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September 16, 2019
Supervisor’ column September 16, 2019

This past weekend we closed out the 2019 amphitheater music and event season. Every event went on as scheduled and no shows were cancelled due to weather—what a great run! I would like to thank all the musical groups that helped make this one of our best seasons yet. I would also like to recognize and thank our Recreation Department for putting together the variety of programs for the whole family. Lastly, we could not put on events of this caliber without this year’s sponsors and partners: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club, Wegmans, The Woodlands – Fairport Baptist Homes, and Synergy IT Solutions. Thank you for your commitment to the Penfield Community, you make a difference each and every day to all our residents and visitors.

Upcoming events and reminders:

I recently learned that the Shepherd Home is holding a mum sale beginning Sunday, September 15 and running through October 31. Just stop in at Bauman's Farm Market to purchase your mum and tell them it's for the Shepherd Home when you check out. Mums are $10. For every mum sold, the Shepherd Home will receive $5 to continue their beautiful mission of providing comfort and compassionate care to members of our community with a terminal illness in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The Town Comptroller and I will present the 2020 Town Budget to the town board and community on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM. The full budget will be up on the website that evening at 7:00 PM for everyone to review. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM so residents may address the board on any aspect of the 2020 budget. 

The Penfield community is invited to the “Fall Dinner” of the East Penfield Homeowners Association on Sunday, September 22 at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road. The event starts at 4:00 PM with dinner at 5:00 PM hosted by the Rothfuss family. The association will provide meat, rolls, beverages, plates, silverware, and napkins. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. To reserve your spot, please email Dave Woodward at d.woodward@rochester.rr.com or call 872-2759. Please also bring a donation for the Penfield Food Shelf.

There will be a Public Information Meeting regarding the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Town staff will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, explain the update process, present the work of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to date, and solicit residents’ thoughts and ideas for future planning goals. Committee members will be in attendance to listen to and note residents’ input for discussion at future meetings. All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. A public input page is available at www.penfield.org for residents who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer input. The page is scheduled to be live through Friday, October 11 via the quick links menu. Comments will also be accepted via email to planning@penfield.org, or by USPS mail to: Town of Penfield, Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. There will be additional opportunities for public input at future public hearing meetings. Learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage: http://www.penfield.org/2020_comp_plan.php.

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event. 

The third annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High School track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. Please register at https://runsignup.com/race/penfieldeducationfoundation5k/page/

Important dates and events in history: September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is adopted and signed in Philadelphia; September 18, 1850 – The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by congress, requiring the return of escaped slaves; and on September 20, 1814 – The “star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official national Anthem.

Until next week, I hope you participated in our town employees’ five-week hydration challenge and saw what a difference drinking more water does for your day to day activities. Our employees have a few more activities planned in the coming months to encourage healthy living. I will share those programs as they begin and invite you to join in…be well and be safe! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


September 11, 2019
Oct 5 is "Fall Recycling Day" for residents and a bike collection for R Community Bikes

The Town of Penfield will host two recycling themed events on Saturday, October 5: Fall Recycling Day for town residents and a general bike collection for R Community Bikes.

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event.

“Residents regularly speak to me about the importance of having a secure way to dispose of sensitive and confidential paper documents, and some homeowners request seasonal weekend access to the DPW to drop off brush and limbs,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Fall Recycling Day provides these services and has gained popularity over the years as residents look to clean up and dispose of sensitive papers, get rid of metals and appliances that should never go into a landfill, and clear property of brush and limbs before winter. All of us must act to reduce landfill waste; reuse through donations of clothing, furniture and building materials; and recycle when it is the only option.”

Fall Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department Public Works, (585) 340-8710, Monday–Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Event Resources:

Also on October 5, the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary are hosting a bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution free of charge to the Rochester area’s most needy children and adults. RCB gives away more than 2,000 bicycles every year and makes thousands of repairs for their clients, many of whom depend on bicycles as their main source of transportation. All donations of bikes, bike parts, and tools are welcome. Learn more at www.rcommunitybikes.org/

Additional resources:

To dispose of items NOT collected at this event, county residents have access to Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), TVs/electronics (fee-based), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For current information on recycling opportunities, operating hours, schedules, and fee-based items go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

To dispose of televisions and electronics look for sponsored electronic collection events at providers like www.sunnking.com or contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.


