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Buy local fruit and vegetables from one of Pittsford's farms

May 26, 2010

Pittsford has some wonderful farm markets and stands located in every section of Town. So if you want fresh fruit and vegetables, there is no better place to buy them then right down the road. Following is a list of several of the local farm stands and markets in the Town of Pittsford.

Hopkins Farm Stand
Location: Corner of Calkins and Clover Road
This stand is open June to October, 7 days a week. They sell a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables (i.e. sweet corn).  They carry pumpkins in the Fall.

Knickerbocker Farm Stand
Location: 164 Knickerbocker Road (across from the barn)
This stand is open 7 days a week from 9AM to 9PM. They open when strawberries are ready (June) and close at the end of October. They sell only produce, including pumpkins in the Fall

Lehman's Farm Market
Location: 132 East Street, Pittsford, NY 14534
Open from May to October from 9AM to 7PM, 7 days a week. They sell annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, locally grown vegetables, homemade ravioli and pasta, maple syrup, corn, and they have a large selection of pumpkins and gourds in the Fall! They also sell Pittsford Farms Dairy milk and ice cream. For more information, contact 586-0127.

Pittsford Farmers' Market
Location: 3750 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY, 14534
Open May to November on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8AM to 2PM. Fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables are available.  

Powers Farm Market
Location: 161 Marsh Road, (Corner of Golf Ave.) Pittsford, NY 14534
Open the week prior to Easter until the end of December, 7 days a week from 8:30AM to 6:30PM (Monday to Saturday) and Sunday 8:30AM to 6PM. They sell annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, cut flowers, locally grown vegetables and fruit, maple syrup, honey, fruit preserves, milk, eggs, and local crafts.  In the fall, Powers has extended hours for apple cider, fried cakes, 12 apple varieties, hay rides, petting zoo, and giant decorated teepees. They have wreaths, Christmas trees and live nativity in December. For more information, contact 586-4631.

Willard Farm Stand
Location: 116 Willard Road
Open from June to October 31, seven days a week, from 7:30AM to sun down. They sell homegrown strawberries, corn, vegetables, local peaches and apples. Pumpkins available in the Fall. Organics can be made available - call 738-3993 for more information.

Town of Pittsford earns Aaa bond rating

May 2, 2010

The Town of Pittsford's bond rating has recently been upgraded to Aaa by Moody's Investor Services. Aaa is the highest rating that can be earned by a municipality. Moody's is a bond rating service that determines the credit quality of the issuer, similar to how an individual receives a personal credit score. Moody's is among the world's most respected and widely utilized sources for credit ratings, research and risk analysis. Their commitment and expertise contribute to stable, transparent and integrated financial markets, protecting the integrity of credit.

The purpose of the rating is to provide investors with a simple system of gradation by which the relative investment qualities of bonds can be noted. Bonds which are rated Aaa are judged to be of the best quality. They carry the smallest degree of investment risk and are generally referred to as "gilt edge." Interest payments are protected by a large or by an exceptionally stable margin and principal is secure.

Supervisor Carpenter stated "Where most communities are experiencing a downward trend, our rating has been upgraded three times in the last ten years. This rating upgrade reflects the Town of Pittsford's strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and will ensure a secure financial future for us in the long-run."

Taxpayers benefit tremendously from an excellent rating. The benefit of having a high rating is low interest rates on bond sales. In 2009 alone, the strong bond rating contributed to Pittsford taxpayers saving over $450,000 from the refinancing of an existing bond.

Pittsford's new rating continues to make it one of the consecutively highest ranking towns in New York State. Two years ago, the Town's rating was upgraded to Aa1 from Aa2. It was one of only 13 communities in New York State to achieve the Aa1 rating.

Be mindful of crossing guards

April 13, 2010

In the Town of Pittsford, we have fifteen (15) crossing guards assigned to thirteen (13) locations. Crossing guards are posted in front of all schools and on

high volume roads frequently used by students (i.e. Barker Rd., Calkins Rd., Fairport Rd., West Bloomfield Rd.). Each crossing guard wears a bright yellow vest, holds an 18 inch stop sign and tries to be highly visible to motorists. Each guard stands on the crosswalk line ready to cross students or pedestrians during their allotted shift time. At locations where two crossing guards work in unison, motorists will see one guard positioned on each side of the street (i.e. Mendon High School and Park Road School).

While driving, please keep in mind that some crossing guards are working when visibility is at its lowest (i.e. sunrise and dusk). It is imperative to drive slowly and cautiously through crossing areas. By driving slower, you will keep our students and crossing guards out of harm's way.

Highway crew finds creative way to save money

February 22, 2010

All roads throughout the Town of Pittsford have catch basins within the concrete gutters to carry away storm water. Each year a number of catch basins are

replaced as part of the capital improvement of our local highway system while a number of individual catch basins are replaced as part of our ongoing maintenance program.

Catch basins are typically improved using concrete risers that help adjust the height needed for proper drainage flow. In 2009, the Town used approximately 125 risers. During the past few months, our highway team created a new maintenance initiative which has enabled the Town of Pittsford to cut the overall cost of this process. The Highway Department now can build these risers in-house, as opposed to using an outside vendor. Their effort has saved the Town approximately, $50-$80 per riser. It is anticipated that this new initiative will save the Town of Pittsford between $8,000 to $10,000 annually.

