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It’s Time for Pond Skimming!


By Alicia Dziak Spring is officially here, which means time for spring skiing! Since the early 2000s, the annual Pond Skimming event has been a great way to welcome the season, and this year it returns on Saturday, March 24. This wet and wild event is a great way to take advantage of the rising temps and melting snow. Those ... Read More »

Easter’s On Its Way Egg Hunts and Activities for All

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By Mary Heyl No fooling! Easter Sunday is April 1, and there are lots of fun ways to celebrate over the next two weekends. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to make some great memories this year. There’s lots to do right here in Cattaraugus County, from Easter egg hunts to meeting the Easter Bunny, to a delicious Easter ... Read More »

Get Your Maple Fix This Weekend


By Alicia Dziak If you like maple, you’re in luck! This weekend is the second of two Maple Weekends going on across the state. Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their sugarhouses to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Located at approximately 160 farms and museums across ... Read More »

Ellicottville Seniors Help Lift NY to Pair of Senior Classic Victories


By Sam Wilson One doesn’t necessarily consider defense a factor when looking at a 104-99 final score in a high school basketball game. But the Big 30 Basketball Senior Classic is no ordinary game setting, so New York boys coach Mike Ruether on Sunday, will take holding the Pennsylvania seniors to 99. It’s actually a 30-point improvement from last year, ... Read More »

ECS Board Reviews Spending Plan Draft

By Kathleen Kellogg Ellicottville Central School’s Board of Education continued to tinker with an updated draft of a 2018-2019 spending plan during a Tuesday night work session in the High School Library. Officials did not release specific details about the budget proposal, which will be discussed at future work sessions and unveiled in time for a public hearing at 7 ... Read More »

Celebrate the Season: Make Your Own Easter Candy

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By Mary Heyl Anyone with young children has probably been asked: Why does the Easter bunny bring eggs, even though bunnies don’t lay eggs? In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth. The traditional Christian celebration of Easter symbolizes the resurrection of Christ with the Easter egg: the hard shell represents the ... Read More »

Home Improvement: Tips and Tricks for Interior Painting Success


By Mary Heyl It’s officially spring, which means spring cleaning, garden planning and home improvement projects are probably on your mind! Even though the weather is too cold and unpredictable for outdoor projects right now, it’s a great time of year to start that interior painting project! Whether you’re sprucing up your kitchen cabinets, repainting a few accent walls, or ... Read More »

ECS Students Walk Out

By Louisa Benatovich On Feb. 14, a lone gunman opened fire on a school in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen innocent students were killed; 14 were injured; millions became angry. In the following weeks, student-led protests were held around the country, drawing national media attention. The homemade signs waved above heads, the rhythmic chants, and the passionate speeches all broadcast one message: ... Read More »

Two Bike Path Projects Planned for ASP


By Alicia Dziak In a recent press release, New York State and Parks & Trails New York announced $450,000 in state grants to 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks, historic sites and public lands. Among the recipients, Friends of Allegany State Park will receive $4,250 for the construction of approximately two miles of ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Posture Perfect


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer There is a physical deformity crisis that has been developing for years.  I see it on a daily basis on the streets, in restaurants and even in my studio.  I refer to it as “Schlumpliness.”  That’s right— schlumpliness, which means posture befitting our prehistoric predecessors.  Just picture the prehistoric man with rounded ... Read More »

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