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$3.2 Million in Upgrades at Holiday Valley

With $3.2 million invested in upgrades, Holiday Valley is making plans for an exceptional winter season.  The crews spent the summer making improvements on their automated snowmaking system, installing a conveyor lift on the beginner’s slope, completing slope work including building several “tree trails” for kids and purchasing a new groomer and shuttle van. $250,000 is dedicated to automated snowmaking ... Read More »


By Alicia Dziak HoliMont will soon be ready to welcome members and guests for the upcoming ski season. In the meantime, fall is full of ways to enjoy Ellicottville’s private ski resort. Perhaps the biggest change HoliMont has seen in the off-season is a new General Manager. Ed Youmans took over the position in June, replacing Dave Riley, who retired ... Read More »

Titans Can’t Hold Halftime Lead, Fall 19-13 at Cassadaga/Falconer

By Sam Wilson The Franklinville/Ellicottville football team looked ready to fight for a playoff spot on Saturday afternoon. But as coach Chad Bartoszek admitted after the game, the Titans, a younger and less experienced group than in previous years of deep playoff runs, made too many mistakes and committed too many penalties to knock off Cassadaga Valley/Falconer on the road. ... Read More »

ECS Student Named County ‘Youth of the Week’

This week’s featured Youth Citizenship Award recipient is Linnea Jimerson, announced Dr. Anthony Evans, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau. Linnea is the daughter of Heidi and Philip Jimerson of Great Valley and is a senior at Ellicottville Central School. Over the past several years, Linnea has done much for the community. She has served Thanksgiving dinners to ... Read More »

‘Learn to Love Winter’ at Holiday Valley

By Alicia Dziak While it’s only October, we know that it won’t be long before the snow flies and the lifts start turning. With the opening of the ski resorts comes the start of lesson season, a time when hundreds of skiers and snowboarders—young and old alike—take to the slopes under the watchful eyes of their instructors. And at the ... Read More »

The Best Local Haunts

By Alicia Dziak It’s that time of year again, when scary fun tops the list of how to spend your free time. If getting spooked is high on your priority list this October, don’t miss out on the thrills and chills of the region’s best haunted activities. Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street Looking for a truly scary adventure? Check out ... Read More »

Party On in Ellicottville

By Alicia Dziak Fall Fest in Ellicottville means endless live music. Head to Balloons for Rocktoberfest, with a full lineup of music spanning Thursday night through Sunday. Check out DJ Xcite, DJ Snarski, Porcelain Bus Drivers, DJ Kage, Black Widow, Last Call, Qwister, Darkwater Duo, Breakaway on the main stage and in the tent all weekend long. Visit for ... Read More »

Running Like a Girl An Interview with County Legislator Susan Labuhn

By Ginna Hensel, ECS Student Reporter Women’s roles are quickly changing in this world, but the credit often goes to celebrities or social media “influencers.”  We overlook the innovators, the movers-and-shakers that live right next door. Susan Labuhn is Salamanca-born and raised.  A true inspiration, she is the first female legislator of District 5, which consists of towns Cold Spring, ... Read More »

Ski Tuning Made Easy at MSG

By Alicia Dziak Ski tuning in Ellicottville just got a whole lot more efficient! Thanks to the new Montana Challenge at Mud Sweat N Gears (MSG), a completely automated system makes the tuning process fast and The refurbished equipment came from a ski shop in Toronto, making its way to MSG in August. It’s from a company based in Switzerland ... Read More »

Rotary Club of Ellicottville and The American Legion Kids Halloween Party

This year again the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Foundation for Youth and The American Legion sponsor a community Halloween party at the American Legion on Maples Road in Ellicottville. On Wednesday Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m., kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to Trick or Treat at this indoor location. Games, crafts, hay rides (weather permitting) and scary ... Read More »

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