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May 22, 2017
Supervisor's column May 22, 2017
It is hard to believe that Memorial Day is next week. I invite everyone to the annual Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 AM at Veterans Memorial Park located behind the town hall. Consider placing a rose in memory of a deceased veteran in our “procession of roses.” To make arrangements for a rose, please contact Sabrina at 340-8651 or srenner@penfield.org.

Mark your calendar for the annual Music & Food Truck Rodeo on Friday, June 2 at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. Penfield schools performing groups include the Bay Trail 7th Grade Orchestra, Penfield High School Jazz Democracy, Penfield High School Monday-Wednesday Jazz Ensemble, Penfield High School Concert Band, and the Penfield High School Wind Ensemble. This event runs from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. Food truck windows open at 4:30 PM with the following on hand to serve up their tastiest treats: Cheesed and Confused, The Meat Ball Truck Co, Sonny’s Landing – Eat Greek, Smoothies Plus, Tony Tomatoes, Macarollin, Abbott’s, and The Dough Boys. I hope to see you there, it is always a wonderful evening of music and food!

During our recent “spring drop-off” many residents asked about plans for the annual household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off that is normally held in the spring. The good news is you did not miss it! The County of Monroe changed the date to Saturday, September 16. As you may recall, we share and alternate hosting this event with Webster. This year it is Webster’s turn to host at their DPW. As we get closer to the date we will share more details in the Pen-Rec brochure, on our website, and through this column.

A message on the health benefits of walking from the Town Employee’s Wellness team: Walking strengthens your heart and it reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control high blood pressure that can cause strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent. Track your steps with a pedometer, smart phone app or wrist-band tracking device. The ideal goal is to try to attain 10,000+ steps each day. It is a wonderful time of the year to get out and walk in one of our many parks and trails across this great community—not only are there some great things to see, you will achieve your daily steps.

The annual Penfield Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Penfield Sewer Operations Center, 1595 Jackson Road (DPW complex). Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. All pets must be at least three months of age. For more information please contact Animal Services at 340-8616. This FREE clinic is courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Health Department. 

This past weekend Linda Kohl, town board member and deputy supervisor, attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for David P. Brown and Eric A. Hettel. For their projects, David made repairs and upgrades to St. Jerome’s church in East Rochester, and Eric improved and enhanced trail conditions in the Thousand Acre Swamp sanctuary. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield I would like to congratulate David and Eric on becoming the newest Eagle Scouts in Troop 312.   

Until next week enjoy the spring weather!

Tony

May 15, 2017
Rabies Vaccination Clinic June 3
The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. The free Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old. 
This clinic is a courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. Parking on-site. Call 340-8629 for more information. 

May 15, 2017
Supervisor's column May 15, 2017
The Town of Penfield’s annual spring drop-off will be held this Friday, May 19 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road. This event is for Penfield residents only. Services include brush, tires, appliances, batteries, metals and general household debris. No chemicals or electronics will be accepted at this drop-off.

Last Thursday, May 11, Senator Funke announced that the New York State Senate recently passed S.2178, his bill to restore municipal authority to establish stricter residency restrictions for sex offenders. I am thankful for Senator Funke’s ongoing efforts to support the Penfield community and all New York state families with this bill. Now that the Senate has passed the bill it is critical that the Assembly take action to approve this legislation; Assemblyman Mark Johns will sponsor the proposal. Once the legislation has made its way through Albany with the governor’s signature, the Penfield Town Board will be able to move forward in adopting the Penfield Child Safety Act that has been on the table since March 2015 because of a court decision limiting a locality’s ability to set such
restrictions. 

The Penfield Child Safety Act would prohibit the residency of registered Level Two and Level Three sex offenders within designated Child Safe Zones, or 2,000 feet from any schools, parks, playgrounds, town facilities, or daycare centers. The legislation was originally proposed, in part, due to the discovery that a Level Three sex offender had established residency less than 200 feet from Penfield’s Veterans Memorial Park, home to the town’s Little League fields, in February of 2015. 

Town of Penfield Animal Services will host the annual rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Penfield Sewer Operations Center, 1595 Jackson Road (part of the DPW complex). Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months of age. For more information call Animal Services at 340-8619. This FREE clinic is sponsored by the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. 

Penfield Recreation offers many interesting and educational day trips. The next outing is scheduled for Friday, June 9 for a morning tour of the Mercy Flight operational center in Canandaigua. After the tour the group will enjoy “lunch on your own” at Inn on the Lake. The fee is $15.00. Vans depart the community center at 10:00 AM and will return by 3:00 PM. For questions, please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655. 

