http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/573/ en Law and Order: Wanted suspect accused of heroin possession at time of arrest http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-wanted-suspect-accused-heroin-possession-time-arrest/47117 <p><strong>Kirk Arnold Thomas Jr.</strong>, 30, of Oak Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and escape, 1st. Thomas was the subject of an investigation by Le Roy PD and the subject of a Town of Batavia Court warrant and was located by Batavia PD at Days Inn. At the time of his&nbsp;arrest&nbsp;he allegedly possessed a large&nbsp;quantity&nbsp;of heroin and drug paraphernalia.</p> <p><strong>Peter John Olander</strong>, 41, of Rochester Street, Bergen, is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, 2nd, and resisting arrest. Olander was arrested after deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in the Village of Bergen. Olander allegedly failed to comply with numerous lawful orders and/or warnings from deputies and physically resisted arrest when they attempted to place him in custody. Olander was jailed on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Christopher M. Colantonio</strong>, 35, of South Swan Street, Batavia, is charged with possession of a forged instrument, 2nd, and petit larceny. Colantonio was arrested as a result of an investigation in April 2014 into a complaint of stolen, forged and cashed checks. Colantonio is also charged with criminal sale of a firearm, 3rd, criminal&nbsp;possession&nbsp;of a weapon, 2nd, and grand larceny, 4th. The charges stem from a criminal complaint in November 2013 in which a family member reported a gun was stolen and sold.</p> <p><strong>Bryon Gilbert Keller</strong>, 20, of Sumner Road, Darien, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Keller was allegedly involved in an altercation with a family member, which was also a violation of a court order. Keller was jailed on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.</p> <p><strong>Samantha Jean Glendhill</strong>, 24, of Chapel Street, Mt. Morris, is charged with petit larceny and possession of burglar tools. Glendhill is accused of shoplifting from Kmart and using a bag to conceal the stolen items.</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of York Road, Pavilion, is charged with harassment, 2nd. The youth allegedly struck another person during an argument.</p> <p><strong>Erick Antonio Castaneda</strong>, 18, of Redman Road, Brockport, is charged with two counts of petit larceny. Castaneda is accused of shoplifting from Kohl&#39;s.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-wanted-suspect-accused-heroin-possession-time-arrest/47117#comments batavia crime Darien Le Roy Pavilion Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:40:31 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47117 at http://thebatavian.com Pole and wire down on Lake Road, Pavilion http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pole-and-wire-down-lake-road-pavilion/47055 <p>A pole and unknown type of wire are reported down across the roadway in the area of 11338 Lake Road, Pavilion.</p> <p>That&#39;s across from the Pavilion Fire Hall.</p> <p>Pavilion fire dispatched.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pole-and-wire-down-lake-road-pavilion/47055#comments Pavilion Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:11:48 +0000 Howard B. Owens 47055 at http://thebatavian.com Rollover accident, unknown injuries, on Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/rollover-accident-unknown-injuries-ellicott-street-road-pavilion/46991 <p>A one-vehicle rollover accident, unknown injuries, is reported at 6698 Ellicott St. Road. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics responding. The location is between Sparks and Starr roads.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:14 p.m.: There are no injuries.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:20 p.m.: The Pavilion assignment is back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/rollover-accident-unknown-injuries-ellicott-street-road-pavilion/46991#comments accidents Pavilion Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:06:31 +0000 Billie Owens 46991 at http://thebatavian.com Two local students participate in 'Taste of NY' lobby day in Albany http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-local-students-participate-taste-ny-lobby-day-albany/46983 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-2/farm_bureau_taste_of_ny_.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Two students from the Batavia Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center, Morgan Good, a senior and an Agri-Business Academy student from Pavilion Central Schools, and Emily Borkholder, a senior and an Animal Science student from Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools, recently attended the New York State Farm Bureau Taste of New York Lobby Day and Reception in Albany. Holly Partridge, Batavia CTE Animal Science instructor; Kerry Richardson, Batavia CTE Agri-Business Academy instructor; Catherine Bennett, Batavia CTE assistant principal, escorted the students.