September 11, 2019
DEC Announces Annual Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

State Accepting Poster Submissions from New York Fifth Graders through Dec. 20

State Accepting Artwork Submissions through Dec. 31

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of DEC's annual State Arbor Day poster contests. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry program offers two artwork contests for New Yorkers-one for all members of the public, and one specifically for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the immeasurable value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers' lives.

"Trees provide so many benefits, from energy reduction and carbon sequestration, to wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation across the state," Commissioner Seggos said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to join our celebration of trees with these contests and submit art or photos that depict the beauty and importance of New York's trees."

Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster or the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held in Albany in April. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the State.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), and the New York State Education Department. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year's contest theme, "Trees Feed New York."

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "New York State is home to nearly 19 million acres of forested land, and trees enhance our quality of life in countless ways-from the sap we use to make maple syrup, to the scenic beauty New Yorkers enjoy while traveling, hiking, gardening, or farming. The Arbor Day poster contest is a great way to celebrate our forests and trees and remind New Yorkers how much this natural resource contributes to our daily lives."

Lesson plans, vocabulary, and activities for incorporating the theme in New York's classrooms are available on the poster contest website. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. DEC encourages schools to submit classes together. Homeschool students are also welcome to submit artwork. Posters must be submitted to the participant's local DEC regional office by Dec. 20, 2019, to allow time for judging and printing artwork.

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

The New York State Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, the Empire State Forest Foundation, New York State Arborist Association, DAM, and the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept photograph and artwork submissions for the New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster on behalf of the committee through Dec. 31, 2019. Original entries must feature trees within New York State and should be sent to arborday@dec.ny.gov. Participants must include their name, address, and where the photo was taken with submissions. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos. For more information about the contest, visit DEC's website or email arborday@dec.ny.gov.

To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html


September 11, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: September 11th Remembrance

Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of September 11th when this country was brutally attacked; many lives were lost, and many families were impacted. I would ask all of our residents to take a moment to reflect on this terrible event in our history and remember all of those individuals who lost their lives. We will not falter. We will not fear. We will not fail. We will not forget!  


September 9, 2019
Public Info Meeting Sep 24 re 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town of Penfield will host a Public Information Meeting regarding its 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Town staff will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, explain the update process, present the work of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to date, and solicit residents’ thoughts and ideas for future planning goals. Committee members will be in attendance to listen to and note residents’ input for discussion at future meetings.

The Town of Penfield updates its Comprehensive Plan about every 10 years. The plan functions as the legal foundation for all land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years. 

The update process is undertaken by the town board, town staff, and a committee of resident volunteers. Assistance and input from experts and consultants is provided as needed for topics such as traffic, drainage, sanitary sewers, planning, and other infrastructure and environmental matters. The committee began its work on September 11, 2018. Since then, the committee has participated in several education meetings with town staff to review the content, goals, and accomplishments of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The committee also met with local farmers to understand how recent changes to NYS Agriculture and Markets have allowed farming to evolve, and with Matt Ingalls, of Ingalls Planning & Design, to discuss the critical changes in demographics, housing preferences, and retail trends in rural-suburban settings. Also, in the spring of 2019, the committee went on a site tour of the town to review various properties of interest. The committee is eager to hear the thoughts and recommendation of their fellow residents about topics pertaining to the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Topics for review and updating include—but are not limited to—residential, recreation, and commercial land use; the status of a new Mixed-Use District; infrastructure; multimodal and pedestrian connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for older adults; medical services; schools, rezoning opportunities; and the potential for new zoning districts.

“We have a very dedicated and involved Comprehensive Plan Update Committee made up of resident volunteers. It is important to have a public information meeting open to all residents to solicit their input and feedback,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Community participation is the key to all successfully adopted plans. This Comprehensive Plan Update will be used as a roadmap for the next 10+ years as Penfield continues to grow and it will affect the overall quality of life for residents and their families for generations to come.”

All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. Those who wish to present their ideas and concerns are encouraged to limit their comments to five minutes in consideration of all who wish to speak.