The next scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Wild Iris Path and Veterans Memorial Park. Join our community naturalists in exploring pathways along preserved flora habitats unique to Penfield. Meet at the west end of Brougham Drive off Jackson Road and look for the hike signs. All hikes are FREE and held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

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 close this week’s column recognizing two long-time town employees who recently retired to move on to their “next chapters” that will include more family time, travel, and pursuit of hobbies. Harold Morehouse was a member of our Building/Zoning & Fire Marshal’s Office for more than 30 years. He reviewed plans, issue permits, made inspections on thousands of shed, pools, additions, homes and businesses. Additionally, Harold supported the Zoning Board of Appeals as liaison to the board. 

Bob Garbeck spent almost 36 years in the Parks Department, retiring as the Parks Foreman. Bob told me he started cutting grass at the town hall and Veterans Memorial Park complex before there were any baseball fields or other facilities at this location.

Penfield has been fortunate to have long-tenured, high quality employees like Harold and Bob over the years. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank both of these gentlemen for helping to make Penfield the best community in Monroe County!   

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
  

May 12, 2017
Recreation Now Hiring for Summer Positions
Penfield Recreation is now hiring for summer positions, including day camp counselors, lifeguards, and water safety (swimming) instructors.
Please apply immediately. Application is available on our website--http://penfieldrec.org/docmanager/rec_employmentapp17.pdf—or at the Penfield Recreation office at 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield. 
Interviews will begin May 20. For more information, please call (585) 340-8655.

May 8, 2017
Supervisor's column May 8, 2017
Many residents and visitors passing through the Four Corners in recent weeks have called to ask why the town clock in Schaufelberger Park is not working and if it will be repaired. Unfortunately, the clock’s electronic computer system was damaged in the March windstorm. Our maintenance staff attempted to make repairs with guidance from the manufacturer, but we soon learned there was more damage than originally thought. Now we are waiting for a technician from the manufacturer to identify the broken parts, order replacements, and make repairs. We are all eager to see the clock running smoothly again. Thank you for your concern and understanding!

Last week, council members Linda Kohl, Paula Metzler, Town Clerk Amy Steklof, and I attended the Mary Cariola groundbreaking ceremony for their newest home in Penfield located at the intersection of State and Jackson Roads. Mary Cariola has operated a home on Browncroft Boulevard in Penfield for more than 38 years. The Browncroft site was a retrofit of an existing home and provided residents with a wonderful care setting for those years. However, limited space, increased traffic, and important infrastructure requirements made it necessary to look for a new location to best meet the current needs of residents. 

We are delighted that Mary Cariola was able to find a site in Penfield to build a new home. For more information about the Mary Cariola organization and the great things they do to provide education and life-skill solutions for individuals with complex disabilities, please go to www.marycariola.org.  

Bri-Pen Senior Rides is now up and running for their second week. To date, many residents have taken advantage of this volunteer transportation service for medical appointments and religious services. Who is eligible? Seniors ages 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield townships or pay taxes to either district. Clients must be ambulatory and they must schedule a ride at least five business days prior to their appointment. Rides are provided within Monroe County only. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 340-8674.

REMINDER: Please plan ahead…Monroe County’s mobile DMV normally scheduled for Tuesdays at the Penfield Town Hall is cancelled for Tuesday, May 23 due to “grievance day” reviews in the town hall auditorium. Normal DMV services will resume on Tuesday, May 30.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.
 
If you have signed up for the third annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day” on Saturday, May 20, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, thank you for participating! If you are curious or have not yet had a chance to sign up, we are still looking for volunteers for this wonderful community event. This program is intended to help out seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled, with light yard work and spring cleanup. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family. Come and join “Terry’s Team” to help your neighbors! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road, at 8:00 AM for coffee and to pick up their assignments. Once again, thank you in advance for supporting this very worthwhile community event.

I close this week’s column recognizing the life of Richard H. “Dick” Vendel. He was a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. I had the honor of knowing and working with Dick during his more than 28 years of service to the Town of Penfield before he retired from the highway department. After retirement, Dick continued to serve our community as a member of the town’s Watershed Management Committee. In this role, Dick shared his vast knowledge of watersheds, drainage ways, and encyclopedic understanding of the drainage history of Penfield. If you were fortunate to have known or interacted with Dick you knew he was a true gentleman in all he did. Our hearts are heavy with his loss and our thoughts are with his family.

