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Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

Young dairy farmer in Pavilion says agriculture is a great career choice

post by Howard B. Owens in agriculture, business, Pavilion

The way Pavilion resident Stephen Gould sees it, a career in agriculture is a great choice for a young person. There's opportunity, innovation and lots of options for somebody industrious enough to jump into the field.

Gould speaks today at the NYS Agriculture Society's annual meeting in Liverpool as part of a panel called "The Next Generation of Agriculturalists: Millennials' Perspective on Their Future in Agriculture."

He'll be joined on the panel by three other recent college graduates who are pursuing careers in agriculture.

After two years at Alfred State, Gould transferred to Cornell and earned a degree in animal science. He graduated in May and took a job as a farmhand on his family's farm on South Street Road, Pavilion.

Har Go Farms was founded by his grandfather in 1956 and is now run by his father, John, and mother, Sue. Gould expects someday he'll run the organic dairy farm, but for now, he's cleaning out stalls, managing the summer grazing and helping to build a winter shelter for calves.

It's his full-time job and it's exactly what he wants to do with his life, he said.

"I think it's a great lifestyle," Gould said. "You can do anything here. You can be a mechanic, a veterinarian or an accountant. When you're a farmer, it's always changing every day. You also get a great sense of accomplishment, to build something, take something as unorganized as nature and organize it into something productive."

While Gould has chosen to be a farmer, he said one of the great things about agriculture today is there are so many jobs in research, farm services and production. A young person really has a world of options.

"There's a lot of youth who are excited about jobs in agriculture," Gould said.

With exploding demand for food around the world, especially in China and India, it's really an exciting time to be in the ag business, he said.

"Then domestically, there's a lot of innovation," Gould added. "In dairy, you have Greek yogurts, drinkable yogurts and new spinoffs on just plain milk. There's strong demand for dairy, but there's other work. There's research being done on how to improve production, how to get more production per acre of crops or vegetables."

In Gould's own family, there's a clear example of the diversity of career opportunities for young people. His brother Michael graduated from Cornell with a degree in food science and now works for Chobani in Idaho. 

Gould's other brother, Matthew, is a student at Penn State and his sister Kathleen is an occupational therapist.

The farm went organic in 2008 and Gould thinks it was a good move.

"It's hard because there are fewer tools," Gould said. "But the whole organic philosophy is they don't want to kill anything. They don't want to use chemicals to kill bugs or use chemicals to kill weeds. They're all natural and holistic. I agree with that approach. I think any farmer, deep down, would not want to use any tools. They would love to make it all work, but organic isn't as productive. On the operations side, it's not as efficient. That's the constant challenge, to make it efficient. It's been a steep learning curve for us."

The Goulds run 150 head of milking cows on the 600-acre farm. Their fields must be kept chemical free and feed must be bought from certified organic suppliers.

"I enjoy it," Gould said. "It's a challenge. It's something not a lot of people are doing and we've had pretty good success with it."

The hardest part of farming, Gould said, is that cows don't take breaks. They need constant attention.

There are no days off on a dairy farm, he noted.

Gould was a wrestler in high school but says he doesn't follow a lot of sports these days -- the Bills at the beginning of the year when it looked like they might be good, but otherwise tunes most of it out. He likes to read, especially historic novels such as "Gates of Fire."

He also does a little woodworking and enjoys spending time with friends and family, but otherwise, he works and thinks he has a pretty good, if demanding, job.

He'd recommend ag to any young person, he said.

"Whether you're on a farm or in the service side of the industry, there's a lot of growth and a lot of opportunity in agriculture," he said.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Portion of Route 20 in Pavilion closed to remove milk truck

post by Billie Owens in Pavilion

Route 20 is being closed now between Route 63 and Roanoke Road in Pavilion to remove the milk truck which overturned a couple days ago.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Two accidents reported, one in Darien, another in the city

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accidents, Darien, Pavilion

There are two accidents reported -- one on West Main at Lyons and the other in Darien on Route 20 near Harper Road.

The accident in the city is reportedly head-on, but with one minor injury.

Minor injuries also reported in Darien. The conditions there are described as zero visibility.

Alexander is asked to close Route 20 to westbound traffic.

From the fire in Pavilion, Pavilion fire is back in service.

Because of ongoing server issues, it will likely be impossible for us to update this post.