Amanda's law will take effect at the end of February

February 14, 2010

Amanda's Law, passed by the New York State Legislature, will establish a new requirement for installation of carbon monoxide detectors in

homes. Under the new law, one-family homes, two-family homes, dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwellings must have a carbon monoxide detector installed regardless of the date of construction or sale.

Prior to the passage of this law, carbon monoxide detectors were only required in homes constructed or offered for sale after July 2002. The law was named after Amanda Hansen, a teenager whose life was tragically ended by a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend's house in January 2009.

As a result of Amanda's law, a carbon monoxide detector will be found in nearly all residential structures in the state, creating a safer living environment for New York residents. This law will take effect on February 22, 2010.

Town of Pittsford’s Director of Planning, Zoning and Development Recognized by APWA

February 1, 2010

Marty Brewster, Director of Planning, Zoning and Development for the Town of Pittsford, was honored recently with the "Distinguished Service Award"

from the American Public Works Association. The APWA presents this award to acknowledge excellent service and special contributions in the field of public works. Marty was recognized for his great vision in many areas of land use, including:

  • His knowledge and experience in water quality which played a key role in the establishment of the Irondequoit Watershed Committee and the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition.
  • His active role in the Town of Pittsford's open space management (specifically the "50-50" zoning concept which has been in effect for the past 20 years). As a result of his hard work, the Town has served as a model for other communities throughout the region and the State.
  • His forward and progressive thinking relative to stormwater management, flood protection and the enhancement of water quality.

The Town of Pittsford is proud of this accomplishment and extends its heartfelt gratitude to Marty Brewster for his 24 years of dedicated service to the community.

Pittsford welcomes Swedish canal expert

October 27, 2009

On Thursday, October 29th, Supervisor Carpenter and the Pittsford Town Board welcomed Claes-Göran Österlund from Sweden.  Chairman Österlund

is the Emeritus Director of the Göta Canal and Chairman of Scandinavian Waterways Association.  Sweden was the proud host of the 2005 World Canals Conference.  

The World Canals Conference brings canal and waterway enthusiasts, professionals and scholars from around the world, together annually to learn about a variety of topics related to canals.  These topics include: the protection of historic canals or features; revitalization of canal systems; harbor sites; canal trails and amenities; the presentation or interpretation of canals and corridors-their history and various elements; canals as a means to promote tourism, spur economic development and urban renewal; and environmental sustainability.

The World Canals Conference is an opportunity for the hosting organization to showcase their canal or waterway and its many achievements.  It typically sees representation from over 16 different countries worldwide.  Rochester will serve as host in September of 2010 (scheduled the 19th to 24th).

Chairman Osterlund tells of the Gota Canal in Sweden

Chairman Österlund tells of the Gota Canal in Sweden.

Some things to know about the flu

December 31, 2009

During the spring of 2009 a new flu virus started making people sick in the United States and throughout the world. At first this illness was called

"swine flu," but now you may hear it called novel (new) H1N1 influenza. To date, most people effected with the novel H1N1 flu virus have experienced mild to moderate illness, similar to seasonal flu. However, the flu can be serious, and many more people may get the flu this year.

What can you do to keep yourself healthy?

Get the seasonal flu vaccine now. It won't protect you from novel H1N1 flu, but seasonal flu is also circulating and can make you just as sick.

Get the novel H1N1 flu vaccine as soon as it is available.  According to the priority groups established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Everyone should eventually be able to get the novel H1N1 flu vaccine, but those at highest priority are: pregnant women; health care workers and emergency medical responders; people caring for infants under 6 months of age; children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years; people aged 25 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes)

Sick people should stay home! They should NOT go to school, work, or out in public. If you think you have the flu, you should stay home and away from others. Individuals with flu-like symptoms should remain home for at least 24 hours after fever has disappeared (without the use of fever-reducing medication).

Practice healthy habits. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue - not your hand. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Wash hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Wash and rub hands for 20 seconds - as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

The above information was provided by the New York State Health Department.  For more information about the flu and vaccinations, please click here.

Senior craft club makes donation to medically fragile infants

July 22, 2009

The Craft Club from the Pittsford VanHuysen Senior Center recently donated 18 beautiful handmade blankets to Daystar For Medically Fragile

Infants. Daystar, located in Pittsford, is New York State's first and only nursing-supervised medical daycare, and is specifically designed to serve families whose vulnerable babies require care above and beyond the capabilities of traditional daycare. Daystar provides critically important services to families and works to protect our community's most vulnerable infants, from birth to three years. To find out more about Daystar or ways you can help, check out their website at

Many thanks to the craft club for their time, generosity and spirit of volunteerism!

Craft Club with quilts

Supervisor Carpenter welcomes Ambiance

June 14, 2009

Supervisor Carpenter helped cut the ribbon for the re-opening of Ambiance Home Furnishings and Gifts located in the Pittsford Colony Shopping Center on Monroe Avenue.

Ambiance was re-opened by new owners Mary Jo Quatela-Stuhler and, her husband, Walter Stuhler.  The store is organized by various room vignettes, each creatively merchandised to inspire and stimulate ideas for the home.