A public input page will be available at www.penfield.org for residents who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer input. The page is scheduled to be live before and after the public information meeting from Tuesday, September 10 through Friday, October 11 via the quick links menu. Comments will also be accepted via email to planning@penfield.org, or by USPS mail to: Town of Penfield, Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. There will be additional opportunities for public input at future public hearing meetings.

The committee will reconvene on October 1 and October 15 to begin reviewing public comments from the above sources.

Learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage: http://www.penfield.org/2020_comp_plan.php

The public information meeting will be broadcast LIVE: 

Streaming at www.penfield.org and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield”)

Penfield Government Access TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1303

Roku TV with the free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV)


September 9, 2019
Supervisor's column September 9, 2019

I am delighted to report that through ongoing discussions with the Penfield Central School District and Penfield Recreation, the Shadow Pines Property will be the site of a few cross-country track meets for Penfield High School and other Section 5 teams. The course will be run on the north side of the property (former front nine) and use many of the existing trails. A few additional trail connections were recently made to accommodate the required distance for the events and the starting area was widened to accommodate the racers as they begin the course. The first race will be on September 17 and the final meet will take place in mid-October. Good luck to all the athletes competing this cross-country season!

This past Sunday, I had the honor of representing the families in Penfield supported by the West Webster Fire District and West Webster Volunteer Firemen’s Association at the dedication of the new Station 1 headquarters located on Gravel Road. Monroe County is a benchmark in emergency services (Fire, EMS and Police) across the country because of our dedicated men and women, training programs, equipment, and facilities. I would like to recognize and thank West Webster Fire District for their service to our community and to congratulate them on their new headquarters; this facility will serve the district for generations to come.

The next few adult van trips with the “out to lunch bunch” will take place on Friday, September 27 with a trip to D & R Depot. This homey eatery in a former train depot serves traditional American fare. On Friday, October 18 the group will be traveling to Tillman’s Village Historic Inn & Restaurant. This historic establishment dates back to 1824 and guests can view the marvelous artifacts of centuries past throughout the restaurant. With both trips, the vans leave the community center at 11:00 AM and return by 3:00 PM; the fee is $10 for each event and lunch is on your own.

The third annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High School track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run,” which will not be officially timed, will follow the running of the 5K. The first 250 registrants will receive a Nalgene water bottle and those registering by September 25 will receive a race T-shirt. Please register at https://runsignup.com/race/penfieldeducationfoundation5k/page/.

Save the date for the annual Family Halloween Fun event on Friday, October 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM that will include games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts and more! Please note a special thank you to Woody Acres and the Rothfuss family farmers for their generous contributions to this event.

Reminder…the next scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will take place this coming Saturday, September 14 at Philbrick Park, located off Route 441, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Hike through the park on Irondequoit Creek and learn a bit about Daniel Penfield and his settling of our great community. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs.

One last shout-out for the FREE electronics recycling event this Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Xerox in Webster. This event is sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Johns. Take Phillips Road to Caracus Drive. Please note there is a limit of TWO CRT (tube) monitors, or televisions per vehicle.

The 43rd annual used book sale supporting the Penfield Library starts this Tuesday, September 10, and runs through Saturday, September 14 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Go to www.penfieldlibrary.org for all the details.

Also on Saturday, September 14 is Tastin’ the Blues in Veterans Memorial Park behind the town hall from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Enjoy food, music, a chili cook-off, beer sampling, and much more. I hope to see you there! 

Until next week, this is the last week of the five-week hydration challenge from town employees. I hope you are joining in as well! The challenge is designed to encourage us all to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. This program helped me identify the fact that I do not drink as much water as I should on a daily basis and hopefully I have developed some better habits to support my overall health. 

 

 


September 6, 2019
Temporary closure of Columbus Crossing entrance to town hall Sep 9-13

The Columbus Crossing entrance to the Penfield Town Hall will be temporarily closed the week of September 9–13 due to construction of a new sanitary sewer service to the town hall. This access drive is located on the west side of the town hall off Jackson Road near the Jackson/Atlantic intersection. 