</p> <p class="rteindent1">During this event, members of the New York State Assembly and Senate met with businesses, farms and educational institutions that rely on New York state agriculture to run their business.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;We learned how much agriculture drives our economy in New York state. One of the most interesting experiences was when we attended two legislative meetings with Senator Michael Razenhofer and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker. We discussed what needs to be changed in our state to help farmers become more productive,&rdquo; Emily said.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;We also spoke with other senators and assemblymen from throughout New York state and helped them to understand and increase awareness of the needs of farmers from our area,&rdquo; Morgan added.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Throughout the conference exhibit time, the group showcased duck eggs versus chicken eggs in baking, the important collaboration between the Batavia CTE Animal Science and Culinary Arts programs and how the farm-to-table concept is incorporated into the curriculum of these two programs.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/two-local-students-participate-taste-ny-lobby-day-albany/46983#comments 4-H agriculture business Oakfield Pavilion Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:30:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46983 at http://thebatavian.com Two Genesee County students accepted to Ashland University in Ohio http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-genesee-county-students-accepted-ashland-university-ohio/46770 <p>Two Genesee County students have been accepted to Ashland University for the Fall semester of 2015.</p> <p><strong>Avery Mallaber</strong>, of Le Roy, has been accepted and will receive the Director&#39;s Scholarship for $7,000 annually to attend Ashland. Mallaber is a senior at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School.</p> <p><strong>Ashley Jenks</strong>, of Pavilion, has been accepted and will receive the President&#39;s Scholarship for $11,000 annually to attend Ashland. Jenks is a senior at Pavilion Central School.</p> <p>Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News &amp; World Report&#39;s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university located in Ashland, Ohio.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-genesee-county-students-accepted-ashland-university-ohio/46770#comments Le Roy Milestones Pavilion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:40:11 +0000 Billie Owens 46770 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Driver charged with DWI following alleged hit-and-run in Batavia http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-driver-charged-dwi-following-alleged-hit-and-run-batavia/46761 <p><strong>Brian Michael Glor</strong>, 43, of Church Street, Oakfield, is charged with DWI and refusal to take&nbsp;breath&nbsp;test. Glor was arrested following an investigation into a hit-and-run accident at 7:34 p.m., Monday, in the City of Batavia, by Deputy Michael Lute.</p> <p><strong>Steven R. Colombo</strong>, 28, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 2nd. Colombo allegedly violated a complete stay away order of protection. He was allegedly found hiding in the pantry of the protected party&#39;s residence.</p> <p><strong>Jimpce</strong><strong> J. Etienne</strong>, 38, of Buell Street, Batavia, is charged with unnecessary&nbsp;noise. Etienne is accused of playing extremely loud and disturbing music at 11:30 a.m., Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Kayla D. Joiner</strong>, 22, of Schreck Avenue, Buffalo, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Joiner turned herself in and was jailed on $100 bail.</p> <p><strong>Thomas J. Mitchell</strong>, 25, of Batavia, was arrested on two warrants for alleged failure to appear. Mitchell was located and arrested and jailed on $1,500 bail.</p> <p><strong>Robin A. Pickering</strong>, 31, of Croop Road, Clarence Center, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, moving from lane unsafely, operation by an unlicensed driver and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. Pickering reportedly drove her car into a snowbank on Burke Drive, Batavia, at 4:36 a.m., Friday. The accident was investigated by Officer Matthew Wojtaszczyk.</p> <p><strong>James Rocco Soccio</strong>, 33, of Ross Street, Batavia, is charged with coercion, 2nd. Soccio reportedly went to the residence of a person scheduled to speak against Soccio in a Family Court proceeding. Soccio allegedly threatened to harm the person.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jacob J. </strong><strong>Camerera</strong>, 23, of South Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st, reckless endangerment, 2nd, and two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd. Camerera allegedly drove a vehicle toward four other people in a reckless manner on Watson Street, Batavia, at 4:59 p..m., Feb. 15. One of the four people was covered by an order of protection.