Upcoming talks combine topics of local history, land conservation & the legacy of Irene Gossin

By Mindy MacLaren

When aspects of life combine in ways you could never have planned, it’s an amazing thing! I definitely would call the intersection of my interest in Penfield’s early history, my life-long desire to conserve undeveloped land, and the opportunity to do just that in honor of former Penfield Supervisor and Monroe County Legislator, Irene Gossin: amazing.  I’m grateful that others in the community also see it that way.

I’ll be sharing this story on two occasions 2 days apart in February. I’m proud to say that, although close together on the calendar, each presentation will be different, so there will be something new to learn from each talk!

The first talk, set for Thursday, February 8, is sponsored by Penfield Recreation and is a part of their ‘Daytime Education at Recreation’ (DEAR) program. Come early for lunch ($6) and stay for an engaging lecture. Sounds like a nice way to spend a winter afternoon to me! Register on-line or call (585) 340-8655.


On February 10, I am honored to have been invited as the featured speaker at the Penfield Trails Committee’s ‘Indoor Hike’. Beginning at 10 am, local trails and conservation groups will be present with information about their organizations, how you can get involved, or just learn more. I will be manning a table there on behalf of Genesee Land Trust.

Having been there in 2017, I can tell you this is a fun event and inspires you to get outside! This is from 10am to noon at Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.

Mindy MacLaren at 2017’s Indoor Hike, hosted by the Penfield Trails Committee.

I’m looking forward to these two events and I hope to see you at one or both!



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