Thursday, December 6, 2012
From the Supervisor
In the spirit of "thanksgiving," it has come to my attention that for the past several years local farmers Dave and Linda Woodward, owners of Woody Acres on Harris Road, have contributed their surplus winter squash (butternut, acorn, Hubard, etc.) to the hungry in Penfield and Rochester. At the end of the growing season, boxes of Dave's squash are brought to the Bethany House, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, St. Joseph's Church, the Dmitri House, Mt. Carmel Food Cupboard, St. Andrew's Food Cupboard, Francis (Men's) Center and St. Peter's Kitchen. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield I send a very special salute to the Woodwards for their generosity as exemplary citizens of Penfield. Dave and Lind, your family makes a big difference in so many lives...thank you!
If you have not gotten your Christmas tree yet, or if you are thinking about a second or their tree for your home, deck, or patio, please consider supporting local Boy Scout Troops selling tees around town. Boy Scout Troop 260, chartered by St. Joseph's Church, is selling trees at County Way Nursery, 2755 Penfield Road, Mon. through Fri. from 5:30 to 8:30p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. until all the trees are gone. Boy Scout Troop 312, chartered by Penfield Presbyterian Church, is selling trees at Bill Gray's through Dec. 23 (or until sold out). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
The Winter/Spring 2013 Recreation Brochure will be hitting mailboxes the week of Dec. 10; inside you will find many new recreation partnerships. There are 17 new lectures offered from January to May that include Spring into Laughter-Laughter Wellness, Healthy Cooking with Super-foods, The American Civil War and The Flower City. Additionally, there are new and expanded programs for floral arrangement, indoor tennis for youth and adult, youth math classes and classes for adults on how to help with homework. There are nature programs at the Barn Owl, adult high intensity interval training; adult all-out kettle ball training; and a prenatal yoga-aqua fusion class.
I would like to recognize several new partnerships between the Town of Penfield and local businesses for new or expanded recreation programs; they include Strebel Tennis Services, The Barn Owl, Eastside YMCA, and the Legacy at Willow Pond (sponsor of the Civil War Great Course Program).
My family will be participating in the NY-SERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR comprehensive home energy assessment program. The program is designed to provide a complete understanding of your home's energy efficiency performance to help you make informed decisions about energy upgrades. The audit contractor will assess our home from top to bottom and show us exactly how we are wasting energy and losing money. Recommendations for improvements will include suggestions for upgrades with detailed cost and payback periods for each energy savings investment. In most cases, home assessments are free with 100 percent of the costs covered by NY-SERDA. I will keep you posted on the experience and recommendations.