</p> <p>A 17-year-old resident of Walnut Street, Batavia is charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd, and criminal mischief, 4th. The youth was arrested following an alleged incident at his residence at 11:30 a.m., Friday.</p> <p><strong>Kenneth L. Perkins</strong>, 51, of West Main Street, Corfu, is charged with criminal mischief, 4th. Perkins allegedly damaged the property of another person.</p> <p><strong>Heyward Clark Jr.</strong>, 50, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while ability impaired by alcohol, following too closely, driving without a license, and child passenger in back seat not properly restrained. Heyward was stopped at 12:02 a.m. Saturday on Lewiston Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Jennifer P. Hepp</strong>, 32, of Varysburg, is charged with petit larceny. Hepp was arrested by State Police on Friday at a location on Veterans Memorial Drive. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Philip D. </strong><strong>Stahli</strong><strong>,</strong> 34, of Lockport, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Stahli was arrested by State Police in Pavilion on Saturday. No further details released.</p> <p><strong>Harry R. Silliman</strong>, 50, of Batavia, is charged with criminal mischief, 3rd, and harassment, 2nd. Silliman was arrested by State Police for an alleged incident at 9:45 p.m., Feb. 17. No further details released.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-driver-charged-dwi-following-alleged-hit-and-run-batavia/46761#comments batavia corfu crime Oakfield Pavilion Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:56:17 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46761 at http://thebatavian.com Two-car crash with injuries at South Street Road and Telephone Road, Pavilion http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-injuries-south-street-road-and-telephone-road-pavilion/46507 <p>A two-car accident with injuries is reported at South Street Road and Telephone Road. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics are responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 4:23 p.m.: A second ambulance is called to the scene.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-injuries-south-street-road-and-telephone-road-pavilion/46507#comments accidents Pavilion Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:17:35 +0000 Billie Owens 46507 at http://thebatavian.com Kozy Kabin reopens early for the season - door prizes, hot drinks - let's celebrate! http://thebatavian.com/events/kozy-kabin-reopens-early-season-door-prizes-hot-drinks-lets-celebrate/46450 <p>This year Kozy Kabin is reopening early and you are invited to join us for door prizes, hot drinks, and a 3rd cabin!</p> <p>Celebrate with us Friday and Saturday Feb. 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br /> Address: 922 Genesee St., Route 33, Corfu. Phone 585-409-7424</p> <p>* Spring Hours: Fri &amp; Sat. 10-5 ~ Fall Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 ~ Winter Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 &amp; Sun. 2-5pm<br /> <br /> <u>Some fantastic things are coming this year at the Kozy Kabin!</u><br /> 1.&nbsp; First is our 3rd cabin addition filled with handmade USA furniture and even more home good finds!<br /> 2.&nbsp; Our next addition is our DIY (do it yourself) step-by-step leader taught classes. Each season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Kozy Kabin will host a class that you can be part getting together with friends and enjoying handpicked projects that you can be proud of making!&nbsp; Each class will be posted at the Kabin and on Facebook at&nbsp; Kozy Kabin<br /> Note:&nbsp; Each class has a small fee, children are welcome to come and enjoy a movie, light refreshments included, must sign up by calling Lenora at 585-409-7424 or e-mail <a href="mailto:kozy.kabin@yahoo.com">kozy.kabin@yahoo.com</a><br /> 3.&nbsp; Pembroke Harvest Festival is hosted by the Kozy Kabin and was a huge success last year!&nbsp; This year&#39;s festival is held on Sat. Oct. 10th 10-5pm.&nbsp; Even more great shopping this year!<br /> We are taking registrations for vendors (free spaces). Plan to attend the Pembroke Harvest Festival&nbsp; Oct. 10, 2015 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 922 Genesee St. in Corfu. Visit our Web site to buy tickets for the 10&#39;x20&#39; cabin or $2,000 raffle held on Festival date!</p> <p>Kohorst Family and all at Kozy Kabin</p><div class="field datetime field-event-date-time"> <h3 class="label">Event Date and Time</h3> <div class="item odd"><span class="date-display-start">February 6, 2015 - 10:00am</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">February 7, 2015 - 5:00pm</span></div> </div> http://thebatavian.com/events/kozy-kabin-reopens-early-season-door-prizes-hot-drinks-lets-celebrate/46450#comments corfu events Pavilion Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:40:30 +0000 Billie Owens 46450 at http://thebatavian.com Task Force announces arrest of two suspected dealers http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/task-force-announces-arrest-two-suspected-dealers/46390 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/mugbaltzjoshuajan2015.