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of punching person while at bar in Alexander

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, crime, Darien, Le Roy, Pavilion

Justin Samuel Fagan, 26, of Ellicott Street Road, Batavia, is charged with assault, 3rd. Fagan allegedly punched another person in the head causing that person to lose consciousness while at the Blue Dog Saloon on Attica Road, Darien, at 12:55 a.m. Sunday. Fagan allegedly fled the scene and was later located by a state trooper in Batavia.

Christopher Michael Rheinheimer, 24, of Chick Road, Darien, is charged with DWI, moving from lane unsafely, unreasonable speed and refusal to take breath test. Rheinheimer was reportedly involved in a motor-vehicle accident at 1:29 a.m. Saturday on Attica Road, Darien, which was investigated by Deputy Jason Saile.

Sutton Ken Carhart, 19, of Clipnock Road, Stafford, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st. Carhart allegedly provided alcohol to several people who were under age 21.

Jacob Michael Risewick, 20, of West Bergen Road, Le Roy, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under age 21. Risewick was allegedly in possession of alcohol while at an underage drinking party on Clipnock Road.

Amanda Ashley Stranc, 22, of Alleghany Road, Darien, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, speed not reasonable or prudent and moving from lane unsafely. Stranc reportedly observed a motor vehicle accident while driving on Attica Road, Darien, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and lost control of her car, becoming involved in a secondary motor-vehicle accident, while attempting to stop and assist the other motorist. The accident was investigated by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

A 17-year-old resident of Lake Street, Le Roy, is charged with unlawful dealing with a child, 1st, and criminal trespass, 2nd. The youth allegedly hosted an underage drinking party at 8341 Harris Road, Le Roy.

Elijah Absalon Seelay, 18, of Old Meadow Road, Rochester, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Seelay is accused of possessing marijuana while at an underage drinking party at 8341 Harris Road, Le Roy.

Mitchell Robert Mulford, 20, of Attridge Road, Churchville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of alcohol. Mulford was arrested at an alleged underage drinking party at 8341 Harris Road, Le Roy.

Miguel Angel Dejesus, 66, of Perry Road, Pavilion, is accused of violating a release under supervision contract. Dejesus was jailed on $2,000 bail or $5,000 bond.

Danny Jay Torok, 26, of Dodgeson Road, Alexander, is accused of a violation of a Family Court act. Torok is accused of failure to appear for a scheduled Family Court appearance.

Philip Robert Perry, 27, of Ellsworth Avenue, Batavia, is charged with failure to pay fine imposed by court. Perry is also charged with promoting prison contraband, 1st, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Perry was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance while being processed into the Genesee County Jail.

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Propane truck rolls over on Route 19, Pavilion fire is responding.

post by Billie Owens in accident, Le Roy, Pavilion

A six-wheel truck hauling propane rolled over on Route 19, south of Route 20. The truck is on its side. The driver is said to be confused and has a head injury with a couple of lacerations. The truck is leaking fuel. Pavilion Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. Le Roy fire is asked to stand by in Pavilion's hall. Winds are 11 mph out of the Northwest. Traffic will be stopped at Pavilion Center Road.

UPDATE 1:41 p.m.: Route 19 will be shut down at Route 20.

UPDATE 1:44 p.m.: The driver's employer, Griffith, was contacted and a rep has arrived on scene. The truck had 50 gallons of propane remaining in its tank at the time of the rollover. County emergency management team members will be responding and are staging at the fire training center. "All those civilian people -- I want them far back behind the line. I don't want them hanging around there,"  says the Pavilion chief.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m.: Pavilion command cancels the county emergency unit's response.

UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: The driver was taken by ground ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. Firefighters are cleaning debris from the roadway.

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

RMC Truck Driver

post by Kelly Kinney in jobs, Pavilion

Company Name

Hanson Aggregates New York LLC

Job Type

Full-Time

Hanson Aggregates New York LLC needs to hire Ready Mix Concrete Mixer Drivers at our Pavilion NY location. This position will be required to drive and operate a truck equipped to haul ready mix concrete. The applicant must be capable of lifting and assembling concrete chutes weighing 60 pounds. You will be required to maintain a valid commercial drivers license and medical card. Must be able to follow verbal and written directions both to the jobsite and at the jobsite as well as operating chute controls during the pour. This position is responsible for climbing truck ladders to visually in spect each load before delivery. We require a courteous and professional attitude towards our customers.
LEHIGH HANSON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER - EEO/M/F/D/V
“A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE"

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:16 am

Truck on its side at Texaco Town

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion

A tractor-trailer is on its side at the intersection of Route 63 and Route 20, Pavilion.

