http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/769/ en Photos: Back roads in Le Roy and Bethany http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-back-roads-le-roy-and-bethany/43723 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014.jpg" /></p> <p>Driving back from Le Roy this afternoon I took the long way home.</p> <p>Above, field of white flowers off Transit Road, Le Roy.</p> <p>Below, a field of sweet peas and barn on Cackner Road, Bethany.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/weatherpicsjuly162014-3.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-back-roads-le-roy-and-bethany/43723#comments Bethany Le Roy Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:06:57 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43723 at http://thebatavian.com Truck on its side on Route 63 at Little Canada Road http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/truck-its-side-route-63-little-canada-road/43545 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014.jpg" /></p> <p>A 10-wheeler is on its side on Route 63 near Little Canada Road.</p> <p>No word on injuries.</p> <p>Bethany fire and Stafford fire dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: According to Deputy Cory Mower, it appears the weight of gravel in the bed of the truck shifted causing the driver to lose control rounding the curve just north of Fargo Road. The estimated speed of the truck was 40 to 45 mph. At 8:45 a.m., it was expected it would take at least another hour before Route 63 was reopened. At this time, it&#39;s still closed. There were no injuries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/gravtruckaccroute632014-4.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/truck-its-side-route-63-little-canada-road/43545#comments accident Bethany Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:32:54 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43545 at http://thebatavian.com Farm building in Bethany used for storage destroyed by fire http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/farm-building-bethany-used-storage-destroyed-fire/43519 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014.jpg" /></p> <p>It was just a storage shed. Some straw. Some sawdust. Bedding for the animals on a farm started by Michael Adams and his family in 1979.</p> <p>The family built that shed. The first one of the Adams Farm property. Talking to Michael Adams after fire reduced the structure to rubble, you could see those remembrances pass before the long gaze of his eyes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everything here got built by my brother, my dad, myself, my kids, my wife, everybody that&rsquo;s come along through here,&quot; Adams said. &quot;We tried to do all the work ourselves.&quot; He paused. &quot;I look at it and start thinking about the days we were building it and, know you. &hellip;What can you do?&rdquo;</p> <p>The fire at&nbsp;5664 Little Canada Road, Bethany, was reported at just before 2:40 p.m., but by then it was already too late.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were fixing a hose in the shop and came out, just got done with it, sent the neighbor back home with it, our tenant actually, back home with the hose,&quot; Adams said. &quot;Came around the corner and looked and seen black smoke coming out the one corner of the barn there and that&rsquo;s when I called 9-1-1 and tried to get down there and see if there was anything I could do but I couldn&rsquo;t even get near it. It was already hotter than hot, you know.&quot;</p> <p>The Adams farm specializes in replacement heifers for dairy farms and has about 60 head of beef cattle. The farm also grows&nbsp;corn, soybeans and a little bit of hay, Adams said.</p> <p>Bethany Assistant Chief Jeff Pietrzykowski, today&#39;s scene commander, was in the city when he got the dispatch for the fire. Pietrzykowski could see the smoke column all the way down Ellicott Street. He immediately put out a second alarm for Stafford Fire to respond as well.</p> <p>The first firefighters on scene found flames leaping from the windows and the roof was already gone.</p> <p>&quot;Our top priority was keeping it from the other buildings,&quot; Pietrzykowski said. &quot;There was heavy fire. It was almost on the ground when we got here, but we were worried it was going to spread.&quot;</p> <p>With no public water in the area, tankers were needed to haul water from a nearby pond.</p> <p>Mutual aid departments included Alexander, City of Batavia, Town of Batavia, Le Roy and Pavilion.</p> <p>The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s just like everything else around here, probably way under-insured, you know,&quot; Adams said. &quot;Maybe we can put something smaller up if possible, but just to store our bedding and whatnot -- for the cattle mostly, that&rsquo;s what it&rsquo;s used for.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/adamsbarnfirejuly42014-9.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p377863474" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=1685bd320ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/farm-building-bethany-used-storage-destroyed-fire/43519#comments Bethany fire Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:09:22 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43519 at http://thebatavian.com Big barn fire on Little Canada Road, Bethany http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/big-barn-fire-little-canada-road-bethany/43514 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/littlecanada.jpg" /></p> <p>A barn fire is reported at 5664 Little Canada Road, Bethany. It was called in by the homeowner. It has already gone to the second alarm. Bethany Fire Department is responding. Howard, en route but still in the city, says &quot;I can see it from here.