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <em>Joshua Baltz</em></td> </tr> </table> <p>A pair of investigations by the Local Drug Task Force has led to the arrest of two men, one accused of selling a controlled substance, the other of selling marijuana.</p> <p>Busted were Joshua L. Baltz, 38, of Wood Street, Batavia, and Mark A. Knickerbocker, 17, of Route 262 in Byron.</p> <p>Baltz allegedly sold a quantity of suboxone to an undercover agent on three separate occasions, once in Pavilion and twice in the City.&nbsp;</p> <p>He is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, 4th, a Class C felony.</p> <p>Knickerbocker is accused of selling marijuana to a person under age 18 while in the Town of Bergen in May.</p> <p>He is charged with criminal sale of marijuana, 2nd, a Class D felony.</p> <p>The task force was assisted by the District Attorney&#39;s Office, uniformed deputies and Batavia PD.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/task-force-announces-arrest-two-suspected-dealers/46390#comments batavia bergen byron crime Pavilion Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:46:38 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46390 at http://thebatavian.com Law and Order: Brother and sister charged in alleged choking incident http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-brother-and-sister-charged-alleged-choking-incident/46359 <p><strong>Julian Munoz</strong>, 63, of Transit Road, Elba, and&nbsp;<strong>Carmelina Chavez</strong>, 47, of Drake Street, Oakfield, are charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment, 2nd. Munoz and Chavez, brother and sister, allegedly choked and pushed a victim down a flight of stairs.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Heather Jaye Interlicchia</strong>, 55, of Ramona Street, Rochester, is charged with possession of more than 400 untaxed cigarettes. Interlicchia was stopped for an alleged traffic violation at 12:08 p.m. Sunday on Route 77, Pembroke, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Windfield L. Marshall</strong>, 44, of Lake Street, Le Roy, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to pay fine on a parking violation. Marshall turned himself in and posted $25 bail.</p> <p><strong>Khadijah </strong><strong>Azizza</strong><strong> Davis</strong>, 23, of Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd, unlicensed driver and speeding in zone. Davis was stopped at 11:49 p.m. Wednesday on Clinton Street, Batavia, by Officer Jason Davis, for allegedly driving 47 in a 30 mph zone. Davis was jailed on $1,000 bail.</p> <p><strong>Kasean</strong><strong> L. Shannon</strong>, 22, of Hutchins Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Shannon was allegedly found in possession of marijuana during police contact with Officer Marc Lawrence while on Washington Avenue at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>Chana J. Mitchell</strong>, 22, of Prospect Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. Mitchell turned himself in and jailed on $200 bail.</p> <p><strong>Joseph Michael Marceill</strong>, 47, of Pringle Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a driving while registration suspended or revoked charge. Marceill&nbsp;turned himself in, was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cynthia C. Richardson</strong>, 35, of Maple Street, Batavia, is charged with a curfew violation. Richardson was arrested after police responded to a report of a fight at 1:29 a.m. Saturday on Court Street. Richardson&#39;s 14-year-old son was allegedly located on Evans Street near Ellicott Street at 1:34 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Donna A. Cocoran</strong>, 41, of St. Mary&#39;s Street, Pavilion, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and suspended registration. Cocoran was stopped at 12:49 p.m. on Elm Street, Batavia, by Officer Eric Foels.</p> <p><strong>Samuel J. Barber</strong>, 20, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of alcohol under age 21. Barber was arrested following a complaint of a party at 12:32 a.m. Sunday on Bank Street, Batavia. Barber was allegedly hosting the party along with two other individuals. Also charged were <strong>Abdullah B. Diallo</strong>, 19, of Bank Street, Batavia, and <strong>Seanmichael G. Kidder</strong>, 19, of Bank Street, Batavia.</p> <p><strong>Robert Jean Jackson</strong>, 38, of Albert Street, Oakfield, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .08 or greater, speeding in zone and failure to change address on license. Jackson was stopped at 1:17 a.m., Saturday, on Main Street, Oakfield, by Deputy Joseph Corona.</p> <p><strong>Justin L. Sanders</strong>, 23, of Byron, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Sanders was arrested by State Police and jailed on an unspecified bail. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Allison A. Sobczak</strong>, 23, of Batavia, is charged with DWI and aggravated DWI. Sobczak was stopped at 11:02 a.m. Friday in the Town of Batavia by State Police.