We may not have seen much of the sun last weekend, but there were two shining lights in our community that came in the form of not one—but two—Eagle Courts of Honor recognizing two young men who will be fine future leaders. First, I had the honor of presenting Johnny Friberg of Troop 312 a certificate of recognition for his project that supported the mission of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Johnny primed and painted the walls of the PEFS garage and installed shelves to efficiently organize and store donated food inventory. His efforts will help the PEFS better serve those in need in our community.
The second Eagle Court of Honor was for Garrett Tripp of Troop 9 who restored and improved Honey Creek Trail in Channing H. Philbrick Park. Garrett and members of his troop re-mulched most of the trail, installed drainage pipes under the trail, and covered mud spots along the trail with logs. Additionally, he remarked the trail for ease of use and replaced old railroad ties used as steps that were decaying and leaving exposed rebar, creating a safety hazard. New steps were constructed and filled with gravel to make them sturdy and long-lasting for the many hikers that will use the trail in years to come.
On behalf of the Town Board and the entire Penfield Community, I want to congratulate both Johnny and Garrett for achieving the rank of Eagle. Both of you should be very proud of your accomplishments. The Eagle Scout is the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, and this prestigious award is widely recognized throughout the country even by those who are not familiar with the requirements. I also want to congratulate your families and the membership of Troops 312 and 9 who assisted you in attaining this great honor. Best wishes to you both in all you do in the future!
Weekend events also included Penfield Little League opening day, supporting baseball and softball for our youngest residents. Despite cool temperatures and the threat of rain, close to 1,000 eager ball players were on hand to kick-off another wonderful season at Veterans’ Memorial Park at the Penfield Town Hall. I was honored to represent the Town Board to welcome all the players and their families for another exciting season…play ball!
In the past week I have received many inquiries about the construction work at the intersection of Route 250 and Whalen Road. Here’s the scoop: the NYS Department of Transportation is installing pedestrian indicators at all four corners to help control the lights and make it safer for pedestrians to cross the roads. As sidewalks have been added to the area, and with more scheduled to go in, the DOT wanted to ensure residents are safe when crossing the intersection. The project should be finished in a month or less.
The next free guided hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be at Harris Whalen Park on Saturday, May 12, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. This hike will follow the trail through the woods to discover exciting spring flowers. You will also learn from your guide about park history and geology. The hike is expected to last about two hours and will be led by members of the Penfield Trails Committee. Harris Whalen Park is located at 2126 Penfield Rd. (Route 441), directly across from the Wegmans plaza. The hike will start at the pavilion at the top of the hill; follow the “Hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6. The Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee and to help with manual labor for trail maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.
I had the honor of attending the Penfield Fire District’s annual inspection last week. This event is held to recognize all of the district volunteers who provide service to our community each and every day to keep us safe whether fighting a fire, providing rescue services, EMS or HAZMAT support, or responding to a number of emergency situations. These men and women stand ready to serve and respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On behalf of the entire Penfield community, thank you for your service, dedication and support…be well and be safe as you respond to every event!
Until next week, enjoy some mild weather ahead. Hopefully it will begin to feel more like spring.