&quot; Alexander is called to the scene and to fill in at Bethany&#39;s Fire Hall. The city&#39;s Fast Team is called along with the Town of Batavia, Le Roy, Stafford and Pavilion.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Command reports the burning structure is a metal pole barn and the fire will likely be contained to that structure.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: The first platoon is called to city fire headquarters.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: The third platoon is called to stand by in city headquarters.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: The location is between Fargo and Torrey roads.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:32 p.m.: The fire still has small flames in a few areas and hot spots but appears to be under control, according to Howard at the scene. The area is still very smoky. The pole barn contained no equipment. It was used to store <strike>cattle feed and</strike> bedding. The operation there raises beef cattle and replacement heifers, plus corn, soybeans and some hay. A crew from Wyoming Correctional Facility will be arriving sometime in the next hour or so to help out.</p> <p>UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Howard interviewed the farmer, Michael Adams, who runs the operation along with his wife, Noreen, and their children. They&#39;ve owned the property since 1978. It&#39;s a little over 500 acres on what was once all corn fields. Of this afternoon&#39;s blaze, which totaled the barn built in 1979, Michael said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We were fixing a hose in the shop and came out, just got done with it, sent the neighbor back home with it, our tenant actually, back home with the hose. Came around the corner and looked and seen black smoke coming out the one corner of the barn there and that&rsquo;s when I called 9-1-1 and tried to get down there and see if there was anything I could do but I couldn&rsquo;t even get near it. It was already hotter than hot, you know.&quot;</em></p> <p><strong>More T/K</strong></p> <p>UPDATE 7:49 p.m.: The Bethany assignment is back in service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/big-barn-fire-little-canada-road-bethany/43514#comments Bethany fire Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:40:55 +0000 Billie Owens 43514 at http://thebatavian.com Photos: Horses and a fallen barn http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-horses-and-fallen-barn/43484 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/july22014shots-2.jpg" /></p> <p>It&#39;s been a while since I went on an early morning drive around Genesee County looking for photos to make, so I got up this morning at the crack of dawn and went for a drive. There was a lot more cloud cover most of the morning than I would like, but I did come back with these two pictures. Above, three horses at Baskin Livestock on Creek Road, and below, a fallen barn on Silver Road.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/july22014shots.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-horses-and-fallen-barn/43484#comments Bethany Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:51:54 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43484 at http://thebatavian.com Wires down, large grass fire on Clipnock Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/wires-down-large-grass-fire-clipnock-road/43269 <p>Power lines are down and there is a large grass fire at 9267 Clipnock Road, near Sweetland Road. Bethany and Stafford fire departments are responding. National Grid is notified.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/wires-down-large-grass-fire-clipnock-road/43269#comments Bethany fire Stafford Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:19:28 +0000 Billie Owens 43269 at http://thebatavian.com Transformer on fire, power lines down at Old East Bethany Road and Ellicott Street Road http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/transformer-fire-power-lines-down-old-east-bethany-road-and-ellicott-street-road/43268 <p>A transformer is on fire at Old East Bethany Road and Ellicott Street Road. All three primary power lines are also down in the roadway and arcing. Bethany Fire Department is responding.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:14 p.m.: National Grid is notified.</p> <p>UPDATE 2:21 p.m.: On off-duty law enforcement officer reports the fire is out, but the power lines are blocking the roadway.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/transformer-fire-power-lines-down-old-east-bethany-road-and-ellicott-street-road/43268#comments Bethany fire Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:12:01 +0000 Billie Owens 43268 at http://thebatavian.com Lawnmower fire near a structure on Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/lawnmower-fire-near-structure-ellicott-street-road-east-bethany/43134 <p>A lawnmower fire near a structure is reported at 5461 Ellicott Street Road. Stafford and Bethany fire departments are responding.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/lawnmower-fire-near-structure-ellicott-street-road-east-bethany/43134#comments Bethany fire Stafford Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:38:46 +0000 Billie Owens 43134 at http://thebatavian.com Motorcyclist crashes after striking deer in Bethany http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/motorcyclist-crashes-after-striking-deer-bethany/42831 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/buttonbuckaccmay202014.jpg" /></p> <p>A motorcyclist struck a deer on Route 63, near Clapsaddle Road, in Bethany. Bethany and Stafford fire departments and Mercy medics are dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: Mercy Flight will be responding. Firefighters have to set up the landing zone.