Site preparation is complete and the sewer work will begin on Monday, September 9. The project will remove and replace a 1965 septic system with sewer service. Work is expected to take one week.

Barriers will block both ends of the Columbus Crossing access drive during the closure. Visitors to the town hall should use the main entrance on Atlantic Avenue or the Veterans Park Way entrance from Jackson Road near the Dolomite Lodge. 

Direct questions to the office of Supervisor Tony LaFountain at supervisor@penfield.org or (585) 340-8630.


September 4, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Monroe County public works projects in Penfield

Monroe County has informed us of two projects they will begin working on in their right-of-way adjacent to the Shadow Pines property. First, they will be removing a locust tree on the southwest corner of Atlantic Ave and Whalen Road due to the diseased condition of the tree. They will also remove three trees adjacent to the small cemetery that are leaning over the road and another tree that came down across the creek opposite the quarry. The county is concerned that these trees are vulnerable to high winds, heavy snow, and ice, posing a public safety hazard.

Their second project is the extension of two culvert pipes running under Whalen Road. The town has been filling this area but we have halted work until the county work is completed. We will resume and complete the filling efforts when the county finishes the culvert project. 

Work on the tree and culvert projects will take place over the next week or two. Terry Tree is the contractor for tree removal. Monroe County DPW will be performing the culvert work; however they may contract Penfield DPW to assist.

As always, any questions may be directed to my office at supervisor@penfield.org or 340-8631.  


September 3, 2019
Supervisor's column September 3, 2019

One of the first signs of fall is the return of the Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP). The first one will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 8:00 to 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 September breakfast proceeds will benefit our neighbors at Penfield Hope, which exists to address unmet needs in the Penfield area, offering emergency financial assistance, non-perishable food, diapers, children's clothing, internet access, and most importantly—a listening heart. Fellowship Hall is ADA accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org

Speaking of fall, mark your calendars for the annual Tastin’ the Blues event to be held on Saturday, September 14 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the amphitheater (located behind the town hall) with a chili cook-off, beer sampling, and music by Steve Grills & the Road-Masters featuring Joe Beard. There is still time to enter the chili cook-off so do not delay! Go online at www.penfieldrec.org or stop by the Recreation office at the Community Center between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

The 2019 music season at the amphitheater was a big hit with record attendance this year. I would like to thank all who attended and helped to make this a great season. I would also like to recognize and thank our sponsors—Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, Synergy IT Solution, The Woodlands at Fairport Baptist Homes, and Wegmans—for their generous support; without them we would not be able to bring talent to our stage. Thank you again for supporting Penfield in so many ways!

Mark your calendars…the “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” 43rd annual used book sale begins on Tuesday, September 10 with the member only pre-sale from 2:00 to 9:00 PM (you may join at the door). The general public may attend Wednesday and Thursday, September 11 and 12, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday, September 13 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (half-price day); and Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3 bag, specials remain half-price). Please note that aisles are narrow, so baby strollers and shopping carts are not allowed. Also food and drinks are not permitted at the sale.

The town board is putting the finishing touches on the 2020 Budget that will be officially released at the Wednesday, September 18 legislative session of the board. Hard work by all of the departments to manage costs, an increase in revenue, along with stable and reduced costs in retirement and health care, have allowed us to prepare the Tentative Budget with no increase for 2020. Final details are in the works and the budget will be available online Wednesday, September 18 for public review and comment prior to the public hearing which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2.

Reminder…the next history hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs.

The Genesee Figure Skating Club offers classes for all levels of skaters. “Learn to Skate” is a great place to learn the fundamentals of skating. “Bridge Class” is an introduction to the elements of figure skating focusing on stroking, edging, spinning, and jumping. “Jump, Spin & Spiral Class” is for beginners through advanced skaters looking to learn, improve, and master their jumps, spins, and spirals. Classes start in September. Please visit their website at www.geneseefsc.com for more information and class registration forms. You may also email questions to www.skategfsc@gmail.com

Until next week…this is week four our employees’ five-week hydration challenge that runs to September 15. Hopefully you will join us. The challenge is designed to encourage you to drink at least eight glasses of water per day; drinking water is a good choice, especially between meals because it hydrates you without providing extra calories or risking harm to your teeth.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 30, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines Land Use Update

At its August 28 work session, the Town Board authorized moving forward to prepare a conceptual master plan for the Shadow Pines property. The conceptual master plan will include insights and recommendations from the Golf Course Moratorium and Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory committees. I will share more details as they unfold in the coming weeks. 


