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February 27, 2020
PTC March Guided Hike

Penfield Trails Committee will lead a free guided hike on Saturday, March 14, 10:00AM-12:00PM, at the Shadow Pines property, 600 Whalen Road. 

Hikers will explore the hiking trail development that has taken place so far on the property. Participants should meet at the parking lot near the Clark House. Look for the hike signs!

Although this hike is free, participants are asked to please register ahead of time by calling (585) 340-8655, option 0.

Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

February 24, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 24, 2020

I frequently receive calls and emails from residents asking me when the town will let Greenlight Networks expand their system in Penfield. As many of you are aware, Greenlight is a fast growing company that provides an all-fiber optic network that is faster than broadband. I have had the opportunity to meet with Greenlight on this topic and can report they are very excited about having a bigger build-out in Penfield and across Monroe County in 2020. 

With a $100 M investment by Tom Golisano and LeChase–Joint Venture, Greenlight can concentrate on locations of build-out, network design, permits, and easements. LeChase can focus on providing construction and on-time, on-budget delivery. The company’s build-out strategy continues to be based on customer demand.

During the first half of 2020, Greenlight will be working in the following areas of Penfield: Hilltop, Beacon Hills, Crossbow, and Periwinkle. They will also be working to complete thirteen other locations in the town by year-end. As those locations are finalized and shared with the town, I will pass that information along to all of you. It is our understanding that Greenlight plans to have around 6,300 homes connected by year-end. With the quality partnership of Greenlight, Golisano and LeChase, I am excited about the build-out of this network in Penfield!

I am reminded by our IS/IT service providers that they are seeing an increase in cases of “phishing”—fraudulent  emails, texts or phone calls designed to trick you into providing sensitive personal data. Scammers may impersonate companies or people you know in an attempt to trick you into sharing sensitive information like social security numbers, account numbers or passwords. Some scams get you to click on links to malicious attachments. 

What are some things you can do to help prevent the infection and spread of phishing? Never provide sensitive information to an unsolicited call, text or email—even if the communication appears to be legitimate. Be cautious of any unexpected requests or demands that claim to be urgent or require immediate action. Do not use the same password across multiple sites. When in doubt and if you question the legitimacy of any request, contact the source directly. Taking a few extra minutes to verify a request may save you many hours sorting out problems with accounts and other personal information.

The days are getting longer and there is a hint of spring in the air. Now is the time many of us start thinking about a new deck, putting a pool in the backyard, or maybe adding on some extra space for the family’s use and enjoyment. Regardless of your project, now is the time to start taking action to secure necessary building permits. At this time of the year our Building Department can turn a permit around in a week or less based on volume. In another month or two, that turnaround time will increase up to two to three weeks. For more information on permits go to, choose Departments, then Building/Zoning. Here you can find brochures, forms, and links to Town Code to help you understand the process and secure necessary permits. You may also call 340-8636. Good luck with your new project! 

A representative from the U. S. Census Bureau visited our last town board meeting to provide an update on the upcoming 2020 Census. Between March 12 and 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. Counting every person in the United States in a census every 10 years is a challenge; counting every infant and toddler in the country may be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Parents and adults with young children often don’t realize they need to include all children who live with them full-time or at least most of the time. In the 2010 Census, nearly one million children (4.6% of children under the age of five) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age five are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States. Counting young children will be vitally important in the 2020 Census because population statistics are used by local, state, and federal lawmakers to determine how to spend billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually over the next 10 years. Locally, we rely on census data to develop plans and projects in our own community. 

Until next week, enjoy the milder weather!


February 18, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 18, 2020

The Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support (NEQALS) voted for its board of directors at its annual meeting on February 12. Returning to the Board are President and CEO, Syed Ahmed Mustafa; Vice President Michael Pope; and Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Montgomery. Joining the board are Chris Smith and Maureen Wilbert. These board members join remaining board members John Beldue, Raymond Camp, George Glessner, Phyllis Lochner, Robert Meddaugh, Richard Prinzing, and Jan Thompson-Hinz.