</p> <p>UPDATE 12:47 p.m.: The landing zone will be at the self-storage facility at Route 63 and Stafford Batavia Town Line Road.</p> <p>UPDATE 1:20 p.m.: The rider was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, mainly as a precaution for a possible head injury. He was wearing a DOT-approved half-helmut. He was riding about 55 mph on southbound Route 63 when a deer ran into the side of his motorcycle, throwing him off the bike and onto the roadway. The bike continued southbound and came to rest off the east shoulder of the roadway. The button buck did not survive the crash.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/buttonbuckaccmay202014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/buttonbuckaccmay202014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/buttonbuckaccmay202014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/buttonbuckaccmay202014-5.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/motorcyclist-crashes-after-striking-deer-bethany/42831#comments accidents Bethany Tue, 20 May 2014 16:34:31 +0000 Billie Owens 42831 at http://thebatavian.com Clarification: Part of Bethany home owner's complaint is that town pumped water onto his property http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/clarification-part-bethany-home-owners-complaint-town-pumped-water-his-property/42659 <p>In <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/winter-storms-caused-flooding-and-property-damage-bethany-homeowner-fixed-income/42632" target="_blank">our story Thursday about Jerald Shea and the winter flooding of his property</a>, we failed to clearly state that part of Mr. Shea&#39;s complaint is that the town pumped water onto his property.</p> <p>Mr. Shea feels this is a significant action by the town that contributed to the damage to his house.</p> <p>Bethany Highway Superintendent Paul Fleming confirmed the town did pump the water, however, it was to prevent Paradise Road from flooding. The drainage pipe under Paradise Road was frozen solid, Fleming said, so instead of the water flowing under the road as it normally would, it flowed over the road. Either way, Fleming said, the water would flow south to north onto Mr. Shea&#39;s property.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/clarification-part-bethany-home-owners-complaint-town-pumped-water-his-property/42659#comments Bethany Sat, 10 May 2014 13:20:29 +0000 Howard B. Owens 42659 at http://thebatavian.com GCC photography students display environmental portraits at Interpretive Center in Bethany http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcc-photography-students-display-environmental-portraits-interpretive-center-bethany/42 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/photoscountyparkmay92014.jpg" /></p> <p>Photography students at Genesee Community College have created a series of photographs called &quot;environmental portraits.&quot; The photos are currently on display at&nbsp;Genesee County Park and Forest Interpretive Center in Bethany. Above, students <strong>Jason Dieter</strong> and <strong>Lynn Homer</strong> hold examples of their work during a reception held this evening.</p> <p>The students were assigned to photograph a subject in an environment that helped illuminate that subject&#39;s life and surroundings.</p> <p>&quot;Creating a portrait of a subject in its natural surroundings adds elements to their character, and therefore portrays the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features,&quot; said instructor Joe Ziolkowski.&nbsp;</p> <p>The works will be on display through August.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/gcc-photography-students-display-environmental-portraits-interpretive-center-bethany/42#comments Bethany GCC Interpretive Center Sat, 10 May 2014 00:02:37 +0000 Howard B. Owens 42657 at http://thebatavian.com Photos: Bethany Center Bridge suffers more visible damage over the winter http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-bethany-center-bridge-suffers-more-visible-damage-over-winter/42656 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bethcentbridgemay92014.jpg" /></p> <p>A lot of snow and ice meant a lot of salt use on roadways this winter, and the nearly century-old Bethany Center Bridge over Route 20 didn&#39;t fare well.</p> <p>The damage is said to be cosmetic, but the sidewalk is chewed up enough that the State Department of Transportation posted a sign and put up barricades closing the bridge to pedestrian traffic.</p> <p>The bridge isn&#39;t scheduled for replacement until next year at the earliest and a spokeswoman for the DOT was out of the office this afternoon and said she couldn&#39;t provide immediate information on the bridge&#39;s current status.</p> <p>We also spoke with County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens. He also wasn&#39;t in his office at the time and couldn&#39;t double-check the paperwork, but said he wasn&#39;t aware of any change in plans.</p> <p>Hens said he doesn&#39;t believe the bridge is in any danger of falling down.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bethcentbridgemay92014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bethcentbridgemay92014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bethcentbridgemay92014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/bethcentbridgemay92014-5.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-bethany-center-bridge-suffers-more-visible-damage-over-winter/42656#comments Bethany bethany center bridge infrastructure Fri, 09 May 2014 23:55:46 +0000 Howard B. Owens 42656 at http://thebatavian.com Winter storms caused flooding and property damage for Bethany homeowner on fixed income http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/winter-storms-caused-flooding-and-property-damage-bethany-homeowner-fixed-income/42632 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jeraldosheawater.jpg" /></p> <p>Jerald Shea would sure like the Town of Bethany to do something about the way his property floods and the damage flooding did to his house this winter.