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Memorial Day Weekend Packed With Events

By Jann Wiswall Did you know that the official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, N.Y., in the Finger Lakes region? According to, Waterloo first celebrated the day — then known as Decoration Day — on May 5, 1866, with a community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers who died during the Civil ... Read More »

CCSE Federal Credit Union Considers Ellicottville Branch Village Reviews 4 Other Properties

By Jann Wiswall The Village Planning Board reviewed plans for several properties during its meeting on Tuesday, May 14. 20 Monroe Street: A public hearing was held to allow interested residents to comment on the special use permit application for a 30-foot-by-40-foot addition and outdoor dining patio to be built behind Balloons Restaurant. There were no comments and the permit ... Read More »

Village Board Appoints Officers, Commissioners

By Jann Wiswall In addition to its regular meeting, the Ellicottville Village Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, May 13, to appoint or reappoint officers and commissioners for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Bob Brogcinski was reappointed as Deputy Mayor. Mary J. Klahn was reappointed Village Clerk, Village Treasurer, Registrar of Vital Statistics and Tax Collector. Harold Morton was ... Read More »

Funding Approved for Extension Service Building E’ville Town Board Begins Renovations

By Jann Wiswall It took months to get approval, but on May 9, the state courts approved a request from Ellicottville Supervisor John Burrell to use funds originally allotted for an elevator in the Town and Village Hall building for renovations of the town’s Extension Service building instead. The $30,000 will be used to create a new, accessible courtroom, restrooms, ... Read More »

Nannen Arboretum Fundraiser/Garden Party Set for August 17

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville and the Nannen Arboretum Society are in the midst of planning what promises to be a grand garden party at Ellicottville’s grandest garden! The Nannen Arboretum, a non-profit entity, which is cared for by an all-volunteer committee of dedicated master gardeners and interested others, is in desperate need of funds to keep up ... Read More »

Town Planning Board to Post Permits, Forms Online

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board is preparing to post all applications and forms related to zoning and planning on the town website within a month or so. The effort was initiated by Town Planner Carol Horowitz, who drafted revised forms for the board’s review. Horowitz noted at the planning board’s meeting on Monday, April 22, that ... Read More »

Village Brush and Leaf Collection Law

Major Trash Collection April 29 Village Constable Howard Gifford would like to remind residents of the Village of Ellicottville about brush and leaf collection laws. In accordance with Local Law # 3 of 1982, amended by Local Law # 4 of 2011, in regard to brush and leaf collection: Brush and leaves will be collected at curbside from April 1–November ... Read More »

CCIDA Considers Impact of New State Budget Law

By Jann Wiswall The 2013-14 New York State Budget Law contains provisions that impact Industrial Development Agencies, said Corey Wiktor, executive director of the County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), at the April 23 meeting. Referring to a summary of the law prepared by CCIDA Counsel George Cregg for the board of directors, Wiktor noted that “the most significant” ... Read More »

Home Show Great Kickoff for Home/Garden Projects

The 42nd Annual Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show welcomed more than 3,569 visitors April 12-14 (about 300 less attendees than last year).  Seventy-four vendors were on hand to display and demonstrate products from hot tubs, to gardening supplies, along with heating and cooling systems. The event, hosted by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, was co-sponsored by their  ... Read More »

Firefighting Calls for Commitment from Volunteers

By Jesse Mast The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2011 there were 1,100,450 firefighters nationwide. Nearly 70 percent of these were volunteers. April is National Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment month, and this is a good time for Cattaraugus County residents to learn how they can be involved in volunteer fire departments. Being a volunteer firefighter is no small commitment. ... Read More »

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