Penfield’s Good Neighbor Day returns in May

7 Apr
Sharon Hodge, Yazmin Fernaays and Molly Rothfuss spread mulch during Penfield’s Good Neighbor Day a few years ago

As many of you know, when I started writing this blog (and until a few years ago, actually), I was a Penfield resident. So this annual event from our friends to the south has always been on my radar.

It’s the 7th annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day, scheduled this year for Saturday May 8. The event gathers volunteers to help Penfield seniors, veterans and those who are disabled do light yard work and spring cleaning.

Projects require no more than a 3-hour commitment, and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up, so it’s a great family activity.

Volunteers meet at the Rothfuss Farm the morning of the event for refreshments and to receive assignments, and then spread out around the town to complete their projects.

The event honors the memory of Terry Rothfuss, who was a farmer in east Penfield and a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in the community. His friends and family wanted to carry on Terry’s legacy of friendship by continuing to help their community and inspire others to do the same.

To sign up to help or receive help, please call Sabrina at 340-8651, or email

Even if you’re unable to help out, the Town of Penfield and Browncroft Community Church has another way that morning to celebrate being good neighbors.

The whole community is invited to Rothfuss Park that Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fun, food, and a time to catch up with neighbors. The event will include food trucks, a food drive for Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, and fun activities including inflatables and a speed pitch. The event is free and open to the public.

Although both events are outdoors, masks, proper hand hygiene, and physical distancing are required for all to stay safe.

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2 Responses to “Penfield’s Good Neighbor Day returns in May”

  1. Kathy Taddeo April 7, 2021 at 6:19 am #

    This is lovely, Missy…. sounds like a good idea for Webster! Well, I guess the Day of Caring is similar?


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    • websterontheweb April 7, 2021 at 9:03 am #

      I think it would be a great idea for Webster; someone just has to organize it! Maybe through the Rec Center, as Penfield’s is.

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