Smith and Knapp, Together Again.

Jim Smith and Pat Knapp to Lead Fairport Partnership for a Better Community.

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Jim Smith, long-time Perinton Town Supervisor who retired from that role at the end of 2013, has been elected president of the Fairport Partnership for a Better Community/Fairport Foundation (FPBC/FF) by the organization’s board of directors.

Pat Knapp, who retired from the Perinton Town Council in 2013 after three decades of service, has been elected vice-president.

The board also re-elected Kim Guida as secretary of the FPBC/FF, William Harris as treasurer of the Partnership and Bob Hunt as treasurer of the Foundation.  Gian-Paul Piane, who has served as the FPBC/FF president for the past three years, was elected an at-large member of the FPBC/FF executive committee.

“We are extremely pleased to have two proven, experienced and dedicated leaders assume key roles in our organization,” said Scott Winner, executive director of the FPBC/FF.  “The names Jim Smith and Pat Knapp have become synonymous with governmental excellence in our community, and we know they will bring their vision, energy and pro-active style to this organization to once again benefit Fairport and Perinton.  We also thank Gian-Paul Piane for his enlightened guidance over the past three years.”

“Over the years, the Partnership clearly has established itself as a viable, not-for-profit organization that is of obvious benefit to our community,” said Smith. “I look forward to helping this organization, with its strong volunteer base, continue to enhance the quality of life in Fairport and Perinton.”

Established in 2000, the Fairport Partnership is an independent, multi-disciplinary organization of volunteers who provide an array of professional services to the Fairport/Perinton community, including architectural design and planning, marketing, promotions and public relations.  The Fairport Foundation, established in 2011, serves as a not-for-profit fundraising organization for the Partnership and its many community projects.

Jim Smith, a life-long Perinton resident, served the Town government for more than four decades, including 30 years resident as Supervisor (1983-2013).  Under his guidance, Perinton became known for its innovative open space and agricultural preservation programs, its carefully planned growth and its fiscal prudence.  During his tenure, Perinton was named a “Trail Town USA” and was twice honored as one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.”  After his retirement, the Perinton Town Hall, Community and Aquatics Center were re-named the James E. Smith Center.

Pat Knapp, also a life-long Perinton resident, was a member of the Town Council from 1981 through 2013 and shared Smith’s passion for the projects and practices that make Perinton one of the area’s most favored places to live and work.  In 2014, the Amphitheater at Center Park was named in Pat’s honor as the Patricia S. Knapp Amphitheater.

The Fairport Partnership for a Better Community is supported financially by the Fairport-Perinton Merchants Association, the Village of Fairport, the Fairport Municipal Commission, and the Town of Perinton

More than 70 Fairport and Perinton residents serve as volunteers on various standing committees of the Partnership, meeting monthly to focus on areas of local economic development including design, outreach, promotions and economic restructuring. Hundreds more volunteers participate in Partnership projects and events, including members of the Fairport Rotary Club, Perinton Historical Society, and Fairport-Perinton Merchants Association.

Those interested in volunteering with the Partnership may call 585-377-6010 or e-mail

Fairport’s Veterans Memorial Nears Completion

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A little more than 2 years ago, the volunteers of the Fairport Partnership Design Committee were asked by Mayor Fritz May to undertake the project of designing the reconstruction of the Veterans Memorial at Potter Park. Shortly thereafter the Fairport Foundation began the effort of fundraising to help finance the memorial.

Today we welcome the participation of Fairport OCED as they manage the construction of the Partnership’s designs and augment the funds raised by the Foundation. It is this broad-based community effort that has led to what you see today. It is expected that the new Veterans Memorial at Potter Park should be largely completed by this Veterans Day.

We thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion as well as the thousands of people across the greater Fairport/Perinton community and beyond who have donated their time, talent, and treasure – in ways large and small – to make this project possible. We also thank the Fairport Boy Scouts, Fairport Teachers Association, Fairport Rotary, Perinton Quilt Guild and dozens of other organizations have helped the Fairport Foundation raise more than $50,000.

This project – its intent and its manifestation in bricks, mortar, and steel – honors the blood, sweat, tears and toil of the all those who served our nation on behalf of our grateful community. We believe that in every way, it represents the best of what Fairport is. We thank you all for your partnership.

A limited number of memorial bricks are still available for purchase. To buy a memorial brick in honor of a veteran, please visit or call (585) 377-6010.

Fairport Oktoberfest ist Wunderbar!

