BATAVIA — When Tonya Passamonte and Adam Steadman began talking on Facebook, they didn’t have awards in mind.
They connected — Passamonte, an ICU recovery room nurse and nursing professor from Byron, and Steadman, a southern boy who works in heating and air conditioning — in part because of their love of Halloween.
“It was kind of a strange beginning,” Passamonte said.
“I’ve always loved the season, the cooler weather, the leaves, the ambience of Halloween,” Steadman said.
Steadman moved up north three years ago, and their passion for the holiday and decorating their yard has only grown with displays at their Washington Avenue home that draws wide attention and long lines of trick-or-treaters each year.
It gained the notice of the City of Batavia, which named Passamonte and Steadman, along with Don and Pam Hirons of Summit Street, as the city’s Homeowners of the Year last week.