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.