Fairport Oktoberfest 2014

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           Rain or Shine Under the Big Top Tent                 at the Fairport Junction Festival Site 

 The fastest growing Oktoberfest in New York! Featuring World Class Musicians, traditional dancers, and authentic German Cuisine by Swan’s Market.



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-Beer Shuffle Board game. -Party indoors under the heated tent or outdoors in the beer garden. -Traditional Beer Stein-holding contest. -Traditional Keg Tapping Ceremony Friday at 7pm.  



From Downtown: Take Exit 25 off of Rt 490 and follow Fairport Road East for approx. 3 miles.  When you reach the four corners, Turn left onto Main St.  Cross over the Main St. Lift Bridge and turn Right onto Liftbridge Lane East. The Fairport Junction Festival Sight will be on your left between the Blue Cactus Restaurant and Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.  Below is a map (courtesy of the Village of Fairport Circulation, Accessability, and  Parking Report) showing where you can park for the event.  We’re using 77 spaces, the rest are yours! Parking in Fairport


Scott Winner, Executive Director Fairport Partnership for a Better Community 585-377-6010,

Press Release 

Get your German music and food fix at the fifth annual Fairport Oktoberfest! Fairport Oktoberfest will he held Friday, October 3, from 3 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, October 4, from noon to midnight; nestled in the Fairport Junction Festival Site, Lift Bridge Lane East.

Admission is $5 at the gate, but is free til 5pm on Friday and free til 5pm on Saturday. New this year: Free admission throughout the event for all active and retired Police, Fire, EMS, and military personnel.

The German-American culture celebration includes traditional music, food, dancing, beer and wine. Continuous music includes Paul Krueger, the Fairport Fire Department Oktoberfest Band, Alpine Horns, Perinton Concert Band, and the internationally renowned Genesee Valley Alpine Band. At 9 p.m.both nights, Oktoberfest goes Rocktoberfest featuring Jumbo Shrimp and North Side Johnny.

Authentic German cuisine will be provided by Swans Market, as well as Oktoberfest Beer from Yuengling, Hof Brau, Paulaner, and Konig Ludwig; and Woodchuck 802 Cider. A beer stein holding contest, beer shuffle board game, and a traditional keg tapping ceremony, will begin Friday night at 7 p.m.

Canal Clean Sweep 2014

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Harsh Winter Creates Numerous Volunteer Opportunities  

102_2161Fairport, NY— spring is here and once again the Village of Fairport will be participating in the state-wide Canal Clean Sweep event. This year’s event, will be held on Saturday April 26, from 9am – 12 noon, will again focus on cleaning up public spaces throughout the central business and canal districts of the village. It is sponsored by the Fairport Partnership for a Better Community, the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association and the Village of Fairport.

Each year, scores of volunteers from civic and youth groups, to individuals aged 4 to 84, come together to participate. Volunteer services organizations, couples, families and individuals also participate as many village merchants power wash, sweep, and clean their storefronts, sidewalks and landscapes. Hundreds of bags of trash are collected.

Department of Public Works Chief, Paul Feeley, advises that the winter has taken a severe toll on streets, sidewalks and tree lawns. Therefore, those projects will be the primary focus of the Public Works Department in the coming weeks, leaving other spring cleanup projects in need.  This means the work of this year’s volunteers, particularly in the canal-side and village parks will more important than ever.

Event coordinators include Scott Winner of the Fairport Partnership for a Better Community, Joel Cuminale of Turning Point Signs and Design, and Fairport Partnership Adopt-A-Trail coordinator and Clean Sweep event chair, Cindy Hunt.

To register for Fairport’s Canal Clean Sweep 2014 contact Hunt at or at (585) 377-2655 or, Winner at or (585) 377-6010.

Participants are asked to gather canal side at the Box Factory Pavilion beginning at 8:30 am the day of the event and to bring rakes, push brooms, flat shovels and work gloves. Water, coffee and donuts will be available as will free pizza after the morning’s work is done. A limited number of event t-shirts will be raffled off to those who participated.

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Scouts Occupy Potter Park

This afternoon, rain or shine, nearly 100 Scouts, WWII reenactors and Civil War reenactors are set to encamp at Potter Park. Their goal is to help raise funds for the replacement of the Veteran’s Memorial there. Tonight’s overnight encampment will be followed by a day of ceremonies, games and other activities for the entire public to come and enjoy. The festivities begin at 10am and continue until 3pm. Operation Potter Patriot is the result of the collective efforts of the Boy Scout Troops of the Fairport area including Troops 207, 208, 209, 273, 325 and 469.  Bring your kids or grandkids and enjoy a wonderful day full of interactive fun.  Come and support the Scouts and local veterans by buying a brick or making a donation.