I am in contact with members of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf on a regular basis; they are currently looking for more small groups to join their "Adopt a Shelf" program. In the past, they have had groups "adopt" specific items to help keep the food shelf stocked with those items whenever they ran low. This commitment helps to maintain a reliable inventory between major food drives. Currently there is a need for these items: ketchup, jelly, salad dressing, peanut butter, mustard, applesauce and canned fruit. The Food Shelf hopes that any small group that adopts an item would consider donating just three times per year. Ideally, the months of March, June and September seem to work best; however, they are certainly flexible with the timing of donations. As in the past, any size or any brand items are appreciated and there is no minimum contribution. All donations are appreciated and welcome. Interested groups should contact the Food Shelf at 234-0799. Communities look after their own-please consider supporting the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf.
The Penfield Art Association is holding its annual spring show June 11 to 17 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show will feature more than 150 paintings by more than 60 local artists. The opening reception and award ceremony is Monday, June 11, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Show hours are Monday through Thursday10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.penfieldartassociation.com . The PAA welcomes members of all skill levels who use two-dimensional media.
Last week I attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize Nathan Francis Kittrell, a member of Troop 312 located at the Penfield Presbyterian Church. Nathan completed his Eagle Scout project by creating and painting a detailed music themed wall mural for the Bay Trail Middle School music department. I was honored to speak at the ceremony and present, on behalf of the entire community of Penfield, a certificate of appreciation for his accomplishment of attaining the rank of Eagle. Congratulations to Nathan and his family for this honor. I predict that you will be seeing and hearing more about this young in the years to come, great job Nathan!
I recently learned that if you choose "Renew Monroe" to renew your vehicle registration locally, Monroe County keeps 12.7% of your registration fee-and Monroe County gets NOTHING if you mail your registration to New York State or renew online. Every dollar from registration renewals we can keep in Monroe County helps keep our taxes as low as possible. Last year the County Clerk's office contributed several million dollars to the Monroe County budget from local renewals; this revenue would have otherwise gone to, and been kept by, New York State. You can "Renew Monroe" by mailing your registration renewal notices to: Monroe County Auto License Bureau, 2199 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14623. Note: If you use the pink envelope provided with your renewal forms, you MUST CROSS OUT the bar code on the renewal document. The mobile DMV is also available for this service, making it convenient to renew. The mobile DMV is at the Penfield Town Hall most every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop in to "Renew Monroe" and help keep our renewal dollars local.
The Town's Employee Wellness Committee members remind me that June is "National Great Outdoors Month" and they are encouraging everyone to get off the couch and away from the TV, computer and video games to spend time outdoors walking, hiking or biking. Physically and mentally, your body will thank you!
The State of the County Address as delivered by the County Executive can be downloaded by going to http://www.monroecounty.gov/executive-speeches.php .
Until next week, enjoy the nice weather!