Until next week, please consider performing a random act of kindness for a family member, friend, neighbor, or stranger—you will be amazed at the difference it will make!

Tony

May 5, 2017
Irondequoit Bay High Water Advisory for Boaters
Due to high water levels, there are navigation hazards in the Bay including sunken docks, floating logs and driftwood.  Further, invisible hazards may be present as underwater sandbars can shift under these conditions. 

Reduce speeds throughout Irondequoit Bay and observe the “no wake” advisory within 500 feet of the shoreline.  Water levels in Lake Ontario and the Bay are much higher than the long-term average for this time of year and are expected to rise.  High water levels coupled with wave action are causing significant erosion, damage, and flooding along the shoreline and adjacent properties.

Reminder: Every boater is always responsible for any damage their wake creates.

May 2, 2017
Good Neighbor Day Scheduled for May 20
Join your Penfield community on Saturday, May 20 to help your neighbors do some spring cleaning! We are looking for volunteers for the 3rd annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and spring clean-up. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family!
Volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss Farm at 8:00 AM for refreshments and to receive assignments. Volunteers should plan to work until noon at the latest.Also, are you someone who could use the extra hand, or do you know someone who could? Let us know! We will bring scrap to the Penfield Drop-off, rake out flower beds, plant flowers, fix lawn damage from plows, and much more!
To sign up to help or be helped, please call Sabrina at 340-8651, or email srenner@penfield.org.
Terry Rothfuss was a farmer in east Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in the community. His friends and family are carrying on Terry's legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same.

May 2, 2017
A message regarding drainage from Supervisor LaFountain
ATTENTION PENFIELD RESIDENTS:

The volume of rain from recent storms has saturated the ground, creating ponding and drainage issues throughout the region. It is critical to keep stormwater flowing into catch basins to relieve neighborhoods of local flooding.

What can you do to help your property and neighborhood? Keep drains, swales and catch basins free from debris. In most cases, simple maintenance with a rake will direct water through the stormwater system. Swales are designed to catch and move water – they are not places for storage of leaves, clipping, mulch or plants.

As we receive more rain this week please make a habit of checking and clearing gutters, drains, and swales.  

Thank you in advance for your support on this important matter!

May 1, 2017
Supervisor's column May 1, 2017
I was asked by Penfield Librarian Bernadette Brinkman to remind everyone of a wonderful event coming up on Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 PM when the Penfield Public Library will screen an episode of Live From Lincoln Center entitled “Sinatra: Voice for a Century.” Seth Macfarlane hosts Christina Aguilera, Bernadette Peters, Sting, and other performers paying tribute to the Chairman of the Board in honor of his 100th birthday. Those interested may register in person at the library, by visiting the library website at penfieldlibrary.org, or by calling (585) 340-8720. Do not delay, this program will fill up quickly due to Mr. Sinatra’s popularity!

Last Friday, April 28, was the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day. How did this tradition begin? Nebraska was a largely treeless prairie region when, on April 10, 1872, it became the first state to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees. The celebration came a few months after J. Sterling Morton, a vice-president of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, first proposed to the board that the day be set aside for tree planting and that they should offer a "special premium" or prizes for the county and individual that planted the most trees on that day. The board approved his resolution and it was reported that more than a million trees were planted in the state that first year.

Closer to home, I have had the honor of planting several trees at Atria Penfield over the years to enhance their beautiful grounds for residents and visitors to enjoy. This year Atria planted the official tree of Penfield, the red maple. Members of the Atria staff, lead by Executive Director Charlene Wiwel and Engage Life Director Merica Fingar, gathered with many of their residents to plant and dedicate this year’s tree. Atria Penfield is an assisted living facility that offers activities to allow their residents to maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging movement and socializing with their peers. We are fortunate to have these type of facilities in Penfield to support our senior population, thank you for all you do!

Stella Maliborski, a resident at Sage Harbor at Baywinde in Penfield, celebrated her 104th birthday on Sunday, April 30. I stopped by to present her a certificate of recognition only to be told she is out to lunch and an afternoon of activities…I’m thinking this is the main reason she is 104…active and on the go! Stella, on behalf of the Town Board and the entire Town of Penfield, happy birthday and wishes for many more.

In my previous column I told you about Marisa Zwick, the sixth grader who organized a Penfield clean-up on Earth Day. My action item was to report back to you with the amount of garbage and trash that participants collected around the town. Everything was loaded into one of our DPW trucks and we crossed the scale to learn that the group collected an impressive 1,360 pounds of garbage that we were able to send off to the landfill. Once again, many thanks to Marisa and her family, 54 students from Penfield schools, several teachers, and many parents.

