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Tee Off in the Enchanted Mountains


If you’re looking to tee off this spring and summer, look no further than right here in the Enchanted Mountains. Whether you prefer to stay right here in Ellicottville, or are up for a short drive, several courses to choose from mean several excuses to cut out of work early! Holiday Valley Double Black Diamond 6557 Holiday Valley Road Route ... Read More »


By Rich Place The new multipurpose gymnasium at Ellicottville Central School will now be known as “The Ward” as part of a tribute to Mark Ward, who oversaw the facility’s construction as one of dozens of ties to his local school district. The facility — officially dedicated with a plaque Monday as the Mark J. Ward Center for the Arts ... Read More »

Golley, Murphy Elected to ECS Board

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By Caitlin Croft All three propositions on the ballots for residents of the Ellicottville Central School District passed on Tuesday and Debra Golley and incumbent William Murphy were elected to seats on the school board. The $12.75 million budget for the 2018-19 school year passed, 342-53. Voters also approved by a 346-46 margin a proposition to lease two buses and ... Read More »

Ready for Welcome UpRooted at Ellicottville Music Festival


By Alicia Dziak If you’re like me, who went to college in the ‘90s, you’ve at least heard of Rusted Root. My freshman year at RIT was one I considered my “alternative days” when it came to my music taste (which morphed into my “hip hop days” by the next year). I, of course, was a member of Columbia House ... Read More »

ASP Admin Building to Get $2.5M Restoration


By Rick Miller The 90-year-old Allegany State Park Red House Administration Building is in line for a $2.5 million upgrade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the Administration Building restoration would include exterior windows and doors, masonry and drainage. The building opened in 1928. Jay Bailey, Allegany Region director, told the Allegany Region Commission last week the project is expected ... Read More »

It’s Festival Season!

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By Mary Heyl Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, which means it’s time to mark your calendar for the many festivals taking place this summer throughout Cattaraugus and Erie counties! Whether you enjoy arts and crafts, locally-made horseradish or live music, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy all summer long. May 19 Artisan Festivals at Granny’s ... Read More »

ECS Students Give a Taste ‘o’ Solo


By Louisa Benatovich, ECS Student Reporter Your heart is pounding, and your palms are sweating. Your breaths are fast and shallow. You want to run. Are you being chased by a bear? No…you’re at solo festival. Special note: tasto solo is an Italian term used in music scores indicating that a melody should be played on its own. On the 11th ... Read More »

Great Valley Officials Frustrated Over Issues With DEC

By Rick Miller Town officials frustration with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over a variety of issues boiled over at Monday night’s town board meeting. Great Valley Supervisor Daniel Brown notified town board members that DEC officials were looking for town permission to sample groundwater near the old town dump behind the Town Hall and highway garage. After receiving ... Read More »

Rivers Serving as Cooperative Extension Interim Director

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By Rick Miller For the past two months, Richard E. Rivers has been serving as the interim executive director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County. Rivers, who served for two decades as director of career and technical education at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES before retiring in 2002, is back in education — temporarily. He and his wife moved to Florida ... Read More »

Town/Village Engineer Already Making an Impact

By Caitlin Croft The May 2018 meeting of the Village Board opened with good news: the State Assembly passed Bill#A08355 designating the Great Valley Creek and its tributaries as inland waterways for the purposes of Waterfront Revitalization. This allows the municipalities surrounding an opportunity to access grant money for revitalization projects. Mayor John Burrell advised this should be referred to ... Read More »

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