Chief Executive Officer Mustafa also announced a reorganization of the operations staff of NEQALS. Appointed as Chief of the Agency is Jerry Fedele. Reporting to Chief Fedele are Deputy Chief of Operations Matt Lloyd and Deputy Chief of Administration Julie Jordan. Deputy Chief Lloyd will have Captain Corey Best and Lieutenant Nate Hinman reporting to him. Deputy Chief Jordan will have Captain Kayleigh Hodge and Lieutenants Kirsten Hurlburt and Keisha Betances reporting to her. 

"I am delighted to have this very strong, energetic and forward-looking operations staff managing the day-to-day operations of NEQALS starting today," said Mustafa. "They are a great complement to our very diverse and active Board of Directors. One team gives us a clear and strong strategy and the other executes it. Together this make us, what I personally believe, one of the best EMS agencies in the area."

After working with the Town of Webster to secure the permanent authority to provide EMS service through Webster Emergency Medical Service, NEQALS is now working to finalize plans for its new base on Jackson Road. Mustafa added, "We have lived in a variety of places, none of which have ever been ours for 33 years. I am looking forward to having a base that we can call home, which gives our staff, board members and guests a proper place to operate out of, train and rest in between calls." Mustafa says the hope is to move into the new base before the fall of 2020. NEQALS provides service to the northern portion of Penfield. This volunteer organization of dedicated women and men is a wonderful resource for the east side of our county for EMS and advance life support.

The town board will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM to extend the moratorium on the redevelopment of public golf courses in the town. This extension will allow the completion of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update currently underway and due on or before year-end 2020.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be conducting a public information meeting for a project designed to enhance safety and reduce congestion at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Five Mile Line Road. This open-house style informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3 between 4:00 and 7:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Those interested in attending may arrive at any time during the scheduled session to review current details of the project and provide input. NYSDOT staff will be on hand to answer individual questions. There will be no formal presentation as part of this session. For further information, or to request an interpreter, please contact Project Engineer Howard Ressel at (585) 371-9280 or .

Mark your calendars…the town board will be holding a public information meeting on the draft conceptual master plan for Shadow Pines on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium. The board received the draft at its work session meeting last week from the engineering consultant BME Associates. BME will provide an overview of the draft plan to those on hand at the meeting; there will also be an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the draft plan. Those interested may review the draft plan on the town’s website, From the home page, click on Online Documents, then choose Draft Documents. The town board will receive comments on the draft plan for two weeks following the informational meeting to allow residents ample time to comment.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




February 10, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 10, 2020

I would like to recognize all the members of the Department of Public Works for their extra efforts throughout last week’s storm event. Many of our employees spent 18-plus straight hours plowing and salting to make the roads safe for travel—and after just a few hours of rest were back in Saturday morning to deal with more of the same to clear roads and sidewalks. This dedicated group of employees provides a valuable service to our community by plowing 449 lane miles of 540 different town, county, and state roads. Additionally, they plow 69 miles of sidewalks and parking lots of all our facilities. Great job all, thank you for your service to Penfield!

The recent snow did bring some fun with it, as it helped make the Family Winter Snow Night Out last Friday a big success. Harris Whalen Park was filled residents of all ages sledding, snow-shoeing, hiking, and much more. Hot chocolate and snacks provided warmth from the cold and the energy to take “just one more” ride down the hill. This event was another great effort by our Penfield Recreation team!  

At this time of year when we are all chilled by the weather, our thoughts go to comfort food! Consider this opportunity…on Saturday, February 22 the Penfield Knights of Columbus is hosting its annual pasta dinner. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. So if you are hungry for pasta and meatballs and want a break from the kitchen, you can feed your family and help those in need of assistance in our community. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM in the gym at St. Joseph’s Church on Gebhardt Rd. The cost per person is $10.00 at the door or $8.00 pre-sale. The cost per family is $25.00 at the door or $20.00 pre-sale. Please note that you may receive the pre-sale price at door with non-perishable food donation. Contact Ben Ryck for pre-sale thickets at (585) 698-9699.