Injuries, if any, are believed to be minor. Fuel is leaking.

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Following a day of rain, temperatures dropped quickly tonight to below freezing, creating slick road conditions. Use caution if traveling.

UPDATE 2:21 a.m.: A firefighter notes, "There's spots on the road where you can't even walk, so you've got to be careful."

UPDATE 2:23 a.m.: No injuries.

UPDATE 2:24 a.m.: The driver tells another driver that the truck is not leaking full.

UPDATE 2:28 a.m.: The truck is off the road, on the side of the road, Route 63.

UPDATE 2:42 a.m.: The truck is hauling frozen and fresh food for restaurants. If the roads stay as slick as they are, a deputy reports, a wrecker is going to have a hard time moving it. Since it's not blocking, it may just stay where it is for the time being. 

UPDATE 11:10 a.m.: Route 63 between Roanoke Road and Route 20 is being closed while a wrecker rights the truck.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: Route 63 has reopened.

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Law and Order: DWIs and petit larcenies

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, byron, corfu, crime, Le Roy, Pavilion

Amy Lynn Showler, 38, of South Manhattan Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and trespass. Showler is accused of stealing $7.76 in merchandise from Walmart.

A 17-year-old resident of Main Street, Corfu, is charged with trespass. The youth allegedly entered a residence on Lovers Lane Road without the owner's permission.

Dimetrious Trudell Williams, 24, of Pearl Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawfully dealing with a child. Williams allegedly supplied alcohol to a person under age 21.

Molly Ann Kirsch, 24, of Bonnie Brea Drive, Darien, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, driving left of pavement markings in a no passing zone and failure to keep right. Kirsh was stopped at 12:08 a.m. Saturday on Sumner Road, Darien, by Deputy Jason Saile.

Aaron Matthew Zastrocky, 29, of Mill Street, Le Roy, is charged with felony DWI, moving from lane unsafely, speed unreasonable for conditions and no seat belt. Zastrocky was allegedly the driver involved in a motor-vehicle accident reported at 11:18 p.m. Dec. 20 on Lake Road, Le Roy. The accident was investigated by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Joshua David Quaintance, 25, of Byron Road, Bryon, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Quaintance is accused of punching the window out of a vehicle on Townline Road, Byron.

Andrei Karpovich, 42, of Ibis Club Drive, Naples, Fla., is charged with harassment, 2nd. Karpovich allegedly slamming the hand of another person in a truck door during an argument at the Flying J at 5:54 p.m. Dec. 18.

Wendy J. Nelson, 44, of Le Roy, is charged with petit larceny. Nelson is accused of stealing from Walmart.

Scott F. McColl, 42, of Pavilion, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater and unlawful possession of marijuana. McColl was stopped at 10:05 p.m. Thursday by State Police on Black Road, Pavilion.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

More photos of flooding in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, Pavilion, weather

Here are more flood pictures from this afternoon. The first three I took and the rest are from readers.

Above, the Tonawanda Creek at the bend off South Main Street. 

This is the back of Nate Fix's property, which 18 months ago the DEC carved up a bit to build new flood control.

Peaviner Road. The roadway is to the right side of the picture.

Photo submitted by Steve Ognibene. The vehicle stalled on Jackson Avenue. According to Steve, the driver was cited and the car was towed.

Ron Burroughs kayaking on Ganson Avenue. Submitted by Diane Burroughs.

Maria Casper submitted these two pictures of Philip, Kayla and Andrew kayaking in Kibbe Park.

Flooding in Pavilion submitted by Brittany Hart.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Two-car accident with injuries in Pavilion

post by Alecia Kaus in accident, Pavilion

A two-car accident with injuries is reported on South Street Road between Dillon Road and York Road. The road is blocked.

One victim is complaining of a neck and collarbone injury. Pavilion fire is on scene and stablizing the patient. South Street Road is being closed down.

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: Pavilion is back in service and the road is now open.

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