Last week, Town Board member Linda Kohl and I had the honor of attending an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scout in troop 260, Michael R. Dedee. For his Eagle project, Michael constructed a boardwalk over a swale near the south boundary of Finn Park to make a trail safe and passable year-round. On behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, I would like to congratulate Michael on this achievement. Your commitment to scouting is a benchmark for your fellow scouts. You should be proud of your accomplishment, I know your family, friends, and community are!

Veterans Park and the Penfield Town Hall complex was full of noise and excitement with the opening day of Penfield Little League (PLL) last Saturday. It is a sure sign of spring when all our ball fields fill up with eager athletes! We are fortunate to have some of the best facilities in Monroe County and a great partnership with Penfield Little League. I look forward to many hots and innings of baseball over the next three months!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

April 27, 2017
New Bri-Pen volunteer senior ride service begins May 1
The Town of Penfield announces the launch of “Bri-Pen Senior Rides” on Monday, May 1.  This new community volunteer transportation service is for seniors age 65 and older who require transportation to medical appointments and religious services within Monroe County. Clients must be ambulatory (the service cannot accommodate wheelchairs, canes and walkers are fine) and are allowed one round-trip, or two one-way trips, per week. 

Seniors who live or pay taxes within Brighton or Penfield are eligible to receive this free service. Rides are available weekdays 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (except holidays) for medical appointments and weekends for religious services. For planning purposes, all appointments must be made five business days in advance. Rides are dependent on driver availability, and the service may not be used for medical appointments that require any type of sedation. 

Volunteer drivers are screened and trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and they receive supplemental insurance for their services. 

“After months of assessing the need for a senior ride service in Penfield and discussions with our good neighbors in Brighton, we moved ahead with plans to work together to provide this important service for our residents,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Just one ride to one appointment can help a resident stay healthy and engaged. Access to transportation makes it more possible for seniors to ‘age in place’ in their very own homes.” 

Please call 585.340.8674 for more information, to schedule a ride, volunteer, or to make a donation. 

April 24, 2017
Supervisor's column April 24, 2017
Normally, when spring is in the air and the snow finally melts away, all sorts of ugly debris is revealed including fast-food wrappers, beer cans and bottles carelessly tossed from car windows, stray paper from refuse trucks and recycling bins, and construction materials from winter projects. Add to that a wind storm like we had in March with 80-plus MPH winds and you have a recipe for serious litter across the community. This was certainly one of the most dramatic springs I have seen in many years in Penfield!

So what is the answer to this year’s significant town-wide litter problem? Marisa Zwick! Marisa is a sixth grader at Bay Trail School who, at a very young age, began picking up litter in her neighborhood and adjacent ponds. Her concern expanded to other areas of the town as she was very frustrated to see her community littered and impacting waterways, wildlife, and the general aesthetics of our community.

Marisa received permission to reach out to all the principals of the Penfield schools to organize a pick-up day this past Saturday, which was “Earth Day.” There was a wonderful turnout of 54 students who went above and beyond to clean up Penfield. These enthusiastic students collected so much garbage that it could not fit in the DPW truck we had located at the community center to haul it away!

The following is a summary of their great work: 
Harris Hill – 34.5 bags collected. (They win bragging rights!) Also a special shout out to the 5-Star Pilots Robotics Team that filled 15.5 bags on their own!
Indian Landing – 21 bags collected.
Cobbles – 19.5 bags collected. Kudos to teacher, Mrs. DaRin, who had a group of students meet up with her to work together!
Scribner – 13 bags collected.
Bay Trail – 8 bags collected. A special shout out to Susan Mietus, a teacher at BT, who helped make the flyers and a video for school announcements.

I have asked our DPW team to weigh all the garbage collected and will report the tally in next week’s column.

In the coming week, Marisa will be bringing prizes for each child who participated in the clean-up, as they all worked so very hard to make Penfield a cleaner place for us all. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community, I want to recognize and thank Marisa, her family, and all participants for the work they did on Earth Day. Marisa, we can all learn from your great example; thank you for being part of Penfield and caring so much about our town.

