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School’s Out for Summer!

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By Alicia Dziak The finals, field trips and end-of-year celebrations have come to an end, and now it’s time to embark on that wonderful summer vacation adventure! After nine months of note taking, test taking, studying and homework, it’s time for some fun, and there’s plenty to do to keep everyone busy from now until September. Now open daily throughout ... Read More »

Sky High’s Gem Mining Grand Opening June 23

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By Alicia Dziak If panning for treasures sounds like fun, check out the all-new Mister Happy Gem Mining Company at Holiday Valley’s Sky High. Located at the base of the mountain near the Tannenbaum lift, this activity is geared toward kiddos as young as two, and the experience mimics old fashioned panning for gold. Each miner purchases a bag of ... Read More »

Red House Lake to Reopen for Swimming and Summer Recreation

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By Alicia Dziak Good news for those heading to Red House to celebrate the end of the school year. The lake will soon reopen to swimmers, kayakers and everyone looking to spend their summer near the water. According to Allegany State Park park manager Tom Livak, “All critical concrete work on the Red House dam spillway area has been completed ... Read More »

ECS Once Again Ranks High Among WNY Districts

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By Mary Heyl The ECS Board of Education President Connie Hellwig called the school board meeting to order Tuesday evening, June 19 at 7 p.m. After making brief changes to the meeting’s agenda, Hellwig opened up the meeting to public comment. Rachel Alexander, parent of an eighth grade student, expressed concern about the implementation of one of the school’s disciplinary ... Read More »

Senator Young Presents Resolutions to Ellicottville Alpine Ski Team

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New York State Senator Catharine Young presented resolutions to the Ellicottville girls’ alpine ski team for winning the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Alpine Team Championship. Freshman twin sisters, Hayly and Logan Fredrickson, both finished in the top 10 in the slalom and giant slalom during competition at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort in Canandaigua in February. Ellicottville ... Read More »

Plenty of Mudders Partake in Holiday Valley Mudslide

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By Kellen M. Quigley After a run around the hills and through various obstacles, participants finish the Holiday Valley Mudslide with just that: a slide into a mud pit next to Yodeler Lodge. On Saturday, the resort’s annual Mudslide returned to the slopes of Holiday Valley, bringing a thousand competitors of all ages, abilities and costumes to the race and ... Read More »

Marsh Set to Take on Her 47th Season of ASP’s Hootenanny

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By Deb Everts Allegany State Park’s favorite songstress is back for her 47th season at the park’s Quaker Amphitheater, as Sally Marsh will kickoff her ever popular Hootenanny at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. For 10 weeks every summer, Marsh entertains campers and other friends at Allegany State Park, where she has led a giant singalong for nearly five decades ... Read More »

Rotary Club of Ellicottville Foundation for Youth Helps Fund EFD’s ‘Explorer Program’

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For the third year in a row, The Rotary Club of Ellicottville Foundation for Youth donated $2,000 to the Ellicottville Fire Company last week. This donation will help fund new members this year for the EFD Explorer Program.  This program, in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, provides an opportunity for any teen (ages 13 to 16) to become ... Read More »

DiNapoli Encourages Students to be ‘Ripple of Hope’ at Youth Awards Banquet

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By Rick Miller Fifty-two Cattaraugus County seniors were honored Monday night at the 17th annual Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau Youth Citizenship Awards Banquet at the Holiday Valley Lodge. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the guest speaker, congratulated them. “Investing in our young people pays off in many ways,” he said. “You give us great hope for the future.” County ... Read More »

WV Budget Fails Again in Re-Vote

By Rich Place The West Valley School Board of Education was forced to adopt a contingency budget for the 2018-19 school year after district residents on Tuesday again defeated the budget proposition during a re-vote. The failed budget proposition comes at an interesting time for West Valley, as it was in the initial stages of a potentially full annexation study ... Read More »

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