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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Photos: Today in Genesee County

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, genesee county, Le Roy, photos, Stafford

The morning in Batavia started out kind of gloomy, but by the afternoon, the skies had cleared a bit and it was another beautiful day in Genesee County.

Above, a tree and barn off Selden Road, Le Roy.

A barn on Thwing Road, Stafford.

The view from Clinton Street Road, Stafford.

And below, three shots of Richard Oderkirk's sunflowers in Stafford.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Photo: Barn off Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Pavilion

A barn off Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion. Photo taken this morning.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Photos: A tractor and a barn on Townline Road, Bergen

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, bergen

On the drive back from Bergen this afternoon, I stopped for a couple of pictures on Townline Road.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Photos: A drive down Clipnock Road, Stafford

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Stafford

Heading back from Bethany this afternoon, I stopped along Clipnock Road, Stafford, for a couple of pictures.

Above, a barn and horses and below the windswept snow bank near Route 5.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Photo: Flag barn in Corfu in the snow

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, corfu, weather

If you've ever driven down Route 33 heading into Corfu, you've seen this barn.

When I left Le Roy at 2:30, there was no snow falling. As I arrived in Corfu at 3:15, it was coming down pretty good.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Snow covered barn on Lewiston Road, Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, batavia

Barn on Lewiston Road at Batavia Oakfield Townline Road.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Photo: Barn collapsing off Route 5, Town of Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, batavia

The past couple of years, on my eastbound trips down Route 5 in the Town of Batavia, heading toward Wortendyke Road, I've been watching this barn slowly slipping away. This morning, the barn is leaning further to the north and closer to the ground than I've seen before.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Photo: horse and barn on Randall Road, Stafford

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Stafford

Passing through Stafford today, I spotted this horse in a field near a bright red barn. Another beautiful day in Genesee County.

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Photo: Tree and barn on Prole Road, Stafford

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, fall, Stafford

Shot late this afternoon.

Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Stafford's big yellow barn collapses on a mildly windy day

post by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, history, Stafford

One of Genesee County's grandest of the old barns collapsed today.

A good portion of the yellow barn next to the Stafford Fire Hall on Main Road, Stafford, simply gave way about 1:45 p.m.

Stafford Fire Chief Bill Plaisted said residents heard a lot of creaking coming from the old barn -- probably built in the 1830s -- all this morning.

Firefighters used a thermal-imaging camera to ensure nobody was trapped in the structure.

Plaisted said the barn was likely headed for demolition soon anyway. The owner wanted to donate it to the department for a controlled burn for firefighting practice, but Plaisted said before that could happen, workers would have been required to remove the shingles from the roof.

"Looking at it now, that wouldn't have been safe," Plaisted said.

He also recalled a local resident telling him how years ago there was a basketball court on the second floor. From the second floor to the ceiling, it was so high, he said, that nobody could throw a ball from the floor up into the rafters. That's how big the barn was.

In April 2010, I took a photo of the barn (bottom photo in this post) that proved pretty popular. UMMC purchased a large canvas print of the photograph to hang in its new surgical wing (the print has since been moved to another part of the hospital). To view a larger online version (or to purchase a print of the picture, click here).

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