One last reminder for the final Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season which will be held Monday, May 1 starting at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. For details about this concert and PSO, please visit www.penfieldsymphony.org

With spring officially here many residents are thinking about starting outdoor projects. As a safety reminder, it is important to call 811 before you dig in your yard. Why? Because 811 will coordinate with local utility companies to locate underground lines on your property. Utility lines are damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig in their yard without knowing what was underground. By calling 811 you can reduce the risk of damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs to the person who dug without the required stakeout. Residents and business owners should call two full working days, excluding the day of a call, before digging. To schedule an appointment call 811 or go to www.digsafelynewyork.com/homeowners. 
Until next week, enjoy the nice weather. Let’s take a chapter out of Marisa’s book and clean up any litter in and around our home and neighborhood…it does make a difference for everyone!
Tony
    

April 18, 2017
Supervisor's column April 18, 2017

The next Red Cross Blood Drive in Penfield will be on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, in the gym. The need for blood is great and the current supply is not—please consider giving blood. To schedule your life saving appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: stjosephchurchpenfield. If you would like to streamline your donation experience and save 15 minutes of time go to  www.RedCrossBlood.org/Rapidpass in advance to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. This event is sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.

There are two opportunities to enjoy some great food this coming weekend—and you will not have to cook or clean up! The First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road, is hosting its Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser this Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. This month’s proceeds will go directly to help support the Fairport Baptist Home service board of volunteers who are “caring for those who cared for us.” Join them for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $5.00 per person. The Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information about this event and others, please visit www.fbpenfield.org.

Your second opportunity for a great meal in Penfield this weekend is a homemade spaghetti dinner with desserts at the East Penfield Baptist Church, 2635 Penfield Road (just east of Salt/Carter Roads). Mark your calendar for this Saturday, April 22, from 4:00 to 7:000 PM. Bring the whole family and meet up with friends, or make new ones—everyone is welcome!

Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts! Penfield’s 5th annual Electric Car Show is this Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on hand to display most electric cars on the market today. Experts will be on hand to provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and they will conduct a question and answer session for attendees. I hope to see you there!

“Bri-Pen Senior Rides,” a volunteer transportation service, will be launching on Monday, May 1. Seniors 65+ who live within Brighton-Penfield (or pay taxes within either district) are eligible to participate. Rides will be available for medical appointments or religious services only. All appointments must be made five business days in advance. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 585-340-8674.

This Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 PM, Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Local History Room volunteer Diane Dayton Riley will share insights into the westernmost part of our town. Kathy will present a brief history of the area and Diane will relate her personal story of growing up in West Penfield. Come learn how this side of town, containing Irondequoit Creek and Bay, played an important role in the early development of Penfield. The program is a collaboration of the Penfield Library and Local History Room staff. It will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more information or to register, please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org or call 340-8720.

Save the date…the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will hold a FUNraising event on Sunday, May 21, entitled “Dancing with the Stars.” The event will be held at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 3450 Winton Place. Ten couples will compete for the best film dance sequence to win the ultimate trophy: The “Pammy Award”! Dress as your favorite star or movie character and enjoy food, dance, and drinks. The red carpet begins at 2:00 PM and the fun runs through 4:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00. For more details or to purchase tickets, please call 340-8655.

Until next week, enjoy the spring weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


April 10, 2017
Supervisor's column April 10, 2017
As the warm spring weather starts to move in, so does the start of construction season. You will see contractors along Route 250 continuing sidewalk installation from the second entrance of Harris Whalen Park to the Gymnastics Training Center. This will complete the sidewalks from Whalen Road to the intersection of Routes 250 and 441. The contractor will then move over to Empire Boulevard to extend sidewalks down to the bay.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 for the 5th annual “electric car show” at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This year’s event will run from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. This show is free and open to the public. Electric cars from the following manufacturers will be on display: Chevy, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, with perhaps a few more surprises.

The New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees. To participate, contact show organizer Bob Kanauer at 585.377.2783 or kanauer@frontiernet.net with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the Penfield Recreation Summer 2017 brochure that is due out the end of this week or early next week. The publication has a new look and design, so take a close look. Inside you will find all the wonderful programs we offer to residents of all ages. And remember, popular programs fill up quickly so don’t delay! Choose your favorites and be ready to register online beginning May 1.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season will be held on Monday, May 1. The program, entitled “The Two Bs,” will feature the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition Winner. This concert is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC, and the performance begins at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. 

A prevention tip from our employee wellness team: studies show that walking is good for your bones, heart, mind, and weight. Walking also improves your mood and sleep. Experts recommend a program to reach 150 minutes of walking per week. Our employee walking challenge begins this week and will run for the next six weeks. Why not consider starting you own family walking challenge? It’s fun and healthy!  