It’s that time again—every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. One new opportunity for the 2020 Census is the ability to complete the census survey online! Amazing, right? The federal government is finally embracing digital. In fact, the bureau hopes that 55 percent of responses will be submitted via computer or mobile phone. Most households will be contacted by snail mail that will provide a unique code to complete the survey online. Participating in the 2020 Census is in everyone’s best interest because decision-makers use the data to determine which communities, schools, hospitals, and roads will receive federal funding. When you receive your survey, please take a few moments to complete and submit your response…it does make a difference in your own community!

As I mentioned in last week’s column, the DRAFT Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan will be submitted to the town board this Wednesday (February 12) at the work session. The plan will be posted at following the work session for all to view. The board will be looking to schedule a public information meeting in March. I will keep everyone updated on dates and times for any and all meetings. You may watch town board meetings on Spectrum channel 1303 or streaming video from the town website.  

Reminder… Penfield Recreation has new extended hours. To better serve you, Pen-Rec is now open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by to register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or to chat about a program. We look forward to serving you!

Until next week, get ready for the next storm front approaching mid-week with a snow/rain mix and a significant temperature drop.


February 3, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 3, 2020

I begin this week’s column with an update on the Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan. Our consultant, BME Associates, has completed a draft of the conceptual master plan. They will submit the draft plan to the town board at the February 12 work session and provide a high level overview. The draft plan will be published on the town website following the work session for all to view. After that, I expect the town board to pass a resolution at the February 19 legislative meeting to schedule a public information meeting regarding the draft plan for Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Any and all interested residents will be able to comment on the draft plan at the public information meeting. The town board will also accept emails and other written comments prior to the information meeting and for a week following the meeting to ensure residents have the ability to provide input and feedback. 

Next Monday, February 10, is the last day to pay Town/County taxes in full without interest. The Tax Receiver’s Office in the town hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to accept payments. If you cannot make it in during business hours, you may deposit your payment after hours using a drop box located near the door on the east side of the town hall. The box is secure and it is checked several times a day. A receipt will be mailed to you once your payment is processed. If you have any questions about your bill, please call the Tax Receiver’s Office at 340-8626.

Now that we are all getting back to our normal routines after the holidays, I’d like to remind everyone that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf continues to work hard to help support those less fortunate in our community. The PEFS is always in need of food donations to help keep the shelves stocked. To learn more about this wonderful community organization and their current wish list of needed items, please go to Thank you in advance for your support, it does make a difference!

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, February 15 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. February proceeds will go directly to benefit Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR). RHR seeks to foster the growth of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is an accessible facility and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details visit

Reminder…the next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Visit for more information about the PSO and this concert. 

Penfield Players, your community theatre, announces its “winter readers’ theatre.” This season’s production is the Cinderella Waltz by Don Nigro on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. In this play, Rosey Snow is trapped in a fairy tale world that turns funny and a little frightening…and who can blame her? She is faced with a demented stepmother, a possibly homicidal village idiot, a fairy godmother who sings salty old sailor songs, and so much more! This production combines numerous versions of the world’s most popular fairy tale into a hilarious, yet sometimes dark, retelling. Equal parts farce and romantic fantasy…get ready for a truly entertaining fairy tale for adults. This program is FREE to the public, look for more information on at

Until next week, be well and be safe!


January 27, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 27, 2020

We are always looking for residents with some available time to sign up as a volunteer driver for the senior transportation program known as Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Drivers and dispatchers are needed for this very important program to get seniors who do not drive to medical appointments, religious services, or town recreation centers. Drivers will be thoroughly trained through Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and will receive supplemental insurance. For more information about volunteering, please call Pam at 340-8664. Thank you in advance for helping a neighbor!

The next “Nels Carman Big Band Night” will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 7:30–9:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center. The Penfield Rotary Band will play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. Everyone is welcome, the fee is $2.00 and you pay at the door.

Join the Penfield Trails Committee for their next guided hike on Friday night February 7, 6:30–7:30 PM. Yes…that’s right…Friday night! Join the committee for this full moon hike as part of the Recreation Department’s “Winter Woods Hike.” Listen for screech owls as you hike through the Harris Whalen Park trails. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the upper pavilion parking lot at Harris Whalen Park and look for the hike signs.

