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Watch the Candidates’ Forum!

On Monday, 10/22, a candidate forum was held at UR Medicine hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area. Prior to Election Day, this is the closest thing we're going to get to a debate between candidates Lunsford and Cooney and incumbents Funke and Robach for State Senate seats in the … Continue reading Watch the Candidates’ Forum!

Meet Our Next State Senator from the 55th: Jen Lunsford!

By Mindy MacLaren When I first met Jen Lunsford last November, the thing that most stood out to me about her was her ability to communicate effectively.  She attended the monthly meeting of the Pen Dems and was voted in as a new Committee member that evening. When Jen contributed to the conversation to a … Continue reading Meet Our Next State Senator from the 55th: Jen Lunsford!

Penfield’s 1st Public Library Demolished for Dental Office

By Mindy MacLaren I initially started writing this post in March, 2017, but never finished it, having been waylaid by other commitments. I realize one blog post can't stop the wheels of government, but given what has been lost since then, I'd feel better knowing I had raised an alarm, at least in writing.  Better … Continue reading Penfield’s 1st Public Library Demolished for Dental Office

Have Your Say!

By Mindy MacLaren For the past several months, the Penfield Democratic Committee has been working diligently creating a survey to gauge where residents stand on a variety of local issues. While we will use the feedback gleaned from this survey to develop a platform for future candidates, our hope is that Penfielders of all political … Continue reading Have Your Say!

Sensitive Natural Area to be Replaced by Parking Lot: a Call for Action!

By Mindy MacLaren The recent overwhelming response in favor of Saving Shadow Pines from development is proof that Penfield residents care about how development impacts quality of life, including natural spaces. While many of us were focused on the fate of the former golf course, other issues of concern were inching their way toward completion. … Continue reading Sensitive Natural Area to be Replaced by Parking Lot: a Call for Action!

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

House Hunting in Penfield? Historic Homes Have Much to Offer!

By Mindy MacLaren As residents bicker about the potential development of 255 houses on the former Shadow Pines Golf Course, the final phase of pre-fabricated dwellings...those that are created off-site and arrive as pieces already put together...goes in at the corner of Five Mile Line Road and Atlantic Ave. In the approximate half mile between … Continue reading House Hunting in Penfield? Historic Homes Have Much to Offer!

Drainage Issues at New Development

At each legislative session of Penfield's town board, residents are given two opportunities for public participation: once at the beginning of the meeting and once at the end. So when offered the chance to let the board know their concerns regarding the potential development of 86 Ryan Homes at the corner of Five Mile Line … Continue reading Drainage Issues at New Development

Participating in Penfield: a Challenge

You may recall a blog I wrote this past July regarding Penfield's 2020 Comprehensive Plan, and the Supervisor's request to residents, encouraging them to apply for the volunteer advisory committee. The deadline to do so was Sept. 6, 2017. A member of the Penfield Democratic Committee tried to apply, but was met with a lack … Continue reading Participating in Penfield: a Challenge

Pesticides on Little League Fields

By Mindy MacLaren After my own experience with multiple exposures to agricultural pesticides a decade ago, and the resulting awareness of actually how UN-aware we are as a society to what pesticides truly are (chemicals designed to kill), I've become vigilant in my stance against their use, especially in areas that are frequented by people; … Continue reading Pesticides on Little League Fields