</p> <p>To the degree the town has a position on the issue, it&#39;s that the problem wasn&#39;t created by the town.</p> <p>Shea bought his house at the corner of Bethany Center Road and Paradise Road four years ago.</p> <p>A retired truck driver, he suffered back and neck injuries when his truck was rear-ended while he was driving through North Carolina a few years ago. He was living in a retirement home in Oakfield when he was awarded custody of his teenage granddaughter (since moved from his house), so he used his insurance settlement money and bought the house in Bethany.</p> <p>What he didn&#39;t know or didn&#39;t notice was that his property is lower than the parcel on the south side of Paradise Road. That parcel is a bit of a swamp and there&#39;s a small culvert under Paradise Road that drains the swamp into Shea&#39;s back yard.</p> <p>He wasn&#39;t happy when he figured that out and asked the town for help, but it wasn&#39;t a big issue until this winter when frozen ground topped with heavy precipitation caused his yard to fill with two or three feet of water.</p> <p>The cement foundation of his house raised two or three inches, causing some damage to the building (no known structural damage). &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ve always had problems with this, but I could live with it,&quot; Shea said. &quot;If I had to flush the toilet, I could just use a pail of water if I had to, but now, (geez), I&#39;m telling you. It seems like nobody (cares) because every time I talk to anybody all I get is I&#39;m not going to get involved because of politics. What the hell is so big about this town that they&#39;ve got to be afraid of politics?&quot;</p> <p>There&#39;s evidence of the exterior of the house being damaged along the north exterior wall, with faux brick popping off in places. The paneling in a back room has warped and some of it has popped off, exposing framing and insulation. His septic system is damaged, he said, and muddy, dirty water backs up into his bathtub.</p> <p>Shea always had problems with his yard filling with water, but his house was largely undamaged from flooding until this winter.</p> <p>The town is in a bit of a transition right now. Supervisor Louis Gayton died April 14 and that has left things a bit unsettled.</p> <p>In fact, Shea believes Gayton promised him two days before he died that the town would fill in his back yard and make it less susceptible to flooding.&nbsp;</p> <p>Town Highway Superintendent Paul Fleming said he doesn&#39;t see the town giving Shea dirt and rock for his yard. That just isn&#39;t something towns do.</p> <p>As far as Fleming knows, the culvert under Paradise Road has been there for 50 years, and probably a lot longer.&nbsp;</p> <p>The problems Shea is having with his property aren&#39;t from &quot;anything abnormal the town did,&quot; Fleming said.</p> <p>Fleming said years ago the property wasn&#39;t residential. It was a mechanic&#39;s shop. Some of the structures on the property could be more than 100 years old.</p> <p>In our short talk today, he wasn&#39;t really sure what if anything the town should or could do for Shea.</p> <p>Shea said he&#39;s on fixed income -- $1,000 a month -- and though his home is paid for, he doesn&#39;t have the means to move or fix the damage that&#39;s been done.</p> <p>&quot;I didn&#39;t know about this when I bought the house or things would have been very different,&quot; Shea said.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/sheapropertymay82014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jeraldosheahouseslip.jpg" /></p> <p>When the foundation of the house rose, the siding of the house pushed down on a pair of yard tools Shea had leaning against the house, causing small indents in the siding.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/image.jpg" /></p> <p>Photo provided Jerald Shea he took in February showing a portion of his back yard flooded.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/winter-storms-caused-flooding-and-property-damage-bethany-homeowner-fixed-income/42632#comments Bethany Thu, 08 May 2014 22:40:49 +0000 Howard B. Owens 42632 at http://thebatavian.com Bethany Republican Committee seeks candidates for town supervisor and board member http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/bethany-republican-committee-seeks-candidates-town-supervisor-and-board-member/42582 <p>The Town of Bethany Republican Committee&nbsp;seeks candidates for their endorsement meeting on at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in the Bethany Town Hall. Candidates are sought for town supervisor and town board member.</p> <p><u>Interested candidates please contact Chairman Gregg Torrey by Friday, May 9.</u></p> <p>&lt;gregg.torrey@gmail.com&gt; or call 585-507-8139</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/bethany-republican-committee-seeks-candidates-town-supervisor-and-board-member/42582#comments announcements Bethany Tue, 06 May 2014 17:42:12 +0000 Billie Owens 42582 at http://thebatavian.com Car vs. pole accident with injuries in Bethany http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-vs-pole-accident-injuries-bethany/42417 <p>A car into pole accident, with injuries, is reported at 10661 East Bethany Road. Bethany fire and rescue on scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: Bethany ambulance is transporting a patient to the hospital in Warsaw. Other units are returning to service.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/car-vs-pole-accident-injuries-bethany/42417#comments accidents Bethany Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:14:03 +0000 Billie Owens 42417 at http://thebatavian.com