Winter break is the week of February 17–21. If you are looking for some different activities for our youngest residents, please see the program offerings in both the Penfield Public Library and the Recreation Department. There is a complete lineup in the 2020winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure in print or online at or

The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert is February 24 at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School auditorium. The program is "Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines." Commencing with local composer Verne Reynolds’ rarely-heard Celebration Overture, the concert then features local Eastman faculty jazz pianist Tony Caramia presenting American female composer Dana Suesse’s jazz nocturne Afternoon of a Black Faun, her romantic piece My Silent Love, and her energetic Jazz Concerto in D. The second half is a symphonic celebration of the popular, tuneful music of Richard Rodgers (Oklahoma, The King and I, Victory at Sea, South Pacific.)  

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 585-872-0774, in person at the Penfield Recreation Department or Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert. Advance tickets cost $15 for adults ($16 at the door), and $12 for senior citizens 60 and over ($16 at the door). For students of any age with a student ID, advance tickets are free or $1 at the door. 

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the Rochester community for over 60 years. Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. For information on concerts and highlights, follow the Penfield Symphony Orchestra on Facebook at, on Twitter at, or visit the website at

Important dates and events in history: January 29, 1919 – the Eighteenth Amendment is added to the Constitution. The Eighteenth Amendment declared the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors illegal, though it did not outlaw the actual consumption of alcohol. Shortly after the amendment was ratified, Congress passed the Volstead Act to provide for the federal enforcement of Prohibition. Note…The Eighteenth Amendment is the only amendment to ever have been repealed from the United States Constitution–via the inclusion of the Twenty-First Amendment; January 30, 1964 – The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America abolished the poll tax for all federal elections. A poll tax was a tax of anywhere from one to a few dollars that had to be paid annually by each voter in order to be able to cast a vote; February 1, 1865 – The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 

Until next week, enjoy the mild break in the weather, I’m sure it will not last!


January 24, 2020
Family Winter Snow Night Out

The public is invited to join Penfield Recreation for a Family Winter Snow Night Out on Friday, February 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park. Come play in the snow under the moon!

This unique nighttime experience at Harris Whalen Park will include snow games, building snow sculptures, sledding in the moonlight, and staying warm by a fire. Participants are asked to bring a sled for sledding, or other snow toys they would like to use. Warm refreshments will be available!

Penfield Trails Committee will hold their monthly free public hike during the event, leading hiking or snowshoeing on the trails through the Harris Whalen Park woods. Snowshoes will be available to borrow and participants are asked to please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

“With the winter season’s colder weather keeping many people indoors more often than not, this family winter event will showcase options to explore the outdoors at our local parks,” said Chris Bilow, Penfield Recreation Director.  “Bundle up and beat the cabin fever with fun a winter snow night out in Penfield with your family!”

This event is free and all ages are invited. Sponsored by Penfield Recreation and Wegmans, our wellness partner.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.

January 22, 2020
Notice Regarding Cross-Country Ski Trails at Shadow Pines Property

Please be advised that there will be a high school cross-country ski meet at Shadow Pines on Thursday, January 23, 3:00-4:30PM. The trails will be unavailable to the public during this time.

January 21, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 21, 2020

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will once again be offering free income tax preparation on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center—by appointment only—January 29 through April 8, 2020. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program was designed to provide free income tax preparation services for low to moderate income households, with a focus on seniors 60 and older. While the program is available to anyone, its intent is to help those with limited resources who can’t afford to have their returns prepared by a private person or company. For more information please go to page 24 of the winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure or To make an appointment you must call 340-8655, x-0. AARP membership is not required.

The next Red Cross Babysitting program is scheduled for Saturday, February 29, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed to provide youth (ages 11–15) who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and help children behave. Through hands-on practice, the successful candidate will receive certification as an American Red Cross babysitter. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. If you have questions, please contact Domenic at 281-4208.

CBD 101…Meredith Dawes, RN, CBD and Medicinal Cannabis Educator will teach you about what CBD is and how it works in your body. Learn about the body’s endocannabinoid system and the health benefits and conditions that can be treated with CBD. The program will be held on Monday, January 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the community center. The registration number is 131025-A, the fee is $20.00, and you must be 18 years of age to participate.

