-profit. You can also visit online at www.renewablerochester.com.
It is not too late to get tickets for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a comedic melodrama set to music. Boo and hiss the villain, cheer the underdog, sing with the chorus-and best of all, choose the ending of every show. Advance adult tickets are $13 ($15 at the door); advance student/senior tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). This program will be performed at the Penfield High School auditorium August 11-13 at 7 PM.
On Saturday, August 13 the town board will officially open and dedicate Sherwood Park. This 82-acre passive recreation park located in east Penfield features meadows, forested and scrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system. In addition to opening the park, we will dedicate the Don Cranson Bridge. Don was a prominent hiking and wildlife advocate who loved this great town and our extensive trail and park systems. Through donations of family, friends and the Penfield Lion's Club, this bridge structure will be an integral part of Sherwood Park for many generations. Please consider joining the Penfield Town Board, the Cranson family and friends from the trails committee for the opening of the park and the dedication of the bridge. The program will begin at 12:00 PM.
Until next week, be well and be safe!