August 26, 2019
Penfield Library 43rd annual Used Book Sale

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 43rd Annual Used Book Sale September 10-14 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome. 

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover and paperback books are $1.00, mass market paperbacks and smaller are 50 cents. Many specials are individually priced. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks, or credit.

“The Friends’ Book Sale is a great example of community support for the library,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “Residents donate materials to be resold to their neighbors, the library donates materials discarded to make room for new acquisitions, and attendees purchase those materials for their home libraries yielding revenue we can use to enhance library services for everyone. In addition to supporting ongoing services, such as museum passes, the Children’s Room fish tank, and the popular BookPage book review publication, this year the Friends funded an upgrade to the projection system in our Braman Meeting Room, combining the ease of digital operation with high resolution visuals to enhance presentation quality.”

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SALE

(Join in advance or at the door: $5 individual, $10 family, $5 senior couple)

Tuesday, 9/10   2:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

GENERAL PUBLIC:

Wednesday, 9/11 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, 9/12 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, 9/13 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, half-price day

Saturday, 9/14   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $3 bag, specials remain half-price

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.)

Food and drink are not allowed. Aisles are narrow, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.


August 26, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 26, 2019

Tomorrow, August 27, is the final Tuesday night concert of the season. Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening with Mike Kornrich. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the Town Hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

Another FREE electronics recycling event has just been announced! Senator Pam Helming, Assemblyman Mark Johns, and Assemblyman Brian Manktelow are holding an electronics recycling event on Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM at Xerox, Webster. Take Phillips Road to Caracus Drive and look for the signs. Please note that each vehicle is limited to 2 CRTs/TVs with no exceptions. Visit www.sunking.com/business/acceptable-materials for more information.

On behalf of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS), I would like encourage families, businesses, neighborhoods, and teams in our community to adopt-a-shelf this fall. Help keep their pantry stocked with wholesome foods. Your group can make a difference in Penfield. For more information on what is currently needed at PEFS, go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org or contact volunteers at penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com or 234-0799.

WANTED…chefs, culinarians, hash slingers, or chief cooks and bottle washers to participate in the annual chili cook-off at Tastin’ the Blues on Saturday, September 14, starting at 12:00 PM. Come show off your culinary skills with your favorite chili recipe. There are prizes for first, second, and third place in both the “people’s choice” and the “judged” categories. The entry fee is $30.00 and each entry will receive a $20.00 Wegmans gift card. All entries are due to the Penfield Recreation Department by September 9.

Stay informed with Penfield Recreation E-News! Once a week you can receive the latest news and updates from Penfield Recreation. Learn about new programs and upcoming events—be the first to know what’s new! Sign up for this newsletter at www.penfieldrec.org

Residents of Penfield with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, ext. 1120. 

I am reminded by our Penfield Recreation team that our facilities, programs, and services continually strive to meet ADA guidelines. If you have any special needs, please let them know by calling the office at 340-8655.

The Sea Dragons are welcoming new swimmers to experience the world of competitive swimming for two weeks at no cost! Come practice with the team and develop as a swimmer for two FREE weeks of swim training from September 8 to 22 at the Penfield High School and East Rochester Central School pools. This program is for ages 6 to 19. If your child loves swimming come try it out. Learn more details at www.seadragons.org. 

Nels Carman Big Band Nights with the Penfield Rotary Band are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Penfield Community Center Gym. The band performs favorite big band sounds for your dancing and listening pleasure from 7:30 to 9:30 PM each night. Mark your calendars for September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3, and bring your dancing shoes! The event costs just $2.00 at the door.

This coming weekend is the Labor Day holiday. Many individuals and families are planning a long weekend of activities and cook-outs as this holiday is seen as the last week of summer—vacations are ending and school is about to begin. It is important that we not forget what the day stands for; the original holiday was meant to handle a problem of long working hours and no time off. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

If you seem to be working all the time and never really take a vacation, start a new ritual that honors the original spirit of Labor Day. Give yourself the day off, don’t go in to work, shut off your phone, computer, and other electronic devices connecting you to your daily grind. Then go to a barbecue like the original participants did over a century ago and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!