The next AARP Smart Driver course is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 13 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the community center. This course is designed for the mature licensed driver (however, any age may attend with a NYS license). Tune up your driving skills, learn the newest laws, and understand how to adjust to age-related physical changes. Upon completion, participants may receive up to a 10% discount for multiple years on auto insurance; and the DMV may allow up to a four point reduction. The cost is $20.00 for AARP members or $25.00 for non-members payable by check only made out to AARP. For questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655.

DOWN size to RIGHT size! It is so easy to collect many things during our life time, all of which have some special meaning; however, have you taken a step back and said to yourself…HELP! In the DOWN size to RIGHT size program, you will learn how to liberate space in your home in this three-class course that looks at the rewards of real-world decluttering. Each one-hour class builds on the previous one with information and assignments designed to meet your needs. Interactive class discussions focus on decisions and challenges you may encounter. By the last class you will have determined a custom plan to declutter your space based on your own situation. Make your home your sanctuary and experience more inner peace and improved health habits. These FREE classes are scheduled for three consecutive Thursdays: February 13, 20, 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the community center. 

Christmas tree recycling is still underway at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the town hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year. Thank you in advance for not sending your tree to the landfill.

With the recent snowfall, I want to remind everyone that winter parking rules are in effect and run through Wednesday, April 1. This means NO PARKING is allowed on any roadway in Penfield from 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM to allow our DPW crews to safely and effectively plow and salt roadways. Thank you in advance for observing these rules, it gives us the opportunity to get through the town more quickly and it avoids the potential of you receiving a ticket from the Sheriff’s Office!

Lastly, please remember to clear snow from around fire hydrants if you have one in front of or near your home. This important task will assist emergency responders if they need to respond to a call in your neighborhood.


January 13, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 13, 2020

Penfield Recreation is now offering extended hours to better serve you, our valued customers! Beginning January 23, Pen-Rec will be open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by and register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or just to say hi! The Pen-Rec team looks forward to serving you.

Over the past several weeks many residents have asked me about the status of the Shadow Pines conceptual master plan. If you recall, the town board asked to have proposals submitted by September 20 for review at the September 25 work session, with final approval at the October 2 legislative meeting. Based on the number of proposals received and the amount of detail to study, the board asked for an additional time to review the documents. At the October 23 meeting the board recommended moving forward with BME Associates, and at the November 6 legislative meeting the board adopted a resolution to authorize a contract.

BME has been actively working on a plan/report and will be submitting a draft copy to the town board towards the end of January. We will post this report on our website for public review. A public information meeting will be scheduled after the school winter break to allow any and all interested residents a chance to comment on the plan. The town board is looking to adopt the plan by early March.

The Penfield Art Association Winter Art Show and Sale opens on Monday, February 3 at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble. The exhibit runs through Saturday, February 29. An opening reception takes place 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 5. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The winter show is one of three annual exhibits presented by the Penfield Art Association. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has about 90 members from throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. For more information, visit

Each year, the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) recognizes businesses in our community with three special awards: Business of the Year, the Daniel Penfield Award, and the Penfield Pride Award. These awards were presented at the Annual Holiday Party on January 9. 

Congratulations to the award winners: Business of the Year – given annually to honor a local business that has significantly contributed to the vitality and success of the Penfield business community; the 2020 award recipient is Wickham Farms. Daniel Penfield Award – given annually to honor a local business person who has positively impacted the Penfield business community through his or her community involvement, business practices, and overall character; the 2020 award recipient is Baker Commodities, Bill Schmieder. Penfield Pride Award – each year the PBC recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look, and becomes a positive addition to Penfield’s proud community; the 2020 award recipient is Radiant Sun Acupuncture. More information on recipients can be found at 

Recent mild temperatures have some residents grateful for minimal snow and ice to deal with and others are frustrated that downhill and cross-country skiing and other winter sports have been impacted. The Penfield Recreation Department is planning a family “winter snow” night out on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Harris Whalen Park’s upper and lower pavilions. Come out and enjoy the winter weather with sledding, snow-shoeing, snow sculpture building, a hike under the full moon, and more! If Mother Nature does not cooperate with SNOW, the hike led by the Penfield Trails Committee will still be on for the evening. The event is FREE and fun for all ages!

