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Have a ‘Girls’ Day Out’ next week at Holiday Valley

By Kellen M. Quigley Professional skier Lisa Densmore Ballard will lead a ski clinic exclusively for women beginning next Thursday at Holiday Valley. The Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring its sixth annual “Your Turn” women’s clinic on Jan. 24 and 25. Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer, will be assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s finest ... Read More »

Going Ski Clubbin’: An ECS Tradition

By Louisa Benatovich Student Reporter Skiing is an Ellicottville institution, plain and simple. It is the fuel on which our town runs. It’s the air we breathe. Many Ellicottville Central School students proclaim that they learned to ski before they could walk. Almost all snow athletes at ECS trace their snow roots back to one event in their scholastic career: ... Read More »

Beat the ‘Winter Blues’ this weekend in Ellicottville

The village of Ellicottville heats up this weekend during Winter Blues Weekend, beginning Friday and going through Sunday. Old Man Winter got you down? Ready to come out of hibernation to hear some great music?  Ellicottville’s many area venues and establishments will have some of the hottest blues musicians on hand to help you climb out of that January funk. ... Read More »

U14 Holiday Valley, HoliMont athletes dominate weekend races

By Caitlin Croft Youth Ski Racing continued last weekend with the U14 Excelsior Cup opening series. This consisted of two Giant Slaloms where athletes from across Western and Central New York gathered to compete. Mother Nature couldn’t have been kinder to Truxton and Labrador Mountain. It was ideal bluebird skies and cold crisp temperatures in the teens. This allows for ... Read More »

Former West Valley Hotel hoping for summer opening

By Kellen M. Quigley The past couple of years have been fascinating for the former West Valley Hotel. From being raised several feet in the air to having the majority of its interior completely gutted, the ongoing renovation process has its eyes on the finish line, which will hopefully be crossed in several months.  Following construction in 2017 of two ... Read More »

Led by Smith, ECS girls pull away in second to beat CLV

League play appears to suit the Ellicottville girls basketball team well. The Eagles improved to 4-1 in the CCAA East II division on Monday, handing Cattaraugus-Little Valley a 57-32 loss at “The Ward” gymnasium. Also Ellicottville’s fifth win in its last six contests, Monday’s game lifted the Eagles over .500 (6-5) for the first time this season. The crucial stretch ... Read More »

Eagles eye another state prize in 2019 ski season

By Sam Wilson His Ellicottville girls are the two-time alpine ski state champions and return all three contributing members, but Kelly Fredrickson doesn’t want the Eagles to feel content with their prizes. Part of that attitude is natural to the sport. Any one mistake by the Eagles’ skiers could have derailed either of its championship runs the last two seasons. ... Read More »

Local professionals mentor students in CTE Cosmetology Career Day

By Deb Everts The Ellicottville Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center hosted “Cosmetology Career Day,” Jan. 14 when cosmetology professionals from the area were invited to discuss their careers with the students. Tracy Guntrum, cosmetology instructor at Ellicottville’s CTE Center, said this was the first event of its kind at the center. She said she’d like to make this an ... Read More »

ECS robotics team finishes 7th, 11th in recent competitions

By Caitlin Croft The Jan. 8 meeting of the Ellicottville Central School Board of Education opened with the Superintendent’s Report and Middle School/High School Report. The three robotics teams that recently competed in the FIRST LEGO League competition at Houghton College qualified to move to the next round in Rochester. Two of the three teams came in the top 15, ... Read More »

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