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Emerald Ash Borer identified in Brighton, Pittsford, Penfield

Experts have identified active Emerald Ash Borer beetle infestations in ash trees in Brighton, Pittsford and Penfield. It’s believed to be the first time active EAB infestations have been found in Rochester's eastside suburbs.

Infestations were previously discovered in the town of Chili and in the Upper Falls area in the City of Rochester.

Jessica DeMasio, arborist with Henrietta-based Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, says EAB-infested ash trees have been discovered on private residential properties in the South Winton Road area of Brighton near Brighton High School, Clover Street/Calkins Road area in the town of Pittsford, as well as in the Atlantic Avenue/Salt Road area in the town of Penfield.

Webster Arborist Ranked #12 Tree Climber in the World

Webster Arborist Ranked #12 Tree Climber in the World

Back in June, Jorge Obando of Webster competed against 30 other tree climbers from New York State and was named the #1 Tree Climber in New York State.

This summer, Obando represented New York in the International Society of Arboriculture International Tree Climbing Championship in Sydney, Australia, competing to earn the title of twelfth in the world.

This is the second consecutive year that Obando has attended the International Competition.

Obando, a certified arborist and tree climber specialist, is a foreman and crew leader at Birchcrest Tree & Landscape in Webster.
 

Free community electronics recycling event in Webster

Have some old, broken, or unwanted electronics that you want to get rid of?  Take them to the free Renewable Rochester and Sunnking Electronics Recycling event on Saturday October 15 on Ridge Road in Webster from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Residents are encouraged to bring electronics such as laptops, desktops, computer accessories, TV’s, monitors, audio/video equipment, mp3 players, communications equipment, servers & IT equipment, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, PDA’s, medical/lab equipment, and anything else with a circuit board or cord. Please do not bring items containing Freon (air conditioners, de-humidifiers, refrigerators etc.), gas powered equipment, or household hazardous waste.

All hard drives and private information will be securely wiped and destroyed in accordance with all HIPAA, FACTA, GLB and Sarbanes Oxley regulations as well as Sunnking’s EPA R2 Certification.

Town of Penfield to hold bike donation event to keeps unwanted bikes out of landfills

Town of Penfield Rotary and the Town of Penfield will sponsor a Community Bike Drop on Saturday October 1 at Penfield Community Center on Baird Road from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for redistribution to needy children and adults. All types of bikes are needed, including children's tricycles and bike parts.

Town of Penfield to hold Fall Drop-Off, Electronics and Paper Recycling Event

The Town of Penfield and its Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee are providing three free opportunities for residents to dispose of unwanted household items, electronics and confidential personal documents.

The first event is the town’s traditional three-day Fall Drop-Off, which runs from Thursday, October 13 to Saturday, October 15 at the Penfield Highway Garage on Jackson Road. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM. This service is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate.

Items that WILL be accepted: Furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four per resident), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush, and other unwanted items for proper disposal.

Town of Penfield to open Sherwood Park on Saturday

The Town of Penfield will officially open Sherwood Park and dedicate the park’s Don Cranson memorial bridge on Saturday, August 13 at noon.  

Sherwood Park, located in East Penfield along the north side of Route 441 features 82 acres of meadows, forested and scrub-shrub wetlands, streams and wildlife with an integrated multi-use trail system.

The park occupies land once owned by Robert and Polly Sherwood, a couple committed to the environment and wildlife rehabilitation. The Sherwoods acquired the land in the 1980s from a developer that abandoned plans for a subdivision in that location. The Sherwoods then reversed the subdivision zoning back to a single lot. In 1992 the Sherwoods entered into an Open Space easement with the Town of Penfield, giving the town the right to purchase the parcel at a future date.

Sherwood Park includes a bridge on the main trail that crosses the Commission Ditch waterway.

Bridge to honor Penfield outdoors activist

Bridge to honor Penfield outdoors activist

Donald Cranson loved to be outdoors, but is also remembered as “a people person.”

It’s fitting, then, that the environmental activist and Penfield resident will be honored in a place where others can enjoy the beauty of nature together.

Mr. Cranson, who passed away in 2004, served as the first chairman of the Penfield Trails Committee after the town recruited him for the job. He was known in the community for his involvement with the local Lions Club, where he served two terms as president, but he accepted the offer to head the committee, and did so for seven years.

During that time, his wife Terry Cranson says he dedicated his time to scaling every path and hiking trail in town, from the shaded paths of Channing Philbrick Park to the trails in Ellison Park and Whalen Park.