Until next week…be well and be safe!




January 10, 2020
Penfield Recreation Offering Extended Office Hours

In order to better serve you, our customers, beginning Thursday, January 23 Penfield Recreation will offer extended office hours. The office will be open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by and register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or just to say Hi! We look forward to serving you later!

January 10, 2020
Winter Swim Lessons at Penfield Recreation

Swimming lessons for children ages 6-14 begin next week for the winter session through Penfield Recreation! Our lessons are the best in town, so sign up today! Instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified by the American Red Cross. Red Cross levels 1-6 are taught on either Wednesdays or Saturdays. REGISTER HERE!

111250-A  Level 1  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:15-12:50PM   $61

111250-B  Level 2  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:50-1:25PM   $61

111250-C  Level 3  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 12:50-1:35PM   $71

111250-D  Level 1  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:10PM   $61

111250-E  Level 2  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:10PM   $61

111250-F  Level 4  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 1:35-2:20PM   $71

111250-G  Level 3  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

111250-H  Level 4  Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

111250-I  Level 5&6* Sat Jan 18-Mar 7 2:25-3:10PM   $71

Ages 6-14 (7 lessons, no class 2/22) Penfield High School Pool

111252-A  Level 2  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:35PM   $61

111252-B  Level 3  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

111252-C  Level 4  Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

111252-D  Level 5&6* Wed Jan 15-Mar 4  7:00-7:45PM   $71

Ages 6-14 (7 lessons, no class 2/19) Penfield High School Pool

Classes are for children ages 6-14. Lesson levels range from Red Cross Learn to Swim basics to advanced skills. Limited enrollment. Detailed description of skill taught in each level available at the Recreation Dept. or Each swimmer's skills are checked on the first day to be sure that they are placed in the proper level. Parent allowed in pool area on observation days: 2/8 & 4/25 for Saturday classes and 2/5 & 4/22 for Wednesday classes. Instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified.

For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

January 6, 2020
Supervisor’s column January 6, 2020

Happy New Year!

If you still have a live Christmas tree to dispose of, tree recycling in underway at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. All trees will be ground up and made part of the free mulch pile available at the town hall from early spring until we run out of material for the year. Thank you in advance for not sending your tree to the landfill.

The Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position as its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, Ockenden will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 

Bob has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years.

Bob is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue. Bob is required to run in the 2020 election to complete the four-year term on the Penfield Town Board. He will also need to run for the new four-year term in 2021… please join me in welcoming Bob to the town board.

Not into skiing or other winter outdoor activities? Do you love the water? Why not splash into family open swim and lap swim at the Penfield High School Pool & Aquatics Center? Come and play, swim and exercise while enjoying the spacious pool divided to suit your needs. The shallow end features a 4x4 “tot” dock for the little ones, the deep end is used for water-walking or play, and two lanes are dedicated to lap swimming. Swimmers who pass the deep end test can also enjoy the one-meter boards in the diving well. February break week: Tuesday & Thursday February 18 and 20, 2:00– 4:00 PM. Winter Fridays: January 17, 24, & 31; February 7, 28; and March 6, all 7:30 – 9:00 PM. The fee is $2.00 per person—pay at the pool or purchase a winter/spring family pass for $40.00 which allows up to four swimmers entry to family swim for the entire winter/spring season. Passes are available for purchase at the Penfield Recreation office or at the pool.

