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- 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!



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