</p> <p>UPDATE: Later today, State Police put out a press release on Sobczak&#39;s arrest. &nbsp;Here&#39;s a portion of it:</p> <p class="rteindent1">Sobczak arrived to the Batavia barracks to file a complaint when Troopers smelled an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her. After her verbal admission that she drove to the barracks, she was detained for a DWI investigation. After Sobczak failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, she was placed under arrest for DWI.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Sobczak was arrested and escorted back to the patrol room where she registered a BAC of .24%. She was issued citations returnable to the Town of Batavia Court on January 29, 2015.</p> <p><strong>Katrina M. Jones</strong>, 46, of Buffalo, is charged with conspiracy, 5th, and grand larceny, 4th. Jones was arrested by State Police and held on an unspecified bail. No further information released.</p> <p><strong>Christopher F. Bragg</strong>, 29, of Corfu, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd, and scheme to defraud, 2nd. Bragg was arrested by State Police. No further information released.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/law-and-order-brother-and-sister-charged-alleged-choking-incident/46359#comments batavia byron corfu crime elba Oakfield Pavilion Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:06:02 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46359 at http://thebatavian.com Genesee County firefighters working a house fire in Middlebury http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/genesee-county-firefighters-working-house-fire-middlebury/46286 <p>Several Genesee County fire departments are helping fight a fully involved house fire on Kingsley Road in the Town of Middlebury, which is in Wyoming County. The house is at 566 Kingsley Road.</p> <p>Bethany, Pavilion and Le Roy are called to the scene, along with a tanker from Alexander. An engine from Alexander is requested to fill in at Bethany&#39;s hall. York is asked to fill in at Pavilion. Bergen is asked to stand by in its quarters. Bethany is requested to send an ambulance to the scene.</p> <p>UPDATE: For coverage from the <em>Wyoming County Free Press</em>, <a href="http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com/julia-ferrini/nine-fire-companies-responded-to-a-house-fire-in-middlebury/41714" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/genesee-county-firefighters-working-house-fire-middlebury/46286#comments alexander bergen Bethany fire Le Roy Pavilion Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:59:14 +0000 Billie Owens 46286 at http://thebatavian.com Rollover accident, unknown injuries, on Ellicott Street Road, Pavilion http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/rollover-accident-unknown-injuries-ellicott-street-road-pavilion/46270 <p>A one-car rollover accident with unknown injuries is reported at 6653 Ellicott Street Road. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics are responding. The location is between Cook and Sparks roads.</p> <p>UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: Minor injuries. A second vehicle was also involved.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/rollover-accident-unknown-injuries-ellicott-street-road-pavilion/46270#comments accidents Pavilion Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:03:17 +0000 Billie Owens 46270 at http://thebatavian.com Two-car crash with injuries by Bunce School in Pavilion http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-injuries-bunce-school-pavilion/46241 <p>A two-car accident with injuries is reported in the area of Bunce Elementary School, 7071 York Road. Pavilion fire is responding along with two Mercy medic units.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/two-car-crash-injuries-bunce-school-pavilion/46241#comments accidents Pavilion Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:15:14 +0000 Billie Owens 46241 at http://thebatavian.com Five Genesee County fire departments called to house fire in Town of Covington http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-genesee-county-fire-departments-called-house-fire-town-covington/46180 <p>Five Genesee County fire departments are responding, mutual aid, to the Town of Covington in Wyoming County for a working structure fire with a person still inside the residence. The location is 864 Perry Road. In addition to Covington fire, responders requested include Le Roy, Pavilion, Bethany, Stafford and the City of Batavia Fast Team.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:28 a.m.: The person inside got out safely. The fire is out. The assignment is back in service. The resident told firefighters he normally throws debris from his heat stove outside his back door, and did so this time but forgot about a wooden pallet he put there. It caught fire and smoke came up through the back porch into the house, waking the resident. The fire burnt a portion of the back porch.