Last reminder…the next scenic trek hosted by the Trails Committee is scheduled for this coming Saturday (January 11) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Ellison Park. Meet at the north side of the parking lot off Blossom Road and look for the hike signs. No pets please…and wear appropriate footwear (hiking boots/shoes) for occasional steep terrain and slippery conditions. While all hikes are FREE, you are encouraged to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser and breakfast sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held Saturday, January 18, 8:00–10:00 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 January breakfast proceeds will go directly to help support Cameron Community Ministries: their mission is to provide hope to the community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment, offering after-school and summer programs, meals, an emergency pantry, and a clothing house. For more information and details, please visit

Until next week…are you looking to get healthier or maintain your good habits?  Then “National Take the Stairs Day” on January 8 is for you! The primary goal of this special day is to encourage all of us to improve our health by leaving the elevator behind and walking up the stairs. Walking up and down stairs, instead of using of the elevator or escalator, is a non-impact activity that most of us can do. Taking the stairs helps us tone our muscles, maintain or lose weight, and contribute to cardiovascular health. Most smartphones have an app that counts stairs. If you phone does not have it, you can download a stair counting app. Why not challenge yourself to make every Wednesday in 2020 “take the stairs day”? 


January 3, 2020
Robert Ockenden appointed to the Penfield Town Board

Ockenden_Bob_2020-01-03.jpgThe Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position as its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, Ockenden will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 

Ockenden has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years.

“Bob is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue. Please join me in welcoming Bob to the town board.”

Ockenden is required to run in the 2020 election to complete the four-year term on the Penfield Town Board. He will also need to run for the new four-year term in 2021.

December 31, 2019
Supervisor’s column December 31, 2019

I would like to recognize and thank Rabbi Yitzi Hein, Co-director, Chabad of Pittsford, for organizing the sixth annual lighting of the Menorah located in Schaufelberger Park last Thursday evening. We had one of our largest gatherings for this wonderful event and I thank everyone for attending and making this a key element of our holiday celebration in Penfield.

Reminder…your 2020 combined Town and County Tax bill will be mailed on December 31. Tax bills may be paid in full or by installment using the payment stubs at the bottom of the tax bill. Payments may be made by mail, in person at the Tax Receiver’s office in the Penfield Town Hall (3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526) or M&T Bank locations in Penfield, or at the drop box at the east entrance to the town hall. If you are traveling and need your bill to go to a winter address, please contact the Tax Office at 340-8626. Also, my annual letter explaining the tax bill in detail can be found on the Tax Receiver’s Town & County Tax page (scroll down) at; hard copies are available at the Tax Office. 

As we get ready to begin a new year, please connect with the Town of Penfield at to stay informed. You can follow community news from this column, messages from the supervisor, live streaming and recorded video of town meetings, event calendars, links to social media (Facebook and Twitter) and much more. There are many wonderful programs planned in 2020 for residents of all ages.

With the recent mild weather, I have started thinking about spring planning—I know it’s a bit early—however it’s important to get an early start on things! On Saturday, January 25 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM the Penfield Community Victory Garden and the Flower City Garden Network are sponsoring a “Seed Swap.” Bring seeds you have collected or saved (see the website for seed-saving tips) and join them whether you have seeds to contribute or not, there will be plenty for everyone! This program is FREE and open to the public but pre-registration is requested by emailing Come join in on a fun winter Saturday to share seeds and houseplants, enjoy some refreshments, and hear a couple of fun talks on spring gardening by garden designer Carol Southby and Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden Native Perennial Nursery. 

Final reminder…program registration for Pen-Rec Programs begins January 2, so don’t delay as many of our programs fill up quickly! “Break Camps” for winter (February 17–21) and spring (April 6–10) have become very popular. Check out these and many more programs in the 2020 Winter/Spring Pen-Rec brochure that you should have recently received in the mail or go to   

The Penfield Public Library has its January through May lineup of programs ready for 2020. Those that have caught my eye in January include an open house for Penfield area preschoolers; a Magic Show with Chris Wilkinson; a Lego Lab; and a parent/child book group. All the details are in the Pen-Rec brochure or at   

Many businesses, individuals, and organizations help offset the cost of printing the Pen-Rec brochure by placing ads. Please consider supporting these various groups in our community, it does make a difference; if you are able, please thank them for their support, I know they will appreciate the kind words.

As I wrap up my last column of 2019, I would like to thank all of our residents for their support over the year. It has been my honor to serve you and the Penfield community as your supervisor. I look forward to the start of a new term serving this great community in 2020. On behalf of the entire LaFountain family, we wish all of you a very safe, healthy and happy New Year!



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