Until next week…this is week three of our town employees’ five-week hydration challenge that runs to September 15. Hopefully you are joining in as well! This activity is designed to encourage you to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Despite knowing that water is necessary for health and well-being, 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 23, 2019
Mike Kornrich Wraps Up 2019 Concert Series Aug 27

Penfield will welcome Mike Kornrich to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 27 for the final concert of the 2019 concert series. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is geared toward children and families.

Mike plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, and sings songs like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “When You’re Smiling,” and “Rock Around the Clock.” There are always silly antics between songs, and most songs have child interaction.

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 23, 2019
Tastin' the Blues and Dog's Day Out Sept 14

Penfield’s annual Tastin’ the Blues will be held on Saturday, September 14 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12:00—4:00 PM. This free event will include chili judging, beer sampling, and blues music.

“As the weather begins to cool down each year, I look forward to the hot chili and cool blues music at this great fall event,” says Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I encourage everyone to come show off their award-winning chili recipes!”

Anyone who has a favorite chili recipe is invited to enter the chili contest. Chili entries will be judged by a panel. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three winners, and the first place package will include a $100 cash prize. Registration forms and rules for the chili contest can be found at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or on our website at www.penfieldrec.org.

We are pleased to welcome back Genesee Brew House this year, who will provide samples of their top micro brews for those who are over 21, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, with special guest Joe Beard, will bring their hard-driving, Chicago-style blues music to the stage.

The second annual Dog’s Day Out will be held in conjunction with Tastin’ the Blues to entertain Penfield’s furry residents. Bring your dog and let him try out an agility course, as well as other games and activities for dogs and their humans. All dogs must be leashed and friendly.   

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. These events are free and open to the public. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.penfieldrec.org, or call 340-8655.  


August 19, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 19, 2019

Entertainment reminder…Mr. Mustard, known for performing music of the Beatles, will be on stage tomorrow (Tuesday, August 20) for the final Tuesday night concert of the 2019 season. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

ATTENTION: I was just made aware that Senators Rich Funke and Joe Robach are holding an electronics recycling event this coming Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 208 Eastman Ave. Rochester NY 14652, Kodak Park lot 42. Please note that each vehicle is limited to two CRTs/TVs with no exceptions. Visit www.sunnking.com/business/acceptable-materials for more information.

Do not miss this popular event! The annual used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library to benefit the Penfield Public Library, will begin on Wednesday, September 11 and run through Saturday, September 14. All are welcome! Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (half-price day); and Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3/bag, bring your own Tops/Wegmans reusable bag). Please note: Pre-sale for Friends of Penfield Public Library is Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00 to 9:00 PM. Friends membership is $10/family, $5/individual, and $5/senior couple. Renew early or join at the door!

The next FREE scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, September 14, 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield community annual bike drop will be held on Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the community center, 1985 Baird Road. Penfield Rotary will collect used bicycles and donated them to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, and recreation. For more information about R Community Bikes Inc. please go to www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts documenting all donations will be provided. The Penfield Community Bike Drop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation.

Mark your calendars for the third annual Penfield Education Foundation (PEF) 5K on Sunday, October 13 at the Penfield High School track; start time is 9:00 AM. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run,” which will not be officially timed, will follow the running of the 5K. Register by September 25. Fees: adults $25; students (age 18 and under) $15; children’s fun run (age 10 and under) requires no registration. Please register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Penfield/PenfieldEducationFoundation5K. The first 250 registrants will receive a Nalgene water bottle. Those registering by September 25 will receive a race tee-shirt.

The Bri-Pen senior rides program continues to be a wonderful service to transport individuals to medical appointments, religious services, and to the town recreation centers. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and are given free supplemental car insurance. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674.

Until next week…this is week two of our town employees’ four-week hydration challenge—we invite you to join in as well! The challenge is designed to encourage participants to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body; every system depends on water to work properly. Regardless of health status, we are all at risk of dehydration. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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