By Alicia Dziak
It was a busy summer in Ellicottville, and as we head into fall, it’s a great time to look back on all that has happened over the past few months.
Local Business News
Early in the summer, taking years of business experience running Dina’s and Mud, Sweat & Gears, Dina DiPasquale and Kim Reading decided to team up for The Tee Bar: With a Twist, a tee shirt shop selling tee shirts and soft serve ice cream. The shop is located at 8 Washington Street, in the space that formerly housed Katy’s Café, which moved down the street to the former Coffee Culture building.
In August, the Gin Mill, at 20 Washington Street, introduced the Gin Mill Lager, a brew made by East Aurora’s 42 North Brewing. The lager boasts a subtle bready, crackery malt, and earthy Noble hops, and is comparable in quality to a European beer than can only be bottled and shipped over to the U.S. The Gin Mill Lager is about 6 percent alcohol, slightly higher than a traditional German Helles.
The Winery of Ellicottville only continues to grow after seven years in business. Year after year, they continue to add new product line after new product line. At the recent Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, The Sweetest Thing (one of their sweet red wines) earned a double gold medal, the highest distinction you can receive. In addition to the double gold, Natalie (a traditional champagne) and their Riesling won a gold medal.
For the second year in a row, Hollywood Studios are affiliating with Pumpkinville to celebrate a special anniversary. This year, Universal Pictures is partnering for the 75th Anniversary of Curious George and its upcoming movie. It is only one of a handful of places across America selected by Universal.
Pumpkinville has included Curious George in the design of their six-acre corn maze.
The official character will also be visiting Pumpkinville Sept.30- Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Pumpkinville will offer Curious George-themed activities throughout their six-week season from Sept.16 – Oct. 31. Curious George merchandise will also be available in the gift shop.
As Holiday Valley gets ready to celebrate their 60th anniversary, they recently announced plans to add to its automated snowmaking system, purchasing two groomers, expanding the beginner’s area and conducting a host of other projects. Guests of Holiday Valley will reap the benefits of more efficient and increased snowmaking, allowing for added time and enjoyment on the slopes this season. This year’s $3.3 million brings the total investment for this independent resort to more than $126 million in the past 24 years.
Other projects include the replacement of the Cindy’s Warming Hut and the Mistletoe Lean To, construction of two new connector trails, renovations at the Inn at Holiday Valley, new uniforms for the Mountain Operations department, a new Resort Shuttle Van, new golf carts and new fountains in the golf course ponds.
Kelly Frederickson was appointed as the new Code Enforcement Officer effective Sept. 1. Duties will also include building inspector responsibilities. Effective Aug. 31, 2017, current Code Enforcement Officer Tom Abriatis retired from his part-time position (with the village and the town). Abriatis held the position since December 2000.
Harold Morton submitted his letter of intent to retire, effective Aug. 31, 2017. Morton worked for the village of Ellicottville since January 1987, retiring as DPW Superintendent.
In 2016, Chris Woodarek replaced the roof on the Village Park stadium, along with other buildings, with materials bought by the Village of Ellicottville. This summer, all the boards on the seating area of the stadium were replaced by village DPW crews. All that is left is to seal the boards. The stadium will seat up to 250 spectators. Additional work may include enclosing a storage area and constructing a concession stand.
There are currently 55 memorial benches around the village, with requests for at least three more. Over the summer, the village DPW crew replaced the aging wood on all the benches with new tight-knotted cedar wood.
As the new school year began, some changes were in store for ECS. New ECS Superintendent Bob Miller first started working in the Ellicottville School District in July 2005 as the Middle School/High School Principal. On July 1, he began his term as the Superintendent, filling the shoes of former Superintendent Mark Ward, who retired after 42 years in education.
Filling Miller’s spot as middle school and high school principal is Erich Ploetz. Ploetz, an Ellicottville native, was the Junior Senior High School Principal at North Collins and a former Assistant High School Principal in Williamsville. He will receive a probationary term of four years, which began on July 31, 2017.
The summer brought many special events to Ellicottville, starting with the Summer Music Festival, a weekend of slopeside concerts, parades and fireworks.
In August, the annual Taste of Ellicottville took to the streets for the 32nd year.
Rock and Roll weekend made its way back to EVL Sept. 16 and 17, where live music and a classic car show wowed guests.
A new event was added to the already-busy September calendar, when the Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival turned the ECS grounds and the village park into a haven for lacrosse players and fans alike. Partnering with Rhino Lacrosse, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce organized this exciting tournament, which drew 38 teams of players ranging from 5/6 graders to 50 year olds. Both club and school teams hailed from Buffalo, Canada, Rochester, Syracuse, Pennsylvania and Ohio to participate.
A Look Ahead
The autumn season has lots in store for Ellicottville. Mark your calendars for all the incredible events coming this way:
Fall Festival brings thousands to the Village Oct. 7-8 for entertainment, arts and crafts, a 5K, a mountain bike race, chairlift rides, carnival rides, loads of food and much more.
Oct. 28 is the EVL Half and 5K.
Nov. 10 and 11 is Holiday Valley’s annual Beer and Wine Festival.
Get ready for the holidays Nov. 24-26 at the Christmas Stroll.
Be sure to check out the Ellicottville Times every week to learn about all of these events, and stay in the know on all the local news!