The Penfield Players’ 2017 spring melodrama is “The Red Velvet Cake War” written by Jamie Woolen, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope, and directed by Jerry Argetsinger. Performances will be on stage at the Penfield Community Center at 8:00 PM on April 28 and 29, and May 5, 6, 12, and 13. A special matinee is scheduled for 2:00 PM on May 7. “The Red Velvet Cake War” is a hilarious comedy about three Texas women and the eccentric characters that swirl around them as they attempt to manipulate family, friends, and Texas society in their quest to finally bake the greatest red velvet cake in history. The Penfield Players are in their 52nd season of great performances, making them one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area.

Important dates and events in history: April 10, 1869 – The number of Supreme Court Justices is increased from 7 to 9; April 11, 1865 – President Lincoln gives his last speech to the nation – a speech of reconciliation; and on April 12, 1861 – Confederate forces begin an assault on Fort Sumter.

Until next week, enjoy the recent stretch of warm weather as we all think about our never-ending list of spring chores!

Tony

April 7, 2017
Electric Car Show Saturday, April 22
Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts!

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 22, 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. (This year’s event is scheduled for the afternoon to accommodate many who plan to attend the Rochester March for Science in the morning.) To participate, contact show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or kanauer@frontiernet.net ) with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle, and your address. 

This is the fifth year the town has hosted an electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park.

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Members will be on-hand to answer questions. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and others. Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This year the New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees.
“The electric car market continues to grow and expand across the country with new models being introduced on a yearly basis,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Penfield is delighted to be a supporter by hosting this informative annual program to help educate residents on the benefits of this growing industry as well as other renewable and sustainable programs.”

April 4, 2017
Supervisor's column April 4, 2017

Recently, the Penfield Rotary Club and sponsors Paychex and Advantage Federal Credit Union hosted the sixth annual “Service-above-Self Recognition Awards.” Local businesses, professional offices, organizations, schools, and churches that serve the Penfield community are asked to nominate an employee to receive this outstanding customer service recognition.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Orsini, Assistant Recreation Director, was one of this year’s award recipients. He has been with the Town of Penfield for 27 years, providing outstanding recreation opportunities to our residents. Steve consistently makes Penfield residents his first priority—I have never known him to put his own needs before those our community. He is a team player who provides exceptional service and embraces community spirit in all he does. If you attend any of the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage music series or send your children to our summer camp program, you will see Steve quietly making sure everything is running smoothly and that everyone is enjoying their experience.

On behalf of the town board and the entire Penfield community, I want to thank Steve for all he does for Penfield residents and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award. Great job Steve!   

The Penfield Trails Committee will host their next free guided hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park this Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 AM. Come celebrate Daniel Penfield's selection of "The Hollow" as the best mill site in all 97,000 square miles of the Genesee lands in 1795. Participants should meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge. Look for the hike signs. The hike is free; however, participants are asked to register by calling 340-8655.

Our Planning and Engineering department recently launched a new interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) “Viewer” available to the public on the department’s maps webpage.

Our town planners and engineers use this tool to manage, analyze, and present information about a specific area or address. GIS technology is powerful because it organizes many types of data into layers that analysts can query to create complex maps or reports for information sharing, planning, and decision making purposes. The Viewer can easily be used on computers and most mobile devices.

Once inside the Viewer, users (residents, engineers, surveyors, realtors, educators) may take a “digital tour” of the Town of Penfield with a wealth of data layers and information at their fingertips. They can build custom reference maps using various page layouts, data layers, and aerial imagery base-maps. Built-in widgets appear as buttons on the screen to support easy parcel searches. When using the “print” widget, the Viewer will produce a PDF of the user’s map and its selected data layers that may be saved or printed. 

If you have any questions about this tool please contact Engineering & Planning Department staff at 340-8640 or planning@penfield.org.

In continued celebration of 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library and Local History Room invite you to a second “SuffraTEA” scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00 PM in the Senior Lounge. Joining us for tea and delectables will be Susan B Anthony and her sister, Mary. Miss Anthony has prepared a wonderful presentation and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to sit and visit with us for this very special hour. Susan B. Anthony will be portrayed by Susan Berardi, a talented local re-enactor with the 140th NY Infantry Civilian group.

I would like to close this week’s column by thanking all of the members of our DPW and other staff members who helped to support our residents during the recent wind storm and following significant snow storm. Our employees worked around the clock clearing roadways to assist emergency and utility crews and Penfield residents. We are fortunate to have quality personnel that can handle any emergency. Great job team, thank you!

Until next be well and be safe.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 




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