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/five-genesee-county-fire-departments-called-house-fire-town-covington/46180#comments batavia Bethany fire Le Roy Pavilion Stafford Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:03:12 +0000 Billie Owens 46180 at http://thebatavian.com Pavilion graduate and partner heading to Uganda to build classroom, teach and pursue conservation goals http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-graduate-and-partner-heading-uganda-build-classroom-teach-and-pursue-conservat <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ugandatripdec62015.jpg" /></p> <p>The 237 students of Bigodi Secondary School in Uganda will soon be able to study in a new classroom thanks to the efforts of two Michigan State University graduates who on their own have raised nearly $10,000 and leave today to complete their project.</p> <p>The students, Kirk David Mason, of Lansing, Mich., and Sarah Scott, of Bethany, were inspired to build the project through the life of Benson Bamatura, a Ugandan conservationist who died early last year.</p> <p>Scott, who has a degree in zoology, met Bamatura while in a student exchange program in 2013 in Uganda.</p> <p>When Bamatura died, he left behind five children. When researching options for ways to honor Bamatura, the Bigodi officials offered to ensure an education for Bamatura&#39;s children in exchange for the construction of a classroom.</p> <p>Strictly tapping into their own personal network of friends and family, plus some fundraisers in Lansing, Mason and Scott were able get just about $100 shy of their $10,000 goal.</p> <p>&quot;We tried company sponsors, but since were weren&#39;t a nonprofit, there wasn&#39;t much interest,&quot; Scott said. &quot;A lot of companies were like, &#39;it&#39;s a great project, but since you&#39;re not a nonprofit, we&#39;re not going to donate.&#39; It&#39;s all been about friends and family.&quot;</p> <p>Their trip will encompass more than building the classroom. Both are certified to teach English in a foreign language, so will instruct teachers on English. Mason, a documentary filmmaker with a degree in media, will make a series of short videos for students around the world to learn more about conservation and that part of Africa&#39;s natural habitat.</p> <p>Both Mason and Scott have arranged with their former schools -- Pavilion locally and Mason&#39;s school near Lansing &nbsp;-- to establish pen pal programs with Bigodi students.</p> <p>There is also an arts program project they&#39;re pursuing with the Wyoming County Arts Council.</p> <p>&quot;We hope to build a bridge between two different cultures,&quot; said Mason, who is making his fifth trip to the region.</p> <p>The school is in the midst of wildlife sanctuaries and near Africa&#39;s own &quot;Great Lakes&quot; area (such as Lake Victoria, which feeds the Nile) and among the conservation topics Mason plans to explore with his films are the issues effecting those lakes as well as our own Great Lakes.</p> <p>Other topics to explore include regional sustainable food programs, sustainable agriculture and work on a documentary about food systems and food provisions.</p> <p>&quot;We e-mailed as many people as we could think of to make as many connections as we can,&quot; Scott said.</p> <p>They hope to raise even more money to either generate funds for school supplies and books or perhaps also build a second classroom.</p> <p>Mason sees the trip as a responsibility to fulfill because he&#39;s benefitted so much from his education. Scott&#39;s motivation is similar.</p> <p>&quot;I feel very fortunate to get the education I&#39;ve received,&quot; Scott said. I want to be able to give back.&quot;</p> <p>And she didn&#39;t want to just be all talk, either.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ve always wanted to be able to do something like this and then actually stick to what I say I&#39;m going to do, because a lot of people say, &#39;oh, let&#39;s do this&#39; and then don&#39;t actually do it,&quot; Scott said. &quot;I wanted to actually make something happen.&quot;</p> <p>The trip, Scott believes, might also be a good career move.</p> <p>&quot;Pretty much all of Uganda is a biodiversity hot spot, so I&rsquo;m really excited to just work in that environment,&quot; Scott said. &quot;I&rsquo;m hopefully going to be networking. There&rsquo;s a lot of research that goes on in that area looking at primates and there are thousands of species of birds there, too, so it&rsquo;s a pretty exciting place to be as a zoologist. I&rsquo;m going to make as many connections as I can and hopefully find more work in that area, too.&quot;</p> <p>Links:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://vimeo.com/kirkdavidmason" target="_blank">Kirk Mason on Vimeo</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.classroomforbenson.com/" target="_blank">Classroom for Benson</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/a-classroom-for-benson-s-community/153185" target="_blank">Contribute</a></li> </ul> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-5/ugandajan62014.png" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-graduate-and-partner-heading-uganda-build-classroom-teach-and-pursue-conservat#comments Bethany Pavilion Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:13:41 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46093 at http://thebatavian.com