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- Supervisor's column October 9, 2018

Join our annual Family Halloween Fun event on Friday, October 19 at the Penfield Community Center. Enjoy the free activities from 6:00 to 8:00 PM including games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, music, and more! A special thanks to Woody Acres and the Rothfuss Family Farmers for their generous contributions to this event.

Also on Friday October 19, the Penfield Local History Room and Penfield Recreation will host Penfield's annual Ghost Walk in Oakwood Cemetery. Guided tours will begin at 6:00 PM; tickets are $5.00 per person and are available in advance at the Penfield Recreation office. Tickets may be purchased the night of the event, but they are limited.

This year’s theme will be historical ghost stories about Penfield. The guided walk will be held in the oldest section of the cemetery. Park at Penfield Community Center then follow the sidewalk along Baird Road to the marked ghost walk entrance. The last tour of the evening will be at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit our online registration site, or call (585) 340-8655.

Looking for a great idea for a group or special party? Consider “Escape the Spirit Room” on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, at the Penfield Community Center. The cost is $10.00/person; please register at Penfield Recreation Department. For more information call 340-8655 or log-in at

At the last town board meeting, the board held a public hearing on the 2019 budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget for 2019 is $17,300,547; with all the special districts (water, lighting, drainage, and sewer) the total is $20,259,606, an increase of $1,120,212 from 2018. The 2019 town tax rate is $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 9 cents from 2018. At this tax rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will pay $528.20 for general governmental services, which is an increase of $17.10 over last year. Adoption of the 2019 budget is planned for Wednesday, October 17 at the regularly scheduled town board meeting.

The Penfield Players present their fall comedy, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe DiPietro and directed by Tom Bigongiari. Evening and matinée performances will run October 26 through November 10 at Penfield Community Center. “Over the River and Through the Woods” is the story of a family and how they deal with one another with love, support, and humor. In the story, Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job as a marketing executive in Seattle. The news doesn't sit so well and thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around, including introducing him to the lovely, single Caitlin! “Over the River and Through the Woods” is guaranteed to make you love your family all over again.

Performance dates for “Over the River and Through the Woods” are October 26, October 27, November 2, November 3, November 9, and November 10 at 8:00PM. There will also be a special matinée performance on November 4 at 2:00 PM. Advance tickets are $12 and tickets at the door are $15. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online at; online sales will end at 4:00 PM on Friday for all of that weekend's shows. Ticket availability may be checked by calling (585) 340-8655 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM; group discounts for purchases of ten tickets or more are also available by calling this number. All tickets are general admission and all performances will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

About the Penfield Players: The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, in its 53rd season of great performances. It is one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theater, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please visit, or The Penfield Players Facebook page.

We recently lost a good friend of the Penfield Recreation Department and the Penfield Senior Citizens with the passing of Gary L. Perkins. Gary was the warm and friendly face that greeted the seniors at the weekly lunch program at the community center and was the driver for many van trips throughout the Finger Lakes region for fall foliage, performing arts, out to lunch, and much, much more. Although Gary was born in the Town of Silver Springs, Wyoming County, he called Penfield home. He will be missed but will remain in everyone’s heart…peace be with you.

Until next week, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and please visit Penfield’s many farm markets to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, great baked goods, special gifts, and fall flowers.


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